Jordan Peacock

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    Sculpting, kitbashing, scenery/terrain, painting.

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  1. A friend of ours (the same guy for whom I paint lots of miniatures, incidentally) lets us drop by to watch movies that he gets on BluRay or through whatever video service he's got at the time, and I am TERRIBLE at remarking aloud about whatever we are watching. I will often voice disgust with how "obviously stupid" the character is in a horror situation, and my friend -- who has a natural disposition toward playing devil's advocate -- will challenge me and sometimes ... yeah, okay, I'm just being too "genre-savvy," and I'll grant it, I was being unfair. And of course, if there are amazing coincidences that happen in the story ... well, maybe this is a case of selection bias. We are being told the story about the person who DID go into the spooky graveyard, who DID stupidly break the seal holding back the curse, or any number of things, or else there just wouldn't be a story. But sometimes, SOMETIMES, I think stories go a little too far, and it's not merely that people are being "stupid" or "careless," but willfully behaving in suicidal fashion that goes at odds with any observation of their behavior up to this point. Like, say, I'm a security guard. I have just discovered a withered corpse. Since I am not a coroner doing an autopsy, I am probably NOT going to bring my face in so close to said withered face that, if this were a romantic movie, and said withered corpse weren't a withered corpse, we in the audience would expect a passionate kiss to follow. But of COURSE this corpse is actually a mummy-something and is going to spring to life and suck the guard's life force out through his gaping mouth. Now, my reflex is not, "Well OBVIOUSLY a dead corpse is going to spring to life and suck your life force out through your mouth." It's more, "It is not natural to bring your face within near-kissing-distance to the face of a shriveled corpse, in the muddy dark, where one might slip, or where one might get nostrils full of withered-corpse-stench." Ditto for blundering downstairs in the dark. Now, I MIGHT do something like that if there were some matter of urgency: I just heard someone cry for help, and I'm NOT logically thinking that the danger is coming from a monster trying to eat someone and who might therefore eat me next. Or, I dunno, zombie apocalypse, and we the main characters have all experienced swarms of flesh-eating cannibal zombies, yet were lucky enough to survive, so let's just drive a short distance outside of the city, and set up in some camping tents. Surely no zombies are going to come tearing through the -- OH, WHAT DO YOU KNOW? There goes the neighborhood! Would have made perfect sense if these are oblivious campers outside of cell phone reception range and they haven't heard that there's an Apocalypse going on, but if you've got what amount to "veterans," each of whom has just lost family members and friends, I expect them to be at least a TEENSY bit more on guard, and jumpy. It's not necessarily that it's obvious or smart (I mean, even inside a house, you might have zombies breaking through drywall that *seemed* like a nice safe barrier a few minutes ago), but it just seems unnatural for the characters to be this way. Now, if they've been traumatized and they've tried to kill too many brain cells with alcohol, and hence somebody does something drunken-stupid? Or everyone is barricaded inside a warehouse, and there's constant zombie-moaning, and someone's wits splinter, and he goes screaming out into the night? It's stupid, but at least it feels like a more plausible sort of stupid rather than just "Okay, writer needs you to totally not care about the horror anymore." And it's not always horror, per se. For instance, there was "Falling Skies." It had a number of problems, but one thing that bugged me was the idea of an alien invasion, where it's demonstrated that the aliens have air superiority (spaceships -- they came from SPACE, after all), civilization is squashed, and yet rag-tag survivors are just sort of camping out in the open streets, under the open sky, sipping hot cocoa around campfires, completely oblivious to the idea that ... hey, I dunno, maybe an alien is going to fly by at night, see all your campfires amid the vast blackness of nothing-burning-non-civilization, and decide that makes a nice target to start shooting at. And of course, every now and again, death DID come from the skies, but it never seemed to change their behavior. Why? I think it's just because the writers wanted some "light" moments of sitting around campfires swapping stories, as part of their emotional orchestration of the tone of the series, and, doggonnit, they're going to HAVE those campfire scenes. :)
  2. Live

    I love the irregular block look of the walls, and I would actually find some value in 30mm squares, simply because of games such as Iron Kingdoms (Warmachine, Hordes) and others where 30mm round bases have become the standard for human-sized models. However, I've got too much of an investment in Hirst Arts and other tiles that are based on inch measurements. Even if I can't fit a 30mm base within a one-inch square, the systems I've been playing allow for usage of tape measures anyway, so while I can see some value in 30mm squares, it's oddly off from anything remotely resembling a "standard" out there at present.
  3. Regarding cheap ideas for terrain bits: Juice Bottle Lid Pedestals: I save lids from Tropicana and certain other drinks that have a sort of "gothic arch" thing going on with the design: (Note the orange lid at top.) I sometimes use these as extra-large bases for extra-large Bones models, or else as a dais for a statue, once spray-painted black and then given grey highlights. Alternatively, find a cardboard or PVC tube of the right diameter to insert, and it makes a massive column topper.
