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Saturday, April 29, 2017

StudioLevel: Archaic Ruined Columns Box and the Winter Pond Box Reviewed!

Today we will be taking a closer look at the Archaic Ruined Columns Box and the Winter Pond Box - tabletop scenery pieces sold by the new wargame company StudioLevel 

StudioLevel lead by sculptor and artist Sebastian offers a wide range of services and products ranging from custom made miniature and scenery builds, scenery painting and as you might have guessed they are now also selling readily available resin wargame terrain! Featured in this review are two resin scenery sets being the pulpy Archaic Ruined Columns Box and the Winter Pond Box.

The terrain pieces arrived in pristine condition from Poland to Belgium as the products were extremely well-packed in StudioLevel branded bubblewrap and further wrapped in black plastic packaging tape instead of a cartonboard box which was a first for me. The individual terrain sets were neatly but loosely packed in ziplock bags and labelled with cartonboard header labels featuring the product name and other relevant information. Pictures of the packaging can be found below.

Archaic Ruined Columns Box

The Archaic Ruined Columns Box contains two massive ruined column pieces, which come in multiple pieces allowing for some alternative options when assembling the scenery. Below you can see a picture of the packed Archaic Ruined Columns Box as mentionned above. Although these heavy pieces are supplied loose in a ziplock bag, I haven't found any broken or damaged pieces. The recommended retail price for this particular set is £47.00.

In the pictures below you can closely examine the full content of the set and as you can see there's more than just some ruined columns! In the Archaic Ruined Columns Box you find several ruined columns, a pair of rather large ruined temple bases, a fallen ruined column which could easily be a scenic piece on it's own and two ruined statues representing robed humanoid characters.

If we take a closer look at the details of these terrain pieces, we see a more abstract and less defined way of detailling than we usual see with other wargame companies that supply resin scenery in this scale. Some will dislike this, while others will like this as it adds more character to the pieces and to be honest I also like them as they represent ruined temples which have been exposed to the elements and plantlife for centuries without human intervention. When you will see the painted examples of these ruined columns, I think you will be convinced that these less defined details aren't an issue on the tabletop!

If you're wondering about the scale of these elements, I would say they are clearly designed to be used with heroic scaled miniatures such as those of Games Workshop and the like. They already look large alongside these miniatures but if you put some non-heroic miniatures next to these ruins you will be amazed by the sheer size and bulk of the terrain pieces. Not a bad thing when thinking of fantasy jungle ruins and pulpy lost cyclopean temples if you ask me so I will more than happily use these alongside smaller non-heroic miniatures.

As mentionned before these ruins can easily be used in science fiction, fantasy and pulp wargame and roleplaying settings as the ruins and their decorations are quite generic. The only pieces that might limit their usage are the two statues which are clearly humanoid and might not fit every imaginable wargame background and universe, these however are supplied loose and can be removed if not desired.

Winter Pond Box

After the Archaic Ruined Columns Box, we will now take a closer look at the smaller Winter Pond 2 Box which contains an icy water feature and some plastic foliage plants. As with the other sets, this scenic piece was also supplied in a ziplock bag as you can see in the picture below. The winter pond is decorated with broken ice sheets and a floating barrel or pipeline end suitable for science fiction wargames. The recommended retail price for this particular set is £15.00.

This particular terrain piece is also designed to be used alongside heroic scaled miniatures but unlike the above mentionned Archaic Ruined Columns I wouldn't use this piece alongside non-heroic scaled miniatures due to the size of the details but that's my personal opinion so decide for yourself by checking our pictures below.

The Winter Pond terrain set comes in two durable resin pieces being the actual pond and cave part which must be glued on the flat area in the bottom right corner of the piece. The assembly is straight forward as the two pieces fit well, only remember to wash the pieces first in warm soapy water to remove the casting residue allowing a better bond for the glue and paint.

