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PAX Report

Posted: September 6, 2013 in News
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And we’re back! Although PAX isn’t really a miniatures-focused event, there’s still lots of cool stuff going on, including a few new figures and games that aren’t yet available. Here’s some of the new stuff I got a look at, plus a few photos of stuff I just thought looked cool.

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First up, this is a shot of the next expansion for Super Dungeon Explore from Soda Pop Miniatures, which should be hitting store shelves sometime in January next year. I haven’t really gotten into Super Dungeon Explore myself but it has seen a wave of popularity in the store recently (Mike has been painting up a bunch of stuff from various expansions) and I’ve always really liked the ‘chibi’ art style. In fact, I still have a bunch of the original metal figures which I picked up the first time I went to PAX years ago, which I still haven’t managed to get any paint on. Should do something about that…

Anyway, this new expansion has kind of a ‘haunted woods’ theme going on, with a mad Owl King corrupting his subjects into twisted monsters. Standouts for me include the plant-men with giant carrots, the Centaur heroine, a top-hatted sniper, and of course the rabbit executioner with a very large axe. I know I don’t have time to get into SDE right now, but maybe I can line that up with this set’s release.

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Image copyright Catalyst Game Labs. Used without permission.

While I already knew about the Alpha Strike rules for Classic Battletech, this was the first I’d seen the system out in the wild. I didn’t have time to stay and come to grips with the rules, but it sounds like it aligns with my priorities – a faster-playing, tape-measure-based game that still holds that Battletech flavor. I declined to pick up a prerelease copy of the rulebook as it will be quite a bit cheaper for me once it’s released later this month, but they did have a brand-new deck of stat cards that may not see retail release so I snapped those up. They even include a glossy finish for using a dry-erase marker to track damage and heat (but I think I’ll go ahead and sleeve them anyway to prevent wear and tear).

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Shiny…

Their demo board also featured some beautifully done minis that also feature on the stat cards themselves – just seeing the ‘Mechs painted this well has been a bit of an inspiration to go back and work on some more of my own Battletech stuff (translation: I am totally stealing these color schemes…)

This camo looks fantastic. Bad artists copy, good artists steal...

This camo looks fantastic. Bad artists copy, good artists steal…

A reminder of all the not-quite-done Clan Wolf 'Mechs I have waiting

A reminder of all the not-quite-done Clan Wolf ‘Mechs I have waiting

A Spider waiting for deployment, on a prototype of the stat cards

A Spider waiting for deployment, on a prototype of the stat cards

A quick overhead shot of the demo game in progress. Note the lack of hexes!

A quick overhead shot of the demo game in progress. Note the lack of hexes!

While not really new, there was lots more miniatures goodness on display at the convention this year.

The Infinity demo featured some simple-but-effective scenery

The Infinity demo featured some simple-but-effective scenery

Some great-looking studio paintjobs at the Privateer Press both, watched over by their very large (and very expensive!) Warcaster Hayley statue

Some great-looking studio paintjobs at the Privateer Press both, watched over by their very large (and very expensive!) Warcaster Haley statue

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So, another great PAX and a nice vacation. Guess now it’s back to work. How long has it been since I finished anything for Epic? Don’t answer that.

Thanks for reading!

-Chris

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Posted: May 4, 2013 in News
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Welcome to the Wasteland

In the next couple days I should be posting a steady stream of new content (mostly photos) as I add projects I’ve already completed. Next will follow…actual updates! I hope you’ll join me as I add more about my strange little world and I’d love to hear any of your comments or questions.

-Chris