Sunday, March 26, 2017

Warlord Games: Plastic Napoleonic British Heavy Cavalry

Warlord Games previewed these brand new plastic Napoleonic British Heavy Cavalry miniatures at AdeptiCon. Not sure but hope these will be released at Salute 2017 next month.

Warlord Games: Plastic Napoleonic British Heavy Cavalry

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Warlord Games: New Japanese Army and Australian Commando Miniatures

Warlord Games released these new Bolt Action Japanese last resistance miniatures and tanks along with some stout Australian Commandos.

Time Portal Games: Stronghold on the Borderlands Wargame Scenery Kickstarter

Time Portal Games: Available as both a digital and a solid plastic resin cast borderland fort, offered in many sizes with 3d printable extras - 25-32mm

My concept is centered on creating a fort that would exist as a garrison or trading station in a borderland fantasy setting. The idea is developed around the notion of a timber fort being hastily constructed on part/on top of an older ruined stone fortification. I pursued this half-and- half concept so that the fort might also be applicable as a tribal center for barbarian and goblinoid cultures. Check the Kickstarter here

Forge World: New Blood Bowl Fantasy Dwarf Deathroller

Forge World: New to Blood Bowl - The Deathroller - Inventiveness meets brutality in this unstoppable addition to your Dwarf Blood Bowl team.

Forge World: New Blood Bowl Dwarf Deathroller

Puppetswar: Orc Miniatures and Accessories 10% Discounted

Puppetswar: It's great to be green (or to command green hordes). You can buy our orc models and accessories with 10% discount now. Additionally, we remastered Orc Gruberwagen and Orc Buggi vehicles, improving details, changing weapons and mounts of weapons, which are fully compatible with our current range of armaments now.

Northstar Miniatures: Death in The Dark Continent - Darkest Africa Wargame Rules Pre-Order

Northstar Miniatures will be launching their Nickstarter pre-order campaign for Death in the Dark Continent on March 31st, and it will run till April 14th.

The Nickstarter pre-order campaign for the new game 'Death in the Dark Continent' begins next Friday. Every copy ordered will come with three exclusive African civilian figures, designed by Mark Copplestone for the game's release. The first 5 days you will be able to buy the book at the 'early bird' price of £18.79, the actual retail is £25.00. Once we sell 300 books, the Chokwee Elephant Hunter will be given away to every Nickstarter participants. We have a further selection of exclusive miniatures we'll be giving away as the numbers of books sold increases.

Limited Edition Darkest Africa Miniatures

More Copplestone Castings figures that saw very limited release in the past. These though will be given away as spend rewards in the DitDC Nickstarter. The more books we sell, the more free figures we'll give everyone. The Masai Chief by Mark Copplestone. This figure was once on limited release. He'll be available to buy again for the duration of the Nickstarter, to participants only. The African Knights. These figures are the private range of Kev Dallimore. He is allowing us to distribute them during the Death in the Dark Continent Nickstarter.

Savannah Knight - Bornu African Knight Miniatures

Northstar Miniatures will be releasing the third incarnation of the popular Death in The Dark Continent wargame rules as a proper hardback book counting 180-190 pages. You will be getting two games in the new version of Death in the Dark Continent. As well as the main wargame, Chris Peers has added a new Man V Beast hunting game to the book, where players take the roles of hunters and animals and stalk each other down.

"The Chief of the blue-coloured cattle, who was so confident of his strength, had refused to flee when the Matabele approached. Their onset was as the voice of lightning, and their spears as the shaking of a forest in the autumn storm. The Matabele lions raised the shout of death, and flew upon their victims.." Stooping to the ground on which we stood, he took up a little dust in his hand: blowing it off, and holding out his naked palm, he added "That is all that remains of the great chief of the blue-coloured cattle!" The words of a Native Guide, South Africa, late 19th Century.

Ila warrriors emerge from ambush, startling the local baboons. (In game terms the Ila are Elite Skirmishers.) Kev Dallimore painted them with the tall grass on the bases. The game encourages you to base the figures on 60mm by 30mm, which allows you to 'go to town' on making them mini dioramas.

Below you can see the covers of all three Death in The Dark Continent prints starting with the latest cover at the left followed by the second and first edition cover artwork of these splendid Darkest Africa rules. The original book had around 46 pages, the latest book will have an astounding page count of almost 200 pages, all filled with colonial splendour!

Games Workshop: Blood Bowl The Gouged Eye Orks and Troll

Games Workshop launched the pre-order for the new Blood Bowl plastic The Gouged Eye Orks and Troll. Prepare to ravage the football pitch with these savage players.

