Tuesday, April 15, 2014

DVD's Salue 2014

Quickly before I get on to my day at Salute, I’ll start off with the pic from what seems now as the annual Salute blogger meeting.

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Salute 2014 loot

So I’ve just got back from Salute, and as it’s the blogs 2nd birthday, I thought I’d quickly just do a quick post before I get on with playing with my new toys just to show the loot I picked up at the show. Over the next week or so I will probably be doing another couple of posts on both my adventures at Salute, as I did get a couple of games in this time, followed probably by another post full of all the pictures I took at the show.

So other than the free Salute miniature, here’s a run down of what I came away with today. At the Hasslefree miniatures stand I picked up a sprue of four of studios plastic zeds, along with a studio limited edition metal zed. Five Hasslefee minis consisting of the new Clint survivor, Signee and Billie (for use as Ripley and Newt in my aliens games) and an old man and woman. At the Studio Miniatures stand I picked up the new “Boss” survivor (The walking dead Governor) and a pack of four metal police zombies. Then at Westwind Productions, I picked up a gang of four rednecks and another survivor type miniature, and finally at Heresy miniatures I picked up a Halfling Michael Jackson zombie and some 25mm bases.

Friday, April 11, 2014

Salute, Zombies and Milestones

Well as many of you wargamers know, tomorrow is Salute 2014. Being as I live just across the river, a couple of tube stops away, I feel it would be bad form on my part if didn’t attend the show. So as it stands, I should be there tomorrow. Other than all the games and shiny things on sale, I am really looking forward to meeting up with the bloggers again, which as I understand will be at the same time (1pm) and place as last year. Here’s a map I lifted showing the meeting point.

Now other than Salute, tomorrow also brings the second anniversary of my blog. Even though sadly my rate of posting did take a bit of a nosedive this past year for various reasons, to be two years in and still have the enthusiasm to post, largely due to the positive response from you guys, is something I’m extremely proud of. So two years in, and yet another small personal milestone, as this post is also the 50th post I’ve personally written for this blog.

Now that that’s all out the way, in light of the big show tomorrow and the blogs anniversary, I couldn’t leave you without posting at least some miniatures could I? So here’s a little teaser of my 100+ painted zombie horde.


Wednesday, April 9, 2014

The Ultimate Warrior 1959 – 2014

Anyone who follows pro wrestling will by now have heard of the shocking news that James Brian Hellwig (A.K.A The Ultimate Warrior) sadly passed away yesterday, just days after being inducted into the WWE hall of fame. As a childhood hero of mine, I have many fond memories watching The Ultimate Warrior wrestle, and so I thought I’d quickly post just to express how saddened and shocked I am at the news, and that my thoughts are with his family at this time.

The Ultimate Warrior made his last TV appearance this past Monday on Raw, in which he came to the ring and addressed the fans. I’d like to end this post by sharing his words from that broadcast, as in retrospect; they are a very befitting tribute to The Ultimate Warrior.

"No WWE talent becomes a legend on their own. Every man’s heart one day beats its final beat. His lungs breathe their final breath. And if what that man did in his life what makes the blood pulse through the body of others and makes them bleed deeper and something larger than life then his essence, his spirit, will be immortalized. By the story tellers, by the loyalty, by the memory of those who honour him and make the running the man did live forever. You, you, you, you, you, you are the legend makers of Ultimate Warrior. In the back I see many potential legends. Some of them with warrior spirits. And you will do the same for them. You will decide if they lived with the passion and intensity. So much so that you will tell your stories and you will make them legends, as well. I am The Ultimate Warrior. You are the Ultimate Warrior fans and the spirit of Ultimate Warrior will run forever."
The Ultimate Warrior 1959 - 2014

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Aliens - Play Test and Batrep

Recently I have been dabbling again with my Aliens project, and of late I have been toying around with some rule sets in particular. Recently I managed to get a game in, and so I thought I’d try using something loosely based around the mechanics used in GW’s space hulk, see how that plays out, and get a bit more practice with writing a batrep.

So before we begin, let’s meet the cast.

From left to right: Sgt. VanDam, Sgt. Apone, Cpl. Hicks and Pvt. Hudson.

Pvt. Vasquez, Pvt. Drake, Cpl. Dietrich, LT. Gorman and Special Agent Hunk.

Pvt. Wedge, Cpl. Biggs, Pvt. Connors, Pvt. Crowley and Pvt. Cox.

So the mission at hand is a simple rescue and evacuation. Special agent Hunk has been dispatched with a unit of colonial Marines to a secret Weyland industries research station. While there, they are to rendezvous with the company’s armed science team, and evac them to safety.

Agent Hunk: What’s the situation Corporal?
Biggs: Xeno infestation sir! The entire facility has been compromised!
Agent Hunk: And the data?
Biggs: Each one of my team carries a copy sir.
Agent Hunk: Good work Corporal. Sergeant, ready your men, were leaving!
Apone: Alright, you heard the man, asses and elbows, let’s move it people!

