Tuesday, 15 August 2017

Kickstarter Watch - My Last Sunrise - Gothic Horror 28mm Miniatures

Annie at Bad Squiddo Games is running a super-short kickstarter for her well timed vampire line. It just went live and will end in five days (on Sunday August 20th).
Really nice minis there, and the male vampire hunters would probably work well as a Pulp Alley league, at least that’s what I want to use them for. 
If you need vampires and -hunters for your Gothic Horror games then this is for you, as it is even if you don't need them for just that :-)
As a bonus, you won’t have to wait for ages to get these, as they will ship within days.
So jump over to the KS and pledge. If nothing else because Annie is a really swell human/gamer/shop-owner/peeg-handler/fika-student/friend/etc.

All photos and illustrations  © Bad Squiddo Games and used with permission

Monday, 14 August 2017

Kickstarter Watch – Wild West Printable Terrain

The very prolific Jens at 3D-Print-Terrain is at it again, this time with a Wild West themed kickstarter.
€40 will, as always with his campaigns, give you a lot of stl-files for your 3D-printer.
You’ll get files for ordinary houses, a sheriff’s office, a general store, a stage coach, an undertaker (every wild west town needs one!), bank, saloon, grand hotel, black smith, horse stable and a church and cemetery, with a very real possibility to unlock more goodness as the campaign progresses.
This is very tempting as I’m prepping up to start playing Dead Man’s Hand again. Problem is I’ve got a huge pile of already built buildings from 4Ground and Perry and a couple of stl-files from other campaigns. So I probably skip this one, but I would love some of the buidlings such as the undertaker’s, hotel and the barn. Well, I can’t have it all.

This campaign lasts until August 27th.
All photos and illustrations © 3D-Print-Terrain and used with permission.

Friday, 11 August 2017

Kickstarter Watch – The Wargaming Terrain Collection – 3D-printable SF-buildings

Two 3D-printable terrain kickstarters went live during my vacation and this is one of them, The Wargaming Terrain Collection by Simple Polytrix.
Really nice SF-themed man-made structures and the first stretch goal, city streets, seem to be within reach. You can never have to many streets so that will be really useful.
A Tank Turret when you want to reach out and connect to your nosy neighbours.
I’m not very interested in SF-gaming at the moment, so I will skip this one, but I really think that there are some very useful buildings here. Well worth a look if you want to populate your SF gaming board with some unique scenery.
Oil tanks, really useful and prone to go up in a bang :-) What's not to like?
As usual you'll get a bunch of stl-files when the campaign has ended and load them into your 3D-printer to print as many as you like and vary the scale to suit your gaming needs.
Printed and painted Power Facility
You have until August 20th to pledge.
Printed and painted Single-Unit Bunker
All photos and illustrations © Simple Polytrix and used with permission

If you’re interested in more 3D-printable-terrain kickstarters then look here.
I’ll give my broken printer some love during the next week or so, to see if it is salvageable. When it is running again (or when I’ve bought a new one) I will review as much stuff as possible from all manufacturers I have stl-files from. 

