Thursday, 15 November 2018

Street Wars NYC Female Gang: The Mollies (Kickstarter)


This Kickstarter from Funky Skull Games is for a new gang for the Street Wars game.

I can see uses not only for the intended game, but they also offer some excellent options to use as thugs etc. in a supers game.

 The campaign has 48-hour early birds available, adding an extra saving for backers over expected rrp. I am very happy to back this latest addition to Street Wars!

Sunday, 11 November 2018

Blue Scarab (Kitbash Games)

Blue Scarab is another of the minis I have had sculpted for my upcoming range Supers Unlimited. An out-and-put hero, she is based on a public-domain golden age character of yesteryear, and one I was really happy to bring via update into the twenty-first century.

I [plan to launch the range in January, so I am working to try and make sure I have at least one painted copy of each mini, and Blue Scarab is the latest completed.

I opted for a nice and simple blue-yellow colour scheme in keeping with the source character, accentuated by her blonde hair.

The Blue Scarab was a cop wounded in the line of duty, who survives her grave injuries thanks to the intervention of a scientist friend using an experimental procedure. Wishing to do more than allowed in her job, Dani Garret donned cutting bio-mimetic armour (also developed by her friend under Project: Beetle), incorporating a lucky golden scarab, and a mask and became the super-strong Blue Scarab.

Saturday, 10 November 2018

Supers Unlimited Launch 2019 - Kitbash Games


Link
Kitbash Games is delighted to announce that it will launch the Supers Unlimited miniatures range and game in January 2019.

The crowd-funded launch will feature at least 9 miniatures at the start, with more unlocked depending on success. This launch will represent the start of a range of high-quality supers miniatures released alongside fast-play skirmish rules.

The Supers Unlimited miniatures launch will be backed up by a free to download beta rule set and downloadable game cards for all characters.

That is not all! Kitbash Games is very excited that the miniatures will also have rules for Super Mission Force under agreement with Four Color Studios – with downloadable ready-to-play profile cards for all launch characters. Super Mission Force is a highly-regarded, easy to learn, and fast-paced rules system, and Kitbash Games is very pleased to partner with Four Color Studios on this venture.

To keep up with all the latest Supers Unlimited news Like or Follow the Kitbash Games Facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/KitbashGames/

Sunday, 28 October 2018

Zomtober 2018 (Week 4)

Another Zomtober comes to an end, and it has been great seeing every participant's outputs.

I was supposed to finish another Zombie this week than those I ended up painting, but I really wasn't feeling motivated on it, so I hurriedly prepped these three as an alternative with a plan to finish them all if possible, which I just about managed.

I think all three Zombies are from Studio Miniatures. I chose them primarily because of the two half-body Zeds as offering the possibility of a quick win. The more-intact Zombie (although he is hand-less!) is intended to complete my brown-shirt wearing triad (although I think I have the base brown colour wrong on this one).

I am pleased with doing six Zombies, although that pales compared to the dozens others have done! As usual, Zomtober has helped me paint other stuff and there is a chance I will get another mini finished for my Supers Unlimited range before the end of the month.

Zomtober 2018 blog roll (click names for links):
  1. Four Colour Super Minis - Rob
  2. Eclectic Gentleman Tabletop Gamer - pulpcitizen
  3. Brummie's Wargaming Blog - Simon
  4. Cheaphammer!!! - Kieron
  5. Miniature Mayhem - Terry Silverthorn
  6. Dizbusters Gaming Ephemera - Phil Curran
  7. The Wargame Addict - The Wargame Addict
  8. Saturday Mornings - Ivor Evans
  9. The Lost and the Damned and the Stunted - Dai
  10. Dead Lead Project - myincubliss
  11. Colgar6 and the Infinite Legion of Toy Soldiers - Colgar6
  12. Anything But a One! - Clint




Sunday, 21 October 2018

Zomtober 2018 (Week 3)

My Zomtober 2018 week 3, and this one was a bit more of a rush compared to the other two. Not a panicked completion, however my weekend has been occupied with other hobby stuff, not leaving much time for painting.

This Zombie is from Crocodile Games, and completes my 'grey suit triad' (as seen together in the bottom picture). Aesthetically, the feet are a bit on the big side (a funny contrast to the 'small' feet of the Cold War stuff).

