Sunday 19 October 2014
Just a quickie this evening to show off a squad of Martian grunts and the heroine Eva from the new Mars Attacks game that I've just painted.
I played my first game of Mars Attacks this afternoon as well, and although we only played the first scenario (twice) first impressions are very positive. Expect a full review once we've played through a few more missions.
Monday 13 October 2014
A few more random bits and pieces have been finished, which I present below;
First this rogue trader era Imperial Army standard bearer for use with my
Imperial Guard Astra Militarum army. This guy came without his right arm, I searched fruitlessly for an appropriate spare Cadian arm, that would have worked better, but had to settle for this Catachan one in the end.
These are Ver-Mym from Mantic's warpath universe, although these ones came with the project Pandora game. They're clearly space skaven, and are at the higher end of Mantic's variable sculpting range. These have been painted to match the plague marines in my warhammer 40k chaos space marine army as they have a dual role as a squad of chaos cultists as well.
A few askaris from foundry's darkest Africa range to go with my as yet uncompleted explorers project.
This was an odd elf that got sent to me with an order of historical stiff from wargames foundry. I like the general style of the fig, but can't say that I really approve of the gratuitous exposed breasts. It just seems silly and pointless.
And finally these three Eldar jetbikes for 40K. These are very old minis, and frankly not very good, but they will see action as a vital tactical part of the Eldar forces.
Friday 3 October 2014
UPDATE: The offending blog post has been removed from the hitting on a double 1 blog. Presumably due to either this post or some of the messages left on that post. No apolagy has yet been received.
I'm annoyed, very annoyed, a couple of days ago I posted a post on the new Mars Attacks miniatures from Mantic Games. This has been a popular post and has generated a lot of hits in a small space of time, and too be honest I was quite pleased with it as a post. Please take a minute to read it here.
Now take a second to head over to Hitting on a double 1 and read Carl Packham's post on the same subject posted a day after mine.
He's changed some of the wording and added a few bits of his own, and at least has had the decency to take his own photos, but as I read it was still clearly my post that I was reading.
Plagiarism is the "wrongful appropriation" and "stealing and publication" of another author's "language, thoughts, ideas, or expressions" and the representation of them as one's own original work. (definition from Wikipedia).
Which is what I feel has been done here, it's the sort of thing you get when a 14 year old copies his mates English homework and I don't think it's acceptable.
My post 'The minis come in three colours, red for the heroes, tan for the US army and green for the Martians, again a good idea as not everyone will paint their minis and this looks better than them all being grey'
His post 'The miniatures come in three colours, red for the heroes, tan for the US army and Turquoise for the Martians (But with the Martian Hero in Red) again a good idea as not everyone will paint their minis and this looks better than them all the same nondescript colour'
My post 'The first thing to note is that a lot of the minis suffer from what I call 'floppy weapon syndrome' as can be seen in the top photo above. However I can also report that this is easily fixed by dipping the minis in a cup of hot water.'
His post 'Typically with the minis being soft! they suffer from the 'floppy weapon syndrome' as can be seen in the photo right showing the Heroes. This can be easily though by the hot water method, a few of the bases will need this treatment as well as they are slightly warped.'
My post 'The minis are in true 28mm scale, rather than the 'heroic' scale favoured by many manufacturers'
His post 'Sculpts are fairly good and they are true 28mm scale, rather than the 'heroic' scale favoured by many manufacturers'
My post 'There are of course mould lines, but these are no worse than on any hard plastic minis and a damn sight better than those on Mantics restic minis'
His post 'The ubiquitous Mantic mould lines are evident, but no worse than on any hard plastic minis and a damn bloody sight better than those on the restic stuff.'
My post 'There has been some talk on the internet about the undercuts on the Martian grunts, well they exist, at least it exists on one sculpt. Each pack of 10 Martians comes with one of the ones on the right in the pic above, which does have a ghastly undercut'
His post 'There has been some talk on the internet about the undercuts on the Martian grunts, well they exist, at least it exists on one sculpt. Each pack of 10 Martians comes with one of the ones at the front in the pic right, which does have a bad undercut'
It's not just the wording either, the structure of the two posts are so similar as that can't be coincidence.
Thank you if you bothered to read all this.
I'd really like some thoughts on this. Am I overacting? Should he have credited me at least? Are 'derivative' works like this fine? I put a lot of effort into my blog and having it taken like this just makes me feel angry is that right?
Wednesday 1 October 2014
Hot on the heals of my wave 2 Deadzone package Mantic have also just sent me the first part of my (relatively small) Mars Attacks package, which basically amounts to the retail boxed game and the expansion book, with the rest to follow in a few weeks.
It was with some trepidation that I opened up the box as these are the first soft plastic PVC minis that I've got from Mantic, and I wasn't quite sure what to expect. This is the material that they're using for all their board-game type releases from now, and I am expecting delivery at some point in the future a load more of these type of minis from the Dreadball Xtreme and Dungeon Saga kickstarters, so I had quite a hobby investment riding on them turning out OK.
The first thing is that they all come pre-assembled, which felt a bit odd, and part of me missed having to glue them all together. Having said that I think Mantic have made a wise choice as this makes it far easier for a novice to get into, and I think the whole Mars Attack set is a perfect entry point into miniature gaming. The minis come in three colours, red for the heroes, tan for the US army and green for the Martians, again a good idea as not everyone will paint their minis and this looks better than them all being grey. Another advantage of the PVC plastic is that they will take being knocked over or dropped very well and it will take a lot to break them, although we'll see if Mike manages to prove me wrong on that front.
The first thing to note is that a lot of the minis suffer from what I call 'floppy weapon syndrome' as can be seen in the top photo above. However I can also report that this is easily fixed by dipping the minis in a cup of hot water. I dipped the minis in the hot water and then left them overnight (to check that they would stay in their new positions) and the results are in the bottom picture above.
There's only one way to make a proper judgement and that to start painting, I selected the heroine Ashley (above), a sassy girl who fights the invasion in her prom dress. The material didn't like my normal spray paint and she's come out a bit shinny, but overall it's not bad. The next couple of minis I did I undercoated by hand and this produced a much better finish (Sir Edwyn and General Tor below). The grey bases are just a temporary solution, I haven't decided how I'm going to base my Mars Attacks minis yet.
The second mini I had a go at is Sir Edwyn of Hoo a knight lost in time. Not a huge amount of detail on this one, but a nice quick and easy paint job (about 15 mins worth) and we have a completed mini.
There has been some talk on the internet about the undercuts on the Martian grunts, well they exist, at least it exists on one sculpt. Each pack of 10 Martians comes with one of the ones on the right in the pic above, which does have a ghastly undercut. It's more disappointing as the Martian on the left above shows how a similar pose can be done without the horror. For me whilst it is a slight disappointment it's not a deal breaker.
The third mini I painted was this Genral Tor, the Martian leader, he is by far my favourite out of the three and I'm rather pleased with how he came out. Another issue I've read a few complaints about are the Martian helmets, and whilst I accept this is a single example it fitted fine and looks good.
Ultimately they don't compete in quality with a well engineered hard plastic mini (like anything from GW or Mantics own hard plastic zombies & ghouls), but they're not bad at all, they do the job well, and come at a price that I like. I also think they are perfect minis for beginners, a big thumbs up from me!