This Week in Hobby – 6.14.17

It’s been a busy week. Working overtime and several Saturdays. Really is cutting into getting hobby stuff done lol.   But I’ve made some progress on things. 

I reused the tin from the old sheds we tore down to protect the wall for the woodshed area. 

I’ve also got the woodshed area framed … 

… tonight I’ll try to get the rafters in – and sow blocking.  I should have to tin roof on by tomorrow. Then it’s on to the larger roof to cover the area between the garage and tall shed. 

I have had time to start priming my larger industrial MDF terrain. I’ll be using the rusty red as a base – then I’ll try out using salt as a weathering method. 

Lastly, I’ve decided to take the dive into Arena Rex after picking this set up at a great discount (used). 

I have really loved the look of these figures … I’m planning to purchase a couple more. And I’m really looking forward to making my own arena 😄.

That’s it for me.  I’m hoping to wrap up the construction this weekend so I can get back to game related stuff for a few afternoons. Next after a short build break on the list will be back to yurt stuff. 


This Week in Hobby – 11.7.16

It’s kinda been busy the last week or more. I’ve been trying to button up outside project stuff before winter arrives. I have had little hobby time really… but here is what I did get to.

I finally sat down and got to work on my Dark-Age objectives. These will represent the few times the objectives have the “Blocks Line of Sight” & “Impassable” keywords. I’ve got a few ideas for the “Does Not Block Line of Sight” & “Impassable” objectives… but that’s another project.

Back on task … I visited my local area plastics seller. And picked up 2″ dia. tubing (blue). And 2″ dia. caps. All 1/8″ stock.

I used the glue recommended by TAPP (the plastics dealer). And I glued on the 2″ discs to cap the tubing on one end. I had them cut the pipe down to 6″ long sections. I also special ordered the black pillow filler and picked up the little LED light strings on Amazon.

I took some of the filler and stuffed a small wad into each tube. Filling about 1″ of the bottom – loosely.

I then wrapped the lighting around lumps of the black filler – adding more as needed until the lights were all able to fit.

I made sure to add a thin layer of filling to the outside of the bundle so the lights were not all against the blue plastic.   Another thing was that I was sure to wrap the lights battery and control switch in filler – to obscure it from being seen. This was then wrapped with lights.

I made sure the switch was at the bottom of the completed tube. I’m mostly done with these – I still need to come up with a base – and something to easily get to the on and off switches.

I’m hoping to complete these this week. – we will see.

Outside projects like I have said have kept me busy. Here is a big one … trimming a row of overgrown arborvitae from along our property line. These were all mostly over 25-30′ tall. We “trimmed” them down to 8′.

Cutting up the logs, trimming the limbs and burning the bits as we go. We are about 1/3 the way through the 27 or so in the row. And the difference is striking. Suddenly we have so much more light in out back yard lol.

Another urgent project came up last Thursday- while digging around a waterline. I needed to redo the water filler setup for the yurt. We’ve had it in an insulated box outside the yurt. This was connected to an existing project faucet feed when we built the yurt.

Well while exposing the lines to be redone my son hit the line and split the waterline.

Water shot over the yurt – we had to turn off all of the water and the next morning make repairs.

Luckily, the hole and split in the pipe was just short enough for me to use a good union to repair.

I had him doing a lot of the work for the repair – good skill to have – fixing problems you create lol.

The first attempt didn’t go so well. The water pressure “popped” the union. So after the water lowered some I doubled down and got things extra snug. After redoing some of the positioning.

Things held without leaks through the weekend. But it’s all exposed and it’s a mess.

I’ll be shutting the water off again this week and totally redoing this. The faucet will be moved and the filter stuff taken out completely. The filter will go into the yurt – and I’ll redo the shutoff valves as well.

Back at the hobby table… I had some extra pvc laying around and I decided to make some more scatter terrain.

I simply superglued this together – added some fine wire wraps and glued that into place. I added some damage and will primer it shortly.

Lastly, I started putting some paint on Murtros… one of the Dark-Age Brood leaders. I saw online someone’s version of him painted red. So I’m painting mine similar – it looked very nice – and striking.

Only got the base red on now – I’m hoping to get him finished this week.


This Week in Hobby – 10.10.16

Well things got pretty busy for me last week. I found myself this morning thinking I missed posting a couple things.  So before things get to far I’d better take care of it. 

Last Tuesday I got my 3rd week BloodBowl match in with my friend “Evil” Bryan and his team “Pork Belly”.  His was a Gnoblars team. First time playing against a Gnoblar team … they are grabby and have ogres. It made me wonder again why can’t I have a troll in this Stunty league. 

Back to the game … it all started out well – I received the ball at kickoff and proceeded to slowly move down the pitch. 

About midway through the first half I had moved from the left side and swung over to the right to try and outrun the ogres (whom hit really hard). This seemed to be going well until I left just too much of a gap in the ball carrier protection. 

A Gnoblar blitzed in – knocking the ball loose and it bounced into the stands. The happy fans tossed it back on the pitch – but way down the wrong way lol. 

I scrambled to get gobbos back on the ball – but before I could a slimy Gnoblar snatched it up… 

And with two goblins hot on his tail he ran it in for the score with 2 turns left in the half. 

This is where things start to go bad… I failed my rolls and two of my cheaters got caught. And with two rounds left in the half I was receiving again. At this point I also was running tight on players due to the ogre hits as well. 

I received and did what I could – but to no avail. – time was to short and the half ended.

This was crippling … I failed rolls and cheaters again got tossed out of the game.  Compounding this… I failed all my rolls to get my knocked out players back in the game. 

I kicked off  for the second half …- and Pork Belly did well to kill time and slowly move the ball. 

I got a blitzed on the ball carrier finally late in the half … but I just could not get a handle of that slippery ball.   Eventually, it popped and squireted out back to mid-field. 

It was all a bit too much – the bashed and bruised Gobbos ran out of time and teammates to secure the equalizer. TöeJam falls 0-1. 

I made some key mistakes in this game and really lost sight of some of my special rules. I need to do some prep work before next game to get back into a better coaching mind. 

Hobby work,  I got back to work on this set of stairs.  And things seemed to turn out well with it. 

With the handrails and doorway it looks good. I’ll get to repainting the whole building this week. 

INFINITY – to the surprise of the Sunday gaming group I showed up to play some infinity. They are on their second / or third week of a learn to play league.  I’ve been wanting to come down… but the day conflicts with my normal Sunday home schedule. But this weekend I got lucky. 

I got a 200 point match in with Darren “Gamer Geek” from the club. He’s learning the game just as I am. 

Infinity is a very crunchy rules game when compared to Dark-Age. It’s very rules dense and has lots of granular bits to learn to really get a handle on things. I know I’ll need lots of games to really figure out how to use my USAriadna. 

I had fun – and we ended up with a draw. I amassed more primary objectives. But my opponent scored extra bonus points in the end. 

Thanks to my opponents… it was an encouraging hobby week.  I’m hoping to get some more hobby time in this week… we will see.