I just finished up a review of some more Freebooter's Fate minis, and decided to take a group photo of my existing Crews for Freebooter's Fate, with the new additions included. My Pirate Crew is a little weak looking, since I never finished up painting the deck-hands, and some of the little details on the Capt. I really need to get the new deck-hands too, they're 10x nicer than the original ones.
My Goblin Pirate Crew on the other hand is quite strong. At present I'm only missing Ulgat the new Leader model, and the rat smashing little fella, plus I heard there's a Limited Edition model that's only available from Conventions.
The Imperial Armada isn't my first choice, but it's slowly turning into a nice little crew too. I still need to finish up painting some details on Captain Morgan there, like the cannon balls he's standing on, and some odds and ends on the Arquebrusiers. Is it me, or does that guy look like Captain Morgan from the rum bottle, minus a fancy hat? lol
Sorry, but I didn't bother taking new pics of the Brotherhood, since there's more than enough photos of those in the article I did on the Brotherhood.
It's another busy week here at the Guru homestead. School starts one week later now, booooooo. It appears the school had some crazy mold issue to deal with, so school starts one week later now as they address it. Which means one more week in solo dad hell. What most people don't know is that I'm a single parent with 4 kids. Getting through summer alone around here is a test in patience, on a daily basis! lol
It's nice having little extra hands around though, especially when testing new games out, because I have extra little opponents to dominate, or to pummel me into submission. You'd be surprised how many times my twin daughters have ganged up on me in a game of Flames of War, Fear and Faith, Warmachine, and the like, giggling and smiling the whole time as they get great dice roll after dice roll. Although you don't want to be anywhere near them when those dice aren't on their side. Haha.
Anyway, the new MERCS Minis models review should be up next week, along with a review of the new Army Painter Warpaints - Wagaming Starter Paint Set. The long awaited review of Taban Miniatures Eden is near complete, and a review of some of the models from Soda Pop Miniatures will likely make it online next week as well.
There's also another Freebooter's Fate model review in the works, and just today some of the new Mantic Games dwarfs arrived. I also have some 15mm WWII themed terrain from JR Miniatures to finish up for a review, and the board game Incursion from Grindhouse Games showed up earlier in the week. Not to mention I'm still working on some new stuff from Micro-Art as well.
So there's still a lot on my plate, and I'm working my way through it all. And as always, there's a lot more projects currently in the works.
It has been a busy past few weeks again. I've been poking around with Zynvaded this week, and that review is just about done now. If all goes as planned it will be posted on Monday. I can't stress enough how cool those sculpts are. They really have character, and I love the whole four-armed bug-alien motif.
The bear that was the In Focus Reaper profile article is finally done, but there's another one in the works now covering Warlord. So keep an eye on the site for a rather in-depth look at Warlord from Reaper before long too.
Other items in my review cue include the new MERCS Minis models, the latest from Quantum Gothic, some Soda Pop Miniatures models, some of the Undead Pirates from Ron & Bones, the latest from Micro-Art Studios, and the long awaited review of the skirmish game from Taban Miniatures called Eden. There's still some PC game stuff in the works, but I keep getting sidetracked with new releases from Gen Con.
If all goes as planed I'll be taking a look at the revamped HellDorado from Cipher too, which aside from Zynvaded was one of the the other coolest looking titles released at Gen Con. The original HellDorado is a French game, and Cipher has repacked many of the models into new Starter sets for each faction, with English starter rules. They also have an English stand alone rulebook coming soon as well. There's also a bunch of other stuff in the works as usual.
I've also been watching Star Trek Voyager on DVD from Season 1 through Season 7. I'm up to Season 6 now, and I can't believe that I didn't think this was cool when it was on TV originally. There's a variety of episodes with Harry Kim and Tom Paris going to the holo-deck playing out a fictional Flash Gordon-like adventure called Captain Proton. Those are some of my favorite episodes, and they even go to black and white to play those segments out.
I've neglected this blog for a few weeks now. Sorry guys! I've been busy pushing through my cue of review materials. I've also been enjoying some PC titles in between all the tabletop coverage. I have reviews in the works of quite a few new PC titles at the moment, I just need to quit playing long enough to write the reviews.
With Gen Con over with, the industry can now begin to shift back to normal operations too. You can look forward to quite a few new product reviews in the coming months, as there's quite a few interesting developments from Gen Con.
A few titles really caught my eye. Earth Reborn, ZynVaded and Cipher's US release of HellDorado all look really promising. Wizkids StarTrek Clix sounds like a winner, but only time will tell. The models look nice, but it remains to be seen if they can deliver a game of space combat that will work and offer compelling gameplay.
MERCS Minis is also gearing up to release their rulebook, cards and maps for their own skirmish game utilizing the existing utterly amazing MERCS Minis models. There's more factions in the works too, two of which were just released the USCR and FCC. They just released the basic rules for the game via their website too. These rules are what they used to demo the game at Gen Con with, so with these rules and the card decks you can buy direct from them you too can get started with MERCS now!
MERCS Minis Basic Rules
The new Mantic Games ruleset sounds really promising too, as it's being developed and written by non other than Alessio Cavatore, who used to write rules for Games Workshop. They plan to release an amazing starter set this fall with Dwarves versus the Undead, complete with the new rulebook. So the coming months are quite promising. Now if only this wicked hot summer would end already, I swear I can't remember the last time it was this hot, this consistently.