Wednesday, 14 November 2012

DeepWars

Something a little "different" today, not Supers, not Pirates, not Cult TV - but rather Undersea Adventures!!

Unfortunately, I can’t pass on my thoughts about the DeepWars rulebook as I don’t actually have it yet.

However, I’ve had a good long “play” with the Fortune Hunters Deluxe Starter Set – I am in a position to give some thoughts.#

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The Box contains – A 400 point starter warband (well, 405 points)

1 x Armored Dive Soldier (63)
1 x Heavy Support Trooper (77)
1 x Marie du Chaletet - Scientist of the Ethers (99)
1 x Anti-Ship Breaching Mech Construct (91)
1 x Recon Trooper (75)

The Box also comes with the game card for each miniature, and the requisite plastic bases. Each model also comes with a base insert in the same material as the parent model, and is “undersea” themed – the Fortune Hunters inserts fit the bases well, but not “exactly” – a little putty work can easily sort this however.

There’s also supposed to be a way (according to the website – there is no mention of it on the Box) to get a hold of the free downloadable rulebook – that information is neither on the Box nor on the Website – the only thing I can assume is that if you buy direct, that link is supplied to you.
The packaging/presentation is quite nice overall, the box card sturdy and the colour printing bright and strong. HOWEVER, the “sticker” on the front wouldn’t fill the casual buyer with confidence – it LOOKS ill thought out, like its either an afterthought or maybe something got screwed up along the way – I know I’m being picky here, but the first “bite” of any product on the shelf is with the eyes – and in this oh so competitive hobby of ours, if a potential buyer has any doubts – they can move onto a different product (of course to online shoppers and die-hards it makes no never mind LoL).

This is a nice touch, inside the box with the contents are a number of polystyrene popcorn packaging pieces, which I think are a really good solution to packing miniatures for sale. The Miniatures themselves are in strong stapled shut plastic bags, as are the Bases. The only thing I wasn’t keen on here was the fact the Cards are loose inside the box, and whilst the polystyrene popcorn packaging pieces did their job protecting them – I could envisage of a scenario where they don’t. The use of another plastic bag would prevent any chance of damage to the cards.

Right, enough with the Packaging – onto the Miniatures themselves.

The Armored Dive Soldier is a cracking sculpt, and was for the most part flash free – there is one problem however – where the Spear on his Gun meets the housing, the cast seemed very “thin” when I attempted to clean the gun arm it snapped off. A minor repair (but now the spear is a mm or so shorter LoL) but worth mentioning to others, to ensure they are a little more careful with the part.

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The Heavy Support Trooper is another cracking sculpt, nothing super fancy – it does exactly what it says on the tin. He has heft, and looks like he could “do the business”. This one was totally mold line and flash free.


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Marie du Chaletet - Scientist of the Ethers. She was my least favourite sculpt till I got her in my hands. She is far nicer and more interesting in the flesh – and a worthy addition as a named character to the set. Again she was totally mold line and flash free.

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The Recon Trooper  is a Scuba Diver wearing an undersea “jet pack” (for want of a better term), the pose is a little “odd” so I can’t see me ever owning more than one (he looks pretty awkward to convert to any satisfying degree) but as a single miniature, he’s really nice. Again mold line and flash free – there is an issue where he fits into (onto?) his scenic base insert, it’s not a brilliant fit with mine – I can only assume it’s down to warping/shrinkage during the casting process – easily fixed with a little greenstuff though.



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Lastly the Anti-Ship Breaching Mech Construct – unlike the other miniatures in the set which are metal, this is resin. The quality is good, just not as good as the metal casts in this set. In particular around the “thrusters” at the ass-end of the Construct. Theres a lot of extra material in and around there, when it’s cleaned away (no mean feat, I recommend intermediate to advanced modelling skills here) there are “issues” with the casting, the thrusters and other parts of that area are somewhat malformed, fortunately it’s a part of the model you don’t look at a lot!

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DeepWars has a LOT of promise, the ideas and concepts are cool – and the Miniatures are great. I just hope they can keep this game going, because it deserves a fair crack of the whip – and as with all new miniature games – only time will tell.

Wednesday, 3 October 2012

PAINT THE CITY PINK!

