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Kickstarter: Retropolis Rocket Ship

Kickstarter: Retropolis Rocket Ship

Pulp-O-Mizer_Cover_ImageBradley W. Schenck, developer of the now-ubiquitous Pulp-o-miser, has launched another Kickstarter project – this time offering a behind-the-scenes glimpse at his 3D-based artwork.

Retropolis Rocket Ship preview

Focused around a new piece, apparently entitled Retropolis Rocket Ship (at least for now), this fundraising effort will offer fans of his work the chance to own limited edition, numbered prints of a work whose creation is to be documented in video. Schenck is also offering a range of Retropolis merchandise, and the opportunity for backers to create their own Pulp-o-miser titles.

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Tabletop Combat with Hydra Miniatures

Tabletop Combat with Hydra Miniatures

I think it was Wes Herbst who brought this to my attention some time ago, but I see that quite recently, Hydra Miniatures has come to British shores. So, in the hopes of making up for lost time, I thought I’d draw interested eyes towards this growing tabletop collection.

Hydra Miniatures is a US-based producer of pulp-inspired wargames sets, with ranges including spaceships and prehistoric monsters. To quote their website:

We feel the market is flooded with Tolkienesque fantasy miniatures—orcs, dwarves, and elves. The same goes for sci-fi bodybuilder commandoes in power armor fighting H.R. Giger-inspired xenomorphs. Frankly, we’re sick of it. And who needs yet another miniatures company creating the same thing you’ve seen a hundred times? Our mission is to break away from these clichés and create never before seen figures that no one else is doing. Figures that fire your imagination and inspire you to new gaming possibilities.

All their sets have an element of pulp to them, but raypunk tastes draw us to the Retro Raygun and War Rocket sets. Without having bought or seen any of these pieces myself, I can’t actually speak for how the game plays, but one of the joy of tabletop lays in simply appreciating the figures:

Hydra’s president and chief sculptor is Matt Beauchamp, with Scott Francek contributing to the product sculptures. Theirs is a US-based, online retail venture, but as I’ve mentioned, Hydra Miniatures are now stocked in Britain too, at Wargames Emporium of Sheffield and Mansfield.

Individual figures start at around £3/$4 each for Retro Raygun, and £5/$6.95 for War Rocket. There’s also a rule book for War Rocket, priced at £18, though curiously none listed for the infantry series, which are $18 direct from Hydra.

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A Renewed Beacon for Raypunk

A Renewed Beacon for Raypunk

It’s been some time since we heard any news about the Raygun Gothic Rocketship – after all, it was allowed to land in San Francisco for quite some time – but a recent article by John King of the San Francisco Chronicle highlights the fact it has now had its stay extended.

To quote:

There is no social message in this artwork of oversize whimsy. It says nothing about local history or culture. The aluminum skin is a surprise amid the Embarcadero’s masonry buildings. It is what it is: a curvilicious gleam that captures the gee-whiz air of futurism past, on loan from the Black Rock Arts Foundation. The Port Commission will vote Tuesday on whether to let Raygun Gothic stay until October 2012, and how can anyone say no? This is art that sparks imagination and joy, the stuff of which vibrant cities are made.

Fortunately for this bastion of raypunk thinking, the Port Commission agreed to keep the rocket on for another year – it’ll be on show until October 2012.

The Raygun Gothic Rocketship at San Francisco Pier
The “Raygun Gothic Rocket Ship” Has Landed

The “Raygun Gothic Rocket Ship” Has Landed

David Shulman (left) and Sean Orlando; photo By Bill Wilson ©2010

Update after update seems to focus on this, the Black Rock Art Foundation-funded raypunk showcase on San Francisco’s waterfront, but it does currently stand as a beacon for ‘the future that never was’ . This week it was acknowledged at its opening ceremony by San Francisco’s mayor, Gavin Newsom.

The Rocket Ship was declared open on Friday, with a launch party attracting media and sci-fi fans alike. The rocket builders themselves have been linking to a few fun Flickr galleries, and their blog has links to some very decent launch day video.

Attendees included Elvis, goggle-wearing space rock band Phenomenauts, pulp fiction literature buffs and a curious orange pachyderm.

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“Raygun Gothic Rocket” Landing Party

“Raygun Gothic Rocket” Landing Party

News comes via press release of the San Franciscan grand opening at Pier 14:

San Francisco, August 6, 2010 – The Black Rock Arts Foundation (BRAF) and the Port of San Francisco will celebrate the opening on August 6th at 3:00 PM at Pier 14, of an iconic, large-scale sculpture created by a team of Bay Area artists lead by Sean Orlando, Nathaniel Taylor, and David Shulman. This 40-foot-tall artwork, the Raygun Gothic Rocketship, offers a retro-futuristic, highly-stylized vision of space travel circa 1930’s-1940’s science fiction and is the latest in a series of temporary public art exhibitions sponsored by BRAF with the aim of enlivening and activating public spaces.

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