Monday, October 23, 2017

Alternative Armies: Mischief of Rats Scurrying Out Now!

Alternative Armies: I don't know about you but I loath Rats...really...I do...yuch..the squeaks and the scampering and the genetic memory of disease and plague.  Luckily the FL29 Mischief of Rats white metal miniatures will not spread illness but fun.  Now on the Alternative Armies website is a value pack of Rats in two poses.  Excellent value and great for many settings and uses.  Plus a multitude with 25% off if you buy 100! Click through for more.  Thanks. GBS

Northstar Miniatures: Frostgrave: Ghost Archipelago Plastic Crew Miniatures Released

Northstar Miniatures released their Ghost Archipelago Crew Miniatures. There is no shortage of trained seamen who will happily sign-on to a Heritor’s expedition to the Ghost Archipelago. The lure of wealth and adventure make it a much more desirable billet than working on a merchantman, and, compared to piracy, it is a legal, if no less dangerous, occupation. More difficult to recruit are the specialist fighters whose skills may prove vital when exploring the Lost Isles. These men and women require large retainers and demand their own cabins when they can be convinced to join an expedition. Twenty plastic crewmen for Ghost Archipelago. Each plastic frame has multiple weapon choices for you to design unique crew to accompany your Heritor and Warden into the Ghost Archipelago. 28mm sized plastic figures, unpainted and require assembly using glue.

Pen and Sword: Battlefields in Miniature - Making Realistic and Effective Terrain for Wargames

Pen and Sword: Like a good general, a good wargamer should have an eye for the ground. Just as the nature of the battlefield plays a central role in real warfare, so miniature wargames are greatly enhanced by realistic terrain. Besides, when you've spent hundreds of hours collecting and painting your miniature armies, they surely deserve ground worth fighting for. 

Master terrain modeller Paul Davies takes the reader through the process of creating a visually appealing yet practical terrain system. First the techniques of making the basic landscape are explained, then a series of projects show how this can be adapted to suit different periods or geographic locations (eg European farmland or Sudanese desert). There are then detailed chapters on adding vegetation, buildings, roadways, trench systems etc. The clear, step-by-step instructions are clearly illustrated by numerous specially-taken photographs of the work in progress and Paul's inspirational finished pieces. Available at Pen and Sword Books here

Sunday, October 22, 2017

Wyrd Miniatures: New The Other Side Miniatures Previewed

Wyrd Miniatures: The Other Side is a cinematic wargame by Wyrd Miniatures that combines streamlined rules with the tough, tactical decisions and ruthless combat that are a staple of modern miniature gaming. Players take control of a company of troops ranging from powerful commanders to massive titans to rank and file squads. The Other Side miniatures come preassembled, which means you can go directly from the box to the table.

Breaking! Perry Miniatures: New Plastic Chasseurs a Cheval ‘3 ups’ Preview

Perry Miniatures: Alan has been finishing off the ‘3 up’ command for the plastic Chasseurs a Cheval so he thought it would be a good time to show what the whole set will look like. The set will allow you to build a unit in campaign and full dress and includes the Kinski (single-breasted) coat for the 1808-12 period (although it was probably used after this period) and the Spencer coat for 1812-15 for all the figures. Full dress breeches (sometimes worn on campaign) and buttoned overalls are also included for all. There is no release date on these as yet.

Element Games: New Corvus Belli Aristeia! Tabletop Miniatures Sports Game

Element Games launched the discounted pre-order for the new Corvus Belli Aristeia! Sports Miniature Game Core Box! Check for information below and grab your own copy here

Aristeia! is the new sports game by Corvus Belli, a MOBA-style tabletop game that allows two players to take the role of competition team managers in the greatest visual show of the Human Sphere. You don’t need anything other than the Aristeia! Core Box to enjoy one of the best games on the market, as it contains everything you need to play. Every three months Corvus Belli will release an expansion pack that will include four new characters to add fun to the table. The expansions are independent from each other, so you don’t need all of them to play! 

Aristeia! is the new board game from Corvus Belli, an Infinity spin-off in which two players become the managers of two competition teams for the greatest show in the Human Sphere. Players will face each other in the arena, and will have to plan their actions carefully to win.

so, Is this game independent from infinity? Yes, absolutely independent. Aristeia! is a board game, not a miniature wargame, and has been designed from scratch as a parallel product. Although it’s still in the Infinity universe, this new board game is not compatible with the acclaimed metal miniature wargame. Which is the Release date? The expected release date is late 2017. Those who come and visit us at Gen Con, Essen or the Interplanetary will have the opportunity to try the game in our demonstration tables.

