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Insult to Injury

November 3rd, 2013 No comments

I’m not going to name the company here.  It wouldn’t do any good.  But here’s my tale.

I was accumulating a 15mm army as a gift.  A large army.  As such it’s generally not something you can do at one time.

By the time it was about 2/3 complete there was no longer a reason to have it, since I wasn’t going to be giving it as a gift.  I won’t get into that either.

The company says I need receipts to return them.  Um, who keeps receipts for extended purchases?  A pack here and a pack there add up over time but I can’t see who would keep all the receipts.

I was willing to pay the 20% restocking fee even though I tend to disagree with restocking fees when I know they just put them back in the bins.  It was worth it to me to get back the 80% of the cost I would recover.

I received an insulting reply insinuating that I may not be the rightful owner of the minis, that without receipts they can’t prove that I deserve a refund, and that I should try eBay.

I did reply with affront but I think I’ll be out the shipping cost and end up with a box full of minis I never wanted to see again much less go through all the headache of trying to sell online.  I’ll be lucky if they don’t try to charge me return shipping.

I won’t be buying from them again.  Ever.  Their customer service has shown me that they don’t really care about the customers that aren’t known, repeat customers.  This is appalling.

If I were vindictive I would make this far more public and be a lot harsher.  Since I don’t plan on patronizing them again I would be burning a bridge I never planned to cross again.  But I know it’s useless since their loyal customers won’t change and there’s no benefit in making a public fuss.  Well, any more of a public fuss than this.

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15mm Ready to Rebase

March 17th, 2013 1 comment

I made ~ahem~ a few mistakes when I started basing my 15mm for Lasalle.  The first mistake was basing for Lasalle.  I’m going to be basing for Napoleon’s Battles – a classic set of rules with basing that will work with most other rule sets.  The second mistake was not sealing the wooden bases before gluing on the minis.  With wood glue.  These were the causes for the problems that made rebasing a necessity.

I live in a semi-arid climate.  I’m still not used to this on many levels.  Because the bases weren’t sealed they absorbed a lot of the water from the glue causing some interesting but unwanted effects with the flock.  I ended up with a stripe all around the edge with no flock.  The other problem was the the whole reason for doing a glue base on top of the main base is so that if the base gets dropped there’s a good chance the entire set of minis will pop off with the glue and cause less damage.  This does not work when the wood glue adheres wonderfully to the base.

Removing them was a chore, to say the least.  These are AB minis and have tiny little ankles.  One of the ones waiting to be based is already broken off at the ankles and will be reattached soon enough.  I’m quite proud to say that I removed all 64 minis without breaking any or breaking off the bayonets.  There’s some bent bayonets but I won’t straighten them out until they’re on their final base.

Yes it looks like the terrible aftermath of a battle and in some ways that’s what it was.  The pile of wooden pieces to the right are what’s left of the original bases.  I couldn’t soak them well enough to pry them off the bases without the real potential for damage so I started breaking and peeling the bases from the bottom to pull the support away from them.  I did soak them a few times and the glue did soften up the in the process.  I will give lots of good press for Litko plywood bases.  They didn’t want to be destroyed and it took some effort to do so.  I also couldn’t use the attached figures as a grip so it was an interesting project for the evening.

I need to get a can of black spray paint to seal the new wooden bases and hope to do that today.  I think I’ve got enough finished minis for at least 30 infantry bases.  I also need to pick up some storage for them.  Since I need containers that are around 2 inches tall it will be easy enough – that’s a standard depth on a lot of them.  I can pick them up in stages since I’m going to get larger containers for these.  I also need to make movement trays and that will help keep them from sliding around in the containers.

As you can tell I’m getting ready to start painting these again.  The goal is to get all the infantry done before changing over to another project.  Mixing it up keeps things interesting.

A brief update

February 3rd, 2013 No comments

I’ve got almost all the navy Dystopian Wars ships painted.  I’m waiting on a replacement part for the carrier and in the meantime I’ve failed my roll against temptation for painting the airships that I have.  It’s not many and the sky fortress seems to have some good tactical value against Russians.  The gaming group has a lot of Russian fleets.  I’ll be posting pictures in batches in the near future.

