Monday, 31 August 2015

The Next Wave of Unboxings

I've been getting the usual "So when are we getting unboxings of *insert crew name here*" e-mails and messages so I thought a 'heads-up' might be in order.

This is what I got...

My budget was limited so certain choices had to be made and I went with the crew boxes and the limited edition stuff. The books, starter set and small boxes I intend to acquire via my local gaming store Titan Games as they're released normally so you'll all have to wait for those. The amount of people who seem to think I get stuff early and/or for free is quite astonishing but I can assure you I don't. If I was a pretty girl blogger then I might stand more chance...but I'm not, lol...I'm also not a blog dedicated to one specific thing which doesn't help either.

The first two crew boxes I do features on will be Ulix and Shenlong though the Shenlong stuff will probably be unbased as I'm waiting on some 'Asian Zen' bases so they match my other models in that theme. Fortunately I have quite a lot of 'Bayou' bases stockpiled so the Gremlins will be actually on nice scenic bases.

Expect one or the other to appear late tomorrow (GMT) with the other appearing Thursday or Friday as I always save Wednesdays for 'gallery' purposes. Here's some sprue pics to keep you going till then...

Thoughts and comments are (as usual) most welcome.

Hasslefree Miniatures Newsletter

More new releases from Hasslefree Miniatures...

A Busy End to the Summer!
We managed it, 2 metal releases in a month! :) More metals are at the casters so we have a possibility of making it 2 months in a row, it's all very exciting!
As busy as August was, September looks to be moreso. Jenn and I are taking some time off in October to visit her family back in the States so we need to get everything we can sorted and released before then. That includes any retail expansions we have coming up, but more on that in next week's non-HF newsletter :)

Right, on with this week's Kevgasms...
Resin Master - Ulfred
Ulfred is a warrior from the cold North. Armed with a simple axe and sword he is seen here silently watching his wife Haleth kick some arse.
There is a distinct possibility of a third Viking to join the team. Unsure yet whether it will be a more dynamic version of Ulfred or one of his family members. Expect a male viking swinging something about though! :)
Resin Master - Pilot Hannah
Hannah is an old friend of Vic's.  A smuggler and pilot she is a woman not to be crossed, she will shoot first.
What? She will! That's a thing people say!
Resin Master - Ryan
Ryan is an eccentric and dangerous mercenary. He regularly partners with Rowen and operates in the same circles as Ekaterina. Armed with twin MP5Ks and seen here mid firefight with his flamboyant shooting style.
Resin Master - Panda
The mysterious companion to our family of Mystic Warriors, named for his incredibly misleading appearance, Panda.
This is a special one-piece resin version of Panda. Kev decided it needed to exist and who am I to argue with that :)
Resin Master - Jakevim Skyclad
Jakevim is the husband of Yllsa. Seen here in younger, more carefree, days, is Jakevim before he was either a swine or opinionated.  Enjoying a relaxing day in the dry heat along the cliffs of the Tana coast.
Matt Dixon - Patreon
Before we move on to the metal releases, considering what they are this week, this seems a good time for a quick interlude.

Matt Dixon, as many of you will know, is an excellent artist particularly known for pin-up style art. He is also the artist behind Boudi, the mascot of the Diceni trade show that we have the honour to bring to life with each new incarnation.
Recently Matt was diagnosed with a condition that threatens his eyesight. As such he has moved to try and spend as much time as he can on personal projects. To help with this he has set up a Patreon page. If any of you are aware of Patreon and were thinking of choosing someone to sponsor then Matt is an excellent candidate :)

You could also purchase something from his store over here.

Thanks for listening, now let's see why that was particularly appropriate :)
Steampunk Boudi, Diceni Mascot 2015
Say hello to 'Steampunk Boudi, the newest variant of the anachronistic heroine. Based on exclusive Matt Dixon art created for the 2015 Diceni trade show, this is the 'regular' version complete with steampunk blunderbuss, goggles and a mini skirt.
Painted by the excellent Scott Hockley
Steampunk Boudi, Wild West Variant
While Kev was making Steampunk Boudi he had a couple of his own ideas for a variant, so he had her cast up partly made and then decided to make her a little more 'Wild Westy' (that's totally a real phrase).  Decked out in a huge frillly half-skirt and a long barreled rifle.
Crazy Gordon, Angry Goblin Chef
Gordon was just a regular goblin chef until one too many of his assistants made cold mash or rubber scallops or whatever it is that goblins eat. Something in him snapped and now he fights alongside the goblin horde swinging a pot of boiling stew around his head!
Etched Brass restock
A big Foliage etched brass restock is in, so if you were desperate for some bracken or banana leaves, and let's face it who isn't sometimes, then you can now fill your boots!
Plastic Bases restock
Huge base restock in, including flying stands and silver hex bases. We should now be in good stock of all plastic bases that we sell.
And FInally...
There's some photos of the new minigun WIP over on Kev's artist page. We shall be coaxing him to give the minigunner a nice dynamic ammo belt, he probably doesn't know that yet :)
Next week's newsletter will be non-HF. More Red Box news and the second of the retail expansion lines!
For the dog lovers amongst you, Sal has just started a fundraising campaign for one of the dogs in her care.
Metal; restocks are due in sometime this week, we won't be able to mention it in a newsletter until the one after next so make sure to keep an eye on our FB page for such things.

