Wednesday, 29 June 2016

Happy Burger franchise

I'm not entirely sure how the Happy Burger chain fits into the background fluff for The Ion Age by Gavin Syme but it has caught my imagination.

There's something appealing about a dystopian future where the burger franchise is run by 'happy' robots and the source of the food is best not considered for too long. It's all very Blade Runner.

So I bought some vending bots and happy burger bots a while ago and intend to make my own burger bar for them to populate eventually. In the meantime I'll have to be content ogling the one on Beighton' Shipyard and waiting for the next available franchise.

Some time ago somebody posted some posters to Fwacebook that really suit the feel of the Happy Burger ethos. I'm not entirely sure where they're from and hope I'm not infringing any intellectual property by posting them here. I am in no way passing them off as my own work and will make them down if requested.

They are wonderful pieces of art that will one day find their way into my gaming table in miniature form.

Sunday, 19 June 2016

Fiddler Mech part 1

I assembled my first 15mm Fiddler Mech today. A stunning kit from White Dragon Miniatures in 16 pieces with amazing detail that was surprisingly simple to build.

The trickiest aspect of the build are the legs. Each leg has 3 pieces and a foot piece. It's worth dry-fitting them a few times to see how they go together, and it looks like you could get quite a variety of poses from the kit. I quite fancied a running pose, or a crouching pose so that those mandible-like arms could look like they're interacting with something on the ground. I'm the end I erred in the side of caution and settled for a pretty static pose. Well, it is my first attempt! I can get more adventurous with the next one.

The only downside to this model is that because of the way the moulds have been made, the sprue attaches in some really quite odd places, often over the top of some fine detail. I spent a few hours trimming and reshaping a few small areas so that the detail was mostly restored. A shame but don't let it put you off the model. I'm sure I didn't need to be so fussy over what are actually quite small areas.

I think the kit has a very insectoid look to it somehow. I may try to bring this out a bit when I paint it.

The Fiddler Mech is available from White Dragon Miniatures here: