Welcome, Guest
Please Login or Register.    Lost Password?

Grendel and Ainsty Sci-Fi accessories discussion
(1 viewing) (1) Guest
Go to bottomPage: 12345678
TOPIC: Grendel and Ainsty Sci-Fi accessories discussion
#5789
Grendel and Ainsty Sci-Fi accessories discussion 9 Years, 6 Months ago  
Update:

Because of the wonderful Dwarven Forge sale, I will be cutting back severely on my part of the Ainsty order, but I will still be ordering a few items.
Sorry, I do not have unlimited funds.
All of the items I will be ordering have pertinence to the comparison between Grendel and Ainsty though.
No worries on the comparison then.

Thought you all should know now so that there would not be any concerns later.

Have a great day!
Guest
Posts: 0
User Offline Click here to see the profile of this user
The administrator has disabled public write access.
 
#5790
Grendel and Ainsty Sci-Fi accessories discussion 9 Years, 6 Months ago  
Rabid Fox,

Thanks for the Info... Although I have been Gaming for a Very Long time, and Collecting odd bits and Pieces of this and that along the way, until Recently (Say the Last Decade), I had never really stayed in one place long enough to develope those sorts of relationships with the Stores themselves... (Now, as previously stated, I am in something of a Game Store Vacum)... It is interesting however to watch the Changes over the Years in terms of the Multitude of "Spin-off" Hobbies, but I suppose at the Core is the Simple truth that RPG's are in fact Spin-offs of Wargaming even if Many are to young to realize it So in some way perhaps things are coming full circle and RPG's will have to be Supported as a side note to the Overall Gaming Phenomena... Even So I would Love to See the Glory days of Full Blown RPG Support return!

IO,

Wow! Nicely done... (Again), those Pieces really look Great. I am particularly impressed with the Detailing on the Doors, they are tieing in very well with the DF... Also your terrific Work on the Various "Room" pieces would make Emirill Proud... "Kick it up another Notch!!!!"...<Chuckle>... So what are you folks going to use them for? I see Space Marines, but what System are you Going to be actually running? 40K Tactical Stuff, RPG Stuff Etc? And Again this is such a testiment to how Versatile DF is when used with other Terrain...
MyLordVoid
Minotaur Lord
Posts: 2552
User Offline Click here to see the profile of this user
Location: Florida... (The One in North A
The administrator has disabled public write access.
"To Succeed We Attack!"
 
#5791
Grendel and Ainsty Sci-Fi accessories discussion 9 Years, 6 Months ago  
Rabidfox wrote:

Because of the wonderful Dwarven Forge sale, I will be cutting back severely on my part of the Ainsty order, but I will still be ordering a few items.
Sorry, I do not have unlimited funds.
All of the items I will be ordering have pertinence to the comparison between Grendel and Ainsty though.
No worries on the comparison then.


I’m hearing you brother! Talk about bargain basement! What’s troubling me the most is you guys know I’m always on the lookout for bargain DF from the locals, and one day before DF decided to have the little Blowout I made an agreement with the local store owner for his last three Sci-Fi starters at his cost. I don’t know the price because he was on his way to a Trade Show in Vegas and said we would do the deal once he returns at the beginning of next week. But I know it’s not going to be that nice $25 dollar price tag, it’s hard to beat %50 off. I am a man of honor and shook on the deal so I’ll stick to it, but I will bring up the sale on the DF site. Maybe soften him up a little. Plus we’ve decide to direct a few bucks towards this little sale regardless. It’s just too hard to pass up.

I’ve been cursing around the Ainsty site again and in the “future� plan on buying a few of their Sci-Fi pieces to round out the Grendel stuff. My favorite is the “Spacesuit-Rack�

One thing Rabid, I’ve only placed one order from Ainsty in the past so this may just be a fluke. I remember ordering the stuff and it took months to arrive, so long in fact I had almost forgotten about it. That doesn’t mean it didn’t arrive and that’s the most important thing. So we’ll be ordering again, the stuff is top notch. Just possibly be prepared for a bit of a wait. Maybe you could pull a few Industry strings for a good-discount and rush-delivery.

MLV wrote:

Wow! Nicely done... (Again), those Pieces really look Great. I am particularly impressed with the Detailing on the Doors, they are tieing in very well with the DF... Also your terrific Work on the Various "Room" pieces would make Emirill Proud... "Kick it up another Notch!!!!"...<Chuckle>... So what are you folks going to use them for? I see Space Marines, but what System are you Going to be actually running? 40K Tactical Stuff, RPG Stuff Etc? And Again this is such a testiment to how Versatile DF is when used with other Terrain...

