The Caffeinated Penguin

musings of a crackpot hacker

Reconstruction of damaged miniatures

| January 12, 2011

or, “my dog ate my wife’s warjack”.

Basically, Socks the cat duped Diesel the dog into eating one of my wife’s Cygnar warjacks – a Lancer, to be precise. Basically, she shoved it off the top of the entertainment center, where it fell about 4 feet on to a the TV stand. The shield arm popped off and flew across the room. I believe it landed on the arm, which is why there wasn’t any other damage to the figure. Diesel dog then retrieved the arm (I presume Socks was egging him on, playing him for a patsy) and proceeded to chew on it.

We found the shield and lower part of the arm, so I had enough to reconstruct the upper part of the arm (we did, however, find that part of the arm later, so Diesel didn’t swallow it. That said, I had already started the reconstruction, so I didn’t end up using it).

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Warmachine

| January 12, 2011

So, Liz and I have been playing a pretty decent amount of Warmachine, and I took some pictures. Note that the bases are not yet finished.

This is two folding tables put next to each other, which is what we’re using for a game table until the Geek Chic table arrives.

Snow day

| January 12, 2011

This morning, we had about 3 inches, everything was cancelled, it was snowing faster than the plows can plow, and we were (are) supposed to get a total of about a foot, with more to the southeast (guess which way work is….). So, I’m home, watching bad movies, painting minis, working on my reloading room, playing with dog in the snow, etc.

I watched Heavy Metal, which was new to me (both the magazine and the movie). (Fair warning, there’s lots of cartoon boobies). That said, it has a wonderfully retro (well, it was 1981, so I guess it’s not really retro, but more indicative of the time) feel to it – it makes one want to play Mutant Future.

I’m currently watching Reign of Fire, which is not as bad as I thought it would be. It actually could be a decent twist on a Twilight 2013 game or some Savage Variant thereof (note, it looks like the company who wrote it is closing up shop, so I’ve liked to RPGNow, since there is no publisher product page anymore).

Speaking of reloading rooms, I think I might have finally gotten it beaten back into shape. See, I’d like to do more shooting, which means more reloading, which means reloading room set up. More info behind the cut.

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Taurus update

| January 3, 2011

So, some months ago, I bought a Taurus PT145 at a gun show:

Taurus PT145

Taurus PT145

I’ve been pretty silent on it, because I was trying to work the kinks out of it, and didn’t want to go saying stuff about a company until it was all said and done.

It now is.

As mentioned before, it doesn’t run. I’ve shipped it back to Taurus. I included a note which, in typical me fashion, specifically described all of the issues with the gun. Their turnaround was impressive at 2 days. The gun showed evidence of having been fired, and the mainspring had been replaced. Fair enough – this could actually have cured all the problems.

It didn’t.

The gun still doesn’t run. 3 mags, 2 different kinds of ammo, from 2 different boxes, both 230 grain ball, both of which ran through my 1911 without a hiccup.

First mag: nose jammed into feed ramp after 3 rounds, slide failed to go into battery on last round.

Second mag: 2 misfires, 1 failure to go into battery.

Third mag: 2 failures to go into battery.

So, now I have a .45 which doesn’t run, costs me $15 each time I send it back to be fixed, and I can’t really sell because it doesn’t work… and I’m out $250.

For about $200 more, I could have gotten a used XD – a new one would have been $300 more. For about the same price, I could have gotten a Smith and Wesson M&P.

In the long run, not worth it.

I’m likely going to stick it in the back of the safe until I feel like working on it a bit, and see what I can do with it, as far as slicking it up and making it run.

Taurus, you’ve just lost a customer, and I won’t be recommending you to anyone else ever again – even when given the chance to fix the gun and make it right, you failed.

On beer

| January 3, 2011

So, I’m watching Beer Wars, and a couple of things jump out at me:

  1. When they’re profiling these companies and looking at them making beer, they’re doing it the same way I am – a couple beer kettles, a carboy, a mill, some grain, water, etc. A lot of them were homebrewers. They actually give a damn, and that’s why their beer has character. I may not like it in all cases, but that’s what variety is for.
  2. A lot of them are fiercely independent, fighting Anheuser Busch trying to squeeze them out of the market, and trying to not lose control of their companies as they try and serve an America which is thirsty for real beer.
  3. In many ways, it reminds me of the open source movement and the inevitable fighting against Microsoft. Homebrewed beer is just like homebrewed software – it’s what you need. Folks swap and share recipes, etc.

It’s quite an interesting documentary.