Tuesday, August 21, 2018

PlastCraft Games: New Pre-Painted Post-Apocalyptic Wrecked Freighter, Airplane and Bridge Scenery


PlastCraft Games released these new post-apoc scenery pieces!




Games Workshop: The Battle of Pelennor Fields - Middle-Earth™ Pre-order Preview – Forth Eorlingas!


Games Workshop will be launching their The Lord of The Rings - The Battle of Pelennor Fields starter set to launch the latest version of the Middle Earth Strategy Battle Game this weekend. Refight the epic battle at the Gates of Minas Tirith and decide the faith of Middle Earth and the Free People!

After levering open the glorious box cover (complete with the noble Théoden and foul Witch-king… and Minas Tirith merrily ablaze in the background), you are greeted by a veritable Dragon’s hoard of plastic frames. 84 plastic miniatures, including the brand-new Théoden, King of Rohan, and the mighty Witch-king on his Fell Beast to oppose him. Carefully lift the frames aside, and there’s a sturdy piece of card protecting your Rules Manual and other bits from impalement… and doubling as your assembly guide. Delve beneath that and you’ll find the 208-page hardback Rules Manual for the Middle-earth Strategy Battle Game, a 16-page Scenarios and Profiles booklet, dice, measurers and tokens. Oh, and bases for all your models. More details here

Games Workshop: The Battle of Pelennor Fields - Middle-earth™ Pre-order Preview – Forth Eorlingas!

Make sure to check the launch this weekend at Games Workshop or grab your pre-order copy at one of our online retailler friends Element Games, Wayland Games and Goblin Gaming for a good discount on this magnificent and affordable The Lord of The Rings Strategy Battle Game Starter Set - Forth Eorlingas!

Antediluvian Miniatures: New Zombie Conquistadores Preview


Antediluvian Miniatures: Something rotten and unholy is shuffling through the jungle! These zombie conquistadores will be part of out fantasy conquistador range launching fairly soon! Sculpted by Paul Muller.



Element Games: Discounted Warhammer 40K: Tooth & Claw Starter Set Pre-Order Launched


Element Games launched the discounted pre-order for the latest Warhammer 40K boxed set named Tooth and Claw and featuring the magnificient Space Wolves and occult Genestealer Cult. Grab your own pre-order copy here at Element Games


Surrounded by the darkness of the Imperium Nihilus, Vigilus is a world beset by horrors, but the most insidious threat is one that has emerged from within. The mutated xenos-human hybrids of the genestealer Cults have hidden in the shadowy depths of Vigilus’ hivesprawls for generations. Now they have arisen to slaughter their Imperial oppressors and prepare the world for the coming of the Star Children. While the planet’s defenders fight desperately to hold off hordes of invaders, a strike force of Space Wolves sets out to hunt down the cultist insurgents, find the source of the Genestealer Curse and purge their enemy from existence.

Tooth and Claw is a great-value boxed set containing 2 armies split across the forces of the Space Wolves – a fiercely independent Space Marine Chapter who have existed for ten millennia – and the Genestealer Cults – a sinister organisation of hybrids whose swollen ranks will surely conquer. You can use these miniatures to act out the scenarios described in the Tooth and Claw book – 4 connected missions that recreate the violence on Vigilus – and use them to expand your games of Warhammer 40,000.




Rotten Factory: Rotten Circus - Circus of Nightmares Miniature Indiegogo - Last Days!


Rotten Factory launched their Rotten Circus - Circus of Nightmares Miniature Kickstarter to release some really great miniatures. Check the full Indiegogo here and enter the stuff of nightmares!







Monday, August 20, 2018

Bears Head Miniatures: New Boar Mounted Pig Orc Preview


Bears Head Miniatures previewed this magnificient Pig Orc!


Bill Hook Games: New Axe Age - Dark Age Fantasy Skirmish and Mass Battle Rules 50% Discounted


Bill Hook Games: Axe Age has been worked on for several years now. Extensivly playtested, the system holds up well to both skirmish level and large scale battle level. The system uses d10s, and was designed with 25mm-28mm scale models in mind. In addition to extensive folklore research, we had a very good official/unofficial historical consultant with a lot of knowledge and practical ideas on warfare back in the day, and we actually listened to him. For this reason, the combat system is fairly realistic and plays well.

The game takes place in a dark age fantasy setting. Law and order have broken down and you, the player, are a small time warlord trying to carve out a kingdom for yourself. Multiple tribes, weapons, armors, and much more are the tools of your trade. The various tribes that make up your warband are all drawn from history and folklore, with special abilities and available gear that reflect this. Your warband can be made up of units from diferant tribes, or from only one, it's all up to you.



Alternative Armies: Typhon 50mm Greek Myth Week - Free Hades Shade in Every Order!


Alternative Armies: Go ahead, Zeus. Throw down a thunderbolt, let the earth swallow me up. I defy you! This week we have an event on Typhon our game of Greek Myth in heroic scale with ten percent off the entire range and a free Hades Shade (worth 5.00GBP) in every order placed for codes from the range.  There are free files to download for the game and full details are in the article.  We will also be running a random draw on our Facebook Group open to all group members; details in the article.  Thanks for reading!  GBS


Steel Fist Miniatures: Italian Wars Landsknechts Reviewed!


