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Friday, August 31, 2012

Army Profile: Carlos' Imperial Guard (video)



Slick here. Today we have the first in our army/player profile video series to share with you! This video looks at the Imperial Guard army one of our local gamers has been collecting for around 20 years! Comments welcome!


Dark Vengeance: Designing the Hellbrute (video)



GW is showing off the minis from the Dark Vengeance starter set. This particular video features the Hellbrute in all its glory and really showcases the increasingly higher level of detail they are achieving with each new release!


Thursday, August 30, 2012

Relic Knights demo with creator! Check it out on ThroneOfAngels' Blog



Hello Guys, Swooshfinn here again with some hobby news.

Check out the ThroneOfAngels' YouTube video blog for a demo of Relic Knights, which can be found HERE! (Don't forget to subscribe to the ThroneOfAngels video blog too while you are there!)

I had a chance to run demos at GenCon, it was amazing (minis and gameplay!)

And don't forget, the uber well funded KICKSTARTER campaign for Relic Knights is still active,

YES YOU STILL HAVE TIME TO JUMP ON BOARD WITH THIS ONE!!!

KICKSTARTER CAN BE FOUND HERE!


-swooshfinn

News: Dark Vengeance Unboxing



Hey guys, Slick here again. This video has been making the rounds today as a store in Germany got the Dark Vengeance starter early! Very cool to see this on the sprues!


Monday, August 27, 2012

Forgeworld: Deimos Pattern Predator



Something cooking? The new Deimos pattern Predator from Forgeworld is! This predator variant is the Mechanicus' attempt to copy the Blood Angels' Baal Predator. While it can have the same type of loadout as the Baal, the Deimos also has the option of taking the cool Magna-Melta. You can check it out at Forgeworld's site!

Deimos Predator

Below is a pic from the Forgeworld site to whet your appetite:

(Pic from Forgeworld, all rights theirs)

40K News: Forgeworld Horus Heresy Rumors




Slick here again. There are some new rumors circulating the interwebs regarding the upcoming Horus Heresy releases from Forgeworld! These rumors are from the ever reliable Harry and RogueStar from Warseer.

Some exciting tidbits that are being revealed include:

- rules for Primarchs and the legions
- multiple books covering the entire Heresy

With GamesDay UK not too far away now, we should see some exciting revelations from that event. Prepare your wallets!

Sunday, August 26, 2012

News: Dark Vengeance Video



GW has dropped a fairly lengthy video for the new Dark Vengeance starter box with plenty of closeup shots of the box contents and all of the amazing new minis! Check it out below:




I plan on getting at least one of the starters. What about you guys? - Slick

News: Made of Steele (Dystopian Wars)



Spartan Games keeps on adding to the alliance nations. This time the Dominion of Canada is revealed and they are getting the equivalent of a walking John Henry robot!

From the Spartan site:


We had a lot of fun developing the iconic Federated States of America John Henry Class Robot, a particularly fun model to make. At the time it was discussed that a ‘walking’ version of him would be a fun model to design.
As discussions grew Alliance Nation models it was agreed that the Dominion of Canada could have a walking robot, and so the Steele Class Assault Robot was born.

Design wise it was essential that we distinguished the two robots in our own manner. Being an Allied Nation the Dominion of Canada does not necessarily have access to cutting edge propulsion technologies required to make a robot fly, and may not be able to afford to fuel the thrusters for prolonged combat. This new version is relegated to beating feet with the grunts, though standing over two hundred feet tall his strides make quick work of closing the distance between him and the enemy. In addition, it has an exciting new weapon choice; the flamethrower.
This robot is a little shorter and can clearly be identified as a simpler implementation of the same technology that went into John Henry. As such, its simpler style shows it as an older model lent or sold to the Canadians as the FSA trundle on with their own developments in massive robot technology.
The final product is not only an exciting new variant of the flying robot we all know and love, but a terrifying addition to the battlefields of Dystopian Wars.
Will you be adding this to your FSA arsenal? If it is anywhere near the power level of the John Henry, this will further reinforce the FSA's dominance in Dystopian Wars...


Friday, August 24, 2012

BREAKING: DreadBall Kickstarter is up!



Mantic is moving things along with their DreadBall game with the Kickstarter page for it now live! Here is the latest info about the game directly from the latest Mantic newsletter:

"Dreadball is a two-player sports board game set in our Warpath universe where two coaches compete to outscore each other and win at all costs.

