Saturday, June 27, 2009

Neo Brits and the Fifth Reich...

Working on my Imperial Guard army, and of course I'm not going to do a regular army. I'm going the Weird World War 2 route, Neo British forces and Fifth Reich Germans for me...
Here are some shots of some converted WW Tanks and Infantry.

Monday, June 22, 2009

Dexcon 2009

So I spoke to the director of the convention and I’m running three games plus helping with the Warhammer 40K arena. I’m going to be there Friday till Sunday, running a game Friday at 8PM till 12 Midnight and Sunday two games. I’m going to change the rules a bit, and also I’m not bringing the Underhive. It’s so big and cumbersome, I’m just going to bring Doom the board game tiles and resin scenery. I spent the weekend creating fences for my city board, also touch up the buildings and get the rest of the resin scenery painted up this week.

My children are away for the summer, my daughter Kelly is with her birth mom in Arizona, Jarrett is spending this week with his grandparents, and then I get him for Dexcon, and then I don’t see him for the rest of the summer. His birth Mother is a Major in the Army reserves, she is going to Afghanistan in the winter for a year so she wants’ to spend as much time with our son just in case. This is her second tour and I’m worried about her.

I’ve been talking to some friends at work about Warhammer 40k, my friend Jeff has a Blood angel’s army, and Frank has an Eldar force being painted as we speak. I want to try to get a battle one or twice a month if I can, I of course have so much 40K stuff I can field almost any army.

I’m going to finish up some survivors, Doom demons and Zombies, and some Judge Dredd stuff that I got from Jim this weekend… That’s it for now…

Weird new images from Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland

If you thought Lewis Carroll's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland was trippy, wait until you see how Tim Burton has re-interpreted the fantasy classic in the new images that appear in USA Today, after the jump.

The newspaper is publishing concept art and new publicity images for Burton's Alice in Wonderland, which debuts on March 5, 2010. Here's how the newspaper reports it:

"It has been Burton-ized" is how producer Richard Zanuck describes the director's vision of the Lewis Carroll classic. Many elements are familiar, from the enigmatic Caterpillar (Alan Rickman) to the fierce Jabberwock (Christopher Lee). But none has been presented in this sort of visually surreal fashion. "We finished shooting in December after only 40 days," Zanuck says. Now the live action is being merged with CG animation and motion-capture creatures, and then transferred into 3-D.

Helena Bonham Carter as the Red Queen

Johnny Depp as the Mad Hatter

Friday, June 19, 2009

WIP another "cheap" Titan...

Quick update, I'm not feeling too well today, teeth and back issues...
My Son gifted me with some broken toys, so I kit bashed them into a Chaos Titan.
Here's is the yet to be repainted, Bane of Souls... He's big....

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Thursday, June 18, 2009

To repaint, or not to repaint?

Here are some of the figs I picked up at the convention, hero and horror clix I’m going to turn into new survivors, also some WIP of my Mercs.

Going through some of my figures, pretty soon I’m going to be moving on to new projects but I do want to clean up some of my collection. Here are some shots of my inquisitor’s band, Space marines, and Old Marines painted in the colors of Nurgle. A lot of these are about 25 to 29 years old; I have so many cool figures that I want to repaint since my skills are much better now, but I’m torn between doing new projects and fixing these older figures. What would you do here?

Here are two favorites a palanquin of Nurgle with Champion sporting a shurikan catapult, and an old Chaos Dreadnought.

Monday, June 15, 2009

Ok, what’s next?

Well the Beta test went well for the Left4Dead games, I do have to tweak the Underhive rules, but I got a lot of good comments about the game play. I did update the saves for the zombie and the random rolls for reinforcements, but I still need more play testing. My buddy Mike gifted to me 10 arachnid warriors, which I will quickly put together and paint.
slobberblood Pictures, Images and Photos
I LOVE Starship Troopers and want to play some games with my Son, I have the Power suits, but no regular infantry. I can use Imperial guard that I have tons of including some troopers that would make good MI Troopers. I met some really cool people, including a guy who did this battle… Starwars Vs Starship Troopers
I'm also going to start my Necromunda Fallout mod... I'll post some pics of the models I've been working on...

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Left 4 Dead Battle Report NJCON

Detective Mathews had worked hard on this sting, Jimmy the Mooch and Lord Tanaka were Meeting at the Loading docks right now, his men are in place and the stage is set. If he could get Tanaka to accept the drug money his men would move in and capture the leading crime boss of Big City. It’s weird that the local civilians were acting so damn strange lately, and that weird blue light coming from the construction yard, what’s with that?
Faction: Police detective squad (Vice)
Mission: To arrest the Mafia boss and his gang, Optional mission: To escape the city.
4) Detectives with hand guns.
4) Beat cops with Sub machine guns and heavy armor.

