Saturday, July 14, 2018

More Pirates Too? Sure, Why Not

I've somehow managed to get more pirates finished and newly based with the next and final iteration of the quest to find the perfect clear base - more on than later.


Here is the group of 20, mostly from Northstar - though honestly, I have the hardest time trying to remember manufacturers anymore, mostly because stuff was bought ages ago.


I particularly like this group because it has Captain Jack Sparrow and Smee from Peter Pan.


Figures like the one looking through the spyglass are ones I absolutely love - I really like a pose that tells a bit of a story. What's he looking at? A ship in pursuit, or perhaps one he's after. Maybe it's some kind of sea monster on the horizon or perhaps the island with buried treasure on it :)


Someone needs to get Ms. Boney an undershirt.


The figure on the left really stands out as he has some manacles on his ankles - again, telling a bit of a story of a recent escape, and that necklace is just boss!


And the final four. The lady on the far right has a bit of a resemblance to Eleanor Guthrie from Black Sails, which is quite neat.


As mentioned above, I'm sure you've noticed the bases on this group is completely different from what I'd been doing clear base wise for the last year and a half. The new bases were created with a circle punch and the plastic is from the packaging from model railroad buildings.


I've now gone to an ultra thin clear base and I think I've finally found the look I've been after since trying the clear base - these new bases equate out to 20mm or 3/4 of an inch. The figure on the left has the 25mm Litko 1.5mm thick base and as you can see the difference is just huge. I initially had hesitations about going to 20mm as I thought they would be too small to handle the figures - I couldn't have been more wrong!



I've read on different forums and threads in the past that those who use clear bases are "lazy" and that's why they use them. The photo above is why I use them and will always use them going forward for skirmish game figures. Traditional basing in this instance would just look odd. With a clear base, no matter where that figure is (on a road, in a building, in a dungeon, on a boat, in the desert, etc. etc. etc.) on the table it's never going to look out of place, like here.


And just as another quick comparison shot, you can see how much better the new base looks compared to the old Litko one.


Here is the entire group on my sloop (yet to be finished - apologies lol!) from Blood and Plunder. I could easily get another 8 figures on the boat even with all the cannons added - that's almost 30 figures!!?? And all because of the type of base I'm using.


Penny pinching time - I managed to score a whole bunch of clearance hobby stuff. If you have a Hobby Lobby anywhere close to you I highly recommend getting out there as quickly as you can to see what you can pick up.  This lot in the photo I found between two stores - I hit one other one but they were cleaned out. This is a total of 23 items retailing at $269.77 that I got for only $67.77!!?? Madness.

I'd wanted to get this out before Wednesday but wasn't able to so I could wish all those going to Historicon a great time and all the best to those running games as well (Miles, David, Kalissa, Joe). I really wish I could have been there - especially when I found out that 4Ground were going to be at the event for the first time ever!?!? That one was really crushing for me, I would have loved for the guys to have seen the conversions I've done with there kits in person :(

I've got a Kickstarter post coming up as I've had three backings come in over the last several weeks - the Fog Monster from Real Game FX is one of the coolest things ever gotten my hands on for sure!

Until next time, thanks for looking!
Ivor

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