Wednesday, 9 August 2017

The Adventures of the Dice Bag Lady in the land of the Vikings – part II

Laffe told me that he would take a cruise around the archipelago and by coincidence the ship would pass the island (Lindskär = The Small Island with Linden Trees) where our summer house is. As I informed him about that, and where the island is, he told me he and his guest would moon me when they passed.
No moons to be seen. Laffe and Annie on the bridge (he's got connections, that guy)
I was rather disappointed when they passed as no moons were seen. Lots of waving though, and tooting. Pity, I really wanted a… more interesting… pic J
The guest in question was none other than Annie “The Dice Bag Lady” Norman who had decided to actually take a short (and well deserved) vacation and due to some random internet guys she ended up in Sweden, being passed from gamer to gamer like a trophy J
Laffe picked her up at Arlanda Airport and then showed her the typically normal Swedish moose-farms, beaver-juices, fika, genuine shield-maidens and the very real beauty of the Stockholm archipelago. You can read all about it here, in part I of Annie’s adventures.
End of the 1000 Island Cruise in the middle of Stockholm.
There they are. Laffe bragging about something ("It's this long, I promise!") and Annie feeling the effects of 15 cups of coffe topped with an Irish one...
She wore him out, though, and, with a sigh of relief, he passed her on to me. We went straight back to Lindskär for a closer look at nature (you know, the green stuff on maps).
"Look at that! Antsies. I could make some minis of those. Guess I could sell at least a million of them. But what if I sneeze. Hmmm, maybe a kickstarter."
After a nights rest we tried to impress her with our athletics with swimming (at least 50 meters), snorkelling, rowing, walks in the woods on the adjacent island, spelunking (very short, like a couple of meters) and mountain climbing (well, it was a hill).
"You're kidding me... no way I'm going in there... trolls, you know... please..."
"I'm alive! Ace!"
Annie escaped the horrors of the woods below and enjoys the view.
Wife, kids and Annie enjoying the view of the natural harbour Napoleonviken (Bay of Napoleon (no, he's never been there)
Coffe, I need coffe!
After all that action Annie had her revenge when she unpacked Dobble and my brain promptly exploded (I actually won the first game! Probably just to lure me in.)
My wife wants one of these. Probably just to see my brain melt...
Proof that Baggy's been to Lindskär.
After that, and a fika (yes, she’s an addict now) (and she brought some Fabulous Welsh Cake for the occasion! Yummy!) my wife took us to the mainland with the boat and after a 30 minutes car ride we were at the gaming club.
Back to civilization! Yay!
Mikael Leck had prepared (Thank you!) a game of his own The Pikeman’s Lament where we (me, Annie and Thomas – neither of us had ever played the game!) played the courageous Swedes fighting the evil and treacherous Norwegians (under the command of three incredibly seasoned veterans of these rules – they were obviously looking for an easy win).
General A. Norman (that sounds suspicously like norrman (Norwegan) and that could explain that last botched dice-roll that effectively ended the game... hmmm)
Swedes attacking. Hurra!
It turned out to be a really even match, ending in a marginal victory for the Norwegians. Just shows how incredibly accomplished gamers we are J Far to fun a set of rules, though… might have to buy a copy and I’ve been eyeing some Swedish pikemen in 28mm… Argh!
A sensibly dressed female needing protection. Half the Swedish army is more than willing to help her.
It was now time to give the trophy, I mean Annie, to Thomas for further adventures in the woods around Nynäshamn, followed by a trip to the very deep woods south of Södertälje where Koen and pikes live (well, the pikes live in a lake, obviously). More on that on their blogs, possibly.
Spoiler: Annie is safely back in Wales, furiously packing orders and trying to detoxify from all that caffeine. She will probably be able to sleep in just a week or so.

That was a great day, and I really hope to see Annie again in a not to distant future. Gothcon maybe... ?

Update: Annie's seems to be happy so the vacation-discount will last until sometime thursday morning. Use it!

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Wednesday, 2 August 2017

Ogre with Table from Heresy

He stood there on the painting table. The Daughter complained that he had been there for ages. Nearly finished, just some detailing to do.
A couple of brush-stroke, a layer of varnish and another mini done. I wonder why it took so long…

The Ogre with Table is another smashing ‘mini’ from Heresy Miniatures. Go check what Andy’s got in his store. He’s one of my favourite sculptors (and a very nice chap) and I’m sure you’ll find one, two or many minis that need to be bought. 

Wednesday, 26 July 2017

Civilians from Blue Moon and Artizan

Still painting civilians. 
First off are the final two from Artizan Designs’ Department of Paranormal Studies II pack. I bought the pack to get the priest that I have used in one of my Pulp Alley leagues.
These two will see more or less action as hapless civilians that happen to be in the wrong place at the wrong moment.
Also a couple of females from Blue Moon Manufacturing’s Slice of Americana pack. These sculpts are rather old and shows it, I’m afraid.
Anyway, they will walk around in the background in some pulp or gangster games, and the one in green dress could even work in a fantasy setting.

Thursday, 20 July 2017

Ancient Temple from Zealot Miniatures

This Ancient Temple from Zealot Miniatures is finally finished. It was another of those pieces that was half-painted on the painting table. There was a quite noticeable gap between one of the pillars and the roof that I was annoyed with and that kind of put a damper on the whole thing.
The other day I found a box of Poison Ivy from Army Painter stashed away among other terrain-stuff and that spelled the end of the gap.
After drybrushing with different greys, browns and greens I super glued the poison ivy in place and tried to hide the gap as well as I could. This temple will serve well in both fantasy and Pulp/Cthulhu-settings.
I’m really pleased with it.
Zealot’s got a lot of interesting stuff in their store and a visit there might prove expensive J

Monday, 17 July 2017

Kickstarter Watch – 3D Printable Pyramids & Dungeon Terrain

3D-printable scenery kickstarters seem to pop up all the time now, which is a good thing as it will entice people into buying their own printers which will grow the market even more.
Herewe have printable pyramids with interiors. Everything is modular and looks like it would be easy to fit together. 
I would have preferred OpenLOCK as that system makes everything compatible with other manufacturers.
You can chose several different pledge levels – tile sets, stair cubes set, pyramid cubes set, Mayan cubes set or everything in one go.
Everything looks interesting and if you need a pyramid or two it is certainly wort looking into. The Mayan ziggurat looks fantastic and should be in every table-top jungle J
Lots of stretch goals as soon as the campaign reaches its taget.
This KS ends on July 30.

If you’re interested in more 3D-printable-terrain kickstarters then look here.
I hope to repair my (not to brilliant) printer in the not too distant future and/or buy a new one. Then I’ll try to review as much stuff as possible from all manufacturers I have stl-files from.

All pictures and illustrations © Dunkley Designs and used with permission.