The conclusion

These miniature wargaming and roleplaying terrain sets by StudioLevel are offering new possibilities for recreating cool and unique battlefields on your tabletop. Although the detailling and finish of these resin terrain pieces might not be liked by every wargamer, they are full of character and can easily be turned in impressive battlefield centerpieces. My personal favorite is the Archaic Ruined Columns Box which is really useful if you're looking to explore gargantuan lost temples using your favorite pulp and fantasy wargame rules!

If you're interested in checking out StudioLevel's other wargame scenery pieces and services, make sure to check their webstore. Make sure to check the other ruined temple pieces as the ones reviewed here are only a small part of the extensive range and probably also the smallest set available! 

Disclaimer - We received these scenery pieces for free from StudioLevel 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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Forge World: Massive The Hobbit - Iron Hills Dwarf Chariot

Forge World: At the forefront of Dain Ironfoot’s army ride the Iron Hills Chariots. Intent on nothing less than the total destruction of their foes, they smash through shieldwalls and cleave apart those unfortunate enough to find themselves in the path of their bladed wheels. Each mighty chariot is pulled along by six rams and crewed by four highly skilled Iron Hills Dwarves, one of whom fires the rapid fire bolt thrower.

Fans of The Hobbit™: Strategy Battle Game should keep their eyes peeled over the next few weeks for the arrival of the most impressive chariot in Middle-earth™, and each one comes with either a driver or the option of an Iron Hills Captain to command it.

Forge World: Massive The Hobbit - Iron Hills Dwarf Chariot

Victrix: New Modular Plastic Gallic Cavalry Previewed

Victrix: 1st Gallic cavalry render, multiple head & arm options, round/oval shields, 4 horned saddle. More images in due course.

Warlord Games: Wheels of Steel Tank Discount Last Week

Warlord Games' Wheels of Steel Tank discount is ending soon!

Friday, April 28, 2017

Fenris Games: Stocking Bronze Age, Darkling Minis and Forge of Ice Miniatures

Fenris Games: Now Salute's done & dusted and the workshop's approaching a clear floor again, I've had chance to list almost 300 "new" minis in the webshop. The entire Bronze Age and Forge of Ice ranges are now available via the Fenris website - and I'll be adding Darkling Minis (Chaos Dwergs, spelltoads) to the shop soonish, too. Small stock of a variety of them, but mostly these will be a rolling pre-order (similar to what Tim at Miniature Heroes does with Reaper, et al) on the 1st of each month, allowing you to avoid import duties and Royal Mail handling fees. Random assortment of pics follows; all listings are in the 28mm minis section of the website.

Warlord Games: New Konflikt '47 Tanks and Infantry Previewed

Warlord Games previewed this Konflikt '47 Tanks and Infantry.

Megalith Games: Godslayer Banebrood Fomorian Baleking

Megalith Games previewed this Godslayer Fomorian Baleking.

Modiphius Entertainment: Fallout: Wasteland Warfare Tabletop Miniatures Game

Modiphius Entertainment: London - England (April 26, 2017): Modiphius Entertainment, publisher of the Star Trek Adventures, Achtung! Cthulhu, Mutant Chronicles, Conan, Infinity and John Carter of Mars roleplaying games, is thrilled to announce today that Fallout: Wasteland Warfare, the first tabletop miniatures game based on the Fallout universe, is currently in development and is set to release November 2017.

In Fallout: Wasteland Warfare, players will build their own crew from a wide range of factions, allies and iconic characters from the Fallout series, and play in apocalyptic games of 3 - 30 high quality 32mm scale resin miniatures through a huge variety of iconic scenery and settlement buildings, from the Red Rocket to Sanctuary Hills, Nuka- Cola vending machines and wrecked vehicles. Settlements will include buildings, defenses and resources that impact the crew’s army list and abilities in the wasteland.

Fallout: Wasteland Warfare will include an entire narrative campaign arc as well as unique random missions with narrative-style objectives, and Crew Caps recovered in missions can be used to improve the crew’s perks, weapons, gear, and upgrades for the next encounter. In either Player vs. Player, or Tournament mode, players will try to survive the tabletop wasteland.

