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Friday, 25 October 2013

Gaming with Neoscream: 25th October 2013

Welcome to “Gaming with Neoscream”, the all new weekly gaming post that replace’s the “MK HeroClix”, the “Model Painting” and the “7TV Listings” posts as well gaming news and events that use to be in my “Neoscream’s Life” posts.



Gaming News

First off is the Mantic news. Now that DreadBall is more or less over in terms of KickStarter deliveries, now the wait is on for Loka and then Deadzone first shipment which are both due out before Christmas. Mantic have added a Season One and a Season Two Free Agent packs and a Quick Change Artist pack for DreadBall onto their store as well as pr-orders of the new Elf stuff for King of War. As of Tuesday the final DreadBall KickStarter stuff has finished shipping from them. Due to stock problems the Season 2 team booster packs have been pushed back until November and also the DreadBall Ultimate box set is currently out of stock due to a huge demand for the book (this most likely means the Season Three book is ever on short supply or is out too). With the Mars Attacks KickStarter they have managed to unlock on the second week: Joe as an Alternate Saucer Pilot core add-on; Sidewalk Slaughter Suburban Accessory Set, Waste Disposal Suburban Accessory Set from Antenociti’s Workshop as Pledge add-ons (not available with credit); a new Pledge Level called “Alien Abduction” which cost $300 and gives you the Starter set, $300 of credit and any bonus stuff from “Will of Man level” and above; Army Expansion deals from both sides as add-ons; Kickstarter Exclusive Martian Supreme Regent with any pledge of $350 or more during the campaign (pre-survey); Kickstarter Exclusive diorama with two Martians Raising a Flag with any pledge of $500 or more during the campaign (pre-survey); a Martian t-shirt pledge add-on; a Martian USB pen pledge add-on; and the core add-on Martian Mayhem which if you get it with credit you will also get the Mars Attacks version of Blaine. Stretch goal that were left as I start to post this were: Wrecked Car Scenery Piece at 2,540 backers; Giant Robots Core Add-On at $460,000; a military upgrade for the truck at $465,000; one more character added to the starter set; more Giant Bugs; new scenery types; weapon upgrade to the truck; maybe some small animals; maybe some curvy civilians; maybe some sneaky Martians; and maybe a Martian DreadBall team. I am heavily considering pulling out of this KickStarter, not because of the long wait for the third shipment of the final DreadBall shipment. I will have by time Mars Attacks comes out a lot of miniature gaming systems and I cannot see me really playing in. The terrain at first glance was great, but I am finding it is too 2D for me as there seems to be a huge lack of elevation. I will want until the last couple of days before pulling out if I do and I will still support the project. I think it is the pull of a great deal and the fact I have backed all but one of Mantic’s KickStarters (I did not back their first one, Kings of War) that is drawing me in than anything. Sadly by the look of things, apart from the hung starting boom and the huge boom during New York Comic Com, the KickStarter is not doing that well. It did just over $22,000 and 76 new backers in this week. Ok, thing well pick up by next week end when it is ending and is has beaten both Kings of War and Loka. But will it beat DreadBall’s $728,985 or get anywhere near Deadzone’s $1,216,482? Only time will tell.

Blaine
Before I move onto any other news I would like to list all to miniature gaming systems I own:
  • Warmachine.
  • DreadBall.
  • Zombicied.
  • A DeadZone Force (or two).
  • Super Dungeon Explore.
  • Robotech RPG Tactics.
  • HeroClix.
  • MechWarrior and Gruntz 15mm.
  • 7TV, 7ombie TV, 7th Voyage, B7MG and DWMG (Doctor Who Miniatures Game) (I grouped these together as I swap to from one and other and from other games like Zombicied).
  • Planning on getting Kingdom Death: Monster when it comes out.
  • And game(s) I am working on like MS Wars (which will be ever renamed to Mobius Wars or Mecha Knight.).


