Monday, 23 October 2017

Scarlett

In ye olde dim and distant past, Scarlett was a Belgian counter intelligence officer in Action Force. With the move away from the Battle comics to Larry Hama's continuity she evolved into an American of Irish descent who had more of a martial arts background and love interest for Snake Eyes.



Sunday, 22 October 2017

Zombtober - Plague zombies

It was about time that some zombies finally appeared during Zombtober, rather than survivors or Joes (cosplay survivors?). These are about half of the plague zombies form the recent 40k starter box. The poor souls are seriously twisted and full of infection



Saturday, 21 October 2017

Gaming clearout

In an attempt to make my office a little more usable, I need to start getting rid of some things in order to make space for others... I'm going to try and save some time and post them here and on a forum before resorting to the likes of feebay. If anyone is interested, please drop me a line at home @ end transmission.co.uk to discuss

Board Games:

Descent 2nd Edition - £45 including postage
This has all the cards form the conversion kit as well, giving you more options play with. Everything is in the box and all the board pieces are still on the card sheets. We only ever popped out the bits required for the first adventure and never really came back to it.

When Darkness Comes - The Awakening & The Horror Within - £20 including postage
This is the core set (The awakening) and The Horror Within expansions. This is a horror rpg/campaign board game from the team that made Zombies!! with some set scenarios for coop and some campaigns for GM led sessions. Interesting concept, I just don't have time for it any more. All the figures are in and unpainted.

Shadowscape - £18 including postage
This includes the kickstarter stretch goal cards (Deeper Dark). This was quite good fun, but I backed to dungeon crawler card games at the same time and the other one is more to my liking.

Z War One: Damnation - £65 inc postage
This is the resin edition and includes Issue 1 (the core box), Issue 2 (extra missions, +1 hero, +3 mutant zombies), the spec ops team, zombie versions of the core box characters and the Agent Z expansion. There is another figure that I'm not sure who he is, or what he is for as he is not on the project page. Note: This is not the KS version, so the stretch goal zombies are not in here. The game is good fun, but again, one of those that is too similar to other games we already have. Even though I prefer it, our group is likely to stick to the other game. It has an interesting campaign progression and involves some very careful monitoring of ammo as well as noise!

Avalon Hill's Starship Troopers - £15 inc Postage
All parts are in here and in good condition, despite the cardboard pieces being paper thin!

Finally, the biggie:

Conan - £145 including postage
This is the core game, the biiiiig box of extra kickstarter bonuses, the Campaign book, Sabretooth tiger expansion, Black Dragons expansion, Demon of the Earth expansion, the Dragon expansion and the crossbowmen expansion. It also has the updated english rulebooks as the original ones were very poorly written. This one is in the disposal pile because we tried a few times to decipher the original rules and got frustrated. Apparently the new rulebooks are much better and it is a very good game... but no-one here is willing to give them another go. That makes it a waste of space here and someone else's bargain of the day!

Monday, 16 October 2017

Jinx

This week's Zombtober entry is a little late as I got sidetracked with house bits and Blade Runner 2049 yesterday. It also isn't the figure I was intending to post as I was also working on some Plague Zombies from the latest 40k starter set... hopefully they can become this week's entries instead. For now we'll have to have another "could-be-a-survivor".

Jinx is another one of the excellent sculpts from the GI Joe commission. In the Marvel comics continuity she is Storm Shadow's cousin and part of the Arashikage clan; training wth the Blind Master and teaching Billy (Cobra Commander's son). Later she became part of Ninja Force with Snake Eyes, Storm Shadow and a number of other Joe ninjas.

This isn't a figure I had when I was a kid; I guess because she was never in any of the comics I owned at the time, so she wasn't of much interest.

Monday, 9 October 2017

Major Bludd

In the continuation of the newly formed Joetober... today we have Major Bludd, a notorious mercenary wanted for crimes against humanity and poetry...

"When you're feeling low and woozy / Slap a fresh clip in your uzi / Assume the proper firing stance / And make those suckers jump and dance."  - Major Bludd


I don't really remember Bludd from when I was a kid, but he seems like a typical villainous type and will be equally good as a Star or Co-Star in 7TV2. He will be a good foe for Action Force, or Destro's forces as neither really like him.

He was part of the original Battle Action Force stories in the UK and seems to be one of the few characters that survived the transition over to the main Hama continuity without any issues


Sunday, 8 October 2017

Laird Destro

I havn't yet painted a zombie for Zombtober... maybe I should rename it to Joetober?

Following on from the Baroness, I had to do Laird Destro at the same time. They are an iconic pairing of villains who seem to have consciences; Destro more than the Baroness. As an international arms dealer, war in any form suits him; with Cobra or against... whichever has a higher profit margin.

The character Destro did also exist in the Battle Action Force comics for a while before they transitioned into the Action Force series, but the character was very different. Rather than a Scottish weapons dealer, he was a Latvian who defected from the Russian army to Action Force and then over to the Red Shadows. Once with the Red Shadows, he took the name Red Jackal.



I'm not sure why the toy specifically listed him with a Cobra affiliation, given his mercenary tendencies. MARS would have been a better affiliation for him. Speaking of which, I need to sort out some figures for his Iron Guard at some point.



Thursday, 5 October 2017

Baroness DeCobray

Next in the Action Force painting queue is Baroness DeCobray, or  Anna von Stromberg if you followed the Battle Action Force origins (which doesn't tie into Hama's GI Joe continuity at all).



This is a really characterful figure that almost painted itself. While painting the Baroness I learned a quick, effective way to quickly paint black cloth that actually looks nice in person and seems to work in photos as well. Black undercoat with a Medium grey drybrush and a light grey highlight brush. Then, rather than black washes that I've tried before, which just make the dry brushing look worse, some glazes of thinned black paint over the top, with neat black being added back in for the deep shadows. I was tempted to try a blue glaze over the top to give it that blue highlight that the comics have, but decided not to in the end.