Archive for February, 2012

An interview with Gav Thorpe

The Shell Case has just posted An interview with Gav Thorpe.

 

The title should be self explanatory really. ūüėČ Enjoy

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TV Tropes – Because it’s Awesome

Thought I would take the opportunity to promote one of my favourite websites: TV Tropes

This is one of the best websites ever! What’s it all about you ask? Well, to quote from the site itself:

What is this about? This wiki is a catalog of the tricks of the trade for writing fiction. Tropes are devices and conventions that a writer can reasonably rely on as being present in the audience members’ minds and expectations. On the whole, tropes are not clich√©s. The word clich√©d means “stereotyped and trite.” In other words, dull and uninteresting. We are not looking for dull and uninteresting entries. We are here to recognize tropes and play with them, not to make fun of them. The wiki is called “TV Tropes” because TV is where we started. Over the course of a few years, our scope has crept out to include other media. Tropes transcend television. They reflect life. Since a lot of art, especially the popular arts, does its best to reflect life, tropes are likely to show up everywhere. We are not a stuffy encyclopedic wiki. We’re a buttload more informal. We encourage breezy language and original thought. There Is No Such Thing As Notability, and no citations are needed. If your entry cannot gather any evidence by the Wiki Magic, it will just wither and die. Until then, though, it will be available through the Main Tropes Index. We are also not a wiki for bashing things. Once again, we’re about celebrating fiction, not showing off how snide and sarcastic we can be. Enough about what we are not. Go on, have a look at the welcome page, and have fun!

On this wiki, you can learn about the Rule of Cool, what it means to Take a Level in Badass or when something is Awesome but Impractical and why Reality is Unrealistic. Just remember that Good is Not Nice, never press the Berserk Button and watch out for the Sealed Evil in a Can.

Interested? Why not check out their pages on some of the most popular wargames to get an idea of that they’re about:

Battle Tech

Dungeons and Dragons

Dystopian Wars

Heavy Gear

Hordes/Warmachine

Infinity

Star Fleet Battles

Warhammer

Warhammer 40,000

Hope you enjoy the site as much as I do.

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SixEleven on Mantic

Six Eleven has made a few pertinent points about Mantic games and their Warpath releases over on his blog.

I can certainly see his point. Warpath is releasing models relatively slowly at the moment. Though to be fair they are a much smaller and younger company than some of those we get our toys from – the big GW for example. I think that any collector wants to know there will be enough stuff available to collect before they commit their time and money to starting a new project.

I’d also agree that the new Corporation Marines are some of the most tempting models Mantic have produced. See my post of a few days ago for mor of my thoughts on those.

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Introducing The Oroshan

Spartan Games have released an exciting new preview of the upcoming Oroshan releases for Firestorm Armada:

Introducing The Oroshan | Spartan Games.

The Oroshan seem to be unique (so far) in that they are not allied with either the Alliance of Kurak or the Zenian League and are eqaully dangerous and hostile to all the other factions in Firestorm Armada.

Of the three designs previewed so far, my favourite is the Defiler class cruiser. I’m less keen on the battleship, probably because it looks rather liek the Cardasian ships from Star Trek. The frigates look interesting, but I’m not entirely sure which end is the front yet.

Defiler Class Cruiser

 

Still, on top of the new RSN, Aquan and Dindrenzi stuff previewed the other day, it looks like Firestorm players have plenty to look forward to. It’s always nice to see Firestorm getting some shiny new stuff, especially stuff that opens up the game world like this.

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Port in a Firestorm

Over on the Shell Case, Caito has been looking at the newly announced releases for Firestorm Armada.

Port in a Firestorm.

Speaking as someone with an Aquan fleet, I quite like the new Mk II frigates but I can’t say the same for the cruisers. There’s clearly been a big change in Spartan’s vision of the Aquan design aesthetic, and it’s taking the fleet away from the look that made them appeal to me in the first place. I can appreciate the detail and the fact that the designs are clearly more sophisticated in design terms but they don’t grab me. Some of you might remember by disappointment with the Aquan dreadnought design.