"Doing my best Groucho Marks impression" Thank-you, thank-you, thank-you, I try my best". One note; those camo Space Marines, Shawn another member of the core-crew painted, he has a whole army of them, excellent player and painter. As for “Tieing the pieces in with the DF� it’s really simple the Red does it all.

So what are you folks going to use them for?

Star Wars is the name of the game! Shawn, again, has every and I mean every SW RPG sorcebook to date, and is so well read in the SW Universe it’s insane. He’s planning on running a Rebel ERA campaign for us. Which leads me to the other nice little barging I got from the game store the other day. 42 cases of the Rebel Storm for $4 bucks each, now we have no idea what’s in those packs until we receive them, but we are not in it for the collecting obviously we’re just looking for numbers of individual types, Storm Trooper’s, Rebel Guard, etc. The rest we will use as trade to acquire the desired amounts.

Thats the plan for now, but I'm sure in the future there will be many other uses for the Sci-Fi stuff.
invincibleoverlord
Orc
Posts: 326
User Offline Click here to see the profile of this user
Location: windy South Florida
The administrator has disabled public write access.
"Its either a wand to cast Bigby's Hand spells or a +3 backscratcher. We're not sure which."
 
#5792
Grendel and Ainsty Sci-Fi accessories discussion 9 Years, 6 Months ago  
&#65279;Rabid Fox,

Thanks for the Info... Although I have been Gaming for a Very Long time, and Collecting odd
bits and Pieces of this and that along the way, until Recently (Say the Last Decade), I had never
really stayed in one place long enough to develope those sorts of relationships with the Stores
themselves... (Now, as previously stated, I am in something of a Game Store Vacuum)... It is
interesting however to watch the Changes over the Years in terms of the Multitude of "Spin-off"
Hobbies, but I suppose at the Core is the Simple truth that RPG's are in fact Spin-offs of
Wargaming even if Many are to young to realize it So in some way perhaps things are coming
full circle and RPG's will have to be Supported as a side note to the Overall Gaming
Phenomena... Even So I would Love to See the Glory days of Full Blown RPG Support
return!


What is funny is that for folks back in the 70s to do anything in Sci-Fi, they had to role play.
Did not the original Traveler RPG start back in 1976?
I know the first issue of White Dwarf Magazine was published in 1977 and was talking about SF
RPGs mostly.
I think my first issue of WD was #32. Where are they now? 300 something.
I stopped my WD sub in the 220s; GW was going places I did not want to go.
FASA hit the streets in 1981.
Their BattleDroids, which became BattleTech after a serious note from George Lucas' lawyer,
only came out in 1985.
I believe that was the first solid miniature wargaming sci-fi to come out.
TSR came out with 1st Ed. Star Frontiers in that early period.
Anyone know when exactly? I do not remember.
How about Starguard 1st edition? That has been around forever.

Hey, just a thought, but can anyone remember that wargame that used stuffed animals instead of
miniatures?
My elder son was looking to acquire a copy of the game.

Anyway, no manufacturer was willing to produce figures for what they thought was a temporary
fluke phenomenon - science fiction.
Most companies thought it would go back to the obscure side of the market like it had been for
the last 90 years before.
They thought Star Wars, then Battlestar Galactica and Buck Rogers would just falter and go no
where like Star Trek: TOS and Space 1999 were apparently doing.
What a laugh, right?

The manufacturers felt only the Second World War and like subjects had any enduring market
share.
I wonder what those folks say now.

I also wonder how many gamers here even played with the HO/OO Airfix soldiers.
Then again, how many are old enough to even remember those plastic figures.
That is where a lot of the 40-something gamers got their start with gaming.

Anyway, I guess that is all the reminiscing for this evening.
Have a great day!
Guest
Orc
Posts: 0
User Offline Click here to see the profile of this user
The administrator has disabled public write access.
 
#5793
Grendel and Ainsty Sci-Fi accessories discussion 9 Years, 6 Months ago  
Rabidfox wrote:

Because of the wonderful Dwarven Forge sale, I will be cutting back severely on my part of the Ainsty order, but I will still be ordering a few items.
Sorry, I do not have unlimited funds.
All of the items I will be ordering have pertinence to the comparison between Grendel and Ainsty though.
No worries on the comparison then.