The game comes complete with a fantastically detailed full-colour pitch, two complete teams, a roster pad to keep a record of your team’s development ( yes – league play is included) plus counters, event cards, and dice – all packed in a beautiful high-quality box.

We're launching DreadBall throughKickstarter where with the help of the community we hope to be able to include the referee figure, alternative sculpts and more players in the box, as well as create new teams, introduce new expansions and create a strong community so you’re always supported!



We’ve got a great range of rewards including Striker! where you get the game, two extra teams, MVPs and loads more besides!

Not only this but we’ve created a number of limited edition “Early Bird” specials just for you guys allowing you to get Striker! at a reduced rate – a little thank you from us for getting in early - but once the first 100 have gone, they’re gone.

Those of you who supported the Kings of War Kickstarter – of which all of the August shipments are now being dispatched - know that we pack our rewards full of goodies and this Kickstarter will not be any different. If we can surpass our goal then Jack andStriker! will be getting very tasty indeed!

We hope that together we can make the best miniatures sports games possible. Please pledge your support and spread the word - we appreciate any help we can get!"


So what do you guys think? Is Mantic just making a copy of BloodBowl or will there be more to DreadBall? - Slick

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Breaking: Mantic's Dread Ball preview



Mantic is expanding their lineup again with a venture into BloodBowl-esque territory with their upcoming DreadBall game which looks like a more futuristic take on football. Orx and humans appear on the pic below. From Mantic:

"Good Moooorning Sports Fans!!!

In association with VitaCarbs StimShake(tm) – the stimulating ‘shake that gets you up in the morning - we are quickly approaching the most highly anticipated, most excruciatingly exciting, most positively exhilarating event of the year – the season-opener of DreeeeeaaaaadBaaaaallll, beamed live to you by DBCN!



Get ready for the new season of the galaxy's greatest sport!"

What do you guys think about Mantic's latest board game?

GenCon wrap up 2012 (Picture HEAVY!)


All I can say is that I am LUCKY guy (Thank you Sarah Steele for this excellent Lucky cosplay from the Dark Age universe and the great picture), not only did I get to go to my FIRST EVER GenCon this past weekend, I got a coveted Exhibitor badge for free, AND lots of FREE stuff!

Walking into this weekend, my buddies were complaining that I had made a HUGE mistake by volunteering all four days for demos.  Being a broke gamer (is there any other kind of gamer?), I knew if I wandered the exhibit hall, I would end up spending money that I didn't have on shiny new games and gamer stuff.  As is I probably spent more than I should have, but it was definitely worth it.

Thursday and Friday I had signed up for running demos for Gale Force Nine's Spartacus.  When I initially signed up, details for what I was signing up for were sketchy at best, what I got from GF9 was: licensed product, board game, details to come as soon as available.  The next weekend Spartacus was announced, and the weekend before the Con, I received a pdf with box contents and another pdf of the rulebook. I quickly downloaded these to my Nook so I had access to these all the way through the Con. I arrived at the Indiana Convention Center on Thursday and got a three to four turn demo of Spartacus just as the Main Exhibit Hall was opening up, raced against the TIDE of people to get to the miniature gaming hall and my demo table.




Spartacus is a board game based upon the Starz television series of the same name.  Players choose Domini (houses of influence) in ancient Rome in a race to get the most influence (12 points) through gladiator combat, scheming and backstabbing. Turns consist of an Upkeep phase, Intrigue phase, Market phase, and Arena phase.  The game play has a feel of the Game of Thrones LCG in ways, but adds miniature combat in the arena.  A extremely solid game, but probably needs a few corrections with a second printing as somethings within the rulebook and cards are vague or are not covered. At $40, its a great deal, but currently only covers 4 players. An expansion was announced at GenCon, which is due out later this year, possibly expanding out to 5-6 players, some more Domini, and some more gladiators and slaves to keep your stables full!

As this is Gale Force 9's/ Battlefront's first attempt at a board game, I give it a 4 out of 5.

Along side of the Spartacus games in the miniatures hall, there was a 55,000 pt Warhammer 40,000 Apocalypse game getting set up.





Roughly 35,000 pts of Dark Angels marines versus the buggy Tyranids. Definitely one of the largest 40k games I had seen in quite a while, and it must have a been an evening game, since I was only able to catch the set-up, and huddles of what I can only assume were the players around those tables.  Along those lines, I was able to catch a SUPER HULK game going, consisting of 4 Space Hulk boards.




