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Oddball Outlet: More stuff for sale…

29 Aug

Well, more stuff is up for sale, quite a bit of 3rd Edition 40K in this batch, so I’ll waste no more time, and get on with the show! Let’s let the pictures do the talking!!

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/132310977680?ssPageName=STRK:MESELX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1555.l2649

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/132310970470?ssPageName=STRK:MESELX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1555.l2649

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/132310985479?ssPageName=STRK:MESELX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1555.l2649

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/132310982393?ssPageName=STRK:MESELX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1555.l2649

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/132310958421?ssPageName=STRK:MESELX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1555.l2649

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/132311027938?ssPageName=STRK:MESELX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1555.l2649

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/132311032634?ssPageName=STRK:MESELX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1555.l2649

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/132311057284?ssPageName=STRK:MESELX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1555.l2649

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/132311004656?ssPageName=STRK:MESELX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1555.l2649

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/132310992804?ssPageName=STRK:MESELX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1555.l2649

So, if any of those interest you, please check out the links and go over to eBay to peruse them further! There’s a lot more stuff coming up, so I’ll keep you informed!

Seven things I miss about LARP…

10 Jan

Elf in a box

Now what seems like an age ago, I used to LARP (live roleplay, LRP for the purist!). For years, week after week, come rain or shine, snow or winds, we would all cogregate in our meeting spot each weekend to travel up to the local woods in which we used. Many an event we’d attend, from other clubs (Bloodbath, the Keep, myth, F&H to name a few) to weekend long fests. A great time we had, and I still hold some great nostalgia about that time.
Even so I still have loads of my old kit laying about, I fear my days of running about like a maniac weilding a rubber axe, are now long gone, especially with my knee injury, but still there are loads of stuff concerned with the whole LARP scene I really miss. So, I thought I’d share them with you lot, seven of the most missed conventions and nuances from the strange world of LARP, that I miss and hold with affection.

1. “You can’t see me, I have my finger in the air!”
Players of LARP will tell you that generally when you see another player (be they PC or monster/npc) doing this are classed as either out of the game, or invisible, or similar. Totally bizarre I know, but many times this used to make me laugh. Just one of the conventions that used to crack me up.

2. Time freeze! Time Stop! Time in and Time out and other bollocks!
I remember new players getting confused as hell with these, and amusement ensued when players got it wrong and the head ref would shout abuse and blow their stack. Herding kittens is akin to this one. Who knew the difference between time stop and time freeze was one was standing still and listening to the refs, and the other playing statues with an added “lalalala got me fingers in me ears and me eyes is closed” employed usually for the evil refs to teleport some rock hard creatures in behind you to give you all a good kicking!
3. Orc in a sack, elf in a box
Some people really do pay a fortune on their dream kit and costume, indeed some really do look the “bee’s knees” so to speak. Others spend hours on hand making their stuff from bits, that looks fine too. Some think that the only effort they need is to stick a hole in an old blanket, a pair of trainers and some levis. While I’m no costume nazi, it always made me giggle when I saw these piss poor efforts. Orc in a sack was the very worst example I ever saw, in which a guy once asked a couple of us what kind of thing we would recommend for a half-orc assassin to wear. We suggested scruffy dark and dirty rags and robes, maybe he could get some old potato sacks to fashion into costume. The next week he returned, indeed he’d taken part of it on board, just rather than hessian potato sacks, he’d used brown paper ones instead! Elf in a box is literally that, cardboard armour too! Never did fail to raise a chuckle, still at least they tried!
4. Weapon calls and weirdness.
Double bastard flaming through, and weird calls like that, if your a LARP player you’ll recognise stuff like the first bit. I much preferred more realistic combat systems to be honest over the ones that were more power based, much less hassle when you’re fighting to not have silly unwieldy calls to make. Others would probably agree, but I’ve played tons of different LARP systems and a lot of the time, they get it wrong. I do still hold great memories of ridiculous sounding battles. I’m not even going to get started on the magic systems….
5. Hammy death scenes and comedy melodrama
Many LARPers regard themselves as excellent actors. This is simply not the case as most LARPers are pretty bad at it. Thinking that one is the next oscar winner to that of someone who doesn’t is another thing. Just there’s a lot of X-factor like wannabes in the LARP community (Maybe its an attention thing, I’ve never asked a shrink about LARP…) that really don’t think they are piss poor actors. This of course leads to some great and funny situations, which add to the entire episode being played out. This “epic” quest being played out becoming more like Monty python rather than LOTR. Kinda of like being told to keep quiet in church, but that makes you want to laugh more.
6. Comraderie
One of the best parts of the LARP scene is other LARPers. The community itself, the other compplete nutters that play out in your various worlds and stories. I remember great times spent outside of the game, either partying, or preparing our kit, nice cooperative times where the universal concept of humanity and brotherly love meant we as a group could come together and work to common goals. But, seriously there are lots of really great LARPers out there and I’ve made tons of really good friends over the years through this hobby, and it’s one of the things I really miss out of everything else probably. Happy days.
7. Ambience
When you’ve had one too many beers, or a good smoke, or both, the edges of the world your inhabiting start to fade a little, this is especially true in the case of those long fest nights spent visiting other groups camps, or simply wandering aimlessly into a strange half seen encounter between others. These things used to be outstanding I think, the darkness tends to mask a lot of the hokey half done effects and allows your mind to fill in the blanks. Memories of escaping from god knows how many vampires in a skirmish encounter at about 1am, by crawling on my belly through the pitch black, it was truly horrific, sheer fear and exhileration that I felt was second to none. I could regale you in true quality experiences that were just so atmospheric and mystical, but it’d go on for a long time. Safe to say any lack of suspension of disbelief was not present and LARP and reality merged.

