Tuesday, 22 April 2014

Unboxing Malifaux - Killjoy

Generally Neverborn hate humans...so does Killjoy...he just hates Neverborn as well...

The Killjoy box contains enough parts for one miniature...namely Killjoy. It also contains a stat card
for him though there are no upgrade cards.

The box has two sprues in it as well as the aforementioned stat card...

Should there be any assembly issues with the model then they will be listed in the appropriate section and you can view larger versions of the smaller pictures by clicking on them. Wyrd Miniatures also seem to have stopped putting instructions in things and instead give you a leaflet with a web address on it that leads to a number of links.

I've put them here so you don't need to. Just click on it for a larger version...

Stat Card.

This is a very easy model to assemble except in one particular area...more specifics on that later...

Here's some close-ups...

Face and Chains.
Yes...each of those chains is a separate piece. They're all slightly different lengths and each one does fit a specific location. I used tweezers and lined up each one first to make sure I put the correct one in the correct location. It's a bit fiddly but by no means the worse thing on a Malifaux model I've ever experienced.

Tools of the Trade.

I'm not sure how long this part will last during transportation but it does look cool...

Here's a comparison shot showing the difference between original metal Killjoy and the new plastic version.

Thoughts and comments are (as usual) most welcome.

Hasslefree Miniatures Newsletter - Salute Debrief

I'm happy to say that their service in person is easily as good as their service on-line...you even still get sweets...'Mrs H' even managed to sort out which extra 'Post Apoc Gang' Miniature I wanted from possibly the vaguest description ever, lol.

There's some new release news as well.....

Happy Easter!
Hope everyone enjoyed their long weekend (and for the Brits reading this that you aren't currently in some kind of egg-related diabetic coma).
We have returned from the big smoke and have almost recovered. We completely forgot this weekend was Easter, and that post offices close, so catching up with the orders placed from our London trip is taking a little longer than normal.  On the positive side, everyone who's order is delayed gets a freebie! :)
This is just a short newsletter, a bit of a Salute debrief, a couple of announcements etc. We're not entirely done with the 'putting everything back where it belongs' and as mentioned above we're ploughing through the catch up orders too, so not a great deal of time to wibble as much as I do usually. New releases next week. :)
Right, let's get on with it!
A Big Salute Thank You!
We'd like to thank everyone who visited us at Salute, even those of you who just wanted to say allo and didn't give us any of your hard-earned shekels ;)
It was a good, if exhausting, day and went well. The stand looked pretty after some last minute Macgyvering by the HF Gang, Kieran ran a participation game pretty much all day and many, many, miniatures were thrust into various receptacles in exchange for sweaty currency.
Talking of the 'HF Gang' we'd like to take a moment to thank all the helpers on the day, The HF Kids (Kieran, Jenny and Megan), Neil, Dave, Andy, Ian, Jason, Scott, Kylie, Tris, Matt and Garry. A special mention for Wyn who stuck it out on the AB stand most of the day.
Couldn't have done it without you lot, consider yourselves on our christmas card list :)
What's Happening Next?
Well for the next week and a bit, the Whites are still in the US. We'll spend the bulk of this week catching up entirely and finding everything that was put into a weird box while packing up at the show :)
Next week we have 4 new releases, sneak peek above. They were pre-released at Salute and went very well so we hope you'll like them. After that we have new multipacks, more new releases, the return of the Kev, some bribery, some new Modern Troopers and harem girls, some new Sci-Fi squad members and the disappearance of Kev into digital sculpting land for a while.
We'll also be working on some changes to the website to incorporate more menus without having to scroll down so far :)
We have also been on the verge of the K word for about 6 months now and have never actually made that final step so that will almost certainly have to happen soon. So, the real answer is 'lots'.
Diceni Trade Show, May 4th
The good people at Diceni are hosting the second annual show in Norfolk on the 4th May (Shame they aren't Star Wars related there).
No, we aren't going to be there, we're pimping it because the mascot of Diceni is Boudi, a miniature we have licensed from Diceni based on some original Matt Dixon artwork.
We've been talking with Lee of Diceni about some possible variants and even licensing future Matt Dixon artwrk commissioned for the show so feel free to turn up and let them know what an awesome job they've done in partnering with us ;)
Details of the show can be found here....
I believe they are also having a 'Painted Boudi' contest!
And Finally.
Talking of Boudi, we have something coming up next week that fans of Matt Dixon in particular might like. We'll be bundling some signed artwork cards with resin masters of Boudi in strictly limited numbers. Keep an eye on the next newsletter for that.
Feel free to use any of our HF email addresses (Admin@, Dameon@) to give us any Salute feedback if you happened to be there. We're always interested in people's opinions to help us hone our show attendances.
We had some pretty new banners at Salute with us featuring painted minis (you can see them over on our FB page). We're going to be making a solid effort to overhaul the photos of our minis to include painted versions too. We have a solid group of painter friends, all of an excellent calibre, and you can be sure to see more 'artist profile's in future newsletters too :)
That's it, I'm still tired *sniff*
'til next time,

Monday, 21 April 2014

Unboxing Malifaux - Fuhatsu

Designing a gun that's so powerful that not only do you need a giant to carry it but you also need a couple of friends to prop him up might be seen as a design flaw...but not if you're the Ten Thunders apparently...

The Fuhatsu box contains enough parts for one miniature...namely Fuhatsu. It also contains a stat card for him though there are no upgrade cards.

The box has one sprue in it as well as the aforementioned cards...

