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Monday, September 26, 2016

Mantic Games: Star Saga - The Sci-fi Dungeon Crawler Kickstarter Launched and Funded

Mantic Games: Star Saga, the science fiction dungeon crawler featuring everyone's favourite intergalactic transdimensional bounty hunter Blaine, is now available to back on Kickstarter… and it reached its $100,000 goal in less than two hours, so a big thanks to everyone that has backed so far.

Just in case you've been under a meteorite for the past few days, Star Saga, is the successor to our 2014 release, Dungeon Saga, and features exciting story-driven elements and immersive game scenarios. Set in the Warpath Universe, Star Saga will see players guide a team of mercenaries through a heavily guarded compound in an effort to retrieve a cache of stolen technology. Players will encounter powerful aliens, mutated monsters, and be forced to make fateful choices as the story takes unexpected twists and turns. Check the full Kickstarter here

You can download the Star Saga alpha rules, if you fancy taking them for a spin at home, or you can watch a full play through video of mission two (with proxy components, we hasten to add) over on the Mantic Blog… perhaps get a cup of tea ready for that one, as it's an hour long. After funding, we're already working our way towards the first stretch goal, which is some fantastic 3D scenery, such as computer terminals and a containment tank, that will all be unlocked when we reach $130,000. All the Early Bird pledges have sold out but you can still get involved for $100, so make sure you take a look at the Kickstarter page and let's start knocking down those stretch goals.

Onslaught Miniatures: Upcoming 6mm Human Infantry and Xenomites Aliens Concept Artwork

Onslaught Miniatures previewed these upcoming 6mm science fiction Human Infantry minaitures and the artwork for their upcoming Xenomites Aliens!

Vanguard Miniatures: 6mm Science Fiction Novan Elite Infantry

Vanguard Miniatures updated their pre-order section with the following 6mm science fiction Novan Elite Infantry miniatures. Check them all here

Sprue Grey: Wargame Hobby Magazine - The Golden D6 Tutorial Issue Seven Reviewed!

Looking to expand your wargame knowledge, learn of the best painters and most talented wargame bloggers? Search no further as Sprue Grey has just released their new The Golden D6 - hobby magazine issue filled with an amazing collection of hobby articles!

The Golden D6 is an online wargame hobby magazine created by Sprue Grey led by Adam Jones supported by a whole host of talented wargame bloggers of which many names may sound familiar to you. Succesfully gathering the coolest online miniature content in one place. They offer you the best wargame articles in one nicely edited magazine. Just as with our similar review of the previous The Golden D6 - Issue Six - Tutorial issue we decided to check out this issue and show you some of the cool wargame hobby content.

The Golden D6 - Issue Seven - 

The Golden D6 is an online wargame magazine which can be easily bought and downloaded from the Sprue Grey website as a portable document format also better known as PDF. After a quick registration you can be reading the lastest issue and exploring the lastest wargame content in less than five minutes.

"Well, it's that time again! The Golden D6 Issue 7 is out! This one is special. Not because of the number, more that it represents the anniversary of the magazine being published. It's been twelve months of publishing a monthly magazine. Seven issues in. It's a work in progress ... In Issue Seven you'll find the usual array of different games and hobby tutorials. If you've got the chance, I highly recommend checking out Blast Pistol. It's a quick and easy sci-fi skirmish game, as you'll see in the battle report from Dorkside Cookies." Editor Adam Jones

Full content of this issue

- LOS Block terrain for Sci-fi wargames like Warhammer 40000 and Infinity
- Tales from Westruna from Rex Foote
- Dorkside Cookies introduce us to Blast Pistol from Nordic Weasel Games
- Jolt Games awesome Batman Miniatures Game battle report
- Karl Turner-Howe’s cool Beyond the Gates of Antares painting guide for Ghar Assault Suits
- Pawel at Path of an Outcast brings us this amazingly detailed Kings of War Battle Report
- KrautScientist second part to “Grimdark Glamour” or Enhanced Miniature Photography.
- The Lost and the Very Damned go screaming down the dusty highway in the last of the V8s!
- Terrain by Stefan. ‘Nuff said!
- Tom Damin’s X-wing hobby guide.

X-Wing: A Hobbyists guide! - The first article that caught my attention was written by wargamer Tom Damin and guides you through converting and re-painting Star Wars X-Wing miniatures. Strange but true finally managed to play my first game this afternoon and thoroughly enjoyed the game. So highly recommended if you haven't played this game yet.

As mentionned above, Tom talks you through repainting and converting the miniature spaceships to create unique space vessels or custom fighters.  Although these come pre-painted at a very nice standard, they are often not unique so painting duplicate fighters in different colors can really add to the gameplay and background of your fighting force. Won't be re-painting mine but the article gave a nice inside in possible modifications or conversions such damaged vessels or even adding lights! Next to this some great pictures of nice Star Wars X-Wing miniatures so what's not to like!

How fast you wanna go? - Venture into the world of Mad Max and Car Wars as this article guides you through converting diecast metal vehicles into vehicles of total wasteland mayhem! This particular article was written by Stuart Bannister and contains information of how to convert your cars with milliput, green stuff and all sorts of assorted bits and pieces. Filled with pictures of a cool convention game named Death Race and pictures of different converted vehicles for inspiration.

