Sunday, July 25, 2021

Ain't no party like an Edo party

Japanese Adventurers

I finished a whole party of Japanese adventurers to go with the two I posted a while ago.  There are two archers (Ronin and peasant), two fighters (sumo and ona-bugeisha), and a magic user.


Here's a closer look at the figures I haven't already posted.  I rather like the archer despite her plain appearance; her facial expression turned out well.  And the mage really looks good with the spell effect I added using wire and painted flock.

15 mm scale

What's an adventure without powerful and terrifying foes?  This ogre certainly fits the bill...

These figures fit very well with ninjas from Rebel Minis (r)...

Sunday, July 18, 2021

Moloch's Revenge

Eidolon Possessed Statue of Moloch
28mm scale

I saw this figure in my recently-reopened FLGS and instantly wanted it!  It's a deity's idol, possessed by an "eidolon", the vengeful spirit of a faithful follower and tasked to guard the temple from intruders.  I don't play RPGs now, but I definitely remember the glory days of 80's D&D, including this book:


Yep, that's the statue on the cover, including the missing eye, prised out of its setting by what "adventurers" who appear to be nothing better than common bandits!  So regardless of this entity's alignment, one can't help but understand why it's disgruntled...

Even more menacing in 15mm scale!

Sunday, June 20, 2021

Japanese adventurers

Hoshi the Hammer
15 mm

Who is this beefy brawler waving an enormous mallet?  An ex-Sumo seeking his fortune?  A sinister thug seeking to brutalize and rob?  His double-line arm tattoo marks him as a two-time convict under the penal system of the Edo period, but men run afoul of the law in so many ways...

Forehead tattoo for murder, arm for theft.

Red Ronin
15 mm

Masterless samurai whose daimyos had died or discharged them, ronin roamed the country, offering their services to lords as mercenaries or guards.  Some engaged in banditry or other less-than-honorable trade as well.  This ronin still has his armour, but lacks the traditional samurai's pair of swords, either through choice or the desperate necessity of selling them...

Both these miniatures are from Alternative Armies' "Sengoku" line of Japanese fantasy figures.

Friday, June 11, 2021

The return of Spacejacker!



Look who's back!  After a years-long hiatus from blogging, punctuated by other musical and artistic endeavors, and a involuntarily long pandemic stay in Australia that was well-chronicled on his Instagram, Ben "Spacejacker" Lee has returned!  I followed his blog Tiny Solitary Soldiers for years, and he always produced appealing 15 mm sci-fi and solo gaming material that was always worth a look.  The blog is long gone now, but an idea of the kind of great pieces he posted there is visible here.

Ben Lee, 2012

I know he's going to be painting up some good stuff now too, not only because he's already posted some, but also because I sent him a sizable 15 mm sci-fi care package a little while ago 😁. So hit your sidebar links widget and add him again...

Friday, June 04, 2021

Shock to the System

Cyberzombie Revolutionary

It was a night
Hell of a night, L.A., it really was
Oh what a riot
I said yeah, come on
It makes my life feel real
Fear police and civil corruption oh yeah
Is there a man who would be king
And the world stood still

In 1993 Billy Idol released his fifth album, "Cyberpunk".  Its questionable musical merits and cultural impact aside, it gave us the absolutely bomber song "Shock to the System"... and its slightly cheesy but enjoyable video.

The video's loose storyline is of a civil riot of some kind.  A lone camcorder-wielding man witnesses a group of police beating somebody. When they discover that he's seen them, they badly beat him in turn.  The smashed fragments of his camcorder incorporate themselves into his battered body to produce a lurching technological monstrosity with an enormous camera protruding from one eye socket. Totally not a metaphor for anything...

"It'd sure be weird if everyone could record what's
happening around them at any time..."

This conversion is based on a Khurasan zombie.

"This won't seem so farfetched in 2021, folks."

Monday, May 31, 2021

Insurrection Moo

Uplifted Cattle
15mm scale

The dark secret of the demise of Paragon Exoplanetary's Corporation's terraformer pig colony did not remain hidden for long.  Independent hacker-journalists raided the corporate servers and leaked hundreds of files detailing not only the pigs' extensive genetic alterations, but also the bio-engineered paramyxovirus that suddenly killed them all just as they finished their terraforming work.

In a big galaxy, the leak didn't make headlines everywhere, but the news did reach the vast pastoral agri-colonies operated by The Green World Inc.  There, genetically enhanced cattle who farmed themselves for milk became outraged by the murder of their fellow livestock.  With the help of sympathetic human farmhands, they hacked their restraining implants and, using seized and improvised weapons, took over the colonies and declared independence from the company...


"Moooooove out, girls!"

These amazing figures are from Alternative Armies; "Uplifted Cattle" HOF161.  Quick to paint, fun to have!  "COWS TOGETHER STRONG!"

Tuesday, May 25, 2021

Thank You Verra Much

Alien Elvis
15 mm

Yeah man, you know people from outer space
People from outer space they come up to me
They don't look like like Doctor Spock
They don't look like Klingons all that Star Trek jive
They look like Elvis, Elvis

Sometimes I just do things, and I don't know why I do them.  Alien Elvis is a converted CP Models figure, the body is from the "boiler suited alien minions" set and the head is my sculpt.

You'd think the Tweed, Ontario Elvis Festival wouldn't be a draw for
interstellar visitors.  You'd be wrong.  It's not about the scale of the
event, it's about being among other true fans.

Everything, everywhere will be Elvis
Why do you think they call it evolution anyway?
It's really Elvislution, Elvislution
Elvis is everywhere
Elvis is everything
Elvis is everybody
Elvis is still the King