Drop the Base

We are back again to cover more from Systema Gaming.  In this article it’s all about that base.  Base – O is Systema Gamings other great terrain series.  They sent me a few of these kits to give away to some lucky listeners, so stay to the end to find out how you can win some sweet kits.

I really like the look of the Base-O series.  It gives me a lot of creative ideas on how to use them, deep bug outpost, scientific research facility, warzone medical station, mining facility to name a few.

Let’s take a closer look.  They have some great buildings in this series, to many to show them all.  Like the Futura City series, these are stackable and adjustable.  These are high quality mdf kits.  I’ve seen the kits close up and now I want to see a Base-O on my table in future narrative games.

Looking for other building options, go to Systema Gaming and check out the different combo ideas they have put together.

 

What would an outpost be without accessories?

Command centers, generators, laser barriers and more, these accessories are just plain cool.

I won’t stop there.  Let’s spice up the exteriors that make staking the kits more exciting.  As I say in the Apoc Luck, Go Big or Go Home and these extras allow you to go big and look good doing it.  Walkways, storage tanks, helipads and so much more.

 

Mdf terrain has come along way and Systema Gaming is one of the few on the leading edge.

You add these kits to a collection of kits I’ve shown you in previous months and you would be the envy of your gaming neighborhood.

Go check out what Systema Gaming has to offer.  Follow them on Facebook at Systema Gaming.

To enter in our model terrain company of the month giveaways, like the NGC40k Podcast Facebook page or follow us on Twitter @ngc40k.  A random winner is drawn at the end of the month.

 

October is out with a Bang!

4bot-Industries, our October Model Terrain Company of the Month has passed on some fantastic news about a Kickstarter they are launching soon.  They will have base sets with extensive add-on opportunities available.  Check out this HAB set that will be part of the Kickstarter.  This is 3d printed.  You can purchase the 3d files themselves allowing you to print them yourself.

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The potential for this is massive.  So many ideas already forming in my head for scenarios.  I could see this easily being useful for creating the interior of a ship.  Then to complete the stage, put pipeworks, vessel load bearing structure beams and other things between the hallways.  This set is going to be rockin’!

They are also adding to their product line an interlocking system called 4B-LOC.  4bot-Industries stated it will allow stable multi-layer designs.  Check out those stairs and that upper / lower deck set up.  I can’t express it enough, the potential for this is massive.  This too is 3d printed with much of it available in casting molds as well.  So buy the files or buy the molds, the board you can create is only limited by your imagination.

 

This is new territory for 4bot-Industries and they are nailing it.

As soon as the Kickstarter date is set, I’ll pass that information along.

Go check out 4bot-industries what has to offer.  Follow them on Facebook at 4bot-industries.

To enter in our model terrain company of the month giveaways, like the NGC40k Podcast Facebook page or follow us on Twitter @ngc40k.  A random winner is drawn at the end of the month.

Something Unique this Month

We are back again with the Model Terrain Company of the Month.  This time I’m going to show you something unique I found out there on the interwebs.  4bot-industries is a terrain company like no other.  Most companies sell you the terrain that we all love and crave more of for our tables and they do some of that too.  4bot-industries takes it one step farther and sells you the molds to make your own terrain.

Why is selling the mold good?  Then I have to make it myself, ugh!  You bet, but casting isn’t as hard as you think.  Besides, it’s a very useful skill to pick up for a multiple of hobby related reasons.

Ever want to make that dream board full of character, but realized to get there you would have to purchase hundreds of something at a premium.  Now you can make it yourself in whatever quantity you need.

So let’s get into some of what 4bot-industries has to offer.  Space Hulk was their gateway into the hobby, same as mine, let’s touch on a bit of that first then.  Corridors, caverns, tunnels, you name it and Genestealers could be lingering around every corner.

Spacecraft or scifi base tunnels, they have a lot of variety.  4bot-industries has different types of grated floors available, including damaged floors.  They also have many wall section styles, doors, hatches, vents, you name it.

