Wednesday, 30 January 2013

Relics Kickstarter Update

Just a quick update to say the Relics Reinforcements Kickstarter has smashed its target in just over a day and is climbing through stretch goals

They have added a link to download the current Rulebook

and a video to show off the rules

Here are some images of future goals which i hope they achieve

Also for those Sharpe out there :)

Absolutely awesome looking models and the range just gets better and better. the more we jump in the more gets released.


Tuesday, 29 January 2013

Deep Wars Review of the rulebook

So i recieved the pdf of the rulebook from the Chip-In just over a week ago and i have read through it a  couple of times.

Deepwars is a Skirmish game set in the underwater world of Shadowsea a lost world frozen in time beneath the polar regions.

I thought i would break this down into Fluff, Rules and Minis


The fluff for this good but as it is a spin off from Shadowsea it is not 100% of the story and i would like to know more.

Roughly a landmass beneath the polar region is discovered by accident and adventurers scientist and treasure hunters flock to discover the secrets and treasures of this land.

The shadow sea is a inland sea accessable for the lost land and Deepwars is set beneath that.

the game is a bit swashbuckly with a steampunk/sci-fi coating or another way would be Cthulhu, Pirates and Aliens.


The rules are expanded from the classic song of blades and heroes where everything is kept simple in system but wide in scope, forces can climb, swim, jump and fight across various play areas but the game resolves around a simple set of stats Quality and Combat value

Quality is you general skill so it is what you attempt to roll against to do most actions and to decide how many actions you can make with a model.

Combat value is what you add to 2d6 for contested rolls to decide combat.


There are four factions currently

The Treasure hunters are the human faction made up of scientists, adventurers and Mercenaries all in old style diving suits.

The Dark Mariners are a old race that lived below the water and worship old gods and are very much the Tentacle faction

The Ancients of Atalan  are another old race that did not follow the old gods and so did not go tentacly! they have advanced tech and lots of robo sharks!

The Scaly horde are the last faction made up of lizard men from the surface and a strange race of insectoids,  the horde have the power to control some of the undersea creatures 

Overall the game looks fun and the system means games should not take hours to play i love the style and the underwater theme is unique.

I cant rate the game but the book is well laid out and designed with extra rules for making you own troops so i would give it a big Thumbs up


Friday, 25 January 2013

Things i have been thinking about ....

So i have been pondering life the universe and everything  and whilst the answer is always 42 it also offered some relief to my fragile brain

I am still very much involved in 40k and took my Grey Knights for a small game spin which was fun, I lost the first game but won the second versus the dreaded Ultramarines

I have painted a GK Terminator Squad, the Strike squad and a dreadnought so far but even i am getting sick of silver!

I also took a great big look at Deep wars by Antimatter Games it's a great game based off the Song of blades and heroes System which is simple but i like the tactical thought involved in it?

The factions are not neccesarily unique but combined with the underwater setting i am extremely excited so i jumped in for the Chip-In that is running on the site and will do a review of the rules next week.

Back to 40K i am considering jumping to my old favourites as i am like a kid in a candy store when it comes to armies in the game and picking up some of the shiny new Dark Angel minis.

I also would very much like to get involved with the Relics Kickstarter but am unsure about its playability in my group especially with the deep wars models arriving soon.

Have you had any hobby thoughts this week?


Thursday, 17 January 2013

Relics Reinforcement Kickstarter

Gavin Moorcroft is the complete loon that runs Tor Gaming, who in turn produced a minis game called Relics and it is one I have been following for a while.

Many people called other games 'grim-dark', like it's some kind of badge of honour, but really it just tends to mean a bit childish. Relics is a very grim and dark game. The usual factions from a fantasy game are all there but with a messed up twist.

The Britanans are the remnants of the human populace, controlling bound souls in little puppets to wage war on their enemies with a little Napoleonic theme.

The Orcnar are a tribal race who were shamanistic in nature but are now genetic mutant orcs which has made them quite angry at the people that caused this catastrophe. Unfortunately they do not know who it is so they hate everyone.

