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The weekend is just about upon us, everyone. For those in the States, it's a 3-day weekend for many. Here's to hoping that you've got some gaming plans lined up, along with whatever other activities you might have planned. It's the unofficial start of summer, so go to the pool, have yourself a BBQ, do some camping, or whatever else you might enjoy. And be sure to stock up on bite-sized gaming stories before you go.

Today on the platter we have: New Egyptian Girl with Snake Wand From Brother Vinni, Oddzial Osmy’s 3mm May Releases Arrive at PicoArmor, Beestwars at Kublacon, Two New Releases Available From Klukva Miniatures, and New Glyphs Available From Kromlech.

You know me. I'm very much a "try before you buy" sort of gamer. So when I hear about a set of rules being put up online for free from a company, I highly respect that move. It lets me, a consumer, check out and see what I'm getting into before I take any sort of monetary plunge. Well, ZombieSmith and Gary Hunt Miniatures have posted up the free quickstart PDF for their Beestwars miniatures system they're working on.
For everyone that's been worried about it: My fruitcake turned out perfectly. :P
Since I know that all of you have been waiting with baited breath to find out about it. We'll see how it goes over with everyone at the office tomorrow, where everyone will get a good bite of what, I hope, is a new revolution in thinking about fruitcake.

On the subject of good bites, we've got some bite-sized news stories for you, as usual.

Today's include: Iron Cross: release date & pre-order announced, Rebel Minis Releases 28mm Dark Hold Bonewalker Wraiths Set, Squadron Strike 2nd Edition Coming Now, and Hadekine Demon release by Gary Hunt Miniatures and Zombiesmith.

Zombiesmith and Flytrap Factory are going steady with their Netherworld's Edge: Keystone Kickstarter campaign. They're over 3x funded with a little over 2 weeks left in the campaign. As such, they've added a new pair of starter sets to the mix, as well as a new pledge level.
Zombiesmith and Flytrap Factory are looking to fill your gaming tables with adorable little anthropomorphic mice and rats and other fuzzy-wuzzy little critters... who are armed to the teeth and ready to stab one-another to death for dominance. (That escalated fast!) Netherworld's Edge is a new fantasy miniatures skirmish game that's up on Kickstarter. The valiant rangers of the Northern Waywatch Chapters must be ever-vigilant, on the lookout for both their enemies from outside their borders, and those that would corrupt them from within. Their main enemy, the vermin of the Borgal Hollow, will stop at nothing to try and breach the protective walls and run amok among the populace, if they get the chance.
ZombieSmith and Gary Hunt Miniatures are joining forces to bring you some new miniatures. Well, they're new versions of some older miniatures, that is, at least to start with. They'll be bringing back the Fantasy Warr range to begin with. Then, later on, they'll be coming out with the 21st Century Amazons pulp range of figures. Gary Hunt Miniatures will also be available soon in the ZombieSmith webshop, starting with the Fire Drake. Previews of new products will be forthcoming. Stay tuned.

From the announcement:
ZombieSmith is happy to announce a new faction for Shieldbash, their 15mm fantasy miniatures game. The Ki-kak are ready to make their way onto your tabletop battlefields. There's a starter set, command set, battle-hardened veterans, and even a "creatures" section with which to topple your opponents.
ZombieSmith also has a little bit of time left on their winter sale. Just put the winter code in at checkout and get 15% off your order.

From the announcement:
Zombiesmith is having themselves a sale in honor of old man Winter over on their website. They've also got new releases they're showing off. They're adding the Ki-kak to Shieldbash. For their 6mm Quar line, they're adding the Royalists. And finally, there's new pirate mice for Netherworld's Edge. Check them all out and get them all at a discount.


From the announcement:
Zombiesmith and Flytrap Factory have unlocked their Quar Mhudd team over on their Portaball 15mm fantasy sports Kickstarter campaign.


From the update:

We have unlocked the Quar Mhudd team! We'll start the sculpting for this now, it should only take a few weeks. To be safe, though, any pledge including a Quar team will most likely ship in February rather than January. Just in case! We'll have a living PDF of rules up by then as well in case you want to play Mhudd and not work them into your normal fantasy football shenanigans.

