Sunday, August 31, 2014

Poll Results - Plus An ELINT Retrofit


Well all, the Poll ended and the results have been tabulated. Seems Holo was the out and out winner for naming the quadrupedal assault robot. I think it's a fitting enough name as it was, but since Holo is a Wisewolf, I thought a mission specific upgrade might be in order for the old girl.

What I did was remove the bulky gatling cannon, and replace it on the dorsal mount with the spotlight from the GI Joe checkpoint alpha Kreo set. I figured it could be some sort of FLIR/Sensor/Target Designator/IR Illuminator array. Heck, maybe even a Soliton RADAR? Hey, I played a lot of Metal Gear games, don't judge me.

Furthermore, I rotated the barrel of the chin mounted heavy machine gun so that the guide rod would be under the barrel rather than the side. It's a pretty arbitrary thing, but I think it makes that piece look more like a gun barrel than an antennae.

Last, I mounted a Halo Mega Bloks sniper rifle to the port side mount where the grenade launcher had been. Figured that a .50 cal anti-materiel rifle slaved to the FLIR might be a nice touch. Sort of in line with the Apache's chin gun?

Now I want to get another one. Well, I already wanted to get another CLAW set, but now I want it for a specific reason, that being to make an 'assault' or Anti-Tank version rather than the SpecOps or ELINT version that Holo represents. Maybe put some sort of quick firing cannon on a turret mount, a la Bradley IFV?

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Halo Mega Bloks Spartan Assault Battle Pack

The Spartan Assault Battle pack is a new Mega Bloks set, which includes several new or rare figures at a low end price.

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Friday, August 29, 2014

Kreo Dungeons & Dragons Battle Outpost


Perhaps astonishingly, I have not finished posting all of the sets that Mrs Fett and I bought a few weeks ago at the big TRU clearance. Getting done with most of the big ones, though. Today we look at the Battle Outpost. Essentially, once you've seen the Fortress Tower and Fortress Defense sets (from the previous two Kreo posts), the Battle Outpost holds no surprises.

What you do get is another rampart of the vanilla human-centric kingdom's castle. And a single Orc to oppose two humans atop said rampart. He's a pretty cool Orc and all, but this fight seems a little one sided. At least he has a cool shield.

Another big bonus is the unexpectedly cool crossbow from this set. Seriously, it's pretty cool. Not quite as cool as the one available from Brickwarriors, but cool nonetheless. I have said cool a lot in this paragraph.

Sorry about that.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Toys For Wargaming - KREO Fortress Tower

Hey all, Counterfett here!
 
Well, another day another KREO D&D set that I got for on the cheap through the recent TRU clearance. This one is the fortress tower. Once more I think my beautiful wife is going to add all of the castle parts onto her nearly life size replica of Windsor castle. Not really, but it has to be pretty big if it were to all be combined in one place.
 
Also, I think she is going to use the Orcs as Skyrim Orcs. They do have a nice blood red paint scheme going that reminds me of Orks, or maybe D&D Hobgoblins. I'm mostly interested in the weapons, since I think  I can manage to obtain those, and there's a nice assortment. I mean, we got a couple of scimitars, a longsword, a long hafted double bitted axe, and a mutli part spear. I really like the KREO spears, they have a very menacing dagger style double edged point.

Monday, August 25, 2014

Minifig Monday - Flame Slinger

Dat Flaming Arrow!
Hey all, Counterfett here. Hope you are at least half as enthusiastic about this new work week as I am pretending to be! Actually, the only reason I can even manage to be this upbeat is that I am scheduling this post early Sunday afternoon. Otherwise I don't think I could manage it.

It's a pretty neat tank, like a cross between a T-34 and a Terran Siege Tank from StarCraft.
 But anyway, Flame Slinger. I don't know anything about Skylanders, but Flame Slinger came with the tank you see above. And the set was only $10. I bought it on impulse because I thought the tank would be good for wargaming with LEGO pieces. Then it stayed in my office desk forgotten for a while. Then I brought it home and it lived under my workroom desk forgotten for a while. Now a year or two later, I have it assembled and ready for Minifig Monday!