Today we will take a closer look at the beautiful Steel Fist Miniatures 28mm Landsknechts for the Italian Wars (1510 - 1538) when these stout soldiers formed the core element of the many armies that fought wars for control and influence in the Italian States.

"This range covers the battles to control and influence the Italian city states in the early sixteenth century between the French Valois kings and Hapsburg leaders of Spain and the Holy Roman Empire. These wars began with the invasion by King Charles VIII of France and our figures are suitable to the Treaty of Nice in 1538.

These wars were synonymous with German and Swiss mercenaries, mounted nobility in full plate armour and the rise of gunpowder on the battlefield. Our figures have separate heads and weapons to maximise variety amongst units on the wargames table. Figure designs are based on existing armour and weapons as well as contemporary illustrations and drawings."




As with all miniatures produced by Steel Fist Miniatures, these new 28mm Landsknechts are finely detailled sculptures based on contemporary images, weapons and armour and are therefore very historically accurate representations of these popular soldiers which featured heavily as core troops during the Italian Wars.

The miniatures as shown in this review are a small selection of the seven different Italian Wars Landsknecht packs (not counting their previously released Renaissance Knights) already available from Steel Fist Miniatures but are only the first releases with more new miniatures already planned by the owner Simon Chick and sculptor Oliver James. The following Italian Wars Landsknecht packs are already available for purchase from Steel Fist Miniatures and can also be seen in the pictures below.

- 4 Front Rank Armoured Pikemen (Open Hands - Pike and Halbards)
- 4 Front Rank Unarmoured Pikemen (Open Hands - Pike and Halbards)
- 4 Middle Rank Armoured Pikemen (Open Hands - Pike and Halbards)
- 4 Middle Rank Unarmoured Pikemen (Open Hands - Pike and Halbards)
- 4 Landsknecht Command (Captain, Drummer, Fifer and Standard Bearer)
- 4 Landsknecht Mixed Shot (Open Hands - Arquebusier and Crossbows)
- 4 Landsknecht Close Quarter Melee (Open Hands - Two-Handed Weapons)

As mentionned above all of these metal cast miniatures are supplied in packs of four different miniatures with loose heads allowing you to easily interchange the heads between different packs, and swords in scabbards.  Some weapons needs to be bought in individually weapon packs being either pikes or  halbards. The miniatures are casted with flat metal bases and can easily be attached to all desired bases. Individual packs currently retails for €7.50 per pack and are available from the Steel Fist Miniatures shop








The Italian Wars Landknecht Assembly

The Steel Fist Miniatures Landsknecht are supplied with loose and individual heads, weapons and scabbards so will need some minor cleaning and assembly before painting. As most of you will probably already have experience in assembling multi-part metal miniatures, I won't be doing a step by step assembly as the used techniques and tools are quite straight forward.

Note although the miniatures are sold as open-handed as in ready to be assembled with their choosen weapons, you might need to drill out their hands as the casting process could have closed these pre-sculpted holes. You can easily drill these holes out using a hand driven hobby drill or an electric drilling tool. As you can see nothing more or less during the assembling than with other metal minatures.




The Italian Wars Landsknecht Conclusion

After careful consideration, these new Steel Fist Miniatures Landsknecht miniatures must be the most accurate and lovely representations of the stout Landsknecht soldiers currently available on the wargame miniature market. With magnificient sculptures by talented sculptor Oliver James based on contemporary images, weapons and armour of the period, these miniatures are both dynamic and full of character. Steel Fist Miniatures is currently working on a second release of Landsknechts, which will add some rear rank pikemen/halbardiers, more command and extra arquebusiers. Next in line after those releases are some ‘Light Cavalry’ for the Italian Wars.

The wise decision for separate heads and weapons allows you to further personalize your pike formations so that none of your miniatures looks identical yet still forming a cohesive looking iconic Landsknecht battle formation. Next to the great character of the miniatures, the detail and quality of the casting is superb allowing you to quickly assemble the miniatures without too much cleaning and swearing. Make sure to also check the most excellent Samurai Wars and Later Medieval miniature ranges from Steel Fist Miniatures which feature equally lovely and characterful miniatures.



Disclaimer - We received these miniatures from Steel Fist 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.

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The Assault Group: Dragon Rising, Chinese Ultra Modern Army


The Assault Group: TAG are pleased to announce the re-release of the Dragon Rising, Peoples Liberation Army range of Chinese Ultra-Modern miniatures. More information here

Previously, only available very briefly in the late 2000s, these 28mm models, represent a squad of Chinese, in current Peoples Liberation Army kit, and are re-released in the following three packs;

CPL001 Rifle Section advancing. (4 x QBZ-95)
CPL002 Command Section. (3 x QZB-95, inc Officer w/sight, 1 x comms operator with Type-56)
CPL003 Heavy weapons Section firing. (2 x PF-89, 1 x QBB-95, 1 x QBZ-95 + grenade launcher)
Infantry packs, like these, retail at £7.20




Renedra: 1 September 2018 - Price Increase Announcement


Renedra: As from the 1st September 2018 the RRP on our products will increase as follows. Base Packs and all Terrain/Scenery will increase by a maximum of 50p. Renedra boxed Products will increase by £1.


