Thursday, December 14, 2017

Sorry About The Mess, It's The Maids Day Off

As I continue to base painted figures, I made my way to the really neat set of Victorian servants from West Wind Studios excellent Empire of the Dead line.

I'd had my eye on these for a while, as I thought they could fit perfectly into a 18th or 19th century skirmish scenario with my 4Ground manor complex. I think I found my Frau Blucher figure to go with my Young Frankenstein duo :) "Stay close to the candles, the staircase can be treacherous"

The two maids, ready for clean up.

The cook and the coachman.

The butler and the footman - which I had to look up exactly what a 'footman' was, a servant who serves at table, tends the door, and runs errands. 

I also went back and re-based one of my old pulp baddies just to see how much of a pain it would be to switch them all to clear bases. It was quite easy actually, just some touch up brushwork around the feet - so I guess 2018 will be the year of the big re-basing project :)

Almost finished with a 4Ground terrain piece I've been working on, so hopefully I can get that up before the new year.

Until next time, thanks for looking!

Saturday, December 2, 2017

Fortune And Glory Kid, Fortune And Glory

As I continue to wage war on my figures who need based - the struggle is real - I've made it to the Thuggee cult miniatures. Again, another group that has been sitting for quite a while.

These first three are from Crooked Dice and are definitely modeled after Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom - though I don't recall a throwing star Thuggee in the movie. But the figure with the rope is brilliant :)

This figure is easily my favorite, the giant muscle bound Thuggee. And some useless information for the day - in the film he was played by Pat Roach, who also played the giant muscle bound German mechanic in Raiders of the Lost Ark. He also played the giant muscle bound thug in the James Bond film Never Say Never Again, eventually being taken out by Sean Connery's urine sample :) Good thing he wasn't type cast or anything.

You can see how much he towers over Indiana Jones. Indy is from Blue Moon, I've had him painted for years now but made the switch over to a clear base.

These miniatures are from Artizan, a pack I found on clearance at Historicon some years ago.

I can't remember exactly what blister they were but they had a similar look the the Crooked Dice figures so I had them painted up as Thuggee's.

Like Indy, the Crooked Dice figures tower over the Artizan figures.

I'm finally chugging along getting painted figures based so they can be officially be checked off as  completed. More movie and TV figures to come :)
*and if anyone knows of a suitable Short Round figure, please let me know!*

As always, thanks for looking!

Friday, December 1, 2017

Are You The Keymaster?

While Jakob was home for Thanksgiving break I asked him about his thoughts on this years Historicon. This can potentially be his last event for quite awhile as his summers will be spent interning through school.

Without hesitation he said I should go back to last years original idea of a Ghostbusters game. I had the ideas for a game pretty well set last year, but decided to attempt something more "historical" with Agent Carter (pulp WWII era) because it isn't a big secret that HMGS graybeards look on non-historical games with the big stink eye. And I totally get that. But it's also no big secret that HMGS conventions continue to get less and less attendees every year. So maybe it's time to not solely focus on the "H" and maybe more on the "M and G"?

Anyway, I decided to finish up my Dana Barrett and Louis Tully that I got from Crooked Dice awhile ago. Hands down, I have to say Crooked Dice are putting out some of the best figures with nods to film and television. Here is Dana after being possessed by Zual and has become the Gatekeeper. Too bad I can't get some kind of shimmering effect on the dress. Maybe I should try a bit of glitter?

And Louis, the former resident of 55 Central Park West (Rick Moranis was just brilliant in this role!), who was turned into Vinz Clortho - "I am Vinz, Vinz Clortho Keymaster of Gozer. During the rectification of the Vuldronaii, the Traveller came as a large and moving Torb! Then, during the third reconciliation of the last of the Meketrex Supplicants they chose a new form for him... that of a Giant Sloar! Many Shubs and Zulls knew what it was to be roasted in the depths of the Sloar that day I can tell you."
The number of times I would say that at a party or gathering meeting new people, with my wife standing right there, and immediately she'd give me the "Really?" look. Good times :)

I'm not sure what the plan for Historicon is. I've got a monster purchase coming from 4Ground that could make for a jaw dropping visual experience that I'm super excited about :). There is a new Gangs of Rome game coming out that looks really good, and then of course there is Star Wars Legion releasing soon as well. And HMGS Super GM Miles Riedy and I tossed about possibly working together on something, though with him being on the east coast and me in the mid-west that may be quite a hurdle.
But I'm also sitting on the second and third parts of Agent Carter. I have all the pieces and parts for a Kelly's Hero's game, and I've got pirates waiting to be based... but ultimately this years Historicon is in Lancaster, PA and despite all the renovations to the hotel the convention is in is, well, let's just say it's less than desirable. So who knows what I'll do.

Until next time, thanks for looking!

Sunday, November 26, 2017

What's New

If there is one thing you can always count on me for is to not be focused on any one project or thing, and thus this update.

As I mentioned in one of the October posts I was thinking about trying to make a t-shirt on one of the zombies from TWD - and this particular guy looked like a 70's punk.

Originally I thought about a Sex Pistols shirt but decided on a Clash shirt instead as I'm a much bigger fan of them :)

I found an image I liked and shrunk it down to fit on the model.

