Firestorm Armada escort and civilian ship stats

Spartan Games have posted PDF files with the current stats for the escort and civilian ships they recently released for Firestorm Armada.

From their website:

Our rules writers are constantly working on additions to the Firestorm Armada rules. Some will eventually evolve to form new ‘core’ rules and others will simply be statistics for our latest models – some may not even make the grade and be filed away in the now that didn’t work folder.

We have therefore decided to make our latest musings available on a new Web page for you to look over and play/test The idea being that as we play test our new ideas you can join in. It will also enable you to get hold of statistics faster and allow you to test them out prior to buying them.

Please remember that if the rules/stats are on this page they are not the finished item. They are still for testing and once we get them past this staging area they will become finalised and made available from our Firestorm Downloads page as finished items. If you want to feed back on the rules please feel free to do so, just drop us an email to neil@spartangames.co.uk

Warlord Games release Oliver Cromwell figure

Cromwell_front.jpgWarlord Games have added an Oliver Cromwell figure to their Pike and Shotte range.

From their announcement:
The latest character miniature to be released for our Pike & Shotte range if ‘Old Wartyface’ himself – Oliver Cromwell.

Firm favourite of the Parliamentarian cause and nemesis of the monarchists, Cromwell was a more than able cavalry commander before he become Lord Protector. It’s his battlefield guise we’ve depicted him, stood in his stirrups and waving his hat to exhort the troops.

This lovely mounted model is now available from the Warlord webstore

Secret Weapon basing update

Secret Weapon Miniatures have an update on the status of their orders as well as news of some new releases.

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From their announcement:

My resin order was delayed by the blizzard on the east coast and then by a train derailment. I kid you not! Fortunately this gave me some time to put together six new products. Today sees the release of:

  • 25x70mm bike bases – two sets of three bases in the “Trench Works” and “Urban Streets” themes
  • 40mm “Tech Factory” display base
  • 25mm Display Blank – with removable square gaming base
  • 25mm “Tech Factory” bases – complete with access hatches and exposed cables and pipes

These products are available now for your shopping pleasure.

Guts N Gears episode 17 posted

Episode 17 of the Guts N Gears, Warmachine and Hordes, podcast has been posted.

From their announcement:

Mark 2 Warmachine. Let the battles begin.

Guest Line up:

  • Privateer Press David Carl on Cygnar & Mk2 Temple con Hordes Field test feedback
  • Incoming Chaps CTUWC, take over the show and tell us about their amazing scenario..
  • The Devilsquid. Yann Folange and his army of doom
  • PG Andrew AKA Hacksaw, PG Paul AKA Snakeman & PG Craig AKA Lonely monk. Lay down the smackdown on Temple the future, past and present. Their background on Warmachine & Hordes and a tiny snippet on GEN CON 2010
  • “Mark 2 Warmachine is upon us, let the battles begin.” suggested theme tune

Grand Ambition by Stephen Danes now at Saber’s Edge

grandambition.jpgSaber’s Edge is now offering PDFs of the Grand Ambition rules by Stephen Danes.

From their announcement:
Saber’s Edge is proud to offer Grand Ambition, wargame rules for the wars of Janes II, Louis XIV, and William III by Stephen Danes (author of Father Tilly and Bloody Kingdom)

This later period of the 17th Century saw the rise of the standing army: regular troops, funded by the state and employed all year round. This period also saw significant developments in weaponry and tactics and it is these changes that are reflected in these rules.

Included in the Grand Ambition rule book are sections detailing the organization of troops and the types of formations and tactics deployed. All of the rules necessary to run the game, including Initiative, Game Sequence, and Movement, Shooting and Combat, Orders and Morale for individual units and the army as a whole, plus extensive army lists are also provided.

In addition to this is the section describing the war-tokens and their use, plus a system regulating the deployment of armies and a system for generating battlefield terrain.

There is also a section with information for converting the game to lower level company actions, plus a method for generating scenarios for smaller scale engagements. The rules provide a scenario which includes a map and order of battle for the game. And, finally, the war-tokens for use in Grand Ambition games.

$16.00 USD PDF

First Italian Song of Drums and Shakos tournament

Ganesha Games have sent along details of the first Italian Song of Drums and Shakos tournament.

From their announcement:

The first Italian SDS tournament will be held in Arezzo, Sunday May 9th, in the Star Shop/Fumettopoli store in via Piave 24, Arezzo.

Registration is 7 euros. There will be awards (a cup) for the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place, plus a prize for the best painted squad.

The rules used will be: SDS and MDS, with the latest release (1.2) of the Italian-language tournament rules, playing at 400 points.

To sign up, contact Sergio Laliscia through his blog.

Il primo torneo di Song of Drums and Shakos si terrà ad Arezzo, domenica 9 maggio, nel negozio Star Shop/Fumettopoli in via Piave 24. L’iscrizione è 7 euro e ci saranno cope per il primo, secondo e terzo classificato, e un premio pittura per la squadra meglio dipinta. I regolamenti usati saranno SDS, MDS e l’ultima release (la 1.2) delle regole da torneo, con squadre da 400 punti.

Per iscriversi, contattare Sergio Laliscia tramite il blog di SDS

New 1914 Zouaves from Phoenix Miniatures

North Star Military Figures have added new 1914 Zouaves miniatures to their Phoenix Miniatures range of historical figures.

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From their announcement:

Phoenix Miniatures, the range designed by Tony Slocombe for North Star Military Figures, has added a new set of figures to the line.

The new packs are of French Zouaves from 1914.

The Zouaves were regiments in the French army, first raised in 1831, mostly for service in North Africa. The characteristic zouave uniform included short open fronted jackets, baggy red or white trousers and often sashes and oriental headgear. They began WW1 in their colorful uniforms, but adopted khaki alternatives by 1915.

We have three packs, each containing 4 different figures.

We have put together a platoon deal (for Warhammer Historicals Great War Rules) that contains one each of the three packs plus a free figure of a Standard Bearer, not available elsewhere.

The figures are 28mm sized, made of metal and supplied unpainted. Paper flag for the Standard Bearer not included.

Wargames Factory Furore Teutonicus army deal

Wargames Factory have released the Furore Teutonicus army deal.

From their website:?

We’re excited to announce a new army deal for you. Unleash the “furore teutonicus” – fury of the Ancient Germans with 169 total figures!

This army deal includes the following:

  • 4 sets of Ancient German Warband
  • 2 sets of Ancient German Cavalry
  • Bonus “Arminius” metal figure by Steve Saleh

Privateer Press May 2010 Warmachine releases

Privateer Press have announced their Warmchine releases for May 2010.

Forces of WARMACHINE: Cryx Softcover $34.99 PIP 1029
Forces of WARMACHINE: Cryx Hardcover $44.99 PIP 1030
The Dragonfather Calls
From the darkness of their nightmarish isle, the undead legions of Cryx strike forth at the Iron Kingdoms, each battle serving to fuel their unholy factories as necrotechs shape everything that walks, crawls, or slithers out of their dank, macabre workshops. To oppose Cryx is to oppose death itself as legions of undead mechanithralls, ghostly bane thralls, looming black iron helljacks, and skittering bonejacks surge forth at the command of their lich lord masters.

Serve the glorious Dragonfather and bend the power of death to your will with Forces of WARMACHINE: Cryx, featuring:

  • Complete faction rules and profiles for using all current Cryx models in WARMACHINE Mk II.
  • New troops to bring to the fight, plus the all-new warcaster Lich Lord Venethrax.
  • An in-depth look at the history and structure of Cryx’s military.
  • A painting and modeling guide to help you ready your forces for battle.
  • Cryx Theme Force lists and rules, which allow you to create armies based on specialized forces from the Nightmare Empire of Cryx.

Let the Iron Kingdoms Fall by Your Hand.

