Just burned out my favorite farm, along with a few glasses of Shiner Black. Fellow Omaha Resistance agent and domestic life partner Agent: angiebanana is a Level 7 now, and we hope to have her up to 8 before Interitus Anomaly in Kansas City on May 17th. We scheduled a meetup at Beercade in Benson. A couple of people showed up and we had a beverage or two.

 

Been working on Ingress related clothing designs, so look forward to that coming up here. The following is my entry into the WeLoveFine IngressWear design contest:

KEEP CALM & RECHARGE. My entry into the WeLoveFine IngressWear Contest. Click to Enlarge.

KEEP CALM & RECHARGE. My entry into the WeLoveFine IngressWear Contest. Click to Enlarge.

On the miniatures and terrain front, things have not moved an inch since December. I think I might have burned myself out a bit. Ingress obsession alone does not explain my complete loss of interest in painting miniatures and making terrain lately. I just keep running the marketing end and blog when I want to, but I make it a point not to pressure myself to paint minis. I don’t want to ruin that for myself and make it feel like a job.

I DO want to pressure myself to blog, however. So I make my public promise here not to neglect JST3P.com any more. I will continue posting regularly, even if it’s completely boring. So look forward to that, as well!


Ingress Recursion Anomaly gear, Boulder Colorado. Click to Enlarge.

Ingress Recursion Anomaly gear, Boulder Colorado. Click to Enlarge.

Resistance Faction Logo Stencil. Click to Enlarge.

Resistance Faction Logo Stencil. Click to Enlarge.




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(Or, what to do when a game takes over your life)

Those who follow my blogging here and my posts on our Facebook Page: Nerdtastic, or my twitter @JST3P know that I downloaded and started playing Niantic Lab’s Ingress, an Augmented Reality “game” back in December of last year. If you follow me, you also know that I just about fell of the face of the internet at that time. I have barely painted but one mini and my phone camera is not cutting it for pictures any more (doesn’t seem to save them) so I haven’t even gotten any good progress shots.

Fields over the neighborhood. Ingress Resistance agent @JST3P.

Fields over the neighborhood. Ingress Resistance agent @JST3P.

By happenstance of being a Google owned property, most everything to do with Ingress in the Social Media sphere is happening in Google+. G+ is my last frontier in Social Media, having never liked the way it worked. Ingress, in forcing me into moving to play, has also forced me into that platform to play and network. This is a hugely positive thing for me personally as my networking and gaming addictions have a fix, as well as professionally pushing me into a part of the market I avoided for so long. So, thanks again, Google! (And thanks for the swanky custom URL, http://google.com/+JasonStephens, I’m flattered!)




Now, this is all my own fault, of course. And with this post I start to right this ship again, but I am hopelessly addicted to Ingress now and so I must include that into the mix of JST3P.com and Nerdtastic.  I’m finally back down in the basement studio tonight, posting this, and I plan to resume my near-daily routine I managed for most of 2013. I will get a camera that takes good close up pictures again soon, right after a bike mount for my phone, oh and a new phone.

As close as I can focus with the camera on my tablet. Click to Enlarge.

As close as I can focus with the camera on my tablet. Click to Enlarge.

Another upshot, I am meeting new people and getting out into my city a lot more than I would have otherwise. We will be in Boulder, CO in March for the Recursion Anomaly event there (another Ingress thing) and I will definitely be blogging about my experiences there. Angiebanana will probably be posting some about that on Nerdtastic as well.

JST3P.com / Nerdtastic is back!

Ok, well we never really went anywhere… It has been quite a time, and I have been willingly slacking off and working with a  decidedly no-pressure attitude. In other words; I’ve been terribly lazy for about a month and I have no regrets! Well… except one small  huge exception; my website, the one you’re reading right now, was critically injured during a recent re-configuring of domains and juggling of directories. It seems we’ve lost a LOT of media. Nothing to do with my self-imposed exile from the web for a couple of weeks but still a real PITA. I am considering options here… maybe launching a whole new thing and reposting all of the content again… maybe leaving it as it is and moving on. I’ll have to delete all the old posts, reviews and pages with broken media links if I do that, however, so I’m still considering my options.

