Tuesday, July 25, 2017

The Ion Age: Free 'Playing Xin in Patrol Angis' Booklet

The Ion Age: Now online for free download the second expanded booklet for playing as the Xin in Patrol Angis. With all of our releases for the month now online we present this PDF for you to add to your game books to add infantry, infantry support vehicles and larger vehicles to the Trade Fleet. A play test document which is evolving it now shows codes we plan to create in the future for this force. Click through to download Remember you get IMP47 Happy Burger Bin Bot free in every order this month and we have an offer on the core rifle squad for the Xin too. Thanks. GBS

Wayland Games: New Test of Honour - Chobei's Renegades and Daimyo's Retinue Warbands

Wayland Games: Test of Honour is a skirmish wargame played with roughly 5-20 models on each side. Players select their force before each game based around a samurai hero along with one or two loyal samurai companions and a variety of clan soldiers. You can now grab the new Chobei's Renegades and Daimyo's Retinue warbands and venture into Feodal Japan on the tabletop. Check them here

Perry Miniatures: Plastic British Zulu War Infantry Reviewed!

Today we will be taking a closer look at the newest plastic boxed set from Perry Miniatures, their long-awaited British Zulu War Infantry! Please read on for plenty of pictures and information on these fine new miniatures.

The British Zulu War Infantry miniatures are the latest set of plastic miniatures released by the well-known sculptors Alan and Michael Perry of Perry Miniatures and were released at Salute earlier this year. I have had these on my workbench for quite a while and thought it would be more than time to review these lovely miniatures here on Wargame News and Terrain. While these miniatures are sold as Zulu War Infantry these are also suitable for the Ninth Cape Frontier War and the First Anglo-Boer War and are also supplied with Home Service helmets for repelling enemies both earthly such as the French and Prussians and extraterrestrial such as those troublesome Martians!

Perry Miniatures: Plastic British Zulu War Infantry

Perry Miniatures: Plastic British Zulu War Infantry

The plastic British Zulu War Infantry miniatures are packed in the standard sized cartonboard box in which most of the Perry Miniatures plastic infantry boxed sets are packed with the front being decorated by the lovely and evocative artwork of the talented artist Peter Dennis. While the back offers some information and background on the miniatures along with several useful uniform illustrations. As per usual the miniatures are also supplied with a small booklet containing information about different units and their uniforms, the theatres of war and instructions on how to assemble the specialist miniatures. This booklet offers a great starting point to start, assemble  and paint historical accurate units and armies for the Zulu War, the Ninth Cape War and First Anglo-Boer War.

Perry Miniatures: Plastic British Zulu War Infantry

The British Zulu War Infantry Box Content

The boxed set contains enough parts to assemble 38 high quality plastic miniatures in the box including four casualties and two Heliographs. The miniatures are equipped with the standard issue uniform and weaponry of the depicted period. The bulk of the boxed set contains the regular heroic and stout British infantrymen dressed in his iconic yet outdated red uniform and armed with his lethal breech-loading single-shot lever-actuated rifle Martini-Henry rifle. These common infantrymen were the core of the Victorian era British army and fought more than their fair share in many of the colonial battles of the British Empire in South Africa.

The boxed set contains the following sprues

- 6 Infantry sprues each containing five soldiers
- 2 Command sprues each containing two officers, two casualties and one Heliograph
- 1 Renedra square bases sprue containing enough bases to field your miniatures

Below you can see the infantry sprue of which six are included in the boxed set. This sprue contains as mentionned above the bulk of the regular infantry with plenty of options for field helmets, the home service helmets and other heads (glengarry cap, wounded and bare heads). As you can see on the sprue all of the five body poses are unique and offer an excellent amount of difference stances and weapon poses allowing you to create a realistic firing line. As you can see on the sprue there are nine different options of handling the Martini-Henry ranging from loading and firing, to stand at the ready and repelling close combat attacks. You can even make a soldier waving his pith helmet as he is sheering after repelling a native attack or shouting for his life. It's this kind of options that really makes this set stand out and make it the best 28mm scaled plastic Zulu War Infantry set available on the market today. It will be very hard if not impossible to beat the quality and options of this set in the future.

