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  1. With most of the projects that I paint, my clients only send me a few units at a time.  This works fine, of course, except that I rarely get to see the whole army together.

    So I've decided to make a series of posts featuring some of the armies I've done over the years.  I've decided to start out with one of the first projects that I got to do- the Storm Lords Space Marines.  Most of them I painted quite a while ago, and I didn't get pictures of every mini I painted, but this should give you a decent impression of the army.

    I don't remember when I painted any of these in particular (I know I didn't get any photos of the very first batch of them).  So here they are, in no particular order.

    And before anyone mentions it- this force uses the yellow helmets, following the fluff that suggests that they follow a White Scars style organization rather than following the codex organization.









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    I just read on Beasts of War- a commenter claims the "Must buy core set" policy has changed:




    As of January 16th that ( the FAQ ) changed. You can now put down a few dollars and will get access to the PM :D . It’s what i’ve done.



    I suspect that this will lead to many more sales of Vore Nash minis.

  3. I’ve loved Blood Bowl for a long time, and I was super happy to see Games Workshop bring it back (ok, some of us were playing the whole time, but it is still great to see their new minis and boards).

    Here’s a team that I got to do for a client. I’ve always favored the Bad Moons, so I was really happy that he wanted these guys in Bad Moon Yellow.







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  4. On 1/26/2018 at 9:00 PM, Leader of the Rats said:

    There's a comic book with a story that seems choose your own adventureish and might be innovative, or might crash and burn.


    Whoa, that's ambitious.  They mention in the update that a polished comic takes a lot of money to produce- but do they know how much work they'll have to put in to learn to write a comic well?


    I generally assume that game designers absolutely suck at fiction writing (and once in a while, I'm pleasantly surprised).  How was the writing in This War of Mine?


    I hope they surprise me, but I'm definitely going into it with low expectations.

  5. 3 hours ago, Knight of the Dinner Table said:

    actually, you have to take a full core pledge before you can get add-ons ... and that has been the case for some other CMON Kickstarters, too ... I think I wanted add-ons for the Game of Thrones games but could not get them without a core pledge.


    Your post is made of pure sadness.


    Take it back.

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  6. On 1/24/2018 at 3:20 AM, Grefven said:

    Wait a second... Hold on now! *gasp* Isn't everything on wikipedia 100% accurate and fact-checked by some reliable global agency that does it for a living?! My mind was just blown away.



    Yet it is more accurate than the encyclopedia Brittanica.



    I think it is kind of awesome that they got caught.  I REALLY hope that Kotahi himself got in on the kickstarter- he deserves a copy of the mini based on his friend's descriptions of him.

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  7. On 1/30/2018 at 9:39 AM, Knight of the Dinner Table said:

    Unfortunately, the tribe this prince is from is a paid add-on ...




    Or it could be a good thing- provided you just want the minis and don't care about the core game.  With CMON stuff, you can usually add on without getting the core.


    Do the paid add on tribes just stand out better than the core ones?  I noticed the changes in the naming conventions away from the stammering ("Um...Tall?)

  8. I picked up Ms. Bones and the new Mr. Bones at Reapercon, and I soon realized that I wanted about eight or nine more of them for some conversions.


    I figured the release date was right around the corner, but so far, they seem to still be upcoming.


    Do we have any idea as to when they'll be released?  I really do wish I had bought more at Reapercon...

  9. On 1/27/2018 at 8:58 AM, skippen said:

    It lost me at ovens.



    This is a complaint about the KS that I don't really get.


    I mean, I've been playing games in which you eat one another for a long time.  Sure, in Necromunda it was just the Scavvies that ate their opponents, but Fairy Meat definitely featured cannibalism front and center.  And orcs definitely eat each other in a lot of settings (Tolkien started it).


    But they didn't cook their enemies (at least not always).  Is that what makes the difference? so there's that.  Does eating them raw make so much of a difference?  I've heard people talk about Holocaust stuff, but the parallels are pretty much non-existent.


    I mean, my daughter watched Trolls the other day- it features a harsh world in which one tribe in on a quest to eat their rivals -who happen to be some sort of narcotic.  I saw it and thought- "hey- here's a setting that' seems a lot like HATE- just with bright colors and pop songs. 


    I can see most of the complaints- people who think the gameplay is too simple, the gratuitous swearing in the pitch can be a turn off, the whole "we're so much more grimdark than anything- MOAR METAL!" atmosphere, or the sameness of the minis/factions, or even their promise to make the book graphic enough to warrant their 18+ label.


