Sunday, March 29, 2015

On the Edge of success!

There are a few kickstarters that are nearing their close in the coming days, and this is certainly one to follow!

It's The Edge, from Awaken Realms.

I have been very impressed by these figures, and they will be very fun to paint.  

I see the opportunity for all kind of fantastic effects.  I am working on one right now, and it has been fantastic!

I enjoy the dramatic posing...

And the unusual creatures!

Here's a few images from the kickstarter itself, which explain some of your pledge options.

I would be sooooooo excited to paint the Ish platform piece.  Wow!

This is a fun side by side which gives you an indication of what could be done later with a few touches of paint. :-)

They continue to come up with stunning new concepts such as this.  Yes, I must be a part of that!

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Saturday, March 28, 2015

The Dead Shall Rise... courage under fire

The ferocious battle over the body of the slain Outlaw Billy the Kid rages on.

When we last looked in on this titanic struggle, the Preacher and his wife lay dead at the mechanical hands of the dreaded LawBot.

The citizens of Wappelville knew that nothing would stop the Lawmen from training their weapons on their own homes and shops next!

This used to be the General Store...

Looks like the Department of Streets and Sanitation are gonna need a new ride!

Despite the early casualties, Jesse pushed his gang forward, to the very steps of the church.  They advanced through intense rifle fire from the Lawmen ensconced inside and outside of the church.

In fact, one of their number was able to stand right in front of the steps and blast away with his shotgun!  A few blasts from the powerhouse weapon and Pat Garrett himself fell.  This could be a dark day indeed!

To this day, the Lawmen swear that the bullets seems to pass around the shotgun toting Outlaw, which had been fired from point blank range.

They blame the robed stranger, who made odd motions with his hands as they took aim...

With their leader dead, the Lawmen were briefly stunned.  They had to fall back on their intensive training to hold themselves together, despite the deadly onslaught from all directions!

Cole and Jesse found the remains of the General Store to their liking, and they used their deadly accurate marksmanship skills to wipe away one heavy Lawman unit after another.

Things began to look even more bleak for the Lawmen as Apache kid was able to put one arrow after another into Doc Holliday, despite the cover he sought behind the outhouse.

One of the Outlaws attempted to pick up Billy's casket, but was interrupted by one of the rifle hired hands.  In a nasty hand to hand fight, the Outlaw won.

His victory was short lived, however, as he was taken down by the gyrocopter.

Still pinned down by the sniper in the church steeple, Long Tree continued to touch himself... obviously in a way that suited him.  He would gain +4 lifeblood during these later turns.

While the Ironhide vehicle had taken a lot of damage, it was still a huge threat to take away the body of the dead Outlaw.  It must be stopped at all costs!!!

The view from above shows the carnage.  Every skull counter is a fatality.  Many more would be placed where Lawmen stood as the fight grew to even more violent conflagrations...

The Wraith led Long Tree and a hired hand in a stealthy advance around Miss Fannie's House of Horizontal Refreshment.  They hoped that it would go unnoticed by the Lawmen until it was too late.

At long last, the threat of the Ironhide was eliminated, as it went up in flames. 

This only added to the misery of the townsfolk, as all the manure burned with it.  Yuck!

The battle starts to enter its final stages.  Lawmen begin to realize that the Outlaws are also using the chaos to steal away with containers of RJ-1027!  Obviously this is meant to be a down payment to Carpathian for "fixing" Billy.

Dead Eye Danny, as he would be remembered, was implacable in his bell tower redoubt.  Not only did he slow the Outlaw advance, he also killed many of their number before he himself eventually died of his wounds.

He was not the only casualty, as Nickle Back was taken down by the Wraith.  His sacrifice was not in vain, however, as he stood just long enough for an Interceptor to get into position...

Desperation is now the order of the day for the Lawmen.  Most of their number are now dead, including their Boss, and even Deputy Berenger, slain by Jesse himself.

The despicable UR-31 LawBot had also been destroyed... a huge blow to the Lawmen.

Long Tree decided to make one last fateful dash for Billy's coffin.  The hired had with him would be taken down by the Interceptor as soon as they left the burning shell of the Ironhide.

The other Interceptor, which had been guarding the RJ container, was taken down by inexplicable fire from the distant snipers.  Rumor has it that someone in a blood red robe was standing next to them, guiding their aim...

The final act of this drama plays out.  With most of the lawmen gone, they are dealt one last blow.  Doc Holliday is killed!!!

But just as all seems lost, the battered Lawmen rises to his feet... from the dead!  Could this be possible?  What strange medicine could be involved.