Anyway, here’s tonight’s efforts on the painting front. Between my little New Years vacation and the effects of XM on my creative process due to heavy exposure to it within the Ingress “game”, I have been all over the map creatively (and literally!)

Here’s some work on my next miniature; he’s another mounted figure, this time an evil druidic character, based on the greenery and skulls on him. I have attached the spear on him with super glue twice and Milliput twice and it does not last no matter what. I’m considering cutting off the bottom of his staff and going some other direction all together.

Whoever glued this guy together unpainted... yeah. Click to Enlarge.

Whoever glued this guy together unpainted… yeah. Click to Enlarge.

Decided to go with an Olive Drab Green for his cloak. Click to Enlarge.

Decided to go with an Olive Drab Green for his cloak. Click to Enlarge.

Cloak and some leather parts painted. Click to Enlarge.

Cloak and some leather parts painted. Click to Enlarge.

 




 

Cloak and some leather parts painted. Click to Enlarge.

Cloak and some leather parts painted. Click to Enlarge.

Cloak and some leather parts painted. Click to Enlarge.

Cloak and some leather parts painted. Click to Enlarge.

Cloak and some leather parts painted. Click to Enlarge.

Cloak and some leather parts painted. Click to Enlarge.

Cloak and some leather parts painted. Click to Enlarge.

Cloak and some leather parts painted. Click to Enlarge.

Cloak and some leather parts painted. Click to Enlarge.

Cloak and some leather parts painted. Click to Enlarge.

Cloak and some leather parts painted. Click to Enlarge.

Cloak and some leather parts painted. Click to Enlarge.

Cloak and some leather parts painted. Click to Enlarge.

Cloak and some leather parts painted. Click to Enlarge.

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A real quick update. Work and Christmas and travel have sucked the time away but I have been productive and so I do have a few pictures of the progress on the Orcs. They are almost complete for base coating. Last night I touched them up a bit, painted some details like their belt pouches and human heads. I touched up the base and finished off painting the Milliput.

New paint brushes for me. Click to Enlarge.

New paint brushes for me. Click to Enlarge.

Details of the human head hanging from the Orc's belt. Click to Enlarge.

Details of the human head hanging from the Orc’s belt. Click to Enlarge.




Details of the human head hanging from the Orc's belt. Click to Enlarge.

Details of the human head hanging from the Orc’s belt. Click to Enlarge.

Details of the human head hanging from the Orc's belt. Click to Enlarge.

Details of the human head hanging from the Orc’s belt. Click to Enlarge.

Some of the original followers of the Nerdtastic Facebook page might remember our support for Lesser Gnome Games’ Kickstarter project; the Whisper & Venom Box Set. Here are a few pictures of the unboxing of my package, which arrived on December 20th, just in time for Christmas!

The box set cover. Click to Enlarge.

The box set cover. Click to Enlarge.

This cover art, by veteran artist and illustrator, Jeff Dee, is amazing! Jeff’s next Kickstarter project, the 11th installment recreating his legendary Fiend Folio illustrations, has its own Facebook group you can join HERE. – Jeff has been re-creating the old originals after, as he relates, a thoughtless lackey at TSR destroyed the originals to make room for more files.

Beautiful cover sheet. Click to Enlarge.

Beautiful cover sheet. Click to Enlarge.

The Setting Guide and Map Companion books. Click to Enlarge.

The Setting Guide and Map Companion books. Click to Enlarge.



The back cover of the Guide. Click to Enlarge.

The back cover of the Guide. Click to Enlarge.

In a nice touch, the inner packing was sealed with a Lesser Gnome logo. I really appreciate the attention to detail and finishing touches. I can tell Zach is as nerdy as I am about packaging, design and branding. Great little detail!

Lesser Gnome Seal. Click to Enlarge.

Lesser Gnome Seal. Click to Enlarge.

Some of the Minis. Click to Enlarge.

Some of the Minis. Click to Enlarge.

I cannot wait to get to painting these miniatures. Slotty bases were included on slotted minis. Again, attention to detail and creating the full experience. This was no slouch, Zach delivered on his product goals big time!

Bunches of miniatures! Click to Enlarge.

Bunches of miniatures! Click to Enlarge.

