Wednesday, May 22, 2013
There are a lot of things that worry me about the new Lone Ranger movie. I dislike Depp as Tonto, I’m worried that Tonot is going to be the main character and the Ranger becomes the sidekick, and I’m very worried that the movie is going to be a live action Bugs Bunny cartoon like Pirates of the Caribbean. I take my Lone Ranger pretty seriously; I really don’t want it to involve him in tons of slapstick wackiness.
What I am excited for is the Lego Lone Ranger. Lego has done Western themed sets in the past, but it has been a long time since any of them were on the shelves. Four or five years ago I was running the Western roleplaying game Deadlands. We used Lego for all the miniatures. I was all over Lego bit sellers and third party sites when putting together mini-figs for the party and their adversaries. The picture above is of the Deadland's characters. At the time I was just dying for more Western sets. It took a while but it finally happened.
The real star of the lineup is the train set. But trains and tracks take up a lot of space. They set also costs about 100 dollars. What really excited me was a much cheaper set, the stagecoach. During that Deadlands game I was planning out what pieces I’d need for stagecoach, this one looks perfect. 30 bucks gets you the coach, an extra horse, and 5 mini-figures. I let myself get one Lego set a year. If I didn’t restrict myself I’d be broke and drowning in Lego bricks. So expect to see better pictures of this set in a month or two when I finally break down and buy it.
Tuesday, May 21, 2013
Today is another quick Blood Bowl update. We are two weeks into the Spring Training league at my local Games Workshop and I’ve managed to get in three games. Currently my record is 2-1 but I feel pretty good about that loss. It was against a Chaos Dwarf team, they only scored once, and I didn’t take any casualties.
I’m still working on all the miniatures for the team. Last Friday I finished my Coach, apothecary, and a second runner. It was good timing on the runner, because I had just won enough money to start fielding him. You don’t actually need figures for your coach and support staff, but I think it is much more fun to have them on the sidelines.
Another miniature I finished is my beer pony. There is no in game reason for me to have this, it just makes me happy. The horse and cart came from an old Warhammer Fantasy box set. I had to cut the mining cart off of it and then I added a third party stack of kegs.
You’d think I’d be done, but I still have a long line of Dwarfs that need paint. My turn and reroll trackers need to be finished. I also have two score keepers, a cannon, a referee, and a bunch of musicians waiting for me on my painting table.
Friday, May 17, 2013
While I didn’t really mention it on That F’ing Monkey I recently ran into a bit of trouble with my truck. It wasn’t just one little thing either, it was a combination of things that worked in unison to create a perfect storm of mechanical problems. I was very lucky that Uncle Sam had recently given me my money back and I was somehow responsible enough that I didn’t instantly run out and spend it on new toys and video games. Yale Stewart isn’t as lucky as I was, he actually needs a new car.
Yale Stewart is the creator of the JL8 web comic that puts the Justice League in elementary school. I’ve spoken about the comic before because at the moment it is my favorite iteration of the DC Universe. I’ve been quite vocal saying the New 52 isn’t doing it for me. JL8 gets the characters so much better than the comics currently in shops. If you haven’t read the strip you can do so by clicking HERE.
Well it’s pretty hard to make money off of characters you don’t own and Yale has stated that he is in some financial difficulties. So how do you help someone who twice a week produces a fantastic web comic? Luckily JL8 isn’t the first thing Yale has done. There is also a 32 page comic called Gifted. You can purchase the PDF of the comic by clicking HERE. You pay what you want for the comic and Yale gets to build up a new car fund. Check it out.
Thursday, May 16, 2013
The Dropkick Murphys have always been very vocal about their love for Boston. They were out on tour when the bombings in Boston happened. Even though they were across the United States at the time the band quickly reacted to the news and began selling shirts to help with the relief. The news channels might have moved on from the bombing’s aftermath, but the Dropkick’s haven’t. They just released an EP on iTunes that contains three songs from the excellent album Signed and Sealed in Blood.
