Posts Tagged ‘wargames’


Onward and upward

September 1, 2010

We’ve set up a yahoo group to do some private playtesting of Anubis games, but in the not too distant future a genuine web site will be set up to replace this blog, complete with a public forum for discussion and feedback.

It has been a long time coming, but it looks as though the quiet unseen gardening work over the years is starting to come into fruit.

Most, if not all of the material here will be migrated on to the new site, but this is just the beginning. Anubis Studios is poised to produce a series of professional games and game supplements, harnessing the creative forces of Greg Hallam, Alan Harrison and Andrew Boswell. This will be combined with the goodwill and solid support given by Nic Robson at Eureka Miniatures.

Thanks to everyone who has visited this site over the years. I hope that you will stick around with us as we transition into the new model, and I hope that we can provide you with some innovative and fun games in return.



The end of Star Wars Collectable Miniatures Game

August 17, 2010

It’s not new news, but it does beg the question what is to happen to this francise. The game was no great shakes, the miniatures had patchy quality. But it is a popular genre.

“Wizards of the Coast Director of Marketing Greg Yahn announced on the WotC forums that the company was not renewing its Star Wars license and that it would end this summer, attributing the decision to “the economic downturn.

 “We know this news is disappointing, we wanted to make this announcement as soon as possible and thank you for being such great fans,” Yahn said.  “It’s been a fantastic ride with the Star Wars community and working with Lucasfilm.”

The license to release new products ends in May, with WotC product available through August.


28mm Modern French Foreign Legion from Eureka

August 3, 2010

I love the FFL. Use them for any current conflict, or put them to work in a StarGate campaign.

From the Eureka site:

This comprehensive range of figures depicts the Modern French Foreign Legion in both beret and Kevlar helmet, and carrying the full array of current infantry platoon kit and weapons.

The beret wearing figures are closely based on a series of photographs of lightly equipped Legionnaires from 2eme REI (Régiment Etranger d’Infantrie) on operations in Afghanistan in 2007, while the helmeted Legionnaires are fully kitted out in the very latest protective vest and load bearing gear combinations (Eagle CIRAS) now being used in Afghanistan. For those who want their beret wearing miniatures carrying a heavier load-out, we have extra personal equipment sets in the form of ammo pouches, water bottles and spare rifle grenades which customers can attach to the figures. (Although it should be noted that the lightly equipped, beret wearing figures, are perfectly accurate without this extra equipment. They are typical of the less aggressive appearance adopted by Legionnaires when patrolling ‘low threat’ zones).

Kosta has carefully represented all the small arms and infantry support weaponry carried by the modern French Foreign Legion, including both the familiar and the more unusual. Amongst the most distinctive is the 51mm Lance Grenade Individual (LGI), being operated by one member of the helmeted section. This lightweight indirect fire weapon is unique to the French military. Also, we have added a two man LRAC 89mm anti-tank team to the range, a weapon which although superseded now, effectively allows gamers to use these figures for earlier deployments back in the 1990’s. Those wanting to keep things ultra modern will however still find the AT-4 here (the replacement for the LRAC and now the French Army’s standard anti-tank weapon), as well as all the infantry section mainstays – including the shortened, or ‘para’ Minimi machinegun, the venerable FRF2 sniper rifle, and the famous FAMAS assault rifle.

Customers can equip their FAMAS carrying figures with rifle grenades if they wish, by way of a small conversion using the spare rifle grenades included in the Extra Personal Gear set. The base of the rifle grenade fits over the barrel of the FAMAS, so simply snip off the FAMAS’s barrel and drill a small hole to accept the rifle grenade. The completed conversion is shown below.

As well as the Foreign Legion in their green berets, it is of course possible to use these figures to represent many other French army units simply by picking out their berets in the appropriate colour. Kosta has painted some figures in this release as French paratroopers in their red berets for example.

These new miniatures therefore allow the wargamer to field a variety of Foreign Legion and other French army units with a range of visual styles, for deployments around Africa and the Middle East, all the way to current operations in Afghanistan.

Here are the codes and details for the new figures.

28mm Modern French Foreign Legion
Sculpted by Kosta Heristanidis
100MOD100 French Foreign Legionnaire, in beret, with Para Minimi (3)
100MOD101 French Foreign Legionnaire, in beret, with FR-F2 sniper rifle (1)
100MOD102 French Foreign Legionnaire, in beret, with AT-4 rocket launcher (1)
100MOD103 French Foreign Legionnaire, in beret, with FAMAS assault rifle (7)
100MOD104 French Foreign Legionnaire, in helmet, with Para Minimi (2)
100MOD105 French Foreign Legionnaire, in helmet, with FR-F2 sniper rifle (1)
100MOD106 French Foreign Legionnaire, in helmet, with AT-4 rocket launcher (1)
100MOD107 French Foreign Legionnaire, in helmet, with LGI 51mm grenade launcher (1)
100MOD108 French Foreign Legionnaire, in helmet, with radio (1)
100MOD109 French Foreign Legionnaire, in helmet, with FAMAS / M203 (1)
100MOD110 French Foreign Legionnaire, in helmet, with FAMAS assault rifle (5)
100MOD111 French Foreign Legion LRAC 89mm AntiTank rocket launcher, with crew in beret – 2 figure set (1)
100MOD112 Extra French Foreign Legion personal gear set: ammo/grenade pouches, water bottles, and rifle grenades


Tor Gaming to develop wargame rules by consensus

August 2, 2010

It is an interesting experiment, and one that could work. It really could. From personal experience, both at work and at play, I have found that you can create something that is greater than the sum of its parts when you have intelligent, like-minded people working together. But there is the trick, isn’t it? Because it always comes down to ego. When you have ill-informed clowns who feel the need to be heard you can just end up with a camel – a horse designed by a committee.

