Sunday, March 18, 2018

Fogou Models: The Razorback Shack and Barrow Entrance Scenery Reviewed!

Today we will check out some Fogou Models scenery pieces from their lovely post-apocalyptic, historical and fantasy scenery ranges which feature all sorts of really nicely detailled tabletop miniature terrain pieces. In the following review we will take a closer look at the Razorback Shack and the fantasy Barrow Entrance.

Fogou Models is the new tabletop wargaming venture of owner and creative modeller, Christopher. Fogou Models currently sells both post apocalyptic and fantasy scenery although the latter is also suited for historical settings and other purposes. The terrain range is designed and produced to fit with both 28mm and heroic 28mm miniatures catering for the two most popular wargaming scales currently available on the market. The scenery pieces are cast in Jesmonite, which is a composite of gypsum powder and acrylic resin. This is very strong and can be carved, filled, drilled, sanded as with other resins and plasters. If I'm not mistaken Christopher was also the previous owner of Pardulon Models which sold all kind of neat wargame scenery and miniatures. The Pardulon Models range was recently sold to Crooked Dice Games and looks like Fogou Models is the new creative outlet for the former owner.

The Razorback Shack

Today we will take a look at the lovely The Razorback Shack from their growing post apocalyptic range which features several detailled shacks, scenic pieces such as barrels and junk barricades. The start of this scenery range allows you to build a small post apocalyptic hamlet or desolate space frontier town such as seen in Firefly and Star Wars to name a couple of iconic science fiction universes. As mentionned before this piece is scaled for both 28mm and heroic 28mm miniature ranges.

Looking at the received The Razorback Shack I was really impressed by the design, look and detail of the building. The shack really looks like a hastily made shelter, constructed from all sorts of materials such as corrugated steel sheets, concrete bricks and wood. As you might have noticed the piece is supplied in two pieces, the actual shack and the removable roof easily allowing you to place miniatures inside. The shack is therefor detailled at the exterior and interior allowing you to also use the interior for skirmish wargames and roleplaying adventures.  The mixture of the used textures will make the painting of the building really easy as you can easily drybrush and wash the detailled surfaces. The building is cast in the Jesmonite, a casting material that I hadn't handled before but actually really felt like a mixture between plaster and resin to give you an impression of the feel. Miniature shown in the pictures below is a 28mm sized Games Workshop Lord of The Rings Morannon Orc.

The Barrow Entrance

The other terrain piece I have received is the Barrow Entrance which can easily be used in multiple fantasy and historical settings but can also find its way on the tabletop battlefield serving as a primitive science fiction structure. The fantasy and historical range includes all sorts of natural stone build structures for which the creator used hand casted plaster bricks, sanded to shape to build the original master scenery pieces. Quite a labor intensive work but certainly worth the effort looking at the achieved details. Due to the use of individidual stones, the detail is superb and will again take drybrushing and washing techniques very well along with offering a great surface for practising some weathering techniques.

The Barrow Entrance is build out of these natural looking stones with three large stones forming the actual entrance to an underground structure. This specific piece is actually designed to be modelled into a hill to recreate a burial mound or dungeon entrance and I'm already looking forward in building such a cool scenery piece for my fantasy and historical scenery collection! The piece is also cast in the before mentionned Jesmonite material and comes with almost no visible airbubbles. Miniature shown in the picture below is a 28mm sized Games Workshop Lord of The Rings Morannon Orc.


Whether you're looking to recreate a derelict post apocalyptic hamlet, remote science fiction frontier post or a fantasy village. Fogou Models has scenery pieces that fit each of these tabletop settings with great ease. The overall quality of both the models and the actual casting is superb, while the number of buildings already available allows you to create entire villages without using the same buildings over and over again. So if you're looking for some nice scenery pieces for your tabletop miniature wargames, roleplaying adventures or figure dioramas make sure to check out Fogou Models here

Disclaimer - We received these scenery pieces for reviewing purposes from Fogou Models. 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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Saturday, March 17, 2018

Element Games: New Discounted Warhammer 40K Forgebane Boxed Set Pre-Order

Element Games launched the discounted pre-order for the brand new Games Workshop Warhammer 40K Forgebane boxed set which contains the mighty Adeptus Mechanicus and lethal Necrons.

