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I had a chance to paint up the Patriot today for Dystopian Legions, and was excited to put this guy on the tabletop. This is the first tank like model I've ever painted for the tabletop, and I admit I wasn't sure what to do. You'd think it would be simple enough to transfer the techniques that I have become comfortable with when painting anthropomorphized robots or humanoid characters, but in this case I especially couldn't decide on a colour to start with.
What resulted was in fact an accident.
More pictures and story at boardgames minis and more
I was happy to find a few gaming pieces under the tree this year, and today provided a chance to play with a few of them. These pieces were for Dystopian Legions, and one in particular is the Patriot Transport for the FSA (Federated States of America).
This little tank is armed with the Orlington .70 Cal Machine Gun, on a rotating turret. Faster than infantry, and reasonably armoured, it carries up to 6 infantry models into combat. Sections can equip up to 2 as an attachment and begin the game embarked in it.
A couple of things I really like about the piece is that even when it has disembarked its section, it has a use to provide light fire support, and it can be used to steam through, forcing models to disengage from melee.
As a model, I am astounded at the detail and shear amount of resin in the model. It is a solid block of resin, giving it a hefty feel in the hand. Assembly was extremely simple, with only 7 kinds of pieces.
2 track covers
With some crazy glue, it took no more than 10 minutes to clean and assemble, though in this sense I wouldn't have minded more of a hobby model type assembly.
For an example of some on the table drama in Dystopian Legions, here is how it played out in our game today.
Turn 1, it steamed up the field at full speed.
Turn 2, It closed on its target, crashing through the sandbags to disgorge a team of Armoured Infantry, who proceeded to fire and kill a Japanese Lieutenant. My opponent fired at it with his Field gun, and narrowly missed damaging it.
Turn 3, The exploding sixes went crazy!! My opponent again fired at the Patriot, rolling 10 Red dice, and 21 successes! Kaboom, there went my Patriot APC! In the process however, the blast killed his nearby commanding officer, Master Okinawa.
Ha! That's what you get for blowing up my Christmas Gifts!
Originally posted to Board Games Minis and More
After a long silence on Dystopian Legions, Spartan Games has issued an announcement for 2016 just in time for Christmas.
4 Box sets will be available to support the COA faction in their Dystopian Legions tabletop 32mm strategy game.
Here is what they had to say: "Ever since the Iron Scorpion boxed set was first released there has been a pent up demand for the Covenant of Antarctica miniatures, and we are happy to announce that their first wave of reinforcements has arrived. Fully compliant with the Dystopian Legions 2.0 ruleset, we have four boxes of miniatures that will allow players to either expand their existing Iron Scorpion forces or start a new tabletop force of these exciting miniatures."
The COA force is defined by scientific superiority, and elite sections. Excellent at range, and also offering resilience to survive battlefield conditions, the Commandos and Automata are a formidable, futuristic force in the Dystopian world. Check out their ORBATs (army stats) here: http://www.spartangames.co.uk/resources/downloads
More pictures at http://boardgamesminisandmore.blogspot.ca/2015/12/covenant-o...[thing=174040][/thing]
Some of you may know about my incessant and persistent toying about with too many things at once. My hobbies are too broad, including extreme sports and terrain building, Illustrating and Sprinting. Subsequently, things like designing a board game, and writing a novel become very difficult to finish. That brings me to now; I have started, written, finished and never released a few novels and countless short stories. At this time, I am officially announcing the future release of my first book of fiction called "The Modis". My distinct hope is that this will help me to consolidate my attention and to put the final touches on this book.
I say it that way because I published a book of non-fiction a few years back, though it centres around an obscure sport called Observed Trials. This becomes my first foray into publishing fiction, and I am excited to tell you a little about it, and encourage you to keep a reminder in the back of your mind in anticipation of the impending pre-order and the coming freebies.
At the moment, we are organizing formatting and timelines with an intended release in the first quarter of 2016. Leading up to this, I plan to be sharing some of the characters and ideas that this project has gone through. If it piques your interest, subscribe to hear more about it.
Looking forward to an exciting 2016!
Sun Dec 20, 2015 12:40 am
I've been working on painting these guys up, and had an excuse to refresh my memory on building animated gifs. It's been a while since I made one, but here's a view of the steambike in progress. I am loving these models, not just to paint, but also on the tabletop. They look great, with lots of detail. They also have some fun moves, and in particular can push models out of melee, which is a very useful tactic. This is one of the only ways of disengaging from melee in the game, if not a cavalry or jetpack model.
