January 2005 Archives

Star Wars Miniatures

To continue today's theme, another sort of cool Star Wars-related product that I've been looking at lately is the collectible miniatures game from "Wizards of the Coast":http://www.wizards.com/default.asp?x=swminis. There's something sort of irresistable about "little toy stormtroopers":http://www.whoopis.com/~sotto/images/swminis.jpg and rebels (silly teardrop helmets and all). I'm not thrilled about collectible miniatures in general. This usually means that the stuff you want is super-duper chase figures, and the rest is chaff. Thankfully, in the first set, "Rebel Storm":http://www.wizards.com/default.asp?x=swminis/article/setlistagallery, most of the stuff I want is common and uncommon. This is nice because it makes it easy to find, and means that lots of people who _are_ collecting full sets are selling off common lots on "eBay":http://search.ebay.com/star-wars-miniatures_W0QQsokeywordredirectZ1QQfromZR8 pretty cheap. The newer set, "Clone Strike":http://www.wizards.com/default.asp?x=swminis/article/setlistagallery, unfortunately _does_ make the only characters I care about (the Jedi) all very rare. I couldn't care less about the battle droids and clone troopers. Heck, even the Jedi are mostly random aliens from the few Jedi Council scenes in Episode I, or seen for 9 frames in the "Geonosian arena":http://www.starwars.com/databank/character/kitfisto/img/movie_bg.jpg. I'm also not sure that I care much for the actual game attached to these miniatures. It's the combat system from the d20 "Star Wars RPG":http://www.wizards.com/default.asp?x=starwars/mainrpg/rpg, distilled to about 4 numbers. I'm actually contemplating hacking the "Lord of the Rings":http://us.games-workshop.com/games/lotr/sbg/default.htm game from Games Workshop for these miniatures. But really, all kinds of rulesets would work. I just need to build up my stocks before Rebel Storm sells out.

Asteroids Do Not Concern Me!

This year was the year of single, big Christmas presents. I got Vicki jewelry, and she got me a "Star Destroyer":http://www.starwars.com/databank/starship/imperialstardestroyer/index.html. The "LEGO":http://www.lego.com/ Star Destroyer. The biggest kit they've ever made, both in terms of size (37" long) and number of elements (3104, officially, but mine had a dozen or so extras). To scale, a stud on one of the bricks is about 14 meters. I finally finished putting the ship together on New Year's Day, but it's taken me until now to finish taking the pictures, and getting them together. You can find all of them on "Brickshelf":http://www.brickshelf.com/cgi-bin/gallery.cgi?f=109875. In the words of "Ferris Bueller":http://imdb.com/title/tt0091042/, if you have the means, I highly recommend picking one up.

Something Witty Here

Heh. So how about that "Mega Update":http://www.whoopis.com/~sotto/archives/000028.php, huh? Well, what with one thing and another, getting "Moveable Type":http://www.moveabletype.org/ back up and running on this server never really seemed like a project I was prepared to tackle. But with the new year and all, I resolved to actually get with the program, and fix things. So now the content management system is up and running again. I may upgrade to the "new version":http://www.movabletype.org/docs/mt31.html, or I may stick with what I've got. But the important thing is that I can start actually posting news again. And I've got quite the backlog, as I'm sure you might guess from the date of the "last entry":http://www.whoopis.com/~sotto/archives/000030.php. But I suppose I should get back to the work I'm actually "paid for":http://www.cms-plus.com/ for the time being.