Friday, September 16, 2016

Kickstarter galore

"Bob loses saving throw vs. shiny with a penalty of -5. Bob takes 2d8 damage to the credit card.”

My credit card has been mostly immune to the Kickstarter craze which has has gone crazier in the last year, it seems, at least in the RPG/miniatures/boardgame world. Now I'm not saying I'm better than any of you (in fact I'm a weak, weak man), but rather that the purchase of a house and it's accompanying fees made me unable to partake in the great 2015-2016 Kickstarter Orgy! Well, almost, if not for a project...or two. 

But this september...this september? Damn, shit is getting real! Indeed, it seems everyone wants my hard earned money this Fall. I'm contemplating joining in 4 projects, which is probaly too much...right? Right? Anyways, all are funded, so this post is not about convincing you to join me into further debts, but rather just to share should any of you see something you like. 

  • The first is Giants Adventurers by StoneHaven miniatures. Stonehaven is a small outfit I knew nothing about not long ago but which managed to convince me to join their Halfling kickstarter last Fall. I went completely bonkers for their fun concept art and went with a completionnist pledge, basically buying sight unseen the whole range, a little over 50 of them small little barefooted fellows. Their style is very old school D&D adventurers, and has a nostalgic charm to it. I received the figures a few weeks back and they are just awesome. I'm in love with the range, really! (more to follow on my plans for them). I was also very impressed with the customer service, updates, etc. of Stonehaven. Now, I do like to reward competency so...they are working on a range of big (huge) giants. It looks quite promising, and the contrast of going from painting Halflings to painting Giants from one year to the next weirdly appeals to me... 

  • Second project, Greenskin Wars, is pure Oldhammer goodness, from Kickstarter veteran, Oldhammerer and sculptor extraordinaire Diego Serrate. Those of you on Facebook Oldhammer pages probably know Diego, who's very active and has created all kinds of Oldhammer inspired range from Space Orks to Realm of Chaos warriors. Diego is on a personnal mission to cause financial ruin to all Oldhammerers, and now runs what is I believe his 4th Kickstarter this year alone! This time, and it does hit me right in the feels, he's briging a range of Oldhammer inspired goblins sculpted by the legend Kev Adam. Part of these were previously available from Crooked Claws miniatures, but a lot is new. Including my own favourite, the Feral Goblins (I'm a sucker for Forest goblins). 
  • Then, Ancien Ruins, a nice resin terrain offering from Worldsmith Industries. Normally I avoid buying unpainted terrain, because I'm lazy and I prefer to spend my time painting miniatures than terrain. However this particular set appeals to me because a) I like the asthetic of ruined ancient greek terrains, and b) it fits perfectly in an upcoming project of mine; LeafGrave (i.e. Frostgrave but set in an ancient city in the forest instead).

  • and finally, Kev White does Matt Dixon, a kickstarter by well known manufacturer Hasslefree Miniatures. The project is a range of often scandily clad women warriors, imagined by Matt Dixon and sculpted by Kev White. Actually every figure is offered in 3 options; naked, pin-up and winter dressed. I'm attracted by the aesthetic of the range, especially the very 60s-70s "exploitation" look of the pin-up, and some of the figures come with awesome beasts like a triceratop and sabertooth tigers. Definitely not SJW friendly!

So 4 awesome projects, almost running simultaneously...

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Another hobby this summer...

A garden is a sanctuary

Been quite busy this summer working on the new house (I moved late May). The house contains both a painting room and a gaming room for yours truly in the basement (yes, I'm very lucky Laurie loves me...and is afraid of spiders, thus abandonning the basement to me!) and I've been working on both. Being a completionnist I'm not showing pics of the house...yet, as there is still much to do. 

But I did start a new hobby; gardening! My previous townhouse had but a small patch of land, which allowed me to learn the trade with few consequences, but this place has a big backyard! The previous owners did a truly great job with the garden, so I just improved on it. It was a lot of fun and, dare I say so myself, it looks freaking spectacular! If you had told me just 10 years ago I'd spend many week-ends gardening...

So yeah, I'm showing off!

Probably heresy to my american friends, but not a patch of grass to be seen!
Blue Hibiscus
Our Cherry tree

Pink roses in full bloom

Very little painting done this summer, although I did spend the little free time I had on prepping miniatures. I should be ready for the Analogue challenge and the cold, bleak, garden-less Canadian winter!

Friday, April 1, 2016

Beast of Nurgle (my take)

Sometimes you just do a little window-shopping on the web and you stumble on something unexpected...that's what happened with this piece. I was looking at Fantization Miniature website and I saw this Hell Dorado range I knew nothing about, and this particular piece spoke to me. It was grotesque, disgusting, wormy and, quite frankly, perfectly Nurgle-esque. I was never the biggest fan of the Beast of Nurgle models, even the first one. Always thought it could/should be more disgusting. So this piece would make a fine replacement! I mean, it's a pile of worms, how could it not?!