The game will also come with a customizable solo-play AI deck to control enemies that play to their strengths and replicate a faction’s tactics while attempting a narrative mission or perfecting settlement-building strategy. Players can also team up with a friend to defend a larger settlement or explore narrative missions in cooperative games against AI forces or the post-apocalyptic dangers of the wasteland. Organized Play packs will be available at launch to retail stores, organizers and gaming groups. Fallout: Wasteland Warfare will be available for pre-order in the summer. 

TerraCutter: Fantasy, Historical and Science Fiction Wargame Miniature Scenery

TerraCutter: On the website you will find a variety of terrain options for different board games (Infinity, Warhammer40k, Malifaux and other). Over time, the range will increase. We also have a section with different accessories. Rulers, markers, boxes for miniatures and other.

Armorcast: New Scifi Tech Walk System Released

Armorcast: Armorcast's Tech Walk system allows for fast pace tactical combat in a dark futuristic setting and takes your skirmishes into the third dimension! 

Designed for infantry and other figures on 32 mm or smaller bases, this multi-level system offers advantages for snipers, and other infantry specialists to get the drop on other units. It makes a great play space for gang type games with capture the flag and hold the high ground scenarios. It is structurally very sound and steady and packs into a smallish box when done. The gritty details of a worn, rusted and combat damaged fire base are sculpted into the design. 

It works well with games like Osprey's Scrappers, Megacon’s MERCS 2.0, Games Workshop’s Shadow War Armageddon, Corvis Belli’s Infinity, Games Workshop’s Warhammer 40K, and other futuristic small squad games. Individual pieces can be used to form piers and outlooks on the short, and pedestrian walkways over major roads. It works well with Armorcast’s Tech Canals, Gothtech Structures, Overhead Pipeline and Modular Refinery. All walkways are modular, interchangable and (with the tiniest bit of effort) easily adaptable to other buildings kits. The components are designed to be sturdy and easy to assemble, as well as featuring a modular set-up. No more flimsy cardboard, fiddly plastic connector clips, and parts cut from wood by-products that when painted show off woodgrain textures when the model is supposed to represent steel or concrete! There will be three waves. The first two will be from the original collection, while the third wave will have new designs to expand the set.

ACTW003 – 3" Tall Small Platform with Ramp – $21.00 USD
ACTW006 – 3" Tall Medium Platform #1 – 2 Entrance Points – $15.00 USD
ACTW007 – 3" Tall Medium Platform #2 – 3 Entrance Points – $15.00 USD
ACTW008 – 3" Tall Large Hex Platform – $25.00 USD
ACTW009 – 6" Tall Small Platforms w/ Two Ramp Set – $35.00 USD
ACTW011 – 6" Tall Medium Platform #2 – 3 Entrance Points – $17.50 USD
ACTW012 – 6" Tall Large Hex Platform – $32.00 USD
ACTW015 – 9" Tall Medium Platform #2 – 3 Entrance Points – $20.00 USD
ACTW016 – 9" Tall Large Hex Platform – $35.00 USD
ACTW017 – Catwalks/Ramps (2 Sections) – $15.00 USD
ACTW018 – 3" Tall Tech Walk Columns (2) – $15.00 USD
ACTW023 – Novamerican Elevated Fire Base – $25.00 USD

Second Wave will feature boxed sets (pictured above) as well as the remaining classic designs. Third Wave will feature components to make the platforms and catwalks have a post-Apoc shantytown look to it. Hastily erected walls and shed roofs will be the theme. Also, take advantage of Armorcast's free shipping for orders over $200.00 USD worldwide!

Thursday, April 27, 2017

The Terrain Shed: New Fun Fair Attractions Released

The Terrain Shed released these 28mm scaled lasercut wooden fair attractions. A range of rides and stalls that you would find at any fun fair in any era, from Victorian Horror through the age of Superheroes and into a Post Apocalyptic world.

Zealot Miniatures: Twisted Catacombs - Dungeon Scenery Djinn Contest!

