Monday, October 21, 2019

Micro Art Studio: Cool Limited Halloween Dice Coffin!


Micro Art Studio: Limited Halloween Dice Coffin! Supplied already assembled, ready to use, with shiny "Game Over" topping and cosy red neoprene filling ;) Miniatures and dice not included.



Breaking! Wargames Foundry: Substantial Price Rise and Repackaging Announcement!


Foundry: Over the last few months we have been sorting through our enormous catalogue of moulds to recover missing packs and models from our ranges. The first of many changes are to our Ancient Germanics, which now includes Archers, Casualties and a Command pack. Not to mention that 13 of our standard packs have increased from 6 to 8 models.

As well as the additions to our Ancient Germans, a large portion of our Vikings have increased from 6 to 8 model packs. To reflect these changes in pack contents as well as the ever changing rise in the cost of raw materials we will be implementing our first price rise in over 7 years to our Vikings, Normans, Saxons and Ancient Germans in one week on October 28th, before a site wide change in the near future. This gives you one week to get these new and increased packs for the same price as the old 6 figure packs! Most of our standard 6 figure packs will stay the same at £12, our 8 figure packs will increase to £16 and 3 Model Cavalry packs to £15. Check all here



Alternative Armies: First Samurai and Ashigaru Catmen Released for Kitton!


Alternative Armies: Kitton expands with eight new miniatures in two packs!  Following up on the launch of this new 28mm range and the Catmen Ronin we now have Ashigaru with Yari and the first Samurai pack armed with Katana.  Fantasy Catmen in the World of Valon.  Sculpted by Sam Croes these figures come with separate sword bundles and back banners too.  Click through to check them out and to see more pictures.  The range will expand every month.  These are Alternative Armies last releases for October 2019.  Thanks.  GBS


Saturday, October 19, 2019

Fireforge Games: New Plastic Fantasy Forgotten World Northern Cavalry Reviewed!


Today we have yet another exciting Fireforge Games miniature review! This time we will be checking out the brand new Fantasy Forgotten World Northern Cavalry. Field the agile yet lightly armoured cavalry of the barren North and crush your enemies on the tabletop miniature battlefield!

Last year, Fireforge Games succesfully funded the upcoming Forgotten World fantasy wargame miniature range and wargame rules through Kickstarter. The Kickstarter was launched to allow the creation of at least 6 different hard-plastic multi-part miniature kits split over two warring fantasy factions being the The Northmen and The Living Dead. The Northern Cavalry miniatures which we will review today are part of the fierce Northmen faction and are described as fast moving mounted men at arms in service of local vassals and perfect for harrassing or charging enemy soldiers.

The Northern Kingdom is one of the strongest and largest nations of the New World. Once a united country, led by an ancient dynasty, now it is divided between generals, lords and rich merchants; assembling their own armies to conquer the throne. Any Northmen army can count on an excellent core of warriors, expert soldiers without fear of the enemy, with a good number of bowmen, who with their arrow fire, cover the advance of their warrior brethren. The flanks of a Northmen army are usually protected by fast units of mounted men at arms, usually bodyguards of the local vassal and act perfectly as scouts or to chase a routed enemy.




The Northern Cavalry Miniatures

The Northern Cavalry boxed set contains five sprues allowing you to create 6 individual horsemen with their weaponry and equipment. The kit comes with two identical horsemen sprues which each hold enough parts to make three soldiers, two identical horse sprues each containing three horses and one command sprue which contain enough parts to assemble some of the regular soldiers as command miniatures such as a mounted captain, standard bearer and musician. Next to this the model kit also contains enough hard-plastic oval and rectangle bases to base these miniatures for either skirmish or mass-battle miniature wargames.


