Sunday, September 27, 2020

Dead Men Space Marines Assault Squad


A new squad for my Rogue Trader Space Marine fore, which is getting pretty close to being finished now.  11 mighty champions of the Emperor, ready to dive upon the unrighteous with wailing chainswords and buzzing power axes.  Heretics, beware! 
The Squad Leader, Big Sarge and some friends...
Oh my God!  Big Sarge, what happened to your face?!  One eye appears to be way lower than the other, or have I just mis-read this?  The sculptor dropped the ball here on what is otherwise a terrific mini.  Maybe it's supposed to be a mass of scar tissue around his right eye?  Or maybe he's a mutant...?
Plasma pistol conversion.  I couldn't find an assault marine with plasma pistol figure but Army list says you're supposed to have one in your assault squad so I converted this one.
Bloody big eighties hair!!  Motorhead hair!  Brian Ansell and Andy Chambers circa 1987 prepare their assault!
Andy attacks!
Chainsword brothers prepare to bound skyward!
"Die, Heretic!"
I still want one more tactical squad, a devastator squad, some scouts and a Thudd gun, and I have two Land Speeders at home waiting for me to put them together and paint them, but that should be about it for the Dead Men Space Marines. Dang, I want to get home!

Sunday, September 13, 2020

Pulp: The Rat River Boys

The story of Albert Johnson is one of the strangest and most fascinating episodes of Canadian history and was undoubtedly the inspiration for this pack of grizzled maniacs from Bob Murch's Pulp line, "The Mad Trappers of Rat River".  My Lieutenant told me the story of Albert Johnson the last time I was in Afghanistan and I sought out Dick North's book on the subject, read it and liked it so much that I bought a copy for my Dad as well.  He also loved it.  We all agreed the only thing we didn't like about the story is that the hero dies at the end.  Johnson was almost certainly crazy but by the end of the story you have to feel some real admiration for anybody who can survive for so long against such terrible odds.

These Mountain men types are destined for a role in my 'Canadian Cthulhu' skirmish/RP campaigns, which I intend to start running with friends soon after I get home.  They will be  putting their Winchesters and bear traps up against everything from Canadian Mounties to Sasquatches and Mi-Go
I think there was some sort of a problem with the casting of the face details on this fellow, none of it makes sense.  I had to just power through it in the end, so he doesn't look so hot.  I think the others look ok, though.
                              "Stay away from mah trap lines, eh?  Er I'll kill ya pretty good, there!"
"Ye won't be takin' me alive, Mi-Go!  Won't be takin' me brain back to the nighted gulfs beyond space in a damn jar!"
Watch where you put your feet, Mounties! (and Mi-go!)
                         Pretty happy at the thought of getting these guys back home and onto the table!

Monday, September 7, 2020

M is for Mummy!

Mummies!  Some deep-dwelling dungeon denizens to strike terror into the hearts of some of my D&D adventures.

Groping along the inky passages of his antediluvian tomb for all eternity, this snuffling, shuffling fellow should put the fear of the Gods into the first set of dungeon raiders to cross his path...
An old Ral Partha figure, I think...He's very simple but I like him.

This character looks terrifying, but I don't know how dangerous he is, what with his arms all strait-jacketed.  Might give somebody a heart attack, though.
He's a Grenadier figure and I really like his menacing expression and the detail on his wrappings.  Not just a bag of rags...some thought clearly went into the cross-over method of wrapping him up.  He's a bit bigger than my Ral Partha adventurers and the other mummies here, a smidge closer to 28mm than 25mm, but who knows?  Maybe he's a relic of some lost race from days when men were taller.  He'll fit in well with my Call of Cthulhu guys at any rate.
Last but not least, some Queen of the lightless depths, reminiscent of Robert Howard's unforgettable Akivasha...Who was she?  What are her powers?

Does she at whiles disguise her withered limbs in illusions of nubile flesh with which to entice unwary men into everlasting imprisonment within her nighted sepulcher?  I'll bet she does... 
The classic Monster Manual illustration.  Every time I see a Trampier illustration I wish he had done more stuff.  It would be nice to see a printed collection of his D&D work...
Tomb raiders beware!

H.P. Lovecraft: The Outsider