Monday, September 30, 2013

Zomtober begins

The Eclectic Gentleman Tabletop Gamer has launched Zomtober again, and since I qualify this year, being a gaming blogger, I have decided to take part alongside many of my colleagues. The goal is to paint up at least a zombie or a survivor each week in October and post them each Sunday.

Gorgeous header Leon created for this event!

I've been remiss in not painting more and sharing my enjoyment of that pursuit with you, my faithful readers. This is just the motivation I need, as I love zombies, I love October, and I love painting miniatures, even though it's been more than two years since I've put brush to metal (or plastic, or restic, or whatever crazy compounds they're making minis out of these days.)

As of this writing, here are the other blogs I know of taking part in Zomtober:
OK, so back to your boards and brushes, people. We've got zombies and survivors to paint! See you back here Sunday if not before.

Thursday, September 26, 2013

The rest of "Sedition Wars: The Battle of Alabaster" -- Unboxing (pic heavy)

Welcome back, droogs!

Thanks for sticking with me during this period of infrequent postings. As summer yields to autumn, I feel more centered, empowered and inspired. I think that bodes well for "Dispatches" and for my hobby activities in general.

I don't want to veer too far from my topic tonight, but I do want to say Tracey and I have had some wonderful times recently. After a recent visit to the pain clinic, she felt good enough to actually go out to a restaurant for a meal. We went to the IHOP near our house, where she hasn't been in at least a year. The manager and staff always ask after her when I go in to pick up food for us, but her return there caused quite a scene. All the servers who know us came over for hugs, and Pam, the manager, actually cried. Which made me tear up. Nothing adds to the flavor of stuffed French toast with blueberries like fresh man-tears.

And there's nothing to make you feel like a success as a man, a husband, as a human being, for your beautiful wife to be looking into your eyes and tell you, "You are a good man." Wow.

Now, on to the unboxing:

For the "Sedition Wars" kickstarter, I plumped for the Biohazard level, plus the terrain pack, the THI suit, and all the characters with their strain-infected versions: Dr. Susan Ridley, Ramirez, Niven Banks, Hexen Phaedrus, and the crew of the Calamity. Well, the Calamity crew doesn't have strain-infected versions, but you know what I mean.

So here's the tidy little box these wave 2 minis came in.

While many people are unhappy with the material the Sedition Wars minis are made of, I think Brian Roe wrote a nice analysis of the materials. You can read what Roebeast had to say here and here.

Essentially, it takes paint well but moldlines are maddening and difficult to deal with. I'm going to keep that in mind as I work on them.

There's also a growing thread on Frothers about the slight stature and apparent shrinkage in scale of some of the plastic minis. The multitude of voices there will give you a better perspective on this issue than I can at this stage (although I certainly reserve the right to chime in later.)

On the non-minis front, this wave included cards and the instructional painting DVD:

The remainder of the Biohazard product comes in one big blister pack.

The terrain pack comes in its own separate retail-ready box. It's nice to have the diagram on back detailing its contents. (That's one complaint I do have about a lot of kickstarters: no packing slip in the box. I want to be able to quickly verify that what you think you sent me is what you really sent me, and that that matches up with what I requested.)

So here's the terrain:

Crates, barricades, teleport controls, security terminals, life support
terminals, havok guns, necrocysts, exocysts, gestation vents, macrophages,
spore engines and three each of male and female corpses. 

Narrow standard doors.
Wide standard doors

Airlock doors
Section doors

And all the add-ons come in their own little bags to keep their myriad parts together. That's another thing about these Sedition Wars minis -- it seems like everything is multipart. It's like buying from IKEA, in that I don't care if it's a flyswatter, if you buy it from IKEA it's gonna come in two parts with an Allen wrench.*

The Calamity Crew
Dr. Susan Ridley
Niven Banks
Hexen Phaedrus

THI Carapace

Once I get these minis unbagged and separated out, I'll get you better, clearer photos, and hopefully some size comparisons to other minis as well. I can't really work on them at the moment without the real risk that the tiny parts will vanish forever.

So that's it for today. The Empire of the Dead: Requiem level I pledged at should hopefully be shipped in a week or so, and the Zombicide Season Two and Toxic City Mall expansion should also ship soon. So more on those later.

Back to the boards, everyone, and I'll see you across the gaming table soon!

*I'm sorry that I can't remeber what comedian said this originally. I'd love to credit him or her.

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Avast, me hearties! Heave to!

Happy "International Talk Like a Pirate Day"! I trust you all enjoyed it and did Robert Newton proud.

I have much new plunder and booty to share with you scurvy dogs. But most of it will have to wait as my cell phone/camera/handbrain remains AWOL.

However, to celebrate today's theme, here's a link to what is probably my favorite song by Captain Dan and the Scurvy Crew, notorious pirate rappers.

I'll be back shortly with pics and comments about some of the things I've gathered recently.
- my new figures of H.P. Lovecraft and his wife, Sonia Greene, from the Mythos Foundry kickstarter.
- the Infinity Artbook 1 and figure of Miranda Ashcroft, authorized bounty hunter.
- the Goblinaid figures I ordered to support the continued recover of goblinmaster Kev Adams.
- anything else I've overlooked!

Bear with me, mateys. Bosun, fetch me my brown trousers, as I'm trying to get my shit together!