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There's a new model in the Star Wars Starfighter-scale page... a desert skiff. To be honest, I don't think I've ever really needed or wanted a skiff miniature, but it's there for those of you who do.
Tracy and I visited the zoo not long ago. It was a nice distraction, and I was amazed at how many animals I didn't recognize. When I was a child, I used to memorize the names of countless species and used to watch nature discoveries constantly. This trip made me feel a bit like a dummy, but it also allowed me to recapture that sense of wonder and awe.
I caught the first half of the "Agents of Shield" pilot, and I have to say it... I am not a fan. The plot was thin and confused, the characters were annoying and acted unbelievably stupidly. I love comic books as much as the next geek, but one needs to be careful when adapting one to live-action video; it has a tendency to highlight the worst aspects of the genre. If you ask me, "Agents of SHIELD" should have been about a secret government organization (meaning get rid of all the logos on the cars they frive around) tackling the terrorist group Hydra. I wthink it would have played out much better as a dark and gritty "GI Joe".
I know a lot of people have asked for a Venator-Class Star Destroyer, and now you can download one from the Star Wars Fleet Battles site. Enjoy!
I exceeded my bandwidth again this month, but at least I lasted until the last week of the month. The little tweaks I've been doing here and there seem to be working... just not as well as I had hoped. I'll have to see where else I can save bytes.
I finally got a chance to play a game using the Apacolypse World engine I've been hearing so much about. It's a very simple rule set, but it works surprisingly well. Definitely something to check out if you have a chance.
Two very big changes to the site:
Unfortunately, this updated format is also showing me how much more work there is to do. I need to update all the models fo that they have a more consistent base and so that the flying units are perched higher up (so it doesn't look like they're constantly about to crash into the ground). I need to make more Units and emplacements. I need to work on the rules and stat cards.
I've managed to reduce the file size of some additional models, corrected a couple of broken links, and made a few other minor tweaks here and there.
The Star Wars "Fighter Scale" page has link to Thunderchild's Millenium Falcon model on Deviant Art. It's a really cool model (although a bit tricky to assemble).
Also, I've added a REALLY easy model on the "Other Games" site for those of you looking to add a shot of sci-fi horror!
For those of you who just got finished looking at the format change to the Transformers page mentioned in my last update (the links to the right of the models)... take another look - the Decepticons just got some serious firepower!
I signed up for an ad company thinking I might get some revenue from this site... until I saw how ugly they were. So unless I can preview the ads and select the ones I want, this site will remain add-free (which also means it will periodically go down as I exceed my bandwidth).
But it wasn't a complete waste of time... while I didn't actually post any ads, I realized the space that I was going to put them in would be a god spot for links. So I think it's time for another site revision. Check out the Transformers page for an idea of what everything's going to look like when I'm done.
Oh, by the way... there's a new model on the Star Wars Fighter Scale page. I didn't make it, but I'm sure you're going to love it all the same!
The Star Destroyer model is finally done - you can download it on the Star Wars "Fleet Battles" page. And now that the Imperator classes are done, I can turn my attention to the Venator class. Eventually, I would also like to redo the Victory class, but I don't think that's going to be anytime soon.
I've also started to add the scale and dimensions for these ships, since I'm getting a lot of questions about that (although I have not bothered calculating the scales for models that I plan on retouching). It's actually helping me out a bit... after I took out the calculator, I realized the newly shrunk Mobquet Freighter was actually shrunk a little bit too much (it was supposed to be the same scale as the CR90 Corvette). I haven't decied yet if I'm going to resize it again.
You may not have noticed, but I've been slowly altering the files on this site in an attempt to make them smaller so that I wouldn't exceed my monthly bandwidth quite so often. I think it's helpinga bit, but not as much as I would have liked. We're about 32% through the month, and I'm at 56% of my quota.
Damnit... this Star Destroyer model is really pissing me off. First, I found out that the reference pictures I was using were from different versions. Then I had to redo all the textures. Then I accidentally deleted half of it. Now I just realized that the communicatins / sensor bulbs (what most people think of as the shield generators) on the bridge tower are too low and the long-range sensor array (the horizontal bars between the spherical sensors) is too high. And I think I may have to go back and tweak some of the textures again.
And since I'm in a griping mood, let me tell you about God of War 3. That PS3 game has been sitting on my shelf for a long time, and I finally opened the package and played it. While the game is decent (and the graphics are simply breathtaking), I have to admit that the ending had me seriously ticked off. For those of you that are not familiar with the series, the main character that you play is a bit of a jerk (and that's putting it mildly). He's hell-bent for revenge and doesn't care who gets hurt along the way. In part 3, the game designers take it to the extreme. SPOILER ALERT... he ends up bringing about an apocalypse and destroys the earth in his mad quest for vengeance. So by the end of the game, I have absolutely ZERO empathy with him. To make it even worse, he ends up committing suicide (although the cinematic after the credits implies he didn't exactly die), thus denying us the opportunity to finally see him brought to justice and pay for his many crimes against humanity. It wold have been OK if he killed himself after looking at the hellscape he created and muttering something along the lines of "what have I done?", but no - he's a defiant, self-centered ass all the way to the end. When he's finally reunited with the spirits of his dead wife and daughter, I hope they have some few choice words for him.