Cygnar Trencher Master Gunner $9.99 PIP 31067
Master gunners are survivors of countless battles and have earned expertise that makes them some of the most valued artillerists in all Cygnar. Versed in all artillery skills, from barrage firing patterns to the use of defilades, they are experts in the complex commands used to coordinate a battery of field guns. Where other armies make use of artillery as support, the master gunners orchestrate their batteries into precision instruments of war. Trencher Master Gunner comes in a blister. A player may field two Trencher Master Gunners for each warcaster in a Cygnar army.
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New 40K kits from Forge World

Forge World have announced two new vehicle kits for 40K.

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From their announcement:

Valkyrie Sky Talon
A heavy lifter variant of the Valkyrie airborne assault carrier, the Sky Talon can swiftly carry a Tauros Venator deep behind enemy lines for long-range operations. Its heavy-duty magnetic clamps allow a Tauros Venator to be deployed directly into a combat operation, allowing the assault vehicle to operate far longer without supply.

The Sky Talon is armed with a chin-mounted Heavy Bolter and the kit contains options for either wing-mounted Hellstrike missiles or multiple rocket pods, allowing the pilot to strafe a hot drop zone before deploying its cargo.This complete resin and plastic hybrid kit, designed by Will Hayes, uses sprues from the plastic Valkyrie.

You can view more pictures of the Sky Talon, and it is available to order for immediate release. Full rules and background for the Sky Talon will be included in the forthcoming Imperial Armour 8.

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Mantic add Undead Revenant pre-order

Mantic Games are now accepting pre-orders for their 28mm plastic Revenant Regiment.

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From their announcement:

This week sees the new Revenant Regiment up for advance order.

This regiment allows you to add a heavily armoured skeleton unit to your Undead Army, and each set comes with loads of head swaps, extra bits of Revenant armour and numerous conversion possibilities. Keep watching the Beast of War site next week for a world exclusive review of the new Revenant regiment set.

This unit will be shipping within the next few weeks – and to celebrate the launch we will be doing our now legendary (well nearly!) 3 regiments for £30 launch offer, which you can have on our free shipping offer – quite frankly you’d be mad not to..

Khurasan release 15mm Giant Ape

giant-ape.jpgKhurasan Minaitures have updated their 15mm Mysteri Island Pulp range with a Giant Ape figure. The Giant Ape is available for $4.99 US.

From their website:
In the steaming jungles of Mystri Island live enormous apes, larger than any encountered by man before. These creatures combine primate cunning with the strength of an elephant — a terrifying combination. Extremely territorial and aggressive, the Mystrian Giant Ape is a formidable foe that is impossible to thwart without the heaviest of firearms.

The model is packed with a round sloted base. In addition to being a gigantic ape for 15mm gaming, it is also quite suitable as a rampaging gorilla for 28mm gaming.

To read more about the Mystrian Giant Ape, check this blog entry. To read more about the Mystrian Giant Ape, check this blog entry.

Warlord release King’s Colours range

KC02_Parliament_SAMPLE1.jpgWarlord Games are creating a series of historical flags to accompany their ranges of miniatures.

From their announcement:
To support our Pike & Shotte range we’ve enlisted on of the world’s top flag experts to research and produce a new range for us – King’s Colours.

King’s Colours gives you 20 full colour flags per A4 sheet – some distressed and others pristine. This gives you great variety on how you present your army.

The first four sheets cover infantry regiments in the English Civil wars with two sheets each for Royalists and Parliamentarians.

We’re already hard at work on sheets for the Scots/Irish and also for the Thirty years war.

At just £10 a sheet these represent excellent value as well as finishing off your regiments beautifully.

What are you waiting for – head over to the Warlord webstore and hoist the banner.

Upcoming releases from The Army Painter

The Army Painter will be adding three new products to their range of paints and painting accessories.

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From their announcement:

On March 22nd we’re releasing 3 new products to help you all to get those armies painted and on the battlefield faster!