The Vaettir are the goody-two-shoes elves who messed everything up for everyone and now look like evil fairies.

The final faction for now are the Nuem.  These are twisted dwarves that flagellate themselves and wear steampunk suits that hurt them.

As you can see the minis are simple but lovely and the game plays in a unique way - rather than rolling d6 off against a target number you try rolling multiples of the same number.

Tor-Gaming ran a crowd-funding scheme last year and were highly successful and have since fulfilled the demand raised by the game but they now need to look to expand the range with some interesting
additions. Tor are going to be running a Kickstarter in a few days to raise the capital and they have some designs and talented people so they just need your money.

Now finally I can say that this games style isn't for everyone but no game is. What Gavin has created is a unique system with its own style that stands out from the competition.


Tuesday, 15 January 2013

First look at Dropzone Commander Shaltari Starter

Like everyone else at Salute 2012 i was amazed and awestruck by a small booth filled with wondrous minis.

Dropzone Commander looked great and Dave the creator was full of enthusiasm about the project that he had tirelessly worked on.

I have been keeping an eye on it since then and almost jumped in at release but time was bad for the investment needed, so i waited and eventually took the plunge following an article on Badgers blog (recommend you go over and read his blog)

He did a follow up on the PHR Starter too

So i took a gamble off seeing the rule book review and thankfully i didn't get the quality Badger got it wasn't perfect but was pretty damn good.

It came in a KR case with a paper wrap on it which had all the artwork

The KR case had the usual DZC layer at the top for the cards and parts and two pre-cut layers underneath 

These are the Grav-Tanks with anti-tank weaponry other than a small bit of flash easily removed with a knife i was slightly disappointed with air bubbles at the end of all three barrels 

Of the three medium gates one had a tiny miscast on its top that i didn't even notice at first 

The small gates were quite flash heavy but only the easily removed kind

The anti-air Grav-tanks we fine until i notice a bubble on the cross piece of one of the hinges so its likely to break. very sad!

Little white metal men

So overall my order was OK nothing that minor work will not fix but if i am honest for the price the miscasts and bubbles are not acceptable and the fact manufacturers think it is just annoys me

if you are charging top price for a model you have to provide top quality this includes Games workshop and Bane Legions which i have had problems with in the past. If you are charging less for your resin pieces and they need a little work to sparkle that's OK. 

I love the DZC models style and the fluff is well thought out with room for a lot of depth and expansion so overall i would say go join in the game but don't settle for anything less than what you paid for!

I will hopefully soon be looking at some other games that a small mammal has pointed me at keep posted


Monday, 14 January 2013

My own pirate name

My pirate name is:

Mad Tom Rackham

Every pirate is a little bit crazy. You, though, are more than just a little bit. You have the good fortune of having a good name, since Rackham (pronounced RACKem, not rack-ham) is one of the coolest sounding surnames for a pirate. Arr!

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Wednesday, 9 January 2013

Grey knight strike squad

My first strike squad and an unboxing

Also a finished pic of the inquisitor and a wip of the terminators

Tuesday, 8 January 2013

Inquisitor wip

Quick update on where I am at with the inquisitor still need to do some highlighting and detail work.

Sunday, 6 January 2013

Grey Knights - The beginings

Here are the first models for my Grey Knights Army i bought them a while back, currently primed Grey in these pics but i have just base coated the armour Gunmetal prior to bring out the blue tone and shining them up

Brotherhood Banner 




Also i kit bashed a Ordo Malleus inquisitor who is now a deep metallic brown  waiting to be bronze-gold highlighted 

Finally i did some work on the Contemptor to make it just an old pattern Grey Knight Dreadnought

Comments welcome, what do you think?

Tuesday, 1 January 2013

My top 5 favourite character models for 40k

Following on from my earlier post these are my five favourite models for individual characters not all of them named (all rights belong to games workshop)

Link to games workshop site