Archive for November, 2015

Its that time again, its time to see what is going on with the various Kick starter projects that I have backed.

So here we go.

All Quite On The Martian Front: So its been nearly a month since the last update, and it would seem that no one has received anything. Now AD said that they aimed to have shipping completed by the end of November, and with 5 days to go it looks highly unlikely. Its a shame but AD are ruining their reputation, this was apparent by their Fantasy KS project A Crush Of Iron. Which after a promising start came to an end with AD cancelling the project.

Aliens Vs Predator: Well it seems that Prodos have upset a large portion of KS backers by releasing 6 products to retail (Predalien, Queen, Warriors, Crusher, Power Loader, and Hell Hounds). Add into that that everything outside of Poland has been closed down and that the Facebook page may be closed, has added a lot of “fuel” to the fire that things going wrong behind the scenes. A new group has been set up on FB for backers to “vent” their frustration. And to be truthful the backers that are commenting all seem to be complete dicks (something which social media seems to bred like wild fire). As I have said time and time again its a licensed product and the approval phase can take some time, that’s why the likes of River Horse, Games Workshop, and FFG did not make announcement until the products had been approved.

Conan: Still Plodding along. Nothing new.

Deadzone  Infestation: Still plodding along, nothing exciting has been posted (apart from a couple of painted Veer myn) hopefully some news will happen as delivery is only a few months away!

Zombicide Black Plague: Production copies of the base game were posted up on the KS page but production of everything else has been disrupted and looks like it will not be completed until the end of January 2016.

Warpath: Another KS by mantic, which I back at the $1.00 pledge. But why did I only pledge at a $1.00? well it boils down to in the end Mantic seemed to be getting desperate and just added stuff for the sake of it. Like the Mars Attacks models. When I sat down and worked it out 90% of the stuff that was offered, I already own (or will do when Infestation arrives) most of the. And to be fair I am not that intressed in another “mass” battles game. So I went for the $1.00 so I can pick the add-ons that I want.

 

 

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Its hard to believe that 26 years ago that I first came across Doctor Who on TV (23rd of November 1988 to be exact) The story was The Silver Nemesis and it was a cold night in November. However it would be shortly lived as the following year the BBC cancelled it, meaning I had seen 6 story’s from the “original” run. My local library had a few of the old Target Books, which I borrowed and read. It would be a few years before the Doctor would return to TV, this time on a Sunday at lunchtime. Now I only really remember one story and that was the 3rd Doctors: The Green Death (often referred to  as”the one with the maggots”). After this the odd story were repeated here and their on TV.

It would be 1992 before the doctor would have a “regular” slot on TV on SKY channel UK Gold, however it would be 5 years before I would see it again. 1996 saw the Doctor return with the Doctor Who: The Movie which introduced us to the 8th Doctor. However it was short lived, it did well over here with ratings but was poorly received in the States. The following year would see my God-mother getting up at 6 o clock in the morning (Saturdays and Sundays) to recorded me the omnibus editions. This would carry on for the next few years until her death.

It was around late 96, early 97 that I came across the Doctor Who miniatures while flicking through a copy of Wargames Illustrated. It would be later in the year before I started buying the range though the “monthly” subscription service that was offered by Harlequin Miniatures, which lasted for a few years before the license run out.

It would be some years before I would get back into Doctor Who and that would be 2005 with the “new” Doctor Who TV series. Then the following year a “free” set of wargaming  rules were released in the form of the DWMG (Doctor Who Miniatures Game) at last I could use all my DW models that had been boxed up and stored for the past 5-6 years.

Now days it is easier to get my Doctor Who fix, as I own all the DVDs of the classic series (all 143 of them), “new” Who on Blu-ray. 99% of the Big Finish Doctor Who ranges. As well as the missing story’s on audio CDs.

