Friday, March 24, 2017

Walking Dead Scenery and Life Update

My Post Apocalypse roll continues with the addition of the Walking Dead Scenery pack.

Look, in a fucked up kind of way I feel like I have explain my purchase to you.  Are you comfortable being my ersatz financial guilt?  Good.

So...  I popped into the store for paints only, set on filling some critical gaps in my palette- but I just had to grab these now because they fly off the shelves.  They restocked today.  I timed it well.

 I can see why they sell fast.  It's a durable kit that is going to prove itself usefull for many a game.


It's a no-brainer (geddit?).  This is gonna be a fantastic addition to my table.  Once I get through this I am tempted to grab some Reaper Bones dumpsters and shipping containers.  It's all going to be glorious.


Here are some Wizkid's Deep Cuts minis on GW 32mm bases for scale.  Oh, and BTW- it's finally good to see a product that sits between prepaints and hobbyist minis.  These are like Bones plus- sharper details, firmer material, durable and light.  Plus they come primed in VMC.  Had they had modular head swaps they would have been an 8/10 for me- also losing a point for teeny thinness which is hard to read on the gaming table and a distinct lack of personality.

On my personal life front, I will be able to tackle my email and order backlog from being homeless again and throwing myself into work for some security.  Once again, thank-you for your patience with me during this period.  All orders will be met, all shipping refunds processed and I hope everyone loves the figures- I just haven't been in a secure place.  I have a few weeks at my cousin's whilst I am house sitting which will allow me to get my photo ID updated so I can get a flat.  I have purchased a travelling wifi hub so I can securely do your orders and banking.  So that's gonna happen in the next few days.  :)

Thanks everyone!






Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Nothing to see here

I forgot to photograph my progress tonight, but I wanted to blog to keep track.

I got two short sessions in today, before and after clocking on for work.  It was a pretty good effort- I managed to base up and undercoat all my Walkers, and in session 2 paint all their the bases.

Since I already had a factory line set up to get the bases painted up, I threw in some of the stragging Reaper Bones, Pulp and Silver Tower figures to speed things up.

I pushed the Nova Corp minis I got at PAX a little further, as I think they would be perfect for zombie blasting action.  I painted them using Doom I marine colors at the time with this in mind.  I am old school that way.

A nice discovery is that the Project Z female survivors seem to scale nicely against the Walking Dead figures.  I may have to grab a couple of the boxed sets of zeds they make at some stage.  I feel I am on a bit of a roll with Zombie Survivor games right now.

I feel a nice sense of completion looming.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Walking Dead

My work allowed me to set up a small painting area near my desk, so I got to finally paint something.  It's been so long.

A few days ago I picked up The Walking Dead: Total War boxed set as well as a couple of the booster packs, and am absolutely delighted with them all so far. The real draw card for me was plenty of capable looking women and children figures.  Relatable apocalyse survivors that are terrified also helps lift the range over the usual snarling hero fare.

I had to jump it up my paint queue.

Tonight I managed to base, undercoat and undershade all my survivors, as well as paint their bases.


My first decision was to slice off their integrated bases and glue them all to 32mm bases.  The Integral bases are just fine, but this way I can repurpose them for other games.  I already have Reaper Nova troops begging to blast some zeds based up like this.  Rebasing was a doddle, as the material the figures are made from can easily be cut with snips.

By chance, my usual Cryx Bane Base/Kaiser craft mud puddle ocre/Tyrant Skull paint sceme actually ties into the supplied paper board nicely.  (Insert meme of baby fist pumping here- I am too tired now).

I chose to punch up the colors on the survivors so they stand out against a sea of zombies.  *cough* Sorry... walkers.  Conversely, the z....zwalkers...shit... walkers are to go the other way so they become a sea of muted greens, dark hues, dirt, poo and gore.  I sorely miss having inks to do this, so I will have to grab some before I get into Zed Action.  Nurgle green makes a perfect caucasian Zombie skin base.

As I still have a limited palette of paints, I wandered off the colours they used on their figures pretty quickly.  I don't watch the TV show and have only read one of the novels, so I don't have strong connections to any of the characters yet.  So I aimed at making my figs just stand out as individuals on the table.

The blood is Tamiya clear red.  Undisputed queen of gore.  I usually wash a black or chestnut Windsor and Newton ink over this for really deep wounds.