The Gouged Eye are, without a doubt, one of the most violent teams in any Blood Bowl league. They were once just like any other tribe of Orks until, one fateful day, they learned of a wondrous game played by humans from a captured Slave. Since taking up this gory new sport they have improved their play style by kidnapping coaches and forcing them to teach them new tips and tricks, the more violent the better. The Gouged Eye, under the inspired leadership of long-serving captain Varag Ghoul-Chewer, go from strength to strength and massacre to massacre. Another Blood Bowl title cannot be far off.

Trolls are stupid, very stupid, they are by far the dumbest of all races to ever step foot on a Blood Bowl pitch. Countless coaches have been overheard complaining that 'that stupid troll just lost us the game'. However, they make up for their lack of intelligence with unmatched resilience and regenerative capabilities allowing them to take a hit from even the biggest opponent and carry on standing. So, no matter how stupid trolls are, they will continue to appear on the pitch.

These miniatures can now be pre-ordered at Games Workshop or you can pre-order them at Wayland Games here and Element Games here at a 20% discount.

Shieldwolf Miniatures: Plastic Fantasy Shieldmaidens and Rangers Reviewed!

Today we take a look at the upcoming plastic Shieldmaidens by Shieldwolf Miniatures. This brand new plastic boxed set will allow you to field armies of fierce Northern Shieldmaidens and Rangers.

The Shieldmaiden Infantry boxed set is the second hard-plastic kit to be released by Shieldwolf Miniatures. This particular set was succesfully funded during the War is coming: Shieldmaidens Army Reboot Kickstarter in early 2016. Gathering more than $80.000 and backed by more than 550 backers, these miniature were put into production and are now almost ready to be delivered and released for retail. Shieldwolf Miniatures is always trying to improve the quality and detail of their miniatures so let's take a look if they have managed to raise the bar on these new Shieldmaidens.

The Shieldmaiden and Ranger Dual Plastic Kit

Most of Shieldwolf Miniatures miniature range consists out of highly-detailled resin miniatures, handcasted at their own facility in Athens, Greece. Although of excellent quality, resin miniature casting is laborious and also requires the frequent changing of silicon moulds which wear and tear during the countless castings runs. As you can imagine resin casting is very suited for small production runs of more expensive creatures and characters instead of infantry which often provides the bulk of your tabletop armies.

For that reason Shieldwolf Miniatures decided to venture into the production of hard-plastic miniatures to create the bulk infantry of their factions and armies. For this expensive venture they decided to use the might of Kickstarter crowdfunding together with their own corporate funds allowing them to release their first plastic Mountain Orc Infantry kit in partnership with Renedra. Together with the very experienced team at Renedra, these were eventually released offering affordable and unqiue orc soldiers for your tabletop armies. With another succesful Kickstarter campaign they were now able to release these new Shieldmaidens.

The Shieldmaiden and Ranger Dual Plastic Kit contains five hard-plastic sprues allowing you to build 24 Shieldmaiden or Ranger miniatures. You can straight away assemble 20 miniatures but can actually build 24 with some kitbashing according to Shieldwolf Miniatures as there are only 20 left arms included. These can of course all be assembled as a mixture of both available warrior types. The Shieldmaidens are the female warriors with shields and melee weaponry while the Rangers are the female warriors equipped with lethal crossbows. In the pictures below you can see both sprues that are included in the boxed set but more on those below each sprue picture.

Note these sprues were supplied  without box in advance but represent the content of an actual boxed set without the plastic bases which will be supplied in the retail version. The set will be supplied with sufficient 25mm square plastic bases.

Shieldwolf Miniatures: Plastic Fantasy Shieldmaidens and Rangers

The sprue shown above is what I call the Infantry Sprue of which two are included in the boxed set. These sprues contain all the heads included in the set along with half of the bodies, you may have noticed the lack of melee weapons as those are included on the other sprues. I'm happy with the overall content and quality of this sprue as it allows for some options of variation. Although I would have appreciated some more left arms as those are supplied in minimal numbers. Another big plus is that most if not every piece included on the sprue is unique preventing duplication of parts among your miniatures which is especially useful when playing skirmish level wargames.

Sprue content Infantry Sprue

- 6 unique bodies
- 4 cape backpieces
- 4 backpieces
- 5 unique shields
- 4 crossbow right arms
- 4 left arms
- 2 unique quivers
- 2 hooded heads
- 15 unique heads

The sprue shown above is what I call the Command Sprue although this sprue would most likely be better called the melee or Shieldmaiden sprue due to all the melee weapons included. In the boxed set you will find three of these sprues. As you may have noticed, the left half of this sprue is identical to the Infantry Sprue with the right part being replaced by command and melee bits. All of the melee weapons are wielded in the right hand with the left hands being reserved to be bare or with shields. Again satified with the content and quality of the casting looking at the range of melee weapons included but would again liked to have some more left arms and maybe also some more unique body poses.

