Apologies for the lack of posting, as might be apparent from the post title, I’ve been on holiday in Australia.
In fact I still am.
I’ve turns out that the Australians are quite generous with their free WiFi, and so it seems only fair to do my first international post. After all, cheaphammering never stops.
First stop was the Shrine of Remembrance in Melbourne which whilst being a really impressive mark of respect, also houses a fantastic exhibition in the crypts about Australian involvement in conflicts. I learned about quite a few things that I wasn’t aware of, and abou which I’ll definitely be reading more about. I’ve now got a hankering to do an Australian Bolt Action army.
Whilst in Melbourne, I stumbled upon the excellent Mind Games store on Swanston Street, and I feel the need to give it a shout out as a frankly excellent gaming store. Not only did they have numerous ranges of miniatures (including a limited number of KM Marvel figures at their original price point) available across their two stores (both on the same street), but they also had literally floor to ceiling board games.
If you find yourself in this neck of the woods, I’d say it’s definitely worth checking out. Also, go to both stores as they have slightly different stock in each.
Whilst perusing their wares I noticed that they stock Reaper miniatures. I’ve always got a hit list of Reaper sculpts that I’d like to pick up for different projects, but finding places online that stock the exact miniatures I want all at the same time is a chore, and I really don’t like the idea of paying double postage to the same store if I can avoid it.
What’s more, the nature of Reaper packaging means that when I come across stockists at shows, it’s always a bit of a drag to go through all the racks looking for models that may not be there.
Therefore it was pleasing to be able to browse in comfort and pick up three models off my list, all in the Bones range, so they’re not only cheap, but they won’t impact on my luggage allowance on the way back.
This Clay Golem is going to find his way into my Marvel project, but I’m not sure what as (I’d always pegged him as a Hulk conversion, but the KM one is bigger and better). At the moment, my favourite idea is as the Absorbing Man, but that may change.
This Nymph is going to be painted as Flutterina for my Etherian Great Rebellion. Technically the skirt is too long, but I’m resigned to my She-Ra models being not exact copies of the originals.
Finally this Wasteland Warrior, despite being intended as a Mad Max type, will actually be joining my Terminators as a biker gear wearing Infiltrator. In comparison with the Terminator miniatures, he should look bulky enough to be a convincing Arnie-alike.
I probably will get round to Mad Max types, however I will probably wait until Crooked Dice does it’s Apocalypse Kickstarter in October.
However, whilst on the subject, it’s worth noting that whilst in Melbourne I stumbled across this replica of the last of the V8 Interceptors in an exhibition at the Australian Centre for the Moving Image (I think that’s right) or ACMI, which should prove suitable inspiration when I get to the new CD range of vehicles.
Another source of inspiration for my gaming was the Daintree Rainforest in Northern Queensland, which has give me extra motivation and ideas for getting on with making the jungle terrain I’ve begun for Masters of the Universe and Pulp gaming. In fact, whilst there, it was pointed out that the location was used for some of the filming of The Phantom starring Billy Zane, with the peak pictured below used as Skull Mountain in the movie.
Whilst there we saw plenty of saltwater crocodiles in the wild.
Which has prompted me to want to add a monstrous croc to my pulp games, and so I picked up this chap for a couple of dollars.
He needs work, obviously, but properly painted and based, he should be a formidable obstacle for my adventurers.
Obviously, I’ve not only been shopping for toys and spotting movie references, however I still have a couple of days left in Sydney, and so I’m going to see if I can track down some gaming stores here as well and see if I ca pick up anything else useful.
Intermittent posting of my painting and gaming progress will resume shortly.