  4. Aww yeah! I'm a fan of Ivan Bilibin's illustrations, and I've read up on a number of Russian and Slavic fairy tales -- particularly for my Khador-focused "Iron Kingdoms" campaign. I wish for at least cameo appearances by the Grey Wolf, the Fire Bird, and Baba Yaga's Three Horsemen. (Maybe even a Rusalka?)
  5. Here's an update on the "Ramone" conversion, along with some more Tablescapes "Urban Streets" tiles: The sidewalk tiles and foreground pavement are Secret Weapon Miniatures "Tablescapes" tiles. Two converted Happy Meal "Ramone" cars with bubble tops are in the foreground. The "Frosty Bar" is a Bachmann Plasticville O-scale model kit.
  6. Wow. I'm glad this thread got raised from the dead. I don't think I saw this particular Frogtastic creation before! :D
  7. Stuff I could still use in Bones: FANTASY: * Cockatrice (02630 as Bones, or new, more dynamic sculpt). * Tatzelwurm (AKA Alps Dragon or Cat Dragon). * Large Bed (i.e., furniture version corresponding to Bed Mockingbeast). * Nightmare (either the flaming sort, or the ghostly Fuseli version) * Skull-faced wildcat (maybe undead, maybe some weird beastie that starts with a "K" from a certain fantasy RPG) CHRONOSCOPE: * Western-to-modern riding horse (possibly with removable rider). * Spaceman Conversion Kit: Clear bubble dome helmet, rocket pack, ray gun. * Sci-Fi self-standing bulkhead door (big enough for IMEF Bulldog). * Jumpsuit Technician: Usable for sci-fi or modern. (Note on Jumpsuit Technician: Maybe give him a big backpack and a wand and call him a "pest exterminator," and I could simply pretend for the sake of an RPG that he's really there to exterminate, say, GHOSTS. Or keep it generic and I might be able to use him as some sort of technician/mechanic.)
  8. Following up, sort of, I talked with someone I know who works at Peachstate Hobby Distribution, and we got into something of an argument about whether or not Reaper pewter minis are "discontinued," but I think it was mostly my fault for not having all my terms straight. It might have been a matter of terminology, as he at last said something to the effect of, "I know they'll cast them if you order from them directly, but it's not part of their regular distribution*." (* Not an exact quote, and I'm not sure if I remember "distribution" as the exact term being used. He might have said "not part of their regular production." I probably should write these things down, as when I don't fully understand the terms being discussed, I have more trouble remembering the particulars. My usage of quotation marks here shouldn't be taken as denoting "newspaper quotes.") In any case, he told me that it's a moot point, because (paraphrasing from memory) "they're phasing out pewter for the Bones plastic. Nobody is really buying the pewter anymore, because it costs so much. The Bones are what's selling." (I didn't get a clear sense as to whether he meant pewter in general, just Reaper pewter, or more specifically just the older pewter minis I was specifically making reference to.) He then advised that I should get in on the Bones Kickstarter before it wraps up. (This was before the Kickstarter, in fact, had wrapped up. ;) Never fear, I got in on that, but mostly for big terrain items, not yet more goblins and kobolds and dragons and adventurers and stuff.) The Bones HAVE in fact comprised most of my Reaper purchases of late, and at Sci-Fi City, I notice that many of the Reaper pewter packs are so old that the plastic is brittle and the glue sometimes comes loose. The Bones are of course newer, but I also see a lot more turnover when I stop by. (I'll see a Bones mini, think of getting it, go by and it's gone, but then the next visit it's back in stock again. There's no such diligence when it comes to the older pewter minis, that I can tell. Once they're gone, they seem to just STAY gone.)
  9. I stopped by the store in person and talked to the manager, and explained that I had visited the Reaper forums and gotten it confirmed that, yes, they're still making pewter. I pointed out that on shelves in the store, there are pewter versions of models that were released as newly-designed Bones in the last Kickstarter. Bones, brand-new sculpt, and yet they're still putting out a pewter version! The manager said he honestly had no idea. The store relies upon a warehouse that supplies it, and is like another level between the store and the distributor, and he'd been told that Reaper was no longer producing new pewter minis. I noted that I COULD simply order the pewter minis directly from Reaper (because they're still in production, and Reaper has an online store), but I want to support my friendly local game store, since I greatly value having game table space to play, and being able to browse actual game products on shelves, and to make little impulse purchases on the way home from work rather than waiting and having to make mega orders to justify shipping & handling charges, and then wait for weeks for stuff to arrive. So, I thought that was nicely cleared up. Over the weekend, I got a message on my phone. Roughly paraphrased, "Sorry, but the warehouse doesn't have any of ... #02631, "Cockatrice," let alone 4 of them. It's out of production." (More apology it took so long to find this out, and thanks for putting in an order, etc.) Argh! "Out of production?" I thought we had that sorted out! But apparently not. Okay, I guess I need to check online after all. Hmm. Let's do a search for "reaper cockatrice miniatures." First hit: Amazon. "Cockatrice MINT/new by Reaper ... $35.10 + $3.99 shipping." *$35.10*?!? You're kidding me, right? Good grief. What, are they cast in silver? A few down -- Miniature Giant says it's "OOP." Argh, again! ... Reaper store it is, I guess! Although, I actually ran a play-test of my scenario this weekend, and used a few velociraptors I had on hand in lieu of "rad-chickens." (I had two of 03021 "Velociraptors," plus a couple of plastic HorrorClix Velociraptors from "The Lab" expansion.) The players didn't balk at the use of velociraptors as "mutant chickens," so maybe that's the route to go after all. (Velociraptors -- or the very similar looking "Raptors" -- might be pricier per model, but more plausible as a threat, minus any fantasy magical ability of turning people to stone with a gaze. I'm not even sure how large those cockatrices would have been.)