Sprue content Command Sprue

- 4 unique bodies
- 4 cape backpieces
- 1 fur cape backpiece
- 4 backpieces
- 6 unique shields
- 4 crossbow right arms
- 4 left arms
- 1 left arm flag
- 1 left arm horn
- 3 unique axes
- 4 unique swords
- 1 unique flail

In the pictures below you can see some more close-up pictures of the different sprues showing individual bits and pieces. The detail of these miniatures is well-defined and the quality of the plastic and casting is superb as you may expect from Renedra.

Shieldwolf Miniatures: Plastic Fantasy Shieldmaidens and Rangers

Shieldwolf Miniatures: Plastic Fantasy Shieldmaidens and Rangers

Shieldwolf Miniatures: Plastic Fantasy Shieldmaidens and Rangers

Shieldwolf Miniatures: Plastic Fantasy Shieldmaidens and Rangers

Shieldwolf Miniatures: Plastic Fantasy Shieldmaidens and Rangers

The assembly 

The assembly of these plastic miniatures isn't very different from assembling other plastic miniature kits which were designed for wargaming purposes. That said I can't remember ever seeing seperate backpieces for models allowing you to make miniatures with or without capes. For me personally the separate backpieces are interesting but really not necessary as the capes could have simply be supplied as individual pieces as seen in plastic kits by Games Workshop or Fireforge Games to  name some examples. Feel free to correct me if I missed something important about this design option. Confirmed by Shieldwolf Miniatures is that the same design option will also be used for their upcoming plastic Warmaidens and Dragonbreds making the miniature sets compatible. The Kickstarter for these miniatures will follow in Q2 2017.

Following are some remarks regarding the assembly - While preparing for assembly be sure that you carefully remove the parts as some pieces such as the crossbows and other fragile bits can easily be damaged when using too much force. While assembling the below miniatures I snapped the strings of two crossbows. These however broke off clean and could easily be glued but it's better to avoid the hassle of doing that by being careful. I have also noticed that the heads look better when you cut of some length of the necks as these than better fit the bodies, I have done this with all miniatures shown in this review. My last remark is that some sprue vents are placed in difficult to reach or fragile places such on the capes/ inside of the legs/ crossbows making it a bit hard to nicely remove the parts without some damage so I really recommend that you you use a small and sharp hobby knife to tackle these pieces. That said the assembly went really smooth with all pieces fitting well, for the assembly I used plastic glue from Revell with a small nossle by far my favorite brand.

As you can see in the pictures below these miniatures can be assembled in a large variety of poses armed with either melee or ranged weapons. I really like the look of the assembled miniatures as they can easily be assembled as standing, attacking or advancing. The amount of unique bits also allows to build individual characters offering a great source for female barbarian like characters for wargaming and roleplaying.

Shieldwolf Miniatures: Plastic Fantasy Shieldmaidens and Rangers

Shieldwolf Miniatures: Plastic Fantasy Shieldmaidens and Rangers

Scale comparison

Below you can find scale comparison pictures with other metal and plastic miniatures of other well-known wargame miniature companies. Check the pictures and find out if these new Shieldmaiden miniatures fit your own miniature collection or armies.

Shieldwolf Miniatures: Plastic Fantasy Shieldmaidens and Rangers Scale Comparison
Mantic Games Orc - Shieldwolf Shieldmaiden - Games Workshop Empire Spearman - Shieldwolf Shieldmaiden

Shieldwolf Miniatures: Plastic Fantasy Shieldmaidens and Rangers Scale Comparison
Conquest Games Norman Knight -  Shieldwolf Shieldmaiden - Gripping Beast Anglo Saxon - Shieldwolf Shieldmaiden

Shieldwolf Miniatures: Plastic Fantasy Shieldmaidens and Rangers Scale Comparison
Shieldwolf Mountain Orc - Shieldwolf Shieldmaiden - Games Workshop Ork - Shieldwolf Shieldmaiden

The conclusion

The quality of both the sculpting and casting is great in my opinion even superb, after seeing the pictures I'm almost sure you will all agree with this. The sprues are packed with nice bits and pieces allowing you to build convincing female northern warriors ready to take the fight to your unwary enemies on the tabletop battlefield. My only issues like the use of the separate backpieces and the lack of more left arms are merely minor remarks when looking at the full content of the boxed set.