Zealot Miniatures: Dungeon Scenery store release tomorrow! Check our facebook for a change to Win the Djinn - Check the Kickstarter here

Wayland Games: Venture Into The Skies - Age of Sigmar Kharadron Overlords Steampunk Air Pirates Discounted

Wayland Games discounted the new Age of Sigmar Kharadron Overlords, venture into the new world of Warhammer with these dreaded steampunk air pirates. Check these miniatures here

Wayland Games: Venture Into The Skies - Age of Sigmar Kharadron Overlords Steampunk Air Pirates Discounted

Wayland Games: Venture Into The Skies - Age of Sigmar Kharadron Overlords Steampunk Air Pirates Discounted

Wayland Games: Venture Into The Skies - Age of Sigmar Kharadron Overlords Steampunk Air Pirates Discounted

Fireforge Games: New Plastic Byzantine Infantry Previewed!

Fireforge Games previewed the prototype miniature for their upcoming plastic modular Byzantine Infantry boxed set at Salute this weekend. The detail on this miniature looks superb looking at the pictures. These miniatures might prove very popular for historical and fantasy games.

Fireforge Games: New Plastic Byzantine Infantry Previewed!

The Drowned Earth: Raptor Mounted Nix and Templates Unlocked - Zokal Huntress Preview

The Drowned Earth: We officially have Nix on a Raptor, and now some rather spiffy templates! Don't forget to update your pledge if you want these! Nix is an additional £18, while these templates are £11 for the set of three. James also previewed some artwork on which a new character will be based the fearless huntress Zokal. Check the Kickstarter here and shape The Drowned Earth

The Big Wargame Convention Salute 2017 Picture Report

Today is the day - Salute 2017, the largest wargame convention in Europe takes place at the Excel Centre in London. As part of our annual real-time coverage of this great event organized by The South London Warlords, we have been busy gathering pictures from different sources (you could be one of them) to show you the great variety of display and demonstration games along with pictures of new miniatures releases and announcement of upcoming games or rules.

Also loads of pictures here at the @wnt_news Twitter

We will be constantly updated the list below (today and tomorrow) so if you to be linked to your own pictures or want to share another great source filled with pictures, send us a link in comments or through the contact widget. So it begins The Big Wargame Convention Salute 2017 Picture Report by Wargame News and Terrain, your daily source for the latest wargame news, tutorials and reviews!

The Salute 2017 Build Up and Trade Stands

- Warploque Miniatures Trade Stand Click here
- Twisted Pinnacle Games Loads of Reaper Bones, Ral Partha and More Click here
- Second Thunder Trade Stand Build-Up Click here
- Curteys Miniatures Full Salute Van Click here
- Great Escape Games and Bad Squiddo Games on the Road to Salute Click here
- BigRedBat To the Strongest! Battle of Raphia Game Click here
- Perry Miniatures playing their new TravelBattle miniature game Click here
- Mierce Miniatures Darklands Game Byzantii Temple Scenery Click here
- Oshiro Model Terrain - Work-In-Progress Japanese Siege Tower Click here
- The Famous Salute Entrance Queue Click here
- Pedion Terrain Trade Stand Video Click here
- Salute Goodie Bag Content Click here
- Casemate UK Trade Stand Click here
- Gaming Books UK Trade Stand Click here
- TTCombat Terrain Trade Stand Click here
- Mierce Miniatures Trade Stand Click here Click here
- Deep-Cut Studios Trade Stand Click here
- Anvil Industry Trade Stand Click here
- DMB Games Trade Stand Click here
- Siege Studios Painting Studio Display Click here
- The Famous Salute Golden Tickets! Click here
- Salute Promotion Miniature Click here
- Black Scorpion Painted Miniatures Display Click here
- Spectre Miniatures Display Cabinet - Modern Warfare Click here
- Gringo40s Display Cabinet (Aztecs) Click here
- Oathsworn Miniatures Display Cabinet Click here

Salute 2017 Discounts and Promotions

- Warlord Games Online Webshop Salute Deals Click here
- Amera Plastic Mouldings Free UK Postage Click here
- Statuesque Miniatures Free Postage Click here
- Salute 2017 - Discounts and Pre-Orders summary (some still ongoing!) Click here

