Monday, 27 December 2010

Web Store news and Price Changes

Morf over at the Pulp City Forums posted that the new Pulp City Webstore is now up and running -

http://store.pulp-city.com/

However, there was some more serious news with the fun news - the price of the tin went up by 50% ever since he started the Pulp Monsters venture. His last casting bill was a "big Un".

This meant some prices needed to be adjusted.

He also I got the raises on every possible service, starting with painting and sculpting and through to webhosting.

The raises are not that bad though, to be honest.

Most of the two-packs from now on will be 13.99 Euros, that is still only 6.99 Euros per miniature (produced by the best sculptors out there) still less or comparable to other skirmishe games.

The Biggest changes were with the heaviest items, the price hiked for these from 17.99 Euros to 19.99 Euros.

HOWEVER - IMHO - you pay for what you get for, y'know.

Morf said that "For a skirmish game, your prices are still comparable", but if you look at the prices for Named Characters for the Mass Wargames - the prices are excellent by comparison there as well.

When you consider ALL the Models in Pulp City are "Named Characters". Thats when the price comparison really shines through!

A Games Workshop "Named Character" for Warhammer 40,000 (for example) will run you 15+ Euros, thats more than 1 Euro more for a Single GW Model than a Pulp City Twin Pack!

Heck a Plastic Space Marine Commander costs 17.50 Euros FFS! (and he's not even a Named Character, just some grunt officer) and hes STILL more expensive!

An "Average" 1,500 point Space Marine Army will have 3 or so Officer or Character Type models in it (more in my Experience of running tournaments for GW - if the beardy bastards can "ram" then into their lists, they will!) - Usually 2 "HQs" consisting of (in the case of a Space Marine Player) - a Captain or Special Character, a Chaplain or Librarian (for "kill" Power), and a Techmarine filling an Elites Slot.

Running a you cost of 47,40 Euros! AND thats without the Cost of the Rest of the Force!

You can STILL buy a 5 Model Starter Set for Pulp City for 29,99 Euros, and my oppo Johns 6 Level "Good Guys" (Virgo & Tritonious and Captain Hadron & Lady Cyburn) only came to 27,98 Euros! 19.42 Euros LESS with nothing more to Buy (unless he wants to, and he will LoL!) with 1 additional Miniature by Comparison!!!

LASTLY the Warhammer 40,000 Rulebook will run you a WHOPPING 50,00 Euros (yes, I know its a big book - but its ugly and badly laid out), whereas the Pulp City Rulebook is just 24,99 Euros (and is all FULL colour).

When you consider that smaller companies have a reputation for charging more, its kinda impressive when you make the Comparison - Don't You Think?

I went for 40k in my initial comparison purely and simply because its the most popular Wargame on the Market (and you can play it at Skirmish level anyway if you want) - and to use "Named Characters" will cost you a LOT more.

I've established a 4 Man Force costs around 27,98 Euros - lets "compare" it then.

LOGICALLY the only game one can really compare it too is Anima Tactics, or possibly the upcoming "Relic Knights" from Soda Pop Miniatures (I can't fairly compare AE-WWI it uses a larger number of miniatures, and fewer Named Characters).

Price wise, the Anima Tactics range CAN be a little more expensive (though not as bad as GW Prices) - and I find (personally) the concepts and designs are all over the place, with little or no unifying concept. Leaving them ugly and a little less satisfying. Also, I have had a LOT of Miscast problems with Anima Tactics - whereas I have only ever had one with Pulp City (Silveragers feet).

4 Anima Tactics miniatures will run to around $41.96 (I used 4 Neutral Faction models, Akio Kageshima/Bella/Celia/Damien) - that roughly converts to 31.91 Euros.

So, AGAIN More Expensive!

If you went for Soda Pop Miniatures (and I do have to admit I like these) the prices are a little crazy.

Prices range from $12.95 (9.85 Euros) to $17.95 (13.65 Euros) - so if you take the prices of two $12.95 Miniatures, one $14.95 Miniature, and one $17.95 Miniature - you are looking at $58.80 for a 4 Man Force - thats a WHOPPING 44.70 Euros!

So Morf really REALLY doesn't have anything to apologise for!

Friday, 24 December 2010

SOLAR

Anyone who knows me, is aware that Solar is my FAVOURITE Pulp City Character, AND there is a New Solar Miniature coming!


HOLY CRAP BATMAN - Thats Stunning!

Monday, 20 December 2010

Pulp City Guide & Team Selection

My Pulp City Guide came today (thanks Morf) the outer packaging was utterly Trashed - but the Book is in perfect condition!

The Dice Gods were smiling today!

I shall be reading it tonight after Dinner!

My gaming buddy John now has some Heroes! Just 6 Levels (2 level twos and 2 level ones) - but its a start!

Johns Heroes

Tritonious (Level I)
Virgo (Level II)
Lady Cyburn (Level I)
Captain Hadron (Level II

I could do "full" Ulthar, or a mix like John has!

Full Ulthar is Difficult choice-wise, especially with the Models released so Far (they have only released 3 level II's and 2 Level I's so far)

So I would have to go for -
 
Xyllian, Master Sagitttarius (Level II)
Stormblades, Libra Sensei (Level II) ,
The Gemini "Twins" (X&Y - 2 Level I's)


Leaving Gorgoroth the Taurus Captain out (as he's not actually an Ulthar, but rather a Member of a Slave Race). Painting involved here, I haven't even assembled them yet!

Or I could just go "Villains" -
 
Hellsmith (Level II)
Sanguine (Day - Level I, and hope I get enough night points to make him Vamp out)
Supreme Zed (Zed's Dead - Level II)
The Gentleman (Level I)


The best part about that list its all painted, unless I want to take the Special Edition Gentleman with a Sniper Rifle, then I need to dig out my paints (which are packed away) and paint him LoL!

OR A combination of the above two - giving me a Mixed Team similar to Johns Heroes.

My LAST option would be an Entirely A.R.C. Team (Apes Revolutionary Commitee) - But I would need to do a LOT of Painting then!
 
Guerilla (Level II)
Le Murtiple (Level I)
Silverager (Level II)
Chimp-Chi (Level I)


But as I'm not "comfortable" with A.R.C. yet (not having played a full game with an entirely A.R.C. Team), thats a "no-go" for me atm.

I STILL need to do some proper terrain, I'm still thinking of using the World Works stuff (at least initially) - then maybe buying some Plasticville later on!

BTW - for those who don't know yet, they are producing a Giant Captain Hadron soon too!

Friday, 26 November 2010

Comics, Comics, Comics

A friend of mine was bemoaning the lack of decent reading comic wise, how he missed the "Bronze Age" of Comics - and how the 90's ruined it all by putting the reader in the position of needing to buy dozens of Titles just to follow one Story-Arc.

The "Bronze Age" was indeed a great era for comics - limited series, and stories compressed within one or possibly two titles.

I grew up loving these and the "Silver Age" titles - then "discovered" the wonderful "Golden Age" (I do not hide the fact I am a "Golden Age" Whore LoL) later on.

If like my friend - you are THAT disenchanted try the following:

Project Superpowers - The series resurrects a number of Golden Age superheroes originally published by companies including Fox Comics, Crestwood Publications and Nedor Comics, many of whom are in the public domain, including the protagonist, Fighting Yank. Golden Age Heroes with bronze age sensibilities in the writing.

Irredeemable - This reminds me of the many MANY spinoff/alternate timeline stories we used to get in the Bronze Age of Comics. The story revolves around the premise of "how does a man go from being the world’s greatest superhero to its greatest supervillain? It tips "nods" to DC and Marvel, whilst retaining its own "reality" - its REALLY worth the effort to read.

Hellboy - ANYTHING Mignola is tops for me, Im a HUGE Hellboy/BPRD Fan (and a total Mignola Whore) he REALLY understands the nature of comic writing. If you can find them, the Hellboy crossovers are amazing.

