Tuesday, 20 March 2018

Alpha Squad Quick Kick

Been in a bit of a funk the past couple of weeks been really busy and not felt up to much. I have started work on the Devil's Outcasts for Street Wars but not got past doing the skin and eyes and base coated some of the clothing. Looking around for something to finish the other night I spotted my Quick Kick conversion which was probably 75% done.

I started this one sometime last year but procrastinated to much over how to make the shurikens to go in the sash. There fore it got put to one site and left. In the end for ease I decided to paint them on and make do that way I think they look quite effective. The base model is White Tiger from East Riding Miniatures Golgo Island Legends range. White Tiger is sculpted by Kev White and is also sold in the Hasslefree Miniatures Martial artist section of their store.

 I added the sash using paper coating it in super glue to seal it. The sheathed katana was out of my bits box but If I recall correctly is from Hasslefree Oakley who comes with several items to make him in different ways.

Paint scheme wise I stuck pretty much to the cartoons colours with the belt having a blueish hue to it. But his out fit varies massively from comic, to cartoon to fan art.

Quick Kick was another of my firm favourites he was one of the few early Gi Joe figures I owned as a kid. But he was a ninja dude he had a backpack that sheathed his katana and he came with nunchucks!

One of the funniest fights in the cartoons where he lacks somewhat any arctic gear as he rescues Alpine and Bazooka from angry sea lions and has a dust up with Storm Shadow

Sunday, 4 March 2018

Funky Skull Games Street Wars NYC

Yay its arrived well a few weeks ago it did but only just had chance to write it up after giving the rulebook a good read through last week. I sooo can't wait to get this all painted and get some games in with it. Its seems like its going to be lots of fun.

As far as model count goes the game needs only a handful of models per side. A few cops to add that extra bit of fun during the games. One of games this is limited by the fund (points) level you decide upon of which you recruit gang members and purchase weapons from. For campaign games you may need a few more to play. The gangs you can currently purchase come in sets of 8 figures.

The rules at a glance seem simple to pick up you gang members are rated on what dice they have for there stats D6's being the baseline and going up from there.

Stat tests are rolled on a number of dice calculated by the given stats value plus any modifiers etc . Successes are any dice rolling a 4 or more with 6s being a critical in certain circumstances like wounding a target.

In combat its slightly different with both sides rolling dice and the highest score winning the close combat. Damage is then rolled for with the type of weapon determined extra dice for special rules skills etc vs the targets toughness dice cancelling out damage with successes however critical's always count and can't be cancelled.

Players roll off to see who has initiative for that turn. Then each member must pass a Funk test in order to activate that turn. Once all your gang members have activated play switches over. With a few exceptions a gang member rolling a 2 or 3 means they can't perform all there actions but can still move however on rolling a 1 initiative switches to the opposition whether you have activated all your models or not.

Movement is pretty standard and includes rules for different types of terrain and obstacles. Buildings as a rule can't be entered. But fire escapes can be used to get to rooftops and can be fought over moved across. Buildings can be used in certain scenarios to be broken into for loot or to be vandalised by your gang as part of your objectives. There are rules for climbing over obstacles and jumping between buildings etc with successful dice roll tests determining the outcome.

There are close combat and range combat actions as you expect. But some cool ones like Vandalise,  Break in, Steal, Search for a bottle or brick which you can then throw.

Weapons rather than each having individual rules are grouped into several categories so Large weapons including your baseball bats, hockey sticks, iron pipes. Small weapons such as steal chains, kosh's, clubs and brass knuckles and finally Sharp weapons which are your various knives. Depending on what category they fall into determines how many dice you roll to damage your opponent if you win a fight.

Ranged weapons aren't that abundant so only include molotov's, bricks/bottles and pistols.

The rulebook includes 8 different scenarios for games from a Rumble (standard fight), Rescues, Attacking a HQ each with various objectives for loots/weapons to be found. It includes rules for campaign play which I need to have a proper read of .I think they will be fun and hope to try out with Pulp Citizen.

There are obviously rules for creating your own gangs and recruiting your members so I can see some interesting gangs being put together. The back of the book also describes several other gangs which I hope will come out in the future giving a lot of more choice in miniatures as well as theme.