All in all, these figures are a joy to paint.  A nice scale, the material firm enough to accept brush work and conversions nicely.  I can see myself actually getting the whole lot, and probably a few packs of walkers (ha- didn't say the 'Z' word).

I also have a bit of Silver Tower started, so will be posting that soon.

Sunday, March 5, 2017

Three geek girls you should know

Well dear reader, it's been a great weekend all up, which is something I haven't had in a while. And it's all to do with my wonderful friends.  I thought I would take a moment to talk about some of them who you may know of, but probably didn't realise they are part of my life.

Among many cool things to this weekend, I got a dedication in one of my best friends, Eva Sless, in her book "A Teenage Girls Guide to Getting Off"- an excellent sex ed guide that empowers young women to make safe, healthy and informed choices. I think this is the first time I have seen my name in a published book, and one I am proud to have contributed to.  Eva and I bonded over our mutual love of Labyrinth and Doctor Who- and we are those geek grrls who wander the streets drunkenly singing "Magic Dance" or "within you" at the top of our lungs.
 This is a pic for Gail Simone of us at Dee's Comic store in Canberra, grabbing the astounding and powerful love is love anthology.


Follow Eva's work @deliciouslybad.

Another of my friends is David Bowie impersonator and geek grrl Lauren Stardust- who is better known as the chick who started that whole filming your reaction to Starwars 8 trailer (sobbing at Starwars) and by the geek girl feminist hashtag #fuckedbyaunicorn.  I have never met anyone with a house so full of Sailor Moon and Transformers stuff!  She can also be found lurking behind the desk at Good Games in Melbourne.  This is us vlogging at Melbourne Midsumma Pride Festival. Seek her out at @laurenstardust and #fuckedbyaunicorn


Rae Johnston and I met through the video games industry.  You may know her as the queen of Wonder Woman cosplay, and the voice of video games and tech on JJJ radio, and Gizmodo, Kotaku and ABC radio.  Truth is, Rae is actually A Wonder Woman.
I am currently sculpting her Dungeons and Dragon's character for her.


Sadly she is based in Sydney, so we don't get to hang out much.  Generous with her time and always up for Magic and Tacos.


Check out her amazing stuff at https://raejohnston.com/

That's just three of the amazing geek girls in my life.  More later!


Friday, March 3, 2017

On the flip side

If you flip over your AOS bases, they are easier to pick up, gives you a wider area for decorating.  Resin pours are also easy for puddles, if that's your bag.


Another cute benefit is the model blends into the scenery a bit better when you look down on it. Behold!


I acheived this amazing feat of engineering using cork matt and superglue.

Doing it this way around also lets you sink in your integral bases- so definately a neat trick if you have a lot of DnD figures like this.

Reaper make great bases that don't have the bevel- if they release a 30mm version I am sooooo seitching to thise!

Virtuous little hours

Life is hectic. Life is complex.  Sometimes you have to grab what little hobby relief you can, albeit a little hour here, a little hour there. When you live a nomadic life like mine, it gets really hard to progress.  So each step forward must be seen as a triumph.

All that feelingy-type-bollards basically segways into me showing you a picture of my Silver Tower model progress, and yeah, pretty proud of myself for getting something done.  These are my first Age of Smegma era figures, and as a 3D artist I am loving the clever design on how they join together.  Really nifty stuff.

What really sold me on this boxed set was the Familliars.  I adore fantasy familliars, something about little quirky Boschian bastards gets my hand in my purse quicker than a really quick thing.

I have a huuuuge collection of them- from Ral Partha, Darksword, Reaper, those excellent Rackham ones and of course Jes Goodwin's Citadel masterpeices.

Though I uhm-ed and arrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrred my way through the options, I decided to go with using my regular grit topped bases even though they won't sit right on the board game.  I figure I will probably use them for Skulldred anyway, so consistency is good.  Besides, the box had 'em in there already, and less faffing and more painting is my goal lately.

The urge to convert them all has been suppressed for now, but I am convinced I have a second purchase of this box so I can do craaaaazy dark things with it.  It will make for a good Twitch and youTube broadcast, don't you think?  Well, as soon as I settle into a place I can tackle that.

Another thing I managed to get done a little while ago whilst I was working on a couple of sculpting comissions, was this lovely Adeptus Astartes.  Oh, like many marines, this one happens to be female. Because geneseedy, technical reasons such as, 'women where marines in first edition- trumping all UR fluff' and... 'because I fucking said so'.  :)


This was from one of the free sprues of marines given to me by a friend recently, and the head comes from a Reaper Bones Angel.  Which, is kinda fitting, if you think about it.  I call her Sister Lucretia.  She dances with ghosts.