The only remark I have is that all of the miniatures supplied are in a standing position with no options for a double firing line with a kneeling first rank. That said I actually don't mind this anymore as the miniatures look so fine and full of character that this only a very minor point of attention. Could be possible that a kneeling firing line will be supplied in metal miniature packs but haven't heard or seen any previews of that possibility yet. Note that this set is also sold as a 'standing' firing line set.

Perry Miniatures: Plastic British Zulu War Infantry Soldier Sprue

The second sprue is the specialist or command sprue which contains the parts of the Heliograph, officers and two casualties. As you can see on the sprue plenty of options to arm your officers and regular infantry allowing you to field buglers, standard bearers and enough parts to assemble a realistic Heliograph team with binoculars, note pads and Heliograph operator. There are two command sprues included in the boxed set.

One of the unique selling points is the addition of not one but two Heliographs and their crew. The inclusion of these specialist miniatures further increases the value of the plastic boxed set as you can assemble some of the regular infantry in the specialist role. Should you have to buy these Heliograph teams in metal, you're easily be spending more than £6.00 a team with other miniature companies so great value with these miniatures. The addition of these miniatures also opens a whole variety of wargame objectives and realism to your wargame as communication was often of great importance when facing overwhelming enemy armies in a vast and desolate country. 

As mentionned before the purpose of this sprue is to supply officers for your regular infantrymen in the form of two rather dashing looking gentlemen armed with a variety of weapons including swords, pistols and other equipment suitable for a proper officer such as binoculars. There are also options to turn regular infantrymen in standard bearers, buglers and so on. The sprue also contains two wounded or dead soldiers again offering even more useful content to the set as these can be used to make casualty markers, important objectives or to make vignettes for your  infantry and command bases. Next to the miniature sprues the boxed set also contains the Renedra square plastic bases sprues in the sandy color suitable for the arid plains and hills of South Africa.

Perry Miniatures: Plastic British Zulu War Infantry Command Sprue

Looking closer at the actual quality of the sculpting and casting I can only say that both are superb. Alan and Michael Perry are known for their excellent sculpting and historical accuracy and these miniatures are no exception with very crisp details and lots of realism and character in the faces, clothing and body poses. The tooling and casting is again done by Renedra and their experienced team and the quality is again great with minimal amounts of flash and mouldlines present on the miniatures.

The British Zulu War Infantry Assembly 

The assembly of these miniatures was great fun as there are plenty of options to assemble your miniatures in different poses and stands. The planning of the parts on the sprue really makes the assembly easy as all parts can easily be cut loose and the sprue vents aren't situated on the fragile parts such as bayonet points as can be the case with sets of other manufacturers and those can drive a man mad when bayonet after bayonet snaps and there aren't many options left! 

I decided to assemble my miniatures as regular infantry with field pith helmets as they would have been fielded in South Africa you could of course assemble them as new recruits and go the Hollywood way and let them wear their iconic Home Service helmets instead. Really like the way they turned out and will most likely be fielding some of the miniatures as 60th Rifles or perhaps use some to make cheap dismounted Imperial Mounted Infantry with the mounted component converted from Perry Miniatures American Civil War Cavalry. Not historical accurate but well enough for my daily tabletop ventures. Below I have added some pictures of the assembled miniatures but note that this is only a minor part of the miniatures which are included.

Perry Miniatures: Plastic British Zulu War Infantry

Perry Miniatures: Plastic British Zulu War Infantry Heliograph

The British Zulu War Infantry Scale Comparison

As I have quite some unpainted miniatures in my collection that could be used for the Zulu War, I have taken some scale comparison pictures that might be useful to see if these new miniatures fit your existing miniature collections. in the pictures below you can see pictures of Perry Miniatures, Warlord Games, Foundry Miniatures, Wargames Factory and Empress Miniatures. The miniatures scale up well with most of the plastic miniatures but are slighly taller and more slender than the Wargames Factory and Warlord Games miniatures. Note that the Empress Miniatures figure was supplied with the Warlord Games plastic Zulu War Infantry boxed set but I would guess that these are the same size as the actual Empress Miniatures miniature range.

