2015/03/21

Seven Angels with Seven Trumpets

Still putting of working through the stuff in queue so here are some stuff I did yesterday.
Listen to a song for quite long ago where the lyrics talked about seven angels and seven trumpets, and got the idea about doing a filler strip with seven goblins playing trumpets.

There is 7 different spear men in the battle for skull pass set so it was meant to be. Looked through my bits box and picked out some trumpets.
Drilled out the bell a bit to make them look nicer. While looking into the origin (Revelation by John of Patmos) I found there is also an angel with a censer so will probably cut up another one and give him a censer, the more the merrier. So probably 5 trumpets on a regiment base and 3 lose 2 trumpets and a censer bearer.
Even drilled out the mouthpiece a bit, it won't be visible though...
Seen here in place...
Some foreshadowing of my trolls. Added ears on a couple of them. Since the battle for skull pass one have a damage ear.
Trying to fix a ogre club for a troll. Trolls have four fingers and ogres have five.
Found a nice accessory for one of my trolls, (throwback to old metal giant.) however the jaw flew off when I lay down the head so don't know if I'll be able to find it again.
The rest of the dark elf trumpet added. Don't know what to put in his other hand yet. And a troll puking.

2015/02/25

CSS Monkey Business

Some progress on the name generator has been made:

  • There now is a Star Sign and Physical Features Generator added. The Physical Features generation is also available as an option on the races generators respectively. (Known bug: also shows up on the Lizardmens generator, will deal with this shortly). 
  • Halfling and Dwarf names are now generated with a birthplace.
  • Some ’ bugs been squashed.
  • Started transition from ◻︎no Surname and ◻︎no Title  to:  ☑︎Surname and ☑︎Title

Can't remember if there is something more that have been done since last status rapport. But the main thing I've been working on is to try to implement my custom check boxes and radio buttons but haven't had much success. I'm quite pleased with how I've placed the buttons at the moment after I made some small adjustment to the spacing to fit the new Physical Features Generator. But now when I trying to change it, it takes on its own life, behaving in unpredictable ways. Been trying to strip it down to the bare basics to try to understand what's going on but it left me clue less. Even when I try using my current code it seems to become upside down or mirrored so somethings messing with me and I haven't figured out what yet. I think I need a little break from CSS and then go back and try to learn to crawl before I try to run. I preferred java script since it's more math/logic based but think that is mostly done now and it's more the styling that needs to be done (through CSS sadly). 

2015/02/11

Valentine Cards

This year I haven't had the time to do something special to show you. But since there is still time I have some inspiration to share if you like to make/write/paint your own card to give away this valentine! I'll leave you with this link and put up a post later on this month with a status report on my further coding on the generator. Hope you enjoy!

2015/01/30

Stonehorn Thundertusk

So I had planned to put up some more functions for the Name Generator this month. It was going to be appearance generator: Height, weight, eye- hair colour, distinguishing marks, star sign, age and number of siblings. And add Dwarf and Halfling birthplace. However the lack of people trying out the Generator and the amount of work I spent on it, followed by new rumours about edition 9 rendering my generator worthless didn't really fuel my energy to sit down and continue coding.

So this month you'll only getting a in the box.
Check out the Generator if you want it to get updated.

So I got this box just because it's cool. Decided recently that I will build a Stonehorn without a rider for use as scroll of binding and Storm of magic.

<-Back of the box with Stonehorn
 Front with Thundertusk
Building it without riders leaves me with loads of bit and goodies. A throne, a birdy I hope I can make something fun out of. Lots of food I'm going to hang on my pump waggons.
underside of previous sprue

the ogre head with the long beard with bones in it will get shaved and donate his beard to one of my snow trolls I think.
Thunderhorn tusks that can become useful for conversions I think war machines and other stuff that needs frames.
 underside
Main body and some nice baseing detail. Going to try to replicate it.
and underside
and the base.

