31 December 2009
Heres hoping buddy!
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Modelled and painted by James Brown.Text by Blake Coster
T‘was the night before Christmas, when all through the wood
Not a soldier was moving, and none of them should.
Huddled in foxholes, around a small fire,
Spirits were high though conditions were dire.
With the officer’s tucked up all snug in their beds,
The Sergeants made sure the men kept their heads.
Rifles were ready in case of attack,
Two men a foxhole, to cover one’s back.
When off in the distance there arose such a clutter,
“Tanks on the way.” One man muttered.
Grasping their rifles close to their chests,
Each man could only hope for the best.
With the chatter of tracks drawing ever so near,
It was the pending attack the battalion had feared.
Preparing to fire, the soldiers gave pause,
As though the woods emerged Panzer Claus
25 December 2009
23 December 2009
+ + Emergency Man Cave protocols activated + +
+ + The Emperor Protects + +
If I dont get back online in time, Merry Christmas one and all.
I hope you have stockings filled with gaming related goodness!
22 December 2009
Anyhow, here is the Command Squad for the Salamander Army. I want to add a banner bearer and company champion in due course but the priority right now is in finishng off models before the move!
Here is the Captain - I kept him in subdued browns and greens with lots of metalic bling. I'm really pleased with how well the 'magma' effects on his power-sword came out:
Brother Apothecary - an older metal fig, with plamsa gun
The boys pack some serious firepower to bring forth the Emperor's vengeance!
The Veteran Lads of the Command Squad:
Comments welcome as always!
The year is 8000 in the post apocalyptic world of Perspicuus Gemma (bright gem). What was a world of beauty has been replaced with wasteland and twisted metal. Destroyed cities have given birth to new way of life. Most of the human-kind now live underground in vast cities filled with arcane devices and machinery. Many things have changed but human nature will always seek ways of preoccupying ones thoughts of reality….to forget ones own worries and to feel better with ones self at another’s suffering. One thing’s for sure….. whether you’re a true human or a mutant, everyone enjoys a good old smash um up on the vid-screens! Entertainment at its best…….Brutal is here!
You are the owner of a troupe of gladiators and you hire out your services to any that will pay your price for the ultimate in entertainment, violence in its truest form. Many Lanista follow the same path as you but only one can claim the rights to the lions share……
Brutal is a stand alone board game that allows you to pit fighters against one another in an up close and personal gladiatorial combat system set in a post apocalyptic world. The system is primarily a duelling system although any amount of players can take part which makes it great for tournament play.
The rules system is easy to learn and will get you into the thick of it in no time. I recommend that you quickly browse through the core rules (training ground) at first, just so you get an idea of what is involved to play the game. Once you have done that the next best thing is to pick one of the stock fighter templates provided and play with a single 'true human' bruiser class fighter. Look up rules for a situation as is arises. You should get a grasp of the rules within a few turns.
The game incorporates Brutal action cards which forces players think and play differently than they would with other strategy miniature boardgames. “brutal action cards” bring a refreshing change to miniature gaming.
By the time you have had a couple of fights you will see the need to develop different strategies against different types of fighters. You might also want to try out the other different races. Don’t feel disheartened if at first your fighter seams to die within 5 turns or less (I know some sweet, killer combo moves). This will often be the case if playing against an experienced opponent or just plain bad luck. Once you get more experience your fights will last much longer.
Once you are happy with the core rules you can then move on to the advanced rules which covers rules for players to create there own troupe from the slave markets and league/campaign settings which include fighter development rules for gaining skills and gifts allowing your fighters to rise amongst the ranks of the brutal fighters.
The core basics
Brutal action cards
During the course of the game each player selects cards from their own personal deck. These cards show what actions the player is attempting in a game turn. (Attacking, defending, evading etc.) A ten-side die is then rolled to see if a player’s actions are successful or not.
Dice rolls are made by the players to see if they are successful in there actions. Through-out this book you will see a ‘1d10’ or just ‘d10’. This refers to the ten-sided die needed to play the game.
During the course of the game your fighters will have certain bonuses. These are normally a positive. +1, +2 etc. Some of these might actually be negative. -1, -2 etc. The dice roll is made normally but you must subtract the negative modifier from the total. (1d10 -1, 1d10 -2 etc..)
