Sunday, May 16, 2010

After Iron Man 2 we can't wait for...

Thor is an epic adventure that spans the Marvel Universe from present day Earth to the realm of Asgard. The story centers on Thor, a powerful but arrogant warrior whose reckless actions reignite an ancient war. Thor is cast down to Earth and forced to live among humans as punishment. He later learns what it takes to be a true hero when the most dangerous villain of his world sends the darkest forces of Asgard to invade Earth.Marvel Studios will kick-off principal photography for the Kenneth Branagh-directed Thor in Los Angeles in mid-January. The production will then move to Santa Fe, New Mexico from March until late-April.

The comic book adaptation is scheduled to hit theaters on May 20, 2011 and will be distributed by Paramount. Thor stars Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston, Natalie Portman, Anthony Hopkins, Jaimie Alexander, Colm Feore, Samuel L. Jackson and Stellan Skarsgard.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

RIP Frank Frazetta...

Frank Frazetta 1928-2010

You took me to the fires and darkness of Cimmeria, you showed me the majesty of fantasy, you shared your wealth of art and beauty, and many have imitated you, but were never able to master the paint as you did…


Frank Frazetta was born February 9, 1928. His early artistic career consisted of years of exquisitely drawn comics work, including contributions to the EC line of comics, assisting Al Capp on L’il Abner and later drawing several years of the strip, and working with Harvey Kurtzman on Little Annie Fanny. In the ’60s, Frazetta turned to cover paintings for the thriving pulp paperback industry and created one of the most recognizable illustration styles of all time. His covers for Conan, Tarzan and other rough-hewn heroes created a visceral, violent, erotic yet somehow still nuanced visual style that has been endlessly imitated but never surpassed — Frazetta’s imagery of brawny, relentless swordsmen, seductive, fleshy sirens and hellfire breathing monsters had a gut level impact because it came from the gut!

May the Gods keep you Frank, there will never be another….

Saturday, May 8, 2010

Marvel head.

I’ve always been a Marvel head, it’s in my blood, in my soul, and it’s who I am. I started reading comics when I was five years old, the first comics that I read were not done really as a joy, but as a sad happenstance. You see my mother was injured very severely by my step father in an error of judgment. While showing my mother the new antique he had acquired, a Samurai sword, my father accidentally cut a large wound in her thigh when he jokingly tab my mother with the scabbard’ sword and the blade cut through the old wood and leather and lodge into her leg. I was a witness; my father grabbed my mother and carried her out of the house. I don’t remember much after that, I might have fainted, or went to sleep, but when I woke up, my parents were gone and I was alone, but on the kitchen table where hundreds of comics. It seemed my father couldn’t find a baby sitter, so in his rush he asked a friend to purchase something that would distract me for a while. It was quite awhile with having to explain to the Doctors and the Police what happened, but I did read some comics. This is how I read my first Iron Man comic, also Spider man, The Hulk, as well as many others. I don’t know if the tragic circumstances warped my mind, but during times of stress, pain, or tragedy I always return to the comics for comfort. I just returned from watching Iron Man 2, and man did I enjoy that. There won’t be any spoilers here, but they did do this second go right on target, Iron man/ Tony Stark was perfectly played once again by Robert Downey Jr. , Scarlett Johansson was amazing as the Black Widow and I will be dreaming of her with that suit on for some time to come. Warmachine did make an appearance and I was pretty happy with this movie version of the famous Iron man replacement. Also thrown in were Nick Fury, Sam Jackson replaying his cameo with more plot sources for the future, and something called the Avengers initiative. My, oh my, what could this be? Also like other Marvel movies, do stay till after the credits for a big surprise! This is the Golden age of Marvel again, with advance CGI making the impossible powers of my favorite heroes come to life. Even though the mouse has the reins, I think it’s going to be a great few years in our Marvel loving future…. Avengers assemble!

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Three Skulls: Imperial Guard mercenary Unit

Step one of the Dark heresy project is to write up my mercenary unit, I want to start with a group of five troopers. The leader of the unit will of course be The Turk, a rough and tumble all around master sergeant, veteran of many battles, and chieftain on his feral world Lo’ngg Is’land. The rest will be me, Jakaal, a feral world sword master, Jack Ross, a basic trooper, and Weasel, our resident psychic detective. The creation process is very basic, rolling for stats, home world, and other things to flesh out the player characters. I really want to get as close to the real world people with these players, I will post stats and pictures of the figures when all ready to go…

The middle kingdoms were burning; Turk pulled the last power pack out for his Lasgun and snapped it into place, the squad was almost done with ammo and soon it would be knives and swords. The heretics had taken the ridge and were moving down to the bunker; Weasel was squirming on the floor with the visions and most of the squad was looking out into the darkness for targets. We need to get out of here, thought Turk; it only takes one flamer shot to kill us all in here. Jack was scanning the darkness and sighted some movement on the ridge; a slithering sound came from that direction and he aimed his pistol at the spot. “Damn heretics, why can’t we fight normal foes?” he asked, “Because the Emperor wills it, that’s why, now shut up and keep watch!” belched Turk. “They are moving closer, they don’t fear anything, we need to leave” moaned Weasel, Turk lifted Weasel from the ground and slammed him into the bunker wall, “What do you feel witchboy? Do we have enough time to move?” “Yes, they are holding back, their master holds a tight rein, we can use the time to escape!” “Then it’s settled then, Three Skulls pack it up, we move!” And with that made their way to the bunker door…

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Dark Heresy


Well after a month I was able to visit with my son this weekend, and low and behold in his hands was the rule book for Dark Heresy! Now my son LOVES RPG games, we have played D&D, G.U.R.P.S., and Rifts, and even our X-Box and PC games are filled with role playing madness. We are also avid Warhammer 40K fans, playing the table top game, PC games, and even reading the novels. So dark heresy is going to be a shoe in, I just have to start reading the 395 pages of the book to start our adventures in that dark universe. Now my buddy Cyborg trucker has been writing about his foray into this universe even posting links and pictures of his party. I’ve posted some of his resources here just remember to jump over to his blog to check out all of his gaming goodness. It’s interesting, but back in the day I did try writing my own version of Warhammer 40K RPG using the G.U.R.P.S. rules. It was an interesting merge of WH40K and Starship Troopers because I thought the power suits should be more along the lines of Heinlein’s vision of human tanks. I had an entire campaign, my own chapter of Space marines, and I had the world called Cidre where all of these adventures happened. Dark heresy is more like the game Inquisitor, which I did try but never really did follow through with it. I’m hoping that the rules are easy to get through and the game mechanics are smooth, we shall see. I think my starting group will be a group of Imperial guard mercenaries, I’m thinking of calling them three skulls…
Dark Reign
Heresypedia
Obscuro Hereticus
Dark Heresy Random Character Generator
Lexicanum: The Unofficial 40k Encyclopedia

Tenth Doctor: The Musical

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