So after re-reading the 7TV rules the other day and my new painting light turning up, I decided to have a go at some painting.  After going through my box of Doctor Who models, I picked out  the 11th and 12th (not) Doctors and 6 companions (3 for each doctor)

Lets see how they turn out?………………………………

I am still struggling to get back into “hobby” mode, despite my nice new painting light arriving yesterday morning!

I have been re-reading the 7TV rulebook and its supplements (Summer Special, On Location, Heroes and Villains Guides) in some vain hope of jump starting my creativity. For those not in the “know”, 7tv set in the 60’s and 70’s and is based on cult TV programs (you can create your own or use the pre-generated ones). Now I have always had a soft spot for 7TV, and have not played the game in a few years.

Now one of the things that I miss about the hobby is making terrain. Back when I first got into wargaming terrain was made from boxes and books, to represent buildings and hills. Coloured pieces of paper or cloth, were used for trees, rivers, and fields. As time went by I learnt how to make terrain from polystyrene and foam core, as well as scratch built trees from wire.

However a few company’s begun making resin terrain (which was often very tacky). Then came the card kits for buildings, which were quickly followed on by “hybrid” plastic and card kits.

Now in the past 10 years “plastic” terrain has become the norm. Hills, trees, buildings, ruins, etc. Can all be bought in plastic. Another “new” comer in the past few years are laser cut MDF building kits, most of which need no glue to assemble them and can be flat Packed away.

How ever getting back to 7TV, I would like to go back to the grass roots of wargaming. And in much the same way as a set designer on a cult TV program make scenery from basic materials. Its early days but hopefully it will be the spark I need to get the “hobby” mode started again!

I have to say I am struggling to get motivated with any “hobby” time over the past few weeks.

It all started when I cleared the paint station.

I did however manage to finish of the JD Judges and 3 (of the 4) Dark Judges, as well as all of the plastic terminators for Terminator: Genisys. Everything else has been put away, so that hopefully I can start from scratch.

However It has not happened, It may well have something to do with both the change in the weather and the clocks going back. Meaning its is darker one hour earlier. Add to that my Painting light broke at the beginning of the year (something that slipped my mind and was forgotten).

I Have however been reading 7tv from Crooked dice, in preparation for the new 2nd edition being released within the next few months. Which in turn has made me work up a few “rough” cast lists for a Doctor Who game of the The Invasion from 1968.

Hopefully the new light I have ordered will Inspire me to get back to painting…………………………………….

Every so often I clean off my paint station of projects, giving me a clean slate. However It has been quite a while since I did it last, and it is well over due.

In fact it is a total mess, their are pots of paint from GW, the Army Painter, Vallejo, Foundry, and MiG. Their are also a number of Judge Dredd, Terminator: Genisys, AQOTMF tanks, and Cowboy miniatures at various stages of painting. A pile of plastic Space Wolves bits for a conversion, and some spare bases. As well as some pots with my basing materials in.

Some of the models are 90% done others are just undecorated. So rather than just move them off, to be left I will finish the off.,

I am currently working through 16 Judge Dredd Judges, as well as the 4 Dark Judges and 12 Street gang models

I had intended to do this tomorrow, as I expected the 1984 terminator models to turn up tomorrow (I had a dispatch email this morning). But by some twist of fate (or a postman sent back from the future) they arrived this morning.

So lets get started.

First up Terminator Spider Tank £39.99

image1Consisting of 12 pieces, when made it stands 80mm tall and will fit on a “CD” sized base. As you can see from the picture their are a number of resin “vent” lugs that need to be removed, apart from them their was very little that needed cleaning. The head sections (the 2 largest pieces) will only fit one way, so its worth wild trying it both ways before gluing it together. As an added bonus river horse threw in a resin infiltrator as well!

Next we have Resin Resistance Fighters £37.00.

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Consisting of 45 pieces, Their are enough bits to make 6 models with loads of bits left over to convert the plastics from the base game. The head sprue on the second picture (bottom row) has heads for both a T-1000 and a T-800. There are also options for a radio operator arms, a Sniper, 3 mini-guns! as well as plasma rifles  and pistols. Oh and they threw in another  resin infiltrator!

