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I'm pretty behind on my blog posting and I'm trying to get caught up a little. Over the last several months I started using an airbrush to do my basecoating for all my miniatures. Last year I had picked up a cheap airbrush at Harbor Freight with the intention of trying it out. Couldn't really go wrong for $9. It sat in its box for a good year before I finally broke it out to try. I actually didn't own an air compressor but was borrowing a friend's...
Hey, gamers! This week’s efforts on iToysoldiers are mostly behind the scenes. I’ve been working on cleaning up some of the artifacts from changing approaches to various elements of the site. So if you take a gander at the site right now it doesn’t look like much has been done. Couldn’t be further from the truth, actually. Lots of navigation improvements, some profile improvements and I’m well on the way to being able to provide Pyramid Leagues on the site. Here’s the list of what’s been done: 1. Replaced the “favorite” and “endorse” flags for galleries and feature requests respectively with...
It's been about a year and a half since I purchased 2 of the Space Marines half of Assault on Black Reach starter set. Decided to finally get started on painting the 2 tactical squads. However, in the middle of painting I realized that I'm short 2 boltguns and 2 backpacks. I vaguely remembered the ebay auction I got these from did mention that a couple marines were missing some pieces. Hmm, well that kind of sucks. I decided I would try and cast them from the ones I had. Problem was I was already finished painting all of them and I wasn't sure if the instant mold would affect the paint. I...
This has been a long time coming. I went with a pretty simple, quick and easy paint scheme. My base coat for all the armor is plain old Krylon gray primer. I then just did base coat colors with no shading or highlights. I decided I wanted my space marines to be easy to paint so I made up my own "dip" using Liquitex matte gel medium mixed with water and black paint. After some testing to get the right viscosity, I applied it to the whole miniature and what you see is the effect. Of course it's not up to the quality of most of my Protectorate of Menoth miniatures, but I won't be spending as...
Whew! I’ve been super busy this week. Not only have I added a whole whack of new features, tightened up some of the displays and permissions, started taking a gander at making a companion mobile app for the site, but Apocalypse came out! What a delightful week. So here’s a list of the stuff that’s new: First and foremost: I have a BBCode signature icon that pulls game results and put’s ‘em in an image so you can share your gaming exploits on the various forums you participate in. You can get yours at http://itoysoldiers.com/widgets Here’s what an...
It’s been a busy busy week in the development of iToysoldiers. Here’s a list of what I’ve been working on: 1. I completed the code for Round Robin Tournaments. Challenges are automatically generated when a tournament/league is started so everyone involved can see the progress of the event. If you’re interested in running a round robin league/tournament using iToysoldiers you can drop me a line at http://itoysoldiers.com/content/war-zone-request . It’s pretty cool. You can see a sample I’m working on at...
Greetings, my friends. This week at iToysoldiers we introduce the Ladder League. One of the things I've been doing is lurking on various forums and soaking up all the discussions around the trials and tribulations of running a league or campaign for miniature war gaming. Most of it revolves around record keeping and communication. Well, I'm super happy to announce that iToysoldiers can now manage a Ladder League for you! Features include: 1. Automatic ranking based upon game results. 2. A listing of all participating players (based upon their indication of league membership on iToysoldiers)...
I'm so pleased with what's been implemented over the past week. 1. There's a new looks to the user profile page. It's modeled on the stats dashboards from a couple of different computer games. I think it looks pretty slick. 2. I've added campaign badges to events and (when they're available) leagues and tournaments. Woo hoo! If you want to see how it looks check out my profile at http://itoysoldiers.com/users/sizzly . The panel that says, "Recent Campaigns" shows two examples that I put in place for the apocalypse games I've...
Greetings, kids! This week on iToysoldiers there's been a couple of visible changes: 1. The player profile has a bit more stuff on it. Stats summary, recent achievements, that sort of thing. 2. The Calendar is now up - although I'm still working out how I want to handle permissions for that sort of thing. 3. Battles can now be tied to EVENTS! So for those who played a game at the Club day on Saturday you can tie it to the event. Why? 'cause when I get the event pages all pretty it'll show a break down of the event's battles and stuff. 4. Not so visible: I'm working up the code for a Ladder/...