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Free Comic Book Day 2019

Free Comic Book Day - Saturday 4th May 2019 Time flies...Free Comic Book Day is here again, and this year it coincides with Star Wars Day. The cosplayers were out in force (pardon the pun) and the day had the makings of a great one, despite the inclement weather.I tried to do my usual this year but with a couple of minor changes due to littlun wanting to come and do some drawing. Usually I head to Orbital first to grab a hand-picked selection of comics, followed by GOSH and then Forbidden Planet as they usually have some kind of 2000AD related signing event.This year though, the first port of call was GOSH for the kids' comic drawing event. There were three or four professional comics artists and writers on hand to guide the youngsters through creating their own five or six frame story. All the kids seemed to have great fun and the artsists were great as they let the children's imaginations run riot but guided them on how to present their ideas on the page. It was a good 45 minutes session for my son. Unfortu

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King Conan

Following on from the post a couple of days ago, here is my collection of King Conan comics related stuff. Again, like with the Conan, Kull and Solomon Kane collections, these are the items released by Dark Horse when they held the franchise for Robert E Howard's stable of comic characters.Dark Horse were nothing if not thorough with their release schedules for the characters they held the rights for over the last ten years or so. King Conan was well represented and had more released for him, even though the tales were spin-offs from the main Conan storylines etc., than either Solomon or Kull.As per the Conan blog entry, first up are the Marvel reprints...The Chronicles of King Conan : 11 volumesUnusually for King Conan, as a character, there were no Savage Sword of or Saga of series that I am aware of, so I can only report on the Chronicles of King Conan reprints that were collected into the colour trades. There were eleven volumes (which surprised me a bit as I didn't think there were that many) of King Con

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Conan

Another early posting today as most of the work had already been done on this over the weekend.The final Robert E Howard character I have a comic collection for is Conan. Actually, make that two collections as I have one for Conan and another for King Conan. I will list these separately, so this post is primarily just for the Conan series.Like the Kull and Solomon Kane collected series, Dark Horse did the same with Conan; in fact  Conan was the precursor to the other two collections, so really I should have featured him first, but decided to save the best, in my opinion, until last. As per the other collections, I will read the colour Marvel reprints, followed by the Savage Sword black and whites, and then the Dark Horse written monthly runs, mini-series and one-shots. Hopefully I can remember to jot down the adventure hooks for possible future use.First up are the Marvel reprints...The Chronicles of Conan : 34 volumesThese volumes collect all of the Marvel monthly run comics plus a few other one-offs fr

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Red Sonja : She Devil with a Sword

First post of the week, and I am still carrying on with the comic book based theme as FCBD is rapidly approaching (Saturday 4th May). I still have posts on Conan and King Conan to follow this one over the next couple of days, and one or two similar before getting back onto gaming and my miniatures collections next week, hopefully.Following on from the Kull and Solomon Kane summaries, here is a similar one for my Red Sonja collection. This didn't appear last week as it took an age to find and enter all the details - I spent a fair bit of the weekend tracking stuff down and collating the details for this post and the Conan ones to follow over the next couple of days. That said, as most of the work for Red Sonja was done over the weekend, it meant I could post earlier today as most of the details had already been added to this entry.This is a far more extensive collection than either of her Robert E. Howard stable mates but I didn't actually buy everything that was available. I avoided the Marvel reprint collect

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The Saga of Solomon Kane

After completing the reading of Kull, I will move onto another of Robert E. Howard's characters; Solomon Kane. I have to admit to never having read any comics or books about this character in the past - I only have the James Purefoy movie version to go from.The film was OK but I found it fell into too many typical fantasy tropes and it became too much of a pastiche for my liking. That said, as I have never read anything about the character perhaps that is how he and his world is portrayed? I am looking forward to reading these comics anyway as he is a new character for me to explore.Like with the Kull comics, I will start off with the original Marvel colour reprints by Dark Horse. These seem to be a good starting point for any major character as Marvel do tend to look after their REH characters quite well; they always seem to gather the best writers and artists to the teams that portray them.To follow up on the colour stories, I will again go to the black and white Savage Sword equivalents; The Saga of Solomo

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Kull the Conqueror

As you already know, I am a bit of a comics fan; 2000AD, Judge Dredd, some Robert E Howard characters (Conan, Red Sonja, Kull and Solomon Kane), the Alien/Predator universe and a few other minor one-offs that looked good at the time. Although, in my youth, I read some superhero comics, they never really did anything for me, except perhaps Batman; I want to believe that my hero(ine) can, in theory, die and not come back. I know that the majority of comics characters will not die (due to the money they produce for their creators and distributors) but I at least want that possibility to be there to make things more "believable".A few years ago I started to re-read all of my 2000ADs and Judge Dredd Megazines - some major characters of the less developed kind do die here, so the stories often keep you on your toes, especially if they are tales of a fixed length and not one of the ongoing, well-established series. I have managed to complete my reading up until the end of 2014 so far and then bagged, boarded and box

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Comics Week and FCBD 2019

This will probably be a bit of a rambling post, so apologies in advance. This week is a shorter working week due to the bank holiday for Easter, so there will be fewer entries. Friday just gone was a bank holiday too, so last week was also a shorter week, but it passed me by due to not being in work and hence why I made a blog entry every day. I am hoping to blog every week day whilst I am not working to give me something to do as a break from looking for work and therefore keeping my sanity a bit longer. It sure beats watching day time TV (which I don't do anyway) or just staring at the same four walls (or procrastinating for hours on end). That said, I do keep myself busy by doing the household chores, going to the gym, running and prepping minatures for painting in between the hours I spend trawling the net for a new role.So, now that all of my Lord of the Rings figures are prepped in readiness for undercoating and a bit of putty work (I still need to source some decent, easily workable stuff) I have time

