TGN Sunday Edition: News Snippets

It’s a cold, rainy Sunday here in Atlanta. Perfect weather to stay inside and do some gaming.

In today’s News Snippets we’ve got a look at some greens from AntiMatter Games, an update from Rocket Games about Last Saga’s model-making process, new survivors added to RN Estudio’s Survivor Indiegogo, new Valksburg Grenadiers from Mad Robot Miniatures, and more!

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Jaded Noble preview render posted by Sword & Board Games

Sword & Board Games gives us another preview render with a look at the Jaded Noble.

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From the post:

This (Goblin) Jaded Noble has tired of all the petty politics engulfing the Eastlands of Dothmora. She has set out to right wrongs and bring evildoers to justice. Who justice?, well that remains to be seen. Does she have ulterior motives? No one is sure. Armed with her ancient two handed rune sword, it is fair to say that her justice will be swift and painful.

The Beast Slayer Stalks the Wilds

Sword & Board Games posted up another 3D render for 12 Elements of War. This one’s the Beast Slayer.

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From the preview:

Stalking the lands of Dothmora, the Beast Slayer tracks her prey. Armed with her heavy crossbow and axe, she stays her targets from range or up-close and personal. The Beast Slayers skills work equally as well on battlefield targets as they do on wild beasts.

Sword & Board Games posts Dwarf Highguard “Survivor” Runecaster render

Sword & Board Games has posted up a new render for Twelve Elements of War. This one’s the Dwarf Highguard “Survivor” Runecaster.

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From the post:

Of the thousands of troops who marched north under the banners of Highguard during the Schism, only 273 brave soldiers survived the Battle of North Pass. These were no cowards, living only because they threw away their arms and fled the crimson field, but heroes who fought long and hard defending the Sun Standard of Highguard, the personal emblem of the royal house.
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Twelve Elements of War miniatures now available for preorder

Sword & Board Games is now taking pre-orders for their new fantasy miniatures game, Twelve Elements of War.

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From the announcement:

PRE-ORDERS are now AVAILABLE to order on our webstore. Pre-orders will be open until the 28th of September and close at 4:00pm AEST.

Once pre-orders have closed, will send the numbers to Maxmini for production. We will keep you up to date on the production progress.

A few things to keep in mind with the photos. The parts weren’t glued together as these are the miniatures that we are sending to be prepared and painted. All the parts fit together snuggly and the joint gaps are minimal. Any gaps you see in the reorder photos are because of the blue-tac we had holding the parts together. Some of the details will be fine and will need a drybrush or similar technique to really show up on some miniatures.

Photos of the miniatures will be replaced once painted versions are made available.

Sword & Board Games previews Arcadian Tax Collector render

Sword & Board Games has a new preview render up. This time it’s for the Arcadian Tax Collector.

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From the preview:

Arcadia is the Eastlands’ centre of commerce and trade. Arcadia is, without a doubt, the busiest city in all of the Eastlands. The streets are thronged with people day and night, all of them out to get a bargain or sell their wares to the highest bidder.
Whether you’re a merchant berthing your ship at one of Arcadia’s many wharfs, a small back street vendor of fruit pies or one of the major merchant princes, all know that if there is one thing you don’t do in Arcadia, it is not pay your taxes.
The Arcadian Tax Collectors walk the streets of the port city heralded by their infamous call of “BRING OUT YOUR DEBTS”. The mere sound of this call sends shivers down the spine of those business owners who have had a slow week and do don’t have the appropriate taxes ready for collection.

Failure to pay taxes will lead to the business owner being sold into slavery and their business holdings possessed by the shadowy Liquidators on behalf of the Lord of Arcadia.

Sword & Board Games previews Faun Runecaster render

Sword & Board Games is showing off a preview render of the Faun Runecaster they’ve been working on.

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From the preview:

Roaming the Eastland in search of rune knowledge, this Faun Traveling Scholar may appear meek, however, behind this veil of deception hides a formidable runecaster.