The figure, however, while nicely sculpted with loads of character, was very fiddly to put together and parts didn't fit very well. If you want to piss me off about a range, that's the way to go! Having said that, the final result is still pretty cool. I went with a vomit yellowish colour, as the orginial white worm colour scheme I tried didn't look very good.

The base is made as if the Beast just rose from a puddle of goo. It still follows my army's basing scheme colour, so win-win.

Friday, January 22, 2016

The Effigy Corporation

The question you should ask yourself is not whether we will get the job done, but whether you can afford us.  

Dannon Trace,  Effigy Corporation CEO

These are dangerous times. Ruined husks of starships litter the solar systems and renegade pirates fight for whatever precious resources can be found on the savage surfaces of the inner planets. Powerful corporations wage constant industrial wars for control of the galaxy's resources and have learned to now heavily rely on hired guns and professionals to do their dirty work. The Effigy Corporation is one of those professionals and is widely considered to be one of the best mercenary outfits money can buy. The Corporation specializes in space travel protection, search and rescue operations, industrial espionage and sabotage.

Effigy's famous Havoc Squads, small teams of highly trained ex-military soldiers and specialists, are equipped with the finest equipment and weaponry currently available in the galaxy. Supported by droids and small specialist teams, the Squads have an extremely high success rate.


The "Effigy Corporation" is to be the first outfit for a Sci-Fi skirmish project I just started.

I found these figures by accident on the website of a friend who used to distribute the range in North America (sadly the range is not available anymore). I just got them on impulse and figured one day I'd find a use for them. And now is that day...

The range, started through a Kickstarter, was very small  and unfortunately only a few figures were made; 5 squad members, two civilians and 3 specialists, along with some recon robots which I do not own. But since I intend on building factions of between 10 and 30 figures, it's not really a problem, although some heavy support soldiers would've been fun!

I find the figures would fit equally well in some Space Pulp, Cyberpunk or distant future Sci-Fi setting and that suits my plans very well. The sculpts were lovely although I found the very realistic proportions were a little bit challenging after all that time working on Oldhammer models!

The outfit is made up of 2 Havoc Squads, Blue Squad and Green Squad, as well as a Yellow Squad (specialists), the CEO Dannon Trace and a demolition droid. I'm missing a droid and another civilian, in boxes somewhere, but other than that this bunch is complete.

Havoc Green Squad

The first figures I painted for the project. The photography doesn't do justice to the dark green however. I love the presence of a couple of female soldiers in the squads (some seriously awesome figures) and that First Sargent pose is perfect. He screams Alpha Male ;-)

Havoc Blue Squad 

After the dark green I went with a brighter colour for the blue squad and I'm very happy with the result. It's exactly the style I wanted to give to the force.

Yellow Squad, "The Techno Girls"

I quite like the middle one, a lovely figure.

Havoc-TT-4, Demolition Droid 

This droid figure is not part of the original range, and was sculpted by Drew Williams from the Oldhammer Facebook page, and he graciously made it available for a limited time to the whole group. Obviously I couldn't resist! The figure was actually based of a drawing in the original Rogue Trader rulebook! Also an impulse buy from a couple of months ago and I was looking for a way to use him.

Dannon Trace,  Effigy Corporation CEO

Doesn't he look like the perfect Corporate CEO?! You can just smell the 1%!

So yeah, my first painted Sci-Fi force since 1993!

Thursday, January 21, 2016


I hinted at doing just that recently, and yes it's happening. My plan was to start the project next year, but circumstances have changed that. It so happens that my (meagre) Sci-Fi collection has not found it's way to boxes yet, and so I figured it was as good a time as any to start this.

I start this project not knowing what ruleset I will use, nor in exactly which galaxy I will play on any given gameday! In fact, even the style of Sci-Fi is subject to debate. I got the urge to start some Sci-Fi last spring, after buying, on impulse, the Battle System Sci-Fi terrain (so no, people, it's not because of Star Wars!).

I just thought it was so cool, and the gaming possibilities just screamed to me. Playing Sci-Fi skirmishes in abandonned vessels or space stations just strikes my fancy a lot more than W40K tank battles! I need to build and play in this thing!

While I haven't gamed the genre in a long time, I do like my Sci-Fi. A lot. My favourite novel is Dune and Aliens has to be top 5 of my favourite movies. I also like many styles, from the dark Aliens to Space Opera to Cyberpunk to everything in the middle. So I'm not limiting myself in style, but rather in size. My initial plan is to build many small 15 to 30 figures forces and just go with the flow. In that I was a bit influenced by the way JB (from the Leadplague blog) does thing.

Now some will mix, some will not. And while not all of them will be Oldhammer, be assured there will be some love for the nostalgic fans among you!

I'd probably like to try some Rogue Traders game, after more than 20 years since my last game, but I'm also intrigued by the Osprey Sci-Fi game coming up in the Fall :

But when it comes to rules, my logic is simple; build the forces you want, and make the ruleset adapt. Not the other way around.

So yeah, it's my new small project for this year. I'm usually more of a big army type guy, but building small forces will create nice diversions in between unit painting. I expect it will be an ongoing project for years to come.