Perry Miniatures: Plastic British Zulu War Infantry Scale Comparison

Perry Miniatures: Plastic British Zulu War Infantry Scale Comparison

Perry Miniatures: Plastic British Zulu War Infantry Scale Comparison

The British Zulu War Infantry Conclusion

As you might have noticed during the review I'm a big fan of these miniatures and will be most certainly grabbing plenty of these miniatures due to their great quality and excellent price. Further more miniatures are top-notch and will most likely never be exceed in quality, affordability and historical accuracy. The addition of extras such as the informative booklet, the Heliographs and casualties further increases the great value of this new boxed set and will allow you to add plenty of character to your wargames in the form of scenics, objectives and markers. The boxed set is now available for £20.00 directly from Perry Miniatures here 

Perry Miniatures: Plastic British Zulu War Infantry

Perry Miniatures: Plastic British Zulu War Infantry

Perry Miniatures have also announced that they will be releasing some plastic Zulu warrior opponents along with supporting metal miniatures such as cavalry and more for the British. As we speak the Rorke's Drift Heroes and 17th Lancers both mounted and dismounted are already available for purchase. You can see the Zulu warrior preview below. More pictures can be found here in our previous post

Perry Miniatures: Plastic British Zulu War Zulu Warriors

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Pen and Sword: Battlefields in Miniature - Creating Realistic Wargame Scenery

Pen and Sword: Like a good general, a good wargamer should have an eye for the ground. Just as the nature of the battlefield plays a central role in real warfare, so miniature wargames are greatly enhanced by realistic terrain. Besides, when you've spent hundreds of hours collecting and painting your miniature armies, they surely deserve ground worth fighting for. 

Master terrain modeller Paul Davies takes the reader through the process of creating a visually appealing yet practical terrain system. First the techniques of making the basic landscape are explained, then a series of projects show how this can be adapted to suit different periods or geographic locations (eg European farmland or Sudanese desert). There are then detailed chapters on adding vegetation, buildings, roadways, trench systems etc. The clear, step-by-step instructions are clearly illustrated by numerous specially-taken photographs of the work in progress and Paul's inspirational finished pieces. Available at Pen and Sword Books here

Pen and Sword: Battlefields in Miniature - Making Realistic and Effective Terrain for Wargames

Heroic Maps: Scenery Maps and Tiles - 25% Discount!

Heroic Maps: 25% off all our roleplaying maps & tiles @DriveThruRPG as part of Christmas In July! Check them all here and enhance your wargame and roleplaying adventures.

Alternative Armies: Flintloque Early Pursuit in the Witchlands

Alternative Armies: Continue the Flintloque journey of Andy in this second installment of his expanding hobby with the Dark Czar beginners set. New Dogmen and more are on the scene...but what is going on? Read on for the article. Thanks. GBS

Otherworld Miniatures: New Fantasy Characters and Monsters

Otherworld Miniatures: Well, first of all, an apology. It has been too long since my last update, and I'm sorry that I've neglected this page in recent months. I've been working on a few new projects, including a major reorganisation of the whole Otherworld Miniatures range.

Anyway, you'll all be glad to know that I have just finished adding some new releases to our webstore, including the DM37 Phase Panther, 2 packs of ME7 Brigands, a new WE30 Giant Stag Beetle (with a flying expansion pack), and a Mysterious Stranger and Apprentice Wizard in our NPC ranges. Other new stuff on the way soon include another release for our popular Dark Tower range for the Marvellous Judge's Guild adventure setting, and more dungeon creatures yet to be revealed.

Monday, July 24, 2017

Freebooter Miniatures: Freebooter's Fate Capitaine Octavia

Freebooter Miniatures previewed this new Capitaine Octavia.

Mierce Miniatures: New Darklands Monsters and Warriors

Mierce Miniatures released these new monsters and warriors!

