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Build a better mousetrap, and the world will beat a path to your door. Well, for these mice, you're definitely gonna need a better mousetrap. I doubt the ones you used to get rid of a little vermin are gonna do the trick. West Wind Productions has released their new Ratlanders for Empire of the Dead.

As the air gets colder (I've been able to have my AC off for a couple weeks now in the apartment) and the leaves start changing (we do have more than just pine trees here in Atlanta, if you can believe it), it's time to settle ourselves in for Halloween. (As an aside, something I've not seen posted a lot is that, for those that do the "daylight savings time" thing, we're getting an extra hour of Halloween. "Fall back" happens at 2am on Sunday, November 1st. So, we all effectively get an extra hour of Halloween night) The good folks over at West Wind Productions have decided to celebrate with a sale.
I hope your weekend is going well (or has gone well if you are much further East than where I am currently). Mine's been full of some older movies that were watched just for the hell of it (such as Beavis and Butt-Head Do America, again, because just for the hell of it).

And now it's Sunday, so that means a day of housework for me. It also means a collection of bite-sized stories for you.

In this batch we have: New Hansom Tank for Empire of the Dead, Midknight Heroes Interview on CPOP, Advanced Deployment Debuts New Acrylic Color and Free Tokens, and Secrets of the Lost Tomb: The Elite Missions Kickstarter Launching in 9 Days.

We keep chugging along, beautiful TGN readers. The week rolls by and we continue on as well. It's that time once more to bring you some bite-sized stories we've come across in the past few days.

In this batch we have: New Goodies in the Advanced Deployment store, New Warthrone approved army list: Tomb Kings from Warhammer, Tobsen77 Iron Horse huge artillery now available, First Hammer's Slammer Detachment Pack Available from Brigade Models, Crooked Dice release the Weed, Meridian Miniatures releases Rat Warlock, Ogres coming soon at, Nvenom8 Designs Releases Kraken D20, West Wind Productions Releases Steam Velocipede for Empire of the Dead, New American Civil War Zouaves from All the King's Men, and Classic Large Goblins now at

West Wind Productions is there to help make sure you've got a good gift to give the gamer in your life. They've started up their Box of Delights Christmas Special Offer deals over in their webshop for Empire of the Dead. Go get some alternate-history-Victorian minis for a special price in a special bundle. They're a great way to get into the game, or start a new faction.


From the release:
West Wind Productions expands their Empire of the Dead range with some new Victorian Thugs miniatures. They could also be used for any sort of Dickensian, "A Christmas Carol" scenarios you might feel like playing this holiday season.
... dang, now I hope someone comes up with that (if they haven't already).


From the release:
West Wind Productions is showing off some new gangs for Empire of the Dead that will be available next year.


From the preview:

Due out in the New Year, the Bedlam Brotherhood a new faction for Empire of the Dead.

West Wind Productions has released their models that were funded by their Empire of the Dead: Requiem Kickstarter over in their webshop. If you missed out on their campaign, you can now pick them up.


From the announcement:

West Wind have now completed the shipping of their Empire of the Dead Requiem Kickstarter. Phase one of the Requiem is now available to buy from the West Wind online store. Thanks to everyone who made this possible.

West Wind Productions added their new Steam Exoskeleton to their Empire of the Dead Kickstarter campaign.

From the update:

This is a white metal kit, the driver can be modeled with a variety of heads, we supply a strip of 5 different heads with the kit allowing you to adapt it to your faction.
The Steam Exo-skeleton is a £20 Pledge on our Kickstarter ( RRP will be £25)

West Wind Productions has more carriages that they're adding to their Empire of the Dead Kickstarter. Here's the Black Mariah.

From the update:

The Black Mariah clatters into town, you can use this superb model to transport our Bobbies or secure that nefarious prisoner.

Black Mariah RRP £25, or just £20 POST FREE on our EotD Kickstarter.

Resin & White metal kit not supplied painted.

West Wind Productions gives us a preview of their upcoming Gentleman's Coach for Empire of the Dead with an update over on their Kickstarter page.