Finally, I started basing up a new warband to replace my display set, which is forever locked away in Sydney along with all my other posessions, well, at this rate- I just cannot raise the money to ship it :(.

I would run another gofundme but right now just finding a home is hard enough and I feel guilty for needing the last two.  Three seems like taking the piss.  Life is bitterly hard- I do have a job now for the next few months at least- that helps.

Thanks for all the love and support so far.  I hope to give you all lots of content soon :)

You can follow me on twitter @delaneykingrox if you like.  It's rather rude, and usually involves minis, Buffy, lesbian stuff and jokes.

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Roadmap for Games Workshop to fix it's misogyny

Here is a quick draught of a roadmap for Games Workshop to repair the long standing problem with the 40k universe.  The erasure, segregation and devaluation of women.  It is not an article on why, it is how.  Honestly if you have to argue 'why', you need to take a good hard look in the mirror mate.


Stage 1: Retcon and move on

Going forward, include female marines as if they where not removed. Do not write a reason or justify it with new fluff.  Simply include them in new art and new fluff as if they where always there.  (After all, this worked perfectly well for Squats, Genestealer Cults, Genestealers as Tyranids, Tau, etc etc etc)

2: Sisters of Battle
Good news! No more sisters of battle codex to upkeep!  That will save you a headache. Disband the faction entirely and roll it into marine forces using the following method: 
2.1: A 'sister of battle' and 'Adeptus Sororitas' henceforth means a female space marine. A sister mini is fielded as a space marine with same stats.  They ARE marines, simple as that.
2.2: Inquisitors now requisition marines and imperial guard for missions.  The problematic loophole that they cannot have 'men' therefore use only women is removed.
2.3: The problematic Sisters Repentia are rolled into arcoflagellants as "penitants"- marines, guard and other imperium operatives of all genders who wish to make pennace or who are punished by an inquisitior to wear no armour, take combat drugs and run at enemy with hand to hand weapons.
2.4: Penitent Engines are fielded as Dreadnoughts.  Exorcists are fielded as a Whirlwind. All remaining figures are rolled into marine forces using similar parity.
2.5: Sisters of Battle armour is retconned as just another variant of the many ancient space marine armours in existence.
2.6: The fleur de lys is retconned as a symbol of women in service of the emperor, and is an optional symbol often used to denote the person in the suit is female and prefers to be addressed with female pronouns.  Nothing more.

(Sister of Battle- art by Delaney King)

3: the sisterhead sprue
This is a sprue of bare female heads and sororitas style helmets designed to fit existing space marines.  To begin, these are supplied to stockists to hand out to anyone purchasing a marine product.  Going forward, this will be included in all space marine boxes.  The sprue can also be sold as an upgrade pack for those of us wanting to convert existing purchases.
No change to body armor is needed to depict women marines (we aren't exactly major boob armour fans).  A sprue is enough.  The soritas helmets are a variant designed to tie together SOB and Marine forces.  A female marine may be honoured with one, or any of the current helmets.  A helmet halfway between soritas and regular helmets would be a nice touch to denote the blending.
The sprue can also include fleur de lys bosses that can be glued onto existing armor and weaponry.


(Statuesque minis make an excellent head sprue- but using it means women are locked out of tournaments for using non GW products. A GW equivalent would fix this.)

4: problematic material
Problematic material and novels should be revised before reprint or retired, we understand this can take several years to accomplish.  Set the mission statement now and ensure it is a step in the revision process. If you want a list of problem paragraphs and are serious about amending them, I am happy to consult with the many women gamers in our networks to compile an exhaustive list. Many hands make light work, and we WANT THIS TO WORK.

5: announcement
A white dwarf article announcing the phasing out of sisters of battle, how they are to be played going forward and introducing the head sprue.  Hell, tape it to the cover like you did with the age of sigmar giveaway.  Make a clear statement that going forward, Games Workshop values it's female fans and will continue to polish it's material over the coming years to ensure women gamers feel welcome at the gaming and painting table.  An apology would be nice, but just fixing the problem would be a great way to move forward.

That's it.  Female orks would be nice too, but start with this and you will see a massive shift in how women gamers relate to you.