Display and Demonstration Games

- Andym Lead Adventure Forum Game Pictures Click here
- Legatus' Wargames Armies Salute Report Click here
- Big Lee's Miniature Adventure Salute Report Click here
- Wargaming Girl Salute Report Click here
- 28mm Victorian Warfare Blog Salute Report Click here
- BigRedBat Ventures Raphia Miniature Battle Click here
- Pictures of loads of Games and Terrain Boards by Eric Click here
- Pictures on the DakkaDakka Forum Click here
- Too Fat Lardies Sharpe's Practice Demonstration Game Click here
- Impressive Star Wars X-Wing Scariff Demonstration Game Click here
- Hawk Wargames Dropfleet Commander SciFi Mothership Click here
- Crusades Versus Fellow Christians Lion Rampant Game Click here
- Malifaux Demonstration Games Click here
- Gaslands Post Apocalyptic Demonstration Game Click here
- Second Thunder Open Combat Battlepit Demonstration Board Click here
- TTCombat Rumble Slam Demonstration Game Click here
- Oshiro Model Terrain Tenshu Fort Click here
- Jurassic Park Miniature Game Table Click here
- The Drowned Earth Demonstration Game Click here
- Warhammer Horus Heresy Game Click here Click here
- Mantic Games The Walking Dead Display Game Click here
- Mierce Miniatures Darklands Demonstration Game Click here
- Napoleonic Battle Game Hex Game Board Click here
- The Drowned Earth Jungle Demonstration Game Click here
- World War One Miniature Game Click here
- Plastic Soldier Company Battle of Britain Game Click here
- Freebooters' Fate Miniature Game Click here
- 6mm Wargame Klisow 1706 - By Wyre W'gamrs Click here
- Libya 1941 - Battlegroup Tobruk Game Click here
- Spartan Games Halo Ground Command Miniature Game Click here
- Oshiro Model Terrain Japanese Castle and Game Table Click here
- Warlord Games Doctor Who Exterminate! Miniature Game Click here
- Fort Mosquito (Nye Sverige), by Dalauppror Pikeman's Lament Rules Click here
- Fenris Descending, by Maidstone Wargames Society Click here

New Salute 2017 Previews, Miniatures, Games and Scenery (loads of plastic kits!)

