Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Hey folks,

  Due to ill health I have closed Darkling Games.  Outstanding orders have been refunded.

Friday, August 12, 2016

Two weeks off

just got out of hospital and am in Canberra recovering.  I won't go into details but basically I needed a place to recover for a week so I caught the red eye down to Canberra.  My mum has been pumping tea into me (just what an English woman requires for recovery) and I have been catching up with my adorable son Toby.

The upshot is I am spending most of my time sleeping, have not been checking my mails at all and have no ability to post out Darkling Dwerg boxes or art until I recover and am back at my desk next week.  My apologies for any delays with orders.

Back at my post next week.

Saturday, August 6, 2016

Miss Lead

I was just informed my work has cancelled my teaching contract due to me being unable to work with bronchitis.  It's been over two months now, so whilst understandable, it does come at a very bad time.  I just got out of hospital yesterday and jumped on a eight hour coach to stay with my mum whilst I recover.

I thought I would share some of my fantasy design and illustration work in this blog.  I will have to focus on this side of things to raise funds.  Anyone want some Oldhammer inspired original pencils?


Thursday, July 28, 2016


Milliput is a highly underrated product these days.  I love it like I love A-Ha, which means occasionally when it is needed.  And boy is a little A-ha needed now and again.

Milliput is a two part putty that sets concrete hard, so can be drilled and sanded.  You can actually mix it into greenstuff and procreate to make them set harder and let you carve and sand them.  It's good stuff.  

Unless it causes you severe skin irritation.  Which may happen.  Sucks for you.  Buy gloves.

Milliput excels in filling hard minis (not Reaper Bones- it will crack).

Milliput dissolves in water, so a moist brush smooths it into cracks, and it is made up of fine particles, so it doesn't get that slight lip that greenstuff does when you use it as a filler.  A few little balls rammed into the offending hole, a couple of smooth brush strokes and voila!

Milli-juicing is where you dissolves the putty into a thick milk, that can be brushed onto a model to fill surface imperfections.  Once set, you can polish the mini with fine wet and dry paper to get a silky smooth finish.

It's great for fixing bad mold lines too.

Mix a ball, poke a hole in it, put a little water in it and stir with a cocktail stick until you get a paste.  Dip in a brush you hate, because this will destroy it, and brush away!

Remember this will fill in details, so light brush loads, and a few coats is best.

Oh, I am converting this dude into the 90's cartoon version.

Millijuice is also a great glue for making a surface tacky so that thin greenstuff details can be added.  Just skip the polishing bit.

Use this knowledge for evil, people.

Scott needs a bit more filing and polishing to rid him of his costume piping and then a polish to make his costume smooth and it's onto adding the hair and utility belts.

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Child of Slaanesh: being an intersex wargamer

I want to get serious here for a moment and post something very important to me.

Death threats and erasure

I deleted and edited some of my previous posts because I was receiving scary threatening emails, and I needed to minimize my exposure to knuckle dragging sickos.

The main one that I removed was my official coming out to my fans, where I explained that I wasn't actually male, that I was born intersex and had started hormone replacement therapy.

I realise now that it was a mistake to delete those posts.  One bunch of dumb-as-shit assholes threatening my life did not outweigh the hundreds of wonderful supportive comments I received, and most importantly, the one fan of my blog whose life it deeply effected.  A reader explained to me that thanks to my post, when his daughter came out as transgender a few weeks later, he was armed with the information he needed to understand her and get her the help she desperately needed.  <3.

Foolishly, I allowed fear to get in the way.  I started on the right track, challenging war gamer's transphobia on Frothers, addressing homophobia and sexism and kicked off the 'paint it purple day' painting challenge to help educate people.  But the horrors in my own life combined with the threatening emails downed me.

 I am going to stand up again and own it.

Blogger will not allow me to reinstate those edits in the correct dates as far as I can tell.  Therefore I will shortly reformat the post as permanent page people can link to.

Iatrogeny what-a-ma-thingie?

Okay, for those of you who missed all this stuff, here is the gist:

I am an Iatrogenic intersex person.