In the grim dark future there is only war, your gender does not matter if you live and die to serve The Emperor.




Thursday, February 16, 2017

Sean Bean is my test peice

I decided on a color scheme and theme for the warband of humans I assembled from the LOTR scraps box someone gave me.
Here is a snap of the test peice as I am playing with looks.


It's going to be aqua/creme with a sea goddess theme. They can battle my Reaper Fishmen warband for coastal superiority.  I haven't decided on the skin yet- was toying of going green!

I am loving the new GW metallics.  Such an improvement in metal flake size to their older stuff.

Monday, February 13, 2017

Twit

I had my first 'viral' tweet thingie happen two days ago.  It clocked 1,423 by this morning and brought over 200 follows. 

Oh yeah, incase you followed my mini blog for ages and didn't know, I am a professional video game and VFX artist and have a whole bunch of AAA games under my belt- including Dragonage Origins.  I have also given Kratos his eyebrows and pit hair, made Batman for Rocksteady Games' pitch to DC comics, worked on the preproduction team for Assasin's Creed, made the cutscene characters for Civilization IV, did The Mumakil in Lord of The Rings Online and painted every Kobold you ever grinded on in Dungeons & Dragons Online: Stormreach. Yup. 

What is really nice about this is that it is mostly young lgbtiqa+ gamers who are reacting positively because they didn't know that transgender women are part of the games development industry in such key roles.  They love Dragon Age and they now feel even more connected to it and now know the industry door is open for them.  Being able to be the messenger for that is pretty special.

Recently I was attacked by Gamergate for the second time. I expect a third attack soon after this.  What is really cool is seeing the response from Gamergate pale into insignificance compared to the massive positive reaction to this post.  They really are a sad smidge of very vocal little assholes compared to the mass of great people in gaming.

Tabletop and RPGs are no different.  There are many trans people involved in your products.  We are just regular people, and we tend towards writing, design, coding, music and art as growing up, these are empowering activities that can be done from the safe retreat of one's bedroom. Being bullied and feeling like you don't fit in drives us into these areas.

Anyway, thought you may like to catch a glimpse of my life outside miniatures.

If you wanna follow me on twitter- I am @delaneykingrox.  I mainly post miniatures stuff, flirt with Eliza Dushku and crack rude jokes with Gail Simone and Freddy Prinze Junior.  You are welcome to listen in.  

Have a fantastic hobby session.  Treat yourself to something nice today and remember, don't let the bastards grind you down.  :)




Sunday, February 12, 2017

Eureka Chaos!

The missing Darkling shipment arrived last night (wrong number on address it turns out) so I will be getting those in the mail to you all in the next few days.  Thanks for being patient!  I move house in the next few weeks so will be able to hold stock for future orders :)

Inside the box was also my Chaos Army by Eureka minis!  Bosch Bosch Bosch!  Loadsa lead.  They are absolutely fantastic figures, certainly the weirdest, most fun fantasy figures I have seen in a long while.


I used fender washers for the bases this time, as I plan to... no, it's easier to just show you... gonna do this...


I am piggybacking them all on Skirmish trays.  I made these from MDF drinks coasters, and holding washers in place with a light dab of glue, built up around them with Aves Apoxie.  Once dry, I will pop out the washers.  Later I may drill and glue in some diddy neodymiumiamy magnets.


Oh, and I popped into visit my friend Lauren Stardust (check out her hilarious #fuckedbyaunicorn hashtag on twitter) at her game store and look what I found!   The roper from the dnd prepaints!

Yoink!

Okay, I am off on a date.  Wish me luck!

Friday, February 10, 2017

Suffragette City of The Dead


My chicky babe collection just went up by ten.  These will be starring in one of my first video blogs as I abuse this kit to make other stuff :)

At least one of these heads is bound for those spess mehreens I got given :)

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Kiss Macragge

I got to raid the scraps box at my local game store and came up with a few sprues of basic Spess Merhehns.  This was my test peice for a squad of The Blanchitsy Betsys.

She came out quite well, like Kristen Stewart on SNL a few days ago.  Totally called that BTW.


The base is made from a Renedra 25mm disc, bicarb, superglue and tree bark.


A spot of tortured John Blanchey freehand on the pauldrons is the focal point fot her super suit.


Her remaining five sisters will be Vlog material... because yes folks, who has six thumbs and raised enough money on her gofundme to get a high end webcam and tripod?


