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So, as I mentioned earlier, you may be thinking, "Well, Gen Con's over. So that's it for conventions." And as I mentioned, you'd be wrong. But what if you're not going to be in Connecticut? What if you're going to be in England? Well, then you'll want to check out the Hereward Wargames Show, coming this September.
Hello there, beautiful TGN readers. And welcome once more to Saturday. Hopefully you're getting some gaming in, or are going to be getting some gaming in at some point today. It seems only right.
Let us know what you've been getting up to with this great hobby of ours.

Being Saturday, we have our batch of review articles we've found over the week.

This week we have reviews of: Trajan, Warmachine/Hordes, The Witcher Adventure Game on iOS, Fidelitas, Parfum, Super Dungeon Explore: Forgotten King, Gripping Beast Plastic Saxon Thegns, Quantum Gothic sci-fi Terrain Pieces, and Letters from Whitechapel.

Gripping Beast has posted up their new releases for Saga that they'll be bringing with them to Salute. The biggest announcement is the new faction they'll have. The Revenants are based on the myths and superstitions of the Middle Ages. But beyond that, they'll also have new building terrain pieces, some new cavalry units, along with the Spanish and Moors. If you want to make sure you get the figures you want, they recommend you e-mail them so they can have the figures with them at the show for you.

From the website:
Sunday, rainy Sunday. At least, here in Atlanta it's raining. Due to gaming much of the day yesterday (rpg variety for me, though electronic in nature. Hey! I'm allowed!), it's "do all the chores!!" day here. Most important is the giant stewpot of red beans simmering on the stove. That's going to be heavenly later.

And as a very loose segue, let's move on to the bite-sized stories we've collected over the last few days for you.

So while Adepticon wraps up in Chicago, we bring you: Battle Studios to become Full-Time Company, Marauder Ship Paper Model Kit Released by Dave Graffam, Steornede Battlesuits Released from The Ion Age, New Website Coming for Gripping Beast, Acheson Creations Dungeon Worlds Kickstarter #2 – Mushroom Gate – Coming This Summer, Kaiju Kaos: The Soundtrack, Vol 2 on Kickstarter, Fox Box released 'Sororitas Arcanum', New Weapon Releases from Kromlech, and the 1 Year Anniversary of Guild Ball.

Gripping Beast was in charge of Musketeer Miniatures for a bit, but now MM's headed back out on their own.



From the announcement:

Its been a number year since Lord S and Darren at Gripping Beast took over the reins of running Musketeer Miniatures, and in that time we have seen many changes both for myself personally, and for Gripping Beast. I now find myself in the position of being able to take over the day-to-day running of Musketeer once more, and enable Gripping Beast to concentrate their efforts on their many new projects which are keeping them very busy. I'd like to send Lord S, Darren, Roger and Martin my immense gratitude and thanks for helping to keep the Musketeer ranges alive and kicking during this time, and making my move to the US possible. I couldn't have done it without them all so thank you guys.

will have their latest book, The Crescent & The Cross, available in their webshop about this time tomorrow.

Cross and Crescent


From the announcement:

SAGA The Crescent & The Cross will be available to order on this web-site from lunch time this Friday, 8th August. Hourrah!

We are frantically packing and shipping the C&C orders from our distributers and retailers so that they can have their stock before or as close to the release date as possible.
The full range of Crusader & Saracen warbands and blisters plus the first few Dogs Of War releases are all up in the Products lists so you can start planning your purchases.

Gripping Beast expands their Saga line with the release of new Steppe Tribes. Get on your horse and ride!

From the release:

Released today, a new official warband for SAGA!
Official Rules & Battleboard are exclusively available in Wargames Illustrated 311.
We have a 4 Point Starter Warband and re-enforcement packs to take your warband to 6 points and beyond!

Just Giving is running an auction for the army painted during the Iron Man II 24 hour painting marathon. Proceeds go to Save the Children.

From the announcement:

Super great guy, Mike Hobbs, painted up a 29-figure, 4pt Pagan Rus Saga warband for the event over a 24hr period. All figures are 28mm Gripping Beast. Thanks to GB for donating the figures.

All proceeds to go to the Save the Children charity. So far we have raised over £500 for the charity and had a great time doing it!
Saga will be debuting some new expansion books at the Salute game show. I wish I was going.

