Archive for December, 2013

As we approach the end of 2013 I thought it would be a good time to look back over the past year.

First up Painting.

I started the year with the LOTR and Hobbit ranges from Games Workshop and I managed to paint quite a few models. I set my sights on working my way through the Fellowship Of The Ring  journey book, and building up the models that were needed to play the battles in the book. I started with Frodo,Sam,Merry,Pippin and the Nazgul before moving on to Aragorn and Gandalf the grey. I picked up most of the Hobbit releases as they came out, But with the total lack of Hobbit content in White Dwarf I cancelled my subscription with issue 400.

February, March, and April were pretty quite on the painting front due to work commitments i did paint a few Judge Dredd models but apart form that not much else got painted.

April also saw Salute 2013, which I attended and picked up some 15mm Sci-Fi models and a heap of Judge Dredd  models including  “cough,cough” a Manta Prowl Tank “cough,cough” which I am lead to believe many of there JD Kick starter backers are still waiting for.

May through to October saw me restart my Doctor Who miniatures collection, I must have painted 200 models from Daleks to Zygons and everything in between. I also started buying the Big Finish Audio’s which have been a great help in keeping me focused while painting.

The tail end of October through till now I have been doing Gimli, Legoles, and Bormir from LOTR and the goblins from The hobbit. At first I was not looking forward to paint the goblins but once I got started I soon worked my way through them.

Next we move on to Kick starters.

Now Kick starters seem to be a good way of getting a project under way by allowing the public (you and me) to support the the funding of production.

Now I started the year by backing the Rogue Trooper project from Mongoose Publishing, which was due to be shipped in September 2013. We are now nearing the end of December and their is no sign of any models what so ever. The main sculptor has left the project for personal reasons. And now the replacement sculptor has real life problems so the chances of seeing any greens before Christmas is very very slim.  In all I am very disappointed with Mongoose and I am in the process of getting a refund for the project (which was meant to take a week, two at the most. But now has stretched to a month) In all I will never back another project by Mongoose Publishing. I am so glad I did NOT back the Judge Dredd project as I see people over their are getting pissed off as well. But when you have a company that sells models to the public before the KS backers what do you expect!

Next came SpineSpur, which I owned some years ago.  When the models were first released I grabbed hold of most of them and got them painted up and played some games. The models were on display in my “then” local gaming store, but  one day the owner shut up shop and did a runner my models were never to be seen again! So with the chance to grab the lot in one go along with the remaining models and a nice shiny hardback rulebook I jumped in feet first and become one of the Senators of Spinespur. The project was due to ship in November but was pushed back to December due to a problem with the cover of the book, it has now shipped and is winging its way to me now!

Then came Dead zone from Mantic games, this roller coaster ride saw stuff being added at a very fast rate. I managed to grab one of the early bird pledges (number 7). The whole project has become huge and has been split into 2 waves, with the 1st part shipped early November instead of December and the 2nd part is due to ship in April 2014. Now I am pleased with what I have got so far (a few bits are missing but nothing to major), But the packaging was absolutely crap. The main game box was half empty and was inside another box, with stuff being put in another bigger box full of polystyrene packing chips. the main box itself had suffered some damage which ment some of the contents had fallen out. Overall great product but very bad packaging!

Next came the Tablescapes project by secret weapon, my plan was to use these boards with Judge Dredd and SpineSpur. The project was ment to start shipping from October with my sets being sent November 2013 to January 2014. It now looks like all of the unlocked designs will be shipped by the end of Q1 2014 (end of March).

Next up came All Quite On The Martian Front, being a fan of War Of The Worlds this was a must for me. Delivery was December that now looks like its going to be January.

Next up Incursion, having invested in the 1st edition of the game I just had to back a new edition. Delivery is set for March 2014.

Next came Mars Attacks, I mainly backed this one for the scenery that is being produced to use in SpineSpur. Delivery is set for August 2014.

Then their was Shadows Of Brimstone, Being a massive fan of Warhammer Quest. SOB seems to be a good replacement for WHQ, with it being set in the Weird Wild West. Delivery is set for August 2014.

Then their was AvP, I backed this project early on but sat on the fence for most of it and wait to see if I wanted to stay on board in the end I stayed. Delivery is set for May 2014.

At the same time was Battle systems terrain, which looks very handy for AvP. Delivery is set for May 2014.

Finally their is Zombie Miniatures Survivors, Barricades and walls, which is still running but. And looks promising for SpineSpur. Delivery is set for April 2014.

Now we move on to entertainment.

I have seen 2 films this year at the cinema

First was Despicable Me 2 in 3D, which was a great follow up to the 1st film.

Then their was The Hobbit D.O.S. again this was a great follow up to the 1st film and it left it on a great cliffhanger (its just a shame we have to wait 12 months to see the final part!)

I have also been picking up Doctor Who audio books from Big Finish, these are great to listen to while painting. And they have helped me paint more models. Speaking of Doctor Who, November saw the 50th anniversary in which we saw the outcome of the time war. Christmas days sees the final episode of the 11th doctor (Matt Smith) then he regenerates into the 12th doctor (Peter Capaldi).

So as 2013 draws to a close I will see you all in 2014.

Have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year