Saturday, March 23, 2013



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Thursday, March 14, 2013

Responding to Google Reader's Immanent Shut-Down

In not-mini-related news, Google is killing off Google Reader on July 1. Reader's a key tool in how I use the internet (in the past I've asserted that if you don't use Reader, "You're doing the Internet wrong"), so I'm pretty steamed about it.

I'll get over the BLINDING RAGE this news inspires in me, but what I hope I don't get over is the lesson this represents: do not over-rely on a single service that might be arbitrarily dropped. This is why Lifehacker suggests you get your own personal domain for e-mail; sure, people can reach me at, but what if something happens to Gmail? I can point to whatever I want it to.

What if something similar happened to Blogger? I'm fast approaching my fifth year of blogging on WarpstonePile; it would be devastating for that to just vanish in a cloud of smoke one day.

Now, you might never expect them to kill Blogger; but then, I certainly never expected them to kill Reader... and with Blogger, there's an active movement within some groups (the OSR) to shift discussion out of blogs and into Google+ (which I've never thought wise).

So, it's a good thing I own You are accessing this via and not, right? One is future-proof, the other, very not-so-much.

So: over the next few months, I'm going to try to transition as much as I can out of the Google world and into something else. I've been a .NET developer for what's fast approaching a decade: I'm already dependent on Microsoft to meet my technical needs: why shouldn't I rely on them for e-mail, for example?

I doubt I'll be wholly successful: I don't know of an alternative to Authenticator (which everyone should use for everything they can use it for). I'm already getting heartburn from trying to move to Firefox out of Chrome.  I'm going to try, though, and in doing so mitigate the risk inherent in overly relying on a company with a proven record of taking things that work away.

This is important: as a result, I fully expect to transition both this blog and my considerably less active RPG-focused OwlbearStabbings out of Blogger and into WordPress over the next few months.
  • This could get a little dicey around here. They might look bad, they might go up or down, or not work correctly. There might be a wagonload of broken image links. Bear with me on all of that.
  • Make sure your links, etc, all refer to and not anything with Blogger or BlogSpot in the address. My domain will go to wherever this blog's new home is. The Google-centric URL will continue to point to Blogger, which will eventually get a "Hey, I've moved!" and nothing more.
  • I really appreciate your patience in this.

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Wednesday Workbench

Not much progress from last week. Painting this big ass hunk of metal without rubbing said paint off of the model is slow-going... not to mention that free time's been pretty scarce this past week.

I'm done with the Librarian, though; the power-axe I'd been waiting on showed up earlier today (along with paint for the Leviathan and the Daemon Codex).

Speaking of which; that's going to be some processing to do, there.

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Wednesday Workbench

Funny, as much time as I spent goofing around my workspace this weekend, it doesn't really feel like I've gotten all that much done!

I've started working on Sammael, but it's slow going. He should paint up, like, lightning-fast... but he's such a big damn chunk of metal that I can't mount him to a grip while I paint him. So, instead I've got to grip the model, which would result in paint getting rubbed off.  I don't want that, so I've been hitting it with some Dullcote once a night, which translates into slow progress.

It's good that I'm finally getting around to painting him; the Sammael model is what inspired me to pick up Dark Angels back in 4E. It's some sort of shame that I'm only getting around to painting him now.

The base is shaping up great, though, huh?  I literally cannot get enough of Cryx Bane Base -> Cryx Bane Highlight -> Khaki -> Sepia.

Also: I converted a Librarian on a bike. I feel like I spent a lot of time screwing around with greenstuff on him and, yet, I don't really see it on the model. C'est la vie. He'll be done when a power axe shows up in the mail.

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Wednesday Workbench

I almost forgot to do one of these!

I wonder who or what that could be a base for...  

I've clearly picked up the Green Stuff Industries Tentacle Makers, and I've been having a lot of fun with it.  It's one of those things that looks useful but unnecessary... until you have one and want to do cables and wires and stuff on everything. That rubble looks dodgy, but paints up well enough. 

Anyway, that's the only thing on the table right now. The Crusader's been primed, but I realized I probably need to invest in some paint, first (which means a Warstore order, since nobody local carries P3).  Hopefully, I'll sort out the above and start putting together some bikers.

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Brood Horror!

I finished the Brood Horror!  Woooooooo!

After a couple of false starts, I finally knocked out the Brood Horror. Although I'm sure I could have finished it faster, I can't help but feel like I got it done in pretty good time.

