Thursday, 28 February 2013

The Cult of Sutekh Printer Friendly Booklet & Miniatures Choices

I can't believe I've had so many requests for this already, so rather than wait till tomorrow (I've got a full day as it is) I shall be putting up the Printer Friendly version of The Cult of Sutekh Booklet and my "top picks" for Miniatures Choices tonight instead (I'm really flattered btw guys).

So, here is a Printer Friendly version of "The Cult of Sutekh" Booklet.

Now, without further ado - my choices for Miniatures for the Cult itself.

Every model for the Cult of Sutekh is a total no brainer for me at least – as a dedicated fan of West Winds Horror Miniatures it’s easily done using miniatures from West Winds comprehensive “Vampire Wars” Range.

A “basic” Eternal (if basic can be considered a correct term) can be represented by West Wind Miniatures code “GHM0001” - The Mummy. If you want something more elabourate, or Movie Based – I am afraid conversions are in order – but in the West Wind Mummy Range I’m sure there is something you could use as a base.

You actually have two choices for your Hum-Natir (your Cult Leader) - both are sporting a jaunty Fez, one in Robes ( from pack “GHM0003” - High Priest and Evil Cultists) and another with a very “british brolley” (“GHM0005” - The Protagonasts).

The Faction “Mazoi” (Bodyguards) are prefectly represented by the Bare Headed and Clean Shaven Models from the “GHM0007” - The Sidhi pack.

The other two Models from the “GHM0007” - The Sidhi pack, are perfect as your Faction Rank & File or “Acolytes”, along with the models from the West Wind “GHM0008” - The Guardian of the OSIRIS Pack.

Lastly we have theTomb Guardians - theres a lot of choice for Tomb Guardians really, as they can look however you want them to. The most obvious choice is to go for mindless Mummies - like those in the "GHM0002" - Mummy Servant Priests pack. You could even use the "GHM0009" - The Minions of Set pack, painting them as guardian statues. Or models from the "GHZ0004" - Zombies pack to repersent victims that have been kidnapped and "turned"into fresh Tomb Guardians by ancient Egyptian Magics . . . .

Jack Stapleton

Another fascinating "Empire of the Dead - Requiem" Kickstarter Update - Jack Stapleton!

"She calls herself a medium. The peasants call her a witch"

The Cult of Sutekh

I adore Empire of the Dead, everyone who knows me is aware of that - but one of the things missing (in my humble opinion) are rules for an Egyptian Based Faction.

 As everyone knows it is a fact of History that the Victorians were singularly obsessed with Egypt, perhaps in part because there existed a pervasive belief that Egypt was the Britain of the ancient world — a superior, and highly advanced civilization conquering all of the World within its reach. 

Egypt was a founding civilization; all other Eastern civilizations were, as a printed guide to the 1985 Exhibition of the Art of Ancient Egypt at Britain’s Burlington Fine Arts Club states, “pale imitations” of the vivid Egyptian culture. 

“Reference has been made to Greek influence on Egyptian art,” reads the Burlington Club program, but it assures the reader that “in the case of influence generally, Egypt has been the donor, not the recipient.” just like Victorian Britain influenced so much of the Worlds Culture at the time.

The program later observes that, “The influence of Egyptian art on that of the other great civilizations of antiquity can be traced in all directions” - once again something true of Victorian Britain.

But I digress, what I have attempted to do with "The Cult of Sutekh" - several familiar "elements".

Egypt 1884, archaeologists Dr Peter Bannister, his father Professor Vincent Bannister and his Brother Christopher Bannister are searching for the lost tomb of Princess Ananka, the High Priestess of the god Sutekh.

The discovery of the Karnak Necropolis in 1886 and the first contact with Imhotep, the entity also known as “The Dark One”, weighs heavily on the destiny of the British Empire. After his exchange with the voice from beyond the grave, Dr Peter Bannister became the first English “Hum-Natir” founding the Cult of Sutekh in 1887.

The Cult of Sutekh is a vile union of Fanatical Cultists and Evil Supernatural Creatures – hell bent on locating the reincarnated spirit of Princess Ananka and returning her to her rightful place as High Priestess of their foul Religion.

There are few who are even aware of the Cults existence, and those who talk of it openly are quickly disposed of. The Cult of Sutekh relies on secrecy, and actively recruits its membership from the wealthy and the decadent – with promises of even more wealth and power.

The Cult of Sutekh

Next Up - Suitable Miniatures for "The Cult of Sutekh" . . . . .

Tuesday, 26 February 2013

Dredd of the Yard . . . . .

Furthering my Quest for Victorian Super Heroes, I present - "Dredd of the Yard"

100th Post - "Jack the Ripper" . . . . .

