Archive | May 2015

Car Shopping and other nonsense

Ok, maybe not car shopping per se, but I did get a few new vehicles for my sci-fi urban terrain.

Honest John's Cars.  Very few miles and only one living owner.

Honest John’s Cars. Very few miles and only one living owner.

Widow poses for a selfie.

Widow poses for a selfie.

Truck to scale as it is a large crew-cab truck.

Truck to scale as it is a large crew-cab truck.

While the wife was in the big city, she managed to find a shop that specializes in die-cast cars.  The truck is 1/43 while the car is 1/46.  Noting the side by side comparison it does make the truck look a bit bigger and the Tempo/Topaz look a bit smaller.  Either way, I think they are fine…the truck looks a bit bigger while the car looks a bit more compact.

The best part of these vehicles was the price: about $10 for the trucks and $6 for the cars.  Yes plural, I do have two of each.  At least one of those Tempo/Topaz will get the Mad Max treatment.

In addition to the new vehicles I did manage to finish  another building.  There is also one on the assembly line.  I am very impressed with how quickly these can be turned out for a pretty good result.

Sci Fi urban terrain.

Sci Fi urban terrain.

Sci Fi urban terrain.

Sci Fi urban terrain.

Sci Fi urban terrain.

Sci Fi urban terrain.

Sci Fi urban terrain.

Sci Fi urban terrain.

Sci Fi urban terrain.

Sci Fi urban terrain.

Sci Fi urban terrain.

Sci Fi urban terrain.

Sci Fi urban terrain.

Sci Fi urban terrain.

Again, a simple little showcase with a few miniatures I had kicking around.  The last building is the newest one.

Finally I do have a few 40K figures that got some paint recently too.  These are Pathfinders from the Tau army, a scout unit.  So I felt ghillie suits were a good match for them.  Yes, even the flying drones have ghillie suits.  These will likely be the OPFOR to the small special ops team I have (including Deano and Widow above) when not used in 40k.

Games Workshop Tau Pathfinders.

Games Workshop Tau Pathfinders.

Games Workshop Tau Pathfinders.

Games Workshop Tau Pathfinders.

Games Workshop Tau Pathfinders.

Games Workshop Tau Pathfinders.

Quite the eclectic mix for the update today, but hopefully no less inspirational.  If nothing else, I hope you too are encouraged to look at other hobby stores to find material for your selected hobby.

Dungeon Delve to a Dead-end

I’m back, but only for a brief while.  After a month of business at work (actually closer to two) I finally have a bit of time off.  It is short-lived and work will have me busy again for the next month.  At least it will be a trip this time to Las Vegas and California…I know, sometimes work can be so tough.

Anyhow, before work got very busy I managed to squeak in a game of Dungeon Down.  What really separated this game from others was the end state: we actually had the game finish with a dead-end and a boss fight in the second to last area.

I won’t comment too much on the pictures as they are over a month old and my memory isn’t the best.  I will mention that it took a few pictures before I realized I had the wrong light setting.

Hirst Arts Modular Dungeon.  Reaper Miniatures Brother Roberto, Alain Cavalier, Joliee Female Scribe.  Hayden by Hassle Free Miniatures.

Hirst Arts Modular Dungeon. Reaper Miniatures Brother Roberto, Alain Cavalier, Joliee Female Scribe. Hayden by Hassle Free Miniatures.

Hirst Arts Modular Dungeon.  Reaper Miniatures Brother Roberto, Alain Cavalier, Joliee Female Scribe.  Hayden by Hassle Free Miniatures.

Hirst Arts Modular Dungeon. Reaper Miniatures Brother Roberto, Alain Cavalier, Joliee Female Scribe. Hayden by Hassle Free Miniatures.

Hirst Arts Modular Dungeon.  Reaper Miniatures Brother Roberto, Alain Cavalier, Joliee Female Scribe.  Hayden by Hassle Free Miniatures.