I picked up the two packs of Crocodile Games Zombies for the cops that they included (this was before Studio Miniatures did some American cops for their range), which means I have had this mini lurking around since at least 2011, possibly a bit longer...

I don't imagine I will paint more than one Zombie for next weekend, but I hope to get some more painting done this week on my Kitbash Games stuff, with both Alpha Male and Soldier Hex underway.


Zomtober 2018 blog roll (click names for links):
  1. Four Colour Super Minis - Rob
  2. Eclectic Gentleman Tabletop Gamer - pulpcitizen
  3. Brummie's Wargaming Blog - Simon
  4. Cheaphammer!!! - Kieron
  5. Miniature Mayhem - Terry Silverthorn
  6. Dizbusters Gaming Ephemera - Phil Curran
  7. The Wargame Addict - The Wargame Addict
  8. Saturday Mornings - Ivor Evans
  9. The Lost and the Damned and the Stunted - Dai
  10. Dead Lead Project - myincubliss
  11. Colgar6 and the Infinite Legion of Toy Soldiers - Colgar6
  12. Anything But a One! - Clint

Wednesday, 17 October 2018

The Cowl (Kitbash Games)

Amid Zomtober outputs, The Cowl adds to my burgeoning development of the Kitbash Games Supers Unlimited range, and even though I love them all, is probably one of my favourites. I hope to launch the range via crowd-funding in January 2019.

The Cowl is the latest in a line of shadowy heroes who have used the power of a mystical cowl in the pursuit of good. The history and experience of each preceding Cowl imprint on the hood, offering guidance to the next wearer until their time finally comes to an end. The current Cowl focuses on street-level super-crime in Louisiana's Rivière Noire, while also serving as  member of the Covenant of Justice. Averse to taking lives unless there is no other option, she primarily relies on special less-than-lethal ammunition for her trusty guns.

In the run-up to the January launch expect to see more detail about rules for the game and range over on the Kitbash Games blog, including this sneak peek here: https://kitbashgames.blogspot.com/2018/10/supers-unlimited-beta-cards.html

Sunday, 14 October 2018

Zomtober 2018 (Week 2)

Two weeks of Zomtober down, and two minis painted, without the usual mad-rush panic setting in!

Like last week's Zombie, this one is part of my grey suit triad. This one is another Cold War Miniatures Zombie, however, the mini is intended to be a priest, but as the dog collar wasn't too clear i ended up painting him as a suited Zombie. While I was finishing this one off I started on the final triad Zombie, which I hope to finish next week.

Painting all this grey has also helped with a non-Zomtober mini, as I managed to get some work done on one of my range of supers (The Cowl - I hope to finish her this month).

Zomtober 2018 blog roll (click names for links):
  1. Four Colour Super Minis - Rob
  2. Eclectic Gentleman Tabletop Gamer - pulpcitizen
  3. Brummie's Wargaming Blog - Simon
  4. Cheaphammer!!! - Kieron
  5. Miniature Mayhem - Terry Silverthorn
  6. Dizbusters Gaming Ephemera - Phil Curran
  7. The Wargame Addict - The Wargame Addict
  8. Saturday Mornings - Ivor Evans
  9. The Lost and the Damned and the Stunted - Dai
  10. Dead Lead Project - myincubliss
  11. Colgar6 and the Infinite Legion of Toy Soldiers - Colgar6
  12. Anything But a One! - Clint

Sunday, 7 October 2018

Zomtober 2018 (Week 1)

My Zombie for Zomtober Week 1 is done! Thankfully this one wasn't too much of a challenge, so I was able to finish it in a couple of hours while dabbing bits of paint on a couple of other Zeds to get ahead of myself for this year.

My 2018 painting plan is a trio of Zombies in grey suits (returning to my triad approach I used in previous years), plus a Zombie Rabbi. I expect next week's mini to be another grey suit Zombie.

