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Friday, 20 March 2020

Bucky O Hare and the Toad Wars- a blast from the past

September 8th 1991. A date I remember well. From out of nowhere on kids' tv comes a stonking great theme tune and a host of vivid characters created by the legendary Larry Hama surge onto the screen. I was absoultely hooked on Bucky O Hare and the Toad Wars. When it ended in Decmber I was sad, when it became apparent there would be no second series I was devastated. There are pretty accurate observations online about why such a fantastic production got pulled so I will leave that to others to expound.

Bucky O Hare was based on a Larry Hama comic, originally published in 4 parts in the comic Echo of Futurepast. In spring 1992 after the series had aired there was a UK release of the comic, chopped up into fortnightly pieces and with a few alterations to closer match the cartoon. The publishers did not stop after the original comic ended, instead they hired other writers and artists to continue is, albeit in a slightly different vein. The original is really not a kids' comic. The UK comic ran for 20 episodes before being shelved for much the same reasons as the TV show. I had some of them back in 1992, but not all by any means. They were holiday treats from my parents mostly, entertainment on long car journeys. Years later and I picked up the hardcover graphic novel of the original Hama comic, which got me hankering after the extended UK run. Since they were childrens' comics unsurprisingly they proved rather rare. In four years of looking I saw two collections of issues 1-20 pop up on eBay, both of which went for £200+. I managed to acquire two random issues for £2-3 but it seemed the chances of finding the entire run for a price I was prepared to pay was unlikely. Then, in January, issues 1-19 popped up and after placing a low bid on them and walking away I was shocked to discover that I had scored (in my opinion) a bargain.

I'm going to be binding these old comics into a volume to go with my hardback Hama edition so before I do that I thought I would scan them in. Having searched in vain for PDFs online I figured the elast I could do is make these rare artefacts available for all, and why not release them in the same fortnightly increments as they were back in 1992? So to sustain you through your isolation (and hopefully far beyond) here are the UK comic editions of Bucky O Hare, beginning with issue 1.

As they are fortnightly I thought the in-between weeks I would just offer a few thoughts on the previous week's edition, so Friday is officially S.P.A.C.E. day here at Fimm McCool's. Enjoy! 

Oh, and if anyone has an issue 20 they are willing to part with, or at least scan in, to join these that would be very much appreciated!


Wednesday, 18 March 2020

In The Studio episode 6- What to paint next?


Wednesday, 11 March 2020

In The Studio episode 5- 50k of 4th Ed Warhammer for Dave's 40th at Foundry


Monday, 9 March 2020

The glorious 4th for Dave's 40th!

Another lovely weekend gaming at the Foundry! Here's my photodump, I'll be doing a bit of a round up in this week's Oakbound Studio video.

Matthew's wolfriders lasted, I think, 2 turns. Just one whole turn longer than Steve's Boar Boyz...

My section of the glorious orc line, supported by Steve's artillery battery.

Beetle baggage trains

My view of the enemy line.

Fisto preparing to do what he does best. He fisted hard, but he could not fist them all!

The rabble advances, enraged by the halfling hotpot's assault upon the Boris banner. Dripping with stew the orcs continue onward whilst their rock lobber spills the halflings' dinner and sends them running off in a huff. 

Turns out outriders are scared of spiders. Big girlies.

Whilst the 2-deck pump wagons struggle to pick up momentum the single-deck wagon careers ahead...

...straight into the war wagon. Smashing it to tiny little pieces. The pump wagon crew were set upon by enraged swordsmen, but their job was done.

The bored (and hungry) dragon decides to have a quick snack. That stray fanatic will be causing no more damage behind our lines!

Chris assesses just how much is left of the war altar after a big rock crushes the Grand Theogonist flat.

After two turns being forced to snake around a hill and another reforming the savage orcs finally kick their boars into top speed... just as the game draws to a close.


Wednesday, 4 March 2020

In The Studio episode 4- Packing Lead

An oldhammer miniature creeps into a video of packing new shiny minis and talking about Concord.

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