Next is the HeroClix news. This week there was previews of: The Melter, Hammer Industries Drone and Justin Hammer from Marvel The Invincible Iron Man; Eowyn and Eomer from Lord of the Rings The Two Towers; The Joker and Joker Thug from DC Batman Arkham Origins; and Cyclops from Marvel Avengers vs. X-Men. There are some major rule changes and errata coming soon due to the Watch List that was set up. TAs part of WizKids’ ongoing efforts to maintain HeroClix as the most exciting game they announcing the rollout of a new initiative last month called the HeroClix Watch List.  From time to time they may announce figures and mechanics that have already been released that may require refinement for the overall health and betterment of the HeroClix gaming community. The first bunch of figures and mechanics had been through this and new rules have been made. They just have to write them into the next errata with the right wording.

The second Elven Thief
Now for the Elven Adventurers Box Set KickStarter news. I had upped my pledge to include Elven Thief (the first one) and Kitsune during the week, but with the second Elven Thief I might up it to include her. They have managed to unlock during the last seven days: A Trumpet, Harp and five other musical instruments were added to the Luthwaine's Caravan adventuring party (the musical instrument from last week’s post was a Kazoo); the League of Cyn'Thark adventuring party with Elven Priest, Elven Sorcerer, Elven Necromancer and three Grippli Hunting Party members (as well as the Elven Scout); and a Troll Rock Chucker and a Female Troll Mage (Stonehaven Miniatures are known for throwing in trolls to their KickStarter). Stretch goal that were left as I start to post this were: Elven Female Fighter added to the League of Cyn'Thark adventuring party at $47,500; Elven Infiltrator at $52,500; a Pixie Quester at $48,000, $49,000 and $50,000; another Elven Thief at $57,500; and Kitsune at 500 backers.

Next is the Zombicide news. There is a new mission up on their website that is for Season Two called "Run For It!".

Now for the Hasslefree Miniatures news. They are away on a road trip until the 2nd of November but they did release five new figures and two pre-orders a couple of days before hand. The new figures are the final two members of the core Spec Ops squad ("cough" SG-1 "cough") and three Zombie apocalypse survivors, while the pre-order figures are two fantasy characters. As the core Spec Ops squad ("cough" SG-1 "cough") members are done, there is a bundle deal for them. I plan on picking this up in the future for a 7TV team. Also images of figures that are currently being made were revealed with some names. Even though they did not name her I can see Shimmer there. Sweet, a new Shimmer.

Aya Origins preview
Next is the Kingdom Death news. There was a long awaited update on their KickStarter. The first since I started talking about it on this blog. Due to some major problems with the armour kits, they have invested a significant chunk into a special software license to make sure the parts do fit with each other with ease. CGI photos of this and the masks from the starter set and Lion Knight Expansion pack have been revealed. Card, token and Book artwork have been revealed as well as the resin version of the Sunstalker Dancer and some detail artwork of the back of the Dragon King. The main rule is currently over 140 pages. Everything is looking great and it is great to see a bit of the comic book story of Aya. And speaking of Aya, I finally picked one up on eBay. Move away from the Update, the Kingdom Death web store has be replaced and now stocks some extra Pinup Architect and by the look of things a ton more Experiment of Death box sets. Also in the comments Adam revealed that Nightmare Ram will have its own Kingdom Death Monster expansion pack with a new Armour Kit to go with it.

Now for the Mekton news. The results for the poll are in now and it looks like the mecha in the rule book will be listed by teams.

Next is the Crooked Dice Games news. There are now public rules for their Blake's 7 Miniatures Game (B7MG). This uses the 7TV rules as a base. Seems quite interesting and I might introduction some of the new stuff to my 7TV teams and game like the Open Lock Special Effect, as it was a pain when everyone can do it. Also on November the 1st they will be release seven St Searle's Foundation for Young Women member from 7ombie TV to join lost years zombie hunter Misty.

Now for the Privateer Press news. I picked up for just under £6 (including postage and packaging) an old version Crusader Heavy Warjack on eBay so I now have a full starter set of Menoth as the stuff I picked up at Campaign had a second Vanquisher instead of a Crusader.

Next is the RoboTech RPG Tactics news. Not really much news this week. They will be running Demos at Detroit Fanfare in Michigan, which they will be sell in limited numbers (100 each, both is metal) the Convention Exclusive figures of Max and Miriya’s mecha. Also there was a preview image of the Quel-Gulnau Recovery Pod.

