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Thursday, 16 August 2018

Objective Reached, The Unseen from Laran Miniatures


Objective reached.

Thanks you so much for your trust and support. I'll unveil a serie of stretch goals soon. I have some rifles with shield bearers on the workbench and some engineers for the Unseen. I have some light cavalry for the Evil men (the older range) too. Finally I have a Griffin rider for the good men.

Let me know what you'd like to see first !

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Laran Miniatures

Wednesday, 15 August 2018

18 BTR-80A & BTR-82A from Aotrs Shipyards

Aotrs Shipyards is a webstore on Shapeways.com, a 3D print house which had production and shipping facilities located in the USA and the Netherlands.

I managed to squeeze in, between holidays, illness and convention preparations, some time after all, so this month I can proudly present the BTR-80A (as has been requested) and the BTR-82A, in 144th!

These presented something of a challenge – the BTR-82A turret especially – due to the relative rarity of decent photos and the somewhat complex shape. However, I think I am, for rare occasion, perhaps going to slightly one-up the 35th scale kits. As far as photographs I have seen, the BTR-80A only has the three firing ports on the right-hand side, unlike the regular BTR-80's four. I actually noticed because the BTR-82 very definitely only has the three in all the photos. The model kits of the 80A, however, all seem to have the 80 hull!

(It was also weird that I found in a couple of places an identical photo of the BTR-82, only someone had flipped the image. But it took a while for me to spot the one that was right=way around and caused me some consternation as to whether there was a handed-ness to BTR-82 turrets!)

Also a note – Shapeways has redesigned their website – badly, as is sadly typical for Shapeways. I apologise for it being considerably worse (the button, by-the-by for shopping you have to scroll down and click on explore on the main screen). Rest assured, now the release is out of the way, I will be voicing my concerns directly to the CEO later this week.

BTR-80A

BTR-80A

BTR-82A

BTR-82A

Photos, as usual, of Replicator 2 prototypes. A result of the new software, unlike the previous versions of the BTRs, I could actually print them as one piece, rather than one and bottom like I used to have to. The wheels are still a bit iffy, but not hugely more so than for the two-piece prints – and, as usual, Shapeways prints won't have that problem either.

No immediate plans for next month (the ZBD-03 remains a possibility), so we'll just have to see where we go!

We will be at Other Partizan on the 19th of August under our usual banner of the KB Club. We might possibly be at Chillcon in September, but we haven't had confirmation yet and we did book in at the last minute, so we'll see!

Shapeways, Aotrs Shipyards

Saturday, 11 August 2018

Dropzone Commander & Dropfleet Commander from TTCombat

All of us at TTCombat want to thank everyone that came by the booth during Gen Con 2018, or took advantage of the online deals during the con weekend. It's was the best Gen Con to date! and we have all of you to thank for that 😍

While we are still catching up on work and rest be sure that we'll be back in the swing of things soon with our sights set on Dropzone V2 beta updates, and new experimental rule releases for both Zone and Fleet coming very soon.

Also in addition to the cool Fleet debris field contest being ran by on the community page by the hard working admins we will be announcing an exciting contest ourselves. Stay tuned!

(P.S. Full Gen Con recap coming early next week.)

TTCombat

Black Powder 2nd Edition from Warlord Games

Black Powder 2nd Edition from Warlord Games

Warlord Games newsletter revealed that a new edition of black powder rules are in the works, I'm a huge fan of these rules very interesting to see what they do.

TMP Discussion
Pendraken Forum Discussion
Warlord Games

241 Years and 21 Acres: A New Opportunity at Brandywine

241 Years and 21 Acres: A New Opportunity at Brandywine

As we approach the 241st anniversary of the Battle of Brandywine, I could not wait another moment to tell you about a historic opportunity to save 21 crucial acres of one of the most important Revolutionary War battlefields in the country! Because right now, I can turn every $1.00 of your support into $16.48.

The Battle of Brandywine, fought on September 11, 1777, saw several of the Revolution’s key participants on the field. On the British side, Gen. Sir William Howe and his subordinates Lord Charles Cornwallis, and Capt. Patrick Ferguson squared off against Gen. George Washington, Nathanael Greene, and the Marquis de Lafayette on the American side.

Historian Michael Harris writes in his book Brandywine: A Military History of the Battle that Lost Philadelphia but Saved America, “more troops fought along the Brandywine (nearly 30,000) than during any other battle of the entire American Revolution. [I]ts 11 hours of fighting make it the longest single-day battle of the war, and it covered more square miles (10) than any other engagement.”

And historian John Reed observes, “Though Brandywine was militarily an American defeat, it had stunned Howe by its fierceness and gave the Americans spirit . . . American troops had proved that they could stand against British regulars in open fight.”

The 21 acres at stake are in what’s now a high-priced suburb of Philadelphia has a total purchase price of over $1.5 million. Our partners, the Brandywine Conservancy and East Bradford Township, are buying the properties with funding from federal and local grants and other institutions. Fortunately, we just need to raise $95,000 to assist in the acquisition of these critically important tracts.

