Monday, 16 July 2018

Dogs and more birds


I’ve been on vacation in the Stockholm Archipelago and without much of an internet connection. Back now in front of the computer, so it’s time for some regular posting.
First of is a bunch of animals that were finished just before we left for the summer place.
The two leftmost dogs are from Reaper and the right one is a Faithful Dog from Shadows of Brimstone.
The birds are a falcon from Reaper, owl from Otherworld (my favourite of the bunch), another Reaper falcon and a crow from Otherworld.
They will come in handy as background creatures, helpers or maybe “monsters”.

Saturday, 16 June 2018

Crowdfunding Watch – 3D-printing – 4 new campaigns


Lot of different kickstarters going on at the moment, so let’s just dive in.

3D-Print-Terrain is back, this time with a, mostly modern, arabic-inspired campaign.
Lots of large buildings unlocked and a very nice fort within reach.
Definitely worth a look if you want to game anything in a modern Arabic setting, and if more timeless settings is your thing there is an opportunity to get the files from the Arabic campaign he had in 2017.
This KS ends on July 12 2018.

If Gothic ruins is your thing then this is worth a look. 13 pieces of scenery with optional extras.
This KS ends on June 27 2018

Hayland terrain is back with even more wasteland terrain.
You have an option to back this + the older wasteland terrain KS, and also several other.
If Mad Max-style gaming is what you crave then this might just still that hunger. Check it out.
This KS ends on June 27 2018.

If you want a fleet of airplanes, from WWI and forward, then this might be what you are looking for.
Pledge for one era or more, and if you want to stay on the ground there are even cars.
Definitely worth a look if wheels and wings are your thing.
This KS ends on July 3 2018.

All photos, renders and illustrations © 3D-Print-Terrain, Medusa Miniatures, Hayland Terrain and Fickle Fiend Studio respectively and used with permission.

Friday, 15 June 2018

Monday, 11 June 2018

May – Miniatures Tally

It’s been a month with extreme weather, warmth like in high summer and sun the whole month. I think it rained one day for about five minutes. That weather, combined with work, a major renovation of the summer place and a garden that needed love and care made this a quiet month where nothing much happened modelling-wise. 

May summed up:
Painted:
Five zombies for Rise of Moloch, more on those later when all are finished, and a couple of birds…
Did some terrain for my circus/carnival, but that doesn't count in the tally.
Total: - 11

Bought:
The month started with a 1/35 scale T-34…. Yep, we have another “little” gaming project going J More on that later.
Then it went downhill. My pal Koen wanted to buy a Warlord barn, and for just a couple of £ more you could get a Farmyard Animal set with that. Was I interested? Yep, and with that came 40 animals, some are tiny but still count. 
I will paint through most of them fast, I hope. Anyway excellent scatter-‘terrain’.
Total: +41

Sold or given away:
Total: - 0

2018:
Bought:           105
Painted:          -66
Sale:              -129

Total:            - 90

Saturday, 2 June 2018

Crowdfunding Watch – 3D-printing – Ancient Rome, Rails, Castles, Desert Fort and Japanese buildings

Lots of interesting stuff this week.

Iain Lovecraft is back with another great looking campaign, this time taking us to ancient Rome and it's OpenLOCK and Dragonbite compatible.
There are several different pledge levels
Roman City Pack:
Underworld Pack:
Roman miniatures and props:
An all-in level where you get 3 for the price of two.
The level of detail here is just fantastic, just like the last campaign, and there's lots of stuff in each pledge level, you really have to see it all. Wow. If you have any interest in Ancient Rome then you should back this, and then buy yourself a printer if you don’t already have one.
Check out the interview of sorts I had with Iain earlier this year.
This KS ends on June 19, 2018.