Sarissa Precision: New Fantasy Burrows & Badgers Scenery!


Sarissa Precision previewed their new Burrows & Badgers scenery!



Goblin Gaming: Discounted Warhammer 40K: Tooth & Claw Starter Set Pre-Order Launched


Goblin Gaming launched their discounted pre-order for the brand new Warhammer 40K: Tooth & Claw starter set featuring the heroic Space Wolves and the savage Genestealer Cult. Grab your own copy now here from Goblin Gaming


Surrounded by the darkness of the Imperium Nihilus, Vigilus is a world beset by horrors, but the most insidious threat is one that has emerged from within. The mutated xenos-human hybrids of the genestealer Cults have hidden in the shadowy depths of Vigilus’ hivesprawls for generations. Now they have arisen to slaughter their Imperial oppressors and prepare the world for the coming of the Star Children. While the planet’s defenders fight desperately to hold off hordes of invaders, a strike force of Space Wolves sets out to hunt down the cultist insurgents, find the source of the Genestealer Curse and purge their enemy from existence.

Tooth and Claw is a great-value boxed set containing 2 armies split across the forces of the Space Wolves – a fiercely independent Space Marine Chapter who have existed for ten millennia – and the Genestealer Cults – a sinister organisation of hybrids whose swollen ranks will surely conquer. You can use these miniatures to act out the scenarios described in the Tooth and Claw book – 4 connected missions that recreate the violence on Vigilus – and use them to expand your games of Warhammer 40,000.


Saturday, August 18, 2018

Battlefront Miniatures: New Hard-Plastic Flames of War Eastern Front Germans and Soviets


Battlefront Miniatures: Check out the latest army deals! These are for the Eastern Front Germans and Soviets. Head over to our website for full details here



Goblin Gaming: Discounted Warhammer 40K: Tooth & Claw Starter Set Pre-Order Launched


Goblin Gaming launched their discounted pre-order for the brand new Warhammer 40K: Tooth & Claw starter set featuring the heroic Space Wolves and the savage Genestealer Cult. Grab your own copy now here from Goblin Gaming


Surrounded by the darkness of the Imperium Nihilus, Vigilus is a world beset by horrors, but the most insidious threat is one that has emerged from within. The mutated xenos-human hybrids of the genestealer Cults have hidden in the shadowy depths of Vigilus’ hivesprawls for generations. Now they have arisen to slaughter their Imperial oppressors and prepare the world for the coming of the Star Children. While the planet’s defenders fight desperately to hold off hordes of invaders, a strike force of Space Wolves sets out to hunt down the cultist insurgents, find the source of the Genestealer Curse and purge their enemy from existence.

Tooth and Claw is a great-value boxed set containing 2 armies split across the forces of the Space Wolves – a fiercely independent Space Marine Chapter who have existed for ten millennia – and the Genestealer Cults – a sinister organisation of hybrids whose swollen ranks will surely conquer. You can use these miniatures to act out the scenarios described in the Tooth and Claw book – 4 connected missions that recreate the violence on Vigilus – and use them to expand your games of Warhammer 40,000.


Wargames Foundry: New Saga Miniature Reinforcements


Wargames Foundry: The reinforcements have arrived! These boxed sets include bases, shields and spears. Click here to view our suitable for SAGA products.



Wayland Games: New Discounted Warhammer 40K: Tooth & Claw Starter Set Pre-Order


Wayland Games launched the discounted pre-order of the brand new Warhammer 40K: Tooth & Claw starter set. Grab your own discounted Warhammer 40K: Tooth & Claw starter set here at Wayland Games

Tooth and Claw is the beginning of a gripping story thread for Warhammer 40,000, owning this box set will give you an array of awesome new miniatures from the Space Wolf and Genestealer Cult factions, rules and a 40-page softback book that delves into the new lore and background of the battle that takes place in the 41st Millennium. With the reinforcements in the form of Space Wolf Primaris Marines, the Space Wolves are now descending on Vigilus in an attempt to destroy the Genestealer Cults, for should they fail the consequences will be dire.

The Sons of Russ are a proud brotherhood of fierce and noble warriors. Seen as savages, the Space Wolves prowl the battlefield for their enemies, hungry to earn glory in battle and earn their place in the sagas of their people. No matter how savage they may appear their prowess in battle is unmatched, it is said that if you send anyone to kill a Space Marine, you send a Space Wolf!.

A Genestealer Cult is a community of Genestealers, Genestealer hybrids, as well as the completely human convert-hosts, infected victims and genetic relatives known as Brood Brothers, existing secretly within another society. If left unchecked these cults will fester and grow from the shadows, eventually destroying its host society and eradicating it.