The Northern Cavalry Horsemen Sprue of which two are included in the boxed set contains enough parts to assemble three warmly clothed mounted men at arms armed with lances and swords. The sprues contains a very nice selection of helmeted heads along with all sorts of equipment such as daggers and sword scabbards. As you can see in the sprue pictures below you can equip each miniature in the same way as three lances and swords are supplied on each sprue. Next to the weaponry, each horsemen can also be equipped with a round shield using the supplied shield arms. Check the lovely close-up pictures of the parts below and judge for yourself.

The miniatures are supplied in multiple parts which is also seen in the other model kits of this particular range. The Northern Cavalry Horsemen miniatures are assembled from two leg parts which can easily be glued together using the cast on pegs for easy assembly and one of the three supplied bodies along with the heads and arms. The quality of the hard-plastic sprues is very good with lovely detail on each of the parts but especially showing in the faces. There are some fine mouldlines from the production process but these are very easy to clean if you would deem this necessary when assembling the miniatures. If I'm not mistaken these miniatures are produced by Renedra, the leading hard-plastic wargame miniatures tooling and production company in the United Kingdom so the expertise of these talented people is certainly noticable.





The Northern Cavalry Horsemen Command Sprue of which one is included in the boxed set contains enough parts to change some of your regular mounted men at arms into command miniatures. You can change them into a heroic looking captain, standard bearer or musician but the sprue also offers some extra equipment to further add some more character to your regular troopers in the form of pouches. This identical command sprue is supplied in all three Forgotten World Northmen model kits offering the same options of command to the three different sets. Check the picture below to check the detail of these pieces and I'm sure you will like them.

As you can see this smaller command frame is filled with all sorts of cool detailled components ranging from weapons to equipment but also some rather nice capes and alternative bodies. The offered weapons and equipment such as the torches and pouches really add more character to your miniatures giving them even more personality and realism. Looking at the selection of weapons it seems that the Northern faction loves their swords as no other weapon is included on the frame. I also found the design of the very nice banner intriguing as it comes in two pieces offering you the option on how your miniature holds the banner. I thought that the two-part assembly would weaken the standard but the piece is quite solid when properly glued together.


The Northern Cavalry Horse Sprue of which two are supplied in the model kit, each contain enough parts to assemble three bulky Northern war horses with sculpted on gambeson armour. Each of the horses included is assembled from four different parts: two body halves, one head and one tail offering 27 possible pose configurations. I really like the look of these bulky horses and the quality of the design is once more superb following the same style of armour as the riders and foot soldiers. Check the assembly part for a remark concerning the design of these horses and what could have been improved during the design stage.



The Northern Cavalry Assembly

When assembling the miniatures, I haven't encountered much trouble as all the parts are easily removed from the frames and cleaned using your standard hobby tools. Although I would recommend composing and dry-fitting all your miniatures before actually glueing them together.

The only minor remark that I have, is that the horses are supplied in halves which is common in model kits but in this set you can only assemble the six horse body parts as three identical pairs. So you can't create more than three different horse body poses. Although three different horse poses are good, a larger amount of body poses would have been better as some more planning in the design stage would have solved this issue. That said the three body poses combined with the three head and tail parts gives you 27 horse configurations which is certainly acceptable.






The Northern Cavalry Scale Comparison

In the scale comparison pictures below you can see the new Fireforge Games Northern Cavalry alongside horses from Games Workshop and Fireforge Games' own historical miniature range. I have taken pictures with these particular miniatures because the Games Workshop miniatures are more or less the norm for the larger 28mm heroic scale while the Fireforge Games historical miniatures are a fair representation of the 28mm historical (non-heroic) scale as used by most historical miniature companies.

In the first picture you can see the Fireforge Games Northern Cavalry miniature compared with the Games Workshop Empire Horse which is one of their more modern horse miniatures and is quite large. As you can see the Fireforge Games Northern Cavalry is considerably smaller than the Empire Horse miniature which might partially be caused by the bulk of the horse armour on the Games Workshop model. I would personally don't use these miniatures next to each other but wouldn't mind very much though if needed.

