Yearly Archives: 2022

Magnet Cheat Sheet

I’ve got a tub of magnets. They’re random, from God only knows where. I don’t know their sizes, strengths, or what to do if I need more of a particular kind.

So, a couple of years ago, I broke out the calipers, did some planning and (most importantly) took notes. Now, I keep these magnets in a tacklebox, separated and labeled, with appropriately wide drill bits.

All of these are sourced from Amazing Magnets. you can probably get the same sizes from other vendors like K&J Magnetics, but I vastly prefer AM because they list sizes in both metric and, where they list Imperial sizes they use decimals instead of fractions. So: these are the AM item codes.

(Let me take a moment to express the hate I feel for defaulting to fractional Imperial measurements for this shit. Fuck off with this 1/32″ shit.)

If it’s useful, here’s my chart:

R094-0942.38mm2.38mmSmall plastic bases
D032A-N523.18mm0.79mmWarmaster bases
D094A13.97mm2.38mmGW Bases
  D063A13.97mm0.97mmPadding for D094A1
  D032A13.97mm1.59mmPadding for D094A1
D063A2-N454.76mm1.59mmInfinity bases

I also have some magnets that are perfect for the hole in Necromunda bases, but somehow I failed to correctly note them. My notes say “D063A” but that’s not right: those are 3.18mm wide but the magnets I have are 2.9mm wide.

Small, light minis will get R094-094s. Most of my minis get D094A1s, which are just the right depth for GW bases, and I supplement them with D063A1s (which are ~1mm deep) and D032A1s (which are ~1.5mm deep) to help get the needed depth if ~2.4mm isn’t deep enough.

Blogger, I just don’t know

For some reason, I thought I’d deleted my Blogger blogs back when Google perfidiously killed Reader and it became clear that they weren’t not going to be evil any more and should not be relied on any more than absolutely necessary.

Must not have, because I got this last week

The post in question?


I guess I need to just delete the dang thing.

Masters of the Universe: Battleground

I grew up with He-Man. Some of my earliest memories are of base housing in South Carolina, watching He-Man, wandering around the neighborhood playing with the figures.

I’ve kept up with it. My early profile of pic (that I created in Photoshop for LiveJournal of all things over 20ish years ago) lives on as the favicon on this site. Look at the browser tab: it’s The Most Interesting Hordak in the World:

Time and moves (so many moves) has consumed all of my childhood figures, but I’ve kept a lot of the figures from my MOTU Classics subscription.

Hordak and the Evil Horde are clearly my boys. Snake Men a second. (Yes, I need to dust. Shut up.)

So you can imagine the mix of emotions I’ve had about Masters of the Universe minis games. You can imagine the mix of emotions I’ve had that there are (multiple) Masters of the Universe games.

Three games!

  • Masters of the Universe: Fields of Eternia – Archon Studios – I’ve been hyped about this game for years, entirely because it was the first MOTU minis game I was aware of… but I’ve also been frustrated that it’s inexplicably EU only. Outrageous!
  • Masters of the Universe: Clash for Eternia – CMON – This game is almost certainly why FoE is EU-locked. I’m pretty bummed about that. I’m also conflicted: I honestly haven’t gotten a lot of value out of previous CMON minigames… I think they’re mini Kickstarters first and actual playable games second… the minis are the best boardgame minis out there, but they’re also boardgame minis. Also, it’s weird as hell that they’re putting out a DM’d boardgame in 2022 CE. Anyway: I’m all in on it, because it was inevitable.
  • Masters of the Universe: Battleground – Archon Studios – I had no idea this was even a thing; I just randomly noticed a post on the Huzzah Discord (that was simply a repost bot recycling their Facebook posts) that they’d gotten it in. I immediately called and had them hold a copy for me. I don’t know if it’s going to continue to be available in the US; I don’t know how it was made available in the US. As far as I can tell, it’s as region locked as FoE. I’m intensely concerned about my long-term ability to get future products for it.

I’ve got Battleground in hand, and am making tracks getting it painted (probably halfway done). Excited about more coming out, especially The Evil Horde for Christmas… just hopefully I can buy it without having to go through an intermediary.

It Came from the Lightbox: Masters of the Universe

I’m basing my approaches off of Garfy‘s approaches, which has actually been a great experience. I haven’t followed him step-for-step, but I stuck closely enough that I used a lot of colors I don’t normally reach for, and used his mid->Contrast->layers->highlight approach which was new for me. I’m extremely pleased with the results and am making tracks on the Evil Warriors.