Thursday, November 14

GZG and Gruntz at Warfare Show 2019

This weekend is the bookend to most of the major UK wargames conventions and shows in 2019. It is Warfare which is over 2 days in Reading at the Rivermead Sports Centre.

I will be attending the show on Saturday to check out the latest releases from GZG and I will be taking my video gear and promise to get some super close up footage of the GZG booth, with an overview of new items on sale.

I did take a long video back in April at Salute, so if you have some spare time you can catch an overview of the GZG and Brigade Models gear from Salute 2019 which is linked in this posting.  If you had anything in particular you would like me to video, let me know and I will add it to a list of things to capture.  I understand Jon at GZG does have some brand new 15mm goodies at the show which I will look out for.

Also if you spot some idiot around the show with a camera on a large monopod, looking like a wally,  please say hello to me.




Some GZG Crustie Model action in a game of Gruntz v2 (playtest)

Thursday, October 31

Gruntz V2 update


Thanks again to recent new sign ups to the Gruntz new email group. This group avoids members having to join facebook or mess about with forum membership which can also be frequented by trolls etc.

A reminder again here of the the URL here for sign up of the email only group:

Gruntz V2 is going through playtest, I have some great feedback from a small group of players that have provided great feedback. I will be feeding that into my own games in the next few weeks. I have had a change recently in job which resulted in me pushing my brain into 6th gear for a few months as I come up to speed with a new working environment and people. It sadly resulted in me downing tools on the rules updates and even the painting guides were dropped.  I do however have a lot of painted forces now for Gruntz V2 due to extended activity. I spent a lot of time picking bases, organising the models etc and managed to get through a large chunk of miniatures in the backlog through this summer.

My local gaming buddie Jonathan Rogers also got his painted mojo up to full steam and his Crustie force from GZG has expanded massively.  We have enough new painted material to take some excellent photos for the rules with clear play guides and the usual eye candy required for a professional looking book.

Like I did with he Imperial Skies rulebook, I will be teaming up with some miniature makers to produce a bundle with the rules as a Kickstarter. This will be a combination of dice, templates, cards and possibly some unique 15mm models.  So similar to the Imperial Skies project and with a short timeframe because I will be 90% complete on the book and plan when I run the campaign, rather than a lengthy waiting period for backers.

I have some excellent new artwork for the rules which has been a chunk of money this summer with various different styles picked up. It will include some vehicle art and a selection of unique Mecha that have been drawn by a well known artist.  I have yet to confirm cover art, so more work required there.

Here is a shot from my workbench which is not looking as tidy due to various issues in the last few weeks. I will be putting some comprehensive play guides together for the rules with a lot of attention to detail in video format.  This has already started for playtesting and will be extended out to all areas of the new rules with examples of play etc.

I am booked for Salute 2020 in London to put on a big demo type game.  It is always hard work getting prepared and I have memories of cold winters in the garage building out terrain and models for it.

For those interested this posting has been place on my blogger website site at https://www.rottenlead.co.uk and the new email group has a good automatic method of pulling these articles out and into the email group.  So in addition to Facebook I will post news through the group.

In related exiting timeline news.  I am dropping down from a 5 day to 4 day week (sadly with the associated drop in pay).  I think this means the company I work for will be working me like a hound-dog for 4 days and then I will collapse on the Friday! However this is a deliberate commercial period of leanness because I am very excited with the prospect that at least for the next 5 Months I will have a clear Friday to focus on getting Gruntz V2 out along with various related hobby projects.  It may start to feel like a proper business if I can get my head turned back into rules production robot mode.  Salute is my target and at this point I don't want to go to that event without at least having a 99% ready to publish set of rules and I have the time now to make that happen.

Wednesday, October 30

New Email subscribe List for Gruntz15mm

Yahoo email groups are being put down and I understand the massive archive of messages are bring stored in a disused Russian Nuclear moonbase, printed out and stuff into the level 4 gender neutral restroom.  There is a visa programme for people wanting to view and read through the printed material.  The alternative.....

If you would like to continue to lurk and view new email based subscriber content without the pain of joining facebook or having to mess around with Forum messages and passwords, please subscribe to this group below on groups.io.   Just like Yahoo they are light or free of adverts and its an easy to subscribe email service. I think the best option is to sign up on the URL, however you can simply just subscribe by the email address details below should you not want to sign up to their full web site.

Like Yahoo there are growing numbers of groups to join on related topics. The URL here for sign up is here:
https://groups.io/g/gruntz15mmscifi

However for quick subscription you can subscribe with the following email address details. Group Email Addresses Post: gruntz15mmscifi@groups.io Subscribe: gruntz15mmscifi+subscribe@groups.io Unsubscribe: gruntz15mmscifi+unsubscribe@groups.io Group Owner: gruntz15mmscifi+owner@groups.io Help: gruntz15mmscifi+help@groups.io

Tuesday, June 18