Élan PDF released

I suspect he won't be happy for longWessex Games have added a PDF version of their Élan rules to Wargame Vault.

From their announcement:
Élan has ben released in PDF format and is available from Wargame Vault.

Originally published by Gauntlet Publications in the early ’90’s and OOP for a long while we are really pleased to bring these excellent Great War wargames rules back to the wargaming public.

Élan is a set of Brigade to Divisional level scenario driven rules for the European theatre during The Great War. Designed as a two-player game using 6mm figures, with little adjustment it can be played solo, or in any scale from 2mm to 20mm.

The basic mechanism used in this game – élan, distils a number of factors – morale, training, leadership, fatigue, “friction” – into a single numerical value. Whenever a unit tries to perform an action, its score is rolled against. Failure not only results in the attempted action failing but a fall in the élan score, as the unit begins to succumb to the stresses of the battlefield. Under this system, even the most motivated troops will eventually be worn down and break.

In the game, much of the minutiae of combat has been ignored. As Divisional or Brigade commanders, the players only see the results of actions, not the process on the ground by which those results are determined. A commander will know only that a unit has not advanced, not which one of the multitude of reasons why it hasn’t. This absence of precise control at the company level, is mirrored further up the command structure by using a non-sequential turn sequence to simulate communications failures (and initiative) within the command system.

Élan contains army lists for 22 nations involved in the Great war and instructions on how to convert any MicroMark army list for play in the game.

New 15mm Halflings from Splintered Light

Splintered Light Miniatures have released a series of new 15mm Halfling miniatures.


From their announcement:

Splintered Light Miniatures is pleased to announce the release of 3 new 15mm halfling packs. These were sculpted by Rodrick Campbell and will work perfectly with our earlier halfling warders, sculpted by Sandra Garrity.

  • HALF06 Halfling Militia (12) $7
  • HALF07 Halfling Militia on Pigs (6) $7
  • HALF08 Halfling Militia on Ponies (6) $7

Thanks for looking.

Last chance for January Warlord Games deals

Warlord Games will be removing their January deals from their online store soon.

From their announcement:

There are only a few more days to get your hands on some deals from the Warlord Games website. (After the 1st of February, we go back to being surly misers…)

Operation Squad Deals
One copy of Operation Squad WWII skirmish rules and one metal Bolt Action box for £40.00 GBP (saving of £3.00 GBP).
One copy of Operation Squad and one plastic Bolt Action box for £35.00 GBP (saving of £3.00 GBP).
If you’ve heard good things about the Operation Squad ruleset, now is the time to get your copy.

Free Plastic Box Set – Limited Offer.
Place an order for over £100.00 GBP and claim a free plastic or hybrid box set (Warlord Games products only.).
Everyone knows that free miniatures perform better than the ones you have to pay for…

Hail Caesar Army Builder Deal
Buy three Warlord Games Ancient Armies plastic or hybrid box sets and get a fourth for free (plastic only).
Hail Caesar. is fast approaching, so make sure you’ve got your legionaries in a row.

All offers ends February 1st. Don’t delay.

Visit our website for these deals and more.

Britanan Royal Arcanum Guard now available

Tor Gaming have released their Britanan Royal Arcanum Guard miniature.

Britanan Royal Arcanum Guard

From their announcement:

The Britanan Royal Arcanum Guard is now available from stock, priced £4.80, inc VAT.

You will also be able to buy this model from our show partners at the shows listed in the events board (more to be added shortly) if you would prefer to do so.

Concept by Melvin de Voor, Sculpted by Kevin Kosse and painted by Jim Bowen.

New Pendraken greens posted

Pendraken Miniatures have posted photos of new greens for some 10mm historical figures they will soon be releasing.

From their website:

We’ve just added a load of pics of the latest batch of masters to arrive at Pendraken HQ!
First up we’ve got some more Napoleonic cavalry, followed up by some SCW Personalities. Finally, we’ve got some WW2 bits.

