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Everything posted by GypsyComet

  1. The electricity bills must be staggering.
  2. A friend is also building this set of kits, and has noted that the top deck of the Feng Huang building is too narrow to actually put models on that will meet the requirements for Infinity (room for the entire base) unless you leave the little shrine/roof access building doorless and/or not attached. Moving the railing outward would help, but you have to know to do that before you start...
  3. Yeah, as the build-a-little-paint-a-little work flow model is not my ideal approach, I'm working up to the Alcabaza stuff by noodling around with the Alpha series a bit first.
  4. Mine has arrived, and I got the other LE Studio B building in a trade, so I'm in for the long haul.
  5. I'll be adding a light kit to one of mine. (Which reminds me that I need to get some velcro for the battery and replace my cheapy hot glue gun, as it seems to have vanished.)
  6. I think the snowed trees can be de-snowed with hot water, though it might take *really* hot water. Alternately just line 'em up and re-spray them green with the snow in place. Alien world and all...
  7. I picked this up last week without giving the visible instruction sheet much of a look, and noodling around with it over the weekend found that it needs that odd "rotate the last wall into place vs two other walls at the same time" step. The loose tolerances needed to make that possible make the whole building a bit loose. While I suspect the corner bits for supporting the roof in non-Objective mode might help, I'm curious if people build this kit fully (except maybe the roof/floor) or if they leave it collapsible?
  8. Yeah, I would love to use something like Bandua's platforms, but they're a bit much to cover a table with, and not quite stable enough in large numbers. I love the railings, though. Thinking out loud, a raised ring (like CNC's plain raised stuff) perhaps three feet square, with walkways at table level around the outside. The center has the tall rig itself, and the ring has tanks and buildings. Pipes everywhere, of course.
  9. I think they were using some old toy line with girders and platforms, but all brightly colored. and very tall. A great spectacle table for a convention but tough to store and transport unless it came apart. I didn't see the set up or tear down, so I don't have a sense of that aspect.
  10. Someone built an oil platform for a supers/spy game at a local convention a couple years ago. I'll see if I can find a picture.
  11. If you can find any, the Polymeric "brown stuff" holds an edge exactly like green stuff doesn't, as it has no memory effect. You can blend them, or most any pair of two-part putties, together to get intermediate properties as well.
  12. CA and PanO are most common, with YuJing next and Ariadna after that.
  13. Ordered one of these yesterday. I look forward to putting it on the table.
  14. The Atl (the "small" stepped apartment) is roughly 8" (20cm) square and about 7.5" tall. The other two have slightly larger footprints. The Xolotl is the same height as the Atl aside from the roof access, and the Tlaloc main roof is the same height as the Xolotl's elevator roof.
  15. The methods suggested for 40k Catachan tables back in the day are applicable to Infinity as well, and Infinity even has the rules in place already. Real world jungles are a mixture of nonspecific hindering low level roots, shrubs and branches, larger trunks that are full LOF and movement blockers, and a constantly changing visual filter of leaves. Paths can vanish in days or even hours depending on what made them and how frequently they are re-used. Paradiso is supposedly a hyper jungle, a constant race between the large and aggressive animal inhabitants and the otherwise unchecked plant life. For the game reality of Infinity the simple approach would be to declare the whole table Low Visibility, place the big landmarks like that tree, alien ruins, this week's bunker, etc, and mark the spots or zones that are either better or worse than the LV default. For the spectacle, the Catachan table, full of 60mm round bases with terrarium foliage that you remove and replace as models move, is tempting to do, but a time and storage investment entirely separate from the usual urban boards Infinity is known for. If certain types of trees are present on Paradiso, a board could also be approached as a traditional catwalk table, with huge and high branches connecting trees with paths large enough to traverse with a little agility and moxie. The rules covering legal model placement in Infinity do threaten to make such a board look a little odd, however, so you will want to mix really wide and suspiciously flat-topped branches with liana bridges, multi-branch tangles, and super-leap gaps.
  16. Or install lots of balconies and bridges, and provide *covered* elevators or ladders in a few places. Then invest in some mirrors, because your LOF determinations stop reaching the table edge very often once you go seriously vertical.
  17. CNC does 1 foot square elevated (by 2") tiles, and Terracutter does 40mm (so 3x3 on a standard table) though not elevated. The CNC tiles include a wide staircase option (which, to be sure, is a bit of a pain to build) and retaining wall edges, so are worth looking at for inspiration if nothing else. I'm considering some Paradiso themed additions to the board options. They might look a lot like the old Catachan board from back in the day.
  18. I'm finding their webstore a bit obtuse at the moment. Some things only show up via their accessories, such as the Alpha and Beta buildings.
  19. The bioavailability of metallic lead is relatively low, while that of lead salts and other lead-containing compounds can be quite high. A solid lead-containing miniature can cause problems if eaten, but the exposed area is low enough that the lead will be less of a problem than the sharp thing you just swallowed doing the tour of your often quite small intestines. Shavings, due to their much higher surface area per gram/ounce/etc, are more dangerous chemically than large pieces. The owner of Old Glory Miniatures reportedly has his casters checked for lead in their blood yearly, as he still uses the pre-scare lead-tin alloys for casting minis. They have never had a problem, according to his public statements. This suggests that even a lot of exposure to the metallic form is completely mitigated with a little care. Metals and acids produce salts, which is where the old stories about drinking orange juice from lead-glazed pitchers or mugs being a quick path to lead poisoning come from. Similarly, the lead compounds used in house paint for many years are both highly bioavailable AND sweet to the taste. Double whammy, when the local dogs and children are licking an old house.
  20. Look at the first picture in the opening post. The Atl in front has about an 8" square footprint, so with bridges in two directions, or the road tiles between buildings, you are looking at one building per square foot of table. If you add sidewalks and have enough room on them for bus stops and similar, each building could easily occupy a 16" or 20" square area of its own. As such, nine of these in any mix would fill a table nicely, though you might have to come up with longer bridges and a lot of street clutter.
  21. That line of the image about their Strong Clips sounds like a challenge... It is also a reminder that I need to get a nice big belt clamp before I assemble any more of their city tiles. Lessons learned and immortalized in wood glue...
  22. Awl-gwa-Seal? Silly? See-Lay?
  23. I bought an old solo package before realizing the Obsidon had been re-packed with two slave drones. What are my options? -Proxy -Buy all over again -???
  24. Third pic down, perhaps?
  25. Banana-shaped Apartments? That would be CNC Workshop. There was also a pic of someone's one-off white city table running around at that time. Open towers with furnishings, and a big mix of total building heights. Not company related that I know of.