Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Impact Roller Derby Miniatures

Left to Right: the Knockouts, the Victory Vixens, the Dreadnought Dorothys, and the Black Eye Susans

As those of you who follow my All Things Zombie campaign blog know, my significant other plays professional roller derby for the WFTDA (Women's Flat Track Derby Association) league in Kansas City.  So when I saw that Impact Miniatures did roller derby figures, I picked a bunch of them up.

Months later, the Real Life Irene mentioned to me that the Kansas City Roller Warriors were having a charity auction to raise money for the league, and I offered to paint up four miniatures, one for each of the KCRW teams.  Here's the result, although I'm considering trying to do eyes on them, which I don't do very often these days.  It required a lot of freehand work, which isn't my forte, and it was good practice for me.

Anyways, I hope the auction goes well.  KCRW's season opener is this Saturday, so if you're in the KC area you should go check them out.  If you do go, let me know and I'll try to introduce myself.

Thursday, February 21, 2013

More Reiklanders


In addition to playing a few games of Mordheim, Ridge Runners: Unbounded (on the XBox 360) and eating some homemade cookies, I also decided to go ahead and paint a few more Reiklanders for my Mordheim warband.  These fellows did such a good job against the undead, I thought they deserved it.

I painted up three marksmen and another axe-wielding figure that could either be a warrior or a youngblood. All I need are a handful of additional heroes and I'll have a solid 500 gp. warband.

In other news, I did the rare thing of stopping reading a book before it was finished.  I've been known to tough out bad books in the past, but every once in a while I get one that I just can't stand and have to stop.  In this case it was Market Forces by Richard K. Morgan.  I had read Morgan's Altered Carbon, which I loved, and Broken Angels, which I was less enthusiastic about.  Market Forces doesn't feature Takeshi Kovacs, as the other books do, nor does it take place in the far future, but instead is a near-future dystopic thriller in which corporate agents manipulate wars by investing in various factions across the globe (much like they do now).  However, these corporate agents can vie for these contracts or just outright eliminate the competition by killing another agent using their car.  Legally.  And of course the auto-dueling action is the subject of a lot of media attention and these guys are like rock stars.

Sigh.  I get that there's a bit of satire here, and the author himself says the book borrows heavily from Mad Max and Rollerball, but there's a point where I can't suspend my disbelief any longer.  The idea that a corporation focused on profits would only allow expert drivers-cum-warriors to be able to do business is ridiculous.  If Bad Driving Bill can make money, then he'll get a job and won't be allowed to be killed on I-70.  Add to that Morgan's penchant for over-the-top sex scenes that can even make me blush and a host of generally unlikable characters, and I decided life's too short.

Snow outside, meteorites inside!

It snowed like nobody's business last night and this morning, almost a record snowfall for the area.  I told my son that if he didn't have school, we'd set up the table for Mordheim and play a few rounds while his mother telecommuted from home.

In the background you can see my daughter looking on while reading a book.

He played Undead versus my Reiklanders and did a very solid job of it.  Initially he took a pounding from archers, but eventually he got into close combat and then it was over.  His vampire held off four people, my captain and a champion both failed fear checks, and in the end he managed to knock off 25% of my warband and force me to flee.

Good fun, and a nice way to avoid cabin fever.

Sunday, February 17, 2013

Werewolf? There wolf!


A werewolf from the Reaper "Bones" line.  Personally I can't wait for the goods from the Kickstarter to show up.

While I wait, I have been kicking (no pun intended) this idea around a bit.  By "a bit" I mean a couple of days, although elements have been percolating for a long time.  If it comes to fruition, I'll probably make an announcement about it here, and over at Graphs, Paper, and Games.  But I won't until then, lest it become another of my announcements that come to nothing.

Monday, February 4, 2013

Mordheim Reiklanders


Well, it has been a while, but I'm back in the saddle again.  I have been planning on playing Mordheim with my son and we've done some small practice games.  But I thought it would be fun to build up a warband from scratch, so I picked up the Empire Militia box set and have begun making Reiklander mercenaries from the figures.  Here's the first four: three swordsmen and a guy with an axe (maybe a youngblood).

It's good to be doing some wargaming-related projects again, and four points towards a painting total that I'm not really tracking these days.

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