In the second picture you can see the Fireforge Games Northern Cavalry miniature compared with the other Games Workshop Empire Horse which is a much older release and would be called a classic by now. As you can see this particular model is almost the same size of the Northern Cavalry model but a bit bulkier but nothing to worry about as the bulk difference is mostly because of the armour on the Games Workshop model. Last but not least is the scale comparison between the Fireforge Games Northern Cavalry and the Fireforge Games Historical Knight. Here you can see that the historical horse is a bit smaller and less bulkier than the fantasy horse but would be more than happy to use them in different units next to each other on the tabletop. In the last picture you can see the Northern Cavalry next to the Northern Bowmen of our previous review (check here)





The Northern Cavalry Conclusion

After assembling these Fireforge Games Northern Cavalry miniatures, I was once more impressed by the recent miniature output by Fireforge Games. These miniatures alongside their brothers on foot and the undead faction were funded last year through Kickstarter and are really some great-looking miniatures. The quality of these hard-plastic miniatures is once more superb and the assembly is very hasslefree due to the good design of the sprue lay-out and minimal parts.


The Northern Cavalry miniatures represent mounted men at arms or lightly armoured knights in cold climate gear mounted on stout war horses very suited for replaying the epic battles and skirmishes of the popular Game of Thrones fantasy television series. I can see these miniatures being very popular as alternative miniatures for other popular tabletop miniature wargames and roleplaying games next to being used in the upcoming Forgotten World fantasy wargame rules by Fireforge Games. As these miniatures were funded through Kickstarter they aren't available yet but will be released in August alongside the other model kits of the Forgotten World miniature range. You can check these miniatures and the full range here in the Fireforge Games webstore.


Disclaimer - We received these miniatures from Fireforge Games 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, October 18, 2019

Barbaric Splendor Miniatures: Chroniclers of Barbaric Splendor - Swords and Sorcery Miniature Kickstarter Preview


Barbaric Splendor Miniatures: Chroniclers of Barbaric Splendor will be a miniatures Kickstarter celebrating creators of Swords and Sorcery, and will be launched in early November. For the next two weeks, Barbaric Splendor Miniatures is offering a chance to win master castings of the 5 miniatures that will be mastered and cast before the launch, shown in the image below! The Kickstarter itself will be to fund another 9 miniatures to fill out this initial line, plus several add-ons and stretch goals are planned.


Kieran Billings: Lord Cireneg's City - 3D Printable Medieval Fantasy City Kickstarter Preview


Kieran Billings: Lord Cireneg's City is a bustling city with buildings stacked side by side to create a true feeling of a metropolis of the medieval age, suited to your medieval or fantasy setting.

Not only does this contain buildings for creating residential areas of a city but you can also create busy marketplaces, belltowers to dominate the skyline and inns for that exciting starting place for any great RPG. Pieces stack upon each other for quick assembly and disassembly. STL files are scaled for 28mm gaming but are suitable to be scaled up or down as you see fit. The date for release is the 25th of October. Preview here


Alternative Armies: Sengoku Rampage Review - Monster Hunter Gets an Expansion!


Alternative Armies: An in depth independent look at the expansion Rampage to the 15mm Japanese monster hunting game Sengoku published by Alternative Armies and written by Steve Danes.  Our thanks to Nicolai Ostergaard for this impartial article.  The book can be had in print or as a digital download on our website as well as a huge selection of miniatures.  Enjoy! Check here


Warlord Games: Judge Dredd Wargame Pre-Order Inbound!


Warlord Games: Judge Dredd pre-orders are imminent! 



Northstar Miniatures: Plastic Frostgrave Female Wizards Coming Soon!


Northstar Miniatures: The new 'all female' Frostgrave Wizards plastic box set is coming very soon. With just as many head, arm and equipment variants as Wizards 1, no two Frostgrave Wizards need ever look the same again. We've photographed Kev's painted versions here, these will feature on the box art. Figures designed by Bobby Jackson. Planned release, Halloween!
 