"Here at Honest Tank-Bot's Used Bot Emporium, we have the rock bottom best deals on pre-owned combat automata in town!"
The figure is a meh. It's cool that she has scale mail, and her flaming longbow is extra legitimate. But that tank sure is dope! Don't forget to vote in the poll at the top!

Sunday, August 24, 2014

All Things Fett MEGA Poll - Name The CLAW!


Hey all, Counterfett here. As referenced in last night's post regarding the excellent CLAW Assault set, I need to finalize what I am going to call this thing. Since it is supposed to accompany the Not-So-Evil Lord Tank-Bot in his bid for Galactic Dominance, I figured it needed an adorkable nomme de guerre. So I brainstormed with my wife to see what stuff we could come up with. In some cases, I'll reference what the name came from, or who recommended it. The poll should be up shortly after I finish the post.
  1. Kitty - I like this because of the irony, but since it was Sully's nickname in Monsters Inc. I shy away from using this one.
  2. Fluffy - Again, same plusses as above, but someone told me sonething in Harry Potter is named this, so I don't want people thinking I ripped this idea off.
  3. Winnie - Since it sort of looks like a bear, I figured a few ursine options might not be bad.
  4. Chi - Suggested by Mrs. Fett in homage of Chiho Sasaki from 'The Devil Is A Part Timer"
  5. Suzano - Same as above.
  6. Dog - silly, and maybe overused. Sources I can think of include Fallout Series, A Certain Scientific Railgun, Dragon Age.
  7. M.U.L.E. - A joke from Articulated Monster. Also the name of a classic economics video game.
  8. Holo - The wisewolf of Yoitsu. Maybe my favorite, an homage to 'Spice and Wolf.'
  9. Dullahan - The headless horseman of Irish Myth, and probably the inspiration for the Sleepy Hollow Myth. Also referenced in Devil is a Part Timer. Just a good source of humor.
  10. Utilikitty - A play on Unikitty.
So, go ahead and vote! Also, since I know a lot of these might work as Acronyms, please comment and let me know if I should use periods or just the word once the poll is over. For instance K.I.T.T.Y. or H.O.L.O.

This is fun.

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Gaming With LEGO - Mega Bloks Call Of Duty CLAW Assault

I think the Lat/Long for this one is in Southern Florida. Weird.
Hey all, Counterfett here. I've seen this sets a few times at Target over the past few weeks, and come pretty darn close to getting it each time. Today I bit the bullet. Why? Because I love real world (and semi real world) Combat Robots, Drones, UAVs and the like. I find them absolutely fascinating.

I can't decide if I think this thing looks lupine or ursine. Lupine is more fun for me, but meh.
The CLAW (short for Cognitive Land Assault Weapon) is a fictional land combat quadruped from the Near Future Call Of Duty setting. While not real world, it certainly looks like something within the reach of modern technology to me.
 
Not content to just chip in with the fighting, the CLAW can also tote your crap for you, with handy built in storage. It's like the Cobra M.U.L.E. !
It was something of a 'squirrelly' build, with Mega Bloks' somewhat spotty quality control, some of the pieces were difficult to fit together, and fit with only a frightening snap. I didn't even bother with the minifigures this time, as astonishingly, I am not a huge fan of the very cool CoD customizable minifigures.

The other accessories from the set I bothered keeping, the rest went to Jr. Fett. There was a lot of stuff!
I did take all of the weapons, and gave the figures to Jr. Fett. It came with a very cool RPG, laptop (presumably the control uplink), assault rifle, and a pistol that I originally though was a Mk 23 SOCOM, but upon closer inspection is supposed to be a long barreled Desert Eagle.

Lord Tank-Bot enjoys a morning stroll with his new robotic companion.
Another reason I got this set, in addition to my Combat Drone obsession, was that I thought it would be a great addition to my 'Gaming With LEGO' repertoire. Like the tank drone from a few months ago, it's just a nice generic, menacing support weapon that fits in minifig scale and should be easy to stat out in whatever system I am playing. It could just as easily be fighting with the good guys or the bad guy. In the case of BESM D20, it could even be a player character (the Giant Robot class would be quite well suited).

As it is likely to accompany Lord Tank-Bot on his forays into galactic domination, it will need a comedically adorable name. I will start a poll in the morning, so please chime in with any funny things you can think of by then!