Alternative Armies: New Fantasy Warlord Classic 28mm Range

Alternative Armies:  Now back at Alternative Armies the classic 28mm scale blister packs, characters and weapon sprues for the Fantasy Warlord range. By popular request from wargamers a new page on our website with every code we have for Fantasy Warlord. These great miniatures date from the dawn of the 1990's. Have a read and then a browse and thank you for all your support. GBS

Osprey Games: New Frostgrave - Ghost Archipelago - Fantasy Wargames in the Lost Isles Miniature Tabletop Game

Northstar Miniatures and Osprey Games will be launching their new Frostgrave: Ghost Archipelago stand alone miniature game and official miniature range in September through an exciting pre-order filled with discounts and free miniatures!

In this thorough article you will be able to find the latest information about the upcoming Frostgrave: Ghost Archipelago stand alone game by Northstar Miniatures and Osprey Games which will be launched in September. This new wargame will be mostly based on the rules of the original Frostgrave wargame but will feature other main characters and of course a whole different, more exotic setting! The new game will also receive an official miniature range supplied by Northstar Miniatures, already announced are plastic crew miniatures and in my opinion almost certain to be released metal Heritors, Wardens and other Specialist Characters and Creatures.

Osprey Games Frostgrave: Ghost Archipelago - Fantasy Wargames in the Lost Isles

Heritors and Wardens

The main characters in Frostgrave: Ghost Archipelago - Fantasy Wargames in the Lost Isles are the powerful Heritors and their Warden sidekicks. These characters will replace the Wizard and Apprentice characters from the original Frostgrave Frozen City setting offering a new exciting direction in gameplay possibilities.

Osprey Games: New Frostgrave - Ghost Archipelago - Fantasy Wargames in the Lost Isles Miniature Tabletop Game Heritor Miniatures

Osprey Games Frostgrave: Ghost Archipelago - Fantasy Wargames in the Lost Isles Wind WardenIn the new wargame, set in the fantasy world of Frostgrave, players will take on the role of Heritors, mighty warriors whose ancestors drank from the Crystal Pool. While able of superhuman feats, Heritors have no longer the power and strength of their forefathers which drank from the Crystal Pool. Their powers have been watered down, as they were passed on from generation on generation.

And these superhuman abilities come at a cost, each time Heritors use their powers, they take damage. If they fail to use their desired feat, they suffer even more. The more they use their powers, the harder it comes to perform them again increasing the likeliness of suffering unbearable pain and damage. There will be thirty different Heritor abilities which will be used as when you were to cast a spell. So knowing when to use these powers will be very important in the gameplay as these actions can be decisive.

Author Joseph McCullough has recently shared some artwork previews of the Heritor characters and they all look splendid. Although everybody can be a Heritor, they have previewed the following heroes: a powerful pirate, mighty warrior womans, a stealthy rogue and a mind manipulator.

The sidekicks of the Heritors are the Wardens, these characters will supply your warband with magic. Although capable of performing and casting magic spells, these characters will not be as powerful as Wizards from the orginal setting and will only be able to cast a limited number of spells. The Wardens draw their powers from nature and the elements. The following classes have been announced along with some beautiful artwork: The Earth Warden, the Wind Warden, the Beast Warden, the Vine Warden and the Wave Warden.

Osprey Games Frostgrave Ghost Archipelago Wardens

The Ghost Archipelago

The new wargame setting for this new stand alone game is the mysterious Ghost Archipelago, a jungly island chain filled with deadly creature and warlike indigenous tribes. Sounds like a good moment to start stocking aquarium plants and paint some crumbling ruins!

The Ghost Archipelago is a vast island chain, covered in the ruins of ancient and otherworldly civilizations, the Archipelago appears every few centuries, far out in the southern ocean. It is only the bravest, however, who venture into the islands in search of the Crystal Pool, for they are filled with numerous deadly threats. Cannibal tribes, sorcerous serpent-men, and poisonous water-beasts all inhabit the island ruins, guarding their treasure hordes and setting traps for the unwary.

