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As most of you know I'm an unashamed Kindred fan and I do bother Kev periodically for more. I have a myriad of ideas for conversions I've never done (I want wolfhound riders  :D )and I looked for a long time for some heavy support for them that has a sort of Kindred feel and mostly failed. But today I came across the Ramshackle kickstarter for their new Battle Dog and Pug and they have something of the sci-fi retro WW1 mix feel to them so I thought I'd share for any other Kindred-botherers. Enjoy:

General Ranting / Triples?
« on: May 17, 2013, 10:14:24 AM »
Anyone going to be there? FoD companies? Aimless wanderers?

Questions and Answers / Rifles!
« on: February 19, 2013, 02:08:27 PM »
I'm looking for a decent 28mm(ish) sized bolt action rifle. I'm currently involved in a Neo-Victorian gasmask horror RPG and my character is a sharp shooter with a bolt action. I've been trying to convert a few figures but I always end up with a rifle that's a bit too modern/sci-fi looking. Anyone got any suggestions for something of a more historic vein that's easy to get hold of and convertable? Plastic, resin or metal, I'm good whatever.

General Ranting / Ok EE this really is extracting the urine now.
« on: February 06, 2013, 03:51:37 PM »
Thoughts, rants and ramblings on this people? It seems GW are trying to assert trademark rights over "space marine". It seems to me to be something of an abuse of power, smaller companies simply can't afford to fight spurious claims like this and as I recall "robust defence" of a trademark like this can actually set legal precedent and become enshrined in law. Once a cases few have been won "space marine" may actually end up belonging to GW.

General Ranting / Can I Ask a Favour?
« on: December 08, 2012, 12:29:59 AM »
As some of you know I'm trying to get a small business off the ground as a puppeteer and puppet maker. To this end I've been making a website. I'd be ever so grateful if you'd mebbe take a peek at it for me, I've known quite a few of you for several years now and I respect your opinions. I've been staring at it so long I'm fairly certain I'm no longer seeing mistakes on it anymore. Any feedback would be greatly appreciated.
This it over here
I'm hoping this doesn't tread on any toes, mods feel free to squish this if it does. If it helps there are monsters, dragons and goblins on there so it's tenuously within the bounds of the genre :)

Movies/TV/Music Zone / Paul and Storm
« on: October 09, 2012, 05:46:58 PM »
Are any of you nerds aware of Paul and Storm? They're an American nerd comedy group. I saw them at the Jonathan Coulton gig in Manchester a few weeks ago and quite frankly love them. It's like someone set the conversations myself and my mates have in the pub to music.
Here are a couple of YouTube examples of their work (N-entirely-SFW):

Write Like the Wind

Hope you enjoy them as much as I do :)

General Ranting / Friend?
« on: September 25, 2012, 11:30:27 AM »
So after all my bluster (and buying 4 armature ladies) I'm not going to get anything done for the HF sculpting competition. Bum! Why? Because I was working on this for a friend's 30th and it ate all my free time. Hope you like it:

Questions and Answers / Pssssssssssssssssssssst!!
« on: July 01, 2012, 06:16:43 PM »
A bit of TLC and my old air brush, so long neglected and hiding in the shed, is up and running nicely. So... BulldogUK where the hell is our tutorial? :D

Suggestions (HF) / After the fact
« on: June 15, 2012, 02:27:01 PM »
Not so much a suggestion for new minis but new takes on old ones. I'm an enormous fan of Kev's dynamic fantasy women but whilst looking at his latest shapely, scale armoured warrior I thought to myself it would be nice to see the aftermath. Kev's the master at injecting dynamism and weight into poses and I would like to see him do that for something less dynamic. So I'd like to see some post-battle women. A Tiriel with damaged armour and bandages, shoulders drooping with exhaustion. A weary Sana, leaning on her axe. That sort of thing.
In fact let's chuck the men in here too, perhaps a wounded Wolf clutching his side and leaning on his sword or similar.
I'd love to paint that sort of thing, anyone else?

Movies/TV/Music Zone / RAAAWR! SQUEEEEE!
« on: March 26, 2012, 12:13:56 AM »

Suggestions (HF) / Human Faction Pilot?
« on: March 13, 2012, 08:12:35 AM »
The Grymn have a pilot. I think then that it's time for the human faction to get some air cover don't you think?

