Practice Minis are done!

This post is about 3 days late, but I’ve completed my practice “warm-up” minis and I’m ready to start work on Pinnacle’s excellent 12 Last Parsec minis

The are two minis that are the same. The lady with the broom in Pic #3. One is metal, one is reaper bones. I painted them both as an experiment for reaper bones. I wasn’t disappointed. The cost difference is well worth the slight degradation (and even less apparently once painted) in sharpness.

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Miniature Painting after a 2 Year Hiatus

I’ve been too busy working on our¬†new (for us) house (hence the lack of posts too!) and just a couple weeks go I finished my study. What does this mean? I get to start painting minis again! ūüėÄ

I’m way out of practice, but these speed paints of some role playing miniatures for my Savage Worlds games are any indication, I’ll be doing well enough when I get around to painting the models I’ll need for Chupacabracon in May. The game will be a custom one-shot of The Last Parsec based (very, as I don’t recall seeing anything other than the¬†trailer) loosely on the movie Deep Rising (1998).

I’ll add more info and post pics of the Last Parsec Minis as I start on them¬†this weekend or early next week.

But for now here’s some work-in-progress pics of my Ral Partha minis:


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OWC 2.5″ Tray Installation for SSD on MacPro 2009

Aha the last piece of the puzzle (until I get my memory upgrade later).¬†This article covers an OWC 2.5″ Tray Installation for SSD on MacPro 2009.

Here’s the OWC 2.5″ ¬†Drive Tray installation… took longer to pull out of the box and take pictures than actually install (and much longer to write this blog post!). As I noted before I connected my SSD and installed the drive on the Optical Bay SATAs for OS Installation via Time Machine backup of my 13″ MacBook Pro ¬†(2010).

It really ¬†WAS this simple. It’s a lovely box!

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Open the box, pull out the tray. I put the SSD next to to make sure the hole align (note that it came with screws in this kit!)

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Slide the tray into an open bay until you feel the drive push in and it’s flush.
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The speed differences on the optical bay SATA  and motherboard are minimal, standard SATA2 speeds. If I feel adventurous I may get a SATA3 PCI Express card for it, but these speeds are more than enough for my uses.

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MacPro Sata2 on Optical Bay Cable

This tray is definitely worth the money — 2 thumbs up!

So far OWC has great kudos in my book for supporting non-supported Macs such as my new (to me!) 2009 MacPro.

Spamalot! at Backdoor Theatre in Wichita Falls! June 6-28

I’ve been casted in Backdoor Theatre‘s production of Spamalot! as Robin, the Brave. We’re in our 3rd week of rehearsals and it’s been a blast!

James Beaman as Sir Robin
James Beaman as Sir Robin

There’s a pretty challenging song and dance routine with this character. I’m stoked to rise to the level to perform this song.

I’ll have updates and perhaps backstage rehearsal pics as I have permission and time to post them. ¬†Until then RUN AWAY!

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Infinity Fluff – from YouTube

Just a quick post of my Infinity Fluff Playlist for possible Newcomers to Infinity the Game

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MI6IEHmEaNY – [ENG] “Infinity the Game” Fluff 1/9 – Intro
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ezishF133io – [ENG] “Infinity the game” Fluff 2/9 – PanOceania
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SXfgmhtjCMY – [ENG] “Infinity the game” Fluff 3/9 – Yu Jing
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=APrnXvi3Uio – [ENG] “Infinity the game” Fluff 4/9 – Ariadna
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y2zSeg_rvSk – [ENG] “Infinity the game” Fluff 5/9 – Haqqislam
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZTDKIU6_avk – [ENG] “Infinity the game” Fluff 6/9 – Nomads
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IweakMUILgw – [ENG] “Infinity the game” Fluff 7/9 – Combined Army
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Eh_qwsDpmSQ – [ENG] “Infinity the game” Fluff 8/9 – ALEPH
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sOfzPMQnVlo – [ENG] “Infinity the game” Fluff 9/9 – Mercs

Infinity Tutorials

With¬†Infinity¬†quickly gaining interest in the local gaming group, I’ve decided to post my How To Play Infinity Playlist with videos produced by the folks at Corvus Belli.

The intros are basic, but very easy to follow. There’s so much depth to the game ¬†that it’ll take us a while to get it all right.

In the next few months I’ll be posting more about my Infinity experiences. My free time is about to be even less with work and a huge personal project coming up — so don’t wait on the edge of your seat ūüėČ

Bell of Lost Souls Articles Concerning Infinity the Game

Painting the Two Player Warmachine Boxed Set – Menoth – Part 1

Step one: basecoat areas that will be white with thinned GW Dheneb Stone

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Wash all the new basecoat with a slightly thinned Agrax Earthshade

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Drybrush areas with Dheneb Stone

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Drybrush with Skull White

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Basecoat the cloaks with Liche Purple

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Layer with Warlock Purple.

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The next step will to wash the cloaks with Leviathan Purple Ink and start working on the metal and other purple borders.

Laptop Hard Drive Crash

Yeowsers. When it goes down, it goes down fast! I knew it was coming a few months ago so I purchased a spare hard drive to archive/install to.

Took about two and a half hours to recover my apps, data and settings and lost only one of my virtual machines (Windows Vista, for IE9 testing) and a few other Apps that I decided to just reinstall from the App Store, but I’m back up and going with all my old settings even without using Time Machine as my backup source.

Well played, Apple. Well played. Now to use Disk Utility to do a partition copy of my Windows Boot Camp to the new hard drive–we’ll see how that goes ūüėČ

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