As well as gangs you can recruit MVP's (Most Violent Player) sort of thugs for hire and includes some cool cats to add muscle to games or scenarios.

 The Paper parts of my pledge the rule book. Black Cobra and Devil's outcast gang member cards (included with the gangs figures) alongside event and weapon card decks (which come with the rulebook).

The book is laid out nicely with awesome thematic full page artwork and full colour photo's of painted gangs and terrain. At just under 90 pages it is not going to be taxing to remember. I am looking forward to getting some games in.

All the figures come on 30mm lipped bases but as I intend on using mine in various other games I am planning on using standard 25mm round slotta bases. This doesn't really have any effect game wise as base size isn't stipulated by anything. Each gang includes 8 figures plus the associated stat cards for the gang.

I've spent most of this week removing the odd mold line of which there was very few. Basing and adding putty to them all.

 The Black Cobra's I am probably going to take these to the next 7TV day as a sort of Kung Fu Brothers cast. Pulp Citizen is planning on getting his done first. Whilst I am going for the Devils Outcasts.

Here they are I love The Devils Outcast figures Tremor (the guy with chain round his neck) is the boss and one of my faves from the range. I plan to use these alongside my biker gangs for Post Apocalypse gaming.

This guy was free as part of the pledge I chose. This figure represents Randal 'The Saint' St James leader of the biggest group of Pimps in NYC The Black Saints.

You can pick him up in the store and makes for a thematic piece for either objectives, custom gang leader or as someone to use for rescues or other custom scenario's

Besides gangs the only thing you may want to add is a few cops as though not necessary. There are rules fro break ins or when shots are fired that they can arrive and interfere with both gangs. There are plenty available to purchase I intend on getting a few packs from Crooked Dice as I can imagine a raid on a gang by the Police could be a fun custom scenario.

There are also Acrylic token sets for both Objectives and for various Statuses I didn't pick these up as the status ones are designed for the 30mm lipped bases and as mentioned I plan to use 25mm bases.
I may have to have a rummage for some standard ones or if need be put a special order in somewhere for my own personal ones.

I am on the hunt for some 70s cars now. Perhaps a school bus or some other themed pieces.

There is a growing Facebook group with over a 100 members which has some awesomely painted gangs finished already (Dam fast gits!). There are plenty of ideas for cars and terrain as well. I am looking forward to seeing more from all the members as well as sharing my own gangs and terrain Facebook Group Link

They are now all available in the store

Tuesday, 27 February 2018

The Walking Dead Rick and Carl

Didn't quite get these finished on time for the weekends post.  As I spotted some bits I missed like Carl's hair ffs lol. But they are done now and give me two more survivors to play the walking dead game. I am now upto 17 figures completed for the game out of the Kickstarter edition set though I still have plenty to go.

My original goal of 3 months was totally unreallistic so my new goal is to have the Kickstarter boxed set painted by the end of 2018. I really want to pick up more boosters and expansions but am holding back until I get at least 3/4 of the way through this set before adding to the pile so its not to overwhelming.

Anyway we have the main protagonist Rick and his son Carl finished off . These are obviously both quite early versions of them both. By the looks of it there are several Ricks spread amongst the boosters and the sets but no new Carl's as yet. I have another Rick to do but is mounted on horseback. Will be interesting to paint the horse as this isn't something I have done before. But as its a booster it a bit further down the paint queue yet.

I have also got a pair of zombies done as these were also part of the same row Rick and Carl. Its nice doing it this way as it gives you a fair bit of variety either zombies or characters you wouldn't necessarily paint if you were to pick and choose.

Saturday, 24 February 2018

Vuvalini Ranged Fighters

Didn't intentionally paint them in the order of melee and ranged but it just ended up this way. Its been quite a productive week. Besides these 3 I have nearly finished some more Walking Dead minis that have been lurking on the paint table for to long.

The first two are the remainder of the Crooked Dice Wasteland Warriors pack. I struggled with the hooded ones staff a little as its quite busy and it has no clear purpose. Is it a weapon, a detector of some kind a torch or any of the above lol! Again similar colours were used but I added in ochre into these with the signature red item or items.