Should there be any assembly issues with the model then they will be listed in the appropriate section and you can view larger versions of the smaller pictures by clicking on them. Wyrd Miniatures also seem to have stopped putting instructions in things and instead give you a leaflet with a web address on it that leads to a number of links.

I've put them here so you don't need to. Just click on it for a larger version...

Stat Card.

It's not as bad as you might expect. There are very few tiny parts and most of them are quite obvious in their location. The 'helpers' have location points on Fuhatsu's main body so you know where to put them. In this picture I've slightly altered the angle of the centre figure so when I add basing material his feet don't disappear into it...of course this became irrelevant when I decided to use a base insert instead...

Here's some close-ups...

Steam Gatling Gun.
It's actually possible to put the gun into the body insert upside down so remember that the cables are at the bottom. The end piece can also quite easily be put on upside down ..or sideways for that matter...

Fuhatsu's Helpers.
There's a recess in Fuhatsu's lower back and two indentations in his upper back for you to locate the 'helpers' correctly though there's a bit of leeway should you have something scenic in mind for the base that requires them to be standing higher or lower...not much though...

Upper Torso.
The shoulder pads just sort of balance on to flat portions on the shoulders. You can also see where the gun slots into the body in this picture.

Mine will be going on a Wyrd Miniatures 'Asian Zen' base without the extra bits that comes with the aforementioned base. This alters the angle of the gun a little but if anything I prefer it this way...

Thoughts and comments are (as usual) most welcome.

Sunday, 20 April 2014

UK Games Expo - Newsletter

I really enjoyed this event last year even if that slave driving bastard from Titan Games had me doing Malifaux demos for most of it, lol.

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6 weeks to go!

UK Games Expo 2014

We are now just 6 weeks out from UKGE. In 6 weeks time the biggest and best hobby games convention in the UK will be in full swing.
This news letter takes a look at what you will be doing.
Looking forward to welcoming your through the doors.
The UKGE Team
Richard, Tony, Pat, Mick, John and Lindsey
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Huge Trade Hall

This year we are listing over 120 exhibitors in our trade Halls. There are other large trade shows in the UK, particularly in miniatures, but UKGE is by far the largest collection of board game, roleplaying game and miniatures games traders together in one place. What makes us unique is that most of the traders will be demoing the games on scores of tables. Try before you buy!
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Open Gaming Space

We will provide a large amount of space to just crack open a game and get playing. This will expand during the evenings.Full details here


There are 30+ tournaments in all genres.Some of them have major prizes like all-expenses paid to attend the world finals representing the UK.
So then what can we tempt you with?
In Miniatures we have no less than 30 different offerings. These include Dystopian Naval Tournament, Field of Glory:Renaissance, Field of Glory:Ancients, Flames of War: Mid War, Warmachine and Hordes UK Games Expo Masters, Epic Armageddon Expo 2014, X-Wing UK Open, 40k Birmingham Open II, HeroClix Nationals 2014 - Open Sealed Qualifier, Dystopian Land Tournament, Infinity The Game Tournament, Flames of War: Late War, Dust Warfare UK Open 2014, Star Trek Attack Wing - Return to Deep Space Nine! and HeroClix Nationals - 2014 UK Finals.
Full details on all these exciting events are on the Miniatures page
In the Board Game Category we have tournaments in Pandemic: The Cure Tournament (run by the creator of the game Matt Leacock), the UK Settlers of Catan National event, the UK Carcassonne championship, the UK Ticket to Ride championships. these are along side Ra, 7 Wonders, Dominion, Memoir 44, Lords of Waterdeep, C&C: Ancients, Suburbia and Tzolk'in Tournaments. Take on the best in the land and emerge triumphant.
More on those tournaments on the board game events page.
Moving on to Cards we have some major natiional events like the Android Netrunner open and National events, the Game of Thrones open and National events, the first ever Xi card World Final, Ascension and Stakbots events.
More on all that on the cards page
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1800 seats in Roleplaying games

UK Games Expo is the largest Roleplaying Convention in the UK with more games to play than ever before. With dozens of game systems and 8 sessions over 3 days we must have a game for you.
The full RPG schedule is on the RPG Page
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Massive Seminar Schedule

This year we have expanded the seminar schedule to two streams running in parallel. We cover subjects like writing RPG games, Women in gaming, Children in Gaming, Music in RPG Games, Art in gaming, designing board games, kick starter, how to make money writing books, interviews with Monte Cook, Chris Barrie and gaming legends Steve Jackson and Ian Livingstone. Don't miss the Dragon's den and see who dares pitch their game ideas to the dragons.
Full Schedule is here
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Rooms in the Hotel are filling up fast

There are not many rooms left in the Hotel - especially on the Saturday night so if you want to stay on site you need to get organised fast.
To book your room follow this link.
You might also consider the near by Plaza Hotel and theHoliday Inn.
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Fun for the whole family

We have a dedicated exciting area aimed at not only families and young people but one that will contain games we think can surprise and entertain everyone.
Imagination Gaming will be bringing a range of games from all over the world, some of which you may know, others that you will not, but all of which will have you thinking, laughing and enjoying yourselves. We will have a host of games covering lots of different topics that will be suitable for everyone from six to ninety six! We will have card, board, tile, puzzle, dice, strategy, two player games, four player games, eight player games and even twenty four players if we can get them.
You can also have fun withe the Cosplayers. Maybe even spot the Tardis.

What are you waiting for?

10's and under go free. Teens are £6 a day and Adults £9. With family tickets and multi day discounts we are an affordable day out for the whole family.
Find out more...
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