Thursday, 26 February 2015

Warriors of the Dead - Command

This lot come in pairs with each of Dark Alliance´s "Dead" Cavalry sets, The Musicians in the Light warriors of the dead cavalry, the Standard bearer and King in the heavy warriors of the dead cavalry.
The bod Comes with standard/flag that is molded draped over the arm supporting it...and due to the folds  it  makes it near impossible to paint the Thing..unless they are painted up just as ghosts.
 
Solution? Cut the molded flag off at Hand Level (You can just about see his boney fingers Holding the staff )  remove the bottom part of the staff, and carefully trim away and excess plastic to give a rough arm shape. Add New Staff and when the bod is painted, add the printed flag. This then gets folded and creased around the arm to cover up  the fact it´s not a perfectly molded arm.
 
The way is shut.
It was made by those who are Dead.
And the Dead keep it.
The way is shut.
Until the time Comes.

Anyway, the bods will be used as medieval Revenants, visible ghosts or animated corpses that  return from the grave to terrorize the living. (Revenant" from the Latin word, reveniens, "returning")

A really good article on Medieval  Wraiths, revenants and Rituals  HERE

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And my pet "hate" at the Moment :-D

Log out of FB and your web browsing is still being watched by..?....FB. How? Part of signing up (who honestly read the Terms and conditions?) gives them the right to  tracker  your browser!!!

But..all is not lost....this free easy to use (trust me, it´s easy and free ) Little app added to your browser sends them (and a couple hundred more tracking A-Holes) packing,  

Blur - Donottrackme

You get to see which trackers are at which sites, here it´s google..obviously.
Since I uploaded it (yesterday) It´s blocked 257 trackers to the time of writing this..including FB, which had a like /share link on a News site and to most Blogs which are linked to FB.

You can still use FB etc but FB says;
 "Your browser or device may allow you to block these technologies, but you may not be able to use some features on Facebook if you block them"
Ah!! Didums!!..Boo frickety hoo!! 
and what Features may they be? The trackers that collect our data and sell them on?

Monday, 23 February 2015

Light Warriors of the Dead Cavalry (Dark Alliance)

As per titel..the light Version of the heavy cavalry..except I´ve swopped the nags with caparisons into the heavy cav unit, the ones without into the light cav.
Would the "dead" have or Need specific Ratings for thier Units? It would be as difficult to deal with one dressed in  Shorts, T-shirt,  flip-Flops and armed with bad language as one smothered from head to toe in Inch thick plate armour and armed with a chainsaw.
A great set, the only Thing missing..a mounted Musician  / Signaller. The set Comes with two musicians, a Drummer and a horn Player but they are on foot
Close ups. (not all the poses)
The "Missile" section. The arms on the Crossbow were non-existant so I created some with a staple.
Note to self; Next time take more care in removing the excess plastic between the nags ears
Nosferatu?
As with the heavy cav set, I´ll definately get These   again, the conversion potential I can see with both These sets combined with the infantry set is huge,   doubling  the number of poses, if not more,  is definately possible.

All the Light and Heavy cavalry together.

and nope..I ain´t finished with FB..not yet....and nor are a few other People...
http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2015/feb/19/native-american-activist-facebook-lawsuit-real-name
Ok..they probably aint got a hope of winning but it Shows  that the  policy   (although understandable) as being a bit dumb and hitting the wrong target.

Interesting is this, quoted from the linked article;
"Having people use their authentic names makes them more accountable, and also helps us root out accounts created for malicious purposes, like harassment, fraud, impersonation and hate speech"

That, IMHO, is complete S**t... They already have ways of blocking People who are using FB for "malicious" purposes, but they don´t. For example, some of the racist /Sexist stuff on FB is dreadfull to say the least or the Impersonation, like the  use of a UK School Girl´s Photos by someone pretending to be her..   reported recently  on the BBC.
Did any of the native americans etc  create accounts "for malicious purposes, like harassment, fraud, impersonation and hate speech" ?
Added to that;
Providing ID doesn´t prove the Person with the account is in fact who they say they are. Do they personally meet every single Person to confirm that is in fact the Person in the ID´s photo? In fact, criminals are more likely to be able  to provide  falsified ID and then happily use FB for Malicious purposes. It makes Fraud  and Impersonation easier.
And...women who get married /divorced  (and some men come to that) and had an FB account at the time of marriage  or divorce  in thier Birth / married Name  (or visa versa )    automatically break this "no use of a psydonym" rule...as do a lot of Celebrities from the Film and Music worlds. Michael Jackson, for example,  still has an FB account which gets regularily updated.
Maybe I´m out of touch, but  isn´t re-Animation / coming back from the dead still a Sci-fi idea? And if anyone did..why would they spend thier days feckin about on FB?
Come to that..why does anyone?




