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The Lead Pile. (And the question of how to tackle it!)

3 Feb

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Jeezus! I’m feeling slightly overwhelmed when it comes to dealing with my lead mountain. I have started to take stock of just exactly how much stuff I have accumulated and what you can see in the picture is just the tip of the iceberg. This toolbox here is just one of the various stashes of unpainted lead (and stuff that needs stripping or repainting) Plastic is another thing, there’s mostly metal miniatures in my alloy hills. I really didn’t quite understand just the volume I had until I started looking.

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My question really is, just how exactly do you deal with it? I’ve been having a rekindled relationship with miniature painting, so if it wasn’t enough to just decide what to paint up next, I’m thinking now about what the hell I’ve got!

I know I’m not alone in this. But why do we do it? This shiny syndrome must be put in check, but we still do it over and over with stuff we don’t need, nor ever will probably paint. I’m not saying that we don’t want the things, we do want them, and want is the optimum word here. It’s as if we are as the dwarven kings or dragons themselves, hoarding them in our deep caverns.

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Some might say that I should be happy that I have a choice, and I’ll agree. The only thing is I’m never ever going to get every single one of them painted. Ever. Sure, I’ll manage to do a lot if I put in some time (a long time) and effort, but theres never going to be an end in sight. I wouldn’t mind so much, but I have only come back to the hobby for the last 5 years or so (God knows what it would be like if I’d have kept going interrupted from back in the day) I’m even more confused about what I’m going to paint up and put in the queue next, just cause there’s so much to go through. I think its a battle I’m never going to win. I know I will amass more and more beyond what is a copeable  and realistic amount to have. Even when I sell vast chunks on, it still keeps growing.

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Dozens of manufacturers and scales, fantasy, historical, scifi, you know the score. I have no idea why I bought some of it. Is it lead fumes that make us do it? Consumer greed driven by the very limited nature of the number of castings? It makes you wonder what our true motivations are for this collecting of this pile of tiny metallic creatures? I have no real answer, just that I love the little fuckers, and if you can empathise with my condition, then you love them little fuckers too!

Right, what next then?…

Crowdfunding Spotlight: Wargaming Table by 4thwar Equipment on Kickstarter

6 May

 

One of the most important features of any tabletop game is undoubtedly the surface that its played upon, in most cases the table.

This crowdfunder over on kick starter thinks its cracked it in more than just this issue, as well as being 100% green and recyclable, by coming up with this “novel” (sigh!) idea of a cardboard portable folding gaming table.

Yeah, great idea. Well, not really. I know that probably doesn’t sound very complementary, but I’m not here to sing the praises of this project, rather I just see so many things that are against this being a smart invention.

I’ll try and be fair with this project though, I’m not all bad, so I’ll point out lots going for it, such as the fact that it’s innovative in its design and use of materials,and yes it does solve a problem that many of us gamers face from time to time, plus it’s a polished production to both the idea and the project itself. However, there are a few problems with using this kind of corrugated card can bring.

First one of the many flaws to this is that card of this type is very easily damaged used as is (like this) and won’t look like it’ll take much to accidentally get either bent, knocked or wet from a spill etc. The easy damage factor is a big issue, not to mention warping from heat or damp. If you have kids around, that’ll make it twice as likely to get messed up too, trust me!

Next is the wibble factor. Just how many have completely level floors in the area we wish to game? It’ll just take one unlevel surface to sit on and I’m sure it’ll shake like a pensioner with parkinsons just like any other table would, just this one will shake even more as its lighter being from cardboard.

Price. For what it is, it seems a little expensive to me. Ok, I know that you have to factor lots of things into getting an idea to being, and a lot of stuff can be prohibitive caused by just how much some things do actually cost, but $109 seems a bit much for just a table made from card! Sod the extra chaff stuff too, why would I want a sodding T-shirt? Some might disagree, but I can think of much cheaper ways to make an ad hoc gaming table. I make do with bits of wood that go on top of various surfaces, easy to buy, store and go up quickly, usually well within the 3 minutes they say in the vid!

I don’t want to rubbish the idea, honestly, but maybe this just isn’t for me. Yes I can see that there are plenty of takers on board already, but the funding level seems a bit high for it to work, $99,000 is a hell of a lot of cash. I just see it struggling toward the latter half of the funding period to be fair.

Check it out and make up your own mind.

4thWar Equipment – Wargaming Table by 4thwar Equipment — Kickstarter.

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It’s competition month: Get involved in the Pendraken Painting Competition 2014!

17 Jan

It must be miniature painting competition month, as well as Dropship Horizon having a comp, The pendraken guys also have the yearly Pendraken painting competition too!

Whilst it’s not 15mm scifi, this time it’s 10mm figures from their range only, but with all the great stuff they have in any of their myriad of ranges, you’ll find something to capture your imagination. There are lots of prizes too to be had, so if you fancy taking part, you’ll need to get registered on the Pendraken forum and make yourself a member first. Don’t be shy, they aren’t a bad lot over there,and there’s always some interesting conversations going on, wargames related or not!

As for me, I don’t think I have enough time to enter this year, maybe next time!

Pendraken Painting Competition 2014!.

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Zomtober 2013: Grinning Skull gets ready to share in Zomtober madness!

6 Oct

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So, I’m taking part in the Zomtober festivities (see more details on Zomtober here  and here) In which all participants must paint up at least one survivor or zombie figure per week during the month. Whilst I think most of us taking part will be 28mm zombie gamers, for myself at least in our house, the apocolypse is firmly in the 15mm size!

