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Just a Single Day Left! – We Hope….

After anticipation built to a fever pitch then slowly died when we started to realise just how far away June was from April we are but a single day away from finding out some actual information regarding the long-awaited and much hyped 10mm Sci-fi offering that is Drop Zone Commander.

While we’ve been treated to nothing other than some nice pictures of the models (for good or ill I’ll leave to you all) tomorrow will see us find out what the price point is going to be and perhaps even a glimpse into the rules once the website launches. I’ll be hitting it up as soon as I can to dig up information for posting here  as well as providing our own commentary on things as we see them.

I still have my options open as to which faction I’ll be selecting if I do choose to jump aboard. While the Avatar-esque UCM have been a  staunch favourite of mine since I saw them at Salute the gorgeousness of the Shaltari walkers and their “Gate-ships” rather than dropships has me intrigued to the point of having them firmly on my radar.

My only worries are that the rules suck, the system is too expensive or even worse, we get an 11th hour delay which would really kill off a lot of the enthusiasm that has been generated and tried to be maintained over a rather long period. Carabus and I have had many a discussion about this so it’ll be interesting to see what happens once we get the real information out into the public domain.

So dear readers, have you picked a faction yet? What are you most excited about seeing?


Salute – Post Weekend Thoughts

The weekend has come and gone (yes, I know there’s no need to tell you that as we’re now slap bang in the middle of the working week) and Salute is now nothing more than a memory of a cracking day out with one’s friends. I have to commend it to the guys that put this shindig on, for a 40 year anniversary it was the best one I’ve been to by a long shot. I don’t know whether that was down to just the company I kept, the amount of stuff on display, or the fact that I’m being a lot more controlled about how I’ll spend my cash.

We arrived just after 11am and the place was brimming by the time we sauntered into the hall. After a couple of previous visits the layout is familiar enough that I know what we’re going to be in for. Sadly I didn’t win one of the Battlefoam bags on offer if you bagged a Dahl-esque golden ticket in your goody bag.

As usual with Salute the number of things to see far exceeds what you can actually get through in a single day. I went with the intention of trying a few things out but it just didn’t pan out that way, I didn’t actually get to try out any games, which is sad considering I’ve been looking at models for things like Eden and Bushido and I’d love to see how the games played rather than adding another game to my repertoire just on the look of the figures. Speaking of models that look nice with no rules; there was a stand by a company called Hawk Wargames showing off their models for a new 10mm sci-fi game called  Dropzone Commander. I’ve put a couple of photos (off my phone) below. I had a chance to handle some of them and the detail is incredible, I tried to pin the guy down on price but “expensive but affordable” isn’t exactly what I was wanting to know. Apparently the rules are currently in play testing and pre-orders will go up from the start of June for release in July. Unfortunately the website that the flyers they were handing out at the show point to is rubbish. It’s a graphic showing you some of the models and a link to Twitter and Facebook, not much information to be had which I find disappointing. Considering the interest that was shown in at Salute they’re going to need to feed the community or that interest will wane quickly. Still, it’s worth taking a look at.

In terms of my purchasing for the day (I went to a gaming show, you know I’m going to spend some readies!) I wanted to take a look at any offers on Infinity stuff to round out my selections and also to look at one of the small KR cases that you can use for skirmish gaming. It would save me lugging my bigger bags around when I only want ten figures. In the end though I took advantage of the £10 off Battlefoam voucher and grabbed myself one of the official Infinity bags, the beta one to be exact. Battlefoam have a reputation for being a quality outfit, although you pay for the privilege so getting £10 off was a good deal and meant I got a bigger bag than the KR one I was looking at for a mere £3 more!

I got back home just after 9PM, it was a long day but well worth it. I not only got to spend a day out with my closest friends but got to see some awesomely painted models and terrain. Check out the various new releases from various companies and grab some goodies for myself in the process. Well worth it overall, the only regret I have is not trying those games….. still, there’s always next year.

Salute – the Aftermath

Six hours of driving and half a tank of diesel later, Salute has come and gone for another year. No live blogging from the event nor any photos to chuck here either, I figure once you’ve seen one table of 15mm Napoleonics you’ve seen them all.

Servitob, nBreaker, myself and one of our non-blogging gaming buddies packed ourselves into the ZombieMobile and departed sunny Shropshire for the much posher climes of the Excel centre in the London docklands, a mere stones throw from Canary Wharf. Upon arriving, and after nearly collapsing into a coma once we saw how much they were charging for parking, we made our way into the great and spacious building. Looking around it was obvious there were other things on the go, the lack of beards and prevalence of skirts suggested this and we found the registrations for the London marathon were also going on.