Before Sept. 11, the 241st anniversary of this historic battle, will you help save these 21 acres of hallowed ground at Brandywine? If just 1,000 patriots answer my call to arms today with a gift of $95, we will be able to declare this land saved forever.

And if you’re among those 1,000 patriots, we will send you a full-sized reproduction of a rare map of the Brandywine Battlefield as a token of our appreciation. Please visit our website today to learn more about the Battle of Brandywine  and get involved in saving this precious and irreplaceable history.

Again, with 93.9 percent of the total needed to purchase the property already on the table, we have the chance to save this land for just $95,000. That’s some serious leverage, in my book. I hope you’ll take advantage of this amazing opportunity.

American Battlefield Trust

Friday, 10 August 2018

The Unseen - 10mm miniatures from Laran Miniatures

The Unseen - 10mm miniatures from Laran Miniatures

A full new line of 10mm miniatures for fantasy wargaming by Laran Miniatures Help me create and produce a full range of 10mm  miniatures to wargame with.


After sculpting and using a previous campaign (in the dark ages of 2014) to produce my first range (Evil men miniatures), my love for 10mm only grew. You can always have a look here : Laran miniatures.

I since connected with a bunch of 10mm enthusiasts playing Fantasy games in 10mm. I produced more minis thanks to the financial participation of the members of the Minihammer group on FB. Thank you very much Martin Dahl for pestering me about your need of 10mm characters. Thanks to everyone else for trusting me. Painted more.

I feel it is now time to introduce a full new range : The Unseen.


From their underground lairs, the Unseen pour on the world to finally reclaim their legitimate possession : survival of the fittest. Nobody has ever meet one of these abhumans and survived to tell his story. Hearsays state that you can have a glimpse at some disgusting grouts and tails if you have the misfortune to cross path with one of them ; they never lurk alone though.

I propose to bring to life these evil lurkers with core units, characters, monsters, warmachines and more...With your help I'll pay for all the moulds (preproduction and production) and get the machine going.

The range - description and pricing
I intend to produce 10 different packs to begin with :


  • 5€ - Warriors : 20 assorted one hand weapons with shields. Banner and musician included.
  • 5€ - Slaves : 20 blades. 2 slavers with whip included.
  • 5€ - Lep-priests : 20 flails bearer. Banner included.
  • 5€ - Nin-rats : 20 assorted one hand weapons. (Even seen some throwing stars in there). Banner and musician included.
  • 5€ - Techno-elite : 20 elite warriors with two handed great weapons. Banner and musician included.
  • 5€ - Ra-trolls : 4 giant unholy creatures. (eye-level : 20mm)
  • 10€ - Characters : 5 human sized heroes and 1 Ra-troll leader.
  • 7€ - Great Avatar : Incarnation of the god of the Unseen (eye-level 28mm)
  • 8€ - Wheel of misfortune : one giant machinery to roll onto your enemies. (30mm diameter)
  • 10€ - Multipurpose Frame : one giant machinery pushed around by 2 Ra-trolls. Included 3 options to build a catapult trĂ©buchet, an energy cannon or a giant wrecking ball.
Here are some early concepts:



Miniatures

Warriors

Warriors

Slaves

Slaves

Lep-priests

Lep-priests

Nin-rats

Nin-rats

Techno-elite (the pack will contain 20 miniatures)


Ra-trolls

Ra-trolls

Characters

Characters

Great avatar

Great avatar

Wheel of misfortune

Wheel of misfortune

Multipurpose Frame

Multipurpose Frame

Some painted miniatures

Some painted miniatures picture 1

Some painted miniatures picture 2

My friend Martin made me the honour of painting some pre-production models.

My friend Martin made me the honour of painting some pre-production models.

Perks and stretch goals

Since I intend to produce a full range, I'll propose a variety of perks to choose from, depending on the investment you want to put in the campaign. Obviously, the more you spend, the greater the discount ! You'll then receive a Credit Code to use on the store. Note that you can spend your credit on any item available. That way, you can choose your own mix to create or fluff up your armies.

Stretch goals are unlikely to be free. If the campaign works as intended, I already have sculpts to extend The Unseen range. I even have some more references for the Evil Men and the Good men. Stretch goals will unlock these new references to purchase from.

Perks and stretch goals

Postage

Postage will be from France.
Price will be calculated on the site and likely be a flat rate : 6€ for EU and 10€ for the rest of the world at the moment, subject to changes.

If your country is not listed in the store when ordering, pop me an email and I'll quote your postage.

Postage

Risks & Challenges

The main risks are 

delayed delivery for various reasons : masters breaking during the casting process is one. I have gained confidence in working with this caster and know how to build my masters to make them " cast proof " ; however, accidents happen and some repairs could be needed. Which brings me to the second point :
Minis not being 100% as advertised here in photographs : some minor tweaks can be necessary for casting purpose.
I trust these difficulties can be overcome if need be.

Risks & Challenges

Other Ways You Can Help

If you're not willing or capable to contribute financially to this campaign but still feel you'd want to see these miniatures in production, feel free to share the campaign around ! Digitally is great, but word of mouth is even better.


A final word :

Je parle français.
Parlo italiano.