Saturday, 21 February 2009

New Dwarf War Engine

Hi!

I have been having a look at the remaining Grendel and Leviathan range with the intention to add stats for the vehicles, equipment and monsters that arent currently featured in the rulebook.

So without further ado here's a quick playtest stat for the MK2 Dwarven War Golem Gladiator:



The Gladiator is a new creation of the dwarf Technomancers and sports a powerful cutting blade attachment on one arm while the other is equipped with a mighty battleshield. For close defense the golem also sports several launchers on its shoulders which surround the charging golem with a cloud of shrapnel.

Name M C+ SR A OC P T(LOC) BR S RES
GLADIATOR 15 25 2 3 10 10 7H - 6H 6 9 16

Attacks:
The golem may make:
One attack with each operational arm
One head butt attack each close combat phase
when the golem charges a model of size 3 or greater it may substitute all attacks in favour of a shield charge. The shield charge hits automatically with a +2 bonus to its basic power value (P). If damage is caused the controlling player may roll twice on any location damage table.
When charging the golem activates its shoulder mounted close defense launchers causing all units in base contact with it to take a single POW 3 hit.

Notes: Enhanced save. The golems battleshield vastly improves the machines frontal toughness giving a +2 T to any hits in its front facing

FEAR +3
Models Per Unit 1-3
Points per model 135

Location Damage Table:

D20 EFFECT

1-3 1/ DESTROYED - The golems boiler ruptures spilling burning coal into the cabin killing all the crew.

4-6 2/ WEAPON DESTROYED - The blow cripples one eof the golems weapon systems. Roll D20 - 1-10 loses its shield (loses enhanced save, 1 close combat attack and shield charge ability) , 11-15 its sword arm (loses one close combat tattack), 16-20 its close defense launchers (cannot activate launchers)

7-13 3/ IMMOBILISED - The stoker is slain rendering the golem immobile.

14-16 4/ LEG DAMAGE - One of the golems legs is crippled. Reduce movement by half. The golem may no longer make a shield charge attack.

17-20 5/ STUNNED - The crew are thrown by the force of the attack and may not perform any more actions during the turn. The golem is free to operate in the following turn.

Hope thats of some use. I will get it put together as a Word file or PDF and make it available to anyone whos interested!

Friday, 20 February 2009

Orc Titanosaur Review!

Hi!

Well my titanosaur has arrived and its a nice, big beast too.



The miniature (if it could be called that!) arrived from Spirit Games this morning (excellent chaps as I only ordered it the other day!) in a nice sturdy box with a colour photo of the titanosaur.



The kit comes in five pieces, the beasts body and head in two parts and the howdah in three. The grey resin is free of bubbles but does have a rather nasty piece of, for want of a better word, flash on the front which needs cleaning off. Other than that there are some bits on the side of the beast at the straps which need cleaning off which is a bit irritating.



Another odd bit is there seems to be dust mixed into the resin as can be seen above as no amount of cleaning will shift it. It doesnt effect the detail, which is rather nice, but looks a bit grotty.



Here's a pic of the beast with the howdah on the top (minus its head!) it stands an impressive 15cm high and 13cm long. The kit is well worth the money (£21) as its pretty huge but will require a bit of work to get it built and painted.

Good stuff: Its a really big, chunky model with a nice amount of detail and will look great once done.

Bad stuff: It requires quite a bit of work to get it built. Also he howdah is a bit small and requires you to buy three crew models. It will just fit in three old style orcs but if you plan on using new GW plastics you would struggle to fit in two. It's not really a problem for me as this is going to be my Khan's personal warbeast so will have a scratch built howdah to fit in the extra character (the howdah will see use as an orc watchtower at some point!) also you need to lift the roof level of the kits howdah by at least 5mm as it's a tad low to fit in a bunch of wildly gesturing orcs into it.

Conclusion: All in all I am quite pleased with the kit and believe that the grotty resin and flash can be put down to the model being quite old. I think Scotia have had it in stock since the game first came out in the mid 90s! I will try ordering direct from Scotia Grendel next time to see if the quality is better. Hope you find the review useful!

I am going to convert the beast and will start adding some work in progress shots as I go. The plan is to create a custom howdah for my Khan and give the beast a slight repose and some nice chunky armour as befitting an orc leaders mount!

Thursday, 19 February 2009

Scotia Grendel Update

Hi!

The helpful chaps at Scotia Grendel have just posted a bit of an update of the status of Leviathan on Frothers Unite.