Me.

A super massive thank-you to all here who contributed to camera-ising me.  I shall endeavor to start shooting content for my vlog after I move house this fortnight.


This also came in the post a few days ago- my friend I used to roleplay with in high school sent me his original 1988 catalogue!  Thanks Julian.  :)



Saturday, February 4, 2017

Armoured Ghoul Warband in the style of Austen

When a lady of my social rank and persuasion finds herself in great need of some leisurely persuits and yet found herself lacking the foresight to prepare for its rare occurance, what is she to do?  Surely the noble persuit of a husband of means and status should suffice to fill the feeble mind of a lady- and yet, dear reader, I do not hasten to call the carriage to whisk me to London for such a persuit, for I must confess the lowly rumours you have no doubt heard spoken of in hushed tones as you go about the village are, for once, quite accurate in regards to my sapphic tendencies.  Thus a quest to find a husband most undoubtedly will come to no good, for either involved parties and I must alas turn my mind to other trivial trifles to tinker with to keep myself from my very wit's end.
Thus, dear reader, your humble journalist found herself today engaged in the persuit of a relaxation via the base craft of miniature decoration.  A form of minor idolatry that I can only imagine the clergy would overlook for such is its spiritual benefits that one can easily cast aside any thought of eternal damnation.  But forgive me, I digress.

Without expectation of leisure time, I had sought the safety of my office to store my miniatures collection, and so I had no access to toys to tinker with.  Yet, in a blinding flash, I recalled a box of figurines most kindly and thoughtfully donated to my cause by a friend, and set about finding it with great haste.
Reader, I quickly laid hands upon the long forgotten gift, and, turning it out upon the desk found a collection of ten mostly intact models that I could easily salvage.  
Notwithstanding my previous missives bemoaning the great works of Tolkien (and my dissatisfaction furthermore of the dreary series of plays based upon his works by Mister Jackson et al), I find myself thusly in posession of many models from that tired oeuvre.  What to do?
Well, dear reader, I struck upon the idea of redressing my models in the guise of Armoured Ghouls, for that is what, to my eye, they mostly resemble.
I also took it upon myself to create a themed warband, and to allow myself some frivolity in my selection of palette bringing some gaity to my work.
I am certain you wish to see my progress, so I have included in this letter for your edification, an image of the incomplete work.


There is still much to do before I am satisfied, however I think you would agree they are of sufficient quality to enter the field of battle upon the dining table.
I am thusly greatly pleased with my efforts, and attained the desired relaxation of which I so greatly craved after many stressful weeks without reprieve.

The shields are quite barren, and I fancy the addition of a banner to the solitary pikeman to make him a standard bearer- however I am greatly distracted by hunger and must dedicate the morrow to commissions that still await my labour.  I am afraid it may be some time before I complete these scurrilous savages.

I imagine the addition of a few elements of whimsey, sculpted by yours truely to augment the most fantastical nature of the ghouls. I am tempted to strip them of their weapons and manufacture a more fantastic arsenal for them. I shall set my mind to the challenge in due time.

I hope my letter finds you in good health, do pass my warmest regards to your sisters- especially the prettiest of them.  I must away and prepare myself a humble supper to appease my beastly belly.

Yours, most prideful but far from prejudiced, Ms Delaney King


Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Walking Dead Minis

Hey sexy gamers, here is a quick review of The Walking Dead minis I have picked up so far.
The material is gamer perfection. Harder than Bones, but flexible enough to bounce without possibly snapping. This to me is where minis should be. GW hard plastics are fragile in comparison. The detail level is great, smooth enough for blending, sharp enough for drybrushing.  Excellent.
The mid grey color makes them easy to look over for detail- again, much better than Bones - but I saw a pack of Bones minis in mid grey yesterday so that excites me.  Bones need this, and could so with another shift towards a firmer material. The progress Reaper have made so far has been great.

So there is a downside.  Glue.  The minis are pre-assembled.  Which is cool, but the glue work can be sloppy.

I may try a dettol bath to loosen the glue on my next purchase- then reglue.  However I have idea if this will work.

The minis are closer to 30mm scale and to be honest I love it.  It makes models' eyes brush sized, makes the figures easy to read on the game table.  It means more robust figures and... yeah I have to say I love it.

9/10 Mantic.  Will buy the range.

