Thursday, January 30, 2014

Bitspudlo Wolf Re-Visit

Hi everyone,

Today I am giving a quick re-review of the Bitspudlo wolf.  I am revisiting this subject because I want to compare it to the GW Thunder Wolf.

I have taken shots from front and back, both sides and from the top; just like I did with the Basicks wolf. So lets start.


As with the Basicks wolf, the most distinctive feature between these wolves is the style of the sculpting.  The GW wolf is far more stylistic than the Bitspudlo wolf, and to be honest the quality of the GW sculpting is fairly superior as well. The GW wolf is also more dynamically posed, while the Bitspudlo wolf is more static, but this is a matter of taste and perspective.  Personally I don't mind the static pose of the Bitspudlo wolf, in fact I think it is becoming.  Having said that, Bitspudlodo have more dynamically posed wolves in their collection.


Personally, the only two things going for the Bitspudlo wolf are its size and strangeness.  Its bulkiness gives it a robustness that the GW wolf does not have, and its appearance, so strange, gives the Bitspudlo wolf an eeriness that redeems it.

Unlike the Basicks wolf, the only reason I would recommend anyone to buy this is if they really need/want it for some modelling project.  For example, I want it for a Iron Priest mount in my Space Wolf army.  Unfortunately, with the the rumour that there will be a new SW codex this year, I will not be doing this for now. Otherwise I would recommend the GW wolves every time.  They are simply better casted, better constructed and offer better build options.  They are also better value for money when it comes to wargaming.

I will be back after February with more great wolf comparisons from another company, namely Masq-Mini wolves.  I have four of them - enough for 4 posts!  Please do not ask a review of the Mr.Dandy wolves.  I don't have any and personally - I do dislike them with a passion.

Well, that's all for now.

Farewll and good health,


        NR

Saturday, January 11, 2014

Procrastination Payload

Hi everyone,

As you have probably noted I have not yet produced any article yet on modelling or army building.  There is a very good reason for this and it has nothing to do with me procrastinating, even though the title says so.

Actually, it does have to do with procrastination, or with the effects through the years.  I have a bad, bad, bad habit.  I tend to procrastinate and eventually loose interest in what I am doing and then something else captures my attention or imagination and I end up starting something new.  The previous project gets shelved or scrapped.
I have mentioned this before and I have made resolutions to change my silly, unproductive ways.  In fact, I was and have already begun to change the pattern.  I had to stop in September to December because I entered the Hobbylink TV modelling competition which took up all my spare time.

That has passed now, so I took the opportunity to take my study apart and do a small census on what I have stocked up in my hobby cupboard.   I found so much stuff packed up in boxes that I have completely forgotten about, including some half-done or half-started kits. No mother Hubbard syndrome here!

One kit that surprised me was an old AT-AT Star Was kit from MPC.  I did not even know I had this kit, and I can't even remember where I got it from or if anyone gave it to me? It is a little beauty and my first reaction was to start gluing it all together - I know I'm impossible - but I resisted.  I packed it all up and put it away.

So, to cut a long story short, I went through everything and sorted everything out.  I made a list of the things I will have to do first in order to catch up with my back log.  The rest of the projects I want to do, will have to wait - including that cool AT- AT (shucks!).

So the first bulk of work that will start to appear on this blog will be the following:-
  • The Minotuar Vs Lamenter vignette.
  • The Space Wolf diorama 'Counter Strike'.
  • A 1/72 King Tiger diorama (probably the longest shelved project I had!).
  • My 15mm Dwarf army and 10mm High Elf army.
  • My Dystopian Wars COA battle force - I need to finish this in order to join in the fun.
  • My Space Wolf force.  I have been dragging this for so long its shameful.
  • Last but not least, several 54/70mm figures than are in various stages of completion including
    • Conan the Barbarian
    • Wolverine
    • A Viking Warrior
    • A Celtic Warrior
There were several other things which no long hold any interest for me, so I scrapped them altogether.  Other things like models and kits I see no use for I will sell or part-exchange.  This is a fresh start, and one I want to achieve and manage sensibly.

During the following months I will start to post articles on the above mentioned projects as I start to work on them and hopefully finish them as soon as possible.  I will start nothing else - not even for competitions.  I've projected at least a year to get through everything.

