Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Ultramarines Movie delay update

Per the Codex Pictures Website:

Further to our announcement yesterday, due to a production issue outside our control, we were not able to start shipping existing orders of the complete Ultramarines DVD collector’s set on November 29th 2010 as planned.
We have teams in the UK, US and Europe working around the clock to resolve the issue and, at this time, we are hoping that shipping will start next week.
Once again, we'd like to offer our sincere apologies to those of you currently awaiting delivery of your Ultramarines DVD.

Monday, November 29, 2010

Ultramarines Movie delayed!!!!

So, here is a quote from an email that came directly from Codex Pictures:

Unfortunately, due to a production issue outside of our control, we are not able to start shipping your order for the ULTRAMARINES DVD Collector's Set today, November 29th as planned. We are working around the clock with our third party suppliers to resolve the issue as soon as possible and hope to be able to give you details of a new ship date tomorrow.

We at Codex Pictures know you will be very disappointed not to receive your DVD as soon as anticipated and are equally distressed ourselves that this has happened.

Please accept our sincere apologies and rest assured we are doing everything we can to resolve the issue and get your order to you quickly.

Codex Pictures

REALLY?  Wow, that is the suck!  I understand delay issues, I really do, but come on!  How many people have just had their heart stomped out!

I will post again tomorrow once we have a new ship date.

The Gobbo

Sodapop Sebastien is out!

Just a quick update about a new miniature that was released by Sodapop this last week [or I could be late].

Monday, November 22, 2010

Looking into Infinity...

Infinity is a game with 28mm high metal miniatures that simulates combat and special operations in a science fiction environment with Manga aesthetics. Infinity miniatures are characterized by the high quality and detail of their modeling, the dynamism of their postures and their futuristic aesthetic.
Pan Oceania T.A.G.

That is the blurb about the game from the Infinity Website.  It is an apt description without any real information about the game.  So how do you find out if you like the game and not just the Cool as all get out figures?  I mean lets face it, the miniatures are darn cool!  

Fortunately, the rules are free to download from the Infinity Website along with all the army lists and Weapon Stats.  There is not a lot in the way of fluff.  Oh who am I kidding, there is NO fluff in the PDFs.  You can get some information about the different forces from the main site, but it is not a huge amount.  For that you really do want the rulebook and the Human Sphere expansion.  Both are amazingly gorgeous books with fantastic art and some great photos of the miniatures in all their painted glory.

Let us discuss the rules.  First, this is one of the only systems I know [for miniatures] that uses a d20 for its core mechanic.  Every troop choice has what the game calls an ISC [International Standard Code]  This is how you figure out what kind of troop it is, how much it costs and what skills and stats it has.  Below is an example of an ISC:

The stats listed in the ISC determine how easy the figure can accomplish certain goals.  Take a Shooting action for example.  If I am shooting a Combi-rifle and there are no other modifies, this characters has a BS [Ballistic Skill] of 11.  So I would roll a d20 and need to roll an 11 or less on the dice.  Now here comes a twist, you want to roll low, but not TOO low.  If you roll exactly the number needed for your attempt [after modifiers], it is a Critical.  I will explain more about this further down the screen.

Yu Jing Remotes
Every Turn you get a number of Orders, that you can issue to any of your figures.  You could even give the same guy all the orders you have.  The system uses an IGYG [I Go, You Go] interface for its turn order, with one slight difference.  Whenever you activate a model within the Line of Fire of an enemy model, that model recives an ARO [Automatic Response Order].  This means, if you run past an gap in terrain and I can see that gap, my model can shoot at you as you run by or if you take a shot at one figure, it can preform a Dodge to make it harder for you to hit.  I can even move with these AROs.  

Haqqislam Hassassin Friday
The system is a little more complicated that this, but it really is not that hard to learn and the games play very fast.  The average point total for a Tournament level game is 250 point.  I advise checking out the rules and army list and seeing if you like the game.  The "Try Before You Buy" set up of this game is great.  I know not everyone likes every game, so take into consideration if you like the style first and then if the game appeals to you, give it a go with a bunch of proxies first.  If nothing else, these are some great alternative models for other sci-fi games.

Monday, November 15, 2010

To INFINITY and beyond....

My friend Jay has been wanting to do some Skirmish level miniature gaming for a bit and asked me about a game I owned, but have never played.  Infinity I have owned the book for some time, but never had anyone to play with.  So, I made a couple trades to get a small force and we are reading the rules [which are now free online] and we are going to give this unique system a test drive.  I mean, a miniature system based on a d20 and where on your turn I get to make reactive actions to shoot back at you or dodge!  Heck yeah, this looks like a blast!

So, I have chosen the ALEPH as my faction.  Here is the "official" picture of the figures.  I will be posting up some shots of my WIP and keep you updated on the progress.

Friday, November 12, 2010

Random miniature musings...

First and for most, GW has done something awesome!  They have made thier Imperial Armor Books avaialbe from thier website and direct order through your FLGS!


Secondly, GW has taken a HUGE poop on Blood Angels and Grey Knights...

The Imperial Transport Guppy IV?
Wow, really GW.  Could you give us a little more epic fail with this thing?  Seriously, I think it looks like the back half fell off.  Or maybe a Valkyrie crashed into the back end of a Land Raider?

Of everything GW has failed at, this is the thing they have failed at the worst.

Anyway, on to more positive news.  My game group has decided to start playing the Infinity Miniature Game from Corvus Belli.  It is a 28mm skirmish level game and has a great system that helps make it a scenario driven game.  You can get the full 2nd Edition Rules and the associated army lists off their website: http://www.infinitythegame.com/

I will be starting a blog about my army and their painting and gaming progress once they arrive.

That is all for this update and keep an eye out for an announcement about a new podcast starting soon...

The Gobbo

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Rackham Entertainment

2 Nov 2010

R-E Company is in liquidation since last tuesday, due to the liquidation of her only owner since Dec. 2009, Global Technologies.  We will try and keep you informed of the following of the universes and games created by the Studio.
It has been a tremendous pleasure to make this wonderful games for you. 
Good game!

Monday, November 1, 2010

Goodbye DLT...

As some of you may already know, due to reasons undisclosed, Dice Like Thunder will be closing its doors.  This is not due to any odd hate mail, or the gang breaking up, it is for other reasons.  Now, this does not mean Dan, Rich and the boys will no linger be broadcasting.  They will be launching a new podcast called "The Eternal Warriors" in November and will be talking about 40k, Warmachine, and many other games and companies.

Here is a quote from the guys:
"This is the final release of Dice Like Thunder.

A sudden issue has crept up and forced us to no longer produce DLT. This was completely unplanned, unexpected and unavoidable. There is no in-fighting between current cast members and we are all still very good friends. We realized it was time to start a new podcast that incorporates the lessons learned by the hosts while working on DLT.

In early November, we will be starting a new podcast called The Eternal Warriors. As you can imagine, it will be a podcast about Warhammer 40K, Warmachine and all things awesome! The current cast of Dice Like Thunder will return and what would have been Ep 106 of DLT will instead be Ep 1 of The Eternal Warriors. Old episodes and materials of Dice Like Thunder will be available for a short period of time. When they get removed, it will be permanent!

We can not adequately express what the fans of DLT mean to us. Over the course of 2 years, you are what has driven us to continue making DLT episodes, home brew material and explore hobby communities outside of our own. For 105 episodes, you have been incredible and we want to thank you one last time while under the DLT name."

God speed boys!  We will see you at your new digs...

May your next 106 episodes be a success!