Wednesday, 30 December 2015

Blood Eagle Blog

I'm between family games and finishing off the Christmas food...with more news!

Craig Cartmell of The Ministry of Gentlemanly Wafare and co-author of In Her Majesty's Name and Daisho has set up a new blog for their forthcoming game, Blood Eagle, based on the same rules. I, for one, am very much looking forward to these rules! You can find the blog here and the Facebook page here.

Monday, 28 December 2015

Free Star Wars Programme Guide for 7TV 2nd Edition from Crooked Dice

Just taking a quick moment between games of Exploding Kittens and Magic the Gathering as I have just found out that the chaps at Crooked Dice have released a free Star Wars Programme Guide for 7TV 2nd Edition...

A long time ago in a galaxy far far away…
Join the fight as a member of the Rebel Alliance, the Empire, or will you be a gang of scum willing to hire out to the highest bidder? Three new casts with profile cards for 7TV 2nd edition, based on Episodes IV through VI of the Star Wars films.
26 pages including renamed Gadget cards more suitable for the Star Wars universe. Grab your lightsaber or blaster, and may the force be with you!
This product is FREE and requires the 7TV 2nd edition rules to use.
Get it here.
Jolly decent of them! Especially with everything being all about Star Wars at the moment (if you haven't seen The Force Awakens yet you should!).  
Hope you're all having a good Christmas! See you in the New Year!

Thursday, 24 December 2015

Wishing you all a very merry Christmas and a happy New Year!

I'm not going to be doing much wargaming over the holidays but I shall be playing lots of family games especially the rather brilliant Exploding Kittens! Thanks to Matt Slade for pointing us in its direction!

We'd like to wish you all a very merry Christmas...may Santa bring you lots of gaming goodies...and all the best for the New Year!

Monday, 21 December 2015

Renegade Indians and The Kelly Gang for Dead Man's Hand


Matt of Glenbrook Games recently finished up some more Dead Man's Hand figures for me...this time some Renegade Indians and The Kelly Gang. He has, as always, done a superb job!

I'm not sure I'll actually use the Kelly Gang for Dead Man's Hand but I think they will do nicely as the basis for an In Her Majesty's Name company. 

As for the Renegade Indians, my son and I played a game of Dead Man's Hand yesterday with his Renegade Indians taking on my Outlaws. Another action-packed really is great fun! I'll try and get the battle report written up before Christmas. 

In case I don't, though, I'd like to take the opportunity to wish you all a very merry Christmas...may Santa bring you lots of gaming goodies...and all the best for the New year!

Sunday, 20 December 2015

Deep Cut Studio - Red Planet Theme Wargames Terrain Mat

Within a few days of my Deep Cut Studio Wastelands Theme Mat arriving, I splashed out on a second mat...tempted by yet another of Wayland Games seemingly frequent discounts. This time I went for the Red Planet Theme Mat as I'm planning on doing an In Her Majesty's Name Mars campaign at some point next year.

Well, after five weeks, my mat finally arrived...and it looks superb (I'm afraid my camera...and the gloomy day...really doesn't do the mat justice)!

I'm now waiting for another Wayland Games discount/sale and I shall pick up another...just finding it hard to decide between the Cobblestone one, the Desert one or the Steppe one....

Thursday, 17 December 2015

Lucid Eye News

Lucid Eye just posted on their Facebook page that the Lucid Eye Savage Core range...some of my favourite figures...will be available direct from Warlord Games. There will also be new Savage Core releases in 2016 along with, it seems, a set of rules!

Anyway, here's the post:

News From The Future!
The Lucid Eye Savage Core range will shortly be available direct from Warlord Games!
Over the next few months, the Savage Core range will be available from the Warlord website, watch for further news. This will not supplant Arcane Scenery's sterling efforts in that direction, who will continue to stock the Lucid Eye ranges.
2016 promises to be a busy year for The Eye, as the Lucidea range comes to fruition, with further releases for Savage Core, and perhaps some further news of the Lucid Eye games system. What excitement! Hoo!
Meanwhile, all you supportive guys can bask in the seasonal light of good vibes emanating from the glowing, all seeing, mystical Eye of Lucidea.

Great news! 

Sunday, 13 December 2015

More about Studio Tomahawk's upcoming Congo!

Someone on the Lead Adventure forums posted a link to an old Beasts of War article on the forthcoming Congo from Studio Tomahawk. I've been eagerly awaiting any news on this set of rules so I'm surprised I missed this article from way back in October...anyway, here it is:

Studio Tomahawk have visited the Wargames Illustrated crew and they showed off how to play their upcoming game, Congo. While it’s neat to see it’s coming along nicely it was great to see some more of the components for the game which look very fun…

The game is set during a period that might not be very comfortable for some but looks to explore the conflicts between Colonial Explorers and Natives. Think Alan Quartermain and Victorian adventurers out there in the wilds.

The game looks like it not only has a range of statistic cards for use with the different units but a variety of cards that resolve actions and such too. I have no idea what half of those symbols mean but I love the fact that they’re looking to do something different once again, a little bit like they did with SAGA.

