Saturday, June 23, 2018

More Walkers? Sure, Why Not


To say things have been busy at the farm since everyone returned in April would be a tremendous understatement.  These figures have been done for over two weeks, but I can't even find the time or the energy to write a few simple lines about them. Extremely frustrating. And save for a few boards games Jakob and I played while he was home on spring break, I've yet to even have a proper game with any of the miniatures this year. Even more frustrating.


Anyway, enough of me doing my best Eeyore imitation. I did manage to put together some more Walkers and another horde for TWD. I like my tropical flowers shirt guy leading the pack best :).


I'm really liking the look of the horde bases and definitely will continue to make more.


The "C'mon, let me help you with that" Walker.


And another waitress for the 'ol diner.


I couldn't resist attempting a Walker wearing a Liverpool jersey after the Champions League final debacle, so I made myself (except this version has some hair like my younger days!) wearing my Mo Salah shirt after I took a warm bath with the toaster when he went off injured :)


I did the logo and name/number using the trick with the photo transfer Modge Podge. I mucked up the left side of the back by not wiping the paper off completely so you can kind of see that hard line from the image. It's only the second time I've tried it on a figure so I'm still learning.


And here is a shot of all 32, on the still WIP urban board. I had some Kickstarter items show up mid-week, so hopefully can get a post up about them soon-ish.

Until next time, thanks for looking!
Ivor

Sunday, June 10, 2018

Out Of The Night, When The Full Moon Is Bright...

Comes the horseman known as Zorro!


Disney's Zorro television show from the late 50's starring Guy Williams is an absolute favorite of mine. When I came across these brilliant figures from Boot Hill Miniatures (Malamute on the LAF) I had to pick them up. When attending and running a few games at this years Historicon event was still in the cards, a Zorro game was right at the top of my possible choices to do.



I had an initial idea of doing all the figures and terrain in grays to give the illusion of the black and white television show.


I went back and forth on that idea for quite a while, but didn't want to pigeon hole the figures and buildings into one game - especially when I know that the buildings can be used in several other genres/games.


This is such a great pose and really reminds me more of the Anthony Hopkins version of Zorro from the movie The Mask Of Zorro than Guy Williams.


I really like the details of the hat.


Next up are the mounted versions of Capitan Monastario and Sgt. Garcia.


Again, some really nice details on the Capitan's jacket as well as the swords.


And the dismounted versions - Sgt. Garcia's pot belly is a perfect likeness!


A couple of guards.


You can't have a Zorro scenario without some helpful priests - these two are actually from Warlord Games.


These four peons are probably my favorites ofthe whole lot. I need to pick up the rest of the line too, the female civilians and the mariachi band - soon :)


I also grabbed a few casualty figures, even though they are actually Mexican Army figures - the hats don't match the other figures.


And a non-hobby photo - we've been overrun by baby rabbits around the farm this year. I  caught this little guy checking out the inside of the barn the other day when I was taking the horses out :)

More walkers from TWD All Out War on deck next, with my first ever attempt at a custom Ivor figure after I took a bath with a toaster following Liverpool's Champions League final debacle lol!

Until next time, thanks for looking!
Ivor

Friday, May 25, 2018

Doc, Ah, Are You Telling Me You Built A Time Machine...

Out of a Delorean?!


Crooked Dice released this awesome figure of Marty McFly from Back To The Future fame early this year and I absolutely had to add it to the collection.


I had been after a Marty for quite a while, especially after CD released their version of Doc Brown last year.


I can't say enough good things about this figure, the pose is great and it really screams Michael J. Fox :)


As I mentioned above, I had been searching the interwebs for an extremely long time for one of Crooked Dice's older figures who took on a striking resemblance to Marty (above) - I got super lucky and found someone selling a used one and I immediately jumped on purchasing it.


Apparently it was from their Doctor Who line of figures and went out of production due to licensing with Warlords new Doctor Who game.


It's both funny and frustrating that after searching for so long for this one figure, and finally buying it, it wasn't but a few days later that Crooked Dice announce the new version of Marty. Here's a group photo of all my Marty's and Doc's.


How cool do these two look together with the Delorean!!??


Earlier in the week I was also able to snag the Kickstarter exclusive box for TWD All Out War at a comic game shop about an hour away from me.


What's great is I was really wanting several of these figures, and especially the gun bag objective marker, but the only way to get them is directly through Mantic Games and use Mantic points to purchase them - making your cost for one figure just astronomical.


