We’re Surrounded!

Hot on the heels of the Medusa Dreadnought shots we have snaps of the Terran Alliance Titan Class Dreadnought and the Sorylian Broadsword Class Dreadnought.

As you’ll see from the snaps they’re quite lovely, and quite massive. Fluff on the Titan Class page also pretty much outs Spartan as working on new Terran Alliance models, which I think is wise as those ships have suffered the most with the leaps forward Spartan Games is making with its model design. Plus there was always the intention to release variants of the Terran cruiser which never materialised so, perhaps, now we’ll see models worthy of the Dreadnought that’s coming our way.

The Titan Class alongside the Razorthorn MKI Battleship

The tri-hull design has its heritage rooted in the shield ship. It wouldn’t surprise me if the MKII Terran Alliance ships follow this design from now on.

Not that I’m at all biased but I think the Broadsword looks epic. And I love the fact that’s it’s essentially two Swordbreakers with a massive cannon sandwiched between them…

It looks like it’s got some hefty broadside batteries too.

Death From Above

Spartan are on a roll this week. Not content with the Prussian and EotBS flying contraptions, they’ve out done themselves with the Britannian Eagle Class War Rotor. I know I described the Gewitterwolke Class Airship and the Tsukuyomi Class War Gyro as mad as bat shit but the Eagle Class makes them look positively mundane.

Powered by Sturginium enhanced anti-grav generators and props it is, essentially, a hybrid. Throw in a couple of heavy turrets and what looks like bomb bays, and you’ve got yourself a disco.

It looks like a brilliant model and, true to Spartan’s form, will be massive. In game terms I’d be nervous about using it entirely for its lack of offensive weapons (beyond the bombs) on its underside. Granted, the heavy guns will keep most aerial units at bay but it’ll be vulnerable to attack from single cockpit fighters. I imagine its Ack Ack will be substantial but I question its long-term effectiveness without carrier support.

Whatever the rules turn out to be, and the resulting tactical headaches for those that go up against it, I can confidently say that it’s fucking cool. And after careful consideration I’ve decided I’d use it to blow up my work, not the Tsukuyomi Class.

More MERCS

If you haven’t heard of MERCS you should be punched square in the middle of your face. Because it’s awesome. Beautifully presented and wonderfully unique game, it focusses on small skirmish games between elite forces of MegaCons.

I’ll be writing a full review of MERCS in the very near future but I’ll go so far as to say that MERCS is a little bit sexy. And the models are awesome. Which brings me on to news that you can pre-order the rather funky Keizai Waza.

As with all the MERCS factions they have a very distinctive look, style, and way of fighting, all of which will be covered in the review. All you need to worry about now is the very shiny toys below.

Daimyo

Trooper

Forward Observer

Heavy

 

 Pathfinder

 

A Certain Point of View

I’ve mentioned in an earlier post, recently decided to restart Necromunda with The Chaps. It’s a cracking game and, like any narrative driven game, it really gets the creative juices flowing as I get to write an exciting campaign pack as well as after action reports which I format appropriately and then circulate. I do this for two reasons. 1) It’s fun. 2) It keeps the interest in the campaign high which can be real challenge considering we’re all attached and have demanding day jobs that can make the thought of arranging another game of toys and the associated logistics seem a bit much. The After Action Reports help to dispel some of that and keep things fresh.

I’ve also been building my samples ahead of my ‘first look’ review for Studio McVey’s Sedition Wars and I found myself thinking how good many of the models would be as an Escher gang and also a KemVar squad for MERCS, also in the review pipeline. This made me cast my mind back to Scibor Miniatures and their plethora of beautifully sculpted ‘sci-fi warriors’. If you’ve never seen their stuff then you should. Because they’re epic.

But my point is that these beautifully sculpted models are intended to serve as proxy Space Marines but their origins lie outside of the Games Workshop and so offer a whole new take on the most used army in the game. Aside from the Sanguinius-esque model above and the Emperor like model below offering a tremendous sense of drama and occasion, as well as the option of fighting heresy games, Scibor takes the ideas established by the GW one step further.