Terrain By Stefan - One of my favorites as I love casting and making terrain is this article by Stefan. Stefan tells about his venture to create unique terrain pieces from sculpey and other materials and casting them using resin in sillicone/ plaster moulds. Really neatly explained with pictures of each step making this a fool proof guide. Never though of using cheap plaster to decrease the use of expensive sillicone. Really recommended if you're looking to cast your own terrain pieces for private or commercial purposes.

The Conclusion

Editor Adam Jones again managed to gather a nice collection of useful wargame hobby articles ranging from comic style battle reports to tutorials and reviews. The three articles mentionned in my review were my personal favorites as they cover my main hobby interests and I'm confident there's something in The Golden D6 - Issue Seven for every wargamer, miniature painter and model soldier hobbyist. Again highly recommended!

Interested in grabbing the latest issue of The Golden D6 by Sprue Grey, make sure to support this quality magazine by buying your copy in their online store for only 5.95AUD.  Check the previous individual issues below or grab the discounted yearly subscription or bundle deals. Check this latest issue here and check our exclusive discount code below!

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Disclaimer - We received this magazine for free from Sprue Grey for reviewing purposes. Please note that this doesn't influence our review as we always strive to supply you with our own independent and honest opinion about the wargame products reviewed.

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Multiverse Gaming: Versatiles - New Dark City Range

Multiverse Gaming: Versatiles: Dark City range is live! Get yours today - Check it here

Pen and Sword: Tabletop Wargames: A Designers’ and Writers’ Handbook - New Release Discount

Pen and Sword Books released the Tabletop Wargames: A Designers’ and Writers’ Handbook by John Lambshead and Rick Priestley. Learn new game mechanisms and gain new insights for designing your own unique wargame rules!

Unlike chess or backgammon, tabletop wargames have no single, accepted set of rules. Most wargamers at some point have had a go at writing their own rules and virtually all have modified commercially available sets to better suit their idea of the ideal game or to adapt favourite rules to a different historical period or setting. But many who try soon find that writing a coherent set of rules is harder than they thought, while tweaking one part of an existing set can often have unforeseen consequences for the game as a whole. Now, at last, help is at hand.

Veteran gamer and rules writer John Lambshead has teamed up with the legendary Rick Priestley, creator of Games Workshop’s phenomenally successful Warhammer system, to create this essential guide for any would-be wargame designer or tinkerer. Rick and John give excellent advice on deciding what you want from a wargame and balancing ‘realism’ (be it in a historical or a fantasy/sci-fi context) with playability. They discuss the relative merits of various mechanisms (cards, dice, tables) then discuss how to select and combine these to handle the various essential game elements of turn sequences, combat resolution, morale etc to create a rewarding and playable game that suits your tastes and requirements.

By John Lambshead, Rick Priestley
Imprint: Pen & Sword Military 
Pages: 157
ISBN: 9781783831487
Published: 5th September 2016

Check this new Tabletop Wargames: A Designers’ and Writers’ Handbook here at Pen and Sword Books for only £11.99. Create your own wargames, suited to your own taste and requirements!

Klukva Miniatures: New Helga Shieldmaiden Released

Klukva Miniatures: We are happy to announce that Helga is on sale already! She is 34mm tall and casted in resin. Sculpted by Artem Romanov

Rebel Minis: Birthday Flash Sale - Discount Code Inside

Rebel Minis: Birthday Flash Sale! 20% off with code "Happy" at Checkout!

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Games Workshop: New The Lord of The Rings - The Hobbit Gundabad Ogre Previewed

Games Workshop and Forge World previewed these previously shown resin Gundabad Berserkers, plastic Laketown house model kit and new resin Gundabad Ogre in their Warhammer World venue. Check more pictures and details of the plastic houses here

Tiny Terrain Models: Upcoming Modern Intel Officer Duo Pack

Tiny Terrain Models: Return from my hols tomorrow & my painting mojo is back. 1st on the table, my recently released 28mm Intel officers.

Victrix: New Free Shipping Deal Launched - Code Inside

Victrix: Free shipping on all orders over £50. Just type in free shipping in discount box. Check the website here

Bad Squiddo Games: Painted 1588 Mounted and Dismounted Elizabeth Previewed

Bad Squiddo Games: "I may have the body of a weak and feeble Squiddo..." Coming soon, sculpted and painted by John Morris @MonkeySpirals (better pics coming!)

Games Workshop: Impressive Warhammer 40K Genestealer Cult Goliath Vehicles Previewed

Pictures have been leaked online of the upcoming Games Workshop Genestealer Cult plastic Goliath and Goliath Rockgrinder. As you will see in the pictures these will be packed with some serious firepower.

Following the recent release of Deathwatch and the upcoming release of the individual Genestealer plastic boxed sets along with their own Genestealer Cult Codex. Games Workshop has been working on these new multipart plastic Genestealer vehicles adding more deadly firepower to your vulnerable Genestealer Cultists.

