With the ZZap! 64 Kickstarter looking to kick off in the middle of April – we can start to let you good readers know of some of the perks that you can look forwards to to pledging on during the campaign. Today we can let you know about a new game being developed called…
Guess who is coming back to Revival? Mr John Romero will be attending Revival in May on the Saturday afternoon (19th) to give a talk on Doom then taking questions from the floor. He will then be up for a bit of Deathmatch Doom and Quake if time permits. He was a huge attraction…
A little while ago I posted images of my new ‘Eleven’ carded figure from Stranger Things. Yesterday I got Chief Hopper in the post. I’m never actually going to open these figures – who knows my kids may benefit from getting a few bob from them 40 years into the future. I must say…
With the annual now announced, we can let you know that the compo prize for this year is a THEC64 mini and a THEC64 JOYSTICK to plug in so that games like Armalyte can be played with a friend. Thanks to Paul Andrews and to all those behind this great device – can be…
Now this is a blast from the past! Remember the game 40 Winks that appeared on the Playstation way back in November 1999? – well you never guess what, but a N64 version of the game was in production at the same time but due to a number of awful decisions by GT Interactive…
I saw this little device on Facebook a week or so ago posted by a fellow retro enthusiast – I must be honest, I had never seen this peripheral for the Spectrum before so my interest was piqued. After a little rummaging around on E-bay, I found a single auction for the ZX-BOX and…
The game Shadow of the Unicorn Has a little bit of a well known history – it was pretty much the death of the rather successful UK company Mikro-Gen. Coming with a peripheral to give the Spectrum some extra memory, this was meant to be the future of gaming but fell way short due to…
Where on Earth did January go? Ahh well, it’s the 1st of Feb today so time to flip the Crash calendar forwards one month. And here we have the bi-plane from Flying Shark that was presented on issue 49 of Crash way back in February 1988 (I was 19 then!). The game was a conversion…
On Facebook we run and moderate a Facebook group called ‘Retro For Sale’. It was started a few years back in order for me to sell a few items I had in my garage. It’s now grown to over 9k members and can be found here if you would like to join us: https://www.facebook.com/groups/retroforsale/ When…
A little while ago there was a Kickstarter to raise some funds to produce a docu-film on Commodore. The Kickstarter was successful and hit its target and more – well the film has now been done and its release date is the 23rd February. I should be getting mine very shortly via my backing…
Many of us have been fans of Oliver Frey’s work since when we were kids. We remember the copies of Crash or Zzap or Amtix, or Fear etc that dropped through our letterbox each month, and became hooked on the mesmerising imagery that lay before our eyes, During the 80s I was in my…
Some more pictures are surfacing online now of the incoming THEC64 mini console and its packaging which is looking very spiffing – pre-orders on the likes of Amazon and Argos are set to be delivered at the end of March. A total of 64 games will be available for the device (yes, we can…
A package from America landed in wet central England in the UK today – a tiny box with an ultra small Vincent Vinylmation figure from Disney’s The Black Hole. I’m a big fan of the film with quite a bit of memorabilia – this is the latest find to add to the treasure chest.…
Not quite retro, but Stranger Things is based in the 80s so kinda go with me on this. Having bumped into and then binge watched both series over the Christmas period, I started to look out for any toys that are based on the show – and guess what, there are a few. The…
The Pawn was first released by Magnetic Scrolls in 1985 for the Sinclair QL with the Atari ST and Commodore Amiga versions being released laster in 1986. The game received critical acclaim due to its incredible detailed graphical locations and an intelligent text parser allowing the adventurer to naturally interact with the game. A…
As a big fan of the 1979 Disney movie, The Black Hole, I have quite a bit of memorabilia from the film – posters, colouring books, cards and much more! The latest edition to my ever growing collection is four 12″ dolls of the cast of the film. As a youngster I had Dr…
A big part of the Crash Annual 2018 was the brand new cover by Oliver Frey. We kept it a surprise for all those who had pledged for a copy on the Kickstarter and those who pre-ordered on the Fusion Retro Books site. I asked Roger if he would take some pics as Oli created this new painting using an air brush – the way these masterful covers were created back in the day. What follows is a sequence of images of how the cover progressed from a pencil drawing to fully painted and framed.
— Oli’s airbrush – out of retirement.
— Pencil rough marked out with the basic elements. This will be scanned in and printed out 150% enlarged for tracing down onto the art board.
— Having penciled in the outlines, using masking tape the edge is masked and the vertical light rays, and the using black ink, Oli brushes the simple outlines.
— The horizontal rays of light masked out (shape cut by scalpel), and masking tape and scraps of paper protect the area around the Chairman’s head. (The scraps are the roughs for the Join The Dots page.)
— More tape and paper scraps to protect the remainder of the area around the Chairman.
— Beginning to airbrush the Chairman’s head.
— Monochrome airbrushing of the Chairman finished, masks removed.
— First application (airbrushed) of colour; note the splashy lighting effect beside the head is masked using a rubber solution, which allows for a more painterly effect than the straight lines of the masked light rays.
— Adding in outline colour detail for the machines using a brush.
— Lighting masking rubber removed and the figures roughly airbrushed in.
— Beginning to add detail to the faces.
— Spectrum’s now coloured in and the faces finished (except for the boy bottom left; he would be hidden behind the diagonal cover bars and finished after the cover went to press to save time!). Just the Chairman’s eyes to finish.
— The finished painting. Note that it is larger than what appears as the finished hardback cover because Oli has to allow 20 mm overlap top, bottom and right-hand side, which the printer folds around the cover board and which mostly disappears under the end papers.
Before Christmas an advert popped up on my Facebook feed for a Zavvi loot box. I took a look – the hook on the advert was the next loot box may contain a limited Sonic coin – only 5,000 made available worldwide. Now being a bit of a Sonic fan, and also knowing a…
A couple of years ago we, as in Fusion Retro Books, launched the book ‘The Little Book of Sinclair ZX Spectrum Games’ – a tiny little book dedicated to just over 100 Spectrum games that meant something to me as a teenager with my first computer The Spectrum book can still be purchased at…
Many fans have been asking for a new Dizzy game for years. Well now there is going to be one! Philip and Andrew Oliver have announced a collaboration with the guys doing the ZX Spectrum – if the campaign reaches £500K then every backer gets a free copy of the new game. What is…