SoCalWarhammer episode 37 is now available

Episode 37 of the SoCalWarhammer podcast is ready for download.

From their announcement:

In this episode we sit down with Rick Priestley and John Stallard of Warlord Games. Rick and John discuss the release date and game mechanics of their new ancient miniatures game. The guys also talk about upcoming Warhammer Ancient Battles and Warhammer Fantasy Battles Tournaments. There is some information about the upcoming Throne of Skulls, North American GT. The guys field some listener questions and discuss the strengths of the Thracian Army List.

New 15mm Terrain Items from GameCraft

GameCraft Miniatures have released new 15mm terrain pieces.

15mm Small Defensive Fighting Position, Stock #15MSCE003

From their announcement:

We have added two new items that will be of interest to 15mm gamers.

First off is a small defensive fighting position. It’s a great little sandbagged fighting position perfect for a few guys, maybe a mortar or even a very small towed gun.

15mm Small Defensive Fighting Position, Stock #15MSCE003

Next up is another 15mm piece, A large gun emplacement. This piece is perfect for towed artillery, 88mm Flak guns or a few mortars. You could even pull a tank in here for a bit of protection.

Large Gun Emplacement, Stock #15MSCE004

Dragon Forge End of Month Deal

Dragon Forge is offering a special deal to listeners of the Lost Hemisphere podcast.

From their announcement:

Dragon Forge, maker of fine scenic bases and Lost Hemisphere sponsor, is offering a special deal to Lost Hemisphere readers and listeners.

Order $20 or more by midnight January 30th and receive a free 50mm base, normally $5.

This is in conjunction with the usual Dragon Forge deal where you receive a free $5 item if you order $30 or more worth of resin bases.

So if you order $30 or more before January 30th, you’ll receive BOTH bonus bases, for a total savings of $10.

Miniature Mentor releases Le Gnome painting tutorial

Miniature Mentor have released a Matthieu Roueche Le Gnome Painting Tutorial.

Le Gnome

From their announcement:

Miniature Mentor is proud to bring you Mathieu Roueche’s Artis Le Gnome miniature painting tutorial (Gold winner 2010 Ravage Mix Open). This tutorial demonstrates Matthieu’s techniques for achieving incredibly detailed and realistic skin tones over the entire body. Watch also as Matthieu reconstructs the amazing body-length base the Gnome stands on. The tutorial is available now for Download.

Miniature Mentor is dedicated to the art of miniature painting and sculpting. Our current and future artists include Laurent Exposito Mas, Romain Van Den Bogaert, Allan Carrasco, Aragorn Marks, Jacques Alexandre Gillios and Jennifer Haley.

Mantic announce the winner of their Dakka Dakka competition

Mantic Games have announced the winner of their contest to rename the Abyssal Dwarf Thunder Rippers figures.

From their announcement:

We set the challenge of naming the ranged attack unit choice – formerly known as thunder rippers – in our Abyssal Dwarf range in exchange for a £50 Abyssal Dwarf Army Set containing 20 Black Souls, 10 Thunder Rippers, 10 Immortal Guard and 1 Katsuchan Rocket Launcher.

Well, thanks to the Dakka Dakka community we can say goodbye to Thunder Rippers.

Check out the Mantic Blog to see what won.

Outrider Vehicle Blanks

DiceFest Games have released Outrider Vehicle Blanks so you can make your own vehicle cards for the Outrider vehicle combat game.

From their website:

Add to your Outrider experience. Download and print these blank vehicle bases, add your own 1/64th scale diecast cars to the mix and behold: Instant wasteland goodness. Included are eight print and play vehicle bases – including four expansion vehicles not contained in the base game: The Raider, Renegade, Tailgunner and Trailblazer.

Memoir ’44 Online beta 16 released

Days of Wonder have posted a new beta of the Memoir ’44 Online boardgame.

From their website:

The most visible improvement for those who have purchased a Captain Pack or Major Pack will be the Expert mode, introduced in this beta.