2014/12/21

Name Generators Alpha 0.1

I invite you my dear readers to be part of the alpha testing squad of the Name Generators done so far. Still some bugs hanging around and races not done yet. But it feels it would be great if I get it up before Christmas so you can start naming all your new toys as soon you get them. This goes for  Warhammer characters, regiments and crew members, Mordheim, Blood Bowl, Warhammer Quest, Warhammer FRP, Warmaster, anyone still playing Warhammer Skirmish, you name it, it will fit all that are based on the Warhammer Fantasy fluff.

Sneak Peak:

I've been trying to learn CSS code this month to style the generator. Haven't figured out everything yet but I have not given up.



Some short info about the name gen that didn't include in last post
The goblin name generator 40 032 possible outcomes a bit less on actual names since you can get same name from different source names (232 source names at the moment) but still think you will manage, and bear in mind this is with the No Titles function haven't even considered trying to calculate how many out comes if you start counting in those, try it out and you'll see what I mean..

Skaven, Daemons, Ogre kingdoms, Lizardmen name generators are based on material once available on Games-Workshops website.

Halfling, Dwarf, Elves, Empire name gens from are based on material old Warhammer FRP book threw in Foretelling of Doom also for the fun of it.

Bretonnia, Norse name gens are based on material from old Warhammer Quest website

And you Vampire Counts players out there who feel disappointed that you didn't see your name above despair not, you can still name your 1000 zombies. You just have to decide what they were before getting reanimated.

Head over to the name generators page and start naming your models.

2014/11/19

Name Generators Progress Rapport

So this month haven't been much regular hobby but loads of work for hobby/blog indirect. Some time before I started working on my quotes generator (seen in sidebar, now up 76 different quotes) I started collecting data for a goblin namegen. And continued but this month I thought I might ass well start trying to get something working code wise for the blog. Easier said than done. I have no real knowledge in coding more than from algebra in school. But I have always found it intriguing, so have tried to teach my self. I have taken some pictures of the different steps done this month to spice it up a bit, if you look closely you might see some hints of features comming. My first guess of eta was easter, but got across one big problem so next guess is christmas if I don't have any reader whom can give me a hand with one of the hiccups I have at the moment. Then it might come closer but don't want to get my hopes up since I work on trail and error, so it goes slow and I don't want to be burned out on the project and not get it finished.


So I started quite a while ago to just collect names from different material I could find: Rulebooks, old supplements, timelines, black library books and novels.  Skarsnik was a gold mine, and I really enjoyed it would be nice if there where more goblin centric books or at least green skin centered books out there or to come. Where really hoping for Forge World Black Fire Pass but that got put of till end of Horus Heresy so end of time as we know it probably.

So as the list grew I broke the names that seamed fit down in two as most do, I would wager that the fluff department already have a goblin name generator but don't think there is a point of mailing them and asking if I could have a copy of the data to use for my goblin army.
When I had collected a bunch I started writing a formula for randomly adding combining first parts and second parts together and adding titles. As you can see in the circle thats the scroll bar for the formula and down in the corner is the result... The title code got a bit out of hand. I really liked the ogre kingdoms name generator that was up on games-workshops website for a while and their fluff of big names and really big names. So I let that influence my goblin titles.



So there are three list of titles:
the adjective like (Big Nose, Wart finger etc.),
verb like (Back stabber, corps prodder etc.) and
the The list (da Noiseless, the Flatulent etc.)
So most goblins get one from the first list and some gets their from the second or third. Not all Goblins need (or deserve) titles and then there are the achievers that not only get one but two and then there are the over achievers, I tried to reflect these different types in the formula.

But there is only so much an excel sheet can do.
When I decided to try to export all my data to write something javascript based to view it on the blog I managed to write a formula that I think may have make the calculations to loop so my computer (which is usually are quite capable) freezed up and crashed. So after some more googling and failed attempt I decided to write a script outside doing most of the work.

