Tuesday, 24 April 2012

Pandora's Box

So I got home yesterday after a long day slogging it at work, and I mean slogging. I can't complain about my job, it pays pretty well and the hours are OK, plus I get to destroy things on a regular basis so that's cool, but anyway, I'm getting off subject. So, I got home and found a neat package waiting for me.

You can't quite see the extent of the damage,
or the advertising on rear.
It was from Mantic games, now, this is the first time I've ordered from Mantic and I was pretty shocked at just how much advertising they could put on the outside of a postage box. I know that there are a lot of postmen out there and while it is travelling from the nice folks at Mantic to my dark pit a lot of people are going to glance upon it. But wow. It may seem petty of me but when I order items I don't want people to know what kind of goodies are in the box. Could you imagine if Anne Summers did that. Plus if said postman wasn't of honest nature, and liked that kind of stuff it could easily go walkies. But Meh, it got to me and that's what matters.

Wednesday, 18 April 2012

Boarding the Hulk. How it all began.

I got to thinking about the routes of my wargaming hobby yesterday after reading FLG's Sunday Serman and so I thought I would share this epic account of the adventure that started an era of gaming with you.

Warning this post may not be epic and may not contain adventure.

So lets think, I can remember having toy figures when I was a wee nipper way back in the 80s Transformers were rife and dominating the boys side of the toys market. Timmy Mallet was on TV every Saturday. And some woman was running the country. Anyhow. My Dad was into his aeroplanes and together we made Kits and painted them up all pretty (or in my case really badly) unknown to me then this love of building and painting was the first step into the world of wargaming.

Games Night: Talisman... Again

Lol, so last week we played Talisman and had such a great time we decided to do it again. That and we we're all tired and the box for Talisman was on top of the pile.

Yup.. again.

Thursday, 12 April 2012

Candy and Cola

Finally, FINALLY I managed to get my grubby little hands on the Candy and Cola figure that was released for Super Dungeon Explore by Soda Pop Miniatures.


I've been after this figure since the release of SDE and all my attempts to gain it had ended in disappointment, Either the price was too high (£20+ for a single figure is too much) or the store that had it in stock didn't ship to this side of the pond. So imagine my glee when Cool Mini Or Not got a restock.


Wednesday, 11 April 2012

Games Night. Talisman

Tuesday night is games night around these parts.
People come over, we choose a game, we play, we argue, we take the piss and we sulk. A completely normal games night I think...
Anyhow, I intend to do a "Battle Report" on Wednesdays just to sum up what it is that we got up to and the results. I may even take a few pics and throw them up for good measure (though I forgot to do that last night >.<)

This Tuesday we decided to dust off Talisman 3rd Edition and have a little play, it's a fun game and one that my other half joins in with as well, so it's all good.

Tuesday, 10 April 2012

House of Paincakes

Just a quick shout to say thanks to the guys and gals at House of Paincakes for letting Voidsigns join their network of Blogs.

Awesome sauce ^.^


Sunday, 8 April 2012

Super Dungeon Explore Dwelling Monsters

As a group we play Super Dungeon Explore a lot, we all think the game is awesome, and I personally  rant and rave about it all the time. Soda Pop Miniatures really excelled when it came to getting this little gem out, it was well worth the wait. We have noticed however that the game can be a tad linear, a few things don't make sense and a couple of things could be better.

So, we sat down and made up some extra rules just to give us a little more... urm... stuff.


With me being anal and the rest of the group all remembering the same rules in different ways I decided to sit down and make a pretty PDF rule set that contains all the changes that we use, and a set of new monster cards to cover the Dwelling Monsters.

See, looks really pretty.

First of all we have added Dwelling Monsters. The two sets of beasties that came in the box are very nice, but after a few games they don't really offer anything new and it starts to get a little stale. So we added some new critters and a Special Character. For the most part the new Monsters can be represented by pretty much anything that fits the bill, a bats a bat afterall. The Monster that was a hard figure to find was Barry, I use a Dwarf Wereshark from Reaper Miniatures represent him on the board.

These are what we use for the Dwelling Monsters.
Dungeons and Dragons, Warhammer Fantasy.

This is Reapers Dwarf Wereshark.
Great Figure.

And yes, I do intend to base and paint them.... 

As well as the Dwelling Monsters we've added a search option, when you enter a room you can search it. You may get some goodies or some nasties may jump out at you. Also Line of sight, has been blocked by the big stuff and you can cause more that one wound per attack.

Barry. He's an asshole.

I have uploaded the complete set of additional rules we use to Boardgamegeek and 4share so you can download them and take a look. The cards are on the file and are scaled and ready to be printed out for use.

Feed back would be nice on these rules, it would be nice to hear other peoples oppinions and if anyone has any ideas for more monsters.

Well, I hope you enjoy em.


