Thursday, August 17, 2017

Casting Tequila Worms (and a wizard) in resin......

To All,

My friend Mike Lung is mildly obsessed with a homegrown sci-fi/pulp western game he has been developing and he has been sculpting and modifying figures for the game. He asked me to see if I can make resin casts of the figures and gave me a few to try.

First, using wood glue, I glued the figures to a piece of Luan Panel cut so that it will fit into the vacuum chamber. I use a very thin layer of glue so that the figures hold, there is a "seal" around the base of the figure, but the glue doesn't seep out and "add" to the figure and the base.


The figures are spaced so that there is roughly a finger width between them. They can be closer but in my experience this will help with the integrity of the mold over time.

Next I use foamcore to make the box. I measured for height....

 ....and begin to score the foamcore. I only score the outside paper and attempt to keep the inner layer of paper intact.

Here is the foamcore around the figures forming the "box." Every time I want to make it smaller I just score and bend.

Using thin masking tape I seal and secure the bottom of the box. Then using the thicker tape I shore up and seal the box.

 This step can probably be skipped but I then wrap the box in painters tape. I do it because I wanted to give the box more structure in the vacuum chamber but if it is necessary I can't  say.

Here is the completed box, making the mold tonight.

  More to come.....



Monday, March 13, 2017

Have to Cancel my Cold Wars Games....

To All,

Sorry to disappoint but I'm unable to attend Cold Wars this year. I had a suspicion that I was not going to be able to be there on Saturday so I scheduled two games for Friday. Unfortunately I can’t make those either. They are:

F: 387 Gnome Wars: The Battle of West Point - Theme Friday, 2:00:00 PM, 4 hrs, 8 Players GM: James Stanton Sponsor: Brigade Games, Prize: Gnomes! Period: Other, Scale: 28mm, Rules: Gnome Wars Easter Sunday, seven days after the end of the Civil War, news of the surrender had not reached the Confederate or Union soldiers at West Point, GA. The Union forces want to cross the Chattahoochee River near Fort Tyler, an earthwork fort atop a hill in West Point, whose primary purpose is to provide a point to defend the vital railway bridge. A small group of Confederates intend to make a stand. No one under 12 without playing adult with parent/child teams encouraged! 

F: 388 Gnome Wars: The Battle of West Point - Theme Friday, 8:00:00 PM, 4 hrs, 8 Players GM: James Stanton Sponsor: Brigade Games, Prize: Gnomes! Period: Other, Scale: 28mm, Rules: Gnome Wars Easter Sunday, seven days after the end of the Civil War, news of the surrender had not reached the Confederate or Union soldiers at West Point, GA. The Union forces want to cross the Chattahoochee River near Fort Tyler, an earthwork fort atop a hill in West Point, whose primary purpose is to provide a point to defend the vital railway bridge. A small group of Confederates intend to make a stand. No one under 12 without playing adult with parent/child teams encouraged!

See you at Historicon!

Stanton

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Space game from Cold Wars 2016 - Part 1

To All,
 
Here are a few shots of the Space Game that Mike Lung and I put on Cold Wars 2016.
 
Different factions land on the cheese planet. Sensing the danger the native beings, the Frigonians, man the walls and get ready to defend their village. In the far right corner the Galacteers and the Valkeeri have set up a base while on the left corner the space orcs are moving in looking to scavenge anything useful. A ship lands next to the wreckage in the middle of the board - The Robot Legion has arrived. Haters of anything organic they are on the planet to find a deadly virus and secure a nuke!

In the middle a group of Radon Zombies from the Ionosphere, along with their queen, have crash landed. In the wreckage the zombies are hiding a container of the "zombie virus" and, lo and behold, a couple of nukes.
Readers of this Blog will recognize Bill G (the smiling guy on the left) who was walking by and I asked him to run the zombies. He had another game in a couple of hours but played because I told him the zombies wouldn't last more than two turns.