It appears that the supplement Earthpower has vanished into the ether but they do still want to support the game which will involve making the rules available as a PDF which is great. They are also going to be uploading more images of the range on their website which will be handy!

In the meantime here's some pics from their site featuring a couple of the MK2 dwarven steam golems. At present there are no rules for them but I do plan on doing some homebrew stats for them in the near future!


Nemesis War Golem (armed with grappling claw and grapeshot launcher)



Gladiator War Golem (armed with cleaver, warshield and shoulder mounted close defense launchers)

Wednesday, 18 February 2009

Unexpected Update!

Hi!

Ive managed to get hold of some of the Leviathan articles from the old wargames mag Anvil and will post them online tomorrow. Until then heres a quick preview:



Its some early concept art for an orc Khan. Its interesting to see that they appeared to be going for more of a native American theme for their orcs (not to mention the less brutish look of the orc itself!)

Still it gives me some nice ideas for my orc horde!

As I say I will upload the remaining articles in the morning. Till then all the best!

Richard

Friday, 13 February 2009

State of Play

Hi!

Sorry about the lack of updates but uni has been incredibly busy!

I have now got just under 1000 points of infantry for my orcs and am concentrating on painting them all up but thought that my orc Khan deserved a suitably impressive mount to ride into battle. I decided to order myself a Titanosaur from Spirit games (who inform me that the miniatures are in the post!) I have also ordered a couple of archers as crew and will be using the following orc character as my Khan:



He's an old Heartbreaker miniature and is available from Ral Partha Europe (another excellent company!) and is currently slated to act as my army general although he may get replaced with a larger miniature at some point!

I plan on converting the Titanosaur heavily to depict a suitably powerful orcs personal warbeast. To do this may take a bit of effort but should make for an impressive centre piece to my army as I plan on armouring it and giving it some suitably large war banners and scenic base. I also plan on posting some work in progress shots over the weekend of the beast as it takes shape as well as a review of the miniature itself.

I also hope to get some pics up of both my army as it stands at the moment and of some of the individual miniatures that Ive got painted up!

Till then I am off to get some drawing done!

All the best!

Richard

Thursday, 5 February 2009

Goblins!

Heres a quick pic of the first goblin unit for my Leviathan orc horde. I have decided to use old citadel and heartbreaker miniatures for my infantry and cavalry riders as the Leviathan ones were, to be honest, a bit poor. Unlike the traditional view of goblins which are almost always green, goblins in Aerath tend to be a sickly yellow.

I have a second unit of goblins, this time archers to paint up as well as an orc unit to complete and then its onto the dwarves. After I have these compulsory units sorted I will start on the warbeasts and engines for both armies.

It may be a week or so before I can get another update done as I have a huge amount of uni work to do!

Tuesday, 3 February 2009

GREETINGS FROM THE END TIMES!

Hi!

I have decided to start this blog to support the game Leviathan and hopefully help drum up some interest in a really good wargame.



I first bought the rules in 1995 when the game was first released and have read and reread it many times over the years but until now never seriously thought about collecting it. This changed on reading it just recently and getting first all nostalgic then realising it was an excellent system with a really interesting setting that would make a nice project!

The background in the book is a truly great read and the forces available are also fantastic ranging from demon worshipping elves to mongol horde style orcs, industrial dwarves with steam powered weaponry and savage human barbarians.

Over the coming days and weeks I will give a more in-depth overview of each force as well as a quick history of the doomed realm of Aerath. Following on from this I hope to start collecting up a force for each of the races. Helpfully Scotia Grendel still produce nearly all the miniatures required while the rulebook is also still in print.

Titanosaur

The miniatures themselves tend to be a mixture of metal and resin and are nice and chunky (admittedly some are not great but all have real character!) I plan on replacing some of the infantry and cavalry riders with miniatures available from different companies as I want to be able to field forces with more variety.

Scotia handily run an offer where if you spend £50 on Leviathan miniatures, you receive a free copy of the rulebook. To enable me to play a game of Leviathan I plan on making a purchase of 2 small starter forces in the form of the orcs and the dwarves. The reason for this is that these two ranges are complete and have some really nice miniatures available to each side.

Alongside this I plan on trying to create some scenery articles to showcase the doomed world and to create something for the forces to fight over. As I am a poor student it may take some time to complete but I believe it will be an interesting project with lots of possibilities for converting miniatures as well as drumming up a bit of interest in a forgotten gem of a game!