From the preview:

This is a quick look at our NEW Gentleman’s Coach for Empire of the Dead (or of course any other Victorian games). Shown without the driver as I haven’t finished him yet, but rest assured he will be decked out in a Top hat and full coachman’s finery.

West Wind Productions keeps breaking through stretch goals and adding more to their Empire of the Dead campaign over on Kickstarter.

From the update:

Deathlocke Bones & the Bad Doctor

This is the concept art work for our next Stretch Goal over on Kickstarter.

When crime is afoot not even death can save the perpetrator from the undead investigator, Deathlocke Bones and his faithful partner the infamous Bad Doctor. Just don’t let him eat the evidence!

This set of 28mm Kickstarter, Limited Edition Miniatures will be added FREE to all Requiem Pledge levels when we hit the next Stretch Goal.

Take the time to check out our fantastic Empire of the Dead Requiem Kickstarter. We have tons of new Steampunk Miniatures planned, you can see them on the main page.

West Wind Productions put up a little video showing off some greens they're working on for Empire of the Dead's coaches and carriages.

From the preview:

First glimpse of the work in progress on our Victorian Machines, Coaches and Carriages for Empire of the Dead; our ingenious 28mm Steampunk, Victoriana, Gothic Horror Game. This is the second phase of brand new miniatures and models to populate your Steampunk, Victorian Gothic universe.

Our model maker, Andrew Rawling, is currently fine tuning these plastic masters to ensure they are spot on before we put them through the resin casting process

West Wind Productions has been doing rather well with their Empire of the Dead: Requiem Kickstarter campaign, breaking through several stretch goals. Here's an update on the goings-on.

From the update:

West Wind are on to their fourth Stretch Goal which adds Red the half wolf servant of the Goddess to all backers pledging at a Requiem level. That’s our fourth Kickstarter only Limited Edition Miniature.

Our Requiem Miniatures release for Empire of the Dead continues to build a head of steam (thanks to our Infernium powered boiler).

With over 80 NEW models up for grabs we think it has a little of everything a Victorian gamer could want. It’s even got a Time Machine! So you could always pop back in time for a chat with H.G. (disclaimer, improper use of time machine may result in a paradox this is the sole responsibility of your great-great-great- grandfather).

Here’s a look at the New Bobbies and Detectives, loads more to come!

And a list of the vehicles you can expect from us very soon 28mm Resin and White metal kits.

Victorian Machines
Hansom Cab
Vampire carriage
London Omnibus
Black Mariah (Police carriage)
Hackney Cab
Time Machine
Steam Velocipede
Steam powered Gyrocopter
Steam powered Exo-skeleton

Empire of the Dead from West Wind Productions has made it through another stretch goal on Kickstarter. They've passed 40k GBP and are headed ever higher.

From the update:

When Gretel became separated from her brother Hansel in the dark foreboding forest, she came across an oddly symmetrical pool surrounded by a grove of ancient Oak trees. The mist of weariness descended upon her and she fell into a deep sleep. She dreamt of the Moon..............

Red is a blessed aspect of the Moon Goddess, one of the three guardians of nature known as the Sisters of the Moon. By day she remains Gretel but by night she succumbs to the song of blood and takes the form of a half-wolf.

Empire of the Dead will be getting their Requiem book, as the Kickstarter was funded pretty quickly. They're basically unlocking something a day. Here's a picture of the latest, the Vampire Bride.

From the update:

Empire of the Dead-Requiem Kickstarter has been funded, actually it was funded within 2 hours of launch so a big thank you to everyone who has supported us so far.

Since yesterday we have had a lot of feedback from people regarding our KS. There have been a lot of positive comments and we thank you very much!

It seems that by the time people in the USA and Canada got onto their computers and heard about our KS, all the Early Bird Specials had gone! We didn't take into account the time zone difference, thinking also that the Early Bird's would last a long time, at least a couple of days, and everyone would have an equal chance to Pledge, but this was not the case.