Osprey Games: New Frostgrave - Ghost Archipelago - Fantasy Wargames in the Lost Isles Miniature Tabletop Game

Osprey Games: New Frostgrave - Ghost Archipelago - Fantasy Wargames in the Lost Isles Miniature Tabletop Game

The official introduction

The author Joseph McCullough shared the following introduction for Frostgrave: Ghost Archipelago - Fantasy Wargames in the Lost Isles introducing the characters and the new setting. More information about the game can be found on the author's blog here

Frostgrave Ghost Archipelago Heritor Pirate"Over two hundred years ago, the last time the Ghost Archipelago appeared, a group of adventurers discovered a pool of crystal clear water somewhere in the labyrinthine depths of the Lost Isles. Everyone who drank from that pool was filled with a mystical energy, a power they could call upon to perform superhuman feats. After these adventurers returned, they all became legends in their own time. Some became great heroes, others notorious villains. Ironically, despite their incredible strength, speed, toughness, and other superhuman abilities, nearly all of them eventually died violent deaths.

Before their deaths, however, most of the adventurers who drank from the Crystal Pool sired offspring. Their children inherited many of their parent’s abilities, as did their children’s children, and so on. These descendents became known as ‘Heritors’ for they had inherited some of the power of the Crystal Pool. Yet, with each passing generation, the abilities of the Heritors became slightly less, and every time they used their mystical abilities they suffered from a pain known as ‘Blood Burn’.

Today, most Heritors are nine or ten generations removed from their ancestor that drank from the Crystal Pool. While the abilities that they inherited still set them apart from the general population, those abilities have grown unreliable, and the pain that accompanies their usage quickly grows unbearable. Thus most Heritors use them sparingly and only in short bursts when they are required.

Osprey Games: New Frostgrave - Ghost Archipelago - Fantasy Wargames in the Lost Isles Miniature Tabletop Game Serpentman

No one knows how many Heritors there are in the world, but the number is probably in the high hundreds if not the low thousands. A few are well known warriors, but most choose to keep their abilities hidden. Regardless of where they are, or how they choose to use their abilities, all of them felt a great tug when the Ghost Archipelago returned. The Crystal Pool calls to them, tempting them to come and drink from its waters and gain the powers that once belonged to their ancestors. Many have so far been able to resist this call, but many more are already making their way to the Southern Ocean."

Frostgrave Ghost Archipelago Heritor Female Warriors and Pirate Lord

Frostgrave Ghost Archipelago Heritor Rogue and Manipulator

The Team

The team involved in the design and creation of the new game consists out of the people who also worked on the original Frostgrave - Fantasy Wargames in the Frozen City wargame along with with some new faces.

The Osprey Games editor Phil Smith, the talented artist Dmitry Burmak, who provided all of the gorgeous artwork for the previous game, this time accompanied by his equally talented wife, Kate; Nick Eyre and the team from North Star Miniatures along with Osprey Games will be creating the miniatures, Kev Dallimore will be supplying his painting and photography skills, Stewart Larkin will be leading the layout and design work.

Osprey Games: New Frostgrave - Ghost Archipelago - Fantasy Wargames in the Lost Isles Miniature Tabletop Game

Wargames Illustrated Video

By Wargames Illustrated - At a recent Frostgrave Games Day held at WIHQ we were treated to a talk by Frostgrave's author Joe McCullough about his forthcoming new game set in the FG world 'Ghost Archipelago'. We didn't want our WIPrime members who weren't there to miss out, so here's what he had to say...

Frostgrave: Ghost Archipelago: Lost Colossus Expansion

The new Northstar Miniatures and Osprey Games Frostgrave - Ghost Archipelago stand alone game hasn't been released yet or the first expansion named Frostgrave: Ghost Archipelago: Lost Colossus has already been sighted on Amazon to be released in March, 2018! Looks like another exciting episode in the fantasy ventures of Osprey Games and Northstar Miniatures' Frostgrave universe.

Series: Frostgrave Ghost Archipelago
Paperback: 64 pages
Publisher: Osprey Games; Reprint edition (March 20, 2018)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1472824121
ISBN-13: 978-1472824127

Frostgrave: Ghost Archipelago: Lost Colossus Expansion

All artwork in this article is copyright Osprey Games and Osprey Publishing