Monday, 24 October 2016
"In his house at R'lyeh, dead Cthulhu waits dreaming." Only he ain't dreaming now.
I think the Nautilus may have bitten off more than it can masticate on this occasion, when it investigates a new island that has just arisen out of the Pacific.
This is a big reaper Bones mini in 28 mm, retailing for the very reasonable price of £30. The casting is excellent and everything went together smoothly with just a little milliput to fill in the joints.
I decided on Humbrol spray slime green as an appropriate base paint and added dark green wash and lemon yellow highlights.
Friday, 21 October 2016
Thursday, 20 October 2016
It has giant mutated armoured nipples.
I mean how can an evil genius have giant mutated armoured nipples? Did Attila the Hun terrorise Rome wearing a massive steel bra? Did Hitler strike fear into Europe while boasting about the size of his nipples? Did Stalin sign endless death warrants sideways to avoid getting ink on his nipple shields?
Someone at GW has seriously lost the plot of this is true.
Friday, 14 October 2016
An SS-Ahnenerbe Enhanced Gorilla guards a Bachem Ba 349 Natter rocket point defence interceptor. Note that the weapon in the nose of the plane is an experimental Vril-Ray that attacks the minds of a bomber crew rather than the plane itself.
The model gorilla is a Reaper Bones miniature; the Natter was constructed from a 1:48 plastic model kit.
Thursday, 13 October 2016
Reaper Bones are 28mm Reaper miniatures manufactured in China from a soft resin. The resin is not at all like polyethylene 'soft' plastic in that it is not oily. After a wash to remove any remaining 'release' layer, it paints up really well and the paint stays on.
Best of all, they cost about £2-4 and are sold from UK suppliers.
The range is enormous and growing in both fantasy and SF.
Reaper stuff has always been imaginative and well sculpted but it became impossibly expensive to import metal models through the international mail.
Tuesday, 11 October 2016
There were more displays and trade stands up on the mezzanine floor, but my overall subjective impression was that there were fewer stands and customers this year. Admittedly, two of the clubs had to cry off at the last moment due to illness and a van expiring on the magic roundabout but even so...
If you look carefully, you can just see Mosley's Blackshirts charging across the town square to liberate the Town Hall on this superb battleboard.
John was running a very nice large scale 'Tomb of the Cybermen' participation game.
Morpheus were showing their Thunderbirds game. I managed to blag a Captain Kirk model from their upcoming project!
This is a new company - to me - with wonderful steam punk/ Cthulhu models. The thing on six red legs is a Zero-Point Power Generator so beloved of Nazi conspiracy theorists.
I couldn't resist buying the steampunk UXB.
Fantasy Flight Star Wars games continue to be popular.
A great display of British Commandos attacking a German controlled port.
A battleboard is improved considerably by a nice central piece like this V2. Isn't that so much better as an objective than a coin?
And finally, the Warlord Games site were advertising their upcoming Dr Who game. The first miniatures were on sale and had sold out by lunchtime. This will be big chaps.
[Blatant advert warning: I wrote the rules.]
And that wraps up the stuff that caught my eye - well everything but my spoils.
This year I was strictly disciplined and left after my cash ran out. The rumour that my wife confiscated my credit cards is quite untrue: I gave them up voluntarily.
See y'all at Salute.
Saturday, 1 October 2016
Thanks to everyone who has put their hand in their pocket.
An ambiguity has cropped up which needs elucidating:
Where on the ship data summary a vessel has a save of '0' it does not mean 0+, it means 'no save'.
It's pretty obvious from the context but ....
Entirely my fault, not Osprey's. I had one of those senior moments.