NOTICE - the TOTAL Lack of DC/Marvel choices. The moden titles just arent worth it. I LOVED the Ultraverse Titles, Marvel bought them out and killed them - I was GUTTED!

There is plenty of great stuff out there, you just need to look around and try something a little different.

Wednesday, 17 November 2010

Pulp City Cards

The Very Clever Pulp City Forum Member "Matthieu" has done a website for all the English Pulp City Cards - SUPREME Stuff!

http://pulp-city.2tcreation.fr/english/cards.php

Tuesday, 2 November 2010

Sorry

Sorry I haven't been posting for a while, I've had a LOT of personal shit to deal with. 

Normal service will be resumed as soon as possible!

Friday, 29 October 2010

Fan Fiction

I came across this Website today, AWESOME stuff!

http://www.whofic.com/

REALLY worth Checking out!

Wednesday, 20 October 2010

The Doctor "Who" is now Immortal, reveals the BBC

Doctor Who is now Immortal, reveals the BBC

Apparently, the Edict that Time Lords can regenerate only 12 times before they die has been quietly ditched . . .

Or has it been . . . . . .

It has inferred (and downright mentioned in some books) that in the ancient times, Rasilon enforced the 13 lives upon the Time Lords (please correct me if I am wrong) and the claim was that immortality was a curse! 

Perhaps the Doctor is that "old" . . . . (900+ years old physically, but "from" the Ancient Times - it is a Time Travel Show after all).

This would then also explain what Lady Peinforte might have known about the Doctors "Secrets" in Silver Nemesis.

It would also the Doctors extensive knowledge of the Ancient Times (even after the claim that most of the Records were lost) and Omegas seemingly unexplainable grudge against him!

Plus, at the end of the day - do ANY fans REALLY want the show to end  in a few years. 


I'll bet the bloody don't!

Tuesday, 19 October 2010

Super-Viewing

Watched the new Superman/Batman Animated Movie "Apocalypse" and I have to admit, its not the best one they have done.

Superman/Batman "Public Enemies" was far superior, both in plot and excecution - unless the do another Superman/Batman Movie AND they [ull out all the stops!

The series has become more "Product" than "Project" IMHO.

NBC's The Cape seems to have dissapeared from our scheduling, the Pilot has been filmed - but beyond that nothing. No previews, no airing schedule, nothing - the previews looked great, and I was really excited about this show.

THE CAPE

The new Series of Smallville has now started, and I must say I'm impressed - so much so I've gone back to the beginning and started watching them again from the start.

SMALLVILLE

Chris, one of my friends just re-watched "Mystery Men" - and even though almost all of the Superhero fans I know have already watched it. I cannot recommend it highly enough, its funny, smart, and has a Brilliant Cast.

If you haven't watched it in a while, or have yet to watch it - treat yourself!

Thursday, 23 September 2010

Huzzah!

Well the bandage/strap is off, I am now down to one of those support bandage thingies (with the hole cut out for my thumb) so I am going to attempt some "hobby" work tonight.

Just some gluing and such, PLUS a tutorial on a cool thing to do with Sentry Bots (I hope it works LoL).

SO MUCH TO DO (and now catch up with LoL)!

Monday, 20 September 2010

Ulthar

My Ulthar Trade came today, and I must say I am very impressed - Clean Castings, no flash and everything fits together beautifully!

Superb!

Thursday, 16 September 2010

Superman/Batman: Apocalypse

The Hospital visit went well, I'm just bandaged now - still sore though!

Watched Superman/Batman: Apocalypse - its a rip-roring romp through the DC Universe and carries on pretty much directly from Superman/Batman: Public Enemies!

HOWEVER, upon saying that - if you haven't seen Superman/Batman: Public Enemies, its not too much of a problem.

10/10 - up to the usual DC Animated Movies Standard!

Wednesday, 15 September 2010

Off to the Hospital

Off to the Hospital in an hour!

Should have some "news" then.

Monday, 13 September 2010

BORED

The "no hobby" thing is killing me, I'm REALLY missing it. Even with my "new improved" bandage, I can't grip securely or hold anything for long without it aching to a degree which is more than I can handle.

I tried painting with the "helping hands", but I just couldn't do it - its really difficult for me to manage one handed LoL!

On the bright said - I am back at the Hospital on Wednesday, I'm hoping for some good news then.

Friday, 10 September 2010

How Great Are They . . . . .

I actually took the strap off today, it was paining me much more than the original injury.


They had managed to strap my thumb up so it was slightly twisted, the releif when I took their bandaging off was incredible.


Linda strapped it up for me PROPERLY this time, and in a way that offers a little movement (so hopefully I can do a little hobby work).

I can't believe so called "health care professionals" could make such a mistake - what if they had done that to someone with a more serious injury!

Thursday, 9 September 2010

Bugger!

Well, thats my painting buggered for a while!

My left hand/thumb had had to be strapped up (and is VERY sore), I managed to twist my left thumb (and bear in mind this was painful already) backwards almost out of its socket.

Its not too bad, mainly just midipalmar tendon damage - but the Doctors are a little worried because thats the hand I have the most problems with normally (usually just pain, stiffness, and it locks sometimes).

The overall result is I can't hold anything in my left hand atm, because the way its strapped up I can't grip anything properly!

I've bought a "helping hand" to hold the miniatures whilst I paint, but I have to admit I really REALLY don't like it - I'm slow painting thesedays anyway.

But I'm even slower with the (not so) helping hand!

Wednesday, 8 September 2010

Germans Stuck Together

Good Old Rommell inspired me to finish assembling my Germans, and to decide on a final List.

Even though I have enough non "unusual" troops to do a regular German Infantry Detachment, I opted to go for an Experimental Detachment as I wanted to use a couple of abomination unit choices - but didn't want to take up a Slot with a Mad Doktor (I wanted to use the Veteran slot for a Wehrmacht Sniper).

So here is my list I want to paint (yea right atm LoL) -

German Experimental Detachment

1 Elite Selection
1 SD Agent - Hero (MP40/Pistol/Grenades)

1 Veteran Selection
1 Wehrmacht Sniper (StG44 + Vampyr Scope/Pistol/Grenades)

3 Regular Selections
2 Wehrmacht Soldiers (KAR98k/Grenades)
2 Wehrmacht Soldiers (StG44/Grenades)
1 Strumaffe - Storm Ape

2 Green Selections
3 Volkssturm Militia (GEW 43)
3 Abgezhertsoldat - Emaciated Troopers (Mechanical Claws)

Special Order
Coordinated Attack

I wanted to take Coordinated Attack as my Special Order for one simple reason - I know damn well the Storm Ape is going to be a s**t magnet - so I want to get him up close to the opposing force as quickly as possible whilst giving him some support whilst doing so. Allowing me to move him and another unit together early on in a game should facilitate this (at least in theory).

I'm quite chuffed actually, I've now reached the point where I can say "no more proxies" for me ;)

Tuesday, 7 September 2010

Toys, Toys, Toys

Well, the frustration of the Pulp City Store got to me today LoL!

So I ordered some bits off a guy on Ebay, the PLUS side is he had got a 20% off thing going on.

Just another pair of Sentry Bots, and Chronin & Dr Mercury (so I can test my new Vallejo Silvers).

Not much else to report today, I've not been too well this last week with one thing and another.

Plus EVERYTHING has gotten in the way of me doing ANY Hobby Stuff at all!

Tuesday, 31 August 2010

Iron Train (FINALLY)

I've FINALLY finished Iron Train (thanks to Leon helping me out with a spare to repair the Damaged base).

I used almost all metalics, and wanted him to look "bashed together" rather than slick - I felt that was the intention of the model anyway, so it made sense (well at least to me it did LoL).

I also wanted it to look a little rough and ready, so I used a lot of "oily" glazes here and there. Tamiya smoke is the best one I've ever used for this sort of thing.

The last thing I wanted was a (sort of) Iron Man tribute, hence me using Red and Gold on the model. I actually tried Metallic Red first - but it looked terrible, even with glazes/washed over the top.