From the announcement:

Debuting at SALUTE, “Varjazi & Basileus” features a 12 page full colour rule booklet containing rules and lists for the Pagan Rus, the Era Of The Princes Rus and the Byzantines (as originally featured in a long sold-out issue of Wargames Illustrated.) There is also a new Hero Of The Viking Age for the Byzantines and a new Swords For Hire unit.
The booklet also comes with 3 battleboards (Rus, Pagan Rus & BYZANTINES,) all contained in a fantastic SAGA folder. Made of sturdy cardboard, this folder is full colour (inside and out) and provides an excellent way to transport rulebooks, supplements and battleboards.
There will be Starter Warbands for both the new factions and a full range of supporting blisters with many, many new figures (pictures soon) - all released at SALUTE!

Gripping Beast has some new measuring sticks and tokens available for Saga.

From the website:

Fresh in from 4Ground are the new official SAGA Measuring Sticks and Token sets. These are made of laser-cut, pre-painted MDF. There are 4 different Fatigue Token sets and a special set for the Jomsvikings that contains Wrath Tokens as well as Fatigue markers.

Saga is adding new Byzantines to their list of available armies.

From the update:

Any day now, Issue 301 of Wargames Illustrated will be dropping on the doormat of subscribers and hitting the shelves of all good newsagents.

However you get your copy, you will be pleased you did as it exclusively features the 100% Official Rules & Battle Board for the Byzantines!

Gripping Beast and Studio Tomahawk are pleased to announce the next expansion book for Saga, entitled The Raven's Shadow.

From the announcement:

Studio Tomahawk and Gripping Beast are proud to announce the forthcoming publication of
The Raven's Shadow, the second supplement to the SAGA rules system for Dark Age skirmishes.
Brueckenkopf has a review up on their website (in German, as usual for them) about Gripping Beast's plastic Viking sets.

From them to you:

After reviewing SAGA and the SAGA Starterbox for the Vikings, it was more than obvious that another review covering the plastic Vikings did not take long.

Gripping Beast has a whole series of new figures up on their website. Basically all the stuff they showed off at Salute is now available to look at for those of you out there, like me, that didn't get to go to the show.

From the update:

What ho and welcome!
First of all, a hearty hourrah and Thank You to everyone who came and saw us at SALUTE - your support is appreciated and made the show our best ever. While the actual event may have been and gone, it's legacy lives on here at Beast Towers. Everyone who had been frantically preparing for the show is now working flat out to catch up with our backlog of orders. Things may take a little longer than normal and we apologise.
We have managed to get the SALUTE new releases up on the web-site so without any further ado......

Gripping Beast has the expansion to their Saga: Dark Age Skirmishes game all lined up. Plus, if you pre-order you get a cool fig. Why not go and do that now?

From the announcement:

'Northern Fury' is the first expansion for Tomahawk Studio & Gripping Beast's 'SAGA: Dark Age Skirmishes' and it is now available to pre-order.

'Northern Fury' contains details of four new factions for your SAGA games: the Bretons, the Jomsvikings, the Scots and the Anglo-Saxons. Along with a description of each faction, there are all the rules you need to muster yourself a warband (including new Heroes,) plus of course a brand new Battleboard for each faction. Each of these new factions presents new and interesting challenges, both to command and to face across the table.

Also in 'Northern Fury' is a new, multi-player scenario called 'Wooden Oaths.' Multi-player SAGA games are great for club-nights and bring their own set of challenges and rewards and this scenario is a great way to start if you've never tried multi-player SAGA games before.
'Northern Fury' is 22 pages, full colour and comes with 4 separate card Battleboards and is £12. It is released on 3rd April 2012.
At the same time, Gripping Beast will be releasing new Starter Warband sets for the Anglo-Saxons, Bretons, Jomsvikings & Scots, plus re-enforcement figure packs for the new factions and some new SAGA dice for the Scots. These are available to pre-order now.
Pre-Order 'Northern Fury or any of the new 'Northern Fury' based deals from Gripping Beast and get a FREE limited edition Scots Warlord sculpted by Bill McThornhill.