4bot-industries also has an excellent variety of cavern and dungeon sets.  Pits, pools, walls and even alien infestation pieces.  My mind was racing with potential uses and boards I wanted to build.  The scenarios that you could create using these is endless.

 

Go check out 4bot-industries has a ton more to offer and I’ll touch on them several more times this month.  Follow them on Facebook at 4bot-industries.

To enter in our model terrain company of the month giveaways, like the NGC40k Podcast Facebook page or follow us on Twitter @ngc40k.  A random winner is drawn at the end of the month.

Late September Closer

Hey Listeners,

I wanted to get one more blast out for Death Ray Designs before starting our October.  Last year David, Matt, Ted and I ran the Titanicus events at Adepticon.  They were a lot of fun and I look forward to helping out next year.  I’m always one for trying to create something new and with that I sought out Death Ray Designs help.  I saw there Rapid Vanguard set and I was blown away.  It reminded me of the classic Dawn of War stuff and it is still a must have set for me.

This set is as good as it looks and is easy to assemble.

After seeing it, it gave me an idea for Adepticon.  Let’s make it Bigger!  I asked if they could do it and they more than met my expectations.

Then while I was at Adepticon I went to the Death Ray Design booth to personally thank them for creating these to the scale I was hoping for.  They were as nice in person as they were through our email conversations.

Another series that truly grabbed my attention, the Rust Pointe series.  Shanty town with all the fixins.  My mind immediately went back to the Kastorel Novem board I wanted to build.   I think these kits would really help take my idea from concept to reality.

The Rapid Vanguard and Rust Pointe series are top notch.

Death Ray Designs is continuously creating new top notch kits and collections.  I’m certain they have something to make your table pop.

Go check out Death Ray Designs.

To enter in our model terrain company of the month giveaways, like the NGC40k Podcast Facebook page or follow us on Twitter @ngc40k.  A random winner is drawn at the end of the month.

Out of this World

Hey listeners, we are back with more from Death Ray Designs, our Model Terrain Company of the Month.

One of the hardest things to find is quality alien terrain.  I’m not talking about any old alien planet terrain.  I’m talking about terrain pieces that fit our favorite Xenos 40k armies.  Not every planet that you fight over will be a former Imperial world.  The Orks don’t care who’s planet it is.  The Tau will take it for the greater good.  And so on.

There are endless reasons a battle could be taking place on a world other than one under the light of the Imperium of Man.  This is even more so as a narrative player.  As an example, what if you are like Mark, where his house represents his home planet, JYLN-55.  What if you’re a filthy. . . cough cough. . . I mean a die hard Xenos player.  Death Ray Designs is there to help.  They have some great terrain that is out of this world.

Their Space Elves collection

 

And then there is their Necropolis collection

 

Death Ray Designs is continuously creating new top notch kits and collections.  I’m certain they have something to make your table pop.

Go check out Death Ray Designs.

To enter in our model terrain company of the month giveaways, like the NGC40k Podcast Facebook page or follow us on Twitter @ngc40k.  A random winner is drawn at the end of the month.

Shattered Landscape Debut

Hey Everyone, we are back with another installment of Model Terrain Company of the month.  I get pretty darn excited when we are asked to help show off a new product.  This time it’s from our friends at Death Ray Designs.

They are coming out strong with their Shattered Landscape set and it’s at a great price point, especially in the bundle.  Something that I always struggle with involving structures is their placement to their surrounding.  These structures have enough mix of modern and turn of the century that they would easily blend in on any board.  Like an old bank in a modern downtown or the newest building in a old world, they still look appropriate for their setting.

What I find great about these ruin kits is the variety in size.  I see them used like in the pictures or gluing them to a base and detailing out the fallen structure in the center.  These Death Ray Design kits have a lot of potential.  I’m looking forward to what they add to the Shattered Landscape series.

