Instructable: Arduino Keyboard Joystick Extender Box and Sound Controller Thing Using Deej
Update Jan. 23, 2021: Looks like the Joystick circuit has failed as it no longer toggles the Mute function. Well, I wasn’t too happy with the initial wiring job so this may be an opportunity to update that. A while ago I developed an interest in Arduino microcontrollers, and this is my first ‘actual’ project. […]
For 3d Printing, Levelling the Bed is Finicky
So a week or so ago I tweaked something on my printer. Maybe it was initial layer height. Maybe I adjusted a bed screw. Not sure, but all of a sudden my prints wouldn’t stick to the bed properly. Using the ‘paper drag’ method of bed levelling ‘sort of’ worked. But it really was trial […]
3d printing small board game accessories
I’m really happy when I can combine two of my hobbies. This time it’s Boardgaming and 3d Printing. Often, many games have tokens or chits that are pooled for players to take at different times during play. Usually, these sit in piles around the main game area. On Thingiverse, swholmstead shared this neat design — which I […]
3d Printing Terrain for tabletop games like Dungeons & Dragons
Pretty cool what a little time, 3d Printing technology, some creative design work, and a spool of PLA will get you. I’ve been testing various dungeon components to see how well they’ll work with our play style. And how good they’ll look once painted and finished. The crates above have yet to be finished. Usually, I […]
3d Printing some feet to display photos on my desktop
We had these ugly plate-stand style photo stands for some aluminum photo prints. Had that ‘wrought-iron’ look. Totally not suitable for a very white shot of our dogs. 3d Printing to the rescue. Then I found these simple ‘feet’ on Thingiverse — a perfect solution. I printed off one batch, but had a bit of a flashing […]
More progress on painting Alien Frontiers Field Generators
Work in progress, painting Alien Frontiers game components.
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. Ah well, on the game board at normal viewing distances they look ok. I didn’t want to paint the originals that came with the game so […]
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 […]
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. […]
Painting Mice and Mystics Miniatures — Part 1
It’s been about 20 years since I last painted anything remotely similar to these miniature game figures for Mice and Mystics. I have a lot of re-learning to do. Paint is now mostly acrylic, not enamel. New techniques like Dipping make the work easier. And the differing plastics used on different minis makes each attempt interesting. […]
The Long Dark: Story Mode — Wow!
I’ve been a fan (and Kickstarter supporter) of The Long Dark for a while now, and have played it in sandbox mode off and on. As such, it’s cool and fun! But this trailer for Story Mode gave me shivers. And not because we’re in the middle of a Canadian winter…
How I’m preparing for the new Star Wars movie.
I’m set. We have evening tickets in the swanky-wide-butt seats at the local omniplex. But, I want to revisit the story line prior to the event. So, off to watch the six previous movies I go. Or do I? This post in a local fan group on Facebook has me thinking… do I need to see them […]