21 September 2017

I've Got A Lovely Bunch of Coconuts

I ordered some cheap coconut palms on Amazon the other day. I think I done good! For the princely sum of $18 and change, I got 45 trees ranging from 5" to 2.25" tall, measuring the trunks. In all fairness, I did have a $5.00 Amazon credit, but still, $23 would have been very much worth it. So, what are they like? I've got pics.

 Bagged. Nothing fancy at all.

The contents of one bag. Three each of five different sizes.

The ends have spikes. I imagine these will be useless to many of you; the trees will be severely top-heavy and the little peg won't hold well at all. I'll lop mine off and employ hot glue or Gorilla glue.

So, how do they stack up against miniatures? I've got pics of each size tree with a 32mm trooper, a 25mm cowboy (half painted by my son), a 20mm (1/72) German, and a 15mm elf.

The 5 inch tree

 4.25 inch

3.25 inch
2.5 inch

2.25 inch

They'll all be useful - the big ones are way too large for the 15mm figures for sure, but all will be useful with larger scale minis. The tan trunks aren't terribly appealing, but given the price, I'm fine with it. If you're interested, you can find them here. I'm not on their payroll 😁I just thought they were a really good value.

20 September 2017

Some Bones

I picked up some Bones minis over the weekend and they churned they had a remarkably short stay in the painting queue.
They are IMEF sci-fi troopers and will look nice alongside the NovaCorp guys I already have. I think I have some more of these guys floating around that my son vandalized once upon a time. I think I'm going to try to find them and paint them up to match. I do need to pick up some 30mm bases for these guys - the molded-in bases are a bit weedy.

17 September 2017

Re-Forestation 2: The Jungling

I cranked out another 17 clumps of jungle foliage this morning. They're just re-purposed aquarium scenery of course, but they sure do get the job done! This makes 43 jungle foliage clumps I've added to my collection this year! I had close to 70 prior. I've got some tall plants too that I'll finish up one of these days. I think they'll need to be wired to stand up properly.

The ones on the left are simple single-piece things - hot glued to a wooden disc, then some flock on the base. The eleven on the right are two-part affairs made from these two pieces:
I glued the bit with the long leaves first, and a few minutes later added the middle bit. It certainly creates a more interesting looking thing. The hot glue had the added benefit of "encouraging" the long leaves to spread out instead of just sticking straight up.

I have been doing a bit of painting this weekend too.

What may be my last ever Spartan purchase - the Ryushi have made it into the painting queue.So far just white primer, black magic wash and a white drybrush. Colors are next!

14 September 2017

Post Irma

Savannah was fortunate to escape Irma's wrath. Very little damage, all things considered, especially compared to Florida. My mom's house got flooded at high tide on Monday as the storm surge pushed in at the same time.

The street to her house. Note the hydrant and mailbox. She got about 3-4 inches of water inside the bottom floor which is really just a garage and work shop. My dad's old office and a guest room had their carpets wrecked, but nothing tragic at all. It was fascinating to see all the insects swimming and climbing for their lives.

We're pretty well back to normal now, I hope to get in some gaming this weekend. Be well!

10 September 2017

Nothin' Quite Like It

Like an evacuation, that is. Being that my county is under mandatory evacuation, it's been a pretty lazy weekend here at the casa. I got some painting knocked out yesterday and this morning - some more Malifaux minis this time.

They're from the Open Graves box - some punk zombies, necromancer, a grave digger-upper and a fun vulture. The flying stand was my addition. Sorry the pics a bit fuzzy. Maybe I'll do some others when the weather outside improves. It's overcast with sporadic drizzle right now. It should heat up quite a bit tonight.

I took out the ASLSK this afternoon and played some solo Squad Leader.

It was Bersaglieri (the gray counters) vs some very well-trained Greeks. The Italians attacked and were trying to push the Greeks out of the village.

The Italians failed to capitalize on this situation.

But then shifted their attack and were able to pull off an assault to clear this building. Avanti!

After another turn or two, the Greeks were well-contained and would continue to be hammered. Call it an Italian victory.

ASL was a nice way to kill time on a Sunday afternoon. We need to play more often and this was a good rules refresher.

09 September 2017

Minor Painting Update and an Unearthly Announcement

They sat for months, but yesterday I finished off a couple of Firestorm Armada ships. The models went OOP well over a year ago when Spartan revamped the Terquai line. Since I already had a couple, when I found another blister for sale I couldn't pass it up. These are Terquai Torpedo Cruisers.

I like how the different patterns on the side bits turned out. I've always wondered if the side bits are supposed to be retractable because on the finished models it appears that they are extended away from the ship's body. The massive rear engine and pipes just begged to be done up like a car engine.

These two join their two sister ships in my Alliance of Kurak fleet:

It looks like we're going to be spared the major part of Irma's wrath here in Savannah. Although we're expecting some trouble, it'll be nothing like we expected two days ago. David and I may get in a game today, not sure what though. Be well and good gaming!

 Oh... yesterday the Visitor of the Beast hit my blog. 

In honor of that...
Cheesy video, awesome song.

07 September 2017

Hurricanes... (Update)

We have incoming!

It's still early and these tracks change, but this one isn't very reassuring. I think we're going to bug out and head to Atlanta (which should also be getting buckets of rain by the looks of things).

The 5am update is quite interesting. Poor Florida is set to be completely overrun, but with the storm trending west, I might do well to simply stay put. This evening's 11pm plot is the one that matters for me.