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Spartacus: A Game of Blood & Treachery (Review)

I’ve been meaning to do this review for quite a while now, and being as recently this game has been hitting our groups table a lot once again, I thought I’d better share my thoughts on it. As I’ve had this game for a while now, I have also acquired both the “Serpents and the Wolf” expansion set, as well as the recently released set of promo cards available from the GailForce nine web store.
My thoughts on both of those, and what they add to the base game will also be included in my ramblings.

Friday, February 21, 2014

Bub 2

Another quick post today, just to quickly show off another one of my zombies. As many of you regulars know, a little while ago I posted my version of the “Bub” zombie from George Romero’s “Day of the Dead”, which I made from one of Studio miniatures plastic zombie kits. See my post on him here
Well since then I have acquired and painted a fair few of Studios nice metal zombies, one of whom happens to be another representation of “Bub”. Being as this is a much nicer miniature than my previous “Bub”, I thought I’d quickly share it.

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Pallets and Post Boxes

Nothing fancy today guys, just a couple of scratch built U.S style mail boxes and a few wooden pallets I quickly put together recently in order to help liven up the terrain in my zombie city.

First up, next to a Studio zombie for scale, are some simple wooden pallets made from coffee stirrers and match sticks. These are really quick and easy to put together, but rather than go into how I made them (mainly because I’m a bit lazy) I’ll just point you towards the same tutorial I followed from fellow zombie blogger snithchythedog.

Also very quick and simple to put together, we have some U.S style mail boxes. In essence, they are essentially a crude frame made from wooden lolly sticks, which are then covered with card and then painted.

Anyway that’s all for now but I’d like to finish up quickly with a big thanks to all you guys. Particularly those who visit regularly and take the time to comment on my posts, as it seems I have recently surpassed the 25k view mark. Quite a nice milestone to have achieved, so once again, thanks guys.

Saturday, January 18, 2014

Survivors 101

Yep I’m still here, and again I apologise for the lack of posts in recent months as I’m still trying to find my blogging mojo! I hope everyone out there had a great Christmas and has had a wonderful start to the new year thus far. I myself have been working on a bunch of nice metal Studio zeds I got for Christmas, and hope to show them along with my horde in the near future.
Anyway, let’s get on to the good stuff!!!
Just before Christmas I hit the milestone of having painted over 100 survivors! (101 to be exact) and someone asked for me to do a group shot, so here it is!
So there are my 101 survivors, but I can’t leave you with just that can I? Being as I haven’t posted a lot lately, I’ll treat you all with a breakdown along with a shed load more pics of what is in my collection thus far. So here goes...

Sunday, November 3, 2013

Play by Forum Fantasy Game

The guys over on the Board of the Living Lead are going to be having a go at a fantasy/RPG game where orders are posted and acted out weekly via the forum. The game will be using Songs of rules sets to create characters, and I thought, being as I've not posted in quite some time, I’d share my character for the game.

Name: Beleren Wyrmblade, a.k.a "Beleren the Beautiful" due to a large scar on his right cheek!
Race: Human
Equipment: Wyrmblade (Barstard sword), Mithril shirt
Quality 2+ Combat 4
Assassin, Savage, Fearless, Greedy
98 points

For those forum members interested in joining, or following along, our first adventure is here:
'Big Trouble in Foxbury'

On a side note for those interested, the mini I’m putting forward as my character is an old WHFB miniature of the character “Felix Jaeger” from the “Gotrek & Felix” novels. Being on a recent D&D kick with my group, I’ve only just recently got round to painting him for use as an NPC, even though I bought him way back in the 90’s!

Monday, May 27, 2013

"Bub" Zombie

Yes I’m still here! I’m sorry I haven’t had much of a chance to post over the past few weeks, but as we all know, sometimes real world stuff just gets in the way of things. Hobby wise, not much done really the past few weeks, as any attempt to make some scenery pieces ended up not to my liking, so sadly an epic fail in that department. On a plus note, I did acquire some Hasslefree zombies via eBay on the cheap, so I’ve not been totally idle. To be honest, I’ve still been settling into the new job, and after a jobless stretch which fortunately enabled me to be around my daughter 24/7 since the day she was born, to suddenly only seeing her a few hours a day has been hard, and while I’m getting used to it, I’ve still found myself wanting to spend most of my free time with her.

Nether the less, the show must go on as they say, so today I thought I’d quickly show you my plastic “Bub” zombie I created from one of Studio’s plastic zombies.