Intersex refers to anyone who does not fit the medical definitions of male and female, but fall somewhere between the two.  We come in many, many varieties, with variations occuring in sex chromosomes, internal and/or external reproductive organs, hormone levels, secondary sex characteristics and so forth.  Basically, humans are very complex.  Our sex is not absolutely male/female- but we come in shades.  I am a shade (possibly an ink wash or glaze).
Iatrogenic means 'caused by treatment' aka 'someone fucked up'.  I was made intersex by an anti miscarriage medication (Diethystilbestrol- a synthetic estrogen) given to my mother whilst I was rockin' out in the womb.  I started developing as a boy, but by second trimester I was flooded with synthetic estrogen- so from that point onwards I developed as a girl.
Many intersex people, like myself, appear to be one sex externally when born.  Many of us find out when we hit puberty, have surgery or like me, try to have children.  Some of us are revealed to be intersex only in our autopsy.

Me at nineteen- androgynous, confused and suicidal

When I was diagnosed, my whole life suddenly made sense.  Why I was androgynous, why I had no adam's apple, why I couldn't grow a beard, why lesbians would get confused around me, (and why I preferred dating them to straight girls), why I had menopause like symptoms, why I so violently reacted to mysogyny and why no matter how many times I tried to understand masculinity by reading and rereading Stephen Biddulph books- it just made no freaking sense to me whatsoever.

However, when I was diagnosed, my whole life not only made sense, it fell apart spectacularly.

Long time followers of this blog will have seen me battling with depression over a secret 'condition', become sick and finally recovering quickly after I started HRT.  I came out after that, and announced I was changing my name to Delaney and using female pronouns now.  Before long, my marriage ended, I became homeless, I was in hospital with a suicide attempt, was rescued by a women's refuge programme, found a job in Melbourne and rebooted my life thanks to you all donating to my gofund me. (Thank you <3). And then the threats started coming in.

If you want to watch a brilliant documentary on intersex science

Transgender as well?

Intersex people can identify as male, female, neither, both or as intersex.  I identify as female.  This isn't a choice.  Let me explain...

Because brains develop in third trimester when I was bathed in female hormones, it constructed itself with the hardwired assumption it would be running a female body.  We call this gender identity.  It cannot be 'corrected' because it is actually correct already- it would be impossible to regrow that brain structure, in the same way you cannot regrow a tree trunk but keep all the branches in the same postion.  I have a bad case of girl-brain.

Because my gender identity is hard coded female, but doctors (incorrectly) assigned me male- well that by definition makes me transgender.

I could not survive the crushing gender dysphoria (an extreme unhappiness with one's incorrectly assigned gender).  Few people can.  The suicide rate for sufferers is (just counting children and teens getting treatment alone) around 48% just by the age of 20- though in reality it is much higher.  Yes folks, young children kill themselves.  That is how bad it feels.  Being transgender is not a joke, it's quite life threatening even before you encounter the dangerous assholes you meet who haven't got a clue what a sex chromosome actually does and refuse to read books.


Hormone replacement therapy is true magic.  Your cells actually don't know what sex they are supposed to be- hormones lock onto receptors on the cell and activate male or female codes DNA sequences.  You literally regenerate into a different person hidden within your genome!  It's like being a timelord in slow motion.

HRT is magic: features softened with an extra fat layer, shifted muscle mass, atrophied jaw muscles, soft skin, fatter lips... And weirdly I now look a LOT like my sister.  Oh, plus a fringe that I really should do something about- that isn't HRT, that is being a miss lazy bum

It's been several years since I started replacing my old cells with fresh female ones.  By this stage there isn't a speck of me you can look at that is male.  Not a hair on my head, a cell of my skin, a freckle on my face.  Sure, my bones will take five more years to cycle, but meh- everything else is great.  I look, feel and even smell female (I can even get away with wearing a trade show t shirt two days in a row and smell fresh as a daisy :p).  I no longer 'sweat', I 'glow'.  ;)

Life now

These days, I go about my life as a regular Jane.  People call me 'miss' or 'ma'am', I use female toilets and changing rooms and no one bats an eye, I pay more for haircuts (dammit) and old ladies ask me if I have found a nice husband yet (no.  Thanks.).  None of my clothes have fucking pockets and it shits me to tears.

Oh and those confused lesbians I used to fancy?  Well now I date lesbians.  I identify as a lesbian (though if you look like Tom Hiddleston or Alexander Skaarsgard- rowr... Clearly I am not THAT gay).