Zomtober 2018 blog roll (click names for links):
  1. Four Colour Super Minis - Rob
  2. Eclectic Gentleman Tabletop Gamer - pulpcitizen
  3. Brummie's Wargaming Blog - Simon
  4. Cheaphammer!!! - Kieron
  5. Miniature Mayhem - Terry Silverthorn
  6. Dizbusters Gaming Ephemera - Phil Curran
  7. The Wargame Addict - The Wargame Addict
  8. Saturday Mornings - Ivor Evans
  9. The Lost and the Damned and the Stunted - Dai
  10. Dead Lead Project - myincubliss
  11. Colgar6 and the Infinite Legion of Toy Soldiers - Colgar6

Tuesday, 2 October 2018

Zomtober 2018 - Zomtober VII!!

Zomtober VII - Son of Zomtober!

The seventh annual Zomtober is  upon us - that time of year when bloggers like my buddies Rob (click here for his blog), Simon (click for his blog here), Kieron (click for his blog here) and myself commit to getting some more Zeds or Survivors painted. One can never have enough dead lead!

The rules
The Zomtober rules are simple.

To take part you just need to paint or finish painting one Zombie or Survivor (or more!) each week, in any scale you like, posting it to your blog by that week's Sunday (we use Sunday's as the end of each Zomtober week). These can be minis you started and abandoned, or a brand new project - that is up to you!

What that means posting one or more newly painted/finally finished Zombie or Survivor minis each week on or before the 7th, 14th, 21st and 28th of October 2018.

Anyone commenting on this post and who participates will get added to the blog list below (and feel free to do something similar on your own blogs - as the word spreads, more and more bloggers can be involved!). In previous years we have had over 20 bloggers involved, and it would be great to beat that this year. So without further ado, welcome all to this year's Zomtober!

Zomtober 2018 blog roll (click names for links):
  1. Four Colour Super Minis - Rob
  2. Eclectic Gentleman Tabletop Gamer - pulpcitizen
  3. Brummie's Wargaming Blog - Simon
  4. Cheaphammer!!! - Kieron
  5. Miniature Mayhem - Terry Silverthorn
  6. Dizbusters Gaming Ephemera - Phil Curran
  7. The Wargame Addict - The Wargame Addict
  8. Saturday Mornings - Ivor Evans
  9. The Lost and the Damned and the Stunted - Dai
  10. Dead Lead Project - myincubliss
  11. Colgar6 and the Infinite Legion of Toy Soldiers - Colgar6
  12. Anything But a One! - Clint

Tuesday, 18 September 2018

Mayhem (Kitbash Games)

Mayhem is another mini for my upcoming range of supers characters from Kitbash Games. Like Granite and Immolator, he was sculpted by Sergio Alonso.

Mayhem is a washed-up pro-wrestler turned supervillain due to the machinations of a trickster god. With newly-acquired super-strength, he and his tag team partner Alpha Male have begun to wreak havoc on Empire City. Mayhem revels in destruction and certainly lives up to his name!

As more minis get ready for the table I will start to reveal more about the game rules for this range. Next in the queue is Alpha Male, then on to The Cowl, Soldier Hex and The Arrow!

Sunday, 2 September 2018

Immolator (Kitbash Games)

Immolator is the latest mini I have finished for my upcoming Supers Unlimited range (Kitbash Games. She was sculpted by the uber-talented Sergio Alonso Leon (who also sculpted Granite and Big Brain).

Immolator is an alien marooned on Earth, on the run from her own empire. Her natural selfishness and drive for power has drawn her to the ranks of the Shadow Axis and its leader Tyrant. She bides her time for now, but will soon vie for power against her fellow supervillains.

I decided to try and follow the colour scheme laid out in Immolator's art as far as I could, which offered up a couple of challenges, but overall I am fairly happy with how she turned out. Next up - Mayhem and Alpha Male.




Friday, 31 August 2018

Mousers (TMNT)

A bit of a change of pace with these Mousers - I wanted something(s) that could be painted up quickly and removed from the dread painting queue. These little minis were the ideal solution and were done in an evening, with a mix of dry-brushing and layering.

I am pretty pleased with how they came out even though they wern't the hardest thinsg to paint. I now need to start sourcing other TMNT stuff, don't I....

Wednesday, 29 August 2018

Blackthorn (Kitbash Games)

Blackthorn was finished a couple of days ago and follows hot on the heels of Tox and Big Brain, and marks my third painted Kitbash Games mini this month.

Like Big Brain, Blackthorn is an unethical scientist now turned supervillain after self-experimentation, although his goals are far different than his diminutive ally, as he follows a secret agenda to create a new dominant race of human-plant hybrids!

