Monday, February 18, 2013

Commission Work

Hey all,

commissions are currently not being accepted at this time. I will use the blog to post units that are going for auction on Ebay before they actually hit the market.


Tuesday, September 18, 2012


Hey all,

long awaited updates, but finally got a new camera so everything is good again.

Just this week Fantasy Flight Games has released the first Star Wars Fighter Combat miniatures game called X-Wing. Being a total Star Wars freak I decided to give a go. the miniatures are crisp and clean and pre-painted, and the game is quick and fun with loads of options and more on the way in the form of expansions.

Even though these miniatures are already painted out of the box, I decided to start painting mine to represent specific fighters from the movies. My first go was Red 5 (Luke Skywalker's X-wing) from Episode IV. Hope everyone enjoys this little addition to the blog!

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Back Up & Running!

Hey everyone,

Today we are finally back in business after a long first year of raising our first child. Much has changed around the Studio and many new games and old favorites have been requested in my off time. I apologise now for being out of the game for so long.

Warhammer 40,000 has made a good comeback in my line of work so be prepared to see some of that come through the Blog. Also of note are additional Flames of War items and a new game Dropzone Commander by Hawk Wargames. 10mm Sci-fi strategic combat. Check the link below for a look into this new product line.

My current commission space is back open, and I will consider all projects.

Happy gaming!

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Long time news update!

Hey all,

sorry for the long time without anything posted here. I am father to a new baby boy, and honestly havn't seen anything hobby related in about 8 months. Things are starting to settle here, and I have picked up were I left off with the Firestorm Battletech project I have had in the works.

Commission work is currently unavailable, but should continue in the future when time allows.

Will update soon!

Monday, September 12, 2011

Nova Cat mechs ready for action!

Hey all,

just a few photos of some Nova Cat mechs for a customer. Enjoy, and follow the link to the photobucket album for the rest of the pics on this project!

Friday, July 15, 2011

More progress on Kampf. Bake force...

Hey all, just a quick update on the Kampf. Bake forces, things are looking good with just a few niggling details.

The rest of the pictures can be viewed here:

Also, there will be some new Battletech pics of some Clan Nova Cat and Draconis units we are doing for a customer and our own studio, just waiting for the dastardly FPG decal order...

Keep on the lookout!

Friday, July 8, 2011

Firestorm Battletech: Conventional Vehicles

To tackle the large amount of conventional military and support vehicles we wanted to have, there needed to be a way to make them less record intensive during games. Granted the modern fusion engine vehicles will remain using their record sheets representing very advanced equipment as they should. The vehicles I am hinting at are the less advanced units like standard Main Battle Tanks, APCs, IFVs etc... So how do we make them simple enough to not need a record sheet, but complex enough to work in Battletech? Something came together with a little group brainstorm faster then we thought possible. In order to remove the record sheet for each conventional vehicle we had to decide on a way to represent damage in an abstract fashion. We also needed to represent armour without keeping track of its condition. We moved outside the normal game mechanics for this area.

Nation: Parent nation that the specific conventional vehicle belongs to for the purpose of the Luthien campaign.

Movement: To hit a conventional vehicle is still as normal, and the vehicle has simple Cruise and Flank speeds assigned in its stats for use in determining modifiers. Normal movment rules apply for the vehicle motive type which should be obvious based on the model.

Armour: Conventional vehicles will be assigned an armour save value rolled on 1D6. When a vehicle is hit with any weapon, an armour save is made. If the roll is equal to or higher then the vehicles save throw stat it has managed to avoid any form of serious damage from the hit or was a near miss. If it fails the armour save, the shot has penetrated the vehicle. Ex; A vehicle with an armour value of 4+, will stop any shot on a roll of 4 or higher on 1D6. If it rolls lower then 4, the shot has penetrated the vehicles defense.

Penetrating Hit & Firepower: Once a vehicles armour has been passed, it is considered stunned or motive damaged in some way, this is called Shaken. The size of the weapon that hit the vehicle or its DV (Damage Value) is now a very big consideration in if the vehicle lives through the experience or not. So, the vehicle failed its armour save, and the weapon must now make a firepower check. A firepower check involves 2D6 rolled and compared to the weapons damage value. If the combined roll is equal to or under the total damage value of the weapon, the vehicle is destroyed. Ex; A vehicle is hit by an IS Large Laser, and failed its armour save. The weapon has a DV of 8. The player who fired rolls 2D6, and totals the combined amount. If the roll is 8 or less, the vehicle is destroyed. If the roll is 9 or more, the crew has been shaken or the vehicle disabled, but not destroyed.

Obviously from the example above, there are weapons that are too powerful to fail a firepower roll, especially since the 2D6 Firepower roll can't exceed 12. When a conventional vehicle is penetrated by such a weapon, it is automatically destroyed. Weapons that use the cluster table (ie: Missiles) use the total damage of the entire salvo to determine the firepower roll required. Weapons that cause heat damage, will automatically penetrate armour and cause a Shaken result regardless of if the weapon passes its firepower check or not.

Conventional Weapons, Range & Equipment: Vehicles have a basic weapon stat line, as well you should note no ammo is listed. They are not expected to live long enough or be decisive enough to need that sort of record keeping. The stat sheet does provide you with the required information to use that weapon however within the Weapon, Range & Special Rules columns where required.

Some vehicles will use standard battletech equipment in an abstract fashion. Otherwise they will function as normal. They will be noted where they are needed.

An example vehicle stat line is below. Note the AC12 is a fictional weapon not in the normal listing of the Total Warfare rules, but wit a simple stat line it is easy to work in:

Vehicle Name/TypeNationMovement
ArmourWeaponRangeSpecial Rules

M1A2 TUSK Abrams MBTDCMSC5/F8(3+)AC12/*D12S 1-6/M 7-12/L 13-18Reactive Armour (Half missile DV for Firepower)

Machine Gun, AP MG