Thursday, October 17, 2019

Corvus Games Terrain: Sector Corvus Prime: Modular 3D Printable Sci-fi Terrain Kickstarter Ending Soon!


Corvus Games Terrain' Sector Corvus Prime: Modular 3D Printable Sci-fi Terrain is ending soon! Make sure to check this awesome Kickstarter now here!

Fully funded 3D printable wargaming terrain to create modular layouts and featuring over 200 STL files to download and print. Scaled for 28mm sci-fi games and compatible with Warhammer 40,000 and Kill Team, Sector Corvus Prime comes with enough variation in floors, roofs, and walls to create epic sprawling game boards to fight over.

All of the models print without the need for supports, and are designed to print vertically for maximum quality on FDM printers. Maximum size will fit average printer beds - 200mm x 200mm. The models have also been test printed by members of the wargaming / 3D printing community.

I've test printed every model using a combination of slicers, including Simplify3D and PrusaSlicer, and printed them on common desktop machines such as the Creality CR10 series, as well as a Prusa Mk2S. Backers will now also receive a WarLayer compatible selection of models appropriate to their pledge. So each pledge level will contain the same amount of WarLayer scaled wall/floor/roof pieces as the OpenLOCK versions. Twice the bang for your buck! There will also be a scaled and converted WarLayer strut/support piece.

Modular terrain is something I am hugely passionate about. I love the idea of using a small number of components and being able to create varied pieces each time. Whether it’s a simple dwelling, an industrial unit or an elaborate warrior monastery, the concept is the same but the outcome has so much more thematic potential.

A handful of common structural parts, a couple of wall tiles, and a drop-in roof can be arranged into the simplest habitation building to grand, towering constructions that look awesome on the tabletop. Perfect for grimdark settings like Warhammer 40k, Necromunda, and Kill Team. So I like to incorporate some level of modularity into most of my terrain designs if possible. I think it lends so much originality to a game board and gives the hobbyist the chance to flex their creative muscles too.

I wanted some modular buildings that worked for multiple sci-fi skirmish games and so focussed on creating a lived-in under hive/industrial setting with some slightly more 'up-market' buildings thrown into the mix. And so, Sector Corvus Prime was born.



Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Corvus Games Terrain: Sector Corvus Prime: Modular 3D Printable Sci-fi Terrain Kickstarter Ending Tomorrow!


Corvus Games Terrain' Sector Corvus Prime: Modular 3D Printable Sci-fi Terrain is ending tomorrow! Make sure to check this awesome Kickstarter now here!

Fully funded 3D printable wargaming terrain to create modular layouts and featuring over 200 STL files to download and print. Scaled for 28mm sci-fi games and compatible with Warhammer 40,000 and Kill Team, Sector Corvus Prime comes with enough variation in floors, roofs, and walls to create epic sprawling game boards to fight over.

All of the models print without the need for supports, and are designed to print vertically for maximum quality on FDM printers. Maximum size will fit average printer beds - 200mm x 200mm. The models have also been test printed by members of the wargaming / 3D printing community.

I've test printed every model using a combination of slicers, including Simplify3D and PrusaSlicer, and printed them on common desktop machines such as the Creality CR10 series, as well as a Prusa Mk2S. Backers will now also receive a WarLayer compatible selection of models appropriate to their pledge. So each pledge level will contain the same amount of WarLayer scaled wall/floor/roof pieces as the OpenLOCK versions. Twice the bang for your buck! There will also be a scaled and converted WarLayer strut/support piece.

Modular terrain is something I am hugely passionate about. I love the idea of using a small number of components and being able to create varied pieces each time. Whether it’s a simple dwelling, an industrial unit or an elaborate warrior monastery, the concept is the same but the outcome has so much more thematic potential.

