Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Breaking! Gripping Beast: New Plastic Late Roman Light Cavalry Miniatures!

Gripping Beast: Inside you will find parts to assemble 12 finely-detailed unarmoured cavalry, fighting with either javelin, axe, sword or bow, suitable for use in Swordpoint. The box also includes a trumpet for conversion purposes. The Late Roman Light Cavalry may be used to represent the unarmoured cavalry forces of any of the later Romans or early Byzantines. Parts from this box are compatible with most parts from all our other box sets so you can do many, many conversions.

Alternative Armies: New 15mm Komosu and Sohei Monks!

Alternative Armies: Now released for the Sengoku 15mm Japanese Fantasy range at Alternative Armies a new pack of Komosu and Sohei Monks (a value pack and single miniatures) plus a fun little bolt on game from John Bell which adds to Sengoku Monster Hunter.  Six new poses plus play with your figures as if it was a classic verticle scrolling arcade machine.  These are the releases for this range this month.  Thanks for Reading. GBS Check the full article here

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Fireforge Games: Battlefleet WWII - Miniature Naval Wargame

Fireforge Games: About our Battlefleet WWII project, finally we have a bit of time for a resume for everyone was not at Salute in London this year. Our intention is to bring to the market a new line of miniatures, to play naval warfare during the second world war. We created a ruleset, yet ready for beta testing, with a good compromise between playability and historical accuracy, which will allow you in a couple of hours (in the case of great battles) to play a game on your classic 6x4 gaming table (180x120cm).

The general rules will be accompanied by specific fleet scenarios and lists for the following scenarios: Pacific (US, UK and Japan), Mediterranean (Italy, UK and France), Atlantic (UK, US and Germany) and Baltic (UK, Germany and Russia). The lists will allow you to play the specific classes of ships actually used in each scenario, to vary the equipment of your ships (depending on the period chosen to deploy your fleet) while the basic rules and the points system to build your task force will balance the fleet you are going to deploy, allowing you to play open games between fleets of different scenarios that have never actually collided. All of this characterizing every nation with special rules that reflect the strengths (or weaknesses for some) of the training and naval traditions of each nation.

In the same way, there will be a great variety and great attention to the aeronautics inserted in the various armylists, which will include all the models of airplanes deployed in battle, divided between aircraft that you can embark on your aircraft carrier and aircraft that you can call from a land base, of course all with different equipments.

Some scenarios will also allow you to have on your table scenic elements designed to modify your games, simulate real battles or invent your own what-if (like atolls, islands, atmospheric difficulties etc.). The large number of different models we are going to make (each class of ships and every type of aircraft) will be in resin, in larger multi-component parts to allow us to offer you the greatest possible detail. The scale will be around 1:1800 for the ships while the planes will be on a different scale (not in real proportion with the scale of the ships to allow you to collect all the models we are going to make).

It is possible that the initial part of this project could be financed through a kickstarter campaign, but these are speculations given that for the moment our efforts are in trying to obtain a product of high quality and at the same time beautiful to paint. We hope to be able to bring this project into stores during 2020. We want to say thanks to everyone came at Salute asking for that project, your enthusiasm is the proof that we could make happy a lot of you (and a special thank to the two Miguel we had a real nice chat). Stay tuned admirals

Monday, June 17, 2019

Breaking! Warlord Games: Napoleonic Prussian Infantry and Cavalry Announced

Warlord Games: Warlord Sculptor Marco designing our next rendered plastics: Prussian Infantry and Cavalry! More to come…! 

Element Games: Flames of War - Hit The Beach Starter Set!

Element Games is now selling the brand new and very affordable Flames of War - Hit The Beach Starter Set! Grab yours now here and make sure to use our TIM940 code at the check-out for free double loyality points. Ready to hit the beach?

With a thunderous crash another shell smashes into the wall above you, showering your trench with rubble. Looking around, your entire position resembles a cauldron of fire—every roof ablaze, black smoke billowing into the night sky. As the echo of the blast dies away, the crack of rifle fire breaks out, and an ominous clanking and rumbling… Suddenly, out of the flames roars a Tiger tank! Leaping from your trench you run forwards. ‘Bazooka! Bazooka, now!’ Even as the din swallows your shouting, you see a trooper levelling his rocket launcher at the great beast’s tracks. It may not be enough. You are in command. Take control. What are your orders?

