Patreon: Troops on the Ground

15 August 2017 | Hisham | | Patreon Paperminis, Role Playing Games
 

The latest Patreon paper miniatures were released hours before August arrived, but I forgot to feature them here on the blog. So here are the Troops on the Ground series of modern soldiers for any modern role-playing games that require soldiers as player or non-player characters. Easily used with games like Covert Ops, Delta Green or The Laundry.

The four variations

The image above showcases the four basic designs. Each design has three discreet variations.

Sweep forward!

There is space for you to write down character names.

The gang's all here

Click here to go to the Patreon entry to download the PDF file for printing and assembling!

Or be a patron. Or share. Or something.

Many thanks to our patrons on Patreon for the opportunity to create these paper miniatures over the years.

 

A Nasal Epilogue

14 August 2017 | Hisham | | Recent News
 

After last week's surgery, I had splint and padding up my nose to hold things together as the parts within healed. The doctors gave me little bottles of saline solution and a syringe to douche my nasal cavity to cleanse it of blood, snot and other assorted blood-covered snot.

The tissue paper is to stop blood from dripping out

On Saturday, after my regular nose douche and a shower I felt something shift uncomfortably up my nose. The string taped to my nose which connected to the splint was slack. Something sharp and stinging had moved down my right nostril. More blood than usual was dripping down my nose.

We went to a clinic to get it looked at, but the doctor there referred us to the ER at the hospital. There was a referral letter and all. The ER doctor who attended me called up the ENT physician on call. The ENT doctor (who correctly guessed who I was over the phone) said that if there was no excessive bleeding, I can go home, but have to return to the ENT clinic for a check Monday instead of Thursday.

Emergency Department

However, the stinging pain in my right nostril disappeared Sunday morning. Did the splint move back into its normal position as I slept? Was the pain some injury that healed itself overnight? The reason will forever be unknown to me.

First thing Monday morning (well, second thing after breakfast), we were back at the ENT clinic at the hospital. The chief ENT specialist decided to remove the stuff up my nose and further explore their handiwork with an endoscope. I thought it would hurt more as they did inform me before the surgery that it might sting momentarily, but there was a slight pull and my nose was clear with minimal pain.

All appeared to be well.

I need to keep douching my nose apply the nasal steroid spray daily, to ensure the nose heals proper and to suppress polyps regrowth respectively. I hope all goes well as I have a class to teach on Tuesday which I could not postpone any more.

Finally, the spot on my right hand where the teddy bear-encased cannula was removed five days earlier still hurts for some reason. I wonder why...

 

Porg Dameron

13 August 2017 | Hisham | | Artwork, Star Wars
 

What if Poe Dameron was a porg? What if he still had his helmet and Glie-44 blaster pistol?

What then? What then?

Porg Dameron

I drew the above a couple of days ago, posted on Twitter and Facebook. It was even featured on Star Wars Reporter!

 

Suddenly, The Emergency Room

12 August 2017 | Hisham | | Family Pics, Recent News
 

... but upon my return home from my three-day hospital stay, I discovered that Opah Irfan had a high fever and could not sit up. She was extremely weak from illness. So, we took her to the Klinik Kesihatan downtown before it closed, leaving Irfan alone at home to do his homework.

When we arrived, Ain and Atok Irfan got a wheelchair for Opah.

No sign of Eriq La Salle

After a blood test, the medical personnel there discovered that Opah's blood sugar, blood pressure and body temperature were sky high. The nurses there had to inject some insulin into her system.

Insulin time

Then, they called an ambulance to transport her to the Emergency Room of the hospital next door - escorted by Ain - while Atok & I returned home to get her medical records. What followed was a six-hour wait at the ER for the lab to return a new blood test to see if Opah needed hospitalisation. We took turns having dinner at nearby restaurants and staying by her side.

Fortunately, a hospital stay was unnecessary. Her blood was clean of any infection although her urine was.

We returned home just after three in the morning.

