Happy Birthday to Little Adik

31 December 2015 | Hisham | | Recent News

Yes, this is RafeHappy birthday, Little Adik who is now four solar years old.

He is quite the loquacious dude on Google Hangouts as the image to the right reveals.

I can't believe he's talking to me using text on the internet these days.

Maybe someday he'll be a writer, if he writes as well as his sister draws!

May he continue to communicate honourably and wisely throughout he future.

Verbally, visually or metatextually.


Yet Another Cousin Arrives

24 December 2015 | Hisham | | Family Pics, Recent News

After our inaugural viewing of Star Wars The Force Awakens in Alor Setar, Cikma - who was very far along her pregnancy - was admitted to hospital for blood pressure that went through the roof. So first thing the next morning Ain and Irfan travelled to KL by bus to aid Cikma.

But before their bus cruised into the city, young Rania Sumayyah was decantered into this world. Both mother and infant were healthy upon her arrival.

Aunt and cousin, eh? Thankfully it's not Shub-Niggurath

Welcome to this universe, Baby Rania!

I missed The Force Awakens premiere? That's just nuts

Of course, Irfan is happy because he gets to meet with his cousins!

Irfan, Zara and Aiman go nuts at the hospital! No not really...

Paper Minis: First Order Stormtroopers

23 December 2015 | Hisham | | Paper Minis, Role Playing Games, Star Wars

I'm sure someone will be wanting to run Star Wars RPG campaign set in The Force Awakens era, so here are the first of many paper miniatures to help you on your tabletop. Four of them carry the Sonn-Blas F-11D blaster rifle, another four the Sonn-Blas SE-44D blaster pistol and the final four are the wielders of the Z6 riot control baton, which is different from the Z-6 rotary blaster.

They are two dimensional characters.

Star Wars The Force Awakens Review

19 December 2015 | Hisham | | Movie Review, Star Wars

We finally saw Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens the evening of the 18th, a day after general release. I discovered that trying to write a review about it was impossible for me.

I will get to that soon, but what about the movie itself?

It was to me an excellent Star Wars story with new characters interacting with the old, swashbuckling their way through space to save lives. I suppose the story beats did get too close for comfort to the original trilogy, but with characters that were amazingly developed and actors who had great chemistry with each other. It was a fun movie. Although there were some things that I did not like about it (such as how it was possible to see the First Order's beam from a planet too far away), these things are trivial compared to the fun experienced from watching it.

I loved it!

But why do I love it?


Troubleshooters Unit Patch

08 December 2015 | Hisham | | Artwork, Role Playing Games, Star Wars

Find it! Shoot it! Make it!

Recently I completed a commission for a unit patch for a Rebel Alliance group known as the Troubleshooters for Seamus Conneely's Star Wars RPG campaign.

Unit patches are fun. I need to do more unit patches or nose art, like these:

Lava Jaeger YT-1300 nose art for Edged by the Empire campaign.

Modesty Blaze YT-1300 nose art for Modesty Blazing campaign.


A Second Move

05 December 2015 | Hisham | | Family Pics

Last December we moved 500 hundred kilometres to new house. This week a year later, we moved again but this time it was only about 2 klicks down the road. It was gratifying that we did not need to cross state lines for the move.

Thanks to some friends, before I went to my course in Kuala Lumpur we secured a house at a residential estate right beside Irfan's school. We had scoped this area out for months to no avail, until now. Our previous house was nice and comfortable, and the landlord was a great person. We were surrounded by greens there, but I still hoped for a house where Irfan could actually walk to school.

Our former landlord helped with the move by introducing us to some movers. Most of my stuff are still in moving boxes for over a year because we had to place to unpack them out to.

Now I live in a house with a gate! Swanky!

Atok and Opah were present for the move, and we bought the movers lunch.

I have not lived in a taman since Taman Kektus a million lifetimes ago. The effort to make the house comfortable fell to Ain's hands because most of the day I had to be at work, and she did a great job at the cost of her adenosine triphosphates.

I do wish Betty kitty could have made it to the new house with us.