Thursday, September 30, 2010

Soda Pop Miniatures - Super Dungeon Explore Part 2

Soda Pop Miniatures is looking to release a game called Super Dungeon Explore.   The release date isn't set yet, but I have heard that things might be ready in October/November time frame.

The game is based on the 8 bit dungeon crawl computer game.   The game is played on an 18x18 surface. One player takes the heroes, the other the dungeon. The game is scalable so you can have more than 2 players at a time. The dungeon gets a portal (spawn point) for each hero taken. Heroes explore the dungeon, kill monsters, get loot, hearts and potions (not necessarily all at once though) and search for treasure chests.

As the game progresses the power of the heroes grows as they gather loot and kill monsters, but the power of the dungeon increases as it does damage to heroes, going from 8 bit to 16 to 24 ultimately leading to boss battles and the 'final fight'.

The Heros

24 hour comics

24 hour comic banner

24 Hour Comics - October 2-3, 2010

It's that time of the year again, when Matt packs up his art supplies, leaves his wife and home to draw a 24 page comic in 24 hours.Who would do that? How much love for an art do you really need to have to continue this torture? Who the hell knows. Started at 10 am October 2nd, Matt will be @ Dragon's Lair on Burnet next to the Japanese food store. You nerds should know where exactly that is.

Come on by and he'll draw you something. The later you stop by, the more amusing the image.

He'll be tweeting his mental downfall.

Battlefoam, Discounts

Battlefoam has a pretty cool deal going on if you are or have been in the U.S. military.

We know how much hard work and dedication our troops have put into serving and protecting our country. At Battle Foam, 50% of our staff is prior or current military so we want to give something back. Anyone that is current or prior United States military will receive  lifetime 15% discount on Battle Foam products. All we need is a copy of your Military ID card, DD-214, or have an ApO address.

Pulp Figures, She Wolves, Gestapo

Pulp Figures is going to be releasing some great 28mm Gestopo and She Wolves.  These are preview shots of projects that are not yet ready for production.

 PWM-32 Arresting Gestapo Troopers

 PWM-36 She Wolves 2

PWM-35 Scouring Gestapo Guards

Reaper Miniatures, Mouse Zombies

No, say it ain't so.  Mouse Zombies.  Reaper Miniatures has produced some mouse zombie greens.

01 512: Mousling Zombies and 
Chainsaw Hero Gene Van Horne

Mantic Games, Mantic Journal Issue 2

Mantic Games has released a new issue of the Mantic Journal (Issue 2).

Black Scorpion Miniatures, Duck

I thought this duck was a rather good sculpt from Black Scorpion Miniatures.  Black Scorpion makes some really amazing figures.  I really like the look of their Tombstone and U.S. Marine lines.  The Marines would be perfect for some Sci-Fi scenerios.


U.S. Marines

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Dragon Forge, African American Head Set 1

Dragon Forge is now offering pre-orders for their 25mm-30mm African American Head set.  I have to say these look amazing.  CONV-001 African American Head Set One 9 heads for $9.00

African American Head Set one
Sculpted by Tom Meier.

Spartan Games, Firestorm Invasion

Here are some pictures from GenCon of the upcoming Firestorm Invasion vehicles from Spartan Games.  You can visit the Spartan Games forums to get more information.  All the vehicles below are pre-production models, so they may or may not become available.  I have been added to the press list, so as soon as I hear any news I will let you guys know. 

These are 15mm pre-production vehicles
A mecha walker, flying gunship, and a Terran Commando

 Here is an overview of a 6mm battle

Dindrenzi Medium Hover tank and other Dindrenzi vehicles

Terrain Medium Tanks with some flyers

15mm Matchbox Vehicles

Matchbox has a vehicle that is just perfect for 15mm Sci-Fi games.  Plan on spending about $1-$2 per vehicle.  An excellent value all around.  It has been produced under many names and comes in many different paint jobs.  If you do a Google search for "Matchbox Armored Response Vehicle" or "Matchbox Armored Police Vehicle" you should be able to find lots of them.  You may even be able to find them at a local toy store that sells Matchbox cars.  The rear top of the vehicle slides backwards to reveal seats and a console.
 Matchbox Armored Response Vehicle
Painted up and dry brushed.  Gun was added from a VOR gun emplacement.  
 Two converted Armored Response Vehicles
Gun and figure are from GZG's new SG15-A17 (NAC standing gunners)

15mm Miniature Comparisons

I have received a few requests about showing off some comparison shots of the 15mm Walkers and foot troops.  The miniatures featured here include figures from Critical Mass GamesGround Zero Games, Khurasan Miniatures and Rebel Minis

Rebel Minis (Titan Marine Mk.I HAMR Suit), Critical Mass Games (Arc Fleet Combat Walker) &
Khurasan Miniatures (Federal Marine L-HAC [Legged Heavy Assault Cyborg])
Small Robot Figures are from Ground Zero Games 15mm and GERMY'S Micro Minis

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Spartan Games, Firestorm Invasion

Spartan Games is coming out with a new game called Firestorm Invasion.  It is going to be 6mm Sci-Fi, but it appears they are also looking at doing it in other scales.  Can you say 15mm....sure you can.