In between project posts, I will publish reviews on kits I buy or have bought and other commentaries.  This will give me time to get work done on the projects.  Next February, though, will be dedicated to 'Laputa', the diorama I build for the Hobbylink TV competition. So stay tuned for that.  I promise it will be interesting.  Well that is all for now.

Farewell and good heath,

    NR

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Mirkwood Rangers discontinued?

Hi everyone,

I recently ordered some stuff from Wayland Games, including the  plastic Mirkwood Rangers from the last Hobbit movie: The Desolation of Smaug.

Guess what!  I recieve an email saying that they are discontinued!  Already!  Wow, that was quick!  Below is a snipet of the email I recieved.

Regarding your recent order reference 140101-112654-8833 we regret to inform you that we have been notified by our suppliers that the product:
'99121463006 - Mirkwood Rangers'

is no longer available and has been discontinued which means that we are unable to fulfill this item on your order. If you would be so kind as to contact us indicating whether you would prefer its' value to be refunded to store credit or to your original payment method we shall action that for you immediately.

We sincerely apologise for any inconvenience caused.

So, does anyone have some info on what is going on?  Was there a production defect?  Were they not approved?

Please let me know if anyone has any answers.  Farewell and good health,





   NR

Friday, January 3, 2014

Horus Heresy 'Calas Typhon' from Forge World

Hi everyone,

I just opened up my email to find this beauty in my inbox, and I just had to share it with the blog-o-sphere of modelers.  I have to take my hat off to the guys at Forge World for this fantastic miniature.

My only gripe is the base.  Don't get me wrong, it is cool, but for all that resin, I would have prefered to build my own base and have Forge World sell it cheaper!

Besides that the figure is fantastic and I definitely will be getting this after Lorgar.  You can find the link to Typhon here.

Once again that is all,#

Farewell and good health,





    NR

Thursday, January 2, 2014

Review on Request - Basicks Wolf Comparison

Hi everyone,

I'm back with my first post for 2014.  This time I am revisiting the Basicks Wolf on request.  The gentleman that asked for this review wanted to know how the Basicks wolf compares with the GW Thunder Wolves.  To my eternal astonishment I do not know why I did not make this comparison in the original post in the first place?

Well enough with the talk, it is time to see some pictures.  I have taken several pictures from the left and right sides and front and back besides one from the top.

As you can see they are roughly the same size.  In my first post I said that the Basicks wolf was slightly slenderer, but I was mistaken.  I initially compared the Basicks wolf with the GW wolf when it was still on the sprue.  This was why I probably made the mistake.  I will fix the original post review.  The Basicks wolf is rather thicker in the waist and minutely wider in the chest.  This might vary with the other GW wolves.  I have not assembled them yet so I cannot say accurately.

Another difference that struck me was the texture of the fur.  The GW wolf's fur is very stylistic and cad-like compared to the Basicks wolf - which is more natural in my opinion.  This could work either way for the army collector tastes.  It could bring diversity or stand out to the point of being an irritant. The choice is finally up to the collector/gamer and his or her tastes.

The second difference is with the heads of the wolves.  The Basicks wolf's head is slightly shorter in length but wider from the front.  This gives the Basicks wolf a bulkier, heavy set look which I find more attractive, but does not diminish the GW wolf.  They are just different that way. 


Over all, I think it comes down to what you want the wolves for and how much you are inclined to spend.  If you are building a Space Wolf army, I would definitely go with the GW wolves.  They are more bang for your buck plus they come with a load of extras and a box contains three wolves.  If I were building a large force, I might buy one of the Basicks wolves with saddle as a leader or character mount.  They do tend to stand out being somewhat stockier and, in my humble opinion, better looking.

If you want to build a diorama or show case piece then I personally would spend the extra quid and go with the Basicks Wolf.   I think the Basicks wolf would just look better with a good paint job, a nice stand and in a diorama or vignette.  Mind you I have seen whole squads of the Basicks wolves, among other companies, in Space Wolf armies, but these were before GW issued their product.

Well that is all for now.  Next week I will be back with another review correction, the Bitspudlo wolf, until then,

Farewell and good health.




   NR

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