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I love the details and the taxi cabs in particular!
You can’t beat a classic bank job with a high body count. A great batrep Alexander!
But more to the point, who is Clarke???
Nothin’ but trouble, I’d say. Nothin’ but trouble.
Aerial thingy looks like an old drop pod or booster engine – pretty cool!
It all looks super grungetastic Northern Monkey. Love it.
Brilliant set up and an entertaining batrep. Thanks for posting this!
And I forgot to say thanks Stewart!
Serendipity-tastic! I’m driving the clan around the North in a 27′ motorhome in July. Looks like there’ll be a few extra stops!
I have fond memories of Black Rock Sands – drove an Astra Estate on the beach when I was 12, and me and my Dad had a kite get utterly shredded there by the winds! We stayed in a static caravan during some weather-induced power cuts, huddled around a couple of candles. Happy times!
Now it’s my kids’ turn…
Your stuff makes me want to play my old copy of Hellfire again…
All smashing, but I particularly like Tetchy Tom.
‘Unusual herbs and spices’ eh?
Never trust a man with a Stonehaven copy of a North Korean counterfeit of a Swiss prosthetic implant.
Great idea for a vignette. Intrigued to see you use this set up in a game…
Dune was released in 84 (later than I though), so yes, the gribbliness was most definitely in evidence prior to that. But I acknowledge that Dune does have a gribblification all of it’s own.
Ishtar is obviously a riddle, wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma. And very handy with a KR16 assault rifle.
Oh, very cool! Ishtar’s a cyberpunk!
Now I want to know how he ended up with cyberware! I’d like to say a Razor Hound took his leg, but I’m guessing he’s an ECM veteran or something?
“Ya want some black-market pharmaceuticals? Go see Tin-Leg Ish, he’ll sort ya right.”
Does Ishtar have a cybernetic leg? Or is it one his nearly famous patented Silver Space Wellies™?
Looking good BTW. I like how the wagon looks ever so slightly floaty.
Good blog post Madaxeman! Made me smile when I saw the image of the Meridian stand, as I did the artwork of the Brit and the Prussian used on their banner and I’d not seen it.
I heartily approve of your magnificent Hosenschlange.
And I like your Juan Sanchez Ramirez de Villa Lobos. There can be only one!
Urgh. An oldie but not a goldie. She’s a munter.
Because of this thread, I have now dug out my ancient Citadel Spacefarers, Denizen and Asgard space loons for some paint-stick action. Wish me luck.
For a set up that small, that all looks rather grand. Great report!
And speaking of progress… anything new to tease us with AB?
It’s interesting that Kev White of Hasslefree sculpted the first three examples of new school posted by AB, possibly reflecting Kev’s own media tastes. But it would be rather cool if Mr White sculpted something in an old school SF style, like the Spacelords and the redone Asgard ranges.
I so want this to happen!
If you look at the era’s comic art as Rhoderic points out, you have to include Jodorowsky and Moebius’ Incal and Meta Barons work, as well as Philippe Druillet’s Lone Sloane (which had an influence on Laserburn and 40k). Über gribbly and much the better for it. A lot of early 2000AD stuff was also heavy on the widgets and doodads, with the art being much less dark and more baroque, more textured, and consequently more alien and futurey.
Baroque can be defined as “Extravagant, complex, or bizarre, especially in ornamentation”. I went to art school don’t ya know, can you tell?
I suppose you could call it ‘retro weird SF’, as opposed to the ‘feasible SF’ of current taste.
I call it ‘baroque gribblies’. And it’s a style I really like. The old Asgard space pirates from AA are just one end of the 80s spectrum, whereas the Spacelords range are more early 90s. Both ranges are examples of the sci-fi book cover art styles of the late 70s and early 80s, and are indicative of the time. Even the first Citadel Imperial Marines follow the same aesthetic and are hugely popular. Now, I don’t know if its a nostalgia thing, but I much prefer this style over the more ‘modern’. To me, it suggests ‘unknowable far future’ rather than the more near-future, plausible designs of current manufacturers.
The cleaner lines of more modern SF ranges are definitely reflective of other medias such as console and PC games and the aesthetics in movies. It’s also a different style to the post-Alien grungy, lived-in type of Hollywood SF that was hugely popular in the late 80s onwards. The grunge look has only really been eclipsed by the clean manga SF style in recent years.
I’ll stop waffling now. Yes, I am drinking.
Loving the grow-domes! So verdant and domey.
Those look the business!
Another little cracker! Will Joseph get a partner or does he police Stonehaven all on his lonesome?
Oh, and you totally need to call that Bounty Hunter ‘Able Kane’…
Lefty the ‘ped has been at the Slush Puppies again I see… and Righty seems to find it funny. Jurapeds are sooooo immature.
But Ishtar’s ride is looking good so far.
Oh yes indeed!
I try not to do any intricate patterns in case I pass out.
I do the same thing when I’m drawing.
Very enjoyable write up. That’s the good stuff right there.
My thanks go to Editor Mike for helping out kyote in his hour of need.
Indeed. Top bloke!
I’m not seven foot tall, nor hairless, nor blue, nor do I scowl menacingly very much
Oh Roderic, you disappoint us…
And War Panda – thank you! One tries.
*cough* splutter* Good heavens man! Surely to goodness you mean KR 16? Or the forthcoming skirmishified rules AB is cooking up?
But yeah, as you said, they are excellent.
…initially I found Kometenmelodie a tad too dreary and miserable-looking a planet…
That’s probably how the first wave of colonists felt then!
Doh! Soz mate.
Maybe a battered underside and grav modules (as Kometenmelodie is harsh) and a fancy ‘jingle truck’ style gaudy roof?
Good one Shaun! Nice avatar there kyote! Mine’s better though…
“My mind is going…”
Looking gooooood. Is Ishtar’s ride going to get a fancy-schmancy decorative paint job? Or are you going for battered and worn?
AB’s fluff is great, and is just loose enough for the old Traveller GM in me to hang loads of the good stuff on.
Rhoderic, I’m liking the Stonehaven Milk and Sugar Riots, it got my scenario gland going. What if our dastardly ex-RDF duo were undertaking their heist as the riots were kicking off? That would be an intense scenario I think!
And what if the aged old don of the Wasberg familia decided to grab some compensation for his losses once the supply shuttles started dirtsiding again? Wasbergs private contractors try and seize several ship’s worth of containers from the shuttle port – The Stonehaven Kraftwerks Compound? Unfortunately for the mercs, BPI black operators/agents have been dispatched to protect some illicit company shipments. And the RDF have had some legit intel about the Wasberg hit from a local Junker informant…
Argh! The gland! It spews!!
I reckon a couple of dishonourably discharged RDF gunsharks, with a few debts and fully loaded KR16 knock-offs from an illicit Badlander 3D print facilitator, could easily ‘acquire’ a significant amount of neuro from the Venerable House of Wasberg if need be. Unless the family have been generous to the mercenary cartels again.
I feel a scenario seed is a-germinating…
Looking good! Consider the idea pilfered.