Saturday, 24 June 2017

Dracula's America: Shadows of the West




I'm afraid this blog has been a bit quiet over the last couple of weeks...indeed, the last few months, really...with 'real life' getting in the way. Posting will probably remain a bit patchy as we get ready for yet another house move (the last one...ever, if I have anything to do with it!) in August. Hopefully things will get back to normal come September.

Of course, none of this has stopped me getting all excited about various upcoming games. I already picked up Mad Dogs with Guns  and a load of Copplestone Gangsters will be heading off to Matt's painting table next week. I've also been getting all enthused about Campaign Sea Lion for Bolt Action...though I have so far managed to stop myself from buying a load of those lovely Footsore and Warlord figs. Not sure how much longer I can restrain myself, though...especially as they just released these beauties...




...which will work brilliantly for Pulp games, too. In fact, I can feel my wallet opening as I type this!

And then there is Dracula's America: Shadows of the West! Due out in August this set of rules does the Weird West...though I have heard it can be played straight Wild West, too, and anything in between. I already have a lovely bunch of Artizan Wild West figs but North Star will once again be producing a range of figs specifically for the game. There have been a few sneak peeks on the Facebook page (here)...


















...and they are just superb! I don't think I will be able to resist these, either! And there is already a supplement in the works which is due out in January 2018...Dracula's America: Shadows of the West: Hunting Grounds.

So many cool toys and just not enough time or money!

Wednesday, 14 June 2017

Operation Sea Lion


I've long been interested in the 'what if' of Operation Sea Lion as well as admired from afar the many excellent A Very British Civil War games I've seen on a variety of wargaming blogs...particularly those of Mr Crump's wargamesinthedungeon blog...well worth a visit, if you haven't already.

Now Warlord Games have released Campaign Sea Lion for Bolt Action along with a range of superb figures...both their own here and from Footsore Miniatures here. The BUF figures, in particular, are superb...





...but then so are the British Militia! There are many more excellent figures in the Footsore shop.


Warlord have also just announced a second supplement, Campaign Gigant, with the Germans opening up a second front in the North-East.


I'm finding it very hard not to dive into yet another period...but they do sort of fit in with all the Pulp figs I have, don't they? And I've already picked up the book!

Monday, 12 June 2017

Pulp Characters


I got my latest lot of figs back from Matt the other day. This time a variety of characters to add to my Pulp collection. These are mainly Artizan Thrilling Tales minis with a couple of Lucid Eye Savage Core and Copplestone High Adventure figs. 

Lucid Eye and Copplestone

Lucid Eye

Artizan

Artizan

Artizan

Artizan

Matt's done a superb job, as always. Not long till our final house move...and then I'll actually be able to get them on the table for a game!

Saturday, 10 June 2017

Death on the Red Planet


North Star just posted some interesting news on their Facebook page:

The next project bubbling away in the background at North Star is to take the Death in the Dark Continent rules, and produce a VSF spin-off, Death on the Red Planet.



Better start saving! 

Thursday, 8 June 2017

Mad Dogs with Guns - A Quick Skim


Look what arrived today! Another gorgeous Osprey book. I have to say I'm quite excited about this one.

The rules seem pretty straightforward but at the same time are quite detailed particularly with regards to gunfights and fisticuffs! There are, of course, also rules for vehicles and car chases amongst other things.

Making up gangs, in particular, seems a lot of fun. You can choose from Crime Syndicate, Irish Gang, Sicilian Mafia, Chinese Tong, Street Gangs, Cops or Feds. You then get to spend money recruiting your gang, weapons and equipment. Each  gang is usually made up of around 9 figures. Within each gang there are different types of basic soldier and specialist to choose from as well as a boss, an accountant and molls...and many of these will have skills to give them some individual character. There's a definite rpg-lite feel to this game.

The book is rounded off with a series of interesting scenarios and a campaign system including the setting up of rackets.

Well, that's enough of that....I'm off to order some Copplestone Gangsters before settling down to The Untouchables!

Tuesday, 30 May 2017

Big Ivan and the Duchess - Pulp Alley League

It's been a couple of months since I posted a new Pulp Alley League, so here is the most recent one my son and I have put together. This time a dynamic duo...


Who hasn't heard of the famous explorers Big Ivan and the Duchess? Did they really reach the mystical city of Shambhala? Or discover an entrance to the Hollow Earth? Is the Duchess really Her Royal Highness, the Grand Duchess Anastasia Nikolaevna Romanov? And is Big Ivan her one time bodyguard, Count Konstantin Dmitri Ivanovich...and now her lover? And is it true that Stalin has put a price on both their heads as he wants nothing more than the death of the last Romanov? You can be certain of one thing...it won't be long before we hear of their next adventure!

Leader
Health
Brawl
Shoot
Dodge
Might
Finesse
Cunning
Big Ivan
d10
3d10
3d10
2d8
3d10
2d10
3d8
  • Rugged (4) – You may re-roll 1 Health check die per fight when brawling.
  • Two-Guns (3) – Once per turn, after determining the results of your shooting, if the enemy did not go down then you may immediately fight the same enemy again. Resolve the second fight as normal.
  • Veteran (3) – You may ignore the multiple combats penalty when rolling your Shoot dice.
Sidekick
Health
Brawl
Shoot
Dodge
Might
Finesse
Cunning
The Duchess
d10
2d6
3d8
3d8
2d6
3d6
3d8
  • Clever (1) – Add +1d to your Cunning (included above).
  • Eagle-Eyed (2) – Your close range is up to 12”, and long range is over 48” - instead of 6” and 24”.
  • Veteran (3) – You may ignore the multiple combats penalty when rolling your Shoot dice.
League Perks
Duo (4) – see p.7 Pulp Leagues
On The Run (1) – see p.6 Pulp Leagues
Tenacious (2) – see p.7 Pulp Leagues

Thursday, 25 May 2017

Allan Quatermain, Wargames Illustrated's Latest Giants-in-Miniature


Allan Quatermain, one of my favourite literary characters...now available for pre-order from Wargames Illustrated here as their latest 'Giants-in-Miniature' offering.

Wednesday, 24 May 2017

Sword Masters for Open Combat plus Pulp Alley Deck Boosters


My copy of Sword Masters...the new swashbuckling supplement for Open Combat...arrived yesterday. I've not had much chance to do more than skim through it so far but it looks to be full of new skills, abilities, weapons and scenarios focusing on swordplay, promising to add more depth to combat...and at £8 it's a bargain.

I also noticed that Second Thunder are now offering a cheaper paperback version of the rules. Containing the full rules and three scenarios, it is significantly cheaper than the £30 hardback at just £15 but it does strip out the Campaign Rules and Appendices. Definitely offers a cheaper entry point into the game, though.


I also noticed today that Pulp Alley are offering for pre-order some boosters for their Horror, Solo and Fortune decks. Sally 4th are doing a 10% discount on their pre-orders here.




So many shiny new toys...

Monday, 22 May 2017

Pulp Rally


I noticed this on the Lead Adventure forums here. Not a lot of info about Pulp Rally but there are pics of some accompanying cards.





Sadly it won't be released until next year but the good news is...that is because they have a supplement due out later this year called The Lost World of Lemuria!


Can't wait for that!