Thursday, 30 April 2015

New Lucid Eye Savage Core Releases

Lucid Eye have just released their latest Savage Core sets...Atlanteans Pack 2, Simians Pack 2 and, best of all, Amazon Warriors Pack 1.

No photos of the new Atlanteans yet but here are the others:

Amazon Warriors Pack 1

Simians Pack 2

Atlanteans Pack 2*

This really is a fantastic range full of detail and character and I shall certainly be adding these to my Lost World minis!

*[Edit - May 1st: Photo of Atlanteans Pack 2 now added]

Wednesday, 29 April 2015

More Pics of my Lost World Minis!

Entrance to the Lost World

I've taken some pics of my Lost World figures for my In Her Majesty's Name Lost World Roster but I thought I'd share them here in the meantime...

Sir Allan Quatermain and one of the Hunters on the Expedition

Lord and Lady Blackwood with their loyal manservant, Joshua Boro

Some of the Scientists and Archaeologists on the Expedition

The experienced Explorers on the Expedition

Some of the Native Bearers and Guards

And here are some of the denizens encountered by the expedition in the Lost World...

Zan-Tar, Lord of the Jungle, and his consort, Ne-Ja

Helene, Queen of the Amazons

Caesar, King of the Apes

Not all of the inhabitants are friendly...a Tyrannosaurus Rex on the hunt!

I hope to have the stats done for the 'good guys' part of my IHMN Lost World setting over the weekend and will post them up along with the Lost World Beasties as soon as they're done.

The figures are a mix of Foundry and Lucid Eye along with a North Star Tea Time figure. All miniatures were painted by the inimitable Matt Slade! The scenery is a mainly aquarium stuff except for the tents which are from Renedra

Monday, 27 April 2015

Incoming Darkest Africa and Lost World Minis!

My latest lot of figures from Matt are on their way! Hooray! And he kindly sent me a few pics to whet my appetite!

Lord Blackwood, Sir Allan Quatermain and a couple of Explorers

Explorers and Archaeologists/Scientists

More Explorers, Archaeologists/Scientists and Hunters

Lady Blackwood

Native Bearers

Native Bearers

Native Bearers and Characters

Native Bearers and Characters

Caesar and the Apes

Helene, Queen of the Amazons with Zan-Tar, Lord of the Jungle and his Consort, Ne-Ja

Prince Louis Napoleon and Colonel Burnaby...not sure I'll use these for Lost World games.
The figures are mainly a mix of Foundry and Lucid Eye along with a North Star Tea Time figure and a couple of Warlord Games figures. 

Of course, I shall post more pictures of them with some scenery as soon as I get a chance! And I hope to have stats for my In Her Majesty's Name Lost World Explorers and Allies up soon, too.

Friday, 24 April 2015

Thoughts on Lost World Games for In Her Majesty's Name

Next week Matt will be sending me thirty or so Lost World/Darkest Africa figures...the 'good guys', hurrah!...which has got me thinking about making up some Companies for In Her Majesty's Name.

After a bit of thought, and partly because there are so many figures, I've decided that instead of making specific Companies up I'm going to do a 'good guys' roster, a 'bad guys' roster and a 'beasties' roster for a Lost World setting. So, for example:

Lost World Expedition & Allies

Sir Allan Quatermain
Lord Blackwood
Lady Blackwood
Joshua Boro, Loyal Manservant
Professor Karl Magnus
Great White Hunter
Native Bearer
Zan-Tar, Lord of the Jungle
Ne-Ja, Consort of Zan-Tar
Helene, Queen of the Amazons
Caesar, King of the Apes

From this list you could pick any combination up to a certain amount of points. You'd then do the same from the 'bad guys' roster, Lost World Denizens, and maybe add a few Lost World Beasties then come up with a suitable scenario. I think this would really work well for a small, contained and specific setting like a Lost World. An expedition somehow stranded in a lost world, perhaps they've made a base camp from which they methodically search for an escape, meeting allies, enemies and strange beasts from times long past along the way.

In the end, a roster like this is not too different from some of the larger companies in the books or the extended Company I did for the Servants of Ra. Anyway, I shall post up something more concrete once I've got the figures and had the chance to take a few pics.

Tuesday, 21 April 2015

The Lost Temple of Aten! Part One - Companies and Set-Up - IHMN AAR

The Lost Temple of Aten
My son and I managed to get a game in last weekend. This time my boy wanted to try out the 'bad guys' and some Mystical Powers so he settled on The Servants of Ra. I, on the other hand, after several games playing the 'bad guys' was looking forward to playing one of my favourite Companies, The Prince of Wales Extraordinary Company! This post describes the Companies and Set-Up.