 

They have many more great kits available, but you don’t wait for me to tell you about them.

Go check out Death Ray Designs.

To enter in our model terrain company of the month giveaways, like the NGC40k Podcast Facebook page or follow us on Twitter @ngc40k.  A random winner is drawn at the end of the month.

Alien Worlds

Before the close of August I wanted to give one more blast from Armorcast.  One of the toughest terrains to find is items that represent an alien landscape.  Aquarium vegetation and some specific finds in the flower décor department are great, yet the boards are always missing something.  Centerpiece terrain.  Terrain that truly looks foreign in nature.  Few places have them and I’m happy to point out that Armorcast is one of them.

Armorcast has a wide variety of alien plant life that could double for some of that classic death world terrain.  They also have birthing pods for alien fauna or perhaps something more sinister.

This terrain would look great accented with some of that aquarium terrain I mentioned earlier.

They also have great looking terrain to accompany any Nid board you have.  Plant life that looks like it is ready to burst with biomatter.  Endless consumption on the way to the digestive pools.  Armorcast Biolab terrain can help flesh out that special space or bring more character to your death world.

 

Don’t forget about their great discount offered to our listeners thru the end of 2017.

1_editedArmorcast was kind enough to send me a kit to give away to our listeners.  Please check facebook or twitter to see if you received a message from us.

To enter in our model terrain company of the month giveaways, like the NGC40k Podcast Facebook page or follow us on Twitter @ngc40k.  A random winner is drawn at the end of the month.

 

 

 

 

 

The Spice of Gaming Tables

A pinch here.  A dash there.  Scatter terrain can really add to the landscape of your gaming table.  Armorcast has loads of terrain pieces that make excellent scatter terrain.  So much in fact that I recommend visiting their website www.armorcast.com .  I am only able to show you enough to dip the toe in the waters of all they create and carry.

Some shining examples.  Your trying to find some unique pieces to go in that lab or space vessel.

What about a busy rail yard, loading docks, warehouse, you name it.  Nothing makes that terrain come more alive than having little bits stacked, leaning, piled up and grouped together throughout your gaming table.  Warehouses and docks are full of stuff, this is a time when it is okay to take the cap off the spice bottle and apply in spoonful’s.

When imagination sparks, sometimes you have to just go with it.  Add those missing pieces to your power station, warp gate and chemical facility.  Let the energy fill your vision and conduct it through your gaming table.

Don’t be afraid to stray from the recipe, you never know what unique gaming tables you will create.  Go and check out all the great scatter terrain from Armorcast.

Armorcast was kind enough to send me kits to give away to our listeners.

In addition, Armorcast is giving our listeners 10% off until the end of the year. 

Use coupon code: INQUIS

To enter in our model terrain company of the month giveaways, like the NGC40k Podcast Facebook page or follow us on Twitter @ngc40k.  A random winner is drawn at the end of the month.

Selling the Scene

We are back again with Armorcast, our Model Terrain Company of the Month.  We all know that models are our little actors and that the gaming table is our stage.  The setting and backdrop is the terrain.  All are equally important in pulling you into the game and enhancing your hobby experience.

What about selling it?  I’m not talking about hocking your terrain, I’m talking about taking it to a level that pulls you into the scene.  Whether it’s water effects or smoky cotton, these little extras really sell your display or gaming environment that you worked so hard to set up.

What about your models, your  little actors?  Rippling water is cool, yet your actor is missing something.  They seem apart from the scene instead of in it.  Armorcast has just the thing to make your models actions come alive.

Armorcast Cinematic Effects take that final step to sell that scene.  Muzzles flashing, guns blazing, las weapons shooting hot lances of energy at your foe.  They have it in all sizes.

Missiles firing, shell casings ejecting, or my personal favorite, spraying the purifying, ever holy, hot promethium on your foes.

