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DzC – Shaltari Braves Infantry


Today from David over at Hawk Wargames we have the fourth factions infantry, this time the Shaltari Braves. These come with 3 per base, since they fight in armoured warsuits!

Looking cool.

Shaltari Braves
Shaltari Braves

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DzC – Scourge Warriors – Human hosts


Well lets start the Bank Holiday weekend with some more excellent infantry from Hawk Wargames, this time we have the Scourge Warriors – Human hosts.

My first though was, “what? I expected more alien looking infantry from the Scourge?” That before I read the “Human hosts” part. Ahh now they make sense.

Enjoy 🙂

Scourge Warriors - Human hosts
Scourge Warriors – Human hosts

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Mantic and the Sheriff on the Warpath


Hi Interweb users. Well this is my first post since my ascension from obscurity to the lofty heights of the floating citadel. I have to say I am very happy to be here and gaming with the citadel’s members.

So where to start? I could say I have been gaming for a million years and in that time I have experienced games from the sheriff, role-playing (the book and online versions,) to historical and whole host of systems, but do you care about what I have done? No. Not really! So I shall move on to the point of the post.

There has been much flying all over the web about the sheriff and what he is doing, from banning online sales out of the EU to Finecost. Having recently just got back into 40k, as members of the citadel enjoy the occasional game, I bought into the system around the time of the Grey Knight release, so it seemed natural to get them as my beloved Necrons of old were, what can I say, left in the dark with a very old rulebook. I know there are rumours flying around about them coming soon, but I couldn’t wait, I’m not built that way. I needed something shiny and new, nothing comes more shiny than the current range of Grey Knights. I may go on about these in additional posts but I seem to be rambling and not getting to the point of what I am trying to say.

Mantic Games (There you go swiftly back to the point!)

Mantic have been on the scene now for a little while and I was initially not too impressed with the Elves. Then the undead came out and I was more impressed  with them, then the various version of the Dwarfs. Ok now they are getting better and better. Then I saw the latest Orks and I thought WOW! These are nice. However, as always I looked, liked and then dismissed them. Why?

Because I always ended up looking at the Sheriffs version of Fantasy and I always liked the look of them. I was even getting pressure from some of the members of the floating citadel to get a new army and join in (nothing like a little pressure to part money from the wallet! Don’t take a lot with us hobby gamers) and then it hit us. The sheriff’s new rules, regulations and price rise and Finecost! I vowed not to buy from them as an army went up to ÂŁ500 – ÂŁ600, which I was not prepared to pay.

So I started to look around and went back to Mantic for a look see. Around the same time, while keeping up on the interweb, I was watching my usual dose of YouTube and Beasts of War, they announced Mantic would be on live and there would be a big announcement or two. So last night I sat and watched.

I watched as more pictures were released of the beautiful aggressive looking Orks and I thought I could afford these, I would not be able to spend less then say ÂŁ800 for Orks from the sheriff and these were about ÂŁ100 – ÂŁ150 for a massive army. I was getting quite excited at this point.

Then they announced 3 more armies, Goblins, Dark Elves and finally (as requested by so many) Humans. Wow! So now I can have even more choice and the quality keeps improving with each release. There was also to be a new full rule book with history and fluff, just what I like. We all need a little fluff J

There was discussion about costs and a little ribbing thrown the Sheriff’s direction, not undeserved in my opinion and they announced that they were replacing a couple of metal units. Currently they do 5 undead cavalry for £25 in metal and they are replacing them with this new fandangle resin-plastic. At this point my eyes started rolling as I thought of Finecost from the Sheriff. Ronnie from Mantic then said that they were going to keep the same price but add another 5 models. So that is 10 now for the £25 as the material is cheaper to produce. I wonder who should take note that a cost saving in material should offer a price reduction or more for your money??? Do you need me to say??? Cough, Cough Finecost…

So I am thinking that this all sounding great, I am quite excited and will be looking into the range and getting the rules, which are FREE by the way. The LIVE video continues and they get onto the subject of the future and then they officially confirm that they are working on a Sci-Fi version of the game called Warpath. Yippee!!! Now I am all for trying different systems and periods but Sci-Fi is my thang. So this is great news.

Could Mantic truly be an alternative to the Sheriff? My answer…

WATCH THIS SPACE!

Phaser of +2 Con


A quick post today that is only ever so slightly off-topic, although it does feed into the normal “soup du jour” of this site.

These thoughts came about while I was out driving at lunch time, maybe it was the fumes from the petrol station where I filled my car up that sent me on to a heady high to come up with such a warped vision, or perhaps it is my natural hyperactive imagination. Whatever it was, here it is;

In your stereotypical fantasy enviroment there are a select group of races that will normally be making an appearance. I am sure that you are more than familiar with these, Humans, Dwarves and Elves, although for certain universes there is some kind of schism among the Elven community which leads to a variety of Dark and High Elves or similar. What made me chuckle today is when I thought about the core races of Star Trek and how they fit so effortlessly into the fantasy stereotype. I’m not sure whether this was a conscious decision by Gene Roddenberry when he came up with things or whether it is just a nerdy coincidence, but nevertheless they do fit snuggly together.

Humans are a prolific race that feature predominantly across the genre. In both Fantasy worlds and Star Trek Humans are main focus and are everywhere, at times peaceful while others are more militaristic, splitting themselves into factions affiliated with ideologies. Dwarves are portrayed as gruff alcoholics with a penchant for bad singing and kicking seven shades of fecal matter out of people, seems a good match for Klingons in my mind (Klingon + fecal matter pun not intended). OK Klingons may be taller but this is my party so they’re doing good, although most Dwarves for some reason are Scottish and I think a Scottish Klingon would be kind of hilarious. Now, you can probably guess where I am going with Elves. Pointy ears all around, your various flavours of fantasy Elves fit quite nicely with Vulcans and Romulans. One Imperialist and prone to lashing out, one all pacifistic but will stand their ground when riled. Vulcans are older and wiser (generally) than Humans and live longer… geez, wonder where they got that idea from? There is even a suitable schism describing the differences between alien pointy ears number 1 and their more emotional alien pointy ears number 2.

To me it is quite amusing how good a fit they all are. Just as there are many other races in Star Trek so there are in Fantasy too, but your basic run of the mill dramatis personae are here in startling clarity. I just bet you’ll never watch an episode of Trek the same again!