Saturday, 26 May 2018

Tentacled Beast - A Creature Collaboration

I posted the images of this creature on Instagram and Facebook some time ago.  And I just wanted to go into a little detail of how it came about.

My friend Jess from over at Neon Pink Apokalyse and I, have known each other for somewhere around 25 years or thereabouts.

We met through the hobby at our local Games Workshop store and have been long time opponents and allies on the tabletop and real life... Or something like that... We've traded and gifted miniatures over the years, sometimes whole armies! Just to trade them back again later down the line.

But other than raiding each others bits boxes for choice parts for whatever we were working on at the time, we'd never collaborated or made anything together. And this basically came about out of a mistake purchase.

Jess had been after a Karanak the hound of Khorne and knew that I had been too, so she put some speculative bids on a few on Ebay and ended up with three. One for her, one for me and the last one... :

Jess: "What the heck do I do with this one?"
Me: *looks at it for a few moments* "Well... You could lose the heads, carve off all the Khorne crap and give it a face full of tentacles and just have it as a random beastie..."
Jess: "That sounds awesome! Do you want it?"
Me: "Nah, not really. Not something I really need right now. Why don't you do it?"
Jess: "I'd like to, but I don't think I could pull it off properly..."
Me: "Well... I could do it, pretty simple really... How about I make it, you take it home and paint it for your collection?"
Jess: "Yeah! Alright then!"

And there you go, the really underwhelming moment we agreed on our first miniature collaboration. And here it is:

Thursday, 24 May 2018

Rory's Story Cubes: A great tool for Storytelling, Roleplaying and Wargaming.

Today I received a package I was expectantly waiting for. And as I was giddily opening it up like Christmas come early, I realised I hadn't talked about these on the blog before.

The items in question are Rory's Story Cubes which are basically, sets of dice with simple images on the faces used as inspirational prompts in a game of storytelling.

I can see that look on your face, but look at the title of this post once again and once we get to the end I'll have tried my best to make these points.

But first...

What I got in the post:

In my little parcel I got 3 of the "Rory's Story Cube: Mix" sets which are little themed expansions. And the Collector's Box to house all my cubes.

Which meant I could finally get rid of these little blighters, because I was forever knocking them off my shelves in a cascade!

All the collection so far, in one place, easy to transport and to store on my board game shelves, lovely. And there's space left for the last 3 Mix sets which are coming sometime during 2018 to complete the box.

This box is a really nice addition to the collection, you can see that all the cubes are organised by various themes. The orange set in the centre is the original core box and we'll be using these later in the post. 

How do you play? :

As I stated above, the cubes are used as inspirational story prompts. At it's most basic you look at the image on the cube and it's like word association, whatever word/s pop into your head you use to string together a narrative.

It doesn't have to be exactly what you see on the face, but what the image inspires by association. I grabbed a couple at random as a quick example.

Tuesday, 22 May 2018

A quick update on the blog and my new hobby space.

As the title suggests this is just a quick update on the state of my clean-up/update of the blog and my personal hobby space... Well... since these two things have been going on hand-in-hand.

The Blog:
I had to delete a lot of old articles for various reasons, I think a rough estimate is somewhere between 30-40 posts gone. Some were just really outdated or I didn't like them anymore after reading them. Others I lost all the images for, because they weren't backed up online or were on old phones/hard drives that died a death some while ago.

I believe that I've managed to fix all of the broken images from my early posts that remain, not sure about links on all these posts unfortunately. I've spent the last month or so going through old hard drives and SD cards and organising all my hobby images properly for backing up safely and uploading etc.

The benefit of this is I have found quite a lot of things I never posted up before, so they will be going up in their own articles soon. Along with some of the things I've posted on Instagram over the last year which I want to write articles about to flesh out exactly what I'm doing with those projects better than I can on that type of media.

Hobby Room:
As you may already know from earlier posts, I had to move house rather quickly at the end of last year. A lot of my time has been spent unpacking, cleaning, organising, downsizing belongings to fit into our new home.

And my family's comfort came first so my hobby room was put off until last. I've finally been able to get to grips with it and go through the same process as the rest of the house, unpacking, cleaning, organising, downsizing etc. But I'm finally a bit more comfortable in my new hobby space in the cellar:

My working area over by the window, with plenty of light, ventilation and lots of space for all my paints, tools and my airbrush station.
Organised tubs of miniature parts, tubs of metal figures and basing materials on shelves in the alcove behind me.

Space for all my games, books and other assorted hobby gaming paraphernalia.
And I'm happy with the open space so it feels less claustrophobic down here. 

Friday, 30 March 2018

Resolute in my blog and my hobby.

The rumours of my demise are much exaggerated... That's right, I'm back!

Back on blogger to be precise. Although the blog has been silent for quite some time, if you take a peek to the sidebar on the left you will see my Instagram feed. I have actually been really productive on the hobby front over the last year, I just didn't have anything in the way of drive to update my blog much to my chagrin.

So what's changed?

Why now?

Well to be quite honest I've had the blog in my mind the entire time it has sat dormant. I know it's a bit late in the year to be talking about resolutions, but I'd like to bring mine to your attention for the sake of this post:

 Indulge me as I cover each one:

Friday, 26 May 2017

The Huntsman

Wytch-Hunter... Slayer... Headtaker... Beastmaster... Harbinger... Warden of the Deepwyldes...

The common-folk have many names for this wandering slayer of the Wytch-kind... And many have stories they spin, beside the firelight, on the darkest nights...

Yon is nay Sigmarite... But a follower of older Gods yet. Nay not the Dark Ones mind, but v'ry old...

Doth thou see those Ta'alismans he bears? I has't knowledge of these. The argent stag upon his shoulder marks him foremost 'mongst hunters. The Wint'r Wolf about his neck, makes claim of one who is't oathsworn to take the path of war and vengeance.

Howbeit that cannot be possible... The folk who once hath followed those ways art long since passed. Mine own grandfather's father told me these tales when I was but a childe...
- Godwynne Vaulk, Sigmarite Priest