Sunday, June 26, 2016

Affordable Measuring Sticks!

Bamboo Chopsticks

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These are my current favourite measuring device for skirmish type games. I use the four movement increments: Long, Medium, Short and Very Short. For long, I use the full length of the stick. For medium I use the lower part of the stick. For short and very short I use the "knuckles" of the handgrip: four knuckles for short, and two for very short. I usually include the half-knuckle on the end as well, for ease of measuring. Sometimes I count the half-knuckle when determining the short and very short lengths; it just depends what I need for the game.

Of course, the overall length of the chopsticks is only 9" or so, so the distances will vary from those in some rules but I don't mind that. 

For long range shooting I usually give a -1 modifier per full chopstick length after the first.

Sunday, June 19, 2016

Best Kept Secrets: Antediluvian Miniatures' Lost World


Zorgon, God of the Lost City

Adventurers Set 2

Guardians of Lemuria

Antediluvian Miniatures have a shop, to be found HERE. They are also on facebook. I think you know who "Caroline" is. In case you've forgotten here is some eye-candy to help you remember...

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Best Kept Secrets: Prince August, Crocodile Games, Newline Designs and Outland Miniatures

Prince August: Village Sage, Blacksmith and Female Fighter

Here are some figures sold by Prince August and sometimes seen in Hobby Shops in blisters. They had a small fantasy range, and also a small post-apocalyptic range (think Mad Max). I don't think the full ranges are available anymore, but select blisters are available on their site. I recently picked up the figures shown. The Sage will do nicely for a Temple Librarian, an Undying Wizard or in Pulp Games. I don't mind about the specs. The Blacksmith is nice as well. No beard, which is a plus. The female fighter makes a good Aridani. The helmet even resembles that in one of the original concept sketches!

Crocodile Games: Artemis, Kraken Hunter, 
Helen of Troy, Oracle, TP Serqu archer, Hecate

Crocodile Games Amazons

Crocodile Games always make nice figures and are currently working on their Wargods of Olympus range. I backed their Kickstarter and selected the Amazons for my faction. As you can see, they are large figures compared to typical Tekumel Project fare. That may or may not bother you...

Outland Miniatures: Characters 
(w. SHQ Indian Queen and TP Serqu archer)

Outland Miniatures: Witchcult

More Witchcult

Witchcult archers

Wot the label says...

Outland Miniatures are part of Newline Designs, being a range of fantasy figures of the sculptor's own devising. I understand there is a World behind them, but have never seen any details published anywhere.

I have a bunch of their figures, but these shown are probably the most relevant for Tekumel. (I could add the Vampire Guard but didn't have the figures handy to photograph.)

The characters are all named but as I said the background has never been revealed so they are mysteries. Nice basic figures. The Indian Queen is from SHQs Ancient Indians (formerly Newline) and reviewed earlier.

Edit: looking closely at the character figures I'd say they would be prime candidates for headswaps! (...the size is right...) Just saying...

The Witchcult are a nice selection of blood-crazed warriors! My plan is to use them primarily as Tsolei islanders - some factions have all-female crews for their boats. Also, as part of my Haida Pakalan pirate crews, and as pit-fighters.

The Witchcult also have some very nice cavalry mounted on wicker ponies! Not really "Tekumel" though. I use them for a different fantasy setting.

Lastly, Newline retained their Biblical ranges, as well as some others, when they went to SHQ. These Gutian Highlanders make good Mu'ugalavyani skirmishers with their destinctive hairstyle. Some of the Witchcult with mohawks might get mixed in as well.

Monday, April 18, 2016

The Excellent Travelling Volume #5 - on Sale Now!

A fanzine for The Empire of the Petal Throne rpg. Issue #5 is now available...but only until it sells out. IIRC only 200, maybe 300, copies are printed.

Monday, March 21, 2016

Dark Fable Temple of Set - last few days!

Less than a week remains for Dark Fable's Temple of Set Indiegogo campaign.

Follow the link to check it out!

Mike's figures are great proxies for Tekumel and he has lots more releases planned, so lets all support him if we can.

Friday, March 18, 2016

Best Kept Secrets: Viking Forge

Warrior-Priest of Sarku, Lord of Worms

Aridani Warrior

It is Cold Wars in Lancaster, PA this weekend and I have little doubt that Viking Forge will be there. He carries a number of the old Asgard ranges, some of which have figures that are very suitable for Tekumel gaming.

My favourite is the Chaos Warrior shown above which I think makes a superb warrior-priest of Sarku. Also shown above is "Firedaughter" from the barbarian range.

I also like this elite skeleton guard from the undead section: