Friday, 26 February 2010
The game of Pulp City I recently played with Leon demonstrated how good looking scenery can really enhance a game. Leon did not scratch build much of his scenery, other that the excellent urban boards, but rather bought it, assembled and painted it himself. This method, while being expensive, is relatively quick (unless you include the hundreds of hours Leon spent trawling the net for suitable models- he could have built a real-scale city in that time!). I am kicking myself I never took my camera, but I promise I will next time we play. The pleasure of playing a war game or skirmish battle on a good board can not be overstated!
I continue to work on my cowboy scenery, which is a combination of scratch built and bought scenery. I have finished my third building now, and have bought some crates and barrels cast in resin. It's a time consuming activity, but very rewarding. It's also a bit cheaper too, which is important to me on my limited budgets- the joys of having kids and a mortgage! Hopefully soon I will have enough buildings to play a few games of Legends of the Old West.
I have also found a few bloggers who make scratch built scenery, and I have to say, they look amazing. Take a look at these for inspiration!
Wargaming Buildings, this one is a new find- fill a beautiful wild west buildings- be sure to look at the older posts!
Here's another wild west one, called The Beaver Examiner (it's work safe, I promise). This scenery is so detailed that I think you would be hard pressed to use it for war-gaming, but it is inspiring none the less.
Then these Reme Bostal, who is in a league of his own when it comes to scenery for gaming. This crazy Frenchman makes scenery for Heroclix, Horror Clix and Starwars CMG. He's a master, in my opinion. his sites in french, but his pictures are so fine that I will let him off with that!
This time we had a much bigger game, with seven supremes aside. I took the good side, while Leon played the bank-robbing super villains. The game lasted a little over two hours, and was great fun. I think I am staring to get the hang of the rules now.
Leon's war gaming scenery is excellent- he has been scouring the net for suitable urban scenery, and now has quite a collection. As well as buildings he has a number of smaller bits of scenery, such as park benches, trash cans and even cars. These can be tossed around by super strong characters, causing all sorts of mayhem. One of my heroes, who goes by the peculiar name of Six Feet Under, dispatched one of the villains with a deftly aimed drinks can machine! Great fun.
On a different note, I have done quite well in the first round of the Lead Painters League, having scored 72%! Yea me! Many thanks to everyone who took time to vote (assuming you voted for me that is!). Round two, the cowboy posse, is finished, photographed and sent in. I will post some pictures of them soon enough. Round three features some supernatural super villains, including a vampire, a witch and a demonic sorcerer. Keep checking in for more pictures.
Monday, 22 February 2010
This is my entry to the first round of the Lead Painters League competition of the Lead Adventures Forum. They are inspired by the reavers from Serenity/Firefly, but I felt that the dark, burnt, disfigured look they use in the film would not translate well onto a mini, and so I kept they cleaner-limbed, but just as barbaric. I painted the flesh quite pale because they don't get planet side much. These minis are by Mark Copplestone (I think) for eM4 Miniatures.
Here is a quick sneaky look at another Lead Painters League entry I have been working on. These are Zombies from my Supers campaign. They are based on the Games Workshop zombies, who have a distinctly peasant-farmer fantasy look, not at all suitable for what I wanted. I converted them with greestuff to 21st century civilian zombies. mostly this consisted of putting on belt loops, shirt collars, extending trousers etc. I am very pleased with the way they have turned out- especially Angus McZombi, the Scottish football fan. I have added a base ball cap to one of them, and mad a few for minor tweaks since this photo was taken. I am now waiting until the weather warms up a bit before I spay the, I am not taking any chances with these little monsters, as the sculpting took me about four hours!Currently working on some cowboys for the next round of the competition. The pressures on. After that, I think I will try to get some supers on the go.
I am not well read in the Solomon Kane books, being more of a fan of the Conan books (they by the same author, Robert E. Howard) so I can't comment on how close it stuck to the stories. It was fast paced, dramatic, with stylish sets and costumes. The fighting and stunts were excellent, and the CGI and other special effects were of the standard you would expect from any Hollywood blockbuster. Casting was good, and Purefoy's West Country accent was excellent- you don't see many heroes with a west country accent.
All in all, it was as good as I had expected, and in a few places even better! If you liked Van Helsing, Underworld: Rise of the Lycans, Hellboy: The Golden Army etc then you will probably like this. I loved it.
Thursday, 18 February 2010
I used to be a fanatical devotee to Games Workshop, and have, over the years, spent terrible amounts of money an their products. most of my lead mountain is old GW stuff. In the past few years I have diversified my interests, and have been buying my metal and plastics from other, often very small, independent, manufactures.
This is a Reaper miniature- very nice to paint! I love the fact that he's all muscly and not dessicated like your usual mummy. I hope he gives the heroes a hard time!
Thursday, 11 February 2010
These minis are actually Copplestone Castings yeti, just painted black instead of white. I based them on the green base so I can used them in my Conan Campaign too.
Wednesday, 10 February 2010
Saturday, 6 February 2010
I can't make up my mind. If any of the readers out there have a preference let me know. You could be the one who christens a new pioneer town!
I am indebted to the Legends of America site, who supplied these names, as well as many far too rude to consider (Big Bone Lick? What!)
Thursday, 4 February 2010
Store front is resin, and the back half is scratch built from card, foam card and balsa wood.