Sunday, 17 June 2018

Sector 102 // K. Cattrall Fishmen



There's been a lot of book reviews here recently (which is great for me), but I feel I need to get some miniatures back up and running. So with that in mind let's delve back into the out of print world of JDMG and head back to Sector 102, Mega City One. Now these are models I've had for a long while! They were all bought simply because I love fishmen monsters. But I lacked inspiration to do anything with them, that was until I read a tale in the Judge Dredd megazine. From this one story I've designed a whole gang around these lonely models.
Here is a page clip from the meg that inspired me:

Judge Dredd – The Call Of K. Cattrall Part 2 – By Arthur Wyatt and Paul Davidson

Info: Dredd and Psi-Judge Zheng are looking further into the decapitation of Zac Gammell, CEO of Gammell Industrial. When they come across an alien/mutant fishman race....

Now I'm a huge fan of Lovecraft and Cthulhu so straight away I got into this story. The artwork is also very beautiful.

So now with my inspiration I started digging in my cupboard of figures (it's quite a big cupboard), in there is a long forgotten mini of an out of print Dr Who Fishman model, who acted as my muse. So with my imagination running wild and this figure in hand I looked for more models to add. Within moments I had a collection of eight figures in a variety of poses and a River Troll. So what could be better than painting them and writing up a set of rules. So without further ado.....

++ Sector House 102 ++
++ To all Senior Judges ++
++ Subject: Unknown Alien/Mutant life form ++

"Be on the lookout for an Unknown Alien/Mutant life forms. Believed to be survivors from Dredd's K. Cattrall case. Already linked to 5 murders in Sector 102. Approach with caution and shoot on sight"
K. Cattrall Fishman
Class: Illegal Minion Credits: 95
Move: 5" AG: +0 Shoot: +0 Melee: +0 Melee Dice: 4D Will: +0 Arm: +3 Hits: 2
Weapons: Razor Sharp Claws ( Damage 1 AP -5)
Special: Leathery Skin (Arm +3), Slimy Scales (Count as Suction Pads)










K. Cattrall Fishman leader
Class: Illegal Hero Level 1 Credits: 145
Move: 5" AG: +0 Shoot: +0 Melee: +2 Melee Dice: 4D Will: +0 Arm: +3 Hits: 3
Weapons: Razor Sharp Claws ( Damage 1 AP -5)

Special: PSI score 4 Leathery Skin (Arm +3), Slimy Scales (Count as Suction Pads)
Talents: Skilled and Deadly, Concussive Blast





Smooth-Hound
Type: Infantry Illegal Minion Cost: 30 Credit
Move: 6" Agility: +0 Shoot: - Melee: +2 Melee Dice: 3D Will: +0 Armour: +2 Hits: 1

Heighten Senses: Smooth-Hounds gain a +2 bonus to Will checks made against enemies using Sneaky Does It Talents.
Bite: 1 Damage -2 AP



Big Guy
Type: Infantry Illegal Minion Cost: 105 Credits
Move: 3" Agility: -2 Shoot: -1 Melee: +4 Melee Dice: 1D Will: +0 Armour: +3 Hits: 6
Weapons: Razor Sharp Claws ( Damage 1 AP -5)
Special: Leathery Skin (Arm +3)
Bulky: Once a Big Guy gets going, there is little that can stop him! If two consecutive Move or Melee actions are taken in the same turn, then the second action must be made in a completely straight line, but he will move an additional D10+2". In addition all Close Combat attacks will ignore all Armour except against vehicles and have a damage score equal to the Big Guy's remaining hits. Big Guy's can only move in clear terrain.

Fat: Can't climb ladders, ride in normal vehicles but can sit in the back of a van or lorry. Can only move through doors wide enough for the base and is immune to knockdowns.



As you can tell it's still early days on this project and I want to make more Big Guys and a pure leader hero version. But let me know what you think and maybe do a bit of play testing for me. As always until next time.

Tuesday, 5 June 2018

Book Review 26 // Sea of Sorrows by James A. Moore

As mentioned in yesterday's post I am back from my holidays and attempting to catch up on some blogging. The joy of holidays away is getting some much needed reading completed. So not only did I complete the Praetorian of Dorn, I also managed the third book in the Alien series. If you haven't seen the other reviews follow these handy links-

What this does mean is that I am now at book Eleven of Eighteen for my Books of 2018! Seven books to go to complete my challenge and six months to complete it by. With that in mind let's jump into this review.

Title: Sea of Sorrow


Publisher: Titan Books

Format: Paperback

Page Count: 352

Commercial Fluff: "As a deputy commissioner for the ICC, Alan Decker’s job is to make sure the settlements on LV178 follow all the rules, keeping the colonists safe. But the planet known as New Galveston holds secrets, lurking deep beneath the toxic sands dubbed the Sea of Sorrows.


