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Thing a Week 7: Reviews

Thing a Week 7: Reviews

For this week of Thing a Week, I have posted a review of Dying Light by Techland, and Soul Veggies – a nerdcore album by Mega Ran and Storyville.

In addition, since the bi-annual Copenhagen Burlesque party is this weekend, I thought I’d share a project I completed a few years back. I present to you my red LED goggles on a top hat:

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Thing a Week 6: Duct tape holster.

Thing a Week 6: Duct tape holster.

For this week’s Thing a Week, I’m getting ready to go to the bi-annual Copenhagen Burlesque party.

This event requires a costume to get in. This year, I have decided to go with a mix of previous costumes to create a Steampunk Huntsman costume. To this end, I am getting a plastic axe to modify to go with my costume.

The first time I went to the Copenhagen Burlesque in a steampunk getup, I painted a Nerf gun (the Maverick model) to fit in with the aesthetic.

Even though my main accessory will be the axe, I still want to bring the gun.

 

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I’ve made a rough holster for the gun out of black duct tape. At the moment, it still needs some fixin’ – at least if I want to be able to draw the gun easily.

The final big change to the holster will be a strap that runs through the holster, and around my thigh to hold the gun in place. I have decided to wait with that until when I am actually putting on my costume, though.

I am also finishing up my first video game review for the website – I’m reviewing Dying Light! I am mostly done with the text, and am currently editing together a video, so people have their choice of reading the review, or listening to it.

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Thing a Week 4 slash 5: Revenge of the Site Updates™

So, I missed my Thing a Week last week. Things were busy, and having one of my girlfriend’s friends crashing with us wasn’t really conducive to making nerdy things.

I’m still working on the horror’fied Lego figures from a previous Thing a Week, and if all goes well I’ll be able to post an update on them in the next few days. It’s not really helpful that this week and the next 1-2 weeks are some of the busiest at my work, either.

I am trying to do stuff, though. Some of it I can tell you about, some of it will have to stay under wraps for a bit yet.

First off, I’m trying to set up a useful RSS feed to follow gaming and nerdy news so I can get on a regular schedule of blogging about that. Next up, I am currently playing Dying Light on the PC. I will be posting a review of that in the near future!

I have another review on the way, but I cannot say anything about it until a specific date in a couple of weeks’ time.

Lastly, I am still working on my D&D 5e campaign (I finally managed to snag myself a copy of the new Monster Manual). Due to my fellow Nerd Essentials members being in the campaign, I won’t mention specifics…But I am currently in the process of drawing up a world map for the campaign, and doing some world building. I hope to be able to post about that in the near future, as well.

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Hero Forge Miniatures

Hero Forge Miniatures

Last year, I backed a project on Kickstarter called “Customizable 3D Printed Tabletop Miniatures“. It ended up crowdsourcing a bit over three times the amount needed to make the project a reality. It would later be given the more catchy name “Hero Forge”.

The concept is simple: A character creator that lets you choose various and sundry races, poses, items and armor. You order the mini (or statue), and Shapeways 3D prints it. As an added bonus, Shapeways ships from the European Union which meant a speedy delivery that wasn’t held up in customs.

The concept might be simple, but I’m guessing all the legwork behind the project isn’t. On the 9th of December last year, Hero Forge went live. I had pledged an amount that would let me order and ship 3 custom miniatures without additional costs.

I first created my Cleric from a D&D campaign one of my buddies DM’ed over the course of  the last year. I then created the main character from Penny Arcade’s Automata series.

In the end, though, I decided on something else for my 3 minis: Creating important NPC’s for the D&D 5e campaign that I am DM’ing as of this year. Since my fellow Nerd Essentials members Ropo and Noobis are both in the campaign as players, I won’t tell you too much about the characters.

I’ll let you see them, though:

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Without spoiling too much of my D&D campaign, we have (in order): an Elven sorceress, a Dwarven fighter of some sort, and a gnome-sized scoundrel.

At $25 a pop, these miniatures are kind of pricy. I haven’t painted them yet (though I’ll probably show you progress on them in a future Thing a Week blogpost), but they feel pretty sturdy. As for their weight, they have the weight of a mini you might find in a board game – slightly lighter than a Warhammer 40k Ork (the reference mini I have on my desk).

The weapons are definitely the weakest parts of the minis, but that feels like it won’t be a concern. The pictures might not do complete justice to the quality of the miniatures – even clear as they are, I can tell the facial expression on the minis quite clearly.

I am very satisfied with the minis – quality, price and delivery time. I look forward to painting these, and presenting them at opportune times in my D&D campaign – not to mention having the possibility of creating NPC and player characters in the future!

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(Pictured: all three minis with better light, and a Warhammer 40k Ork kinda for scale)

-Barl0we

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Thing a Week 2: Custom LEGOs

Thing a Week 2: Custom LEGOs

This week’s thing-a-week isn’t completely done, but I would like to share it with you nonetheless. It does require a bit of a preamble, though.

Last year, I got a new coworker. He’s an incredibly cool guy, and after knowing each other for only two months, he gave me an amazing homemade sign inspired by The Walking Dead. How amazing is it? You decide:

TWD

 

Now, his birthday was just a few days ago. Unfortunately, it has been hard to find a gift for this guy. You see, he has the most incredible collection of horror-themed toys and merchandise. Thus, I’ve had to think outside the box to find a gift for him.

After much searching, I found a couple of single-sold LEGO figures that I’m currently in the process of trying to turn into a Billy Doll from SAW, Jason Vorhees and Pennywise the Dancing Clown.

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It’s been a while since I painted minis on the regular, so my skills unfortunately leave a lot to be desired. It doesn’t help that my regular white paint has curdled over or something, as well as my yellow and orange. This has lead to some questionable mixing choices, which means I might do something to remove the paint and start all over.

 

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The “Thing a Week” challenge!

The “Thing a Week” challenge!

I often find myself having lots of ideas that I pursue for a short while…And then they just sort of fade away.

I have decided to let 2015 be the year I try to change that. In order to do so, I am challenging myself to produce at least one piece of original content every week. That can be a post written about something nerdy, or a piece of pixel art, or whatever. As long as I post something each week, I will consider the Thing a Week challenge a success.

To get things started, I have two pieces of pixel art I drew in Pixaki on my iPad: I bring you Pixel-thulu and an outline of a city.

Cityscape zoom

Pixelthulu

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