I’m hearing you brother! Talk about bargain basement! What’s troubling me the most is you guys know I’m always on the lookout for bargain DF from the locals, and one day before DF decided to have the little Blowout I made an agreement with the local store owner for his last three Sci-Fi starters at his cost. I don’t know the price because he was on his way to a Trade Show in Vegas and said we would do the deal once he returns at the beginning of next week. But I know it’s not going to be that nice $25 dollar price tag, it’s hard to beat %50 off. I am a man of honor and shook on the deal so I’ll stick to it, but I will bring up the sale on the DF site. Maybe soften him up a little. Plus we’ve decide to direct a few bucks towards this little sale regardless. It’s just too hard to pass up.


He went off to THE trade show IO - GAMA.
Four days of seeing the latest and greatest and the soon to be released.
Plus, lots of great advice on stores, clubs and gaming in general.
Here is the link to the activities @ Gama this week:
www.gama.org/index.pl/gts
They even let clubs attend now, not just the store owners and manufacturers.
I have heard that the fee for a club to attend is astronomical though.

Anyway, good luck on presuading him lower on the price.
It is great to hear of someone who will stand by a handshake agreement these days.

My order I plan to do to DF is really hurting my Ainsty order.
I am planning now to unload about $500US (cannot pass up new MM at 50% off) to DF so I am reeling in a good part of my part of the Ainsty order to only about 125&#65279;£ before S&H.

I’ve been cursing around the Ainsty site again and in the “future� plan on buying a few of their Sci-Fi pieces to round out the Grendel stuff. My favorite is the “Spacesuit-Rack�

Come on IO, be honest, you just like the four German babes standing by the racks.
HAhaHAhaHA.
I have cut those racks from my order because I am wanting other things worse.
You will have to show them off to the rest of us.

You have been "cursing" Ainsty's page IO.
I thought voodoo was more the thing in Louisiana IO instead of Florida.
I take it that it should have been "cruising" IO.

One thing Rabid, I’ve only placed one order from Ainsty in the past so this may just be a fluke. I remember ordering the stuff and it took months to arrive, so long in fact I had almost forgotten about it. That doesn’t mean it didn’t arrive and that’s the most important thing. So we’ll be ordering again, the stuff is top notch. Just possibly be prepared for a bit of a wait. Maybe you could pull a few Industry strings for a good-discount and rush-delivery.

You must have ordered either just after a major con like Salute, which by the way is on 23 April this year, or during the Holiday Season which starts in about September for overseas sales.

Actually, I have developed a decent relationship with Mike so I do not think I will have any unusual problems.
Mike knows he will get a flood of messages from me if the stuff does not show up in a fairly timely fashion.

As far as pulling "Industry" strings IO, I do not have many anymore really.
I left the industry back in 1998 as far as manufacturing and have just kept watch on the shoppes in the three areas I have lived in since.
I got a sweet deal in the private sector so I left the industry.

I still get most of the professional periodicals just to keep up with what is going on a bit, but not much past that.
I have kept some of the friendships still alive, but I do not have access to brand new items to trade off for their brand new items like I used to.
Some folks in the industry went to cons like GenCon and went home with a lot of stuff they did not make.
One of our computer guys back in 1997 went with us to GenCon and returned with a 21 inch stack just of White Wolf stuff he had traded for.
I usually only went home with just a few items; I always seemed too busy or not have the right things to trade for a whole lot of stuff.

Anyway, this next while looks to be quite fun with all of the terrain we all will be ordering.
Guest
Orc
Posts: 0
User Offline Click here to see the profile of this user
The administrator has disabled public write access.
 
#5794
Grendel and Ainsty Sci-Fi accessories discussion 9 Years, 6 Months ago  
If I remember right, Star Frontiers came out in 1982- 83.
KenM
Orc
Posts: 293
User Offline Click here to see the profile of this user
Location: Hyannis Mass, USA.
The administrator has disabled public write access.
Deluxe room and passage. Ogres den. Short passage. Room and passage. Fantasy Floor. Traps 1. Traps 2. Wicked additions 1+2. Orc war band, Dungeon Accessories, Medieval Furniture. Treasure and Magic Items. DoE set. DoE room set. DoE WA. DoE HS. Cavern set. Cavernous passage. Caverous chasm. ABS 2. RotA 1+2. ROTA ent. MBS. MBS exp. Tavern set.
 