I am a welcome and valid member in feminist groups.  And I even lived for twelve weeks in women's only refuge when my life fell apart.   I went through IVF as a lesbian couple and had nurses trying to remove me from the hospital until they realized I was actually the spouse and biological parent.  And I am now a mother to a beautiful son.

In other words, my life is a woman's life.

That said, I will always be intersex and transgender.  And I refuse to deny that fact.  It isn't something I had any choice over.  But it is something I am willing to risk my life over.

To wrap this section up, I just want to remind you that I use female pronouns (she, her, bitch) and legally use the title Ms (mizz).  My passport says female, my medical details say female and I had to have a doctor confirm this to get a letter to get those.  So suck it up, fuzzball, I am a chick.

Slaanesh and wargaming intersex

Games workshop has literally demonized my kind for decades now in the form of the Slaanesh Chaos faction.  Slaves to Darkness is packed full of 'hermaphrodite' references and the wonderful Tony Ackland made some pretty cool illustrations that do not depict hermaphrodites but actually what we call 'gynandromorphs'- creatures that are half male and half female- literally split down the middle.

Humans, incidentally, cannot be hermaphrodites.  Scientifically speaking, 'Hermaphrodite' means an organism that can reproduce as both male and female during it's life.  Frogs and Snails and Fish can do this... but humans are mammals- our hormones fight each other for dominance, so we can be intersex and some of us can reproduce as one sex- but never hermaphrodites.  Sorry, I know for some of you this will make Slaves to Darkness grate on your precise, syntactically correct minds.  :P

Jes Goodwin sculpts a chaos gynandromorph (not a hermaphrodite) one boob and a bulge oh how we laughed- at the time.  Of course it isn't very funny to me now.

Look, I actually love Slaanesh and collect all the models because I find them smoothly familiar, and also very sex positive.  I approve of removing hermaphrodite references but keeping the sex positive stuff.  Also, as I have demonstrated with SCIENCE- everything GW ever wrote is incorrect...  Though we *do* have lobster claws and an insatiable draw to chaos... but we are not hermaphrodites and gynandromorphs.

I will leave you with a lovely gynandromorphic Minotaur Tony Ackland drew.  God, I adore this man's work!  He is the pencil master.

 Thank you for listening, and we will return to normal service shortly with miniature painting.

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Lesbian zombies attack IKEA

I survived my chest infection without any xenomorphs bursting through it, and apparently have not become undead.  Has anyone here actually eaten brains?  I have to say I am curious.  If they are nice, then sod becoming an apocalypse survivor, I am gonna get myself bit and have me a bit of a nom nom nom zom rom com fest.

Seriously though, It was touch and go there for a bit.  The doctor was 'very concerned', had me on hospital standby and I had a lot of scary tests.  I was actually scared.  Tough couple of months.

On a lighter note, I always find it amusing when the X Ray technician asks...

 'So Ms. King, are you sure you are not pregnant?'


'Are you certain?'



'I'm a lesbian.'


'Oh.  Ohhhhh.  Okie dokey then'.

Today is the day my IKEA desk arrived!!! This officially puts me back in action vis-a-vis miniature stuff.  I am sooo itching to paint stuff!

Oh god, maybe I am just itching from the zombification process.
 Crap.  Oh well, brains it is.

Laney's Desk in Laney's Lair.  Plus Laney's suitcase she lived out of for a year.

P.S- yes, that is all four Rey pops! and a Spidergwen.  Quorra from Tron II is on the left, and a Reaper Bones Nethermaul sits on my sculpting box.

PPS- yes, that is a Tron II mousemat.

PPPS- yes, that is the latest CD from Garbage!!!  I swoon for Shirley.

PPPPS- I am kinda prepared for my new life as a lesbian zombie.  You should see me in the morning before coffee.

PPPPPS- I am dating TWO ginger haired bisexual classically trained opera singers of Irish descent.  How weird is that?  It's not relevant, just thought I would brag.

Next episode: "Laney actually paints something".

Friday, July 1, 2016

Hydra base redux

I am actually finding being home sick a positive experience at the moment.  It has given me a chance to wind down and tackle some of my niggling little real world life stuff, like unpack the suitcase I have been living out of for nearly a year into my wardrobe, sort my prescriptions out, file some files in filey places. 
 Thank you all again for saving me from homelessness by donating to my GoFundMe which got me in front of my current employers.  Now I am earning my way back onto my feet and supporting my son.  I feel rewarded for all the years of work I put into this blog.  Thank you.