Cool Toys / SQUEAK!!
« on: March 05, 2012, 01:40:55 AM »
Some of you may know I used to be a marine biologist but have recently kicked it in the head to become a puppeteer and puppet maker. This is my latest finished puppet, a glove puppet of the Death of Rats from Terry Pratchett's Discworld books. I figured a few of you might be interested in this one :)

General Ranting / Draconology
« on: January 16, 2012, 01:16:46 PM »
I'm trying to make and cast some dragon scales. I'm making and casting dragon bits for a variety of dragon species as a sorta sideline business - weekend in the shed kind of thing rather than everyday in an industrial estate. I've mostly been looking at teeth cast in resin and have some promising bits and pieces on the go. But resin scales always felt wrong - too hard. But I've recently been given some semi-rigid neoprene and that might be just the ticket.
But I'm a biology nerd. Particularly when it comes to dragons. You all know that. It must work or at least have some semblence of verisimillitude, the teeth I've made all vary depending on funtion and prey type (yes I've been working out ecological niches for dragons :) ). But what about scales? What do you think I should be adding in or missing out scale-wise. What should they look like? I have some ideas myself but I'm looking for inspiration here, coz you guys are some of the most imaginative, clever and also picky and pedantic people I know :) If you give me a thumbs up on something then I know it's good.

General Ranting / Armoured Lady-Bits
« on: December 28, 2011, 09:18:43 PM »
A nice article here:
Aaaaaaand... discuss :)

The Computer Zone / Space Marine
« on: September 15, 2011, 11:54:13 AM »
Is anyone else playing or is it just me? Got it on PC and it's great fun and even a hamfisted button masher like me can get somewhere in the single player on normal. I keep getting pwned by the freaky-ass reflexes of 14 yr olds from Russia on the multiplayer though :)

Suggestions (HF) / Here he goes again...
« on: September 14, 2011, 12:44:39 AM »
No, not zombie fighters based on the members of Whitesnake (although come to think of it that would be quite cool, a poodle rocker with a SAW) I'm going to suggest... a dragon. No big surprise there really but before anyone brings up the Epic Saga of the Heresy dragon can I just say something. The Heresy dragon is epic and awesome and I love mine to pieces (literally, coz I haven't put it together yet) but my favourite dragon mini of all time probably isn't as big as it's leg. And my favourite GW mini is a dragon smaller than Axenarf. Remember boys and girls cool doesn't have to mean huge.

Although the Heresy one is both :)

Suggestions (HF) / Monster Hunter International
« on: September 08, 2011, 01:18:37 PM »
I might have missed it but it seems no one has suggested characters from Larry Correia's Monster Hunter International books. I think Kev could do justice to a not-Owen Zastava Pitt. Or Agent Franks. Or Julie Shackleford. Lots of inspiration for more for the adventurers range.
Not familiar with the works or Larry Correia? Then check out his site and mebbe read the first 7 chapters of the first book for free.
It's not Dickens or Shakespeare but if you like lines like:
Almost invulnerable and fast healing may have been a problem in the middle ages but almost doesn't cut it against 6000 rounds a minute.
And everything from traditional B-movie monsters to Lovecraftian tentacled horrors then I think you'll enjoy them :)

General Ranting / My Very Very Favourite Dragons
« on: April 25, 2009, 09:56:36 AM »
I was musing about dragons and dragonlike critters, as I often do, looking through pictures and turning over some models in my hands. I spent a little while trying to decide on my favourite 2 and came to this conclusion:

Horned Dragon by Citadel. It came out a time when it filled perfectly the brain image I had of Ingeloakasim... Igelokastimzi... Ingelocastama... the white dragon from the book The Crystal Shard. I was never able to afford one then but recently I picked one up on ebay and it's ace. It fits nicely into a stereotype of dragonnishness and it's just really well done.

Dragonlisk by Grenadier. I did get this one back in the days when it first came out, from Games of Liverpool (who also produced the excellent Adventurer magazine I recall), a place that still ranks as the best RPG type shop I ever shopped in, both for atmosphere (it was in a dank musty cellar, hacked out of the sandstone beneath the main shop, very dungeon-esque) and for the enthusiasm and knowledge of the guys behind the counter. Although it has long since closed down I still get misty eyed about its demise. Anyway back onto the mini... I think sculpting has come on leaps and bounds since I first started collecting minis and very few minis from back then compare favourably with today's stuff. This is damn good now, it was awesome for its period. Probably my most favourite mini ever. The smooth wattley bit on my dragon is directly ripped off from inspired by it.

So you've had my thoughts, what're yours? Pick your top two dragons, dragonkin or big lizardy fantasy type wotsit minis and let us all know the whys and wherefores. One restriction though, you've got to be able to get your grubby little mitts on it, although you don't have to actually own it, so past and present stuff only. No quoting Kev or Andy's dragons until they come out :)

Oh and try to give us some pics or links so we can all drool appropriately :D

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