Back to the first pic

When Atok and Opah headed home to Sitiawan, Opah was feeling much better.

 

Finally, A Surgery

09 August 2017 | Hisham | | Family Pics, Recent News
 

Atok and Opah Irfan came to visit last Saturday for a medical reason.

FIVE DAYS EARLIER

The photo of them above along with Irfan was taken the day they left for Sitiawan on the 12th. Several days earlier, on Monday the 7th, I was hospitalised and surgery was scheduled for the next day.

Not my stats

There I was, once more unto the breach. This was my fourth attempt at surgery. A FESS to remove what was left of a couple of polyps and a septoplasty to fix my right air hole which was apparently too small. The first attempt back in early 2016 was postponed because of high blood pressure. The second was postponed on account of getting sick while under observation in the hospital ward, and I missed a work excursion to Terengganu in vain because of it. I was unable to go for surgery the third time earlier this year because of a priority cancer patient who took my slot.

Still the two of us after 17 years

Ain sat with me at the ward while Atok and Opah ensured Irfan was okay at home with school and dinner and such. I prayed that this time there would be no problems.

Hey a faucet on my hand!

They stuck a cannula in my left hand at the ENT clinic before I went to the ward.

Soon, it was Tuesday morning and they wheeled me to surgery. I was first on their schedule that morning. Thankfully my blood pressure was within acceptable tolerances, so they carted me off to the freezing operating theatre, transferred me from the gurney to the table, put some thing that warmed my body up -- I was unable to see what they were as they were putting the mask over my nose and mouth.

I thought I heard them say something about unable to get medication through the cannula.

Then I remembered no more.

I'm still alive?

When I was under, the doctors did stuff to my nose. Four hours or so later, Ain took the photo above after I was wheeled out of recovery and back at my bed at the ward. There was blood on my teeth. I hoped it was not because of me biting any doctors when I was unconscious.

I brushed my teeth as soon as I could.

I think this is the kids' version

For some reason a new cannula was on my right hand. (The one on my left had disappeared.) Also, there were teddy bears. Teddy bears. It must have been some sort of bonus achievement.

Final selfie before leaving

I have some padding up my nose where they dug in. They also cut away some septum to enlarge the right nostril, which could explain why I get out of breath quickly back in school when I was running. (I never run these days. Not enough dogs up here to chase me.)

A string was taped to my nose. The doctors will pull on it to remove the padding next Thursday. I am not looking forward to that sensation.

Finally, I was released from hospital Wednesday afternoon.

To be continued...

Edit: A Nasal Epilogue

 

Porgcorn

05 August 2017 | Hisham | | Artwork, Star Wars
 

The Imperial Talker tweeted about a dream he had involving popcorn. I chimed in and... things escalated.

This is a horror scenario really

Who knows, maybe we will discover in December that this IS an actual scene with Chewbacca and the porgs in Star Wars The Last Jedi.

 

New Sandwich Place

03 August 2017 | Hisham | | Family Pics, Food
 

I have been wanting to visit this new sandwich place in town. We finally got extra cash for the week so we went for some sandwiches. However to save money, we only bought two - takeaway - and no drinks.

Ngopi is the name of the place

The restaurant was cozy and had a nice ambience, found on one corner of Capitol Square.

Irfan and bread rolls

The smell of freshly baked bread wafted from the door. Also, there was freshly-pressed coffee. We might be back for a proper dining experience here later.

The chalkboard menu

We ordered the cheesy beef salami and the garlic chicken sandwiches.

These are pretty nice sammiches

When we got home we divided them into three parts each, so Irfan, Ain and I were able to sample equal measure of each sandwich. I believe there were more cheese in the garlic chicken than the cheesy beef salami, and I have no complaints about that.

Maybe I will try the Thai mayo chicken next.

 

Symposium Gift Artwork

01 August 2017 | Hisham | | Artwork
 

At the language symposium last week, besides the two assignments I wrote about I also had a third task: Which was to sketch some artwork to be printed and presented as gifts to the special guests of the event. The common theme for each drawing was Perlis.

