Heavy Gear Blitz 2017 Kickstarter Preview: Warrior IV Model

The Heavy Gear Blitz 2017 Kickstarter to make plastic miniatures for the Peace River, NuCoal, and Utopia faction core models is now set for a mid-September launch. We had hoped to be ready for a July launch, but our 3d modelers are still working on the models for the NuCoal and Utopia. Plus with Gen Con in August and all the work that entails, we think its best to wait until after its out of the way.

Jovian Wars Update: Spaceship Small Pewter Parts Photos

This week we finished making the vulcanized rubber production molds, needed for casting all the small pewter weapons and spaceship parts. Check out the photos below taken in casting area at Dream Pod 9's office, with our 2 spin casting machines and trays full of pewter parts. The parts all turned out very good, you can see a closeup of the Triple Kinetic Cannons (bottom left) and the Engine Fins for the Jovian Engine (bottom right). Larger spaceship parts (main hull, habitat section, engine section, etc.) will be cast in resin.

Jovian Wars Update: CEGA Wraith & Jovian Lancer Squads!

This week we made the vulcanized rubber production molds to run the small pewter miniatures for the new CEGA Wraith and Jovian Lancer Fighter, Recon, and Bomber Squads. We took photos of the pewter parts and then gave the minis a quick coating of light grey primer and mounted them on the 3 post (painted black) squad base and took a photo of them altogether. Checkout the image below to see how the details turned out on the small pewter parts, the Wraith is just 14 mm long by 13 mm wide and the Lancer is 21 mm long by 11 mm wide.

 

Wargaming 2.0

I've been a war gamer since it was synonymous with role playing games and there almost no division between game types as there is now. Then there was a great revolution where plastic models became available that were designed as playing pieces and not just for modeling. There were companies who had been casting figures in metal for years, mostly historical figures. Almost within a decade the landscape had changed and suddenly dozens of companies were publishing games of all types. 

The table top gaming industry is going through a number of revolutions right now that are a natural extension of those early days. The first is price point. The days of mass battle games being the standard are largely gone, replaced with skirmish games. Portability and price point are large selling features, almost as important as a compelling backstory. More than ever today collaboration is the key. Collaboration in the gaming industry used to mean one or two game designers working together with a particular sculptor. Now with the internet the meaning and scope of collaboration has changed and it changes everything.

 

Jovian Wars Beta Rules Playtest Ver. 1.2 May 2017 Now Available!

Dave has been working hard on an update to the Jovian Wars Beta Rules Playtest. The updated Version 1.2 is now available to download on the DriveThruRPG site at the following link.

http://www.drivethrurpg.com/…/Jovian-Wars--Alpha-Playtest-R…

Updated Mk3 Jovian Wars data cards

Because there is a slight delay in getting out the most recent Jovian Wars update with the newest data cards I have decided that we should release the new data card images so that the Kick Starter backers can see what they are ordering ASAP.

So without much ado: The Ships of Jovian Wars (Mk3 April Beta update)

Building towards the future for Heavy Gear

Now that the first Jovian Wars Kick Starter is over the development work turns back to Heavy Gear Blitz!

 

Going forward this will be the pattern where we here in Dream pod 9 work on the prep for kick starters, work on the kick starter and then work on fulfilling the kickstarter while preparing for the next kickstarter. The next kick starter for Dream Pod 9 will be the next three factions for Heavy Gear Blitz.

 

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