Another very interesting kickstarter, this time for something that I for one is really keen to have in multiple scales, namely railway tracks.
It is what it says on the can, and it is the first KS about railway tracks I have seen. Great stuff! I’ve already backed it and so should you!
This KS ends on June 9 2018

ESLO is back, this time with a big campaign with lots of buildings.
There are four sections that you can back, or go all-in for an even better price and a couple of extra pieces of scenery.
Desert Fort and desert buildings:
Castle or Fortress:
Village - which seem to be booth European and Asian styles:

Asian Fortress and Keep:

Those desert buildings could come in handy for my Pulp Alley games and if Japanese stuff is your thing it’s a no-brainer. And who doesn’t need a village or two, not to mention a castle.
Check it out!
As of writing they seem to have problems with some of the pics, so you could check on their Indiegogo-page as well, to see the missing pics.
This KS ends on June 25

It looks as if I will have a new and fancy printer after summer. Great fun! I have so much stuff to print and review. You are sure to see lots of it here.

All photos, renders and illustrations © Iain Lovecraft, DasTri and ESLO respectively and used with permission.

Tuesday, 29 May 2018

Birds, part 1 – Archaeopteryx, raven, vulture, owl and a hawk

It’s been a rather slow couple of weeks when it comes to modelling. I’ve been busy with work, gaming with the toys I have (What a Tanker has hit the table a couple of times, and it is a very fun game), the garden need a lot of attention, our summer-place got a leaky roof that needs taking care of and weather here is amazingly good - we have had a month of excellent summer in spring. So it’s been slow.
Anyway here is a little something. I was inspired by a blog-post on animals the other day and rummaged around in the mountain for some birds that I had already prepped. Some internet searches for photos of said birds as inspiration and I started.
These are the first ones finished.
Archaeopteryx. Okay, not a bird and no photos for reference, but they got wings and will certainly be aggressive in some game in the future. They come from Tamiya’s excellent 1/35 scale Mesozoic Creatures set (you will see much more of that here) and are twins as I bought two boxes.
The owl is from Mantic. I’m not sure from which sprue, though, but probably some elves. It’s a nice but not great little bird. It sits on branch from a sprue of some sort of living tree-thingies GW had way back.
vulture and a raven from Reaper. The raven is so-so and very large, and I painted it more like a crow. I rather like the vulture. Both come from the Familiar Pack VIII.
Finally a hawk from Otherworld’s Lesser Familiars pack. It’s just a great little model, as usual from Otherworld.
More birds to come shortly, and even more in a little while (I seem to have made a little purchasing-mistake…it's all Koen's fault!)
Happy gaming and modelling!

Monday, 28 May 2018

Pulp Alley AAR – Tomb of the Serpent Campaign, part 2 – Sideshow of Horror

This is a scenario from Tomb of the Serpent, a campaign for Pulp Alley. I play it using the Solo Play and Pulp Horror rules from that campaign book. The heroes are the CSSS, and you can find a short description of them in the previous adventure. You can find info on most of the terrain in the last couple of months' blogposts.
In the last adventure, The Haunted Dungeon, our heroes failed miserably in their quest to find an ancient artefact needed in their quest to stop the rise of an ancient Egyptian god, Aphopis. One glimmer of hope was a pamphlet for a travelling carnival that Monsignore found in the dungeon. On it is scrawled “Hail Lord Aphopis”. If that is not a clue, then something fishy is going on.
As luck has it, the carnival is camped just outside Rome. Our heroes, boosted by a couple of backups, head for a day of merriment. Everyone looks forward to a day in the sun, candy floss, balloons, raffles and maybe even romance…