The new RSN ships are pretty swish looking. In particularly the Banshee dreadnought, which I think I prefer to the mainline Dindrenzi dreadnought. It’s quite a straight, purposeful design.

I’m not sure what to make of the Ba’kash. I’m intrigued about whether the ‘open’ and ‘closed’ configurations have different profiles. Though as they are on the Zenian side and all my fleets are Kurak aligned I might not have the chance to find out.

Still, some nice looking ships and it’s always good to see some new shiny things coming for Firstorm Armada.

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Avatars of War Dwarf Berserker Unit – Review

A nice little review of the new Dwarf Slayers Dwarf Berserkers  from Avataers of War, over on Miniature Musings of a Bear:

Avatars of War Dwarf Berserker Unit – Review.

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A Lasgun By Any Other Name.

Recently my eye was caught by the previews of the upcoming Corporation Marines for Mantic Games’ sci-fi wargame Warpath.

I’ve generally regarded Mantic miniatures as being okay quality wise, but nothing to write home about. But these new figures actually really impressed me. Nicely detailed and futuristic enough without going over the top.

Corporation Marines

That said, they won’t help with some people’s perception that Warpath is just a stripped-down version of Warhammer 40,000. There’s no denying that the Corporation Marines look quite a bit like Imperial Guard. The helmets in particular are very reminiscent of the Elysian Drop Troops. And there’s no ignoring the very ‘lasgun’ looking barrels on the rifle. That said, there are clearly other influences. I think we can be reasonably sure that when the headgear of the elite Rangers was being designed, someone had the Spartans from the Halo video games in mind.

Corporation Ranger

Of course that will be a good thing in the view of quite a few people. I’m sure that lots of people on seeing the previews immediately began thinking through the practicalities of doing a proxy Imperial Guard army for 40k using these models.

It wouldn’t be a perfect solution. Any such army would be quite restricted, at least until Mantic release more Corporation models (whenever that might be) An army built up this way would be limited to lascannon and autocannon for heavy weapons teams, power fists for sergeants and whichever of the three special weapons in the box most closely match the Imperial equivalents. Not crippling restrictions to be sure, but harder than some people will be happy with. On the plus side, there will be Ranger and Veteran kits that would be good for Storm Troopers or grenadiers and there is nothing about the figures that would clash with the standard Imperial vehicle kits. Though Scout Sentinels might need some conversion so that the pilots match the rest of your force.

Major General

That said. If you want to save money on your poor bloody infantry, you could certainly do that with these models. ¬£24.99 for 20 figures comes in a fair what below the ¬£36.00 that twenty Cadian Shock Troops would set you back. Meanwhile the Army Set gets you forty infantry and three weapon teams for ¬£15 less than a Imperial Guard Battleforce box. That’s a lot of extra guys and you’re saving enough to buy the Sentinel separately if you want it.

Heavy Weapons Teams

Of course, a proxy armies will exclude you from some tournaments and most likely from playing in GW store. But that may be a price many players would be willing to play in order to make playing as the Imperial Guard more affordable.¬† And I’m sure a few people will just like the opportunity to do an army that isn’t Cadians or Catachans (or incredibly expensive collector-models). And you will always have the option of playing Warpath with the minis as well.

So some interesting stuff from Mantic and I’m sure a lot of us will be watching how the range develops.

 

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New Citadel Paints: First Glimpse

Over on Ramblings from the Trenches, there’s some news on forthcoming changes to the Citadel paint range.

 

New Citadel Paints: First Glimpse.

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The Warmonger Pledge

Cool idea discussed over on Ramblings from the Trenches:

The Warmonger Pledge.

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And some more PP video love

Over on Miniature Musings of a Bear, Doc bungle has posted some interesting videos about the latest news from Privateer Press.

Colossals.

And some more PP video love.

I’ve thought for a while that PP do some good work, and although Warmachine and Hordes never quite grabbed me in the way GW or Spartan did I’ve always thought they did some very cool models. The Colossal models previewed in the video are truly awesome and some could well be a ‘buy it just to paint it’ case. I hope there’ll be a suitably awesome Rhulic Colossal before too long.

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