So rather than implied Space Vikings in the form of Space Wolves, it gives you Space Celts. And similarly, Spartans in Space etc. And do you know what? That’s fine with me because originality is what keeps hobbies fresh.

And who wouldn’t be more than happy to use the above models to proxy Thunderwolf cavalry? Although at around £28 each you need deep pockets. And fielding an army of Spartan Space Marines would be awesome. And it comes back to one of my favourite things which is writing. The opportunity to create a chapter around the Spartan ideals or the Celtic traditions would be brilliant fun. It’d change the feel of the game for the user and their opponent. Their background would impact on the campaign and, at a basic level, look eye-catching on the board just because they’ll look a bit different.

I guess the point of this post is that providing your opponent is happy there’s no reason why you shouldn’t use anything that captures your imagination for your army because at the end of the day it’s all about having fun and it gives us the opportunity to explore our hobby with new eyes. It challenges us to create our own little part of the canon and share it with others and, ultimately, have a bloody good laugh in the process.

Dreadfleet Unleashed

Today is the day folks; Dread Fleet has been released in limited quantities so if you want it you gotta be quick.

The premise, lifted from the Games Workshop website:

For two bleak decades the Undead reavers of Count Noctilus have plagued the oceans of the world. After each raid, the Dreadfleet disappears into its lair as quickly and silently as it appeared, far from the reach of Man. And yet there remains hope. Captain Jaego Roth of the Heldenhammer has vowed to hunt down and destroy Count Noctilus and his Undead captains once and for all. With him sail the most notorious and cunning of the pirate lords of Sartosa, each borne to battle upon a giant warship bristling with cannons, organ guns and bolt throwers. At the stroke of midnight on Geheimnisnacht, most forsaken of nights, the Heldenhammer and her companions sail into the realm of undeath known as the Galleon’s Graveyard. One by one, Count Noctilus and his vile allies move in to stop them.

It looks like some of the rumours were bang on the money with the ‘good guy fleet’ being an alliance of men, dwarves and elves and the Pirates are made up of various different ships including Tomb Kings and, rather surprisingly, a Chaos Dwarf mechanical squid. I imagine Spartan Games will be getting to them about that one… Oh and there’s a Skaven ship in there too. Which just looks mad as bat shit.

The box set includes:

  • 98-page Rulebook
  • Seascape Gaming Mat
  • 10 Warships
  • 10 Scenic Bases
  • 7 Cog Auxiliaries
  • 1 Dragon Auxiliary
  • 1 Dirigible Auxiliary
  • 7 Islands
  • 5 Shipwreck Pieces
  • 3 Sea Monsters
  • 5 Treasure Tokens
  • 12 Dice
  • 1 Wind Gauge
  • 2 Ship’s Wheels
  • 1 Navigation Rod
  • 10 Warship Cards
  • 55 Damage Cards
  • 40 Fate Cards
  • 12 Auxiliary Cards
  • 10 Wound Cards
  • 11 Miscellaneous Cards

The Promise of Things to Come

The postman was very warmly received this morning in my house as not one but two parcels were delivered. The first from the USA from those fine chaps at MERCSminis in the form of the full colour and thorouhgly lovely rulebook and complete CCC & USCR factions.

The pictures aren’t great but if you take a look at the MERCS website you’ll get an idea of the shiny that I have before me. The other parcels was from the one and only Mike McVey formerly of Games Workshop and now of McVey Studios. Sedition wars will be fully released soon and Mr McVey has agreed for me to write a first look review. So, along with a game mat that’ll remain under wraps for now, he sent me some of the awesome Vanguard models and a resin Strain model.

Again you can’t really see the shiny all that well so you’ll have to visit the site for finished articles but rest assured that over the next two or three weeks these bad boys are going to get painted up and full reviews hitting The Shell Case. Before that though, Gruntz will be getting the treatment. So stay tuned.