Friday, 3 July 2015

The Shatter Crown Kickstarter Now Live!

Well the Shattered Crown Kickstarter has began and is currently just over 25% of the way towards it target goal and is steadily approaching funding each day. I spent ages trying to find something clever to say about the game. But I am going to pinch a post from the facebook group from a guy caleld Mike Tittenor and these are his thoughts about the game.

long gone are the days when you would wander into a game store and gasp in wonder at a set of rules that allowed you to fight historical and fantasy miniatures battles. (A game store is what we old folk use to call the Internet). They are now quite common and over the years have developed from the rules intensive nightmares that required a degree in accountancy to the buckets o' dice systems that suggest the drooling players have at least a mild barbiturate problem. So in this mature market, it takes something to stand out and be worth looking at. The Shattered Crown is one such. Its pedigree is sound, coming from those fine folk who brought you Across the Dead Earth.

The premise is straightforward: fantasy island with a quasi High Medieval society fighting a brutal and bloody civil war. Ok, nice enough but hardly exceptional, you might say? Then look again. Look at the artwork. Filip Dudek is one of the most talented gaming artists in the modern industry. I can only assume the rules authors have him locked in a cellar somewhere and exchange first rate artwork in return for meals or something. Whatever. Just make sure he doesn't run out of paint down there. The artwork is gorgeous. Get the rules just for that.

There is a figure range going from the nice basic infantry units to the utterly gorgeous....bear riders! They have a range of bear riders! OK, Ok, bear riders, yes, yes, pretty exciting, I suppose but still not unique.

Game mechanics? Pretty simple in the attack, defend, will stats and a rather nice preferred enemy system that boosts certain units against others (so, for example, spearmen are good against cavalry). However, the key point that makes this a good investment is the Command System. This is the bit you'll like. Each unit has a card allocation from a standard suit of playing cards. You can even put the card details on the unit banner so everyone knows that the elite Black Spears are the Two of Spades. At the start of the turn, each general plays his preferred unit's card face down. Both then try to guess the opponent's card. They then roll for initiative. If you guessed your opponent's card, you add a bonus to the die roll. The winner then moves that unit. Repeat until one side runs out of cards. Restart the turn. Now only a drooling idiot fingering his comfort dice with sweaty paws can fail to see the tactical options this gives you in a game.

You need to learn how to use combined attacks, feints and reserve units. You have to tactically beat your opponent, beat him with a stick until he whimpers like a beggar in the gutters of Helles. No longer can he claim he was robbed by the dice! He was beaten by your enormous Tactical Manhood and nothing else! You know you want this game now, don't you? Yes. That's right. Repeat the words. Enormous. Tactical. Manhood. Only from The Shattered Crown.

The Shattered Crown Kickstarter. (click me for KS page)

Heres the promo video.

More of the artwork by the highly talented Filip Dudek

 A unit of Hellesburne  Crossbowmen

 A unit of Hellesburne Spearmen.

A unit of Hellesburne Swordsmen.

First Render of the Khra Stag Rider.

Wednesday, 1 July 2015

Sire Bilge the red knight.

Totally forgot to post this guy up on the blog. I finished him back in April!! But forgot to take pics and found him last night whilst sorting out my storage boxes.

Here is the Tor Gaming Banished Knight for Relics. A Ridened (goblin type)

I introduce Sire Bilge the red knight. Lost his Kapolop Figgins at the battle of King Jorje's hill. Eaten by an Orcnar Beorn known as Spudicus.

Anyway back to painting raiders!!

Saturday, 27 June 2015

Raider 'Ironbar' and KS package arrives :)

Another Raider finished and off the paint table this week. A Copplestone Grenadier sculpt now sold by EM4. I really can't understand why its took me so long to get hold of some of these figures as they are absolutely bad ass sculpts. I have 7 of the Savages including this one in total to paint up but one is a duplicate which I've converted. I am going to the Barrage show in Stafford on the 12th July and Forlorn Hope will be there and they also carry the line :D so I'll pick up those missing Savages and get the Scavengers and perhaps the bikers.

