dinsdag 18 juni 2019

Star Trek Discovery season 2

While Discovery received mixed reviews in it's maiden year, season 2 turned out to be much, much better.

Now if they just would change the perspective from Burnham to the bridge crew like regular Trek, we are set for pitch perfect...

In this second season, the Discovery gets a new Captain, in no less then Chrostopher Pike who transfers from the Enterprise on temporary assignment.  This is due to a set of mysterious signals being picked up across the galaxy, apparently send by something called "the Red Angel".

These signals seem random at first, but the disappeared Spock had a theory they where connected, and soon the crew learns the meaning behind them.  They are waypoints interwoven with each other to prevent an evil AI from destroying the universe.

Discovery sets out to not only thwart the threat, but also on how to solve the mysteries behind the signals, while having to deal with the newly established Section 31 along the way. And Klingon politics, and the Prime Directive... all the things that makes Star Trek well, Star Trek.

The finale also has a fantastical continuity turn, in why in later series the Discovery, the spore drive or in Spock's case, Michael Burnham is never mentioned.  This all ties the whole series nicely into the canon in my opinion, and alleviates a lot of the frustrations fans had about "where do those come from" issues.

The series has already been confirmed for a thrid season, AND a Section 31 centered spin-off series, so that means more Star Trek is on the way to the little screen, certainly now that the alternate universe of the movie reboot franchise seems to be at an end...

And Anson Mount, thou haveth redeemed thyselves for the Inhumans big time...

maandag 17 juni 2019

The Dogs of War

Another small set of "scatter terrain animals" in this post today.

I had these models for ages, and finally gotten around to restoring and repainting them after they served in my Chaos Dwarf / Hobgoblin force a decade ago.

A variety of breeds, these 28mm scale dogs are great to populate villages in games of SAGA and the likes.

Nothing to spectacular, but I adore the English Bulldog ;-)

zondag 16 juni 2019

The Haul Report 185

Hey all and here we are with a bunch of stuff that arrived this week...

Starting off, I used my nearly expiring Archonia points to order the first two novels of one of the best anime's I saw in years.

Unfortunatly the series never gotten it's season 2 (so far, it is picking up more and more fans over the past years, so who knows), that means I'll be down to the novels and the manga's to find out how the story continues...

Dropping in from eBay where two more figures for my LOTR, in the form of a Barrowwight and a Dead Marsh Spectre.

Remember the Spikey Bitz aniverssary I won a few weeks ago?  Well, the Secret Armoury weathering set arrived this week!

And I managed to obtain some more Saint Seiya bottlecap figures for painting.  I already have Thetis all painted up, but the other ones are something I`m looking forward to to paint...

While from Aliexpress another Saint Seiya cover came in the mail for my smartphone.

Quite an impressive week if you ask me!

zaterdag 15 juni 2019

On the Painting Desk 98

Dust, dust everywhere as floors have been pulled out and a kitchen has been demolished...

But somewhere in between, I managed to sit down and get some painting done.

Not that it is that much of progress, but any progress is progress indeed.  The Rohirrim for my battle company have gotten their first colours, though not the full base layer as I had hoped.

On the same amount, I cut up "bases" and did the first part of work for my Uncharted Seas destroyers, whose decks I now need to complete with a first layer before going in deeper on them.

For the coming week, I'm going to try and get those things done, as well as perhaps the "base layer" for the Dystopian corvette, as a colour scheme test for the small fleet.

Apart from those, some base colours have also been added to the extra Elves for Noshi's MESBG force, making them all nice and golden at least.

So I *hope* to get an evening in on the coming week, in which I can maybe finish the Rohirrim and the Shroud Mages at least, because once the base layer is on there it can go fast.  To the same extend, in the coming weeks I'm going to tackle some more Orcs of Mordor perhaps, really step by step, and the same goes for the Moria Goblins, at a pace of perhaps a single colour per week...

Let's see how we hobble forward!

vrijdag 14 juni 2019

Boku No Hero Academia the Movie: Futari no Hero

The current 'big thing' in anime, and a very enjoyable series, made it's theatrical debut in the summer of 2018.

So I sat down with Noshi, who also likes the series, to watch the first movie before the 4th season kicks off later this year.

Deku and All Might receive an invitation to I-Expo, the world’s leading exhibition of Quirk abilities and hero item innovations! Amid the excitement, sponsors, and pros from all over, Deku meets Melissa, a girl who is Quirkless just like he once was. Suddenly, I-Expo’s top-of-the-line security system gets hacked by villains, and a sinister plan is set in motion. It’s a serious threat to hero society, and one man holds the key to it all—the symbol of peace, All Might.

That girl, Melissa, is actually the daughter of professor David Shield.  The scientist who worked and help shape All Might back in his youthfull days when working in the United States, this is a story about transition of generations and the full 'reveal' to his classmates of Deku and his One for All power.

Sweeping away in the story, this tale makes it clear that some are in a league of their own (Bakugo, Todoroki, Deku,...) but they still need the rest of their classmates to actually accomplish their goals, a world of peace and ridden of villains...

And to be honest, it is a better movie then half of the Marvel and DC superhero movies that came out of the western culture...

donderdag 13 juni 2019

The Middle-Earth Hobby Bingo update 2

Welcome to the second update on the bingo, now about two months in.

And I managed to scratch off some more squares this time round, even though I think the ratio will dwindle in the coming weeks, due to the house works.

But before that, I did remove some open spaces, the first this update being the one to paint "Finish a Good army of at least 600 Points" with the soldiers of Minas Tirith.

This also results de facto in the centre square being finished, "All of the finished models in your army are based", so that's two birds with one stone.

Another square that could be crossed away, was the "Paint a model for an army you don`t currently play", in the form of the first warriors of Numenor.

So that is a nice amount of progress on the chart this time round in the end!

woensdag 12 juni 2019

Deadman Wonderland Akai Knife Tsukai

While we will probably never see a second season of this great anime series, there was an OVA released as well from it.

Called Akai Knife Tsukai, it follows Senji in his days before being incarcerated in deadman Wonderland, when he works as a police officer.

Two years after the catastrophic tidal wave that swept over Japan, police officer Kiyomasa Senji is trying to make the world a safer place. Using his Branch of Sin powers, he stops criminals in whatever ways he can. After rescuing a boy named Izuru Tsukiyoshi from a gang called Goreless Peace, the conflict between Kiyomasa and his adversaries heats up rapidly, to the point of being explosive.

Offering a glimpse into the past of the future Deadman, the story follows Senji, helping to further develop the reasoning that drives his actions later in life.

A one episode of 20+ minutes story, this does give some insight, though it doesn't tell exactly how he got incarcerated.  Though it does give a hint at how his clock got ticking...