Thursday, December 1, 2011

Adding grass

Just playing it by ear at this point.  I've gone through two things of green static grass making some irregular patches of grass, and then you can see on the left where I've gone over it with a spray bottle of watered down blue-green paint and then a darker shade of it.  There's still some space to add more, so I'll do that and then spray the rest, then after it dries reapply the original grass to bits here and there to bring it back up a bit.

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Game mat WIP

Working a bit more, I got a fleece blanket from the big box store for $4, perfect to try to make a game mat out of it. Here's where it is so far. It will get some grass added to it but I'm not sure whether to paint it on like a drybrush or to actually glue patches of static grass onto it. Some of the grey patches will be painted up to look more like stone or clay.

Untitled by drOffset, on Flickr

Untitled by drOffset, on Flickr

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Building some new terrain bits

I've started building terrain again in preparation for SR2012. I'd like to design some terrain specifically for scenarios so to get into the feel of it I'm starting with some bits and pieces.

Here are some boulders for the recent Domination release events. Aluminium foil plastered and painted. They came out so-so, I'm happy with them. Some standing stone monuments would be good to do this way for obstructions.

Untitled by drOffset, on Flickr

Here are some crates and barrels, the crates are 3/4 inch tall. The barrels will look better when painted(I hope.) Cardboard and sculpey.

Untitled by drOffset, on Flickr

Finally a building made out of foamcore board. I peeled off the paper on the front and sculpted in the detail into the foam. I like it but might try a different approach.  It's based off of a picture in Prime MKII.

Untitled by drOffset, on Flickr

So yeah, i'll eventually do a sort of urban styled table with an eye towards the scenario measurements. So if there's an 8" circle as part of the scenario I'll have some terrain bits modeled up on an 8" circular base of a fountain or oil derrek or something.

Here's what the SR2011 field looks like all together. I see sidewalks and fountains in it, maybe some park areas, still thinking about it.

Warmachine Steamroller 2011 scenario thing by drOffset, on Flickr

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Free Download - 15mm Corridor Tiles!

Because I'd love to see the 15mm scale sci-fi community grow I decided to go ahead and share this file for free.

Here is the eps file that you can use to laser cut the full set of 15mm scale corridors.

The file is in their system and it's all ready to send to cut, just set your preferred cutting location in your account settings and material and it's ready to go.  Cutting/material/shipping/tax comes to about 100 US dollars. 

I've optimized the file as much as possible but it's quite a lot of cutting lines and it attempts to make use of all of the real estate.  I couldn't make it any cheaper but the file is there if you have your own way to do it.

Here's a video about it!


I'm releasing this file with a Creative Commons licence in the hope that people will customize the design and share it along for everyone.  The file lives on the Ponoko website because they have a great service that is availlable in the US, Europe, and here in New Zealand.  No I don't work for them.

I'll repost the previous images so that you can see what you get.

15mm Corridor System

The door stand-ups are constructed from three easy bits.
15mm Corridor System

Here's a layout using almost all of the tiles except a few of the straight ones.
15mm Corridor System


Let me know what you think!

If you have it in your heart to donate minis or moneys to me I'd appreciate it.


The miniature shown in these images are by Rebel Minis.  I did not create this miniature, no IP infringement is intended.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Friday, September 30, 2011


Originally uploaded by drOffset

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

XL Star + 8 bit A/D Converter Part 1 of 3

I found this really nifty device on a local auction site and decided to integrate it into my larger synth setup.

The box has 8 analog inputs that run through an ADC0809 chip.  This is an analog-digital converter that will send its output, an 8-bit digital word, to a serial port on the other end.

What I'm planning to do is use the XL-Star as a control device for the A/D converter by attaching LDRs to each of the 8 legs of the star.  Hopefully this will produce an interesting data stream for my shift registers to chew on.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

15mm Sci-Fi corridor system

I was happy with the results I got from Ponoko with the laser cut gaming proxies and decided to take it a step further.

15mm Corridor System

This is a set of modular corridor tiles for 15mm scale gaming. The tiles are transparent with 20mm squares laser etched into the surface creating just enough contrast and texture to set the spaces apart. Fantasy, scifi, doesn't matter. You can adapt these pieces to any setting.

I plan to adapt the Gruntz rules into a close quarters sci-fi exploration game where brave Grunty dudes have to defend themselves against rogue robots and aggressive aliens.