Blackthorn was a pleasure to paint, especially after going a few months with doing no painting. I opted for a simple colour scheme, with a bit of dry-brushing, a bit of blending here and there, some picking out edge highlights and then washes. He was done a lot more quickly than I really expected. Hopefully the momentum can continue!

Monday, 27 August 2018

Tox (Kitbash Games)

Tox marks the fourth of my Kitbash Games models that I have painted, and my second this month. I hope I am finally breaking the painting inertia that had developed over the past 6 months!

Tox is a former scientist who was disfigured and transformed by sabotage in the lab he shared. His intellect is not what it once was and no he roams Empire City's alleys and sewers, seeking to avoid people as he pieces his memories back together.

I am really happy with the mini, and I think the sculptor did a cracking job picking out the chemical oozes across his hulking body.

Look out for Tox and friends when the range launches later this year!

Sunday, 19 August 2018

Big Brain (Kitbash Games)

Apologies for the dearth of posts lately - I have been busy though, I promise!

Big Brain is the first mini I have painted in something like 6 months and he will be part of the launch line-up for my Supers Unlimited range from Kitbash Games!

An over-zealous scientist transformed by an incident he caused, Big Brain has become a super-villain in the ranks of the Shadow Axis, a secret society of fellow super-criminals.

I hope to get back into regular painting now that a lot of the lead-in work for developing the range is taken care of. And please forgive the picture quality, I still need to make changes to my set-up for pictures.

Monday, 23 July 2018

Blackthorn (Kitbash Games sneak peek)

While the first batch of masters are cast up for the Kitbash Games miniatures line launch later this year, work is underway on minis for batch 2 of casts, including this latest Villain - Blackthorn!

This sneak peek of Blackthorn is from the Kitbash Games blog (click for link).

Also, don't forget the Kitbash Games contest post here (click for link)! The Kitbash blog now has 23 Followers, another 2 and the contest will be triggered:

Sunday, 15 July 2018

Big Brain (Kitbash Games sneak peak)

The first batch of Supers Unlimited characters have now been sent off to the caster for mastering, and Big Brain is among them. More characters are being sculpted and soon we will get some studio paint-jobs done.

Also, don't forget the Kitbash Games contest post here (click for link)! The Kitbash blog has 20 Followers so far, another 5 and the contest will be triggered!

Wednesday, 13 June 2018

Contest Time on Kitbash Games!

Over on the Kitbash Games blog I am running a free-to-enter contest to win something! Or even one of up to three somethings!

Follow this link for details: click for link

Monday, 14 May 2018

Supers Unlimited - Miniatures

Sorry for the silence in the last few months, but I promise it has been with good reason!

I have decided to launch a line of supers minis later this year through Kitbash Games!

You can read more about my plans either on the Kitbash Games blog page here: https://kitbashgames.blogspot.co.uk/2018/05/supers-unlimited-miniatures.html

or the Kitbash Games Facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/KitbashGames/

Monday, 5 March 2018

Alphas - A Superhero Miniatures Game (Kickstarter)

Still struggling on the painting front, but in the mean-time I wanted to draw attention to a cool little Kickstarter I am backing: Alphas - A Superhero Miniatures Game

This one has super-heroes. I love super-heroes in case no one noticed! It is also done in a chibi style, and I like that a lot too! Finally it is a board game, and I really like those!

There are a couple of super-hero board game Kickstarters live right now, and one is a dollar drawing juggernaut called Batman, while Alphas is something much more indy and markedly different to that (yes, I am backing both!). Alphas is funded and has 10 days to go, and if there is anyone else out there who likes super-heroes, board games and the chibi style I just wanted to flag it up!

Monday, 19 February 2018

Beast Man

Beast Man joins the ranks of Skeletor's Evil Warriors as my Masters of the Universe Project makes slow but fairly steady progress, and means I have painted two minis for He-Month so far. With two Evil Warriors now finished, I think Orko is due for some reinforcements soon!

In-keeping with many Masters of the Universe characters, Beast Man has a typically bonkers colour scheme, including an orange-blue discord and red side by side with orange - if, for example, I was painting a random generic superhero or space-farer mini they are not colour combinations I would consider!