I also ventured out today to buy some warm clothes and visit the hardware store for more practical real life stuff- but never mind that bollocks.  Naturally, my hobby brain insisted I come home with a dusting brush, five minute epoxy and a wooden Kaiser craft coaster that maybe sorta might be just the ticket for my hydra.

It was.

REAPER Bones Hydra

I murdered some of the Reaper Bones Mr. skellingtons to add drama and threat to the base.  They where boring and posed the same anyway.  They died (undied? Died again? Deddered themselves moreso?) so The Mighty Hydra could come to life!

I reposed the tail upwards and around using boiling water and ice water- which is why it isn't primed and overbrushed.  It still overhangs a bit, but it should still be playable without hitting other models too much.

Not sure what colors to go for.  I was going to do a tiamat homage but I would prefer to leave that for a tiamat mini.  I want a giant, decent tiamat mini to cap off my collection- even if I have to sculpt her my thrice damned self.  So swear I on the blood of eighties cartoons that left us without and ending*!  

(*Those kids are still fucking stuck on The Dungeons & Dragons ride, tripping their balls off on whatever The Dungeon Master slipped them.  Anyway, fucking Tiamat rocked my little brain.  I have a Warduke and Uni the Unicorn mini- but will have to convert me the rest.)

For this critter I am thinking brooding dark scales with violent red accent pattern scales.  Maybe yellow to give a toxic feel.  Certainly strongly colored faces to draw attention.  Not sure yet.  All this uncertainty is giving me doubts.

Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn

Thanks to my dear friend Niohme Hatchman for keeping my head warm and googly through my illness.  We have already discussed in detail how my intersex nature makes me a child of Slaanesh.  Now I feel Tzeenchian enough to tackle that sexy, sexy Silver Tower box set soon.  :)

Check out her comics at

And maybe buy a hat.

Remember, Tzeench can see you.

Thursday, June 30, 2016

Boning Harryhausen and Pulp

Nothing exciting today peeps- the weather in Melbourne is chilly and moist, meaning spray priming is out.

Still, progress is progress, and I have progressed with progression on the progress on... Fuck, where was I?

I dun did stuff to minis.

Reaper Bones Hydra and Cave Troll
Since it's Harryhausen's birthday (ish), bless him, I thought it time to finally base up that Reaper Bones hydra I got a while back for my Skulldred Demo Table.  A cave troll hovering about also got a based.  Considering it's Ray's day- I feel like he should be converted to a cyclops, rather than the obvious LOTR homage that he is.  I dislike LOTR, so he will not be grey when I finally paint him.

One does not simply post a meme in her blog

I am gonna heat up the hydra and repose her a little- mainly curling that tail back onto the base to make gameplay easier.
I was thinking the base needs some broken pillars or something.  I will worry about that once the hydra is painted.  I just used a CD and some cork- but it will be very boring.  Maybe some stonework or critters or treasure on there.  I will raid the Bones shelf to see what bits I can find.

Buzz Barker's Island Hoppers by Pulp Minis

Tally appears to be somewhat ho on this next picture.  Pulp Minis.  I went with the spanner option for the mechanic, since my collection has plenty of guns in it already, and maybe I feel a little uncomfortable with guns at the moment, after the whole Pulse Massacre and following bullshit gun lobbying shitfest.  I will get over it, I am sure, but I have to admit balling my fucking eyes out for a good week.

I went with Renedra Low Profile 25mm bases, they seemed swamped by my usual 30mm.

Here is a progress shot of the minis I started on.  Still a lot to do, and I am disappointed by the amount of dust in the undercoat.  That room was awful.  May just strip and do over.

Inquisitory chicky babe (in case the boob armor didn't give you a clue) and Citadel EPIC Chaos Primarch 
Welp, signing off with an older picture of me back when I was a redhead (I am goth black now)- with one of my Ray Harryhausen laser scan dolls.  Thanks for all the good times Ray, you magic man, you!

Welease tha Kwaken!

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Silver Tower, death rattles and PAX Aus

Ahhh poo, this silly bitch has gone and got a secondary infection off of suspected whooping cough- so that's seven weeks of being sick.

