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Wizards and Hobbits
By atreides (Thu May 07, 2009 at 12:15:09 PM EST) (all tags)
I'm a little amazed that I managed to start and complete a terrain project and still be a father at the same time...

So a few days back, I was looking in some of my miniature/project piles and I ran into a package of trees that I picked up at a hobby store. I usually don't get stuff like this because, well, it always costs more than I'm really willing to spend on such things. They price them for folks who do model railroading who usually seem to have more money than sense (in their defense, I pay vast sums for little plastic fighting men so I guess I'm nobody to judge anyone). In this case, I found a package on clearance and paying $15 for something I wouldn't pay $25 for is acceptable. Actually, if the price point was $20, I'd probably buy more stuff like this because as long as it's not a total gyp, I'll spend $20 on almost anything. Hell, $20 is one lunch or dinner at some places or one 4 drinks at a bar if you're lucky. That's beside the point, though...

So I've had these trees sitting around for months and I decided that I wanted to do something with them. I was thinking about a making a modular forest, basically, a bunch of bases with trees on them so I could put them on the filed and they would mark forested area and provide a little cover. With 38 trees in the pack, together they could make a nice little copse. The only thing that I couldn't figure out was how to base them. You see, MDF (medium density fiberboard [in this case, much like the wood backing of a clipboard]) is a traditional and sturdy material for basing, but it requires basic tools for cutting and shaping that I don't have. What to do, what to do? Well, the answer hit me one day while I was sitting at my computer. Blank CDs. I have a big ass spool sitting around that I use at the average rate of one a month. They're good sized but not too big, sturdy and plentiful. Perfect!

Saturday, I spray painted 11 disks black and let them dry. Sunday, I painted the tops of them brown like earth. Monday, I glued trees to the disks, three to some, four to others. Tuesday, I flocked them with my own homemade flock to simulate grass. Wednesday, I sprayed the flock down with hairspray to seal and harden the flock (yes, hairspray). And today I have 11 little stands of trees. They're each big enough to hold a Dreadnought, an attack bike, large stand monster or several small models in base to base contact. They're also small enough to fit on top of many of the hills and other terrain features I own. Several laid down together gives a good sized forested area and they look good from arm's length. And more importantly, I still managed to meet my regimen of bottle and nipple washing, diaper changing and other child care related obligations. Woot as the saying goes...

The Despoina is a month old as of yesterday. I never really understood how many disposables a newborn can go through in the first month until now. Good thing we're planning on changing to cloth when she gets a little bigger. Yesterday, along with finally losing the umbilical cord, was her first time with a sitter. Auntie Party Girl was nice enough to watch her for a few hours while the Basilissa had some work done on her hair. Usually, when she's willing to spend the money or something so frivolous, she has someone work on her hair around once a quarter. This time, I don't think anyone's done anything with her hair since the wedding so she deserved it. And the sitting charge was only a 12 pack of beer (not consumed until afterward, I assure you). Rates like that we can handle!

Tomorrow, we leave for L-Town for the annual (though late) Hanamatsuri party the Welsh Parents throw every year. The Despoina usually does pretty well in the car. Hope she can handle a trip like this. If so, it bodes well that we may one day be able to take her out to Marfa with us, but that a fish to fry on another day. Also Saturday, Welsh Girl's 106 year old aunt will be having a birthday luncheon that we will be attending. In another two weeks, we'll be going back for a graduation and her grandparents anniversary. And I think that Welsh Mom may be coming down the weekend in between. Apparently the webcam conferences with the Despoina may not be enough for her.

My own mother (and I do mean The Most Difficult Woman in Christendom) came by over the weekend. She brought Welsh Girl a Mother's Day present and sat with the Despoina for a while. She's become a lot nicer since the baby came. I guess that's something. Still can't bring myself to make too nice with her, though.

I wonder where I could get a cheap ping pong table. With an official 9'x5' size, I bet it would make a great 40k table. A folding one would be perfect. I could fold it up and put it in a corner when I'm not using it. Combine with my plan to have a bunch of MDF cut into 2'x2' squares and spray painted to approximate different terrains (green for grassland, tan for desert, white for ice, gray for urban and maybe a few others) and you could make a hell of a table to fight on. But that's also a fish to fry on another day...

That is all.

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what are the current baby stats? by StackyMcRacky (2.00 / 0) #1 Thu May 07, 2009 at 02:22:01 PM EST
weight, etc?

At this very second, I'm not sure... by atreides (2.00 / 0) #2 Thu May 07, 2009 at 03:15:15 PM EST
...but she got back up to birth weight last week so she's probably 10 lbs by now. She still has the appropriate number of fingers, toes and heads so that's encouraging. If she's gotten longer, I can't tell because she stays scrunched up pseudo-fetally all the time.

I have little information to give in that regard. I'm a bad father. :( Absolutely terrible! :P

He sails from world to world in a flying tomb, serving gods who eat hope.

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not a bad father! by StackyMcRacky (2.00 / 0) #3 Thu May 07, 2009 at 04:04:21 PM EST
they only throw a zillion facts at you, and they change all the time.  who can remember that?

i have to stop and think every time they ask me what my son's birthday is.

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Actually, they throw a bazillion facts at her... by atreides (4.00 / 1) #4 Thu May 07, 2009 at 05:14:32 PM EST
I have quickly figured out that my primary function, as far as most baby-related professionals are concerned, is to carry the heavy weights and whip out the charge card while they give Welsh Girl the pertinent information. I'm not saying they disregard fathers, but they don't pay us more attention than they have to.

He sails from world to world in a flying tomb, serving gods who eat hope.

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-1: racist by Dr H0ffm4n (2.00 / 0) #5 Fri May 08, 2009 at 05:38:11 AM EST
where is tps12 anyway?

not a total gyp

You can't call me that yet! by atreides (2.00 / 0) #6 Fri May 08, 2009 at 07:12:58 AM EST
I haven't even started ranting about the jews darkies!

He sails from world to world in a flying tomb, serving gods who eat hope.

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you met sammy davis jnr?!! by Dr H0ffm4n (2.00 / 0) #7 Fri May 08, 2009 at 07:42:52 AM EST

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