I have tried to remain fairly faithful to colour scheme depicted in the 1980's Masters of the Universe cartoon as that is clearly the primary design inspiration for the sculpt (available from Qminis' Etsy store - click for link), although I tried to differentiate the two types areas of red a little (torso piece in contrast to the boots and arm bands), and the two areas of blue (fur trunks and the amulet thing-y).

While not my best painting, I did enjoy being able to finish the mini in an afternoon, and overall I am pleased with how it turned out.

The bottom image is Beast Man's game card for the personal set of Masters of the Universe skirmish rules. The first draft is complete and I hope to get some games in with the rules in the next few weeks.

Sunday, 11 February 2018

Skeletor

Skeletor is the second painted mini for my Masters of the Universe Project (after Orko), and  my first for He-Month.

My order from Qminis (click for link to Qminis Etsy store) arrived mid-week, but then I was hit by a heavy cold, so I didn't feel up to prepping minis until yesterday. I put together Skeletor, Man-At-Arms, Beastman and my four Hover Robot proxies, then tackled painting Skeletor today.

The paint scheme is super-simple, mostly influenced by the original toy and the 1983 cartoon, although I painted the shaft of Skeletor's Havoc Staff in near black to break things up a little.

The Qminis sculpts are clearly based primarily on the 1980's Filmation He-Man and the Masters of the Universe cartoon rather than the original figure line, and this keeps them mostly nice and straightforward to paint (not that the action figures were especially fussy in their designs).

I think Skeletor has a really visually distinctive design even over thirty five years on, stronger than his rivals Hordak and especially King Hiss. And I am glad the mini kept to the classic elements.

I have nearly finished my first draft rules for Masters of the Universe gaming, and the bottom is the game card I have done for Skeletor. He-Man will be a better warrior, while Skeletor is more crafty and cunning, and of course is a master sorcerer.

Finally, if you are looking for MotU minis and proxies, I did a post earlier in the week giving a list of options (click for link).

Wednesday, 7 February 2018

Miniature Masters of the Universe

While painting and writing continues for He-Month, I thought it an opportune moment to round up some useful links for anyone looking for suitable minis  - some of the examples may need a bit of conversion work to get them 'right'.

None of the pictures below are my painted minis, they are form the various manufacturers.

Qminis - (click for Etsy store link)

Producing: He-Man, Man-At-Arms, Teela, Skeletor, Evil Lyn and Beastman
Perfect for Masters of the Universe fans, Qminis have plans for more waves in the next couple of months onward, filling out the ranks of the classics first then moving on to other fan-favourites

Kaha Miniatures - (click for store link)

The Lord of Destruction (click for  link) looks like a good stand-in for Skeletor, and keep an eye on their store for future offerings

Heresy Miniatures - (click for store link)

This Norko miniature makes a good stand-in for Orko

RN Estudio - (click for store link)

This Fantasy Football player could be a He-Man proxy

Achtung Cthulhu - (click for store link)

(suggested by Kieron)
A potential stand-in for Mer-Man

Killer B Miniatures - (click for store link)

(suggested by White Knight)
This Mecha-Man miniature could stand in for Skeletor's Hover Robots from the Filmation cartoon

Grenadier

A fairly wide range of licensed Masters of the Universe minis from back in the 1980's, still to be found via Ebay, trading, and good fortune!

Thursday, 1 February 2018

By the Power of Grayskull - He-Month!

Welcome to He-Month!

With thanks for the inspiration to Carrion Crow and Rantings from under the Wargames table (click for links), and apologies to both for nicking the He-Month tag, Kieron of Cheaphammer (click for link) and myself are launching into He-Month.

Each of us is tackling He-Month in a slightly different way, but safe to say there will be painted minis and there will be rules for gaming.

I started writing a rules draft for personal use last month when I had some days off, and made some good headway. That in turn spurred me to paint my Orko proxy and suffice it to say orders have been placed to fine purveyors of minis across the interwebz.

I hope to have both a rule-set and at least four more minis painted by month's end, so expect the blog to have a very Eternia-centric focus for the next few weeks. You can see a sample game card above for what I am working on.

Stay tuned to see how He-Month unfolds!

Sunday, 28 January 2018

Orko

New year, new project, as Orko is the inaugural mini in what I hope to build as a Masters of the Universe (MotU) Project.

