donderdag 21 november 2019

Review: Perfect Six 6mm Haystacks

With my CSIR preparing to invade Russia, I went on the look out for some suitable scatter terrain.

And that search brought me to the Perfect Six Miniatures range, who make some great models for cheap prices.


For 2.25 GBP, I obtained 9 haystacks, 3 each in 3 different sizes.


Order them HERE if you want some for yourselves!

Justice League Dark

A memorable animated movie this is, as it is the first one I watched in the new house while unpacking the hobby room.

In this 2017 movie from the DC brand, whom long time have been better then their theatre counterparts, we get to meet "another" Justice League.

All over the States, violent murders are committed by people halucinating that they see demonic entities all round.  The League thinks it is magic at the source, but Batman is skeptical.  However, he is briefly possessed by Deadman who tells him to find Constantine.

Looking up Zatanna, they search out Constantine, and together with Black Orchid and Deadman they look up Ritchie Simpson, a friend of Constantine and Zatanna whose days are limited due to cancer.  Their search leads to Jason Blood and he tells them about the sorcerer Destiny, planning to make a return after centuries into this world, and grouping up with Swamp Thing the hunt is on...


It is a great movie, showing "that other" Justice League in action at last, based on their comic book adventures.  The working ethos of these more sinister members is slightly different then their goodie-two-shoes counterparts, and they are way colder in their resolve of situations (especially John Constantine).

Really worth the watch!

woensdag 20 november 2019

A-X-L

Where The Croods was the final movie we watched in our place in Antwerp, this american sci-fi film closed the era of Merksem binging.

Because after writing this, my trusty computer was packed up and made ready for the move of places.


A-X-L (Attack, eXploration and Logistics) is a robotic dog made by cutting edge military technology.  After escaping by an experiment gone wrong, he is discovered by Miles in an abandoned scrapyard.  Miles himself is a kid wanting to become a motorracer, and is left in the wilds after being set up by his biggest rival.

A-X-L helps rebuilding Miles's lacking confidence, while he in turn, together with a girl named Sara, go to length to protect their new robotic friend, realising what is at stake should he be discovered.  But when his rival tries to burn A-X-L with his flamethrower, the dog goes after him after a self-repair cycle to get revenge.  Miles and Sara can stop him, but this results in their friend being recaptured by the scientist that created him.  He threatens to kill Sara if Miles doesn't hand over the control key, but A-X-L remembers his friends and together they escape, pursued by the military, and having the puppy bring the ultimate sacrifice in order to protect Miles...


It's a movie we originally intended to watch in theatre, but never got round to, and sort of glad we did.  While it isn't bad for a "late night in the couch", I would have felt bad should we have payed the 17 euro each for a movie ticket.

But if you have an hour or two to spare, it's okay to spend those at watching A-X-L...

dinsdag 19 november 2019

SBG issue 7 - Summer 2018

Slowly and surely I`m catching up enjoying all these lovely produced fanzines, and this time we are at the summer of 2018, nearing the end of the previous edition of the game.

And it is all centered about a year in the making, awesome piece of terrain, the Stone Giants from the The Hobbit movie.

The issue starts with the snippets from the SBG Towers, including some facts about the above mentioned piece of very impressive terrain.

The first big article is the continuation of How to Win a Golden Demon, and Dave's diorama of charging elves and dwarves.

In the Dr's Corner, Damian looks back at his first attempts of designing a game, called Warfleet, which was a 28mm scale game of naval warfare for Warhammer Fantasy Battles, including scratchbuild vessels.

While in the Dr's Mother, a new column, his mom looks back on how she has seen her son being formed into a wargaming lover.

The second part of the Iron Hill's Tactica this month takes a look at the war machines Dain brings along with his forces, the Ballista's and the mighty Chariot.

In the first of two Battle reports this month, Thorin's Company tries to escape the ambush of Goblin Town as the Stone Giants battle it out amongst each other in a huge thunderstorm.


An article detailing the build and converting of the Champions of Erebor chariot is next in this issue.

In Painting Masterclass Bilbo is given the treatment, while there is also a short converting guide about making Gundabad Warg Riders.

In the second Battle Report, the chariot that was seen above is put through her paces, as it tries to race to Raven Hill while the forces of Gundabad ambush it at every stretch.

And we round out the issue with the Hobby Blog, to see what the whole studio crew has been up to the past weeks and months.

Another finely produced issue of the Middle Earth fanzine to be, and be sure to check the magazine out and order your backcopies if you would like to know more!

zondag 17 november 2019

Warhammer is returning

I had predicted it to my clubmates at the build up of Hammer and Swords end of september: GW is going to bring back square based, ranked up regiments to fantasy.

I also had zilch insider info, it was more a jokingly statement due to the amount of success T9A has...



But sometimes wild predictions come true, and yesterday Warhammer Community... announced Warhammer!