Across the galaxy a fresh conflict is coming to a head between man and alien – or rather between factions that once laid claim to those terms, but have become entities far stranger and more deadly than beings of flesh and blood. Battle lines are being drawn on Amontep II, a planet rich in the mysterious substance that once held the tides of the warp at bay, and a hundred worlds besides. The Adeptus Mechanicus have become aware of a strange mineral bounty that lies within their domain, and are going to extreme lengths to secure it – but the Necrons who have long slumbered under Amontep II are rising. The stage is set for a war that could define the future of the Great Rift, and perhaps even the Imperium itself…

Forgebane is a great-value boxed set containing 2 armies split across the forces of the Adeptus Mechanicus – cybernetically augmented post-human soldiers of the Machine God – and the Necrons – an ancient, slumbering civilisation of soulless automata whose rousing is changing the face of the galaxy. You can use these miniatures to act out the scenarios described in the Forgebane book – 3 connected missions that recreate the desperate battle for Amontep II – and use them to expand your games of Warhammer 40,000. 

Grab your own discounted copy of the Warhammer 40k: Forgebane Boxed Set here at Element Games and make sure to use our exclusive Wargame News and Terrain TIM940 code at the checkout for double loyality points!

The Ion Age: Celesta Lament An Umpire Driven Patrol Angis Scenario by Vic Dobson

The Ion Age: Celesta Lament is a two player umpire driven scenario for Patrol Angis written by Vic Dobson (he of USEME fame) which sees a powerful force of Prydian Army knights and muster conducting a rearguard action against the alien Shia Khan. 

Things might go very wrong and a mighty Taranis main battle tank may well have a lot to do with it. Click through to download it free. Additionally we have sold out of printed copies of Patrol Angis but more are on the way! Lastly there is a week to run on our Mullo AFV and APC offers buy three get the forth free! The month long special offer is 25% off the Afara Strider light mecha. Thanks and keep on wargaming in the true scale 15mm! GBS

Warlord Games: 15% Off Romans This Weekend Only!

Warlord Games: The mighty legions of Rome - divided into late Republican (Caesarian) Romans clad in chainmail and early Imperial Romans (which, despite the name, came later!), with their distinctive banded armour and rectangular shields. Now 15% off, check them here

Pigeon Guard Games: New Telephone Kiosk, Control Centre Equiment and Village Deals!

Pigeon Guard Games: Pigeon Guard Games are back with two new products and some hot bundle deals to help you escape from the Village.

Telephone Kiosk - You are new in town, the digital age has yet to happen, so no mobile, and you need to make an urgent call. Then head over to the Telephone Kiosk, pick up the high tech cordless phone and press for information, but remember..........local calls only! This mixed media kit will enable you to add some attractive street furniture to your spy- fi layout, As part of the kit you get an additional logo backboard option free, so you can make one of two styles of Phone Kiosk. Telephone Kiosk £5.99

Control Centre Equipment - Super villains have big egos, and for that you need a big chair. To manage a huge evil empire you also need a high tech control console. Luckily this set has both, it also has somewhere for the minions to sit. This mixed media kit will allow you to make an operations centre for your spy- fi layout. The console itself requires very little painting and has various printed sections including the control surfaces like switches, buttons and lights. The resin Globe chair can be positioned at various height levels using the plinths supplied, right up to maximum intimidation level! An mdf base and two resin Tulip chairs are also provided. Control Centre Equipment £11.99

Village Bundle Deal 1

Telephone Kiosk
Control Centre 
actual price £46.96  Deal price £40.00  (saving £6.96) post free

Village Bundle Deal 2

telephone Kiosk
Control Centre
Actual price £21.97 Deal price £17.50 (saving £4.47) post free

Friday, March 16, 2018

Jaye Wiley Design: Fistful of Lead: Galactic Heroes! Kickstarter

Jaye Wiley Design: Rocket engines blaze to life. Lasers light up the formless void. Galactic Empires clash. A lone hero rises up to fight for the resistance. Welcome to the world of Fistful of Lead: Galactic Heroes!  

