No rest for the wicked! This evening has been spent applying an all over wash to 17 Custodes, to get them ready for drybrushing. So much gold!
The first units of my Sororitas are complete, taking me most of the way towards that part of my 2019 hobby goals, and marking my first entries on the PaintHammer 2019 form.
As always, there’s loads I’d like to be done better on these (the white robes mainly) but finished is better than still in the WIP queue, so Im trying not to nitpick too hard!
The Imagifier will be getting her banner as soon as I find the copper foil I bought to make it.
I mentioned before the festive break that I was thinking about open-sourcing “K”, the custom theme I’ve been developing for this site. Since then, I’ve decided I’m going to do it, but I’m going to work to tidy things up beforehand. Some of this has already happened, some of it is yet to be done. For a bit of fun, I’m going to [try to] blog about it whenever I make some progress ?. All-in-all, I’ve identified three main themes I want to focus on before the intial public commits.
My first job is to make the theme more “generic.” As I mentioned, the theme has been very much a hacking together of what I’ve needed, as I’ve needed it. This means a lot of it isn’t as customisable as people expect a modern WordPress theme to be. For example:
- The site logo is an embeded SVG, rather than an image that can be swapped out in the WordPress Customiser.
- The sidebar was, until recently, entirely hardcoded HTML.
I’ve made some progress here – there’s now a “widget area” in the sidebar – but my custom author h-card is still mostly manual (although it does use a WordPress menu for the social profile links). I think I’m going to recreate this as a bundled widget. I could try using the IndieWeb h-card widget, but I liked having the flexibility of my manually crafted card, and the IndieWeb version doesn’t support multiple profiles at the same service.
The second main focus is going to be standards support. I want the markup to be as fully compatible with MF2 and structured data as possible. I’ve spent hours debugging this so far, and I think I have it mostly sorted. IndieWebify.me picks up everything I expect it to, and every parser/validator I’ve thrown at the different pages and types of content have come back correct to my eye. For some reason, IndieNews hasn’t liked any of my submitted posts, but that’s lower priority for now. I haven’t done much with marking up elements like comments, but the main page/blog post/author details seem to be correct.
Finally, the third focus is on the code quality and maintenance. This loops back to the customisability/flexibility theme as well. By its cobbled-together nature, “K” has been a bit… loose in the quality of the PHP code, and the frontend files were/are a nightmare to maintain. Up to now I’ve used a hacked to pieces copy of Bootstrap with a bunch of customisations on top to provide the layout framework (literally just the rules I needed, obtained through UnCSS), and a similarly cutdown set of FontAwesome icons. That’s fine for my use case – even if it has been a faff to add to the site – but it won’t work for other people.
I’ve started adding a build system for these frontend files, but it does mean I’m probably going to have to include the entirety of the minimised version of Bootstrap, and the full FontAwesome SVG sprites. Unless someone has a good suggestion? Unstyle has a CLI tool, but integrating that is probably a step beyind what’s needed for the moment. I haven’t added FontAwesome to the live site yet, but this page should be using the new style.css that’s been compiled from SCSS.
On the PHP side I’ve started making sure it conforms to at least the WordPress Coding Standards. There’s still a few files to update, but functions.php and most of the template files are done. After that I want to make sure everything is as modular as possible. I’ll need to add files to handle the various post-types, error pages, and other screens a more rounded theme would handle. I’ll also be bundling a selection of Post-Kinds templates, once I figure out how I want to display them on this site.
There are other things that will need done no doubt, but these are where I want to focus my efforts for now.
Not all of them need to be fully completed before “K” gets open-sourced, but I would feel a lot more comfortable if at least the first steps were taken along these paths. It is a little dependent on having enough free-time, but I’ve set a goal of uploading to GitHub by the end of the month.
If you have any suggestions, or other feedback, please do let me know — either as a comment below, or on your own site.
Somewhat amazingly, I’ve never even read a #DND book, let alone played the game. At least one of those things will change in 2019…
I mentioned these on Instagram yesterday, but I really like these SKÅDIS pegboards from IKEA. They’re a great way of adding extra storage for relatively little cost. I added two more to my hobby area and it makes such a difference to how tidy the desk is:
I published my first POSSE post earlier today, so I could see how well it works syndicating to Twitter. POSSE (Post on Own Site, Syndicate Everywhere) is a key tenent of the IndieWeb, but something I’ve never quite got working properly when I tried previously.
Things still need a little tweaked, and I won’t be syndicating every post, but ultimately I think it turned out OK. After a bit of to-and-fro with Brid.gy, my status post was posted to Twitter, and a like from one of my followers showed up on this site.
I’m not sure if I’ll want to include a link back to the site or not. The first post included a source link, but in my view it looks a bit odd on Twitter. I’ve turned source links off for the time being, and I’ll see how I get on.
Now, if I could just get OwnYourGram to start working properly…
I’m not one for New Years resolutions, but I wanted to set out a few hobby-related goals for 2019. The main driver for these is to clear some of my backlog, and also to let me play some games of Warhammer 40,000 for the first time since near the end of 7th Edition.
- Finish Knight Household
- 3x Questoris
- 6x Warglaives
- Finish Adeptus Custodes Battalion
- 3x Guard squads
- 2x Vertus Praetor squads
- 1x Terminator squad
- Finish Adepta Sororitas Battalion
- 3x battle squads
- 2x Cannoness
- Seraphim squad
- <stretch> Celestine + Geminae
To achieve this, I think I’m going to have to cut down on the number of one-off miniatures and competition entries I paint.
If it didn’t take you 3 hours to recover from, was it really even Christmas Dinner?