I've been lured into another game system thanks to the wonderful #Warmongers on Twitter. I'm kinda glad though cos it looks awesome and scratches an itch that I didn't even know I had. The Wild West, Cowboys and Indians. Loved them since I was a kid watching old westerns with my dad. Some of my all time favourite films are westerns, namely 'Once Upon a Time in the West', 'The Good the Bad and the Ugly'. Its that dirty portrayal of man on the edge of law surviving no matter what, Its almost primal.
So when I saw Blackwater Gulch I got a little excited. Now I'm sure that there are a great many wild west games out there but to be fair I've only seen this one so can't compare it to any others. I can however say that my first impression is a good one. Firstly the rules are free, and secondly the game itself looks really simple but with plenty of scope for personalising your games. Plus they have some great artwork in there. They are currently building up a range of miniatures to go with the game which are really cool but sadly not what I'm looking for as I have a particular mental image I'm aiming towards. This is where another twitter recommendation comes in.
Black Scorpion miniatures are making some cracking figures at the moment in the 'Heroic' 28mm scale (ie 32mm) and this is where I found what I was looking for.
Banditos!!!!! A gang of Mexican Banditos. Theseguys scream wild west to me and once I do a couple of little conversions here and there will be perfect for what I want. They do a plethora of other cowboys and the like too so plenty of options. Hmmm now I wonder if I could get some steampunk in there too..........
So far the entirety of my choices involving Infinity the Game have been based around Aesthetics, ie which models were cool. This to a certain degree wasn't helped by my minimal understanding of the game and how different the game mechanics are from any other game I've played. Since receiving my figures a couple of weeks back however I have been looking through the rules a lot more. Don't worry I'm not forgetting the aesthetics of the force as this is a major part of it to me.
Aesthetically the models will all be based in the same theme which will be an overgrown city. A mix of vegetation and crumbling buildings. On top of this they will mostly be camouflaged, although I'm not sure what pattern yet. Hopefully this will give a very cohesive feel to them.
The Metro's are my cheapest troops at only 8 points each which is a dramatic difference to the rest.
Apart from looking cool the Cateran is one guy I think could prove really useful. With a T2 Sniper rifle, Climbing Plus, CH Limited Camo, and CH Mimetism. Im hoping He'll be able to sneak up out of the way and snipe people with relative impunity.
The Chasseur with CH Camoflage, and Infiltration could prove to be a sneaky little lady too, and the thought of an Adhesive Launcher really appeals to me.
Much like the Chasseur, the SAS guy has CH Camoflage and Infiltration. However he has martial Arts L2 and a much higher CC. I'd love to think he'll be able to sneak around and kill people silently in true SAS fashion.
The Mormear is a very different kettle of fish to the others. He's basically the tank of the force with an ARM of 5 as well as Shock Immunity and V.Dogged I'm guessing he won't be going down very quickly.
Now all of these musings are not based on any experience, it's just what I have gleaned from the rules etc. I could be completely wrong about how they play but that's part of the fun. If nothing else they all look really cool and I can't wait to get painting them.
All images courtesy of Corvus Belli www.infinitythegame.com
It's only a couple of weeks left until NorCon and my first ever convention and by god the excitement is mounting. I've been really worried up until now that I wasn't going to have anything ready in time but I was wrong. Today is a big day...The Intrepid Endeavours of Cornelius Blow has gone to the printers!!!!!!! Yes that's right folks the prologue is getting printed up and will be with me in a few days. Words can't describe who amazing this feels. To think the crazy little idea I had a couple of years back has progressed to the point where an actual comic will be here soon. So below is a little teaser along with one of the zombotic legion whom I have been constructing in conjuction with it.
If there are any comic bloggers or reviewers out there that would be interested in taking a look then feel free to get in touch and I can sort you out with a PDF version. I will also be running a competition for a signed copy of the comic along with a signed Zombot print so spread the word folks.
A while back I said I was thinking of getting into Infinity: the Game. Well after looking through all the rules and bits and pieces that you can get free through the Infinity website I decided to jump in. I spent ages looking at all the different minis and factions (drooling most of the way) and finally decided up Ariadna. Granted Ariadna don't have TAG's or any of the other fancy schmansy stuff that Pan O or Yu Jing have but what they do have is some awesome models. I mean Sword wielding Scots and Werewolves with guns!!! Need I say more.
Now I was lucky enough to get some models sent to me by one of the Warmongers as he had no use for them (Thanks Grant) and this is forming my foundations for what should be a very fun project.
My force as it stands consists of :-
1 x SAS
1 x Chasseur
1 x Caledonian Mormaer
2 x Metro
1 x Highlander Cateran (not pictured)
All of the miniatures are fantastically detailed I'm really really looking forward to painting them up (and buying more).
As I start cracking on with them I'll take pics and post the progress on here, along with any games I get to play.
For what seems like forever now I have been working on a project which has consumed every spare minute of time I have. If you follow me on Twitter etc then I'm sure you know what I mean.
'The Intrepid Endeavours of Cornelius Blow' started off a few years back as a test bed to see if I could draw and has grown exponentially from there to the point it's at today.
The Prologue comic is going to print soon and will be available from the beginning of September at Nor-Con as that is the first of the conventions I will be attending, followed by Thought Bubble in November. So if you're at either of those please come and find me (I'll be the one in the top hat). You will also be able to get hold of the comic from the website.
Along side the comic and artwork I have also been developing a game which is based around all the characters and events from the comic. The game which goes by the working title of 'Shadows & Blood' is a cross between a board game, a card game, and a miniature wargame. All melded together into what I hope is something a little different.
