Under the sea… under the sea!

13 02 2017

Welcome back my lovelies! I apologize for putting that awful Disney song in your head, but it seems appropriate with this first painted mini I wanted to put up, my Siren Maneater:

ms3This beautiful resin miniature is from a game called Deep Wars by AntiMatter Games Which is a small scale skirmish game set “in the watery abyss” and a sister game to Shadowsea. I recently picked up this little gem and another miniature by way of their Blood Reef Kickstarter campaign, and I’m thoroughly in love with the miniatures. The Siren Maneater is a personality character from the Dark Mariners faction, who are I think my favorite faction in the game. She essentially disables enemy models with her siren song which then allows the heavy hitters to move in and wreak havoc. Lots of tentacles, barnacles and slithery Cthulhuesque goodness in this group for sure. I picked up 3 other creatures from this group which I’ll be painting shortly and then I’ll have a playable 300 point force 🙂 I’m really looking forward to making the gaming surface for this too, as most of the items will be from the local pet stores aquarium section!

Now, I’m sure you’ve all probably seen/heard that GW have recently released some new Sisters of Battle miniatures (what the whaaat?), comprising of an $80 box set of Celestine, 2 ‘Geminae’ Seraphim and some big Mechanicus monstrosity; as well as a ‘resin’ Canoness Veridyan. Veridyan is a faithful reproduction of the iconic battle sister as envisioned by John Blanche. Despite my pretty much ignoring GW and their nonsense for the last few years, I was pretty giddy when I saw a leaked picture of Veridyan on my Instagram feed. Then a week or so later I saw leaked pictures of the Triumvirate set and was beside myself with excitement. Had GW finally got their sh!t together and started moving forward with a re-visioned Adepta Sororitas force? Well, the jury is still out on that, as it seems that the Sisters still only have metal miniatures available outside of those I listed above, so thanks GW for giving us sisters supporters some serious blue balls. I guess it’s a step in the right direction, but I’m really hoping these couple of releases aren’t it… If that’s the case, I’ll just look forward to Adeptus Titanicus and the new version of Epic coming out later this year.

Harsh feelings for GW aside (they DO seem to be pulling their socks up lately, and I did pick up last month’s White Dwarf and actually enjoyed it), I bought the Canoness miniature (which still made me grimace at $25). I still can’t find it in myself to drop $80 on the box set with something in I won’t need. I guess I could go halvsies with someone though I suppose.

I’m a little nervous about the material they’ve used for this figure. It seems awfully close to Finecast, and some of the pieces (like the sword blade) are super flexible.

canonessOne of the things that kinda jars me about this miniature is the pose. I understand that this is a rendition of the John Blanche painting, but I’d have used a little artistic license on the leg that’s up on the stack of bones. It looks awkward and  unnatural, unlike the painting, which works because her legs are a lot more slender. A minor gripe, really. I’m excited to add this to my Sisters force, and I did wonder whether I should paint her the same as the original, or paint her in my army’s colors? I guess her get up is probably her signature gear so stay true to the original, right?

That’s it for now, I’ll be posting again very soon!

Cheers!





Slap some paint on!

8 11 2016

Well bloody hell, November already? was July really the last time I posted on here? Yikes. I really need to take a little WCF time out here and there a little more regularly.

While I may not post a lot on here, I do still do a lot of painting and gaming (I really hate the term “hobbying” which seems to be the term that GW have made their own). I haven’t picked up a Space Marine in forever, and strangely I haven’t missed it one bit. Instead, I raided the ‘drawers of shame’* and pulled out some miniatures that thought they would never see a bristle or a drop of paint. First up? Cybermen!

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Classic Tom Baker era Cybermen from Blacktree Miniatures. They’re sort of whimsical, and charming in their own way. The proportions are a little off, but they only took literally minutes to paint. I think the bases took longer! I have some more to do, including some later era (from about the time of Earthshock/Silver Nemesis) which will be getting the treatment shortly.