I'm quite happy with him, I might go back and do the coals - the orangey shading on them is barely visible for some reason.


I REALLY want to finish Doctor Hadron and Tritonious before my Ulthars Arrive LoL!

Fingers crossed - he, he, he . . .

Friday, 27 August 2010

GenCon Miniatures

My GenCon Limited Editions arrived today, and (for once) I didn't get stung by customs (like I usually am with orders from the Cipher Online Store).

This years GenCon miniature was Rommel, and I have to say he looks even better "in the flesh" than in the picture of the Green - I just hope I can do him justice when I get around to painting him.


I also ordered the "Lab Rat" to use as the Scientist for my German Genetisist Force - I think its a MUCH nicer model, and a little creepy too LoL!


So, with the other great news I got today (check my Pulp City Planet Blog LoL) I'm in a REALLY good mood (for once).

Isn't the Internet Wonderful

Thanks to the networking capabilities of the Internet, I have managed to swap some Tau Plastics that I am NEVER going to do anything with for some Ulthar Miniatures that were available at GenCon (the guy somehow ended up with two lots) AND the elusive "Sex Star Six" for Spinespur!

So, with the other great news I got today (check my AE-War Extra Blog) I'm in a REALLY good mood (for once).

Wednesday, 25 August 2010

Iron Fist Movie News

One of my personal Favourite Minor Marvel Characters is Iron Fist -

In the Marvel Universe, Daniel "Danny" Rand is the son of a wealthy explorer who trains in the martial arts and eventually gains the power of the legendary Iron Fist - a magical fighting power that gives him indestructible fists.

First using the power after his father's death, Rand continued to bear the mantle in the fight against evil.

I became aware of a POTENTIAL Iron Fist Movie a while ago, it seems now they are finally moving ahead with the project.

Marvel Studios has brought aboard Rich Wilkes (the "XXX" film series) to write the screenplay, who will adapt the story of Iron Fist, who first debuted in the 1970's, to the Big Screen.

Iron Fist was popularly teamed up with Luke Cage (Power Man), another minor character allegedly has his own film in development.

Plenty to look forward too!

Sunday, 22 August 2010

New Bases

I've been working on some new custom bases today, just to see what I can come up with.

The only real problem is they are coming out too tall, and stick out from the top of the lip of the base a little too much.

But I shall keep soldiering on.

Saturday, 21 August 2010

No Painting for me Last Night

No painting for me last night, I had the base colours in Tritonious, Hadron, and the Elder Grimm all ready to go then I had a big dissapointment.

I like painting in the evenings, its quiet and peaceful and I'm just not one of these people who can paint with a lot going on around him.

Anyway, back on point -

At the moment I am wondering if there is a truly secure way to store painted miniatures, all my Pulp City stuff is kept on a shelf (the most recent on my PC Tower were I can see they are safe) rather than a Case.

I can't see me EVER using a Case except as transport for my Pulp City Babies, especially after what happened to my Spinespur Miniatures.

8 MIniatures totally trashed, paint chipped off everywhere - AND THAT WAS INSIDE A FIGURE CASE!

Has anyone out there found the "perfect" Figure Case yet?

As I said, no painting for me last night -  my "hobby time" was spent stripping 3 Miniatures completely and (hopefully) saving the rest!

Friday, 20 August 2010

Skyline

I really wanted Skyline to be “Batman” like, but I didn’t really want to use blue (again) on him.

After watching some early Justice League animated episodes, I noticed that the colours were a little off – and that Batmans “blues” (and Supermans for that matter) were leaning more towards the purple!

Overal I’m quite happy with him, but there were a couple of things I would have done differently (mainly the base).

Thursday, 19 August 2010

Jade Hawk

I've finally finished Jade Hawk – she did come out a little darker than I had initially intended, I did want her to be "dark" – the idea of a bright and shiney ”rooftop avenger” doesn’t really work for me.

The matte varnish hasn’t reached all the creases and folds on the miniature but thats easily sorted, and (at least) she’s done. I think Matt would have approved.

Based her on a custom ”docklands” base, which was built from several "sources and will have a couple of layers of water effect in the ”recess” for added effect.



I’ve even ”pimped up” Solar a little, partly to bring him ”in line” with one of the pictures of him – but also because I want to do Captain Hadron all blues and white and didn't want a clash with Solar!! Plus I got rid of that bloody aweful Saveloy Sausage!






Sorry about the quality of the pictures, but my hands are really tired and achy today – and that makes me tremble. HOW TF I managed to blur the bottom of a picture and not the top I shall never know!

Sitting staring at me on my painting table are Hadron and Tritonious . . . . .

Wednesday, 18 August 2010

Aaaargh . . . .

Aaaargh . . . .

My hands are killing me LoL - but must finish Jade Hawk . . . . .

Tuesday, 17 August 2010

Captain Hadrons Symbol

Captain Hadrons chest symbol seems to be this -


So I shall "whip" out the Inkjet Transfer Paper, and get cracking!

More New Toys . . . . .

Many MANY thanks to Jim Dice from the Pulp City Forums for setting me up with some GenCon goodies I would have otherwise missed.

Captain Hadron (with Mini-Hadron) & Lady Cyburn, and Tritonius & Virgo.

I've wanted to expand my Heavy Metal Supremes for a while now, and the good Captain is exactly what I've been looking for really. He really does look "Super" and (despite many complaints from other miniature enthusiasts) I really REALLY like the "Heavy Metal" pose of the miniature (wonderfully duplicated in the "mini" miniature of Hadron).

I shant be going for the muted blue and red of the studio paint either, it will simply be too much alongside the blues & reds I plan on using on Tritonius - and even though when I paint Tritonius his colours will be brighter, much more like the Artwork (though I plan to make the blue much more vivid too) -


I think doing Hadron in a similar colour scheme will be a mistake, so I am going for something along the lines of this colour scheme -


Then there is the design on his chest? What is it, a stylized "H" with atoms cirling it?

I am also revisiting Solar this week, changing the colour of the Saveloy Sausage on his base (so it looks more like what its meant to be - a length of metal piping) and bringing him more in line with this -


So, plenty to do as usual!

TTFN - EXCELSIOR!

Saturday, 14 August 2010

Painting Terrain

Just putting some final drybrushes and washes on my Snapdragon wilderness terrain (my hands bad tonight, but I wanted to at least do something).

Its "doing my head in" waiting for things to dry before moving onto the next stage!

Return to Kodo Island

I've been working upon a Scenario "Return to Kodo Island" where a bunch of Hero Supremes clash with a group of Villains over information held a Data disc hidden somewhere on the island.

I finished the "hut" last night, and glued together the furniture for the hut (courtesy of Old Crow/Ainsty).

All I need to do now is finish painting the Snapdragon terrain, texture the base-board and finish writing the scenario.

Return to Kodo Island will be my first Pulp City Battle-Report, so I hope it all works out!

Pictures soon!

Thursday, 12 August 2010

Planning, Planning, Planning

Started planning my WorldWorks Pulp City Board properly today, my first attempt (I've only ever made buildings before, I've never tried doing the whole shibang) will be 2' x 2' (at the moment).

It will consist of a couple of streets, and buildings - POSSIBLY a Police Station (with a special custom piece on its roof).

My main problem is having an "area" to do it in, the weather has been too bad to do anything outdoors - and I don't have a Garage/Workshop!

Wednesday, 11 August 2010

Painting, Painting, Painting

I had a good long session yesterday evening, Trail is now 95% done, Skyline has most of the basework done and his Gargoyle nicely drybrushed up, and Jade Hawk is blocked in with the first shading washes on her.

My "Spandex Force" is now shaping up - Trail, Jade Hawk, Skyline, and Solar (of course).

