I owe a LOT to Microtactix. It was only when I bought the software package of Twilight Street from my local gaming store did I find out there was a whole papercraft world out there.
Their stuff isn't too bad, but seeing that latest advances from pioneers like Squrimydad, Dave Graffam, Glenn Williams and Mel Ebbles, these are just not up to par. But ten years ago when they were released, they were really something, I'm sure. And who knows, maybe it was these sets that inspired other people to help bring the craft to what it is today.
I can honestly say I have their sets in my "Wish List," but I have more pressing things to purchase first.
Just my thoughts...
Game Designer, BETA Tester, Model Designer, Figure Designer... HEY! It's what I do...
Despite the time passage I like these art style, though it's really pity that with quite nice art minis are one-sided... But from other hand imho its better/fair to provide black silhouette than mirrored A-side or (worst solution) badly designed B-side.
Rhannon -- regarding "trick" -- actually it's even simpler -- WHOLE figure is copied and only SHIELD added
Post by weaponx569 on Oct 21, 2016 13:44:19 GMT -9
I was wondering if anyone has bought the Microtactix Budget Battlefields Battlelands SF Mini-Setting and kitbashed the teleport ring. I remember seeing on another websites forum someone who had done so but I cannot remember which site it was. Any help will be appreciated
There was a time when these were cutting edge, but now they're a C-64 in an Android world.
I learned coloring in Photoshop on the black and white sets.
Sadly, they were left to wither. Consider where he could have gone with them (assuming more reasonable price points).
Now, I can't recommend them.
The Microtactix stuff was what intrigued me in the early 2000s. The fact that you could download, print, and build something off the Internet just struck me as really cool, but I felt like they were being too conservative with their artwork given how rapidly printer technology was advancing. Black and white line art printed on colored paper would've been fine in the 90s, but in the early 2000s, I had a cheap, crappy little HP printer that was *still* capable of so much more than simple uncolored line art. I understood why they did things the way they did, I just felt they went overboard on being conservative.
Plus the geometry was super basic, and I'd known for years before that that it was possible to build more complex shapes than they provided with not much more effort. So, I started doing the kind of models I wanted to build--textured in full color, with visually pleasing geometry that was just complex enough to stand up on its own next to painted figures. I was using a more painterly, completely non-photorealistic style back in those days with wash shadowing and edge highlighting, but I had a tendency to, um, get a bit too enthusiastic and overdo the geometric complexity. I got better at it over the years, but I still look at the Fei Qiu and the Wiking from time to time to remind myself not to let my head grow too fat.
When I discovered people preferred photorealistic/hyperrealistic styles and were completely fine with the visual differences between painted figures and photorealistic/hyperrealistic paper models and scenery, I shelled out for Photoshop in 2005 and switched my texturing style over to a hybrid of the two styles. In fact, I'm in the middle of developing a new artistic style at the moment.
I think that's really the only mistake Microtactix made: not keeping up with the state of the art and evolving with the times as people's preferences and desires changed.
cowboyleland: Putting on my pedantic hat: some of you are mis-using the term "begs the question." Some day I will make myself a paper pedantic hat.
Nov 14, 2019 6:02:10 GMT -9
Vermin King: I wouldn't hold my breath. He used to be very active on a French forum, so I asked him if he was going to be back there. no response yet
Nov 13, 2019 9:04:45 GMT -9
squirmydad: Crap. I hope he's able to recover and republish his work.
Nov 13, 2019 8:57:48 GMT -9
Vermin King: I sent Mauther an email. My guess is that it will be inaccessible while he is migrating things over to Blogger
Nov 13, 2019 7:45:54 GMT -9
wyvern: Today though, the Papermau blog is no longer accessible unless you have an invitation (and of course you can't get one unless you visit the blog, Catch 22). Anyone got any better news about it?
Nov 13, 2019 6:22:34 GMT -9
wyvern: I know Papermau's blog has been having problems because of virus infections lately - it's fired-up my antivirus system every time I've visited there for some weeks, though he did write and say the problem was resolved a while back (it wasn't).
Nov 13, 2019 6:21:08 GMT -9
Vermin King: I suppose it could have been worse. She could boost someone up in a positive uplifting supportive manner...
Nov 9, 2019 10:25:44 GMT -9
Vermin King: Okay ... double negatives are bad, but how about triple saying the same thing. I just heard someone on TV saying, 'I found we really boosted each other up in an uplifting supportive manner'. And that was probably meaningful to her. duh
Nov 9, 2019 10:11:48 GMT -9
Vermin King: Be careful what secrets you let out of the bag
Nov 5, 2019 12:33:45 GMT -9
oldschooldm: ... SO ... One of my players now has a cutter and has joined the forum. :-) For the first time I have to worry about WIP spoilers. :-) Just kidding! Welcome h0meralm1ghty!
Nov 5, 2019 7:40:19 GMT -9
woosh: I FINISHED THE M722 LRV AND I LOVE IT. will post pics when i get the chance
Nov 4, 2019 1:10:23 GMT -9
Vermin King: Back in my younger days, I tried to get 'Trick or Drink' running. We would go door to door in costume with our Halloween-themed rocks glasses in hand.
Nov 3, 2019 4:39:43 GMT -9
shep: On the other hand, Halloween is not that big for kids, here in Germany, anyways. It's more an excuse for teens and young adults to dress up and have a party... and for the latter ones to get drunk beyond speaking their native tongue...
Nov 3, 2019 1:44:29 GMT -9
shep: "A ninja, a mage, a knight, and a fish enter a tavern..." Wait this is no joke??!? Great costumes! The kids in my neighborhood were, as always, either too shy or too lazy to climb up into the third floor (40 steps, man, 40 steps!)...
Nov 3, 2019 1:42:29 GMT -9
forgedchaos: or to traslate
Nov 2, 2019 13:14:13 GMT -9
squirmydad: Every adventuring party needs a fish to guide them.
Nov 1, 2019 8:14:51 GMT -9
WackyAnne: This year's adventuring party - no sexy witch but fish!
Nov 1, 2019 1:07:18 GMT -9