Sunday, 17 December 2017

More Blood and Plunder and Gangs of Rome

Well I have been a busy boy. Not only have I finished the last unit of my English Militia but also my English Freebooters for Blood and Plunder by Firelock Games, come on who doesnt love Pirates?


The Last English Militia unit done and I'm jolly happy with the results even if they look a Christmassy. Actually the uniform is based on the uniform the Coldstream's in Tangiers in 1670 something and it looks jolly good. Maybe the green could of been a tad darker and less Christmassy but they will look good on the battlefield.


So my next unit is the last English Unit for Blood and Plunder and they of English Freebooters and I'm really happy with the way they have turned out. I am really getting the hang of this Army Painter, block colour, dip/wash and highlight method and though it is not as good as me spending my time painting with blends and slowly building up the colours, it has meant I have got reasonable size forces on the table quickly that look fine.


 Now all that is left for me to finish is Captain Henry Morgan and the artist Howard Pyle.


And last but no means least is Gangs of Rome by Footsore Miniatures and War Banner. I am loving the figures and the scenery at the moment and on the Gangs of Rome Facebook page they are just teased a couple of pictures of what the rules are going to look like. I am super excited by this game and I am looking forward to the release of the rules by PDF later this week, well before Christmas.




Have a nice day.

PK

Monday, 11 December 2017

English Militia for Blood and Plunder, WIP

I have fallen in love with Blood and Plunder which means I have got into 17th/18th century wargaming, golly gosh. Well what was not to like as it is a Pirate game and the rules are jolly good too. I have two forces at the moment, the French and the English, with another one coming soon, the Spanish. Blood and Plunder is set at the start of Piracy about 1660s to 1690s and you can fight on land or at sea using the same rules. The ships are amazing and I will say more about them in a further post.


So I have started my final unit of English Militia with an officer. I think the green might be a little too bright but we will wait and see. As I get closer to finishing my last English Militia unit for Blood and Plunder and I'm happy with the results so far. Just the highlighting to do and then it's the Frigate. The uniform of the English Milita is based on the Coldstream Guards in Tangiers.


I have painted these chaps using the Army Painter method of block colours and dip, actually Strong Tone wash, as I want them on the table quickly and the finished results aren't that bad.


Until next time have a nice day

Monday, 4 December 2017

Waiting for Gangs of Rome

With Gangs of Rome coming out in January, I found my old Wargames Foundry Gladiators and started painting them. Never realised just how many I have. So looking forward for Footsore's game and figures.


Here are a little bit about the game.

GANGS OF ROME.

Inspired by the history of the great city, Gangs of Rome takes place in the shadows of the Empire where the heads of ambitious houses have gathered fighters forged hard by the streets to do their bidding and enact their schemes.

As a Dominus, the head of a house of Rome, you will seek out the most brutal of Romes criminal denizens, plying them with the promise of wealth and glory should they aid you in your plan to rise to the Senate of Rome and cast down all enemies before you.

Closing about you like a ring of steel your gang will arm themselves and take to the streets and alleyways of the city, advancing your interests and crushing your foes.
Your strategies mixed with their savagery, mind and sword as one as you carve your name across the very pages of history.

This is your story, a tale wrought by your hand; you will rise on the backs of your fighters, gaining power and influence enough to change not only your future but that of Rome herself.

Recruit. Dominate. Ascend.

This is Gangs of Rome.
An innovative 28mm Skirmish game for the sharp of mind and bold of action.

Welcome to Rome Dominus.

Gangs of Rome is a historically inspired skirmish game from War Banner Ltd & Footsore Miniatures.

I am so looking forward to this.


Sunday, 3 December 2017

Blood and Plunder Ship's Boat

For my sins I have discovered Firelock Games wonderful pirate game Blood and Plunder and I have fallen in love with the game. The rules are simple to learn but a bugger to learn all the nice little touches that make this game great. Oh yes there are Pirates.


My ship's boat for Blood and Plunder is finished and I'm happy with the way the wood has turned out. Funny how I dip my figures and paint the ships. What do you think?


I will be doing more on Blood and Plunder soon.


