Monday, 24 November 2014

Kickstarters...

I know I said I wasn't going to pledge to any-more Kickstarters but these all appealed to me (though for different reasons). An RPG, a board game and a miniatures game (well two as there's also the inevitable Mantic Games one but we'll leave that one till last as if your a Mantic fan I'm guessing you backed this straight away anyway, lol) so it's a nice cross-section of hobby to be fair.


Hopefully I'll have some spare time when these arrive and they'll be spared the 'Limbo' fate of my Deadzone Wave 2, Toughest Girls of the Galaxy and Myth Kickstarters as they sit in my hobby room awaiting some care and attention, lol.

I'll do these in order of completion date...

Steampunk Rally.
First is this rather interesting Steampunk themed 'building' board game. The basic game concept has been done in similar ways before but with this one I think the Steampunk theme and graphic style elevate it above the others by a good margin.

It's Kickstarter page can be found here.


Paranoia RPG.
This is an RPG system that was around a while ago that is getting what I believe the cool kids call a 're-boot'. It's more on the fun side than the serious but I liked the overall 'Vibe' and theme and to be fair even if you don't play the RPG the books from various RPG systems usually make good reading (I have several RPG systems that I've never used but thoroughly enjoyed reading through.). The original had a lot of fans so at least I know there's a player base for this.

The Kickstarter page can be found here.


Fallen Frontiers - Reboot.
I know nothing about the original version of this game but I was attracted to this purely by the quality of the miniatures. I've heard a few people be reticent about this one due to the cost but to be honest it's not really any more expensive than other companies equivalent quality miniatures and you're getting a game system as well. They've also recently added the ability to customise the configuration of your starter box so you can pick the races you like which (to be honest) is what convinced me to pledge.

The Kickstarter page can be found here.


There's also a certain miniature in one of the above systems ranges that may be sidestepped into one of my Malifaux crews as a female proxy for another model...Namely as a Von Schill replacement...


Go give them a look as these sort of projects are the kind of things that Kickstarter was made for.

There's the Mantic Games Kings of War 'version 2' one as well but I'm only pledged to this one for the book and a couple of models as I'll buy any armies I require through my FLGS Titan Games as I think we as hobbyists should support our hobby stores as much as we can as they (along with our gaming clubs) are the heart of our hobby (in my opinion at least).

The Kings of War Kickstarter page can be found here.


There are also links to these Kickstarter projects in the blog sidebar and these also show you the relative progress of them. These are all funded so there's no risk in that area at least.....

Thoughts and comments are (as usual) most welcome.

Sunday, 23 November 2014

Sunday Round-Up / Erratic Blogging Warning

If you thought the week before lasts blog output was brief then you've probably been really disappointed with last weeks...

The truth is that blogging is generally a by product of my personal hobbying and there's been little time for that due to work commitments. Basically I work in the car industry and spares issues and breakdowns have put the company considerably behind so I'm working extended days (well nights as well sometimes as I work shifts...) and most weekends in order to make up a nearly two thousand car back-log (not that they're likely to run out any-time soon but the car industry plans way ahead). The upshot of this is that I don't even have the time to do my own hobby projects and even if I did I probably wouldn't have time to write about them.

I would like to say that I appreciate the support people have given the blog and hopefully I'll be able to produce some decent content for you all soon...how soon though I couldn't say. Until then look at some of the older articles (even if they're just the 'pretty girls' ones) and keep checking back in the vague hope that I've got my finger out and accomplished something, lol.


Thoughts, comments and offers of blog articles are (as usual) most welcome.

Friday, 21 November 2014

Mantic Games Newsletter - Join the Kings of War

Version one of Mantic Games's Kings of War was a nice simple system even if it did have a few balance issues...hopefully this is going to fix those few little problems...

Fantasy Battles for the Masses
 
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Kings of War is the tabletop wargame where massive armies of miniatures clash on the tabletop.
 

The game uses a set of easy to learn and intuitive rules, designed with simplicity in mind - but this doesn’t mean that the game isn’t fun or challenging. This is a game of tactics and strategy, played out in fast, furious and fun games between any of the 12 different armies, including Forces of the Abyss, Twilight Kin and Kingdoms of Men.
 

Want to read about the rules for yourself? The first edition rules and army lists are available to download for free from our website.

Steal a Deal on a new Fantasy Army

Last week we took a look at the Living Legend $50 pledge, though we know many of you will be looking for an army or three to go alongside the new edition.

Not only does the God of War pledge contain everything in Living Legend, there’s also your choice of armies: either any 2 starter armies or 1 large army worth around $160-180 rrp:
 

That means that a God of War pledge ($150) saves you around $100 with more still to be added in, like the new Undead Soul Reaver figures which will get added free to the Undead army, and the Kings of War Global Campaign!

There’s plenty more on the Kings of War Kickstarter to check out – including the new Elf King on Dragon.

