I like the way this has turned out, it will look great in the Steampunk Mechanica force crewed by a couple of Automotans.
The colour scheme matches the rest of the army quite nicely.
I had been doing a good job of keeping away from Kickstarters until a friend sent me a link this morning for one ending in a few hours…
This is a West Wind Kickstarter for some great Weird War II Mechs and I can’t resist a good Mech, or three.
I like the West Wind SOTR range and these new models will also be usable in Konflict 47, Steam Wars and some of the freebie stretch goals will be great in games like Rogue Stars.
As if cool Mechs are not enough, I like the look of this German ball tank, the Panzerkampfrad.
I received this Titan Forge Metal Beards bolt thrower as part of a Kickstarter ages ago. It was part of their huge Dwarf army range that included the Ancestral Zeppelins that I painted up for my Prussian Scrunts.
I decided I did not want to use it in a fantasy army so thought a steampunk conversion might be interesting.
I reversed the bow arms and covered up the bolt with a bit of plastic and a targeting scope.
Looking the way it does, I can pretty much make up any profile for it.
A rare event indeed, a Kickstarter that delivers BEFORE the estimated date. These were due in December and arrived a week early. Prodos take note…
These sci-fi steampunky figures are from Lead Adventure Miniatures, one of my favourite figure manufacturers, a small outfit, but some fantastic models with great character and detail.
I wanted these for engineers and crew on the rather large Aircraft Carrier I am (slowly) working on.
I popped on to Tabletop Gaming News the other day for a quick look to see what is happening in the world of toy soldiers only to find that eight out of the first ten articles are about new Kickstarters. I have dabbled in a few Kickstarters over the last few years, but I find it amazing that there is so much capacity for more and more Kickstarters.
The hunger for more and more games, especially board games, just dilutes the amount of time we as players have to actually play the same game more than a few times. I struggle as it is to find the time to play the games we already have.
I have just joined in on the Astropolis miniatures Kickstarter, but this is quite a small offering that will be delivered in about two months and I was only going for a few models.
I have long been a fan of the Lead Adventure figures, especially their steampunk range that have been featured on these pages many times. They have just successfully a small Kickstarter to get a range of Astropolis sci-fi figures into production.
I decided to jump in and get some of the officer and engineer models that should help crew the massive aircraft carrier that is currently in construction at the local shipyard.
Much as I have lamented the long delivery schedules for some Kickstarters, the smaller companies manage to keep to a realistic timetable. These Lead Adventure models are due for delivery in December this year, that’s right, this year not next year.
In a recent game of Steam Wars, I tried out my flying bomb rules. The idea here is that it fires in a units first activation and the bomb is positioned halfway to a target point. The opposing forces then may have a chance to shoot it down, or at least move away from the target point. In the following turn the flying bomb comes screaming down and blows up with spectacular results.
Originally it was designed to be an anti vehicle weapon, but it has devastating effects on infantry so its strength has been reduced a bit, which of course means it does not hurt vehicles as much.