Thursday, May 21, 2015

Guild Ball Kraken Resin Model

.... and my thoughts on him complete with the history of my fascination with this model!

Just a heads up, that for me it is the last day of the week before the family and I head out to Canada for 2 weeks! Yippie! So expect even more silence for a while, unless something magical happens with regards to miniature related news from Mr Lee here!

Right.. so that is out of the way.. and what are we looking at now? Why it looks like a Guild Ball resin model! And not just any model, but their big lug Kraken with his intimidating harpoon!

This is the alternative sculpt piece for the big guy, as his regular pose is slightly different if you have purchases the metal or regular season piece of him.

I lucked out to get this while at Salute this year, and am really happy with it thus far. Not just because it is in resin ( gotta love resin models these days! ).. but also cause he is for my favorite team.. the Fishermen!

Such a cool team! And the design and style of not just the team, but of Kraken in particular is fantastic! I can see what he will be looking like when I get to painting him after Canada! Should be interesting with all the freehand work I will need to be doing here :) yay challenges!

Reason for my love of the Fishermen team though is due to being able to play a demo with them against Adam Parkhouse ( of Portal fame ) way back when I first moved to UK last year at SmogCon 2014. Mat, one of the original creators of the game, was on hand giving out demos and we had a chance at the game. Have to say that I was hooked on their play style almost immediately, and am very happy to have them ( along with duplicates in some cases ) of the models available!

Right.. so a lot of backstory on why I like the history of the model, and why I go all geeky over it.. but how does it fair once in the hands?

Well.. simply put.. awesome. I know that the models in metal are of great quality as posted up in the past, but the resin are to that level and then one step further.

As you can see from the shot above, the quality is really good. There is no flash visible at the moment, which is great, and hardly visible mold lines along the leg there.

And the excess resin from the pour spots, like on the harpoon, are in places that when you carve them off, it wont be taking any detail with it. Something that I have seen on a number of models in the past, but can say do not exist here! Huzzah!

You can see from the back though that there is a vent spot under his left arm there. But again, being on the bottom, it is out of sight. Along with the ones under the sprue tab at his feet. Which is irrelevant as I will most likely clip it completely off, and great a different styled base for him.

Since I have 2 of this guy ( both this resin version, and the original metal one ) I will probably do him up on a showcase base instead of the gaming base. I don't think I can use 2 Krakens in a single team, so a nice little vignette for him might just be perfect ;)

I also really like the softness to the model here also. Has the cartoon feel to him, but with enough details to make him pop if you know how to paint. Luckily for me.. I know painters, and they can maybe guide me on how to not make a mess of the model :D Maybe ;)

So let's see how it goes. In the meantime, it is time for me to finish my last day of work before holidays, and get cracking on the packing! Expect maybe a few more reviews to populate the blog over the next 2 weeks, but don't hold your breath for them at the same time :)

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Painting Buddha Mega Sale!!!!

So Michael over at Painting Buddha has lost his marbles it seems, and has put up his extensive collection of models for sale! Including his well past OOP Rackham models!

Process seems to be quite straightforward though for it.

Go to the twitch live stream of Michael here - TWITCH LIVE LINK

From here you can chat with him, or can message him via his personal Facebook page and ask him about a model or unit or whatever. If he has it, then you can join a skype chat with him to discuss with him on how much you want to pay for it.

I had the chance to chat with him once Junior was asleep, and the wife went out for a night with the girls ;) Mwuhahahahaha!!!!!

I was able to not only get in a chat with Micha while he was at his 12 hr mark, but also scored a great deal on some pieces!

First up was this set. Seen it a few times, seen Ben paint up one of them recently on his facebook page ( see below )

And he does a great work on them so am looking forward to seeing how they turn out once they are all finished ( or I am just blind and haven't seen the finished works yet ).

These guys just look cool. Not sure what I will do with them yet, but I am sure that something will come of them. As always. Though I think they will work in a nice enemies of another set of models most likely.. or maybe even have them charging down an alley with the hero in the shadows? Possibilities are endless!

I love me some goblins. I love me some Asian themes. And when they are combined.. well... yeah... spent a bit more than I would like for OOP metal miniatures, but I believe they will really be worth it. And they will be hilarious to paint up as well!

So if you are still sitting around and looking for some killer models, then head over to the twitch channel and have a look at the photos that exist of the Rackham collection up for sale here. Have a look and provide him some support if you have the chance :D

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Boardgame Review: King of Tokyo

So here is a completely off kilter post from me today. And it will be a bit shorter as well.

But after the last few conventions, and discussions with my son about gaming, I have begun to look at kid friendly games that he could be involved in.

So enter King of Tokyo! No miniatures, just cardboard cut outs. Some easy to read cards, bright colored dice, and a very simple board to play on.

Received this in the mail the other day, and last night I broke it out to give it a spin. It says it is for 2-6 players, 8+, and should take about 30 minutes. Gave it a go with the Mrs last night, and can say it can be played quite quickly with only 2 players, but with more players it can get quite a bit of fun!

