donderdag 18 januari 2018

Kong: Skull Island

Aaah, movie evening with a big monkey on the menu...

A reboot of the King Kong franchise, and second film of the Legendary pictures "monsters" franchise they are setting up, this star-filled film is not of the climb the Empire State Building variety.

In 1973, the US government sends out an expedition to a mist and storm enclosed mysterious island, and together with a unit of military they start doing seismic detonations to map the area.  This brings them the fury of Kong, a gigantic ape, and the survivors, including the science team and a journalist, are scattered along the island.
One group links up with Hank Marlow, a ww2 pilot crashed on the island since 1944.  He tells them about evil creatures living on the island, and how Kong is the only thing protecting the island from them.  However, Packard, the commander of the US forces is out for revenge against the big beast for slaying his men.

Now, if I say big beast, that is literally reflective for the whole island.  Giant spiders, a fantastic walking stick... everything on the island is hundreds of times larger then what we know.  It is greatly made in special effects, and the film hosts a star ensemble including Samuel L. Jackson and Tom Hiddleston amongst others in his cast.
But was it a good movie?  Well, yes actually.  It is entertaining, and while the whole finale at times feels like it could have done with an additional 15 minutes for what is basically a tick off of reducing survivors.
Never the less, it was a nice one to watch on a rainy evening.

And now let`s wait for that Godzilla vs King Kong with Jaegers flick ;-)

From London to Shangai

Well, a bit of a mixed lot for this weeks entry, as I did some work on a project I had put aside for this challenge... as well as one that probably will be in boxes stored until challenge 9 should I manage to seduce me a spot then.

So let's travel the world!

The first batch of the entry are more 10mm ECW from the Lancer Miniatures range, this time in the form of a complete infantry regiment.  Mixed pike & shotte, the regiment is supported by a demi-culverin for some extra deterrent towards any opposing forces.

I really like Kieran`s sculpts, and think this was one of those "gems" sometimes hidden on Kickstarter.  With more and more big companies using Kickstarter as their pre-order platform, there are those small operation on it as well which at times churn out lovely figures for a good price, or even some oddities that you just want to have.

The pikes themselves are metal rods, and I can say first hand they hurt like hell when you accidentally put your hand on them...

The second part of my entry is this 28mm Chariot from the Shang-Zhao range of Curteys Miniatures, now under 1st Corps banner.  I think I bought this almost 12 years ago or so, and I don`t actually know why anymore, probably some fantasy project or such.

But as we get older, our intrests start shifting, and I bit the bullet that I will be building a Shang dynasty force for Mortem et Gloriam (well, if their chinese army lists re-appear on the site, then I know what to order because while they are in the index, the actual lists aren`t in the pdf's) and try and introduce those rules over at my club.

I really like the facial expression on the charioteer to be honest, he has that whole "umpf, you posh dandy" look next to the noble...

So points-wise, if I counted correctly, this should mean for this week:

31 infantry models in 10mm (12 pike, 16 shot, 3 crew) @ 1 point each
1 crew handled cannon in 10mm @ 2 points
and 1 vehicle in scale 28mm with 2 crew @ 25 points

This should further add a nice 58 points towards my challenge goal... and keep me on schedule.

Talking about the schedule, I might better start tossing down some "points bombs" of around 100 points minimum for one or two weeks, that way the target gets well in reach and more or less secured in case I should miss a week of entrying.  At my current speed, I`m more or less safe with my 25 - 50 points averaging on a weekly basis, but I don`t have any margin for error...

Thanks for watching!

woensdag 17 januari 2018

Noshi's Pick: Black Mirror season 1

A short while ago, my girlfriend Noshi came up to me and said "hey, there is this series on Netflix, Black Mirror, I want to watch that" and so yesterday night we snuggled down for the three episode long first season.

And what a rollercoaster that was...

Black Mirror is an anthology of short stories, set in an alternate present or very nearby future.  In these episodes, current day issues of society are expanded to a scope of on the one hand an absurd level, but at the other leaves you with a feeling of "this might actually happen".  I had that for example very, very hard with the first episode, in which through the power of social media the PM is forced to copulate with a pig in order to save a life.