#5795
Grendel and Ainsty Sci-Fi accessories discussion 9 Years, 6 Months ago  
Rabid Fox,

Yes Star Frontiers Came out in 1982, (Still have my Original Game somewhere)... Not a Bad Game over all, I would actually Enjoy Seeing a d20 version in fact... Here is a Site that has a lot of Star Frontiers Info:


www.starfrontiers.org

As to the HO, 1/82nd,1/76th, and 1/72nd Plastics, Hey I still use 'em... I have 100's everything from Burbers, to Celts to Vikings, to WWII Germans, Italians, French, Japanese, Gurkas, Turks, and of Course Tons of Americans, In the Same Scale I have many Modern Military Troops as well... Many of them have been Altered to create Unique Creatures, Cyborgs etc... But You Know there really was never much Sci-Fi... I Have some Dr. Who Miniatures which are roughly 1/72nd, and Of Course there are some Japanese toys out there with similatly scaled Near Future... For a While you Could Get 1/72nd scale Twilight 2000 Pewter Minis, So I have some Kewl Dark Future/Near Future/Cyber-punk Guys in Metal... Also a Few Boot Hill Figs that are Generic enough to Fit into most any Sci-Fi Setting...


Anyway all of that Having been said, My Frindes and I had come up with some really simple Combat rules for using Star Wars Figures (The Originals), in Skirmish like Games... We would Set up out side and Build Forts for them, then Use D6 from Monopoly Games or Whatever, to try to hit, and for Scatter effects... But if You Got a Hit then You Got to take Aim with the BB Gun... Grenades and Mortars worked With Handfuls of Pebbles, and Rockets and Heavy Weapons Gave you the Chance to Take a Shovel full of Dirt and Fling it at the Enemy... We would take Turns, Attacking and Deffending... Kind of Juvenile I Suppose, but it Occupied us for Hours... I Guess we used "Micro Men", "Metal Men" and "Men of Action" Figures as well... Sure wish I still had that stuff...
MyLordVoid
Minotaur Lord
Posts: 2552
User Offline Click here to see the profile of this user
Location: Florida... (The One in North A
The administrator has disabled public write access.
"To Succeed We Attack!"
 
#5796
Grendel and Ainsty Sci-Fi accessories discussion 9 Years, 6 Months ago  
Rabid Fox,

...

As to the HO, 1/82nd,1/76th, and 1/72nd Plastics, Hey I still use 'em... I have 100's everything from Burbers, to Celts to Vikings, to WWII Germans, Italians, French, Japanese, Gurkas, Turks, and of Course Tons of Americans, In the Same Scale I have many Modern Military Troops as well... Many of them have been Altered to create Unique Creatures, Cyborgs etc... But You Know there really was never much Sci-Fi... I Have some Dr. Who Miniatures which are roughly 1/72nd, and Of Course there are some Japanese toys out there with similatly scaled Near Future... For a While you Could Get 1/72nd scale Twilight 2000 Pewter Minis, So I have some Kewl Dark Future/Near Future/Cyber-punk Guys in Metal... Also a Few Boot Hill Figs that are Generic enough to Fit into most any Sci-Fi Setting...


I have all of mine as well plus the 54mm ones we all grew up with from TeeMee Toys.
I have nearly every soldier I received or bought since age 3 and that is almost forty years ago.

Airfix was just that company I loved back in the 70s for figures in the OO/HO (1/76-1/87) scales.
I would add Hasagawa and Bandai tanks, etc. in 1/72 scale to the mix.
With Airfix you could do the Wild West, Napoleonics, Knights v. Vikings and of course WWII.
For a while they even had WWI figures too, but not a lot of vehicle support.

I never saw metal minis back then that were sci-fi; all I saw were historicals.

As far as using them these days, I do not really.
They are saved away in their units for an unknown future day.
I occasionally take them out and my sons and I lok at them, but that is about it.

Anyway all of that Having been said, My Frindes and I had come up with some really simple Combat rules for using Star Wars Figures (The Originals), in Skirmish like Games... We would Set up out side and Build Forts for them, then Use D6 from Monopoly Games or Whatever, to try to hit, and for Scatter effects... But if You Got a Hit then You Got to take Aim with the BB Gun... Grenades and Mortars worked With Handfuls of Pebbles, and Rockets and Heavy Weapons Gave you the Chance to Take a Shovel full of Dirt and Fling it at the Enemy... We would take Turns, Attacking and Deffending... Kind of Juvenile I Suppose, but it Occupied us for Hours... I Guess we used "Micro Men", "Metal Men" and "Men of Action" Figures as well... Sure wish I still had that stuff...

What I played the most with were those plastic figures and then the original 14" G.I.Joe men.
I was the poor kid in my school, but even I had five or six of those dolls.
Between us, we had every set and Joe plus some other stuff.
I, for one Christmas, received a Willys Jeep that another company made for the Joes.
The big slide at school and it did not get along.
On the third run down the slide, the Jeep broke an axle.
I was REALLY bummed.
A couple weeks later, I found a Barbie Jeep at the local thrift shop, repainted it and then used it.
The sad thing was that it was built more ruggedly than the one made for the Joes.
It could take the slide no problem.
I learned my lesson; buy and then modify Barbie vehicles.
I next modified a Barbie corvette for a staff car.

