Monday, 25 April 2011

Map-a-Monday (week 17)

April's final map:

...and as usual, a simple pdf battlemat version can also be found HERE

Wednesday, 20 April 2011

Sci-fi/Near-future Tiles

In a previous post I mentioned that I was toying with the idea of setting up a storefront on RPG Now (or similar), so as to makes a few things available at a small cost (and take my first steps into the world of publishing least electronically).

I had thought to make the AoS Campaign Guide available in this fashion (though I'm still a little undecided about that), but I'm thinking that a more generic supplement/accessory would be a better choice for my very first product.

So, with that in mind, I'm probably going to start things off with a set of sci-fi/near-future floor-tiles (tiles which I have probably mentioned a few times before) ...which look something like this:

As you can see, the starter set will be spread over nine pages and will probably be available for around £3 (which I hope is a fair price). However, I still need to make a cover for the product (which is needed purely for the 'storefront'), and maybe include a few action shots of them in use - so it'll more than likely be sometime next month before everything is up and running.

I'd also like to add that even though I might start to sell the occasional supplement/accessory, all the stuff that I currently have available for free (on both the CSP and AoS websites) will always be freely available ...and still added to from time to time (in fact I will probably have a small adventure location ready for the AoS soon - which is inspired somewhat by the tower in the back of the old MERP book).

And that's about it for this post/update :)

Monday, 18 April 2011

Map-a-Monday (week 16)

This Mondays' map:

...and as usual, a simple pdf battlemat version can be found HERE

Thursday, 14 April 2011

Having a bit of a clearout (part 1)

I think it's fair to say that over the years I have accumulated a whole lot of gaming 'stuff' that I've never really got around to using - along with quite a collection of miniatures (old and new) that I'll just never have time to paint (well, not unless I live to be over 200 years old).

So I've decided that it's about time I had a bit of a clearout, and maybe pass some of these things on to someone who might actually have a use for them. As such I'm going to start listing a few things on ebay (or at least those I'm willing to part with) ...and maybe make a little cash along the way (which will undoubtedly go towards buying new gaming stuff).

To begin with I'll be listing a few old GamesWorkshop miniatures (mostly space marines from the 80's and 90's, and only a few at a time) as can be seen HERE and in the pictures below:

I have to admit that it's kinda hard letting them go, as I vaguely remember ordering them when I was a kid (filling out the order form in the back of a white dwarf magazine, asking my mom to write out a cheque for them, and then dropping it in the post), followed by an anxious couple of weeks waiting for them to arrive :)

But, as I say, the likelihood of me ever painting them is pretty low, so it's time they found a new home (and hopefully a lick of paint).

Monday, 11 April 2011

Map-a-Monday (week 15)

It's Monday again ...and that means another dungeon:

...and as usual, a simple pdf battlemat version can also be found HERE

Monday, 4 April 2011

"They're coming outta the goddamn walls..." (part 2)

So, I finished up another squad of Colonial Marine miniatures last week (I'll try and post pic's at some point), but I've been at a bit of a loss about what to do with regard to getting some reasonable looking Alien/Xenomorph miniatures.

Anyway, after a bit of googling I stumbled upon the Dawn of the Lead Blog (and in particular THIS review) which details a few different ranges of official and not-so-official 'xenomorph-style' miniatures. The review itself is a great one, and my first choice would probably be the latest 'clix' miniatures - though they appear to be quite rare now, and go for (what I would consider) a ridiculous amount of money on ebay.

However, I've also noticed that em4 miniatures have recently made their (usually pre-painted) sci-fi alien range available as individual (unpainted) models - and the feeder model (second from the bottom of THIS page) looks like a good candidate for a bit of conversion work (or could probably be used as-is if you're not too fussy).

So I went ahead and ordered a couple (they are only £1.55 each after all), and I also got hold of a few 'lurker heads' from Heresy Miniatures (the same ones mentioned in the DotL review) - and set to work with a pair of clippers, superglue, and some greenstuff ...and here's the result:

While far from perfect, I think it's a passable Alien/Xenomorph miniature ...and also doesn't cost the earth (unlike the original Leading Edge mini's or the latest 'clix' models). However, because there is only one model (and head) to work with, varying the pose of the miniature is going to be a little difficult - but bending the tail into different positions, attaching the head at various angles, and (like in the picture below) altering the position of the arm, does offer a bit of a different look ...though admittedly not all that much.

However, on the whole, I'm satisfied with the result, and I'll try and post some finished pics (perhaps alongside a few 'colonial marines' - for scale purposes) when I've given them a lick of paint.

Map-a-Monday (week 14)

Here's the first map of April:

...and as usual, a simple pdf battlemat version can also be found HERE