Hirst Arts Modular Dungeon. Reaper Miniatures Brother Roberto, Alain Cavalier, Joliee Female Scribe. Hayden by Hassle Free Miniatures.

Dungeon beast re-enacting his favorite scene from ET as we played.

Dungeon beast re-enacting his favorite scene from ET as we played.

Hirst Arts Modular Dungeon.  Reaper Miniatures Brother Roberto, Alain Cavalier, Joliee Female Scribe.  Hayden by Hassle Free Miniatures.

Hirst Arts Modular Dungeon. Reaper Miniatures Brother Roberto, Alain Cavalier, Joliee Female Scribe. Hayden by Hassle Free Miniatures.

Hirst Arts Modular Dungeon.  Reaper Miniatures Brother Roberto, Alain Cavalier, Joliee Female Scribe.  Hayden by Hassle Free Miniatures.

Hirst Arts Modular Dungeon. Reaper Miniatures Brother Roberto, Alain Cavalier, Joliee Female Scribe. Hayden by Hassle Free Miniatures.

Hirst Arts Modular Dungeon.  Reaper Miniatures Brother Roberto, Alain Cavalier, Joliee Female Scribe.  Hayden by Hassle Free Miniatures.

Hirst Arts Modular Dungeon. Reaper Miniatures Brother Roberto, Alain Cavalier, Joliee Female Scribe. Hayden by Hassle Free Miniatures.

Hirst Arts Modular Dungeon.  Reaper Miniatures Brother Roberto, Alain Cavalier, Joliee Female Scribe.  Hayden by Hassle Free Miniatures.

Hirst Arts Modular Dungeon. Reaper Miniatures Brother Roberto, Alain Cavalier, Joliee Female Scribe. Hayden by Hassle Free Miniatures.

Hirst Arts Modular Dungeon.  Reaper Miniatures Brother Roberto, Alain Cavalier, Joliee Female Scribe.  Hayden by Hassle Free Miniatures.

Hirst Arts Modular Dungeon. Reaper Miniatures Brother Roberto, Alain Cavalier, Joliee Female Scribe. Hayden by Hassle Free Miniatures.

Hirst Arts Modular Dungeon.  Reaper Miniatures Brother Roberto, Alain Cavalier, Joliee Female Scribe.  Hayden by Hassle Free Miniatures.

Hirst Arts Modular Dungeon. Reaper Miniatures Brother Roberto, Alain Cavalier, Joliee Female Scribe. Hayden by Hassle Free Miniatures.

Hirst Arts Modular Dungeon.  Reaper Miniatures Brother Roberto, Alain Cavalier, Joliee Female Scribe.  Hayden by Hassle Free Miniatures.

Hirst Arts Modular Dungeon. Reaper Miniatures Brother Roberto, Alain Cavalier, Joliee Female Scribe. Hayden by Hassle Free Miniatures.

Hirst Arts Modular Dungeon.  The dungeon complete for this delve.

Hirst Arts Modular Dungeon. The dungeon complete for this delve.

What is worth mentioning is the boss fight.  In that fight it was a closely fought one where each player plotted their turns carefully and worked together to beat the boss.  What made this one more dangerous was his very dangerous bow and ability to charm the players.  When they saw those threats they saw the need to take him out first, even if he was unpainted.  This was done by having Hayden clear a path for Alain while Roberto and Joliee ran interference.

What was also interesting was how the now experienced heroes played.  There were few monsters that were threats for any one hero and the combats were quick and deadly.  That being said, there was one fight that had almost the entire party dead from the waves of monsters who sought out the isolated heroes.  So even at the higher end of good, the heroes were still vulnerable to the random encounters.

That made me feel the game is balanced and all the players decided to try new characters for the next time, even trying out the character creation rules I have devised (in fact the same method each of the existing heroes was created).

Not a lot of words, but plenty of pictures.  Hopefully the smaller update is no less inspiring.  Stay tuned – another update is in the works.