A group shot for the family album. From left to right: Soldato Cattivo (a lvl 2 scout, here to give some official support, courtesy of the Italian Army), Padre Scuro (ally), Suora Maledetta (follower), Suora Innocenza (sidekick), Monsignore Cadaverico (leader), Soura Sicaria (sidekick. Yes she is new and replaces her brother, Soldato Sicario. They are twins and have the same stats, but she is much cooler), Soldato Morto (ally) and finally Padre Crudele (a lvl 1 brawler, who wanted a quiet day out with a cool gang. I guess he will get everything but the quiet part.)
"In my days priests and nuns did not look happy and they certainly did not visit carnivals. What is wrong with the world?" mutters the old woman in the background.
Our heroes are actually enjoying the day out, observing the carnies and revelry makers. Somewhere here is someone who knows something, or even someone who’s got an artefact. After a while they have identified some likely suspects that are sure to have important knowledge.
In the dark information booth is someone who surely have some useful information. He is known as The Living Horror.
The Executioner is wandering about, observing. Might he know something? 
Madame Hammer seem to have two heads. Two pair of eyes will surely observe more than one, so she is worth speaking to. One thing, though, she seem to be in a really bad mood as someone actually won one of the big prizes just minutes ago. A bad mood coupled with a huge hammer... not a good combination.
Mr Muscle, said to be the stongest man on earth, is a strong suspect. The booth stinks of cheap wine and Mr Muscle seem to have a terrible hangover.
Finally we have this young reporter, or is he a private detective? Mr Nittin looks to be well travelled and might know a thing or two. I think he is looking for his dog, when he is not oogling the scantily dressed actors on the theater stage.
Here's a photo of the Carnival taken by a passing , brand new, Caproni Ca.111 from the Regia Aeronautica. The CSSS is ambling about in small groups, chatting and having a good time.
"I'm sure the hot dog stand is that way" "No, it is closer to the entrance" "Rubbish, you're both wrong, its behind that stage"
"Repent sinners!"
"Is there a shooting range here? I want to win a teddy bear!"
The air between two of the groups suddenly starts to shimmer, and in a puff of sulphur-smelling smoke a hideous form takes shape. Monsignore feels a shiver of fear. It can't be what he read about in a musty and ancient tome just the other day. But there is no other explanation. What stands before him must be.... an manifestation of the banished god Aphopis! It is a
Shadow of Chaos
The god must be much more powerful that expected and close to being able to free himself.
Overcoming the first shock, and fighting the feeling of horror that emanates from the ghastly Shadow of Chaos, Monsignore rushes towards Madame Hammer. Panting from the exertion, he can just wave his cross about as he stands close to the booth. Madame looks at him with open contempt, growls and take a steady, two-handed, grip on her hammer. Monsignore keeps his distance until he catches his breath.
Soura Sicaria conquers hear fears and rushes towards Mr Nittin, who seem to have seen something. His dog maybe? "Sooty!" he shouts.
Soura Innocenza freezes. Facing a god is something she had hoped would happen far in the future, and the god she had planned to face would be friendly and welcome her. This is not at all what it should be.
The Shadow of Chaos feels her fear, slowly turns its head and look at her. With a roar it charges.
The people around stares, and then start to clap their hands at this spectacle. It is surely part of the theater.
Soura Maledetta turns around and sees the monster charging toward her. She draws her dagger and holds it in front of her, menacing.
The Shadow of Chaos slashes with his two-bladed sword and Soura Maledetta parries and does her outmost to dodge the attacks.
She does. Amazing!
There is one thing that the carnies just don't accept, and that is brawling or shooting at the premises. If anyone would do such a stupid act the carnies will be really pissed off. That means that said anyone would have to overcome a hazard anytime they activate. The hazard seem to be an angry midget clown that will fearlessly follow the Shadow. Not that he cares...
Soura Innocenza finally unfreezes. She takes a look at the looming monster before her. Her face turns white. She scream, and rush away in blind panic.
This is not what we expected from her...
Padre Scuro has never felt such intense fear before. He cannot think, he can't utter a word. The only thing he is able to do is to slowly stumble toward the monster, standing between it and his beloved master. To reach Monsignore the monster must pass him. Please, make it go in another direction.
