|2014 Donations: $25
2014 Ad revenue: $0
Yearly cost for this site: $25
Honestly, I have no idea why I get so many downloads for the old SW:SBG paper minis (I can't even remember what "SBG" stood for..."Stratgeic Battle Game" maybe?) I strongly suspect that someone posted direct links to the files, because the number of hits I get on them are greater than the number of hits for the Star Wars 2D page (which is where you're supposed to download the file from). So that means that either I've got people making direct links or else someone is going to that site, displaying the PDF file in their browser, and constantly hitting the "refresh" button!
At any rate, all that should stop immediately, as I killed the "miniimperials.pdf" file.... you'll find a squad of Stormtroopers has been added to the "miniempire.zip" set instead. Hopefully, that should help reduce the bandwidth (the old files were terribly, terribly inefficient... the current Imperials set takes up a quarter of the space at only 566KB).
If you are one of those people who downloaded "miniimperials.pdf" every other day, please drop me a line and let me know why. I would really like to know! :)
A special "Thanks" goes out to Nathan, whose donation has paid for the remaining 2014 upkeep for this site!
If you look over to the left, you'll see a new "Aliens" button. It doesn't contain any new content yet; it's basically just a place-holder for some upcoming models.
I've also decided to remove the "Shadowrun" button, since there's hardly any content on that page... that will probably be the next update. It's a shame - I love the Shadowrun world, but the game mechanics are too clunky and I haven't played it in many, many years.
Tracy and I went to see American Hustle the other day. It's the first time in years we've actually gone to a movie theater (inconsiderate crowds, filthy venues and insanely overpriced tickets have taught us to enjoy watching movies at home), and I have to say that we thoroughly enjoyed the film.
I made some minor tweaks to the Star Wars Tactical Battles rules, but I'm sorry to say I don't really have anything else to offer right now. Work has been rather hectic, and I'm finding it a challenge to get motivated at home.
A very special "THANK YOU" to Dan, for giving a donation that covers 80% of this site's 2014 maintenance cost!
Happy New Year's everybody! For this year's resolution, I've decided to try creating an initial product line for some models I can actually sell. Like for real moneys and stuff. They won't be hosted here (no way in heck am I going to invite that lawsuit), and I have no idea how long it takes to get an online business setup (don't want to start until the product line is ready), but I'm still pretty excited about the prospect.
This site will remain up, and I still have lots of plans for more free stuff to be added ( this, for example), so don't worry about where you'll get your Star Wars / Robotech / Transformer paper minis!
Happy Halloween, Happy Thanksgiving and Merry Christmas.... I guess it's been a while since I've last posted, huh?
I would like to say that my silence has been because things have been busy at work, but the truth is that I've been wasting a lot of time in Azeroth. I downloaded Warcraft 3 and played it a bunch, and then went back to World of Warcraft and was absolutely amazed at how much the game had changed (I quit around the time Cataclysm was coming out). It is SUCH a better game now! And understanding the back-story from Warcraft 3 makes it that much more enjoyable.
Tracy and I also went to see the Improved Shakespeare Company again. And once again, I was blown away with how funny those guys are. Go see these guys if you get a chance!
I've got a couple of models that are either really close to being finished or that I need to start over from scratch... I haven't quite decided which. Since all the papercraft on this site is intended for gaming use, there's a balance that needs to be struck between being easy to make, nice to look at and sturdy enough to play with. Sometimes one gets sacrificed for the others. The model I'm working on right now looks pretty close to what you see in the movies, but I'm trying to figure out a way to make it sturdier / easier to assemble (it's a pain in the butt to assemble and has 2 really weak joints). Oh well.
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!