donderdag 22 maart 2018

Epic 40k Slaanesh Questor and Hellknight Knights

So there we have it, the first miniatures finished after the AHPC8...

While intended to be included still, I didn`t get round to base it before the deadline of my last upload passed by... though as such with the 24 hr grace period, the post follows closely on the previous one.

Questor Knights are odd looking walkers, resembling in a way a Warhound Titan but being a lot smaller.  And we won`t be going in the placement of the lower gun now will we...

I also finished two more Hellknights.  While I managed to get a single one in on my entry, the other two are just finished and as such are placed here instead of, of course, on the AHPC post.  Armed with a big headmounted gun, Hellknights are swift walkers of war that literally hunt their enemies down with their lance like weapon.

While in height the same as the Questor, the latter is far more robust and bulkier, and will serve as a heavier class in my Future War Commander force as such.

Well, that`s it for now, some more nice and shiney 6mm walkers to add to my FWC marine corps list.

Gundam Evolve

The last of all the Gundam things out there I still needed to watch, this isn`t really a series per se, but more a collection of shorts.

Oh well, at least we will get a new dedicated full series in two weeks, when the newest Build series arrives.

Plot (from MyAnimeList)

A series of short films packaged with certain model kits and aired at conventions, the Gundam Evolve series chronicles a number of side-stories, alternative scenes, and even bonus omake from all around the Gundam canon. Featuring a mix of animation media—from traditional cels to 3-D CG rendering to even cel-shaded 2-D animation—these often 3-5 minute shorts cover such events as Domon Kasshu's training (and a bit of a romantic tift with Rain Mikamura) from G Gundam, Amuro Ray battling Quess Paraya from Char's Counterattack, Kamille Bidan training in the Gundam Mk.II from Zeta Gundam, and Canard Pars dueling Prayer Reverie from the Gundam SEED X Astray manga.

What I liked about it 

* additional or alternate art and viewpoints from the characters of the various franchise series

What I didn`t like about it

* some of the older CGI experiments are clubky at best... think G-Saviour...

woensdag 21 maart 2018


Monday night movie couch time for Noshi and me put us down to watch the latest from the Disney / Pixar stable, Coco.

Set in Mexico during the dias de la muerto, this is a film about a boy wanting to become a mariachi, or musician, like his great-great grandfather, legendary musician Ernesto de la Cruz.


Miguel's family has banished all things musical ever since his great-great grandfather ran out on them.  When he accidentally drops his picture, he sees an image of Ernesto's guitar and learns this is his ancestor.
During the night of the dead, where families honour their passed on beoved, Miguel tries to borrow / steal the guitar to participate in the talent show at the plaza, but instead is transported to the land of the dead.
Here he meets Hector, desperate to get his picture up in the land of the living to be remembered, otherwise he will be forgotten and fade away in the Final Death.  But in the meantime, his deceased relatives try and bring Miguel back home to where he belong by giving him their blessings on the condition he never plays music again.
He goes looking for Ernesto to receive his blessing instead, but along the road he learns that this isn't the person he thought it was...

What I liked about it

* The fact it's a movie about family makes it all that bit more personal then your average 'save the world' movie storyline
* The gorgeously animated and colourfull land of the dead
* Dante the Dog

What I didn't like about it

* Nothing much really, this was a solid movie, though for me Moana remains the best Disney flick I saw in recent years.

Noshi especially liked the movie and the heavy emotional moment at the end, even though she might be a bit biased as a rather, let's put this modestly, connaisseur of the Disney flavour...

Recommended watching for a lovely evening of colour and fun mexican music!

The cold turkey of the end

The last models that I will be entering in the 8th Challenge, and what better conclusion then painting up 6mm pink forces, just as I started out with on this journey.

Though I do apologize for not being able to count the actual points total on this entry with the scenery and knight and such... sorry Curt.

The first part of the entry this week are this set of Steeds of Slaanesh mounted marines, to provide some fast moving cavalry for use in Future War Commander.

To provide some more heavy support for the force (mind you, I play them in Future War Commander, not the Epic 40k game system), a lovely Hell Knight has been painted up and give some bigger targets to pick, distracting the opponent from the actual game winners, the infantry.

The final part of the entry is a building that I found years ago on a BnB for a measly 25 eurocent, I have no clue at all what range it is from or such, but that will be my HQ 'location' marker in certain scenarios as such.

I`m sorry Curt for the bit of extra work, but I have NO idea how to count points on these.  The cavalry is simple, 12 x1, but the Knight (it`s the size of a regular space marine in 28mm, does that mean 5 points, or does he class as a 6mm vehicle?) and the bunker are beyond me.... so I`ll see what I end up with when the entry is published xD

And that's it, thanks to the organisers of the challenge for this great event, and hopefully I'll be back in next year!

Update; the total entry netted me 16 points, putting me well over the 1500 mark and into the 500 / 750 / 1000 and 1500 points draws at the end of the Challenge.  That's 4 out of 6 benchmarks reached this year, not bad for a rookie...

Update 2: With these points added and the challenge ended, I came in a respectable 12th.  The 11th spot might have been feasible had I painted an hour or two more, but the top 10 was well out of reach with a gap of about 150 points.

dinsdag 20 maart 2018

Black Library Celebration 2018

A free book you received in Games Workshop stores during the last weekend of february, this 160+ page novel bundles 6 short stories in one volume.

While not unique or new, the stories where mostly on e-pub available before, and now have found their way into a paperback format.