This is the current state of my table.  I finally found the missing dungeon crawl minis that my friend Michelle is going to be painting for me.  We’ve done a barter and this means there’s a chance that they’ll get painted.  I’m only sending her the nasties and not even all of those.  Barter does have its limits.  We haven’t done the final negotiations.  I didn’t post a picture of the ones that are ready to be painted.

On a final note I’m getting the Hirst Arts kits to make the old WizWar boards.  I bought the wizard minis and I’m looking forward to doing a straightforward build again.  The painting seems to be tedious but I’m thinking it will be a good chance to try my airbrush.  There’s also some fun accessories to make.

A quick status shows that I still have 6 1/2 armies to paint (the CoA one I’ve been painting counts as 1/2 done to me), the dungeon crawl and now WizWar.  Yeah.  Plenty to keep me busy.

Quick updates, no pictures

August 9th, 2011 No comments

Sorry – no pictures right now.  Nothing really picture-worthy at this point.

I did base up some of the 15mm so they would be safe and take up less room.  Unfortunately the basing glue and flock shrank oddly so now I have to figure out how to fix it.  I’m still trying to figure that out since I’ll need to make sure the rest of the army matches.  And there’s no way to remove the minis from the base and start over.

I have over 100 minis prepped for my revised dungeon crawl but none of them are painted.  I canceled my games and my classes for the convention over Labor Day.  With everything going on there was no way for me to be ready enough to give value to the people who signed up.  So I’ll bow out this time and try to get things going for the convention in February.

I feel bad about canceling my painting classes because the only other person teaching a number of classes also had to bow out for work.  There’s a slim chance he can make it but he’s not counting on it.  A few people have offered to pick up his classes.  The coordinator is thinking of not having any painting classes this year because of the two of us canceling.

Why did I back out of everything? Honestly, no time or inclination to prep.  I did build the additional wall sections for the dungeon but haven’t painted them.  I prepped almost all the minis I could (missing bits and pieces for 8 of them) and they’re ready to be painted.  I just have zero motivation to sit down and paint them.

I haven’t worked up the new rules, the new tables, the new treasures or anything else for the dungeon crawl.  I certainly haven’t play tested it.

I’m pushing the reason off on work since that really is taking up more of my time but I think there’s more to it than that.  I don’t plan on going to the con at all, honestly.  I have no reason to go.  When the only thing I do is run games and teach classes then go home it’s hard to look forward to it.

Otherwise not too much happening in the hobby world for me. Our local game store was seized by the state for back taxes so we have no home.  A group of people is trying to get the capital and business plan together to open a new store with a new name in the same location.  But that’s not certain and there’s no dates.  What little interaction I had with the game club is going to be much more difficult as they move around the game stores for different days.

My gaming group hasn’t met since April.  I don’t miss it all that much. I didn’t get the time to try and fit it plus this was a group that has been playing together for about a decade.  Very difficult to mesh.  That and trying to get used to how the GM runs his game made things hard for me to relax and enjoy.

The 40K hasn’t interested me at all.  I think the pressure of wanting to get the dungeon crawl minis done killed a lot of motivation to paint at all.  They’re off to the side so I don’t need to see them.  Except for the ones still in the process of being assembled or waiting for parts.  I cleaned off the paint table pretty well.  That started when my friend came over to paint one evening and I needed to make room.  Then as part of a “tidy up” mood I worked on cleaning off more and generally cleaning up the hobby area.  It’s pretty bare now.

I still have 15mm to paint but the problem with basing the ones I did have painted has discouraged me.  I know I’ll figure out how to make it better but expecting 6 nicely finished stands of minis and getting what I got didn’t help the entire situation.

So yes. Things are going on but there’s not a lot of progress to show.  Maybe I’ll post some pics when I have something to show.

Stupid weather…

July 16th, 2011 No comments

I’ve been saying that for about a week now.  Rainy season, it seems.  That means spraying isn’t possible.