I am crapola at looking after myself, so I am following my friends advice 'treat yourself like you where your own girlfriend'.  Huh.  Why didn't I think of that?

Well, since the doctor has confined me to stay home in the warm for a week, my meta-girlfriend-self was sooo sweet and treated me to Warhammer Quest:  Silver Tower.  Wow, she is so awesome!  Thanks me.  You're welcome me.  X

Finally a descent product from GW this year

51 minis for $250 bucks, that's actually pricing the minis at around $5 each- plus lots of card and dice and shit I will probably forget about.  Why oh why cannot citadel apply this to their main ranges?  Even $10 a mini would be... Er... Something.

Box art from Silver Tower

Look at all the gribbly monsters and Most importantly... Familiars!!!!  I freaking love familiars!!!  jes Goodwin hooked me on them back in the eighties, and I have been obsessively collecting them ever since.  Reaper, Rackham- if it's a wee diddy thing, it's on my pull list.

I will clear my small backlog first before starting it.

Gotta say, if Age of Sigmar contained these minis and a points system, it would have been a 'must have' instead of a 'what the fickety-fuck is this shitballs?'.

On that subject, the guy in the shop said he has sold zero Sigmar boxes.  Nada.  None.  Nothing.  His customers hate it.  Cabbage riding Orruks?  Nope.  Everyone is sticking to 40k or hopping over to X Wing, which I think will be my next game.  But first I must recover and get back to work.  Gotta get me a Rey flown falcon baby, because #wheresrey? Hasbro dropped the ball shaped pooch and fuck it when it comes to Rey. 

Gotta say, dating me has really raised my bar for potential future girlfriends.  I am generous, thoughtful, I understand my miniature addiction, love eighties goth music, funny, am totally freakin' gorgeous and actually can make a cup of tea to British standards (the color of he-man).

Oh, and if you would actually like to meet lil' ole me and see me model on computer things live, or get free lessons on how to, you will find me at PAX australia 2016 at the CG Spectrum booth.

I will also be on a couple of the panels, talk about my past works in character design for games (I worked on Dragonage, Civilization IV, Unreal Tournament 04, Lord of The Rings Online, Dungeons and Dragons Online and many more).  These days I mentor the next gen online.

I will also be on panels covering some of the LGBTIQAP+ and feminist issues in games- most specifically how to design female characters.

Also you may spot me at the Reaper Painting tables.  Because minis.

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

B.A.B with pulp in it.

Some of my new recruits have finally been based and primed.  I have only a short time left here at this house before I move again, so I wanted to have something done.  Melbourne weather isn't great for spray primers so I went with a BIG ASSED BRUSH(tm).

Back, left to right.  Swamp Dragon (grenadier) Saruman (GW), Mortarian, Angron, Magnus The Red (Citadel), Front Row: Unidentified Warzone mini, Knight (Ral Partha), Unknown snake priest, Lotr Goblin (GW)
And I added Buzz Barker's island hoppers to my collection, for my first outing into pulp.  I figure with all the dinosaurs and fishmen I have, they should have some pulp shennanigans.  Besides, the pack had a dog and a chick in it.  You know how I feel about dog and chick miniatures.  :)

Buzz Barker's Island Hoppers- (Pulp minis)

Hopefully some new paint jobs soon!


Monday, May 23, 2016

Old photos

Going through some stolen data tapes some Bothans gave to me, I found these pictures.  It has me all excited about getting through the next three months, when I can afford to get a place and ship them up.

I have a large Rogue Trader / 2000ad collection, all based on Renedra low profile bases ready for street fighting.  In addition to these beauties, I have plenty of original Warzone metals, Hassslefree and Bob Olley Sci fi to keep me pew-pewing for years.

This is an old pick when I was trying out ply bases.  Cannot wait to paint the shit out of that cow, and the 80's ninjas painted as power rangers.  Most of these where rebased to 30mm.

One of the last shots of my desk before the dark days descended.  Many Bothans died to bring me that gorgeous little Ral Partha Winged Leopard.

One or two minis here and there.

Scrap thingies for whatchamacallit hordeymcwars.

Doom chicken from Woahmawhores.  Her sister was midway through a spiderlegs conversion.  There is a thumpy claw golem thingie for the team, a Denice-negra or whatever her name is and Doomgore Angrygoth who I converted to be on an undead horse.

