Thursday, 31 August 2017

Kickstarter Watch – 3D printable SF x2

Lots of new 3D printable kickstarters during the last week or so. Here are two SF-themed, and two more to follow shortly.
If you play 40K Tyranids then this is certainly something to look at.
You’ll find both the alien Thorn-structures, manmade structures and floor- and wall-tiles here.

The campaign goes well and has unlocked lots of stretch goals that look amazing. 
EXTRA: I've been in contact with Eric and he just confirmed that the tiles will be OpenLOCK-compatible. That info will be added to the KS-page today.
Worlds Over Run ends on September 8, 2017.

Open Lock seem to have become an industry standard of sorts when it comes to 3D printable terrain, which I think is a very good thing, as it makes it possible to mix terrain from different manufacturers.
The latest KS from Hayland Terrain is all about SF, this time modular buildings with accessories and vehicles. Well worth a look if SF is your thing and you need buildings for your games.
This KS ends on September 12, 2017.
All photos and illustrations © Hayland Terrain and Eric Askue respectively and used with permission

I'm in the process of dismantling and cleaning my printer to hopefully get it going again. As soon as that is done (and it hopefully works again) I'll start printing printing stuff from the different manufacturers I got files from and do reviews.
One review coming soon of a piece printed off a very high-end printer that a friend of a friend helped me with. Let's just say that the result is stunning.

Wednesday, 30 August 2017

Conan: Bossonian Archers

I like to play games with painted minis, but there have unfortunately been quite a few games of Conan and Blood Rage lately with unpainted ones. It’s time to do something about that, and the first game to get some painting done is Conan.
No clear bases for the troops, as they are usually divided into different troops in the game, and those troops are identified with coloured discs clipped to the bases, and they don't work super well on my clear bases. So I keep it simple and just give these guys a grey base.
There’s one problem, though, as the Conan game includes a lot of identical minis, those hordes of troops, 15 each of several types and five of others. I really don’t like to paint identical figures; it just takes forever and bores me to death.
Painted compared to art.
I had to speed things up or this project would kill the pleasure of painting.
I usually prime with white and then give the minis a black wash to bring out the details. A great method for my usual painting style. But this time I went back to what I began with, a long time ago: black primer.
So I tried a black base-coat, block painting with unpainted ‘shadows’ between the different colours and a final wash to bring some life to the minis.
I also did a very fast basecoat-and-drybrush job on this Outer Dark Demon
The result was rather nice, much faster than my usual painting and certainly good enough for all those multiple troops.

Next up are 15 pirates. 15… urgh…

Thursday, 24 August 2017

A couple of more civilians from Blue Moon

I’m slowly getting back into painting mode after summer vacation. Really slowly…
Anyway, here are a couple of more 1930’s civilians from Blue Moon and their Slice of Americana pack.

I’m sure they will see action in a Pulp Alley or gangster game in the not too distant future.

Tuesday, 22 August 2017

Kickstarter Watch – 3D printable ships and pyramids reboot

ESLO has a kickstarter up and running, 3D printable ships and accessories (STL Files), where they offer print files for a lot of different ships.
You can pledge for individual ships, ranging from €5 for a longboat to €12 for a bark, or go all-in for €45, and that gives you some eight ships + stretch-goals.
It all looks rather interesting and if you just want to try out a ship or two the individual ship files are very affordable and well worth a try.
If you always wanted a fleet in anything between 10 to 28mm, then this is a kickstarter to check out.
This KS ends on September 20th 2017.
Dunkley Designs has rebooted their pyramids kickstarter, with Dunkley Designs – 3D Printable Pyramid  Ziggurat Terrain.
This time it the KS is cleaned up and it is much easier to see what’s in each pledge level, and it also seems more affordable this time around. Good work there.
The Mayan pyramid is especially tempting as it looks just gorgeous.
The pyramids KS ends on September 5th 2017.

Both campaigns are funded and are going into stretch-goal-territory.

All photos and illustrations © ESLO and Dunkley Designs respectively and used with permission

Tuesday, 15 August 2017

Kickstarter Watch - My Last Sunrise - Gothic Horror 28mm Miniatures

Annie at Bad Squiddo Games is running a super-short kickstarter for her well timed vampire line. It just went live and will end in five days (on Sunday August 20th).
Really nice minis there, and the male vampire hunters would probably work well as a Pulp Alley league, at least that’s what I want to use them for. 
If you need vampires and -hunters for your Gothic Horror games then this is for you, as it is even if you don't need them for just that :-)
As a bonus, you won’t have to wait for ages to get these, as they will ship within days.
So jump over to the KS and pledge. If nothing else because Annie is a really swell human/gamer/shop-owner/peeg-handler/fika-student/friend/etc.

All photos and illustrations  © Bad Squiddo Games and used with permission

Monday, 14 August 2017

Kickstarter Watch – Wild West Printable Terrain

The very prolific Jens at 3D-Print-Terrain is at it again, this time with a Wild West themed kickstarter.
€40 will, as always with his campaigns, give you a lot of stl-files for your 3D-printer.
You’ll get files for ordinary houses, a sheriff’s office, a general store, a stage coach, an undertaker (every wild west town needs one!), bank, saloon, grand hotel, black smith, horse stable and a church and cemetery, with a very real possibility to unlock more goodness as the campaign progresses.
This is very tempting as I’m prepping up to start playing Dead Man’s Hand again. Problem is I’ve got a huge pile of already built buildings from 4Ground and Perry and a couple of stl-files from other campaigns. So I probably skip this one, but I would love some of the buidlings such as the undertaker’s, hotel and the barn. Well, I can’t have it all.