In Galactic Heroes, or GH for short, you’ll take on the role of a Hero or Villain, leading a scruffy pirate crew looking for adventure, or maybe a troop of faceless soldiers of the Empire in search of bringing order to the galaxy. It’s really up to you! Galactic Heroes allows you to play a small-scale wargame in the far-flung future, a galaxy, far, far away, a grim, dark future 40,000 years from now, or a certain Red Planet where swords and ray guns reign supreme. Whatever you think Sci-Fi looks like, from your favorite Space Opera to gritty Pulp epic.  

Like all the Fistful of Lead games, you’ll only need 5 or 6 miniatures per player. You can play 1-on-1 games or larger skirmishes with up to 6 or 8 players. Galactic Heroes can be played with whatever miniatures you already have in your lead pile.  These rules contain all the information you need to play a game, including rules for building your forces and how to set up the table for different scenarios. Most players will pick up the game mechanics quickly, even people who haven’t played a wargame before. The rules can be learned in a couple of turns, and the fast-paced game play keeps everyone engaged. If you’ve played Fistful of Lead before, a lot of this will be familiar.  

What separates Galactic Heroes from most tabletop miniature games on the market, is the unique card driven turn mechanism. This leads to snap decisions and tense moments where all the players are involved. The play is fast and furious, with a Hollywood flair, while record keeping is kept to a minimum. The original Fistful of Lead has been around for a decade with a small, but loyal fan base. Galactic Heroes expands the line of western gunfight rules into outer space, because what else is a good sci-fi movie other than a western set in space?  Finally! The long awaited, highly anticipated Fistful of Lead: Galactic Heroes has arrived. Check the Kickstarter here

Wayland Games: New Wild West Exodus Buildings Released

Wayland Games and Warcradle Studios released these new Wild West Exodus buildings to support their Wild West Exodus - Weird West Skirmish Game. Grab your new buildings here

Breaking! Fireforge Games: New Plastic Medieval/ Fantasy Infantry Previewed

Fireforge Games previewed another new Medieval/ Fantasy Soldier which will be part of their upcoming Kickstarter. The miniatures are announced to be a fit for their current historical miniatures although the body is slighty more heroic. These will most likely be produced in plastic as their other boxed sets.

As you might have noticed these miniatures have a rather good pseudo historical Game of Thrones Stark faction look! Check our previously posted news showing another soldier render here

Alternative Armies: Flintloque Frontear - The New Worlde Wild West Miniatures and Book Re-Released

Alternative Armies: Brought out of retirement by request of Alternative Armies customers we are delighted to announce that the Frontear range of 28mm miniatures is now on the website on it own page.  

A spin off book and range from Flintloque which spans the entire story of Amerka from the Greate Rebellion to the Alamorque to the Civile Warre and the Wylde West.  Soldiers, Civilians and Characters.  Packs and single miniature choice.  The game book is out of print but we have it now as a paid digital download and at 110 pages it is packed with setting and full rules too at a great price.  Click through for more and have a great weekend.  I am taking two whole days off!  Woo!  GBS

Breaking! Knight Models: New Harry Potter - Miniature Adventure Game and Miniatures Pre-Order Launched

Knight Models launched the new Harry Potter Miniature Adventure Game and miniatures pre-order on their webstore (for selected countries). You can now pre-order the game and more miniatures and get exclusive characters for free. Check the webstore here


Westfalia Fantasy Battles: New Primitive Feral Elves and Bison Minotaur

Westfalia Fantasy Battles is working on some cool primitive Feral Elves and has recently also previewed this rather awesome Bison Minotaur! Think these will be launched through Kickstarter although not sure.

Casting Room Miniatures: 20% Discount Sale Announcement

Casting Room Miniatures launched their 20% off miniature sale!

Crann Tara Miniatures: New Early French Hussars and Chasseur de Fischer Infantry Preview

Crann Tara Miniatures: As the run up to Salute commences the first of the new releases start to appear. The early French hussars get some additional figures with two charging hussars. A Hussar ADC also makes his appearance. The Chasseur de Fischer infantry – skirmishing both line and command are also available to order.

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Northumbrian Tin Soldier: New Fantasy Wyrmfolk Coming at Salute 2018

Northumbrian Tin Soldier: It wouldn't be wip wednesday without one of our greens. Due for release at Salute 2018, this majestic beast is the first of an exciting new range, the Wyrmfolk!