Faction: Heroes
Encounter Level: 6

Jade Hawk (Level 1) + Police Scanner
Skyline (Level 1) + Rooftop Vigilantes
Solar (Level 2) + Ahau-Kin's Tiara
Trail (Level 2) + Force Field

Team Resources - Pulp City Cops

Total Levels: 6 
Allowed Resources: 6 
Used Resources: 6

Jade Hawk, Skyline, and Solars Resources are a given really - so no surpises there.

I took the Force Field on Trail to give him a little more durability - as I find Trail to be more than a little "fragile" during games when it comes to being hit. Plus Trail can be really useful (as anyone who has used him knows), and once your opponent figures this out - he tends to be a S**t Magnet!

You could quite easily swap out the Force Field for a First Aid kit though, which is another option - especially considering Trail could use the First Aid Kit to benefit another of his Team rather than just himself.

With 8 Levels of Supremes being the "sweet spot" for Games IMHO, Nuclear Jones is an obvious choice for me - he fits in with the theme, and having two "Fliers" can be a distinct advantage. Or I could throw the theme "out" a little, and take Iron Train - which might be a good Idea as I don't have any Bruisers!

Oh well, so much to do!

Monday, 9 August 2010

The Joys of New Toys

My Pulp City order arrived today, just a small one LoL!

Jade Hawk and Skyline, Silverager and Le Murtiple, and Chimp Chi - so I have the start of my A.R.C. (6 Levels to be precise LoL)

The Elder Grimm is lovely, but - to my surprise I also found the Digger Grimm! AWESOME!

Plus a couple more Post Cards (which I love and want to collect them all)!

Pulp City Painters

I've started a Pulp City Group over at Beasts of War, its a busy site - and I think its about time Pulp City had a "Presence" over there!

Go Join!


Sunday, 8 August 2010

Gen Con 2010 Pulp City Interview

WOW! SUPREME (For want of another Word LoL)!

Saturday, 7 August 2010

GenCon Update

Things have by all accounts been going REALLY well at GenCon, Silverager was on the verge of being Sold-Out yesterday (I would imagine the last few went today), and there has been a LOT of interest in the upcoming Pulp City Game Guide!

I just wish I could have been there with all you guys!

New Daleks II

People are still "banging on" about the new Daleks not being scary looking anymore, I've NEVER found Daleks to be "scary looking" even when I was a Kid!

Daleks are scary because of what they are capable of not because of what they look like!

Is it just possible that people are so old and jaded new ideas/designs lose their impact on them.

Or maybe they have no joy left in their cold, dead, imaginations . . . .

Daleks

I loved this, very subtle.

Friday, 6 August 2010

Painting, Painting

Still trundling on with the Dalek Drones, and finally finished preparing my Resin Police Box.

I just need to finish doing the transfers for the TARDIS before I start painting it.

GenCon and a Sneak Peek!

GenCon seems to be going well, with various "oohs" and "ahhs" from those who managed to attend.

Plus, a VERY exclusive sneak peek at the Pulp City Game Guide Cover, courtesy of fellow Pulp City Herald Larkin Vain!

Thursday, 5 August 2010

Coming Soon - Superman/Batman: Apocalypse

I make no bones about the DC Universe being my favourite Comics Universe (followed closely by Project Superpowers), so every time a new DC Animated Movie is due I get really excited!

Due out 28th of September 2010 is Superman/Batman: Apocalypse.

Based on the DC Comics series/graphic novel “Superman/Batman: Supergirl” by Jeph Loeb, Michael Turner & Peter Steigerwald, Superman/Batman: Apocalypse is produced by animation legend Bruce Timm and directed by Lauren Montgomery from a script by Academy Award-nominated screenwriter Tab Murphy.

After a spaceship splashes down in Gotham City Harbor, Batman and Superman encounter a mysterious Kryptonian with powers as great as those of the Man of Steel. The Kryptonian is soon revealed to be Kara, cousin of Superman, who takes her under his wing to educate her about the ways of Earth. However, the villainous Darkseid has other plans. Seeing an opportunity to finally defeat Superman, Darkseid abducts and gains control of Kara, utilizing the powerful Kryptonian to do his bidding. It’s up to Batman and Superman to save Kara, but they’ll have to take the fight to Darkseid within his hostile world – where unknown, deadly threats lurk around every corner, including a brainwashed Kryptonian able to match Superman blow-for-blow.

The Voice Talents of Andre Braugher, Summer Glau, & Ed Asner join Tim Daly and Kevin Conroy who are back doing the voices of Superman and Batman.

I am really REALLY looking forward to this release, especially as it has a Green Arrow "Showcase" Short on the Disc with it!

To Build or Not to Build

My current paper Terrain that I have been using for Pulp City is looking really tired now, I've had it a while and even though it was built out of card-stock its seen better days.

So, I am looking to building new Terrain for Pulp City - but there are a few criteria for what I want/need.

1 - I want to use the WorldWorks stuff I have, I like the WW Streets of Mayhem a lot. Its bright and colourful, and has the right "Comic Book" feel to it.

2 - I want it to be more durable, the main idea is to mount it all on foam core art-board - even though thats going to be expensive I think it will be worth it.

Also I plan to actually laminate the base-tiles ONTO the board, and cover them with clear plastic. I noticed recently how much the playing "surface" of the terrain gets really scratched and knocked about.

3 - Height, I want the buildings to have height this time around. I have Skyline and Jade Hawk on the way so I think height is a biggy.

4 - Modular. I plan on making the "levels" of each building modular, so I can build the buildings tall for one game - and then short for the next - or any combination of the two!

So there are my thoughts, all I have to do now is plan it out properly - and build it LoL!

AE-Bounty Buildings

I've been working on some buildings, using the Platformer Sets.

Glued together, mounted on plasticard (expensive I know - but longer lasting than board or card) - with bits of extra "furniture" added for effect.


The plan is they will be suitable for general AE-Bounty games, Stargate Games (I have LOADS of Stargate Miniatures, including a resin Death Glider), Firefly, even Star Wars at a pinch (all using the AE-Bounty rules of course).

Pictures of the first buildings "in the raw" to come
My Good Friend Luke Giles did this in response to the new Dalek haters out there!


SUPERB!

Wednesday, 4 August 2010

A Rant Against the New Dalek Haters . . . . . .

Is it just possible that these people are so bloody old and jaded new ideas/designs such as the new Daleks are losing their "impact" on them.

They really should act their age and not their shoe size and realize sometimes things in life change and not always to their liking.

The inspiration for the new Dalek design was the bright and colourful Dalek look from the old Peter Cushing Movies, and I think they pull that off nicely.

There are those who complain the new Daleks aren't scary - Daleks have NEVER been scary because of what they look like, but rather because of what they are capable of. (Being the Ultimate Alien Space Fascists that they are LoL)

Then there are those who are so vehemently up in arms over the merchandising ascpet, making all their many mean spirited accusations at the BBC – they need to realize that at the end of the day the BBC is still a business, just like any other. That the license fee barely covers the expense of TV Production each year, so anything that generates income for them is a good thing.

Or would they rather Doctor who didn't get made - if Doctor Who isn't profitable (and that includes merchandising) production will stop.

So if you actually think about it all the curmudgeons out there moaning about the new Dalek design are pretty much "willing" Doctor Who to fail – that’s so kind of them . . . . .

I've been a Doctor Who fan since the 60's, and I think the new Daleks are lovely, getting back to looking THE WAY THEY DID BEFORE - with different colours designating different Daleks. In the second Peter Cushing Doctor Who Movie - Dalek Invasion of Earth 2150 AD (1965),for example, we had –

Red Daleks – which were Saucer Commanders

Silver/Pale Blue Daleks – which were Drone/Warrior Daleks

Black Daleks – which were Supreme Commander Daleks

If you look back through Dalek “history” in Movies and TV we have had – Silver Daleks, Gun-Metal Grey Daleks, Gold Daleks, Black & Gold Daleks, Black Daleks with White Sensor Globes, Black Daleks with Silver Sensor Globes, Black Daleks with Silver & Gold Sensor Globes, Pure-Black Daleks, Dalek Primes which were Beige and Gold, Emperor Daleks which were Silver and Black and another Emperor which was various shades of Gold, The “Davros” or Imperial Daleks which were Cream & Gold, the “Time War” Daleks (or Steampunk Daleks as I like to call them, because they are all “Bronze & Rivets”) which were Bronzes & Golds, and the Red/Gold Supreme Dalek.