This era of history also means you get to explore a lot of interesting tabletops covered in exotic terrain. As well as the brush and savannah you can go deeper into the jungle and up into mountains. The geography of Africa is fantastic and this gives licence for a lot of terrain makers to go crazy.

I love the idea that maybe we’ll be seeing some ambushing animals hiding in the swamps. Getting attacked by crocodiles while trying to fend off arrogant explorers sounds like a great time indeed.

Can't wait! 

Saturday, 12 December 2015

Billy Fish...coming soon to Artizan's North-West Frontier Range!

North Star have just posted a pic on their Facebook page of a Billy Fish miniature to go with their upcoming Danny and Peachy miniatures as part of their North-West Frontier range. Just superb! 

Thursday, 10 December 2015

Wargames Illustrated Frostgrave Campaign Day Adventure: The Lost Formula

Just came across this from Wargames Illustrated...a freebie adventure for Frostgrave! Here's the blurb:

As part of our recent Frostgrave Campaign Day, Joe created a special ‘one-off’ adventure for us to use, including a new magic item. As requested, we have made this available to any interested players. All aspects of the campaign are now ‘Official New Content’ for the game, including the magic item
Download the Frostgrave Campaign Day: The Lost Formula adventure here.

Wednesday, 9 December 2015

New Cultist Soldiers and Beasts for Frostgrave...Out Now!

North Star have just made available the latest releases for Frostgrave...

Cultist Thief and Barbarian

Cultist Knight and Templar

Cultist Apothecary and Marksman

Cultist Tracker and Warhound


Boars and Giant Rats

Lovely sculpts...I shall be picking all of these up except for the Rangifers, which really don't do it for me, for some reason. 

Saturday, 5 December 2015

Lemurians and Lost World Survivors for my In Her Majesty's Name Lost World

I've finally gotten around to adding the Lemurians and Lost World Survivors to my In Her Majesty's Name Lost World! The updated PDF can be found on Google Drive here or Dropbox here.

No-one is quite sure how these gentlemen survivors came to be in the Lost World...some say they came out of the earth in a giant burrowing machine, others that they came up from the depths of a great lake in a floating metal ball! Regardless, these plucky gentlemen are just trying to find their way home with the help of the beautiful native woman, Loana, the Fair One! 

Pluck FV SV Speed Cost Talents Equipment
David Innes

3+ +3 +3 +1 49 Leadership +2
Spear (-1 Pluck, +2 FV)
Dr.Abner Perry 4+ +1 +1 0 36 Engineer
Erudite Wit
Iron Will
Umbrella (Large Improvised Weapon) (0 FV)
Loana, The Fair One 4+ +3 +3 +1 34 Leadership +1
Spear (-1 Pluck, +2 FV)

Great rivals to the Atlanteans, the Lemurians are the remnants of a once proud and ancient race of amphibious men of great psionic ability. These days few retain any of the psionic abilities of their forefathers.  

Lemurian Warlord
Iron Will
Leadership +2
Mystical Powers -
Clouding Men's Minds
Lemurian Scale Armour (10)
Short Sword (-1 Pluck, +2 FV)

Lemurian Captain
Leadership +1
Lemurian Scale Armour (10)
Short Sword (-1 Pluck, +2 FV)
Harpoon (as Crossbow) (-1 Pluck, +2 SV)
Lemurian Guardian
Lemurian Scale Armour (10)
Short Sword (-1 Pluck, +2 FV)
Harpoon (as Crossbow) (-1 Pluck, +2 SV)

Tuesday, 1 December 2015

The Dishevelled Detective and Dr. Hamish - Giants in Miniature from Wargames Illustrated

The Dishevelled Detective and Dr. Hamish are the latest Giants in Miniature release from Wargames Illustrated. Wonderful figures and as they're perfect for In Her Majesty's Name I've just ordered mine! They're available from today from Wargames Illustrated direct or North Star but are apparently limited to just if you want a pair best hurry!

Thursday, 26 November 2015

Escape from Colditz 75th Anniversary Edition

Just heard the news that Osprey will be releasing a 75th Anniversary Edition of Escape from Colditz in October 2016! I loved this game as a kid and have often thought about getting a copy on eBay. Now I won't have to!

The press release is here:

Wednesday, 25 November 2015

Shootout in San Juan! - Dead Man's Hand Battle Report

The boy and I had our very first game of Dead Man's Hand at the weekend (at long last!)...and it was brilliant! Fast-paced and action-packed, we both loved it!

As this was our first game we didn't bother with the Opening or Second Scenes but went straight for the Final this case the Final Scene of A Fistful of Models, Showdown! My son chose to play the Lawmen, in this case Wyatt Earp, Doc Holliday and four Deputy US Marshals, whilst I played the Outlaws, led by Black Jack and the notorious gunslinger, Mad Maggie, with four Dudes!

Anyway, without further ado, here is the battle report...Shootout in San Juan!

We were a bit pressed for time at the end and so didn't play until one side was Wiped Out or failed a Big Nerve Test but instead just called it an inconclusive draw...but it hardly mattered as we had so much fun playing it. Honestly, I can't recommend Dead Man's Hand enough! Can't wait until the next game!