  10. I hope you have a very glittery-wolfy birthday! :) (I have no idea what that would be like, exactly, but I'm sure it'd be awesome.)
  11. And here's where I had to leave off early this morning. I started applying some epoxy putty as gap-filler, but I didn't want to apply things too thickly at first: I want the initial bits of putty to cure a bit so they can serve as structural support (rather than bowing in under pressure from applying more putty on top of that), so I can apply a bit more in the evening, and then try to smooth things out some more. I used some leftover bits of putty to turn the front tires into "flats." I'll use some more to freeze the wheels in place (no sense in a junked car rolling across the table on its own), and to turn the rear tires into "flats" as well. For the paint job, I'd like to preserve as much of the original paint job (particularly the "flames" and "pin-stripe" details) since they look interesting, but since this is supposed to be a post-apocalyptic junker, I'll also be adding some "grunge" and "rust spots" and such. Since I am unlikely to be able to make a smooth transition from the original yellow to get a perfect match painted onto the areas of putty, there will probably be a lot of grunge and rust accumulating in my paint scheme near the base of where the dome attaches. Once I get that done (but before I glue the dome down in place), I'll try doing the same to the other "Ramone" car (the purple one). I'd like to have the loose dome on hand to serve to double-check the size of the second dome bubble top I cut out, since I'd like both of them to be as similar as possible. After all, both of these should represent the same model of car -- just different paint jobs.
  12. To make room for the new dome top, I used the Dremel cutter to remove the roof from the "Ramone" car, revealing the mechanism inside. I'm leaving the mechanism in place, since the "frosted" look of the plastic dome doesn't make it all that visible anyway, but I opted to cut off the two vertical tabs inside (since they were too much at odds with the idea of a driver and passenger seat being somewhere under the dome). I'm a bit nervous any time I get out the Dremel, because "The Dremel can be your friend ... and the Dremel can be YOUR WORST ENEMY." Fortunately, I didn't have any incidents with the Dremel trying to break loose and go on a grinding spree or other such silliness, nor did I have random plastic cracks. After I took the photo, I went back and shortened those two vertical tabs, since they were visible through the dome as clearly interfering with space where there really ought to be driver and passenger seats instead. As can be seen (and as should be expected), the ROUND edge of a dome isn't going to match up perfectly with the somewhat more square-like base of the roof. Some gap-filling is in order. That's where the putty comes in.
  13. I fit the 40mm round base inside the capsule dome, then took advantage of the translucence of the dome to trace a line around the rim, serving as a cutting guideline. I them used the Dremel cutting wheel attachment to work my way around the edge (a bit cautious, since I was afraid of making the thin plastic crack, or cutting too far inward). I then did some clean-up of the "crumbs" and "threads" of distressed plastic along the rim (shown on left). I'll try to figure out a use for the remaining semi-cylinder shape later on.
  14. I put the "Ramone" cars on the back burner, as I had no ready access to some sort of suitable replacement for the roof, and I didn't trust that I could get a decent result by trying to Dremel out the "windows" and end up with something that didn't look ... well ... Dremeled out. I considered the possibility of turning both cars into convertibles, with a replacement windshield made of blister plastic, but another thing that bugged me was that so far my car wrecks just look OLD, not "retrofuturistic." (Okay, so maybe "Flo" looks a bit retrofuturistic, but that's just one.) What if I could replace the roof with some sort of a dome top? That might evoke more of a "Jetsons" or "Lincoln Futura" feel. The trick is in finding a plastic dome of suitable diameter and depth (a total half-sphere would look silly) to do the job. While at Sci-Fi City and checking on an order of Cockatrices (and informing the manager that I'd heard from someone at Reaper that, no, they ARE NOT discontinuing their pewter minis, and still in fact make them), I noticed a few "gumball" style dispensers of junky little toys. Among them was a "Zombie Nation" dispenser that offered ~2" plastic "acorn"-style prize capsules ... oh, and also some random ugly zombie mini inside each one. After a bit of wrestling with the machine to get it to actually dispense my paid-for "prize," I managed to get two capsules. The 2"-diameter dome is not only a bit too wide for the car, but it's certainly too tall. A 40mm round base (pictured atop the purple car to the left) is much closer to the diameter I was hoping for. But in this case, "too big" is definitely better than "too small."