I Ain’t Dead, Just Taking a Break


A quick PSA for any that might be interested.

Just incase some have been wondering, I ain’t dead, I’ve just been taking a break.
Due to a wide range of issues from health to personal life, I’ve been quiet a lot lately (with all the stuff going on one after another I could write a Country and Western song), but the show must go on, if only for my own sanity.

I’ve a few things lined up and another few things in the works, so be sure to check back soon, if only to see what goodies I’ve gotten my hands on.

Con Decompression Part 2: Cosplay


So welcome back to Part 2 of my Con Decompression. Dublin City Comic Con Anime Edition has still come and gone, and I’m still trying to decompress from it all. Still trying to quantify, correlate, and find the words to describe all that I saw and experienced. This time round we’re going to ramble and talk some nonsense about Cosplay. 

Now if it’s your first time hearing the word ‘Cosplay’, don’t be afraid. It’s not some crazy cult or some adult only game. Cosplay is basically dressing up as your favourite anime, manga, cartoon, comic book, video game or movie character. Think Halloween at a Con and you’ve got it.

You’ll probably want to go get a cup of tea or coffee before you buckle yourself in, as again this is probably going to be another long one.

I would first like to take a few moments to talk about ‘Cosplay is not Consent’.

If your not fimiliar with this concept/ code of conduct , or new to a Convention that has a Cosplay presence please allow me to fill you in (Parental tone activating ). 

Just because someone, whether that is a Man, Woman, or Child has gone to a Convention in Cosplay, it does in no right allow/ or entitle you:

  • To Touch that person in anyway.
  • To jump around that person in excitement or something similar.
  • To pressure that person into taking a photo with you or by you.

What is expected of you is:

  • To ask the person for permission to either take a photo of them or with them.
  • To respect a persons personal space.
  • Not to pressure the person in Cosplay for photos, signatures etc.
  • Not to stare at a person in Cosplay. Certain characters from Anime, Manga, Video games are hyper sexualised. Some of these elements may carry over to a persons costume but please, there’s no need to stare.
  • Cosplayers are artists, some have spent hours and maybe months working on their costumes so compliments are always welcome. Just be cool and kind.

(Parental tone disengaged)

Now just for the record I asked people in Cosplay if I could take their photos while at the Con, and they were cool with that.

Located on the ground floor of the Convention Center, just behind the traders could be found the Cosplay Village.


The Cosplay Village showcased an exhibition of professional Cosplayers, a repair station (to repair any unfortunate damage to ones costume), a makeup station, an exhibition of movie props, and a number of photo sets. Which I have to say was a great and unexpected inclusion.


The photo sets ranged in theme from Anime, to video games to movies…

As well as the Cosplay Village there were a number of panels and workshops running through out the weekend at the Cosplay Academy.

Some of the Cosplay panels included talks about Photography, How to take measurements for your costume, makeup, and how to choose a Cosplay character. 

The workshops focused on working with ‘Worbla’. ‘Worbla’ is a thermoplastic modelling material, similar in regards to EVA foam. Which when heated can be formed into different shapes, to make items such as armour and weapons. It is quickly becoming the go to material for Cosplayers.

These panels and workshops were in great demand at the Convention and I was unable to attend all of them.

The Cosplay segment of Dublin Comic Con Anime Edition concluded on Sunday with a Costume Contest hosted by Wayne Talbot of Rogue Comics and the Irishpubcast podcast.

All in all I think it was a great turnout over the weekend from Cosplayers and fans alike. It really goes to show how big the Irish Cosplay community is, and how big the Anime, Manga, Comic Book and Video Game community is that it deserved a Con focusing on itself, instead of being mixed in with a larger Convention.

Over the weekend  I met some awesome people and I’ve included some more photos of their awesome Cosplay costumes.



Until next time, I’ll see at the table.

– from The Man Cave 

Imperium Rising Part 7 – New Goodies


In December Games Workshop released a new Codex for the Adeptus Astartes… And in my opinion the best Codex… Codex: Dark Angels.

Don’t agree with me? Well it’s my blog so I get to say so 😝.
The Codex gives Dark Angels access to nearly all the new Primaris goodies, as well as new faction specific stratagems, warlord traits etc.

It’s not like some previous released or some of the spoiled codex’s obviously O.P (I’m looking at you Custodes), but is rather a more layered, synergistic codex.

I also picked up their Deck of Datacards, to help me pick out some of my favourite stratagems.

I do like how ‘The First Legion’ got access to the Primaris Marines, especially the Hellblasters & Reivers.

Two units of Hellblasters with Azriel, is quite resilient And puts out a decent amount of firepower. Personally I’m also a fan an Interogator Chaplain equipped with a jump pack tagging along with a unit of Grav Chuted Primaris Reivers.

I’m still playing around with what I like, and I no doubt have to get myself a Dreadnaught (what flavour I don’t know just yet). 

So until next time, I’ll see you at the table.

– from The Man Cave

Quick Look Artel W Miniatures – Inquisitor Gregor & The Chastener

Recently The Man Cave received a package from Artel W Miniatures.

During the Black Friday sales in November, I had a few quid to spare, so I ordered 2 models from Artel W Miniatures.
One of the models, I always wanted when a similar model was available from a different company in a larger scale. The other, was an original sculpt, based off a character from the same universe as the first.

Inquisitor Gregor

The Chastener

Come and join us as we take a quick look at these miniatures.

Until next time, I’ll see you at the table.

– from The Man Cave

Quick Look – Anvil Industry

With all the deals from Black Friday and Cyber Monday going on at the moment, it’s easy to overlook a deal or two for your plastic crack addiction.

