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.

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.

 

Cities of Tomorrow

Continuing with our featured Model Terrain Company of the Month, we look at some of the futuristic city pieces that GameCraft Miniatures has to offer.  From the high rises of downtown to the future orient district, there is plenty of room to create the scene you are looking for.  Most of you know that I’m a fan of large terrain pieces, be they tall or real estate hogs.  Any thing that breaks up the skyline.  So you may have guessed my favorite structure is the sleek high rise.  It is sure to grab some attention.

There is a lot of great terrain out there and plenty that would fill up an entire game board with a fantastic sci fi scenery with an old orient twist.  These main center pieces from Gamecraft Miniatures are a great place to start to create that table.

Lastly, we all want to see buildings that are functional besides cool pieces on our table top.  Gamecraft Miniatures offers modular stackable sets.  You want a sniper team on the 7th floor, you want to send in squad after squad into close quarter melee and follow them every floor after dangerous floor to try and remove that threat, you can do it with these kits.

We’ll be back in another week to bring you more from Gamecraft Miniatures.

To enter in our model terrain company of the month giveaways, like the NGC40k Podcast Facebook page or follow us on Twitter @ngc40k.

GameCraft Miniatures

Welcome to July and a new Model Terrain Company of the Month.  This month we are featuring GameCraft Miniatures.  I stumbled across them while looking for terrain for Robotech and instantly saved their website to my terrain list as I discovered all the other items they had to offer.

One of my favorite concepts for a game is SpaceHulk or a game set in a spacefaring vessel.  Gamecraft Miniatures ‘Spacecraft Interiors’ is perfect for that.  It’s completely modular too!  I see this easily replacing my cardboard tiles of my SpaceHulk game.  Most of all I like the simplicity of it.  Many companies prefill the interiors with beams and other things that don’t allow scatter terrain and imagination.  With all the great companies out there producing work stations, computer panels, etc., with the Spacecraft Interiors terrain you can load it the way you want the rooms to look.  Not every room is a random hallway.  I’m picturing barracks chambers, weapons firing stations, mess halls and all the other areas that make up a ships interior.  The Gamecraft Miniatures terrain gives you the freedom to create those places and the structure to keep it all tied together.

 

To enter in our model terrain company of the month giveaways, like the NGC40k Podcast Facebook page or follow us on Twitter @ngc40k.

Games Workshop Gets Industrial

We close out June on a high note with our Model Terrain Company of the Month.  The release of Armageddon was followed by the timely release of 8th edition and with it a whole new set of terrain to create intense backdrops for your table top battles.  I’m talking about the Industrial Terrain that Games Workshop has released.  One after another, these kits were lined up and knocking it out of the park.  The grand slam for me was the release of the Sector Mechanicus Galvanic Servohaulers.

The modularity of these kits is crazy.  If you want ideas on things you can do with these terrain sets go to www.GamesWorkshop.com or go to the Warhammer-community website.  You could also check out Ray Dranfield on Twitter.  He is always showing off creative new ways to assemble the kits.

We will have a Games Workshop terrain giveaway at the end of the month.  The way to sign up is to like the NGC40k Podcast Facebook page or follow us on twitter @ngc40k.

#30k #40k #gamesworkshop

June’s Model Terrain Company of the Month: Games Workshop

June’s Model Terrain Company of the Month requires no introduction and with the release of 8th edition this month I thought the choice was all to clear.  Games Workshop is the reason we are all in the hobby.  Why we are members of 20 different Facebook groups and forums where we endlessly love to read about, write about, talk about and post pictures of the world they’ve created.  I love that they have given me so many outlets inside the same hobby where I can express so many avenues of my creativity.  Even more so that I get to share that with so many great people.

Like so many of us, my introduction to terrain came in old white dwarfs where I learned to make buildings from the Styrofoam that came in every squad box.  I still remember when the new additions came out and we got all googly eyed at the new cardboard terrain.  Then Games Workshop released a few books with even more ideas of how to tell a story on our table tops.  I still have and reference these for ideas.

