Stay tuned to BrushThralls.com for upcoming changes. March 20th should see the switch over to the newer Word Press powered site and March 27th begins a series of guest articles featuring some of the best and brightest new talent BrushThralls.com has to offer.
Rob Strohmeyer, Editor-In-Chief, BrushThralls.com
Now that S6 got the theme working, I’m free to develop the remainder of the site. Today marked the addition of the Gallery feature, along with a handy widget that shows the latest models added to the gallery on the sidebar. Right now, only the raw metal shots from PRD have been brought over, but that will gain momentum now that the kinks are worked out.
If you spot any funky bugs in the Gallery, be sure to post them.
I finally had time to amalgamate the research that YW7 did with WordPress plugins, Dead Dogg’s iconography wizardry, and Frank’s CSS work on the forums, to come up with a new theme for our blog.
Hope you enjoy the new look!
The BrushThrall forums are now open to the public. You can find them here: forums.brushthralls.com
Come on by and say Howdy. We don’t bite… much.
First off, the forums are nearly ready to open to the public. We’re aiming for the 22nd of September (this Monday) to be finished with the tweaking. I’m sure that will continue past the launch, but the majority of the look and feel will be in place and ready to go for the opening.
Second, as some of you have noticed, our content has started its migration here to this site. That will continue. Expect some major look and feel changes very shortly. I suspect we’ll develop this side of the site “live” so you as the public will get to watch the changes as they happen if you happen to be here at the time. The reasons for doing this are many, but the primary one is we don’t want to keep you waiting any more for the new site. If we wait until everything is “perfect”, then it will never open.
So stay tuned to this space and/or your favorite minis forums. Odds are you’ll see an announcement from us or someone else mentioning that our forums are open for business…
While it may seem on the surface that we’ve been dormant, underneath the hood we’ve been hard at work tinkering on the inner workings. WordPress (the software that publishes this blog) has been updated to the latest version and I’m hard at work getting it prepped to become our new publishing software for the entire website. As things progress you’ll see features turn on & off occasionally as I test them out. I figure while I have time awaiting treatment I might as well put it to use getting things rolling as long as my energy level holds out.
On the forum side, it’s nearly ready. Being artists, we want it to look “right” before we let it loose to the public at large so we’re putting the finishing touches on that. We’re also working on a way to unite the two programs to create a unified login system and look for both sides, although that might take a bit longer. Keep watching this site as it will become the primary site from now on, eventually www.brushthralls.com will redirect to here.
Thanks for all of your continued support, especially those who donated the funds for us to purchase the software and tools to make this all possible.
Software is purchased and installed.
Now the real work begins. Stay tuned to this space!
I think I speak for all the ‘Thralls when I say that we are humbled by the amount of support outpouring from you all. If this small sampling of posts is indicative of our fan base as a whole, clearly this is the right path to take.
I think we have enough response here alone to get the ball rolling, so why wait? I’ll purchase the software this weekend. If you’re inclined to donate you can paypal to arkentyre (at) yahoo (dot) com. If you’d prefer another method, you can email me at the same address for a physical mailing address.
I’ll be keeping a log of all contributions, so that in the future if we can come up with some kind of thank you gift or something we’ll know who helped us out. Again I want to thank everyone who replied and anyone wishing to donate. We all want to get back in the saddle.
The BrushThralls are looking to roll out something new for the fans. The problem is it costs money.
So I ask you, would you, the fans, have any issues donating cash to the site? We’ve never asked before and it’s causing some consternation for some of the thralls to do so.
This isn’t a solicitation for cash it’s just me asking you how you’d feel if we did.
Any and all replies are welcome.
The server that BrushThralls.com runs on is being moved. I could give you a long and boring technical and business explanation as to what’s going on… but what it really comes down to is a disruption of service for us. Expect the site to go dark around 8pm PST tonight and stay out until sometime tomorrow if we’re lucky.