Soldato Cattivo sneaks toward the candy-shop, keeping an eye on Soura Maledetta's frantic efforts to stay alive.
Soldato Morto and Padre Crudele start to move. They have a plan, or at least that is what they will say later.
Soura Maledetta fights on, but a fight with a god, even just a projection, is doomed to fail. One blow slips through her defences and she is knocked down.
The Sadow of Chaos looks around. Its hungry eyes follows Soura Innocenca. They don't look down. That is a mistake.
Soura Maledetta regains her senses. She mumbles "I must buy my holy compatriots time."
She stands. "You want a piece of me, you rotting excuse for a  mummy!" she shouts.
The Shadow of Chaos looks down at her.
She gulps.
It's deadly quiet all around. Everyone has their eyes glued on the scene before them. Something here is not right. The blood streaming from a gash on the young nun's forehead looks awfully real. There is a sense of dread.
The Shadow of Chaos looks at the puny human before it. Two millenia of rage wells up.
It roars!
A roar so filled with hate that everyone in sight is filled with horror. People turn around and run. They run for their lives, because Death is here and no-one wants to meet him today.
Even the Executioner feels a bit scared and remembers that thing he was just about to do, away from all that screaming.
The young Mr Nittin suddenly sees a dame in distress. Here is his chance to get a date! Blinded by her beauty he doesn't notice her costume and he certainly doesn't notice the monster looming over her. He dismisses all the roaring and screams as blood pounding in his ears.
"Madam, I can dress your wound!" he shouts. "I can kiss it if it makes the pain go away..." he mumbles.
The Shadow of Chaos shrugs away the nuisance that is the midget clown and swipes at the nun before him. Her efforts to dodge the blade is in vain. Once again she falls.
Soura Innocenza has overcome her panic. She starts to move towards the Candy stand, but she sees her young protege go down. The monster looms above. Once again panic grips her, but this time she is filled with uncontrollable  hatred. "Get your filthy male hands off  Soura Maledetta!" she screams, whips up her huge revolver and lets go. The Shadow hits her with psychic energies in return but both comes out unhurt.
A midget clown sighs, and rushes toward the new menace.
The old lady runs as fast as her legs can while muttering "In my time nuns were not armed. What is it with youngsters these days?"
Everyone seem to have forgotten the bound actress on the stage.
"Help! Let me loose! Please!" she screams.
"Why didn't I go for that banana gig with Josephine in Paris instead?" she mumbles.
Soura Sicaria goes up to the Mr Nittin and says "Young man, I know for a fact that she is sort of engaged at the moment, so your efforts are bound to fail unless, of course, you would like to hear what I have to say."
He looks at her. "Tell me more."
"Well, you wouldn't by any chance have an ancient artifact on you, would you?"
"Nope, but that drunkard at the candy-booth had some sort of ancient egyptian ring, if that's what your looking for."
"You are a hero! Join our fight against this outerwordly abomination and I'm sure Soura Maledetta will look favourably at you"
"Sure thing" he answers and draws a small automatic.
Monsignore is just about to talk to Madame Hammer when he takes a look behind. The huge monstrosity fills him with dread. He remembers all those unspeakable monsters that nearly killed him in his previous adventures. All those miraculous escapes from the brink of death.
That blade looks awfully sharp.
The Shadow of Chaos looks at him.
His mind blanks. He is filled with dread.
He runs in full panic.
Everything is quiet behind the stage. Two women look up briefly, but continue to gossip when they see it's just a priest running past. Nothing new, nothing exciting, just a man in black rushing past. Probably on an important errand, seeking sinners. 
Soldato Cattivo  is nearly paralyzed with fear, but he walks up to the candy booth, sees a ring and understands that this must be the fabled Ring of Pharaos In a flash of inspiration he produces a flask of wine (actually some cheap communion wine he swiped at Monsignore).
"My friend, I have just what you need to clear the head."
Mr Muscle gratefully accepts the bottle, swipes it in one long gulp and promptly falls asleep. Soldato Crudele leans over the counter and grab the ring. He is rather... resourceful. 
The rest of the gang tries to hold their fear in check while manouvering around. They need to protect Soldato Cattivo who's got the Ring of Pharaos, and try to unlock more clues.
Soura Innosenza is followed by an angry midget dwarf that will make life a hell for her as long as she is at the carnival (everytime she activates she will have to overcome a challenge or face the consequences, just like the Shadow).
