From his remote tower, The Silent Sorcerer sends forth nonsensical artwork and useless gaming tools. He also likes to discuss RPGs, boardgames, miniatures painting, writing, movies, books, and whatever else strikes his fancy. Mostly though, his goal is to provide fun and goofy things to inspire others in their games. Enjoy!
These are excellent miniatures for any fantasy game, but I particularly love them for Dungeon Crawl Classics. If +Goodman Games is ever planning on doing an official line of DCC miniatures, then +Darcy Perry is the guy that they should look to for the sculpting! I mean, just look at these miniatures:
Miniatures from the first Kickstarter
Miniatures from the second Kickstarter
Oh, and did I mention the Beholder with an optional party hat? Or the Dragon? Yes, if funding reaches $10k NZ, there will be a dragon add-on available...
Also, there is a pledge option of around $370 US where he will sculpt a custom miniature for you! That pledge level is limited, and there are only 3 left. If someone doesn't claim those last slots, I may need to scrape together some more cash and subject my gaming group to a Skullsword miniature. ;-)
Let's be honest guys. Nobody wants to see that, so hurry up and get on board while there is still time!
I was doodling on the iPad again today, and this is what showed up. I think that it's some sort of plant monster being pollinated by a winged eye, or maybe it's a sentient shower head. Honestly, I'm not sure. Whatever it is, it really dwarfs poor No Face the Sorcerer though.
There are just over 5 days left in the 2017 Purple Sorcerer Games Free Tools Pledge Drive. If you are a Dungeon Crawl Classics fan, this should be a no-brainer. If you aren't, well then you should be. ;-) Purple Sorcerer makes some incredible RPG tools. The free 0 level DCC PC generator alone would be enough, but add in the iOS and Android Crawler's Companion, or the Demon Generator, the Dragon Generator, or any of the other free tools that are available, and it's tough not to part with a few coins to support +Jon Marr in his efforts. So come on guys, if you can afford it, reach into your coin pouches and send some gold pieces (or silver pieces) over to help support these tools!
Adam West, best known for his portrayal of Batman in the trippy 60s television series has died at the age of 88. :-( While his was never my favorite version of Batman, I have very fond memories of watching him and Burt Ward socking villains after school when I was a child.
Wow. It's hard for me to believe that Star Wars is 40 years old today. I was 7 1/2 when it was released, and I was already a fan of science fiction and fantasy films. I loved the Buster Crabbe Flash Gordon serials that our CBS affiliate would run as filler for movies that didn't cover their entire time slot. I watched Star Trek reruns on Sunday afternoons, because football was boring. I was glued to the TV on Saturday afternoons to watch hokey sci-fi films from the 1950s. Monsters in rubber suits and ray guns that fired sparks were kind of my thing, but none of that prepared me for what I saw when my parents took me to see Star Wars. It was awe inspiring. I'd never seen anything like it before. My imagination didn't need to fill in the blanks created by poor special effect and black and white film stock. It was all there on the screen, and it looked real!
As great as the film was, there was still another surprise waiting for us in the autumn of that year. The toys. My friend Keith had pre-ordered the first set of action figures, and I remember him brining them in to school in second grade. They were the coolest toys ever, but of course, nobody wanted to get stuck with the droids! :-) My own collection of toys started soon after. I had 4 Boba Fetts from sending in proof of purchase labels from other action figures. I had an X-Wing and lost the clear canopy somewhere. I had Darth Vader's tie fighter, and like everyone else, I struggled to keep its wings on. I had the Death Star, and I can't count the number of times that Boba Fett and his three clones shoved farm boy Luke into that trash compactor. I spent hours recreating the movies and making up my own Star Wars stories. Those were great times, indeed.
More films followed. The Empire Strikes Back was a thing of beauty, even better than the original. Return of the Jedi was a little bit of a letdown though. I was almost 14 by that time, and the Ewoks just weren't cool to me. Star Wars had begun to lose a bit of its magic I guess as I got older. Other things were just cooler to a teenager I guess, but fortunately, that didn't last. Somewhere along the line, in college, I managed to recapture what I loved about Star Wars, and I'm a fan to this day. I doubt that many people would have predicted that 40 years later we would still be getting new Star Wars films, or that there would still be Star Wars action figures on my desk. The later films of course have been a mixed bag, some good, some less so. But when I hear that John Williams score, I'm reminded that even a so-so Star Wars film is still Star Wars.
He was never my favorite Bond, but it's difficult to deny his charm. Though it often ranks as one of the lesser Bond films, I'll always admit The Man With the Golden Gun as a guilty pleasure. I know what I'm watching tonight.
This week, we take a trip into the sewers to visit a Ratman champion. Ratmen are usually kind of pushovers, but this guy seems to be carrying a hill giant femur as a weapon, so I'm not sure that I'd mess with him. The sculpt is by Ben Siens from Reaper Miniatures and is 02761: Skrattle, Giant Ratman. Its still available from Reaper for just $7.99.
Deep beneath the earth in perpetually lightless caverns dwells this fearsome creature. Though rooted to the stone floor, its flailing tentacles and gaping maw allow it to make a meal of anything unlucky enough to wander within its grasp. The figure is from Reaper Miniatures 2658: Stone Lurker ($9.99) sculpted by Bob Olley. I'm not overly happy with the way that the eye turned out. I think that I need to rework that a bit. Its been a few weeks since my last Miniatures Monday post. This isn't because I haven't been painting, but rather because I haven't been photographing my work as regularly. With the weather improving, I'm hoping to increase my output a bit.