Yearly Archives: 2021

It Came from the Lightbox: Bushido Minimoto

I finally got around to painting the second wave of Minimoto models (and a couple of ronin available to them). Most of them have been assembled for, uh, most of a year and boy were they frustrating in a really surprising way.

I got some new glasses a few weeks ago and it is very clear that I really needed them when I built these models. Every time I looked, I found a new mold line that I’d completely failed to notice and address when I put them together.

Hopefully the new specs keep there from being a repeat.

Unrelated to Bushido: I printed off some Chronomantic Cogs and painted them up in a minute.

Off Facebook

Just deactivated my Facebook account, and it felt pretty good.

I took a one month break from the thing about a year ago, came back to it at like 1% of my previous usage, and then dropped off entirely again shortly thereafter.

I haven’t really missed it. I’ll periodically think about going back and it just never makes sense and never happens.

I feel that, although social media makes life better in small ways (who doesn’t want to be randomly served a photo of a beloved pet, or see photos of friends’ kids?) it clearly makes life worse in very, very large ways (the active, aggressive undermining of our national discourse, the spread of vaccine misinformation that’s literally killing thousands).

It’s not worth it. Meth will make you feel good for a minute but your teeth will fall out.

So, at last: done. Account deactivated. I’m not saying I’ll never come back, but I don’t see it happening right now. No clue what that means about organizing Infinity at the store: if that ever happens again. No clue what that means about running the ODD: if that ever happens again.

Anyway, I’m here and have been a bit more active here. I’m active on Discord. My email’s the same.

No New Minis July – Failed

So, that was a huge failure.

I really thought I could do it, but then Crimson Stone went up for preorder only during the month of July. Lunar went up for preorder as well: I’ve been looking forward to that for a very, very long time and since I’d already failed thanks to Infinity…

I did paint more than I bought, and I did sell more than I bought (I’m trying to unload some projects I’m not going to get to on Reddit)… but I failed to go the full month without buying new minis.

It Came from the Lightbox: Monsters

Kragnos painted up in like a day or two. Very satisfied with him.

These Skaven bastards are what had me jammed up for, like, a month. I bought and built them ages ago when the kits were first released (during WHFB 8E) and never got around to painting them. Decided to do them on a lark, to go with the Saga Skaven I’d painted last year and boy was that a mistake: I had to paint an army of Morats to find momentum on them again.

It Came from the Lightbox: Heavy Gear CNCS

These guys got pretty frustrating to me pretty quickly. The kits are pretty straightforward and modular, but I kept running into places where I just had to trust that plastic cement would hold a weapon in place… only to be let down. Even worse, as I painted them, I was constantly reminded that I built these models before getting my new glasses: there was an upsetting amount of flash and burrs that I should have and could have removed but for whatever reason was still present after being primed and basecoated.

But, they’re done, and with a simple scheme: basecoat, highlight, then everything got oil washed. I’d have liked to do decals but the CNCS decals just didn’t work for me and I wanted to get these guys done.

Workbench

Hugely productive weekend; need to get the lightbox out. Finished my Heavy Gear and Kragnos, made some good progress on some other unfinished stuff. No complaints!