Kickstarters, SLA Industries and Daruma

I know that Kickstarter is a bit of a gamble and they are generally late and running behind schedule but there are times when a company who has kickstarted a project fails to honest and truthful and hope there actions has led me to lose all faith in them. I understand that they are a small company of four people and this year has been very hard on the learning curve and this from there latest update, which again has not been put of the Kickstarter page. 
"25 November
Good Evening all! 
Firstly, we want to start off with an apology to our customers out there - we are at that stage of Company growth where we need more resource than we have access to. This has meant that this year we have tried to solve our logistics issues with 3rd parties, with the intent of giving better service - and those relationships have been fraught with issues, meaning that despite our best efforts our Service and Order fulfillment has been less than it should have been, and for that we can only apologise and reassure you all that since we started working more closely with Asylum Games, we are finally getting everything fulfilled! 
We seem to have had 1 of those years where everything that could go wrong.. did. However we have learnt a great deal from these experiences and everything looks much tighter as we move forward. 
Just about every mail order other than the Remus' recasts has now been dispatched or will be in the next few days and those new cast Remus' will be with us early next week, after which we will dispatch immediately. 
That will bring us up to date with everything, except for the Cannibal Pre orders - and we have superb news on those.. Dave has signed off on the final renders and we will be previewing those in the next week or so. They are absolutely fantastic, and will be mix and matchable so that you can change around the legs, bodies, arms and heads - giving you a lot of potential for modelling and ensuring that no 2 look alike. As soon as we finish those, we roll right into the Carniverous Pigs! Those will soon be followed by the Butchers and finally Mommas Favourite little boy, Jordie. We only need another 15 or 16 pre orders and the Clan will be on the table! 
With Xmas coming up - we have gone through the entire online shop and adjusted the quantities for everything that we have in stock and ready to ship. That means, that anything you order between now and Wednesday 20th December will be shipped pre-Xmas. Please bare in mind that if you are order for overseas its unlikely that anything will arrive in time if ordered after the 16th December. In the UK, first class mail should still reach you as long as its dispatched by Thursday 21st December at the very latest.
As Mr Slayer doesn't do Black Friday - we are doing a Black BPN special instead, and as Black BPN's are notoriously deadly.. everybody whom places an order between now and Xmas will get a FREE Colin 30mm Objective Marker added to their order as a good luck token. If you spend over £50 you'll also get a Shotgun sprue (on a Black BPN, you'll need them.. they are also available on the Online Store now). If thats not enough.. if you use the code;
COLIN
You'll get 10% off of your order! All that, and our commitment to ship your order out before Xmas! 
We have a lot of exciting things happening to both SLA and CS1 in 2018, and look forward to sharing them with all of you! Until then,
++ WELCOME TO THE WORLD OF PROGRESS ++"
Now I got into this Kickstarter because I loved the Role Playing Game for the 90s, the atmosphere, the background and the artwork, so I had high expectations for this as the chaps that has doe this figure game looked as infused about SLA Industries as I was, and I jumped into the Kickstarter. It all started well, figures coming out to support the rules, beta rules to play with, I even got involved in demoing the game and all seemed to be going well. But then problems started, they started not doing updates either on there Facebook page or on they kickstarter page, no new figures or product created and released, and no communications about what was happening. As it turns out they were having differences, they spent a lot of money of getting some books printed and the printer was a scam leaving them financial with a big hole.

Now seeing the writing on the wall and having no confidence in there ability in being this game to the table I requested a refund of my Kickstarter pledge. For three weeks I kept messaging them and no reply and them I got a simple reply politely saying No but no reason and a request for the reason was ignored. This was okay as it is a Kickstarter and there is an element of risk included but I thought an explanation as to why would of been nice.