The purpose of the Expert mode is to let you let you play any scenario ever designed for Memoir ’44 that we haven’t had a chance to code the rules for yet! Eventually, this will also come to include any scenario you may have designed yourself using the Scenario Editor and that you decide you may want to make playable in Expert mode.

For this first beta release, we have voluntarily restrained the number of scenarios playable in Expert mode; the scenarios offered should nonetheless give you a good feel for how things work in this part of the game.

The Expert mode is, in some ways, the closest way to mimic playing the actual board game. Rules are not enforced by the computer. Instead, you need to know them. In addition, all manipulations are done by hand, rather than automatically for you.

Check out their website for full details.

Handbook: House Liao Art Notes, Part 1

Catalyst Game Labs have posted the art notes for the BattleTech Handbook: House Liao supplement.

From their website:

For a Handbook, there are 4 different art note documents, each with their own set of guidelines, art references, and so on. They are: cover, B&W non-units illustrations, unit/equipment illustrations, and color section illustrations. In addition to a word document, each has a folder of compiled references for ease of use by the Art Director and artists (culled jps/pdfs from a host of pre-existing references), as well as a General Art references folder of all things Capellan; this last folder is for review by any artist to get a feel for the continuity of House Liao aesthetics as they create new and cool visuals that tie into those aesthetics, while forging a cool new look.

For this blog we’ll dive right in and tackle the biggest art notes document: B&W bon-unit illustrations.

Sabol Studios FoW Battle of the Bulge table

Sabol Studios have posted photos of their completed Flames of War Battle of the Bulge gaming table.

FoW Battle of the Bulge table

From their announcement:

Sabol Studios, has completed another load of terrain for Dragons and Dragoons in Colorado Springs, CO. The completed projects include a Battle of the Bulge FOW table, 40K terrain and fantasy terrain. Attention store owners, why not make your store come alive. Contact us for details on how to make your tables the best they can be.

15mm previews from ArtCrime

ArtCrime Productions have sent images of the 3D sculpts for a series of 15mm sci-fi miniatures they are working on.

From their announcement:

 This is the new Spartan Tank from ArtCrime Productions. It will be released in March, retail for $12.00 . The kit will come in 5 pieces, hull, treads, turret, barrel. Will be cast in resin, with a size of 87mm long/57mm wide/32mm tall. As our first kit to be released for our upcoming 15mm game release, it will be the launch point for all tanks from ArtCrime Productions. I hope you like it.

Our website will go live March 1st. It will be orderable at that point. As well as our dropship kit, (ptbd), our scoutbike(ptbd), and AA buggie.  For a side note, the dropship is 115mm long/88mm wide/48mm tall.

Please contact me with any questions.

New arrivals at Angel Barracks

Angel Barracks have received stock of new 6mm terrain.

Painted European Town Tile

From their announcement:

Continuing with more stock from Total Battle Miniatures we now carry some of their scenic tiles, designed to work around their buildings they make superb focal points for games.

Plus we have some more rules and supporting miniatures coming soon from Irregular Miniatures Limited which are aimed to be small, short fun games.

ZombieSmith order update

ZombieSmith have posted an update on the status of orders made with them recently.

From their website:

Hey all.

Response to my yearly January sale has so far exceeded my expectations. Greatly. Thanks. So much so, in fact, that I didn’t cast enough beforehand. I based it off last year’s results and was woefully incorrect.

So, I just want everyone to know that I am working on your order. I am shipping 3-4 a day during the week and quite a few more on the weekends. In two weeks I have gone through more metal than I usually go through in 3 months. I may have to take some vacation time to catch up. I will get to you as fast as I can.

When the sale started I promised some new fantasy and sci-fi stuff. I have decided to hold off on releasing those until I can catch up to the avalanche of orders I have now. When I do release them, I will release them for 20% off for a month, even though the current sale will be over, by way of apology.

Thanks everyone.