I'll add a couple more reward levels and should have more info soon!
Zombiesmith and Flytrap Factory are running a Kickstarter campaign for Portaball, their new 15mm fantasy sports miniatures game.


From the campaign:

Play Fantasy Football anywhere you wish! Portaball is a set of 15mm fantasy football teams including an appropriately scaled field.

Portaball is meant to be used with the popular sets of fantasy football rules that already exist. No reason for us to reinvent anything!
ZombieSmith has their new Riggers squad for Warpod available in their webshop.


From the release:

Warpod: Riggers!
Riggers are out and 15% off!
Use code: pod on checkout!

In Warpod: Malfunction the Riggers are the quintessential good guys, having survived relatively unscathed during the unleashing of the Kontagion virus during the Negatroid Syntactic they were engineered to autonomously manage and maintain the city-sized oil platforms (known as Rigs) that populate the vast salt water bodies that cover much of the moon's surface.

Command, Squads, Mortar teams, Commandos, Transports, Medium Tanks and Heavy Tanks!

Zombiesmith has released several new types of alien minis as well as a squad of real porkers.


From the release:

New aliens in the A7D12 range! We have two new sets.

First, we have the Janitorial Staff. This set contains five 28mm scaled aliens in five different poses. All five are available for $25.00 USD

Secondly, we have the Station Vermin that they are tasked with hunting down. These are big critters, at 50mm or so to the tops of their heads. Tentacles are separate, and are easily bent into new shapes. All three are available for $30.00 USD, or individually. You can also get the entire group at a discount for $48.00 USD!

This month, we also release the Porkers! 15mm WWII piggies. Available in squads of ten, a pair of officers or half-tankers for filling your 15mm tank hatches!

Zombiesmith is having a sale going on now over on their website. Go check it out along with the new releases they've also put up.

From the announcement:

15% off everything at Zombiesmith!

Its our annual summer sale. Use code: summer on checkout. Get all that new stuff for cheap!

We have also started a loyalty program so for every $150 you spend you'll earn a 10% coupon.

Zombiesmith has a bunch of new releases for January. As a bonus, they're also running a sale. Why not go get yourself some minis for cheaper than you usually would?

From the announcement:

Its that time! Our month long sale to start off the new year. This time we have a TON of new releases as well! A whole new 28mm scale Quar faction, various support Quar in 28mm, the first Royalists in 15mm including a tractor, Quar Cavalry in 15mm, and the first wave of creatures for War of Ashes!

ZombieSmith has the Quickstarter PDF rules for their upcoming War of Ashes game available online for your downloading and reading enjoyment.

From the announcement:

This month sees the online debut of the War of Ashes: Shieldwall quickstart rules pdf. The first step toward the release of the game, our goal is to get the rules out in the wild and gather feedback.

War of Ashes: Shieldwall is the latest offering from the designers of This Quar’s War and Songs of Our Ancestors. Concentrating on command and position instead of unit statistics and abilities, WoA: Shieldwall provides simple rules that require difficult decisions.

The quickstart gives commanders the basics for fighting a battle between the barbaric hordes of the Vidaar and their civilized cousins, the Elvorix. Over the course of the next few months we will update the document to include additional factions: the Jaarl and Kuld, as well as new creatures and rules for different unit types, leading up to the release of the book in Q1 2013.

ZombieSmith wants you to know all about their Quar's War game and is giving away a primer book to help get you interested.

From the update:

A primer on the proper behavior upon the field of battle, This Quar’s War allows players to recreate the valiant deeds of their ancestors. With chapters detailing both factions present at the infamous Battle for Gate 18, players can reference color uniform and heraldry plates to ensure the accuracy of their miniatures, as well as learn about the weapons their clan carried to war.

ZombieSmith has some big news for June up on their website. They include some staffing news, some previews and a sale. It's a little something for everyone.

From the update:

About the sale: Use code: zombie on checkout for 15% off!
First, we are proud to announce that Zombiesmith miniatures painter and rules designer, Anthony Brown is moving to full time employee status. He can be reached at his new email: You should still go to Josh for special orders and other general questions while Anthony gets up to speed!

