The World Beneath The Clouds Kickstarter

| Tuesday, 30 April 2013 | 0 comments |

Terry Sofian has just launched a Kickstarter to produce a supplement for his Stars of Empire RPG and Hive, Queeen and Country VSF universe. The book will look at the mysterious cloud covered planet of Venus!

This looks like a really interesting project with uses for both wargamers and role players!

Ramshackle Games

| Thursday, 18 April 2013 | 3 comments |
Curtis at Ramshackle Games recently sent me a few samples for review.
A couple of my gaming buddies have been very keen on some of the Ramshackle Games vehicles for a while so i was pleased to get a closer look myself. Also, I hadn’t really associated them with the Steampunk genre, mainly just Sci-Fi, Fantasy and Post Apocalyptic ranges.
Firstly, there were three figures included:-
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The metal miniature is NR2 Fidelia St.John-Smythe and as you can see is is designed to fit into the open hatch of a vehicle. She is a lovely figure, nicely detailed well posed and with a huge rifle (possible an anti-tank rifle even…). The only real problem with her is the way she is designed to fit in the hatch. I would love to use her as a free standing figure (and may well get a second one so that I can convert her. As it is i am already planning on magnetizing her base so that she can be taken off of the vehicle, both for storage and for the narrative of my games.
The other two figures, NR2 Matilda Grey, and Mutie Man The Amazing Mr. Mud are cast in resin. Size wise they are quite small, being nearer to true 28mm than anything else.
Matilda Grey is every bit the Victorian lady with her high collared dress and whale-bone corseted pose. The device she is stood next to is linked to the book she is holding via a pipe, so I wonder if it is not some kind of steam powered laptop Babbage engine!
Mutie Man The Amazing Mr Mud defies description, but I will attempt it anyway. He looks somewhat like a a familiar peanut mascot that has either started to melt or has been dowsed in quick set cement. I find it difficult to see how I will use this figure. Still, for what he is, he is well sculpted and does have some character.
The final item I received is a resin kit called an NR2 Brass Coffin.
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Now anyone who hasn’t worked with resin kits before may find them a little difficult to work with. the finish on the open cast side of the mould can often leave something to be desired, and with these I had to spend some time cleaning them up to get a good fit. Also there were a few air bubbles in the resin. However they are easily filled and don’t offer any real problems to an experienced model maker.
The design of the Brass Coffin could, on a base level be said to be quite crude. It has a very “chunky” look, which on a high tech vehicle would be totally unsuitable. However, on this steampunk vehicle it works very well. It is really a great example of the phrase “it is more than the sum of it’s parts. As a whole it just works…
I am looking forward to getting some paint on it now, and trying to come up with an appropriate colour scheme. I will probably go with a “Great Western Railways” scheme of green and brass.
In conclusion I am very pleased with the Ramshackle stuff. It is far nicer in reality than I had at first thought from the photos on their website (I think it is the paint job – sorry Curtis). I would happily recommend them to steampunk gamers, as long as you are prepared to do a little work cleaning up and putting together the resin kits!

In Her Majesty's Name and North Star Military Figures

| Tuesday, 16 April 2013 | 1 comments |
North Star Military Figures have been running a promotion along side the impending release of Osprey Books new Steampunk rules In Her Majesty's Name. The "Nickstarter" as it has been named takes it's theme from familiar crowdfunding models with various levels of investment leading to new reward levels.


The Nickstarter is finishing this week and is well worth checking out, as they have a really interesting collection of steampunk figures that look like they will fit in with any collection!




 
 

In related news Craig Cartmell, one of the authors of In Her Majesty's Name has also revealed today that they are already working on an expasion book for the game, to be titled Heroes Villians and Fiends, which is up for pre-order on Amazon.

Guild of Harmony New Miniature: Aykroyd, Paranormal Investigator

| Friday, 12 April 2013 | 0 comments |
Guild of Harmony have just released their latest Steampunk miniature, and what a corker it is too!

Aykroyd, Paranormal Investigator is a 32mm mini and the detail is up to GoH's usual standard. It is nice to see them move in to doing male figures to complement the existing females in the range.




 

Red Planet Miniatures

| Thursday, 11 April 2013 | 0 comments |

Red Planet Miniatures have a small, but growing, range of figures.

There range is pure Sword and Planet, so it has a nice level of crossover between Steampunk and Pulp gaming.

I recently received a a pack of their basic Martian Elite Troops (SM-02) and a Martian War Leader (SM-01). The first thing I noticed when taking these figures out of the parcel was basically a bag of anatomical parts… The basic Martian Elite Troops come with separate legs (with lower torso attached), chests, arms, heads and weapons. So not for the casual gamer then! However, they clearly do offer quite a lot of possibilities for varying the posing when you put them together.

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On closer inspection I was a little disappointed to find that the 4 sets of legs, although all different sculpts, are all in virtually the same pose. Left foot forward, with most of the weight balanced on it. This is a shame as it would have offered a great opportunity for variety in posing if some of the legs had been positioned with a little more creativity.

Other than the legs, the rest of the set gives a good selection of pieces that fit very well. I was worried that I might have to pin some of the arms on, but the ball and socket joint is nice and deep, so everything goes together well and holds nicely.

I think, through choice, I would have preferred the arms to have come attached to the torso. As the assembled figures do look a little awkward. However it is useful to be able to vary them so much, so as to produce larger units of troops just from the basic set.

Red Planet Miniatures assembled

The castings themselves were very clean with no flash sand virtually no mould lines. Where the chest piece is separated from the metal casting piece there is an area that needs to be cleaned up, but it is on the smooth back so it is easily done.

It may sound as though I have been quite critical of these figures, but that is the sculptor in me talking. Generally I really like the look of this race. They have a feel that is somewhere between a fantasy version of GWs Tau and possibly a hint of a Predator about the shape of their helmets. Size wise they are quite large coming out at around 32mm FTE (foot to eye). As they are not actually humans though this gives them a nice imposing feel when mixed with 28mm figures.

I am looking forward to painting them and imagine I will give them a red skin tone (as would befit a Martian).

Couple of New Steampunk Kickstarters

| Tuesday, 9 April 2013 | 1 comments |
 There have been a couple of new miniatures kickstarters that should be of interest.

Firstly we have Peter Holland's Project "Steampunk Miniatures in White Metal".

I must admit I think that this particular project doesn't look terribly well thought through. The artwork is is primitive (to say the least), and the sample miniature is OK but really nothing to get excited about.

Hopefully Peter will manage to get some more of his concept sketches realised as greens before the Kickstarter finishes and we can see a higher standard with those!


The second Kickstarter is from Rob Angell, who brings us "Curious Constructs" 28mm Steampunk Inspired Heavy Weapons and Carriage Miniatures!

This project has a very nice compuer render of one of the mentioned Heavy Weapons (a laser).








This Kickstarter has already achieved it's initial funding goal.

Rebel Minis New 15mm Steampunk British Range

| Monday, 8 April 2013 | 0 comments |
Rebel Minis have just post a couple of images of their greens for new Steampunk British 15mm figures.


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