Something wonderful for my 100th Post - "Jack the Ripper" . . . . .  The latest "Empire of the Dead - Requiem" Kickstarter Update!

"Tonight another Girl must Die, so Jack may have his Kidney Pie" . . . .

Sunday, 24 February 2013

Nadezhda Durova Empire of the Dead Kickstarter Only Miniature

Nadezhda Durova, "Empire of the Dead - Requiem" Kickstarter Only Miniature!

She looks much better painted!!!

Another Kickstarter Update - "The Baron"

Another "Empire of the Dead - Reqiuem" Kickstarter Update "The Baron" - 

“Learn from me, if not by my precepts, at least by my example, how dangerous is the acquirement of knowledge, and how much happier that man is who believes his native town to be his world, than he who aspires to become greater than his nature will allow" 

Deathlocke Bones the Undying Detective and his Companion the Bad Doctor

Deathlocke Bones the Undying Detective and his Companion the Bad Doctor.

''When you have eliminated the witnesses, whatever remains must be devoured'' . . . . .

Deathlocke and his Bad Doctor Companion will be 28mm Limited Edition Zombie Investigators - produced as part of the "Empire of the Dead - Requieme" Kickstarter Campaign.

Saturday, 23 February 2013

Victorian Superhero Miniatures

We have professor Gecko to look forward to with Empire of the Dead - Requiem - but I would LOVE to see some Victorian Super-Hero Miniatures personally, and not just "retro" versions of already established characters either (though that would be cool).

But also original Characters or maybe one based on existing tales of Myth and Legend, like "Spring Heeled Jack" for example.

Spring-heeled Jack was a character from English folklore - actually stemming back further than the Victorian era from which he was most famous, Jack was known for his astounding leaps, often from rooftop to rooftop. The first claimed sighting of Jack was in the London of 1837 - later one sightings were reported all over Great Britain, and were especially frequent in suburban London, the Midlands and Scotland.

There are many theories about the identity of Spring-heeled Jack. and his legend was very popular at the time, his popularity was not only down to his bizarre appearance but also to his almost supernatural ability to make extraordinary leaps - and his fame grew to the point where he became the topic of several works of fiction!

Spring-heeled Jack was described by people who claimed to have seen him as having a rather terrifying appearance, with demonic appearance, clawed hands, and eyes that "resembled red balls of fire".

One report claimed that, beneath his black cloak, he wore a helmet and a tight-fitting garment like an pale-grey oilskin.That he was tall and athletic, with the appearance of a gentleman - sort of like a Victorian Batman.

Other stories also make mention of a more "Devil-like" aspect - spouting out blue and white fire from his fanged mouth - and that he had sharp metallic claws sprouting from his fingertips (a sort of Hellboy/Devilman combo).

Then there is this illustration of this supremely well-armed policeman - from Punch of 1886 and there have been debates about the policeman's use of weaponry, uniform etc in the picture.

So not only "retro" Superheroes would work here, but also unique heroes based on the Urban Legends of the Day.

Time to resurrect "Roger Parachute Pants" . . . . .

Selden . . . . . .

Another great "Empire of the Dead - Requiem" Kickstarter Update - "Selden" -

'As if in answer to his words there rose suddenly out of the vast gloom of the moor that strange cry which I had already heard upon the borders of the great Grimpen Mire. It came with the wind through the silence of the night, a long, deep mutter then a rising howl, and then the sad moan in which it died away. Again and again it sounded, the whole air throbbing with it, strident, wild, and menacing. The baronet caught my sleeve and his face glimmered white through the darkness' - ''the Hound of the Baskervilles'' ~ Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Friday, 22 February 2013

Queen Victoria . . . . Gawd Bless 'Er . . . .

Todays "Empire of the Dead - Requiem" Kickstarter Update "Dirty Vicky" (ok that's not her name LoL - I've been watching too many Clint Eastwood Movies)

Thursday, 21 February 2013

Wednesday, 20 February 2013

Tuesday, 19 February 2013

The Inscrutable Tong

From the smoky opium dens and rookeries of Limehouse, spread the insidious plots of the master criminal known only as ‘The Inscrutable’.  His gang of Chinese Tong, the Hai Shan Society, enforce a rigorous code of murder and mayhem on any unfortunates who cross their path. To seek out his name is the kiss of death!

Saturday, 16 February 2013

"Empire of the Dead - Requiem" Limited Edition Miniatures.

I've been engrossed in "Kickstarter Fever" with the "Empire of the Dead - Requiem" Kickstarter, initially pledging £100 but after talks with my good (or perhaps I should say GREAT Lady - Linda) I've upped it to £200, I would have loved to go for the £700 "have your own Character" Pledge Level, but finances won't QUITE stretch that far.