I had the Cannibals on Pre Order on 7 March this year under the impression that they would be done relatively quickly in accordance to their aims.
"RRP on this lot would be approx £70 or so, so the £50 deal is a bargain!
- we estimate that its likely to take perhaps 2-3 months to fund, render and produce these miniatures. This is an estimate only and we can't confirm this until we know how quickly these 50 sets sell out. This means, if all goes well - delivery in June. 
We are producing the Cannibals this way as they are, logistically and cost wise, the biggest single undertaking yet. There are 5 separate and distinct model types in the Cannibals lineup and every 1 of them needs a master render and 1-3 alts... thats a big project and has a correspondingly bigger cost and time implication. Once we get to 20 orders pre sold we will instruct the 3d Sculptor to begin rendering, and then when we hit 50 they can 3d print and commence manufacturing / casting. 
Please note - all going well, we may commission more sculpts of the Pigs post release to give your Angry bacon a bit of variety, and Dave also has 1 or 2 other miniatures in mind for the Cannibals.. but those are for "later". 
All of these Cannibals Clans will be in resin, we will look at making metal versions once we have the pre releases out but the alt. Jordie will never be made in metal, he'll only have 50 casts (maybe 1 or 2 extra for Dave and the Daruma staff) and those will be in resin, after which he is archived for eternity. 
Thank you very much to those of you whom back us, Mr Slayer would be proud of you (if you weren't helping expand the Cannibal Clans that is.. ) - now lets see how fast we can make these guys happen?"
Now thinking it was June and their was excitement around SLA I Pre-Ordered them as to help get this off the ground, to date still nothing. Some of the Cannibals have been done and are even on sell but I am still waiting for them with no real idea as to when they will be done. In fact one of the figures is being given away now, which annoys me somewhat. So I requested a refund of this order on 18 November to their Store email and no reply. Since then I have followed this request which is covered under their terms and conditions and still nothing. I though I would politely nudge them on their Facebook page about replying to my email and refunding my pre-order and kickstarter to me and though I got a reply asking what they can do to help, still nothing.

So what is the point to this rant, especially as I haven't posted for ages, well its two fold. Firstly to get this affair out of my system, its very annoying when companies cannot live up to them own standards and terms and conditions and the second reason it to frankly warn other gamers that Daruma Productions though they produce some very nice products for SLA Industries they are not very good at naive at best to the ways of the industries, being ripped off at least twice this year, to incompetent. Also they customer service is slow and will could be waiting a long time for a reply to simple questions. As for me I am still waiting for my request of the pre-order and guess will be for a few weeks longer.


Tuesday, 28 November 2017

Gangs of Rome

I am just going to leave this here


Gangs of Rome by Footsore Miniatures, I am so looking forward to this amd will post more on it. but here is a link to the Gangs of Rome Facebook Page.


Go like the page and join in the fun you could win this too.



Don’t forget, 2000 is the magic number everyone!

Just 100 members to go before we give away a beautiful MDF Amphitheatre model to a lucky community member!

(Kit made by Sarissa Precision, figures for scaling purposes only)


Tuesday, 30 May 2017

McNulie,a Frother for SLA Industries

Here is my entry for the Daruma Productions paint a Tartan clad Frother competition. He is the character Frother, McNultie is his PP10 "Hard" Armour striking a pose with his favourite Multi-Job Lacerates, MJL Power Claymore 300, <insert name here> and his Generaql Armaments, GA20 "Finisher" Assault Rifle.


Now I have gone for a simple plain colour design for the armour and accentuated this with small areas of bright colour,yellow and red, that are echoed in the Tartan of the kilt. For the tartan in the kilt I opted for a simple pattern called Wallace tartan as it fitted the character well, "FREEDOM" and all that jazz and as the two brothers at Daruma are also Wallace's so it seemed to be the right thing to do.


Now I dont think I stand a snowball in hell's chance in the competition but you never know and fingers crossed.


Monday, 29 May 2017

Competition time Paint a Frother in Tartan

Does anybody have any Tartan Paint to hand? We have a load of Frothers could do with a lick of paint..

So, onto the exciting bit!! We love the new Frothers so much that we are having a Tartan Paint contest; as you can see from the Topper below, our Head Operative - Steve, is preparing to add the tartan to Topper, now.. what scheme will he pick?

Tartan is notoriously difficult to paint, but the Frothers simply don't look dressed without it. We want to see your Tartan!