But I'd forgotten that I needed to reverse the image for it to work properly with the Mod Podge Photo Transfer Medium, so I had to make another one.

Through some sort of witchcraft and wizardry that is way beyond my understanding, when you wipe off the paper with some water and a sponge it leaves the image on the figure.

Crazy! But it opens up a ton of new possibilities. Still not happy with the skin tones of the zombies - I tried to start with a normal skin tone and work up to the "undead". Fail. So frustrating.

I got to spend two days down at UC with Jakob for parents weekend two weeks ago after not seeing him for over three months, so that was fun. This is his design classroom.

His desk - organization, meh. Apparently not a priority in the entire DAAP department :)

He spends most of his time in the art department despite having an apartment as a freshman because his roommate is awful - which I can verify lol. But we did watch the first 4 episodes of Stranger Things at his apartment, which was a-may-zing!!

Back home, I had such a successful go at my first attempt using the Photo Mod Podge I thought "why not put some graffiti on one of my 4ground dumpsters".

Like most of these small 4Ground kits it went together super quick.

They even have the wheel details.

I found some graffiti images online that were all together in one photo - I think they are from some kind of Japanese Anime show. I just shrunk down to size and printed them out.

I cut some out and I applied the Mod Podge and put them on the dumpster.

So here is one huge tip I can give anyone else trying this - you have to make sure not to leave any white when cutting out your images. You can see what a train wreck I ended up with above.

Pro tip number two - I was so excited by the success of the shirt transfer that I forgot that I was going to need to apply water to the sponge to get the transfers off the garbage bin.

As you all know, 4Ground kits are mdf. And as I'm sure you all know as well, mdf doesn't take to water at all. So train wreck part duex! I had the start of some peeling in places and a bit of warping.

I ending up painting around the graffiti to cover up the white parts and then added a bunch of weathering effect. Thankfully I think I saved the model, but a lot of good lessens learned!

Last week I took Therese to see Casablanca on the big screen for the 75th anniversary of its release. I absolutely love this movie and Bogart in particular. Of my top 5 favorite movies, 3 are from him. Way back I put my small homage to Casablanca in my first Pulp Alley game by making a "Rick CafĂ© Americana" sign for a building Ricks

It was great to see it on the big screen! Fathom Events are doing these types of showings (classic movies) once a month or so, looking forward to seeing the line-up for next year.

Back at the desk, I completed a few more bits and bobs for scatter terrain from TT Combat and the terrain set from Mantic Games.

This one is my favorite, as I used a piece of an actual garbage bag to put in between the two boxes and it looks the business.

Backpack objectives.

As we are in the middle of fall here, I had to take a photo of the gallop track at the farm - the burning bushes looked amazing!

Two years ago I helped put all these in, there has to be hundreds!

And finally a shout out to blog follower Tristan - these are some photos of his old west models he's been working on that he sent me.

I've been in email contact with Tristan for quite a while now. He reached out to me asking questions and advice on the 4Ground kits, which honestly is extremely humbling because there are a ton of much better terrain makers and artists out there!

Anyway, he's knocked it out of the park with these models, the weathering and additions make all the difference. I especially love the church! You can see what an improvement the shingles make on these kits. Now I want to purchase the old west church lol!

Jakob will be coming home for the holidays soon, so hopefully I can drag him up to the studio to try out The Walking Dead or roll some dice with any of the other hundred games I have up there - fingers crossed.

As always, thanks for looking!

Friday, November 3, 2017

Jason And The Proxy-Nauts

When I wrapped up Zomtober last week I forgot to kind of give myself a tip of the hat, because sure 15 completed zombies for a month was pretty weak, BUT... I did finally get 36 German zombies based, along with my 11 classic Universal monsters. I also completed these 14 Argonaut proxies last Sunday that I want to use for a future Harryhausen-esque game. So that's over 60 figures ready to be pushed around the table :)

All the figures but two are from Black Tree Design. I'll be honest, I grabbed them because they were super duper cheap, but I think they really look the business. I just have to get some shields on a few of them - I don't think I want to put shields on everyone though.

If I had one complaint it would be that all the figures are barefoot. How they aren't wearing sandals is a real head scratcher for me.

The figure on the right may be my favorite pose - I think it would be perfect for, say, Medusa's head, instead of the sword he's supposed to be holding (which broke off, but I think it was meant to happen lol!)

I really like all the figures who don't have the helmets on.

These two figures are the plastics from Warlord's Spartan's box set. They are definitely a bit smaller than the BTD figures.

Here's a side by side with the Warlord and the BTD. I can say without hesitation that the BTD figures are my favorite.

If you were here for the last post, you know I bought an aquarium piece off Ebay that I wanted to use for a terrain setting for an Argonauts game. And it was completely destroyed when I received it. I gave the seller almost two weeks to fix it on his end, which of course he didn't, so I now have a claim opened on my end with Ebay. I'm sure I'll have a full refund shortly.

I've got a ton of figures painted, just sitting in cases, ready to be based on the clear bases so hopefully I can continue to chip away at that this month!

Until next time, thanks for looking!