Fogou Models: Limited Time 28mm Scifi/Post Apocalyptic Town Offer

Fogou Models: Fogou Models are proud to present a package deal that allows you to start a new offworld colony or Mad Max guzzoline stop. The deal includes four 28mm scale shanty town shacks perfect for post apocalyptic, Sci Fi or Modern wargames, and five barricades providing hard cover for all road warriors and greenskinned speed freaks. The buildings have been designed to be characterfully ramshackle, but generic enough that they can be used for games from Fallout through to Necromunda.

Saturday, October 21, 2017

Micro Art Studio: Hard Foam Outpost Warehouse and Resin Outpost Ruins Reviewed!

Today we will be reviewing the Micro Art Studio's impressing Hard Foam Outpost Warehouse and Resin Outpost Ruins! Read on and discover this cool industrial science fiction wargame scenery.

Micro Art Studio is a wargame miniature and scenery company based in Poland, originally founded as a miniature and model hobby collective. Through the years they have grown exponentially currently employing 16 talented hobbyists, sculptors and designers. They offer an extensive range of resin, hard foam and high density fiberboard scenery sets but also miniature bases, markers, tokens, templates, Wolsung, fantasy, science fiction miniatures and other. Micro Art Studio is also an official partner for Corvus Belli's hugely popular Infinity science fiction miniature skirmish game for which they supply high quality terrain and accessories. Another important moment in company's history was when in 2008 Micro Art Studio signed a contract with Colin Smythe Ltd - agent of Sir Terry Pratchett; from that moment company started production of 30mm miniatures of Discworld characters and busts.

The Outpost Warehouse

Unlike most other hard foam scenery pieces sold by Micro Art Studio, the massive Outpost Warehouse comes in three large hard foam pieces and lasercut wooden connecting parts. The sample that I received was already constructed but if you would buy this model it would be supplied as a kit. The hard foam material from which this impressing piece is made is certainly worth explaining.

The massive Outpost Warehouse is made out of this Micro Art Studio's polyurethane foam. The first big advantage is the possibility to produce large structures such as the Outpost Warehouse at very affordable prices, similar structures in resin would be very expensive as you can probably guess if you ever bought large resin scenery pieces before. Next to this these pieces are also very lightweight allowing easy storage and transportation to your favorite gaming venue. Although these scenery pieces are lightweight they are certainly not flimsy as they are more durable than resin scenery. This hard foam scenery doesn't break when it falls, it simply absorbs the impact and you can only witness some minor damage to the surface! In my opinion this material only offers advantages.

As mentionned before my kit was supplied assembled and on opening the box I was very impressed by the sheer size of the structure. This building is just massive, almost filling a table on its own as a cool objective or to simple enhance the look of your science fiction battlefield. During the Kickstarter and retail sales of this building, it will be sold as a kit in three hard foam pieces and several lasercut wooden connection clamps which must be glued between the three hard foam parts. Although I haven't assembled the piece myself, I think I must be quite straight-forward. In the picture below you can see the three hard foam pieces.

The overall quality and detail of this piece is good as you can see in the pictures but as reflected in the very affordable price, some details may be missing due to airbubbles/ warping and some of the details are slightly dented or damaged. The above mentionned issues are however minor and don't distract from the overall look of the painted structures on the tabletop. Also when the piece arrived, it was covered in dust from the production process so I would recommend cleaning these with a large brush before starting to paint them. In the pictures below, you can see the details of the Outpost Warehouse as it was supplied. As mentionned above some airbubbles and minor damage is present on the structure but when seen from a more acceptable distance and painted it will certainly look more splendid than in close detail and unpainted state.

Micro Art Studio Painting Tips - As this building is made of hard foam, you can experience possible difficulties with using spray cans in the worst case these can melt the foam. To avoid damage to the detail and surface you can better check if your paint is compatible with the foam by spraying a small part of the bottom side and check the result. Micro Art Studio also heartily recommend that this kind of hard foam scenery absolutely needs a good basecoat.

The Outpost Ruins

The Outpost Ruins are made from high-quality durable resin and are supplied as a kit with a wooden base. For this review I have received the most important part of the kits being the highly-detailled resin science fiction ruins of several destroyed Outpost Barracks without the base plates. The intact Outpost Barracks will also be available although in their light-weight hard foam material. The quality of the casting is very good and I noticed only one airbubble on all of the supplied pieces. As you can see in the following pictures, these pieces are very detailled and also usable as loose scatter terrain.

