Friday, 31 October 2014

Unboxing Shadows of Brimstone

Yesterday it finally happened. The postman rang, and he had a huge box with him, weighting in at 28,2 pounds/12,8 kg. Sender: Flying Frog Productions. This is the first shipment of my Minecart level pledge from the Shadows of Brimstone kickstarter.
Let’s see what’s in there:
The box is nearly bursting
Two games and extra stuff - print, character cards and doubles on all the miniatures in both sets (the red sprues).
A signed print. Now hanging over my painting table.
Cards for the kickstarter exclusive character. Unfortunately the miniature will arrive in the next batch of stuff. But I have a lot of minis I can use instead.
I'll open this one first. That will give you an idea of how much stuff there is in just one box.
Sheets of double-sided map-tiles and assorted markers
The basic rulebook and the adventure book specifying the characters in this box, the Jargono world you can be transported to through gates in the mines and a whole lot of different scenarios.
Character cards...
...double sided, so you can play male or female characters. The alternate sculpts will come in the next shipment. Nun with a gun... :-)
Monster cards. Normal side...
...and brutal side.
Lots of cards...
Even more
Character sprue - a priest, a female rancher, a law-man and an indian scout.
Tentacles. At last...
Got 3 of these monster sprues. Zombies, slasher and  hellbats.
Harbinger, a gigantic demon.
Dice and bases
A soundtrack to get you in the mood. That was one box... 
Next box. Haven't opened it yet, but it's more of everything. A new world, new monsters, new heroes and cards to support it all. 
Final shipment in a year's time or so, and that one will dwarf this. There will be an insane amount of minis and different missions, worlds and other add-ons.

Do not disturb! I will be busy a couple of weeks :-)

Thursday, 30 October 2014

Arabs and mummies from Blue Moon

The last figures from the Blue Moon Box (find the adventurers here). These are the locals, both living and not fully living…
These living locals with their white clothes inspired me to dig out my Winter War Finnish troops. The idea was to continue with white, but fate wanted something else, something for the next post, which will be about unboxing Brimstone.
Not much to say about the paints, but the white robes where primed with Vallejo Foundation White, washed with AP Dark Tone and drybrushed Vallejo Off White. For the Finns I will try this and a couple of other basecoats to see what works best.
The mummies where washed with AP Strong Tone, otherwise the same.

So, that was the Blue Moon box. Nice figures for my newly awakened pulp interest.

Sunday, 26 October 2014

Update on a couple of kickstarters

At the moment I've pledged in two very different Kickstarters
RAFM New Airship Pirate Miniatures is a low-key very attractive kickstarter. I like RAFM and supported their Call of Cthulhu kickstarter earlier this year, and now they are at it again. This one is very much in the pulp genre, and it is getting to be an insanely attractive one. There is essentially one pledge-level at 40 Canadian dollars (postage included for US, Canada and EU!) where you get a set of pulp air pirates and a lot of stretch goals in the same genre. At present you’ll get 16 28mm minis, that is CAN$ 2,50 per figure, a price that is hard to beat, especially as those figures are $8 at their webshop. I expect there to be a couple of more free figures unlocked until this is over, and that means even better value for your pledge.
On top of that there are a couple of very nice add-ons (and more to be unlocked). I especially like the Harpy and the Imperial Marines. These minis will fit very well into Pulp Alley games, or whatever pulp, steampunk, VSF etc rules you're into.There’s a lot of potential there, and more marines will be unlocked shortly (a new sculpt at 125 backers, and then you’ll get 2 different marines as a $4 add-on. Not bad at all). Highly recommended!
Closes on November 14, so still a lot of time to decide.
The next one is Twisting Catacombs Miniature Dungeon Scenery. Fantastic 3D rendered scenery for your dungeon. You can go a la carte and buy what you want, or go for one of the other pledges where you get an assortment of pieces and some gold to buy more stuff for.
At the moment there are more than 90 different pieces of scenery you can choose between with prices from one gold piece for doors, spear traps and a sprue of 10 skulls to 12 gold for a simply magnificent sacrificial chamber that can be a centrepiece for your fantasy or a pulp adventure. In between you’ll find cupboards, tombs, sorcerers and alchemists tables, bookcases, unholy portals, idol plinths, pillars, fountains (with or without water weirds), braziers, tankards, books sprue, anvil, bones, weapon racks, cauldrons, bellows, iron maiden, gibbot, pillory, mine tracks, translucent walls of fire or ice and much, much more. Depending on how much you buy you can get a gold for between £0,82 and £1. With the pledges a gold worth of scenery can be as low as £0,68.
This goes until November 2.
They also have a writing competition. Look out for a short story written by yours truly.