Daruma Productions are launching a Contest to find the best dressed Frother, with the most colourful Tartan. All entries must be photographed and posted on here by the end of June, and the Daruma team will select the winner from all entrants. This can be either a single Frother chosen from the Frother Squad, Topper or McNultie. All entries are welcomed!

The prize for the Winner is a fully signed Art Print of the original McNultie image that Dave drew for the Kickstarter - we will have this specially printed out on high quality paper, signed by Dave and framed for the Winner. We have no intention of ever printing these beyond this contest, so this will be a unique piece of SLA Memorabilia. In addition, we will print you a special Tee shirt with McNultie on it - again, these won't be going into production so you will have a one of a kind!

We will have more updates on the Open Day painting contest shortly as well, we can't wait to see all those Painted SLA Minis!

++ WELCOME TO THE WORLD OF PROGRESS ++


Pop over to Daruma Productions Facebook Page to join in the fun and have a go.

Scav Faction


The resourceful Scavs are inveterate tinkerers, their hulking frames belying their technical skills and tactical ability. Found in small numbers, they are a formidable foe that should never be engaged without a threat assessment. Instantly recognisable in their great coats and gas masks,they are luckily unmistakable and are to be avoided if spotted.


“So, that’s a Scav, eh? Why did nobody tell me that something that big could move that quickly?” Declan Kaibrush, Shiver Forward Obverver


Strong in small numbers, they can both dish out and soak a lot of damage, and are likely to be armed with improved weapons and equipment. Their ability to take scrap and turn it into something useful is one of their many strengths.


Friday, 12 May 2017

Faction Carrien


Wherever you go on Mort, you know that you’re never too far from rats and the same is said of Carrien. The infestation that our loyal operatives deal with in the streets and sewers of Downtown exists in larger numbers outside the wall, including giant monsters and mutants. The nimble vermin are no match for well-trained Shivers individually, but what they lack in strength, they make up in numbers. This is their home and they won’t give it up without a fight.


“Skrisss-skreeeee!”


Weak as individuals, the animalistic Carrien operate in packs to take down their foes. They move swiftly, ignoring obstacles to close the distance to their targets and use their numbers. Up close, Carrien can be dangerous opponents, making up for their weaknesses in sheer ferocity. Larger packs may have a Greater Carrien and sometimes even a brutal and unpredictable Mutant Carrien to throw into the fray.


Sunday, 7 May 2017

Faction Shivers


The Shiver Units policed the streets of Mort City until the challenges outside the wall became too great to ignore and SLA Industries repurposed them to fight the encroaching forces of the cannibal sector. Their regular green street armour was swapped out for grey and their non-lethal ball-bearing gauss rifle ammo was replaced with deadly flechettes. While the sector shivers have the same silhouette as the men and women who protect your homes and streets, they pack a bigger punch and aren’t to be messed with.

“Come on ladies and gentlemen, you want to die in your socks? For the sector wall!”


Shivers are a regular human force, armed and armoured to withstand any challenge they meet in the sector. They work as a unit with several standard troops, a Sergeant and sometimes a specialist. The regular Shivers rely on their gauss guns, body blocker armour and training to stay alive, while Sgt Rooker, wielding pistols and wearing HARD Armour, tells them what to do.




Friday, 5 May 2017

Delia the Destroyer

This is another from the SLA Industries range from Daruma Productions and this ladies is Delia the Destroyer. She is one of the fluff characters from the RPG and she courts fame by being the first person to come back to live after using her Life After Death account, yes the World of Progress and SLA Industries really dont like losing those ratings and if you have the money even death is no problem anymore.


I have enjoyed painting Delia as she was my first resin sculpt I have painted and I was stunned by the level of detail on the figure. Resin can give a really clean and clear surface to paint on and I know its a little more expressive but it is well worth it.


Again I really enjoyed paint Delia and the use of the primary colours really make her pop and stand out. But saying all that the credit for the colour scheme is the artist Dave Allsop as I have followed his artwork.



I hope you like this and see you soon

Have a Nice Day

PK

Wednesday, 3 May 2017

SLA's Shiver Sergeant Rooker

I am back and this time with more SLA Industries goodies in the shape of Shiver Sergeant Rooker.


