02 Mar, 2014
My new background image is a rip-off of the Boing Boing Fnord
t-shirt. Apologies to Rob
Beschizza, but your design was too good not to
play around with!
IF YOU DON'T SEE THE FNORD IT CAN'T EAT YOU, DON'T SEE THE FNORD,
DON'T SEE THE FNORD...
I claim no copyright on this image. TV texture courtesy of Chaotic
If you dislike amateurishly applied GIMP filters I suggest you check out
the unadulterated SVG
29 Dec, 2013
Inspired by the awesome glow-in-the-dark Ghostbusters t-shirt I received
as a a Christmas gift I decided to trace and redraw the logo as vector
I ended up with two background images, one vanilla, straight from
Inkscape, and another with a "distressed" look courtesy of GIMP. It's
kind of an amateurish effort as I'm still teaching myself GIMP,
As a bonus here's the SVG for the logo:
I claim no copyright on these as the logo is partially traced, and it's
obviously already a copyrighted and trademarked work.
08 Dec, 2013
I have long wanted to get started with scale model building.
Unfortunately I'm still taking medication that's causing my hands to
shake far too much, and quite frankly, I don't really have the money to
spend on equipment and paint at the moment.
So I was quite happy when I stumbled upon Paper
Posables and the
Poplocks system. These
are paper models you print on card stock, cut, fold and put together.
Perhaps not a real alternative to scale models, but still a lot of fun
and very rewarding to build.
The beauty of the Poplocks system is that the models require no glue or
tape, can be moved, posed and (carefully) played with. It's also easy to
take apart a model if mistakes have been made.
Most (all?) of the models are licensed under Creative Commons NC SA and
the PDF files can be imported into Inkscape with no problems. Very handy
if you want to make any customisation or simply recolour a model.
Oh, if you intend on scaling the models (up or down) you need to keep
the square-cube law in
mind. I didn't and scaled the print of one of the models down by 50%,
the actual completed model was of course a lot smaller in 3D...
Requirements are pretty low, a printer, a pair of scissors, an X-acto
knife (with fresh blades) and preferably a 5/8" (16mm) hole punch. I
started out with an old fashioned punch and hammer, this turned out to
be a slow, noisy and bothersome operation. I recommend buying a cheap
craft hole punch, like this
one, if you
intend to make more than model.
Thicker paper works better with the Poplocks, I bought 160g/m^2^ which
is the maximum thickness supported by my printers. (Thicker paper might
damage the printer drum).
A lot of new models are being published on the Netroid Universe
If you feel like making seasonal papercraft instead, check out Star
by Anthony Herrera.