Although I’ve listed just seven things I miss, there are more. I look at my various LARP and airsoft/painball kit and think about what adventures they have served with me and how many kills they have made (Obviously LARP deaths, LARP aint real kiddies!) and feel the rosy glow of nostalgia. Maybe, if I strap my knee up I might attempt some new quests, show these young uns’ what I can do. Who knows, but it’s going to have to be done I think, my eldest is almost a teen and I think he’d get a kick out of it too.
LARP is a strange hobby, but strange in a good way, yes it’s misunderstood and mocked, but it’s all good in the long run. I’m proud that I was a LARPer, and gained lots out of it. If you’re unsure about LARP, give it a shot, it may not be to some of you, but for those it does fit, you’ll never regret doing it!

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That’s Ent-ertainment!! own sculpted Ent for my Entish hordes!!

20 Feb

If you remember, I showed you lot a pic of the Fanticide Blood tree warband a bit ago, and well, it did inspire me to go out and look at what miniatures of a similar vein are available out there. After hours of searching and looking, I found all sorts of stuff from all sorts of different manufacturers and companies, some good, some not so. So it dawned on me that, I should start a little fantasy warband of my very own to add a splash of Entish goodness to my collection. the idea is to create the warband/army so it can be used in either 15mm or 25/28mm for some fantasy based skirmishing battles, something I have missed doing for a few years. It’s different, unusual and something I haven’t done before having an Entish horde, and I suppose it’s exactly why the fanticide blood trees were done (plus, I can get some of them as well to add to my mix!)  I made a few mini orders here and there, and as ever I now wait for postie to fetch me my goodies.

Not being a patient sort, I thought I would get out the greenstuff and create myself one or two (or more) of these creatures for myself as some of them can be quite expensive, as well as adding my own personal touch to my fledgling army (or should that be sapling?)

Here I present to you, the first of my own sculpted Ents, Oak Horn the Grim

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I’m actually quite proud of how it turned out, he has got a load of character and will add a great level of variety to my forces. It has made me want to create more of these for my use, although I will be making them all totally different, the tree theme should tie them all together nicely! Here’s a few out door shots, in a more naturalistic setting (My back garden that is!)

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For those who would like to see some idea of scale, here you go a 30mm-ish Minotaur (You may recall Boris who features in a few of my size comparison shots from time to time!) and the Pendraken 10mm Minos (as I said before these are pretty much the size of a 15mm figure, so bear that in mind)

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I’ll post the newer additions as and when I get them done, but I do hope you enjoy!!

Peace out tree lovers….

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Fanticide Blood Trees have given me ideas…

1 Feb

[TMP] Fanticide: Blood Tree Warband Arrives.

I spotted this on TMP and was quite impressed actually. A tree/plant based army has always interested me for something quirky to collect, and this seems to add more fuel to my fire! I didn’t want yet another project/collection for this year (Hell, I’m still painting Orcs and gobbos for WFB for christs sake….) I’ll just mention that my interest in these is just the miniatures, not Fantacide, I’m sure its a great game, it does have some interesting and original figures though. Putting aside the fluff, I’d be doing mine with a naturalistic “non red” slant, greens, browns etc. Mix in some other Ent types in various scales, from 6mm tiny types, right up to big buggers from GW‘s LOTR and other firms that make a mean ent, and that would make a fantastic army, usable in virtually any scale.  My choice would be 15mm of course, not a Warhammer army, just a big skirmish force.

The mushrooms are a nice touch, but I recon they’d be better as Myconid type fungi-men rather than a few based up toadstools! If wanted you could even add carniverous plants to the mix as well.

Looks like I found a new project!

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Even Hitler seems unimpressed with GW’s Hobbit range….

10 Dec

Hitler calls Games Workshop – YouTube.

No doubt some of you will have seen the latest cashtastic movie tie in from the evil empire GW (games workshop), from the buzz about the net it does seem this time around, GW are still trying to flog their figures with an even bigger cash increase. This time it seems that they are using the aquisition of the rights to the latest Peter Jackson Hobbit film as an excuse to up the prices all round.

Lets face it, GW used to be the boss. Now all they want is your cash for these ever increasing efforts. They have lost their soul to chaos.

No doubt these new cruddy figures will sell in droves due to kids blagging their parents for them for xmas.

I’ll leave it for you to decide for yourselves. LINK

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