This man rocks and is a bit of a one man killing machine with his FEN Finisher in one hand and a Cannibal Sector Pick in the other, safe in his Hard suit.


Now he is based on a wonderful picture by Dave Allsop and he was a pleasure to paint.


Monday, 1 May 2017

SLA Industries, A New Game and a New Passion

Now let me tell you of my new passion in the world of Flippingshinyitis that I have and why I love this so much but I guess I should tell you what it is. Years ago like a good many of us, I used to play RPGs and there was a game that I always though wow wouldnt it be great if it had minis but that was back in the 90s, yes I am really that old, and back then besides D&D you couldnt find minis for games, so I when played my RPGs with the aid of minis. This RPG was SLA Industries and I will explain more.


What is SLA Industries? In 1993, the Scottish company Nightfall Games released SLA Industries, its roleplaying game of science fiction horror, a very British antidote to the slick and angsty settings that were popular at the time. Set in The World Of Progress, the sphere of SLA Industries’ influence in the known universe, players take on the roles of operatives, employees of an all-encompassing company that controls a frightened population with reality TV and violence while a creeping horror claws its way through the edges of reality.


The game has seen renewed popularity recently, as Nightfall Games reclaimed publication, releasing source material as PDFs over the last few years. With the game returning to print in the near future, Nightfall Games partnered with Daruma Productions to produce a line of miniatures (including iconic characters like Halloween Jack and Delia the Destroyer) and a skirmish game to allow more people to enjoy the setting and characters of SLA Industries.

So this is my journey back into a long lost love of mine SLA Industries. SLA (pronouced Slay) Industries was, actually is, a RPG from the minds of Dave Allsop and Jared Earle and was first published in 1993 by Nightfall Games in Glasgow, Scotland. The game is set in a dystopian far-flung future in which the majority of the known universe is either owned or indirectly controlled by the eponymous corporation “SLA Industries” and incorporates themes from the cyberpunk, horror, and conspiracy genres.

The game combined concepts inspired by a range of aesthetics and ideas. Elements include: song lyrics from David Bowie and the Industrial music scene, cyberpunk fiction (including Blade Runner and Max Headroom), anime / manga (including Akira, Appleseed, Bubblegum Crisis, and Trigun), and the growing cultural obsession with the media (including 24-hour news services and the Gladiator TV Show).

There is a very rich background and SLA Industries itself is a fictional corporation run by a mysterious and seemingly immortal creature called “Mr. Slayer”, whose upper management team includes two other creatures like himself, “Intruder” and “Senti”. The corporation is headquartered in “Mort City”, a densely populated city-sprawl larger than Eurasia and surrounded by the urban ruins of the “Cannibal Sectors”. It is all located on a vast planet (also called “Mort”) that had been stripped of its natural resources to the point that the ecology had been utterly destroyed. SLA Industries controlled an undefined but vast number of planets, collectively referred to as the World of Progress, and governed them in accordance with Mr. Slayer’s Big Picture. The setting is bleak and surreal, with much left deliberately ill-defined in the source material.

Players take the role of freelance employees of SLA Industries, called Operatives, living in Mort City and taking care of odd jobs assigned to them by the corporation. These jobs usually involve keeping the peace—chasing serial killers, hunting monsters in the sewers, quashing riots, foiling terrorist plots, and silencing dissidents are common themes. Appearance, style and branding are emphasized in the game world as much as combat ability, due to the omnipresence of television; for ambitious Operatives public persona and TV ratings are often as important as professional abilities. A supplement, the Contract Directory, also provides the option for players to play as celebrity gladiators called Contract Killers. As a role-playing experience, the game tends to be predisposed towards splatterpunk horror, noir, dark satire, and/or gunbunny high action. However, the complexity and Byzantine politics of the setting allow for slower-paced campaigns based around subversion, inter-departmental rivalry, and cut-throat power struggles within the company.