I am such a huge fan of warblehorlicks.

Okay, sleep now.  Hopefully I have that reoccuring dream I have where I am in this massive second hand miniatures bootsale and find a tin full of mcDeath figures.

G'night lead heads.

Saturday, May 21, 2016

A gift for Ms. A

A dear friend of mine in England went under the knife yesterday.  To celebrate her surviving the NHS, I granted her one wish, like the twisted goth fairy sculptress I am.

She wished for a 90's TV version of Cyclops converted from the current Knight Games one.  

Granted, mortal!

Now my local miniature store is Mind Games in Melbourne.  They don't have the most fluid turnover in stock (their Reaper minis have desperately needed a restock for six months now) but I try and support bricks and mortar where I can.

So what are the odds they have the model as a single blister, considering it has been discontinued and rolled into a box set?

Well dayum, I rolled a natural 20.

This is my first encounter with Knight Models and I have to confess being underwhelmed.

For starters, I cannot understand why this model has seperate arms.  It is ridiculous how mini companies make gaming figures that require pinning of thin, long levers like this.  The pose it on a plane!!!  In my day it would have been a single cast.

Cyclops accidentally smells his armpits with his visor open

I also dislike the poses and proportions on almost all the models.  Harley looks kinda bored and her henchmen look like they a queuing for Killing Joke concert tickets in the rain.  I suspect I know why.  Having done the DC pitch for Arkham Asylum, I can only imagine the notes and revisions going back and forth.

Now, being the kinda woman who is rather partial to women, I thought about supporting the team and buying Batwoman (who, as you should know is the first openly lipstick lesbian character in DC history), but the pose and fragile peices stopped me dead.

This led me to daydream on the train back today.  I was thinking what an eighties Citadel licensed superhero range would look like.  Ten bucks says they would have assigned Ally Morrison to the job, and that would have been gloriously whacky.  At least he would give us decently sized heads with clear, paintable facial features (albeit with big mouth barrels) unlike Knight model's finicky pinheaded lot.

Oh well, Ms. A is an excellent mini painting mistress, I am sure she can get some character into him.

Get well soon Ms. A!


Sunday, May 15, 2016

Ral Partha Chaos Wars

Oooh, I just spotted this!!!!

Don't you see?  Don't you see the wonderfulness of this???

He is released!!!

That wierdly posed troll/ogre thingie that I could never find is now available for sale!!!!


When I have money, someday, I shall buy several of these and do glorious things to them!

Saturday, May 14, 2016

I have a desk! And other little miracles of existence

 I have a desk and a daylight lamp.  This means craft!

Check out these Epic Chaos Primarchs looking all based up and shit.

My flatmate jury rigged a daylight lamp strip onto an old ikea desk lamp arm for me today and we finally cleared enough room to give me a hobby space.  I am excitimicated!

(My idea of jury rigging involves gaffa tape, chord, pegs and possibly a brunette or two... but I digress.)

She is taking me up to the local mall tomorrow so I can stock up on staples like brushes, primer, windex and distilled water.  

I won my court case and my job is going well, so I will be able to get myself a secure flat nearer the city in a month or two, and that means I can finally ship my entire studio and collection up out of storage.  King's minis will be back in business again, like the old days.

These guys will no doubt follow on behind!

Monday, May 9, 2016

Epic Primarchs

It's really validating when your local game store guy pulls you aside to I.D all the figures in a box of second hand minis and an onlooker watches as you deftly seperate out by make, era, generation and box set, and proceed to match up seperate bitz and discuss how you can tell who sculpted what and why.

Shit folks, hold the phone... it's like I am an expert in something!

I miss this.  I love rummaging through second hand stalls at CanCon with my Friends, identifying shit for them and whooping with excitement when I find cool shit, like these guys...

Four sexy little Epic Primarchs.

Old school Primarchs before they became expensive resin angry men(tm)

Ooooh, you dirty little leaden bastards!

They are chillin in the stripping jar now (or at least, when I dun wrote this here post) and I will no doubt apply paint to them.

It has been about a year since I was separated from my collection.  A strange anniversary, but warming to think I shall soon have my own place and enough money to ship it all here.  Unpacking is going to be very sweet.

Nearly out of this ordeal.  Court case wrapped up (I won), credit card paid pff and a great full time job teaching people how to model digitally.

