Sunday, March 4, 2018

Miniatures Monday - Riding the Wastelands

I've managed to finish another car for Gaslands.  When I started this one, I felt as if it was going to be a bit of a cheat since the car already had somewhat of a post-apocalyptic feel to it, but after dismantling it, stripping it and repainting it, I feel like I put enough work into it for it not to feel as if I'd cheated.

Every car needs a bonnet skull!

The wastelands are a dirty place.

A side-by-side with an unmodified version.

Friday, March 2, 2018

Well, this may help me in my ongoing efforts to avoid further lead poisoning. :-)

Mirliton miniatures is doing a Kickstarter to reproduce some of the Grenadier classic gold box miniatures!  Yes, that is a look of surprise! ;-)

I finally gave Roll20 a try in an actual game last night...

I have to admit, Roll20 was really a good experience.  It won't replace actually getting around a table to play, but it felt much closer to actually being there than I expected it to.  I think using the 3d dice really helped a lot, and I loved being able to play ambient cave sounds from the jukebox.  The ability to draw on the maps is very helpful as well.   Sadly, Ranus the warrior and Fellipe the Mouse met their ends quite quickly to a trio of cannibalistic Thung.  Fortunately their sons Ranus jr. and Fellipe jr. fared much better and even managed to avenge the deaths of their fathers.

Friday, February 23, 2018

A rough night in the dungeon

It took me about ten minutes to figure out the right keys to use to move around in Orthanc, and less than one minute for this Level 1 Man to kill me...

There's a PS4 gathering dust across the hall, and this is what I'm playing...

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Gaslands - The next to the last of the V8 Interceptors

A piece of history.
 I know that it's not the most interesting looking car for Gaslands, but I really wanted  a Ford Falcon XB in my stable of cars in honor of Mad Max, so I built this one.  Of course, it doesn't have a blower or extra fuel tanks, but maybe the next one will.  I lifted the wheels a bit as they seemed too low for what I was going for, and I'm pretty pleased with how the dust effect turned out.
The wastelands are a dusty place.

Glass in the rear window is for chumps.

Friday, February 16, 2018

Gaslands - Riding the Wastelands part 5: My first completed car

As often seems to be the case with me, the thing that I started last is the first to be completed.  The car that I accidentally stepped on and had to repair  is now painted and ready to roll.  I give you 5 views of my first Gaslands car, The Skull Crusher (not a very original name, I know).  It's got that Mad Max feel that I was going for.  Overall, I'm pretty happy with how the car turned out, and I think that it ended up even better than my pre-stepping on it concept.
There were a lot of holes to patch...

The Skull Ram!

Hand made large caliber bullet holes

Everyone needs a skull on their boot

Not bad for my first try

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Gaslands - Riding the Wastelands part 4: Ready to paint

Well, I now have 3 cars primed and ready for painting, although I'll admit that the middle one feels like a bit of a cheat, even though I added the mini-gun and hood skull. :-)

Sunday, February 11, 2018

Gaslands - Riding the Wastelands Part 3: Ready to paint and happy accidents (2 cars!)

So I've primed my first Gaslands car and dry-fitted it to make sure that everything is good prior to painting it.  I think that it looks pretty cool with a flamethrower on the hood and a giant turbo-bosted engine in the rear.  I think that it looks good, but it doesn't quite have the Mad max feel that I was hoping for.  Still, I'm looking forward to painting it. 

As for the more Mad Max feel, I got that on another car quite by mistake.  I had a plan for making a '69 Mustang into a car with giant speakers on it and a skull ram.  I was well on my way to realizing my vision of a death-metal racer when disaster struck (or so I thought).  I had stripped down the car and drilled out holes for all of the accessories.  Then I stepped on the car...  Quite by accident, but man was I bummed out.  The roof bent and one of the roof pillars snapped off.  I'd had this happen to my Hot Wheels cars a few times when I was a kid, and that was generally the end of them.  But this time I got to thinking.  Those dudes in the wastelands wouldn't just scrap their car when it got jacked up.  After the apocalypse, there aren't going to be factories building new cars, so they would have to fix what they had.  In that spirit, I started on a revised plan for the car, and this is what I ended up with.  First, I made new roof pillars.  Then I added patches over the big holes.  I added a few bullet holes in the passenger side door, and replaced all of the glass with wire mesh.  I even gave it the ram that I'd planned to use for the original design.  Strangely enough, I'm liking this car better than what I had originally planned!  I'm really looking forward to getting this one primed and painted, maybe even more than the first car.

Saturday, February 10, 2018

Gaslands - Riding the Wastelands: Part 2

Well, progress has been made.  I've stripped the paint from the car, and primed the interior black.  Now comes the hard part, actually deciding how to build the car back up for my first Gaslands car.  Fuel tanks?  Guns?  Spikes?  All of the above?  So many choices...

Monday, February 5, 2018

Miniatures Monday (Riding the Wastelands)

I've begun work on my cars for Gaslands.  Several years ago, I picked up a few Hot Wheels cars intending to muse them in a larger scale game of Car Wars.  Sadly, that never happened, but with the release of Mike Hutchinson's Gaslands from Osprey Wargames, those cars have been given new life!  When I was a young boy, I'd have gotten into a lot of trouble for doing this to my Hot Wheels cars.  Being an adult does have some advantages. ;-)
Right now, the metal car bodies are soaking in paint remover.  I'll post more photos as they progress.

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

R.I.P. Ursula K. Le Guin

Science fiction and fantasy author Ursula K. Le Guin has died at the age of 88.  Her obituary can be found in The New York Times.  I first came across her works many years ago through a paperback copy of A Wizard of Earthsea that I picked up the autumn of my freshman year in college.  I found it in a used bookstore that's no longer there,and voraciously devoured it.  I was back the next week to pick up copies of The Tombs of Atuan and the Farthest Shore.  Those books meant a lot to me, especially the first.  I was away at school and hadn't really found any friends yet, so I found Ged to be immediately relatable.  It was a source of comfort at a lonely time in my life.  I was pleasantly surprised when later she continued the series with Tehanu and then two more volumes after that.  She wrote many other stellar works, such as the Left Hand of Darkness, but the Earthsea cycle will always hold a special place in my heart.
My Signed Bookplates

For many years, she would send signed bookplates to anyone who sent her a self-addresed stamped envelope, and I was fortunate enough to have taken her up on that offer.  But those bookplates have sat in the envelope for years now.  I guess I've been waiting for leather bound editions of her books to come out or something.  Who knows?  What I do know is that as I sit here feeling melancholy on a windy January evening, I remember how her writing made a lonely young man feel better a long time ago, and I think it may be time to re-read A Wizard of Earthsea.
That used copy from long ago

Monday, January 22, 2018

Happy Birthday Robert E. Howard

Today marks the 112th birthday of Robert E. Howard.  Though he saw less than a quarter of those years, his influence on sword and sorcery fiction is undeniable.  So, on this auspicious day, drink to his shade and to the shades of those who followed in his footsteps!