To continue with my HO zombie hordes, I’d like to present my Zomtober entry, even bigger swarms of the dead!

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As you can see, these swarm bases are made up from the very versatile model railway civilian figures in 1/87, easily available from ebay or model railway suppliers. (check out more HO hordes) There’s a “funny” story attached to me finishing these critters off, which involves my wife throwing away all of my basing materials (you know, static grasses, flocks, gravel, lichen etc etc) so I am a bit limited to basing options here! That is until she’s spent quite a bit of cash replacing all what she’s accidentally thrown out!

I’ll be using the larger horde bases to represent big fast moving deadlier swarms during gameplay, that’s why I only did three, which is more than enough, as now my undead horde for 15mm is extremely large, with loads more I haven’t even started yet (including the really nifty Old Glory pack I picked up a bit ago, what I will be painting next for next weeks zomtober entry!)

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Don’t forget to visit our other good zombie wargaming bloggers too this zomtober! Take a trip over to their wonderful blogs to see what they are up to this month and check out their entries. Full list of participants in the months zomtober fun are:

Brummie

brummieswargamingblog.blogspot.co.uk/

Pulp Citizen
eclecticgentlemantabletopgamer.blogspot.co.uk/

Rob Bresnen
fourcoloursupers.blogspot.co.uk/

Doctor Warlock
the-illustrated-london-news.blogspot.co.uk/

Robert Audin
fiendsinwaistcoats.blogspot.co.uk/

The Demonic Visions
demonicvisions.wordpress.com/

Patient Zero (Shelldrake)
zombiewargame.blogspot.co.uk/

Hugh
colgar6.blogspot.co.uk

Clint
clint-anythingbutaone.blogspot.co.uk/

Michael Awdry
28mmvictorianwarfare.blogspot.co.uk/

Baconfat
baconfatblog.blogspot.co.uk/

Kieron
www.cheaphammer.blogspot.co.uk/

Lead Admiral
leadadmiral.blogspot.co.uk/

PMMDJ
metal-skirmish.blogspot.co.uk/

Lord Siwoc
lordsiwoc.blogspot.co.uk/

Mr.Marx
dinky-bloggity-blog-blog.blogspot.co.uk/

Doctor Zombie
www.lead-adventure.de/index.php?topic=43795.0

Dizbuster
Via BOTLL and Brummieswargaming blog

Zerloon
zerloon.blogspot.co.uk/

Irqan
lrqan.blogspot.co.uk/

Christopher Sheets
dispatchesfromtherim.blogspot.co.uk/

Modhail
modhails-meanderings.blogspot.nl/

RRWIN
thecolorblindmodelpainter.blogspot.co.uk/

Maj. Diz Aster
thequickandthezed.blogspot.co.uk/

Deserter
wastelandminiatures.blogspot.co.uk/

Cheetor
sho3box.wordpress.com/

Matt
paintbrushandsuperglue.blogspot.co.uk/

ColKillgore
mlwodementia.blogspot.co.uk/

Terry Silverthorne
miniature-mayhem.blogspot.ca/

Gnotta
gnotta.blogspot.co.uk/

Little old me!
thegrinningskull.wordpress.com/

Ciao!

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10mm Zombies now available from Pendraken!

24 Sep

Finally it’s time to start zombie wargaming in a new scale, yes Pendraken have released the new scifi revamps, which includes the much anticipated zombies and survivors!

Now I just need to start thinking about making some appropriate scenery in 10mm and getting some of these bad boys! If you don’t wargame the apocolypse, then I forsee this could be an ideal low cost way to get into the genre, especially as they are cheap as chips!! Ok, so it’s not 15mm (Like I harp on about all the time) but it is still zombies, so all is forgiven!! As for a ruleset, most would work with a bit of jiggling around, but I’d recommend USE ME ZOMBIE DAWN ( as it’s the one I play) You can read my review here if you want to take a look!

SFZ1 walking zombies (10) £1.80

SFZ2 standing zombies (10) £1.80

SFZ3 crawling zombies £1.80

SFZ4 female zombies and child

SFZ5 zombie dogs (5) £1,00

SFZ6 survivors (30) £5.00

Also there is an army/bundle available if you want to start 10mm zombie gaming, for the great price of £13 for 60 assorted zombies and dogs, and 25 survivors, thats plenty if you plan on skirmish gaming with them, you might need a few more if you want to base them in multiples and go all guns for sheer numbers!

Check out the zombies on the Pendraken website http://www.pendraken.co.uk/Sci-Fi-c24/Zombies-sc294/

Another great figure released in the scifi revamp is this Grey alien, as usual I see the implications in 15mm gaming, and I think at 12mm high he’d make great minions for the whole plethora of greys already available from lots of 15mm  manufacturers. Unarmed civilians, technical personel and so on can all be achieved with this figure, I know I’ll be getting a pack of these too on my next order to join my small advance force of greys (plus death ray UFO) If you really have to use them in 10mm scale gaming (god forbid! :)) they’d be cool for that too, and much of the 15mm stuff like saucers and drones will work equally well too!

You’ll find all the new released Scifi stuff, as well as the old stuff (don’t forget the civilian figures from the old range, they will do fine for extra citizens in any zombie or UFO invasion!) over on the Pendraken website http://www.pendraken.co.uk/Sci-Fi-c24/

Cheque now please Leon!!

Ciao!

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