The ruins are quite generic and consist out of a concrete shell with metal supports, heavily battered by explosive and gunfire. The interior of the ruined barracks have some nice pipe and rubble features. I can easily see these pieces being used in science fiction games such as Warhammer 40K, Infinity and other popular wargames as they don't feature recognisable icons and signs binding them to one setting. These pieces are scaled for heroic sized miniatures but can also be used for smaller miniatures see the 28mm regular sized miniature in the pictures below.

The Conclusion

The Micro Art Studio scenery pieces as shown above are currently being funded through Kickstarter as part of their succesful Tabletop Battlefields Mk.II campaign. Note that the pieces available through Kickstarter are supplied unassembled and in a different set composition although the quality of the pieces will be on par with the onese reviewed if not even better when the production is fully functional. The reviewed Outpost Warehouse is the largest wargame scenery piece I have personally encountered in my years of wargaming and I was pleasantly surprised by the quality and design of this impressive structure. The massive Outpost Warehouse will be sold as a kit and is currently sold for €45 through Kickstarter, the future retail price will be €60. The reviewed Outpost Ruins are probably the more useful pieces for every wargamer who plays science fiction wargames and can also be used on smaller wargame battlefields as either ruined buildings or loose scatter terrain. The set of three Outpost Ruins is available through Kickstarter although the retail price is still being worked upon.

Although I have received these pieces as review samples, I can say that the quality and certainly the bulk of the massive Outpost Warehouse is certainly worth the asking price through Kickstarter. Not sure if I would pay the full retail price but luckily you have the Kickstarter allowing you to grab one cheaper! Both of the pieces that I have received are suitable for numerous settings and are both of excellent quality so should you consider buying some science fiction terrain for your table or your club. I would certainly consider checking out the current Micro Art Studio Kickstarter here and grab some of these new pieces at a very good discount. Thanks for checking out Wargame News and Terrain, the daily wargame news blog.

Micro Art Studio - Tabletop Battlefields Mk.II Kickstarter - Wondering what this campaign is about? It's about Micro Art Studio's great Tabletop Battlefields! Some players lack time to create a nice-looking gaming board. Unfortunately sometimes it ends up with playing on random, clumsy terrain - this is where we step in to change it! We created unique sets by mixing a bit of our current products with some new, superb releases! We give you battlefields of the highest quality, where you will fight the most epic battles! Game-ready tabletop board scenery sets are a totally new idea - containing thematical terrain and a playmat available at a decent price! The scenery is made of special polyurethane foam which is well known for its durability. It is easy to glue with cyanoacrylate adhesive and can be primed & painted with almost any coating. Products we create are up to date with current rules of different wargames, therefore playing on them feels natural and easy-going. We are wargamers ourselves, so don't hesitate and put your trust in us! Check the full Kickstarter here

Disclaimer - We received these pieces from Micro Art Studio 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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Friday, October 20, 2017

Warlord Games: Coming Soon - Bolt Action Battle For Berlin Boxed Set Including Miniatures and Scenery

Warlord Games previewed the cover artwork for their new Bolt Action Battle For Berlin Boxed Set containing everything you need to refight the iconic battle for the German capital as either the German Wehrmacht or Russian Red Army.

Might include the following miniatures and scenery but not entirely sure as it wasn't officially announced yet. The scenery was previewed at the Warlord Games Open Day, last weekend.

Pulp Alley: New Pulp Alley: Lost World of Lemuria Expansion Rules Discounted

Pulp Alley: The Lost World of Lemuria is the seventh Pulp Alley book. This is an expansion, not a stand-alone game. To fully use this book, we recommend having our Pulp Alley rulebook and Pulp Leagues.

The Lost World of Lemuria was inspired by some of our favorite lost world classics. Our goal is to provide a challenging and fun setting for your own thrilling lost-world adventures. All eleven scenarios may be played by 1 to 4 players, and are designed to be played solo, cooperative, or versus other players. Full campaign rules included. Grab your own discounted copy here

The Ion Age: On Offer the Steornede Battlesuit

The Ion Age: On one code from our range The Ion Age takes 20% off for the whole month. This October 2017 it is the weapons platform battlesuit IAF072 Steornede Battlesuit both variants designed by Sam Croes. It is a great looking infantry sized vehicle for a single pilot and supports your Planetary Militia forces. This article shows you more and features a short tale of two brothers which carries on from the fall of Camarthen Prime. Check the article here Enjoy! GBS

Northstar Miniatures: Bob Murch Frostgrave Thug Brothers

Pulp Figures: Another of my slightly off-centre contributions to Northstar's Frostgrave Miniature Range. The miniatures are named The Dongo Brothers - Mongo, Pongo and Pongo!