That's an EPIC Space Hulk game, I still imagine that actual Space Hulks are even more complex and monstrous than this board depicts.

At this point, Fantasy Flight had the honors of selling out of their reprint of Richard Garfield's Netrunner card game (that only took 8 minutes after the doors opened on Thursday, a second shipment sold out as quick later in the weekend), and was having a strong showing with its X-Wing miniature game.  The first time that Star Wars starfighters art true scale, TIE fighters are larger than X Wings, this game looks interesting to say the least ( I wish I had gotten a demo!).  The Millennium Falcon, A Wings, and TIE Interceptors were previewed for future expansions, and judging from what I saw, X Wing is going to be a contender for my hard earned paychecks in the near future.


 
 
This leads me to Saturday and Sunday, and my demos for Cool Mini or Not!  On my schedule, Ron and Bones (soon to be renamed Rum and Bones), Relic Knights, Wrath of Kings, and of course, Dark Age!


First off, Ron and Bones (Rum and Bones), it's originally a Spanish board game, but Cool Mini or Not has picked up the license and is in the process of converting it to a board/miniatures based skirmish game.  While maintaining all the original miniatures from the Spanish release, including one of my favorites of the Con (seen above, a pirate with pig bombs, he blows up his enemies and then feasts on bacon and porkchops afterwards! mmmmmm bacon!) the rules are getting revised (they were poorly translated from Spanish and needed an update) and starters (including miniatures and some card-stock terrain) were hinted at.  Rules are expected in a month or two, with games consisting anywhere from 2-6 models and ranging from 20-30 minutes.  As for a rating, I will be waiting to get my hands on a copy of the revised rules before passing on a verdict.... 

Too soon to tell, but if things get hammered out right, this little skirmish game should see a spot in my collection!


Next up, SodaPop Miniatures' Relic Knights.  While this one is currently in Kickstarter mode (with over 1,100 backers, $215,000+ of a $20,000 goal, and STILL 9 DAYS TO GO! WOOT WOOT!), I was able to get my hands on the rarely seen, demo rules *BONUS!*.  A skirmish game, with a card drawing mechanic, as opposed to dice rolling.  This should set the game apart from a lot of games, the only drawback for me is that it's based on colors, with me being color-blind, I would have to memorize the icons/ shapes to play this one.  Rules seem light, if not confusing while doped up on bendryll (stupid allergies).  SodaPop has done it again with wonderful miniatures that are unique with their anime feel.
 
 
 
After a solid year of sales and a second printing of Super Dungeon Explore, the Super Dungeon Explore's expansions debuted at GenCon this year.  Dragon's Clutch, Caverns of Roxor, Rocktop Gang, and Fireflow Elements were available, along with the second Limited Edition hero, Princess Ruby.
 


If you haven't had a chance to play Super Dungeon Explore, the best thing I can compare it to, is old school Nintendo-era Gauntlet (heroes performing a dungeon crawl against insane amounts of enemies) in a Chibi anime style, it and the newly released Zombicide from Guillotine Games, another Cool Mini or Not affiliate have similiar play styles and both run around $100.

I highly recommend both Super Dungeon Explore and Zombicide with 4.5 out of 5!

Whew! That gets me through Saturday, not including the late night game sessions in the mini/card/ board gaming areas... Coffee anyone????

On to Sunday and WRATH OF KINGS!

Wrath of Kings is a 32mm scale skirmish game with 5 factions, the Teknes, the Hadross, the scarlett helmed Nasier, the oriental feeling Shael Han, and the vampire and lycanthrope inspired Goritsi. While definitely a skirmish game, with mainly individual model activation, in larger games you will need leaders whom can activate a group of warriors.  The resin minis we had available for demos were of great quality and limited editions, although they had an issue with durability at the Con, a few broken pieces here and there, expect to see white metal minis in general release.  Only demo rules were available here, so I can't go into too much depth, but plan on seeing a D10 combat system with combat results based on table printed on the back of each character's card.  I would have loved a quick reference guide to the icons on the cards, to keep me from flipping through the demo rules for the first few runs.  Minis are stunning, and if the rules stay true to the feel I was getting for the game, expect this one to be here for awhile! Rules due out soon, I will follow up as soon as I see them!