Along with humans, playable races include the drug-addicted mutant humans called “Frothers”, the stealthy feline “Wraith Raiders”, the formidably violent saurian “Shaktar”, and the two ‘Ebb’ / pseudo-magic using races: the emotionally sensitive and charismatic Ebon, and their more sadistic and violent evolution, the “Brain Wasters”. There are also a variety of biogenetic vat-grown warrior races called Stormers, produced by SLA to fight in their endless wars.

Now that is the background and a petty messed up “World of Progress” it is, but there was never a range of figures to go with this RPG, much to my disappointment, even though there was rumours, over the years that suggested that there might be one in the future and this is where Daruma Productions stepped in and said this…

“SLA Industries: Cannibal Sector 1 – Tabletop Skirmish in the World Of Progress

Whats this, a range of SLA figures and a skirmish game, please tell me more went the voice in my head, actually it screamed “SLA toys, I want them all” and what is this Kickstarter thing and I jumped in. So after looking further into this, meeting the chaps from Daruma at a couple of shows and their love for this is off the scale, safe hands I think, I jumped in on the Kickstarter, thanks Beast of War for pointing me in the direction of this game, and brought some of their minis and this is the start of my fun.

There are six different factions:

Shivers


Shiver Units operate chiefly as SLA Industries’ main police force, but they also serve as the primary line of defence along the Sector Wall. 24 hours a day, the men and women of the Shiver Units patrol the perimeters, and more increasingly, journey into Cannibal Sector itself to drive back its ferocious inhabitants. To work in the sector the Shivers give up the green armour for grey, and switch from the standard ball bearing round for the lethal flechette in their Gauss Rifles. They are brave, loyal, and, most importantly, expendable.

Carrien


Carrien are a strange, highly aggressive indigenous species of Mort. With their canine-skulled heads and hockey-stick weapons, the Carrien are instantly recognisable, and they are commonly found in the dark passageways of Downtown. The bulk of their numbers, however, live and thrive in the Cannibal Sectors. Carrien exist solely to feed and they perpetually stalk the ruins in search of fresh prey, beating them to death and gulping down their flesh raw in great chunks.

Scavs


Many consider the Scavs to be the greatest new threat in the Cannibal Sector. They are a race of beings cloaked in mystery; their faces hidden behind gas masks and bodies shrouded in piecemeal armour and filthy rags. Despite their dishevelled appearance, Scavs are a force to be reckoned with, having an intellect to match their towering statures. They work ceaselessly to gather scrap from the city ruins to then convert their recovered junk into powerful weapons and vehicles. Only their low numbers stand against them, but each individual Scav is an equal match to a SLA Operative.

Cannibals


Lack of food, clean air and water created the cannibals of Sector One. They have existed, threatened and neglected by SLA Industries, since its earliest days. As the centuries passed, the cannibal clans were formed, and their numbers swelled to alarming proportions. The cannibals began as impoverished humans, but toxic waste, horrors of Sector life and natural selections have created hulking monstrosities that can hold their own against neighbouring Carrien and Scavs.

DarkNight


DarkNight Inc. are the age-old enemy of SLA Industries. The two companies have been locked in bloody corporate war for centuries. This battle has been played out on the savage war worlds, the subterranean streets of Downtown, and finally, in the wreckage of the Cannibal Sectors. Dark Night send out their best and most notorious agents far into the dead cities to slaughter Shivers and Carrien alike.

SLA Operatives or SLAops


Operatives are the finest trained and best equipped staff in SLA Industries. Their principal directives are to protect SLA Industries from rival company attacks, destroy hostiles subversives on Mort and throughout the World of Progress. SLA Industries selects only the best trainees to become Ops; the majority are human, but they will readily employ alien races like the Wraithen and Shaktars, pseudo-magic wielding beings knows as Ebons, and biogenetic warrior Stormers. Operatives fulfil a selection of different missions for the company; these will occasionally take them into the depths of Cannibal Sectors in order to exterminate high-level threats, like marauding Scavs or particularly well-organised cannibal enclaves.

The rules are available for download from here and are very quick and straight forward but I will tell you more about it later.

What I am planning do is a step by step of the various factions involved in the game as I slowly get through them starting with the Shivers.
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