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Visited my parents over the long weekend and stumbled across a few space marines that i did when i was young. There is still another large box somewhere in their house with lots more. Most of them converted in some way to look like Chaos marines, at least the Chaos marines of my ten or twelve year old imagination. 
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Hah, those are purdy! Rainbow Smash :). They totally look like they could be a toy range from the early 90s.
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Ian decided that this AT-AT was perfectly fine. :-) 
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Yee-haw!
They are cute. I almost picked up the entire Series 1, but refrained. I think I should have :)
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Ian is very happy to be done his AT-DP. Tie Advanced Prototype next.
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Help out this guy on patreon. His magazine is a great resource for anyone that likes the old role playing game Star Frontiers by TSR.
 
Okay, so this is a shameless plug.  I've launched a Pateron campaign for the Frontier Explorer and Star Frontiersman (https://www.patreon.com/FrontierExplorer).  If you want to be an early supporter and get your name in the very first supporters list (Yes, I am appealing to your vanity. :-) ) you have a couple of days left to sign up before I pull the names.  The next issue is almost done.

And if you don't know what Patreon is, it is a crowd-funding site that allows people to support creative works via donations on a per work or monthly basis (I'm doing per issue for the magazines as they don't come out every month or more often).  You can read all the details on the website.
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Life tip: don't place important documents on top of the paper shredder "just to get them out of the way." 
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That is a critical life lesson that I have also occasionally had to relearn...
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Spent a few hours last night revisiting a classic Avalon Hill wargame from the 70s. Titan was published well before my gaming life began but through a few plays with +Steve Hutton​ I've grown fond of the system, enough so that I've aquired a copy of the original game (which has now become two copies!).
One of the great appeals of the game, the original at least, is the art. It was hand drawn by Dave Trampier, or Tramp as he signed his art. And when I say hand drawn I mean every single counter and the entire board was hand drawn. Each monster counter in the game and every space on the masterboard is a little different. It really gives the game a unique and interesting feel. The reprint by Valley Games faithfully reproduces the original in gameplay but has very modernized art that I am not fond of. The picture below is of the masterboard and stacks of monsters shown just after the recruit step of +Leslie Cheung​ 's turn.
This game did not go so well for me. Moving and recruiting was not working for me and I was losing stacks every turn. My main stack, the one with my Titan in it, was getting fairly strong but otherwise my position was weak. Les was doing a little better but was still not able to compete with Steve. When 1130 came and it looked like we were still an hour from the end we called it and Steve declared himself the winner.
The overview of the game is that you control a Titan that leads legions of monsters around a fantasy world recruiting new monsters and hunting down and killing your opponents legions. Movement is controlled by the roll of a 6-sided die. All of your legions on the board move this amount if they choose to move. One Legion must always move. The board is made up of interconnected spaces joined by movement symbols that show the rules for moving from one space to the next. These spaces are arranged into three rings on the board. When moving a Legion is forced to continue around the ring they are currently in. But when stopped the Legion is often forced out to the next larger ring of spaces on the board or occasionally able to move in a ring. Legions naturally struggle their way into the inner board and then slowly drift back out to the outer ring. Recruiting occurs immediately after a Legion moves into a space where they have native creatures in their Legion. Each space on the board has a terrain type and each creature has one or more terrain types that they can be recruited from. Landing in a native terrain space allows your Legion to recruit more of a monster, or recruit up to the next stronger monster if the Legion contains enough of the weaker monster. (you can see the recruitment tree printed on a piece of paper by the board in the picture below) Any Legion that moves into an opposing Legion must, at the end of the movement phase, conduct battle until one Legion is completely destroyed. There is a complicated process of deciding to fight or flee or negotiate that i won't get into. The main thing is that most fights are not fair and are therefore resolved with the weaker Legion fleeing (being destroyed) without granting full points to the victor. Points accumulated go to strengthen the players Titan, unlock special abilities, and recruit special creatures. A player is eliminated when their Titan is killed. The game ends when there is only one player's Titan left.

Anyone local who is interested in playing, especially learning to play, let me know. It is a fun game and worth trying at least once. 
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Ian finished the Ezra's Speeder Bike kit just before the long weekend. He really enjoyed building the kit and you end up with two bikes so it's great for him to play with after he finished.
The kit is really well designed, the bikes are sturdy and interesting to put together. My only complaint was how difficult it was to get the handles into the minifigs hands. Not really a big deal to me but it was the first thing Ian wanted to do after he finished the first bike. 
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Latest boy and his dad Lego project. An older kit. Droid Trifighter. Ian loves it but I wouldn't recommend this kit. It's far too delicate. All we have left to do is put on the stickers.
And in other Lego related news. 1) I contacted their customer support and they are sending me a replacement sticker sheet for the Snowspeeder (Zoe got her paws on the last one.) 2) Looking forward to the Dr. Who set that is due soon. 3) Thinking about the next kit we will build. I went to get the Tie Advanced but it was sold out. Interested in the AT-AT kit but that may be way beyond Ian's ability. I like the idea of getting the other SW: Rebels kits... Maybe The Ghost. Any ideas? 
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Ian and I are celebrating May the 4th by working on the Lego AT-DP set. He is doing it mostly on his own but it's a pretty complicated set so I have to help him a bit here and there. Biggest Lego at he's worked on so far.

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I want the TIE Advanced too, but only because I want the Inquisitor.  Or, "the bad guy with the double lightsaber" as the boys call him.
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In Brockville with the kids visiting my parents. Yucky weather.
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The kids went on the train for the first time. The trip went very well considering all the trouble i imagined could happen. It helped that i kept them hypnotized with the iPad! They can very easily sit for two hours playing the iPad back and forth playing Angry Birds or Pet Rescue or something similar.

That means i actually managed to read a grand total of two short stories out of Jack Ketchum's Peaceable Kingdom, Luck and The Haunt. Both were enjoyable reads. Luck was a period piece set during the stagecoach era involving the unfortunate participants in a botched stagecoach robbery and their unlikely encounter with a phantom from one of their pasts. The Haunt recounted the tale of a man's purchase of an inn, it's conversion into a "gentleman's club", and the tragedy that befell because of that. 
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Priming and painting has commenced. Brushing on Vallejo Air white surface primer. The base coat on the APC is Catachan green and Chaos black. Now i have to figure out what details to pick out and what other colours to use. After i detail a little I'll try just dropping some wash in the grills and ridges and then try a bit of dry brushing. Hopefully it works out ok.
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