As these miniatures are sold as fantasy miniatures and not as historical representation of female warriors you may have noticed some bare skin on these miniatures which would of course have been covered up in real life. That said I think these miniatures have great potential to also be used as proxy 'historical' miniatures as the boxed set contains a nice mix of bodies with more/less bare skin shown and with realistic body proportion unlike the looks of other popular female miniatures. Shieldwolf Miniatures has succesfully filled a significant gap in the wargame miniature market with these high-quality plastic modular female warriors. I'm sure that these new miniatures will prove popular on the tabletop as the quality and subject of this new boxed set is excellent. The content of the boxed set will also allow you to convert other miniatures with cool weapons, gear and the female heads can easily be used to turn other wargame and roleplaying miniatures in female characters.

I can easily see these miniatures been used as heroic roleplaying characters, stand-alone skirmish warbands or combined with creatures (like the Shieldwolf War Mammooth check pictures below or our review here) in full female tabletop armies. Fielding a full female fantasy force has never been so easy and affordable so if you're interested in buying these make sure to check the Shieldwolf Miniatures website later this month or early April to pre-order. This particular plastic boxed set will retail for €27.75 for 20 models.

The War Mammooth with Howdah will be bundled with two Shieldmaiden sprues allowing you to crew this deadly creature of war with some fierce female warriors. The restock of this huge and highly-detailled creature will happen in late april. The bundle set will be sold for €159,50.

Shieldwolf Miniatures: Plastic Fantasy Shieldmaidens and Rangers War Mammooth

Shieldwolf Miniatures: Plastic Fantasy Shieldmaidens and Rangers War Mammooth

Shieldwolf Miniatures: Plastic Fantasy Shieldmaidens and Rangers War Mammooth

Disclaimer - We received these miniatures from Shieldwolf Miniatures 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 and you may have noticed that these miniatures are simply awesome so no need to dishonest about that!

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Friday, March 24, 2017

Black Scorpion: New Tombstone Native Warriors Previewed

Black Scorpion Miniatures previewed these Wild West Tombstone native warriors for their upcoming Kickstarter which will feature 120 stunning miniatures.

Bad Squiddo Games: Upcoming Dark Age Female Cavalry

Bad Squiddo Games previewed these dark age cavalry models.

Eureka Miniatures: New World War Two Australian Snipers

Eureka Miniatures: Something a little special that will be available (in limited numbers) at Salute in April. WWII Australian sniper team for the Pacific theatre. These figures are the latest addition to our new 28mm WWII Australians range by Kosta Heristanidis.

Wargames Terrain Workshop: New Salute Fantasy Dragon

Wargames Terrain Workshop: Made some progress on this years Salute dragon, just need to finish some details, and scenery pieces for the base then ready for moulding.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Fireforge Games: New Burn and Loot - Wrath of the Northmen Supplement

Fireforge Games will hopefully be releasing a supplement for their Burn and Loot wargame named Wrath of the Northmen. The book is almost ready for printing.

Blood Keep Miniatures: Fantasy Nightmare Creature Preview

Blood Keep Miniatures: Hidden in the darkest depths of nightmares. Soon to return back to haunt your darkest dreams!

Alternative Armies: Resin Flintloque Grapeshotte Scenery

Alternative Armies: Our first of our Flintloque releases for the month are now online! The great 1990's Grapeshotte scenic items are now re-mastered in resin and in two different packs. Single pieces, normal packs, bigger value packs. Stone Walls, Campfire, Festoon and Boxes. Great for your Flintloque scenarios and for black powder or fantasy battlefield clutter too. Click on through for more. Thanks. GBS

Micro Art Studio: New Wooden Crates Released

Micro Art Studio: New crates are available at Micro Art Studio online store. You can choose between Spare parts, Food or simply Wooden crates. They're resin casted and consist 12 (Spare parts and Food) or 10 (Wooden) crates. They can be composed into piles or just scattered around separately. Works great with fantasy, steampunk and historical gaming systems!

Privateer Press: Cygnar and Retribution of Scyrah Army Boxes

Privateer Press: March is in full swing, and along with lions, lambs, and Ides, this month also sees our 2017 Army Boxes marching on with the release of new Army Boxes for both Cygnar and Retribution of Scyrah.

Each of these Army Boxes contains a ready-to-play 50-point army, designed by the Privateer Press Development team to provide a solid foundation for new players or for veterans interested in diving into a new Faction. While the last couple of Army Box pairs have each contained a similar theme in composition, this month we present two very different takes on the art of Warmachine.