Saturday, 7 April 2012

Painted Miniatures

I've had a couple of Emails find their way into my inbox, which is odd considering how many followers I have. Anyhow, yes, a couple of Emails asking if I do actually paint anything and is this a Blog about me ranting on about what I would like to do.

So, here a few pics of some of the mini's that I have managed to finish.

Super Dungeon Explore is my current squeeze at the moment I love the game. These two were my first attempts at painting the Chibi styled mini's. I wanted bold highlighting to give them the anime feel that I think they deserve. Overall I was really happy with them. I just have another eight heroes and a mass of bad guys to go ^.^

Deeproot Druid and Angry Bear from Super Dungeon Explore.
Again but from behind this time.

This Skaven Packmaster Skweel Gnowtooth is the Coach of my Blood Bowl team. I wasn't overly happy with some of the highlighting on the Rats but overall I could live with the finished result. I tend not to be a perfectionist when it comes to painting, so if something looks good enough, it's good enough ^.^
Packmaster Gnawtooth.
I was very pleased how the copper of his armour turned out.

Now this guy I have had for about fifteen years. I only painted him a little while ago though. The mini had a weird Monks head on to of his own head which I really didn't like so I took it off and cleaned up the area. I love the sculpt on this fella, I think its from the old Talisman range but I'm not sure. He's used in Talisman now though ^.^

This is my Favourite miniature. Its a simple Paint job, but I love it.
Knight Templar. Such a beautiful Miniature.

So there you have it, I know I'm not the greatest Painter in the world and these are only three in a sea miniatures. But they are some of my favourites. I will post updates of new projects and NEW finished models, but I don't want to fill this blog up with pictures of miniatures I painted years ago.
One of the reasons that I have restarted this blog is to help me move forward in my hobby, not to help me dwell on the old stuff that I use to do.

Thanks for looking,


Thursday, 5 April 2012

That was quick

Avatars of War mini's arrived this morning. I'm still waiting on the Rulebook but that has been sent separately. Maelstrom Games packed the mini's in the same awesome manor they always do and I have to admit, I like em.

I was expecting the mini's to be cast in resin, but I guess that's my own fault for not reading the full description. The detail is excellent and they both come with a choice of Heads / Weapons.

Anyhow, enough gibber jabber, here's some pics.

The packaging is lush, great artwork and the models are easy to see.

Back of the packaging.

Dark Elf Queen, with a mass of spare and extra parts.

Wood Elf Ranger, head with or without hood.

I will try and get these cleaned up and assembled as soon as I can. Then I'll post some more pics.


Wednesday, 4 April 2012

Avatars of War

While looking for mini’s to represent the various characters that ran around the board in a game of Talisman as well as another “Project” I’m working on, I stumbled across the Avatars of War site.

I’ve wanted to get hold of a few of their Mini’s for a while. Just as painting projects really, however I’ve not managed to get my grubby little mitts on any yet. But, from what I’ve seen in the pictures I have to say the mini’s look wonderful.I know these mini’s were designed to represent core characters in existing fantasy wargames but AoW have also released the Arena Deathmatch game to back up their already impressive miniature range.
On Order, from Maelstrom ^.^
Now that I’ve downloaded the rules from the AoW site and had a gander at them, I have to say that I’m very interested in exploring this game further than just the miniature side. My mind is bristling with ideas of making an arena for six to ten models to fight to the death in.

Also on order, as well as the Wood Elf Hero.
I think that this may be a project that will push a couple of other little things aside for a while, but meh. The mini’s can be used in quite a few games, and if I do make a 24”x24” arena for the game I’m sure if I build it right I can include that in a few other games as well.
Not on order but it is a great looking figure.
Anyhow, I’ve ordered a couple of the Mini’s and the Arena Deathmatch Rulebook so when they get here I’ll throw some pictures up. I’m not going to go into full on reviews, but I will shout out my personal opinion about them.

This looks like it could be fun ^^


A Geeks Life!

Sooooooo, it's been a while... Almost 2 Years by my counting.
Anyhow, I've done away with all the life experience's shite that was on here, mainly due to me not wanting to write about whats been bothering me, and whats made me a sad boy that day. But also because I want to start sharing in the things that I Love and Enjoy.
And I don't just mean anime and jiggling boobs.

But also my love of Wargaming, Transformers, Manga etc etc.

I've got several projects currently on the burner, these include an Adeptus Mechanicus Army for Epic 400K, A small Infinity force, Relic Knights and various other things that are sitting on shelves waiting for work to be done on them. Time as always is an issue, and I know that its going to be a long slog to get everything I want to get done, done.

This Blog is now going to be about what I've been upto and what I want to do next. I think this will help me keep on track of my Projects, and keep a record of what I've accomplished.
It's up to you (the reader) if you want to pop back and see how far I've got on painting the SDE Chibi mini's (for example), and if you dont want to, I'm not going to take offence ^^.

This will hopefully be the first of many posts.
So pop back soon and have a look.