Too soon to tell, but expect a 4 or so out of 5.







And finally Dark Age!  A dark, post Apocalypse setting on a distant planet.  A skirmish game, with five current factions and multiple subfactions to choose from!  Uses D20, where rolling low numbers is best, mechanics are fairly simple and intuitive.  Bloody, quick combat is the theme here. I like the scatter dice mechanic, roll d20 and then figure out which way the top of the result is pointing. No extra templates, no funny scatter dice, plan and simple, like the game.  I am planning on picking up a starter soon and look forward to get local guys going with a more consistant night.





Some friends stop over for a demo, thanks Dan and George!



Remaining Dark Age starters on Sunday afternoon!


 
Dark Age gets 4.5 out 5 for mechanics, a 4 out of 5 for faction themes and models (I am warming up to the mini line, but I think they are still pretty dark for my tastes!)




There you go, a wrap-up of my GenCon... looking forward to next year's Con, until then, happy gaming!


-swooshfinn

Breaking! Flames of War Open Fire box

Announced today with the Battlefront update, after an eighteen (18) month hiatus, the Open Fire starter box for Flames of War is now BIGGER and BETTER than ever! Included in the new Open Fire box is a fifty-two (52) page Quick Start Guide, a 296 page Full Colour Complete Rulebook, more than 118 finely detailed miniatures, aV1 Flying Bomb terrain feature, cardboard terrain, tokens, objective markers, army lists, and twenty (20) dice.

It'd all going to be in this lovely box:


Pictures of the contents, including plastic(!) tanks and infantry can be found HERE!

Open Fire is due out in October, with no word on price as of yet! 

Keep your eyes glued here for more information as it becomes available!

-swooshfinn

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

A little cheese Danish for you....

So I am sitting here digesting the changes to the allies for Dystopian Wars, when I notice a cheese Danish on my plate.

Cheese Danish

It looks a little like this:

Whoa! Watch out for those turrets, they just might leave a bad taste in your mouth!

-swooshfinn

Breaking: Forgeworld Horus Heresy Trailer!!!



The latest Forgeworld newsletter has a nice little teaser video for the upcoming Horus Heresy releases!




Will you build a heresy era army? - Have at it folks!

Monday, August 20, 2012

BREAKING: 40k Dark Vengeance Prices


Dark Vengeance prices have been revealed as well as the limited edition version of the starter set. The limited edition gets you a special interrogator chaplain!

DARK VENGEANCE PRICES

Warhammer 40,000: Dark Vengeance (English) - Special Edition 49 Fig Box, Rulepack, Dice, Measures, Templates 1-Sep-12 $107.00 USD $128.00 CAD

Warhammer 40,000: Dark Vengeance (English) 48 Fig Box, Rulepack, Dice, Measures, Templates 8-Sep-12 $99.00 USD $119.00 CAD

Who's in for a starter box?

BREAKING! Updated Dystopian Alliance matrix!

A Dystopian World at war!

There it is, unforturnately haven't had much time to dissect it and see what it might lead to, although I saw that there might be quite a few more alliance factions than we thought previously.....  The "corporate sponsor" is needing my services so I won't get a chance to look at this until later tonight....

-swooshfinn

First Impressions from GenCon

So, I think I am starting to recover from the sleep deprivation of the BIGGEST gaming experience in the world, GenCon. And let me say, that my first experience to GenCon, was a blast!

I want to extend special thanks to Gale Force Nine/Battlefront and Cool Mini or Not for allowing me to demo some interesting games! Without them, I wasn't making it to the 45th edition of the Con.  With that being said, I was severly spoiled with my Exhibitor Badge, allowing me early and late access to the exhibit hall and a trip to the V.I.G. room (if only for a few minutes to drop off a demo board to the SodaPop Miniatures bigwigs).

Both Gale Force Nine/ Battlefront and Cool Mini or Not know how to thank their volunteers and reward them with the ultimate gamer gold, FREE STUFF!  From Battlefront/ Gale Force Nine I not only got a Con Exclusive gladiator card for Spartacus, but got a free copy of a really solid board game.  I think my Sunday night gamer group can all agree that with a few tweaks and the announcement of an expansion coming later this year, (capable of expanding the game out to six players, more Domini [factions], and I imagine even more gladiators and slaves to fill your stables!) that Spartacus will be a hot seller when mass released next month! 

