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30Mar/200

Gaslands – Final touch

We're in the next round in Gaslands - last week I showed you the first steps in painting the car and today we'll finish it as promised. The base colour for the chassis was Plague Brown. But before I started to set the accents I made sure I separated all parts by mixing Parasite Brown and Black. With this I traced all the ridges on the car. Parasite Brown was also the color I used for the shadows. I mixed Parasite Brown about 50/50 with Lahmian Medium to create a wash.

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" I said YELLOW! This isn't yellow!" shouted the freelancer angrily.

 The pretty repairwoman smiled gloatingly and said:

 "Freelancer, you just don't listen - I told you I'll fix your car and the parts will be available in any colour as long as it's Rutherford Green."

29Mar/200

Weekender – Home Office Week 2

We're closing on week 2 in the home office. So what happened since the last weekend update? We had two reviews this week, supported some local stores, stocked up on candy and craftbeer, ordered at three miniature companies / FLGS that are currently missing out on sales due to closure and cancelled events.

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27Mar/200

White Dwarf #452 March 2020

Earlier this week the March issue (number 452) of White Dwarf arrived. This is the subscription cover, showing a a full artwork scene between the Space Wolves and Thousand Sons lead by Magnus the Red, created by Jaime Martinez.

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The regular cover by Kai Lim shows a Space Wolf riding a giant wolf.

23Mar/200

Gaslands – Painting the car

Welcome back to Gaslands! After we have chosen and prepared the right car last week, it's now time to paint. There is also something to consider here. For the base I primed the top and the chassis separately, so that nothing of the interior would be visible later, and the outside was re-sprayed in white, so that the later main colour, yellow, would not need so many coats for the base colour.

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"What did you do?" asked the mechanic as the freelancer drove his car onto the ramp.

"You should see the others," he replied.

"So Julia, what do you think? Can you get this thing fixed?"

"I will definitely have to replace the wheel and the front suspension. More I can only tell you after a thorough check-up," she replied.

"Okay," said Dino "what will this cost me?".

" We still owe you a few cans and a favor. Don't worry about it for now, we'll talk about the money later."

That was good enough for the freelancer. He threw the key to the beautiful mechanic, which she caught elegantly in mid-air. It was a shame that she had joined Rutherford's gun freaks. She could have been a great asset to his crew.

22Mar/200

Weekender – Home Office Week 1

So, the first week of social distancing is over. I swapped the coffee at work for a cup at home, and on friday we even had a virtual after hours drink. Where we used the infrastructure that was used for dailies, stand-ups and other meetings, for a beverage of your choice and some off-work chat. Working longer than a day or two from home was a bit strange at first, due to the lack of personal interaction, but thanks to my amazing colleagues and employer it went very well.

A side effect was that I gained an hour a day, that I wasn't commuting, and was spend on having breakfast / dinner with my family. And due to the fact, that most of my friends were in similar situations, most had already setup the facilities to work from home / participate in video calls, so we came together in the evenings for a chat and some virtual wargaming gathering a bit more often than usual.

19Mar/200

Adeptus Titanicus – Civitas Imperialis Spires

In addition to the square building blocks and habitats of the Civitas Imperialis, Games Workshop released in 2019 a supplement to that kit, the Civitias Imperialis Spires, covering church spires and ecclesiarch buildings.

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The spires kit is set at 25 EUR and covers a pair of identical large sprues, covering bases, small cathedrals, towers and spires. And of course comes with an assembly instruction.

18Mar/200

Adeptus Titanicus – Civitas Imperialis

The first terrain kit released in 2018 for Adeptus Titanicus were the Civitas Imperialis. It was part of the initial Grand Masters edition of the Adeptus Titanicus Horus Heresy boxed set.

What's the point in reviewing a 2 year old kit? Well, first of all it completes the Manufactorum Imperialis review I just did, and the second reason, the Civitas kit didn't receive the coverage it deserves. It bears more potential than the regular, small buildings on the box or shop description show. For that reason this review will provide an introduction to the kit, that I'll continue with further build(ing)s using the bits and pieces provided from this kit.

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Because the interesting aspect is, that the design of the Civitas Imperialis kit picks up the initial terrain design of the 1988 and 1989 boxed sets.

16Mar/200

Gaslands – Building a car

The car growled along hard. A quick look in the rear-view mirror confirmed Dino's worst fears - he wouldn't be able to shake off the scavengers in this terrain. A strange feeling of calmness overcame him. With routine he checked the armament of the car and put his semi-automatic within reach.

   Suddenly the car slowed down and with the handbrake pulled, it turned on the spot, but was carried onward by the centrifugal forces and for a few more meters, until it came to a full stop. The scavengers, visibly irritated by this manoeuvre, had in turn halted and lined up opposite to the freelancer.

   "Nobody has to get killed, man! Just give us what you got and we'll drop you off at Rutherford's nearest garage." their leader shouted.

   Three vehicles, Dino thought. A cross-bike, a buggy and the leader's car. That wasn't fair.

   "Give up freelancer," the leader repeated his warning, "you can see there's three of us."

   Three against one. That really wasn't fair. They should have brought reinforcements, he thought, stepped on the gas and raced towards them.

 

And with that, a warm welcome to Gaslands! Most of you have heard of this small but fine set of rules from Osprey Games, which is played without miniatures, but with toy cars instead. Well, I'm not a car fanatic, but I like good stories, I like to be creative and I have a passion for fast, dynamic games. So this is just what I get with Gaslands.

In the rulebook, I noticed especially the campaign section in the back. You start with 30 cans and continue to upgrade your car or team during the course of the campaign. But before it can start, it needs a car first. In my supermarket there's a small area with Hotwheels at the checkout and I grabbed one. This Copo Camarro was the basis for freelancer Dino's car.

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15Mar/200

Cancelled events and getting by in the current situation

Quite the weeks behind us and surely some interesting times ahead. I had to take a time out until last monday, as I was bed-bound for over a week. Work in the meantime was quite different, as many took the option for home office and almost all of the events were cancelled due to health concerns. So a lot less interaction with other people.

And those concerns spread out into our hobby as well. A lot of smaller and midsized events were cancelled, and even large one as the Adepticon. Games Workshop re-scheduled the huge preview they had planned and will provide it in an online variant. So far, Salute stays stubborn but I guess that the government or venue will take care of that (and they are waiting for that to happen due to liability issues). The way they went through with Hammerhead this weekend seemed unwise to me as well.

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Any how, I'm sad that these action have to be taken, but I am rather safe than sorry. So I'll take a raincheck and will visit events after this whole thing has sorted out. In the meantime, I am pretty sure most of you have a pile-of-shame and some kind of hobby-related backlog, that is the perfect activity for the upcoming weeks of quarantine, isolation or other precautionary measurements. Either shop at your local gaming store or preferred online shop of your choice, stock up on primer and paints and get it going.

14Mar/201

Testing 3D printing services

For the Adeptus Titanicus project I already got into 3d printing and had some terrain printed for gaming and base purposes. So far I only had access to a FDM printer, that my buddy has in his mancave / lab.

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I have my eye on additive manufacturing and often come across that topic on work related tours, as in the last few years at Formnext. At these there were quite a few resin printers and samples showing miniatures and action figures, much closer to the needs of a wargamer. Resin printers are a bit more difficult to run and in the consumer field, the printing area is rather small so only works for smaller prints / pieces and is quite time consuming.