Here's a Dropbox Link and a Google Docs Link to a PDF version of the battle report...the pages are a bit bigger and easier to read.

All miniatures are from Artizan and were painted for me by the inimitable Matt Slade of Glenbrook Games.The buildings are middle-eastern ones from The Colonial Steamboat Company and the gaming mat is from Deep Cut Studios.

Monday, 23 November 2015

Frostgrave Thaw of the Lich Lord Nickstarter Arrives!

I have been impatiently awaiting the arrival of my Frostgrave Thaw of the Lich Lord Nickstarter stuff...and today the long-awaited knock on the door came!

Saturday, 21 November 2015

Airfix Battles The Introductory Wargame from Modiphius in 2016

For those who haven't heard the news, Modiphius in conjunction with Airfix will be releasing Airfix Battles: The Introductory Wargame in April 2016. Here's the blurb:

The Airfix Battles Introductory Set features:
  • 2 double-sided maps showing the war-torn Normandy countryside to fight over.
  • 2 sheets of die-cut counters featuring scenery, objectives, tanks, vehicles, guns and infantry so you can start playing immediately or better still grab your Airfix figures.
  • A 16 page Rulebook with introductory rules to get you playing Airfix Battles
  • A 16 page Mission book. Each mission introduces new rules leading you step by step through a series of fun narrative missions across Normandy.
  • A 54 card Force Deck, each card describing a German or American squad, tank, vehicle or gun.
  • A 54 card Command Deck to give orders to your forces
  • 5 six-sided dice.

Whether it’s British commandos, US Marines or Germany’s Afrika Korps, Airfix’s 1/72 scale soldiers have been fighting their wars across carpets, dining tables and gardens for decades.
Airfix is a fondly remembered part of everyone's childhood and the company are famous for their line of injection-moulded plastic aircraft, tanks and soldiers.  The Airfix brand has been synonymous with model kits for years and now it’s back with a vengeance, with Airfix Battles bringing those adventures to life and its campaigns to a tabletop near you
Playable with all your existing Airfix figures and vehicles, Airfix Battles Introductory Set comes with everything you need to play exciting World War Two battles straight out of the box with the Introductory Set. 

This includes die cut cardboard counters for tanks, infantry and guns in case you don't have any figures to hand. Airfix Battles also lets you plan your army using the Force Deck. Draw the cards or select the ones you need to build an exciting army to challenge your friends.
Set up the battle using step-by-step instructions in the Mission book and you're ready to play. Each player has a hand of Command Cards to move and make their forces fight, bring in airstrikes or artillery support. You'll never know what your opponent is going to do next!

The game is designed to get you playing quickly, with fast and fun rules so you can play several times in an afternoon or evening with typical missions lasting from 30-60 minutes. 

Airfix Battles will be available in all good model stores & game shops from April 2016. Further releases are planned through 2016 to expand the Airfix Battles range.

And in the Summer the game will be expanded with the Collector's Edition Rulebook and Cards. Here's the blurb:

Collector’s Edition Rulebook & Card Decks. 
Summer 2016 will see the launch of the Airfix Battles Collector’s Edition, which introduces new rules to expand your game, as well as showing you how to move your battles from the board to wargames terrain with movement in inches or centimeters instead of squares. The book will contain fantastic photography of games in action to inspire you as well as a much bigger campaign to fight your way through. The Collector's Edition will be available in print and PDF.
The Airfix Battles Force Deck and Command Deck will be available as a double pack to enable commanders to purchase just the Collector's Edition book and dive in to battle. Each deck consists of 54 cards. Watch out for new Force Decks to expand your forces!

What a great idea! Sounds like this could be a perfect introduction to wargames for young 'uns...and something they could pick up and play themselves! We're certainly looking forward to learning more!

Thursday, 19 November 2015

More Lost World and Strange Aeons Miniatures!

My latest lot of figures from the inimitable Matt (of Glenbrook Games) arrived yesterday! This month sees a return to The Lost World with Antediluvian Miniatures' 'Lost World Adventurers'...

Dr Abner Perry, David Innes and Loana, the Fair One

...and 'Lemurian Warlord and Guardians'...

Lemurian Warlord and Guardians

Lemurian Warlord and Guardians well as Lucid Eye's second pack of 'Amazon Warriors'...

Amazon Warriors

...and some more 'Atlanteans'.

Atlantean Slave Master and Atlanteans

Atlantean Slave Master and Atlanteans

I shall add the Lemurians and Lost World Adventurers to my In Her Majesty's Name 'Lost World' setting some time over the next few weeks and update the PDF.

There are also a few new figures for Strange Aeons and Pulp Alley! Some North Star Cultists from the Servants of Ra pack, painted up as Cultists of the Black Goat with a couple of Formless Things from CP Models...

Cultists of the Black Goat with Formless Things

Cultists of the Black Goat with Formless Things

Formless Things well as a few more characters for Section O of the British Intelligence Service from Artizan's Thrilling Tales range.

Section O

Section O

Matt has, as always, done a brilliant job! Can't wait to get these figs onto the table!