To see more on the game, let's turn to Wil Weaton, as it seems he has a good video on it to show it off further.

My thoughts on the game are pretty much the same ( though I still need to watch the video fully! ).

However after playing it a few times ( we needed to play 3 to see best of with the game ), and I can see it can get quite tricky to manage when should you stay as the King of Tokyo City ( or Bay if more than 4 players ) and when to step down.

Winning comes in different ways though which is cool. We had one game where we won by staying in Tokyo City and going for stars as much as possible. Another was just to kill off the opponent as fast as possible, and aim for the attack results. And the last being a combination of them, whereby sitting on the city for a bit to gather some stars, before switching off to recover and make more stars through dice.

Sounds simple, and honestly it can be at the basic level. So junior will enjoy that. But I can see it getting quite interesting once you begin to gather up some energy tokens, and buying up some of the power cards! Things like gain extra stars for being in the city, or taking down the stars of all players except yourself. Or laying a massive smack down to all players outside of the city ( where you normally cannot attack ) etc..

Am looking forward to having a few people over and giving it a go with more than 2 people playing. I believe friendships will be tested with it, but not to the extent of Monopoly thankfully!

Expect more of these as more such games wing their way to me over the coming months.. I seem to have been bitten by the quick board game bug, so it could be interesting to see how this develops :)

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

WIP Wednesday... GW Execution Force

Ok so over the weekend mistakes happened as Junior twisted my rubber arm to pick up the new GW Execution Force board game. With the new plastic Assassins and older chaos models within.

I was a bit reluctant to pick it up thinking it was just the Assassins there, but then saw the 15 cultists, 3 marines and chaos lord included and thought it wasn't that bad of a deal in the end.

I mean you look at the individual parts..

Chaos Lord - 15 GBP
3x5 Cultists - 3 x 6 GBP = 18 GBP
3 Chaos Marines - 6 GBP

So just the Chaos portion is going to be cost you 39 GBP. Granted they are the 3 snap fit Chaos Marines, and the Cultists that came in the Dark Vengeance boxset. Maybe showing that they threw together some enemies to the Assassins from the "Doesn't sell well" collections.. but still not a terrible thing.

Then you get into the fact that it comes with the 4 new assassins.. which going by normal trends of miniatures from GW they would be probably 15 GBP a piece as well.. so that is another 60 GBP to add to the 39 already mentioned. And your already at 99 GBP worth of product for a game that retails for 75.

And of course there is also the actual contents of the game to go with it all..

All in all it wasn't really that bad of a buy. Considering that the cards and rulebooks are made of good quality as well. And the box is going to last long enough to store the pieces in afterwards for a good period of time.

Ruleswise of the game it seems pretty straight forward. I think it will become a bit easy in time to  manipulate, but there is still the element of luck ( or misfortune depending on who you are ) that goes alongside it.

Obviously since I just picked it up I was tempted to assemble the models to go alongside it all.

And the plan was then to play a game. Though family time, spring cleaning, and a few bottles of beer on the May Bank Holiday created other plans... but this week a game will be had with junior and we will see how well it goes up and plays.

Though smart on GW ( or crafty ) in that they put some extra rules etc into this weeks White Dwarf Weekly magazine, and Visions. So a looksie at those are in order as well.

Don't expect paint on them anytime soon though.. that will be longtime coming at the moment as I really should crack on with other projects these days.. but at least with Junior he won't mind that they are in base plastics at this point.

Anyone else pick it up? And what are your thoughts on it?

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Review Tuesday.. Megaton Armoured Syndicate Maria

While at Salute, and prior to Salute, I had seen these models and decided that they would be mine. Oh yes.. they will be mine....

And I was able to snag a blister of them prior to the show opening up :)

So this is Maria and Chico from the Cuervos Muertos gang in Megaton's soon to be game Armoured Syndicate. There is another model released to go with them, but I only picked up these ones as they really pulled me in with the character on the gangster girl here.

The blister is quite nice with which the models come in, and you can see that they are cast in resin before opening the pack. And all cast on a single sprue as well.

Cost was 9GPB at Salute, but not sure if that was a show special of something.

Cracking open the case you can see the pieces a bit better with the bases taken out of the way here. I think the bases will be tossed into my box of spare bases, as I think this model will look cool on a small socket in an Apoc like wasteland.. similar to the studio paint job but just not on the plastic bases.

Aside from the odd flash here and there, the casting of the model are great. And I think it will be minimal clean up to get them ready for painting.

Mrs Lee fell in love with her when I showed her off, so I suspect that the socket and models will wind up on her desk at work at some point.. so will have to do a great job on it then eh ;)

There is also a mecha that was on show at Salute, created in the style of Filbot.

I look forward to seeing this get released, as it is a pretty cool model ( both the theme of the Filbots, but also the mega huge pistols on the bot :) ).

Let's see how this small company proceeds in time here, and how they grow with their project!
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