Hot on the trail of the Robot Legion, the Grymn arrive and start dealing with the Robots.  Oh no, a group of minibots have discovered the nukes. The Galacteers and orcs know they are in peril and move out to assist the Grymn. The Radon Zombies, taking full advantage of the shoot-out between the Robot Legion and everything else on this side of the board, start moving the Queen and the Virus to a safer spot.


 The Galacteers use their jump packs to get into the fray. 

Meanwhile the space mice have landed and, being adrift in space, were low on supplies. They capture (and start eating) the Frigonians (who are made of cheese) and attack the village. The second Robot Legion ship descends and attack the mice in the rear. The mice send their vehicles to intercept the Robots

The Galacteers use their heavy weapon to destroy the Robot's ship, causing them to start a rear guard action while slowly moving towards their other ship. They leave the minibots behind to tie-up the enemy so they can escape.

What a crew: Bald Kevin and (two out of three) Canadians; Kevin and Brad   


More to come.....

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Gnome Wars Events at Fall In 2016From the scenario .........

To All,

I will be running three Gnome Wars events this weekend at Cold Wars:

Here is the set-up For the Tulgas game....

F: 383 Gnome Wars: The Village of Tulgas
Friday, 12:00:00 PM, 4 hrs, 8 Players
GM: James Stanton       Sponsor: Brigade Games      Prize: Gnomes!!
On November 11, 1918 elements of Hodson's American Infantry, 10th Highlanders, and a battery of Swiss Field Artillery were positioned in the Village of Tulgas. Suddenly, they were assaulted by the 96th Saratov Infantry regiment, part of Trotsky's newly raised Red Army. Heavily outnumbered and low on supplies, the allies had two cards in the hole - Mr. Browning and his friend Mr. Vickers. Anyone bringing a painted Gnomes at War unit from Brigade Games does not have to preregister.

Terrain for the Zombie game....
F: 385 Gnome Wars:..just not the slowest.
Friday, 8:00:00 PM, 4 hrs, 8 Players
 GM: James Stanton           Sponsor: Brigade Games,       Prize: Gnomes!!
A farm house, a roadside in, and a few hundred of your closest undead friends coming for a late-night feeding. To get away, you don't have to be the fastest...   Anyone bringing five (5) painted Gnomes at War figures from Brigade Games does not have to preregister. No one under 14 without a playing adult with parent/child teams encouraged


Here is the set-up For the Tulgas game....
S: 384 Gnome Wars: The Village of Tulgas
Saturday, 3:00:00 PM, 4 hrs, 8 Players
GM: James Stanton         Sponsor: Brigade Games,       Prize: Gnomes!!
On November 11, 1918 elements of Hodson's American Infantry, 10th Highlanders, and a battery of Swiss Field Artillery were positioned in the Village of Tulgas. Suddenly, they were assaulted by the 96th Saratov Infantry regiment, part of Trotsky's newly raised Red Army. Heavily outnumbered and low on supplies, the allies had two cards in the hole - Mr. Browning and his friend Mr. Vickers. Anyone bringing a painted Gnomes at War unit from Brigade Games does not have to preregister.




Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Brigade Games Goblin Space Wars by The Stout Smurf ....

To All,

I painted up some Brigade Games Goblin Space Wars figures. Here are they are split into the two units and the bases flocked.

Brigade Games Goblin Space Wars figures





They are smaller than I'm used to painting (because the Gnomes are so large) but they have great detail on them.
 
More to come......

Cold Wars 2016 - Safe Haven zombie game....

To All,
 
This young man, Darrell Swanson, build one of the most impressive terrain set-ups I have seen at any miniatures convention. I saw this on Friday and made sure I got a ticket for his game on Saturday.  

 Darrell Swanson and his wonderful prison.

Here is a better shot of the prison. If you look at it quickly it looks like a flyover picture of a real prison.


 Not only is Darrell an excellent terrain builder, but he is an awesome GM. His game was crisply run and extremely fun! Some game shots:

The humans were able to capture the prison and hopefully create a Safe Haven!