The creatures of the sea are filled with all sorts of amazing colors and patterns. Even in the deep ocean depths, bio-luminescence makes sure that there’s still light and color to be found. Now, AntiMatter Games is looking to see how well you paint up their deep-sea creatures. They’re running a DeepWars Painting Contest. So get your colored goop on those minis!
AntiMatter Games has updated their downloads section of their website with new DeepWars cards. If you’ve been waiting for these new stats, your wait is now over. These new cards include submersibles, but every force has been updated in some way, shape, or form.
The ocean is full of wonders… and horrors. And, I mean, I can’t say for certain that there aren’t swarms of mechanized piranha fish, ready to rip the flesh from your bones in seconds, I can’t rule it out, either. So, if you ask me, I’ll keep my deep-sea diving to the tabletop with DeepWars, because there, at least I know I can take on the models of mechanized piranha fish, which is what we get a preview of here from Antimatter Games.
There’s all sorts of crazy things beneath the waves. The ocean depths hold monsters we’re barely able to even imagine. In DeepWars, those creatures are under your command in their conflicts with one-another. One of these strange creatures is the Sea Hang. AntiMatter Games is showing her off. You can pick up yours next year.
Mmm, Saturday. Drink it in! … *sip* … tastes like Sobe Citrus Energy… Oh, hey, look! An open Sobe Citrus Energy! Ain’t that a kick in the head? *sip*
But my drinking habits aside, I know you’re here for your weekly dose of reviews. So let’s get to it.
Today we have: Exit the Game, Ascended Kings, Stroop, Component Collector & Dice Tray, DeepWars, Beasts of Balance, Jaipur iOS, Clank! Sunken Treasures Expansion, Isle of Monsters, Qwinto, Downforce, Century: Spice Road, Fistful of Lead – Reloaded, Watson & Holmes, and Zooloretto.
It feels like a short week, but it’s certainly been a busy week. Yesterday, got pulled aside for a vital project before the A Song of Ice and Fire Miniatures Game Kickstarter launches later this month. That was a cool couple of hours. But yeah, just been busy all-around. Ready for that weekend! Gonna be making some dark-chocolate-orange confections (cookies, candy sticks, and candied orange peel) over the weekend. … Might make some gumbo, too. Haven’t gotten that far ahead. But when making that stuff, I should fill up on some bite-size gaming stories, so I don’t eat all the cookie dough or something.
Today on the platter we have: Red Republic Games Previews Special Arena Rex Dice, Everlasting Wet Palette Coming To Kickstarter, The Board Game Table Mat by Tabletop Companion Now Available, Final Day for DeepWars Kickstarter Campaign, dice.run Dice Rolling Tool Up Online, and Brigade Models release 6mm Combat Cars.
Under the sea…
Well, now that I’ve got that song stuck in your head, let’s take a look at DeepWars. AntiMatter Games is running a Kickstarter to expand their DeepWars line, including a new submarine as well as various other sea creatures and characters.
Well, we’re making our way through the week. Two and a half days down. Two and a half days to go. Then we get to the glorious, glorious weekend. Do you have things planned coming up? I’ve got a bunch of things from Adepticon that got sorted through last weekend. This weekend it’s time to get things started on writing articles for them. So expect those in the next couple weeks.
To help keep our strength, let’s fill up on some bite-sized gaming stories.
Today we have: Into the Black: A Game of Space Piracy casts off on Kickstarter May 3rd, GCT Studios’ Pioneers Program Needs You, Lost Cat Games Launches Open Beta For Straight To VHS, 2184 Generation war Trailer Video Posted,
Minion Miniatures – Monsters of Underdeep 2 Kickstarter Funded, New Website for MAGE Company, Aether Captains returns on Kickstarter April 18th, Cavern Tavern launches on Kickstarter on April 20th, Final Day For Blood Reef on Kickstarter, and Mackinley from Klukva Miniatures is on sale.
I’m back in the office today (worked from home yesterday). Doing my best to get back into the swing of things after being in Chicago last week. At least it’s a short week (seeing as it’s already Wednesday) before I get back to another weekend.
But seeing as it’s Wednesday, and we didn’t have one on Sunday, it’s time to chow down on some bite-sized stories in our mid-week Snippets feature.
Today we have: Great Scott! – The Game of Mad Invention Coming To Kickstarter April 13th, Colayth Guard Combat Force Set Now Available, Astagar 15mm Sci-fi Snakemen Kickstarter now live, Gaspez-Arts miniatures: sexy pin-ups Indiegogo Campaign Happening Now, Aether Captains returns on Kickstarter April 18th, Tanto Cuore International coming to Kickstarter in May 2016, Arcanik: New RPG system in development, New Release! Zg’orzel, The Morbid Herald, and DeepWars – Blood Reef – EU friendly.
