[elg] is dead… long live elg?

I had the depressing experience of presiding over the death of my 13 year old gaming club last tuesday :(

The club had been loosing money every week for the last year (something which we the commitee should have combatted, however with only two out of the five volunteer positions filled & me getting my noodle throughly stressed out in spring this year the commitee was mainly Dale so credit should really go to him for keeping the club running at all), this was mainly down to a venue move a couple of years ago to somewhere was f’kin expensive (but to be fair every venue in Edinburgh is this price, and our previous venue literally fell apart because it was under charging for its space) and that the change in venue & week night meant a couple of groups left the club for other gaming spaces within Edinburgh. So looking back the economics make the clubs demise seems inevitable, but its still a shame.

Anyhoo moving forwards, so the club’s assets (no money left, i’m talking about terrain & boards here) have now mostly been distributed to the last year’s membership. With the 40K & Infinity players mostly deciding to re-locate to a store’s gaming space (Red Dice games – Facebook link – Tuesday nights) at the bottom of leith walk; and the Boardgamers mostly deciding to try out a new gaming ‘charity’ (Ark Games Club – Facebook link – Wednesday nights) which meet at the church at the west end of princess street.

So the community still exist and games will still be played in awesome spaces with lovely terrain (yeah i know im bragging here stay with me), and I’d like to think that if elg has a legacy that it still lives on in facilitating the gaming community and helping these places inspire great games to occur… any way that is my hope :)

On a personal note I’ve found that being able to draw a line under elg has released alot of pressure from me mentally that I hadn’t realised i was under, but i suppose that the slow death of something you loved and felt that defined you in some ways will do that to you. So elg is dead, but long live the community and may your games forever be awesome :P

Nick

P.s. I woke up this morning with a terrain idea thats been part formed in my head for a while now, and realised I can just make this for my own amusement and don’t have to justify the expenditure to anyone (well maybe my wife;) which was quite a liberating experience and inspired me to potificate the above. Anyhoo should now go get our toddler up out of bed :)

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Refurbishing Terrain – complete

*phew* so six months later than I’d planned but here are these two finished terrain sets. Unfortunately I’ve had some mental health issues caused by my work :( which have kept me away and meant that I’ve missed some planned posts about – Laser Cutting (really enjoying my new toy), Airbrushing terrain (god send more on this at some point), Rubble/detritus (or how to make a build look more natural and not just stuck on a bit of wood), Textured spray (or how to make painting a less trying process) *sigh* missed opportunities but i’m sure I’ll swing back to pontificating on these topics at some point.

So probably not my best work but i’ve enjoyed the results & have learnt some new things about incorporating custom made Laser Cut bits, but anyhoo pictures:

And here are some closer pics of my favourite buildings in these two sets, they are all mechanicum buildings which probably says something about me.

These two sets though similar in look are very different in average terrain piece size & number of pieces per set (one has fourteen, the other nine!), so it will be interesting to see how these differences impact on gameplay (& yes terrain should impact on gameplay otherwise why bother with it at all!).

Hope this amuses,

Nick

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Refurbishing Terrain – part 3

Woo for it being tetris-ed into the boxes but *pfft* there is alot of bloody terrain in these two sets. It’s been taking me an entire evening to do what I see as a small step which has been taxing my enthusiasm (that an a grumpy 2 year old is exhausting). So anyhoo now got the terrain to the slightly depressing black undercoated blobs stage (i.e. matt black so you cant see all the detail i’ve spent months adding) so last night, even though i’ll probably have to redo it later, I put a dark grey drybrush over the bases and its nice seeing the base detailing come back.

This was also a suitably brainless task that I could do whilst also running off some Terraforming Mars player boards on the Laser Cutter (more on these when there finished). With laser, water pump, extractor fan, laptop, tumble dryer, bike battery charger & IPad playing music it was quite a loud room last night but very productive at least :)

Hope these amuse

Nick

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Refurbishing Terrain – part 2

A thing worth noting about Laser Cutters (or 3D printers for that matter) is that they are a tool, not unlike my old fretsaw or a craft knife. They make the creation of more things possible but they don’t actually make terrain for you, and there is still the requirement to put all the components together and finish the terrain piece… that being said new tools are fun.

So for the last month i’ve been slowly making edging & floor tiles to add onto these two terrain sets, and i’ve got to say that they look kinda good. The next job is to snip the remaining Cities of Death bits and glue them on as debris, then add some sand & gravel texture all over, then paint. Heh sounds like i’m almost done when i say it that way ;P

Anyhoo here are some pics of the sets so far:

Hope these amuse

Nick

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Chinese 40W Laser Cutter

Yay! So my new toy of a Chinese 40W laser arrived a couple of weeks ago and I’ve been trying it out doing some Christmas labels. For anyone considering buying one of these I recommend doing lots of online research as there are lots of resources out there from other hobbyists more skill than I (so I won’t be badly repeating there advice, but will add some links), my only addition is that for a precision instrument they are really crappily put together so be prepared to dismantle & reassemble some parts to make them work properly.

However, that said the level of cutting precision is frankly rude; I was doing a test piece for setting the laser focal length of 50.8mm but when the piece cut and I measured it with a caliper it came out at 50.3mm I was grumpy for maybe a whole second before it occurred that the error was less than half a millimetre (about the thickness of a finger nail!). Incidentally this also told me that the cutting width of the focused laser is about half a millimetre, which is interesting fact to store for later.

So after a bit of design work in Inkscape (and some replacement control software – K40 Whisperer) I’ve started creating edging and floor tiles (whoop will never have to cutout cardboard tiles again!) to go on the GW terrain sets that I’m refurbishing at the moment. I’m unsure whether the bricks detailing will come out after painting but we’ll see I suppose.

Cheers

Nick

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Refurbishing Terrain

My gaming club (ELG) has had two sets of the old Games Workshop ‘Cities of Death’ terrain for about 10 years now, and as you can imagine it has been pretty battered over the years. But to Games Workshops credit the terrain is still sound and it’s only the glue joints that have worn out, so my advice to people is stop dissing GW they make good product and its worth the price!

But anyhoo apparently the terrain requirements of 40K have changed over the past few years, with more favor now given line of sight blocking terrain (over ruins or area terrain), so this has allowed me to re-build these terrain sets into something more appropriate to the current game.

I’ve also taken the opportunity to make these sets pack more easily into our storage boxes by choosing two specific heights to rebuild these buildings to, and put them all onto lighter raised bases.

Hope these amuse

Nick

 

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And I’m back…

So, after a couple of year hiatus (due to a small cute thing) I’ve come back to gaming at my local club, and for my sins taken back up the Caretaker post again. After four years away from the committee the club’s terrain is in worse condition than I could have hoped, however on the plus side their bank balance is healthy so I’ve got plenty to play with to turn that around.

Which begs the question when your supplying a regular attendance in the mid-forties what do you do first. My choice (maybe showing a bit of OCD) was to tidy and by that I mean open every box, assess each piece of terrain for damage, then sort & re-label the best bits into boxes for continued use & record a repair priority for the box. After an eight-hour stint of this I got through about two thirds of the club’s terrain, and realised two things. First: I have made an f-ton of terrain for [elg], Second and more usefully: This is going to take a while to repair/refurbish.

Also weighing on the club is that they’ve now moved to a new venue that hasn’t yet proved secure storage, and that the club’s gaming boards are now further away from the main hall than in the old venue also there a bit tired looking & very heavy (as my sore back can attest).

Hmm so lots to do… but on the plus side lots to blog about :)

Cheers

Nick

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