I lost a lot of models that died from heavy bombardment (aka rocks as bombs).
I had a battlestar fleet that only one survived all of the heavy play.
Then again I do not have any surviving base stars.

I lost several 1/48 scale model tanks to such play as well.

Growing up the son of a sergeant-major I was just really heavily into war toys.
I did not get into police items at all until the original SWAT series.
I thought they were cool because they were like all of soldiers.
I ended picking up a few items from this show for my fighting force.
Guest
Minotaur Lord
Posts: 0
User Offline Click here to see the profile of this user
The administrator has disabled public write access.
 
#5797
Grendel and Ainsty Sci-Fi accessories discussion 9 Years, 6 Months ago  
Rabid Fox,

G.I. Joe... You Know for Years I used to Say, Wow I Remember When... And would talk about my G.I. Joe Collection (I Was Not Wealthy Either, all of My Toys were either Second Hand from Thrift Stores and Flea-markets or if New, Purchased with Money I earned doing Odd Jobs in my neighborhood)... Then a Few Years ago they Started Releasing some G.I. Joe Toys that Blew The Stuff I had out of the Water, I mean A 1/6th Scale Hum-V? A Huey Cobra? Wow... Not to Mention Fire Trucks and all kinds of other Scale Vehicles... Holy Cow... I mean I never would have been able to afford any of it as a Kid, but it was all I could do to not Break Down and Buy what I could Now...<Chuckle>...

Anyway, I Traded a lot at School... And Had Some Pretty Kewl Stuff, also My Neighbors had a bunch of the Steve Austin Stuff, and Of Course the Girls had Barbies... :twisted: ... Barbie was Definately a Party-girl... I Also had A Few of the "Best of the West" Figures, Specifically Johnny West and Geronimo, so all of them made up quite a Diverse Fantasy World...

I also had some of the Star Trek 8" figures, (I think they were about 8"), Which were to Scale with the Few Planet of the Apes and Batman and Robbin action Figs I had... None of this stuff was Complete Mind you, but we had a blast with it all anyway... (I remember that the Trek Gear, Phasers, Communicators etc were a really strange Powder Blue Plastic... Never Understood why they were not Black Plastic)... Oh and of Course the ST Bridge Set... (With the Transporter/ Spinner)...

As for Space 1999, I had one of those Kewl Cargo Looking, (Second hand of Course...<Grin>...), Ships with the Detachable Pilot Modual, it was Just a Tiny bit Smaller Scale then my Star Wars Stuff but I used it anyway!


Ok... So all of that Basically to Say I Hear ya on the G.I. Joe... They were a lot of Fun!
MyLordVoid
Minotaur Lord
Posts: 2552
User Offline Click here to see the profile of this user
Location: Florida... (The One in North A
The administrator has disabled public write access.
"To Succeed We Attack!"
 
#5798
Grendel and Ainsty Sci-Fi accessories discussion 9 Years, 5 Months ago  
Here are some of my Grendel attempts -- not as cool as yours, IO, but I'm happy with them. The photos reveal a lot of flaws I see now I need to fix, but I do like the way the bright white tabletops seem to "glow" appropriately....
L
Law
Minotaur Lord
Posts: 3216
User Offline Click here to see the profile of this user
The administrator has disabled public write access.
"In every real man a child is hidden that wants to play."

-- F. Nietzsche
 
#5799
Grendel and Ainsty Sci-Fi accessories discussion 9 Years, 5 Months ago  
One more.... One nice thing about the Grendel pieces is they make up for the lack of walls in my SF sets! The big flat floor pieces from the alpha expansion allow me to make really big rooms, but I don't have enough walls to close them off. But with these walls, I have some more options available to me....

L
Law
Minotaur Lord
Posts: 3216
User Offline Click here to see the profile of this user
The administrator has disabled public write access.
"In every real man a child is hidden that wants to play."

-- F. Nietzsche
 
#5800
Grendel and Ainsty Sci-Fi accessories discussion 9 Years, 5 Months ago  
Law,

I Can see what you mean, the Walls are Pretty Much Even with the Actual DF if they sit upon a DF Height Floor (Guess you Could even just use some Balsa or Clay)?
MyLordVoid
Minotaur Lord
Posts: 2552
User Offline Click here to see the profile of this user
Location: Florida... (The One in North A
The administrator has disabled public write access.
"To Succeed We Attack!"
 
Go to topPage: 12345678