Well although I didn’t get onto anything much early on this evening, I’ve just finished a quite productive session with the airbrush.
Below is a (rather crap) photo. Everything has received a coat of The Fang, the minis that haven’t been shaded have then been shaded. Most of the tank has been sprayed but one side and underneath needs finishing. All being well I’ll finish the tank tomorrow and get the blending coat on the minis I shaded. I can then whack on a coat of Russ Grey and can actually crack on with a brush 🙂
Towards the end of last year, hobbyists got very excited when a Gamezone Miniatures announced that they were going to produce a 25th anniversary edition of the classic Heroquest game and put it on Kickstarter to get it funded. Those same hobbyists were equally very disappointed when the Kickstarter got pulled due to intellectual property issues.
A number of things seem to have happened. Firstly Heroquest had been registered by Moon Design in the US for their own RPG system. Fearing that American backers were daft enough to think that the 25th anniversary board game was the same as the RPG system, Moon Design through in a cease and desist order. On top of this it would appear that Gamezone didn’t produce evidence from Hasbro/Games Workshop that the 25th anniversary edition was done with their acknowledgement. Sadly this was enough for Kickstarter to agree to the C&D after the whole thing ended up in court.
However not to be dissuaded Gamezone have re-released the game but using a Spanish crowd funding platform as nobody has any legal rights over the Heroquest name within Spain. The game does indeed look like it’s a faithful reproduction of the classic game but with new miniatures, board sections and such like. With 16 days remaining it’s already over 400% funded.
In truth I’m still not entirely positive that the game is going to go ahead – I really hope it does, but so far there hasn’t been any actual shots of completed miniatures, just 3d prints and lots of really nice artwork. It looks like it wraps up around the 8th February, so I’ll likely have a look then to see if I can justify backing it. I reckon you’re talking around the £80 mark for the base game and shipping to the UK, however you really would be looking at the £115 for the top level including stretch goals.
It looks like Forge World are undertaking various changes in the bundles that they offer. This might be related to the rumour that Games Workshop are redoing their whole website and incorporating Black Library, Forge World and GW into one store (at the same time Forge World take over Finecast production), or it could be they just fancied a change 🙂
Of interest they now offer both of the Forge World Masterclass books for the price of £50. Both of these books are really good resources if you want to produce realistic vehicles or terrain and probably one resource that I’ve used the most of out all of the books and websites I’ve used.
Despite numerous delays and problems, the first part of the Kickstarter I was backing arrived on Monday! Rivet Wars: Eastern Front is a strategy board game and takes various concepts you’d find in a computer game and applies it to a miniature board game.
Overall the miniatures are really good, some of the assembly leaves a lot to be desired and the conversion from 3d-print to plastic miniature has resulted in details not being quite as crisp as I was expecting. The actual game rules seem really straight forward and strangely I’m quite looking forward to playing a game at some point.
I’m working on an unboxing article which I’ll put up here when it’s finished.
Blimey my first 2014 post! Can’t believe that January is flying past quite as quickly as it is. Fear not, although posts have been slow I have been doing some work on my Space Wolves (although not as much as I’d like) and almost have a Predator and Rhino ready for undercoating (magnetised so I can switch weapons around of course). I’ve also dug out another two unassembled Razorbacks and have found another Rhino and Razorback (though one is missing it’s tracks), a three Land Raiders and another two drop-pods… I’m intending on undercoating some of these fairly soon so they’re ready for paint. I need to sort out the chest scrolls on two Blood Claws and then the whole unit is ready for faces and hair to be painted – I can then move onto the first squad of Grey Hunters and get those to the same stage (more quickly as there are less of them) and do the faces and hair in one hit.
I’m going to get a fur tutorial up this week as well, I’ve finally managed to get step-by-step photos taken so will crop them down and sort that out.
Anyway enough procrastinating! The reason for this post is that a chap who used to work at Ultraforge miniatures (the company that has brought us various large scale models – things like greater daemons) has set up his own company called “Creature Caster” and is releasing a Kickstarter on the 1st February to kick everything off. It looks like he’s doing 3d sculpts that are being cast in resin and the actual previews look pretty nice.
It appears that he’s considering doing normal sized miniatures at some point too. The thing that appeals to me is that he’s creating nice looking miniatures rather than miniatures for a game system. Personally this is one to watch and I’m looking forward to seeing the Kickstarter launched and see what you can get for your money.