Friday, 18 May 2018

"This is no cave..."

The X-Wing Miniatures Game remains a firm favourite at the school tabletop gaming club, a combination of simple, fun rules and great looking models sees it played on a regular basis.  It has been great fun building up the fleets to include special abilities, but I was keen to broaden the range of scenarios available in the time that we have allotted, enter 'Mr. Chompy!'
This Giant Space Worm is from 'Combatzone Scenery' and is made from plaster that has been specially impregnated with a resin to make it more durable and comes primed and ready to paint.  The detailing is such that having airbrushed the basic colours, I simply added further colour by dry brushing before picking out a few details here and there.
Although the space slug comes in a few piece it is fairly simple to put together.  That said in my enthusiasm to get it ready for painting, I forgot to pin the head and tail, all seems fine and secure at the moment, but I am worried that I may come to regret that somewhat hasty decision.
At some point, I might try and mind some clear plastic rod to replace the rather obvious black one, but it is fine as it is for the moment.   
This is a fun addition to any game, with unwary ships likely to be missing a chunk or two if they fly too close! The additional rules allow the 'Mr. Chompy' to attack up to range one, causing another variable to an already fun game.  





51 comments:

  1. What a great looking active scenery piece Michael. The colours you've chosen and expertly applied, give the whole piece life

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  2. Brilliant model and nicely painted. Great fun as well.

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  3. He is a great looking space critter! I'm positively sure that he is going to become a star in a lot of X-Wing scenarios to come. :)

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    1. Thank you Mr. Nimrod, he is already proving to be a bit of a menace!

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  4. hmmm har! No offense meant to you at all good sir. However I feel it needs a bigger rock as it seems to outgrown that asteroid!

    Nicely done none the less

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    1. He is wonderfully absurd isn't he.

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  5. Having perused their website after your post on the escape pod, I had noted this item, but wasn't expecting to see it on here. Lovely work, Michael.

    Now, do they do an expansion for Imperial Assault INSIDE a space slug? Tiles for the innards, little Mynocks on flyong stands, etc? And if not, why not? That would be an interesting scenario to play, two opposing forces battling each other in its guts, with a time limit on how soon they'd be digested or overcome by swarms of Mynocks.

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    1. Thank you Jez, they do a couple of versions, or certainly used to. As for Imperial Assault inside the space slug, oh yes! What an idea!

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  6. Looks a little large for the rock in which it is hiding :-) . But that's just being over-fussy; this is a very nice monster (if that's not a contradiction!)

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    1. He is certainly built for laughs and has proved hilarious in the games too. Getting too close can really spoil your day!

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  7. “There she blows!”, Michael!! Corking posting, and what a great addition to any “X-Wing” starfield. The size of the head and tail seem suitably large enough for you not to regret simply gluing them in place, unless the parts were hollow? Are you planning on doing the 2nd Edition of “X-Wing” perchance? Seems to have been a rather contentious decision by “Fantasy Flight”...

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    1. Thank you Simon and all pieces are solid and I am happy to report holding well. I can't see me going for the second addition, I don't really justify the version I have now to be honest. At least by having it at school it is getting some use.

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  8. Marvelous work again, Michael. I wouldn't know where to start on that twisting mass of inhumanity! :)

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    1. Thank you Dean, I was a bit worried myself, but in the end I just blocked in the base colours and took it from there.

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  9. Excellent work Michael! I‘ve never been into X-Wing, but you certainly make it look like I‘ve missed something.

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    1. Thank you Nick. X-wing is a lot of un, quick to learn and plan with a load of great looking models to collect.

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  10. Inspired work...as always!

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  11. Fun looking piece and probably very deadly too

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    1. Thank you Joe and he can be if your ship sails too close to his mouth.

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  12. Very strange & interesting miniature. Nice job on it Michael.

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    1. It is certainly a giggle when old Mr. Chompy hits the board. :)

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  13. He looks like such a happy slug. :-)

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    1. We are still talking about the model aren't we? :D

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  14. Stupendous Michael! What a great piece to have on the tabletop :)

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    1. Thank you so much Tamsin, he certainly brings a smile to everyone's face when he is on the table.

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  15. That is a great fun piece Micheal, and your painting of it is top notch as always. He's a bit of a "tiddler" compared to the movie version, lets hope "mum" doesn't make an appearance!

    Cheers Roger.

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    1. Thank you Roger, although would it be great to have a larger version on the table, mind you we would need a bigger table.

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  16. Awesome work Michael - that is utterly ace! :)

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    1. Thank you so much, he was a blast to paint.

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    1. Thank you Barks and I have to say that I am warming to the black rod now, especially having seem him on the table.

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  18. Great addition to your collection

    Ian

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  19. That's a great looking scenery piece Michael! Hopefully it will hold up even without pinning

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    1. Thank you, certainly seems to be holding at the moment, so fingers crossed.

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  20. That's a fantastic paint job Michael. Nice! Is it just me or does the head of the sculpture look a tad like a whale's head? Must be the slight bump in its head. Regardless the paint job looks great! :)

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  21. That's a really cool terrain piece and you've done yer usual smashing effort with the brushes. No 2nd Edition for me either - my few 1st edition ships rarely see the light of day as it is.

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  22. Not a big fan of the piece with its tail sticking out like that, it's almost like a legless turtle. Though I admire your brushwork and think it will provide some great new challenges for the game.

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