I drew them all in Krita separately. Photographic references, of course, were used.

Pandora gate

The university main campus gate.

The best part of the cave is the gelatinous cube

We have seen this cave before on this blog.

The masjid over the sea

We have seen this masjid before on this blog.

Best thing about living here are the mangoes

I assure you the photographic reference for this drawing was of Perlis Harumanis mangoes.

MPK is the Kangar Municipal Council

Padang Besar needs more bookshops, is all.

 

Irfan's New Dice

31 July 2017 | Hisham | | Role Playing Games
 

I tried ordering some cheap dice from Lazada several weeks ago for Irfan.

Polyhedrals black

The new set of black dice.

Two sets

The new set with his old purple set he bought in Subang Jaya.

Haven't tested them in salt water for perfect balance yet, although random rolls did not result in any numbers that turned up significantly more than others. At least not yet.

 

My First Language Symposium

29 July 2017 | Hisham | | Recent News
 

Another new experience I underwent was the language symposium I attended this weekend. The language symposium was an annual collaboration between three universities, two of them in southern Thailand.

Bazli contemplates the set up

I was also part of the organising committee, although my duties were by far the most unimportant and required the least time and effort compared to everyone else who did a fine job. My job (aided by Bazli who knew the ropes better than I did here) was to figure out and set up the opening ceremony gimmick.

In the early weeks of planning (when we had thought of setting up the symposium in Pulau Pinang) I envisioned using a drone for the gimmick. However, it would be much more economical and easier for everyone to just book the use of a gong from the university's recreation unit:

The magic gong

At the end of the set up and rehearsal night the day before the symposium, the gong looked as per the photo above on stage. When we all arrived 6.45 AM the next morning the stage (and the gong) looked ten times more presentable:

The stage is all dolled up

That gong is all prettied up and looking smug in the middle of the stage.

No relation to Yuzy Pash

The event kicked off early in the morning with guests from a number of South East Asian countries with Yuzy taking point at the podium as the daytime emcee.

The honoured guests

The gong hitting ceremony went without a hitch. They hit the gong three times. The gong did not complain. Then the keynote speakers, heads (or acting heads) of three universities and our language centre director took a group photo at the end of the opening ceremony.

 

Rebel SpecPorg

26 July 2017 | Hisham | | Artwork, Star Wars
 

Sketch Wars on Twitter had a porg theme over the week, so I thought I'd chip in with a porg wearing Rebel SpecForce outfit for some reason or other.

Porg Greyhelm

Well, I thought it was hilarious.

Here are some of the other participants' pictures:

 

Enhancement Workshop in Langkawi

24 July 2017 | Hisham | | Recent News
 

If you had asked me 10 years ago or so, I would say my new experiences will be declining gradually the older I grew. There would be less chances for me to do new things. I am pleased to report that I was wrong.

In the last year or so I have been involved in a number of things I never thought I would be involved in with regards to my professional life.

At the ferry terminal with Bazli

Last weekend I accompanied the entire language department for an Enhancement Workshop.

The workshop was held at a hotel on Langkawi Island. It had been some time since I was at Langkawi and we have not been there since moving to Perlis.

The Kuah Ferry Terminal

The ferry ride took an hour and they played a Jackie Chan movie on the cabin screens. I think there was a lion in a sports car or something? I fell asleep en route as the movie was playing.

I pretended the islands were large asteroids

I had forgotten how breathtaking the islands were as we come in to dock. Photos do not do the view justice when the ferry moved between them.

Everyone's TOO happy

The hotel was located at Cenang Beach. A bus was chartered to transport us from the town of Kuah to Cenang Beach.

 

Patreon Commission: Enigma Corps Redux

19 July 2017 | Hisham | | Patreon Paperminis, Role Playing Games
 
The entire legion is here

Edward MacGregor has been commissioning more paper miniatures for his FATE setting Enigma Corps. Here are three new batches for characters set in a South East Asian uchronia, where Western colonialisation did not occur and local culture has evolved into a dieselpunk society.