All in support of Cancer Research UK and the Breast Cancer Campaign during Breast Cancer Awareness month! 
 
 
 Check it out, its in a Great Cause!
 

Tuesday, 10 July 2012

Basing

Loads of people buy resin bases for their miniatures nowadays, and whilst buying resin bases is nice and easy, you can lack variety - and with the ease of availability of products like "Instant Mold" its becoming increasingly easy to create your own.

Create a "disc" of card (or plasticard) that fits the top of your base, add your "detail" (either from a basing kit, or in this instance I created my own using simple sculpting techniques - and finished the set product with a selection of files and a scalpel) - if you create a "textured base" make sure it has plenty of time to dry/set and that it's been sealed with PVA (thats also been left to dry properly, at least 24 hours) - warm up your Instant Mold and take your impression of your creation (I always do at least two of each master for ease of production).

Press in your putty of choice, I use Milliput with Greenstuff mixed in - this makes it less brittle than using just straight Milliput - but unlike using all Greenstuff is better for basing/sanding/drilling/pinning etc - when mostly set, I turn them out of the mold and make sure they're nice and flat. Then mix more putty and start on the next lot

The "toppers" I've been working on could double as small flagstones or large cobblestones (users choice - they will work for Empire of the Dead, Carnevale, or more Modern Games like 7TV or Pulp City) - in this picture I have my latest "batch" setting.


(sorry about my Camera-Fu, it's weak at best).

I hope this gives folks some inspiration to create their own.

Wednesday, 27 June 2012

Oooooh Monsters!

Drawn by the VERY talented From the very talented Melvin de Voor - here is an example of the sort of art you can expect in the Monster Rules. 





For those who just HAVE to know, the Pulp City Monster Rules are in layout and final development at the moment!

Exciting Huh!

Sunday, 27 May 2012

CRIMSON ONI!

Crimson Oni - NOW DONE! (my first of the new batch) - my "trying to paint as much as possible" is working quite well.

I'm still painfully slow, but things are getting done! I wanted Crimson Oni quite bronzed - as the red of his robes would bleach out skin tones for the viewer.

On the whole I am quite pleased!


Another soon (either Perun or Harrier I reckon)

Wednesday, 23 May 2012

Pulp City Birthday Haul

WOW - Big Boost to the collection today, thanks to my wonderful partner Linda!


Boxed Sets -

Seabolt & Boreas
Mysterious Man & Xenobi
Riposte & Arquero
Doom Train & Night Fright
Crimson Oni & Foxxy Blade
Green Serpent & Jade Cult Ninjas
Shadowmask & Tanuki

Loose Miniatures -

Rook    
Perun
Giant Hadron (YAY!)

SUPERB!

Sunday, 29 April 2012

Avengers Assemble

I thought I would wait till I had watched the Avengers a couple of times before posting my thoughts on it.

The Avengers is an AMAZING Film - it easily matched and quite readily surpassed my expectations - it's exciting, sad, tense - and decidedly funny in places - whilst at the same time staying true to all the characters and their personalities.


I've been waiting for this Film since Samual Jackson's character first showed up at the end of the credits for the  first Iron Man Movie.

In my opinion, the Avengers is the BEST SUPERHERO MOVIE MADE TO DATE - bear in mind the gravity with which I write this. I am a HUGE DC Fan, yet this craps all over anything that's been put out for Batman or Superman.

Honestly, as good as a lot of the previous output has been from every studio (Marvel, DC, or whatever) - nothing else comes close to the Avengers.

If you haven't seen it - go see it - NOW!



Oh and Scarlet Yohansen with the Auburn Hair and Black Cat-Suit is the hottest girl in the Movies at the moment!

Wednesday, 25 April 2012

Originality in Superhero Design

An unfair comment made by another Blogger has caused me to make this post, I shan't name names as I'm never unfair like that (although I did get abused for calling him out about it).

For the most part, I find Pulp City's Supremes to be pretty damn original and quite special - it's one of the things that attracted me (and a lot of other people no doubt) to the game) - as anyone who is conversant in Superheroes and Comics History knows - there are certain Archetypal Hero/Villain Classes.

The Archer, the "Superman" (for want of a better word), the Gadget Hero, the Power Armoured Hero etc, etc.

