Wednesday, 31 May 2017

Incoming! What is it?




Now and then, I have a bit of money allocated to being able to buy those things that fall into that which is my hobby. Believe me, it's a long and extensive list that keeps on growing.

This month, I've received three parcels. One from Games Workshop, another from Mantic Games and the last from Bad Squiddo Games. All great places to obtain miniatures and gaming items. Bad Squiddo Games specialise in female miniatures, and why not? They're just as impressive a model, and certainly up to the task of keeping up with the lads in any campaign or scenario. Clicking the company name will bring you to the website.

So, what did I get?

GAMES WORKSHOP



1 x Bloodletters
1 x Chaos Familiars
1 x Dweller in the Dark

Whenever I make a purchase, it is to add to the stories in my head where the battles rage, the heroes fall, and the demons rise to take their places. These guys all fall within a new world and game I am slowly putting together. How I paint them is still to be seen, but after talking to my partner I believe I'll be going for a demonic blue. Along with my orders is the usual GW leaflet that advertises the latest intrigue, this time it's Dawn of War 3. Dawn of War & Dawn of War 2, and their spinoffs were certainly all great, so I can only expect the same for this 3rd main arch extension.

MANTIC GAMES


1 x Salamanders

Ah, the Salamanders. I couldn't help but get them. Along with the Dwarves, the Salamanders are my favourite race! Not to be confused with the Lizardmen, or as they are now known, Seraphon. These guys are supposed to be attuned with fire, their very blood is made of flame. And of course, they have fiery personalities to boot! Once more, these are for the new game I'm working on, and will likely be my main group, though the next purchase could definitely tie for favourite. With this purchase I had the addition of booklets that gave me a back story and understanding of the world this race is supposed to be based in, but also a little bit of rules to help me play. There was of course a bit of advertising for other products as well.

BAD SQUIDDO GAMES


1 x Shield Maidens Infantry/Rangers

This is the first time I have ordered from Bad Squiddo Games, and I've got to tell you, it won't be my last. Not only was it a quick dispatch and receipt, but the little personal touches really help to draw a customer in. After all, customer service is sometimes what makes and breaks a deal. Annie has personally put Cheers Annie with a smiley face on her compliment slip, but also dropped in a lovely fruit flavoured tea bag. Maybe it's not everyone's things, but the gesture is kindly appreciated. Then a leaflet showing some of the other miniatures being sold, and a kickstarter as well.

Now these female models I've purchased allow for both melee & crossbow based female warriors to join any willing force who doesn't believe the old superstition that women can't handle things as well as men. These ladies are a welcome addition to my growing collection.

                                                                                                                                            


With that said, that's the last of them, I have no doubt that with the depletion of my fund for this month, no more new orders will be coming through until June now. Thankfully, I have several days allocated off in June to work upon all these beauties.

As always, thanks for joining me, and hope you liked the post. If you wish to leave a comment, I'll appreciate it and get back to you. See you next time.

Friday, 19 May 2017

Collection of Twozies


Thank you for joining me for another post.

One of the new things I started in 2017 was collecting these cute little figures called Twozies. I love the way they look, but also the challenge and mystery of collecting them, considering the majority of times they are within mystery bags, and a purchaser has no idea what they will get.

So just to say what you can get (I won't give prices as they can vary as usual):
  • Surprise Pack - gives 1 mystery Twozies Baby + 1 mystery Twozies Pet
  • Friends Pack - gives 2 viewable Twozies Babies + 1 Pet - 1 mystery Twozies Baby + 2 mystery Twozies Pets
  • Two-gether Pack - gives 5 viewable Twozies Babies + 1 Pet - 1 mystery Twozies Babies + 5 mystery Twozies Pets
  • Mega Friendship Pack - gives 1 viewable Twozie Baby + Pet pair - 19 mystery Twozies Babies + 19 mystery Twozies Pets
  • Fun Twogether Pack - these are unique where you get Twozies only available for that pack, usually with some sort of interactive accessory such as a CafĂ©, Boat, Ice Cream Cart.