Buoyed by this miracle, the Lawmen pledge to fight on, even if all of them die in the process.

Doc Holliday chooses to confront Jesse... one last time.

He beckons the Outlaw to "get a pair" and emerge from his hiding place.

Jesse obliges him, shouting curses and threats all along the way.

They meet at one of the RJ-1027 containers.

This is a clever move by Doc.  He knew that an IronHorse was waiting in the distance to drop some missiles on him.  Not only had he drawn Jesse right next to him, he had gotten the brutal Outlaw boss to stand right next to a very unstable container of red death!

Any weapons fire now would probably wipe out not only them, but the entire town.

Jesse and his remaining crew turned and walked from the town.

However, Jesse made it clear that he would be back.  As many times as it took.

Sleep well, citizens of Wappelville.

We have sisterhood too

Tonight we meet one of the Yi Sisters, some new sculpts from Wild West Exodus.

Adding some girl power to the Wild West has been a goal of the kickstarter the last few weeks.

The Ladies of the West are handy with more than just shootin' irons!

Friday, March 27, 2015

Guns and knives

Back to the unusual, and that would be the Myrmidons.

I have said before that these are by far the most unusual things I have ever had to paint.

They present a number of challenges... much of which has to do with getting your brush into certain spots.  Also, the shapes just don't correspond to what you would normally expect.  It makes it more difficult to determine where lights and darks should go, and so on.

The stranger and the pine box...

Following the death of Billy the Kid in the Judgement, it was all but certain that Jesse would pay the town of Wappelville another visit.

Pat Garrett would lead the way, but he would also call upon the services of Doc Holliday and Deputy Berenger.  

For the very first time, one of the new Gyrocopters would be put into service, along with the UR-31 lawbot.

Jesse brought a number of heavy hitters with him, including the Apache Kid and the maniacal doctor Long Tree.  The Outlaws feared his brand of Bad Medicine with good reason.  More than one of their number had been 'cured' by the doctor, soon followed by eternal rest!

True to his word, Judge Stern had placed the lifeless body of Billy in a pine box, and left it out on the steps of the church with the wanted poster that declared the price on his head.

Little did the Judge know that Dr. Carpathian had promised Jesse that he would "fix" Billy if the body could be brought to him in a timely manner.

Jesse was quite sure of success, as a large number of replacement Interceptors had not been delivered on schedule.  As usual, the federal government did not consider that the 'capitol' of a territory did not deserve the same consideration as a full fledged state.

Even the deliveries of new weapons such as the Gyrocopter and the UR-31 were far behind.

All of these units were desperately making their way towards the town when Jesse and his crew appeared.

Here you see Jesse's full crew entering the town.  All that opposed them was Pat Garrett and a group of long rang hired hands.  This would be a new type of deployment for us, as we had not done a delayed entry before.

We really didn't know what kind of impact this would have, or if it would be too heavy of an advantage either way.

You see Pat and his sharpshooters deployed in and around the church.  They would have to hold off the full fury of Jesse until Doc, Berenger and the other heavies could get into town on the right.

The Preacher was organizing a big protest among the townsfolk, opposing the gaudy display of Billy's corpse in such a dastardly manner.

Despite the hail of lead, the Outlaws were able to get deep into town, only suffering one casualty.

To make matters worse, Cole Younger had joined in the Outlaw gang, and he fired off some rounds of smoke to further obscure them from the shooters in the church.

Still, the same stranger that had perplexed Warren Earp so greatly seemed intent that Pat Garrett should remain exactly where he was...

The Outlaws were supremely confident this time, as they knew that Jesse had not been defeated by the dreaded Lawmen.

Those Outlaws who were not directly covered by the cloud of smoke were now shielded by the Preacher and his wife, who implored the Lawmen to give up the body of Billy peacefully, leaving newly rebuilt church unharmed.

No sooner did his protestations leave his lips than another cloud appeared from outside the town.

This was a dust cloud kicked up by the advance of a number of RJ powered machines, including the mind blowing craft that floated on  odd looking 'wings', and a terrifying machine which walked as a man, but stared straight ahead with one giant red eye.

While a man might have been swayed by the Preacher's dramatic words, the monstrous device showed no emotion whatsoever as it declared summary execution of those "aiding and abetting" lawlessness in Wappelville.

After only one blast, the Preacher and his lovely wife lay dead!  Slain by the ever increasing violence against which he had worked so dilligently.

Would Billy and the Preacher be avenged?

Would Dr. Carpathian have yet another chance at a new "creation"?

Find out in the next episode of the Stranger and the Pine Box!