Saturday, August 22, 2015

Windows 10 Update!! My how to.....

So if you have found this page searching for the below error codes I hope this will help you. But as all ways I can take no responsibility for any issues you may encounter. Backup Backup, Backup before you do any thing......  

With the release of Windows 10 (Win10), and being a free update if you own Windos 7 or Windows 8, 8.1 this should be simple right...... Well in my case it was not. I have 4 computers running Windows 7, and 1 running Windows 8.1, and all of these systems have the same issues, "Windows 10 is still validating on your system". So My fisrt reaction was to force the update by going to the MS web site and doing it via the update tool. This ended in me having to rebuild my whole system. I failed during the build, and did not revert back to the current state. I later found this could be because I had a second hard drive that was once a primary drive. I upgraded to a SSD, and kept the old HDD as my storage drive, But to not go back to the current state, not good.

I waited a few weeks for the other machines, and even the brand new build, and still no update. So I had to figure this out. First I went to Windows update on my computer and looked up the update history. Here I found an error Windows 10 failed to install error Code 80240020. What the heck does this mean?? I looked it up on Google, and found I was not alone with this issue. So what I found was that the update downloaded but was bad. So I did what I do at work when the updated come down bad (download is corrupt), go to C:\Windows\SoftwareDistribution\Download then running a command CMD Type in "wuauclt.exe /updatenow" This will start the download and update, BUT I quickly got this error after the build started to run "Windows 10 install error C1900101-30018" What the heck is this???? Back to Google and once more found I was not the only one with this error. In this case it could have been my Antivirus, or another start up service running that caused this issue. So I uninstalled my Anti virus, and did a clean boot of windows. Clan boot is simply stopping any non system start up program from starting, You can follow this link to do a clean boot Once I removed the AV, and did a clean boot I went back to the above C:\Windows\SoftwareDistribution\Download then running a command CMD Type in "wuauclt.exe /updatenow, but this did not work... So off to Google one more time. I found the link to the Windows 10 media builder tool. Follow the link and download the media builder tool for your CPU type. As I have 64bit PCs I used that one. One of the options is to upgrade when you run the media builder, so I ran the update. I sat back and after an hour my first system was running Win 10. I checked it for errors, and found non. I let the system run over night, and then added my content in the morning. It worked!!!!.

The next weekend I did the very same for my Windows 8.1 machine and this worked as well...
As the Win 8.1 machine was older (build and hard ware) it took a bit longer, and when it was done I was every happy. 

So to sum this all up, this free upgrade was not so easy to do....... 

What I did not mention in the above post is I did a full system image before I started the second time. I had to rebuild my computer when I did the first manual upgrade, and did not want to do that again. I used Acronis, as I use it for my job, but there are others and free ones. Here is a link to 5 good ones . I have given the first one a try and it worked for me when I went from Win 7 to Win 8. The last one CloneZilla I have used for years and love it. CloneZilla is a DOS like app that runs under LINUX, and is not what I would recommend for new users. I happen to love this app and it has saved my butt more that a few times.

Monday, July 20, 2015

Jetpack Orc ride!

In my lat post I wen on about my tech geek side, and did not have any mini related content. So you might not have seen the last post as i did not share the links on G+.

But I did manage to get a bit of work done. Below are two molds I made of my hard drive jumper jetpack. Also the epoxy I am using, I know it is not green stuff, it is some thing I picked up at Lowes as plastic epoxy. It works very well for what I use it for.

 Here the Epoxy is mixed. You see water in the photo as I use that to help with mixing, to limit the stick of the epoxy.
 Here it is pressed into the mold.
 After 15 minutes under a very hot lamp.

Here they are cleaned up and glued on to the boys.
Now here are two I did last week, but did not take a photo of.

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Tech Break Windows 10 is coming!

Well this weekend I really did not do much with my miniatures, as I wanted to make sure all of my computers were ready for Windows 10. I am a geek, and have allot of computers/laptops around my house. I also am a Mek Boy and make machine from discarded parts (more money for minis). I have been on the beta reviewing Win 10 for just under a year, and have to say this is the first version of Windows I am excited about. Win 8 was a great stepping stone to get to Win 10 but lets face it is was a hard pill to swallow. It worked unlike Vista, and Millennium, but it was too different for most people to take to it. For work I have become the Business expert on Win 8, and rolled Lenovo Yogas out to our sales force. This went very well, but only after a bit of hand holding and guiding the user the right way. Win 8 can be eased into, but most people did not see that they just saw the Metro interface and shutdown. Win 10 has a great balance by combining the start menu with the Metro style interface. So now you can create a great start menu or keep it simple. The over all look and feel is very nice, new, and refreshing.

I have put down linux for all most a year to play with Win 10, and now I find that I may not want to go back to my trusty linux distro, and stick with Win 10. Now with that said and all the bad people out there, Win 10 may become a unusable system if I am updating it and fighting viruses all the time.

Mad Doc out.

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Weekend update Guard units, and motor pool.

Mad Doc here with more news of  the Guard, and its progress. It will not matter how many they are they will all die by the hands of the Orc! But let them make a good show of it.