The weather finally cooperated this morning and I got all my painted 15mm varnished.  I’m going to let them set up until tomorrow and then I can actually put them on bases!  My very first ones.  That will make room on the paint table for the next set but also brings up the question of army storage.

Also, I got most of the dungeon crawl minis cleaned, based and primed.  I still have to finish the ones that require assembly and in the hectic world that is Reaper boneyard shopping not everything was correct.  So I’ll be sending an email to them so I can get the last ones ready.

I have a lot of painting to do and the dungeon crawl takes priority over the 15mm.  Sadly.  But it has to be done.  Luckily they just need to be tabletop quality and it looks like I’m going to have more free evenings than I had planned for.

Finally I bought a plastic storage container/shelves that should hold all my paint and a fair amount of my commonly used basing supplies.  Since my paints don’t need to be portable any more I wanted to take them out of the plastic shoe boxes and put them into something more suitable for my paint area.  And it turns out they will still be portable since this particular item has separate plastic bins instead of drawers.  Of course the space where I want to put it is about 1/2 inch too short so I need to move the storage units out just a little bit.  Go figure.

15mm Napoleonics – Continued

June 26th, 2011 No comments

Now that I’m more involved with painting these things and how they’re based (Thanks John!) I’m sorting out the sticks so that I know just what I have to do.

The regiments have 4 stands each:

  1. 4 grenadiers and 4 fusiliers with green poms
  2. 4 fusiliers with blue poms and 4 fusiliers with orange poms
  3. Command stand  – 1 mounted commander (2 spaces), standard bearer, drummer, 4 fusiliers with red poms
  4. 4 voltiguers and 4 fusiliers with purple poms

Turns out the way I have them set up to be painted will work for painting parts of regiments at a time.  I’m a big fan of painting the same kind of minis in batches.  The only difference in the fusiliers is the color of the pom so I can paint 32 at a time (8 regiments of 4) at a time and then paint the poms to make a base.

I was going back and forth about mixing up the marching poses on the stands and decided on keeping the same pose per regiment.  With one exception – advancing fusiliers.

I have enough advancing fusiliers to make up 2 regiments with them in the front of the line.  That makes the configuration slightly different but not much.  Again, pom color makes the difference.

So here’s the sticks of fusiliers.  This is 5 regiments of fusiliers, as listed above.

Command figures – line commanders, drummers and fusiliers.  The standard bearers are carefully tucked away so they can get converted to holding their standards.

3 regiments of fusiliers are also on this flat.

Finally the skirmishers, grenadiers and voltigeurs.

I have stands left over from my original counts and prepping.  But I think that had a lot to do with me not completely understanding the way the game works.

You can see that some of these actually have paint on them.  The way I’m working I should have 6 of stand 1 (see above) ready to be based in the somewhat near future.  The other 2 need the advancing fusiliers that haven’t been painted.

Regardless with some work I can actually have MINIS ON BASES.  Yes, that’s an accomplishment.

My friend Brian gave me some great hints on how to do the basing but I need to get some flock first.  I do plan on getting the flock in the next day or five but I also have to finish painting the minis (damn straps) and then varnish them before basing.  So I have time.

I’ll post Brian’s basing method on the main website once I figure it out and get pictures of all the steps of the process.

Oh come on people!

May 8th, 2011 No comments

I’m just starting painting a Games Workshop Warhammer 40K Eldar army and I thought it would be good to start with Elites because there’s so few of them in a unit.  (Go ahead and insert a Beavis and Butthead laugh because I said “unit”.)

I decided on the Fire Dragon Aspect Warriors because, well, they were the first ones I grabbed out of the box.  After a nice bath in Purple Power to remove the previous paint they were ready to prep and prime.  Which has been done and they’re on sticks so I can paint them more easily.

Right.  Good.  Fine.

Mind you, these aren’t the most current version of the minis.  I got this army as part of the estate from a gaming club member who died a while ago.  So I’ve got what he had in the way of minis.  That’s why I’ve got Eldar.  And because I like painting gems.

So I’m getting started with the base coat and want to see what other people have done with the various and sundry parts of the minis.  I like using other people’s paint jobs as reference and ideas.  Google image search!

