Saturday, July 2, 2016

What's in the flask, Egg? Magic potion?

Thirty years ago today Big Trouble in Little China was released.  Sadly, it didn't do as well as John Carpenter had hoped.  Of course that was the same summer that Aliens came out, and that was a bit tough to compete with.  It's still one of my favorite films, but then I can see things no one else can see.  Why are you dressed like that? ;-)

Friday, July 1, 2016

The Battle of the Somme: 1 July 1916

It's 7:28 BST (British Summer Time).  100 years ago it was two minute to zero hour, and the mines beneath the trenches of the German 2nd Army were detonated.  Two minutes later the British 3rd and 4th Armies along with the French 6th Army went "over the top".  It was the worst day in the history of the British Army.  The British 4th Army suffered 57,470 casualties that day, of which 19,240 were killed.  When the battle ended over four months later, the Allies has lost 623,907 men of which 146,431 were killed or missing. had taken.  The Central Powers had taken around 465,000 casualties, of which 164,055 were killed or missing.  Those number are mind boggling, all for a few miles of blasted land.  The British are observing two minutes of silence at 7:28 BST to honor all of those who were forever silenced on that day.

Thursday, June 30, 2016

Frazetta Inspired Barbarian Miniatures (W.I.P.)

Following up on my recent post about the upcoming release of five Death Dealer Miniatures by Bronze Age Miniatures, I figured that I would post some photos of four barbarian miniatures from them that I just finished assembling.  They make some very cool miniatures, and these have a definite Frazetta vibe to them.  I'm really looking forward to painting these guys and getting them on the table.  About the only downside to these guys is that they don't ship with bases, so you'll have to provide your own.  Standard slotted bases work fine.

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Weird Adventure Wednesday

I wonder if the hands got Long Neck....

This Week's Weird Adventure Idea:

On a pleasant morning you are confronted by a drunken wizard at a fork in the road.  The wizard tells you an intriguing tale that 6 days journey to the west, beneath The Puzzling Burial Ground of Nightmares lies the Flooded Crypt of the Hands.  Legends hold that there can be found The Emerald Flask of Midnight.  But beware, for the wizard warns you that The Barbarous Phantasm of Bones dwells there!

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Death Dealer Miniatures! (Coming Soon)

Death Dealer 3 from Bronze Age Miniatures
I'm a huge fan of Frank Frazetta, particularly his Conan and Death Dealer paintings.  So I was really excite to learn that Bronze Age Miniatures, who have always made some pretty cool Frazetta inspired figure, is releasing a line of five 32mm Death Dealer Miniatures.  The expected  release date for these is 11 July 2016, and I have to say that they look pretty good.  They range between $15 and $25 each, but based on my past experience with Bronze Age, they will be worth it.  It goes without saying that I've already pre-ordered mine.

Random Table Tuesday (d100 Swords)

This week's Random Table is a d100 table of magic swords.  As with most of my random tables, these weapons don't have stats, but who wouldn't have fun making up stats for the Blessed Basalt Sword of Offenses?  These are intended as ideas to get your creative juices flowing.  Also as usual, these mostly sound as if they are cursed. :-)

Monday, June 27, 2016

Miniatures Monday

A Gun Mage
This week for Miniature's Monday, we return to the Iron Kingdoms.  I painted this miniature for the Gun Mage in our current IK campaign.  Overall I think that it turned out rather well, but it started out a bit rough.  There is a lot of small detail on this one, and my eyes aren't getting any younger.  I also tried experimenting with a different photographic background, but I'm still not sure what I think of it. The miniature is an official Iron Kingdoms miniature from the Hordes line and is available from Privateer Press for $9.99.