So bright and Varied Colours are nothing new, but those complaining are “conveniently” ignoring the fact.

The Bronze "Steam Punk" half-breed Daleks were OK as a temporary replacement, but the new Daleks are much nicer looking and more in the style of the originals.

Some folks have complained the silhouette is too different, the silhouette isn't that much different to be frank – and those who complain it is are clutching at straws really.

The "neck" slats are gone, replaced by two horizontal "strips" so now that area is a lot like the original Dalek design from "The Dead Planet”.

One guy even wanted people to "Boycott merchandise based on the New Daleks and refuse to buy them for your kids etc. This is the one that may actually make the BBC pay attention" - this one ACTUALLY made me laugh out loud.

The new Daleks have sold MILLIONS of units, so few people agree with you compared to those who actually appreciate the new design, they are "pi**ing in the wind" with this idea.

Instead of wasting their time on such a puerile and pathetic campaign, why not do something productive.

They say they are campaigning for the return of real Daleks, I say they are wasting their time - they are already here. The REAL Daleks are Back - and I love em!

Tuesday, 3 August 2010

A Little Work

Did a little work on getting my Bounty miniatures cleaned up and based, they are lovely sculpts with little or no flash (like all Darkson Miniatures).

Still dissapointed over the customs thing, and HOPING that someone in the UK will pick up the line and make it easier for me to get a hold of them.

Sunday, 1 August 2010

IDalek Red Drone


This is just a "shakey" in progress shot, as you can see - the shoulder trim, neck ridges, and sensor balls all have to be darkened.

A lot of people have made the mistake of just painting those areas a dark flat grey - when in actuality they are a medium metalic grey. Thanks to the citadel Badab Black wash - its just a case of layering the glazes till you get the right colour!

One on the way, 5 more to go LoL!

Saturday, 31 July 2010

The Return of Supreme Zed - Zed's NOT Dead

A while ago I posted about the death of Supreme Zed in a cabinet shelf accident.

Zed actually managed to fly - unfortunately it was only all the way to the floor of the cabinet.

Somehow (and for once it wasn't Cat related) the shelf on which my "in process" miniatures are kept decided to fall INSIDE the cabinet - bearing in mind there are only six miniatures on the shelf atm.

So he was stripped, re-based and undercoated - and then put away for a while, I consoled myself with painting some Malifaux miniatures.

I had to change my painting style a little for Zed, as the folks who know me well are aware - I like very "clean" looking models - but I wanted Zed to have a "dirty" and corrupt look about him.

The area's of colour were base coloured then roughly highlighted, then washed and highlighted till he looked how I wanted him to.

The colours were inspired by the packaging/original art, and I went for a more Bizarro than Zombie look for the face.



I will be carrying on with Twilight and Six Feet Under tonight!

I still have loads to do, I have to buy some foam-core for a new batch of Worldworks Terrain!

Friday, 30 July 2010

iDaleks

Started painting my first iDalek today, I'm doing a few Red Drones first - followed by an Eternal to lead them.

Rather than just doing what everyone has done and painted one of each colour!

I want a few more Steampunk Daleks now, and suitable "nu" Cybermen!

Micro Update

Six Feet Under is staring at me, making me feel guilty.

Mostly because he's been abandoned in favour of Twilight and Supreme Zed!

(Which are coming along nicely btw).

Thursday, 29 July 2010

Stuffity Stuff

My three Resin Cast Police Boxes came today, really nice too - the completely transparent is almost totally flash free too!

Also my Heresy "not" 11th Doctor and Amy came, the Steve Buddle versions. These miniatures are simply awesome!

APPARENTLY another Company are going to be doing Angel Statues . . . . . . .

A Bit of a Rant

Two for freaking two - £13.35 Customs charge this time!
 

My AE-Bounty and AE-WWII purchases with have to stop until I can find a European stockist - I simply can't afford to lose £13 a time whenever I order anything from the Online store.

Its not just DD either, its happened whenever I've ordered from a US Based Online Store - no matter what the company! 


I'm starting to think the Customs Tossers over here LOOK for the box ticked "Webstore Order" - thinking "How can I ruin someones day". 


Its pretty pathetic when you think about it, there are so many people in the UK flaunting Customs Laws - flogging duty free Cigarettes & Booze on their doorsteps to anyone who might knock the door (theres actually one guy who does it in my Street) - and yet, they never seem to get any hassle.


I'm not on my own with regards to AE-Bounty either - a guy in Denmark paid a £20 customs fee, and another guy in the UK got hit for £15.50!


If we were buying in Perfume or other such "luxury" items I could understand the need to check them, BUT ITS FRICKING TOY SOLDIERS!


Its a shame too, the Bounty range is lovely and I still need some more AE-WWII Miniatures to fill in a few more "slots" on my second Detachments for both my Germans and Yanks - PLUS I really wanted the Occult supplement to get started on my Brits!


Oh well.

Back on the Horse

I'm painting again, my haitus was wierd - it was partly because of my left hand being so painful, and partly because of spending so much time with my Dad.

I started up painting again with some Malifaux miniatures, but they don't "flow" as easily for me as the Pulp City range does.

So, last night I carried on with Six Feet Under - and even though I am not 100% happy with his skin/muscles (I always tend to over-shade muscles and skin) I'm finding it much easier and the flow (of ideas and thoughts) is there (if that makes any sense at all LoL).

I ordered my Silverager & Le Murtiple and Skyline & Jade Hawk packs last night. As Apebot and Virus are currently OOS (there's been a rush in A.R.C. sales of late - I wonder why LoL) I added a Chimp Chi as well - so my own A.R.C. are underway now, a little sooner than I initially had thought!

One of the things I wanted to add to my A.R.C. are some Hired Gun Minions - but I wanted them to look right. Then I remembered my Gangs of Mega City One Miniatures. There is hope for all the A.R.C. Players out there!

A while ago Mongoose released an Ape Gang, and though they were discontinued for a while - but now they are slowly re-releasing the GOMC1 Miniatures for their new Judge Dredd Miniatures Game!


So far they have only re-released the Chimp with the Pistol and the Gorilla in a Dress - but I would imagine all of them will be re-released eventually.

If you wanted a more "classy" look to your Hired Guns (or maybe even an Ape Version of the Gentleman), they have just re-released the Gorilla Gangster -


Another cracking miniature that will surely be of use to most (if not all) A.R.C. Players!

Priced at just £2.00 each they are reasonably priced - HOWEVER I must warn you that Mongoose tend to be a bit high on the S&H IMHO, so try and order in Bulk!


Finally cleaned up and re-based Supreme Zed, so thats good. I will be undercoating him this afternoon, and slapping some paint on him tonight!


Still loads to do!

Tuesday, 27 July 2010

Great News & Some Thoughts

Great news about the Sun's story about Matt Smith leaving Doctor Who after next Season, the Telegraph reports that Karen states its simply not true - and that we have Matt for some time yet!

I for one am really REALLY pleased, I was actually getting a little sick of David Tennants Doctor (to be frank I felt Christopher Ecclestones 9th Doctor was much better) with all the Frankie Howard silly voices ("Yow Beautieah" - being possbly the most annoying thing I have EVER had to witness of TV in recent years, thank the White Guardian Matt has only said it once) - AND I am not ALONE in this either, check out this article by Michael Deacon.

And having seen footage of Tennant doing Shakespear, he's not too good doing the classics either. Some Actors let their Ego's get in the way of thier portrayals - I suspect Mr Tennant can be one of these.