    But the simple inclusion of cannibalism just seems kind of tame and inoffensive.

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  10. I feel like it has been a while since I posed one of these up here.

    Here are a couple cake toppers that I really enjoyed making.  The first couple are set to battle off the zombies in the apocalypse, but they wanted a slightly more romantic pose than my usual back to back pose.

    One thing to note is that I was able to match their height differences.  While I usually can't get the height difference super exact, I can get a difference to show up.


    And here's another topper with the characters standing side by side- this time with game controllers.  They're much worse prepared to fight zombies- unless we're talking about the Call of Duty or Left 4 Dead kind.


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  11. On 1/16/2018 at 2:57 PM, Knight of the Dinner Table said:

    and: Green Horde (before stretch goals) had

    • 9 double-sided game tiles 
    • 72 miniatures  
    • 6 survivor plastic dashboards, color bases, and ID Cards 
    • 48 plastic trackers
    • 6 dice 
    • 133 cards 
    • 68 tokens 
    • 1 Rulebook

    and a dragon and a ballista as KS exclusives.


    Hate (same price)

    • 51 Highly Detailed Miniatures
    • 1 Game Board
    • 32 Terrain Tiles
    • Over 100 Cardboard Tokens
    • 32 Tribe Cards
    • 51 Figure Cards
    • 88 Transparent Upgrade/Scar Cards
    • 44 Plastic Card Sleeves
    • 6 Custom Dice
    • 13 Counter Bases
    • 5 Scenario Dashboards
    • 1 Village Sheet Pad
    • 1 Chronicle Sheet Pad
    • 1 Rulebook

    As I'm mainly after minis ... . Now of course, some of the miniatures in Hate are bigger and there are more different sculpts ... hm ...




    To be fair, the minis for HATE are generally bigger than their counterparts in Zombicide (I don't know if we've seen a side by side comparison, but HATE minis have been on the larger end generally- and that's not including the Prince minis, while Zombicide minis are a bit small (even the abominations can fit onto 25mm bases).


    I'm not saying you should go one way or the other.

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  12. To be fair, it is a lot easier to create some 3 or 4 player scenarios than it is to create campaign rules for a game that normally levels the characters from 1-20 in two hours.


    Blood Bowl became a 3+ player game with the old Dungeonbowl rules that Jervis Johnson made.  They worked really well, made for fun games (ultimately more chaotic than normal Blood Bowl).  Ninja All Stars also lets you have 4 player games- and likewise changes to be more chaotic.


    Of course, when you're playing with more than two forces, a lot of things change (you introduce Kingmaking into the mix, for starters).  The core system won't be designed to address this, but even in multiplayer games, few systems deal with that sort of thing.

  13. Oh, man- old minis have the most creative anatomy.




    By the way, I've been painting a long time as well, and honestly, lead isn't as scary as the State of California would have you believe.  Lead does not absorb through your skin.  In order to get lead poisoning, you either need to eat it, breath it or get shot, and someone not remove the bullet.


    Even then, it takes quite a large dose to really give you lead poisoning (in the cases of bullets, it takes years of leaving a bullet in your body before you get poisoned by it).  If you're going to do a lot of sanding or filing on lead pewter, I'd recommend wearing a mask, but even then you aren't likely to expose yourself to enough lead for it to matter.

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  14. I just found out today that Thunderbolt Mountain (Tom Meier's miniatures line) is planning to close its webstore and stop taking orders on December 25th.


    This isn't to say that Tom is "going out of business."  More likely, Thunderbolt Mountain doesn't sell as well as Tom's work outside of his own company (he is responsible for a lot of brilliant sculpts in the Dark Sword line, as well as other lines and many toys).  He told me once that he really loves sculpting, but doesn't care so much for casting miniatures (which he does only for TBM).


    Part of me is really hoping that Jim Ludwig takes up the line and continues to produce them through Dark Sword.



    For context, Tom is the sculptor who discovered Green Stuff.  He defined the Ral Partha line, and even worked for a stint at early days Games Workshop.  He is responsible for many of the very best faces sculpted in green stuff, and his anatomy and detail is precise enough to make people think the photos of the greens must be of much larger minis.


    The Thunderbolt Mountain line includes some really dashing minis- my favorites are the Noraland Fairies, the Slug-Eat-Your-Face and the Bushwoolies.

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