Got the pictures to work now. No idea what that was all about. Anyway…
I’ll cover DKH in another post. These are some pics of the different stuff that was going on during the day, to give you a flavour.
Loads of games were being run as demos for people to come along and try. In no particular order…
Project Pandora’s first scenario. When I last saw the highest Veer-myn body count was 26, I think.
Alessio demonstrating Loka.
The Mars Attacks demo was so busy that I couldn’t get a photo till the end of the day when most people had left. These are final production models. The people I spoke to seemed amused by the rate at which everyone died.
There were a few “guest” games at Mantic. The first was the Judge Dredd game. I know, it looks a bit like Deadzone, doesn’t it 😉
And here is Deadzone. Apparently the rather swanky and very striking colour scheme on the scenery was based on a nightclub. The chap who made it said he wanted to show you could build interiors with it as well as exteriors.
Bolt Action was the second of the guest games. The Germans look to be in trouble, but there is a Tiger yet to arrive…
While the demos were introducing people to the games for the first time, veteran players took part in tournaments.
DreadBall and Loka don’t look very exciting when you’re not involved, so here’s just one picture of part of those tourneys. Lots of very earnest Coaches.
I did see this rather nice Azure Forest DB board though.
The Deadzone tournament had much more eye candy for the casual passer-by. Each table was built by someone different and there were some really great-looking sets.
Bigger Than Yours
The Mantic HQ (where the open day was held) isn’t big enough to host a KOW tourney, so instead they ran a vast game. During the day more people arrived with extra armies, and these were fed into the fight as they turned up. That way the whole thing rolled back and forward all day. I was in seminars in the middle, so here’s a shot from the setting up and at the end.
As always at these things, there were plenty of interesting miniatures on show. I’ll come back to the DKH ones in a later post. Here are some nice paint jobs on studio figures, plus the chaps who make and paint the things.
A goblin (I think) on a giant lizard. And why not?
Dave was painting an Enforcer Strider for Deadzone. That’s a very big gun.
A closer shot of the blue model in the previous picture. The female Pathfinder on and off her bike. The model comes like this, so in the game she can use the bike to close the distance, and then dump it and sneak into a firing position on foot. I think this is a 3D print.
I didn’t take pics of everything in the cabinets, just the ones that particularly caught my eye. Here are a couple of examples of new greens. Aren’t aliens fun?
Plant monster. Yay!
Lots of very nicely painted Mars Attacks stuff. You’ve probably seen most of this before though, so I wasn’t paying much attention.
However, I did think these were rather nicely painted by Dave. I’m not a fan of NMM style myself, but the execution is superb. Click on this for a bigger version so you can see the details.
And finally, another set of new paint jobs. This time it’s the convicts from DBX. The guy on the right seems to be having a little trouble with his explosive collar…
A Busy Day
Did I miss anything? Well there were seminars with Ronnie and myself for much of the day, a shop with quite a few Mantic bargains (including crazy boxes), plus the busy chaps from Mantic Digital (below). Here they are starting to lay out a selection of different digital platforms to show off their wares on every size of screen. It’s early days for digital helpers in the trad gaming world, and I always like talking to these guys as they are so open to exploring and expanding what’s currently available. I’m expecting some great things from them.
And I think that was everything. I’ve deliberately ignored DKH for the moment as that’s a whole post in itself (and this is already a lot of pictures). Still, judging by the volume of happy chatter all day, I think that people enjoyed themselves. Certainly I saw a lot of smiling faces both in and out of the seminars. Next time I think they may need a bigger venue. And they only moved to this one last week 😉