Monday, 28 October 2019

State of Play

Hello folks!

I've recently started a new job which is a pretty wonderful development! I had some issues getting my tuition fees funded for university so I sadly had to drop out - instead, I've been volunteering some of my time with a wildlife charity (admin stuff mainly, in an office and from the comfort of my own home!) and I have finally secured a full-time job with them! It's a brilliant organisation and one of the biggest in the UK, with lots of nature reserves and conservation projects galore - it seems like a really worthwhile cause and I'm overjoyed to be part of helping British wildlife to survive and thrive!

In other recent news, my partner and I got a puppy - she's a proper Heinz 57 - Cocker Spaniel, Poodle, Pug and French Bulldog! She has so much energy and such a great nature - she's coming up 24 weeks old and she's coming along great!

Meet Matilda!

 In hobby news, I've half-painted tons of stuff lately, but it's a few weeks since I've finished anything off! I do have a little backlog of miniatures that need proper photographs taking, which I'll get around to soon.

Sadly, I'm lacking any zombies to paint to partake in Zomtober this year - that was always my favourite monthly event in the blogosphere and helped me pretty much complete my zombie apocalypse miniatures - now I just need to finish some of the MDF terrain I have in the queue and start playing some games!

Here's a few hastily-snapped pictures from a current project - repairing and updating a bunch of Oldhammer skeletons and wizarding types to meet up with an internet friend from Newcastle (where I'm based in the office) to play some games of Warcry! I'm very much looking forward to getting the Warcry boxed set for Christmas also!

Finally, some purchases from the always wonderful Tynemouth Market, which we attended on Saturday:

Some cars that are roughly a suitable scale for 28mm - these will be repainted for use with my Pulp/Lovecraftian collection. 

Some smaller Matchbox-scale cars - I got 10 in total. I'm really looking forward to Gaslands-ing these up!

More soon, including good pictures!

Wednesday, 24 July 2019

El Chupacabra - The Goat-Sucker - Dracula's America

I went utterly mad for the Dracula's America range from Northstar Figures and Osprey Games back when the game was announced - I ended up with a bunch of different gangs (or posses as they're called in the game) and I've been working on them over the past year.
 One of my favourite parts of various modern rulesets are "Random Encounters", like those in Frostgrave - Dracula's America also had an interesting Bestiary with various creatures from horror and cryptozoological urban legends, including one of my favourites - the fearsome Chupacabra!
 A relatively modern cryptid, but it very much fits in the time period the game is set in.
 The creature was an easy one to paint once I decided on a scheme I liked - I started with a more alien red and green combination, but decided to go for something more like the descriptions of the creature.
Lots more to come from this range plus more Gothic Horror and Lovecraftian horrors!

Tuesday, 19 February 2019

A Very Short Film Review: Robin Hood (2018)

I began to watch Robin Hood about half an hour ago. I paused it to take some screen shots for my friends and then ended up switching it off a few minutes later. Why?

Shoulder Mounted Bolt Launcher.

I expected this film to be a bit crap, I wanted to really give it a chance as a simple popcorn flick whilst pottering on with various bits and pieces, but what a shitshow! There's also a fixed position Bolt Launcher that is as effective in mowing down a squad of bowmen (which Lord Robin Loxley is somehow a member of - he begins the film as a noble who is drafted into service for the Third Crusade) as a MG 42.

I get that films often have to stretch the boundaries of realism, but this is unwatchable garbage.