Monday, 30 November 2009

The crew of the Freighter Turtle continues to grow, following the recruiting of Ships Doctor Tomas (seen here second from left). He may be a doctor but he's a pragmatist: he never leaves the ship without his trusty Laz pistol.

All these minis are from Heresy. I know that are not super heroes, but I am pleased with them, so I beg your indulgence. I have just finished another two supers, and will post them as soon as I can find the charger for the camera.

You can click on the image for a bigger picture.

Wanted: Dead or Alive! These pair of Mexican banditos are the leaders of my 'Legends of the Wild West' outlaw posse. Not really super hero related, but I thought it would be fun to post them anyway. Hope you don't mind.

'Tequila' Pete
Juan 'Poncho' Lobo

The minis are by Artizan Designs. I photographed them and then tweaked the photos using Photobucket. I plan to use them as a little avatar on the posse rosta sheet, to make it easier to identify each mini.

Wednesday, 25 November 2009

Spangle, America's latest (and gayist) superhero, has unveiled himself in San Francisco, where he has been battling the evil minions of the Brotherhood of the Serpent. Spangles successes have been ever shadowed by the media storm surrounding his unusual choice of costume. Embraced warmly by the gay community in the west coast of America, whilst attracting almost universal condemnation by right wing conservatives and patriot groups, Spangle is nothing if not controversial!

This rather unique sculpt is a self-portrait of Kev White, of Hasslefree fame, in the guise of Captain Kev. What ever possessed him to sculpt him with a mankini shall, hopefully, forever remain a mystery.
This wicked individual is Colonel Alberto Lobo, military advisor to the fascist dictator of corrupt South American banana republic Costa Brazico. He is also believed to be very influential in the Brotherhood of the Serpent, a mysterious cult/paramilitary terrorist organisation. He travels the globe widely, co-ordinating the Brotherhoods many nefarious schemes, whist relying on his diplomatic immunity to protect him from repercussions of his actions.

This mini is one of the lovely range from EM4. I bought it because I liked the sculpt (Mark Copplestone, perhaps?) but wasn't really sure what I would do with it. I toyed with the idea of making it a part of my 40K Imperial Guard army, but in the end decided it would look the part in my Supers range.
That crazy Frenchmen Remi Bostal has been at it again, producing some of the best scenery I have ever seen for Heroclix. This guys web site is all in french, we wont hold that against him, but even if your don't read the language you can still admire the man's skill.

Check out these pictures, the follow this link to his website, Remi Bostal (hmm, that's an original name).

The man is a genius.

An evil criminal genius, of course!
Last month my mate Leon and I got together at his 'Evil-Genius-Underwater-Lair' to play a new (well new to us anyway) superhero skirmish game called Pulp City. Belatedly, I have decided to review the game.

I have been aware of Pulp City for some time, but mostly because of the lovely figures they produce. A quick look at their superb looking, if sometimes difficulty to navigate, website will reveal a good sized range of well sculpted 28mm. The figures are well produced and well moulded, but a bit on the expensive side if you ask me. They also have a certain house style that is not always so 'four colour'.

This was the first time we have played the game. The game is available as a PDF from the web site, and is still in a draft, play test form. It is essentially a skirmish level game, where each player controls a small team of three of or supers, battling it out in an urban environment.

Unlike it's main rival, Supersystem, which allows the players to come up with their own supers using a points based system, Pulp City figures each come with a card in their box which includes their unique rules. This helps to ensure game balance, but also restricts players to using heroes and villains form the official Pulp City canon.

The game play itself is fast and simple, even though we were not very familiar with the rules a game lasted about an hour, so we were able to fit a couple in in a day. The rules are better thought out and balanced than Supersyetem, and we both agreed that it was good fun.

Over all, I think that Pulp City is a good game. The figures are fantastic, if pricey, the production qualities are high and game play is fast an furious. I look froward to playing this game some more.

Leon has finnaly got around to photographing some of the minis he has painted. Check out this link to see some pictures of Leon's excillent Pulp City Minis.

Saturday, 7 November 2009

The Brotherhood of the Serpent continues to grow in strength as their dark shadow masters expand their insidious web of influence across the nations of the western world. What their true motives are remain a mystery, but they are responsible for some of the most wanton acts of terrorism the world has ever seen!

These are the latest minis to make it into my army of henchmen and paramilitaries. The four at the front are new, and the back row are ones I have previously posted (you can click on the picture for a larger image).

The new guys are from EM4 miniatures, while the ones at the back are from Copplestone Castings. Clearly they are all the work of the master, Mark Copplestone. EM4 work out slightly cheaper than Copplestone Castings, and they have the advantage that you can pick individual minis from their range rather than having to buy blister packs. Although the minis are a bit older, the casting is still good.

The evil entity known in urban mythology as The Rusty Claws has been classified as a murder elemental. Comprising of corporal evil that comes to the surface when particularly brutal killings occur, be they serial killings, murder sprees, acts of terrorism or gang warfare, it manifests and embarks on a brutal rampage, killing indiscriminatly. It's victims are as likely to be the murderers themselves as any innocent people who just happen to stumble into it's path.

This mini is a resin figure produced by Ramshackle Games. I picked it up at a games convention earlier in the year. Ramshackle do an nice range of post-apocalyptic Mad Max style vehicles and characters. This mini is rather tall, coming in at about 40mm, but that just makes him look even scarier!

Tuesday, 3 November 2009

October (and most of September, for that matter) have slipped past without me posting. During that time I have not been entirely idle, as I have moved house, paint two bedrooms and assembled over 20 pieces of flat-pack Ilea furniture.

I have also finished my Diorama of Doom entry for the Forum of Doom competition. As this isn't a Super powered four-colour piece I'll just give you a quick taste of what I did. Follow the link to see more photos, as well as look at everybody else's entry- Some of them are stunning!

On a more Four-colour related topic, I have finished a murder elemental who goes by the name The Rust Claws, and another four of the serpent cultist paramilitary terrorist (two leaders and two special weapons). I've also added a few more Conanesque adventures to my cabernet. I will post picks soon.