Sunday, October 9, 2011

Captain's Log - Unboxing Dreadfleet's Ships

I finally got around to spending some time with my copy of Dreadfleet. Up until now, I've been stealing late night moments or lunch hours to read the novel or thumb through the rules (what can I say? I'm a busy man). Anyway, I decided to pull some of the models out and take a shot at assembling some of the models. I've been hearing reports that the models are a bit brittle so I was a bit nervous and decided to start with some of the easier ones.

My first observations were that these models were as big as I was expecting, but in terms of detail: they ROCK! Great looking models. Well done, GW! I have to give credit where credit is due. So I went ahead and got to work, carefully clipping the models from the sprues and cleaning them up. I decided to press them together with no glue, so I can go back and separate certain assemblies for painting.

I assembled Grimnir's Thunder, Curse of Zandri, and the Black Kraken, perhaps the easiest ones to assemble as neither of them come with sails or masts. Each of them pressed together nicely and fit fairly flush. Will need a minimum of liquid green stuff. So far, so good. With 7 ships to go and three hungry daughters screaming for their supper, I better get back and see what else is in the box, uh...I mean get dinner started.

By the way - I stole this post's pic off of the net, so thanks to whoever snapped it.

Thursday, October 6, 2011

...I Am Weak...

Okay, I admit it. I'm weak and I folded. After all that blustery bull crap I spouted a few posts back, I couldn't resist the call of the sea and I picked up a copy of Dreadfleet. BUT...I didn't lay out $115 for it. I gathered up some of my unused Warhammer model sets that I never got around to using traded them in for store credit. GW wouldn't give me cash back and I wouldn't break even on ebay and none of my friends were interested in taking them off my hands, so I figured what the hell. After all was said and done, I walked out with copy of a Dreadfleet and the novel and only shelled out $.081.

So at first glance, I'm happy with my new 'purchase'. The contents is first rate and I like what I've read so far. The back story is pretty cool - very spooky, ghosty. I'm about 1/3 of the way through the novel and I'm enjoying so far. I'll post back once I get the rules read.

Monday, October 3, 2011

Great New Sci-fi

I checked out that new science fiction show on Fox, Terra Nova. I'm hooked. So far, it's the top of my list of this year's new shows. The show centers on the Shannons, an ordinary family from 2149 when the planet is dying who are transported back 85 million years to prehistoric Earth where they join Terra Nova, a colony of humans with a second chance to build a civilization.

I love the concept and it's actually keeping my interest. I sat down to watch and work on some models at the same time and I found myself putting my work aside to focus on the show. I guess you could say the 21st century's answer to the old Land of the Lost franchise, but a lot less cheesy. Great characters, decent special effects and with Spielberg behind the scenes and Brannon Braga, involved - how can you go wrong?!