Striving to deliver exciting new releases for the miniature wargamer, our Battlefields range will see an addition of 2 exciting products; Snow Flock and the innovative Highland Tuft; we expect a lot from the first out in a new series of Tuft. Also out this month is a new Colour Primer: Dragon Red.

Colour Primer: Dragon Red
A darker red than Colour Primer: Pure Red perfect for Deamons, Blood Angels or historical. Looks equally good with Quickshade: Dark Tone or on its own.

Battlefields: Snow Flock
A unique formula, easy to work with and it looks really cool (pun intended!). This is the most popular flock type and now it is finally available from our range.

Battlefields XP: Highland Tuft 6mm
Basing simply does not get better than this. Premade and shockingly good looking, the Tuft in this new XP series will rock the industry. Seriously.

West Midland Military Show 2010

The 33rd West Midland Military Show is coming soon.

From their announcement:

The 33rd WMMS will be held at Aldersley Leisure Village, Aldersley Road, Wolverhampton, West Midlands, WV6 9NW, on Sunday 21st March 2010 from 10:00am to 4:00pm.

There will be over 45 trade stands, 25 wargame display and participation games, plus bring and buy, modelling club displays and re-enactment groups.

Guts N Gears present Warmachine vidcasts

The Guts N Gears podcast are now producing Warmachine and Hordes vidcasts.

From their announcement:

Iron Bear & the Connecticut Ultimate Wargaming Club has joined forces with Guts N Gears to produce the Guts N Gears Videocasts from the Iron Kingdoms.

Check out our first vidcast

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Rif Raf Miniatures now stock terrain

Rif Raf Miniatures have added terrain pieces to their online store.

From their announcement:

Rif Raf Miniatures now stock 15mm and 28mm buildings and terrain from Area9 and NP Models respectively. These can be used for a variety of periods, ranging from historical to sci-fi.

Our website is being continually updated with new stock – this will eventually show all other ranges and items we take to trade shows as well.

Taban Miniatures released Eden limited edition figure

full300-paladine-crusade.jpgTaban Miniatures have released their first limited edition figure for their Eden post-apocalyptic game, the dissident Paladine.

From their announcement:
We are proud to present our first limited Edition : The dissident Paladine

This rogue paladine, sculpted by the talented Remy Tremblay from an original concept of Loic “Greencat” Muzy, has been casted at 200 units and unveiled at the 2010 Painting Crusade in Belgium.

It will be available as tournaments prize or sold at the conventions the Eden Team will attend this year (The Salute for instance). Her profile card will be soon ready for download.

FFG March releases

Fantasy Flight Games have posted a list of some of their March 2010 releases.

  • CT32 Call of Cthulhu LCG: Secrets of Arkham Expansion
  • DH11 Dark Heresy: Ascension
  • GOT53 A Game of Thrones A Sword in the Darkness Chapter Pack
  • RT03 Rogue Trader: Lure of the Expanse
  • VA09 Arkham Horror (reprint)
  • WHC02 Warhammer Invasion LCG: Skaven Blight Threat Battle Pack (reprint)
  • WHC03 Warhammer Invasion LCG: Path of the Zealot Battle Pack (reprint)
  • WHC04 Warhammer Invasion LCG: Tooth and Claw Battle Pack (reprint)
  • WHF04 Warhammer Fantasy Role Play: Gathering Storm
  • WHC08 Warhammer Invasion LCG: Assult on Ulthuan Expansion
  • WW219a Wings of War Balloon Busters (De Guibert)
  • WW219b Wings of War Balloon Busters (Johnson/Prince)

Meeples & Miniatures episode 62 posted

Episode 62 of the Meeples & Miniatures podcast has been posted.

From their announcement:

Episode 62 of the Meeples & Minaitures podcast is now available to download.

In this show, I discuss the latest release from Ganesha Games – Flying Lead – with one of it’s authors…Rich Jones.

We chat about how the game mechanics work, look at some of the thoughts and ideas behind the game design, and also get a brief glimpse of what’s coming in the future for this game.

You can download the show from the Meeples & Miniatures website, or it’s also available from iTunes.