Therefore, to be fair to people in the USA and Canada, we have added another 100 of each Early Bird Specials to the Pledge Levels. These are going to run from tonight until they are all gone. We will not be adding any more Early Birds, absolutely not, after this.

West Wind Productions has launched their Kickstarter for their Empire of the Dead expansion, Requiem. They've already made their funding goal, so it's stretch goals for 39 more days.

From the campaign:

’Requiem’’ is the second part of our tabletop skirmish game Empire of the Dead.

If we manage to reach our goals we will be able to expand on the original game by adding over 70 new charismatic models. We also want to start a new range of ingenious Steampunk Machines and Victorian Carriages to populate the streets of our darkly Gothic Victorian Empire.

Umpire of the Dead is a free-to-use campaign and faction program for West Wind Production's Empire of the Dead game.

From the announcement:

Just in time for Halloween, a free on-line Faction creation and Campaign admin web-site for the Victorian Fantasy Horror skirmish game 'Empire of the Dead' by West-Wind Productions has been released.

The 'Umpire of the Dead' can track Campaigns, create Factions and produce printer-friendly rosters for use during and after the game.

There is full support for 'Empire of the Dead's character progression Campaign system with Character death, injury, stat improvements and new skills.

West Wind Productions posted a Quick Start Rules packet on WargameVault for their Empire of the Dead game. It's free-to-download, so why not get it?

From the release:

Welcome to the world of ‘Empire of the Dead’, a game where you can venture forth into an alternate history of the Victorian era, where science has advanced far more than history would tell us and the horrors of legend and fairytales exist alongside individuals possessed of arcane powers.

These quick start rules introduce you to the basic principles of the game via an introductory scenario that pits the worlds only consulting detective, Sherlock Holmes, against a new terror stalking the streets of London, none other than ''Jack the Ripper!''

West Wind Productions put up some new Empire of the Dead artwork up in preview of their next set.

From the update:

Forthcoming concept art from our next set of releases for Empire of the Dead.

West Wind Productions has been posting up preview art for both Empire of the Dead and Secrets of the 3rd Reich.

Empire of the Dead posted up some new concept art for the British Empire Steam Suit. I can really see this guy sipping a cup of tea while in that thing, complaining about the "blasted heat of this bloody jungle." I love that.

From the preview:

Empire of the Dead . British Empire Steam suit, you can't see the legs but he will stand a couple of inches off the ground.

West Wind Productions gives us another piece of concept art for Empire of the Dead.

From the preview:

Red. There is a little of the wolf in all of us?

Anatoli's Game Room recently conducted an interview with Nigel Atkinson from West Wind Publications about Empire of the Dead. It's a good read and very thorough.

From the interview:

I’m very happy to expand this segment of my blog with yet another great Q&A based interview. This time around I sent a bunch of questions to Nigel Atkinson, one of the writers of the new Empire of the Dead miniature skirmish game.

37 questions ranging from background and writing process of the game to questions about the rules mechanics, stuff in the pipeline, upcoming additional factions and a lot more.

West Wind Productions is coming out with an expansion for Empire of the Dead: Gentlemen and Jackanapes. These characters give your faction many more tools with which to deal with your opponents... at a price, of course.

From the preview:

From time-to-time every Faction may need to call upon individuals with specialist skills or, more likely, someone to do their dirty work for them. These are the Gentlemen and Jackanapes, special characters and mercenaries you can hire to add muscle, brains or skills to your Faction. In this supplement you will find rules for
employing these sell-swords as well as descriptions of each of the characters
available. Of course hiring these individuals has its price, whether in cold hard cash
or because you need to acquire exotic and arcane components for the intricate
summoning rituals required to bind ethereal creatures to this world if only for a fleeting time. Over time new characters will find their way into these tomes offering ever greater variety and options to your games of Empire of the Dead.

Introducing a gentleman or jackanape to your Faction gives you the opportunity to move
further and deeper into the world that is the Empire of the Dead. But be warned; those
who seek to employ the services of these soldiers of fortune may well find their souls
increasingly corrupted. Such is the power of the Empire of the Dead.