Monday, 16 July 2018

Unboxing Malifaux - Big Brain Brin

"Let's try to take over the world...again..."

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

Big Brain Brin
When Brin was born, he was mocked for the sheer size of his head. None of the Gremlins in his village could figure out just what someone would need with a brain that big.
Brin's intellect grew with age, much to his detriment. His discovery of a chemical compound that immediately sobered up an intoxicated Gremlin was intended to allow his brethren to quickly recover from their beloved benders, but it only made him more despised by his kin. What sort of evil villain would want to make Gremlins sober?
Their revulsion hardened Brin's heart, driving him to a life of super villainy. His kin only call upon him in the most desperate of circumstances, when they need his twisted genius to outwit their more intelligent foes.

Big Brain Brin - Sprue
The box has one sprue in it as well as the aforementioned card. Here's pictures of both sides of it.

Big Brain Brin - Stat Cards
Stat cards in the official format can now be downloaded from Wargame Vault for a nominal fee from HERE.

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 or instruction pictures by clicking on them.

Big Brain Brin - Instructions
I couldn't find any official instructions for this model so you'll have to make do with my pictures and tips. When they appear in the wild I'll insert them here.

Some General Notes on Assembly
Many of these models contain quite small parts so depending on how dexterous you are you might consider getting yourself some tweezers. Dry-fitting is also always a good idea in case a part needs a tiny bit of extra filing or filling as some of the fits are quite tight. Where the parts on the sprue are quite thin (chains, weapon shafts, cables and the like) then it might be better to remove parts with a sharp scalpel rather than cutters.

Big Brain Brin - Assembled
Be careful with pointy ears when handling the head piece as they're quite sharp and a possible weak point if pressure is applied. I assembled the 'cat' first and then added it to the body but you can probably still put the bits on while the body is attached if you wish. You need to add the legs first and then the head as the front leg creates the gap for the creatures head to slot into. That just leaves the right arm of Brin that fits between the hand on the cat and the gremlins own shoulder.

Big Brain Brin - Rotational View
Here's a rotational view...

The only real issue with this model is that the inspiration for it is going to completely go over the heads of the younger readers of this. Therefore for the purposes of completeness...

Thoughts and comments are (as usual) most welcome.
I purchase my miniatures from Leodis Games (Link Below) and can highly recommend them.
Should you ever choose to purchase something based on one of my features or reviews then it would be nice if you could let the company know where the inspiration came from...who knows...they might be grateful to the poor unappreciated blogger who sent you their way...if however I've put you off a can keep that info to yourself...

Wyrd Games - Gen Con Newsletter

All the Gen Con news from Wyrd Games...

Gen Con is near! We've been pretty busy gearing up for the best four days in gaming (August 2nd - 5th) and can't wait to show you what we've got in store this year for the big event. If you're making your way to Indianapolis this year, be sure to stop by our booth (Booth #1129)!

In this special edition newsletter, we're covering all things Gen Con. You can find details on our Tyrant Tournament, our upcoming releases, and all of the awesome promotions we'll have at the Indiana Convention Center below. 
We're jumping off the top rope and bringing down an elbow drop of awesome onto this year's Tyrant Tournament at Gen Con. That's right; if you're one of the lucky qualifying entrants, you've got a chance to win yourself a Malifaux 2018 Champion belt. While it might not keep your pants up, this beauty will definitely look great draped on your shoulder or hanging triumphantly above your minis collection. 

But there's only one way to claim this prize: you gotta win. Make sure to bring your A-game so that you can rightfully claim that you're the best (of who showed up)! 
We've got a bunch of promotions that we're offering this year at Gen Con. You can find a list of our promos below:
  • Get a FREE He-kome model when you spend $100 or more (available in person and during online Gen Con sales).
  • Get a raffle ticket for a chance to win a Mansion when you purchase any 2 Edge of the Quarantine Zone Wyrdscape terrain boxes. The Mansion will be delivered to your provided address, at release (available in person and during online Gen Con sales - which will be automatically registered).
  • Play a demo of The Other Side for a chance to win a gift box from one of the Allegiances, delivered to you at release. 
  • Get a raffle ticket for each $50 you spend for a chance to win one of the many goodies we'll have to offer at our raffle at the end of Gen Con!
Every year, we like to offer something special at Gen Con, and this year's no different. While you might have already seen our preview of this year's NightMARE Gremlin box, we've still got a lot more to get excited about. Above, you can catch a glimpse of one of our promotional offers exclusive to Gen Con: a He-kome, a male Shikome!

There is one little thing we're doing differently this year. Like the color of the Burning Man's flames, our schedule is shifting a bit. The next Malifaux book won't be coming to Indianapolis. But don't worry - the sky's not falling. We've got some big plans for our friends across the Breach coming in the new year, and you'll be able to hear about those plans soon. 

Below you can find a list of the pre-releases we'll have at Gen Con. 