To go with the game I have been working on a set of prototype miniatures which are nearly finished (ish). These are one of the main protagonists of the story, the 'Zombots'. A legion of robotic minions created by the twisted genius Dr Heinrich Neuntoter.
The game uses 28mm scale models and at the moment I am looking at proxy miniatures from other ranges that I can use for play testing of the other characters.
The next step is obviously the continuation of the comic which will commence as soon as I have the current issue printed. Along with this I want to push forward with the production of the game and the miniatures.
This is where you guys come in!! I'm looking to see how much interest there is so I can think about setting up crowd funding for the project.
I would really appreciate if you could stick your Yay or Nay below and pass this page on to anyone who may be interested. Hopefully that way we may get to play with some Zombots.
Thanks for taking the time to read this and hopefully take part. If you want to know any more about the project, be it game, comic, or minis drop me a message here. or come and find me on twitter @elblondino
I've been eyeing up a few games recently since I abandoned the GW way of gaming, with one of which being Heavy Gear Arena. So with all the new interest in the Heavy Gear games by Dream Pod 9 I thought I'd jump on the band wagon and join in the fun.
Here is my copy purchased from Doc Bungle over at minimusings of a bear and having thumbed through it briefly I think I know which direction I'm going to take. I'm really not a fan of the Territorial Arms stuff or the south miniatures in general so thought I'd end up going Northco. That was until I saw the Paxton Arms models. They all seem to have that right mix of elegance and square clunkiness for me and boy do I want a cataphract. So as soon as I get some time and money together I'll be getting some models and starting out for the arena.
I've been entering the Shell Case Shorts, which is a short story competition based upon wargame fiction for a few months now. Last month however Phil over at the Shell Case decided to do something a little different and opened it up to comics as well as written stories. Being the geek that I am this immediately peeked my curiosity. The rules were that it had to be two pages, so I decided to have a go and draw a little something that's been floating around in my head for a bit. I based my story on 'Relics' by Torgaming and in particular the story of mad king Jorge of the Britanan empire. The thought of some complete lunatic sitting there stitching up puppet soldiers always makes me chuckle. I didn't win anything but I did learn a few little techniques whilst drawing which made it a very worthwhile project. Oh and it was fun too.
So without further ado I present to you a little story about mad king Jorge.
Picked up a few more bits for the Prussian fleet recently. Namely some tiny fliers and some Reiver Cruisers. This brings my fleet up to a healthy 1020 points. Still got a way to go before I can compete with some of the Twitter guys but hopefully be there before too long.
The Cruisers are just a straight forward addition to the navy that fill a nice little gap between the frigates and the dreadnought and will be based up accordingly. The tiny fliers on the other hand are a totally different kettle of fish.
Now from the very outset I had decided that this Prussian force was going to be ocean based with no land forces, so the fliers all needed to reflect this.
As with all the units the level of detail on the tiny flier bases is fantastic however the look of the planes stuck to the bases really doesn't do anything for me. The solution I decided was to 'free them' as I've heard it called around the internet. I wasn't sure this would work due to the size etc, but was surprised at how easily they could be cut off with an X-acto saw. Once separated I decided to have a little experiment and make a recon plane which will eventually be used alongside the Blucher Dreadnought.
Below is the result of this experiment. I based it it using the same greenstuffing techniques I use on the ships, this way it ties all the models in together nicely. As for the plane itself it has a few little bits of shaped plastic rod glued to the underside to give it the appearance of one of the WW2 naval recon planes. This was then simply drilled and pined onto the base.
Will post some more pics when I get round to it.
I've been off work all this week with exacerbated asthma, and though this is a royal pain in the posterior, as it means pills, puffers and wheezing like an old man. It also means I've been able to finally sit down and start painting up some minis. In particular I started on my 15mm goodies. 15mm is a relatively new thing to me and as such is a breath of fresh air from the institutionalised wargaming I've been used to in the past. The freedom 15mm presents is incredible. Originally I was going to try and conjure up my own rules etc, however I have now realised there really isn't any point when some of the rule systems out there are so open that they can fit exactly with what I'm after. My main case in point for this is Gruntz. Written by Robin Fitton this game offers almost endless possibilities in unit design and more. This coupled with the numerous miniature manufacturers out there producing fantastically detailed models just makes things even better, and this is before I've even thought about converting and scratch building.
Now for those who don't know my 15mm dabbling was always intended to represent the Earth / Mars civil war which pre-dates the events in my graphic novel 'Potemkin 2205'. With this in mind below is a picture of my first painted 15mm Mars colonist. Now I just need to find some money to buy others. Hmmm..........
As you may have noticed, just lately I have been tweeting left right and centre about zombots, models, greenstuff etc etc. Well the reason for this is all linked to
For those of you not in the know 'Zombots' are one of the key bad guys in the Cornelius comic I am currently working on. Now as I have two prongs to my geekdom.
I thought why the hell not combine them together. To those of you who know me this is nothing new, the idea has been germinating for months. However I always work better when I have a deadline to work to and now I do!! September 1st is the first of the conventions I have been waffling on about over the last few weeks and as such is the point at which I need to have Cornelius as a tangible thing. That includes 'Comics' and... wait for it.... 'Miniatures'. Granted the miniatures will be purely for display purposes to start with but if I get enough interest in them I may be tempted to look into small scale production.
So watch this space guys and as usual feel free to email or tweet me if you have any questions, suggestions etc.
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