A simple hand swap from the bits box, a spare gun from one of my Foundry blister packs and whala! A nice cheap, and easy “Bub” zombie. I know he’s nothing special, but for you guys out there who picked yourselves up a box of 60 of these suckers, then here’s a little inspiration for when you’ve painted up 30 or so of them and don’t know what to do with the rest lol. I personally didn’t go for a box of 60, as I’ve already got both sets of the Wargames Factory zombies painted up, and thought that having 60 of these would be a few to many and I personally want to get into acquiring a few more character type zombies. So while at Salute, I picked myself up a mere two sprues to try out, and now I’ve worked on them, I wish I had now picked myself up a few more! Still that’s something which I’ll have to remedy in future no doubt, but for now I’ll leave you all to enjoy the rest of the bank holiday weekend and no doubt ponder whether or not to recreate your own zombie “Bub’s”!

Saturday, May 4, 2013

Zombie Shaun and a quick update

After reading a post from Bryan (a.k.a Vampifan) about a month or so ago, I was somewhat disheartened to learn that the zombies he posted were limited freebies to those who backed studio miniatures recent kickstarter for their new plastic zombies. You can read Bryan’s review of them here: http://vampifansworldoftheundead.blogspot.co.uk/2013/03/studio-minis-18-freebies.html

As I really wanted to get my hands on the zombie Shaun miniature, and not one to let the fact that it was a limited edition fig stop me, I set about getting on the net to see if I could source one from somewhere. God bless eBay, as merely a few days later, I’d found myself one!

As you can see, I made sure I won that auction, and now that I've painted him up, I present my very own limited edition zombie Shaun. He cost me roughly £4 in the end, £2 of which was on P&P, so not a particularly outrageous purchase I have to say, considering he is a limited edition figure.

I’m going to leave it at that for now on the figure as i just want to add a quick update on some other news. Firstly I finally managed to finish up the figs I bought at Salute, and I hope to start posting them along with many more of my other completed miniatures sometime in the near future. Moving on to future projects, I’m not planning on buying and painting many more figs for a little while as I really need to cut down on some spending for a bit and I’d really like to get back to work on fleshing out my city. I have many ideas in my head in regards to making a few more cheap terrain pieces, so with that in mind, and the fact that I’d like to get some more gamming in, I’m sure I’ll have plenty to keep me going for some time to come.

That’s all for today guys, so have a great Star Wars day!

 And May the 4th be with you!

Saturday, April 27, 2013

Salute 2013 Pictures

Okay guys, this post is a few days later than I had planned but as I started a new job Monday, I’ve been so tired that this week in general has been a bit of a right off. I’ve barely got going on painting any of my Salute haul, and as for today’s post, I’ve barely got the energy to go back through all my pictures and figure out which Salute game was which. As most of us wargamers follow pretty much the same blogs, you’ve no doubt already seen by now many pics of the games on at Salute, and as mine are pretty much the same, in my tired state most of you will probably be more insightful at this point as to who was putting on what games. So today, a nice easy reading post full of pics for you all and hopefully I’ll be back on form once I’m settled into my new routine.

Sunday, April 21, 2013

Salute 2013

So yesterday I managed to get myself down to Salute 2013. I got into the venue just after 10am and spent my morning walking around, getting a feel for the whole thing as this was the first time I’d attended a wargamming show. I didn’t particularly spend much; in fact I think my miniature spending was just over £20 in all, but honestly the main reason for me wanting to go was to attend the blogger meeting.

So the meeting was at 1pm, and here’s a picture I’ve lifted from one of the Rejects, of all the bloggers together.
I’m just right of the center of the photo, and I’m the one in the black t-shirt, denim jeans and black trainers. I’m sure most of you wargame bloggers will recognise the faces of all the Posties Rejects, and also in the photo are zombie bloggers Mathyoo, and honorary Postie Clint. Mathyoo is slighty behind me, to my right, and Clint is to his right.

After spending the morning wondering about by myself, meeting the bloggers was a much welcome change, and I wound up wandering around the rest of the show with Mathyoo and Clint. Mathyoo and I both hadn’t attended the show before, so it quickly became apparent that Clint would become our unofficial guide, and he even managed to get us some photos with zombie hunter Misty from “Crooked Dice games”
Mathyoo’s on the left being attacked by a zombie, while Clint’s on the far right, next to Misty.
Here are links to Mathyoo and Clint's blogs

Sadly towards the end of the show we lost Clint, so Mathyoo and I trudged on by ourselves for the last hour or so, managing even to get a quick game in before we had to leave when the doors were closing. I did get some pictures of the game we played, along with many other games we stopped by to take a look at and snap a few photos of, but I’ll leave them to probably my next post as I’ve still got to sift through them all and try to remember which games were which.

I’ll finish up today with my modest line Salute loot. From left to right we have the promotional free Jason figure, zombie hunter “Misty” from Crooked Dice Games, “Ellie Mental” from Heresy miniatures, and “Frank Cisco” and “Eve” from Hasslefree miniatures. While at Hasslefree’s stand, I also picked up two sprues of Studio Miniatures plastic zombies, of which the one pictured to the far right has had a gun added to be painted up as the Day of the Dead “Bub” zombie.

Anyway that’s all for now, and hopefully next time I’ll have sorted all my Salute pictures.