Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Tannhäuser Tuesday - Abe Sapien Revised

Hellboy & The B.P.R.D.
Part 2

Abe Sapien 

The tokens include a bonus First Aid Kit token...


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Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Pulp of the Week - Adam Garcia's Green Lama Unbound

The Green Lama: Unbound
By Adam L. Garcia
Illustrated by Mike Fyles
Airship 27 Productions
Cornerstone Book Publishers

The Green Lama Unbound may very well be the biggest novel put out yet by the retro pulp publisher, Airship 27 Productions / Cornerstone books.

Adam Garcia is a big Green Lama fan and friend of the blog - see interview here.

Unbound takes the Green Lama in several new directions. Garcia is not satisfied with the versions of the Lama that creator Kendell Foster Crossen has given us so far - the original pulp, the radio show, and the vintage comics. In the course of this book, Garcia combines them into a new Green Lama. One that uses the best of all of his predecessors, including the events of Airship 27's first Green Lama Volume (including references to the story by your truly.)

The other major addition to the Lama canon in this outing is the blending of the Lamaverse with H.P. Lovecraft's Cthulhu Mythos.
This is not just an adventure that takes us to the roots of the Green Lama's origins, but takes us into his future and through alternate timelines and possibly other dimensions as well.

The supporting cast is a veritable who's who of the pulps and the Mythos. Lama regular Jean Farrell gets a thorough work out in this volume and I think that Garcia must have as big a crush on her as I do. She is a great character and a joy to write. Garcia stretches her to the breaking point and pushes her sanity right to the edge and she just takes it like a champ.

Unbound digs into the roots of the Lama's powers and origin for the first time in any novel. Through a series of flashbacks at the start of each chapter Garcia reshapes the history of the Lama in an exciting and respectful way. Some purists may object, but sometimes change is necessary to go forward.

Adam Garcia has done his homework like no other contemporary Green Lama storyteller and shares a few tidbits from his research into Kendell
Crossen's archives in the back of the book along with a timeline.

Mike Fyles' art captures the pulp spirit with panache and energy. His contributions to the book are enormous and I only wish there was more art.

If you like Cthulhu, pulp action, crazy cultists, and all kinds of crazy s#it then I think you will like The Green Lama Unbound. I sure did.

I give The Green Lama Unbound an 8 out of 10. There were a few too many pulp characters thrown into the mix for my taste. But once you get into the third act you will not be able to put down the book. It has a very satisfying conclusion and I can't wait to read Garcia's next effort. He has already announced The Green Lama: Crimson Circle.

If you are going to buy it at Amazon, please use the link to the right. In fact if you are ever going to Amazon, please use the link to the right. It costs you nothing and it will help me buy more books and games to review and to add custom stuff to.

Tannhäuser Tuesday - Lobster Johnson Revised

Hellboy & The B.P.R.D.
Part 1

The Lobster

I Just Can't Stop the Uchronic!!!

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

New Feature!

Blogger has added a feature that lets me add fixed pages to the blog. The first of these will hold all the current versions of the Tannhauser Customs.

If you have ideas for the other pages, please let me know. I was thinking I could put up some fiction, or all the Doc Savage reviews as I go, but you may have other, better ideas. Let me know.

Tannhäuser Tuesday - Hyenas Revised

Part 6


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Friday, August 13, 2010

Pulp of the Week - Cherie Priest's Boneshaker

Cherie Priest

One of the most talked about SF novels of last year, Cherie Priest's Boneshaker is a terrific adventure novel and could be the blueprint for a fantastic movie. The characters are great, the setting is unique and cinematic, and the action is fast, dangerous, and inspiringly original.

This is my first time reading a 'Steampunk" novel and I guess that just means alternate history, late 1800s SF. I have read quite a bit of "Cyberpunk" and a little "Splatterpunk" and I guess that people just like labels. Especially ones with the word 'punk' in them.

Based on the appearance of Steampunk fans at the San Diego, Comic Con, wood and brass gadgetry are an important visual piece of the puzzle of Steampunk, and Priest gets all that stuff into the book, but (for example) her goggles are so absolutely vital to the setting that I couldn't imagine the characters not wearing them.

Oh, yeah, and the airships. They're here too, and I love them, and again, they work beautifully.

The story is about a mother and son and the tragic events that lead to them being outcasts in an alternate history zombified Seattle near the turn of the century (from 19th to 20th.) Seattle, it seems, underwent a horrible tragedy that released a continuous font of toxic gas called The Blight upon the land. The Blight caused the zombies. They are a relentless horde that swarms and eats humans. Because the gas is still emanating from the ground a 200 foot tall wall was built around the city, and the city was left for dead.

The mother, Briar Wilkes, knows far more about the Blight than she has told her son. The boy, Zeke, was born just after the gas was released and has never know his father - the man everyone holds responsible for unleashing the Blight gas.

Events take a turn that finds Zeke trapped in the walled city and Briar is off to the rescue. But in a world of zombies and air pirates and people living underground beneath a city of slavering zombies, who will rescue her?

I really like the setting and the characters and the way Cherie Priest works the emotional story of both Briar and her son and everyone else they meet. Hopefully I will learn from this book and make sure that I create a satisfying emotional arc to parallel the story in my own fiction.

I give Boneshaker a 9 out of 10. The evocative Tor paperback cover is by Jon Foster.

I snatched Jon Foster's preliminary sketches from the BSC site.

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Tannhäuser Tuesday - Rustung Fallhammer Revised

Part 5

Sorry, but this one is a bit early this week...


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My custom additions to Tannhäuser are not created by, distributed, or endorsed by Fantasy Flight Games. Tannhäuser and all related characters are trademarks of Fantasy Flight Games and © Fantasy Flight Games.