Thats not to say I didn't enjoy a lot of his "stay" on Doctor Who, the 2008 Series with the Wonderful Catherine Tate as Donna is my favourite Season - I was SO glad they put all that soppy lovey dovey crap to one side (at least for 11 Episodes) Martha had moved on, the Doctor and Donna's relationship was one of great friends - plus we got several Episodes with the amazing Bernard Cribbins!

Moving onto the future, Matt is going to be amazing in the Role IMHO - I actually think he's slowly rising to the top of my Favourite Doctors list (I was talking to the lass who lives next door to us about this - Haulwen, she's a huge Doctor Who fan too)  - Matt though young, doesn't play his Doctor as a young man at all - but rather as an Older Man in a young mans body.

Its quite impressive for such a young actor to pull that off when you stop and think about it.

I'm STILL cleaning up the iDaleks off the Doctor Who Adventures Magazine - they are quite hard going to be frank, they are quite obviously toys untill the are cleaned up - reassembled - and undercoated.

Initially I will be painting some Red Drones, they will later be joined by a Yellow Eternal as their "Leader".

I also have some "Steampunk" Daleks (the Bronze ones) - I think they were from a Board-Game. Cast in rigid styrene, these need little or no cleaning up - just a little filling. I have six of these - so I shall be doing 5 "Classic Bronze", and (possibly) a Black Dalek.

Made a start on my Heresy "not" 9th Doctor, and will be ordering the Crooked Dice "not" Rose soon to go with him.

My Resin Police Boxes (two opaque and one clear) haven't shown up yet, I am assuming that its just standard for the company in question - that the are cast-up to order.

As for Rules, I will NOT be using the bloody aweful Invasion Earth Rules from Harlequin/Black Tree - they are truly terrible (as are the miniatures to be frank) - I shall be using the Custom Force Creation rules from Vor the Maelstrom for bigger games (using the VOR system of course) and AE-Bounty from Darkson Designs for smaller games (its very detailed and easily customizable).

Roleplaying - well, I'm ditching the current Doctor Who RPG. I know a lot of people rant and coo over it. But I firmly believe its because of its production values, they are exceptionally high. I shall still buy supplements (for ideas - a good idea can always be pinched) - but for actually running games I shall be using the original FASA Doctor Who RPG.

It was the first, and barring a couple of points is still the best - its infinitely playable. It does NOT "push" the GM into using the Doctor as an NPC to drive his players along (I can't BELIEVE thats a freaking popular option, I thought modern RPG players were more sophisticated than that - I thought the whole "Carrot-Donkey-Stick" method of Games Mastering died out years ago, and here it is again rearing its ugly head) it allows easy character generation, Time Lord PC's, a tactical combat system (which is easily utilized for miniature skirmishes), AND its available free (if you know where to look LoL).

I will be posting conversion rules to and from the FASA system at some point, when I finally get on top of my painting!

Monday, 26 July 2010

New Pulp City

Two New Pulp City Boxes available for order on Pulp City Online Store -

Silverager & Le Murtiple


 and Skyline & Jade Hawk




 Available NOW!

Sunday, 25 July 2010

AE-Bounty Update

The AE-Bounty stuff Linda (my Mrs) bought me as a "cheer me up" pressie turned up - unfortunately with a £12.73 Customs Fee.

The Book is lovely, the A5 Format is really handy and the typeface is clear and easy to read.

I got the "Gunfighter" dude with two Pistols as the freebie with the Pre-Order on the book, and Linda also got me Nikkar (the "Wookie" look-alike) and Limax(the tallk fishy/slug dude).

My own actual order hasn't turned up yet - really REALLY annoying considering it was Shipped at the same time!

I've decided to base them on Fenris Games "Sulaco" Bases, not because I don't like the AE-Bounty base inserts - I do, but because I want them all to match and I won't have enought base inserts to do everything I have coming!

I cleaned up and based the three miniatures I have, and intend to fill the joints this evening.

I have to impress the sculpts and casting was spot on again, with no flash to speak of.

Saturday, 24 July 2010

Different Green Lantern Costume

Whilst "surfing" the WWW, I came across a different picture of the Green Lantern movie costume.

I really like this one, is it fake I wonder?

Thursday, 22 July 2010

No News Update

No Blogging for a few days, mainly because I've had a lot on (with one disaster and another) and I am STILL waiting for my AE-Bounty order LoL!

I haven't started my Americans (as I have decided to paint them in earnest first) yet as I haven't finished reading "World War II GI: US Army Uniforms, 1941-45" yet (yes I am THAT anally retentive) before I wade in.

I have been painting some Malifaux Witch Hunters, just to keep my hand in untill I feel confident enough to tackle my AE-WWII stuff and do it the justice I feel it deserves.

No News Update

No Blogging for a few days, mainly because I've had a lot on (with one disaster and another) and I am STILL waiting for my AE-Bounty order LoL!

I really need to get "back into" my Pulp City, but my Iron Train base got "Linda'd"

She was dusting and knocked the cabinet - breaking one of the "hoods" of the signals on his base (and I can't find it), I actually ordered another from MaxMini - but its considerably different now, its now a "topper" base insert for a start; AND the base is somewhat different from the one I first purchased - I prefer the former.

So I need to figure a way to repair it.

Vector went horribly wrong, and I've had to strip Supreme Zed too - all in all its knocked the "Pulp City Wind" out of my "sails" (so to speak) a little.

In the mean time I've been painting my Malifaux Witch Hunters crew (so I don't slow my hands down too much by not painting at all) and reading "World War II GI: US Army Uniforms, 1941-45" in preperation for painting my AE-WWII Americans (yes I am THAT obsessive).

Over the next couple of days I shall re-assemble Supreme Zed and re-base him, and re-base Vector - in the hopes it will all go well and I won't screw things up again.

Wish me Luck!

Monday, 19 July 2010

Flash Gordon

Flash Gordon is returning to the big screen, this time interpreted by "The Crazies" Director Breck Eisner.

Flash Gordon originally appeared as a Newspaper comic strip created and drawn by Alex Raymond in the 1930s. The strip was first adapted to the screen in the form of the 1930's Buster Crabbe serials, and was finally made into a lavish film in the 1980's starring Sam Jones (but possible more remembered for its muscial score byt the seminal rock band Queen).

The new version goes back to strips from '30s and we will update those - whilst shooting the movie as if the strips were drawn for todays audience. It will be an action and adventure sci-fi - or so Eisner claims.

Even thought the first Film is being produced as a stand-alone entity, it is envisioned as becoming a franchise!

If its any good, one can live in hope!

Saturday, 17 July 2010

Painting Miniatures

I've S.L.O.W.L.Y. started painting again, its hard going atm - my left hand (the truly problematic one) has been a lot worse recently (and painful to a silly degree).

I'm struggling on, and I actually managed to ruin a paint-job on my Crooked Dice "not" Doctor Who the other night, thanks to my hand - I actually dropped it onto my painting area and got brown ink all over him - oh well into the stripping pot he goes!

I will be "having another go" tonight, and hopefully it will lead to productivity to some extent.

I've bought a LOT of miniatures lately (AE-WWII, Malifaux, and AE-Bounty), and thats WITHOUT suitable "not" Doctor Who miniatures and the iDaleks off the front of the Dr Who Adventures Magazine!

AE-Bounty & Stuff

Its been around a week since my AE-Bounty stuff was posted from the States, so I am eagerly awaiting their arrival (and getting more excited by the minute).

After they arrive I need to work out what I need for AE-WWII (outside of Rulebooks, I am planning/playing games from the PDF of the core rules and I don't have the Occult Supplement yet) - its mainly a German Heavy Weapon Team and some American G.I's (even though I could quite happily "proxy" the G.I's from the 1:48th Tamiya plastics I have - I'm a purist and want the "official" miniatures).

THEN I just need to get my painting "up to speed" again, I've had a few weeks off with one thing an another - my Friend Chris (the British Druid) & Darth Tater knows about the problems I've been having, and my left hand has been impossibly painful!