Well, the office is a little quieter today as some of the people head out to California for WonderCon this weekend. And this time next week I’m sure I’ll be somewhere in Kentucky or maybe Indiana on my way to Adepticon. It’s been a couple years since I’ve been to that show. Should be interesting.
But that’s as may be. At the moment, it’s time to nosh on some bite-sized stories.
Today we have: S.T.A.R. Trooper Miniatures Launched, True Messiah Teaser Video Posted, Jobstacles Funds With 2 Weeks Left On Kickstarter, DeepWars – Blood Reef Reaches Funding Goal, Final Sculpt for Shattered Earth’s Aurora Unveiled, and Blitzkrieg 222 Assault Vehicle Now Available From Kromlech.
Under da sea… *ducks from all the things just thrown at me for getting that song stuck in people’s heads*
Though this coral reef for DeepWars from AntiMatter Games is a bit more deadly and a lot less cheery than the one in The Little Mermaid. Though there certainly are mermaids in this new Blood Reef expansion set. They’re called the Nereids. I don’t think they really sing all that much.
The work week marches on (as Glenn Miller – American Patrol plays on Pandora). We’re halfway there, beautiful watchers. We’ve made it to Wednesday. Let’s keep on keepin’ on and make our way to the rest of the week. However, a quick bite would be good. Oh, look, some bite-sized gaming stories for you. How convenient.
Today’s installment of Snippets we have: Brigade Models Release New 6mm Armoured Infantry, Cannon Fodder WW2 Stickers Now Available, New ATER miniatures are here, New Weapons and Accessories Available from Victoria Miniatures, DeepWars – Blood Reef Kickstarter coming soon, and New Bases Available From Tabletop-Art.
Gen Con is gone and done for the year. It’s certainly a lot of work, but it’s also a lot of fun. It will be missed, but it will be back again before we know it. AntiMatter Games was at the show, showing of DeepWars and ShadowSea. They’ve got a special deal going on over in their webshop as a bit of a Gen Con wrap-up. They’ve also got a bit they’re showing off from the upcoming DeepWars video game.
AntiMatter Games is running a special holiday sale on their DeepWars and ShadowSea products over in their webshop. Get 20% off your purchase until the end of the year. There aren’t a lot of really good underwater monsters minis around, so be sure to check them out if you’re in the market for any of those.
From the sales sheet: Continue reading
AntiMatter Games’ Kickstarter campaign may be over with, but that doesn’t mean you can’t still jump in and unlock more goals. Their pledge manager is up and they’re running a sale over on their website.
From the announcement:
The Rise of the Draconids Kickstarter has completed, unlocking many stretch goals in an impressive final push. Current backers that pledged in August for the Kickstarter can add to their pledges in the Pledge Manager using the “Pitch-In” paypal button, while new backers can join in with pledges. As extra incentive, we are adding in the stretch goals that were not achieved. When unlocked by the Pitch-In pledges, those figures will be produced as stretch goals and can be added to rewards (The first miniature is already unlocked – Harlequin Lizardman Burglar). Both ShadowSea and DeepWars items are available as rewards.
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AntiMatter Games has just a couple days left in their Rise of the Draconids Kickstarter campaign. They’ve passed their goal and are working through stretch goals.
From the campaign:
Now that we’re nearing the last few days, there are a couple of changes to the stretch goals,adding in a couple of scenic terrain items and bringing in Lithiana a bit closer, to $11,500. The first scenic item are treasure markers, resin cast and about 40-50mm in diameter with lots of detailed gold, crystals and ether tech items. There are planned to be two per pack due to their size. These are placed as treasure objective markers during the game. The next scenic item is a crystal outcropping, areas where models may mine valuable ether crystals. This one should be around 100mm on the base and rise up about 75mm in height, with many crystals and detailed groundwork.
AntiMatter Games has made it through their Draconids Start Set stretch goal for Rise of the Draconids on Kickstarter. Next to be unlocked is Lithiana.
From the campaign:
The stretch goals keep moving along for the Rise of the Draconids Kickstarter. We have unlocked the Draconid Cannon Master and the Deluxe Stater Set for the Draconid Legion now, so both can be added to pledges. The next reward up will be the sorceress of the Dark Mariners, Lithiana – Queen of the Deep.
Lithiana is a powerful Ethermancer who has delved into the secrets of the ethereal abyss and is able to summon beings from the void to serve her. The Queen of the Deep has trading much of her own soul in the process and ruthlessly slays any who oppose her.
