I had not read reviews or anything, to as practical as an extent as I could manage prior to this. (Not because I didn’t want it spoiled, more that I wasn’t all that hyped up about it.)
And lo, it was very pretty. The costumes, props, sets and visual effects were all very, very pretty.
As a film, I feel it was rather lacklustre.
So, Internets, I want to get my wargaming on once more. Thus, I would like to solicit recommendations for systems to investigate.
My criteria are as follows:
Low miniature footprint - in the order of 8-20ish miniatures being a reasonable force.
Sci-fi - I like my guns, dammit.
Bring-your-own-mini friendly - I’d like it to be perfectly fine to play with a mix of 28mm GW, Hasslefree, Heresy, Reaper, whatever.
Not bolted on to a larger wargame - I don’t want something like the kill-team rules for warhammer 40,000.
Not “just play 500 point games of 40k” - Having tried this some editions ago, I don’t think 40K’s point balancing system works so well at the low end. (This is not an invitation to persuade me otherwise :-) )
Be relatively rules lightweight. - I’ll need to convince friends to have a crack at it also.
So, am I asking for the moon on a stick? Probably. I don’t expect there to be any suggestions that perfectly match up to those criteria.
I suppose, ideally, I’m looking for something about the size and shape of Necromunda. Urban gang warfare sort of thing.
Help me, internet kenobi, you’re my only hope. Well, for certain values of only.
There’s always space for yet another armor tutorial, right? (ﾉ´ヮ´)ﾉ*:･ﾟ✧
Note that the armor I drew would be worn around 15th century, the more into the future the less and less components knight’s armor had (i. e. in early 14th century instead of greaves a knight would wear long boots only; in 12th century knights didn’t wear plate breastplates and instead a chain mail only). Also the design of armor pattern changed by year and was different in every country (i.e. in eastern Europe armors, while still looking European, were heavily influenced by Turkey). so just make sure you always do research whenever drawing an armor. And one more thing to keep in mind is that armors were expensive, knights wearing a full plate armor weren’t an often sight.
Some links that may be useful:
- Armour Archive (I strongly suggest to browse its forum, there is no country or period of which armor wouldn’t be discussed)
- Therion Arms (armorer’s page; each accessory is photographed in big resolution and several time so it’s a nice page to use as reference for drawing)
- Revival Clothing (another store, but both with medieval clothing and armors; I suggest to read the articles, they’re often supported with pictures)
- Basic Armouring:A Practical Introduction to Armour Making (pdf)
- Educational Charts (pdf, shows how armors and weapons changed over the years)
- Medieval & Renaissance Material Culture (actual medieval resources, mostly paintings. And my favourite subpage - women in armor)
- Dressing in Steel (youtube; a demonstration how to dress in armor)
- How shall a man be armed? (youtube; another demonstration but with 4 different knights from different periods)
I learnt a new word and I love the sound of it: kintsukuroi. It is the Japanese art of repairing broken pottery with seams of gold. Kintsugi repairs the brokenness in a way that makes the container even more beautiful than it was prior to being broken. Not a very common idea in western culture!
Instead of diminishing the bowl’s appeal and appreciation, the “break” offers the container a new sense of its vitality and resilience. The bowl has become more beautiful for having been broken. One can say that the true life of the bowl began the moment it was dropped!
Imagine you are that clay pot: celebrate your flaws and imperfections. Remember that you being you is what makes you uniquely beautiful.
And remember: “The world breaks everyone, then some become strong at the broken places.” Ernest Hemingway
An interesting essay on the art of kintsukuroi can be found in Flickwerk, The Aesthetics of Mended Japanese Ceramics.
Photos source | Kintsugi Japan
I’m pretty sure that I’ve reblogged this before, but its actually one of my favorite posts on tumblr. The idea that something can be more beautiful after being broken is so moving to me. I kind of want one of these someday, or to make my own. It’s an amazing concept, and I love the fact that it’s an artform.