This set contains all the tiles you need to recreate your favorite game scenarios with plenty of extras.
15mm Corridor System

The tiles can be painted but you can see that I need a bit of practice!
15mm Corridor System

The door stand-ups are constructed from three easy bits.
15mm Corridor System

Here's a layout using almost all of the tiles except a few of the straight ones.
15mm Corridor System


Let me know what you think! Is this something you would find fun to use for gaming? I already have a plan for an expansion set based on wider hallways.

Saturday, July 30, 2011

The Cult of Done Manifesto


The Cult of Done Manifesto

  1. There are three states of being. Not knowing, action and completion.
  2. Accept that everything is a draft. It helps to get it done.
  3. There is no editing stage.
  4. Pretending you know what you're doing is almost the same as knowing what you are doing, so just accept that you know what you're doing even if you don't and do it.
  5. Banish procrastination. If you wait more than a week to get an idea done, abandon it.
  6. The point of being done is not to finish but to get other things done.
  7. Once you're done you can throw it away.
  8. Laugh at perfection. It's boring and keeps you from being done.
  9. People without dirty hands are wrong. Doing something makes you right.
  10. Failure counts as done. So do mistakes.
  11. Destruction is a variant of done.
  12. If you have an idea and publish it on the internet, that counts as a ghost of done.
  13. Done is the engine of more.

Monday, July 18, 2011

What's your best Mac&Cheese recipe?

We've all seen it, a restaraunt serving up what they CLAIM to be mac&cheese but is actually some kind of bland alfredo mess. Something they CLAIM to be a tasty cheesy sauce but is instead a pale pasty beshamel, more flour than creme, who's only connection to cheese is that it might have sat next to some as it coagulated in the fridge.

Well I say NO to this injustice. Here's the challenge I place before you and myself: Help me right this wrong. Share your best Mac&Cheese recipe with he world. Make it tasty, cheesy, creamy, ooey and gooey.

Thank you.

Saturday, July 2, 2011

Void Seer Mordikaar

Originally uploaded by drOffset
I'm doing a challenge with . It's simple, just paint one mini a week and send in a picture. Here's last week's.

Bronzeback Titan

Originally uploaded by drOffset
I'm doing a challenge with . It's simple, just paint one mini a week and send in a picture. Here's this week's.

Friday, July 1, 2011

XL_Star demo board Road Test

Please rate and comment!

Element14 and Freescale Semiconductor bring you an exciting new microcontroller board called the XL_Star and I managed to get a review copy to show to you. This board has a lot of potential for the DIY synth community when it comes to motion based control interfaces because of the pre-configured accelerometer right on board.


XL_Star Demo Board

Not only that but you have a chance to get a free board yourself by entering in their Summer of Design contest that runs until September. Check out for more information.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Laser cut wargaming proxies

I'm playing around with some laser cut materials from Ponoko, a service based here in New Zealand. Today we look at some proxy card standups I made for a 15mm sci-fi game called Gruntz. I whipped these up to try out the laser cutting service and have some minis to try the game on for size.

I'm someone who likes to use proxies, and this is a great way to create very tidy cutouts without slaving over a cutting mat at home.

You can find info about Gruntz at

I also made some simple 20mm bases for my 6mm light vehicles.

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Unboxing some new Skorne models

Just having some fun with new models for Hordes by Privateer Press. I play the Skorne faction. Hordes and Warmachine are compatible and can be played against each other.

Friday Night Noise 03

I tore out the brain of an old cheapo keyboard and managed to make it loop. The guitar is a custom SG clone through a Roland Cube 30x.

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Hakko 936 Unboxing

Found a great deal online for this much-loved soldering iron. It's a discontinued item but it has a great reputation and the tips are abundant, so we're going for it.

Friday, May 27, 2011

Friday Night Noise 02

Raw output from the lab. Tonight it's the experimental RFeng voice driven by my 16 step up/down sequencer of doom.

This module is a blast to play with. It has plenty of character and is a great project for people who need a good voice to make their sequencer go.

Check out RF's great channel at:

Monday, May 23, 2011

Review: Pixco 43mm Wide Angle Conversion Lens for the Canon Vixia HV30

I'm trying to up my game a bit so I bought this wide angle lens for the camera I already have. The gain in coverage is minimal but the quality of the picture is nice for such a low price. Where this lens really shines is the macro setting. I'm able to zoom way into a miniature to see tiny details. Without the macro lens that same zoom setting would be very blurry.

