Tuesday, 13 September 2022

Dingstown at Mel Bel Con

Dingstown

This summer I went to the gaming convention Mel Bel Con in Welver-Dinker with a friend and my kids. We played the Wild West skirmish game Dingstown by Axel Jansen.

I have already played Dingstown three times at different conventions and actually went to Welver-Dinker to play it again. I’m a Dingstown fan boy.

Dingstown

At one point my friend Krüger made such a complicated move that the author of the game had to consult his own rule book.

Dingstown

We had a very patient game master.

Dingstown

Mel Bel Con is the first gaming convention I have been to after two years. It was great fun. 🤠

Dingstown


Friday, 12 August 2022

Cat Sitting on Painting Desk

AI generated image of a cat

This is an AI-generated image I made with OpenAI’s DALL-E.

First I entered tis text:

“A photography of a cat sitting on a table. The table is used for painting 28mm miniatures, tin soldiers. There are a lot of little paint pots and brushes on the table.”

And then I added this:

“An unpainted 28mm miniature looking like a human with a helmet, a shield and a spear.”

Sunday, 31 July 2022

Squirrel Planet / Entry for the One Page Dungeon Contest 2022

Once upon a time a group of friends came across a black squirrel. Since they had nothing else to do, they decided to follow it. After 20 minutes the squirrel disappeared. The group witnessed it going into a tree and because they were curious, they tried entering the tree, which surprisingly worked.

When they opened their eyes, they found themselves on a weird planet, ruled by squirrels. They were soon noticed and brought to the king of the planet. He explained to them that they had to go into a dungeon to either stay on the planet as squirrels or go back to earth with no memory of the planet, if they managed to get out. Otherwise they would all die.

squirrel planet

Space Chicken Fighter (1) In this room the group encounters a space chicken fighter whose special weapon is his dangerous lightsaber which can easily be deadly.

Roboteeth Pony (2) In this room the friends encounter a pony whose roboteeth can do a lot of damage, but the pony can only use them every third round.

Turkey-Platypus (3) A turkey-platypus with dangerously long nails awaits the group in this room. One scratch robs you of half your health points, but the turkey-platypus cannot scratch that easily, because his nails are really slim.

Mutant Space Squirrel (4) This three headed space squirrel is the end boss. It has the ability to teleportate itself, read and control minds and control hair. It’s weakness is that it can’t breath without its helmet.

If you finish the dungeon every character who died will be resurrected and you have the choice between going back to earth without memories of this planet or live on the squirrel planet as a squirrel.

roboteeth pony

[Note] This is a dungeon written by Lina (14), Hendrik (12) and Joaquín (10) for the One Page Dungeon Contest 2022. After reading it, I told them that I thought it was too linear, not giving the players too many options. That it felt more like a film, not like a game.

I suggested a room, room 0, with a large machine looking like a retro arcade, that would show low resolution pictures of the four monsters and had four buttons and could teleport the adventure party to the four rooms. And maybe there could be some spray cans lying around.

My daughter got angry and screamed that they had put a lot of work into this and didn’t want to change anything. I repeated that the jury might find the dungeon too linear. She replied that she didn’t even care about the prizes. Well, I said, but maybe you want to play it with your D&D group and make the dungeon more interesting. Ok, then add a room, if you must, she said.

Tuesday, 26 July 2022

3D Scan of Joaquín's Fimo Troll

3D scan

This is a 3D scan of Joaquín's Fimo troll.

The technician who scanned it called me to ask why I needed a scan of such an object.

I said:
I want to use it as a troll for Warhammer, but it is too big, so I would like to print a smaller version of it and then make a unit of stone trolls or swamp trolls.

He said:
Aha. Interesting.

(To be honest, I want to use the troll for Dragon Rampant, Hordes of the Things or The Portable Wargame, but I assumed the technician wouldn't know any of these games.)

Anyway. The scan is very good, very detailed, but there are holes in the 3D mesh, between the fingers of the troll, that I need to fix before I can print the model and it's far more difficult to do things like Cut & Paste in ZBrush than I thought ...

Tuesday, 19 July 2022

Joaquín's Fimo Troll

fimo troll

My son made a troll out of polymer clay.

fimo troll

I modified it slightly with green stuff. It can stand now. I also added fingernails and toenails. I would like to paint the troll, hopefully soon. I think it will be a great monster for an orc & goblin warband.

Tuesday, 12 July 2022

Hobby Desk

hobby desk

Some things I have been working on recently. Three bamboo men, six Surprise Egg terror birds and a Baryonyx.

Friday, 24 June 2022

Six Kinder Surprise Egg Terror Birds

terror birds

A unit of Kinder Surprise Egg terror birds.

(While I found the first one in an old box of toys, I couldn't help it and had to look on Ebay for more.)