#PP Heap – Pedal to the Metal Mayhem

Well the game isn’t officially out yet, but to help get the game exposure; Privateer Press have allowed the Press Gang to pre-order a set.  This is really exciting as it is for me, the first time of getting something ahead of the general release (in August).  I’ll be doing demo’s of the game, which looks like a lot of fun; at my LGS as well as Claymore next month.

So what is Heap?

It’s a card game for 2 – 4 players, where players attempt to build; bodge and scrap together the ultimate scrap yard vehicle.  With 4 different vehicles to choose between, the race is on to upgrade them from the scrap pile of parts; while fending off your opponents for all the best scrap.

The Vehicles

Doombuggy, Gyrohopper, Scrap Hog and the Bigg Rigg.  Each one has strengths and weaknesses, which can be helped by adding parts from the Heap.

The Parts

From the Heap, each player gets to upgrade (add cards to) their vehicles; to help in their quest to win the Pile Up.  Each card has different abilities and could affect the player or their opponents. However with the game being every player for themselves, watch out for underhanded tactics that could damage your vehicles parts.

Why take my word for it, watch the video to see how this madness plays out.  Look out for demos in your local gaming store in coming weeks.

 

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ETC 2012 – The Event

(I will post random pictures from the event, as I took over 140 during the weekend).

There are some things you get to do once in a life time, some you take the chance while it is going.  When the call went out for PG’s at the European Team Championships, I was eager to get my teeth into something big; but daunted by the enormity of the whole prospect.

I want to say this now, that without the backing of my wife; I wouldn’t have gone.  She was fantastic about me doing this, even encouraging me to take this step in the first place.  As it was, it turned out to be the longest, most rewarding and enjoyable WM/H weekend I have had so far.

To give you the scale of this event, there was (in the end) 54 teams; of 4 players each.  That is 216 players all in the same place, playing the same game; at the same time.  GenCon, Lock and Load; I hear you all cry.  Well yes they are bigger with multiple events (Masters, Hardcore, Iron Arena, etc).  ETC’s is the largest single WM/H tournament in the world, to have been part of that is mind blowing in itself.

Held at Maelstrom Games, the venue was ideally suited to this large numbers of players.  With onsite shop, bar and catering; it was an ideal base for players.  Between games players from all over Europe, could socialise and catch up with friends they had made previous years.  Or like me, make new ones; or put faces to names from the PP forum/WH forum.

I’ll finish this post with a big thank you to Tim King, the Event Organiser for Maelstrom Games and all the staff there.  Without them, the weekend would have been chaos (probably was for them); their hard work made it run smoothly.  Would I go back next year?  I’d love too either be a PG at the event, or even take the plunge and enter a team.  Who knows what will happen, I am just glad I was able to be there THIS year.

#ScottishWMH

Just updated the Upcoming Events list, which some of you will notice there is little time to breath between events at this time of the year.

This is in part due to the fantastic player base that is building up in Scotland for Warmachine/Hordes.  The Colossal Launch event on 15th July, was posted up on our Scottish WM/H pages; within a week we had 12 players signed up.  We now have 17 and with just over a week, we can’t fit any more into the shop (12 player spaces max).

With other venues/stores opening up, this is a great time to be getting into the game.  We even have another Press Ganger in Glasgow, Scott Burry; who will be working with Spellbound Games in Glasgow to promote the game there as well.  For those going to the ETC’s at the weekend, I’ll look forward to meeting some of you.  Just look out for The Mad Scotsman, sans the kilt.

Nicia, Tear of Vengence

I recently took part in the Press Gang Painting Exchange, which I posted up pictures of the Kayazy Eliminators I did for my ‘victim’.  I am happy to report, the models have not only survived their Trans-Atlantic crossing; but arrived safely to their new home.

Included in the box was a fully painted Nicia, Tear of Vengence; which some of you will remember I posted on this blog.  Now while Forsaken (my victim) didn’t know  who was painting for him, he might have guessed the Eliminators were his. However, Nicia was something I did as a little bonus.  Forsaken took photo’s of Nicia, alongside his other ‘flame’ models; to show how close I came to his without knowing it.

Nicia, Tear of Vengence

Of the 128 painters that took part, 125 finished within the time allowed.  This included some Privateer Press staff members, who have a 100% completion rate.  Sadly the next one won’t be until the autumn now, so I’ll have to get back to painting my own mini’s again.

PG Exchange

It seems like ages, that we started this; but sadly it is drawing to a close tomorrow.  This was the deadline set for all models to be finished, by the PG’s taking part.  I think part of the problem I had, was that I finished the Kayazy Assassins so quickly.  Even painting Nicia, Tear of Vengence; didn’t take me too long.  So most of April, has been spent watching others finishing their models; hoping to spot the one painted for me.

Tonight though, I think it has finally been posted up.  The list we had to supply, was to include one 30mm, one 40mm and one 50mm based model that we would like.  We could also include 2 additional models of any size base, which would mean a choice of 3 – 5 models we had to look out for.  The models I chose were:

  • 30mm – Warwitch Siren
  • 40mm – eGrissel
  • 50mm – Malice

I also added in eSkarre and Dire Troll Mauler.  For the last few weeks, there has been an eSkarre painted by Meg Maples; painter for Privateer Press; posting up WIP.  Now whoever is getting this, is getting an awesome model; which Meg has turned into a diorama.  There was a few times, my excitement built; thinking “Could this be for me?”.

However, there was an eGrissel posted up tonight, that I think will be winging its way across Europe.  From the skin colour to the tartan, it matches everything I was looking for.  It’s that good, that even if I isn’t for me; I’ll be asking the painter how he did the skin tones; as it looks fantastic.

I might try again, to organise an Exchange in our LGS; as it is great fun to do and not just limited to WM/H.  You only get what you ask for, so I could paint tanks for someone who plays Flames of War, but still get WM/H models from whoever paints for me.