With Texicon looming on the horizon, it is time to start pulling together the resources needed to run a game. This year I'm running a 5150: New Hope City PI game. So that means I need tabletop scenery to represent a run-down neighborhood in "Little Hsia." I ran across these inexpensive paper buildings from WargamePrint… Continue reading WargamePrint Sci-Fi Style Buildings – A Review
Nina swept the last of the sand into the dust pan. Standing up, she looked outside. “The storm is beginning to subside, mistress.” Pearl looked up from the service desk. “Good, I’ve got to leave soon. Vivian and I are going to the star port to attend Margaret Dominique’s bon voyage party. Now, you’ll be… Continue reading Mother’s Missing Grave, Part Two
Staff Sergeant Kate Tipton pursed her lips as she scrolled through the data. Something wasn’t right and it was beginning to irritate her. She looked up from her tablet and gazed out the window. The sunrise was gorgeous, complete with what the ancients called, the “rosy fingers of Dawn,” but upon closer examination she could… Continue reading Mother’s Missing Grave, Part One
The small hospital's surgical room was crowded with family and close friends. It was a rare occasion. On most planets, including New Hope, babies were born in birthing chambers often referred to as "artificial wombs." Only rich eccentrics and the poor living in the shadows of society had babies as nature had originally intended. In… Continue reading Pearl’s Plight, Part 16 – Postscript & a Preview
Though they were out of sight, Pearl knew that the noise made by the machine would attract whoever had entered the massive chamber. Four figures cautiously came into view. Pearl had never seen soldiers in exo-armor, the armor that covered from head to toe. She recognized the Hishen. There were a lot of Hishen on… Continue reading Pearl’s Plight, Part 15 – Placating the Powers That Wannabe – Conclusion
They left Corporal Evelyn Tam, the medic, Specialist Valerie Lawrence, and Private Anna Parunk to guard the equipment and act as their reserve in case they met any difficulty. The descent to the mysterious chamber took little time. They joined Sergeant Tanya Yates and Private Jenny T'sao outside of the chamber entrance. Sergeant Yates looked… Continue reading Pearl’s Plight, Part 14 – Placating the Powers That Wannabe
The fighter was now in the upper atmosphere racing toward the ground and the sunrise at the same time. Pearl was still miffed at being referred to as a "project", but she had not had the opportunity to confront Azumi about it. As gravity returned, the baby and her organs had rearranged themselves. The baby… Continue reading Pearl’s Plight, Part 13 – Power Switch?
It had been a little over five months since the morning when Nina put down her cup of tea and calmly announced that Pearl was pregnant. The majority of humanoid women throughout the systems affiliated with Gaea Prime use birthing centers for the prenatal development of their children. Whether conception was vaginal or in… Continue reading Pearl’s Plight, Part 12 – Planetfall
Well it has turned cold again here in the Dallas area & that means I can't spray any matte sealer to finish the miniatures I've been painting. I thought I'd go ahead and show them even though I still need to add model railroad ballast to the bases for texture & need to seal the… Continue reading Oh, Mr. Bones! – Part 4
The figures are primed and ready for me to begin painting. I always like to start with the skin. So in this step, I've painted the skin. The next step will be hair, eyes, lips, nipples, & any other dangly bits of anatomy. I do need to make one minor correction. In the preparation post… Continue reading Oh, Mr. Bones! – Part 3
I recently bought some figures from Reaper's "Bones" line. These figures are made of a white polymer. They are not as stiff or rigid as polystyrene (hard plastic) or resin, nor are they as "bendy" as the 1/72 plastic miniatures from IMEX or the old Airfix lines. They are, however, much cheaper than their metal… Continue reading Oh, Mr. Bones!
Pearl was the happiest she'd ever been. The daughter she had lost had found her way home. Kate Lemay was a staff sergeant in a recon platoon of Gryphon IV's prestigious "Racine's Rangers". As the military prepared for several months of training exercises, Pearl's "Katie" spent as much of her free time as possible… Continue reading Pearl’s Plight, Part 11 – Pregnant Pause