Ryuma can also perform ride by attacks, while moving at the double. Since they are skimming models, this is awesome for flying over buildings and other terrain, to hit sections with impunity, while pushing them around. One game I played involved them hitting 3 sections, and running over an officer, which in turn pushed him onto a booby trapped bridge, which blew up! This has made them one of my favorite models in Dystopian Legions.
Have found a complete copy of Battle Masters, the boardgame from 1992 that has all appearances been licensed from Games Workshop, based on their Warhammer Fantasy line.
All models, tokens and components are here, including game manual, game mat, full card deck etc...
Asking $75 CAD + shipping
Prefer interac e-transfer or COD
Board Game Geek Page: Battle Masters
Listing on Board Game Geek: Here
The LONG OVERDUE Dreadball Online Vassal Module is now live!
- Due to the file being MASSIVE, I have scaled it down to 4 Pitches: Dreadball, Azure Forest, Ultimate and Dreadball Xtreme
- All bases updated
- Season 4 added
- Xtreme added
Please take it for a run and let me know if there are any issues or needed changes!
Statistics of Game Company Websites
Always good for a lark, I've explored some of the meaningless estimations of online website value calculators and find it funny as ever. What you do, is enter the URL of a website, into the search bar on these sites, and it will spit out a theoretical estimation of the monetary value of the website in question.
Take this blog for example:
You can generate a report here, and laugh at our pitiful daily value. Here's a brief summary:
Our blog is estimated to be worth....... $58 at this time. It has the potential to make a little over $6 a year. It estimates that we have about 120 visitors a month, but happily our statistics page says it is significantly more.
So out of curiosity, I have had some fun plugging some big company's sites into Alexa (by Amazon) and a couple of other "webvalue" sites. To save you the trouble, I've compiled some loose information below from Worth of Web - which seemed a little more in the middle of the extreme results I found elsewhere.
miniaturemarket.com....$405,687 (down more than $100,000 in the past 150 days)
Apart from the nature of highly innacurate estimations put out by the "web worth" sites, there is some fun to be found in looking at Amazon's "Alexa" website. Alexa provides actual tracking of visitors, search engine use, and demographics. This looks a lot more official, and has charts; so it must be legit!
Looking at this blog for example, we see that Alexa thinks we have about 3 visitors a day (also very much not what the backend tells us), and most of our link-ins come from the dreadball module page on vassal, dreadball forum and the privateer press forum. The link-ins are correct, we consistently have visitors from the Privateer Press forum and people looking for information on dreadball. Guess we'll have to make more of that content!
So let's look at some fun information from Alexa on the big ones listed above, and for interest sake, the website of the company behind Dreadball; Mantic Games.
Demographic: Entirely Male, In/post College, Sitting at home.
Country of origin (largest portion to smallest): US 24%, Netherlands 22%, UK 20%
Most Searched: Kings of War
Most visited prior (after google): Facebook, Kickstarter
Demographic: Almost Entirely Male, In all stages of life, Sitting at home, and a few from work.
Country of origin (largest portion to smallest): US 60%, UK 5%
Most Searched: Netrunner
Most visited prior (after google): Facebook, Boardgamegeek
Demographic: Entirely Male, In/post College, Sitting at home.
Country of origin (largest portion to smallest): US 42%, Finland 12% , UK 10%
Most Searched: Warmachine/War Machine
Most visited prior (after google): Facebook, Privateerpressforums
Demographic: Almost average Female, Above average Male, In/post College, Sitting at home, some at work.
Country of origin (largest portion to smallest): US 30%, UK 19%, Ger 9%
Most Searched: Warhammer
Most visited prior (after google): Facebook, Youtube
Demographic: Male, Post College, Sitting at home, some at work.
Country of origin (largest portion to smallest): UK 34%, US 25%, CAN 22%
Most Searched: Bolt Action
Most visited prior (after google): Facebook, Shopify
Demographic: Not enough Info
Country of origin (largest portion to smallest): US! %50+, 21% France, 10% UK
Most Searched: Firestorm Armada by a long shot
Most visited prior (after google): Facebook, Youtube
One of the top 5 links is us! Woohoo
Some observations and thoughts:
It is really a big difference between companies that people perceive to be competitors in the tabletop gaming world. There could also be some perceptions of what the most popular game is from a company. In the end, it's just fun to see how many people are visiting sites and playing some great games. And the joke about Fantasy Flight being in a position to buy GW might not be that far off of a possibility!