A handful of common structural parts, a couple of wall tiles, and a drop-in roof can be arranged into the simplest habitation building to grand, towering constructions that look awesome on the tabletop. Perfect for grimdark settings like Warhammer 40k, Necromunda, and Kill Team. So I like to incorporate some level of modularity into most of my terrain designs if possible. I think it lends so much originality to a game board and gives the hobbyist the chance to flex their creative muscles too.

I wanted some modular buildings that worked for multiple sci-fi skirmish games and so focussed on creating a lived-in under hive/industrial setting with some slightly more 'up-market' buildings thrown into the mix. And so, Sector Corvus Prime was born.



Diehard Miniatures: New Chaos Incursion Kickstarter Launch!


Diehard Miniatures: This Chaos Incursion Kickstarter will encompass Fantasy and Sci-Fi miniatures units of Mounted Ravagers, Space Pirates and Corrupted Chaos Legions! Check the Kickstarter here


Alternative Armies: HOT126 Savage Werewolves Released!


Alternative Armies: Alternative Armies new release into the HOT 15mm fantasy range this month is now here!  Savage Werewolves in a pack or sampler.  Howl at the moon at this spooky time in any game system you choose.  These miniatures will work equally well in fantasy or modern or historical or science fiction settings.  Thanks. GBS Check them here


Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Printable Nerd Gear: Draconic Dice Crypt Kickstarter - The Last Dice Box You'll Ever Need!


Printable Nerd Gear is preparing to launch their upcoming Draconic Dice Crypt Kickstarter to fund a 3D printable dice box with a ton of secrets including 2 hidden compartments, multiple areas to store dice and/or miniatures, and the ability to use as a beer holder. Launching on Halloween!

What strikes more fear in the hearts of men than a great dragon? The rare one who slayed the dragon just to keep his dice inside its lifeless body. Harness the dark power of the feared beast and rise to legendary ranks. The Draconic Dice Crypt is imbued with hatred and vitriol which is guaranteed to improve your odds of a Critical D20 roll. In those rare instances when your dice still fail you, the Draconic Dice Crypt will not.

The corpse of this elder dragon will both carry and vigilantly protect many sets of dice, miniatures, or life counters while hiding your most prized dice sets in discrete, hidden compartments, deep within the underbelly of the beast. Take game night to the next level. Back us on Kickstarter for a special launch price and help us unlock all of the epic stretch goals. More information here


Alternative Armies: HOT35 Giant Hydra is Back and on Offer


Alternative Armies: : A firm favourite in the HOT 15mm Fantasy range is now re-mastered and in new molds. The Giant Hydra a force of chaotic evil is at 20% off just now too. Stands 65mm tall. Click through for more pictures of this beautiful monster. Thanks. GBS


Corvus Games Terrain: Sector Corvus Prime: Modular 3D Printable Sci-fi Terrain Kickstarter Ending Soon!


Corvus Games Terrain' Sector Corvus Prime: Modular 3D Printable Sci-fi Terrain is ending soon! Make sure to check this awesome Kickstarter now here!

We've just passed €15,000 so that means the fourth stretch goal has now been unlocked! The Industrial Walkways will now be available to all backers. Thanks everyone for your amazing support. On to the final stretch goal now!




Edinburgh Miniature Company: New Greek Mythology Atheros Archers and Female Hoplite Captain


Edinburgh Miniature Company: The Edinburgh Miniature Company have released archers and a female hoplite captain for their Greek Mythology range Atheros. Check them here


Alternative Armies: Paddling With Pigs a Slaughterloo Battle Report From The USA


Alternative Armies: A Slaughterloo game played based on a scenario snippet in the free Uniformation article for Pudigrochumsberg.  Bob McAlister and Mike Messenger over the USA kindly send a brief report and pictures which are now on our blog to enjoy.  Paddling with Pigs..take the bridge..win the first round in the Silage War between King Bonio and the Baron Von Rotte. Click through Thanks.  GBS