Getting inspiration for maps and terrain

I had the fortune of taking my vacation this year in Nova Scotia and we visited a beach near New Glasgow, a small fishing community on the Northumberland Strait. While we were enjoying ourselves I took a mental map of the space so I could draw it up as a map for a game of Heavy Gear in the future. 

 

The result was an interesting map that provides some interesting tactical choices.

 

Heavy Gear Blitz 2017 Kickstarter Preview: Argos Model

This weeks preview is the Argos model for Peace River, which is their answer to the North's Kodiak and South's King Cobra models. The stock Argos model has a Heavy Rotary Cannon, Medium Artillery Rockets on it's back, and a Medium Vibro Blade (Axe). With this larger model we are trying a new 3 part poseable arm configuration, where the shoulder is hollow with slots for the upper arm to be positioned (angled) wider out and lower arm rotated in towards or away from the body and glued as wanted, checkout the image below with these and other detail improvements and information.

New HPC-64 Hover APC Preview!

A nice surprise for our CEF and PAK players while the staff is away this week on a short summer vacation. Our 3d Modeler, Tony, took the time to make a new HPC-64 Hover APC, which we are previewing today. The new resin and pewter HPC-64 model will be larger than the older pewter miniature and will be the same size as our HT-68 Hovertank. Checkout the attached image of the 3d model, which includes rear, underside, and exploded parts views plus the CMD upgrade, Medic, and Support variants.

Jovian Wars Kickstarter Update: Jovian Gagarin Fleet Tender Hold Section Resin Parts Assembly.

Fusion Models finished up the molds for the Jovian Gagarin Fleet Tender spaceship and made the first castings of resin parts. The image below includes photos of the assembled Hold Section and the black resin cradle parts that mount on the acrylic base plate. The Hold Section has 3 outer panels that can be rotated to close the tender bay, most of the photos except one show the panels rotated below and the bay fully open. Plus one shows a remastered Uller spaceship inside the tender bay and a ruler below for exact size of the Hold Section.

Design evolution

Casting hundred of pieces this week for the Jovian Wars Kickstarter resin models I was reflecting on how some models started off as a clear design archetypes and yet became even better as the player suggestions really ramped up.

 

For anyone not in the know, DP9 had a kickstarter for our new game, Jovian Wars, and it was awesome. 143 great backers raised over $25000 to unlock a whole new generation of ship models and remaster all the older Jovian Chronicles ship models in resin. Add in new bases for better stability and to make measuring, firing arcs, and turning easier and we have an exciting new game. The rules as well have received a lot of attention. Today I'm going to look at one of the remastered models for the CEGA faction, the Uller.

 

Heavy Gear Blitz 2017 Kickstarter Preview: Warrior Model

Happy Independence Day for our American cousins, we hope you all had a great July 4th. And a belated Happy Canada Day, July 1st, to all our fellow Canadians.

Jovian Wars Kickstarter Update: Final Remastered Spaceship Parts Preview Photos

We received the first batch of some of the resin spaceship parts this week. This update has parts photos for a few of the remastered spaceships resin and pewter parts with acrylic pates and posts. The photo includes the remastered Jovian Valiant, Javelin, and Thunderbolt and the CEGA Bricriu, Tengu, and Uller.

The Balancing Act

today's post is going to be partly a discussion about how rules changes in one part of a miniature game rule set can have effects on other parts, and I want to look at how game balance is affected by rules changes. Specifically the different  levels of rules changes there can be. Since there will be another Heavy Gear kickstarter in the Third quarter of 2017 we'll be issuing a rules update for the living rule book so this becomes very relevant right now.

 

The items that will be updated are being compiled as a list now. What the update amounts to is some points changes, a couple of stat changes, and some of the additional rules (Transport) being clarified and some new model rules being added for models that will be revealed for the kickstarter.

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