At the end of the day though, there are no truly original ideas anymore - just really REALLY cool ways of presenting them.
 
Which us Fans KNOW 
Pulp City does in spades!






Monday, 23 April 2012

Pulp City at Salute 2012

I would have LOVED to do a review of Salute 2012 - but as I was unable to attend (AGAIN) I will have to satisfy myself with providing a link to my friend Ian's (Hendybadger) Blog "Tales of a Tabletop Skirmisher" - where he has done the honours!

Thanks Ian!

Preview - ‘Green Lantern: New Guardians’ #8

I'm really REALLY enjoying the DC New 52 Line - and the new Issue of Green Lantern - New Guardians is looking like its going to be no exception!

There's a really great Preview over at Science Fiction.Com - and the new Issue is out April 25th, I for one can't wait!

Sunday, 22 April 2012

Keelhauling for Fun and Profit

I have a new Blog - ABOUT PIRATES!

Keelhauling for Fun and Profit

Why a Pirate Gaming Blog, well it's something I've wanted to do for a good while.

Even though "Keelhauling for Fun and Profit" will have a main focus (Freebooter's Fate) - I will also delving into other Pirate Miniatures and Games, Role Playing Games, Pirate Movies, Pirate Books, and Pirate Comics as well.

So - "Join up me 'arties, Yo Ho" . . . . 

Preview - Astonishing X-Men #49





A great Preview of Astonishing X-Men #49 - Art by the incredibly talented Mike Perkins (yea, yea - I know I'm biased LoL). X-Fans, check it out!

Preview - Astonishing X-Men #49

Friday, 20 April 2012

Salute 2012

Once Again I find myself unable to go to Salute, sadly these days I'm finding it more and more difficult to do anything as the demands on my time and commitment seem to constantly increase.

I hope that everyone who attends has a great time!

Wednesday, 18 April 2012

Jeff "Villains & Vigilantes" Dee

 Jeff Dee is an American artist and game designer and a well recognized figure in the role-playing game community and game industry.

Jeff is probably most famous for co-creating Villains & Vigilantes with Jack Herman whilst still a Teenager in the 1970's.


Jeff went on to illustrate a load of material for Dungeons & Dragons and Advanced Dungeons & Dragons -  comprising of interior artwork for manuals and illustrations and covers for adventure modules for both games.

Some of his most recognized work can be found in the 1st Edition Deities & Demigods book - along with Erol Otus, Jim Roslof, David S. LaForce, David C. Sutherland III and David A. Trampier - Jeff Dee is recognized as a member of the "first-generation" of D&D artists.


Rather than bandy on about his body of D&D work (which don't get me wrong I love) I want to celebrate his Superhero Art.

Villains & Vigilantes is a fantastic game also had some outstanding modules and source-books - but at the end of the day it was the imagery that caught my attention, the original rulebook was quite slim really. But the eye-candy was an absolute winner.


If you want to have a look at some of Jeffs superhero work, I suggest the following links -

Jeff Dee's Deviant Art Gallery

The Unofficial Jeff Dee Gallery Pages

It is of the Era it is, very 80's - but its clean and very imaginative - and (IMHO) Great!

AE-WWII Goes On

OFFICIAL ANNOUNCEMENT -

Blackball Games is excited to announce the addition of AE:WWII and AE:Bounty to our product lines. We acquired rights to both AE products from Darkson Designs this week and will be fully supporting the games, effective immediately. We will be working with retailers and distributors over the coming weeks to make these great products widely available. We already have a limited supply of models and books available at our Web store today at http://shop.blackballgames.com/.

For those that haven’t heard; AE:WWII is a table-top miniatures game set in an alternate WWII where retro sci-fi experiments and occult horrors are real. AE:Bounty is a science-fiction miniatures game set in a distant future of a galaxy shattered by greed. Go get them both at http://shop.blackballgames.com/ today.

X-Men vs the Avengers

The new Series ISN'T the first time this has happened (it seems like certain Super Teams never get on) - it happened in the 80's too . . . .

Tuesday, 17 April 2012

Meanwhile, Across Town . . . .

There's always something to do in Pulp City, even if it's just eating fried chicken . . . .