I Love Meeses to Pieces: Bad Squiddo Games – Moose Family (Phil Hynes)

Bad Squiddo Games - Moose Family (Phil Hynes)

A pretty random set of models today – a set of three Moose that I picked up some time ago from one of the Bad Squiddo Kickstarters, along with my Viking Shieldmaidens and various other models. I don’t recall if these were part of the campaign itself or part of the “buy some extra stuff from the store at a special price” thing, but I guess it really doesn’t matter at this point in time.

Bad Squiddo Games - Moose Family (Phil Hynes)

In a story that’s no doubt quite familiar to readers of this blog, I was looking for something else and found these in a tub, cleaned and with base texture putty applied and nothing else. So I decided to get these three models done and out of the way – so I glued and greenstuffed the antlers onto the daddy moose, primed all three, and then set to taking slightly longer than I wanted in order to get them completed. Though it was at least fairly quick. Now that they’re done, I have no idea what I’ll be doing with them – but they’re finished and can go onto a shelf and then be put away for whatever instance in future I may decide that I need a moose or three for the table… perhaps as Elk for background to some Viking gaming…?

Bad Squiddo Games - Moose Family (Phil Hynes)

For the size comparison, none of my Shieldmaidens were available, being put away in a figure case, and Berkeley and her chainsaw seemed the wrong kind of model to put with these three, so enjoy this Wood Elf – which is probably one of the only in-lore kinds of models that would be able to skip past some Moose/Elk without seriously disturbing them anyway!

Archon Studios Dungeons and Lasers: Woodhaven – “Stairs: Fantasy and Sci-Fi Themed” – Review

Archon Studios Dungeons and Lasers: Woodhaven - "Stairs: Fantasy and Sci-Fi Themed" - Review

The last set for a little while from my Dungeons and Lasers Woodhaven Kickstarter pledge. This set has four sets – two sci-fi and two more fantasy-themed.

Archon Studios Dungeons and Lasers: Woodhaven - "Stairs: Fantasy and Sci-Fi Themed" - Review

A bit of an odd way to do them – both will work for 40k-ish gaming, but the stone ones don’t work so well for more tech-oriented sci-fi, even Necromunda, and obviously the sci-fi steps aren’t going to be super useful for fantasy and D&D players. They’re fine for me since I play across genres, but it’s still an …interesting way to lump them together.

Archon Studios Dungeons and Lasers: Woodhaven - "Stairs: Fantasy and Sci-Fi Themed" - Review

The kit comes with two of each, though opening the kit up and clipping them off the sprue shows that there’s not a whole lot to either type.

Archon Studios Dungeons and Lasers: Woodhaven - "Stairs: Fantasy and Sci-Fi Themed" - Review

The fantasy ones are a lot more substantial when compared to the sci-fi ones. I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t disappointed by the sci-fi steps.

Archon Studios Dungeons and Lasers: Woodhaven - "Stairs: Fantasy and Sci-Fi Themed" - Review

The sci-fi stairs also had a consistent sinkhole at the base of the stands. I dropped some “Extra Thick” Tamiya Plastic Cement (aka Sprue Goo), and later scraped away to make them somewhat even. I did my usual stippling of AK Easycast Texture Medium to add texture to the stone of the fantasy stairs.

Archon Studios Dungeons and Lasers: Woodhaven - "Stairs: Fantasy and Sci-Fi Themed" - Review

My verdict? The sci-fi stairs are a disappointment. They’re small and not especially stable. Even for a game you’d want to blu-tac them to whatever they’re being attached to for that game, and they don’t have the “perch a model on them” gimmick that the Wooden Town Stairs Set had. The fantasy stairs are unexciting but solid, and by far the better model from the two types in this set. If you can get these cheap – and have use for both types – then by all means pick these up, but keep your expectations quite …reserved and you won’t be disappointed.