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Gamecraft Miniatures: New 48 Hour Flash Sale Launched

Gamecraft Miniatures: 48 Hour Flash Sale - Starting now and ending Friday night, take 10% off everything store-wide. When you check out, please use the coupon code 48HOUR to receive the discount. Coupon cannot be combined with other discounts or coupon codes.

Fireforge Games: New Resin Pavise Shields Previewed

Fireforge Games will be releasing the following new Pavise Shields: Small Pavises, Large Pavises and Florentine Pavises. Looking very useful for converting miniatures and building vignettes.

Slug Industries: Streetscape: 20/28mm Bocage Hedgerow Scenery Set Kickstarter

Slug Industries launched their new Streetscape: 20/28mm Bocage Hedgerow Scenery Set Kickstarter to fund the production of their brand new resin miniature bocage hedgerows! Check the Kickstarter here

As an avid gamer I'm always looking for a product to suit my rather fussy needs, and if I can't find it I make it and then share it with you. I've been looking around for a sturdy bocage set for some time. Usually they're quite delicate and shed flock each and every time you use them. As a solution I've made these solid resin ones, they can be painted as they come out of the box or better still be undercoated and flocked with the custom mixes supplied.

This set has been designed for both 20mm and 28mm scales, it's huge for 20mm and sizeable for the latter. The only not perfectly suitable cross scale piece is the gate piece, if you're pledging for 20mm you can swap this out for a similar sized medium piece. Here's a 28mm Hetzer next to a long piece, with some figures hiding. Here's a 20mm T-34 next to a short piece. Even a 20mm Elefant sits lower than a long piece.

There's sixteen pieces to each set, with no repeated pieces, consisting of three long, three medium (including a gate piece), four small, a pair of 45 degree turns, a pair of ninety degree turns, a ninety degree junction and a Y-junction. In total approximately 2.44 metres (8 foot) long.

Alternative Armies: 15mm Resin Bastion Walls Released

Alternative Armies: Now at Alternative Armies and great for 15mm systems such as HOTT, DBA and Furioso the re-mastered into resin HOT60 Bastion Wall.  Twelve walls to the pack each of 40mm frontage for a total of 480mm (19.2 Inches) of wall per pack.  Strongholds or enclosed fields it is your choice.  Click through for more.  Thanks!  GBS

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Tiny Battle Publishing: Rifles in the Ardennes Solitaire Boardgame

Tiny Battle Publishing: "You ask, what is our aim? I can answer in one word. It is victory. Victory at all costs. Victory in spite of all terrors. Victory, however long and hard the road may be, for without victory there is no survival.”  - Winston Churchill

The quiet, frosted hills painted with ancient woods which characterized the Belgian Ardennes were rattled and thundered to life as they became the setting for one of the most renowned battles in all of history. Rifles in the Ardennes recreates the tense action that characterized Ardennes in a unique single-player format.  Designer and Artist Gottardo Zancani has replaced the literal map typical of World War II games with a stylized track, allowing for endless customization of the battlefield.  

 A simple solitaire system allows the recreation of small combat engagements (five to ten units per side) over a bevy of scenarios. Blind chit draws and die rolls, combined with artfully crafted charts create an impressive “artificial intelligence,” embuing the game with a true fog of war. The rules are generic enough to cover many periods and genres (the World Wars, Classical Battles, Science Fiction, Fantasy, and more), but the units (American, German, and Russian) and scenarios are specific to the European theatre of World War II, focusing on the years 1942-1944. A fast paced and exciting solitaire World War II game, Rifles in the Ardennes offers electrifying combat action in a tiny package. Available here at The Wargame Vault at a nice discount

Cool Mini or Not: New Wrath of Kings Fantasy Characters

Cool Mini or Not released these new Wrath of Kings characters!

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Otherworld Miniatures: New Fantasy Characters Previewed

Otherworld Miniatures previewed these new miniatures.

The Ion Age: Tohlic Crawlers Early Supporter Offers Until 30th October!

The Ion Age: Three different Early Supporter Offers on the mighty 15mm Tohlic Armoured Crawler are here! Get five free Veteran troopers in all three offers, free shipping on two of the offers and choose from one, five or even ten vehicles with greater savings at each level. 

I want to thank everyone for their custom and for their kind words since last week on Michal's first vehicle design. All orders will ship 30th October 2017 worldwide and you get Reward Points on every order (new customers get 100 Points free when they get an account) plus if you are an IonFan with points accumulated you can use them on these offers too. Fantastic! Click through here for more and also see as detailed blog post too. Thanks. GBS