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Games Workshop has come a long way in their model making and terrain.  Not just what they have produced for us all to purchase in plastic and resin, but what and how they present it.  Warhammer World is still on my bucket list and I hope one day to see it with my own eyes and personally thank Ray Dranfield and the crew for creating such awe inspiring works.

I thought it best to kick this whole thing off right and since we are a narrative based show, I’m going with a narrative theme.  The Cadian Gate has fallen.  A rift into the ether has torn the galaxy in two and the entire Imperium is exposed.  The threat of chaos has suddenly and frighteningly become a very uncompromising reality to the average Imperial citizen.  Defense Lines are being created, bolstered and re-bolstered.  If you are to hold until re-enforcements arrive, you will need to stack up as much metal on metal as you can.  Dig those trenches deep and stack those sandbags higher, because the flood of chaos is coming.

From the Wall of Martyrs to the humble Aegis line, Games Workshop has what you need to plan your defense.  I have tons of this stuff and I keep adding more pieces to my collection.

We will have a Games Workshop terrain giveaway at the end of the month.  The way to sign up is to like the NGC40k Podcast Facebook page or follow us on twitter @ngc40k.

#30k #40k #gamesworkshop

 

May Model Terrain of the Month Mechanical Warhorse

Wow that’s a mouthful and don’t try to say it three times fast or you’ll tie your tongue in knots.  If you did that, how would you spread the good word.

This month we celebrate model terrain from our good friend Carlos over at Mechanical Warhorse.

Armageddon is everywhere I look these days.  Danger lurks around every corner and from distant platforms.  Densely packed terrain with a strong industrial vibe really helps set the scene.  A great way to create that is with containers, catwalks and gantries.  Carlos is putting together some exciting combo sets to get you started.

In the spirit of ‘Model Terrain Company of the Month’, Mechanical Warhorse is giving a kit away to a lucky listener.

“How do I enter?”

Simply like the NGC40k Facebook page or follow us on Twitter @ngc40k.

 

Terrain Company of the Month

We all now how important terrain is to the game.  It is the stage to the story we are trying to tell.  It envelopes our models and entices our imagination as we play through a game.  It has come to be known as the 3rd army.  In the case of The Narrative Guys and myself, it is more like our 4th, 5th and 6th armies.

I’ve already taken one step by creating the Terrain Index on our website.  I plan to make it better, more user friendly and I have a huge list of companies that need to be added.

I’ve decided I want to feature a model/terrain company every month to let you all know what is out there.  Show you what cool stuff they have and what they are working on.  Maybe even get some insight from the creators themselves.

Kicking it off is Horizon Creation 3D.  Founded in 2013, Curtis has taken his 3D printing company from nothing and built it into a household name.  He was so kind as to give us a Tech Terrain Kit to give away.  Pictured here are more of his awesome tech kits, great for Tau terrain, infinity, hive cities, power plants, etc.  Where ever your imagination takes you.

To win this kit, like our Facebook Page NGC40k Podcast or follow us on Twitter @ngc40k

I will be picking a winner the last week of April.

VALEDOR! ApocLuck 2017

Peter, you haven’t posted in nearly three weeks, where on earth have you been?

Well it all started several months ago when I was planning the scenery for the 2017 Apock Luck series.  This years theme was Apocalypse Warzone Valedor.  I decided this was the year I would up my game and really hit it.  I started pooling in terrain from all over, Gamecraft Miniatures, Horizon Creation 3D, Mechanical Warhorse, Terrainify, to name a few.

I had been posting a steady countdown to the event on the 1houranight facebook group.  It drew a lot of attention.  It came down to the wire at 2am the day of when I finally said what’s done has to be it.

Later that morning, nearly 60,000pts of points was on the board.  Even Kenny from the Combat Phase podcast participated.  It was glorious.

Here is a link to all the 2017 Apoc Luck, Valedor: The Mirrored Shield.

Of course like everything, it all starts with putting your idea on paper.

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