New game planning.

My bunker year as I call it is going well. I have bought significantly less stuff this year and even finished painting my Astra Militarium army.  I screwed up a few times. (Four new novels, Captain America Expansion for Legendary. Atomic Robo comics.)

But curiosity has gotten the better of me. I decided to try Pathfinder. I have not bought any of the books or the beginner’s set. I merely sat down to play at the local Pathfinder Society.

I have missed playing RPG’s. it was nice.

Also a friend of mine wants to try WarMachine. He has a daughter now so 40K is a bit out of his reach.

Problem is, I can’t buy any new games yet. It has not been a year yet. There is no rush for these but my curiosity burns for new worlds and to try new things.

So I am going to have to re-think how I approach my goals.

Alum Experiment one

So I had the idea a few years ago to grow crystals on my 40k models. I wanted my Space Marines to have a frosted look to their armor. My first attempt used sugar and water. This worked well, until the humidity in the basement spiked which rehydrated the sugar. It turned into a syrupy mess as can be seen on the Vindicator. I asked around for a suitable replacement chemical. I was told Alum (Potassium Aluminum Sulfate) creates highly stable crystals.

The tools:

Hot Plate

Spray bottle

Soup Can

One pound of Alum

(Not pictured) A metal stir stick.

Spoon for scooping.

Box to contain mess.



Heat water to boiling.

Supersaturate mixture. (Put Alum in until the water can’t absorb anymore. You’ll know it is saturated when crystals sit on the bottom of the can.

Use spray nozzle to apply mix.

Let it sit for a few days.


Before Picture of Vindicator.
Before Picture of Marine.
Can of left over mix.
After picture of Marine.
After Picture of Vindicator.


The effect I had been looking for.

I like the results. I will have to try dipping the models to see if that spreads it evenly.

Holding pattern

Sorry for the radio silence. I ended up having the urge to play Fallout New Vegas and kinda got sucked in completely. But I finished that and the DLC’s for it so I can get back to other projects.

At least I could if mowing season hadn’t started yet.

And I need to save money for a renovation.

Also the septic system backed up into the basement.

So I am back in the holding pattern of saving up money and working three jobs.

Good times.


Well, this week my Dell Inspiron 2350 died after 16 years of service. Whenever I plugged my smartphone into it, it seemed to become unstable. This gradually grew worse and worse until it wouldn’t load Windows XP anymore. I managed to do a repair using an install disk sometime in November. But this time it was too far gone.

I’m scrapping it. I already have 3 towers that sit around. I do not need a fourth.


Another problem that cropped up is I have to replace a furnace. I have enough money in my stash to pay for it. Still, it stings a little.