You get three songs for 1.29 and 100% of that money is going to the Claddagh Fund to help those affected. The first of the songs is Rose Tattoo with Bruce Springsteen. The other two songs are acoustic recordings of a show they played in Vegas just after the bombings. It’s a fantastic EP, it’s 3 songs for under 2 dollars, and it goes to a great cause. I can’t recommend you go to iTunes and download it for yourself.
Wednesday, May 15, 2013
Axe Cop is the franchise that won’t quit. What started as a personal comic for friends and family became a popular webcomic, which was then published by Darkhorse comics, and is becoming a cartoon in July. Now Axe Cop is getting its own toyline from Mezco toys. It’s a genius move, because the Axe Cop stories are filled with crazy looking heroes and villains. When a comic has vampire werewolf ninjas from the moon, you know you have a potential toy line.
The action figure line will consist of three 4” figures and a bunch of accessories. Obviously the first figure in the line is Axe Cop. An Axe Cop figure really only needs to be packaged with one thing, an axe. Mezco is being awesome though and Axe Cop comes with an axe, a poopsucker gun, Uni Baby, and a lemon grenade. Avocado Soldier comes with a flute, machine gun, and a removable unicorn horn. Dr Doo Doo comes with a Doo Doo soldier, stands, and a sword.
If you’d prefer your Avocado Soldier in plush form, you can do that too. The 8” plush doesn’t come with as many extras as the action figure version but is probably much nicer to hug. That’s if you want to hug a flute playing cop who briefly was a dinosaur before being transformed into a giant avocado.
The real star of the toy line is going to be Wexer. This 12” plush T-Rex is wearing sunglasses and has machineguns for hands. I can see people who have no idea who Axe Cop is still buying this just because of how awesome it is. The 4” Axe Cop would look pretty good riding on it too. I can already see him stomping on Doo Doo Soldiers.
Tuesday, May 14, 2013
I know we usually save all the beer talk for Hangover Thursday, but I can’t wait for this one. Yesterday kicked off American Craft Beer Week. That means from the 13-19 there are going to be a lot of very cool specials and giveaways at bars all over the country. We’re pretty happy here at That F’ing Monkey if we can help you get cool beer stuff or introduce you to a new craft beer, so we’re pretty excited about this week.
The website CraftBeer.com will have a ton of information on the event itself. Clicking around there you can read about how American Craft beer Week started in 2006. Before that there was an American Beer month. You can also find things on their site like the awesome craft beer map I posted above. To find out what your beer events are going on in your you’ll have to go to news & events, then down to American Craft Beer Week, and then to ACBW Events. From there you can pick your home state and check out what is happening around you.
I made a quick stop into my local yesterday and came home with a free pint glass from Breckenridge Brewery. Not every event is going to be handing out free pint glasses but it is still worth checking out. Let us know if discover any new craft beers this week and what you thought about them.
Friday, May 10, 2013
I’m fascinated by animals, I always have been. I think Safari Cards might have had something to do with it. It might have been all those Tarzan movies, or the stacks of Zoo Books, or trips to the Detroit Zoo. As I’ve grown up my animal interests have gravitated to the stranger. Monitor lizards, hammerhead sharks, Tasmanian devils, and Tsavo lions are just some of my favorite things. Because of my passion for animals that don’t fall into the traditionally cute category I’ve really come to admire zoologist Lucy Cooke.
Cooke recently wrote about a disturbing trend in South Africa involving vulture brains. There is a belief that if you take a vulture’s brain, dry it out, mix it with mud, and smoke it you will receive a vision. It’s a pretty specific vision too, because the people smoking it are trying to get winning lottery numbers. In case the lunacy of this hasn’t fully sunk in yet, let me say it again. People are smoking vulture brains because they think it will help them win the lottery.
The way people are harvesting vultures is especially harmful. One “hunter” will put out a poisoned cow carcass; this will attract vultures from all over. This method can harvest hundreds of birds at once. No population can continue with losses like that. Seven of the nine South African vulture species are now endangered. Despite their appearance vultures play a vital role in their eco-system. Living in Florida I’ve seen firsthand how efficient our own Turkey Vultures are at removing carrion. Check out Lucy’s page over at takepart.com by clicking HERE and seeing how you can help.