Outside the Box – January 12th


Hello again, this weeks we have news from Wargame Exclusive, Mantic Games, Artel W Miniatures, FFG and more!
Wargame Exclusive released new Battlesuits:
–> More Wargame Exclusive News

The Boneshees are now available from Artel W Miniatures:
–> More Artel W Miniatures News

New Warpath vehicles have been unveiled by Mantic Games:
–> More Mantic Games News

Demented Games released Sergeant Clark for Twisted:
–> More Demented Games News

Zulu! Perry Miniatures announced a new plastic set:
–> More Perry Miniatures News

Fantasy Flight Games announced the Chimaera expansion set for Star Wars Armada:–> More Fantasy Flight Games News

More previews of MOM Miniatures‘ upcoming Kickstarter campaign:
–> More MOM Miniatures News

Steamforged Games published a new Godtear preview:
–> More Steamforged Games News

New releases from JTFM/Die Waffenkammer, including the mighty Loewe and FV4005 Stage II:

–> More JTFM/Die Waffenkammer News

Mierce Miniatures released a new wave:

–> More Mierce Miniatures News

Operation Market Garden can now be pre-ordered from Warlord Games:

And a new Spartan army for Hail Caesar is coming:
–> More Warlord Games News

Cool Mini or Not presents all the miniatures for their Hate boardgame:
–> More Cool Mini or Not News

More Stalingrad ruins are coming from 4Ground:
–> More 4Ground News

GCT Studios announced new Bushido miniatures:
–> More GCT Studios News

A whole bunch of new bits has been announced by Mad Robot Miniatures:

–> More Mad Robot Miniatures News

And Rubicon Models‘ Flak 36/37 will be one monster of a model:
–> More Rubicon Models News

Another Round of New Kickstarter Campaigns:

Mierce Miniatures – Starter Hosts II
MiniBoss Toys – Fateslayer
Tinkerhouse Games – TinkerTurf Full-Color Wargaming Terrain
A.F. Scott – Raging Rodents
Lovecraft Design and Manufacure – Jungle Fever Terrain
Thunderhead Gaming – Kentrona Miniatures
day-1 – Charlotte the Brontosaurus
Hayland Terrain – 3D-Printable City Terrain
General Staff – Game of Military Tactics & Wargaming System
Nik F. – 3D-Printable Modular Space Walls
and
Modiphius Entertainment – John Carter of Mars

If you want to stay up to date, head over to The Tabletop Fix for daily hobby news

~ Love the FV4005 Stage II!!

  • nurglitch

    I think I’m a sucker for Mierce Miniatures stuff. Seriously, that’s a nice couple of sculpts.

    Incidentally: http://titanomachina.blogspot.ca/2018/01/titanomachia-turrets-and-guns.html

    • Apocryphus

      Agreed, I just wish they’d hurry up and release more Kthones stuff >.>

    • marxlives

      True, they have great looking stuff.

  • SilentPony

    Jeez, that’s some pretty hardcore copyright infringement in that Tau suit and Howling Banshees…

    • Dennis J. Pechavar

      I thought they were subtle…boneshees…

    • marxlives

      True but if it looks good and allows someone to play affordably, then it is an overall win for GW.

    • Rahl

      Artel W is Russia, and Wargame Exclusive is Ukraine, so I don’t think they care much about UK copyright law.

  • Nyyppä

    Tau, Eldar and Nurgle models…. I mean, come on, at least try to not copy them straight from the actual models…

    • Cergorach

      You do know that GW got most of those ideas from other sources and aren’t exactly original. Just because you weren’t around 35 years ago doesn’t mean that GW was original in the first place.

      That said, sure, most people see Howling Banshees, but my first impression on those is “Cool! Those aren’t GW Howling Banshees!” in a good way. I often don’t see a difference between certain models Audi and Volvo, until I see the logo. Most people won’t see the difference between a Boeing and an Airbus… What’s legally copyright infringement and what’s not is something different from what you believe and what GW believed (they got wrecked by that last huge lawsuit they started). And don’t start with ethics. Such large corporations earn a profit over the backs of their employees!

      • Apocryphus

        I agree for the most part, but my problem, specifically with the company that produced the Banshees, is that all their stuff looks so much like GW that I may as well just buy from GW or kit bash. If a third party wants to produce models to be used in 40k, that’s cool, but at least give them a unique twist that helps them stand apart.