The Servants of Ra

In addition to the background in the book:

Akhenaton can further count on the high priestess, Iset, who claims to be a direct descendant of the high priests of Aten at Karnak. As such, she is the guardian of much secret knowledge that has been passed down from generation to generation over the millenia and has been instrumental to Akhenaton in his attempts to locate the regalia of Ra. She has also been tireless in her efforts to restore Egypt and the Sudan to the old gods and the glories of the past, recruiting many fanatical followers to the cause. She relies mainly on her mystical powers in battle, though she is not averse to using her poisoned fighting knife when needs be.

Pluck FV SV Speed Cost Talents Equipment

3+ +4 0 0 94 Leadership +2
Mystical Powers (30)
-Clouding Men's Minds
Immortal Oil of Horus (13)
Khopesh of Osiris (-2 Pluck, +2 FV)

Iset, High Priestess 3+ 3+ 0 0 57 Leadership +1
Mystical Powers (25)
-The Path of Shadows
-Zone of Shadows
Fighting Knife (Poisoned) (-1 Pluck, +1 FV)

Professor Abir 3+ 0 0 0 38 Leadership +1
Mystical Powers (20)
-Mask of Imhotep
-The Path of Shadows
Lined Coat (8)

Sairah 3+ +3 +1 +2 48 Stealthy
Mystical Powers (10)
Fighting Knife (Poisoned) (-1 Pluck, +1 FV)
Throwing Knives x3 (+1 SV)
Mummified Priest

3+ +3 0 0 46 Terrifying
Mystical Powers (10)
-The Path of Shadows
Ancient Wrappings (8)
Hands equivalent to Clubs (+1 FV)

Cultists with Pistols 6+ 0 +1 0 10 Fanatic Pistol (+1 SV)
Cultists with Clubs 6+ +1 0 0 9 Fanatic Club (+1 FV)
Followers with Swords 6+ +2 0 0 12 Fanatic Sword (-1 Pluck, +2 FV)
Followers with Swords and Shields 6+ +2 0 0 12 Fanatic Shield (8)
Sword (-1 Pluck, +2 FV)
Followers with Rifles 6+ 0 +2 0 17 Fanatic Rifles (-1 Pluck, +3 SV)

My son took Akhenaton, Iset, the High Priestess, Professor Abir and a Mummified Priest along with two Cultists with Pistols and three Followers with Rifles for a total of 306. Some very tough characters with a lot of Mystical Powers!

The Prince of Wales Extraordinary Company

Pluck FV SV Speed Cost Talents Equipment
Captain Napier
(Scots Guards)

3+ +4 +3 +1 65 Leadership +3
Fearless (ignores Terrifying)

SRC Breastplate (12)
Pistol (+1 SV)
Sabre (-1 Pluck, +2 FV)
Sergeant Borrage
(Grenadier Guards)
4+ +3 +3 0 41 Leadership +1
Bayonet Drill
Marksman (ignores cover)
Tough (+1 Pluck Shoot/Fight)
Brigandine (9)
Military Rifle (-1 Pluck, +3 SV, +3 FV)
Dr Wilson
(RAMC ret'd)
4+ +0 +2 +1 16 Medic Lined Coat (8)
Pistol (+1 SV)
Sapper Jones
5+ +2 +2 0 37 Strongman
Iron Will (immune Mind)
Brigandine (9)
Pistol (+1 SV)
Congreve Rocket Gun (-1 Pluck, +3 SV)
Rocket Grenade x2
Riflemen (x6)
(various regiments)
5+ +2 +2 0 27 Bayonet Drill
Marksman (ignores cover)

Brigandine (9)
Military Rifle (-1 Pluck, +3 SV, +3 FV)

The Prince of Wales Extraordinary Company came to a total of 310. 

The Scenario

Lord Wellesley's Camp at the Lost Temple of Aten

Lord Wellesley, with a team from the British Museum, has discovered the long, lost Temple of Aten deep in the deserts of northern Sudan where, rumour has it, the Priests of Aten hid the original Crown of Upper Egypt, reputed to grant the wearer ancient Mystical Powers. 

Unfortunately, word has reached Professor Abir and the Servants of Ra. Iset and her followers quickly make their way to Lord Wellesley's camp where they proceed, after a short battle, to slaughter everyone. Iset then awaits the arrival of her master, Akhenaton, and Professor Abir so they can begin the search for the Crown of Upper Egypt! 

Meanwhile, the Prince of Wales Extraordinary Company, who have been following Professor Abir, are hot on their heels...and so the scene is set for a showdown at the Lost Temple of Aten! 

Akhenaton, Iset and Professor Abir search for the Crown!

Cultists search the Temple!

A Mummified Priest guards the Temple!

The Prince of Wales Extraordinary Company arrive!

We agreed that the Servants of Ra would set up around the Temple whilst the Prince of Wales Extraordinary Company would set up on the table edge. The overall objective was a bit hazy...we decided that the Prince of Wales Extraordinary Company needed to see off the Servants of Ra before they could find the Crown of Upper Egypt...they'd have five turns to beat off Akhenaton and his crew!

