Friday, March 23, 2018

Northstar Miniatures: Oathmark: Battles of the Lost Age Elves

Northstar Miniatures: First group shot of the new plastic Elves. 

Thursday, March 22, 2018

Cool Mini or Not: Adepticon 2018 - Song of Fire and Ice Preview

Cool Mini Or Not: We are at Adepticon 2018! Stop by the CMON booth or meet us in our tournament area to compete and win!

Windmaster Miniatures: New Fantasy Chaos Centaurs, Minotaurs and More

Windmaster Miniatures released these new fantasy miniatures.

Conqueror Models: Dark Age Dwarf Spearmen Reviewed!

Today we will take a closer look at the brand new 28mm Dark Age Dwarf Spearmen by Conqueror Models. These models were released earlier this month and were sculpted by the talented Colin Patten, the sculptor behind the excellent Fantasy Vendel Miniature range.

Conqueror Models is a new company founded by Andy Cummings featuring an eclectic collection of miniature ranges around the three main wargame genres - Fantasy, Science Fiction and Historical. The company was founded with the purpose of filling in gaps in existing miniature ranges for games that the owner plays. The company currently sells 15-18mm Science Fiction Miniatures, 28mm Indian Mutiny Miniatures, 28mm Napoleonic Miniatures, 10-12mm Buildings, 15mm World War Two Miniatures and last but certainly not least the 28mm Fantasy Miniatures. The miniatures sold by Conqueror Models are either 3d designed and printed by the owner and/or commissioned with (organic) 3d sculptors or traditional sculptors to do. The fantasy Dwarves are as mentionned sculpted by Colin Patten, the experienced sculptor behind the magnificient Vendel Fantasy Miniature Range.

The Dark Age Dwarf Spearmen Miniatures

Today we will check the freshly released Dark Age Dwarf Spearmen which were recently released as the start and backbone of the new fantasy Dwarf miniature range. The miniatures are designed and sculpted by Colin Patten in a Dark Age appearance with chainmail, round shields and lovely ornated helmets.

The Spearmen miniatures are sold in eight different packs, each containing four unique miniatures. As you can calculate the number of unique spearmen in the range is currently at 32 miniatures with a Command pack, a pack of Hearthguard, Dwarves swinging Dane Axe, Musket armed Dwarfs, Crossbow armed Dwarfs, War Engines and Characters coming in the future. The miniatures supplied are cast in metal and are scaled 28mm. The shields and spears are supplied separate and are also cast in metal. For the review I have received four different packs of Dwarfs in various poses easily allowing you to recreate a stout Dwarf Shieldwall at The Battle of The Five Armies. 

The Assemby

If you have already assembled metal miniatures before you will find the assembly quite straight forward as the parts fit well and the amount of flash is minimal. For beginning wargamers I will quickly set out the different steps I have undertaken while assembling these fine fellows. The first step is the cleaning step in which you remove flash and other small unwanted pieces  from the models using either metal viles or hobby knives. 

These small unwanted pieces are left overs of the casting process and are common on metal, plastic and resin miniatures. If you desire you can also remove the mouldlines with a sharp hobby knife but in most cases if these aren't too bad I leave them on the miniatures. This of course depends on your personal preference in preparing miniatures. The miniatures had minimal flash and the only areas that needed some minor work were the elbows, shields, spears and bases. Luckily all of these parts were easy to reach and clean so no real hassle at all.

After the cleaning step you then dry-fit the parts in the desired pose and make sure that everything fits fine. When the parts are prepared, you then glue the parts in this case the spears and shields on the miniatures. Note that it can be useful to check the poses on the website of the manufacturer as I have managed to glue four spears with the points up but they needed to be glued on with the spearpoints down. That said the parts luckily still fitted and the poses allowed the different assembly. In the pictures below you can see the four packs assembled and as you can see these miniatures are really lovely and I'm sure many readers will agree on this. 

The Scale Comparison

As these miniatures are most likely to be used with miniatures from other wargame companies. I have added the obligatory scale comparison pictures with a large amount of miniatures from other popular fantasy miniature lines. As you can see in the pictures these miniatures will certainly fit the upcoming plastic Northstar Miniatures dwarfs of which you can find a review here

Northstar Dwarf - Conqueror Dwarf - Northstar Dwarf - Conqueror Dwarf

Games Workshop Gimli - Conqueror Dwarf - Games Workshop Orc - Conqueror Dwarf

Games Workshop Elendil - Conqueror Dwarf - Games Workshop Goblin - Conqueror Dwarf

Northstar Frostgrave Apprentic - Conqueror Dwarf - Shieldwolf Shieldmaiden - Conqueror Dwarf

Games Workshop Spearman - Conqueror Dwarf - Mantic Games Orc - Conqueror Dwarf

The Conclusion

The miniatures are among my favorite dwarf miniatures if not my new favorites. The quality of the casting and sculpting is superb and the design finds it origin in the great fantasy works such as Lord of The Rings and are clearly Folkloristic and Tolkienesque in appearance. This new fantasy range is clearly going to be well supported with new releases already been mentionned. by the owner and even should these be delayed you already have 32 unique sculpts available for purchases easily allowing you to field either small warbands or full-blown miniature armies while recreating your favorite fantasy battles and skirmishes.

