This has been a long time coming and it is quite a story – but ultimately, it boils down to serious real-life issues overtaking my hobby time.
Long-time followers might notice that there is some promised content missing from Episode 2. This because some content (the Sidhe) is getting a total rework, other content became too large (the special character library) and some content wasn’t fun or just didn’t work out (army relics and the Menae army list).
There is a lot of planned content still to come so keep an eye on this site for further updates. Special thanks to everyone who contacted me during my hiatus to let me know they were enjoying my work.
Lately I’ve had my eye on a company called Wargames Atlantic. They’re a US/UK based company producing some sci-fi and fantasy staples in HIPS plastic. They are making their debut with two plastic kits.
For fantasy, they’ve gone with the Skeleton Warriors. No surprises as skeletons are probably the most popular fantasy miniatures kits.
By the looks of things, this kit will be useful for skirmish or regiment play. The skeletons look more classical than pop-fantasy, reminding me of Wargame Factory’s Greek flavoured skeleton kit. However, these look much easier to put together.
For sci-fi, they’re releasing the Raumjager. 28mm scale human infantry with greatcoats, masks, and several suspiciously familiar weapon options. They’ve got an obvious WW2 German look and when combined with the very 40k style weapon options they scream Armageddon Steel Legion.
Again, I’m reminded of Wargames Factory and their Shocktroopers, but the Raumjager look much more crisp and detailed. The reviews that I’ve seen have been positive, one even comparing the level of detail to Games Workshop. I’m unsure about that claim – I haven’t been able to hold one in my hand yet. They certainly do look nice at least.
The above pictures are all from their website. I’ve emailed them asking for more information, but I’ve not been paid to mention them (ha!). I’m just very excited to see someone else enter the generic sci-fi market.
We need more kits like these from more manufacturers. As I stated in my Tomorrow’s War / sandbox gaming post from last year, I believe that tabletop is most fun when the players are able to take ownership of the setting and their troops. Forge the narrative as Games Workshop says. It seems like Wargames Atlantic really want to sell to 40k players, but there’s a wealth of great sci-fi games out there.
More pieces printed for FRAG in flesh and marble flavored PLA. Today’s focus was vehicles for the New Order faction. These will be the last 3D prints for a while as I’m going to be doing some serious maintenance on the printer.
Yes, that is a model rip of the Doom 2016 Cyberdemon in the background. The other miniatures are a Wolfenstein TNO halftrack, Opel Blitz, and a German Panzer IV tank. The death ray thing is based on Konflikt 47. I was originally going to mount it on the Panzer IV but I printed it too large, so it’ll have to be a static weapon with a gun crew.
Everything printed for 28mm gaming. Printer is an Ender 3, with a (slightly warped) 0.4mm brass nozzle.
FRAG is a tabletop battle game based off of 90s FPS games. Space marines trapped in Hell fight demons who are trying to invade the Earth along with weird science Nazis and a rampant artificial super-intelligence that goes “Mmm” a lot.
The new version makes big changes to the visuals and formatting to vastly improve readability and make the whole thing look a lot more professional.
Below are some pics of models I’ve been using for the game.
This one has nothing to do with FRAG but another rule book I wrote a few years ago called Cartoon Combat, for a friend who loves old cartoons like GI Joe.
Pictured: a 28mm scale HISS tank (from GI Joe) printed on my Ender after some belt tightening and Cura work. As you can see, it’s a huge improvement over my attempted MOBATs (the tanks in the bottom pic).
The HISS hasn’t had any sanding work or acetone work
done to it. The MOBAT’s have, and they’re probably going to get thrown
out and replaced by a better print.
My 3D printer has arrived! It’s a Creality Ender 3. I’ve installed an aluminium extruder (replacing the default plastic extruder, which tends to wear or break) but otherwise the printer is a standard stock printer.
After assembling it and checking the build was correct, I made a center piece model for my demon army (28mm figure for scale).
Cyberdemon is from Thingiverse and printed in 13 separate parts, using a
modified SiePie miniature printing profile. It’s also made from an
environmentally friendly bio-plastic.
Maybe I shouldn’t paint at midnight? I definitely shouldn’t take pictures at midnight.
guys still need basing, obviously. One day I’m sure I’ll hold on
snapping pictures till after anti-shine and basing but I just get super
excited after painting.
The figures in these pictures are: (a)
plastic i-Kore/VOID marines with space knight helmets from
Puppetswar.eu (the plastic bodies are quite low detail, if you have big
money I recommend using entirely Puppets War parts) (b) a Maelstrom’s Edge Hunter robot (c) a Games Workshop Cairn Wraith and (d) a Mantic Games Strider mech.
Or in FRAG (a) Argent Knights (b) a GRUNT bot (will probably rename these to Eraser or Reaper bots) (c) a Screaming Phantasm and (d) a Mechatron (vehicle for human armies).
The rules for Argent Knights, Phantasms and Mecha are coming out in FRAG Episode 2.