Seen floating around the twitters:
Gutrot Spume shipping with a round base.
Last week Tabletop World released their latest terrain piece.
I really like this piece and one is currently winging its way from sunny Croatia for my gaming table.
The Tabletop World sculpts are fantastic quality and beautifully detailed both inside and out.
You can see that this is another multi piece kit but like all their buildings it is really functional.
Although the Creature Caster Kickstarter is almost nine months late they are rapidly approaching delivery.
Here is a pic of the finished Emperor Dragon - check out the detail!
Now be amazed when I tell you that is a "dry fit" - no glue holding it together. It comes with alternate heads and with and without howdah - all in same kit.
I have the Maggot Daemon, Plague Angel and Vulture Daemon coming for myself and the Treewoman for Peter Williamson.
Once Kickstarter is delivered they will be on general release.
Warhammer World re-opened on Saturday after extensive re-modelling and they held an Open Day to celebrate.
As well as some stunning dioramas they also re-introduced their Studio armies and the message was mixed.
If you look at the following photos - snatched from Ben Curry's Twitter feed - you'll see the lie of the lane is........puzzling.
As you can see the Fantasy geography is in a state of flux. There is more than a smattering of these "round" bases between the traditional straight edges.
Are we seeing a re-basing process beginning which will see all Fantasy models rebased. Or is this part of the rumoured "two ways to play" game where there is a Skirmish game and a large Battles game.
It's all as clear as mud.
One thing I do believe is that the whole "Kumbaya" concept of base whichever way you want is long term a crock of shit. If GW say round bases for the skirmish game and whatever you want for WHFB then I have real doubts for the longevity of the bigger game. My pick is that the possibility for retaining squares is just a fop for existing customers but you better believe it is a transitory state. In future that option will disappear.
Little Timmy is not going to be told to put is Legion of Chaos on round bases for skirmish and if he wants to play big boy hammer switch to square bases. Over time GW will see round bases replace.
As far as resale value goes - Square bases now equal demolition costs (hindering rather than enhancing value). YMMV.
A couple of weeks ago Citadel released an updated set of brushes for the hobby.
After Hagen Kerr waxed lyrical about them on the weekend I popped into my Hobby Centre and bought a Medium Base brush. Now I don't know whether Hagen has actually used one of just drinking the GW Kool-Aid but apparently "this medium brush, ideal for basecoating features a flat shape with a curved top, entirely synthetic bristles for extended durability".
The thing that struck me first about the brush is the price. NZD $15 for a synthetic brush is not a small outlay. It puts the cost at what I can get a good sable brush for via the net.
So I intend using this brush over the next thirty days to see how fit for purpose it is. I'll let you know how I get on.
About once a fortnight I drift over to WargamerAu to check out any WHFB threads. Generally there is not much new or exciting but it does give a flavour for what is happening in the Australian gaming scene.
This weekend I noted that "The Watchtower" podcast - which IMO has been the best of the Aussie podcasts over the past five years - had pulled the pin.
The podcast was put out by three of Australia's 2014 ETC team - Mick Ferraro, Nick Legrand and Alex Treble - who were/are successful players in the NSW/ACT scene.
By my reckoning they put out 15-20 episodes over the past couple of years - but nothing in 2015 - and I found that the content was generally sensible and well reasoned (and certainly a lot less "shouty" than some of their compatriots). The reason cited was a combination of hosting renewal, far harder logistics and what I sense is a dose of the malaise that hangs over the Warhammer world at the moment.
Also I suspect that recording and particularly producing a podcast is a big time commitment and after awhile that becomes a chore. There is a high incidence of burnout and that looks like it is evident here.
Anyway a big thanks to Mick, Nick and Alex for their efforts over the past couple of years. Who knows? We may see you back bigger and better in 9th.