They also have a variety of explosions from grenades to exploding pieces of vehicles.  Following up explosions is rolling plumes of smoke help sell the scene of burnt out vehicles.

Lastly is one of my favorites for jump troops.  I always thought is would be really cool to have a squad of jump troops in multiple stages of the jump, dynamically moving towards the enemy.  One thing that has always been missing was the blasting off effect.  Armorcast has that covered too.  Check these out.

ACFX045JumpPackBlast-250x250Go and check out all the Cinematic Effects from Armorcast and get inspired to sell your own scene.

Armorcast was kind enough to send me kits to give away to our listeners.  Give the Armorcast Facebook page a ‘like’ and stay current on their latest releases.  Expect more great stuff in the weeks ahead.

 

As Always:

To enter in our model terrain company of the month giveaways, like the NGC40k Podcast Facebook page or follow us on Twitter @ngc40k.  A random winner is drawn at the end of the month.

 

8th Edition Apocalypse (house) Rules

I’ve been working on additional rules for the local Apocalypse Events that I frequently host.  I can honestly say that with 4 years and 20 successful apocalypse events under my belt, a lot of thought has gone into these optional rules. 

These are house rules and are in no way endorsed or sponsored by Games Workshop.  Feel free to use them for your events.

Choosing your army:  Power Level points will be used.  All models will follow the “What you see is what you get”.  Levels may be subject to change during each event.

Getting Set Up:

One person will be chosen by their teammates to represent their side as Warmaster.  This person will make rolls for their side, place objectives and pick stratagems.  Most importantly it is this person’s job will be to keep their side moving along during the player turns.  The Warmaster’s Warlord becomes an objective worth 3 command points.

Game Turn:

Timed Turn Length Option: Player turns will not exceed 40min.

All Core turn rules are the same with the exception of the fight phase.

Replace sentence “After all charging units have fought. . . ” with the following:

After all charging units have fought, all the players on a side alternate choosing eligible units to fight with (starting with the players turn it is) until all eligible units on both sides have fought once each.  If sides are uneven in player count involved in the Fight phase, then a side may not choose more than the minimum number of players involved on a given side.  I.e. if there are 4 players on team A and 5 players on team B involved in the Fight phase, then no more than 4 eligible units can be chosen at a time per side

Other things of Note:

Claiming an Objective: A side controls an objective marker if they have more models within 6” of the centre of it than their opponent.  Any special rules regarding claiming objectives, such as the Space Marines ability “Defenders of Humanity” apply.  Each objective is worth 2 command points unless otherwise stated for the mission.  Objectives are scored at the end of every game turn.

Reserves:  No reserve roll is required and units may enter play counting as moved during the movement phase.

Command Points:

Command points entering the game are based on Detachments only.  The 3 cps base does not apply.  (this is to keep things even in case of one side having more players than the other)

The Command Points are then tallied up for the side and stratagems are picked by the Warmaster.  Stratagems can be used more than once, but not more than once in the same phase.

Terrain and Cover:

-All area terrain, obstacle, barricades, etc.  You must subtract from the units charge distance.

-All infantry models of a unit must be partially in the terrain to receive cover.  Touching is not considered “in” or “on” the terrain.

-In addition, the 50% obscured applies to all models out of terrain as well, so long as the target unit is 50% obscured from view by the targeting model.  Players please give the benefit of the doubt when it comes to the abstractness that is deciding what is 50% obscured from the view of the shooting unit.  Infantry can take advantage of this rule so long as each model in the unit is 50% obscured.  So just like area terrain, they do not gain the benefit unless everyone in the unit is obscured.

(Below is Work in Progress)

Apocalypse Stratagems

Blind Barrage: “A thick barricade of smoke protects your troops advance”  The opponent must subtract 1 from any hit rolls when shooting at your units if they are more than 12” away.

Camouflage: Nominate a friendly HQ unit.  All friendly models within 24” add 1 for cover to their saving throw.