Saturday, 31 December 2016

What I did (but didn't show you) and didn't do in 2016.

It's that time of year again. 2016 is having it's arse kicked out that back door and we are waiting with a lump of coal and a dram for 2017 to show it's face. It's traditionally the time for bloggers to look back at their year and review their work. I don't think I want to do that though. All you have to do is a click a couple of buttons and you can go through all the posts from the last 12 months. Don't be so lazy. What I will say is that I managed to paint around about 256 figures this year bit not all of them got time on the blog for various reasons. Some were initially painted for Scalecreep.

Orc Captain on his pride and joy.

Monday, 26 December 2016

Reverse Tsundoku with Dragons

"Tsundoku" (n.) is the condition of acquiring reading materials but letting them pile up in one's home without reading them.

So Reverse Tsundoku must be reading materials without acquiring them or letting the pile up in your home, something i managed successfully in my youth (not so much nowadays). 

I'm sure I've mentioned on here before that one of the formative experiences of my fantasy life was my habit of reading Dragon Magazine on the shelves of the Asda store in New Craighall, Edinburgh. While my Mum dragged my brother up and down the aisles I was allowed to hand about the magazine section and read the mags. One week a Magazine caught my eye, Dragon. From what I can tell from browsing the interwebs it must have been October '87 and it was issue 126. 

What I thought i'd do for you dear leader is leave a collection of the magazines I remembered reading in those heady days and leave copies of the eye catching fantasy covers for you to coo over in these slow days between Christmas and new year. Have fun!

Monday, 19 December 2016

Nope - A Rogue Stars review

So. Rogue Stars.

On paper this seems like a game right up my street. Sci-fi skirmish game. Small number of figures. Gorgeous illustrations. Copplestone figures. Decent price. Comic book styling. Sounds great.

I can't even remember when it was first mentioned but I've known of the impending arrival of these rules for at least a year. The author, Andrea Sfiligoi, has done 'Fistful of Kung-fu' and 'Of gods and Mortals' for Osprey as well as running Ganesha Games and writing 'Song of Blade and heroes', so he has pedigree.

Northstar have ran a Nickstarter campaign for this game and got a whole load of figures produced for it, some of them are classics. It's nice to see a new range of Sci-fi figures being produced with no fixed back ground.

Friday, 16 December 2016

Confrontation or Confrontation?

Whilst having a chat with the other Wipster's (as we do on an almost constant basis, seriously we are worse than 14 year old girls when it comes to mobile communication) the subject of Confrontation came up. Some of my illustrious brethren were discussing the impact that the original appearance of Confrontation in White Dwarf all those many moons ago. We were also discussing the game in general. Now, it is important as this point to note that there were a varied amount of opinions and they can be broken down into the following basic groups.

  1. Confrontation is a fantastic background but I wouldn't touch the game with a Captain Crooks's floppy barge pole.
  2. Confrontation is a unique creation and I'd love to play it as it was originally intended.
  3. Confrontation should be completed and published in a form as near to a finished item as possible.  
Let's examine these in a little more detail

Monday, 12 December 2016

Jonis Borson

A couple of weeks ago I got me self a box of Hybrids and apart from trying the arms on some confrontation figures I hadn't done much with them. I was having a chat with Antipixi about kit-bashing various figures for Inq28.
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