Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Map musings

I think what I may do with my Greyhawk map is to glue each half-map onto its own piece of foam board and just butt them together in use.   Trying to glue them both onto the same sheet, and then getting them to match nicely, seems to me to be a recipe for disaster and disappointment.  As Homer Simpson says, "trying is the first step toward failure, never try."

I was looking at various you tube videos, and while many suggested using spray adhesive, I think that "archive quality glue sticks" might be the route to take for me:  more wiggle-room and ability to take things slowly, part by part.

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Working on my "To Be Painted" Bin

First, a squad of medieval polearm guys

Second, a dark ages European archer and an Asian Archer (I have no idea where either of them came from), and 2 were-rats in bed sheets.

Sunday, May 7, 2017

A Little Painting

I painted a set of 5 Robin Hood miniatures I bought, I think back when were about to briefly play Traveller a year and half ago or so.  They were already based and primed, and I was up for some painting.

I tried a "parchment" colored wash instead of the miracle dip.   It isn't so overwhelming, but also isn't quite as good in bringing out the detail as the dip is.   The "Little John" figure is the best (second from the right), I could totally see using him for a ranger PC.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Tooling around with D&D 5e

Since my daughter Katie has started playing some D&D5e with some of her friends, that got me curious about it.   I wouldn't buy it when it first came out, since it was like $45 for the PHB, and we were deep in Adventurer, Conqueror, King at the time.

Now, you can get the PHB for less than $30 on Amazon, so I am giving it a look.

At first glance it seems most like 3rd edition,  uniform advancement, stat bonuses, multi-classing ascending AC and so forth are all very 3rd edition.

But, I am starting to notice some really cool things about 5th edition.

1)  AC inflation.    A few dragons and supernaturals (demons, devils, celestials etc,) have an AC over 20, but they are rare.    Also, the "to hit" bonuses are very, very narrow.   First level characters (and even commoners) have a +2 to hit, plus STR bonus, but 20th level characters only have a +6 to hit.

So, for example, an Ancient Red Dragon has an AC 22 (near the highest I could find), a common Guard has +3 to hit.   So, even a guard doesn't need a natural 20 to hit one of the toughest thing to hit.

With AC and to-hit flattened out, in actual combat  low-level monsters are still dangerous in large numbers.

Conversely, say you have a 20th level fighter with 20 strength, that's +6 to hit plus +5 more from Strength.  A guard has AC 16, so you don't even automatically hit him (you'd need a 5 or better).

I think that this is simply amazing and what I've been looking for in D&D for a long time.

2)  Spells:  casters can use Cantrips at will, and most casting classes have a cantrip that does some damage, so wizards can make some sort of magic attack all the time.   I mean that's why you want to play a wizard.
The other thing is that they've, in a way, nerfed most "Save or Die" type spells.   For example, the dreaded "Hold Person" requires that you maintain concentration.  Polymorph is the same.   Flesh to Stone requires several saves be failed before permanent stoning.   Even invisibility requires concentration.   Other spells, like Phantasmal Force, Phantasmal Killer, and Color Spray are actually much better described and mechanically clear cut.

It's a lot to chew over, but I am actually very pleasantly surprised by its general goodness.

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Back to Painting

 Here's a new batch of "Trench Fighter" WWI US soldiers
 I've dipped Puma Man at last
A Texas Ranger official Savage Worlds figure

Thursday, February 16, 2017

I kind of miss painting

I've done all my pulps, and we seem to have all we need.   I miss painting.  It's very relaxing.    Need to get something.   Hmmm.   I could tidy up some bases and some of the overtly splotchy dip spots I guess.  I do have that townhouse model to put together.