Wednesday, 21 March 2018
Back here I presented a sketch showing what the Panzer Jager Mark One cybertank from The World of Drei looked like.
I found the above YouTube video by accident when doing some research on the Soviet Obyekt 279 heavy MBT. I've also done a piece over on my writing blog.
Now all I need to do is find a model of Obyekt 279, preferably in 10mm, if I can.
Thursday, 15 March 2018
Now ready for sale, Regroup, sequel to Mission One the third story in The World of Drei series now available.
Sergeant Alisa Volkova was having a bad day. A very bad day. An enemy cybertank had blown her truck over when it attacked the command post.
It could be worse, she could be dead. Her life would be a lot easier if she were dead.
Volkova now not only has to save herself, but also save her wounded commander.
Just to make life worse, she finds herself trapped behind enemy lines, facing the worst winter in Russia's long history of bad winters.
Regroup is the next exciting sequel in The World of Drei series, following on from Terror Tree, and Mission One.
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Wednesday, 7 March 2018
|Left to Right: Macross, Southern Cross, Genesis Climber Mospeada mecha.|
But, if you've been reading this blog for anytime, or have delved into the depths of my archive, you will know that I have a thing about sizes of things. Just check out my pieces comparing sizes of models here.
So, I wanted to add some observations on the problems of pleasing a fanbase, and trying to square the circle, to run out a well used cliché.
Size matters. The above illustration is from here.
The Robotech TV series was divided into three parts: The Macross Saga; The Masters; and The New Generation. Alternative titles being the First, Second and Third Robotech Wars. Harmony Gold put their show together by adapting three separate Japanese anime series.
The first was The Super Dimension Fortress Macross, alternative title Hyper Dimensional Fortress Macross. Macross is a big deal in Japan, probably second only to Gundam.
The second show used was Super Dimension Cavalry Southern Cross, which was originally the third in the Super Dimension series. And by series think, theme.
The third show used to create Robotech was Genesis Climber MOSPEADA. My Japanese friends tell me that Mospeada was a Japlish portmanteau word, for most speed or more speed.
So the size of each shows mecha differed considerably, not only because of the choices made by Harmony Gold, but because the original Japanese creators didn't have in mind some unified 'verse for wargamers to move models of the mecha around, while making pew-pew noises.
For general information, the Japanese really didn't take into account the market outside of Japan back in the eighties. I'm not fully convinced they do now, but things have got better.
NB: Super Dimension Century Orguss, which was the second official thematic sequel to Super Dimension series, Harmony Gold was unable to use due to issues over rights, see here for more details.
Thursday, 1 March 2018
|Taken with my Olympus 7-14mm F2.8 Pro, at 7mm, F8, 1.3 secs, ISO 200. Crop from 64 megapixel Hi-Res shot.|
This Visigoth tank from Dream Pod 9 is humongous, so much so that in my mind it better fits my 15mm Heavy Gear force than their 12mm line. It's so large it would have to be a giant Ogre style cybertank otherwise.
So, primed and first colour blocked out.
One step closer, which is going to be my mantra for this years work: one step at a time takes you one step closer to completion.
And, just so people can see how large this tank is, here it is with a squad of 15mm figures.
Saturday, 17 February 2018
Either way, I like to design my own.
I've shown my custom mecha models her, and Ogre cybertank proxies too. But now, now I'm moving towards designing my own cybertank design. Discounting in a few words all the work that went into OHMU Warmachine, but that's the past, my present need is for the look of the Panzer Jaeger Mark One.
The above is a quick sketch.
Oh yeah, You can get Terror Tree for free on the Kindle until the nineteenth.