Sep 21, 2014

Chaos Theory: Meet Breakyosef

Meet Breakyosef, a CSM in my Chaos Theory 40K army. Whatever the definition is for gangster in the warp, Breakyosef embodies it. He doesn't care for accuracy, claiming that side shooting makes better exit wounds. You could say he's Superbad.





Sep 20, 2014

Repainted Fall of Cybertron Generations Optimus Prime

This was an early paint job I was working on. I didn't properly prime the figure and my brushing techniques were severely lacking (they still are but I'm working on it). I was going for the rusty metal look, sea of rust. I'm very pleased with how the grill and the smoke stacks turned out. I think if I were to do it again now it would be better. Sadly I can't remember where is this figure. It might have been lost with all the moving I've been doing :(. If I find it I will paint it up even more, I have some interesting directions in mind. As always, your feedback is welcomed and encouraged.  







I think I did a good job with the rims, I wish I had a better camera at the time
My next step was to some how remove the Autobot symbol then change his head


Toes showing ( cool effect)


I want to try and make my 40k guns like the smoke stacks


Chaos Theory: Meet Makos

Meet Makos, part of my havoc squad for my Chaos Theory 40K army. With his heavy bolter, he paints his masterpiece. Makos has a severe addiction to the sound of bolters and their recoil. If it was up to him, he would be a bullet.






Sep 19, 2014

Bud Reviews: Guardians Of The Galaxy (Film)


How long have we been waiting for a good scifi movie that is similar to Firefly? How long have we been waiting for a good Star Wars movie? A long time. Well Guardians of the Galaxy satisfies that craving. Where those other franchises abandoned you, Marvel decided jump in and pull you out of the water.

I always heard of the Guardians of the Galaxy and seen comic book covers, but never really dug deep.Until an episode of the cartoon "Ultimate Spider-man" featured them, I became interested. So when the trailer came out for this film, I knew who they were and could name them. I didn't read any of the comics, but clearly I've been reading the wrong comics, GOTG is high on my list after this film.

Set in the Avenger's universe, the GOTG movie follows a team of unlikely heroes defending the universe. That's basically it. The setting follows the main protagonist Peter Quill aka Starlord recovering some precious orb. Some people want the orb, some people want Quill, and now the stage is set for one of the most exciting adventure of 2014. Every scene in this film is well crafted and beautiful. The vistas in deep space alone warrant seeing this film. The action sequences are well thought out and not tiring, they have proper breaks and build ups. I say "tiring" because I'm reviewing this film after reviewing the horror that was Transformers 4 . GOTG shows you how sci fi action is done without exhausting your audience. It had moments that made the audience "ooh and aaah", it had moments where it made the audience feel for the main character. Most importantly, GOTG focused on the characters and made you care for them. Even if they're colored differently or from a completely different class of species, this movie delivered that. The film was very witty and at times made the audience burst with laughter using clever comedic insertion. You will grow to love at least one of the Guardians if not all. They're not the Avengers, yet they are just as cool...maybe even cooler. You get to see the Marvel mythos away from Earth, and it is a fantastic mythos. As with any film there are flaws. For audiences that aren't familiar with the Marvel lore it was hard to keep up. Despite the flaws, the movie uses carefully selected music to bring the audience with them on this huge adventure. This is what summer blockbusters should be like. It had a hint of Mass Effect, Firefly, Star Wars and all the classics.

VERDICT:
Guardians Of The Galaxy gets a B on the B.U.D scale:
If you want an "out of this world" scifi adventure that keeps you on the edge of your seat while making sure you laugh, feel angry, cry and laugh again....then Guardians of the Galaxy is the Movie to see. It was an incredible film that executed story, character development, visual effects, and theater like a revered artist executes his masterpiece painting. A must see. 

Sep 14, 2014

Chaos Theory: Meet Furninator

Meet Furninator, part of my havoc squad in my Chaos Theory 40K army. "One shudders to imagine what inhuman thoughts lie behind that mask." Furninator is and will always be a walking furnace. He just hates all the peasants and any countryside, be it terran or xeno. He betrayed the imperium so he can mutate into a dragonman.