Personally I want DnD and Pathfinder to ditch prepaints from gaming and switch to this scale.  :)

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Girl power

To celebrate my first paycheck I popped into my local game store and treated myself to some females of the 'take no shit' persuasion.  The Womans March was inspiring, what can I say?


Amelia Fox is a gumshoe from Reaper Chronoscope range and the others are apparently from a zombie TV show noone has ever heard of called 'Wanking Ted' or something like that.  Weird name if you ask me.  Maybe the old guy the two women came with is Ted.  I dunno.

Anyhoo, I am feeling virtuous as I got these babes (and Ted) home, rebased and enamel spray primed them.

The walking dead (yeah, I know, I know- my brain is a mystery) minis are about 30mm scale- which is actually really nice.  I think it is the *right* scale for a game played around a dinner table.  Easy to paint, lots of detail and detail you can see at range.  Bravo Mantic!

Back to work tomorrow.  Hoping my new castings arrive- alongside all the Darkling minis, I ordered the fantastic chaos range from Eureka. That's gonna be a blast!

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Buffy Birthday

It's my birthday today.  The day of mine birth.
Also, the official birthday of Buffy Anne Summers- though the slayer is a little younger than me.

Buffy and I have a few things in common.  Both of us have green eyes, sharp wit, deliberately mangle English, have a tendency to solve problems using axes and of course we are both sexually attracted to Faith Lehane.  (Which would result in Jessica Jones.  Shhhh don't mess with my headcanon).



We both also share today with Edgar Allen Poe and Janis Joplin - however they won't be celebrating their birthday today on account of not being resurrected like Buffy and I.

I treated myself to a female spy miniature from Reaper to celebrate being both a mini geek and poor.   

I am off to work to piss around with shader networks and eat rainbow cake.

Have fun y'all.


Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Bones Progress


This is my haul from working on the Reaper booth at PAX 2016.  I actually have quite a bit of progress done, and as I mentioned earlier, I want to get these done before I get my collection back.  Which, by the way, is likely to be in the next month with my new job I started yesterday.  Woot!


First off the bat was my victorious Pathfinder rogue and a Paint and Take Dwarf.


Orcus has been glued and filled.  I think he deserves a better base later on, but I don't want to put him on hold for that.


I have pushed most of the others forward, but nothing complete yet.  Stone Golem is closest.  I may do something a bit fancier with him.


The one that is really concerning me is the spider woman. Her legs aren't the best for basing, and I suspect I will heat bend them and replace one or two with wire and putty for strength. That is making me put the project off.  Boo.

Anyhoo, next on the table is some sculpting commissions, then I press on with these babies until they are done.

What you working on?

Friday, January 6, 2017

Floorplan test

Chris Di Donna printed out my test piece for 33mm grid dungeon tiles and it looks good.  The men are on 25mm bases, and the GW figure is on 40mm base.  So yeah, pretty roomy without being ridiculous.

Grid testing courtesy of Chris Di Donna @BigChrisDid on Twitter


The idea is that most modern minis need 30 to 32 mm for their bases, and often encounters feature 40mm monsters too.  A 33 mm grid allows for more room to play.

I am releasing all these floorplans as ongoing rewards for my $10/month playtest Patreons (as well as access to beta testing rules for Stardred and later Skulldred, and tutorial PDFs).  (www.patreon/darkling if you wanna join)

First up is a complete set of basic dungeon tiles along the similar vein to Citadel's original dungeon tile boxed sets- with crisp digital artwork and many more additions and variations.  After that, a 33mm scale Heroquest like tile set, walls, caverns and wilderness encounters.  I will start wandering into different genres after that.


Tuesday, January 3, 2017

2017 goals

Hey folks, so how is everyone holding up after 2016?  What are your hobby plans for 2017?
For me, it's about bringing together my life and healing up the chaos of the past three years. That means completing the projects that I had to stall.

A wild and somewhat happy Laney King appears, roll for initiative!

The return of Skulldred and Stardred are my top priorities. I will get huge closure releasing Skulldred 1.4. She is my special baby.

Once I have the money, and new photo ID, I will ship my storage unit from Sydney to Melbourne. That will mean not only access to my hard drives with Skulldred on it, but all my greens for new miniature ranges that I had to put on hold. Finally, it also means I get my beloved collection back (and paints and tools).  That is going to be a tear jerker for me- imagine getting thousands of minis for a present.  :)

Once I have raised enough for a camera through my patreon, I will be dipping my toes into a youTube channel, so you can watch along as I paint, restore, convert and sculpt things.  Pdf tutorials and playtest stuff are rewards I am releasing to my patreons.  At the end of the year, I will be gathering up those tutes into a compendium which will go up for sale (free to patreons).