Friday, 24 October 2014

Adventurers from Blue Moon and some Mars Attacks!

I won a box of Blue Moon figures a year ago, and in my present pulp-fever I finally got them to the painting table. First up are the adventurers.
Paints used:
The female investigator
Shoes – Humbrol 62 Leather washed with Army Painter Strong Tone
Hat – Vallejo 989 Sky Grey
Skirt – 990 Light Grey
Coat – 991 Dark Sea Grey
All greys washed with AP Dark Tone
Scarf – Citadel Foundation Mechrite Red washed with Citadel Washes Baal Red
Male adventurer with rifle
Shoes – as above
Vest – 872 Chocholate Brown
Shirt – Iraqui Sand
Trousers – 977 Desert Yellow
Everything AP Strong Tone wash.
Male with Shotgun
Shirt – 912 Tan Yellow
Trousers – 874 Tan Earth
Boots – Formula P3 Bootstrap Leather
Braces – 872 Chocolate Brown
Washed with AP Strong Tone
Hair  941 Burnt Umber washed with AP Dark Tone
Female with torch
Trousers – 874 Tan Earth
Boots – P3 Bootstrap Leather
Washed with AP Strong Tone
Shirt – 975 Military Green
Hair – 940 Saddle Brown
Washed with AP Dark Tone
Male with torch
Shirt – 837 Pale Sand
Coat – 874 Tan Earth
Trousers – 977 Desert Yellow
Boots – P3 Bootstrap Leather
Washed with AP Strong Tone
Hair – 940 Saddle Brown washed with AP Dark Tone

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Finally, Thomas and I spent Tuesday evening eating Asian food, drinking beer and playing Mars Attacks! Pic from the second game, where my human soldiers just wiped out the Martian menace. First game wasn’t as fun as my Martians were equally wiped out. Second time we play, and it’s a fast and fun game. We have only played the first scenario, and I think we’re getting the hang of things, but we need more games to hopefully not make too many screw-ups. Everything will probably work better when minis and terrain are properly painted - that means you, Thomas :-)

Friday, 17 October 2014

Dead Man’s Hand at Flemcon, more Kickstarters and a nice figure

This year we will stage two games on Saturday November 15 at Flemcon. As usual we will visit WWII, this year it will be the Continuation War in 1/100 scale and the rules will be Big Chain of Command.
I will spend my time at the Wild West table. Everyone is welcome to try to survive the brutal and deadly last man standing shoot out I’m preparing now. I will use the Dead Man’s Hand rules, somewhat modified. I’ll stage as many games as I can during the day, so if you’re in the vicinity of Stockholm I’d be glad to meet you there.
Now I’m building houses from 4Ground and you see my new ones here, in a game I’m having with my kids.
The setup will be something similar to this, but hopefully with a house or two more.
Do come over and say hi if you're there.

A couple more Kickstarters that has caught my eyes.
RAFM has another Kickstarter, Airship Pirates. Very affordable, as CAD 40 will get you a bunch of useful pulp figures. Postage included for EU, US and Canada. Ends on November 14.
Troll Outpost Fantasy Figures has a lot of just that. I do really like the Elf Huntress on Tiger. Also some nice dwarfs, demons and other stuff. Worth a look. You’ll have a good chance of getting these minis in time for Christmas and postage is limited to £4 or 5. Ends November 2.

Finally, I got an envelope from Canada yesterday. In it was a painted figure (from Pulp Figures) I won in a give-away at Mad Padre’s. Thanks a lot, Michael! It will see action in Pulp Alley games. Well timed, considering my renewed pulp interest.