Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Dungeon Meshi & Walktapodes

I don't remember food (or lack thereof) ever being a particular issue when playing tabletop RPGs, but it was often a mechanic used in computer RPGs (e.g., Rogue, NetHack, Ultima).

One of the methods of preventing death by starvation in the dungeon in rogue-like games was to eat the corpses of monsters that you had killed in the dungeon.

The manga Dungeon Meshi by Ryōko Kui is a humorous take on this concept.


The English language version of the manga is published by Yen Press, and I believe that two volumes have been released so far.

The translated version uses the original subtitle of the manga, "Delicious in Dungeon" as the title, but I would have personally used something like "Dungeons and Dining" as a play off of D&D, or "Dungeon Eats" which is closer to what "Dungeon Meshi" would translate as.


Some of the monsters cooked up by the adventurers include giant bats, giant scorpions, myconids, slimes, living armor, carnivorous plants, and basilisks.


In one episode, they kill a kraken, but unfortunately it didn't taste as good as Marcille envisioned.


The episode reminded me of an article by Bill Johnson printed in the Wyrm's Footnotes about cooking walktapus.


Walktapus is also an ingredient of the Everlast biscuits used as rations by the troops of the Broo King of Dorastor.

The walktapus of course, is a tainted chaos creature from Glorantha with a head like a giant octopus, and a man-like body. It has the ability to regenerate, and can release poison gas in the manner that a normal octopus would release ink.

I recently was able to complete my collection of walktapodes when I picked up an Archive Giant Octopus (Fantasy 5038) which was originally used as the head of the Archive Walktapus (RuneQuest 819).


I've had the body (which is the same as that of the Arduin Shadow Golem) for years, but was missing the head.


The following image is of the Archive Walktapus, the Martian Metals Walktapus (RuneQuest 7002), and the Ral Partha Walktapus (RuneQuest 18-402).


The Martian Metals miniature comes in two pieces like the Archive miniature, but the Ral Partha miniature is a single piece casting.

Lance & Laser also made a walktapus, but at ~2.5" in height it would have towered over my other octopodes, so I had no use for it. The Lance & Laser walktapus suffered the fate of the Archive walktapus, and now only exists as a [giant] octopus from Armorcast.


Saturday, July 8, 2017

HIQ Parts


HIQ Parts is a company that sells tools, decals, and aftermarket accessories primarily for Gundam kits. I became familiar with their products while searching for pastel colored number decals to use for marking ita-tanks.

TR Decal

They also make two styles of caution markings which I thought would be useful for sci-fi kits. I picked up some of the 1/144 scale decals, but 1/100 versions are also available.

RB01 Caution Decal

RB01 Caution Decal

RB02 Caution Decal

RB02 Caution Decal

I was originally going to just put numbers on the sides of my Miku Jagdtiger, but when I placed the smaller numbers from the decal sheet on to the tank, they didn't look very good. Luckily the decal film was very sturdy, so before they dried, I floated them off of the model and put them back into water to figure out to do next.

My solution was to create some race number tags out of some old decals, and apply the numbers on top.


I placed some of the caution decals on the tank as well. They go on very easily, and also hold up nicely to handling. I didn't use any decal setting or softening solution on them, so I'm not sure how the decal film reacts to chemical treatment.

I have no issues with the HIQ decals. I believe they are all silk screen printed, and come in a variety of pastel colors that are ideal for my purposes.


Saturday, June 10, 2017

Sandcrawler


The similarity between the dwarf minions from Phantasm, and the Jawas from Star Wars was entirely coincidence, but it should be noted that both Don Coscarelli and George Lucas drew inspiration from Frank Herbert's Dune for their respective films.

Coscarelli makes several references to Dune in Phantasm, while early iterations of Star Wars were more noticeably influenced by Dune than the final version.

One of the references to Dune that remained in Star Wars was the Sandcrawler. However, the design by Ralph McQuarrie is completely different from the similarly named vehicle from Dune, and was modeled in part after NASA's Crawler-transporter vehicles.

Kenner made a radio-controlled version of the Sandcrawler to go along with its 3¾" action figures, which sells for a fortune nowadays. A subsequent Hasbro version without the radio-control features was given an exclusive re-release around 2004, and sells for a smaller fortune.


I have one of these later versions, which measures 16" long, and 8" high. It scales out to about 1/100 scale if we go by the commonly given dimensions for the Sandcrawler.


However, the Hasbro Sandcrawler doesn't look far off of 1/72 scale when compared to the appearance of the full-scale model that was used for filming.





One of the projects that I hope to accomplish someday is to build an interior, add an opening front ramp, and install lighting in this model.