We moved quickly past any possibility of being contaminated with people who have a penchant for physical exertion and found the Salute hall, filled with the musty scents of unwashed facial hair and the pervasive odour stemming from a lack of deodorant, the gaming geek in his natural habitat. Yes, I do know that I just coloured myself with the same stereotypical brush as my gaming fraternity just to try and get a cheap laugh…

Salute is a really large hall and figuring out where to start is only the first of many challenges that presents itself. I had gone down with the intention of picking up a model or two, knowing full well what was going to be there. We cruised the usual stands, walking past the veritable horde of historical wargaming that is on show here, it’s not really our bag. At the behest of a rather exited looking Servitob we sat down to our first demo game of the day, an encounter from D&D 4th edition. We grabbed some characters and then WTFZOMGBBQPWND!!1!!!! some Orcses, not before nBreaker’s Cleric was almost melted into goo through friendly fire from our non-blogging Wizard. A good time was had by all in this brief foray, myself and Servitob had played 3.5 but the streamlining of 4th was quite refreshing. We’ve already forewarned Gribblin (our DM) that he may have to start something up again.

Most of the rest of the time was taken up with looking at the other stands, I grabbed some stuff from the Simple Miniature Games stand, the one item I had gone for, the Avatars of War Light Elf Mage kit as well as a Convict Gunslinger for Malifaux. However, something we did not expect happened and was probably the highlight of the show for most of us.

Not only was nBreaker able to pick up some heavily discounted Khador stuff but we came across a stand for a little game called Sphere Wars (site in Spanish). If anyone is familiar with Infinity (another Spanish game) you will know that this country seems blessed with an affinity for producing some gorgeous models. When we saw the Sphere Wars stuff we were blown away, some of the range are amongst the best models I have ever seen. Our non-blogging friend doesn’t have a lot of models but bought into this game on the strength of the models then and there. nBreaker also picked up a starter set for the same faction while I laid down some green to pick up the Human faction starter with a couple of blisters of scantily clad ladies to “boost” things.

There was a booklet you could get from the stand that gives the starter rules, we also watched a demo game in action before we went back to look at purchasing some stuff. Considering the amount of stuff I currently have sitting around and the number of games I am into right now getting another ruleset as not something I was even contemplating as we travelled. I wanted my Avatars of War model and that was it. I think it’s a testament to how good the models are that we were willing to lay down the cash for this on the day without investigating further.

Sphere Wars was for me the highlight of the day, a good time was had by all regardless and we all went home cuddling some new goodies, even if it was just a box of dice. If you want to see new stuff coming out as well as having access to a lot of stuff from games you may not have considered then it is well worth checking the show out. There is a massive prevalence towards historical gaming but that doesn’t detract from the other stuff on show. There weren’t a huge number of show discounts which is kind of a shame as I like it when retailers are willing to offer you a little more on the day, I know that now isn’t necessarily the best time economically but slashing a few quid off or doing a buy 2 get 3rd free offers would have been nice to see (maybe I was looking at the wrong stands).

So, a good day out and we are now looking forward to the UK Games Expo in June, a little closer to home though.

Salute – 6 Inch Move on the Road

While we have a number of posts getting folks ready for the UK Games Expo in the summer what I have missed out on is directing our readership to Salute. Every year the South London Warlords host a rather large show in the Excel centre on the London Docklands. This show is this coming Saturday and the majority of the 6 Inch Move Team will be there, if I can find a quiet moment I may even be able to offer a blog post from there. Isn’t technology wonderful.

Whatever happens we have to leave quite early to leave our sleepy Shropshire abodes in order to travel to the Centre of the Universe(TM) which should take us around three hours. We are looking forward to being in the presence of so many other nerds/geeks and what have you. We’ll be blending in quite well I reckon.

Silence is Golden

It was the night before Christmas (LIES!!!!) and all through the blog, not a creature was stirring, not even a…..

As has no doubt been noticed, things are a little quiet around these parts at the moment. Hopefully the gaming day we have scheduled for our little band of chums this coming Saturday will provide some meat to throw to the Internet wolves. I have been quietly painting away and some of that fruit will be borne this Saturday.

It is also looking like the 6 Inch Move team will be trying to arrange a hajj to Warhammer World over the coming Easter break and should be down in London for Salute at the end of April. We’ll bring you our reports from these events as and when we attend them. I have to admit that I did have an idea for an awesome post last week, but then I forgot it…. That’s what happens when you are an undead buccaneer with a mind full of wenching!