        • marxlives

          When your business model is to sell resculpts, then that is a bad thing. The appearance of third party sellers is that there is a market for people who want to play GW games but don’t want the GW pricing. Everyone wins. Someone is able to make money off of a demand and GW gets more presence on the tabletop.

          • Apocryphus

            There is that, but 10 of those banshees is 90 USD, so not so affordable. I go to 3rd party companies usually because they offer something that GW doesn’t, such as Kromlech with their unique noise marine sculpts. I think it’s important to have these companies too, competition is good and forces a company to strive towards a better product, or, in the case of the Chapter House debaucle, forces them to make the product in the first place.

          • Rahl

            Its 10+ Leader for 90 USD, so 11 models. Still high, but not AS bad. They might not have changed up their casting method much for these ones too, so they could be putting almost as work into one of those 11 as any of the single characters they sell. I don’t know enough about them to know, and it seems like its the first time they’ve offered a bundle that large. I’m sure they’d be less willing to come down much on price if they don’t have a scaled up mass production line for them.

            On the other hand, you can get some pretty nice named Inquisition characters for cheap. Eisenhorn himself is only 11 USD. Can you imagine GW putting out a named character that low today?

      • Snord

        This is such a load of tosh. GW took inspiration from other sources so it’s okay to produce thinly-disguised copies? And if you can’t even tell the difference between an Audi and a Volvo, why are you pontificating on this issue?

      • Nyyppä

        Yes. Did you know that went for their own thing based on those ideas they got form other sources? These 3 examples did not bother to do that much. I’m not saying they did something wrong or unethical. They took an idea and made it better than the people who came up with that idea. I’m cool with that. It forces GW to step up or to step down and either option is just fine. Who knows, if they can’t compete with their models they might try to make good rules for everyone for a change.

        Also I’m aware of how badly GW treats it’s employees.

        That being said these are all lazy designs. Well, the ogre thing is pretty ok as is but the 2 others are so close copies from the original products that I would not pay for them just because of that. Maxmini and Puppetswar too have blatantly obvious alternative models made explicitly for 40k but those are not lazy designs and thus I’m happy to pay for them.

      • euansmith

        These ones look to be copied from the Dawn of War Intro video. I thought that design, with its cool, creepy wraithbone look was spot on and more to my liking than the GW smooth designs. These minis look aces to me.

    • Apocryphus

      Eh, the “Nurgle” model is only copying in so much as the plague fly icon on the shield is easily recognizable. Without it it’s a pretty original sculpt.

      • Nyyppä

        Was this an attempt to make the obvious copying of GWs iconography somehow excusable or….? I’m not against making alternative models in any way. The model also looks good. It’s just that they are not even trying to avoid the copyright courts with that one.

    • Andy Wise

      I’m the first to weigh in on GW’s side when it’s an obvious rip off. In this case I have to say that it looks pretty original. Yeah – the fly symbol is a straight copy but the rest of it is a (pretty good) novel sculpt…

      Same could be said for the tau and felix models – you know what they are but they’re distinct.

      Boneshees? Bit close to the… errrr… bone?

  • piglette

    Some great picks this week.

  • marxlives

    Hate is spinning some excitement in my area.

    • euansmith

      That’s Hate Speech, buddy! We’ll have none of that around here! 😉

      • marxlives

        lol ya I quite literally gave a Hate speech.

  • Shinnentai

    Tabletop Fix does an amazing job of keeping up to date on mini releases, I must say. Wish I could comment on there using Discus.

    Most interesting upcoming release I’ve seen there this week was the new epic-scale Grudd (read: Squat) land train 3d render from Onslaught Minis. Shaping up to be a really great range – certainly ordering myself some after the magna cannon is released.

    • euansmith

      I think that Onslaughts output is just lovely. So cute.

  • kobalt60

    Nice to see gotrek and Felix are back

  • euansmith

    The Mantic vehicles are looking so good. I’m happily awaiting mine.

    That Wargame Exclusive Tau Battlesuit looks kind of weird (something about the head); however, they are doing a weapons battery that looks awesome and a cool Warpspider.

    http://ttfix.blogspot.co.uk/2018/01/wargame-exclsuive-new-releases.html

    HATE looks suitably mental and hopefully, easy to paint with some washes.

    Godtear will probably be getting my money, though; I really like the way Steamforged design their minis.