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Amburger Hill

Hi All,Well I got my first game in with the local group, and got my ass handed to me. It was fun though. Two things. Vehicles are powerful! I don't think I have ever played a game of RT with combat vehicles before. The few times I've seen robots I've been fortunate to be on the opposite side of the table.I also made the decision to "roleplay" them as cocky, gung ho types. So, although they tried to stay out of sight, they got caught running around in the open and were... I'll let the comic explain it.More photoshop filters and added some effects in photoshop as well. The source photos were a tad blurry, I didn't spend any time sharpening this time around. So there's that.So, what did I learn? I need some kind of vehicle with heavy firepower. I have a Leman Russ built up, but not sure exactly how to stat it up for RT or if I can afford it by jettisoning the command section. I have a sentinel or two that I could build. I need to check the cost, but they are fairly affordable. I also have those plastic flyer kit

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So I went to Comicon

Yeah, not that one.  The other one.  The one being held in Farifax, VA.  The ad blizzard commenced about four months ago on Social Media.  I figured, eh, why not.  I’t amazingly close to where I live. I got my steps in.  The closest available   parking felt like it was just under a mile away.  Maybe it just felt that way. One thing’s for certain– the cliches that get thrown around about Comicon on shows like BIG BANG THEORY were true.  There were a lot of people there, and many of them were dressed like cosplay geeks. Daddy Hellspawn has to balance his Gatling Mini-Gun on the baby stroller.  Safety FIRST! It wouldn’t be a Geekfest without him! I have to be honest. I was kind of nonplussed about the whole thing.  It was incredibly crowded.  The merchandise was a lot of comic related stuff that I really never get, like bobble heads and action figures and posters and shirts.  There was a strong anime culture present and frankly, I know bupkus about anime stuff.   On the favorable side, i

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Monolith-Con III - Apes of Wrath

Hi All,Last report from Monolith-Con. I think we were winding down at this point. Apparently I forgot to take pictures so this is a short one.Kill team is an interesting game, but if you don't like status counters it is not for you. I liked that you knew exactly what you needed to roll to hit, no more Ballistic Skill charts, but all the special rules were a little hard to remember to use. The cards make it easier to reference, I just mostly forgot to use my command points all together.Anyway, enjoy.Thanks again for looking and commenting.Probably be a lot of year end wrap up and prep for OWAC in 2019 if I can find the time to blog.

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Monolith-Con III - Imperial Rebel

Hi All,In this battle report I was in charge of the objective in a game between Lopez and Blue. It was a fun little diversion. Hopefully they will write reports of the battle from their perspectives. Mine was a little short and missed a lot of the action.Thanks for looking and commenting. I think I have one more for the weekend.

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Monolith-Con III - Ambull Safari

Hi All,I got to run my Ambull scenario again for the guys. We used some home made counters and I got to break out all the plastic Ambulls and monsters I had painted up.We tried using knock out grenades to subdue the Ambulls, I'll let you decide if it worked.The idea was to try and collect the most VP's of Ambulls. Live (5), shot up (3), indiscernible hunks of meat (1). The Knightmare Ambulls were worth double.Enjoy.Thanks for looking and commenting.I'd like to welcome Alex Joker to the blog. Besides this blog he reads some pretty good ones, thanks for adding me to your reading list. If you have a blog, let me know and I'll link it.

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Monolith-con III - The Siege of Chateau Crane Tombe (Castle Graveskul)

Hi All,This was the epic battle we played on the Saturday. 10 hours but it didn't feel long like some 3rd ed games can. Lots of action all over the table. You may be able to read other accounts or the lead up to this battle on the other participants blogs. Give 'em Lead, Governor General of Sector Six, He of Three Names, Blue in VT.On a technical note, I used my cell phone and then processed the photos in lightroom. To get the "comic" look I wanted I decided to use the photoshop Poster Edges filter and bumped the exposure as needed. Anywhere from 0.3 to 0.5 of a stop.It was a little more work but I think it achieved the look I want without overpowering the figures.Enjoy.We have all decided to not be overly concerned with adhering to each others fluff. We try to use the appropriate character names to give credit but where it goes from there may be totally different.Airborne commented at the time that he hadn't anticipated Lopez setting up so far forward in the defense. We had a slog from the outset.I rolled fo

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Wizard Battle! - Oldhammer Comics

Hi All,My boy wanted to play some Warhammer and I had an idea I've wanted to try out for awhile and needed to remind myself how 3rd Edition Magic worked. So we decided to take two wizards each. The idea was a wizard and his apprentice. So one 15th Level (to get some 2nd level spells) and one 5th level.We rolled for magic points and spells as per the tables in Warhammer Armies.Here's the report. ( I went with a rotoscope filter as the pictures weren't all that great.)As you can see we also had to make due with the figures we had to hand. A chaos warrior subbed for the Undead Champion. Primed Zombies the place of Skeletons and a Giant Rat in the place of the Demonic Steed. I know I made the Ghost of HG Wells cry, but I've put off my son too many times in the past and I don't want to kill his enthusiasm for the game.In the end it's all about fun.Thanks for looking.

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