Off with their heads

Sword & Board Games has a new preview render up. This time it’s the Executioner.

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From the post:

Cloaked in mystery, it is said the Executioner travels the regions of Dothmora dispensing justice where it is needed most. The Executioners story has turned into something of a folklore legend with sightings all over the continent at approximately the same time.

In battle she speaks not a word, hefting her double handed axe with ease and agility, with some warriors saying at a speed that seems almost supernatural.

It is an insane or perhaps misguided Warband commander who deliberately seeks out her services. The ones that are successful, truly have a spirit of death in their midst.

The Adventuring Lord joins the fight

Sword & Board Games posted the preview renders of the Adventuring Lord up on their website.

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From the preview:

Today we are happy to preview to you the “Adventuring Lord”.

Bequeathed a meager estate, the Adventuring Lord sold everything and has sought out a life of adventure and excitement with one of the many warbands that take part in the Shadow War.

This miniature would be great to represent a warbands leader or to be a brash warrior finding his feet on the field of battle.

Phebrickid appears from the wilds of Dothmora

Sword & Board Games is showing off the 3D renders for Phebrickid, their new Orc warrior, over on their website.

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From the preview:

While work has begun on the 3D printing and molds for the first 14 miniatures. Our sculptor has been busy bringing our concept art to life.

“Phebrickid” (named by our “name the newsletter” competition winner) the Tribal Orc Warrior certainly (in our opinion) looks epic and we are looking forward to bringing him to you as a miniature later this year.
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12 Elements of War sees a light

Sword & Board Games didn’t fund their 12 Elements of War Kickstarter. But all is not lost.

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From the announcement:

Hi All,

On the 22nd our Kickstarter ended unsuccessfully.

Instead of focusing on the negatives, let’s focus on the positives. George Edward Woodberry once said “Defeat is not the worst of failures. Not to have tried is the true failure”.

From out of the gloom comes a ray of light. I was contacted by a party from within the industry who wishes to remain anonymous regarding Twelve Elements of War. I am able to show you a snippet of what they had to say.
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Twelve Elements of War Kickstarter Free Shipping on some orders

Sword & Board Games has added free worldwide shipping to several pledge levels of their Twelve Elements of War Kickstarter campaign. They’re also showing off the preview artwork for their first stretch goal.

Twelve Elements Stretch Goal

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From the campaign:

We have Free World Wide Shipping available on a number of pledge levels now and have just released a preview of the first stretch goal artwork.

Twelve Elements of War Relaunched

Sword & Board Games has regrouped, repackaged and relaunched their Twelve Elements of War Kickstarter campaign.

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From the campaign:

Twelve Elements of War has relauched on Kickstarter and is off to a strong start.

Its a streamlined campaign with new stretch goals and pledge levels.

Twelve Elements of War Digital Rulebook now available

Sword & Board Games now has their Twelve Elements of War rulebook available for download from their webshop.

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From the website:

A bit of a run down for you of what’s inside the now completed book.

*Its 160 pages
*It has printable tokens and warband rosters in the back.
*It contains lore and warband lists for the first five factions we hope to release as well as 6 ‘Heroes for Hire’ (characters/Mercenaries type of warrior). The factions include:
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Sword & Board Games previews Mining Guild render

Sword & Board Games has a final render group shot of their Mining Guild up.

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From the preview:

Hi All,

Thank you to all those who have signed up to for the Newsletter already. If you haven’t as yet, head over to our website and fill in the contact form and ask to be signed up. You have until the 13th to sign up in order to receive the 1st Newsletter.

Also, here is a bit of eye candy for you of all the completed Mining Guild Renders.

Sword & Board Games cancels Twelve Elements Kickstarter for retooling

Sword & Board Games has cancelled their Twelve Elements of War Kickstarter campaign in order to move a bit further along with the development and expand capabilities of the company.

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From the update:

Hi All,

I wish I had a cheerier note for first thing in the morning.