During the course of the game your fighters may have the option of re-rolling a die. A re-roll can only be played in your own phase and another re-roll cannot be re-rolled a second time if the initial re-roll fails.
Randomiser rolls - sometimes during a game something is moved to a random location. This randomiser dice roll determines which direction and how far an object is moved too.
21 December 2009
I admit it - I'm a sucker for Gladiator games - I have 6 or more already (some historical, a few fantasty and 2 SF versions) and a bunch of unpainted 25mm lead gladiators already. But this looks awesome and best of all the beta test rules (including core rules plus an expansion) are currently free. Sweet! Go the the downloads area:
Figs look nice, but not sure what scale - at 8 GBP each they must be rather large. There is also a forums section which while rather empty at the moment, has some interesting concept art for future minis.
As long as I dont know anyone with this game I might actually resist it. Then again a few minor conversions to my existing Gladiators and I couldnt go too far wrong...right?
20 December 2009
Two New Flagships (Early Feb)
Shroud Mages Flagship
Bone Griffons Flagship
Three New Heavy Cruisers (Early Feb)
Thaniras Elf Heavy Cruiser
Bone Griffons Heavy Cruiser
Shroud Mages Heavy Cruiser
Iron Dwarves (Early Feb)
Bellows Class Dirigible Mk II
Bone Griffons (Late Feb)
Shroud Mages (Late Feb)
Nautilus Class Submarine
Monsters & Beasties (Late Feb)
Dragon Lord Elder Dragon
Destroyer Class (Mid March 2010)
Iron Dwarf Destroyer
Shroud Mages Destroyer
Bone Griffons Destroyer
Dragon Lord Destroyer
Orc Raiders Destroyer
Thaniras Elf Destroyer
Imperial Human Destroyer
We will be creating a Race Guide for all of our Uncharted Seas fleets. The exact format of these books is yet to be locked down, but you can expect to see more detailed backgrounds, information on our upcoming 28mm range of miniatures, naval tactics, model statistics, painting guides and much more.
The Uncharted Seas Supplement
This book will bring many new rules out for the Uncharted Seas. As it stands it is a 96 page full colour book that sits as an addition to the current core rule book – NOT a replacement.
Pirates of the Skies (Q2 2010)
The Kreel (Q2 2010)
Dreadnought Class (Late Q2)
Iron Dwarf Destroyer
Shroud Mages Destroyer
Bone Griffons Destroyer
Dragon Lord Destroyer
Orc Raiders Destroyer
Thaniras Elf Destroyer
Imperial Human Destroyer
The Ancients (Second Half of 2010)
The arrival of the Ancients marks an exciting and bloody period in the history of the Uncharted Seas. Watch out for more exciting information on our web site. With this fleet comes an exciting campaign guide and new ships for your existing fleets.
18 December 2009
I also managed to read more of the 'Gaunt's Ghosts' series while away and came home to a few more Salamander goodies in the mail: a Dev Squad. Sweet.
But in my absence, Comrade James has unearthed news of a revised edition of 'Down in Flames' by GMT. A fantastic game orignally by Dan Verssen (who broke off to form his own company) this is a fast paced card driven WW2 aerial combat system. It has lots of supporting material and campaigns too.
Darn you Comrade - you know I wont be able to resist...
Well at least you know what to get me for Christmas now though!
14 December 2009
13 December 2009
11 December 2009
Anyhow, lots of social stuff this week has precluded too much progress with the Salamanders, though I have been continuing to do some detailing on the Commander ad his Squad whcih are comingup nicely. I have a few extra Heavy Weapon Troopers on the way now, and a Command Squad Sprue which will add a Company Champion and Banner Bearer.
Away camping this weekend and away next week with work, but hopefully I'll get to finish up the in-progress figs before I have to pack up the Man Cave for the move south.