Suora Maledetta regains her senses once again in a short lull in the fighting. She slowly rises.
"If you want that ring you'll have to go through me" she says and spits some blood.
The Shadow of Chaos looks confused, and for the first time uncertain.
He roars and slashes at her.
She looks at the bloody tear in her frock in disbelief and falls to the ground once again, unconcious.
Soura Sicaria takes her chance and rushes towards the information booth.
Next up is Soura Innocenza who ignores the midget and runs towards The Executioner who has wandered closer to the commotion.
Monsignore, who has at last regained his senses, walks up to Madame Hammer, calmly points his cross at her and tells her to stop this nonsense and in the name of God tell him everything.
Madame is deeply religous and spills the beans.
Soldato Cattivo is still nearly paralyzed with fear and can only stagger away while the rest of the league move around and try to get into position to help their comrades. Some are gripped with fear and don't do much at all. 
Once again Soura Maledetta stirs. Miraculously she stands up, swaying.
"Is that all you got, vulture-face" she whispers.
Young Mr Nittin comes to the rescue, somewhat cautiously.
Soura Sicaria walk up to the information booth and ignore the eerieness of the man who stands before her. She starts to wave her cross around the detached head in the hat and while the poor creature tries to fend of the mad nun she grabs a note-book on a stand, without him noticing anything. Another clue retrieved.
Suora Innocenza threatens the midget dwarf with bodily harm and he seem to think about his chances against this formidable foe, giving Suora a chance to reach The Executioner and try to convince him to reveal everything he knows.
He doesn't, and walks away from this most annoying woman. 
Monsignore comes to the rescue, even though he doesn't quite reach them.
Sodato Cattivo meanwhile overcomes his fears and makes a fast strategic retreat. 
Suora Maledetta finally succumbs to the fear that has gripped most everyone. She runs away.
The old woman looks on in disbelief. "All this running around and screaming. In my days nuns paced and were solemn."
The Shadow of Chaos tries to catch The Ring of Pharaos, but there are a bunch of heroes in between that does their best to stop him. Padre Scuro acts as a human speed-bump, buying some precious moments for Soldato Cattivo before he he is knocked to his knees.
He cries "You shall not pass!" and stands up, once again.
The Shadow of Chaos stares, beak agape. What is it with these puny humans? Can't they just run away terrified and stay down when smitten, as in the good old days.
Monsignore decides to show Soura how to handle socially awkward hooded men, walks up to The Executioner and knocks him over the head with the gilded cross. Monsignore goes through the minimal pockets while the poor man lies on the ground moaning. With a shout of triumph Monsignore retrieves a map with a prominent X on it. Another valuable clue, and probably the final one to be had at this place.
Now, they just have to hold on to this for a while more.
Another midget clown gets really annoyed at that show of brutality.
Soldato Cattivo jumps over a hedge to get farther away from the Shadow. Everyone else holding a clue follow his lead and tries to get as much ground between themselves and the fearsome manifestation. All others try to place themselves between the Shadow and the holder of the Ring of Pharaos.
Padre Scuro decides that being a human speedbump is not a good idea when confronting a godly manifestation and panics. He runs as fast as his legs can take him....
...followed by said godly manifestation that once more let his sword do its job. 
With that Aphopis cannot maintain control of his manifestation anymore and it disappears in a puff of sulphurous smoke.
The league limps out from the carnival. This time it worked. They have one of the ancient relics, the Ring of Pharaos, and all the possible clues to be had at the carnival.
This was a roaring success.
A double success, thinks young Mr Nittin who will actually kiss all those wounds on Suora Maledetta tonight. But that is another story.
 And that is it. They will return to the Vatican to recuperate, study the Ring and all the clues. That map seem extra interesting, might it lead to another adventure?

As I read through this I just realized I had made a huge mistake; Soura Maledetta is a follower, and as such when she is knocked down she stays knocked down, and I had instead let her recuperate time and again. 
Well, I wasn't about to re-play the whole scenario, much less write a new AAR, so instead:

Monsignore sat studying the Ring of Pharaos when he noticed something... a faint inscription saying "Made in India"...

Stay tuned!

(By he way, this is blog-post number 750!)