The ratskin came together pretty easily: I used an airbrush to do the midtone, then backed in some shading, then cleaned it up with a brush before highlighting.

The rashy skin was more problematic. So much of this thing is covered in disgusting, nasty rashes, pustules that I had to do something to keep it interesting. Although my mind's eye had a much more multi-colored rainbow of diseases, I'm happy enough with it.

Now, I just need to put this stinking, foul thing into some games.

Anyway, behold the photodump!

There's a tongue that goes in there, but the damn thing kept breaking off. Finally, I got sick of gluing it back in, so I left it out. The hole for it is probably creepier, anyway.

Some of the sculpting is more than a little dodgy. There are some things that are clearly not enormous pustules, and probably couldn't be anything but rat... but are not very well sculpted. I did what I could; I doubt anyone but me will notice.

Monday, February 18, 2013

Leviathan Crusader!

So, I got my Dreamforge Games Kickstarter reward in the mail on Wednesday.

I've gotten a couple of Kickstarter rewards so far (though, let's face it, not as many as I should have by this point :cough:) and to be frank... as excited as I'd been about most of this stuff while pledging, I've been less excited about it when it showed up. I can't muster the energy to assemble (forget paint) Sedition Wars. I'm debating eBaying my Mantic Orcs. The Red Box stuff'll come out eventually.

For some reason, I wasn't super-excited about the Dreamforge stuff when pledging; interested, but not pumped.  But, when it got here, I couldn't wait to open it up and start putting it together.

Anyway, y'all don't care about that.

I did some Twitterin' about it as I went through the unboxing/assembly process. Might as well repeat it here.

That's a pretty dang big base. Still need to figure out what I'm going to do with it in terms of terrain/decoration, etc.

On digging through the box, I noticed it comes with a screwdriver. That means it's not a model, it's a frakking Ikea kit.

That said: the screwdriver really kinda sucks. I don't advise you using it; grab a different, slightly larger screwdriver and use that instead.

The leg is... big. Because it's a big dang model. That's why i took the photo, but on the second time around it serves a different purpose. See that hole on the top of the foot?  There's a piece that goes there. It's not there on the model, because it's not there in the instructions. This is the first of several skipped steps in the instructions.

Mark's aware of the instructions being imperfect, and has posted some updates.  Unfortunately, the Leviathan Crusader updates only address where the flat-out wrong piece numbers are used. They don't really address the skipped steps.

Unfortunately, momentum carried me through assembly without thinking to take pictures or note the missing steps. If I had a second, I'd do that... but I don't so, c'est la vie.  If you take your time, dry fit your pieces and then look at what the model's supposed to look before you start the next step before you glue anything into place, you'll be okay.

UPDATE: Updated instructions (that hit the missing pieces) can be found here.

Here's the assemble-ished model.  I've taken it apart into sub-assemblies for painting (arms, legs, torso, pelvis, shield, pelvic pistons, smoke stacks).

The painting might start today, but probably won't.

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Wednesday Workbench

Just about done with the Brood Horror. I need to finish up the tail (which I've put off until the end, since it just kept getting in the way) and assemble the dang thing and I'm done.

Also, I'm trying to put all of my characters on cork in the Ork army. It's something I did with my Skaven and it's been Really Effective, and I'd forgotten to do it with the Orks, so I pulled the Warbike Warboss off of the custom base I had to build for him (did I post about that? what a pain) and put some cork in there.

Finally, I grabbed a Predator that I'd assembled a couple of years back, slapped some paint on it, and am experimenting with washes. (My previous Dark Angels were washed with a mix of inks.)

Monday, February 11, 2013

Wolf Rats

Finished these guys up with a good amount of time before the tournament the other week, and finally got around to photographing them.

Of course, in the process, I realized that I forgot to paint the triskelion on the leaping wolf rats. Weaksauce; I'll have to touch them up.

Anyway: photodump!

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Wednesday Workbench

A very messy desk this morning.

After the tournament last weekend (that I still need to write up), I just sat down and started banging away at the Brood Horror. I'm fairly pleased with how it's coming along; I've still got a lot of disgusting pustules and unhealthy skin conditions to pull out; in the end it's going to be a dang rainbow of disease. It's coming along very quickly, actually. I expect that, this time next week, it'll be done (or extremely close to it).

Also: still need to make time to photograph the completed Wolf Rats. I'm pretty happy with how they came out.

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