The new miniatures and the other packs can now be bought through the Conqueror Models webstore here for £1.50 if you buy four miniature sized packs or cheaper when buying the bulk deals. These miniatures are not only lovely but also very affordable so certainly worth buying. Thanks for reading this review and visiting Wargame News and Terrain, the daily wargame news blog. Make sure to bookmark our homepage and follow our Twitter and Facebook accounts!

Disclaimer - We received these miniatures for reviewing purposes from Andy at Conqueror Models. Please note that this doesn't influence our review as we always strive to supply you with our own independent and honest opinion about the wargame products reviewed.

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Breaking! Gripping Beast: New Plastic Late Roman Heavy Cavalry Pre-Order

Gripping Beast launched the pre-order for their new plastic Late Roman Heavy Cavalry! This box contains all the parts to assemble 12 plastic cavalrymen plus bases suitable for the Swordpoint gaming system. They can be used to represent later Roman or early Byzantine armoured cavalry. Parts from this box are compatible with most parts from all our other box sets so you can do many, many conversions. Sculpted by Bob Naismith. Check the pre-order here

Oshiro Model Terrain: New Science Fiction Scenery Pieces - Salute 2018 Release

Oshiro Model Terrain: We've got some new releases ready now and will have stock at Salute. Suitable for sci-fi gaming, particularly Star Wars. Not available on the website yet but you can order by email.

Warlord Games: Easter Classics Sale - 33% Off Selected Plastic Boxed Sets

Warlord Games: Easter is almost here and we have a great festive offer for you. For a limited time, we are taking a massive 33% off on a selection of our classic plastic box sets. Check the sales here

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Pwork Wargames: MDF Scenery - Industrial! Pwork Wargames MDF Scenery!

Pwork Wargames: Fantastic new release from Pwork Wargames! New MDF Scenery - Industrial 3D terrains! MDF Scenery - Industrial is a new line of 3D scenery terrain sets consisting in some different scenic elements made in MDF material, ideal for science-fiction and post-apocalyptic settings; four Industrial kits are available, each one including industrial-style buildings, containers, crates, platforms and much more. Each kit is composed by a different number of 3D scenic elements, from 1 to 11 terrain elements. Check also the kits bundles, to have more kits with a little discount!

With MDF Scenery - Industrial you can make your battles more realistic and more engaging! You can set on your mat awesome fights among a rusty industrial plant, a desolate storage area or an abandoned mining site! The different parts of the 3D scenic elements are pre-cut and ready to assemble, which is recommended to make the use of PVA glue. The assembly instructions of each kit are included in the kit package.

Sally 4th: Really Useful Box Storage Solution To Suit Sails of Glory Ships & Components

Sally 4th: Released today: Storage solution for Sails of Glory. Store and transport your fleets together with all of the cards and components in these smart trays and accessories designed to fit inside the 9 Litre and 4 Litre Really Useful Boxes. All components are available separately or as a discounted deal. Full details on our Complete Game Storage Solution Page here. This complements our existing complete game storage solutions for Star Wars X-Wing, Wings of Glory, Zombicide, Star Saga & Conan.

Range Includes:

- Insert to hold 5 Sails of Glory ships on bases £3
- Index Box to hold 14 Sails of Glory card sets / displays £8.50
- 15 compartment component tray £7.50
- 35mm high solid tray £5
- 70mm cut out tray £6.50

Forged In Battle: Battle of Copenhagen Naval Miniatures and Scenery Kickstarter

Forged In Battle: Coming soon.... more of our very popular 1/3000th scale Napoleonic Naval ships. This time its the the Battle of Copenhagen with forts, Monitors and more......

Eureka Miniatures: New 28mm Bronze Age Greeks Released

Eureka Miniatures released their new 28mm Bronze Age Greeks featuring some excellent looking infantry, civilians and chariots for this exciting period!

Eureka is proud to announce a new range of Bronze Age Greeks perfect for recreating the most famous of all sieges, Troy, or simply for raiding your neighbours. These sea-borne warriors can be used from roughly 1600 - 1100 BC (and much later for light infantry). Some of these figures may also make suitable Sea Peoples or other island cultures from the period.