Sep 5, 2014

Bud Reviews: Transformers 4: Age of Extinction


Murderous Prime everyone!

If you don't remember, I posted a (Thoughts on Transformers 4) article saying why this movie may be the movie we've been waiting for. I mainly based my predictions on the Dinobots, the trailer, and the new designs. I genuinely thought that things may change. That Michael Bay and Hasbro would learn from their mistakes and push this franchise to the limit. I went against myself and my friends in judging Bay. "This time will be different, you will see". "It's not a hype train, it's friggin Grimlock , how is he going to mess it up?"

Well I was wrong. Wrong wrong wrong! Bay messed up big. ( I am aware it's entire teams, but Bay is the focal point).

Age of Extinction failed on many levels except the visual awe. The special effects were great.The previous 3 films looked great too. No argument there

But I'm not reviewing a tech demo, I'm reviewing a movie.

It was long, very very long. At 2 hours and 45 minutes I was exhausted. Non stop action. Scene after scene. Car chase after car chase. Explosion after explosion. I like action movies but I felt I needed to drink a gallon of powerthirst and snort cocaine to wake up. As some have described it, Bay doesn't make movies, he makes roller coaster rides. Then why on Earth is he making movies! Why is he still making Transformers movies? TF4 has a new cast, namely Mark Wahlberg ,Kelsey Grammer, and Stanley Tucci. No Shia La Beouf, no Megan Fox, and no new Megan. New robot cast with new designs and new villains. Everything is new! Well new packaging that is, but same crap. The acting was much better than the previous three. Frasier was outstanding as usual, so was Stanley Tucci. I personally didn't think Mark Wahlberg was convincing as an inventor, but he was good...not great...just good. I forgot to mention some new blonde girl with her boyfriend who looks a lot like Harvey from the Sabrina the Teenage Witch sitcom.

"So you have this amazing cast and great special effects, what's your problem with the movie?"

Literally, everything else. Story, plot progression, and the Transformers themselves. No one was able to follow this incoherent mess. The story wasn't explained at all. Events happened unrealistically. There is "regular unrealistic" and "simply outlandish pure out of Bay's head unrealistic". The Transformers were not Transformers, they were walking and talking one liners with weird accents that were barely audible. Their characterizations were far off from their previous incarnations (which we are used to by now). But in the case of Optimus, it deviated even more from the previous films. It doesn't mention anything from the previous movies except that the Transformers brought war. It's disturbing that they did that. Even the guys that made the movies acknowledge that it was crap.

To end the spoiler free part and summarize:
Transformers Age of Extinction had better aspects than the previous films, like the cast and designs, yet makes for a horrible and messy experience. It throws away all the potential of this once revered franchise. It's because of this I rank it as one of the worst movies I have ever seen. To take something as like Transformers and take it down to the depths of the sewage and dunk it over and over again...is something I can't approve. Transformers 4 sucks, it was just a bad movie, worse than Revenge of the Fallen. Revenge was bad already, but it was a mistake, but TF 4 repeats that mistake. No wonder Rotten Tomatoes puts it at 18%.


VERDICT:
Transformers 4: Age of Extinction gets a D on the B.U.D scale:
To treat such a rich franchise like Transformers in such a bad way for 4 movies in a row is something I cannot accept. Stay away from this decaying film universe. There are lots of franchises that don't disregard their fanbase and sweep them under the rug. Marvel is doing an amazing job with Guardians of the Galaxy. Or just watch the cartoons, Transformers Prime is a good start. Hell, the Angry Birds Transformers looks better than TF4, and that's Angry Birds!