So this is a great experiment in collaborative authoring, because it will tell us whether the internet community is mature and informed enough to play along and get things done. I wish them the very best of luck and look forward to seeing the result. 

As a side note: how creepy are these Britanans, based on (I suspect) the disturbing movie, 9?


Little Wars 2010 – Early photos

May 23, 2010

The Scarlet Pimpernel – a perfect subject for Eureka’s Revolutionary era figures and Ganesha’s Song of Drums and Shakos

May 18, 2010

“They seek him here,
they seek him there,
those Frenchies seek him everywhere.
Is he in heaven or is he in hell?
That damned elusive Pimpernel.”

The above passage contains some of the most famous lines of verse in English literature and is found in the classic novel, The Scarlet Pimpernel, by Baroness Emma Orczy.

Who was this lterary character who has captured the imagination of generations of readers, has spawned movies and popular TV series, and even provided the inspiration for a hit Broadway musical?

The Pimpernel’s character has his setting in the the streets of Paris, which are awash in blood as Robespierre and his henchmen send hundreds of French aristocrats to the guillotine. Against this backdrop one unknown Englishman and his brave band of followers leave their genteel lives behind to spirit the French royals to safety in England.

The question that France’s new leaders demand to know is: who is the Scarlet Pimpernel? The question the reader asks is: why does Sir Percy risk life and honor for a land not his own?

Whatever the motivation, the story of the Pimpernel and his gallant crew as they outwit the Committee of Public Safety and its agent Chauvelin again and again, is absorbing reading.

Aristocrats, clergy, shopgirls, even the Dauphin himself – no one is beyond the Pimpernel’s aid.

So who was he, this dashing character?

The Scarlet Pimpernel is one of the most famous heroic characters in popular fiction of the past century. Because the adventures of the Pimpernel were set in immediate post-revolutionary France, people these days tend to think the story has been around since the end of the 1700s, but the novel was first published in London in 1905. It’s all very French and very genteel English, but it was actually written by a Hungarian woman who was an aristocrat by birth, and actually became the template for a succession of Hollywood and comic-book heroes.

Baroness Emma Orczy (1865-1947), a “transplanted” Hungarian, wrote dozens of books but it is The Scarlet Pimpernel for which she is remembered.

The book tells the story of Sir Percy Blakeney, a late-Georgian British society fop who is known more for being a dandy than having an semblance to a swordsman and hero.

All is not as it seems, however, and Sir Percy leads a double life as “the Scarlet Pimpernel” -the rescuer of aristocrats and innocents during the Reign of Terror that followed the French Revolution. Sir Percy, feeling betrayed by his bride, French actress Marguerite St. Just, is pursued by his nemesis, the French Republican agent Citizen Chauvelin.

The central thrust of the Pimpernel – that of an unlikely everyman being capable of living a twin life, one of which is unbelievably heroic – has been copied time and time again since Baroness Orczy put pen to paper. How? Think about Zorro, Bruce Wayne/Batman, Clark Kent/Superman. The list goes on.

The story has been dramatised on television and on the big screen several times (most notably in 1935 with Leslie Howard, Merle Oberon and Raymond Massey). In the ’50s Marius Goring portayed what was arguably the best TV Pimpernel, after starring in a Scarlet Pimpernel radio series broadcast across the US. The 1982 TV series starring Anthony Andrews, Jane Seymour and Ian McKellen was hugely popular. The BBC made a six-part film in 1998 and 2000 starring Richard E. Grant, Elizabeth McGovern and Martin Shaw. The Scarlet Pimpernel’s more recent popularity and notoriety is a result of the Tony Award-nominated Broadway musical by Frank Wildhorn and Nan Knighton, which made its debut at New York’s Minskoff Theatre in 1997.

The Scarlet Pimpernel is forever being reinvented and will live on for new generations.


Warheads – I no longer know where the hobby is going. But I like it

May 17, 2010

From the site: Warheads: Medieval Tales is a fast and fun two player tabletop game for players of all ages and abilities. Every two months we’ll release a full-colour, lavishly illustrated magazine in which you get to tell the story of Hugo of Deangard and his bitter rival Gui le Batard, as they gather followers to fight each other and go on amazing quests.Over the course of six issues the story unfolds with you in charge of the characters’ destinies and development.

Each magazine contains all the rules you need to play the battles and characters contained in it and is accompanied by two boxed sets of uniquely-styled Warheads gaming miniatures.

The rules are fast and easy to learn, and they build over the lifetime of the game, so you don’t have to learn everything before you start. Warheads: Medieval Tales blends the best of story driven role-playing and tabletop wargaming.

Some background: Medieval Tales is set in late 11th century Britain, where men were bold and sheep were nervous. The first generation of British Normans grew up in this land to inherit the manors and castles of their fathers, the original conquering knights of William’s army. We’ve set our tales around the area known as the Welsh Marches, far from the centre of power in London, and with a reputation for lawlessness and strife. This a land to which robber barons and mercenaries from the continent flocked in the wake of the conquest, seeking to grab what land and plunder they could. It’s a land of hunts and wars. populated with rival knights, Saxon and Welsh rebels and bandits, dangerous beasts, magic and miracles. Oh, and let’s not forget the dragons, witches, unicorns, trolls and numerous other beings of fable and folklore that stalk the dark woods and bowers.

It’s here: Warheads – the game