It's a bit of a drive, but the guy who owns the shop is just brilliant (willing to order anything I want, and at a discount from retail!?) and he has just a ton of really cool stuff in the store - and he gave me 3 of the exclusive Walker figures with my purchases, how cool was that :)


And finally some non hobby news - we've got a new horse and my stipulation was if another new horse ever came in, I would get to name him. So this is Anfield Road. After my beloved Liverpool Football Club of course :) I've already bought him a cool name plate for his door as you can see. And speaking of Liverpool, Champions League final tomorrow... absolutely mad!! I can't even wrap my head around the possibility of winning that big eared trophy - fingers, toes, and every other possible thing crossed for a win tomorrow (which will be a 4-3 Liverpool victory, but we'll have been up 4-1 with 15 minutes left, and give up two making that quarter hour the most excrutiating I will have ever experienced in my life lol!)

Until next time, when Liverpool are champions of Europe, thanks for looking!
Ivor

Saturday, May 19, 2018

And No More Rhymes Now, I Meant It! Anyone Want A Peanut?


I don't think you'll get much of an argument saying that The Princess Bride is a classic - it's amazing how well it still holds up almost 30 years after its initial release. I've had my eye on these figures from Antediluvian Miniatures for quite a while now and I'm ecstatic that I finally have them ready to put onto the tabletop.


How cool is Fezzik? Doesn't even exercise, and no longer unemployed in Greenland, he has a wonderful gift of rhyme, but only some of the time. The likeness to Andre The Giant is spot on imho.


Inigo Montoya ready to exact revenge on the six fingered man. Currently working for Vizzini to pay the bills, there's not a lot of money in revenge.


Westley, the hero farm boy, sans mask - which is a bit disappointing because I hear they are terribly comfortable, everyone should be wearing them in the future.


Vizzini explaining how never to fall victim to one of the classic bunders, the most famous is never get involved in a land war in Asia, but only slightly less well known is never go in with a Sicilian when death is on the line.

Something I really would love to see is another set of figures from Antediluvian with Buttercup, Prince Humperdinck, Count Rugen (The Six Fingered Man), and maybe the Albino or Miracle Max - or better yet, if anyone has ideas for proxies from other manufactures of these characters I'd be all ears!

*editing this post as this morning I went back and looked at the Antediluvian site and they now have a second set of TPB figures with all those requested above, except the 4th is the priest - no Miracle Max or Albino. But the second set has been ordered :)*

I've got some more really neat Hollywood figures in the queue, so stay tuned :)

Thanks for looking!
Ivor

Monday, April 30, 2018

Walker Hordes


I wanted to try something a little different with some of my walkers from Mantic's TWD All Out War - hordes.


While individually based walkers look good, I like the idea of multiple walkers clumped all together and think it adds a lot more visually to the table.


Plus it turns out I have a bunch of figures in the same pose, so I chose those to go onto these horde bases.


I had a go at putting 5 figures on a base and I think I could have done a much better job positioning the figures on this first try. Honestly think I may scrap this base entirely and give it another try, visually it just doesn't look right to my eye.


I tried 4 figures on my second attempt and think I did a better job with the positioning.


For gameplay these will still just count as a single figure and I don't think will cause any issues rules wise with the larger base.


Here's a group photo with some of the individually based walkers in the background - on the new work in progress city Walking Dead table.


I totally forgot to take some WIP's photos of the painting, so here are the walkers getting their pins in their feet lol!


So Ivor gets a pat on the back, he actually completed  9 walkers in only two days! And the first painting he's done in quite some time :) Huzzah!


Until next time, thanks for looking!
Ivor

Sunday, April 29, 2018

WELL, I'M WAITING!!!!


Two months... incredibly it's been two months since I've updated this blog. That is by far the longest I've gone without an update since I started the blog. There were all kinds of issues that caused that, though the laptop and Internet issues were definitely the big ones - and ones I'm still currently working through. So a big apology to all those that follow!


This was the other big factor for lack of posts and honestly, just a complete lack of anything hobby-wise. 

The bathroom gut and remodel did a complete 180 on any and all plans I had for the time my wife and the horses were down south.


But big picture I need to realize that while I didn't get to do stuff I wanted to (be a nerd up in the studio), I did do stuff that needed done.


I cut enough tile to last me a lifetime!


And I learned a lot - the biggest thing was that I don't like doing remodels lol!


So despite a lack of updates and any real focused time up in the studio I did manage to work on some stuff. All over the place as usual...


I grabbed this aquarium piece on the cheap and added some enhancements to make the perfect centerpiece for a pulp adventure in the jungle.