Monday, 16 February 2015

Face block

To anyone wondering (if anyone is) where I went on FB it´s not because I stopped following anyone, or shut my account..it´s some (IMHO) tosspot at FB has blocked my account.
Why? Could be a couple of reasons including some s**t head has reported me but what for I can´t imagine...they didn´t like my taste in Music?


It could be me using a Name that ain´t my own? Well, that´s actually allowed here (protection of online anonymity) and wether FB thinks everyone should give thier Name and address to FB, then Ok..they can all give US thier names and addresses.
Using a "False name"...that would go for one heck of a lot of the modelling /bod painting community.
And, if you think that using your real Name on your FB Profile  is any protection, think again, they are blocking accounts at random all over, both with nicknames and real names. Today I´ve read 100´s of cases this year alone. I gave up reading them eventually cos the stories were the same,  accounts locked of longtime users, accounts under thier real names, no Explanation..the only way you can find out..Give em a scan of your ID...ie; Break the law.

Anyway, to get back on I´d have to send a scan  of ID, and seeing as me doing that constitutes a crime in this Country and the asking for and recieving of would be aiding and abbetting, I´ll save myself and possibly some poor IT twonk working for the man, the Trouble .

Will I go back? Not on the old account for sure..unless they unlock it...but the only proof of ID they will get from me is the steam off my S++T..and that´s if I´m Feeling generous.


I could open another account..easy enough, create a satellite E-Mail etc but that would be against thier "rules" but seeing as the observance of  international /national laws don´t bother them  why should a "rule" bother me?
Even if i did..what would be the Point? I would build up the old contacts and at some Point down the line the same Thing would happen again.

My advice ? Delete your accounts while you have  Access to them.

Wednesday, 11 February 2015

Heavy Warriors of the Dead Cavalry (Dark Alliance)

The set has 10 riders in 10 different poses and 10 nags in 5 different poses and 2 foot bods (I haven´t included them here as they will end up as the command for the infantry)
I wasn´t too pleased with the result of painting them as "ghosts" ( like I did with the infantry HERE ) but went for a "scruffy undead with colour" look. Takes longer but IMHO, Looks better....and, I can use them as rebellious scum types.
Also, the horses. I swopped the ones with caparisons from the light warriors set. In Total that means 8 nags in 2 poses but they are the heavy cavalry and the light cavalry having nags with caparisons seems odd to me.

The Things that make the bods (in this set )look undead are minimal..slightly skeletal arms, grimer looking faces and shabby clothing (torn chainmail) and are easily excused which makes  them usefull as veterans.
I suppose it would be difficult, in this scale,  to create an obvious undead look without going for  Skeletons with armour.
The nags are a different case, especially the ones without caparisons, Boney faces, empty eye sockets, ribs  and other bones showing.
Close ups (not of every pose)
Two nags without Caparisons needed to make up the 10 mounts needed for all the riders from the set. . The Flag I found online and printed out.
At some Point I will get some more of These nags. Fill any holes, add a tail and they would be fine for normal medievals.
The "Unholy Orders"
A couple more General pics.


Sunday, 1 February 2015

Half orcs (Dark Alliance set 3)

The "themed" set from the range of half-orcs and apart from a couple of bods which, without conversion, can only be used once which is a shame, because the sculpts are really good.
In total, 10 bods, 4 of which are as pairs.
As ever, the complete poses from the set.
Grenadiers. Grenadiers? Ok, the caeser Set of goblins has Grenadier bods so why not the Half Orcs?
Axemen. Obviously they are  reflecting the tree cutting  orcs in one of those films that I can´t remember the Name of.
"They´ve taken the Little ones!!"