This Raider obviously has a strong Mad Max vibe to it and is very reminiscent of Iron Bar though not exactly alike. This guy is relatively unmodified all I've done is trimmed down his shotgun into a sawn off making him seem more menacing I feel.

 Love the scars down his cheek looks like a proper rough neck.

 A pick of the three raider types so far. The Outrider with rifle will probably join a different group when I've received my trade package of Wreck-Age figures and there will be more figures of the same type.

His Face is awesome really tricky to get a shot of it.

In other news the bulk of Studio Miniatures Z Clipz Kickstarter package arrived yesterday. Theres a couple of minis being sent on later when there back in stock. (The Bandit and the Celebrity Zombie) 

I'm very pleased there awesome sculpts I've already cleaned up and stuck the 'Hobo' on a base its such a fun model and will get put in with my post apoc figures. Theres some pics of the survivors below and some size pics in case people were wondering about the size of them. I have the zombie versions of most of these as well. I'll do a separate post of these as there are some classics in amongst it. Zomtober is going to be ace this year :)

 Some king of rocket/bomb arrow.
 The Hobo rear he has a spare arrow and plunger :D

 The Lover's (him), The Boss, The Sister, The Brother and The Father.
The Loner, The Biker, The Kid, The Detective, The Leader and The Lover's (Her)

Some size shots Hasslefree, Nexus, Crooked Dice.

The Lover (male)  He's a little taller due to some flash across the bottom of his tab it needs snipping off nothing that won't take to long lol but was excited to take pics yesterday :)
 The Brother he has a hand in a fist to be attached. I have a carbine waiting in my bits box to strap to his back for this guy.
The Sister. Again am going to try and recreate the sniper/assault rifle she carries. Not quite found the right bits yet.

Wednesday, 24 June 2015


More Post Apocalyptic goodness this week. Clearing down the paint table of a few lingering miniatures. I got a bit lost with the colour scheme for these two. Finally made my mind up and simplified it and got them finished. Both will be part of Raider bands for This is not a Test, Across the Dead Earth and well anything else that requires raider/savage types.

Working on some more Raiders at the moment. From EM4 this time waiting on a package of Wreckage figures to arrive from a trade I did can't wait!

Saturday, 20 June 2015

I don't want to set the world ooooooon fire...

Painting wise this week I've very much been in a Post Apocalyptic mood again. Perusing various Lead Adventure Forum posts about Fallout and other things of that flavour I felt I need to paint up a Vault Dweller. The Model Is Ekaterina by Hasslefree miniatures. I originally picked this up for another project then changed my mind. Cracking sculpt paint in standard vault colours packing some pistols and some leather armour :)

I am thinking of creating a Fallout themed gang for Across the Dead Earth there will be no power armour or laser/plasma weapons just a nod to some of the games.

 But I also ended up having a play with some plastic kits and assembled 6 Ghouls :) made from the Male Wargames Factory Surivors and WW2 Us Infantry sprues. Heads are Mantic zombies I had spare and the smalled Ghoul has a Male WGF Zombie head. They need the bases doing and some of the necks need filling a littl as the Mantic heads and bodies lack necks. Round bits of sprue were attached in place to get the positions.


All this Fallout flavoursomeness has had me looking into what sort of rulesets there are that can accommodate homages to Fallout one thats caught my eye is This Is not A Test click the name to view there site. Heres a bit about the game from there website

"This Is Not a Test, or TNT for short, is a skirmish warband game set after the nuclear apocalypse.   Using these rules players choose a faction, such as tribals, raiders, mutants, etc., and fight other warbands, gaining power, equipment, and prestige through each victory and defeat.   Each battle is hard won though as players not only have to deal with their opponents, but also the challenges of the wasteland, through hazards and radioactive monstrosities."

They also have there own miniatures some awesome multi part Peace Keepers, Funky looking armed mutants as well as suitably enlarged critters such as large snakes, rats and roaches! I also love Gas Mask Girl such an awesome mini!
 Peace Keepers

Gas Mask Girl