Soon this blog will return to its former glory!  

Thursday, March 31, 2016

Digital green: chaosette wip

It's been a while since I have had access to a PC that can do digital sculpting.  I had a bit of a play last night and knocked out this digital green of a chaos thug.

I haven't done any 3D printed minis yet, so once I am done playing with this I want to get a few run off.

Lots to do, the proportions need to be pushed more to eighties minis to fit my theme and she probably will have some clothes, armor and more chaosy weapons. 

But hey, nice to be back making stuff.

Monday, March 28, 2016

More free stuff

Another wonderful gift arrived from my friend Kezia- who is a talented mini painter herself.

A Grenadier Swamp Dragon, Ral Partha Pegasus, Citadel and Ral Partha wizards and Charon himself.

I can't place this guy though.  Clearly he is James Earl Jones from Conan The Barbarian, but no markings.

Turelio is sending me the missing models from The Fellowship diorama- bless his cottom socks.  Repay his kindness by visiting his blog here (

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Gifty McGiftface and The case of the disappearing Hobbits

Pippin:  'Lol.  Aggro'ed.'

One of my gift mini packages arrived today.  This gem plus a stack of plastics of various LOTRiness.

Sadly, some of the fellowship have journeyed elsewhere, but who am I to look a gift horse in the mouth (of Sauron).  A big thanks to Eyecandy animation in Canberra for the donation!

So I have a confession.  

Sorry... But I hate Lord of The Rings.  The books, the films and especially The Hobbit in all its dreadful forms.  Now, I appreciate the significance and importance of the series... I just don't like it.  None of it.  About the only thing I dig is the concept of Ringwraiths riding Fell Beasts.  A ghost on a giant fucking carrion thing swinging a mace? That's freaking great!

I.. Uh.. Oh, fuck it... since I am confessing geek shame, I also really hate watching anime.  I can stomach the GITS movie and Akira, and the studio Ghibli stuff is charming, but everything else I have seen just shits me.  Especially the TV series stuff like fucking Attack on Titan and bloody Neon Genesis Evan... Fuck it, why bother finishing the title, the ending was shit.

What else?  Oh yeah... Torchwood.  Uhg.

And Capaldi.

I have a lot of dislike for geek stuff.  Should I hand in my geek cred card?

Monday, March 21, 2016

Weird energy day

So, I get a message from an old friend from my college days and he has a box of old minis he wants to get rid of 'to clear up some mental space'.

I gladly accepted them.  For mental space reasons, of course.

Then, later the same day a completely different friend offered me a box of miniatures that she wanted to get rid of 'to clear up some mental energy'.

Naturally they where grenadier monsters that where all gaps in my collection (and that is a tricky thing to do).

Naturally, mental space comes first!  I bravely accepted them.

What is going on?

Anyone else got some mental energy they need clearing up?  ;)

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Skulldred demo table

So after a lot of work and penny pinching, I am slowly managing to assemble a new demo game for Skulldred Skirmish at The Arcade.

The game itself is also coming along, having been partly reassembled from locked PDFs of earlier versions.
The current version knocks size scores down one dice, so human sized models get 2 dice instead of 3.  It also limits gangups to 2 dice, with more possible for swarmers (a special ability).  This makes the regular game less about just tight clusters, spreading out the combat to give a more RPGesque feel.
To simplify things further, all attacks that land cause a straight line back recoil (unless you have dodge special ability that gives you a 180 arc), and the most drastic change is models with armor get an 'armor save'- the attacker rerolls the damage dice, and any dive that roll equal or less than the armor score gets discarded.  This makes it immediate and allows little guys to get lucky shots in on big guys.  If this brings the damage down to zero, the model still has to recoil back or be stunned.  This also allows for multiple wound scoring attacks for heavy weapons (the remaining damage is how many wounds you score- capped to 3 for heavy weapons and 4 for magic) and extra damage dice attacks (like explosives).  
Magic and power attacks are charged by spending pips on power dice- so magicians charge up for bigs spells or keep a steady stream of little ones if you need to.  Things like dragon breath, dragon punches, petrifying gaze and spinning attacks are powered by power dice.  Power is not just for wizards now!

So those changes are all working nicely.

After six years of hell, it will be finally good to kiss this project and set it free.