This campaign lasts until August 27th.
All photos and illustrations © 3D-Print-Terrain and used with permission.

Friday, 11 August 2017

Kickstarter Watch – The Wargaming Terrain Collection – 3D-printable SF-buildings

Two 3D-printable terrain kickstarters went live during my vacation and this is one of them, The Wargaming Terrain Collection by Simple Polytrix.
Really nice SF-themed man-made structures and the first stretch goal, city streets, seem to be within reach. You can never have to many streets so that will be really useful.
A Tank Turret when you want to reach out and connect to your nosy neighbours.
I’m not very interested in SF-gaming at the moment, so I will skip this one, but I really think that there are some very useful buildings here. Well worth a look if you want to populate your SF gaming board with some unique scenery.
Oil tanks, really useful and prone to go up in a bang :-) What's not to like?
As usual you'll get a bunch of stl-files when the campaign has ended and load them into your 3D-printer to print as many as you like and vary the scale to suit your gaming needs.
Printed and painted Power Facility
You have until August 20th to pledge.
Printed and painted Single-Unit Bunker
All photos and illustrations © Simple Polytrix and used with permission

If you’re interested in more 3D-printable-terrain kickstarters then look here.
I’ll give my broken printer some love during the next week or so, to see if it is salvageable. When it is running again (or when I’ve bought a new one) I will review as much stuff as possible from all manufacturers I have stl-files from. 

Wednesday, 9 August 2017

The Adventures of the Dice Bag Lady in the land of the Vikings – part II

Laffe told me that he would take a cruise around the archipelago and by coincidence the ship would pass the island (Lindskär = The Small Island with Linden Trees) where our summer house is. As I informed him about that, and where the island is, he told me he and his guest would moon me when they passed.
No moons to be seen. Laffe and Annie on the bridge (he's got connections, that guy)
I was rather disappointed when they passed as no moons were seen. Lots of waving though, and tooting. Pity, I really wanted a… more interesting… pic J
The guest in question was none other than Annie “The Dice Bag Lady” Norman who had decided to actually take a short (and well deserved) vacation and due to some random internet guys she ended up in Sweden, being passed from gamer to gamer like a trophy J
Laffe picked her up at Arlanda Airport and then showed her the typically normal Swedish moose-farms, beaver-juices, fika, genuine shield-maidens and the very real beauty of the Stockholm archipelago. You can read all about it here, in part I of Annie’s adventures.
End of the 1000 Island Cruise in the middle of Stockholm.
There they are. Laffe bragging about something ("It's this long, I promise!") and Annie feeling the effects of 15 cups of coffe topped with an Irish one...
She wore him out, though, and, with a sigh of relief, he passed her on to me. We went straight back to Lindskär for a closer look at nature (you know, the green stuff on maps).
"Look at that! Antsies. I could make some minis of those. Guess I could sell at least a million of them. But what if I sneeze. Hmmm, maybe a kickstarter."
After a nights rest we tried to impress her with our athletics with swimming (at least 50 meters), snorkelling, rowing, walks in the woods on the adjacent island, spelunking (very short, like a couple of meters) and mountain climbing (well, it was a hill).
"You're kidding me... no way I'm going in there... trolls, you know... please..."
"I'm alive! Ace!"
Annie escaped the horrors of the woods below and enjoys the view.
Wife, kids and Annie enjoying the view of the natural harbour Napoleonviken (Bay of Napoleon (no, he's never been there)
Coffe, I need coffe!
After all that action Annie had her revenge when she unpacked Dobble and my brain promptly exploded (I actually won the first game! Probably just to lure me in.)
My wife wants one of these. Probably just to see my brain melt...
Proof that Baggy's been to Lindskär.
After that, and a fika (yes, she’s an addict now) (and she brought some Fabulous Welsh Cake for the occasion! Yummy!) my wife took us to the mainland with the boat and after a 30 minutes car ride we were at the gaming club.
Back to civilization! Yay!
Mikael Leck had prepared (Thank you!) a game of his own The Pikeman’s Lament where we (me, Annie and Thomas – neither of us had ever played the game!) played the courageous Swedes fighting the evil and treacherous Norwegians (under the command of three incredibly seasoned veterans of these rules – they were obviously looking for an easy win).
General A. Norman (that sounds suspicously like norrman (Norwegan) and that could explain that last botched dice-roll that effectively ended the game... hmmm)
Swedes attacking. Hurra!
It turned out to be a really even match, ending in a marginal victory for the Norwegians. Just shows how incredibly accomplished gamers we are J Far to fun a set of rules, though… might have to buy a copy and I’ve been eyeing some Swedish pikemen in 28mm… Argh!
A sensibly dressed female needing protection. Half the Swedish army is more than willing to help her.
It was now time to give the trophy, I mean Annie, to Thomas for further adventures in the woods around Nynäshamn, followed by a trip to the very deep woods south of Södertälje where Koen and pikes live (well, the pikes live in a lake, obviously). More on that on their blogs, possibly.
Spoiler: Annie is safely back in Wales, furiously packing orders and trying to detoxify from all that caffeine. She will probably be able to sleep in just a week or so.

That was a great day, and I really hope to see Annie again in a not to distant future. Gothcon maybe... ?

Update: Annie's seems to be happy so the vacation-discount will last until sometime thursday morning. Use it!

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