Staying on the Doctor Who theme, I painted up ‘my’ Doctor, Sylvester McCoy, the 7th Doctor. Now, recently I had molded and cast a TARDIS from the old Dinky Toys die cast metal toy (available from Lord Chaos Creations ) . I cast a bunch up in resin, and thought I’d paint one up, as it’s almost perfect scale wise for wargaming miniatures, check it out:

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I have a bunch of the metal Daleks to paint up as well. I’m thinking of incorporating them into my Judge Dredd game as illegal alien entities. Might be fun to have the judges of Mega City One square off against Daleks and Cybermen!

Speaking of the Judge Dredd game, I picked up a Chronoscope miniature that I thought would be quite good to throw in as a street punk, but as I completed her, I thought she seemed more disciplined than that, and have since decided to use her as a Wally Squad Judge (Wally Squad – under cover cop). Reaper make some beautiful figures and I’ll be picking up some more to add to the denizens of Mega City One:

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And, with us just celebrating Halloween, I painted this cheeky little number up as a gift for my wife:

I’ve also picked up some new units for my late war British forces for Flames of War, a Commando Platoon and an accompanying mortar platoon. No paint on those yet, but I’ll have another update soon (promise!).

I’ve been having a lot of fun just picking random miniatures to paint, it’s bought a little of the excitement back, unlike looking at ranks and ranks of >insert your pain point of choice here< and thinking AARGH! I also recently picked up a Keeper rulebook for Call of Cthulhu too, and have been devouring the contents ever since. I’m going to have my first game very soon. I’ve never been a GM/Keeper before, so this should be interesting… gulp!

Toodle pip for now!

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*Drawers of Shame – draw with unpainted miniatures. Not an underwear drawer with speedos in.

 

 





ORC Trooper finished!

14 07 2016

Super quick post today, just to tell you my first ever Infinity miniature is done! Very pleased with how she turned out. See what you think:

I just picked up the Fusiliers set that is currently under construction, more pictures coming soon, as well as some actual articles lol!

Cheers!

 





Appleseed? Bubblegum Crisis? Dominion Tank Police, or just…

9 06 2016

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I know nothing at all about Infinity. I heard it was a complex game to master, but once you had it down, it could be quite a riot. I never really paid it much attention, that is, until this year’s Adepticon. Totally blown away by some of the display pieces I was eyeballing there, as well as the fantastic miniatures, I came away feeling kinda how I did when I first discovered the hobby – quite giddy!

I joined up with the official forums to cruise and see what the deal is with this game and the universe that it is set in, and seeing the very anime-inspired touches throughout the whole thing got me well and truly fired up. Bubblegum Crisis is one of my favorite Japanese animations, and for those of you who don’t know what the hell I’m talking about, educate yourself for a moment:

What more do you need than five gals kicking cybernetic ass in powered armor against the soundtrack of 80’s Japanese rock music? not much. It’s very obvious that Infinity borrows very heavily from this genre, and I’m totally OK with that. It certainly makes for a refreshing change.

Recently I scored some Bubblegum Crisis miniatures on Ebay from the now defunct company Animail who for a short period of time in the early 90’s was releasing licensed metal miniatures from various properties. Here are the gals in all their unpainted glory:

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Tonight a Hurricane!

…and one of them painted up:

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You can see that there are some similarities between the Knight Sabres and the ORC Troopers from Infinity:

ORC WIP 2aSo anyway, These are my first tentative steps on the road to Infinity (there is a song in there somewhere I’m sure). I picked up the 2nd edition rulebook to get a handle on the world and the fluff. I’m hoping to pick up the new starter box set in the next few weeks. Looks like for now my army is going to be PanOceania. Now I just have to figure out putting the army lists together… Anyone out there have anything they can tell me about the game that a n00b should know in the early days?

Thanks for checking out my post about nothing lol!

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Enter the Realm of Chaos… Via Kickstarter for this amazing project

18 04 2016
...Your nightmare has just begun!

…Your nightmare has just begun!

