NIGHTSTAND, A Matter of Time, by Glen Cook

A Matter of Time, by Glen Cook

A Matter of Time
May 1975. St. Louis. In a snow-swept street, a cop finds the body of a man who died fifty years ago. It’s still warm. July 1866, Lidice, Bohemia: A teenage girl calmly watches her parents die as another being takes control of her body. August 2058, Prague: Three political rebels flee in to the past, taking with them a terrible secret. As past, present, and future collide, one man holds the key to the puzzle. And if he doesn’t fit it together, the world he knows will fall to pieces. It’s just A Matter of Time!

You can see the rest of my reading list for the year–at least those volumes that thematically intersect with my hobby–HERE.

COPPLESTONE CASTINGS, Rolls-Royce 1920 Armoured Car

Copplestone Castings K30 Rolls-Royce 1920 Armoured Car

Download the painting guide for Copplestone Castings‘ Rolls-Royce 1920 Armoured Car in Letter and A4 formats.  And if you’re so inclined, please vote on my model here.

HYDRA MINIATURES, Retro Raygun

Hydra Miniatures Retro Raygun pupl scifi rules

I was excited to learn last weekend that Hydra Miniatures is in the final editing and layout phase of a forthcoming set of rules for their pulp science fiction universe.  Retro Raygun: Action Adventure in the Atomic Age is currently scheduled for release in August 2014, and “will feature complete force lists for the Galacteers, Robot Legion and the Valkeeri.”

Hydra Miniatures warbot, pulp scifi

The announcement was actually quite fortuitous.  I have been spending part of my weekends photographing the complete catalog of miniatures for Mannikin Studios in preparation for our official relaunching (more on that later), and for testing purposes have also included into these sessions some of my painted legacy models.  Last weekend, one of those models just happened to be my warbot by Hydra Miniatures.  Expect more pictures and updated painting guides for the Hydra Miniatures painted models in my collection some time in the near future.

 

IMBRIAN ARTS, BD6s Dwarf and Drunks

Imbrian Arts Beer & D6s dwarf

Imbrian Arts recently published rules for a simple miniatures drinking game titled Beer & D6s and some miniatures to go with it.  I’m not much of a gamer myself, but the models were so full of character that I snatched them up immediately after their release.  (I’m also a sucker for any sculpt born from the mind and hands of Jody SIEGEL, but that goes without saying.)

Imbrian Arts Beer and D6s dwarf and drunks

The dwarf (left) and leg/torso options for the drunks

Featured here are a few models from the B&D6s range, namely the dwarf (see a close up here) and the drunks (above, below).  The castings are flawless, thanks in part to the way Jody casts these (single-part mold), and the resin is high quality.  The resin is also soft enough to be forgiving of minor twists and bends, so they should be strong enough to withstand the wear and tear of a gaming table, should that be how you intend to use them.

Imbrian Arts Beer & D6s drunks' heads

Head options for the BD6s drunks by Imbrian Arts

On another note, for those of you who may not have noticed, this is the reintroduction of my grid backdrop, which I traditionally used to present photos of miniatures straight from the box for review purposes.  Expect to see more of such photos in the future.  What I feature will probably be pretty random at first, but I’ll try to work out a schedule of sorts in the coming months.  For the time being, I hope these photos help some of you with making a decision about these miniatures, introduce you to something new, or even just resolve some lingering questions you may have had about the models.

PODCASTS, Game Classy 59: Aderpticon

Game Classy 59: Aderpticon

Planet Arbitrary has just released episode 59 of their increasingly popular podcast:

Joe is back from Adepticon (which isn’t that big of a deal since its 10 minutes from his house) and gives his “stank report”. Steve also defends his comments about competition painting, while our heroes discuss the new imp guard codex, Cards Against Humanity’s new contest, and the current malaise for gaming. All this and Steampunk Cthulhu Ponys.

PODCASTS, Game Classy 58: Barbarossa Kawaii!!!

Game Classy 58
The latest episode of Game Classy is now available:

Joe tries to to figure out why Steve is going all Kawaii over a bizarre new game from, you guessed it, Japan. Also the boys go over the differences in their minds of Arcadia Quest and Super Dungeon Explore, more on Robotech, and GW dumping their social media presence. All this and a pretty in depth (for this podcast) overview of Lamentations of the Flame Princess.

KICKSTARTER, Dwarven Forge’s Caverns

Dwarven Forge's Caverns
I couldn’t resist. I’m in for three sets. Learn more about the Dwarven Forge Caverns Kickstarter here.