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Gen Con News

Here is some cool stuff from around the internets. I will be adding to this throughout the weekend.

Friday News:

From the Hopeless Gamer - The Adventurers expansion due in November!

Thurs News:
These are from The d6 Generation Twitter feed.

The cardstock minis set from WorldWorks Games called Terraclips:
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Dust Games and FFGs awesome City of Thieves board...
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Gen Con News - Dust Tactics Deluxe Edition Update

Fantasy Flight Games has posted a press release about the Dust Tactics pre-painted edition. Get your checkbook ready. As revealed earlier, the list price is $300. What the announcement does not say is if it will be available at stores or if it is only through FFG, like the Arkham Horror minis. However - this is not a limited edition, it is only limited to the amount of players that will buy it.

 From the Press Release - "Fantasy Flight Games is proud to announce Dust Tactics Deluxe Edition! This board game for 2-4 players filled with professionally painted models that have set new standards for the quality of miniatures available to hobby gamers. Produced in small batches, under exacting conditions and supervision, the Dust Tactics Deluxe Edition will the be centerpiece of any gamer's collection. Never before have master-painted miniatures of this quality been made available in a wide release.

If you are fortunate enough to be at Gen Con Indy 2010, the Dust Tactics Deluxe Edition miniatures will be on display, and will also go on sale to the public at 4pm on Thursday, August 5th. Also, be sure to stop by the Fantasy Flight Games booth where Creative Director Paolo Parente will be signing at 2pm Thursday through Saturday.

Read more details about this remarkable product, and see photos of the magnificent miniatures on the Dust Tactics Deluxe Edition website!

Dust Tactics Deluxe Edition is a tactical miniatures game of brutal combat for 2-4 players, featuring stunning professionally painted miniatures. Based on the popular universe created by artist Paolo Parente, Dust Tactics presents an alternate 1940s reality in which alien technology fuels gigantic machines of war, and the world's superpowers clash over rare mineral deposits that could ultimately decide the outcome of WWII.

With over 30 highly detailed miniatures, 9 double-sided terrain boards, 12 custom dice, unit cards, terrain, and plastic scenery, Dust Tactics Deluxe Edition delivers everything you need to wage battles in the world of Dust.
Dust Tactics includes:
    •    One professionally painted platoon of allies, comprised of 2 robots, 15 soldiers, and Captain Joseph Brown.
    •    One professionally painted platoon of the axis, comprised of 2 robots, 15 soldiers, and Colonel Sigred Von Thaler
    •    4 Ammo Crates and Two Tank Traps
    •    9 two-sided Cardboard Terrain Tiles
    •    12 Unit Cards (6 allied and 6 axis)
    •    12 custom dice
    •    18 two-sided Terrain Squares
    •    Rulebook
    •    Quick-start rules
    •    "Blue Thunder" campaign scenario booklet"

Once again, here are the pictures of an actual production set that Paolo Parente was showing off at the San Diego Comic Con. Click on the pictures to see the detail - the photos are quite large.

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Green Lama Unbound is Released

THE GREEN LAMA – UNBOUND has been released by Cornerstone Book Publishers. This really promises to be one bang-up great book with praise after praise coming in from all corners. This is really one not to be missed! I have ordered mine already!


Airship 27 Productions and Cornerstone Book Publishers are thrilled to announce the release of their second book starring the Master of the Mystic Arts, the Green Lama, in a brand new, full length novel by Adam Lance Garcia. THE GREEN LAMA – UNBOUND is a cover to cover literary roller-coaster ride of action and adventure by one of the finest new pulp writers on the scene today.

When Jethro Dumont’s friend, Jean Farrell, disappears on the small Greek island of Samothrace, he and associates fly off to rescue her. Upon their arrival, they discover the forces of evil have gathered in this out of the way place in search of the Jade Tablet and the unholy grimoire known as the Necronomicon. It is the book of rituals that will allow the Nazis and their allies to call forth the Great Old Ones, led by the demon god, Cthulhu.

Now it is up to the Master of the Mystic Arts, the Green Lama, to uncover the mysteries of those ancient rites and thwart the powers of chaos. But before he can do so, he will have to use all the unique skills at his command at the same time rely on the bravery and loyalty of his friends. THE GREEN LAMA – UNBOUND is a non-stop pulp thriller that explores the Green Lama’s past, detailing for the very first time elements of his origin never made known before.

Pulp Factory Award nominated writer Adam Lance Garcia also provides a special essay on his trip to the Kendell Foster Crossen Archives at Boston University, shining more light on the man who created the Green Lama. Accompanied by the masterful artwork of Pulp Factory Award nominated artist Mike Fyles, with designs by Pulp Factory Award winner, Rob Davis, THE GREEN LAMA – UNBOUND belongs in every pulp fan's library.

“Both Adam Garcia and Mike Fyles have a strong affinity for the Green Lama,” added Ron Fortier, Editor of Airship 27 Productions. “It is so clear in their work that this was more than just another project to them, but a true labor of love for these talented creators.” THE GREEN LAMA – UNBOUND is sure to become a modern day pulp classic.


ISBN: 1-934935-75-1
ISBN 13: 978-1-934935-75-0
Produced by Airship 27
Published by Cornerstone Book Publishers

Release date: 07/30/2010
Retail Price: $24.95

Tannhäuser Tuesday - M.U.R.08 Updated

Part 4


© 2010 Peter Miller

My custom additions to Tannhäuser are not created by, distributed, or endorsed by Fantasy Flight Games. Tannhäuser and all related characters are trademarks of Fantasy Flight Games and © Fantasy Flight Games.