I’m a grumpy old goat at the best of times (and I’m totally OK with that), so it takes a lot in this hobby for me to get giddy like a fanboi, but discovering this Kickstarter campaign on Tabletop Gaming News did exactly that. For those of you who are of the golden years of GW (around the time when 40K was Rogue trader and the 2 Chaos supplements didn’t cost you an arm and a leg), you should take a look at the Pantheons of Chaos project. As soon as I saw this I was hit by the nostalgiahammer pretty bloody hard. Not only because of the damn awesomeness of the minis, but because they’ve pretty much stepped out of the pages of those early tomes. Project master Diego Serrate Pinilla is very obviously a fan from the old days, and this project will appeal to all those other ‘old skool’ vets like us out there. The sculpts he and his team have shown on here are just bloody brilliant. It also helps that Tony Ackland who was responsible for a large portion of the art in those books is helping with the project, as well as Kev ‘Goblinmaster’ Adams and Tim Prow. I mean, seriously, Oldhammer!!!!! Go, take a look, revel in their magnificent glory, and by the gods SUPPORT! The project was fully funded in under 2 hours (what does that tell you?) but they still have 16 days left to go with plenty of stretch goals and other goodies in the works. I’m very happy I backed this, now I have to be patient and wait for them to arrive. That’s not going to be easy…





Product review: Prodos Games Amazon Riders

15 04 2016

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It’s no secret that I gave up on Games Workshop a while ago, with their constant re-doing of their codexes, the new edition of 40K dropping while I still hadn’t taken all of the previous edition’s pieces out of the box, and their just downright egregious pricing of the new plastic minis cemented the demise of GW for me. That and the fact they still hadn’t done anything to the Sisters of Battle range, which was still apparently because of issues they were having with the details.

Well, bollocks I say.

Anyhoo, I’m not here to lament the downfall of a company I used to love, but it’s a good segue into the new miniatures I picked up recently after discovering them through the Aliens Vs Predator – ‘Bug Hunt’ game my friend ordered.

Prodos are based in Warwickshire, UK, not too far from my hometown. I was pleasantly surprised by this, always nice to know that there are other companies making minis that are in your own backyard. Now Prodos and the AVP license they secured are a somewhat of a bone of contention with quite a few fans out there, essentially regarding the Kickstarter for that game and various issues that have followed since the funding of said game. I’m not going to go into all that, and if you’re really dying to know, just google it and do some research, but I won’t be taking any more space up here discussing it.

Prodos have quite an extensive line in support of the Mutant Chronicles game (for those that remember that in it’s original incarnation from the early 90s), and the figures are cracking! I seem to remember Praetorian Stalkers from back in the day, I wonder if they’ll make an appearance again?

They also make a game called ‘Space Crusaders’ (notice the ‘s’ on the end there), which I know little about, but it appears to be a small-scale skirmish system they have developed. Also in support of this game are also a line of miniatures, which is where we come to rest with my product review (thanks for sticking with me through the wall of text!).

I’ve been looking for figures to use as juves in my Judge Dredd game, as some of the Warlord Miniatures ones are a little clumsy, so I wanted to look elsewhere, such as reusing Clan Escher figures from Necromunda. I found these minis and I thought they’d make an excellent fit, so I picked up a box of Amazons on bikes and also a box of ‘Mabs’ as well (just for something different to paint). A peruse through their online store and you’ll see some definite influences in the designs, that’s all I’ll say. So let’s take a look at these ‘ere bikers…

Seen here against a Judge on his Lawmaster bike

Seen here against a Judge on his Lawmaster bike

I forgot to take a picture of these ‘in the box’ so here are the Mabs, which will give you an idea:

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First impressions: the ‘resin’ they use is lightweight and durable. I’m not sure what the overall differences in resins are to be honest. I know there are different grades and whatnot, but my knowledge is limited. A cursory glance at the pieces showed minimal flash to be removed (yay!) and only a few vent pieces that needed trimming off. This resin has a different ‘feel’ to the resin Forge World uses, and has almost no air bubbles that I can see, which is refreshing.

Figures are well packed and the box art is pretty neat. One thing I would’ve liked on the box is maybe a little background as to who these girls are. Even though I’m not using them for the game they are intended for, a little back story is always cool. What are their origins?

