Tuesday, August 15, 2017

World Of Nintendo - Bokoblin

So, I saw the local WalMart had half a zillion of these guys as peg warmers a few weeks ago. I guess people around here aren't that interested in Bokoblins? I kinda wanted to get one, because, well, these lines have been pretty sparce in in terms of mooks. Sure you can get villains like Bowser or Ganondorf, but anonymous goons? Goombas maybe, but not much else. But it just wasn't worth it to me at the standard price.

Then they put it on clearance for like 50% off.

So, I got one. And now I have a Bokoblin. I'm a little sad this line doesn't come with accessories like the larger scale figures, because he should really have a Boko Bat or something. But whatever, he's adorable in his own right.

Monday, August 14, 2017

Nano Metalfigs - Groot

Nano is such a hard word to type. I seriously have a difficult time because I always either type nana or nono.


But I digress. I mentioned yesterday that I was annoyed that the Groot in the multi pack was baby Groot. Well, I decided I wanted grown up, ambulatory Groot badly enough to justify buying him as a single. There was honestly not much price difference doing it this way, so whatever.

He's not a terribly impressive figure, honestly, as you can see he's pretty much monotone paint scheme. But I wanted a normal Groot, and by golly I got one.

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Nano Metalfigs - Guardians of the Galaxy

So I saw these in the store a little while back and thought "Huh, these are prepainted minis in about 28mm scale."

So I bought them. Not sure why, really, I liked Guardians of the Galaxy, but I don't really do superhero games. Though I guess you could say GotG is more sci-fi than superhero. Maybe that's it.

That said, they are relatively nice figures. Honestly decent paint job. Nothing inspired, but probably better than I can do myself at that scale. I was a bit miffed that they only included baby Groot and not a full size version. Drax ends up being the best figure, because the detailing on his body stripes is actually quite good.

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Pre Order Critique - Primaris Intercessors

Well, I abandoned my 'only nice reviews' rule years ago, and a good thing I did, because...Intercessors.

Now, don't get me wrong here. They're not actually that bad. On the contrary, they're pretty nice. It's just, well, they are Space Marines. There's really not much going on here. What we have here, Frank, is a ten man squad of Space Marines. Like, I get they are something special from the new codex and all, but, really.

Space Marines.

Okay, now that I have repeated myself several times on my incredulity at this set, let us get down to the proverbial brass tacks. These are well sculpted, and come with a decent number of options. There does not appear to be much in the way of pose reuse, so a clever builder could get this and some tactical sets and mix and match parts to make it so no two marines in said builder's army looks quite the same. Still, that has always been true for the army builder willing to put in the time and effort.

On the other hand. These cost $60. $60. What in God's Green Earth happened to pricing since I last looked at the Games Workshop site? This is a 10 man squad of Space Marines. Sorry, I said I was done with repeating.

Whew. I think I have it out of my system.

So, the verdict here is an emotional, rather than logical one. I had a hard time not muttering expletives at my screen when I saw this. Wow.

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Toys For Wargaming - Hotwheels Scorpion



"Tank Beats Everything!"

I love the Scorpion tank. It's just, the epitome of everything Bungie did right in the original Halo games. Gun that could kill darn near anything. Check. Tough as nails. Check. Coaxial maching gun that shredded enemy infantry. Check.

And now I have a hotwheel of it. This is in better scale with the Wraith than the other releases in the scale. Nominally almost in scale with the Halo Megablox metal series or the McFarlane's Micro Ops. Which is a nice thing, as far as I am concerned.

Monday, July 31, 2017

The Sads - Goodbye House Of Paincakes

I used to love House of Paincakes to death. It was the last blogroll I was a part of (FTW and Bell both stopped posting my in the links, so I reciprocally removed their banners long ago). I used to be really active there as well, but since my wargaming has largely dried up in the last year or so, I wasn't hitting the site as often. Also, due to blogger's interface changes, I wasn't seeing my reading list (the blogs I follow) nearly as often as I once did.

So when the blogroll banner on the side of my page started giving an error message, I was saddened to learn that the site was simply gone. I can see references to a post called 'So Long and Thanks For All the Fish' if I look, but I cannot even read it, as the sites are taken down.

This makes me more melancholic than I care to admit. While many of my 'online' friends are people I've never met, in parts of the world I've never been to, when someone I've spoken with regularly over the period of several years just goes dark, it hits me more than I think it really should.

Recently, I've been struggling with keeping the lights on at "All Things Fett," as it were, because I simply do not have the passion for the hobby that I once did. With so many friends throwing in the towel, and the fact that my daily traffic is now 10% of what it was just two years ago, I cannot help but be discouraged.

Some of this is my own fault. Traffic is down a certain amount because I just don't post about the things that used to get me tons of traffic anymore, like Warhammer. Some is because of Google's changes, like the marginalization of the Reading List feature. Some, like HoP, I feel responsible for in some measure. Could I have been a more active participant and encouraged my friends more?

Sorry for the diatribe, friends. I'm sure I will be back to my irreverent and self absorbed standard soon. Likely, more quickly than I should.

Saturday, July 29, 2017

Toys For Wargaming - Hotwheels Ghost

So, despite this being ludicrously out of scale for the rest of the other figures (I could use it as a second wraith if no one looked too closely), I figured it was about the right scale for a Ghost with the Halo Clix figures of yesteryear. Which, I guess is cool since I don't have the Ghost in that scale yet.

It's nice in that it seems to have the highest proportion of die cast to plastic parts of all of the vehicles. But then, on the other hand, it is also the most obviously crew-less vehicle. So, I guess I just got it for completions sake.