It has become clear to us here at Sword & Board Games, that meeting the high levels of expectations this game has drawn, is going to be very difficult.

The Kickstarter campaign and the interest it has developed, has made clear to us that those who want the game would like it to be more realized than we currently have it, and we are receiving contact from retailers who would like levels of stock which we just cannot provide at this time.
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Twelve Elements of War by Sword & Board Games reaches first stretch goal

Sword & Board Games made it over their first stretch goal already for Twelve Elements of War. Just think how many more they’ll go through in the next 35 days.

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From the update:

Hi All,
Today be reached and broke our first stretch goal on our Twelve Elements of War Kickstarter campaign. Supporters now have access to the Keepers of Talon Crag Citadel. We hope to power towards our next stretch goal, the proud and honourable warriors of Highguard.

If you haven’t already, head on over to the campaign and check it out.

Thank you to all our supporters for their great efforts.

Sword & Board Games previews Female Mining Guild member 3D render

Sword & Board Games posted up a new 3D render today. This one’s the Female Mining Guild Member.

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From the preview:

Hi All,

Today we have released our latest render, a Mining Guild female human. Armed with two hand picks, shes effective in the mines as well as deadly on the battlefield.

Our Kickstarter is inching along. We are currently sitting at 91% funded after 3.5 days

Sword & Board Games launches Twelve Elements of War Kickstarter

Sword & Board Games has launched their Kickstarter campaign for Twelve Elements of War. They’re about 3/4 of the way to funded already.

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From the campaign:

Twelve Elements of War is a collaborative effort between Sword & Board Games and Alessio Cavatore’s River Horse.

The team at River Horse working on this project under the supervision of Alessio Cavatore are Anthony Reynolds, rules developer/editor and lead writer, developing the rich background already created by the Sword & Board Games team. He is assisted by Dylan Owen, who is also in charge of product design and is assisting with creative writing. Anthony Greentree will provide the art and graphics, bringing the continent of Dothmora and the world of Lumria to life with his artistic talents.

Sword & Board Games previews Mining Guild Goblin 3D render

Sword & Board Games is showing off some more artwork for an upcoming mini with a preview of the 3D render for the Mining Guild Goblin.

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From the preview:

Hi All,

With just over two weeks to go before our Twelve Elements of War Kickstarter launches, we have another Mining Guild preview. This Mining Guild Goblin may spring up from anywhere. He may ambush you from a tunnel, he may just drop out of a tree. Chances are you won’t see him coming until it is too late.

Sword & Board Games announces Twelve Elements of War Kickstarter start date

Sword & Board Games has announced the start date and some more information for their upcoming Twelve Elements of War Kickstarter campaign.

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From the announcement:

It’s a month to go before our Kickstarter begins on the 1st of December. We wanted to give you some information on what you can expect to see from our campaign.

We have done our best to give you as much access to information on the campaign page as possible so that the “campaign backer” (that’s you) is able to make an informed decision on whether this is a project that you would like to support. We want to be as transparent as possible with you all and will endeavour to answer any questions you may have when the project goes live. We are here to make a great game, not to be dishonest.
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Sword & Board Games previews First production miniature

Sword & Board Games is showing off the first model they’ve got off the production line. Check out the Female Shadow Hold Troll.

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From the preview:

Today we are pleased to show you a sneak peak at our first production resin miniature. This Shadow Hold female Troll is 5cm from head to toe and will be the largest miniature (for now) of all the races for Twelve Elements of War.

For Twelve Elements of War we wanted to make sure that we had races that looked in proportion to how they would be in the real world. The heights and physiques of our races will differ from other miniature ranges. However we feel that this sets our gaming universe and miniatures apart from the others.

The team over at Maxmini have done a great job at producing our first miniature with many more on the way in the future. We will be tweaking the armour details a little raising them up slightly.

We have a troll currently being painted up at the moment and hope to bring you some pictures before the Kickstarter in December.