I think that's it, time for some Sunday night relaxation!
'til next time,

Saturday, 29 August 2015

Hasslefree Miniatures Newsletter

Some interesting new models from Hasslefree Miniatures many of which may be of interest to any 'Frostgrave' players out there...

It's a Box full of Red!
Well, partially full of Red. We are still behind on this but pretty much everything now has an image in the listing. We have held off on the thumbnails until the sparkly new images are done so if it has a red thumbnail then it has a brand new image, if it has no thumbnail then it has the best image we currently have for it :)

To be fair, some of the items sold out when they had no image at all so that hasn't bothered a lot of you! (More stock on the way, don't worry about that)

Right, without further ado...

The Aelfar (Elves)
Red Box Aelfar are slender and average around 30mm in height. Quite a few could get away with being humans in fact, as they have their ears covered.

The Aenglish (Medieval Humans)
The Aenglish are a mix of Knights, Peasants and Spellcasters with a few oddballs like Mad Angus above thrown in.
They have more than a hint of Monty Python about them and are styled pseudo-Reinaissance..

The Dvergr (Dwarves/Gnomes)
Red Box Dwarves are styled in the D&D sense and are meant to be 4ft tall. This means they don't mix well with Games Workshop style Dwarves (Although they mix perfectly with their Lord of the Rings Line) and you shoudl be careful to note the height when mixing with other Dwarf ranges.
One possible use with larger forces is as a Gnome army.

Packed with details for 20mm tall miniatures though I think we can all agree!

The Goblins (Uhm... Goblins?)
Red Box Goblins are also small, to match the Dvergr. In fact average height of a regular goblin is around 15-16mm, leaders and Bonebacks are larger.

As per usual with fantasy Goblins, you can find the Trolls mixed in with them and these two resin brutes are particularly nice examples.

The Halfbloods (Mixed Race)
This is ths ection for
This is a small selection of Crossbreeds, such as half-Orcs, half-Ogres etc. They aren't huge by any stretch but their proprtions are more akin to human gigantism and some have more obvious signs of their heritage.

The Helvakt (Evil Barbarians)
A very Chaos-y vibe to these guys. All muscle, fur and rough weapons.

The Infernals (Undead & Demons)
A small but growing mix of necromantic and daemonic forces. The Draugr and Zombies are particularly popular.

Monsters (And Other Animals)
Just one right now, the Direwolf pack leader, Fenris.

The Njorn (Vikings)
Warriors of the North, the Njorn most closely resemble Dark Age Vikings with a fantasy twist.

The Shirelings (Halflings)
A small selection of the little people of the fantasy world (although in this case they are actually slightly larger than the goblins).

And Finally...
As this newsletter is late, there should actually be a regular one on Sunday too for Hasslefree-related news (inluding multiple new Resin Masters 'and' metal releases - our second this month! ).

After a weeklong battle with insomnia I'm very much hoping the tiredness I feel will now allow me to go crash out. If you don't hear from me by September someone come wake me up!
'til next time,

Mantic Games Newsletter

I'm not sure how useful a newsletter is that tells you they've run out of everything, lol. More is incoming though...

Kings of War is OUT OF STOCK!
The demand for Kings of War has been unprecedented and we have burned through all of our web and retailer allocation of the Kings of War 2nd Edition rulebooks, Counter Sets, Damage Trackers and a number of army sets.
We are getting more in very soon, and the items currently out of stock will remain on pre-order. Be first in line to get them as soon as they arrive, pre-order your Kings of War 2nd Edition rulebook here.


The Clash of Kings Open Final has now hit over 30 participants, surely making it the most well-attended Kings of War Tournament ever! If you want to play in the first Mantic tournament to use the 2nd Edition rules, you can get your ticket here.

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Catch up with anything you missed:
Dungeon Saga: Unboxing The Dungeon Delve!
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