Breaking! Fireforge Games: New Plastic Foot Knights XI-XIIIC. Boxed Set Pre-Order

Fireforge Games: Our Foot Knights are ready! Pre-order them by our webstore. This box contains thirty 28mm multi-part plastic medieval infantry soldiers of the 11th/13th century. You will be able to build up to 15 with long sword and 15 with two handed sword models. Check them here

Breaking! Fireforge Games: New Plastic Foot Knights XI-XIIIC. Boxed Set Pre-Order

Breaking! Fireforge Games: New Plastic Foot Knights XI-XIIIC. Boxed Set Pre-Order

Breaking! Fireforge Games: New Plastic Foot Knights XI-XIIIC. Boxed Set Pre-Order

Breaking! Fireforge Games: New Plastic Foot Knights XI-XIIIC. Boxed Set Pre-Order

Breaking! Fireforge Games: New Plastic Foot Knights XI-XIIIC. Boxed Set Pre-Order

Breaking! Fireforge Games: New Plastic Foot Knights XI-XIIIC. Boxed Set Pre-Order

Breaking! Fireforge Games: New Plastic Foot Knights XI-XIIIC. Boxed Set Pre-Order

Alternative Armies: Rules for Big Mouth Beast in Flintloque Plus Goblin Cavalry on Resin Lizards

Alternative Armies: Chomp!  Players of Flintloque some news for you this day.  A free download of game rules for the Big Mouth Beast in any of your scenarios in Catalucia or the Witchlands.  We also have a price reduction on the great Goblin Heavy Cavalry as they ride on a new resin big lizard and the lizard can be had on its own too.  Click through for the article and enjoy.  Thank you.  GBS

Infinite Dimensions Games: New Gaming Terrain Company Set To Launch 3D Printable Medieval Abbey on Kickstarter

Infinite Dimensions Games: 3D design company, Infinite Dimensions Games, will soon be launching their first Kickstarter campaign to fund the release of a professionally sculpted terrain set entitled Wightwood Abbey.

Wightwood Abbey is a fortified medieval monastery designed to be printed on home 3D printers, a technology rapidly being taken up among hobbyists. Backers of the Kickstarter will receive the digital files necessary to print the models themselves, assemble them (paint them if desired), and then use the prints with any existing tabletop roleplaying game or wargame. The digital files come ready to print at a standard 28mm scale, but it would be a simple matter to size them down and print them at 15mm scale for games that use that format. Infinite Dimensions Games joins a growing number of companies who are producing 3D printable terrain in a time when the industry is beginning to take off. Competition has always been a part of any industry, but the company seems in a good position to do well considering their artistic director, Dawa Fruitman, has over 20 years of professional modelling experience and his business partner, James Binnie, brings with him a wealth of experience both as an entrepreneur and a passionate tabletop gamer.

So what do you get if you help fund Wightwood Abbey? Backers can pledge to receive any one or more buildings of their choice, but it’s a better deal if they pledge for the whole core set. Included in that set is a gatehouse, stables, scriptorium, abbot’s house, church and the fortified walls that enclose the entire monastery. Though all of the buildings have been designed to work together as an overall abbey complex, each piece could be easily be used on its own in a wide variety of settings (steam-punk, the European theatre during WWI/II, or the Napoleonic era come to mind). Additionally, Infinite Dimensions has created a long list of ‘stretch goals’ (such as an apiary, beggar’s hovels, and a smithy) that backers will receive at no additional cost as long as the specific funding objectives are met. All of the core designs as well as the ‘stretch goals’ will be available on the company’s website after all backer pledges have been fulfilled, but those who get in on the Kickstarter will be able to take advantage of special discounts.

The company makes a point of mentioning that they strive to create terrain that is both aesthetically pleasing and which offers superior functionality for gamers. So while each building has removable floors and can be opened up to reveal playable interiors (a common feature in tabletop terrain), special considerations have been introduced such as designing buildings to separate at an appropriate height for internal gaming to be obstruction free, and integrating a peg system which allows for easy separation and reattachment of sections. Overall, Wightwood Abbey introduces an inclusive theme not yet seen in other 3D printable terrain sets and Infinite Dimensions Games seems committed to their promise of quality and creativity. The Kickstarter launches on March 21st, and will run for 30 days. Visit for more details.