Up until now, we have always been a part time affair, working in our spare hours to bring our miniatures and games to life. Now our worlds have grown and demand more time than our day jobs allowed. Having a full time staff member will enable us to expand in several ways:

Orders shouldn't take as long to fill as they have been of late–With too many hats on the Headzombie, orders have taken us longer to process than we would like. You probably haven't noticed, but we have and mean to fix it. Once Anthony gets up to speed, orders should have a quicker turn around time.

Our release schedule should become more regular – Removing another hat that was on Headzombie, Anthony will take over updating the website and new releases should begin happening on a more regular basis. We have about a year's worth of releases waiting in the pipeline. A lot of them are hitting this month and then we plan to have monthly releases for the rest the rest of the year, not the least of which is our new universe/game War of Ashes: Shieldwall.
ZombieSmith, makers of War of Ashes, has a new Vidaar Skirmish pack up on their website.

From the release:

The War of Ashes preview pack of Vidaar is now available! Includes a small selection of the poses(6) and troop types that will be available when the game ships this summer. They are available here for $12:

ZombieSmith have been hard at work on their upcoming fantasy setting, War of Ashes. Their first book in the setting will be out this summer, War of Ashes: Shieldwall:

From their post:

Today we are releasing a preview pack for the first of the 4 initial races, the Elvorix.

The Elvorix:
The Elvorix are the last bastion of civilization in a world full of chaos and barbarism. Some say they are cunning tricksters, having fooled the Vidaar into departing on a hopeless quest across the globe. Others say they are stalwart warriors, as they fight tooth and nail to reclaim their lands from the fierce Jaarl armies. Others say that the Elvorix are quite delicious, once you get past all the fur. Well, not very many say that, just the Kuld hordes from the icelands of the north and south. The Elvorix don’t say much about themselves, as doing so would draw the attention of their God, and these encounters have a tendency to end in world-changing catastrophe. As the sun grows ever more crimson in the sky and the ice encroaches from the north and south, the Elvorix fight a losing battle to protect the last fertile land in Agapta against the ravages of war, and against being eaten.
ZombieSmith previews New medium armor To'ok and Drahoin Scouts. (Plus some Ute'wehi bits!):

Zombiesmith announce new releases:

From their announcement:

New Coftyran figures!

(2) Tractor Crew $8.00
(2) Snipers $8.00
Field Gun with (3) Crew $17.50
ZombieSmith announce a new Quar sourcebook:

From their announcement:

Of Spats and Pedrails – 132 pages, full color, softcover

Authors: Andrew Binsack, Pete McKenna, Steven Bellin, Anthony Brown and Joshua Qualtieri

A Rhyfler is only as Good as His Boots
Zombiesmith posts up greens from their wedding.

From their website:

The wife and I were married in June 2010. We cast these up and gave them to all of our guests as wedding favors. No Bride is complete without a shotgun to go with her bouquet... Let's kick some zombie butt!
ZombieSmith have added the first of Aaron Brown's Storm of Steel Ute'wehi sci-fi figures to their online store. Ute'wehi From their website:
There are 13 new Ute'wehi figures, 2 new To'ok figures, some To'ok bits and everything is now available singly.   All of the Ute'wehi have separate heads and a selection of separate arms so a lot of variety is possible.
ZombieSmith have posted an update on some upcoming releases including Aaron Brown's Ute'wehi sci-fi robot figures. From their announcement:
We've been quiet over here lately, but that's because we've been working! We have just finished layout for the third Quar book Of Spats and Pedrails and it is off to the printers and we are waiting to get the proof back. We should have it for sale at Kubla Con at the end of May and then up on the site in late June. The new book contains expanded rules for both This Quar's War and Songs of Our Ancestors including new or expanded vehicle rules for both systems, two brand new factions and a giant pile of new art and fluff. It weighs in at 134 full color pages. I will give a more complete list of contents when I do a proper 'sneak-peek' closer to release. Very exciting! In the next few weeks we'll have the second release in Aaron Brown's Storm of Steel Line, the Ute'wehi. We are just finishing up molds and some quick paint jobs and are a little behind the date we were targeting