I'm assisted today by Hakaar the Destroyer, a model from the Skorne faction by Privateer Press.

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

555 Contest results, Warmachine news, fingerboard funbox mini project.

News for May 2011.

The results are in for the 555 contest. I won second place in the Artistic category! see for a full list of winners.

I'm building a mini synth voice that a friend is designing. See the progress inside.,

There's a new blog on the scene for Warmachine and Hordes players! features the players of New Zealand.

I took fourth in a Warmachine tournament recently running Epic Morghoul. Good times, except for the epic beating I took in the third game.

My friend and I bought some Tech Deck fingerboards to learn some tricks on while on vacation. Instead of practicing I've been building nice sturdy ramps, a pole bank, and a big funbox. I'm also starting to do some custom painted decks.

Sunday, February 27, 2011

555 Contest Entry

Update: Big thanks to Hack A Day and Matrixsynth for writing this up. :)

This post will serve as my official entry into the 555 timer design contest. More info on the contest can be found at

The project is a sculpture of a creature with the circuit components embedded into the body.

In a post apocalyptic world life takes on new meaning. In an effort to compensate for the lack of food and nutrients some living things integrate electronic components into their organs and tissue. Hearts are replaced with oscillators, eyes with phototransistors, etc.

This is an artifact brought back from an exploratory mission to the blasted planet. It's a kid toy! What you do is capture one of these little bugs, keep it in the dome, then ZAP it with various frequencies to see what it does.

Here is a sampling of images documenting the circuit and build process.

More images are available in the Flickr Set.

555 contest entry block diagram

basic astable oscillators

output node

555 contest entry

555 contest entry

Thursday, February 17, 2011

555 project hardware fitting.

555 project hardware fitting.
Originally uploaded by drOffset
Latest 555 contest progress shot.

The hardware fits!
The custom knobs are made from rubber grommets and green stuff.

Next stop, nest and habitat building.

See more info at

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

555 dome progress

555 dome progress
Originally uploaded by drOffset
I'm happy with this one. I cut off more of the stem and found a cap for it. My wife said it looks like an aquarium without the water or a snow globe without the globe. Perfect, my plan is coming together.

After this I need to:
Paint the cap to match the body,
Build the nest that she'll live in,
Do the wiring, test the circuit,
Build the knobs
Finish the bug sculpt
Paint the bug.

All before March... Can it be done? Stay tuned

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

555 dome test

555 dome test
Originally uploaded by drOffset
Finally found a clear dome for the 555 bug to live in. I'm worried that it might look too much like a wine glass turned upside down with the stem cut off.... which is what it is. I'll need to come up with some kind of cap for it.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

My computer's hard drive is toast!

Decision time:

A. Try to salvage 5+ year old laptop. It's still a good set of parts, maybe I just need a hard drive.
B. Buy a new laptop. Then not be able to buy any other toys for a few months.
C. Buy some sort of tablet or mobile thing. But then my content creation options become limited.


Sunday, January 30, 2011

DIY 6mm wargame minis - first attempts

Minis can get expensive. There are so many great products out there that you can easily just keep buying and not paint any of it. So instead of spending more money I've decided to try my hand at making my own.

Let's Disassemble a Car Stereo

Geek out with me as I learn electronics by destroying electronics. I'm always looking for strange new parts, especially ICs that have interesting functions for my noisemaker experiments.

I also make wargame terrain, so I like finding cool sci-fi looking parts for scratchbuilding.

ICs found in this one:

LA1265 - AM/FM tuner
LS7343 - probably a motor controller or audio processor
KIA 528sK - Power Amplifier (yayyy)
KIA 62255 Preamplifier (yayyy)
DMC4002 - surface mount -
PLL Frequency synthesizer and tuner controller

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Finished 6mm scale wargaming terrain from cheap stuff

I'm happy with how this quick little project turned out. Some simple stuff from the recycle bin turned into some workable terrain for 6mm wargaming. I might do a bit more detailing in the future but for now I want to focus on getting some minis painted up.

Monday, January 24, 2011

Ideas for 6mm wargame terrain using cheap & free materials

In addition to cleaning up and painting the Epic scale stuff I'm making some terrain to use on the game table.

Unboxing 6mm Epic 40k Stuff - Future War Commander?

I'm going to delve into 6mm wargaming for a while. Over the holidays we cleaned out our storage room and I found all this great Epic 40k stuff. So i brought it all back to New Zealand and started looking for game rules to use it with.