As for my hobby side, I am also in completion mode.  I have been collecting minis whilst in Melbourne, and I think it would be fantastic to have all those done by the time my collection is shipped up.  This means I will be focusing on mostly Reaper minis and modern GW for the next period of this blog.  I have some really exciting figures, especially Silver Tower which I consider to be one of the greatest GW products ever released.

Next up is my Heroquest blog appearance for the Heroquest challenge!

I hope you all have a fantastic year, and look forward to being part of it.  Thanks for all your love and support!  X

Monday, January 2, 2017

Stardred FAQ

I am psyched that everyone is excited about this project.  Okay so here is some more info on the project.

Stardred is a tactical skirmish miniatures game for 2 or more players.  It will be initially available as a PDF and print on demand book.  The beta will be distributed as a reward for my 'beta tier' patreons- who will receive a free pdf copy when launched.

What's special about it?
Stardred is a mental arithmetic free system.  It is designed with specific consideration for young players, people with dyscalculia, issues with short term memory, attention deficit disorder and so forth.  The benefit of this for other players is that it takes off the load on your brain so you can relax, maybe enjoy a few drinks or get into a game after a long hard day crunching numbers.

How does it work?
Stardred uses dice totting for all the maths. You pick up dice for positive modifiers, whilst your opponent picks up dice for negative ones.
Both players roll and the outcome is determined by who has the highest number of dice that roll hits.
The cool thing about this mechanic is that the dice roll outcome is immediately obvious at a glance- no rolling then adding modifiers to determine the outcome.  It gives it the excitement of a 'craps shoot' when you roll.

Dice
You can play with D6, D8 or fudge dice. For fudge dice, rolling a negative is a miss.  For D6, rolling a 5 or 6 is a miss. If you want to play with D8- you can use 567 or just 67 as misses- depending on your playing style.  You can take blank dice and just mark 2 faces.

You also need 1d8 for scattering (or an arrow die) and a 6 sided custom 'action' die (made from a blank die or by putting stickers on a d6).

Any miniatures:
Stardred works at any scale. You can use any miniatures you like, and convert them to your hearts content. Scratch build your own vehicles and walkers, use action figures, paper minis, pogs or even play with funko pops!

Setting:  'Universe of Yes:
Stardred comes with 'light fluff' explaining  the gist of the universe.  However it is focused on inspiring your ideas and imagination rather than limiting.  It leaves a lot of room so you can incorporate any miniatures you like.
Typical scifi fare like a federated star trading system, universal currency and languages (info so you can swear fluently at your fellow players in alien dialects), star guilds, some systems and planets are named and described.  But it is a spine, not a cage.

In this universe humans, aliens, droids, psychics and mutants can all work together.  You can build your away team however you like.

No army lists
Rather than army lists, each character in your team has a creds cost per mission, based on how powerful they are.  You can fit them out with weapons, tech and armor.
Custom profile, weapon, tech and armor card templates will be available to download and print. These fit in standard trading card sleeves.

Gameplay:
The focus is on small to medium skirmishes on tables with lots of cover, tight coridoors, weird anomalies, traps (toxic dumps, mines, deadly alien plants wandering monsters) and lootable objects.
Play is fast and tactical, positions of your individual characters are important, what they have armed.

Comms channels are a vital part of the game, hacking enemy systems, jamming, magnetic interference, psionics and so forth are mixed in with brutal laser battles.  Psychological warefare is included, and characters can bug out and act weirdly and be driven insane.  Yes, dust off your Reaper Bones Cthulhu minis folks.

Campaign rules are included.  You can even play cooperative with a games master.

Things it ain't:
Mass combat rules needing lots of figures. Two armies charging at each other on an open table.  Sexist, racist, ableist or homophobic. Minimal book keeping. A roleplaying game system.

Product tie ins:
I probably will make some minis for it, but the idea is that it is for independent mini makers who make retro inspired figures to come together and be celebrated.  Expect to see figures from all my mates companies gracing the pages.  I will use the book as a showcase for these companies to plug their gear.  Much cross links, mang promos, so indy, wow.

We probably will do a box set with laser cut tokens, rulers, custom dice and so forth at some stage.