Lithiana glides across the battlefield using a biomech levitation device, battling enemy forces with a deadly plasma blade. She also had the capability to lead and and control Biomech Constructs with the control device on her hand, making her doubly effective at controlling allied beings (ethereals and biomechs). Lithiana can be used on both ShadowSea and DeepWars.
AntiMatter Games goes all “holy order” on you with their Templar Sentinel added to their Rise of the Draconids Kickstarter campaign.
From the campaign:
This sculpt has been waiting for a base to be made but it will be finished soon. It is now added as a reward for $8 or 1 point. The figure is meant for DeepWars but can also be used in ShadowSea. Sentinels are very effective at banishing ethereals, casting protection spells and disrupting constructs, transfixing them.
AntiMatter Games has launched a Kickstarter for some new Deep Wars/Shadowsea minis. They’ve made their goal, so it’s stretch goals for the next 32 days.
From the campaign:
This Kickstarter will help us produce new miniatures for the Draconid Legion, the force of lizardmen, dragon-men, and other scaly beings for our tabletop miniatures game ShadowSea, Conquest of the Underground World. These will be cast in high-quality white metal, with larger models hand-cast in resin. In addition, we will produce a printed painting guide that helps show techniques for painting these scaly monsters by Eric Louchard
AntiMatter Games has posted up some stretch goals for their mini-kicker Kickstarter project they’re running. They’re over 50% of the way to their goal.
From them to you:
The mini-kicker is making progress so far and we have added some additional goals for reaching 100 backers and then at 15K and 25K. Reaching those nets extra bonus miniatures.
There are also some new studio paint jobs of DeepWars miniatures on the Facebook page. The Cephalid Biomancer can be used in both DeepWars underwater and ShadowSea on land, making it a useful member of a warband.
AntiMatter Games is showing off the finished sculpt for their Dagothan Man-Slayer mini for DeepWars/ShadowSea.
From the preview:
We have put up a few photos of the Dagathonan Man-Slayer sculpt now on Facebook. It is on its way to us for casting and will finish up the figures in the ShadowSea Deluxe Starter for Dark Mariners force from out Kickstarter. We have a couple more figures to complete and then all of the Kickstarted models will be done.
This figure will also work in DeepWars since the Dagathonans are all amphibious. We have been working to make sure the new ShadowSea rules are fully compatible with DeepWars so people can use models across both games.
AntiMatter Games is having a Winter Sale over in their webshop. Go get yourself some minis for cheaper than usual.
From the sales announcement:
It is now the dead of Winter, ice covering the land under the polar vortex as the bitter cold forces people back into their caves. To celebrate staying warm and playing a few games, we are having a Winter Sale of 20% off for all orders, even for the smallest of items. This discount can be applied to an order in the shopping cart by entering the coupon code “amg” and hitting the “update” button. Existing special bundle deals are excluded from the sale as they are already discounted, but those bundles can be mixed with other regular items in the cart and those items will be discounted at 20%.
AntiMatter Games is showing off some new artwork and a WIP for DeepWars that they’ve been working on.
AntiMatter Games might be done with their successful Kickstarter, but that doesn’t mean the fun has to end. Anyone that missed out can still join in (though without all of the goodies of the Kickstarter) via their post-funding pledges on the AntiMatter Games website.
From the update:
The ShadowSea kickstarter was a success, and with the final burst at the end we unlocked a couple more miniatures and the bonus stretch goals. For those who want add any more items to their existing pledge, please visit our Mini-pledge manager page, running until early December. Here, anything added via Paypal with the Pitch-in button will go towards unlocking miniatures we missed during the Kickstarter.
If anything new is unlocked, it can be added to the pledge also. New backers can join in here as well, although they get fewer bonus points than the original backers did. The free points from the 25K stretch level are also not applied for any pledge modifications or new backers as those were just for the original Kickstarter run. So far, Jujazca the Wise has been unlocked and progress has been made towards the Gark Gutripper.
AntiMatter Games is showing off a WIP for their Sea Dog Captain for their upcoming DeepWar Kicsktarter campaign.
From the preview:
Today the majority of the shipments for the mini-Kicker went out. We need to find a way to batch-mail all of the tracking numbers. In the meantime, here is a new DeepWars mini that will be part of a new Fortune Hunter Warband Starter Set coming out soon. This is the Sea Dog Pirate Captain, but he will get a name soon, and the base with treasure and chain for the anchor.
Board to Death has created a little video overview of DeepWars from AntiMatter Games.