07 December 2009
Captain, with Power Sword and Iron halo
Command Squad, Flamer, Plasma Gun & Plasma Pistol, Apothecary
Chaplain in Terminator Armour
Terminator Squad (9 Figs), Heavy Flamer, Assault Cannon
Dreadnought, Multi-Melta, CCW, Storm Bolter
Dreadnought, Twin Lascannon, Missile Launcher
Tactical Squad, Flamer, Missile Launcher, Razorback (twin plasma guns, extra armour)
Tactical Squad, Flamer, Missile Launcher, Rhino (extra Armour)
Tactical Squad, Flamer, Missile Launcher
Land Speeder, Multi-Melta, Heavy Bolter
Predator, Heavy Bolter sponsons, extra armour
Total points: 1940 (so a little to play with yet)
Also have a Librarian Option available, though would have to drop the Chaplain to take him. I probably have too many elites too and need to downsize the Termie Squad to get some extra transport elements in there.
Big hoots to Lone Wolf Development's awesome Army Builder program - dont know what I did without it! (www.wolflair.com)
06 December 2009
No, no pics yet - sorry!
On the lookout for a Company Champion figure and a banner bearer to round out the Command Squad
05 December 2009
- Yep, CANCON 09 with Tas, the Lad and Comrade James! Played more games in the one weekend than I think I did for the rest of the year!!!
- Lost 7 months of my life to playing World of Warcraft... don’t be fooled, GW are not the Great Satan, Blizzard are so much more insidious, WoW doesn’t cost you more than $15 a month but does suck every skerrick of life out of you as you find yourself craving your next online quest... check out The Guild if you don’t believe me!!!The Guild
- Bought (further) into AT-43 (no thanks to Tas!!!!)
- Continued to hoard Infinity Miniatures.... played one game this year...
- ..also got Bloodbowl Computer Game... I hate Wood Elves...
- Picked numerous rules sets including Blackpowder and This Very Ground (FIW)
- Although the star of the year was Space Hulk!! And TWO copies no less!!!
- Re-introduced myself to 40K with the new Space Wolves codex and a bunch of new SW minis.....
- The strong aussie dollar and fantastic deals from Maelstrom Games in the UK has seen me ordered vast quantities of not only 40K but Perry and Victrix Napoleonics in 28mm!!! ...oh and pre-ordered one of the ECW Scots Covenanter’s battle forces...
- World of Warcraft DOESN’T count!!!
- Started on the Space Hulk minis; each sculpt is a work of art!!
- Got back into finishing some Tau (Comrade James, any pics of your efforts?)
- Made inroads into assembling new Space Wolves; the Canis Wolfborn mini is HUGE.
- Have started work on the Perry plastics; Peninsular British Line and Rifles...
- Finish Tau and Space Wolves!
- Finish Napoleonic British!
- Plan an expansion to Man Cave SE Annex; 13’ x 13’ room built into the “big shed”!
- Establish the regular gaming plan with Tas!!
- Resist World of Warcraft!!!
- Actually play a game of Space Hulk!!!!
- Finally installed a 20,000litre water tank... but no rain since....
- Sadly turned the half century and realised I have far too many unpainted minis still...
04 December 2009
CANCON 2009 with Tas and The Lad and Oberst Owen (and my partner Sam,part time painter girl)
TURNERQUAIDE II- the joy of losing every single game, and still having fun
ATtrition- more gaming goodness with Tas and The Lad
SWIPEX- Never ones to miss an opportunity to game in exotic (!) locations.....
Establishing the Southern Australian Man Cave in my new home,which reminds me:
Getting Divorced :) (or otherwise known as regaining gaming time) and then moving into new home with partner
Continuing the lunchtime Ivanhoe sessions with the crowd at work
Major Games Bought
Uncharted seas, with 2 fleets (thanks to Tas)
Bought into AT-43 (thanks to Tas)
Combat Commander Pacific (nothing to do with Tas)
Trafalgar (some Tas influence)
Bloodbowl Computer Game (Tas......resistance is futile!!)
Ambush Alley (helloooo Oberst Owen!)
Force on Force (the larger scale version of AA)
Continued 40K and Warhammer fantasy and FLames of War purchases
Warhammer 40K, Fantasy, FLames of War, Ivanhoe
Actually did some..thats a highlight!!
Pinned my first model, 40K Tau Broadside Battlesuit..weak ankles, BIG guns....
Christened my GW SPray gun, undercoated 36 Fire Warriors, and 3 vehicles with one paint pot in 20 mins
Built and now 3/4 painted Ork Trukk
Built 3/4 Ork Battlewagon
Built and roughcoated a 40k ruined building
Commenced work on first Tau squad of 12.....I said 'commenced'.....
