Broken Contract Kickstarter in its last 48 hours!

The Kickstarter for ‘Broken Contract’ is in its last two days.  I was lucky enough to play test the game a little and get an opportunity to see behind the scenes of the miniature and component design.  Its a fun game which has a very unique setting and style for the miniatures table top gaming scene.  Here are some shots of some of the minis as well as a sense of what the setting is like…

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Its a post apocalyptic skirmish game set in a bleak future where human colonies have been established, but often at the cost of the masses bound to a life of indentured servitude.  I am excited to see where this game goes.  Check it out!

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Blog to check out: Demo Gamers!

I listen to a lot of podcasts while I’m working in the studio. Lately as a lead up to Adepticon I’ve been listening to various Bolt Action podcasts while I put the finishing touches on my Team Tournamet Germans. The Ghost Army podcast guys mentioned this blog on their show: thedemogamers

The guys who do this site do lots of demo games at events in Austrailia, and much of the content of their blog is about the process of coming up with scenarios and terrain for these events. I get a lot of inspiration from folks pages on making terrain, designing units, and other hobby topics, so this site really works for me.  I especially love the comic book blurbs about various parts of the game…

http://thedemogamers.blogspot.com.au/2015/02/close-quarters-are.html

These guys are cpearly having a good time with this.

Check it out!

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Panzer IV for Bolt Action

One of the units which I am running in my half of the Bolt Action team tournament at Adepticon is a Panzer IVh. This is my armor support for the list that I am running with John for the tournament. Its been performing well in recent games, I feel that I am learning how to run a medium tank in a infantry heavy list.

Some of you may recognize this from this post where I showed some work in progress on the modeling.

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Norman Warlord

Recently I dug out some Norman knight models that I had been using for Hail Caesar. The plan is to use them for SAGA. One of the models was a Norman leader made by Crusader models. The character’s horse had its weight on a single leg which was starting to bend. It was only a matter of time before the model collapsed entirely or broke so I decided to re-sculpt the leg.

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One thing lead to another and I ended up turning the model into a proper conversion. I’ve been doing lots of sculpting for Wreck-Age, and working on this guy has been a good way to use up excess putty, and to bide time while my freelance work sets up fully.

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Bolt Action Panzerpioneers

Last week I picked up the excellent Warlord games Pioneer kit based on the new plastic Blitzkreig kit.  These are a vast improvement over the previous plastic set. The metal parts that allow you to make interesting pioneer models as well are excellent.  These include more equipment on their backpacks, some new heads, and additional and more characterful weapon options. These guys are the latest addition to my force for the Adepticon team tournament which I am participating in with John at Plastic Legions.

I wanted to update the look of some of these guys to give the unit a bit more of a mid-war period look, with camo smocks, and helmet covers.  Three of the models which I modified are shown here to give you an idea what I have been up to.

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I don’t know too much about the ‘pole explosives’ which some pioneers used blow up hard to reach places.  Some photo reference shows that it is essentially a box on a stick. I added some wiring to give an impression how a pioneer may set the explosive off after put into position.  This is largely my design, I’ve not found any examples of these sorts of triggers on these things, but I get the impression that they are sort of ad-hoc, so they may come in all shapes and configurations.

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This guy may be a NCO, or simply a trooper with an SMG. He has the camo smock that the Panzergrenadier units were occasionally given, especially as the war went on.

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Last but certainly not least is the flamethrower!  I also took some liberties with the design of this figure’s modifications as well.  Its only somewhat modeled after the flamethrower which comes with the pioneer kit.  I made some changes which suited me when modeling this. Now I can run two units with flamethrowers which should be pretty sweet in upcoming games!

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Gore-grub

For Adepticon I’m building a 1000 point Nurgle Warriors army for tge Rodgepodge event. The Gore-grub chariot will be a centerpiece to this force. 2015/01/img_4715.jpg

Rather than have a Gore-beast pulling a chariot in a conventional manner, I think that a massive resurrected swamp-grub, enslaved in undeath by the foul magicks of Nurgle, toting a Howdah would be very in theme with a highly mutated Nurgle army.

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The body of this model is made from a tinfoil armature and layered with super-sculpy and Apoxie-sculpt. The details are primarily done with Greenstuff.

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Check out my insect leg tutorial to see how the legs were achieved: Sculpting Insect Legs

The crew for this beast are coming together. More on them later!

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1500 point Panzerkompanie

I am going to slide up to the Dice Dojo today to try to get a game of Flames of War in.  Its been forever since I’ve run a Panzer company, and I wanted something quick and robust after several games with US infantry and Soviet Tankovy.  This list comes out to precisely 1500 points according to Easyarmy which is thrilling news considering my patience for list-building on a Saturday morning!

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Panzer IV H Platoon

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StuG III Platoon (if this is the anvil…)

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Tiger Platoon (than this is the hammer)

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Panzer II L “Luchs” Platoon

The more I ponder it, I really like this force.  I usually like lists which have more of a combined arms element to them, but I think that this one will be fun to play.  There are subtle variations in the units, as well as some very clear roles.  The Panzer IIs will be on security and recce duty, the two combat platoons with the HQ will be on the attack, while the Tigers provide long range AT support or get up in the face of any dug in infantry I find.

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