Thursday, December 22, 2011

So, um yeah... Another Movie Trailer

Hello Buddys,

I know this isn't really a movie blog but I had to share this with all of yous out there.

So yeah this looks the movie I may have been waiting my entire life for, or at least my entire life post seeing Alien anyway, and if you've not seen Alien here's the trailer for that as well

Well ok enough is enough the next post SHOULD be about hobby stuff, unless some other crazy awesome trailer comes out in the next week...


Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Um So Yeah... Check This out! The Hobbit Smokes!

Ok, so here ya go Buddys... 

The Hobbit Trailer dropped and I had to post it here for all of yous out there. I dont have much else to say then Check it:

I'm actually away from the hobby dungeon at the moment and will be mostly for the next two weeks, I have a post in the wings but I am pretty cuaght up so if I can I will try and get that posted but you probably won't hear much from me in the next couple weeks... which now that I think about it isn't really abnormal based on my recent post schedule. Anyways hope all of you are well and enjoying the Solstice and we can look forward to some brighter days and shorter nights!

from wiki, the #1 source of all truthiness:

Winter solstice

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
UTC Date and Time of

Winter solstice on northern hemisphere.
The winter solstice occurs exactly when the axial tilt of a planet's polar hemisphere is farthest away from the starthat it orbits. Earth's maximum axial tilt to our star, the Sun, during a solstice is 23° 26'. More evidently from high latitudes, a hemisphere'swinter solstice occurs on the shortest day and longest night of the year, when the sun's daily maximum elevation in the sky is the lowest.[2] Since the winter solstice lasts only a moment in time, other terms are often used for the day on which it occurs, such as midwinterthe longest night or the first day of winter.
The seasonal significance of the winter solstice is in the reversal of the gradual lengthening of nights and shortening of days. Depending on the shift of the calendar, the winter solstice usually occurs on December 21 to 23 each year in the Northern Hemisphere, and June 20 to 23 in the Southern Hemisphere.[3]
Worldwide, interpretation of the event has varied from culture to culture, but most cultures have held a recognition of rebirth, involving holidaysfestivals, gatherings, rituals or other celebrations around that time.

Friday, December 9, 2011

SUPER! Dungeon Explore - Review, Part: the 2nd

Mini-boss and some minions size compared to ^

Hello Buddys,

Back again with some more Soda Pop goodness and the next installment of my

SUPER! Dungeon Explore - Review

Again let me apologize for how sub-par the pics are, they are from the same batch the last time a played, anyway onto the review-part the 2nd! Last time I mostly talked about how awesome the models are. This time I want to go over some of the game play, and components for the game.

The whole purpose of this game, much like many video games of yesteryear, is to kill the end boss. Pretty straight forward, and would seem repetitive but honestly how many hours have you logged on Zelda, or Gauntlet, and don't let me even start on Final Fantasy Tactics... (I still have the same file I have been working on for years! my main dood is like a master of half the job classes...) which all in all are all pretty repetitive games. 

Berserker Babe and Dwarf Fighter

For Super Dungeon the replay-ability comes i the form of the heroes and the power-ups. Without further expansion the Consul has a limited amount of variety.  In the rules it says choose a dungeon boss, well there is only one dungeon boss! So clearly they had expansions in mind when they were writing the main rule book, but at this point the consul is basically on auto pilot.

Hex-Sorceress, Man-form of Druid, and a Armored baddy

The heroes on the other hand have 9 race/classes to choice from, and 10 if you jumped on the limited edition Candy and Cola mini like I did. Each one has a few stats and a heart and potion maximum. Hearts are health (go figure) and potions are a unique power each hero gets that has a whole range of effects depending on which character fired up their magic brew. Each character's stats and powers and all of their special rules are included on their game card.

