Archive | December, 2013

Wishing you all, a festive Yuletide and a prosperous New Year!

26 Dec
Merry Chrimbo!

Merry Chrimbo! (Photo credit: miss.libertine)

I’d just like to take a moment out of my festivities, to wish you all out there a great Xmas/Yule/whatever the hell you celebrate it as!, and a great new year!

Sure, things aren’t great for many of us economically, nor can it be said that things aren’t really tough for the many who have experienced recent bad weather and loss of power, but for the rest of us I think that we have had this season pretty ok.

I do hope that for all of us, were going to have a renewal in 2014 and things for everyone do get better than these previous few years, a chance for new opportunities and prosperity.

We can all hope, can’t we!

Merry Chrimbo everyone!!

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Crowdfunding Preview: Achtung! Cthulhu Skirmish game KS from Spartan Games!

22 Dec

For those who aren’t familiar, Achtung! Cthulhu is  the WW2 era combined with the mythos of HP Lovecraft and his contemparies. Up till now it’s been focused on the RPG side of things, but news is 2014 will see the release of the skirmish version of the popular setting.

I am a big fan of anything mythos, but not so keen on WW2 stuff, but this might change my mind about that. What is clear, is that there are a few great looking mini’s there and no doubt there will be some great opportunities to use some other companies 28mm WW2/WeirdW2/Cthulhu stuff to add more options to the mix! Hey, there’s probably loads of scifi and fantasy stuff that’d be good too, at this rate I’ll be a convert to the elder gods!

check out the Ronald Macdonalds in the Chapman Brothers instalation, why so many clowns…

I can imagine tabletop scenes not unlike the ones made by the renown art duo, the Chapman brothers, whose massive dioramas of WW2 carnage and evil, wouldn’t seem too out of place for the premise of the game, just with added tentacles and gribblies for that extra dimension of “urgh”! I fear that the 28mm wargamer in me is going to resurface if things keep up like this!

This could be a hit for 2014, watch this space. The stars may be right.

Achtung! Cthulhu | Spartan Games.

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Crowdfunding Spotlight: Magmod Scenics’ Fortified Farmstead Kickstarter

21 Dec

I do like terrain and scenics for wargaming possibly more than any other aspect of wargaming, and I can really appreciate a good set piece on the gaming table like this KS from Magmod Scenics, their fortified dark age farmstead, thats running right now.

Things like this make me want to create whole new projects around these lovely looking resin terrain bits and accessories. Even so they are really designed to be used for historical gaming, I can’t help but think there’s a whole lot of potential other than that in other genres. My Oggum would be right at home with these buildings, how they are back to basics and made from the oggam staple of bricks, sticks and straw!

Also, what I like about this is the various accessory add ons, which will add more interest on the table, and again be very useful in a plethora of other games. This is Magmod Scenics first kickstarter offering, and personally I think they are on for a winner, with some nice options for snap on magnetic parts for damaged and burnt rooftops and haybails, providing the project hits their stretchgoals (although it’s not clear what these are exactly)

Nice stuff for their maiden effort, I do hope that Magmod are a name that we’ll come to know well for their scenics in the future. Good luck guys!

If they look like something you’d like your Celts or Romans fighting over, check out the project page for a closer look!

The Fortified Farmstead by Magmod Scenics — Kickstarter.

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Crowdfunding Spotlight: GamerGauge Kickstarter

19 Dec

I wanted to point out this KS, as I know there’ll be loads of you out there that this is going to interest.

This is the GamerGuage, a distance measuring system for wargaming that gets rid of the reliance for using the tape measure most of the time. The key to this, is the whole simplicity of it, reminding me of the measuring sticks that were used yesteryear, all be it on a smaller (inch) scale. Whilst not entirely groundbreaking, it is perfect for those smaller tight in encounters, where a tape measure is just a lot of faff!

You know there’s a lot of talk that Kickstarter is dragging it’s feet now, and that it’s become no more than a glorified pre-order system, but I don’t think that’s true at all.

Indeed there are some utterly atrocious and just plain bad stuff on there, just a good look under the surface of the dross, there indeed is plenty of gems still there. You just have to look.

Check out the project page to see if you’d like to get in on the act!

GamerGauge Tabletop Wargaming Measuring Device by Ryan Keller — Kickstarter.

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Crowdfunding Spotlight: TTCombat Snappy Stencils Kickstarter

18 Dec

I thought I’d point out this quite novel set of stencils from over on Kickstarter, the TT Combat snappy airbrush stencils.

An airbrush is something I’ve been lacking for a while now, with the old one given up the ghost a long time ago, but I haven’t got round to getting a replacement, but with the looks of this selection, I may have to put my hand in my pocket and root around for some cash!

Even so there are plenty of alternatives on the market, I like these, they look pretty robust and have good reuse value, my only gripe is I personally would like to see more terrain patterned ones (small and large) to help put a tad more detail on plain buildings or floors. I’m sure that’ll be in the future all being well, and those partaking in the project will be happy to make do with the 15 on offer!

They have already smashed past the meagre £1000 original target, so it’s a sure thing if you want to become a backer. To take part in the project and get yourself some, get on over to the KS page and pledge!

TTCombat Presents – Snappy Stencils by Jason Beckerleg — Kickstarter.

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