Surely it will be a long term project, probably taking about 2-3 years to come to fruition (still swifter then plastic Sisters ever where) but my beloved first wargame is going to return.

Now, this does give me an X amount of years to restore both my Chaos Dwarves and paint up the Japanese inspired Empire army on the one hand, instead of X amount of months.  Okay, I'll still do a force to be able to play tournaments with in T9A in the meantime, but let's say I am "rather excited" with the news.

Glorious ranks upon ranks of warriors marching over the battlefield with a ruleset I know pretty well since 1994, that is bound to bring back very very fun times!

Now the countdown begins...

zaterdag 16 november 2019

The Haul Report 204

Well, Crisis has passed again, and the loot of the convention could be seen in a seperate post from earlier this week HERE.

So it's back to regular business now, and let's have a look at what the mailman dropped by in the week going to and coming after our annual wargames show.

And the first one was, ow yes, cellphone covers... it's addictive m'kay...


But also on the 6mm front some parcels arrived.

From Perfect Six Miniatures, an assortment of scatter terrain came in, together with lifestock and farmers.

While from Heroics and Ros my italians to build a small CSIR force with arrived as well.

I bet Nemesis's planned Russians are already scared to hell!

More world war 2 arrived from Scotia, as my 1000 points Belgian force fell in the mailbox.

As did some Khurasan Colonial Marines and their APC's.

More small scale goodies came in the form of 1/400 Gundams, whom I'll be using for Mobile Suit Skirmish in the future.

Brigade Models also delivered this week, as their Neo-Soviets, to be used alongside the Gundams as Zeon tanks.

And of course, all that shiny stuff needs to be based...

Good times indeed...





vrijdag 15 november 2019

The Croods

This is a bit of a special moment movie, as we watched it the saturday evening after Crisis.  lying only on a matrass in an empty living room, on the small screen of a computer streaming Netflix.

Because the whole appartment in Antwerp has been packed up that weekend, ready for the move...


Due to the overprotectiveness of their father, a cavemen family survives a natural disaster and wild predators.  But when the daughter, Eep, sneaks out at night, she makes contact with a human, Guy, who tells her the world is going to end unless they ride the sun.

Following an earthuake, they discover a hidden jungle and new creatures, but soon the natural disasters start to catch up and they have to go to new lands again.  Guy guides them to a mountaintop but as a chism is froming, Grug must make a big sacrifice and does so, overcoming his nature and his phylosophy of being always afraid keeps you alive.


It was a fun little animation movie (especially the sloth is hilarious, tadadadaaaa) and the voices of Nicolas Cage and Ryan Reynolds add some etra pigment to it.

Recommended for a lazy evening... even in the middle of a move ;-)

woensdag 13 november 2019

Turning towards "the God scale"

With the moving of places completed, and me slowly getting round to unpacking everything and loading up the new cabinet with figures, it might be time to make some big changes.

Well, big is perhaps a bad wording for what is essentially a serious downscale in the hobby... literally.

With me and Nemesis jumping into BKC4 recently (our forces are being constructed, or at least doing their journey in the mail), I have been reading up on the scale a lot.  Also for painting articles and YouTube being a good friend for this once again...


Now, I understand more then ever the benefit of what is referred to as the "God scale".  Not so named in yet another discussion what is the best scale to game in, but in the fact you overlook a battlefield with huge armies from a God's point of view.  Storage benefits (as seen on the picture how another blogger did it), transport ease... I can see the great plusses for someone with limited ability on both accounts.


To that end, bar FWC and BKC4, Im going to be dabbling into this scale a lot more, and might even drag Nemesis into it with me (or collect both sides of a conflict and have Noshi have a go) as I can store literally an army now on the space of a single regiment of 28mm (which I measured!), so suddenly all that musket era warfare seems feasible again.


A second benefit is a bit twofold: an army is dead cheap, and it doesn't take years to complete in painting, so even if I grab a new force every two months, that would still cost me only the price of two units of regular scale miniatures, but will paint up faster  The scale lends itself mostly to basecolour + wash for painting, preferably over a brown undercoat, as to much detail is lost on those small models anyways.


A third great thing I read about for the scale, is that if you just grab any set of 28mm rules, and change the inches into centimetres, the games are highly playable in this scale.  This also makes that a 6x4 table, or 72x48 inches, suddenly beco,es a 72x48 centimeter surface and fits a dinner table perfectly.

So yes, I am on the verge of converting to the scale, and my "wet dream is one day to run a game at an event using GW's War of the Ring rules, but in scale 6mm...

Silken Servitude - Christina Shelly

Aaaah, good old smutty erotic literature, an acquired taste and a variation of the regular reading.

These Nexus published pocket novels are quick reads to be honest, at about 250 pages, but when I had finished Zoo, it was the only thing nearby to take along on the bus.


