Greetings one and all. Of late I've been doing a little work with the good gentlemen at Tor Gaming, a war gaming company based in Sheffield. In particular their award winning Relics. If you don't know anything about this cracking stitchpunk fantasy game then I highly recommend you click on the banner below to check out their website.
Below is a test comic page Ive been working on, based on the Cannon Fodder story. The plan is to do a series of small comic strips based on various bits of fluff and back story from Relicia.
Welcome to the world of Relics!
Would love to know what anyone thinks so please feel free to leave a comment or drop me a tweet etc.
This year as promised is to be my first year displaying at a Convention!! So far I've decided which ones I want to attend just need to get everything sorted for them now!!!
Im aiming to have a stall at Norcon which is the Norwich Sci-fi convention in September, and The Thought Bubble at Leeds in November.
Now for this to happen a couple of things need to take place.
A. I need to get a lot of work done on Cornelius
B. (This is where you guys come in) What merchandise should I make and sell????
Have had a few ideas regarding merchandise so far including greetings cards, Badges, and of course comics. The big question is what do you all buy at conventions????
Please drop me an email or tweet me to let me know as any input would be greatly appreciated.
I'm currently getting rid of a lot of my Games Workshop stuff to make way for the paraphernalia associated with exhibiting at comic conventions this year. As such below is a list of all the Imperial Guard pieces for sale at the moment. They're all as seen in varying degrees of completion, not that matters if you're painting them up yourself.Not put prices on as they're all negotiable, depending on location how much you want etc.
If anything interests you please feel free to email me on firstname.lastname@example.org or tweet me @elblondino.
Anyway, I'll leave you to peruse.
Destroyer Tank Huntrer
Leman Russ Vanquisher
In remarkably quick time for me I've based up a big chunk of my new 15mm figures. I decided to experiment a little with them and not do the normal stuff. I already knew that my game Potemkin : Insurrection was mainly based in the corridors of space ships and stations, or military complexes etc, so thought decking steel bases it is! I also started thinking about base sizes. Now the norm is the good old fashioned penny or a 12mm washer etc. Great. I however seem to have a mass of 25mm round bases kicking around so thought why not try it. They're not massively bigger than a penny! This was the result....
The floating guys look great in my opinion. As does the EVA model. The problem is the EVA guy is bigger than most of the other troops I've got. Meaning they would look a little lost based up like this. So the theory is..... bigger troops fancy characters etc get the 25mm base and minions and the like get a penny sized base suitably bedecked. much like the Space Marines and Terminators of a certain other game which shall remain nameless. :-)
My next job will be to finish basing the rest of the troops up then start painting.
They've arrived!!! My new 15mm EVA suits that is. Ive finally taken the plunge and entered the world of 15mm miniatures, and may I just say I'm glad I have. I've always wanted to develop games based around my ideas. In particular 'The Intrepid Endeavours of Cornelius Blow' and my old favourite 'Potemkin 2205'. It wasn't until recently and after speaking to several of my twitter chums (namely @torgaming and @JamesMEWilson) that I started to get a better sense of direction regarding them. In a nutshell I am developing three games. One for Cornelius and Two for Potemkin 2205. The latter is where the 15mm slots in nicely.
I recently ordered some bit from GZG (Ground Zero Games) and today the postman dropped off the goodies.
I bought SG15-V10, SG15-V11, and SG15-V12. Which is the light EVA suits, the heavy duty EVA suits and the zero G suits. Above is the whole group together. I've put the penny on to A, show scale and B, because that's what they will be based on. The detail on them is quite remarkable considering their size! I was expecting them to be a little vague but as you can see in the pics below this is far from true. Once they are all painted up I can imagine this to be even more so.
These models will all be used on my Potemkin : Insurrection game. As such I will be aiming to base them to look like they are boarding a space ship or similar space based installation. I shall keep you all posted of progress through here and twitter. Would love to know you're opinions.
For those of you in the NDCA (Independent Comics Alliance) You will probably know who Dwight McPherson is. For those of you who aren't or don't. He is the founder of the said NDCA and writer par excelence. With a slight predilection to all things cephalopodic.
His latest creation is 'Howard Lovecraft and the Undersea Kingdom' which I have recently read the first chapter of as he has been offering it for free download on his blog. Click on the below front cover to be transported to his realm!!
Both the artwork and the storytelling in this gorgeous looking comic are enchanting and absorbing. It will keep you wanting more right until the end. Which is exactly what I will be doing as soon as I get the opportunity to purchase the full book, as it is something that needs to be on my comic book shelf. Purely to educate my daughter you understand ;-)
Now I am no expert on the life of H P Lovecraft but this book is obviously a true story. (Poor man if it was) So please don't just take my word for it my fellow Cthulians. Go and take a look at McPherson Media for your self. You won't be disappointed.
ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn
I've had a brain wave!!!! Surely not I hear you say.
I'm starting to get hooked on Dystopian Wars. I think it's partly due to the Victorian Gentleman within me. That coupled with my love of comic books has given me the above mentioned brain wave.
Allies/Mercenaries!!! So what comes the response!!!
What if your mercenary naval addition happened to be Captain Nemo and the infamous Nautilus? Now that would be extremely cool!!!! This has now led me down an avenue of conundrums. Basically which style of Nautilus do I make?
Do I go for the classic Harper Goff creation from the original 20,000 leagues film?
This fantastic variation illustrated by Kevin O'Neill?
(The League of Extrordianry Gentlemen : The Black Dossier)
Or the more modern sleek look from the League of Extraordinary Gentlemen film?
All of these designs are fantastic in their own ways, however I can't decide which would look better on the tabletop with my Prussian fleet. Of course I could build them all and pretend Nemo has a whole fleet of them?!?!? Decisions Decisions.
Would love to know what anyone's views are on this.
Happy New Year everybody.
Hope you had a fantastic festive season, and you're all ready for 2012.
I've been a busy boy the last few weeks drawing up comic pages a plenty. This latest project is called 'Aurora' and is a tie-in to 'Death Boy' by Ian Austin and Dan Butcher. It doesn't matter If you're already familiar with the Death Boy universe or not as the story is separate, however it's always good to read the lot ;-) . Check it out and let me know what you think.
This doesn't mean I'm not doing Cornelius any more by the way, so don't worry. I'll have new pages of that up soon enough.
Im Mike aka Elblondino. Im a Father, Husband, and Creative Geek.