Hit The Beach includes:

  • Five plastic Sherman (75mm) tanks
  • Three plastic Sherman (76mm) tanks
  • One Parachute Rifle Platoon (52figures)
  • One Panzergrenadier HQ (6 figures)
  • Two Panzergrenadier platoons (58 figures)
  • Three plastic Panzer IV tanks
  • Two Plastic 7.5cm Anti-tank guns and Crew
  • One Panzergrenadier HQ (6 figures)
  • Two Panzergrenadier platoons (58 figures)
  • Three plastic Panzer IV tanks
  • Two Plastic 7.5cm Anti-tank guns and Crew
  • One tank Commander sprue
  • One mini 4th Flames Of War rulebook
  • One printed Quick Start Guide
  • One plastic V1 Flying Bomb terrain feature
  • Twenty Dice
  • Sixteen Unit cards.

1st Corps: New Teutonic Knight Infantry Released

1st Corps released these new Teutonic Knights!

Sunday, June 16, 2019

The Drowned Earth: New Wave 2 Miniatures Pre-Orders

The Drowned Earth: New Wave 2 Characters and Creature Pre-Orders!

DGS Games: New Viper Veteran and Miniature Sale Launched

DGS Games: Also, from 12-21 June 2019, use the coupon code gavahol19 to receive a 20% discount on any purchase of $40.00 or more from our webstore. Now, on to our first story!

Voxel House: Brand New Landships Reaper Model Released

Voxel House: With the increasing appearance of the Tripeds in Artrusia, the races of our world began to become more and more preoccupied with the incursions of these beings. Various battles will cost many lives and cause enormous material damages. The Human Empire was one of the most impaired, with the disappearance of thousands of people, until the destruction of villages and combat forces. A human engineer named Dumont Mcgrage, he studied the various Tripeds captured, as well as dealing with reports of combat from human troops. One of the biggest threats was the so-called “Repulsor Field,” an impenetrable barrier against any known weapon.

However, Dumont noticed that with every impact the field suffered, it was weaker until it completely disappeared. He decided to create a weapon capable of generating a rain of the small impacts on the repulsor field until it goes. From there was born the Buster, a cannon that is capable of firing a salvo of small explosions and a powerful shot. This weapon was created but needed a unit the height of the Tripeds, that’s when the Reaper came up. It is a colossal steam mech, well armored, able to melee with a Triped and end it with a massive war hammer, known as “Tolerance.” Humans now have a gun up against the Tripeds and their threat. 3d print miniature for Landships game! Only US$ 1.99 Grab it here

Last Sword Miniatures: Undead Army, The Fallen County of Ampurias Kickstarter

Last Sword Miniatures is launching another fantasy kickstarter campaign, their fifth campaign but for the very first time covering their new undead faction. Check the Kickstarter here

Undead, The Falling Count of Ampurias - We're launching our fifth Kickstarter to launch a new 32mm skeleton warriors dressed in padded armour, shield and armed with either spears or hand weapons. These new miniatures are multi-part and multi-pose offering great and countless of assembly options. Although the Kickstarter is covering the bulk of skeleton soldiers, other miniatures are also covered such as more lethal warriors and characters to lead your armies into battle.

Alternative Armies: OH35 Goblin Gunners and Kraken Fish Bombard Released!

Alternative Armies: Alternative Armies makes its 28mm high fantasy releases for the month with two new packs into our Goblins and Orcs range.  Armoured Goblin gunners and the Kraken Fish Bombard bring the boom to the expanding line of Goblin Knights which includes infantry, cavalry, chariot and more.  You can get each miniature on its own as well as in the pack as always.  Click through to read and see more and for the tag link to the plan we have for the range. Thanks.  GBS

Friday, June 14, 2019

Spiral Arm Studios: Science Fiction Maelstrom's Edge Broken Faction Miniatures Reviewed!

Today we will check out the Spiral Arm Studios Maelstrom's Edge Broken Faction featuring the last remnants of humanity as they band together for survival in the violent universe of Maelstrom's Edge. Featured in this review are the plastic Broken Infantry, resin mighty Gnolti and resin Broken Sig Jammer Character.

Maelstrom's Edge is a tabletop war game using detailed plastic miniatures that fills the gap between small scale skirmish games with several individual models per side and large scale war games with scores of models per side. Maelstrom's Edge uses about 20 to 30 models a side, making it easy to model, easy to paint and easy to play. Forces consist of several small-sized units, which is why we call the game a 'squad-based skirmish game'. Because it is a miniatures game, you get to assemble and paint your own models to pit against an opponent on a table dressed up with terrain to form your battlefield. The conflicts on your table take the form of missions set in the desperate Maelstrom's Edge universe, populated by the Epirian Foundation and their robotic forces, the secretive Karist Enclave supported by the alien Angels, and various other factions.

