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    The Miniatures Appreciation Thread

    Another game last night, this time a white wash to my opponent. I could see it coming even before I got to the store. He asked to play the Kuragi Crisis stage two YJ mission as I said I'd bring YJ and I didn't actually read the mission until I left home, with a list I wanted to try out that was in no way suitable for the objective or the faction I was facing. Which isn't to take anything away from how my opponent played, but when you bring a hacking heavy list with only two anit material CC weapons to face the unhackable Caledonians guarding an objective that can only be destroyed with CC anti material weapons you know you're in for a bad time. Compound that with me mentally throwing in the towel beforehand and not thinking enough about deployement and then manageing to fluff the second roll of the game and get ARO'd through smoke and losing my MSV Level 2 Spitfire and it swifly went down hill. But it was a learning experience, and I needed to understand what this list can do.
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    The Miniatures Appreciation Thread

    Is that resin? Pour some hot to boiling water over it briefly and you'll eb able to move it to the right position.
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    Quick question guys - what colour do you think I should go for with the central trim down the jacket of the model in the centre below? I was goin to go orange, that being the army's primary colour, but with the shoulder pad and wrist thingy I was thinking it might be a bit much.
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    To be honest It helped me see the definitions on the mini. But preshading is much quicker, definately.
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    I just wanted to see how it would go. I haven't ever painted over pure black before, and other than what's on most of the rest of the scheme is black, dakr grey or dark green.
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    Going in very rough and ready with the shades.
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    Your creative process of writing.

    *casts Necromancy on thread* I've been writing and being published for a fair few years now, have been shortlisted for a several awards, eben included in Best ff Anthologies, and have a very understanding publisher whose patience is wearing thin at me blowing through the second annual deadline of the novel I promised (I have reasons), and I feel confident enough to answer 'what's your process' with a solid "Fucked if I know". Although I'm guessing I understand why you're aksing. Were asking, I suppose, it eing 10 months ago. I've geon through several approahces to how I write over the years, and the process is still evolving, and I guess will always be evolving. I've tried preplotting, laying out every item that happens in a story up front, pantsing and everything in between. I've found that, for me, a broad strokes outline to begin with works best. IE, "There's a bloke, he's a X in a Y land. A happens t o him, so he does B, this sets of C, leading D until eventually E" and then I go from there. The key is that Anything can change along the way, and to accept that, but when something does change I never go abck and rewrite everything to accept that change, just make a note of it and move on. If you insist on going back you will never finish anything. And then there's short stories and novellas, which I tend to approach by having a basic idea I want to explore, pointing my fingers at the end and going for it. Of course, that's just me, and as always YMMV. And the reason my publisher is still waiting for a novel two eyars after I said I'd get it in, I signed the contract just before I moved into a newly built house, had a third child, and started a very demanding day job. I've actually written the bugger, but it's supposed to be a YA book, with a max of 60k words. I've worked with the publisher alot though, so I was given leeway up to 80k. Which does not help the 120k monstrosity I have on my harddrive. Which isn't yet finished in first draft. I'm currently wondering if I should try andf cut it down, or try and convince them it's a duology. Anyway, I mainly write in the place below: I have three kids, a marriage, a full time job and hobbies. My main writing times come on the train to and from work, if I can geta seat, and lunch breaks, if I'm not swamped. I aim for 250 words on each train journey and 500 at lnuch, but that's a minimum, and will usually go for 300 / 600. It's a struggle finding what writing time is available to you, but when you get that time, guard it with your life. I'm lucky I have an understanding wife who supports me and, more importantly, earns a lot more than me. The deal is once when she gets her next promotion I'm going to cut down to part time or quit for a while and just write. It will be bliss. Anyway, hope that helped some.
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    The Miniatures Appreciation Thread

    Progress shots. Need these done in three weeks, which is like lightning speed for me.
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    Nice. I still have to finish my own Aleph stuff. Good to know it will pale in comparison to whatever you end up doing here
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    Ooh, what are you painting?
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    The Miniatures Appreciation Thread

    Had a great game of Infinity last night. I won, but it was only down to some truly horrible dice roles from my opponent in his last turn. He was ahead three points to zero in the last round, he'd killed or immobilised all but one of my specialists that o needed to flip a console for a point, and he surrounded the console with his remaining army. All he had to do was hack one more thing on roll of a ten or less on a 20 sided dice. It took him six rolls to do that, which depleted his order pool, allowing me to run my last specialist up, flip the console, and send my big stompy robot around the corner to clean up, putting me one point ahead. Even after all that it came down to the second to last order. The last run was a comedic flip flop of my TAG shooting one of his specialists with stun ammo, giving the other one a chance to react and come out fo the stunned state I'd just shot him into, and then again and again. Anyhoo, it was fun. We were playing a practice mission for an upcoming tournament and my list was in no way optimised for it. I'd brought along models to allow my big TAG to kill things and few models to push buttons. In the end my TAG ended up killing All The Things, and I had one button pusher left, so it worked out. Never underestimate immense firepower.
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    The Infinity Australia FB page's painting comp for July is any single mini, so I'm doing this one: I actually a have a few to do, but I'm using his comp as an excuse to get them all out in amonth. I'm not aiming to win, but I have my first tournement (yay!) in August, so need these finished ot field an entirely painted force.
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    I stand corrected. Those are quite fetching.
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