They are all now live at my Hishgraphics Patreon page. Check out the photos below.

Some sort of flyers

Enigma Corps Batch 3 (above) consists of the aviator corps, with male & female combat pilots and male & female maintenance technicians.

Click here to download Enigma Corps 03 at my Patreon page

Belles of the ball?

Enigma Corps Batch 4 (above) showcases members of high society including socialites and grand dames of the setting.

Click here to download Enigma Corps 04 at my Patreon page

They's seamen!

Enigma Corps Batch 5 (above) features four naval personnel, with a male & female naval officer and male & female naval crewers in battle station gear (with a keris and a kapak kecil respectively).

Click here to download Enigma Corps 05 at my Patreon page

 

Desktop of a Street at Night

18 July 2017 | Hisham | | Linux
 

My latest desktop on this Linux Mint machine is "Tokyo Street Night" by an artist named arsenixc. I love the colours on this piece. It overlays a sense of peace over what could be a bustling street.

Click on the image below for the bigger picture pop-up.

Everything looks blue

Click here to see the image at its DeviantArt page.

Bonus: Here's the same street in the day and at sunset.

 

Last of the FrontierSpace Chapter Pages

10 July 2017 | Hisham | | Artwork, Role Playing Games
 

I have completed all the chapter header artwork for DwD Studios' upcoming FrontierSpace RPG. To remind ourselves, here are some more artwork from the last update.

Will work for passage

Chapter 11: Setting

The quasi-usual suspects

Chapter 12: Character Archetypes

Watch this space for updates on FrontierSpace RPG artwork and its release date.

 

An Old School Buddy Visits

02 July 2017 | Hisham | | ACS Memories
 

Once upon a more innocent time I went to school, the result of which was I met many other school-age little humans many of which became my friend. I was 10 years old when I first met Iskandar. We were in the same class for a couple of years. But after school we rarely see one another until the Age of Digital Social Media.

Recently, Iskandar and his family came to stay at our place for a weekend. Here are some of the photos of the visit. Last year we had an Aidilfitri pot luck at his folks' house in Sitiawan.

Kuala Perlis

Dinner at Kuala Perlis, but for some reason the streetlights were unlit.

Breakfast

We chatted over breakfast while the kids play stuff in the back.

Morning sons

Irfan, or course, made a friend.

Bye Is

Then it was time for them to return home, though he intended to do some exploring first.

Come back soon, Is.

 

Patreon Commission: Enigma Corps

30 June 2017 | Hisham | | Patreon Paperminis, Role Playing Games
 

In the past two month or so I was commissioned by Edward MacGregor to create several batches of paperminis for his Enigma Corps campaign. Enigma Corps is an uchronic dieselpunk campaign setting set in the early 20th century.

flats

The characters I have drawn for the paper miniatures here are from the Srivijaya Empire in South East Asia.

Enigma Corp Batch 1

The setting also lacks any South East Asian colonialism during the turn of the 20th century.

Enigma Corp Batch 2

I have uploaded two batches of the paper miniatures at Patreon. Each batch has at least 4 designs and a total of 12 paperminis.

Guardsmen

They are both downloadable for free at the following Patreon links:

Soldiers

If you have any RPG campaign whereby you can use these miniatures, feel free to go nuts.

Many thanks to my patron Edward MacGregor for commissioning these artwork and paper miniatures!

 

Nia Nia's Hari Raya in Kedah

28 June 2017 | Hisham | | Family Pics
 

En route back to Perlis, we stopped in Kedah where Nia Nia and family were celebrating Aidilfitri this year.

The youngling squad

Also present were Nia's cousins Nawal and Adenin.

Nia

Nia of course was a busy little girl with a lot of self-appointed assignments and jobs to complete.

(Usually with toys.)