 

This project hit some great stretch goals and it really paid off, these minis are awesome! Kudos to Zach at Lesser Gnome for going with metal!

New creatures, cards and minis. Click to Enlarge.

New creatures, cards and minis. Click to Enlarge.

In my first experiment with using Milliput putty to glue together metal miniatures, I finally did glue the heads on the Orcs last night. I just had to give the shields and hands more time to cure and stiffen up. Still, I knocked the shields off a couple of them when putting the heads on. I just had to grumble to myself and deal with it. I got them completely assembled around 3 AM.

Zoe inspected my work. Click to Enlarge.

Zoe inspected my work. Click to Enlarge.

Orcs, with the heads on finally. Click to Enlarge.

Orcs, with the heads on finally. Click to Enlarge.

Orcs, with the heads on finally. Click to Enlarge.

Orcs, with the heads on finally. Click to Enlarge.

Zoe decided to help out a little. Click to Enlarge.

Zoe decided to help out a little. Click to Enlarge.

 

With the left over Milliput I decided to just play around. I have these old feet from a lamp that look like 25 mm scale tables. I made a table top with a snake that guards a hidden spot in the table. (Guarding a clutch of eggs?)

Pure goofing around, made a table top. Click to Enlarge.

Pure goofing around, made a table top. Click to Enlarge.

Pure goofing around, made a table top. Click to Enlarge.

Pure goofing around, made a table top. Click to Enlarge.

Pure goofing around, made a table top. Click to Enlarge.

Pure goofing around, made a table top. Click to Enlarge.

The snake hides a secret! Click to Enlarge.

The snake hides a secret! Click to Enlarge.

The snake hides a secret! Click to Enlarge.

The snake hides a secret! Click to Enlarge.

Happy Holidays gamers! I have managed to get the Orcs assembled! Partly, anyway. I have glued the shields to the arms. Once the Milliput is cured on those I can put the heads on them. (I tried doing the heads tonight but I kept bumping the shields and making them fall off.)

Ready to assemble. Click to Enlarge.

Ready to assemble. Click to Enlarge.

The Milliput epoxy is apparent. Click to Enlarge.

The Milliput epoxy is apparent. Click to Enlarge.

 




 

All six of the Orcs, with shields. Click to Enlarge.

All six of the Orcs, with shields. Click to Enlarge.

A close-up. I will need to clean up the joins. Click to Enlarge.

A close-up. I will need to clean up the joins. Click to Enlarge.

Quick update, I have finished the vital leather pieces (the parts that will be under a shield and hard to impossible to paint after assembly) and am working on the metal armor pieces. Also, Google apparently decided I needed a picture with some animated snow on top, so they made one appear in my account. Thanks Google!

Leather bits and metal pieces done. Click to Enlarge.

Leather bits and metal pieces done. Click to Enlarge.

 

Enjoy some snow, courtesy of Google. Click to Enlarge.

Enjoy some snow, courtesy of Google. Click to Enlarge.

 




 

Today I took my based orc minis and painted their flesh with Citadel Waaagh! Flesh base. I finished their shields completely, and started trimming their leather pieces. I will also have to do the rest of their armor and clothing pieces before I assemble the miniatures. Assembly will be with Milliput 2 part epoxy.

Based on slotty bases with Milliput. Click to Enlarge.

Based on slotty bases with Milliput. Click to Enlarge.

The epoxy holds the mini well. Click to Enlarge.

The epoxy holds the mini well. Click to Enlarge.

 




 

Citadel has some silly color names. Click to Enlarge.

Citadel has some silly color names. Click to Enlarge.

Six orcs and six shields with a quick base coat. Click to Enlarge.

Six orcs and six shields with a quick base coat. Click to Enlarge.

Close up of the rough base coat. Click to Enlarge.

Close up of the rough base coat. Click to Enlarge.

Did the hands holding the shields also. Click to Enlarge.

Did the hands holding the shields also. Click to Enlarge.

Close up of the shields. Click to Enlarge.

Close up of the shields. Click to Enlarge.

Made an Orc Head Kabob to paint them. Click to Enlarge.

Made an Orc Head Kabob to paint them. Click to Enlarge.

Made an Orc Head Kabob to paint them. Click to Enlarge.