I started to google for applescript to learn how to write a script that would help me extract the data and format it the way I wanted. It worked better than expected and was really satisfying to watch it run and do all the work. Sadly I didn't manage to extend the window so you could see the code in full, but I guess not that many appreciate to look at formulas as much as me. I think it's the mathematician in me that somehow find that a nice formula is a bit like modern art.

Anyway, so I tried to zoom out to give an over view of the out put of the script but yeah it's not even close too half of the out put I got by running it a couple of times.
Zoomed in. So this is some of the first halfs. In closed in ""; for the js. I hade some problem with that since the script I wrote was affected by the symbols so couldn't tell it to write them. I solved it by telling it to fetch them from the document and bind them in a variable then simply copy paste.
So now I have started to sort the names for the ability to ad more customisation. Without having to rewrite the same things several times in the code.

I checked browser history and I usually can go through quite a lot of links when looking through the internet for inspiration pics.  But think it was something like 2000 entries in history this month for coding. I haven't compared that to any other months internet use but it feels a lot, and it felt like I was looking up stuff constantly trying to figure out how java script works in conjunction with htlm5. Both by them self seems quite easy but I have more hassle working them together with how to adress different stuff so both codes understands what is supposed to happen.

Here is  some of the code for the site so far.

At the moment the things that works are Goblin and Old School Goblin (both with the option to turn of titles) and Snotling name generator.

The Old School Goblin names are from the c12 goblin series flyers from 1983.
I didn't divide them only randomising between one of the names and one of the titles. This one was never in the original plan, but it just felt like a waste to not make anything out of the collected data since it didn't really fit in with the more modern names.

Yeah if you haven't seen it yet spoiler: I'll also add Ogre Kingdoms, Lizardmen, Skaven and Daemon of Chaos Name Generators for you who haven't found your way to Morks path yet.

So a question for any readers experienced or gifted in coding: I'm trying to dynamically generate the different forms needed for different generators. When I use: document.createElement("input") as childnode assigned attribute typ=radio it works as you can see in last picture but the problem is, the two options doesn't realised they are linked even tho I tried to add a form label. So they are not linked and work as two separate radio forms resulting in that both can be selected, which in turn removes the functionality of being a radio button instead of a checkbox. 
Is there a way of fixing this?(Fixed it by assigning them the same name attribute.) I also have trouble removing child nodes but haven't looked in to that as much yet so I will probably find out how if I just do some more research. 

If you have any helpful tips or suggestion please feel free to drop a comment below or hit me up on twitter or send me an email through the contact page.

2014/10/28

In the Cradle

I Stumbled on to Games Workshops investors information while looking for some place to get bits, there seems to be a lull in the bits supply on eBay. Might be the games-workshop ban on selling bits scaring people.
But back to the site I found, according to link so did Games-Workshop start out the production in Newark before moving it to Nottingham. So I’m living more in the cradle of Warhammer than I realised. Despite this I still having trouble to find a good place to get Warhammer stuff. So my dear readers do you know any place where you could buy used models and bits for conversions?

I brought my trolls to England. So This is the state they're in. Starting to switch in some Ogre lower jaws to give them some different beards.
To the right just barely in frame you see a bucket (from Empire Great Cannon set) for my homage to yokohama (kyodo) minazo
Still need to sculpt a gold fish or find one that fits.
At the moment I'm looking for the puke from the river trolls box set and the old troll with a club.
I went in to gw store and asked if they had the fine cast of these troll and apparently they no longer are selling them... (Nope still for sale, Red-Shirt not knowing what he's talking about, shame on him!)


I've found both the troll and the puke on eBay. But the troll is "pro-painted" and cost loads to ship from US. And the puke is from France and I need to pay more in shipping than for the bit it self.

When I lived in Sweden I used to see loads of warhammer that was on eBay but where only shipped within UK what happened to all those sellers?