- Warlord Games Plastic Crimean War Russian Infantry Click here
- Fireforge Games Plastic Byzantine Infantry Preview Click here
- Perry Miniatures Upcoming Plastic Zulu Warriors Preview Click here
- Perry Miniatures Plastic Anglo-Zulu War Infantry Click here
- Warlord Games New Napoleonic British Royal Horse Artillery Click here
- Warlord Games Upcoming beyond the Gates of Antares Ghar Click here
- Warlord Games Upcoming Doctor Who Cybermen Tomb and More Scenery Click here
- Warlord Games Plastic Paratroopers and Vehicles Click here
- Warlord Games Plastic Napoleonic British Heavy Cavalry Click Here
- Warlord Games Plastic Dalek and Cybermen and Metal Henchmen Click here
- Agema Miniatures Carthaginian Infantry and Elephants Click here
- White Dragon Miniatures SciFi Walkers and Scenery Click here
- Warlord Games Upcoming Konflikt '47 Tanks Preview Click here
- Perry Miniatures Upcoming French Chasseur à Cheval Miniatures Click here
- 4Ground Fabled Realms Fantasy Game Miniatures Click here
- Northstar Miniatures New Plastic Fantasy Dwarves and Orcs Click here
- Northstar Miniatures Plastic Frostgrave Ghost Archipelago Heritor Crew Click here
- World Forge Games New Reapers Revenge Post-Apoc Vehicles Click here
- Hysterical Games Weird World War One Snail Cavalry Click here
- New Beyond the Gates of Antares Plastic Freeborn Forces Click here
- Perry Miniatures TravelBattle Game Click here
- Fireforge Games New Scandinavian Medieval Infantry Click here
- Modiphius Entertainment Official Fallout Wasteland Warfare Miniature Game Click here
- Mantic Games Show Exclusive The Walking Dead Lee and Clementine Click here
- Northstar Miniatures and Osprey Games Plastic Fantasy Dwarves Click here
- 4Ground Fabled Realms Fantasy Druggoi and Eightfold Miniatures Click here
- Oathsworn Miniatures New Fantasy Terrain Post-Kickstarter Click here
- Fenris Games and Forge of Ice Resin Queen and Princess of Zor-Al Click here
- Mantic Games The Walking Dead Lee and Clementine Click here
- Shieldwall Miniatures New Dark Age Archers Click here
- Renedra New Plastic Breached Castle Walls Click here
- Dice Mechanic Games 20mm A.I. Road Drone Click here
- Pedion Terrain Winter Demonstration Game Click here
- Steamforged Games Dark Souls Boardgame Miniatures Click here
- Oshiro Terrain Wargame Modern and Science Fiction Scatter Terrain Click here
- The Drowned Earth Ulaya Jungle Demonstration Table Click here
- Spectre Miniatures New Modern Warfare Razer Buggy Click here
- Gripping Beast Swordpoint Classical Armies Book Click here
- Eureka Miniatures New Dirty Thirties Post-Apocalyptic Vehicles Click here
- Warlord Games Doctor Who Exterminate! Miniature Game Click here
- Gripping Beast Miniatures New Plastic Dark Age Archers Click here
- Wargames Terrain  Workshop New Wingless Oriental Dragon Click here
- Warploque Miniatures New Arcworlde Heroes of The Hobbleshire Click here
- 4Ground Fabled Realms Fantasy Miniature Renders! Click here
- Bad Squiddo Games New Dark Age Zombies Click here
- Empress Miniatures New 28mm Submarine Click here
- Iron Duke Miniatures and Empress Miniatures New Indian Mutiny Cavalry Click here
- Warmonger Miniatures New Kev Adams Mighty Dwarves of Legend Click here
- Renedra Miniatures New Plastic Railings and Stone Walls Click here
- Bad Squiddo Games New Mounted Shieldmaidens Click here
- Fireforge Games New Burn and Loot Wrath of the Northmen Expansion Click here
- Bad Squiddo Games New Angry Female Villagers Click here
- Gripping Beast New Saga Character Miniatures Click here
- Perry Miniatures New Ango-Zulu War Plastic British Infantry Click here
- Bad Squiddo Games New Goddess Athena Miniature Click here

More coming very soon!

Our own coverage starting from the build up to Salute showing the discounts, new releases and other cool information (including online discounts!) can easily be found below. Note that this an extensive list with loads of posts so if you reach the bottom of the posts after clicking make sure to click older posts and repeat untill you're tired or at the end!

The latest Salute 2017 convention News and Deals here

You can find our previous The Big Wargame Convention Salute Picture Reports covering the previous three years here. We hope all links are still working as we mostly directly link to the source to give our sources credit for picturing this great event.

- The Big Wargame Convention Salute 2014 Picture Report Click here
- The Big Wargame Convention Salute 2015 Picture Report Click here
- The Big Wargame Convention Salute 2016 Picture Report Click here

You can help us with your news/link and we will add you to our growing list! Feel free to link to this most complete Salute 2017 overview on your social media, Reddit, website or blog!

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

The Scene: New Dungeon Fantasy Demon Columns

The Scene released these new 28mm fantasy Demon Columns.

Victoria Miniatures: New Hexenheim Storm Troopers

Victoria Miniatures released these Hexenheim Storm Troopers.

Newline Designs: New Fantasy Outland Miniature Range

Newline Designs: Outland fantasy miniatures range is available from Newline Designs. Witch Cult mounted and foot figures, Beastmen, Cyclops, Dwarves, and other figures. Also soon to be added to the range: Flatland barbarian bison riders.

Black Hussar: New 28mm Napoleonic Saxon Light Cavalry

Black Hussar released these Napoleonic Saxon Light Cavalry figures.