 Ok here is one of my gripes about the game: the cards are not made of the best materials, don't get me wrong I have heard other people bash the quality of these components (cards especially) and they aren't complete garbage but their importance to the game and the fact that many od the rules are not found anywhere outside the cards is a mistake IMHO. Once Soda Pop gets their website up and running maybe there could be downloads of the cards, but as of now half the rules to play the game are contained on cards that are of medicore quality.
Hero card

All of the random elements of the game are determined by stats ad color coded dice. No math, no charts, if your character has a two blue dice icon then you simply roll those dice against your opponents' roll and whomever gets more stars (pips) wins the roll off. There are blue, red, and green. Blues are the weakest but also have hearts, where reds are better but have potions, and green is the bestest best and has a heart and potion face. if you roll a heart then you get heal a heart on a hero, if you roll a potion a hero gets a potion... the consul treats hearts and potions as blanks though, he gets no potions or hearts :(

Anyway back to the gameplay. The heroes come out of a 'start' button they place near an entrance and the consul gets spawning points a la Gauntlet where he can pump out his minions from. Depending on the size of game the heroes get more and the monsters get more points to spawn, as well as there being more boards to expand the size of the dungeon. In fat the game seems to scale based on a formula: 1 board tile = 1 hero = 1 spawning point. an 8-bit game is two board tiles, 2 heroes and two spawn pints, a 16-bit game is 3,3 and 3. So the balance is nice and the differences between the heroes leads to alot of variety, and as expansions come out (hopefully!) the Consul should be able to mix up his forces enough to really keep the game fresh.

two different spawn points that come with the game

In closing, the game as a whole rocks, it is super fun-super explore! and the components are generally great... except the cards, they are not completely effed, but they are definitely not Fantasy Flight grade cards. The boards for the game are great the rulebook, although somewhat confusing to read, is very nice and shiny and the minis are excellent so the fact that cards fell a little flat is totally forgivable but if you do drop $90 on this bad boy make sure to grab around 100 card sleeves while you're at the store becuase you will want them. I have never used them before but after two gaes I went out to get them. Geekily enough I bought blue and red backed sleeves for the treasure and loot cards and clear ones for the heroes and monsters.

Anyway I digress, but you should definitely check this game out for a fun hobby project and a game that plays easy enough for a young child or non-gamer could easily get into, but with enough strategy, models, and hobby content to keep the hardcore gamer interested as well. Overall this a Buddy favorite and I have already put it into my list of favorite games and really look forward to seeing where this goes and where Soda Pop minis goes as a company.

ps... based on how much I enjoyed the models and this game I went ahead and ordered a Relic Knight Mecha pin-up girl thing and will be posting about that as well soon... Man Soda Pop really got its anime-inspired claws unexpectedly right into me!

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

++ Have you seen this?!? The Lord =][= ++

Ok Buddys,

So, I know I am a little late to the party on this one but really you gotta check this out.

This guy is making this thing in his FREE TIME! I barely have free time and when I do I do geeky stuff like blog about little toys I make in my basement... o.O  It sounds pretty bad when you put it like that.... Um I create miniature art in my studio when I am feeling creative... Yeah that's the ticket, yeah...

Anyway xhexk out the shinys:

You can get more info:

I hope this guy gets to finish this thing because besides he voice acting this thing looks pretty frikking sweet, and GW would be silly to put the kibosh on it but sillier things have happened we shall see!

Cheers Buddys

Sunday, December 4, 2011

++ Custodes in Plastic: Finecast Edition ++

Hello Buddys,

Just to make sure everyone knows that  have not been completely won over by the cuteness that is Soda Pop's Super Dungeon Explore I wanted to drop some Grim-Dark-Future-Only-War on that @$$!

Here is the newest addition, and crown jewel in many ways, to my Custodes army. He is my new stand in for Crowe and I think is a much better hero then the other more standard 'swordsman' guy I had before.

As many keen-eyed hobbyists out thee noticed this the =][= Coteaz model in Finecast with his head and all other =][= symbols shaved off and properly Custoded out. Since his fur was so emphasized and often Custodes are depicted without backpacks I decided that he would not have a backpack, and since he is the leader of the Custodes army he can do whatever he likes...