"Something deeply strange is going on at Ghosar Quintus. The mining planetoid’s population has developed odd habits and unsettling iconography. A suspicious transmission from Inquisitor Chaegryn, sent to investigate, has given the Imperium cause for alarm - ordinarily a man of absolute conviction, outside influences appear to have changed his mind. Kill Team Excis, tasked with investigating the Inquisitor’s behaviour, has gone silent, and references to a ‘four-armed Emperor’ have been detected." Deathwatch Boardgame Background

Some readers may have expected a more luxury ride for these cultists thinking back at the dashing Warhammer 40K Coven Limousines of times long gone. Pimped and deadly, Coven Limousines were customised civilian vehicles used by powerful individuals and their cultists on desolate frontier worlds. Back in the days Games Workshop even wrote that you could easily use diecast 1/43 metal model vehicles!

The Warhammer 40K inspired Coven Limousine model as shown above was scratchbuild using the excellent 1/56th scale resin high quality Spanish Civil War Hispano Suiza MC-36 from Minairons Miniatures.  This kit was pimped with grav wheels and Warhammer 40K bits check out the hood ornament!

Should you be looking for vehicles more like the ones pictured above from days long gone, make sure to check Wargame Exclusive which is selling excellent high-quality resin model vehicles such as the Genetic Cult Armored Coven Limo on Antigrav among others. although not cheap they look cool. You surely arrive in style with these pimped and supercharged rides!

But things are as they are and now we are looking at two variant of some impressive heavily armed vehicles, ready to cause mayhem on your war torn Warhammer 40K tabletop battlefields. 

The first variant is the Goliath which is also the base of the variant version named the Goliath Rockgrinder according to online sources. Looking at the differences between these models, you can clearly see that the Goliath Rockgrinder is equipped with a large blade with further grinders. The blade equipped model is also carrying a larger support weapon next to the driver cabin. Looking great but I'm expecting the worst regarding pricing, would have considered to pick some up for science fiction games and maybe to convert to civilian duty trucks for the Warlord Games' Judge Dredd game. Keep checking Wargame News and Terrain, your daily wargame news blog, thanks for reading!

Games Workshop: New Warhammer Genestealer Cultists

Games Workshop launched the pre-order for these splendid Warhammer Genestealer Cultists - Hybrid Metamorphs, Neophyte Hybrids and Acolyte Hybrids

Field legions of these Hybrid Metamorphs, Neophyte Hybrids and Acolyte Hybrids in games of Necromunda, Rogue Trader and Warhammer 40K. Now discounted at Wayland Games here

Wizard Kraft: Wizard Kraft Modular Wargame Terrain Expansion Kickstarter

News from Wizard Kraft: Visit this kickstarter for the best, most versatile terrain on the market. This project is created to take the production from my garage and propel it forward into a professional manufacturing business creating quality table top terrain that is low profile, flexible and guaranteed to not shrink, crack or melt if stored in the sun. It actually likes the heat and becomes for flexible. I offer finished and unfinished terrain.

The range will include temperate green and arid tan flock, blue or muddy water and dry river bed as a choice of finish. I even have developed how to do lava with stone edging. I will start offering unfinished terrain for those who wish to indulge their artistic talents. Currently I make rivers in 1/2", 1", 2", 4" and 8" water width. 8" width is special order so will requires 2-3 more days before shipping.All terrain is hand painted so each piece is unique. Check the Kickstarter here

Nexus Miniatures: Miniature Release Update and Competition Launched

Nexus Miniatures: Just one week and one day till the end of this Retro-Booster, and I have to say its been a pretty popular! But lets see if we can "unlock" anything else new shall we - the Morrow Men are Waiting in the Wings, as are a few More Surprises if we get there!

As you know, theres a wide range of great new sculpts from Carl Stoelzel up for pre-order - but the rest of the range is pretty impressive too (or so I've been told) - so why not "add-on" something else sexy from the D-Rangers to Sculder and Mulley or the The Seraphis Institute Field Operatives to the Initiative Army Deal theres quite a bit of choice!

As an extra incentive to get those Morrow Men Unlocked - A "Nominate a Friend" competition! Get your mates to place an order and mention your name in the Order Comments Box at checkout, the person who gets the most Nominations will win their entire Booster Order For Free! How Cool Is That! And, as a further "Boost" (see what I did there) one of the Customers who Nominates a Friend will be chosen at Random and they will win their Order for Free Too! So tell your Gaming Club Mates, your Facebook Buddies, and Forum Friends all about Nexus Miniatures and the Retro-Booster and spread the word.

Nominate a friend competition

To take part you must place an order for at least £20 before shipping (easy to do to be frank) You can only nominate one friend once (so if you do 3 £20 orders and nominate "John Doe" each time, it only counts as one Nomination). The "nominated" winner will win all his Retro-Booster Orders for free, and any payments will be refunded within one calendar Month of that Winners Name Being announced.

One of the Nominating Customers Names will be chosen, at random, and they will win their order (or orders) for Free Too, and any payments will be refunded within one calendar Month of that Winners Name Being announced. All Winners Names are Final, no Negotiations will be entered into or acknowledged, and no Alternative Prizes Will be Offered.