I’ve previously mentioned a company, Anvil Industry, in a previous post regarding upgrading and expanding my Space Marine force for Warhammer 40K.
Well at the moment Anvil Industry are currently running a sale on their ‘Black Ops’ line of miniatures and parts.

We thought it would be nice to show off a range of parts that they do, to perhaps tempt you to part with some of your money.

Until next time, I’ll see you at the table.

– from The Man Cave

Product Quick Look – Citadel Painting Handle

The Man Cave has gone on a little spending spree recently. 

One of the new toys I’ve picked up is the recently released Games Workshop’s Citadel Painting Handle.

I did a little video, full of my usual nonsense and musings, so why not take a look.

Until next time, I’ll see you at the table.

Imperium Rising Part 6: Reinforcements Inbound 

I’m really enjoying 8th edition Warhammer 40k, especially ‘Open Play’. Myself and a friend, Dermot, have been enjoying just slapping down what we have on the table and going at it.

my current Dark Angels army stands at basically the contents of the old Dark Vengeance Starter Set, Which is :

HQ:

Company Master

Librarian 

Chaplain

Troops:

2 Tactical Squads (10 men each)

1 Combat Squad

Fast Attack:

Ravenwing Bike Squad (3 Bikers)

Elites:

Terminator Squad (5 Terminators)

I also have the recently released Primaris Captain but that’s it. 
It was time to go thru my bitz box and see what I have to work with in order to expand my chapter.

So after going thru my bitz box, I have enough parts for an Assault Squad, a Combat Squad, and 3 Scout Squads (1 squad with bolters, 1 squad with shotguns, and a close combat squad). I’m just missing a few parts (mostly legs for my troops).
Now being a bit strapped at the moment for GW prices or kits, I searched out an alternative company to Games Workshop in order to meet my hobby/ gaming needs.

Anvil Industry is a UK based company that offers a range of alternative resin models and parts for both 28mm SciFi and modern day military miniatures.

I ordered a range of bitz from themselves, from their ‘Black Ops’ and ‘Regiment’ range.

I’ve spent tonight giving the parts a little wash, to clean off any mold release that might still be present. To say that I find the level of detail impressive is an understatement. I can’t find any mold lines and flash is a minimum. I’ll show them off shortly but as a taster for my Scouts I’m going to be using Anvil Industry’s Medium Armour torso and Fatigues legs from their Regiment line.


Until next time, I’ll see you at the table.
– from The Man Cave

Imperium Rising Part 5: Open War & Tactical Objectives


In the grim dark universe of Warhammer 40,000 there is only War… And a bank balance in the minus.

So with dipping back into Warhammer 40k, I’ve picked up Games Workshops (GW) Tactical Objectives deck and their Open War deck.
Initial feelings on the decks is that one is a nice helpful aid, and the other is something I feel has been missing from the game for a long time. Can you guess which is which?

So, what do to think of these 2 decks? Will you be picking either up?

Until next time, I’ll see you at the table.

– from The Man Cave 

Imperium Rising Part 4: Converting the Primaris Captain


Following on from my previous post regarding the new Primaris Captain from Games Workshop, now that I have the Captain unboxed I’m going to do some conversion work.

As the model is mono pose, there’s not much I can do about that unless I want to hack the figure up, and for me that’s too much trouble. So instead I’m going to convert the bits and pieces that I am able to do.
So I’m planning on primarily part swapping and simple conversion work (something that anyone can do).

I’ll be using parts from the Dark Vengeance box (the chapter masters head, the spent ammo cases, and the chaos marine head), and I’ll be using an ammo drum from a spare Storm bolter.

I snipped off the gun strap, trimmed it back using my hobby knife, and then clipped off the existing ammo mag. I then glued on the ammo mag from the storm bolter (I could have used the ammo drum from the Primaris Captain sprue, but it was a little smaller than the storm bolter one).

So once I get the mini all cleaned from mold lines etc, it’s time to prime the model.

“An apple a day, keeps the Demon Primarch away”.

I have about 6 sub sections (head, main body, cloak, back pack, front tabard, and gun arm), I have now to paint before I can finish the Captain.

I have most of the Captain painted up in his base colours at the moment (still have to do some tidy up work tho). The paint I normally use for my golds is all used up, so I’m trying out GW’s ‘liberator gold’, so far I’m not impressed (the gold looks like a brown in the above pic, at least to me) but we’ll see how it goes. 

At the moment I’m deciding if, for his cape and waist cloth I should do white on the outside and red on the inside, or vice versa… Choices, choices.

I made my choice regarding the Captains cape…

I had a little accident during assembly, my stupid stubby fingers dropped the Captain while I was gluing him together, and he bounced across the kitchen floor. Surprisingly it wasn’t that drop that damaged his helmet, but rather the 2nd time I dropped him when he was only abou 3 inches (if that) of the ground.

All that’s left to do is a few highlights, a little bit more tidy up work, adding a bit more white to his cape, and his eyes (I’m thinking blue eyes).
Until next time, I’ll see you at the table.

– from The Man Cave

Imperium Rising Part 3: Primaris Captain 

The above, in my opinion is the best trailer Games Workshop (GW) has, to date produced. Not only does it preview the advancement of the 40k timeline and fluff, and introduces the new Primaris Marines, it’s an epic trailer.

Only days ago GW released their new Primaris Captain, and I happened to pick one up. 

So why not check out my little unboxing of the Primaris Captain.

Until next time, I’ll see you at the table.
– from The Man Cave