I have emailed Spartan Games for more information and as soon as I hear something I will let you know.  The game will take place in the already existing world of Firestorm Armada.

The Army Painter, Newsletter Giveaway

The Army Painter is giving away 18 cans of their Spray Primers.

Go to and sign up for the newsletter before it’s too late…

PlasmaBlast Games, Super Heavy Tanks

Just received some pre-production samples of the upcoming Plasma Blast Games 6mm Super Heavy Tanks. These are beautiful sculpts with lots of detail. The tanks add some serious fire support for both the Progenitor and Orbital Combine armies.  The tanks should be available in a month or two.

Progenitor Super Heavy Tank & Orbital Combine Super Heavy Tank

Each tank is composed of 5 pieces

As you can see, the super heavy tanks are huge compared to the heavy tank (bottom right)

Here is a shot of the Progenitor & Orbital Combine lineup

Monday, September 27, 2010

John Bear Ross, Protolene Buildings

John Bear Ross is busy working on some new terrain for Critical Mass Games Protolene army.  JBR has a nice little writeup on his blog.

Sierra Foxtrot One-Five Vol1 Issue 1

A new magazine called Sierra Foxtrot One-Five dedicated to 15mm Sci-Fi is out.

Dream Pod 9, Aller Heavy Tank

Here are some comparisons of Dream Pod 9's old Metal Vs Resin Northern Aller Heavy Tank. You can see the new Resin tank has much more crisp detail.

Dream Pod 9, Heavy Gear Tanks

Everyone knows Dream Pod 9 makes Heavy Gears, but you may not know they make some pretty cool tanks.  In Heavy Gear Blitz, tanks have lots of armor, lots of firepower and are tough to take out.

Earth/PAK HT-68 Hovertank Tank
North Aller Main Battle Tank
South Visigoth Tank

Clever Mojo Games - Ogre Castle

I received a review copy of Ogre Castle last week from David MacKenzie of Clever Mojo Games.  I really like this game.  It has all the elements you would want in a game including suspense, back stabbing, monsters, treasure and knights.  Ogre Castle is a ton of fun pitting players against each other in a winner take all game.

The game is easy to play, with simple mechanics.  The game requires 4 players, 3 of which are knights trying to plunder treasure from the Ogre's Castle and 1 person who plays the big bad Ogre.  Being the Ogre means you get to beat the heck out of the knights and take treasure back.

The base game retails for $25 or you can buy the game with a booster deck for $35.   The booster deck can be used instead of the standard deck or combined with the standard deck, in part or in whole, to vary the game play experience.  For people who prefer to play games using metal figures instead of paper figures, this can easily be done using any 28mm fantasy figure range.  My plan is to use some Reaper miniatures I have, painting them up in the red, blue, yellow and green color schemes.

Game Components include
1 Game Map
1 Accessories Bag
1 Deck of Magic Scroll Cards
1 Ogre Token & 3 Knight Tokens
1 Black Die & 7 Red Dice
12 Armor Chips
12 Colored Gems

Designed by W. David MacKenzie. 
Art by Matthew Silber

Dust Tactics, Promotional Model

One of the stores I go to got a promotional model for Dust Tactics game.

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Khurasan Miniatures, Garn

Khurasan Miniatures has released the second wave of the Garn including the High Commander, Crocodile and Alligator.

 Garn Crocodile
 Garn Alligator

Fireside Games, Castle Panic

I got to play a game today called Castle Panic by Fireside Games.  It was their 1 year anniversary and they were celebrating with game demos, cake and a few giveaways.  In the game you try to defend the castle from various monsters (Goblins, Orcs, Ogres and Large Boulders). 
Castle Panic is cooperative strategy game for 1 to 6 players.  Players must work together to defend their castle, in the center of the board, from monsters that attack out of the forest, at the edges of the board. Players trade cards, hit and slay monsters, and plan strategies together to keep their castle towers intact. The players either win or lose together, but only the player with the most victory points is declared the Master Slayer.  Players must balance the survival of the group with their own desire to win.
  Castle Panic includes:
  • Gameboard
  • Rulebook
  • 49 Castle Cards
  • 49 Monster Tokens
  • 6 Walls
  • 6 Towers
  • 1 Tar Token
  • 2 Fortify Tokens
  • 5 Order of Play Cards
  • 12 Plastic Stands
  • 1 Die