Gisby's Gaming Blog

August 20, 2015

Flint & Feather Huron Warriors – A review and a WIP

Filed under: Crucible Crush, Native Americans — Tags: — gisby @ 21:27

I have finished my first batch of Huron/Iroquois warriors, and I want to show them off. (They are not of course my FIRST Huron/Iroquois, I had plenty of the old RAFM ‘Flint & Feather’ range.) These are the first from Bob Murch’s NEW ‘Flint & Feather range, released recently at Historicon. They are available through ‘Crucible Crush.’

Bob was inspired by reading Joseph Boyden’s ‘Orenda,’  a novel about warfare between the Huron and Iroquois peoples. Bob really was inspired, they are just cracking miniatures. I have hardly done them justice at all. (Although I have labelled them as Hurons, they are suitable for either Nation.)

They are from the earliest period of European contact, so there are no guns or steel weapons to be seen. As always, the anatomy is spot on, and poses are natural and interesting.

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My painting ‘style’ is to base coat various areas, then highlight them, then do various coloured washes to bring out details. These figures are very well designed for this style: The detail is crisp and well defined. I was daunted at first (especially after seeing Bob’s paint) but I found them a joy to paint and I am quite pleased with the resulthuro7 huro4

I am a bit disappointed with the how the shield looks in the picture above: I gave it a subtle wash that just hasn’t shown well. I am pleased with the effect, I am not pleased with the photo.

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My skin tones are darker than a lot of Native American figures I see on the internet. Most seem just too light for people that spend their lives outdoors. (I tan darker than most of the native figures I see. I may well be wrong.)

Howard Whitehouse and Roderick Robertson are writing a set of rules (‘Flint & Feather‘) to accompany the range, designed for forces of about 12 figures a side. The link goes to a description of the rules, they seem quite interesting.

Overall, I recommend this range. I like the figures, I like the style, and I like the sculpting. Buy them. Then they will make more.

August 9, 2015

Pulp Adventures – Build a Flying Saucer

Filed under: Science Fiction — Tags: — gisby @ 22:18

My Pulp Nazis are negotiating with the Radon Zombies to get Flying Saucer technology that will win the war. As a result, I needed a Flying Saucer.

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There are a few commercial kits available, but my local shops don’t carry any of them. They are also a bit expensive for a terrain piece I’ll probably never use again.

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I went to the local Dollar store, and looked in the housewares section. Sure enough, I found two bakelite plates the right size. Bakelite is a hard plastic that accepts crazy glue and paint well.

The hardware/gadget section provided a touch light: A dome that lights up when you press it down.

I glued the two plates together. When dry, I sanded the centre areas smooth.

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I drilled three holes for the legs (flight stands from SPACE 1889’s Sky Galleons game) and glued them in place. I added four flight stand bases as random detail.

The body was spray-painted silver, as was the lower ring of the touch light.

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To retain access to the batteries, the touch light just sits loose atop the saucer base. The saucer has the tall-tower look of early saucer sightings, and a similar lack of greeblies and small details.

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The light-up dome provides amazing special effects at a low price: The plates were a dollar each, and the touch light was two dollars.

It may not look like a million dollars, but I’m trying to re-create pulp films. They didn’t have a million dollars either.

August 2, 2015

More Random Celts

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , — gisby @ 00:01

When I was 18, I first tried my hand at sculpting. I sculpted a naked Celt, using Sculpey clay over a wire armature. (Epoxy putty did not yet exist) He was sculpted spread-eagled, and when cast, didn’t animate well, paint up well, or look particularly good. Weapons are wire, shields are cut from plastic sheet.

In spite of all that, he didn’t look worse than a lot of the stuff that was on the market.

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I wound up using him as the bodyguard to a General converted from a Lamming Viking.

The shields are decorated with waterslide decals I had made. I sold them for a while, and still find occasional sets in random boxes.

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Believe it or not, where I’m from, Old Glory are almost exotic. No retailer within an 8-hour drive carried them, and for a long time the exchange rate made ordering them very expensive. These are two of the few packs of Old Glory I own.

First of all, Celtic Naked Warriors. All weapons have been replaced with wire versions. (Swords are flattened wire). Shields come separate.

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The figures are pleasing, anatomy is in general good, although as always, some poses are somewhat suspect. But enough make sense that the group looks good together.

There may be a few too many helmets in the mix, but that’s just a matter of taste.

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The second pack is Bare chest, no helmet. (Their clothed Celts are sorted by helmet/no helmet and bare chest/tunic so you can tailor the mix to your own taste. Command is sold separately) All the comments about the above pack apply to this pack as well.

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Overall, the Old Glory Celts are good-looking sets, I wouldn’t mind having more of them.

They also have released more Celts in their Carthaginian range, with weapon hands that peg onto the wrists, and they look to be even better figures. (I’ve only seen photos)

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