Start and finish English 1/1200th scale fleet for Trafalgar
Start and finish Human Imperial fleet for Uncharted Seas
HOPEFULLY purchase and get into Vietnam mod for Flames of War
Continue Tau vs Space WOlves campaign with Jase
Continue to nag Tas about Bloodbowl computer game
Establish regular gaming group for boardgaming
Removed husband status, continued to perform role of father, discovered what was meant by 1-1 scale terrain modelling :(,
New arrivals include:
Metal Dreadnought with twin Lascannon and rocket launcher
A few special marines which will go toward the Captain's Command Squad (still need a banner bearer and a champion though)
Also, I found a guy who had bought Space Hulk and was offloading it all split up. I was able to grab a full set of tile, doors and counter for a very reasonable $40+postage. So now we can play most of the Deathwing and Genestealer scenarios and between Owen and I we have 4 sets of tiles!
That may be sufficient....for now....
03 December 2009
Started this Blog!
CANCON 09 expedition
TURNERQUAIDE II - Man Cave gaming weekend with Comrade James, Oberst Owen and the Lad
ATtrition - Weekend AT-43 battle royale with Comrade james and the Lad
SWIPEX - gaming in Sydney with Comrade James
Cro-Magnon Lager, first of the Man Cave Brewery products!
Shopped in a Games Store in Hawaii
Wrote a short campaign supplement for Wessex Games's Aeronef (about to be publlished)
Major Games Bought:
Bought into AT-43 (ostensibly to get pre-painted armies and as an alternative to 40k)
40k (above plan didn't work so well)...building an IG Army for me, SM Army for Lad
Space Hulk (and I really did just go in for two pots of paint...)
Carcassone & expansions
Uncharted Seas (yes, all remain unpainted...)
Minor Games: a few...some I even played!
Invanhoe, Carcassone, Cave Troll, AT-43, Space Hulk
Modelling Highlights:(sadly few really...)
AT-43 bits and peices
Deathwing Squad complete
Started Salamanders and IG Army
Built a Dice Tower
2010 forecast & plan:
Relocation of Man Cave to Melbourne in January (closer to Oberst Owen!)
Setup some sort of regular gaming plan with Oberst Owen
Finish our 40k armies and get some games in
Play a Space Hulk campaign with the Lad
Resurgence of the Vietnam genre using the new Flames of War variant rules
Expand the Man Cave Brewery product range!
Husband and father, completed Master Degree, finished two Cert IVs, Scout Leader.
I invite outlying Annexes to tender their contributions!
01 December 2009
1st Squad complete except for the basing and decals. Actually, some of the decals are on, but unfortunately they arrived in the mail soaked through because of the rain. And now some are peeling off. I'll try putting some gloss varnish on as a glue then placing the decals back on top of that. Hopefully, I can get some pics up shortly.
Some more deliveries of trade items have arrived (as you can see form the status bar) and I have based and primed a Dreadnought (AoBR style with multi-melta and CCW) for some work hopefully this weekend. Also negotiated some transport for the lads - they will soon be backed up by a Rhino, a Razorback and a Predator which will take the army to a respectable 1750 points.
30 November 2009
Nevertheless "Cro-Magnon Lager", the first Man Cave Brewery product, is born!
29 November 2009
26 November 2009
The battle-brothers born of flame continue to expand...
25 November 2009
It has come to my immediate attention that using the former by accident can have rather dissappointing results!
Of course this happened to a "friend of mine"...
24 November 2009
* Salamander Army:
5 troops fully painted (of the 1st Tac Squad), just the bases to go. Spent more time on the detailing than I meant to, but they came out very nicely.
Started stripping the Land Speeder (BIG Simple Green bath, now on the third dip)
Started a progress status section on the sidebar to keep me inspired (time running out before the house move)
* 3 way tie in Invanhoe tonight. 4 trophies apiece and all fighting for the fifth when time was called.
Sir Lad and the Black Princess showed me no mercy and I was lucky to hold my own!
* 13 days to the Man Cave Lager tasting!
23 November 2009
22 November 2009
[EDIT: Scammed some time after dinner to get the base coats and washes on!]