The really interesting piece for me was how much traffic is from the US, for businesses based in the UK, and how I've had this perception that tabletop gaming is much more popular in the UK than anywhere else. Yet in the case of Spartan games, if Alexa is to be believed, the vast majority (70-80%) of the visitors to their site are not from the UK at all.
Also, Mantic and Warlord Games seem to have the most balance in their international interest.
Also of interest is that apart from google, Facebook, and other social media sites are the leading contributor to web traffic. This is hardly a surprise to a hobby industry, but is also an area that some companies have little to no official presence. Games Workshop for example doesn't even have sharing buttons on their site.
What do you think web traffic tells us about game companies? Share your comments below.
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Mon May 18, 2015 12:19 pm
Originally posted on our little blog: http://boardgamesminisandmore.blogspot.ca/
I have seen a number of blogs and articles out there on this topic, but I thought I would add to the discussion:
How to Magnetize the Mars Attacks Big Stompy Robot:
A couple of articles out there:
Magnetize Saucer & Big Stompy Robot: http://boardgamegeek.com/thread/1278199/magnetize-saucer-big...
Dakka Dakka Magnetizing the Big Stompy Robot: http://www.dakkadakka.com/dakkaforum/posts/list/810/508854.p...
So here is what I am working on:
I wanted to be able to rotate the arms at the shoulder and elbow joints. Looking at the model, I thought 'hey, maybe a washer would fit around the elbow joint!?' So I found some washers that would fit:
8mm Flat washers fit perfectly. To ensure they wouldn't interfere with rotating the arm, I used some snips to trim the washers slightly.
Then I glued the washer on using Army Painter superglue.
Then I drilled the elbow joint on the upper arm and put in 1/8" magnets. They were small enough to fit and I used two in order to ensure they would hold the weight.
Next I used some larger, flat disc magnets in the shoulder joints and hip joint.
*Originally posted on our little blog: http://boardgamesminisandmore.blogspot.ca/2015/01/imperial-a...
Last night we played the second game in our Imperial Assault Campaign.
Gaarkan with Wookie Fortitude
Fenn Signis with Tactical Move
We played the Han Solo side mission and it was a blast. Without spoiling it, here are some pictures of the action:
*You can also see Jon's tricked out storage solution in these pictures
A few comments on the game:
When playing two players, the heroes gain the ability Legendary, which adds 10 hit points. In scenarios where the dark side wins by killing the heroes, this seems pretty powerful. In this scenario the dark side needed to kill Han Solo to win, and he didn't have the Legendary ability, so it was a challenge to keep him alive. The dark side won this scenario. Now here is a question: Do allies like Han Solo have the ability to attack twice like the other heroes? Our reading of the rules said no, but we weren't quite sure.
I have thoroughly enjoyed both games of Imperial Assault. It feels tight, streamlined and reflects the theme beautifully. Both games felt tense, coming down to game ends that could go either way. All the art is original and brings the game to life. The models are top notch and screaming to painted! I recommend this game highly to anyone who enjoys Star Wars and miniatures games.
After Imperial Assault we cracked open Mars Attacks the Miniatures Game by Mantic Games. We played the first scenario and it was so much fun!
This game is dripping with theme and random hilarity. Jon played the Martians, running 6 of them with Disintegrator Rifles. I played the humans with 6 troopers with carbines and 2 LMG's. The rules are elegant with a mix of board game mechanics with miniature wargame style mechanics. The most obvious miniatures mechanic is true line of sight. If you take a model's eye view and you can see an enemy model, you can shoot it! The brilliance of this system is that it simplifies movement and range by distilling it down to 3" squares, while still maintaining the importance of where you place the model inside the square. The game feels very tactical with a very simple dice pool system to determine the effects of cover etc. On top of all of this is a fun card system that adds wildly chaotic events to the game that exemplify the realities of battle in the midst of an alien invasion. Events are as diverse mutant bugs flying off with your LMG to civilians running randomly into the Frey. The most iconic event is of course, the flaming cattle tearing trough the street trampling all in their way! The game finely balances the thin line between a lighthearted Martian B movie romp, with a gratifying tactical shooter. This has been one of my favourite games of the year! I look forward to playing this a lot more!
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