Before continuing I just wanted to apologise to other bloggers for not commenting on your posts in the past couple of months as I have been in something of a hobby slump on the painting side of things.

So a new project eh? Simply put - yes! MotU is one of my grail IPs along with DC Comics, Marvel Comics, G.I. Joe and Star Wars. I see FFG are doing an excellent looking game with Star Wars Legion, but I don't have the appetite for mass-battle painting, so I am passing on that, but recently I have started to look at options for MotU and when more have materialised, a plan was hatched!

This mini is a Halfling Wizard from the excellent Heresy Miniatures. Although not an exact likeness of Orko from the 80's MotU cartoons (and soon after made into an action figure when he became a popular character), he was close enough for my needs. Like most characters made into action figures, Orko's look has evolved over the years, and so I took some hints from a few different versions in painting him. Strangely enough, I probably like the character more than I did as a youngster when he lacked the cool factor of He-Man, Man-At-Arms, Teela et al.

I bought the mini years ago and he sat in the minis pile for far too long. When I finally tackled him, Orko was actually painted quickly by my standards, in a couple of sittings yesterday afternoon. The only change I made to the mini was to snip away the long hair it had at its back. Unfortunately the paint-on varnish came out a bit shiny but I can live with that (weather too poor to use my usual Purity Seal).

I have a few other minis on order to represent other classic MotU characters, and I have already started gaming plans, which has involved writing a game and I think I will find a use for that dungeon terrain I showed in a post a couple of months ago (which could be tunnels beneath Castle Grayskull, Snake Mountain or Castle Eternia).

Monday, 1 January 2018

Quarter 4 Painting & Year End Hobby Review 2017

Quarter 4
Another hobby year comes to an end, and to be honest it has felt like a bit of a mixed twelve months personally, so I am hoping to use January 2018 as a fresh start.

Outside of my own hobbying, it has been great to see what other bloggers have done over the year, especially in the annual Zomtober outputs - well done to everyone.

This year I managed to paint 62 minis across 10 ranges/projects, a bit of a drop against 2016's 67 minis painted. The beginning of the year saw Knight Models drop its Marvel license (or be dropped by Marvel - speculation varies as to which of those is the case), curtailing my SMG and MUMG projects. After a slow start to the year things picked up, but I had no motivation to paint in December which felt like a missed opportunity, but I really can only face painting when I do feel sufficiently motivated.

I only managed to play 13 games, mainly because I am no longer playing or painting BMG, which meant my usual four or five tournaments attended in a year was only one in 2017.

Quarter 4
I have added to my terrain this year, although a lot of it hasn't been blogged; I have built more 4Ground stuff including Valian's Stables which my thoughtful wife got me for Christmas and which was tackled over a few sessions. A post of that will follow soon-ish.

In February I left Pulp Monsters after a few years of partnership and working to develop the game and its characters. There were a few reasons which lay behind this decision, but it was the right one for me and I wish the Maciej and the Pulp City game and range well. I also started serious work on developing my own Kitbash Games products which I hope to release as low-cost books via Wargames Vault in time - this is taking longer than planned, but I have gotten to a stage where I need to teach myself some new skills to progress. On the industry side of things there have been a couple of set-backs, mainly due to people not doing what they had committed to. On the plus side, I have started work on an editing polish for supplementary material for an existing game which is an interesting job and should be finished in January (at least on my part).

My painting in 2017
I once again set a high-end target of 60 minis for the year and again thankfully exceeded that. I think I'll be setting the same target for 2018, and will be adding in another new project (since my Knight Models projects are on hiatus for now), which will be in a new scale for me -1/35!


Quarter 1: 7 minis
SMG (Spider-man Miniatures Game): 5 minis
Pulp City: 2 minis


Quarter 2: 22 minis 
BMG: 11 minis
GI Joe: 5 minis
SDZA: 3 minis
Other Supers: 2 minis
SMG: 1 mini

Quarter 3: 14 minis 
G.I. Joe: 13 minis
Tooth & Sword: 1 mini

Quarter 4: 19 minis 
Chibi Fantasy: 7 minis
Tooth & Sword: 5 minis
Zombies: 4 minis
28mm Fantasy: 3 minis