 

BFF: The Free Wizards of the Clave

26 June 2017 | Hisham | | RPG Actual Play, RPG Irfan Plays, Role Playing Games
 
Tabletop roleplayers!

The last day of Ramadhan, Irfan taught cousin Aiman to play RPG, specifically BareBones Fantasy (BBF). With the Eid Tabletop RPG Travel Pack I brought, I gamemastered an impromptu session for the cousins in the morning. Irfan tweaked his old player character (PC) Jake Hastur to be the Halfling wizard Drego Andre. Aiman adapted a pre-generated character from the BBF rule book to be an Elven wizard who called himself Johnson Jones.

Session 01: The Cave in the Clave

Tabletop roleplayers!

The Crossing

The two free Wizards Drego and Johnson were travelling the thick woods on foot in the Emondran Clave of the Keranak Kingdoms. (Presumably Johnson is an Emon Elf.)

It was getting dark but there was no place for them to hole up and camp. There were large trees and thick brush everywhere. They came across a river which flowed dangerously fast. If you fell in the water, you would be swept away in its swirling current. On the far bank was the perfect campsite: a sandy riverbank overgrown with delicious edible mushrooms.

Drego volunteered to look for a bridge but (because of his failed Scout skill roll) he was unable to find any way to cross it.

Tabletop roleplayers!

Johnson, who was able to cast a telekinesis spell, silently levitated Drego and floated him over the river toward the far bank. Then, Johnson managed with some difficulty to levitate himself to join Drego on the other side.
Drego said, "Well, I guess we should have done that in the first place."

Tabletop roleplayers!

The Company of Wolves

Night fell. The stars were out and Drego, a very good cook, had picked some mushroom in order to make dinner. Johnson was more than satisfied with the food as he loved having dinner with friends. Then they heard the grown of an animal. They both leapt to their feet. Drego cast a minor fireball (Offensive Strike) spell to light the forest which abruptly halted the growling. Johnson warned him that he spotted four wolves in the bushes about to attack them.

The wolves show themselves and prepared to pounce on the Wizards. Johnson's crossbow bolt struck one of the two wolves eyeing him (removing only 3 Body Points from 15). The other two wolves leapt at Drego. One of them succeeded in biting the Halfling's arm (removing 8 BP from his 20). The bleeding Drego cast a blast of magical fire than swept through both wolves. Both canines were seared by the flames but were still trying to attack (the Offensive Strike spell dealt a 12 point damage).

One of the wolves jumped at Johnson and missed. It fell onto the sand by the river and prepared to attack again, but Johnson used his magic to push the wolf into the river. There was a splash, a yelp and it disappeared into the darkness. Meanwhile, the other wolves - the ones injured by fire - had failed to bite Drego again allowing Drego to cast another burst of flames that killed only one. (The survivor only had 1 BP left and was on fire.)

Johnson pushed the second wolf attacking him into the water using his mind, then helped Drego by doing the same. They thought they heard the final wolf yelp in relief (because the water doused its flames) then immediately yelp in distress (because of the raging river).

Then they were alone again.

 

Aidilfitri 2017 at Pasir Mas

25 June 2017 | Hisham | | Family Pics
 

Eid Mubarak from Pondok Lubuk Tapah!

Selamat Hari Raya Aidilfitir. Maaf Zahir & Batin!

Eid Morning

Our family were clad in blue this morning, as Irfan demostrated in the picture above.

Eid Morning

I'm wearing my old baju raya from several years ago, by the way.

Eid Morning

Irfan with Ciksu, Ayah G, Tok Ma and Tok Bah.

Eid Morning

Us in blue with Ayah Long, Aiman, Mak Long and Zara decked out in brown.

The following photos were taken by Ciksu:

Eid Morning

Ciksu could not believe Irfan's height.

Eid Morning

A trio of sisters.

Eid Morning

The entire roster of people at Tok Bah & Tok Ma's house during Hari Raya in a single photo!