As for the guys at Cool Mini, I was equally impressed with the swag bags which were handed out last night and the overall graditute of the guys running the Legion (Cool Mini or Not's demo/ publicity squad, which I am now a member and surprised how many Legionnaires there are here in my community now [Steele, Keimig, Goodnight, another guy I haven't met yet, and myself]).  I was talking with the Legion cordinator as I was wrapping up with teardown last night, and we think with this kind of local force, smaller Cons and mass demos shouldn't be a problem at all.... LOOK OUT LEXPO! Might be a little late for this year (maybe not) Cool Mini will be knocking on your door! Now on to the good stuff, the swag bags, which included you choice of a Secret Weapon weathering compound, a CMoN Legionnaire miniature, a copy of Ravage (CMoN's monthly publication which not only focuses on the CMoN range, but also looks at what other games and companies are dishing out too!), and then a random assortment of minis of which I had a Goblin Hero and a Ron and Bones pirate wielding a rather toothy fish, I got another guy's undead pirate as he wasn't too thrilled with what he saw of the game, to that I can only say, Ron and Bones (soon to be renamed as Rum and Bones) is the ONLY game out there where you can find a pirate weilding swine with dynamite strapped to them, so not only can the pirate blow up his opponents, he can have some pork chops and bacon too! Clearly one of my favorite minis I saw at the Con. I will be happy to get the rest of my rewards from CMoN in the next few weeks, until then I need to sit down at the CMoN site and do some shopping and make a few hard decisions quickly.

Overall a good experience, the Con and just about anything this sized is bound to have some hiccups along the way, and as a Exhibitor Demo:er I found out how frustrating red tape can be.  Not having tables which were supposed to be assigned, or a simple thing like having an event cancelled in the system can be frustrating for the gamers, the companies, the people running demos, and what should have been the Con as well.  My retail background took over on Saturday night, and when the peons of the Con couldn't or wouldn't do their jobs I went above and beyond my duties and got things done to save face for everyone.

As for coverage of the Con, give me a bit to completely recover.... I noticed some trends, and will have had some time to sort through some pictures I was able to take...  I am already looking forward to next year's Con, and all the gamer goodness it will bring!

-swooshfinn

Sneak Peek: Kingdom of Denmark



Slick here again with one more update from Spartan Games. Yet another allied nation is being previewed, this time the Kingdom of Denmark. Rather than going big, this nation packs a bunch with a specialized small ship, their Korsor Class Minelayer!

From the Spartan site:

"Whilst the Kingdom of Denmark has neither the wealth nor the power to defeat the great naval fleets that take pride of place in the militaries of the other Great Powers, the nation has nonetheless managed to defend its shores in spite of its tenuous position, sandwiched between the Russian Baltic Fleet and the seemingly invincible Britannian Navy.


In no small way this safety is the result of the Danish navy’s on-going efforts to deny access to its native waters. This has not been achieved by investment in great fleets of Dreadnoughts or battleships, but in a far more modest weapon – the naval mine. A simple, metal shell, holding upwards of a ton of Sturginium-enriched dynamite. It is a simple danger to even the mightiest of vessel.


This weapon is put to sea by Denmark’s little saviour, the Korsor Class Minelayer. Although only a small ship, comparable to the Frigates of other nations, it has proved an invaluable war machine since the outbreak of the war. Armed with an automated mine laying rig, these ships manoeuvre in large numbers, denying entire swathes of the battlefield to the enemy, forcing them towards bottlenecks where the Allied-Danish fleet can fight them on an equal footing.
Although specialist in its role, it also pulls its weight as a combat vessel in its own right. By virtue of its design and powerful engines, the Korsor can make a great turn of speed. This, combined with its single powerful 10” deck gun, make it a aggressive raider in the tight confines of the Baltic Sea."


Could we see a specialized defensive fleet for the game? Have at it guys!

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Sneak Peek: Feared by all



More Spartan previews are out. This time the Dindrenzi get another addition to their already formidable arsenal, the Syracusia Class Invasion Ship!

A pic from the Spartan site:



 It looks like this ship will interact with Firestorm Invasion in some manner. More information as it develops.

Will you be picking up one for your Dindrenzi fleet?

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Tournament Coverage: TippCon 2012 (pic heavy)



Slick here again. Today we're sharing some pics from this year's TippCon 40K tournament. Enjoy!

























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