But the other two episodes, one in which a society is dominated by an Idol like show which even results in participants ending in the porn industry, or the other about being able to replay every moment of ones life on screen, are not that far off in concept to modern day society.

It was a great series to look at, and we will definitly be tackling the second season in the not so far future!  Be warned, it is confrontational to us all, as it holds us a mirror.  Albeit a very black one...

Good pick my love!

maandag 15 januari 2018

An update on the Wayland rant

Well, that went fast...

Yesterday, I uploaded the video in which I kind of went into a rant on the lack of customer service by one of their employees, and just now, they dropped me a letter.

Another customer service employee, a lady named Andrea, send me a DECENT reply this time round, with all the things you would expect.  She has been checking my order, and saw that one part of it hasn`t arrived to them yet (Rokitas bikes to be exact), holding back all of the order.

In order to resolve this, she will be sending my order without them, then have the bikes come afterwards when they get them, free of postage charge ofc.

See, that`s the kind of simple solutions I like.  I don`t need heaps of freebies and apologies and stuff, but I would have been far lass pissed had the first one not taking me for a braindead manatee with silly excuses.

Power of social media?  Perhaps.  But for me, this simple e-mail went a long way to giving them another chance perhaps in the future.

Code: Realize

Now before you all go thinking "does he actually watch those", the answer is yes.

Keep in mind that this anime, like so many, is 12 - 13 episodes long, at about 22 minutes each.  So binging a full series takes about 4 hours in the end.

And this was a happy discovery.  It was one of those series I just randomly clicked on streaming services as it passed through the oversight page, and sat back and indulge myself.  Based on a PS Vita graphic novel, this anime adaption was released just a few months ago, ending the day before christmas.

Set in Victorian London, the story revolves around Cardia, a girl with poisonous blood.  This curse makes her being called a monster, but one day a magician named Arsene Lupin snatches her away and into his team.  This team is made up of some famous figures of the time, consisting of Impey Barbicane, Abraham Von Helsing, Victor Frankestein and the Count de Saint-Germain. 
Later they are joined by Dracula... a young girl in this incarnation.  Herlock Sholmes and Nemo are in there as well (the first prolly a copywright issue) as they battle a mysterious scientist who wants to let the world burn.

The series, giving a very League of Extraordinary Gentlemen-ish vibe, is drawn beautifully.  The story is good, and the mysteries of how it is all put together well kept until the final episodes, making some twists in the story.

For me the best one I saw so far this year... and that is even after two Gundam series...

zondag 14 januari 2018

Club observations, AHPC and a Wayland rant... Opinion

Hello everyone,

It`s been a while since I terrified you guys with my ugly mug, but today I did another general opinion video.

In this not so exciting piece, I`m clipping sprues... and talking a bit about observations I made on TSA about games and scales played the past half year, how I need to "up my game" for the Painting Challenge, and a how I am pissed about the (lack of) customer service at Wayland Games...

Feel free to comment!

The Haul Report 116

Well, today would have been a blank episode for the first time in many months.

No orders came in, though there is one I`m seriously feeling about ranting, no trips to hobby stores or conventions, no sales at the club...

But then I was walking around with Noshi in Antwerp and we went inside a store called Cash Converters just to have a look.

Inside there where literally masses of DVD boxes, and where priced a single euro.  I snatched up this one from one of the racks, and though the inner "clips" for the discs are damaged (I`ll exchange the box one of these days) there was no way I was letting this one slip by.  heck, it`s on the viewing menu somewhere this week, perhaps even tonight.

A double disc, it features battles from both the AWI (Valley Forge and a story about Wahington), and four from the ACW (Shiloh, Antietam, Gettysburg and Cold Harbor) each being around 45 minutes in playtime.

Just don`t mind the backtext, as not only do they get the years all wrong (Cold Harbor in 1854 instead of 1864), they even managed to switch the wars around for the index on the back...