Maelstrom's Edge Broken Infantry

The Broken Infantry miniatures form the core of each Maelstrom's Edge Broken force featuring enough options to be used as Broken Foresaken Chieftans, Broken Rabble, Rabble Fire Support and Rabble Assault squads. The Broken in Maelstrom's Edge represent the bulk of humanity that could not be rescued. Taking their situations into their own hands, they have managed to scrape their way to long term survival by banding together and sharing information and common goals. The Broken Infantry miniatures are supplied in packs of four different plastic sprues allowing you to assemble 6 unique miniatures with a wide variety of bodies, heads and weapon options. The sprues supplied are the weapons and heads sprue and three different body sprues offering a huge amount of unique and interesting possibilities. The detail and quality of the miniatures is good with very minimal excess plastic or flash to be found on the sprues. To further illustrate the huge amount of different parts that are supplied with this model kit I will take a closer look at the sprues below.

As mentionned before there are three different body sprues (3) each containing a huge amount of different bodies, legs and arms along with some human heads. Each of these sprues allows you to assemble two different miniatures without weapons as these are supplied on the weapons and heads sprue. As you can see on the sprue you receive plenty of spare components for further conversions or other projects. Spiral Arm Studios has designed the lay-out of the components and sprues with small codes allowing you to easily construct your miniatures in a certain way, this might however limit the amount of different miniatures you can assemble but feel free to assemble, convert or kitbash these miniatures as you see fit as most parts will also fit in other configurations with minimal conversion work. To be honest when I first saw the sprues I was really impressed by the sheer amount of components that are included on the sprues but a bit disappointed that you can only assemble two models from each sprue despite the huge amount of parts present. I would have personally prefered the inclusion of some more bodies so you could assemble four models from each sprue with still plenty of spare parts left. That said better plenty of choice than only a limited amount of parts such as common in sprue lay-outs of other plastic miniature companies.

The Broken Infantry Weapons and Heads sprue (1) contains plenty of cool weaponry and heads of both human and alien origin adding plenty of interesting choices for your force. As you can see the amount of supplied weapons and heads is huge featuring a through array of science fiction military hardware such as human weaponry and very interesting scavenger or alien weaponry. The design and detail of the weapons is superb and among the best science fiction weapons I have seen available on the plastic miniature market. As mentionned above plenty of heads are also supplied offering loads of cool options for your faction background and conversion materials for other miniatures in your collection. Once more the quality of the hard-plastic parts is very good with almost no visible flash visible on the supplied sprues. In the pictures below you can see the six constructed miniatures which were assembled from the shown sprues showcasing a nice mixture of the different bodies, heads and weaponry available. Note that different bases were used than the ones supplied in the kit.

Maelstrom's Edge Gnolti and Broken Sig Jammer

Next to the plastic Broken Infantry, Spiral Arm Studios supplemented the faction with cool resin characters in the form of the mighty Gnolti and powerful Broken Sig Jammer. The quality and detail of these miniatures is superb surpassing the already good quality of the plastic miniatures. As you can see in the pictures these resin miniatures are supplied on sprues in multiple pieces and are easy to assemble using regular model glue.

The Gnolti are large, slow moving creatures with strength many times that of a human. Gnolti evolved on the high gravity moon orbiting the gas giant Encelasa, and were amongst the first alien species met by humanity. Many Gnolti remain on their homeworld, but some take up a nomadic life across the Spiral Arm, earning money with their bulky frames to send back home. Originally hired and transported to systems requiring extreme manual labour or exposure to elements lethal to humans, their normally calm, thoughtful temperament made Gnolti easy to integrate into human society. Gnolti are extremely loyal to those who treat them well, gladly risking themselves to protect their friends. Gnoltis have few opportunities to escape the Maelstrom, and stranded Gnolti are a common recruit into the ragtag warbands of the Broken, where their physical power can be a huge asset.

The ramshackle fleets of the Broken don't possess extensive R&D departments or mass production facilities, but what they lack in investment, they make up for in unregulated ingenuity and daring invention. The Broken is a haven for technological savants and rebellious hackers, rulebreakers ostracised and hunted by a society scared of their technological prowess. Whether driven to the Broken by the Maelstrom or the authorities, these maverick inventors are encouraged to experiment and tinker. These 'Jammers' soon thrive among the Broken ranks, using their skills to break into computer networks, disrupt signals, and generally set technology against their users. It is a rare mercurial talent to be able to invent the kind of disruptive equipment the Jammers carry, and sending a Jammer Savant deep into enemy territory is not a viable strategy. Instead, Broken leadership encourages anyone with a natural aptitude for technology to become an apprentice, or 'Sig Jammer'. In peacetime, these neophytes are a mixture of servant and apprentice, taking care of a Savant's every need, or searching for the particular parts needed to complete the Savant's latest technological masterpiece. 

Maelstrom's Edge Miniatures Scale Comparison

To showcase the scale of these miniatures, I have taken the following pictures showing the Broken Infantry and the resin characters including the rather impressive Gnolti alongside a Games Workshop Space Marine and as you can see these fit quite well. 