Some features of note are the lion claws I added to his cape and I intentionally selected Lion themed bits from the high el sprue for him, including a little lion head on his helmet. So this guy is like the lion of the Eagles.. or something... It works visually and there is no confusion he is a custodes... right?

Seriously though, another feature I am very happy with is his Guardian Spear. It is made using the Warding Stave handle so there is fancy crosshatched grip on the haft and the bolter itself is from the Space Marine Commander kit so has some extra blingy texture on it. Overall it gives him that extra bump in detail that I feel leaders should have, especially if you are leading the most elite force in the 31st millennia

and the base is made from the limited run mines, bombs and booby traps kit GW splashed a couple years back, along with some other debris. The thing I love about it though is the fact that the rubble completely eclipses the little 25m base under there.

And of course It would be a size comparison if there wasn't a space marine in there... so there ya go he even came out pretty imposing  in the scheme of things.

Overall I had a good time making this guy and he really signifies the end of the construction phase for the Custodes army outside some of the vehicle stuff I want to get to eventually. I will try to get some group shots for everyone and then I just need to keep painting the frigging things  O.o

Although lately the guard army ha been calling me back, I think all this Grey Knights hate is harsh-ing my mellow, so I might have to go back to the renegades and get those guys painted up before I finish off the Custodes...When did guard become not hated and Grey Knights hated?!?
Anyway, we'll see, but the Guard does deserve to come back into the limelight after their long hiatus in their foam "robot bed" as my daughter calls their battle foam case.

Until next time keep it geeky and have a good one

Thursday, December 1, 2011

SUPER! Dungeon Explore - Review, Part: the 1st

massed forces of the Consul

      Hello Interwebs, It's Buddy Times Review Times!

This is SUPER! Dungeon explore the review. So let's start with the miniatures and components then move into the game itself. Sorry the pics are sub par, I took them after our SUPER! game the other night haven't had a lot of time down in the dungeon lately for photo opportunities, but you get the idea...


The models are of a rubbery-ish-resin-y plastic that I have never worked with before, but was very easy to work with. I have never assembled any of the Warmachine stuff but these may be similar products, this is purely speculation based on what I have heard or read.

Berserker and Dwarfish Fighter 
The fact that these models come in bags of bits was an interesting change of pace then just having sprue piled high. A word to the wise the bags are sorted into groups of models, all of which are multi-piece with emphasis on multi. Each one of these little guys are from three - seven pieces each, some of which are tiny and there are like 50 some models. It took two medium hobby sessions to get all of them scraped, based and glued (used Gorilla Super glue, my current super glue of choice) Overall a nice little miniature adventure, and could probably be sped up or slowed down based on what you were feeling, I really wanted to get these things into the dungeon though so I did my fastest yet thorough job possible: about four hours.

Paladin vs. Dragon

The good guys and treasure chest are in grey plastic and the evil minions of cutesy doom are cast in red. There are nine heroes but the druid has his Angry Bear form so there are ten hero models and five chests. The heroes are pretty intricate and fairly dynamic for how detailed yet simple they are. As far as the size comparison goes these heroes are slightly shorter then a space marine {clearly the universal size for a model ;) } but not by much, and the bear is quite large. as you can see below.

the universal size compare

Overall I really like the models, in quality and execution of the 'chibi' style, whether you like it not it is very cohesive and crisp throughout the entire range of models. The style itself has completely grown on me and I am totally looking forward to painting these little guys. Hopefully I can make some headway and post pics in the next two weeks.

Actually playing this lately motivated me to bust out the old PSone and get in some Final Fantasy Tactics before bed a couple times, and I actually think that is the best comparison to style I can come up with.

awesomeness in tiny body-huge head form

These are great models and basically a great value comparatively speaking. The whole box clocks in at around 90 bucks  and since you get about 50 models, and a couple of those are larger then standard so I feel like that alone is worth it not even considering all the other shizzle that comes in the box.

Ok Buddys it's the end of the pics so it's the end of the post...In the next episodes I will discuss the gameplay and execution of the other components that come with the game.

Well until then be well and enjoy your hobby time buddy

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