Next we have the 1984 set £37.00.

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Consisting of 19 pieces that make up the 7 models. They are (in the top picture, ignoring the two “lose” models) T-1000 disguised as a cop, Kyle Reese, Guardian, Sarah Conner, and 3 x LAPD. Out of all of the them Guardian seems to be the older older version (from 2017) where as the “lose” version on the left is dressed for 1984. Hopefully river horse will release the 3 LAPD separately, as I have not been able to find many models to use. Oh and they threw in another resin Infiltrator!

I have seen some people complaining about “model scale” and “pricing”, and so I will put my 2 cents in.

First up Scale. These models are NOT 28mm “Heroic” scale , they ARE 28mm “true scale”. This means an Endo-Skeleton is scaled to the other models and NOT “beefed” up to make it big. I have seen lots of people moaning about the endos not being the same size, but if you were to use it as an armature and add muscles, and clothing you would end up with a correctly scales model. This is the same for GW’s Lord of the rings and Hobbit models.

Secondly Price. Another thing that people are moaning about is the price of the models. Now don’t get me wrong yes the prices are quite high, but they are licensed models. And again just look at GW’s LOTR and hobbit ranges, finecast versions of Gandalf or Bard the bowman are £12.00 each. Even the finecast fellowship boxed set is £37.00. If you take the 1984 set at £37.00 and dived it by 7 it works out at  £5.28p per model (the resistance set works out at £6.16p) which is not bad for a single model.

River Horse have also changed who makes the resin models. In the beginning warlord were making both metal and resin models. However their have been a number of problems with the production of the resin models, I found this out from my local store who tried to order Sarah Connor for me, who were told by warlord

“that the Sarah Connor blister is not available as the figure proved to be almost uncastable!”

However It would seem that Prodos have taken the challenge and are now using their “Procast” resin (the same stuff they use for their own models). And comparing it to the “warlord” resin, it is much better.

Overall I am pleased with the models and hopefully their will be many more to come!

Its been a quite past few weeks, this is mainly down to me dog sitting for some friends. But over the weekend I did mange to grab a few hours to work on my Terminator: Genisys models. Now I picked up a second starter set from eBay a few weeks ago which doubled up both forces, and added Guardian (Pops), John Conner, T-1000, Kyle Reese, Special Endo-skeletons (3) and Heavy Weapons Endo-skeletons (2).

Giving my Terminators 20 basic Endo-skeletons, 3 Special Endo-skeletons, Heavy Weapons Endo-skeletons (2), 10 Crawlers, and a T-1000. I also pre ordered a Spider Tank from River Horse Games (which included a free infiltrator model)

So I decided to work on 10 basic endos, as well as the 3 Special and 2 Heavy and 5 crawlers. I converted 2 endos to be carrying Mini-guns (its not in the rules but, it looks good).

Painting wise I went for.

1. Black undercoat from a cheap £1.00 spray.

2. Base coat of Plate Mail Spray from Army painter. Combined with the black undercoat it came out slightly darker.

3. Wash of Army Painter Dark Ink.

4. Dry brush Of Army painter Plate mail metal, followed by Shinning Silver.

5. GW  Khorne Red (base) for the eyes and plasma vents (when I find my smallest brush!)

6. GW Armageddon Dust (texture) for the base (never used textured paints before for bases)

7. Agrax Earth shade wash over base.

8. GW Tyrant Skull (dry) drybrush over the base.

Overall I am pleased with the results (and I enjoyed painting them).

Last Friday (30th of October) River Horse put up the 1984 set of 7 models on their website. The set consists of Kyle, Sarah, Guardian, T-1000 (as a cop) and 3 LAPD. The only model that does not fit in is Guardian as it seems to be the even older version from later in the film (2017).

We shall have to wait and see when it arrives, then I can take some pictures and review the Spider Tank, Resin Resistance Fighters, and the 1984 set all in one go!