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  1. Wiper

    The Kickstarter Group Thread

    A miniatures Kickstarter at a rather smaller level than the standard headline grabbers, but having really liked the handful of miniatures I've bought from Stonehaven Miniatures, I want to draw people's attention to this small set of 28mm scale adventurers. If you like characterful miniatures covering a range of classes and races with an actual meaningful range of heights (gnomes are tiny! Half-orcs are... not), and particularly if you have a taste for the rough edges of hand-sculpted, pewter-cast miniatures, I can only recommend their stuff. And even better, at Kickstarter prices you can get a great set of figures for a very decent price, even with the fun of postage and potential customs fees.
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    Games Workshop, An Appreciation Thread

    On the one hand this is hilarious - psykers undergoing endless corruption and torture in the warp: kids' edition tickles me as a concept. On the other, I worry these are just going to increase the prevalence of people that unironically treat the Space Marines/Imperium as Good Guys, as I can easily see the books getting dropping the whole "fascist, racist, war-loving state of horror" bit.
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    The Miniatures Appreciation Thread

    I've still got to finish the base (tidying the run-off, plus umming and ahhing about whether to go for static grass, a tuft or two, or a combination of that lot to dress up bits of the mud), not to mention varnishing to do, but I consider Morgaine, my wood elf mystic, to be pretty much D&D-ready now: Obviously nowhere near the luminaries of this thread, but I'm happy with her
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    The Miniatures Appreciation Thread

    I love that juxtaposition of painterly waves and harsh (non-metallic-)metallic character.
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    WTF - New Thundercats series!!!

    And it's being written by Noelle Stevenson (Nimoma, Lumberjanes) so should be great.
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    EDGE #320

    Well, I'm pleasantly surprised by that. Both games are great and I'd happily recommend them, but neither's of a genre that Edge tends to rate all that highly (or, indeed, at all - I'm struggling to think of the last time that Edge reviewed a full-fat turn-based strategy game), so it's nice to see them getting some appreciation!
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    The Miniatures Appreciation Thread

    These are very unfinished, but I had such a nice time I wanted to post about it. Having restarted painting a few months back, I've this week had the delight of doing something that I last got to enjoy in 2012: painting in company. The group I started D&Ding with last month couldn't play this week due the DM having other commitments, so we arranged to just meet up for a casual painting session instead. A very pleasant 4 hours were had in The Dice Cup, in which time I basecoated two and a half miniatures while drinking coffee and talking nerd. I also did my best to convert my companions to the benefits of a wet palette (though given the group were using paints belonging to two of us, I'm not sure they cared as much as I do about the paint efficiency benefits...), and enjoyed explaining basic concepts like priming, basecoats and colour theory to the less experienced members. Silly roleplayers not necessarily having miniature painting backgrounds Alas, I didn't take photos of my friends' miniatures, but here are my mostly-basecoated gnome and elf; still a lot of tidy up and detailing to go (plus any form of basing), but I quite like the way they've turned out so far - not bad for an hour and a half's (pleasantly distracted) painting each. Also, again, gives a bit of a sense of scale to the wonderfully tiny gnome: that's my Stonehaven Miniatures gnome scout contrasted with an Arcworlde wild elf: Now I just have to try and convince the group to meet up for more painting in future!
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    Pillars of Eternity 2

    I'm really enjoying it, for what it's worth. Which is no mean feat considering I have two D&D sessions on the go at the moment, so my headspace for RPGs is pretty full at the moment; despite that handicap PoE2 has grabbed me. It feels a lot... punchier than the original. Just a different kind of pacing to the proceedings - it helps that you're playing the same character you already established in the first game, and a lot of your companions are liable to be from the first game and so need no introduction (unless, you know, you killed all of them - saves carry over or can be replicated in extensive detail if you don't have a save to hand). While there's a lot going on the game doesn't need to introduce quite as many things to you, and that's for the good. The ship battles I'm a bit ambivalent towards, but the general gameplay and writing I'm enjoying a lot so far (~10 hours in). Plenty of allegiances to make and break, a fun set of piratical characters to deal with. Oh, and the game is gorgeous, which is nice.
  9. Having been generally unimpressed with the look of the main game, this looks lovely. Like a gothic take on the 8-bit Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles game, I love that 'inexplicably switch at will between characters with distinct skills' approach to action game design.
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    Games Workshop, An Appreciation Thread

    You'll have to report back! I'd chance a visit, but I'm busy Saturday (the D&D session to which the above-photographed gnome will belong), and Jo's busy Sunday (visiting friend), so no opportunity. Maybe next year...
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    The Miniatures Appreciation Thread

    Because I'm a bellend I posted this in the wrong thread previously (apparently the word 'appreciation' is enough for me to mix things up), so apologies for those of you who've already read this! A pre-painting shot, but I wanted to share this gnome scout that I ordered from Stonehaven Miniatures to represent my D&D ranger, as I think it's pretty lovely and I don't think I've ever seen them mentioned on here (none too surprising as they're a small, US maker specialising in the slightly less popular races): The photo isn't too kind to the detail on her face (she really needs painting - priming at least, as her reflective features are so shallow that the camera struggles to pick them out), but bear in mind just how tiny this model is; here's an old Warhammer orc, Mantic dwarf, and P3/Coat d'Arms paint pot for comparison: I hope to paint her over the next few days, assuming I get the chance (I've had family visiting through the bank holiday, and two D&D sessions coming up in the next couple of nights, plus Pillars of Eternity 2 and Battletech to be playing through, none of which plays particularly nicely with the whole 'full-time job' thing in getting the time...).
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    Games Workshop, An Appreciation Thread

    Ignoring the bit where I posted the above in the wrong thread, here's something more relevant: this bank holiday weekend, having lived in Nottingham for six years, we finally hopped on the tram and visited the home of Warhammer. We'd planned to go to the exhibition, but after having lunch at Bugman's, then browsing the GW store (generic, but a massive range, with exceptional paint jobs to observe, plus the fun of some props from the Lord of the Rings movies. I'm also now convinced I need some Deepkin in my life) and the Forge World store (a real highlight, getting to see so many Forge World products in the flesh without having to fork out hundreds of pounds for the privilege), we realised 2 and a half hours had passed. Which means a second trip is on the cards! I didn't take any photos of the miniatures, alas, but I did get a couple of nice shots of the full-scale statues outside (and proof that I wasn't the only one having a nice time): If you ever find yourself in the area I strongly recommend it - genuinely, both of us really enjoyed it, despite the fact that only the one of us is a miniatures/wargaming nerd.
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    Mega Drive. Yeah!

    Playing patched roms on real hardware is the one thing that really tempts me to get an Everdrive. Translated Japanese exclusives on original hardware, the dream!
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    Nintendo Switch

    I mean, local backup was pretty obviously an option for the PS1 as it was the only way to save; memory cards weren't tied to the machine in any way. Only the Saturn had internal storage, and that still allowed backup to cart. Pre-that most console games had no save system, and those that did were inevitably tied to the cartridge, so not backupable, but also not tied to the console. Since the PS1 I can't think of any system that didn't offer local backup (bar a handful of copy protected games and/or oversized saves on original Xbox).
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    Mega Drive. Yeah!

    You'd as well go for a Japanese MD for 60hz goodness plus the option of the best version of SOR3 and without a name that conjures up images of either the bible or a certain balding singer/songwriter/drummer emblazoned on the console. Really though the ideal is switching whatever machine you have to get the best of all worlds: 60hz option for most games but also functioning Micro Machines 96!
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