Made an Orc Head Kabob to paint them. Click to Enlarge.

Orc head kabob and minis with shields. Click to Enlarge.

Orc head kabob and minis with shields. Click to Enlarge.

The six shields completed for basic painting. Click to Enlarge.

The six shields completed for basic painting. Click to Enlarge.

The six shields and the start of leather details. Click to Enlarge.

The six shields and the start of leather details. Click to Enlarge.

Finally, an update!

It’s been a few days since my last blog update. Happy Thanksgiving, hope your black Friday was safe whether you shopped, worked or stayed home.

I’ve got quite a lot of pictures for you today, from my new WIP, the 6 miniature pig faced orcs from my previous posts about the “Bag of Orcs.”

Our faithful guardian Tyler Underfoot says hello!

Sir Tyler Underfoot. Click to Enlarge.

Sir Tyler Underfoot. Click to Enlarge.

My desk is not “cluttered” with my stuff all “left out”. It is an “object rich work area” with tools and materials “close at hand”. But I cleaned it up a bit anyway…

Object rich work area. Click to Enlarge.

Object rich work area. Click to Enlarge.

 



Milliput used to repair a miniature. Click to Enlarge.

Milliput used to repair a miniature. Click to Enlarge.

Before I get into the orcs, here are a couple of pics showing the awesomeness of Milliput putty. This miniature’s metal stall was severely bent when I bought him. I straightened it as gently as I could but it still eventually broke off. I had been trying super glue, but could not get it to stick permanently. After cleaning off the glue, setting it up with a dab of Milliput epoxy, letting it cure over night and it’s solid. I don’t want to test it, but I can handle the mini without worrying about it because the epoxy putty is rock hard and has a solid bond.

 

Milliput used to repair a miniature. Click to Enlarge.

Milliput used to repair a miniature. Click to Enlarge.

 

The Orcs await their fate. Click to Enlarge.

The Orcs await their fate. Click to Enlarge.

 

Orc's head stump, painted. Click to Enlarge.

Orc’s head stump, painted. Click to Enlarge.

 

Orc's head stump, ground down. Click to Enlarge.

Orc’s head stump, ground down. Click to Enlarge.

After having primed the miniatures, I trimmed the parts off their sprues, trimmed up the sprue edges and scraped off the paint from the parts I need to glue with an Xacto blade. I then sanded the stumps I’m gluing with a fine grit sandpaper to clean off the primer and give the metal a good porous surface for the Milliput to bond to.

 

Orc's neck stump, painted.  Click to Enlarge.

Orc’s neck stump, painted. Click to Enlarge.

 

Orc's neck stump cleaned up. Click to Enlarge.

Orc’s neck stump cleaned up. Click to Enlarge.

 

Orc's shield, just primed. Click to Enlarge.

Orc’s shield, just primed. Click to Enlarge.

 

Orc's Shield after trimming and cleaning. Click to Enlarge.

Orc’s Shield after trimming and cleaning. Click to Enlarge.

 

Slotty base makes the mini wobble. Click to Enlarge.

Slotty base makes the mini wobble. Click to Enlarge.

 

The mini base extends beneath the base. Click to Enlarge.

The mini base extends beneath the base. Click to Enlarge.

 

Score with wire cutters. Click to Enlarge.

Score with wire cutters. Click to Enlarge.

 

Two cuts in one direction. Click to Enlarge.

Two cuts in one direction. Click to Enlarge.

 

Turn it over and repeat. Click to enlarge.

Turn it over and repeat. Click to enlarge.

 

Miniature base is now half it's former self. Click to Enlarge.

Miniature base is now half its former self. Click to Enlarge.

 

Trimmed orc miniature now fits his base. Click to Enlarge.

Trimmed orc miniature now fits his base. Click to Enlarge.

 

Trimmed orc miniature now fits his base. Click to Enlarge.

Trimmed orc miniature now fits his base. Click to Enlarge.

 

The whole Bag O' Orcs gang, ready to paint. Click to Enlarge.

The whole Bag O’ Orcs gang, ready to paint. Click to Enlarge.

 

Milliput hobby putty, for assembling metal minis. Click to Enlarge.

Milliput hobby putty, for assembling metal minis. Click to Enlarge.