Keep an eye out for information regarding our Kickstarter campaign later this week.

Sword & Board Games previews Twelve Elements of War rulebook cover

Sword & Board Games gives us a look at the cover for their Twelve Elements of War rulebook in their latest preview.

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From the preview:

Today, as promised we can preview to you the cover of the Twelve Elements of War rulebook.

We have moved away from the “sterile” style of what you would expect to find on and in game books these days. We are trying to show a “rough” and “hand drawn” style of art as you would have found in the old “Rogue Trader” era rule books or the first edition Dungeons and Dragons books, when tabletop gaming was in its infancy.

As we have said many times before, we feel that many of today’s tabletop gaming books have lost the “warmth and feeling” that they once possessed (Having said that, I must point out that the team at Sword & Board Games do play numerous other games and we are not trying to belittle other companies achievements or products. Their huge success is a testament to their awesomeness).

We understand that the style may not be to everyone’s taste. However, the style and design complements the gaming world that we have created extremely well. The book is being styled as a traveller’s tome/journal, so again the “rough” style fits nicely. All the rules and lore will be set out in a format that you would expect from a typical rule book.

Sword & Board games previews Mining Guild Elf 3D render

Sword & Board Games gives us another look at a mini they’re working on with a preview of the 3D render for the Mining Guild Elf.

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From the preview:

Hi All,

Today we are pleased to show you our latest offering. The Mining Guild Elf.

We are working closely with the team from Maxmini to make sure that as much of the detail we have on the 3D render is present on the finished product.

We will also be able to bring you a preview of the front cover of the core rules next week.

Mining Guild Troll render & Partnership News from Sword & Board Games

Sword & Board Games shows off the 3D render for their upcoming Mining Guild Troll. They’ve also got some news about partnering up with MaxMini.

From the update:

Hi All,

Today we have a lot of news for you.

First we have our new render for the Mining Guild. Our take on a male troll. I think you will agree that he looks pretty nasty. (He’s not actually leaning in the finished model, that’s just the camera angle)

Secondly, we are proud to announce that Sword & Board Games is partnering up with Maxmini. The Maxmini team have been extremely helpful giving us advice regarding 3D printing and will be assisting us in their printing and production. It’s great to know we have a reliable and talented group of people working beside us on our miniatures. You can see some of Maxmini’s work at www.maxmini.eu

Thirdly, for those of you that have been keeping up to date with our news. The poll which asked “What type of material would you like our miniatures to be made out of?”. The results are in. A whopping 73.68% of you voted for our miniatures to be made out of resin.

Also, for those that missed out don’t forget to check out the Mining Guild Female Orc posted earlier.

Sword & Board Games posts Mining Guild Female Orc Render

Sword & Board Games posted up their next 3D render. This one’s the Mining Guild Female Orc.

From the preview:

Today we are pleased to show you the first of our Mining Guild renders. This is our take on a female Orc. We wanted to steer away from the traditional hunched, extremely muscular, extremely feral and slightly comical look of Orcs that have been done by others.

The Mining Guild are tough, guerrilla warriors of the Mining Guild, seeking to control valuable mineral resources across the continent of Dothmora.

The Mining Guild & Shadow Hold are the two factions we hope to launch our Kickstarter with in December. Along with the other factions, Heroes for Hire, additional warriors for each faction and conversion bits as stretch goals.

An update of the rule book. The front cover is almost complete and when we have a finished product we will preview it to you all. Also we have our page designs looking snazzy and artwork coming along nicely. We wanted to give our rule book a warm feeling to it. Something we feel (as gamers and game creators) has been lost in the industry. We feel that game books today are to sterile and have lost a lot of that gaming magic that they used to have. (We should point out that we still play those games though 🙂 ) We hope that our book conveys a style and feeling from tabletops infancy. (Well maybe not infancy, hopefully you get what we are trying to say.

