Lazy Long Weekend Project

About five years ago, we got a cute little R-Pod 173T.  It’s a trail­er with a pop-out tent to extend the intern­al liv­ing area by about 36 sq. ft.

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Very cute and just the right size to be towed by our Santa Fe.

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A couple of years ago, my very patient wife sug­ges­ted we remove the sofa to make more room inside. (not my photo — found on the tubes)

Bril­liant! Awe­some to have more space.

But what to do with the couch (sofa)?

She sug­ges­ted we (I) fig­ure out a way to use it in our Gar­age-Jang.

Garage / training room.

Of course, I over ana­lyzed it. Here’s my pro­ject sketches to prove it.

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Fast for­ward to 3 years later. Yes, it’s done.

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And per­haps I over-engin­eered it a bit. (ser­i­ously. 2x6??)

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I don’t care. It’s done. It’s sol­id, and it’s actu­ally com­fort­able.

Long Week­end Win!

 

More progress on painting Alien Frontiers Field Generators

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AlienFrontiersFieldGenerator_WIP_2Wow, when you take pho­tos of painted mini­atures, the pho­tos always catch all the rough paint-work and oth­er issues, mak­ing the minis look like crap 😀

Ah well, since these Ali­en Fron­ti­ers field gen­er­at­ors are meant to be played with and not put on a shelf and admired, I’m not too con­cerned.

One done, one in pro­gress and one primed and ready to go.

AlienFrontiersFieldGenerator_WIP_1The orange one’s inter­est­ing. I bought the Ali­en Fron­ti­ers Upgrade Pack. It included a lot of the new colony com­pon­ents, and these field gen­er­at­or com­pon­ents. It’s meant to upgrade the more gen­er­ic ones from earli­er Ali­en Fron­ti­ers gen­er­at­ors.

AlienFrontiersFieldGenerator_WIP_3So this one came without one of the gen­er­at­or arms attached. After filling out a form and upload­ing a photo of the flawed com­pon­ent, Game Salute, the dis­trib­ut­or sent along a replace­ment (it’s the unpainted one in the back­ground).

In the mean­time, I’d decided to paint this one any­way, and am going to turn that gap where the arm mounts into a dock­ing port. I think I’ll be adding yel­low and black ‘alert’ lines around it. We’ll see how that goes.

Then, finally, I think I’ll likely give them a final spray of Test­ors Dul­coat, just to elim­in­ate the shine. I like the way it helps bring out subtle detail and gives them a more ‘real­ist­ic’ look. Must be a per­son­al taste thing developed back in the day when I painted plastic mod­els.

Alien Frontiers — Colony paint complete

Well, I fin­ished paint­ing the colony com­pon­ents. Look­ing at the pho­tos, they kinda look messy. Note to self, don’t rush, even if you have 40 of the little bug­gers to paint.

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Alien Frontiers Colonies

Ah well, on the game board at nor­mal view­ing dis­tances they look ok.

Alien Frontiers colony repaint

I didn’t want to paint the ori­gin­als that came with the game so I had 3 options:

I went for the Upgrade pack, even though my first choice was the Fac­tions Expan­sion. It looks like a neat addi­tion to the game but it’s damn hard to find, either online or loc­ally. Both the Fac­tions Expan­sion and the Upgrade pack include the extra com­pon­ents to allow a five-play­er Ali­en Fron­ti­ers game, using the publisher’s expan­ded rules. So on to the paint­ing.

Before I star­ted paint­ing, I looked at a lot of space colony images like these for inspir­a­tion.

Then I primed the com­pon­ents — 2 coats, first a dark to fill in the shad­ows, then a white, from above only, to provide high­lights.

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I wanted to test some col­our schemes first, so I mocked them up using some image edit­ing tools on the iPad. I took pho­tos against a white back­ground, con­ver­ted the images to black and white, then kicked up the con­trast.

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Then just over­painted the image on the iPad until I found an appeal­ing col­our scheme.

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I like this tech­nique. It lets me work any­where, gives reas­on­able res­ults, and doesn’t cost me any paint to tri­al it.

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Alien Frontiers colony repaint

Next up, the Field Gen­er­at­ors. And I’ve got some ideas for the Rock­et Ships too.

Painting the components of Alien Frontiers

Recently I’ve become aware of a trend to paint the often gar­ishly-col­oured mini­atures and game com­pon­ents you find in mod­ern board games.

My first attempt was with Mice and Mys­tics, and now I’m work­ing on Ali­en Fron­ti­ers.

This time, I decided to pro­to­type my  col­our schemes digit­ally. To do this, pho­to­graphed the com­pon­ents just after prim­ing, so the base col­our has been neut­ral­ized.

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Then I pro­cessed the images, crop­ping them, mak­ing them black and white, and enhan­cing the con­trast and bright­ness to bring out the detail.

And finally, I load them into Pixel­mat­or on my iPad, and Exper­i­ment with lay­ers.

Testing Overlays in Pixelmator iPad

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Hope­fully I can come up with some­thing inter­est­ing 🙂

Oh, and one thing I just noticed while look­ing at oth­er people’s designs, the above Field Gen­er­at­or is miss­ing one of it’s towers. I just assumed that gap was a dock­ing bay or port or some­thing. I’ve con­tac­ted the game pub­lish­er about this to see about a replace­ment.

*** Update *** A replace­ment Field Gen­er­at­or is en-route. More to paint!

Painting Mice and Mystics Miniatures — Part 2

Well, I’ve finally fin­ished them. I’ve learned a lot, and quite a bit has changed since I last painted minis (about 20 yrs).

I think they turned out fine, and I’m look­ing for­ward to my next set… not sure what that will be yet. Maybe some­thing Star Wars.

Here’s a gal­lery of the fin­ished Mice and Mys­tics set.

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