Friday, 19 August 2011

What's on the H.U.D

I have shamelessly stolen this post idea from Mik at Mik's Minis. He describes his upcoming projects as what's on his "H.U.D" (Heads up display) and I felt it was time to re-organise my ever changing project lineup as I'm having a "not much hobby time"stretch again.

1. Eldritch Horror in 15mm
To Paint:
Final 7 Khurasan zombies. Daemon.

To build:
Some terrain (indoor floorboard style modules? Bayou terrain on CD's?) convert some Agents from The Scene into 1930's types.

2. Sci Fi narrative skirmish
To Paint:
RAFM Traveller figures, Blue moon Aquans, Shivans, GZG Ravagers, Octopods, Micropanzer troopers, GZG Alien mercs.

To Build:
Shanty town tech terrain, Convert some Rebel minis Titan Marines, Investigate 3d printing some "Star-ingrad" ruins modules.

3. Solo Rules
Finish 1/2 done Eldritch Horror supplement for ItEN. Finish up and format "Throwdown" a new set of ultra ultra fast gunfight rules I've cooked up. (I know I never really totally finished Gut Check.. I'm sorry... I get distracted really easily)

4. Decide
...On what the heck type of terrain to concentrate on, as I've built:

Regular- For use with a Zuzzy mat. Most of this has been gradually cannibalized into Hex based stuff or sold off to Robin from Gruntz. I have almost nothing left.

Modular Squares- For grid based rules I keep neglecting to use (Forlorn Hope) and ItEN.. I suppose. I put an awful lot of work into these but haven't played a single game with them. Worth selling?

Heroscape Hexes- I thought they looked nice and would save me measuring. I think I'll keep them for playing RSBS or Quik or something like that. Maybe I can use them intelligently for Throwdown somehow. They aren't great for doing urban terrain and I'm starting to think they look less nice than traditional terrain, say on CD's.

CD Bases- OK, I haven't built any but my latest hot idea is about using them to make terrain that would be very easy to source, easy to place on the table (everything fixed to CD's, no loose bits) and completely uniform/interchangable. Plus I thought of a cool way to use them that means you don't need rulers. The downside is it would be the 4th different type of terrain I have, Although it would be compatible "regular" terrain I suppose, so maybe not that bad.

I have a really bad habit of sourcing, buying and painting a bunch of terrain I don't end up actually using for any games. Worse, I think I've spent more time painting terrain than minis in the last year, which is ass-backwards. This is getting silly (and hard to store..) So I need to be brutal and narrow it down! How brutal? I'm giving away a big box of lego* to charity today.. That's how brutal.

So yeah.. Pretty messy H.U.D, but there you go. Now figuring out how to add it to my page.

*Don't worry Mik, I saved all the minifigs.


  1. Happy to hear the mini-figs stayed put and even more glad to see one of my ideas inspire someone else. Your HUD's quite ambitious, more power to you. Looking forward to items #2 and #3 the most.

  2. "Project lineup"?! Wow, that's organized, even if you do paint a lot of terrain that you don't actually have a use for. Which all looks great, by the way. BTW your Heroscape hexes remind me of the custom "Settlers of Catan" tiles that people make sometimes.