There are two stories each for their main settings, being Warhammer 40k, Age of Sigmar, and the Horus Heresy (their bestselling, and really good, book line) respectively.

The Absolution of Swords by John French

On the Ecclesiarchy world of Dominicus Prime, hersey runs rampant - but Inquisitor Covenant and his warband have come to cut out the poison as only the Inquisition can.

A Trick of the Light by Josh Reynolds

Lukas the Trickster, scourge of friend and foe alike, descends into the ice caverns of Fenris and faces a beast of legend that may be a match for the Space Wolf: the dread doppelgangrel.

Bear Eater by David Guymer

When Hamiclar Bear-Eater and a handful of Astral Templars cross the Sea of Bones, they find a civilisation untouched by Chaos, and attempt to bring them back into the light of Sigmar.

Pantheon by Guy Haley

In the age before Chaos, during a time of myth, the pantheon of gods ruled at Sigmar's hand.  As dark times return to the Mortal Realms, Sigmar beseeches the goddess Alarielle to heed a tale of those better years, one he hopes will restore not only her faith but the faith of all noble creatures.

The Last Son of Prospero by Chris Wraight

His body ravaged by the flesh-change, Thousands Sons sorcerer Revuel Arvida clings to life by the merest thread.  And even if Malcador the Sigilite can save him, what will remain?

Into Exile by Aaron Dembski-Bowden

When the traitorous allies of Horus and Kelbor-Hal seized Mars, the visionary adept Arkhan Land became a man marked for death.  As his world crumbles around him, whom can he trust?

What I liked about it

* Well, the Inquisitor story is great as even being innocent makes you guilty.  The Pantheon story takes a trip back through nostalgia to the World that Was (aka, "my" Warhammer) and Into Exile is great as it is written backwards, making it a unique experience in the book

What I didn`t like

* Bear Eater.  Sigmarines are pretty boring, and getting more so as book after book, being it the Into the Realms campaign books or the novels, the golden boys are just more of the same.  At least Space Marines had different personalities in their chapters woven over 20+ years of lore writing, while these blokes get everything rammed in to fast in my opinion.

But it was a lovely freeby and a good companion on public transportation trips for sure :-)

maandag 19 maart 2018

Made in Asia 2018

The first geekycon I joined for 2018 has past last saturday, as Noshi and me went to the Heysel in Brussels for Made in Asia, a convention themed around the anime culture and more.

Okay, so the and more is pretty important, as it is in essence not that different anymore from regular conventions, bar that the activities and club stands are all anime and oriental minded, so don`t expect Star Wars clubs, but Gundam clubs instead... which for me is a bonus.

There where tons of activities this year where you could join in, like learning japanese or folding origami.  The signature alley was present, but mind you, this works different like events as FACTS or Comic Con, but more on that later.

But most of all, there was a HEAP of people, because when we arrived at 11.15 (it opened at 10), this was still the amount of people queuing to get in.  Luckily, the security opened the extra emergency exit gates and the masses could stream in better.

One of the activities I went for to the event was the GunPla building contest, which included some awesome entries across the whole board, as well as displaying a huge amount as "comes build from the box like this" models.

There was of course the huge stand of the Saint Seiya diorama builders, who expanded their diorama`s, but their core business is still building scenic pieces around the Myth cloth line.

A collector of Dragonball Z merchandise was also present with a big stand, which featured a lot of gorgeous models.

One of the halls (there where 5 in total, in sequence the food and drink hall, the club hall, the trader hall, the game hall and the videogame hall) featured a lot of boardgames of all sorts of strokes.

While in the other one, you could try out a variety of videogames or enter in a series of competitions like League of Legends.

Of course, before we tackled the traders hall, we strenghtened the inner person with some Onigiri.  And we could enjoy one of the many concerts (6 a day) while at it.

The trader hall featured the usual suspects in merchandise of all sorts, though understandbly the focus was on anime stuff.  So don`t go there if you`re hunting for vintage cartoon stuff, there was very little of it.

And this... I might order that online for sure...

So the artist alley.  At the other conventions, you queu, pay for the signature in the two minutes with your chosen celebrity and your off.  Here, it works differently, in that first of all, it`s FREE to get an autograph.

But it works with a limited amount of people.  There are two sessions of about an hour for each, and they close the line at around 30 people.  This makes that the artists take out a bit more time for you, but you won`t be able to go shopping at all of them though. 

Noshi and me went in the line for Hirsohi Nagahama (best known for his Stan Lee cooperation on The Reflection), but who also did Guilty Crown (Noshi loved that series) and he was a key animator on some episodes of Saint Seiya Omega. 

So I wanted to ask him to put his signature in my Myth cloth collectors book... and he went on drawing a Seiya on the page for nearly 10 minutes.  Taking they at best do 150 signatures during the whole convention, this is a pretty unique one I have now, me very otaku-happy now :-D

We took another walk through the trader hall after that, before going back to the trainstation and Antwerp after a very fun convention.

How was it compared to other events?  Well, as my Marvel / DC days are more and more drifting away from me, this was all yokai in my book.  Sure, there was a lot of non-anime cosplay around with the public, but heck, that happens.  Some people still put down fantastic looking costumes for sure.

Though sorry, wearing a onesie from Primark with a cardboard board saying "Free Hugs" doesn`t qualify as cosplay for me... and there where a LOT of those...

But all in all, Made in Asia was a great event, a fun day out, and now onwards to the next event, trip or holiday, whatever comes first!