So, loads to do atm - and I wouldn't have it any other way :)

Painting

I've S.L.O.W.L.Y. started painting again, its hard going atm - my left hand (the truly problematic one) has been a lot worse recently (and painful to a silly degree).

I'm struggling on, and I actually managed to ruin a paint-job (a Crooked Dice "not" Doctor Who) the other night, thanks to my hand - I actually dropped it onto my painting area and got brown ink all over him - ow well into the stripping pot he goes!

I will be "having another go" tonight, and hopefully it will lead to productivity to some extent. I've bought a LOT of miniatures lately (AE-WWII, Malifaux, and AE-Bounty), and have a long list of Pulp City I want on top of that!

Oh Well - K.B.O!

Friday, 16 July 2010

Ryan Reynolds Is Green Lantern

Ryan Reynolds Is Green Lantern!


Though I have to admit, I am not really sure about the costume . . . . . . .

Good News for Ghost Rider Fans

Nicolas Cage will return for a Ghost Rider sequel helmed by Neveldine/Taylor, the actor confirmed on "The Late, Late Show with Craig Ferguson."

"There's gonna be a new one," Cage told Ferguson after the host presented him with a model of a flaming skull, "I just made the deal today."

He also confirmed the recent rumor that Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor  (Crank, Gamer) will direct the film, still rumored to be called Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance.

Sunday, 11 July 2010

Its all in Miniature . . . . .

I've posted about this before, Doctor Who miniatures - but there have been some startling new "gear" appearing recently.

Crooked Dice Miniatures have a blossoming range of suitable "Not" Doctor Who miniatures -

Tweedy Mattison & WPC May Killan would "proxy" nicely as the 11th Doctor and Ms Pond. Sculpted by the prolific and very Talented Kev White of Hasslefree Miniatures.


Tweedy & May RRP at £7.00, but are also available seperately at £4.00 each.

And they have a lovely miniature suitable as Rose coming out soon. Sculpted (in orange) by Andrew Rae.


Daisy will RRP at £4.00.

A while back Heresy Miniatures released their second Nerdlord (their "Not" 11th Doctor Miniature) which was sculpted by Steve Buddle of Eolith Miniatures. An absolute STEAL at £3.50.


This is the best of the bunch as far as I am concerned, and captures the character perfectly!

Well, Mr Buddle has done it again - this time with a miniature named "Emily Lake" -

Yet another absolute corker from Steve Buddle, and again an excellent price at just £3.50!

Back to Crooked Dice Miniatures now, as they are also doing suitable "Beasties" too!

Suitable "cyber" pets, a multi-choice "minion" miniature - sporting a boiler suit and a choice of three different heads - a tentacled face, pig hybrid head, or a blank faced automaton are the choices - and fantastic choices they are too.

So check them all out, you won't be dissapointed!

Saturday, 10 July 2010

Golden Age Villains

My "What The!" Miniatures order came today - Herr Totenkopf, a classic evil Nazi mastermind - armed with the Mauser C96 pistol.

Lets face it, he's the Red Skull LoL! Well sculpted by Aaron Brown. The casting is clean and accurate with no flash and no mold lines either.


Whats this got to do with Pulp City - quite a lot actually, he could quite happily "fit" into crossover games with AE-WWII or (at a pinch) do as a stand in for the Red Baron (the GenCon model from a few years back) - the Red Barons Cards can be found here - The Red Baron

Here is an example of him painted, by the very talented Alden Miranda.


I also purchased another suitable villain, this time much more suited to my AE-WWII Games (as I plan to include Supremes in my Games for the most part).

Herr Flammender Schadel is a Nazi Superhero imbued with dark powers to aid in the destruction of the Fatherland's enemies.  He is equipped with a strange and powerful Nazi totem that gives him superhuman strength and that has transformed his head into the visage of a flaming skull.  He is also armed with a mystical MP40 and Honor Dagger that project this Nazi agent's powers to his doomed enemies. The mini was sculpted by Aaron Brown (these are the only two examples of his work I have encountered, and I love them both).


Again I really like this miniature, and can't wait to use him in a game - as an SS operative, especially considering his Occult Origins he fits right in!


Nice ghostly flames on the skull there, in a painted example by Michael Sehl.

At $4.50 each they are a steal IMHO - and I can't wait till they do more!

Super Villains

My "What The!" Miniatures order came today - Herr Totenkopf, a classic evil Nazi mastermind - armed with the Mauser C96 pistol.

Lets face it, he's the Red Skull LoL! Well sculpted by Aaron Brown. The casting is clean and accurate with no flash and no mold lines either.



Pulp City wise, he could quite happily "fit" into crossover games with AE-WWII or (at a pinch) do as a stand in for the Red Baron (the GenCon model from a few years back) - the Red Barons Cards can be found here - The Red Baron


AE-WWII wise, as the Red Skull was the result of scientific alteration - he will fit nicely into your Geneticists detachment as either a regular (if odd looking) SD Agent, or as a Super Villain using the guidelines from Over the Wire #15.

Here is an example of him painted, by the very talented Alden Miranda.


I also purchased another suitable villain, this time much more suited to my AE-WWII Games as my forces grow and my selection expands (as I plan to include Supremes in my Games).


Herr Flammender Schadel is a Nazi Superhero imbued with dark powers to aid in the destruction of the Fatherland's enemies.  He is equipped with a strange and powerful Nazi totem that gives him superhuman strength and that has transformed his head into the visage of a flaming skull.  He is also armed with a mystical MP40 and Honor Dagger that project this Nazi agent's powers to his doomed enemies. The mini was sculpted by Aaron Brown (these are the only two examples of his work I have encountered, and I love them both).




Again I really like this miniature, and can't wait to use him in a game - as an SS operative, especially considering his Occult Origins he fits right in!


Nice ghostly flames on the skull there, in a painted example by Michael Sehl.


At $4.50 each they are a steal IMHO - and I can't wait till they do more!

Thursday, 8 July 2010

New Toys

I had some new Toys come today.

The British Druid and Green Man, and a pack of Robot Troopers.

BRI001 - British Druid

I am particularly impressed with the British Druid, one of the reasons being that it looks INCREDIBLY like my best friend Chris here in the UK.


Chris - you know its true!

The quality is up to Darksons usual standard, and you (as usual) get a good selection of parts to customize the miniature.

Two heads, which are basically the same head (with the same beard and face) - just one is bare headed and the other is not (I see a Chris conversion coming elsewhere LoL).

Two sets of arms, the set seen in the picture above - and another with a Dagger (one would assume of some ceremonial significance) and the right is gesturing whilst dangling an amulet/talisman from the fingers.


I really have to give this miniature 10/10 great concept and execution, plenty of options, great sculpt, nicely cast up with little or no flash!

BRI002 - The Greenman

Whilst much the same is true of The Greenman (great concept and execution, great sculpt, nicely cast up with little or no flash) I had a couple of dissapointments.


The Greenman is NOT a multipart Kit, whilst its not really an issue - as its still a gorgeous model - it was still a bit of a surprise.

Its not quite as big/tall as I thought he might be - he's a little over 40mm tall and when you consider that the British Druid stands around 35mm tall its not that impressive by comparision. Especially considering that the German Altered Gorilla is 48mm Tall (I'll be reviewing him at a later date).


As I said, don't get me wrong - I still have a lot of praise for this miniature, I just think it should have been bigger! Should it have topped out around 50mm - it would have received another 10/10!

The Greenman is once again a great concept and nicely executed, the sculpt is lovely - and again its nicely cast up (and in the case of my miniature) absolutely no flash! Overall - 8/10!


AME006 - American Robot Troopers

I absolutely LOVE these guys, inspired by the Robots from the Pulp Novels and Comics of the era (unlike the Movie Robots of the 40's that all looked like mobile dustbins) these guys really hit the mark for me.


The Pack contains three multi-part, interchangeable Robots with a really nice selection of arms and heads - 3 Bodies, 4 Heads, 4 Arm Sets (and the necessary 30mm round slotted bases).