The B.U.D scale:
B= Buy
U= Useless (Not recommended)
D= Do not buy


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You have the nerve to put Dinobots in the movie and not have them SPEAK? Not once? Me Grimlock? Frank Welker is in the movie, ask him to make Sludge voice, any thing.
What do you think the Dinobots are? They're just pretty to look at? Legendary warriors my ass!
"We're giving you freedom" Prime says to Grimlock, then like 30 seconds after, with the sword to Grimlock's neck
" You defend my family, or die"
What the FISITRON!
Who says that?
Is that freedom you are offering?

That's not Optimus Prime. That is a knock off. Prime would never kill a human. Not so brutally anyways. After killing Attinger, Prime didn't show any kind of remorse and goes on saying "for honor" or something like that. Yes there is honor in shooting a man who was trying to do his job. I mean sure you're defending friend your whom you just met, but remind me, weren't you the one who told Sentinel Prime "there are other ways" or something like that. Optimus could have put his shield between them and allowed Lockdown to kill him. He's obsessed with Earth. If you like it that much, why don't you marry it!

The only Chinese apartment they enter in the movie happens to have an American football lying around?

Who are the creators anyway? What about the Allspark! The entire first movie was dedicated to it.

Why are you so indecisive? Choose a plot or story and go through it. How many times did the Transformers land on Earth?

You have Fallen and 13 original guys, the creators (ok not Transformers but still), Megatron, Sentinel whatshisface. Earth is like Grand Central station.

The lore is truly messed up.

The straw that broke the Dinobot's back was that there wasn't a single mention of Cybertron or its fate. Not once.

Who wrote this movie? A junkion? I tell you who's writing the script, the damn production line in some Hasbro factory, that's who. The actual line is doing all the work, it's not only making toys in horrible working conditions, but it's writing scripts for all of Transformers.


At least Galvatron was the only good thing that came out of this IMO.

This movie really pissed me off. The movies don't give you any closure whatsoever. I could go on and on about every single frame in the film. There are positives, as I said Galvatron, but the negatives squish the positives.

Don't watch this.

Jul 15, 2014

Chaos theory: From The Lava

Chaos Theory is a new segment of the blog where I talk about my progress with my Warhammer 40K Chaos Space Marine Army. I aim to build my army to the last detail. Name each soldier and provide a background given the lore.

When you're on the go, you don't have the luxury of a proper release schedule. This is the most current post. I haven't added anything since what you see here today.

I added the gold trim on their shoulder pads and did the eyes. The eyes were the best part. I put a cyan undercoat then went over it with a brighter green. It's hard to see from pictures but it gave a menacing look. Also I may add a third layer to the eye, perhaps white to show that twinkle. I didn't add to the lava effect, but the contrast it is making looks good. If they are on any terrain they'll stand out.

My next step is to add another gold trim coat and introduce some colors to the emblems on their chest. I'm not sure how to remove the imperial emblems. Maybe a cut through them, or even use a solder gun to melt them. It may look weird. Any suggestions? And of course I need to drill the holes for the guns. I think after I add more detail, I'm going to have each post look at each soldier, his name, and his background. I'm thinking names that are Hungarian origin or Nordic that sound the most Chaosy. Fred might not induce fear in the hearts of all.

Remember the lost army? Well they had the mark of Khorn. These guys are red and should be Khorn I guess, but I'm liking the Chaos Undivided idea more at the moment.

We're all outta gum






 AMOLED display

 Happy with how his eyes turned out
 you got somethi...you got something...on your respirator





The glue might be a good thing for the entire look, thankfully it's easy to remove.

 Boom...headshot

 His head wasn't budging, so I used some pliers to move it. His head got disfigured, I have more heads, but I think his looks makes him feel mutated and like a warthog.
Anyone knows what's the best way to clean up these lines made by hot melt? I didn't too good on the eyes and the gold rivets. I'll touch up with red later.


The spoiler was broken and lost. So I added a spoiler from an old toy and molded some glue to fill the space.Need sandpaper.

 Sadly I don't have any silver paint to touch up. The store only had gold

Not a 40K model, but I had this extra base and the gun moves on that pivot. It had to be done. If I can use it as a melta or something.

You comments are welcome.