28 June 2011

Nikolai Dante Novels (Black Flame)



One of the best characters to come out of 2000AD in many a year is Nikolai Dante. With his roguish charms and his heroic adventures, that he just happens to fall into by circumstance, he manages to defeat the odds with a careless abandon!


Story by
David Bishop
Cover by
Simon Fraser

'It's 2672AD, in a future where the Russian revolution never happened and Nikolai Dante is the most wanted man in the Empire. Fifty million roubles have been put up as a reward for his capture. Any sensible man would be hiding off-world, but the swashbuckling rogue enjoys living dangerously!
Fighting to stop a terrifying weapon being unleashed by a shadowy doctor, the only thing that stands between Dante and success is a finishing school full of beautiful young ladies. How can the carousing scoundrel resist the temptation?'


Story by
David Bishop
Cover by
Simon Fraser

'In this riotous tale of the near future, Nikolai Dante is caught by the Parliament of Shadows: a cabal planing to overthrow the Tsar. He is given a stark choice - do the cabal's work or face execution. Decisions, decisions...
The Russian rogue is teamed with beautiful assassin, Mai Tsai, and sent to the Himalayas where a lost mountain fortress hides a secret weapon. But nobody has ever found the Forbidden Citadel and returned alive. Meanwhile, the Tsar's notorious Imperial Black regiment - renowned for their cruelty and brutality - also searches for the citadel. This deadly army is led by Ivanov the Terrible, a ruthless sadist who has an old score to settle with Dante.
The snow runs red with blood as Nikolai fights for his life on the roof of the world!'


Story by
David Bishop
Cover by
John Burns
                (although it says Simon Fraser inside)                  

'When visiting Britannia, Dante is framed for a Royal murder within minutes of arriving and the only way to escape the executioner's blade is to catch the real killer. Honour be Damned! is a saucy swashbuckling romp and a good-natured dig at jolly old England.'

David Bishop has managed to capture the very essence of Dante, as he weaves his way through these tales of heroic deeds. Not that Dante would want to do such things but sometimes these deeds just seem to fall into his lap, in more ways than one!

23 June 2011

Painted 2000AD Miniatures

Over the years I have collected various miniatures from the RPG collections. These include figures from Denizen, Titan, Citadel (one and the same really, just different packaging), Wargames FoundryMongoose and a few other odds and sods.

I did paint a few figures when Sam was born in 99 but since then I've never had the time, so I went the way of ebay, plus I managed to find a painter through myspace who did over 50 of them. At a very reasonable price I might add!

Before the youtube clip showing the collection, I thought it would help to see a few close up shots, so you can see some of the detail (on some of the figures).












Some of the Mongoose miniatures are the actual ones that they had painted to advertise their figures on their website and also from the covers of their boxes. Luckily for me I saw that they had put them on ebay one day and so I just had to buy some. If you can be arsed to look closely, you will spot them!


I thought you wouldn't bother doing all the checking, so I rummaged through them and found some of the street gang figures from their box!



I know the club has been snapped off the juve at the front but Sam is able to get into the 'Cellar' and mooch about!

17 June 2011

Dredd digital watch



During the release of the Stallone film a few pieces of tat came out and this was a piece of MEGA tat. It's a digital watch which has to have it's cover lifted to reveal the digital display. I'm sure many a kid broke that within a few days!

The only good thing about this merchandise is the actual packaging. It's got a fantastic bit of Bolland art on the front which really draws you to the item, if you ever saw it on display! The Cliff Robinson Dredd on the watch cover is too small to really enjoy and yet again the art is lifted from 2000AD's past and not something done just for the product, which is a shame.


Just as an extra, here are two more crap watches that I bought off ebay, I WAS BORED!