Here you see I have completed another squad of guard.
 Add one more squat squad to the ranks. The yellow units this time around.
 These tanks were in various states of work, so with some dip, paint, and a canvas cover they they just need dull coat applied to mark them as complete.

Until next time.

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Guard squad, and jet packs.

Tonight I finished the painting of a guard squad, they just need basing. Then I took some epoxy putty and pressed it into the jet pack mold. I think this will work from me.

Sunday, July 5, 2015

First Jumpa Troopa.

Mad Doc heer, to show off the first of the Fire Jumpas. To make this jumpa, I removed the base, moved the legs a bit, bet the arms in a bit. For the jump I used an old computer hard drive jumper. I put a fin on it, and a wire as the rounded top. I have made three jump packs one I used on this guy the other two I am going to cast. I could not get my camera to play nice today sorry for the shotty photos.

Monday, June 29, 2015

Orc Rocket Pack (Fire Jumpa).

Hello All Mad Doc here, to talk about strapping a rocket to an Orcs back. See as I want to play out the big battle, I noticed I will need jump pack troops. Now the USE ME rules do not have any so I decided to make my own. I am starting off with a move of 18", and working back from that. Also this is an Orc pack so it just might not work.

Jet Pack 10Pts.
Range Up to 18 inches. This is a straight line vehicle, not turns can be made. When the model decides to fire the rocket he draws a line to the location he want to land at. Then roll a D6.
D6 roll, Result
1, Falure, roll another D6 for the distance. Once at the distance the rocket explodes. The jumper takes a +3 penetrating hit. Place a 2" template on this mini, any unit touching it takes a +2 penetrating hit.
2, Move 14"
3, Move 15"
4, Move 16"
5, Move 17"
6, Move 18"
Every time the model fires the rocket it changes the critical hit roll to the number of time is has fired. Second firing, on a 1 or 2 roll for the crit. Third firing 1, 2, or 3 roll for crit.

On a roll of 1, then 1 the model explodes on the spot, they started on. Place a 3" template and all touching take a +3 penetrating hit.

If the user does not fire the pack they can move 4", and still make a second move for another 2" a total of 6" per turn.

Now I have worked up the rule,  I decided to test this new rule out.
To do this I set up a small skirmish with a Guard squad and an Orc squad with rocket packs. I am using Universal battle for my table top.

Deployment. As you can see both side are deployed some distance apart.
Guard T1: As the guard does not have the range weapons they sit tight.

Orc T1: the Orcs opt to run for there first move and the squad moves up the allowed 6".
Guard T2: Now the boys are with in long range, and the gurad fires off 4 shots, and get 2 hits. One Orc is Struck. The guard now fire a second time at a -1 for second shot. They score 2 more hits, killing the Orc that was struck, and winging another.
Orc T2: Now it is time to fire the rockets. Mug Thug makes the first jump and there is no issues. The second jumper goes with no issues. The third jumper hits the trigger and and is launched 15" to his death. His body lands and also tries to take out Mug Thug and another. Lucky no one else was hurt this time. The 5th boy also jumped but popped, this time the template was placed on 4 boys. Two took wounds, 1 S, 1 W.
 The 7th jumper landed in the woods, and BOOM. This time the template went on a guardsman as well, but the Orc was the only one hurt or Dead. Now that they all made the jumps, it was time to shoot. The ended up shooting up 2 guardsman, and only wounding them.
So to sum it up I think the rules for the Rocket Pack will work, and add a Orcy level to the game. This weapon it not all that bad if you land in the mix of the enemy and get a good DOOM. Now POPPING before you take off well that is also very Orcy.

Monday, June 15, 2015

MadDoc the mini

Well I won a GorkaMorka Pain boy (Bad Doc) from eBay this week. I was able to make an offer less then the other listed, some were as high as $50 for a painted one, and $35. for new in box. As I am going to open it, and paint it my self they did not enter my wish list. I made a good offet of $15. and the seller took the offer. With shipping it was a total of $18.50. That is a bit high for me as i like to buy supper cheap, but I needed a mini for my new Google Profile "MadDoc Gubbins".

Out of the package, here is the Doc

An overnight in the dip (paint remover) here he is.

Now I re-assembled him and tweaked him just a bit, and gave him a new GM base, with extra stability added.

Sunday, June 7, 2015

GorkaMorka Ridez!

OK in my last post I showed my Boyz, now here are the Ridez.

The Bikes. Kit bashed from ShockForce bikes (oop).

The Trakz

 Work in progress.

The Buggiez

 I had this snotling for 20 years and just had to mount it on this buggy.

 Here is my Orky idea of turbo heat the fuel before it goes in the engine. Still have mroe work to do on this before paint.

The Truckz

 This was a big project as I only had the main chassis and one tire. I won it on eBay in a grab bag of bitz, and boyz. I made a mold of the tires from another truck and cast them out of water putty. I had to make the back out of card stock and a HK launcher tube. Added more bitz from my 40K bitz box and I love it.

The Wagonz. These were a hand me down from an old friend who got out of the hobby. I have them very basic but plan to add more tom them. I have a wreck-a-ball for the green one.

 The party Ride.