Still, at £200 I get all the Miniatures INCLUDING the Limited Edition Kickstarter Only Miniatures, which is very VERY cool.

The first LE Miniature is Nadezhda Durova, a Vampire slayer - ALL pledgers get her.

The first "unlocked" Limited Edition Miniature is "Tatu" who is a Half-Vampire servant of the "Broken Dawn Cult", and a gorgeous concept she is.


Like all the other Limited Edition Miniatures that come with this Kickstarter, they aren't available after the Kickstarter has ended - so you need to pledge now (£75 gets you a bunch of new miniatures AND all the Limited Editions) so it's a really REALLY good idea to take part.

The next Limited Edition Miniature to be "unlocked was Jade Dragon, a deadly Imperial Assassin - her twin barrelled pistol gives her twice the stopping power of a normal revolver, making her a Lady to be reckoned with.

Once again you have to pledge to get a hold of her, so join in!

The next due to be unlocked (at £40,000) of these gorgeous Limited Edition Ladies is Aisha - the Werewolf Huntress. She is a wild Romani wanderer from the wilderness of Eastern Europe. After being mauled by a Wolf  as a young child she carries a hatred of all things Werewolf and hunts the servants of the Moon Goddess wherever she finds them.

At £50,000 (which seems such a LONG way off as we are only on  at the moment) a Limited Edition of "Red - Daughter of the (Moon?) Goddess" will be unlocked - so far they have only shown us a shadowy image of her.

But me being me, and having a silly amount of found Empire of the Dead saved on my computer has a picture of her.

So its all to pledge for at the moment, lets keep this building up - so we get loads of nice LE "pretties" to play with!

Wednesday, 13 February 2013

Empire of the Dead - "Requiem"

OK - I'm starting to get really excited about "Empire of the Dead - Requiem" now, especially after this "taster" I saw today.

And it comes complete with a Time Machine apparently . . . . . .

The "Empire of the Dead - Requiem" kickstarter starts tomorrow!!!!!

Sunday, 10 February 2013

The Shape of Things to Come

I'm not talking about H.G. Wells seminal "future war" Novella, but rather the future of Victorian Fantasy Wargaming.

My personal favourites are Empire of the Dead and Wolsung - they are different enough from each other (EotD is Horror with a little "Steampunk" mixed in, and Wolsung is Fantasy - basically Victorian Shadowrun) to entice me to collect each with some gusto - and have enough variety within the rules to allow for conversions and the use of other companies Miniatures should I want to.

Wolsung is still growing, and has an already established RPG to fall back on - and this year will see a Kickstarter project for the next phase of Empire of the Dead releases in the form of Empire of the Dead ‘Requiem’.


With the Requiem Kickstarter we will be seeing new miniatures for the existing warbands, allowing you to expand upon the starter sets - and hopefully new Warbands as well (if they have any sense) and IN SPITE of West Winds grumpy nature when challenged with questions about things, I feel compelled to at least give it a chance.

(I don't know about you, but the Free Worldwide shipping is a nice touch I felt).

Now we have the "In Her Majesty's Name" Range coming out from Northstar - which is actually being funded as a pre-order promotion, rather than using a crowd-funding platform (one would assume to avoid fees) - however, the web-page is quite unprofessional looking and there is an INORDINATE number of "Limited Edition" Backer Only Miniatures to be unlocked - this to me says they aren't that confident in their product, and they feel the need to tempt people into advance ordering.

Now a lot of KS projects have a lot of freebies, but not all of those Perks are Limited Editions - and EVEN THEN you don't generally get to see what all the Perks are to begin with.

The Northstar Miniatures are "quirky" (like their Projekt X range) and (to be frank) although the rules for Empire of the Dead aren't everybody's "Cup of Tea" - the Miniatures are much nicer sculpts than any of the examples I've seen of the In Her Majesty's Name range so far.

The miniatures line is being produced to support the Osprey rules due out in May 2013 - and whilst their Historical Books are to die for, I've found their fantasy based books to be quite lackluster.

I'm not saying Empire of the Dead is perfect, actually far from it - I've "house ruled" several area's myself - Wolsung is a little better and the rules more structured, but I sincerely doubt Osprey's In Her Majesty's Name set of rules will be perfect by any means.

Consequently I doubt if I'll be backing "In Her Majesty's Name", I've invested a fair bit of time (and funds) in Empire of the Dead and Wolsung to "shift" my attention too far now (plus it's more VSF than horror or fantasy - which are my preferences in the genre) I don't know what other peoples thoughts/feelings are, but with Empire of the Dead, Wolsung, the Lead Adenture Range of Miniatures and several others - is the "Victoriana" gaming market becoming too crowded?