I added some foliage, vines, leaves, bricks, and a few plants to give the temple an improved look and I couldn't be happier with the results.


I also started to mess about and put together some of my 4ground Fabled Realms buildings.


I picked up a cool airplane for a future pulp game.


Silver paint has brought it back into a more 1930's feel. Details still need done with numbers and such but as usual, baby steps...


I felt I did a really good job (especially considering my past history) not buying into every Kickstarter or pre-order I wanted to - like Monolith's Batman game, Footsore's Gangs of Rome, or Knight Models Harry Potter miniatures game as a few examples.


I did stumble upon a remake of an absolute classic board game from when I was a kid that I couldn't pass up though, Fireball Island!!!



Restoration Games is bringing this back, with tons of extra's, including expansions. I absolutely can't wait to get my hands on this!

Now while I was really good on not buying some things, I can't go very long without throwing my money towards cool stuff - so enters another classic 80's board game, Escape From Colditz. This is the Osprey remake of the original, with improved gameplay, artwork, etc. I absolutely love these kind of cat and mouse/hidden movement type of games and this was one of the best. What would be really fun is if you could bring this into more of a 3D tabletop game with an actual model of the castle and figures :)


Star Wars Legion was another big purchase. I love Star Wars and can't wait to start building the models - though I can see right off the bat I will be moving in a much more relaxed "house rules" direction with the game, and not be dependent on points values.


I also bought a whole bunch of the new 5E Dungeons and Dragons books (again, bargain basement prices and why I grabbed them) - but it was more for curiosity/nostalgia. Watching Critical Role really makes you want to grab your bag of dice and play D&D again, but the reality is if I can't find people to play miniatures games with, I honestly can't see finding people to sit around a table playing a make believe role playing game. Regardless, The Curse of Strahd book has been incredibly fun to read and easily worth the $20.00 it cost me.


A new MDF company, Black Site Studio, have put out some really nice looking buildings at really affordable prices. I picked up 3 kits just to try them out and see how they compare to 4Ground, so stay tuned.


Speaking of 4Ground, this was my secret project I was working on late last year that fell to the wayside - I wanted to show these photos only because 4Ground has just announced they are doing a apocalyptic version of Emma's Diner, which is exactly what I was working on like 6 months ago lol!


I was going crazy stupid with the broken windows.


And even added in a working sign on the front doors.


I picked this particular sign so that I could black out the "N" and the "R" in diner.


That way you would get the "die open 24 hours" flashing. It would still be early days in the zombie apocalypse and that's why the diner still has power - that's my story anyways and I'm sticking with it. You can also see in that first picture I have a Bob's Big Boy sign and statue representing the diner. I wanted something just completely off the wall for this building and thought a giant Big Boy statue would get some laughs from the gamers :)


With all that I mentioned, this was the big project I was and have been attempting since January - a middle America type town for The Walking Dead All Out War game by Mantic.


I decided to go completely against what I've been doing with buildings for the last 5 years and went with model railroad kits instead of my usual mdf kits. The biggest reason was that I just don't feel any company, in my eye anyway, makes really good and diverse city buildings.


Woodland Scenics O scale buildings are just about perfect in my view. Certainly a bit bigger than the normal 28mm stuff, but it's pretty darn close - and all the variety and differences in the buildings makes any scale issue worth it to me.


I laid down cork to raise the areas for sidewalks, parking areas, etc.


Obviously lots and lots to do, but this should be fun to continue and create some really neat narratives in a zombie infested town.


Well, hopefully anyway - my wife has returned home with all the horses and this year looks like it's going to be incredibly busy at the farm.


Fingers crossed I can find time to get up to the studio on a regular basis, especially on days like two weeks ago when I insisted that training be cancelled, but someone else said "no" lol! It was so cold I brought my car down to sit in between rides.

I'm going to try to catch up and leave some comments on the blogs on my reading list since I've actually got the computer working today - I have been reading what you guys have been doing (incredible by the way!!), but it's been exclusively on my phone. I'm always reluctant to write comments on blogs while on my phone because the few times I have, my comments come up as double posts which looks awful and more importantly is incredibly annoying.

Finally, there are several friends who's blogs have also gone quiet lately, I hope all is well and that it is nothing more than technical issues or just real life making it difficult to get to the hobby desk :)

*edited to wish Miles over at Lair of the Uber Geek a speedy recovery and all the best, as his lack of posts I just found out were due to medical reasons. He's doing well and hopefully will be posting up some cool models very soon!*

As always, thanks for looking!
Ivor