WYR20140Domador De Cadaveres$16.00
WYR20141Monster Hunters$21.00
WYR20353Neil Henry$11.00
WYR20642Paul Crockett$11.00
WYR20540Freikorps Engineer$18.00
WYR20642Bayou Smuggler$18.00
WYR20643Gautraeux Bokor$24.00
WYR20731Gwyneth Maddox$11.00
WYR20732Charm Warder$24.00
WYR20907The Undying Encounter Box$60.00
WYR20908Backdraft Encounter Box$60.00
WYR21094Alt Graves and Tannen Box$25.00
WYR21096Alt Lenny w/ Pig$20.00
WYR21097Alt Rogue Necromancy$35.00
WYR21098Alt Vanessa$15.00
WYR21099Alt Ototo$15.00
WYR30108Through the Breach: Above the Law$40.00
WYR30208Through the Breach: Penny Dreadful - Northern Sedition$28.00
WYR20141Monster Hunters$21.00
WYR20353Paul Crockett$11.00
WYRWS016Wyrdscapes - Abandoned Store$60.00
WYRWS017Wyrdscapes - Solarium$65.00
WYRWS018Wyrdscapes - Haunted Spires$60.00
WYRWS019Wyrdscapes - Pathways$50.00
WYRWS020Wyrdscapes - Makeshift Defenses$55.00
Wyrd has a variety of media available for free to everyone.
  • Every Wednesday, a new wallpaper is available on our website for Wallpaper Wednesday. There is a large collection of Malifaux options available, as well as a variety of options for some of our other games.
  • We have a free ezine available, Wyrd Chronicles. The Chronicles have stories, hobby articles, RPG adventures, and more! Be sure to check out this magazine, currently available on DriveThruRPG.
  • Most Mondays, we release a look at something upcoming in our Monday Preview. These are a great opportunity to see what Wyrd is working on and what's coming down the pipeline. We have a lot of things to show off, so check back every Monday!
  • Every other Thursday, we release a free podcast called the Tales of Malifauxas part of our Breachside Broadcast. This podcast goes through the Malifaux fiction one story at a time, starting all the way back to the first book in the first edition. It's a great way to catch up on our old stories or go through them again.
Are you ready for the best four days in gaming? We've got more announcements to share at Gen Con, and there's only one way to be the first to find out. If you're making your way to Indianapolis, why don't you make the trip to the Wyrd booth and say hello? We'll see you there!

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Chaosium Inc. - Newsletter

The latest news from Chaosium...
#79 the straight scoop from the well of chaos...

Hello members of the Chaosium tribe,
The ENnies are the annual fan-based celebration of excellence in tabletop roleplaying gaming.

Last year Call of Cthulhu 7th Edition performed exceptionally well, winning nine of the record ten ENnie Awards it was nominated for, thanks to your support.
This year, the Stars Continue to Be Right because the judges awarded Chaosium another record eight nominations (equal with Paizo).
ENnies voting for 2018 has opened, and once again we need your support! Anyone can vote!

Here's how you can vote for Chaosium at the ENnies:

1. Go to the ENnies voting page:
2. Vote 1 for the Call of Cthulhu/Chaosium product in these categories:
Your second favourite gets a "2" vote, third favourite gets a “3”, and so on. So please also vote for our licensees and friends!
  • Stygian Fox PublishingHudson & Brand—Best Electronic Book
  • Darker Hues StudiosHarlem Unbound—Best Cover Art, Best Rules, Best Setting, Best Writing, Product of the Year
  • Miskatonic University PodcastMU Podcast—Best Podcast.
3. Choose Chaosium as your FAN FAVOURITE PUBLISHER - we'd be flattered! Like the Great Old One himself, Chaosium has arisen from the depths, and your support keep us above the waves.
4. Tell your friends who are Chaosium fans to submit their vote too!
Voting is live and runs until 11PM EST on July 21st. The winners are announced at a ceremony at Gen Con on August 3rd.

We encourage all members of the tribe to get behind Chaosium and Cthulhu!

Congratulations to the many talented writers, artists, creators and fans world-wide involved in Chaosium's continuing success—these nominations are a testament to your talent, dedication, and support!
Again, here's the link to the Voting Booth:
Many thanks, from all the team at Chaosium Inc.

Chaosium ENnies Nominations

BEST ADVENTURE—The Two-Headed Serpent
BEST ART COVER—Down Darker Trails
BEST FREE PRODUCT—RuneQuest Quickstart and Adventure
What is Ab Chaos?
(...from Ab Chaos #7, May 31 1992)

Ab - Latin "from"
Chaos - (1) Any condition or place of total disorder (modern vernacular); (2) the disordered state of unformed matter which preceded creation (since Milton, Paradise Lost); (3) the dark, empty space which preceded creation (Greek Mythology); (4) the [formerly] Californian roleplaying game company.

Ab Chaos is an informal newsletter for Chaosium fans. Through our history we have tried to serve the players and gamemasters through craft and art as well as (and sometimes at the expense of) marketing and moneymaking. We appreciate your loyalty, and offer this communication to those who are curious about us, beyond the mere "product".

It is planned to be informal and irregular. We are, after all, not the Orderium.
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