At this current time I have over 70 of the 140+ individuals you can get from the Season 1. If including duplicates then it would exceed 100. Just for those who are wondering, I do have plans for the duplicates as to not have them be a waste.

Now many of you may wonder why these have appeared on my Table top blog. Simple! I will be creating games to use these figures in! Games of racing, tug-of-war, battles, and so forth. I'm thinking of calling the collection of games simply - Baby Olympics - owing to the type of challenges and formats of the games that I will be looking to make with them. Some will be basic, whilst others will be more complex.

This post is just bringing these great figurines to your attention if you have yet to take note of them, especially for you males who may not take note of the items within female sections of supermarkets and toy stores. These would make good collections and toys for children, though the age range does recommend 5+ potentially due to the size of them.

I think there is so much potential for these models, let alone how great they look. You can see why some toy collections, such as the Shopkins range that these ones belong to, do so well, and I'm still disappointed at my lack of even one of the three pairs of Limited Edition Twozies available. But I think I've said enough for this post, as it was only to highlight the models.

So much that you'll see that I have now based for display all the original twozies I have, to make sure I have one of each. Below you'll see some of my favourite, each with a scene I've created for them.










Once again, thank you for joining me for this post. I hope you enjoyed it, and feel free to comment.

Monday, 15 May 2017

Rise of a Feline Race


Thanks for joining me for another post.

I wanted to share with you some models I've worked on during 2016 - as though I have been silent, I haven't been idle. Background history and force construction will be provided in a later post. Preferably once a few of these models have been properly finished and painted.

With the model basis of Space Marines, editing their armour, I have created a sentient race of feline miniatures for battle in the dark times of the 41st millennium, known as Aerulus, heralding from the planet Almus. At the moment, my space is limited, so I am still unable to grow the numbers I want. Due to this, I will only be doing a remnant force, the remains from a desperate battle.

Both male and female will be equally prevalent within this force, though there will be a limited type of weaponry for this race. Single handed guns being the main focus, with swords reserved for officers only.


Front View - The Basic Troop Type
By modifying some space marine armour, I began to craft my own unique looking force. Some parts of the space marine kit were filed down to new shapes, or green stuff added to change the design. Here, these models should also have cat ears on their helmets, but at this time, I failed to realise and had yet to incorporate it. Whilst I have made the adjustment to later sculpts and moulds, I still use these as its easy enough to simply add the ears onto the helmets later as well.

Rear view - The Basic Troop Type
I've designed different breathing equipment for them, so they do not simply follow space marine design, as can be seen in the rear view image. Of course, a feline race would also have tails, which is shown nicely here, though definitely some more work needed. At this stage, only these three models have the tails, as I'm in need of some more green stuff.


More Aerial View - Heavy Infantry Troop
You can see here that I've reproduced my altered designs, but also made use of spare space marine It's important to note this pose was entirely sculpted by myself after various attempts, involving repositioning the altered pieces, and just pushing green stuff onto the base, which is shown nicely on the right hand side, where the legs look bloated. Ultimately I did design the legs, after using skewers to line up the positioning then adding the greenstuff after.

Front View - Heavy Infantry Unit
The cannons, as is befitting its simplistic design to make sure the casting would work well, is entirely done by me, likewise is the unhelmet head, and once again breathing instruments on the back. The rear cannon is from an old key ring I picked up in Scotland years in my past as a 12 year old if memory serves me right.

Rear View - Heavy infantry unit
You can clearly see a space marine chainsword altered here for the captain of the unit, but all other swords will be done from scratch.
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So, what do you think? These won't be all the troops, and once again, upcoming posts in the future will slowly reveal more of these new denizens of the far flung galaxy.

I believe I may redo a sculpt for the Aerulus, but at the moment, these will be simply a remnant force, so there will be room for improvement in the future with a complete force hopefully being made once I have enough room. It's all these different projects and purchases that is making it so hard to grow any one force.

Because the composition of this army, including weaponry, will be entirely made up by me, the army is more to use in personal games than tournaments or at local centres. I'm looking forward to getting round to the painting of these models as well, and hope to have the small amount painted up by the end of 2017.

Once again, thank you for joining me for this post. I hope you enjoyed it, and feel free to comment.