Another reference to the films. Pouring molten metal. They could be pressed into Service tipping boiling oil from a Castle wall..or the bucket tipped (or replaced) so they are carrying a load (catapult ammo) but basically...what would you do with 4 lots of These?
 
Bomb carriers. Again, what anyone could do with 4 lots of These I can´t imagine.
Basically, the pouring oil, one of the "they´ve taken the Little ones!" and the Bomb carriers are without conversion, one use bods.  

So..now the conversions...
One of the Hobbit carriers has had the Hobbit surgically removed and a shield from set 2 added. The Bomb carriers relieved of thier burden and pikes added.
The infantry poses based up.
Next?? Heavy warriors of the undead cavalry?

Monday, 26 January 2015

Half Orcs (Dark Alliance Set 2)

4 sprues each with 11 bods. The poses give some conversion possibilities, unlike set 3, but more about that lot in another post.
The Inspiration for these is definately taken from a certain film..but I can´t quite remember which one, a really Long film and something about wizards, a Castle and a seige.
I´ve gone for a "classic" Hollywood colour scheme with this lot, reddish material and humanoid Skin colour.
As ever, the molded flag had to go. Why most manufacturers even bother to  mold a flag or Standard I don´t know, worse still when the dammned Thing is draped in folds around the bods shoulders making it virtually impossible to paint anything decent looking and trying, particually with historic bods, a bloody nightmare!! My Suggestion to the makers, don´t bother, just leave the thick heavy waste of plastic off please. 
The Standard was made in the same way as my Roman Vexillia except the fancy tassles have been left off.
The Standard bearer´s Sword had to be replaced as well, the original one looked like a cricket bat.

And now the conversions. Seeing as the Half Orc set 1 (Pikemen) has only 8 poses per sprue (and two of those look like repeats) and I like the bods on a stand to look slightly different, even if it´s only a head swop, more pikemen are needed. This set gives 6 possible conversions. Set 3, which is more of a film based "theme"set,  has a couple of possible candidates for converting to pikemen, so with These that makes around  16 bods for the pike block, which seems ok. These will make a decent front row.
Ok, Holding a heavy pike in one Hand and a shield in the other is virtually impossible for a Person but These guys are big and strong (although that doesn´t Seem to help them much in that film..they get cut down like straw and the good guys don´t even break into a sweat)



Monday, 5 January 2015

Massed Medieval Cavalry

A mix  of 100 Red faction and Blue faction (loosely based on the  English and French) heavy cavalry.

Not my entire collection of mounted bods, there´s a few more in the wagon Train, another 80 plus in the burgundian, Crusader/Teutonic army and  Norman armies.
Plastic, Metal and Resin, the makes used are  Valdemar, Strelets, Italeri, Airfix and Revell and a lot of conversions.
Close ups of the charging kniggits
The command/waiting cavalry


Monday, 22 December 2014

Medieval Cavalry on the march

Another 6 medieval cavalry to add to the baggage Train.
Bods and nags from Strelets Scottish Army of Robert Bruce and Military Order Sergeants.
Lances and various Hand Held weapons replaced with Florist wire.

Saturday, 6 December 2014

Medieval Beggars

A subject not that often covered..the lowest of the low in medieval Society..the beggars.
The males in this set have lost use of thier lower limbs..or lost bits of them entirely, an effect of warfare or work injuries?
This set, in resin,  is from Fredericus -Rex.
The female beggar could be a nun (the crucifix..which I´ve painted up as being wooden..a poor nun would be unlikely to have had such a large crucifix made from metal)   but a poor wandering nun who has taken up the life of a mendicant ..a practice more commonly taken up by Monks. The Nuns usually stayed inside their nunneries,  relying on donations. Nuns such as the  Clarissines, named after St. Clara, who was one of the followers of St. Francis.
The lower limb injuries would probably indicate ex-soldiers or those unfortunate to have been drafted in for a battle.
The levy type soldiers would be less likely to have some form of leg protection so damage to the legs was probably common amongst the "lower orders"on medieval battlefields.

The one on the "skateboard" Spinal injury or lame due to disease or from birth?
Medieval "Zombie attack!!! "
Sometimes a mistake can be made worse. First, taking the wrong turn and then giving to a holy Person...and that attracts  the rest of the "needy"
The Beggar on the left is from Linear -b and the one on the right, Valdemar.