The other one was more straight forward I added in some different brown more to differentiate her more from the Katana and staff armed one I finished previously. Originally I painted the M16 metal then changed my mind and tried to do it in black like the real life weapons would be. I am quite pleased with how it turned out.

 The third figure finished is Virginia by Four A miniatures. Obviously it is based on Warrior woman from The Road Warrior. The bow doesn't quite match the movie representation but can understand having it like this is far easy to cast and more robust. I tried to match up as close to the movie as I could with what paints I had available. Again a spot of red to tie her in with the others. My only critique of her and Tina is I wish they had been a few millimetres taller.

All my Vuvalini so far. With my two Furiosa's (Crooked and Hasslfree)

 All my Wasteland ladies so far I have a few more figures to do and a character if I can find the bits for would like to to try and recreate. It also depends on a parcel arriving from the US from my friend Johnny Grogan.

Saturday, 17 February 2018

Vuvalini Close Combat fighter

The second of the Wasteland Warriors is finished off and is again equipped for melee fighting. Bringing my finished Vuvalini members upto 5.  I have the two remaining characters from the Wasteland Warriors pack to finish off. I have had some packages arrive this week some of which are for this warband some for others. I also have converted another figure for this warband but more on that once she is painted and ready to go.

I shall need some more figures with ranged weapons I think. Most only have small arms such as pistols. I will have to have a good browse around for figures to convert.

The gangs so far. Just about to be varnished by hand.

Tuesday, 13 February 2018

Hasslefree Lewis

I loved this model ever since I first clapped eyes on it. I picked it up as soon as I could but got distracted after pondering what colour scheme to use on him. The character is from Hasslefree Miniatures Lewis HFA159 and is loosely based on Van Zan from Reign of Fire.

 I've always love the pose and armament of this figure having seen him on the Hasslefriesian sculpting facebook page . The axe looks bad ass and I have wanted to use it for my Post Apocalyptic games in Across the Dead Earth. I think his dress when painted differently can look very much like a biker so whilst doing the others and in the mood I have been doing little bits.  I mainly intend on using him to give some much needed close combat muscle to my biker gang.  I loosely based him on the studio paint scheme. Opting out of the USA patch on his jacket but copying the tattoo as best I could from the one the Hasslefree website painted by Stone Cold Lead Figure Painting who does a fair bit of Crooked Dice studio paintjobs.

Sunday, 11 February 2018

Vuvalini close combat fighters.

Been beavering away at this and that this week. After stripping, filing off moldlines and then rebasing I decided to take a brief break from the Copplestone bikers with the intention of coming back to them in a few week after finishing off some other figures.

I posted earlier in the year about my wanting to make a Vuvalini (Many Mothers) themed gang/warband. I have finished the a couple more recruits. These don't bare any resemblance to the movie characters. I intend on adding extras in that are perhaps past on or maybe new recruits after Furiosa takes over the citadel.

I am hopefully getting some long awaited Wreck Age figures of which a number have been reserved for this project. Though there are a few more on the website I hope to pick up also. Talking of Wreck Age version 2 has recently been released and I hope to take a further look into it as they have expanded the miniature ranges since last I looked and from the game play videos have streamline the rules some what.

They are both Crooked Dice miniatures the first one which is now OOP. However she has been resculpted to and has appeard again amongst the Wasteland Warriors this time equipped with an M16 and sporting goggles (she has been started also). This version is equipped with a katana and a staff. The armour is rather nice its sort of cobbled together mesh/leather armour. It was quite nice to paint. I am going to have to contemplate how to differ the next ones armour somehow. Perhaps painting it in the bone colour instead.

 The second is from the Wasteland Warriors set (link above) I picked this one first as it inspired the Keeper of the Seeds armour plated and the scheme would be similar to hers. I opted for a black coloured hair as its something I can never quite get right either looking to grey or very flat. I tried mixing in some blue and highlighting the strands I think its turned out ok. But perhaps more pracitce is required.  This is a pretty nicely detailed model holding the baseball bat casually over her shoulder she has lots of nice pouches, bags, gas mask and water bottle.

The Four members so far Furiosa (Crooked Dice) and my converted Keeper of the Seeds.