The Conclusion

To conclude this review, we can certainly recommend these Maelstrom's Edge miniatures to people looking for some science fiction miniatures in both resin and plastic. While the resin miniatures are more expensive than the plastic troopers, this increased price is certainly reasonable considering the higher production cost and especially higher quality of these particular models. The price of these miniatures in both plastic and resin is a bit on the high side considering the price of other plastic miniatures on the market but I can certainly see these being used for both skirmish and mass battle wargames as the look is quite unique but more on that later on.

The quality of the miniatures is very good with minimal flash on both the resin and plastic miniatures. As mentionned before the quality of the resin miniatures is really superb and among the best castings I have encountered. The design of the miniatures is very good with plenty of components allowing you to create really unique miniatures. One minor point of criticism is that there could have been more miniatures on the sprue as six figures on a total of four sprues is a bit low especially considering the huge surplus of spare weapons, heads and other parts. That said better some surplus parts than a select choice of different parts although some more miniatures might also have lowered the price per miniature considerably.

These miniatures are not like most plastic science fiction troopers as they have a more low-tech and scavenger feel than your regular Games Workshop Space Marine, Wargames Atlantic Raumjäger or Warlord Games Concord Strike Trooper really adding something new to the plastic science fiction miniature market in my opinion. I can also see these miniatures being used in other settings such as post-apocalyptic with great ease due to their rough look and conversion possibilities.

Looking forward in exploring the full Maelstrom's Edge universe and tabletop miniature wargame, make sure to check the Spiral Arm Studios website here filled with backgrounds and more information on this interesting science fiction universe. Also make sure to check the other available factions and miniatures as there is plenty of choice for every type of player.

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Thursday, June 13, 2019

Alternative Armies: Build a Bear Cat – 15mm Battlesuit Parts Selector Released

Alternative Armies: Build yourself a Bear Cat with our new bits code released by request from 15mm science fiction wargamers.  Battlesuit construction choosing weapon systems, tools, arms as well as the body and legs meaning a lot of possible combinations.  If you come up with a combination and want to show us at Alternative Armies I would love that!  GBS Check link here

Exclusive! Wargames Atlantic: Hard-Plastic Achaemenid Persians Sprue Preview

Wargames Atlantic granted us this exclusive preview of their upcoming hard-plastic and multi-part Achaemenid Persians, their first historical boxed set! The release date and box content are still unknown but these will be released in 2019.

Exclusive! Wargames Atlantic: Hard-Plastic Achaemenid Persians Sprue Preview

Monday, June 10, 2019

Breaking! Warlord Games: Free Unreleased Plastic Crimean War Russian Infantry with Wargames Illustrated

Warlord Games and Wargames Illustrated are giving away a free unreleased plastic sprue of Crimean War Russian Infantry with the latest issue of Wargames Illustrated (381). These will hopefully be on general release soon as they look very useful.

1st Corps: New German Pak 36 with Stielgranate

1st Corps released this new German Pak 36.

Victoria Miniatures: New Penal Guard Human Bomb!

Victoria Miniatures released this new Penal Guard Human Bomb.

Element Games: Citadel Colours Contrast Paints Pre-Order!

Element Games launched the popular discounted pre-order for the brand new Games Workshop Citadel Colour Contrast Paints! Check out these new and innovative miniature paints here at Element Games. Make sure to use our exclusive TIM940 code for free double loyality points. Get painting now!

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MOM Miniatures: New Chaos Cultists, Creatures and More

MOM Miniatures previewed these upcoming Chaos miniatures!

P. Todoroff CCWC: New Hardwired: Cyberpunk Espionage and Mayhem Tabletop Wargame Rules

P. Todoroff CCWC:  Corporate wars, shadow ops, cranial jacks, cyber-augmentations… you’ve been here before. You know how this goes. But familiarity breeds sloppiness and sloppiness will get you dead with a capital ‘P’ for Permanent. So you’ve got no excuses. You have a team, you have a boss, and that boss just gave you a job. Take whatever you need: weapons, micro-drones, dark-ware, pharma-derms, stealth gear... Just get it done. Because the particulars may change but the bottom line is the same: bring the package back or don’t come back at all. Welcome to New Kowloon, 2069. Now get to work.

Hardwired - Cyberpunk Espionage and Mayhem. A table top war game set during the Corporate Wars of 2069 in the mega-city of New Kowloon.  Miniatures agnostic. 1 - 6 Players, Co-op or Solo Mode. Made for 15mm - 28mm miniatures. Grab your friends, create a team of elite Agents, and select a mission. It's time to run-n-gun. Check these brand new cyberpunk rules now here