And it was errrrrm, a special experience, though the looks on the bus and from collegues where worth it BIG TIME.  Though it ain't going to win awards anytime soon...

As a weapon of control, there is nothing stronger in our arsenal other than the overwhelming and uncontrollable nature of male desire itself.  You are being led by your desperate, unyielding need to total servitude, Shelly; and your entire sex will surely follow, if we manage this opportunity properly.

Pretty she-male Shelly has had her secret dreams of domination and feminisation fulfilled by Aunt Jane.  Yet her willing slavery has taken a new and even more kinky turn with her induction into the Bigger Picture, a secret society of female dominants dedicated to the worldwide subjugation of the male.

In this intensely erotic and exciting sequel to Company of Slaves, we discover a plot to turn the entire male sexe into helpless sissy slaves and follow Shelly's final journey into a realm of total silken servitude...

Okay, I admit, it is an intriguing read.  Not because of it's graphic descriptions or even storyline, but for some odd reason it just makes one curious for the other volumes in the series.  Strange indeed, because it's actually nothing more then just another 50 Shades sort of story, though with a Transgender instead of a wallflower in the main role.

Oh well, it was fun... and special.

dinsdag 12 november 2019

The Crisis gem I discovered

Sadly, let me say I didn't find time to sit down and play a demo, and later on blatantly forgot to purchase from them.

But the hidden gem for me that I saw on this year's Crisis show was a new polish brand of 6mm ACW figures.

Made by GM Boardgames, Gods of War: Lee is using high quality 6mm PRINTED figures instead of the usual metal ones, and this shows in their price as it ain't that expensive for an army box, coming down to about 50 euro for one.

The models looked quite stunning at the show, and it caused me to considering ordering one soon.  I just need to free up some budget for one of them (or heck, both, and then get Nemesis to play as well) but that shouldn't be to hard to achieve.  On both fronts.

The ruleset was available at Crisis in english, but as I said a while ago in my show report, the time I spend "indulging" this years convention was decided by Lord Ipsqueek, so I couldn't just do all I wanted unfortunatly.

Never the less, it's something I'll be seriously following up on, and take it from there to get me some small scale Union for one, and Confederate perhaps, over the coming months.


maandag 11 november 2019

Crisis 2019: The Haul Report special

So, Crisis has passed, and now it`s time to see what I brought home...

Because I went with a limited shopping list, as you could read HERE last week.

Now to be honest, I didn't overspend, giving out as much as I brought in from the Bring and Sell, but this was due to for example Brigade not bringing individual tanks, or Adler running out of italian support weapons, so those will be mail ordered later this week.

Never the less, I stuck to the plan (and Noshi made sure I did), yet forgot to grab some things, or just didn't find them.  The former for example being the KR small case for 6mm, the latter for one the 20mm round Renedra bases to name a few.

So let's have a small (sorry, cellphone focussing issues, I've still not figured that one out...) look at what it is I hauled homewards!


zaterdag 9 november 2019

Crisis 2019 Show Report

It's november again, and that means it's time for our annual wargames show, Crisis.

Taking place once again in the Waagnatie venue in Antwerp, it was a bit of a special show for me, resulting in this "light" edition of a show report.

You see, I'm a bit on two minds for this year.  I spend most of the day in the Bring and Buy section, dumping models at fleamarket prices in order not to have to move them next week to the new appartement.
But that also meant unfortunatly that by the time I could do a tour, Ipsqueek was making Noshi very, very tired, so I did my shopping, snapped some pictures, and then went home already at 16.00, so I don't have pictures of all the games as usual, nor of the big picture of the show.


Though I'm quite sure our appointed photographer took more then enough,so you'll see them pop up on the net in the coming days.

But let's have a look at the thingies I did see this year, and some words to go with them of course...

As always, there was a large variety of traders and games on show, though the Brexit ghost has caused a shift towards more "continental" traders as some regulars from the UK didn't make it this year.  A pity though, as I really wanted to go heavy "in" at Baccus 6mm.

Now, on the level of the games, I noticed two trends continuing from previous years:

1. World War 2 is by far the most demonstrated / played period, as can be seen from this variety of pictures.






2. Small scale skirmish games seem to be the other big popular item, games requiring a handfull of figures and can be played on the kitchen table.







Of course, there where some other games that caught my intrest but as I said in the beginning, I probably missed a heap, and did not have time to make long picture series for each of them.





It seems long gone are the days of the mass battles, though it is still around as rank upon rank of gorgeous uniforms march over the battlefield, but it is becoming less with the year it seems...








And then there was this gem:




One other thing I saw at the convention, but didn't buy just yet, was this mdf rack for paints, which might be my saviour for the newer, smaller paint desk in the new place.

So to round this short report of this year's show out, here are some more random snapshots of things that caught my eye, and drop by monday to see what the loot of the show has been...











Until next year, where I can be more involved again in the whole show, from the organisation to the build up and break down, and the day itself of course!