There are only 10 days left of the Kings of War Kickstarter and your chance to get an exclusive deal on the 2nd Edition Hardback Rulebook. Go here to find out more and please, pledge your support and help us unlock more freebies for everyone!

And Finally...

Big Boss Ronnie Renton will be doing a live chat on theMantic Facebook page on Tuesday 25th November at 7:00pm GMT.

He'll be on hand to talk about all things Kings of War, as well as answer any questions on Dungeon Saga, Deadzone, DreadBall and Mars Attacks. All of this before he heads off to Ireland to film with the Beasts of War guys for the Weekender. Don't miss it!
Adepticon Registration opens Monday 24th November!
 
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We’re only four days weeks away till registration opens at Adepticon and with that comes all the events that we have scheduled at Adepticon 2015.
 

This year we have:

- expanded our Clash of Kings Championship from last year to accommodate more player demand!

- a brand new Deadzone tournament. This one is on par to sell out fast.

- donated an insane amount of Battlezone sprues and tiles to the organizers of Adepticon for use on the Warhammer 40,000 tournament tables and any other sci-fi games at Adepticon.

Plus find out more here on the Mantic Blog!

Adepticon has always been a great convention for us. Keep your eyes out on the blog and the podcasts for more information - registration opens 11-24-2014 at 8pm Central Standard Time.
 
Mad for Mantic?
 
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From DreadBall Hoodies to Deadzone Tees, Mugs and Sweatshirts, Mantic Games fans can now kit themselves out at the same time as their army with the new Mantic Merch:

Know someone mad for Mantic? This would be the perfect Christmas present - or simply treat yourself instead with a fine garment with high quality print ;) Head to the Mantic store to find your Christmas presents.
 
One Week until the
Open Day!

 
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Time to get your ticket, the Mantic Open Day is just one week away!

This day of gaming is packed full of sneak peaks, seminars with the design team plus plenty of free goodies and special offers.
 
Our mailing address is:
Mantic Games, 193 Hempshill Lane, Bulwell, Nottingham, NG6 8PF, England.
Copyright (C) 2014 Mantic Entertainment Ltd. All rights reserved.

Forge World Newsletter #431

The 'Solar Auxilia' Medusa and Basilisk from Forge World don't look a lot different from a normal Medusa and Basilisk...maybe I'm missing something...


Many Solar Auxilia Cohorts maintain their own mobile artillery batteries, favouring a class ideally suited to their particular battle doctrines. Two of the most common types used by the Solar Auxilia are the Basilisk and Medusa, each of which is substantially different to those utilised in the wider Imperial Army and other fighting forces of the galaxy-spanning Imperium.
Firing from long distance, the Basilisk and Medusa can lay down a fearsome barrage ahead of the advancing ranks of the Solar Auxilia. Their hulls, derived from the Solar pattern Leman Russ, offer enhanced protection from enemy weapons and can equip a pintle-mounted weapon such as the ubiquitous multi-laser, adding a close quarters defence capability should enemy infantry advance too near.
The Solar Auxilia Medusa and Solar Auxilia Basilisk can be fielded in Artillery Batteries as part of a Solar Auxilia army in Horus Heresy games. The rules for both tanks and the full Solar Auxilia army list can be found in The Horus Heresy Book 4 – Conquest Special Edition.
These are complete multi-part resin and plastic kits. They are available to order now and will be despatched immediately.
"Vengeance, it is said, is the preserve of the gods; gods we in our folly denied ever existed."

Captain-General Orson Souzerin III,
Introit to the Last Cohort

Reservations can be placed for this event up to 5pm (UK time) Thursday 27th November. To find out how to place a reservation, click here or call us on 0115 900 4995. For more information about this event, click here.
Please note that Forge World bundle deals are a web only offer and will not be available at events for you to buy and take home on the day. However, prior to the event you can place a reservation order for Forge World bundle deals for collection at the event. You can also order bundle deals whilst at an event for shipping to your chosen address.

Wednesday, 19 November 2014

The Wednesday Gallery

Regular blog readers will know that as well as being a fan of miniature war-games I'm also a fan of comics too and therefore any news of film adaptations interest me...

...unfortunately like many comic fans I also get attached to my own idea of a character and get a bit twitchy if I think that the film makers are going to screw them up. The thought of them messing up Harley Quinn therefore gave me a bit of a scare, lol. The current rumour is that the part in the upcoming 'Suicide Squad' movie will be played by this young lady...name of Margot Robbie...


...so it could have been worse I suppose...

The upshot of this is that the Wednesday Gallery this week is going to feature those cosplayers who have done their own interpretations of this iconic character in her various incarnations. Long term followers may remember that I've done this before...but it was quite a while ago...apparently it's a popular choice...




























Thoughts and comments are (as usual) most welcome.
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