I've made a few purchases recently to built at 1250 pt force to start with. So far it will consist of:
3 Tactical Squads
Still playing about with Army Builder (awesome program!) to flesh it out but thats the plastic and lead I have here or already on the way. A few vehicles will be nice too so I'll scour Ebay a bit I think.
21 November 2009
20 November 2009
Regular followers of the Man Cave would know that I have been using their resin 'tech-deck' bases for my Deathwing project (pics below in other posts) and they have come up really well.
Unfortunately one of the other parts of my recent order (this Industrial Diorama base) was missing the upright component. No big problem, it happens. A quick email and a few days later and not only have I got the missing part, but a whole new base too.
Thanks guys, that is wonderful customer service and I want to give you some public recognition for it.
19 November 2009
As my Son's Salamander Army Project builds momentum, I'm rethinking the second DA Squad too. I may redurect 5 of the figs to form a Salamander Terminator Squad.
In other news, I've started on a Deathwing Captain fig I snagged recently - a nice figure I'm doing in the same style as the squad, though with more emphasis on the excellent detail on this casting.
Last but not least: Big hoots and Many Thanks to Oberst Owen for his very kind donation of a 10 man Tac Marine Squad to the Lad. The "Cool dude with the Chainsword" is already primed and ready for some colour this weekend! A big thumbs-up and a bottle of Man Cave Lager for you my friend :-)
18 November 2009
Meanwhile, Man Cave Lager Brew Number 1 continues to produce yeasty goodness...
The deluxe set theoretically fits within the SH game box and holds all the corridor sections and counters as well...... http://battlefoam.com/catalog.php?category=66
17 November 2009
16 November 2009
I'd like to say this was all his own work, but truthfully it was a combined project and more a tutorial figure. Essentially, he did the main colours and I did the detailing. Lucky it was a hot day so we could proceed quickly before his interest waned.
Undercoat - Grey spray
Basecoat - Salamander Green heavy drybrush, Flamer Black
Wash with Thrakka Green
Highlight: 50/50 Salamander Green / Striking Scorpian Green
Flamer Bolt Gun metal Drybrush
Final Highlight - Striking Scorpian Green
Eyes - white then blood red
Gold bits - Dwarven Bronze, Red Ink, Burnished Gold Highlights.
Now looking for some Salamander decals to finish him off....and another 30 buddies to keep him company !
In the meantime, the home brew continues to bubble along happily...
15 November 2009
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10 November 2009
http://www.games-workshop.com/gws/content/article.jsp?catId=cat410002&categoryId=1100020§ion=&pIndex=0&aId=1400009&start=1 My blindingly obvious tip for preparing these bases: They are resin. They chip when you drop them...
Comments and suggestions welcome!
09 November 2009
Grey resin, crisply cast with no flash at all. Very nice detail, just as per the website.
Because I'm using the old 2nd edition version of plastic terminators, some of the split level bases won't work too well with them. Thats fine: I got 2 sets (of 10) so there are plenty of suitable ones and those which arent will be used in due course for my 1st edition genestealers.
Black spray undercoat
Heavy drybruch of Bolt Gun metal
Some details picked out in Dwarven Bronze.
Heavy Devlan Mud wash
Stipple with a buildup of Negro Flesh (Coat d'Arms), Terracotta and Hobgoblin orange highlights for rust effects
Very light Bolt Gun Metal drybrush
all good so far, just a final Black Ink wash for the recesses and I'll be finished....right?
Ooops - wrong! The black ink stole all my colours - grrrr....
Started again, stopping at the last drybrush!
Took some pics but cant d/l them from the camera for some reason - will post as soon as I can.
These look great up close, but perhaps are a bit dull from a distance. Maybe the next batch need a grey basecoat at the start to lighten them up a bit. Once I have the Terminators fixed on I'm planning some blood splatter effects too.
Still trying to formulate a plan to paint up damage and dents on them. Suggestions welcome!
08 November 2009
I found a review over at The Astronomicon here:
Here in Australia its commonly available, including at Bunnings.
06 November 2009
And secondly, some extra bits for my second DA Squad off ebay- an Assault Cannon, and a nice DA Power Sword and bolter combo (for the 2nd Squad's Sgt). These shoulder pads seem a bit small though - are there meant to be extra pads over the top? If so....bugger! In the meantime I'm half-way through stripping the rest of the second Squad figs ready for some love once all the bits come together.