Also, don’t forget to vote on what your preferred material for our miniatures will be. Head over to our website

Sword & Board Games previews Shadow Hold Elf render, answers questions from you

Sword & Board Games is showing off their new render for their Shadow Hold Elf as well as posting up a Q&A session they had recently.

From the announcement:

First off today is the last 3D sculpt (for now) for Shadow Hold. Even though he has been brainwashed, this Elf will still cause some damage at both range and in melee.

Secondly we can announce the name of the game “Twelve Elements of War”

Thirdly, We have our Q & A. Thank you to our fan base for their submissions. If you still have questions then we will add them.

Fourthly, an update on the rulebooks progression. We have a great layout plan worked out and the page graphics are looking really snazzy. Final play testing will be conducted during August and September.

Sword & Board Games previews Shadow Hold Halflings

Sword & Board Games shows that halflings can be fierce, too, with a preview look at their Shadow Hold Halfling.

From the preview:

Forget all that you think you know about Halfings. Shadow Holds brainwashed Halfling is not to be trusted or underestimated.

We have gone for a different look for our Halflings. The difference between the races isn’t as noticeable from the 3D renders. But once the last one is finished for this faction we will be sending them off to be 3D printed so you can all see the difference. 🙂
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Sword & Board Games and River Horse team up

Sword & Board Games is teaming up with Alessio Cavatore’s River Horse in their latest project.

From the update:

Today we are pleased to announce that Sword & Board Games and Alessio Cavatore’s River Horse will be working in partnership to produce the rules for our upcoming fantasy skirmish game.
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Sword & Board Games previews Shadow Hold Faun 3D render

Sword & Board Games is showing off their 3D render for the Shadow Hold Faun model they’re working on.

From them to you:

Our latest sculpt for Shadow Hold. One of the brainwashed warriors that fight for this faction. This is one of our favorite sculpts to date. There are plenty more cool sculpts on the way.

The next sculpt will be the smallest miniature for the range. Watch your back. A sneaky brainwashed Goblin is on its way

Sword and Board Games previews Shadow Hold Bane Knight render

Sword & Board Games posted up a preview render of their upcoming Shadow Hold Bane Knight.

From the preview:

Hi All,

Today we introduce the Shadow Hold Bane Knight. This minion of Shadow Hold acts like a bodyguard for the Sorceress during battles. The Bane Knights ornate armour does not fit over the body of the wearer, it is instead fused and anchored to the skeleton of the wearer in a hideous ritual over a number of hours. This Armour can be inscribed with magical runes. Once this armour is put on, it can never be removed, even after death…

Sword & Board Games posts up 3D render of Shadow Hold Troll

Sword & Board Games has their first ever 3D render up for you to check out. It’s the Shadow Hold Troll.

From the preview:

We are please to show you a preview of our first 3D sculpted miniature. Behold, the Shadow Hold Troll in all her ferocious glory. We will be posting another picture with her back and side views later on today. I think you will agree that our sculptor Justin has done an amazing job on the detail, staying true to the concept art.

The next sculpt will be the Shadow Hold Sorceress.

Stay Tuned!!!

Sword & Board Games previews new artwork for Rune

Sword & Board Games is showing off some more artwork from the upcoming Rune rulebook.

From the preview:

As promised we have our second character sneak peak from the upcoming RUNE rule book. Introducing Heran Stoneshield.

“His vocation in life is to travel the lands of Lumria searching for lost runic knowledge. He has a reputation as one of the most learned researchers into ancient runic arts and rituals”

Sword & Board Games previews the Wraith

Sword & Board Games had a successful Indiegogo campaign for Rune last year. Here’s some of the fruits of that labor with a preview piece for The Wraith.

From the preview:

With the success of our RUNE Indiegogo campaign late 2012, we are nearly finished putting the finishing touches to our RUNE core rulebook. We thought we would give our fans a sneak peak at one of the characters that will feature in this first book. Tremble in fear as you behold the terror that is the Wraith. We expect the RUNE rules to be released in April 2013.