AntiMatter Games is headed to GenCon and they’ll be bringing their Shallow Shelf Zone Battleboard with them.
From them to you:
What we have here today is the finished battle board for the Shallow Shelf zone in DeepWars, a region of coral, sand and clear waters. The game board was made by Richard Hale of Battleboards UK and will be at Gencon for demos starting August 15. We took some shots of the board with minis before it was packed up. This scene shows a couple of Dark Mariners fighting against creatures of the Scaly Horde.
AntiMatter Games has some WIP green photos up for their Draconid Sea Demon Warrior for DeepWars/ShadowSea.
From the preview:
Here is the scuplt by Sandra Garrity. The base is meant to be an erupting underwater volcano, which end up mostly being bubbles. The draconids are immune to the heat and like to bathe in the superheated water.
AntiMatter Games is showing off the final green for their Nautiloid Chrysalid for DeepWars.
From the preview:
Here is the finished Nautiloid Chrysalid for the Dark Mariners. Sculpted by E. Louchard to hopefully be cast by the end of July. It could be metal or resin, depending on cost, but it was designed with metal casting in mind and has only three parts. The figure sits on a 40mm plastic base, so the shell is a bit large than 40mm in diameter, and the overall length close to 100mm.
AntiMatter Games gives us a look at the Heavy Biomech green they’ve gotten in for DeepWars.
From the preview:
Got two figures from Bob Olley, the Clal-Chk Warrior and the Heavy Biomech. Both are about ready to go to casting.
AntiMatter Games shows off another sea monster for DeepWars with a look at the final pieces for the Anglerfish.
From the preview:
Anglerfish parts for casting. The fins got some extra texture since the last photos.
Ravage Magazine issue #7, for those that have seen it, has the world’s greatest review ever of DeepWars from AntiMatter Games (I should know. I wrote it). Those that have read the review, might have noticed the last lines talking about an upcoming giveaway on TGN. Well, your waiting is over! In a cross-promotion with my “other job” as editor for Ravage, we’ve got a bunch of DeepWars to give away. We’ve got two starters, the rulebook and some extra blisters to give away. You can get a nice little set-up for yourself and a friend if you win.
So how do you enter? Simple, though we’re making it a little tougher than just putting your name in the hat. To win, just take a picture of yourself with the magazine (or you with a screencap of the mag. if you have it electronically) and post a link to the photo in the comments.
Only work-appropriate photos will be allowed. If I open the link and instantly want to stab my eyes out, I’ll delete the link and you will be removed from the contest.
I’ll draw a winner next Monday, so you’ve got some time to go get the magazine if you’ve not already.
AntiMatter Games has new clear acrylic stands for DeepWars.
From the release:
We finally have the new acrylic swim stands for DeepWars coming out in June and available for pre-order. The stands allow for a visual representation of swimming in DeepWars, holding models about two inches off the playing surface. Depth levels in the game are indicated with numbers on the base of the stand, where a seaweed marker can be inserted. The stands use a sturdy cross-piece design that is easy to assemble, holding the model bases firmly on the upper tray so they will not topple out. Swim stands are available for all three base sizes (30,40,50mm) and in packs for the Deluxe Starter Sets for each force.
Orders that include the swim stands with other products will ship out once the stands are ready to go.
AntiMatter Games put up some new greens previews of some upcoming releases for DeepWars as well as bundling together stuff for easier purchase in their webshop.
From the announcement:
AntiMatter Games now has some special bundle deals for DeepWars available in the store. There are bundles with the Deluxe Starter sets, rulebooks and troops for each force, as well as mega-bundles with the Temple of the Ancients terrain kit and multiple starter sets. These are a great way to get everything needed to play DeepWars.
There is also a preview of new miniatures and terrain on the facebook page, including hydrothermal vents. The vent areas form valuable ether crystals and minerals but the tube worms, clams and other sea life around them can entangle those that try to recover this treasure. The boiling, acidic water makes this a dicey proposition also. This sculpt is about done and can go off to casting soon.
AntiMatter Games did great during their short mini-Kickstarter. Now they’ve got a pledge manager up for those that want to add to their pledge or even those that just want to get into the action.
From the announcement:
The Mini-Kicker for DeepWars went really well considering it was only two weeks. There were some that could not join in though, while some backers did not have enough time to edit their pledges the way they wanted. We are setting up a “Chip-in” pledge manager to address these issues so backers can now add to their Mini-Kicker pledges and new backers can join in to help unlock some additional miniatures, like the Giant Anglerfish. The “Chip-in” can be found on the AntiMatter site here. All pledges are done through Paypal.