There is an evil wind flowing through this city, demons and spirits take flight, Boss Tanaka was worried. The so called “Jimmy the Mooch had asked for this audience with him, and would not turn over the millions of dollars in drug money till he’d agreed, he had brought with him his best men, and his favorite assassin to protect him. But the city was filled with cries and strange lights, His Grandmother had told him of Demons when he was a boy, and to be mindful of their approach. Forty years later and he could feel the devil wind approaching, we must be mindful.
Faction: Yakuza
Mission: To escape the city with the boss.
Optional mission: to escape with the drug money.
Boss Tanaka and his two Geishas.
2) Yakuza body guard, sub machine guns and Katanas.
1) Assassin “Stop-Stop” Hand gun and Ninjutsu
Jimmy the Mooch.
3) Body Guards with 1 assault rifle and two handguns.

The block counsel had gathered together to discuss the violence that had erupted over that last six hours, these were not riots; these were insane mobs out for human flesh! Something was infecting people, and it had to do with that damned construction yard, toxic waste, poison gas, or just a lab experiment gone wrong? It doesn’t matter; we are getting out of town tonight!
Faction: Civilians
Mission: To locate family members and escape the City. (Left4Dead heroes)
Optional mission: to escape with little or no casualties (75%).
8) Unarmed civilians, Chain saw Bob and Marco with 2 hand guns.
Alpha and Beta teams are set to investigate the Riots and the activity at the local UMBRA corporation construction site. The Captain has order an evacuation of the local populous and to shut down the construction site and find out what is causing these insane riots. The teams are locked and loaded, this mission will be completed.
Faction: S.W.A.T. Team Alpha
Mission: To assist the survivors to escape the city, optional mission: Investigate the source of the infection.
Faction: S.W.A.T. Team Beta
Mission: To locate and save the Mayor’s children, optional mission: To investigate the source of the infection.

This is the stage for the first Battle of my Left4Dead game. The game had four players and two GMs, my Son Jarrett and I. It was a four hour game with many rounds, and I’m just going to break it down to the highlights. The city board was 6 ½ by 4 ½ feet long, six roads lead into the city and a main street running down the center. The main interest areas are the loading dock area, the construction yard, and the refinery. The police faction and the Mafia faction start at the loading docks, the civilians start in the center of the board, the SWAT teams start near the Refinery and near the civilians. The first turn starts with D6 zombies in the spawn points (the six incoming roads).
The Police start their turn with trying to capture the Mob boss, moving two men to arrest the criminals, one of the cops notices a stumbling wreak of a man heading towards them. He takes a leadership test to see if this is a zombie or not, and decides not to open fire. The rest of the police are fired upon by the Mafia guards, one Police officer is hit in the exchange. The Mafia Faction knowing the meeting is a sting try to make a break for it, but is pinned in by the Police and a large truck which blocks the way to the waiting limo. The zombies in this section of the board just head towards the Police, that same truck keeping the Mafia out of view, the guards and stop-stop moving to protect their boss.
The civilians started fast, searching through the local buildings to find their loved ones with no such luck, but they did find a friend; Alice riding her motorcycle and toting massive firepower joined them in their search.
The SWAT teams moved to their mission locations, but because of bad luck or the will of the gods, The Mobs swarmed to that section of the table, Team Alpha getting pinned at the local Gas refinery, the other team being attacked in the center of the board. Both Teams unloaded a lot of bullets into the mobs bring very little down and attracting the attention of a Smoker and a Tank.

The Mafia and Police also were unloading a lot of bullets, but at each other, this of course summoned yet another huge mob to them, but once again the huge truck in the loading docks blocking the view of the Yakuza. The Zombies only seeing the Police attacked them, one trooper was shot, one pulled down by the mob, and the other being infected by random card draw. The detectives seeing their officers being killed try to pull back to regroup, the Mafia was also under attack, some zombies crawled under the truck, and attacked the guards and Stop-Stop.


Alice and the civilians search more building on their side of the table finding two of their family members, but a little bad luck hit the group as one civilian Tom was killed by a Witch, and another two were mobbed by three zombies in a burning building. Alice in hand to hand combat killed 6 zombies and led the survivors to not one, but two working trucks. The civilians had decided to load everybody on to the trucks and do quick searches by drive by and escape the city, using the trucks to run over the slow witted mobs.

The SWAT teams were in trouble, Team Alpha was down to their last two men, never making it out of the Refinery, and Team Beta tried to support them but was caught between a Tank and a full Mob, The SWAT player decided to perform a dangerous gamble, and fired all of his weapons at some Gas tanks. The Refinery exploded, killing most of the zombies in the area including the Tank, but also killing all but two Swat team members. The SWAT player also decided to escape the city, and tried to get to the two trucks driving down Main Street.

The Police losing all of its officers accept for two detectives also raced towards the trucks, The Yakuza player after defeating the Mob that had them pinned in, hotwired a car and escape the city with the boss, Jimmy the Mooch and his henchmen being left behind to fend for themselves.
The big winner in this game was the Civilian Player, not only completed her objectives but also saving two other surviving factions and escaping.
The Yakuza player also was a big winner, escaping with the Boss and the cash. Over all a great game and I can’t wait to play it again at Dexcon.

Here are some more shots from the games, and a big thanks to my friend Mike, the Director of the convention.

Friday, June 12, 2009

Ed 209 = Cheap Warhound Titan

One more day till the convention, spending time at home with my back issues, but I'm all packed and ready to go...
Working on this ED 209 Model I've had for awhile, painting it up as a Warhammer 40K War-hound Titan, here are some shots...
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