What can I say about these - I could froth all day and still have praise LoL!

The nicest feature for me is the ball joints - at the shoulders and the necks, everything is ball and socket jointed - not only does this make posing them easier, it minimizes the need for pinning - absolutely brilliant!


I LOVE these guys, if it wasn't for the fact rules-wise they can't hit the broadside of a bard I would take an Army full of them!

An absolutely inspiring concept/design, brilliantly executed, the sculpts are gorgeous - and again its cast up to a very high quality - once again absolutely no flash! Overall - 12/10! (I know TECHNICALLY I can only go up to 10/10 - but its my Blog LoL).

Monday, 5 July 2010

AE-Bounty - Movie Games

Something a little different today, a bit of "chatter" about AE-Bounty - Darkson Designs new Sci-Fi Miniatures Game.

Alien Encounters - Bounty is a science-fiction miniatures game set in the distant future of a galaxy shattered by greed. Players pit bounty hunters, mercenaries and pirates against one another in an effort to eke out a living among the chaos of the galaxy. The game is intended for use with the Darkson Designs line of AE-Bounty ‘true’ 28mm models but is compatible with any 1/48 scale models or miniatures.

One of the things that really struck me about AE-Bounty is its flexibility and potential - I've even played a game using my Vor: The Maelstrom miniatures (anyone remember that).

But being a HUGE Sci-Fi TV & Movie nut, the temptation to bring some of my favourite Universes to the table was really REALLY tempting.

It was all set-up in a "quick and dirty" way no faffing around - just make a few notes and have at it.

Star Trek

Federation vs. Klingons (as I don't have large numbers of the other races LoL)

For the Federation types, we used the Pirates Types - Captain, First (Mate) Officer, and Crewmen. Further modified by Racial Templates.

For Example - Humans and other Human-Like races (Bajorans, non-joined Trill, or even Bolians) we just used the Human modifications, Vulcans (Logicians), Tellarites (Devon) - it was just a case of agreeing amongst ourselves at the time what "fitted" each race the best.

For the Klingons we used the Bounty Hunters, but we modified them all as if they were Arges. The Blooded Warrior Hero type is also very appealing when re-creating Klingon Warriors.

Star Wars

The Basic "Classic Era" Troops were the easy part.

We took the Empire as Mercenaries, the Rebels as Pirates, and the Bounty Hunters as (guess what) Bounty Hunters!

Alien Races wise everybody went wild with this one (as you can imagine) - and due to the nature of the Star Wars Universe, no-one really gave a hoot as we didn't want it to get in the way of the fun.

Jedi were a bit trickier - but thankfully DD had already come to the rescue with the AE-WWII Superhero Rules from OTW #15!

We used the Bounty Hunter "Head Taker" profile for Jedi along with with the following Super Hero traits - Perfect Weapon, Swashbuckler (the Bonus only applies to his Lightsaber), Out of Nowhere He Arrives, and Servant of a Higher Power.

The Servant of a Higher Power gives the Jedi the ability to avoid damage on a 5+ - which nicely represents the amazing Jedi Reflexes!

We treated Lightsabers as Swords with the +1 Str bonus that a Shock Glove gives - and it seem's to work nicely. Giving the Jedi an "edge" (no pun intended) without being overly powerful.

Hero-Type choices in all these sort of Games is (and quite rightfully so if you ask me) a matter of individual taste - all I recommend here is to "keep it real" in the respect it fits well with the milieu your games are set in - but don't let the minutia of things get in the way of playing your games!

My Star Wars "Bounty Hunter" Two Man Crew is (so far) Undefeated - when my opponent first saw me put out Boba Fett and Bossk on the table their expression told me I had an advantage ;) (even if it was only a psychological one).

So, thats how it was done - I do want to return to this idea at some point and do some AvP games. I have all the Leading Edge Miniatures and a selection of "not" Predators (and no damn Hero-Clix in sight anywhere).

I know one of the Guys over at Darkson Designs has been thinking about a WWII game with Alien visitors in it - Zone Troopers anyone?

Saturday, 3 July 2010

DC ADVENTURES

Great news for the DC Comics/Super-Hero RPG Fans out there, Green Ronin are soon releasing an RPG based upon their award winning Mutants and Masterminds rules - but set in the DC Universe!

The official "blurb" states -

Join the never-ending battle for truth and justice in the world's greatest super-hero universe, using the world's greatest super-hero roleplaying game! The DC ADVENTURES Hero's Handbook is a complete super-hero RPG, based on the award-winning Mutants & Masterminds system. Take on the roles of legendary DC heroes like Superman, Batman, or Wonder Woman, or create your own! Get started right away with a wide selection of hero archetypes, or build from scratch using a comprehensive creation system. The Hero's Handbook provides everything you need for hours of adventure in the DC Universe, including all the rules of the game, an overview of the original comic- book setting, and details on major heroes and villains, complete with game information. It's all presented in gorgeous full-color, with art by some of DC's most famous illustrators. Experience super-hero adventure in the world that defined the genre: Become a hero of legend with the DC ADVENTURES Hero's Handbook!

Its going to be released in Print and PDF too - which is a boon as far as I am concerned!


WIth Cover Art by Alex Ross - I really can't wait for this to come out!

Thursday, 1 July 2010

Green Hornet Trailer

I have mentioned in an earlier Review, that I am not a Green Hornet fan - the original Series was turgid and dull at its best and bloody awful at its worst IMHO!

HOWEVER I do have to admit, the trailer for the new Green Hornet Movie is pretty cool!

Wednesday, 30 June 2010

Links

You will notice now that I've added Darkson Designs Links!

The Official Website, Forum, Webstore, and Over the Wire Downloads page all in one conventient place!

Aren't I good to you ;)

Things that make you go "Ooooooooooooooh" . . . . . .

Jeph Loeb Marvel Executive Vice President, and Head of Marvel Television is on record as stating - "we will be exploring the one-hour drama field similar to the shows that I mentioned that I've worked on, like Smallvillle and Lost".

Ooooooooooooooh! . . . . . .

Tuesday, 29 June 2010

American Sci-Tech Starter Force

My American Sci-Tech Starter Force came today, no mispacks or miscasts at all!

Superb quality all around!

My only gripe is the one Airborne Infantry Helmeted head, the other is bare-headed (excepting the mowhawk) so thats going to have to be changed.

Monday, 28 June 2010

DIY Bases

Due to the fact I simply can't find the bases I want to purchase - I've gotten quite into doing Custom bases lately, and as I REALLY couldn't find anything suitable for my AE-WWII stuff - I had to do my own.

The whole thing started up really because I had some bits left over from a Tamya 1:48th scale brick walls set (I did a WWII display for a friend, he wanted his Dads platoon done in miniature and whilst he's a competant painter he is really bad at terrain).

Plus I'm a hoarder by nature, so the clippings and loose spares went in a tub for later - and later came sooner with my starting AE-WWII!

I made a base insert "Base" by cutting around a £1 coin (which are just the right size) on some Plasticard, and "blobbed" some Green Stuff in a small "mound" on the base - keeping the edges clean and tidy of stray Green Stuff. Whilst the GS was still soft and sticky, I pressed some bits of "wall" and strack bricks into the putty, tidying the edges as I went.

I left it to dry for 24 hours, and then "leaked" a few drops of the very runny Superglue into the joins where the plastic brick met the putty.

I left it again for another day, just to make sure there was no residual Superglue left that could mess things up.

I then mixed a load of Green Stuff up, lubricated the "masters" with cooking oil - and made press molds of each one (I made three different base inserts).

When the molds are set (24 hours in a dry warm place should do it) turn them out, and you are ready to make copies!

Make sure the molds are oiled, and press fressly mixed Greenstuff into each mold - only returning to them later (at least 8 hours in the warm).

When hard - simply clean up the putty around the "brickwork" - sand and PVA to taste (this gives a little variation between bases).


 I must admit I am very happy with the result, and am planning to do some more!