Lastly I like to talk about a KickStarter that I am not backing (will OK I am backing it at $1 so I can get the news on updates), but I would like to share my support called Shadows of Brimstone. It is a Wild West verses horror monsters board game with a very heavy role play feel. I am not backing it as like I said in the Mantic news I already own/plan on owning a bunch of Miniature games already and I have not really been a Wild West fan (apart for Wild Wild West due to Will Smith). It is a game I would really want to play may be own my own character, but not having in taking out what little room I have. In the first two days they have managed to fund in and unlock: the female variants of the Outlaw, Gunslinger, Preacher (Nun), US Marshal and Bandido; the male variants of the Rancher and Saloon Girl (Piano Player); the “Dark Omen” encounter pack; The Scafford Gang; Colonel Scafford; the Dark Stone Brutes; the Prospector hero class; Extra tiles add to the main pledge levels; Serpentmen Warriors; two new Otherworld “Caverns of Cynder” and “Trederra”; and the "Blood Money" encounter pack; and Lever Men. Stretch goal that were left as I start to post this were: the Orphan hero class at $300,000; and a female variant of the Indian Scout at $235,000.



Past Events

There was nothing this week. Next week if something happens on Monday I will I will post it here, oh and HeroClix on Thursday too.



Future Events

·         On Mondays at Wargames Workshop MK is Wargaming night.
·         On Tuesdays at Wargames Workshop MK it is Card games night (or is it just Magic the Gathering).
·         On Thursdays York House in Stony Stratford is open from Wargamers and Boardgamers.
·         On Fridays at Wargames Workshop MK it is Boardgames night and Friday Night Magic.
·         On Thursday 31st of October, there will be a Halloween special HeroClix games at York House. Rules - 600 points, four actions, a minimum 10% to a maximum 25% of team total must possess the monster keyword.
·         On Saturday the 2nd of November, Guardians of Tyr will be running a Star Wars X-Wing tournament at Wargames Workshop MK.
·         On Saturday the 16th of November, Guardians of Tyr will be running a Steam Roller Warmachine/Hoards tournament at Wargames Workshop MK. As I am on holiday then I will most likely be going to it.
·         On Saturday the 7th of December, Guardians of Tyr will be running a Warhammer 40,000 tournament at Wargames Workshop MK.
·         On Sunday the 15th of December, Guardians of Tyr will be running a Steam Roller Warmachine/Hoards tournament at Wargames Workshop Northampton.

The Crusader Heavy Warjack I got from eBay
York House has a £3 on the day gaming fee and a £5 fee for a year’s membership. However the first day is free and they only take yearly membership fee at the start of the year. The Hall officially opens at 7PM, but normally people start arrived 15 to 20 minutes early.

Wargames Workshop MK has a £2 gaming fee or £4 with a pack of Magic the Gathering cards unless it is a paid tournament run by Guardians of Tyr. Weekday events normally start “playing” at 7PM.

For rules for Guardians of Tyr tournaments and leagues as well as information on pre paying your place in tournament (highly recommended) please go to their website which there is a link to their site under my links to the right hand side of this blog.



Painting and Converting

This week I have done the final Exemplar Cinerator, the seventh Robot Striker, the seventh Robot Guard, two Female Corporation players, Seacom and two Uman Alliance Soldiers.

This week's figures front view
This week's figure rear view
The Battle Angels
The Chromium Changers
The full five man Exemplar Cinerator Unit

Next week I should be doing Dwarf Alliance Soldiers, four Zombie Walkers, a Zombie Runner and four Choir of Menoth members.



Armies

After posting last week's post, I realised I forgot a 7TV team the Empire.



This team will only be 100 rating for now, but I might consider doing a 200 rating version in the future.



Homemade Rules

This week I have my altered stating rules for 7TV based on the ones on the forums. Starting stats apart from Movement and Hit cost one Basic Character Stat Modifier to up a stat by one up to four and then it is two to up it by one to six. Stats up by Rating and Production points go up normal. Stats apart from Movement and Hit cannot be modified past six outside spending Production points or double the starting archetype stat when spending Production points. The Hit stat can only be modified by Also-Starting (+1 mix) or by spending Production points (x2 Archetype starting). There are no limits for movement. One stat can be reduced by one (or by two with Movement) to gain one Basic Character Stat Modifier. Stat modifiers from Also Staring are treated as being brought by Rating (as they were).



Until next time, Armour Up.