Um, yeah.  Lots of pictures of the front of them minis.  Not so much the back.  Yes I know that the front is the “pretty” part but if you’re going to post them please post a booty shot so that the entire mini is captured for posterity.  Get it – “booty shot” and “posterity”.  I crack myself up.  Or I need more/less caffeine.

I’m going to have to make my best guess at how to paint the backpacks.  It’s not like I can paint them incorrectly.  It was more a case of getting ideas and making sure that I got all the bits painted.

I’m taking them with on my trip for the new job.  With any luck I won’t have time to paint them but I prefer to err on the side of boredom.  Minis, brushes, paints (yes they fit in the approved bag size along with everything else) and a small lamp since hotel lighting is never quite good enough for mini painting.  If nothing else I can get the base coats on and maybe start moving up to the midtones.  They’re army minis but that’s no excuse not to make them pretty.

Why oh why?

March 16th, 2011 No comments

Free does not always mean “good for me”.  The game club is starting into Warhammer 40K and I didn’t want to make the investment.  Until I literally got a carload of eldar and high elves (for fantasy) as part of an estate.  So I now I have the makings of at least one army.

Why is this bad?  It’s one of the only factions that doesn’t have set color schemes.  You get to pick your own.  Oh, they suggest them but I never like using canon colors unless required.  So now I have to make up color schemes for each freakin’ troop.

Reading the codex and I’ll be getting a basic copy of the rules tomorrow.  And if I don’t have other plans this weekend I’ll be sorting out what’s in the boxes and making lists.  Then I can start looking into army lists and what I will need to fill in the gaps.  A small investment is fine – a large one is not.  And I also get to strip and repaint them all.  Woo?

Unicorn!

November 22nd, 2010 No comments

He’s actually part of my elf army. If he’s not immediately killed he’s got some cool special abilities. When I play, he tends to get immediately killed.

Reaper 14457 – Silvermaine

He’s been converted by the sculptor to be anatomically correct and there’s a whole story to go with that.

The colors match my army colors and even though it’s difficult to see his eyes are painted in gem fashion to match the coordinating color I used for the entire army. His horn is highlighted the same way. Kind of a nice change from the white/grey typically seen on unicorn minis I think.

Some DungeonBash in process shots

November 8th, 2010 No comments

I don’t *need* this until the convention in February so I’m finally being kind of responsible and not rushing at the end.  I planned it using Sketchup and need to tweak the ‘official’ pieces to match adding in wall segments.  That’s easy.  A few sections need to be enlarged a bit to accommodate the walls and corners.  It won’t matter in game play so I’m not worried.  That and that DungeonBash seems to be a dead game since the publisher isn’t available any more.  Sad.  I would have liked to have shown him the game board.

Yep.  I use my off-brand Legos from when I was a kid as building frames.  Still playing with toys.  There’s a couple of gothic arena pieces tucked in this construction set.

Here’s a nice stack of wall and corner sections.  There’s also a stack of wall bases on top.  I need to use my True Sander to smooth the bottom edge of the walls and then I’ll epoxy them in place.  One thing I’ve learned is that I can use wood glue on almost all of the construction but when attaching walls to floors for pieces that will be handled I have to use epoxy or they snap off.  Easier to just attach them correctly in the first place.

I prepped these tonight and will GENTLY reposition them tomorrow before priming so they’re a little more dynamic.  Reposing skellies is tricky since they can break easily.  I can probably pin the arms back on if needed but would prefer not to do so.  Heck, if they seem weak I’ll probably put in a small pin just to make them more durable.  Looks like the bases on this set will be sand painted similar colors to the dungeon itself.  It’s a cheat but if you’re not cheating, you’re not painting.

By the way – I need two sets of every encounter since there’s a chance that if there’s two random encounters going the second one can be the same as the one that’s in progress.  That’s the luck of the dice.  So not only do I have to paint twice the number of minis I want to distinguish them so each encounter is visibly different.  In the case of the skellies I’ll do different color glowing eyes and different colors on the shields and weapons.  And I’ll be numbering the back of the bases to make record keeping easier.