The table!

The Table!

The Temple!

The next post will cover the battle itself, so stay tuned for:

The Prince of Wales Extraordinary Company in...The Lost Temple of Aten!

The Prince of Wales Extraordinary Company pose for photograph outside the Temple!

A brave photographer captures Akhenaton and co in a photograph outside the Temple!

All miniatures were painted by the inimitable Matt Slade! The scenery is a mix of aquarium stuff and other bits I've found on Amazon. The hills are from Gale Force 9s Battlefield in a Box range. The tents are from Renedra

Friday, 17 April 2015

Gothic Ruins - Battlefield in a Box

I've mentioned before how much I regret only recently coming across Gale Force 9s Battlefield in a Box range as most of the ranges are no longer being produced and are impossible to get hold of. That said, a while back Paul of Yours in a White Wine Sauce and The Man Cave pointed me in the direction of their Gothic range and while many of the bigger and more impressive pieces are also impossible to find, there are still various readily available pieces. Well, with the imminent arrival of Frostgrave I decided it would be a good idea to pick some up...

I'm not sure these pieces would be suitable for a historical game...the statues, for example, are very stylized...but they are perfect for fantasy and sci-fi and would do fine for Pulp or VSF games. As well as Frostgrave, I plan on using them for In Her Majesty's Name...the Society of Thule now have a new secret base and laboratory under the ruins of the evil Count's ancestral castle, high in the Alps!

Monday, 13 April 2015

Dragon Rampant Announced!

Mock Up
Dan Mersey has just announced on his blog that Osprey will be releasing Dragon Rampant, a fantasy variant of Lion Rampant, in December! Great news!

So many interesting games coming out over the next year...Dragon Rampant, Frostgrave, Congo, The Men Who Would be Kings, Savage Core, Open Combat...I'm not sure my wallet can cope!

Saturday, 11 April 2015

Lucid Eye Savage Core News

From the Lucid Eye Facebook page:

The Savage Core core range design work is complete. All of the codes, (bar one), should be available within the next week, (paws crossed). The missing one is Amazons 2, which is sculpted, depends whether or not I get it in a mould before going to Salute. Either way, it'll be fairly soon on that one. There should be blisters and faction bundles on the day, available from Superior Steve on the Arcane Scenery stand.
There's a website under construction! Hoo hah! At long last. I managed to look really pathetic at an awesome website guy who took pity on me and helped me out. Eternal thanks for that, he knows who he is.

Savage Core handbook is still in development. You'll appreciate I'm a one man dude kind of deal, I hope, and sometimes stuff has to take a back seat. Early signs are good, however, and it's a hoot to play. It's not 'wargamey' serious. I'm not sure it could be, considering the fact you're playing a monkey dodging plastic dinosaurs. We're looking at handbook size and I may put one or two faction lists on the website in order to playtest/develop.

That being said, Creative Craig, of In Her Majesty's Name fame, has offered to draw up some Savage Core stats for use with IHMN, which is very flattering. Not sure when we'll get to organise that, but shouldn't take a lot of time.
So, Lucid has had a difficult birth, it came out sideways, retreated back in, was dropped on it's head once or twice, but I'm happy to say, it's still breathing, and off to the nearest Montesori, where hopefully, it'll play nice with the rough boys. I'll continue to support Savage Core with new releases and I'm onto my next project which is pretty exciting to me. So, thanks, True Believers! (Too many comics..)

Exciting stuff! Can't wait to see the new figures!

Tuesday, 7 April 2015

Upcoming Warriors of Atlantis from Antediluvian Miniatures

Antideluvian Miniatures have posted up on Facebook a sculpt of their upcoming Warrior of Atlantis and promise various pose variants and a couple of leader types. Great news! This range really has me excited!

Thursday, 2 April 2015

The Mysterious Wu Fang! Part Two - Comic Battle Report - IHMN AAR

Sorry it's taken so long but we have at last finished the Comic Book Battle Report of our last game! You can find the Set-Up and Companies in our earlier post here. Enjoy!

Here's a Dropbox link to a PDF version which is a bit easier to read!

We called it a draw this time! Which makes a change! The Tong suffered heavy casualties, including some of their main characters; Peking Li Li, Big Wong, the Dragon Warrior and one of the Yeti.  The Prince of Wales Extraordinary Company, meanwhile, would have come away relatively unscathed if it hadn't been for the loss of Captain Napier! However, the overall objective of the game was the Mysterious Wu Fang...and he escaped. The inscrutable and indifferent criminal mastermind remained in the shadows the entire time...until he saw his Tong overpowered and decided to leave his men to their fate! His anonymity is much more important than the lives of his followers, after all! 

So until the next time...

All miniatures were painted by the inimitable Matt Slade! The scenery is mostly a mixed bag of aquarium decorations with the exception of the walls which are from Pegasus Hobbies and the cobblestone roads which are from Flames of War.