Noble Armada update

The Planet Mongoose blog has a new post with more details of the upcoming release of the Noble Armada space combat game.

From their website:

Today, we received a package that contained the latest and freshly painted ships for A Call to Arms: Noble Armada – always an exciting time in the office. Then, we were doubly blessed as the latest casts from the US arrived, ready for their own paint jobs.

We are now just a handful of ships away from having the range completed, painted, photographed, and ready to go, so you will be seeing them on our site within a couple of weeks or so. The rulebook itself is ready, as are the new wipeable datacards we have prepared for the game, just waiting to have photos of the new ships dropped into them, and then they will be off to print.

We are currently predicting that pre-orders will go out towards the end of February, while most retailers will see this game in the first couple of weeks of April (such are the vagaries of the distribution network). Pretty much on time.

Check out their website for full details.

Scrumbrawl available for pre-order

VicTim Games is now accepting pre-orders for their Scrumbrawl fantasy card game.

ScrumBrawl cards

From their website:

ScrumBrawl is a board game where players control fantastic creatures vying for supremacy within the Arena, scoring goals by maneuvering various types of enchanted orbs into portals set within the Arena or fighting other creatures to the death to prevent them from reaching the portals. The 100-card deck contains fifty creatures with different characteristics that determine how the creature interacts with the orbs (throw accuracy, catching ability, and throwing range), how fast a creature can move, and how effective it is in battle. Many creatures also have unique magic abilities that can be used to manipulate gameplay.

Starmada: Fleet Ops details posted

Starmada: Fleet Ops coverMJ12 Games have posted some details of their upcoming Starmada: Fleet Ops game.

From their website:
Those of you on Facebook will by now have noticed the work in progress that is the Starmada: Fleet Ops cover… which brings up the question: “What is Fleet Ops?”

This is something that was always planned as part of the Admiralty release, but never got finished. Essentially, it is a faster-playing, larger-scale version of Starmada, with a minimum of record keeping. You can track an entire fleet on a single sheet of paper.

Everything from Starmada (well, nearly everything — still figuring out what to do with dual-mode weapons) is directly portable to SFO, so you can easily convert your favorite ship designs to their fleet-scale counterparts and fight larger battles than ever. (Converting from SFO “up” to Starmada is not as easy, since there are some design decisions to be made, instead of a straight translation.)

In case you’re wondering, each SFO hex equals two Starmada hexes; each SFO game turn equals 1.5 Starmada turns; and each SFO hull point equals 1.5 Starmada hull points.

Dice Fest Games release Outrider

Dice Fest Games have released a print and play vehicular combat game called Outrider.

From their website:

Outrider is a game of post-apocalyptic vehicular combat that utilizes a unique blend of dice and card mechanics that create a fast-playing, highly detailed and customizable experience.

Outrider is a print-and-play game designed to use standard-sized cards and sleeves and ordinary dice or you can take your game into the third-dimension by using the largest range of the most inexpensive miniatures around: 1/64th scale die cast cars.

Teachable in ten minutes, the focus of Outirder is to keep things fast and furious. Most games are playable in a hour. Even with six players, the rounds are quick. The movement mechanics are designed to feel more like driving and less like geometry(!)

Players select their vehicles from eight templates that represent a wide variety of vehicles from dune buggies and muscle cars all the way to heavy duty trucks and SUVs – each with its own unique characteristics. Players then use dice to further customize (and arm) the vehicles. The dice represent weapons, equipment and even the driver of the vehicle.

Victrix Old Guard Colonels now available

Victrix Ltd. have added their Old Guard Colonels to their online store and also have news of some of their other upcoming releases.

From their website:

We apologise for being a bit slow with news updates so far in 2011, this does not mean we have not been busy However!

The Old Guard Colonels and pioneers pack has been added to the shopping cart. This 4 figure and 2 horse pack retails for £10. These are great sculpts made for us by Paul Hicks. We should have some painted versions to show very soon.