We at Eureka have worked tirelessly to give you enough variation and options to kit out a full force comprising infantry, command, chariots and light support (44 foot, 2 chariots). We have even supplied some wailing women to see your army off on their ships and some spare heads for you to customise your army even further. We introduce Jack Garley who has been in charge of research for this project and it is the first one he has completed for us. We think he has done himself and us proud and we hope you agree. This is an exciting and interesting period so any suggestions for expansion are welcome, just send us an email. Check all miniatures here

28mm Bronze Age Greeks - Numbers in parenthesis are available variants

100BAG001 Greek infantry at rest (10)
100BAG002 Greek infantry in action (8)
100BAG003 Greek armoured axemen (4)
100BAG004 Greek hero with sword (3)
100BAG005 Greek hero in Dendra armour (3)
100BAG006 Greek priest (1)
100BAG007 Strip of 4 helmets and heads (2)
100BAG008 Greek women, 3 figure set (1)
100BAG009 Light infantry with sling (4)
100BAG010 Light infantry with javelin (4)
100BAG011 Light infantry with bow (4)
100BAG016 Rail Chariot and two crew (1)
100BAG017 Chariot and Dendra armoured crew (1)

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Deep-Cut Studio: New Personalized Dice Trays Launched

Deep-Cut Studio: Exciting news! We have just launched dice trays with custom images to boost your rolls. Will you use it with your personalized army, game setting or a character? Will you add them to the swag bags for the participants of your tournament or other event? Will your club enjoy that extra bit of uniqueness? Use these trays to roll the dice where you want them, use them to keep the tokens at hand or use them to set the mood and attitude for your game. Check them out at – the home of game mats and dice trays.

Wayland Games: Last Chance - Pre-Order Star Wars: Legion Today! Extra 5% Discount Code

Wayland Games: We are counting down the days to the release of Star Wars: Legion from Fantasy Flight Games! Grab your own copy here at Wayland Games and save some money on this cool Star Wars tabletop miniature game!

Warfare is an inescapable part of the Star Wars universe, from the Rebel Alliance’s defeat in the Battle of Hoth to a few elite Rebel strike teams taking on a legion of stormtroopers on the Forest Moon of Endor. You can seize your chance to get your boots on the ground and lead your troops to victory with Star Wars™: Legion, a miniatures game of thrilling infantry battles in the Star Wars universe!

Star Wars: Legion invites you to enter the ground battles of the Galactic Civil War as the commander of a unique army of miniatures filled with troopers, powerful ground or repulsor vehicles, and iconic characters like Darth Vader or Luke Skywalker. While innovative mechanics for command and control simulate the fog of war and the chaos of battle, the game’s unpainted, easily assembled minis give you a canvas to create the Star Wars army you’ve always wanted to lead into battle—whether you fight for the monolithic, oppressive Galactic Empire or the ragtag Rebel Alliance.

Whatever you're ordering from Wayland Games, make sure you save an EXTRA 5% when you spend £50 or more before 23:59:59 on April 2nd*! All you have to do is enter EASTER5 at checkout. Make sure to check out all of this week's available pre-orders and new releases to stay up-to-date with your favourite game systems.

Sally 4th: New Modular Shopping Mall Board From Sally 4th

Sally 4th: This week Sally 4th has launched the seventh modular board in our Urban Block / Shopping Mall Range. All boards are modular and expandable so the pieces can be re-arranged in countless ways.

300mm Square Urban Block Gaming Set: Block Golf - Contains 300mm x 300mm etched MDF Base Board, 3 Terra Block shops, (each 100mm square) with glazed windows and opening doors and professionaly printed cover sheets with a choice of floor coverings for shops.

Set contains 6 x 100mm square Terra-Blocks that can be re-arranged:

- 3 x Mall Floor Tile 100mm x 100mm
- 3 x Shopping Mall In-line Shop 100mm x 100mm (with choice of 4 floor coverings)

Compatible with all off Terra-Block Range. Boards designed with pavements the same height as terra-block pieces, to enable you to put together buildings and rooms using any terra-block pieces and re-arrange them between paved sections so that each game you play on terrain is potentially different. Ideal for 28mm skirmish gaming, postapocalypse, near future, steam punk, modern, zombie, pulp etc. We've used our terrain for Pulp Alley, 7TV, Project Z, The Walking Dead All Out War, Zombicide and Terminator Miniatures Game Board has 'zebra crossings' engraved to allow it to be used with popular zombie themed board games that use movement by zone, if you do not want these markings pavement can be glued to the other side of the board.