This week just keeps humming along. There’s buzz around the office here as people are getting ready to head downtown for Dragon Con. I will not be going to the show. I have other things I’ll be working on. Some of those things will include the weekend updates.
But we’re only midweek. So lets get our Midweek Snippets post typed up here to you.
In today’s batch of bite-sized stories we have: New Life for Bladestorm Tabletop – Quick-Start Rules Released, ClearHorizon Miniatures releases the Apocalypse-Class Superheavy Tank, Khurasan releases 15mm Great Orcs, Hitechminiatures new release: Monk Luther, Pulp Alley expansion Pulp Leagues up for Pre-Order at Statuesque,
ICE’s classic tabletop skirmish game Bladestorm is about to be revisited and has received it’s first upgrade after 25 years.
Bladestorm was published in 1990 during the high time of tabletop game releases. The original game was set against the backdrop of Folenn, a wild and rather uninviting continent of Terry K. Amthor’s Shadow World RPG setting.
While times were challenging, ICE prevailed with it’s focus on the Rolemaster series. The Bladestorm license however transferred to Metal Express, an independent game developer located on the West Coast of the United States.
Bladestorm’s claim to fame is it’s dice mechanics. It is also what sets it apart from most tabletop games today. Designed to be streamlined into only one dice roll for attacks and damage effects alike, the system is easy to pick up and quick to play.
After almost a year of preparation, today marks the release of the new Bladestorm Quick-Start Rules. They resemble the Basic Game of the Bladestorm Rulesbook and are published in full color as a free download at RPGNow.
The Quick-Start Rules are the first milestone on the way to a new Second Edition Rulesbook. As work continues, MX is looking forward to playtest new concepts and and develop new setting modules that also tie into the Shadow World.
Even though settings include preset heroes and villains, Bladestorm is not dependent on them. The game itself does not require a setting and can be used within virtually any fantasy environment. To emphasize this, MX is also offering a software tool that basically allows any miniature to be converted into a playable combatant for the game.
In order to get in touch with players, MX has put up a new facebook page for Bladestorm and is also looking to bring players together in their forums.
After releasing the Quick-Start Rules, It’s going to be interesting to see what the finished Second Edition of the game will bring to the table.
ClearHorizon Miniatures releases the Apocalypse-Class Superheavy Tank
The Apocalypse-class superheavy tank is designed as a deep-space all-in-one peacekeeping solution.
The turret contains two high-wattage plasma cannons, auxiliary mini-gun, four AA/AT missile pods and a
multi-spectral RADAR/LADAR sensor package.
The tank can use its four independently powered drive/track modules to raise or lower itself giving it
a wide variety of capabilities. Its troop compartment can carry up to eight fully armed and armored
combat troops or six power-armored troops.
This is a 15mm scale multi-part resin kit.
The Apocalypse tank was sculpted Steve “Coolhand” Tyler.
Painted by Spaceman Spiff
We’ve just released the latest codes for our “Great Enemy” range of 15mm evil forces — Great Orc Elites. The warriors are all armed with a heavy scimitar, the commander instead using a great axe. These are considerably taller and bulkier than the slave orcs that make up the mass of rank and file. There are two codes, Great Orc Elites and Great Orc Elite command.
These often serve in an elite unit, sometimes as the bodyguard in armies led by an Orc general.
28mm scale Monk Luther
feet to the eyeline dimension 31mm
1) Body 2) 25mm scenic base
Statuesque Miniatures is pleased to announce we are taking Pre-Orders for the new Pulp Alley supplement Pulp Leagues, along with the new Pulp Alley Roster Pack. In addition, I have extended the 10% Off Sale on all Pulp Alley books and cards until the 1st of October 2015!
As well as introducing some new rules, the Pulp Leagues book is also a compilation of all Pulp Alley character types, perks, abilities, and resources previously published in the rulebook and expansions. In addition, Pulp Leagues includes tons of fun optional rules for playing all kinds of pulp genres — including sci-fi, fantasy, old west, horror, swashbuckling and more!
As a Pre-Order Special Offer, the Pulp Leagues book is available for only £11.25, saving 10%.
Character cards are a great way to record your Pulp Alley characters and leagues, making it fast and easy to switch characters from one scenario to the next. Character cards also provide a good location to place counters, injury markers, Reward cards, and so on. Character cards can also be helpful for clearly indicating which characters have activated (turned sideways) and who is currently down (flipped over).
Each Pulp Alley Roster Pack includes 15 blank cards for creating your own Pulp Alley leagues and characters (2x blank Roster cards, 2x blank Leader cards, 2x blank Sidekick cards, 3x blank Ally cards, 3x blank Follower cards, 3x blank Gang cards).
Available now as a Pre-Order, the Pulp Alley Roster Pack is priced at £4.75.
These offers will run until the 1st of October 2015. Please note that any orders containing a pre-order item will not be posted until the 1st of October 2015.
IMP25 Muster “Cutter” Trooper is the free in every order 15mm miniature from The Ion Age for September 2015. A great miniature for your Platoons and your Collection. Our first ‘year three’ miniature as well as we continue our journey into space opera awesome wargaming. For more information about IMP25 and this coming month click through. Thanks for Reading.