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Assembling these minis was no hassle at all, and went together really well with superglue gel. They come with bases and even have ‘smoke’ you can add to the rear tire to suggest movement. This reminded me a little of how GW are adding similar details to their plastic miniatures lately too, except the ones you get in this box are optional. After assembling this trio, I was left with some extra bits, which looked like shoulder pads although I’m really not sure, and I’m not sure if they actually go on these minis.

There is some incredible detailing on these figures, with delicate filigree edging and chaos emblems on the bikes and the armor that the girls are wearing, as well as skulls and fleur-de-lys as well. The faces have character too, although they look a little odd in their unpainted state, they’re going to be full of attitude once they go under the brush.

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Two of the Amazons are obviously on the move, and the movement is captured really well, with the long hair trailing behind the rider who is hunched down adding to that motion. The third is obviously at a standstill, or taking a breather, as the relaxed posing which has her sitting back on the seat would suggest.

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The bikes are suitably chunky, but not too crazy, and are balanced well with the build of the riders, making them a ‘believable’ match up. Guns mounted either side of the front wheel obviously mean business! These girls wouldn’t look out of place in a scene from Akira as they have a great cyberpunk feel to them that comes across well in the design and execution of the final models.

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My only ding against these figures, and indeed the Space Crusaders line is that with the range being predominantly female, they really make sure you know that they are women, really more than is necessary. GW hit a good medium with their Sisters of Battle range: you knew they were women in power armor without having to resort to exaggeration of certain parts of the anatomy, something Prodos should take into consideration if they are looking to create more figures for this game. Having a woman in power armor only to have most of her torso exposed not only makes you scratch your head with questions like ‘how on earth would this armor protect her’, but can look tacky. You have to be very careful with that line between aesthetically pleasing and just cheesecake for the sake of it. Prodos have seen an gap in the market that needs attention: a lack of female figures for futuristic battle games such as 40K, which GW have only made wider with their lack of support for that line, only to possibly shoot themselves in the foot with the female demographic that also enjoys this hobby.

I’ll probably paint body stockings on my Amazons to veer away from the fact they appear to be wearing cyber-bikinis. Maybe even some harlequin style leggings or something bold that you would see in the pages of 2000AD.

In summary: Prodos are proof that GW are just bullshitting about their reasoning for not turning their attention to the SoB line and giving the miniatures the much needed overhaul they deserve. They just simply want them to fade away or get ‘squatted’. We can clearly see by the miniatures above that making sisters in resin or plastic is very doable, and because they (GW) can’t be arsed to do anything about it, companies like Prodos will be happy to step in and take the money. That said, if they can move away from the objectification of the female form that seems to pervade the miniatures, I think they would make a killing, as they are showing they have the tools and the talent.

These ladies will be up in the gallery once they are painted! Thanks for reading!

 





Reinvent, reinvigorate, reorganize; Or how I learned how to stop worrying and love my hobby.

14 04 2016

Welcome back, dear readers, to this latest entry from the WCF bunker. It’s been a long minute since I last posted and honestly it’s really just because I had a lack of interest. No other excuses! Actually, in all fairness that’s not entirely true. I’ve still been painting and gaming, along with putting together a ‘project’ business – Lord Chaos – which is my first foray into the world of resin casting designer ‘toys’. Me and the family moved into a new place last summer as well. I’ve also been spending more time expanding my already huge Masters of the Universe collection too. All this, along with the arrival of my second child recently has ensured I’ve had little time to devote to my sadly neglected blog. As I originally started this venture when my first son was born, it seemed appropriate that I resurrect it with my second arrival, so here we are! I dropped a bunch of stuff from here (you may notice the right bar looks a little lighter than it used to), and I’ve lost the domain name, as I refused to pay $100 for a blog name. I may switch to another hosting site down the road, but for now I’ll continue as is, and if we get some momentum I’ll re-evaluate.

Anyway, plans are afoot, and you’ll be seeing some changes around here very soon. I wonder if I’ll still show up in the IHOP blogger feed?

Coming up this week: my first product review of 2016: Amazon bikers from Prodos Games – Should wearing helmets be mandatory? Stay tuned!

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