Friday, December 19, 2014

New Clue! - Firefly Edition

If you are an "veteran" follower then you know I collect Clue games. This one hit me on two different levels, first as the newest themed Clue variant and second as one of those fanatical followers of the television series "Firefly". Just couldn't pass it up and this time I was willing to pay full retail for it. Normally I like to wait and get it cheaper on eBay or at a garage sale but since it is a "Firefly" theme that is unlikely to happen. Missing out on the 1st edition of the D&D Clue game taught me that little lesson.

Like many of the newer Clues, this isn't just a simple repackaging of the original Clue game, although it can be played like that. The board has been redesigned and has a number of squares that are marked with "?". Landing on these squares lets you draw an intrigue or rumor card that you may have to play immediately or you can keep and play later. It also contains 8 Reaver cards. When you get to the 8th Reaver card you are removed from the game! The 8th Reaver card is shuffled back into the intrigue deck for the next unfortunate soul to draw. Like Classic Clue there are 6 characters and in this version each has a power they can use once per game. The six characters are; Mal, Jayne, Zoe, Kaylee, Wash and Inara. The weapons are from the game including Jayne's favorite gun, Vera, Mal's six shooter and Wash's Dinosaurs (well one of them anyway). The rooms represent different areas of the Serenity.

That's the basics now here are the pictures (which are not particularly good tonight):



What you get

The interior of Serenity



Room, Weapon and Character Cards

A character "power" card, usable once per game

Intrigue card, available when you land on a square or when you roll a ? (1) on one of the dice

Reaver card from the intrigue deck

This is the kind of card you would rather get from the intrigue deck

Only one of the dice is "special". Guess which one

Pretty normal on this side

The cards you are trying to figure out go here, one each of the weapon, room and character cards.

The pawns, which are a little different from what you normally get.

Punch out the picture (carefully) and insert into the plastic holder

Our six suspects. Which one sold River Tam out to the Alliance? The two missing characters are the doctor (he wouldn't do it he spent the whole season trying to protect her) and Bishop (I guess he has a higher power on his side).

The score sheet for tracking what you know. Don't forget to mark off the cards in your hand!

And the weapons

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Grandt Line O Scale Caboose Pedestals (#141)

I recently converted one of my cabooses to a 4 wheel bobber caboose. I used a frame that I had found on eBay but the wheelbase was a little short only about 6' in O scale which means my train crew was going to get a bit of a rough ride. It lacked springs as well so I needed to replace the frame to get a better look (and ride!) but I couldn't find a commercial part to replace it with. I was in the Lead Adventure Forum and something someone said made me realize that I was searching with the wrong word! I needed a set of caboose pedestals. So Grandt Line to the rescue and off to Caboose Hobbies I went and I managed to get the last package on the shelf (I'll need another one though).

The issue, no instructions. I'm sure there are instructions in the C&S Caboose kit that Grandt Line produces but that wasn't going to help me with this little package of parts. I pulled a picture off the Grandt Line site and sat down to puzzle things through. I figured it might be helpful to others if I went through the steps to assemble one of these.

Here are the parts, the pedestal in gray on the left, spring and journal box on the right
 First the journal box
Off the sprue. The small piece on the right is the cover for the journal box in the center, The piece on the left is the backside of the box and our axle will fit into this.

Cover glued to the journal box

Flipping over the journal box, we can see that the back side (on the left) is going to slide into the front.

Like this

Assembly completed
Now on to the pedestal itself

From the front side. Front piece on the left, back piece on the right and the strap that will hold the journal box in place in the center

From the back

I took the front piece and placed it face down and placed the spring in place.
Gluing the back into place, trapping the spring in between.

From the front

I slide the journal box as far up as I can

Then glue the strap on to the bottom

Slide the journal box back down till it makes contact with the strap
Glue the spring down to the top of the journal box and you are done.

The new components for my bobber caboose

I glued the completed pedestals to the side sill from the original frame. I made a plate to glue between the side sills to keep everything in gauge.
The biggest problem now is that the whole assembly is riding to high and my couplers are not matching up. So I have to fix that before I can show you the finished caboose.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Kolinsky Brush Shortage Ending!

Based on a posting in the Reaper Miniatures forum I headed out to Dick Blick and found that my favorite Da Vinci Masestro brushes (series 35) in sizes 0, 1 and 2 were back in stock, although there are other brushes in the line that are still not available. However, all the smaller size brushes can be purchased again. Looks like the major brush manufacturers have finally finished redoing their paperwork or came to a compromise with the US Wildlife department.

I checked the Winsor & Newton Series 7 range and found those available in all sizes as were the Raphael Kolinsky brushes. I do believe the wait is over!

Another Round of Boxcars - Dry Transfers

It took a day to hunt down the dry transfers from Clover House. They weren't quite where I thought they were. There were two sets for the Colorado & Northwestern and one for the Rio Grande Southern. I completely messed up the first set of C&N transfers, totally disgusted with myself. I'll have to strip it down and start again. I decided to try the RGS set and they went on without a problem. This is another "fantasy" set of RGS decals featuring logos and lettering that didn't necessarily appear on the prototype versions. So the only pictures are of the RGS car and I'm setting aside the C&N cars for now. I'm still seriously considering going forward with getting custom decals made for the C&N instead.

Here are the pictures from tonight's work. Hopefully I'll be able to do some weathering tomorrow. Hard to say with the holidays bearing down on us.
The large logo on the left and the first layer for the galloping goose logo on the right.

The white added to the galloping goose logo unlike with car data

And the end, which contains a bit more information than most cars. I see I didn't quite get my numbers straight on this side.

Friday, December 12, 2014


I don't normally post stuff like this but I number of things I needed showed up in the mail earlier this week. What it really means is I know longer have a good excuse to put off building at least one of and maybe two of my Sci/Fi dioramas. Time to bear down and get it done!

From Armorcast came the dumpsters I wanted for my diorama that will feature minis from Hasslefree (no name for that one yet, although a couple are floating around in my head). Fortunately the minis themselves have not arrived yet so those can go on the back burner. Also from Armorcast are the Victorian style streetlights. Bad news, those are part of the "Steady Lads" diorama which is first up. The small pack is from Wiseman industries and are brass castings of grab irons, replacements for the white metal ones I had purchased before. Underneath all that are plastic brick sheets from Slater's Plastikard. There are two variations; the Flemish bond pattern that I have been looking for and the English bond pattern that is relatively common in the US. I need the Flemish bond for "Steady Lads" which means I have everything I need to get this done now.

A bit of a close up of the brass grab irons (which do require a bit of bending and a little patience) and the Flemish bond pattern.