Tuesday, August 16, 2022

Pristine Power Armor

Here's someone wearing a very well-preserved set of T-60 power armor. Most technology in the wasteland is old and beat up, but sometimes a lucky survivor will find something new in a sealed container. So no rust or weathering on this particular model, just shiny metal. 

Monday, August 15, 2022


Tonight I painted the turret you see here defending a donkey and a high fantasy version of Sylvia. (The Sylvia model is from the HeroForge full-colour 3D-printing Kickstarter I supported a while back.) The turret should keep low-level raiders and hostile wildlife at bay. 

Sunday, August 14, 2022

Cheap Barricades

A little sloppy, but they'll get the job done on my Fallout: Wasteland Warfare table. And they were cheap! 

Friday, August 12, 2022

Forgotten Sunrise

Golden light forces its way through the forest's defences
To paint a brave, solitary ray across the foaming surf
Of an undiscovered river with no source and no delta
What the hell kind of river has no source and no delta? 
Metaphorical rivers bubbling briskly through bad poems

Thursday, August 11, 2022

15 Years of Silly Bliss

Today Sylvia and I celebrate our 15th anniversary. What a delightful ride it's been, rich with silly nonsense, deep conversation, shared experiences, and abiding love and laughter. How fortunate I am. 

Wednesday, August 10, 2022

The Unforced March

Just over the horizon, annihilation beckons
Headlong we march toward doom
Tripping over accidental progress
Held back by decency and luck
Hampered by reason and courage
Delayed by compassion
Hindered by science
But stopped . . ? 
Not yet. 


Monday, August 08, 2022

On the Precipice of Tomorrow


All at once eternal and fleeting
Searching for immortality already granted and denied
Forgetting we are part of all that is
Exploding from blank eternity
Collapsing into ultimate everything
Everywhere and nowhere forever and never

First Forge

Before the invention of time
Three women captured flame
Tamed it
Used it to warm bodies and hearts
Centered the radiance in circles of storytelling 
Until those purposes were corrupted
And the fire consumed. 

Sunday, August 07, 2022

Carson Smith Has Weapons

Here's Carson Smith, one of the figures included in the Pulp Figures Rugged Heroes 1 set. Rather than try to ape the excellent paint job featured at the link, I gave my copy of Carson my own spin, styling him in blue, black, and white rather than shades of brown and tan. 

The Rugged Heroes 1 set comes with two weapons for Carson: this intimidating whip . . .

. . . and a deadly machete. Carson's metal hand creates enough friction to hold his weapons in place simply by shoving the grip between his pliable metal thumb and fingers. This gives the mini an additional level of versatility and immersion on the table, and I'm really glad Pulp Figures creator Bob Murch incorporates this feature in a few of his minis. 

My paint job is, well, serviceable. I need to keep practicing and fostering my eye for colour, shading, lighting, brush strokes, and all the rest. 

Friday, August 05, 2022

Baked Bean Soup

While Sean, Sylvia, Mom and I were driving down to Kelowna to visit Mom's sisters, we had a discussion about the merits of beans. During that discussion, I came up with the concept of baked bean soup. Here is the recipe: 



One can of baked beans
Two whole new potatoes
One rasher of bacon
1 tablespoon nutmeg
1 tablespoon cilantro
1 basil leaf
1 sprig dill
4 dollops sour cream
2 cups shredded cheddar

Chop new potatoes into small chunks. Chop bacon into small squares. Pour all ingredients into stewpot and boil for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally. Let cool for five minutes, pour into serving bowls, and add sour cream and shredded cheese.