Played a demo the other day at my FLGS – Game – on 6A in Barnstable, MA.  – and decided it was time to move my KemVar up a few spots in the painting queue. I still need to mark facings on the bases, but I’m pleased with the results:

All six figs in the current Kem Var range
Monkeywrench, Sniper, Grenadier
Assault Leader, Assassin, Heavy

Seeing as MERCS is usually demo-ed on small gaming areas, I re-purposed a couple old pieces of terrain for an outdoor industrial setting.  Needs a bit more weathering and some additional resin scenics for clutter/cover, but I think it’s acceptable.

2′ x 2′ demo area


Now to carve out some time and get back to GNN for more gaming.

The Number ONE funded boardgame on Kickstarter.

Sedition Wars – Battle for Alabaster

Read the article at the link for more information. Basically it’s  a sci fi, deep-space board game in the vein of Dead Space and Aliens. The crowd-funding method of 4000 plus backers raised nearly one million dollars to see the game enter production.

I pledged a Biohazard level, plus additional for some of the extras. I’ll end up with double the regular amount of figs, all kinds of special characters and terrain. A screaming deal if wargaming is your thing. This was my first participation in a Kickstarter campaign and I’m glad it went so well.

Nearly a million bucks… wow.

Not to be a buzz-kill, but I can’t help but think if that same crowd-funding technique and passion couldn’t be poured into non-recreational, charitable causes.

Reinforcements for FCC

I’ve been a fan of MERCS Miniatures from the first figure, the Yellow Jacket Heavy Machine gunner. Great dynamic, superb detail, intelligent sci fi, near-future infantry, the MERCS line has only gone from strength to strength in a few years, and currently offers figures for six factions.

The independent faction known as the FCC is one of my favorite. I’ve got a soft-spot for their rag-tag, hard scrabble look and bought them as soon as they were available. Here’s a shot of the original six figs. Notice the head-swap in the back left using a GW scout.

Unfortunately I’m unable to find anyone interested in playing the game, so I’ve employed the figs in various roles as generic militia/scavengers in other games like 5150 and Fast-play House Rules. To buff out this generic force, I took the liberty of giving them a Mobile Gun Platform for Heavy Support, and recently purchased transport in the form of an Antenociti’s Workshop APC.

The other day, I figured it was time for a few more line grunts, so I kit-bashed three new riflemen with Defiance Games, MERCS mod kit pieces, some GW, MaxMini resin, Pig Iron and Starship Troopers bitz. Tart up the bases similar to the originals, and voila, I had new recruits.

The challenge was not simply to match the color-scheme, but the dynamic, rugged look of the original figs. They’re not perfect, but they work. Here’s a family shot.

I’ve got MERCS Kem-Var in the queue, along with two AW Warthog ADV jeeps. I’ll be keeping an eye out for suitable drone support.

Latest brushwork: NRF Infantry Squad

One of my favorite new miniatures companies is , a small outfit in the UK specializing in high quality terrain bits and vehicles. Lately, they’ve ventured into the 28mm figure range, offering a series of very cool, high-tech infantry for their own gaming universe, Governance of Technology. (or GOT) Here’s some photos of their NRF squad. (New Russian Federation)

While very clean casts with crisp details on par with Infinity figs, these strike me as a bit spindly and, despite the running/shooting poses, somewhat, well… posed. I think it’s a learning curve thing, with each AW figure release subtly gaining a more natural aesthetic, IMO. Regardless of that quibble, I’m very pleased with the miniatures and would say straight off my brushwork doesn’t do them justice. These are sleek, realistic infantry in body-armor and a nice change from the standard fare of clunky, cartoony, neo-Gothic figs.  There are eight miniatures per set and they come with two different types of resin scenic bases. If you’re in the US, that alone is worth placing an order from across the Pond.

All in all, hats off the Antenociti’s Workshop. I’m looking forward to more.

I tend to create “Skirmish Groups”, meaning I create small forces of infantry with some type of heavy support and light vehicles. I’ve probably got half a dozen of these little autonomous forces on my shelves in a variety of configurations. For this latest batch, I’ve ordered one of the new Infinity TAG (Jotums) to fill that heavyweight slot, as well as two Nova-Rus Bear jeeps.  I’ll post pix once they arrive/get color on them.

Defiance Games Marines

Plastic, multi-part, near-future Marines. Reasonably priced, no less. What’s not to like? They’re perfect for bog-standard grunts, near-future skirmish, Aliens/Doom gun-crawls, whatever your preference.

Finished my first squad and went on to kit bash another from the extra legs, after-market armored torsos, Pig Iron heads, and a GW Scout head for the squad leader. Always tricksy mixing parts from different companies, but these work well. It’s nice to know you can maximize that squad box for a few minutes on eBay and couple bucks.

Well done Defiance Games.