Gripping Beast have released several new Viking figures and accessories. From their announcement:
We have some new Warlord figures to release with SAGA - 2 new Viking Jarls & an Anglo-Danish Lord. These amazing new sculpts are the work of Colin Patten, one of the founding fathers of GB, and have been painted using the new SAGA Warpaints and The Army Painters Starter Warpaints set. Get the Vikings here and the Dane here. New Heroes Of The Viking Age Not strictly SAGA related but also available now are 4 new Heroes Of The Viking Age and while they are not specifically designed for SAGA and the there are no special rules for them (as yet), we think they make excellent Warlords for your Warbands. These figures were sculpted by Duncan Patten and are straight out of the pages of the Icelandic Saga, themselves the inspiration behind SAGA. Get them individually for £3.50 each here or as a Newsletter Offer, all four of them here for £12. New LBMS SAGA Sheets Steve at Little Big Men Studios has also got SAGA fever and has created 4 new Warband Sheets, one for each of the Rulebook factions, with each sheet featuring a new flag design and 8 new shield designs. Amazing value at £5.00 each, available here.
Sven ForkbeardGripping Beast have announced a release date for their SAGA Viking Age Skirmishes rules. From their announcement:
We have a release date for SAGA. We will begin shipping the week commencing 19th September, that's about four weeks time, and we are now taking pre-orders for the rules and all our other SAGA related goodies. We've got a whole raft of releases in suport of the system. Not only do we have the rather lovely rule-book (that comes with four sturdy Battle Boards, one each for Vikings, Anglo-Danish, Welsh & Normans,) but we are also releasing the relevant ranges in SAGA friendly formats including some 4 point Starter Warbands. And then there are of course the special faction specific dice....
Gripping Beast will be raising the prices on some of their ranges of figures this weekend. From their announcement:
We can hold off no longer. As we mentioned in last December's Newsletter, we are going to have to put up our prices. We've held on much longer than we anticipated but I'm afraid the time has come. Over this weekend, the website will be updated to reflect the new prices. Generally speaking, 4 figure foot packs are going up to £5.50, 4 figure cavalry packs to £12.00 and unit deals are going up to £27.50. Army deals and individually priced packs will also go up in line with these prices. However Musketeer Miniatures, The Woodbine Design Company figures, Polemarch Successor range and The Timurids will be staying the same price.
Gripping Beast have posted an update on the status of their SAGA Viking Age Skirmishes rules. From their announcement:
It's a long running saga..  Final preparations are underway for the release of SAGA later this summer. Not only do we have the rather lovely rule-book (that comes with four sturdy Battle Boards, one each for Vikings, Anglo-Danish, Welsh & Normans,) but we will also be releasing the relevant ranges in SAGA friendly formats. And then there are of course the special faction specific dice.... In SAGA, you muster your faithful retainers in easy steps, making several choices from four highly skilled hearthguard, eight stalwart warriors or twelve less-than-ferocious levy with each choice costing 1 point. Starter warbands are 4 points and the average is 6. As you can see, the composition is pretty much up to you as Warlord and to make things even easier we will be sorting suitable models from our ranges into 1 point packs (eg 4 Hirdmen, 8 Bondi or 12 bowmen for the Vikings.) To get yourself up and running as soon as possible, we will also be putting together Starter Box Sets that contain a balanced 4 point warlord & warband plus all the appropriate weapons and shields AND a  Renedra plastic base for each of the figures.
Gripping Beast will be attending Salute 2011. Timurid Elephant From their announcement:
Not long until this year's Salute and we're all getting rather excited here at Beast Towers. We will have our largest ever stand at this year's show (TH05 on the floorplan,) and as well as our GB, GBP, TWDC, Musketeer and LBMS ranges we will have some guests too. These will be the FULL ranges of Crusader, Artizan, Great War, Scarab and Northstar miniatures. We will also have plenty of rules, supplements and plastic box sets. As well as all this at the stand, we will have two tables featuring participation games of our new SAGA Viking Age Skirmish rules for you to try and just outside the stand will be our huge Battle Of Maldon (Vikings V Saxoxns) demo table. We have loads of new releases lined up for Salute. So far we have Gurkhas and Senegalese for the TWDC WW1 range, some Damn Poachers for Lord S's range of 1930's nonsense and an extensive new range of Timurids featuring of course elephants. many more packs will be added to the list before Salute including Great Northern War cavalry from Musketeer.