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physt

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  1. physt

    Atomic Games Workshop Crew

    That's a whole lotta yellow hector! I have a whole pile of 15mm Gauls staring at me accusingly from across the hobby desk.
  2. physt

    Cloud chasing

    That's fkn sweet! There's just something magical about those things. When and where Damo? Judging by the uniform that looks like earlier rather than later in the deployment? PMSL seehund. You're a sexy beast mate! Mind you, that crazy eyed bugger in the background of the first photo looks like a stoker who's eyeing you up for breakfast! If he is a stoker though... who let him out?
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    Cloud chasing

    The lesson here today kids is that your integrity is worth much more than bolstering your self worth with grandiose flights of fancy. Liars really grind my gears, but even more than that, those who lie about military service. Making false claims of active military service is to show incredible disrespect to those who have been called upon to do so. Not because veterans deserve some special place in the national heart, we don't; not because veterans are heroes, we aren't; but because trying to claim the kudos for active service without having ever experienced the hardships before, during and after said service. It's a disgusting, low act. Because I'd hate for seehund to be left accused of the same type of claims without evidence he's calling out Chris for; I'm the friend he's referring to who is an old family friend of AIRCDRE Rod Luke. In the interests of not making claims which can't be supported by evidence, here is a couple of photos my father took of Rod (in the green flight suit) and his mate who were flying that Tiger Moth in a round Australia Air Race back in the very early '80s. These were taken during a stop over in Mt Isa which is where I spent my early school years. There is another photo of my sister and I sitting in the cockpit, it's not in my photo album so I think mum and dad must have it. Bottom line, the story Chris told was so ridiculously fanciful, Rod was never in danger of getting a phone call asking WTF? It was quite obviously an ambitious tall tale from start to finish.
  4. physt

    Cloud chasing

    This thread is hilarious. Keep it up chaps. :-)
  5. physt

    Lego

    My son and I build a display for the Brick Expo in Canberra this year. One can never have too much Lego! The build in progress. The completed display at the expo. This was after a massive rebuild when my beloved's k9 companions ran through the display two days before opening day! Here are a few of my favourite photos from the Expo.
  6. physt

    Atomic Games Workshop Crew

    Nice job with the Chaos minis Hector! I'm still painting and playing. Mostly 15mm ancients these days using the very excellent Sword and Spear rule set. A few of our gaming club have been poring over the pre-release Sword and Spear: Fantasy rule supplement and we're all excited about dusting off our old WHFB minis and re-purposing them. I had a few mates at MOAB this year playing S&S. I'll couldn't make it but I'll be trying again next year. Would be very interested in a review on Tanks.
  7. physt

    Atomic Games Workshop Crew

    Way overdue in posting this, but a few mates and I got together on the 600th anniversary of Agincourt to eat food, drink beer, smack talk and play a game of Sword and Spear. I have a shitload of piccies here. To set the scene, here's the hilarious email invite my mate sent out prior to the day. Gentlemen. And Frenchmen. This Sunday is Agincourt Day. When we few, we happy few, we band of nerds, shall converge upon my games room and enter into furious melee with man dollies and bucketloads of dice. At stake is the reputation of two great Kingdoms. Can the English go 2-0 up and wipe the French from the boggy fields of Agincourt again? Or will the French finally have the opportunity to wipe clean the stain they earned with such infamy exactly six centuries ago? And in the process make up for their disastrous showings at Blenheim. And Moscow. And Waterloo. And all through 1870. And most of WW1. And the brief bit of WW2 before they gave up and became Nazis. And Vietnam. And Tunisia. And on the weekend against the All Blacks? Only time will tell. And after the Army Break point has been reached and the dice have fallen silent those lucky few who were witness to history will be able to look back and say 'I was there on St Crispin's Day in the Year of Our Lord 2015. I was part of history.' So, come ye for an afternoon of feasting and fighting. Proceedings will commence at noon with lunch of some sort or another. Probably comprising roast animal. And then the fighting shall commence. The scenario rules are simple. The field consists of two sets of woods, one on each flank, which gradually constrict the field into a fairly narrow pass. In the middle of that pass are areas of ploughed ground represented by sections of field terrain. The woods are classed as difficult ground The ploughed fields have a few special rules: every time a heavy infantry or cavalry unit moves or fights in a section of ploughed field, roll 1d6. On a 6, that section becomes difficult ground for HI or cavalry only for the remainder of that game TURN. The section remains rough ground for everyone else. They are classed as rough ground BUT If a unit straddles more than one field section, test for the one the unit occupies most. This represents the bogging down of the heavy unit, but the possibility of finding better ground later or another unit finding a different path through. The armies will deploy roughly in their historical positions. The English in a concave V, the French in 3 successive 'battles'. There will be a couple of rules on unit placement, described on the day. The first to break their opponent wins.
  8. physt

    #BoycottBali

    Nice post. Did you wear a blue cap in Timor? Yes, Sky UN Blue with white embossing, ASNCE based, a country were the fishing is absolutely amazing. Hmmm... because Australia have always had the best interests of Timor Leste at heart haven't they?! As for the boycott Bali nonsense... I think The Shovel summed it up best.
  9. physt

    Lego

    I see no problem with 70,000 bricks. Anything less than 10,000 is a bit of a problem.
  10. physt

    Atomic Games Workshop Crew

    The dips are an interesting thing, but don't bother with it in cooler temperatures as the dip won't run into detail. You will also need to have a can of Testors Dull-Cote handy because the dips leave the model very glossy. I've found the Army Painter washes to be a much better option.
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    Atomic Games Workshop Crew

    That right there is a problem mostly associated with Games Workshop miniatures. For what you get they are heinously expensive. Your comment on the previous page regarding washes and large surfaces bears revisiting. Hawkeye is spot on when her says to pick out the details on large areas. I never really ran into this problem until I painted a Necron monolith many moons ago. It would have streaked terribly if I had tried to cover the entire thing in wash. I should probably also mention (for reference) those mobile artillery pieces I painted on the previous page are only 30-40mm in length.
  12. physt

    Atomic Games Workshop Crew

    Mate, I slather it all over. Judicious use of washes can hide a multitude of sins! :-) These minis have had exactly the treatment I described in my post above. Strong tone over the coloured parts, and a 50-50 mix of blue and black ink/wash over the metallic parts. I then dry-brushed the coloured panels using a pale green, and the metallic parts with a silver. Read up on dry-brushing before you try it. It's a dead easy technique, but it can be easy (and tempting) to overdo it. These minis are from D-Wars so are micro-armour scale. On a mini as large as a Dreadnought, edge hilighting might be a better way to go as dry-brushing could make the panels look a bit chalky and dusty. Don't worry too much about the direction of light sources for something as simple as general edge hilighting. Just hit all the edges with a paler version of the base colour... maybe add a very pale (almost white) edge hilight where the edges meet at corners. Once completed you'll add a level of depth to your miniature which can't be had using solid colours only. I would only very rarely water down washes and only if I had a particular subtle finish in mind. Wet palette's are great for blending colours and increasing the working time of your paint, but they're unnecessary for washes.
  13. physt

    Atomic Games Workshop Crew

    Scadartus, the Dready looks good. IMHO some weathering and wash would really make it pop. I'm not sure what the GW equivalent is, but something like Army Painter Strong Tone shade on the coloured parts of the model, and a mix of blue and black ink/wash on the silver parts. Follow that up with a bit of hilighting and you'll see details really stand out for very little effort.
  14. physt

    Atomic Games Workshop Crew

    Make sure you post up a critique on how they play.
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