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30 March 2012

New Survivors coming

Well I bought my first new figures in a while today. They are the WizKids Hunger Games figures. I bought a total of 8 single figure boosters for some civilians that aren't armed to the hilt with firearms. The armed figures I have are either equipped with a Bow (1 figure) or knives, the rest are unarmed (at least visibly unarmed), which will make them perfect for random townsfolk in my ATZ games be it early days of the outbreak or the proposed Mackinac Island Campaign (set at least 2 years after the initial outbreak).

Right now all but two of them are still on the little tower/pillar base. I do plan on getting pics of what I have when I get a chance, though unfortunately I don't know exactly when that will be, hopefully Tuesday, though they wont be mounted on any bases, I am running short on my 25mm round slotted bases and haven't had a chance to pick up more.

21 March 2012

Still Hanging

Well the weather has been super nice lately, in the 70's, so I haven't been inside much (other then when I am at work). One of the things I have been doing outside is of course yard work. I have also been trying on my days off from work to get out to the shooting range to get some target practice in. Unfortunately the one range I prefer no longer allows anything but paper targets, so I can no longer use the "zombie" targets I built, all they are is a PVC pipe skeleton with a small melon (cantaloupe, watermelon), small pumpkin, or similar item for a head, I have in the past used foam mannequin heads, until I realized that they would be better for use as test targets for experimenting with different lighting schemes for photography. I do have a couple of paper "zombie" targets I can use so not all is lost. I am still getting a quarter size groupings with both my WASR-10 (Semi-auto AK clone in 7.63x39) and my USGI M1 Carbine (.30 M1 Carbine) using only iron sites at 100-110 yards.

I have also been out and about with my camera in the local park and nature preserve trying to capture some of the local flora and fauna, or in my back yard shooting pics of my mom and dads dogs playing.

While I am inside I have been fooling around with my newest toy, a copy of Adobe Lightroom 3, I have Lightroom and Lightroom 2 already so I am already familiar with the program. What I like with 3 is I can now easily shoot tethered to a computer without having to use a second program for capturing the images from the camera, now all I need is a new laptop so I can shoot tethered on site. Even though I just bought Lightroom 3, I may end up in a month or two getting Lightroom 4 which was just released earlier this month in order to play with the new features. In addition to Lightroom I am going to have to learn how to use Photoshop CS4 Extended (bought it back a couple years ago via a student discount, and have only used it maybe 2 times just to fool around with it) or GIMP (an open source Photoshop clone), especially if I want to do some kitbashes of the WWG cardstock models.

Well off to get ready for work, want to leave early to see if I can get some pics of a Great Blue Heron that has been at a pond on the way to work the past couple days.