The Weyland-Yutani Corporation has secrets of its own, as Decker discovers when he is forced to join a team of mercenaries sent to investigate an ancient excavation. Somewhere in that long-forgotten dig lies the thing the company wants most in the universe—a living Xenomorph. Decker doesn’t understand why they need him, until his own past comes back to haunt him. Centuries ago, his ancestor fought the Aliens, launching a bloody vendetta that was never satisfied. That was when the creatures swore revenge on the Destroyer…Ellen Ripley."


Review


For those who don't know the series Sea of Sorrows is a sequel to Tim Lebbon's opening novel Alien: Out of the Shadows. The tale happens roughly 300 years later in the Alien timeline. Early on in the story we get introduced to Decker, a descendent of Ellen Ripley (yes the movie heroine). It is also revelled early on that this hive of Xenomorphs can detect his dna and his link to Ripley. Making him a prime target whenever they attack. Expect why me!? and it's coming straight at me!

Overall the story is really good. Action scenes are spread out and well paced (an issue with some Alien Novels). Whilst once again Weyland-Yutani is the real villain of the piece as they continue to attempt to capture one of these foul beasts. The cast of characters is large and I do find myself not caring when they start getting killed off. Only a few of the side characters get any real background info delivered about them so it is hard to care, but if they all got page time then this tale would be longer than Lord of the Rings!

The ending seems to arrive nicely packaged and wrapped in bow. The events of this book ultimately will be covered up and one day forgotten (a bit like me) by Weyland-Yutani. Unfortunately for me it left to many unanswered questions. Why did the ship crash there? Why were these aliens collecting Xenomorphs? How can they remember Ripley's genes? How could the company forget they once had resources in that system? Is it the planet seen in Alien: Covenant?

If you are an Alien fan and want a bit of a mindless read then this book is for you. If you have read it drop me some comments.

Monday, 4 June 2018

Book Review 25 // Praetorian of Dorn by John French

I'm coming back fresh from a holiday in the UK. The time there flew past to quickly and maybe a blog entry about that adventure will come another time. The big note worth mentioning is the fact my phone completely died on me so my only reading material I had was this book and one other. The first book to get reviewed is Praetorian of Dorn. This book represents book Ten in my quest to complete my Books of 2018. Let's dive in!

Title: Praetorian of Dorn

Author: John French

Publisher: Black Library

Format: Paperback

Page Count: 400

Commercial Fluff: "As the first assault on the Solar System begins, the strength of the Imperial Fists and the seemingly impregnable fastness they have built is tested at last…

Recalled from the Great Crusade after Ullanor, Rogal Dorn and the VIIth Legion were appointed as the Emperor’s praetorians – but only after the Warmaster’s treachery was revealed did the full extent of that sacred duty become apparent. Now, the Solar System comes under attack for the first time since the war began, and many of the seemingly impregnable defences wrought by the Imperial Fists prove inadequate. With all eyes fixed firmly upon this new threat beyond the gates of Terra, who in turn will protect Dorn from the enemy within?

At last, Rogal Dorn and the VII Legion take centre stage in a Horus Heresy novel! And it's a doozy, as the assault on the Solar System begins. Or does it?"

Review

I was excited to see this novel in the library so scoped it up straight away. It is book number 39 in the series, yes I am still jumping all over the timeline like a bad Back to the Future spoof. The real excitement for me came from the fact that it is written by John French. I really enjoyed his Ahriman novel so was excited to read another novel by him.

Praetorian of Dorn seems to finally give us a real tale involving Dorn and his Fists. Having spent most of the Heresy hidden on Terra it is nice to think he is finally getting some action. But wait he isn't the main character of the book! Instead we spend most of the novel following Archamus; leader of Dorn's Huscarl Bodyguard. It was great that French took the time to flesh out his character with flashbacks, that aided in building a character you could enjoy. Archamus is one of the oldest in the Legion and is a veteran builder and warrior that is now thrown into a style of war he was not built for and must start waging a war in the shadows.

This book is fall of intrigue and plot openers. It shows that the Alpha Legion have been playing a very long game, with agents seeded throughout the galaxy. This opened my mind to the following question: Was another rebellion in the planning before the Heresy? Why would the Alpha Legion seed warriors away on Terra? It also seemed that they were there before the outbreak of the war, so why are they there?

And this is what French wants us to question (I think). Paranoia is the focus of the novel, what exactly are Alpha Legion up to? Are they heroes, villians or a bit of both? Why did they make such a bold play and what if any of it was real or faked? I'm left wanting more, more Alpha Legion, more intrigue, more answers. Damn you French you have me hooked.

GO read this book and leave me your thoughts below.

Book Review 75 // Legion by Dan Abnett

With this forced leave from work I am finding time to start working my way through some of the bookshelves of shame. It's crazy to th...