Wednesday, 15 October 2014

Pig Iron Blog: Indo-China game using Bolt Action

Here's some pics of a small Indo China game we had recently using Bolt Action rules.
The figs are great Paul Hicks sculpts by Red Star/Empress and the scenery is scratch built here at Pig Iron.
We made a few tweaks to the rules, namely: 
1. All the dense jungle blocked LOS and was impassible. 
2. All the table except the paths had soft cover. 
3. We introduced a spotting rule that meant you had to pass leadership to spot a target on the 'first fire' unless the target had fired at you previously. 
4. The French we classed as veteran. 
5. Deviation on all mortar fire (similar to 40k style).
All worked well and we had a great game where the French had to fight their way off a random table edge.
It was touch and go for a while but the French veteran status kicked-in when units lent supporting fire to allow units to escape - costly victory with a a hefty butchers bill to pay.


Wednesday, 1 October 2014

Pig Iron minis in Wargames Illustrated...

Its great when you see your stuff make it into print, especially when its in such a respected mag as WI. This months edition has an emphasis on modern and Near Future warfare and as such, our NF ranges plus some of our scenery and Tesco ruined cars feature in a couple of the articles. Thanks go to Wayne Bollands at WI and nice to see them do a great paint job on the samples we sent. This months WI is on sale at the moment.

Tuesday, 9 September 2014

New System Scavenger products on sale now

Today marks the release of some new 28mm sci-fi products for the Kolony range - System Scavengers. As you would expect from us the figures come with separate heads and backpacks for a wide range of customisation within this and the other Kolony ranges.

There are 2 complete packs of figures plus the head/pack sprue is available separately. Figure packs are £10 + postage and heads/equipment packs are £5 + postage.

Also released this month is a generic sprue of pouches - ideal to use on a wide range of figs and periods.

As a bit of background to these new figs...

Within the Kolony range we've always wanted to expand the 'System' concept and introduce some 'less military' style figures and characters. In the background, a good friend of ours - Martin Howarth has been expanding on ideas we bounced around at the start of the Kolony concept and has steadily worked these up into a full length novel that fleshes out the Kolony-wars back-story and drops our figure range right into the heart of this brutal conflict for a savaged and poisoned world.

One aspect of this developing fiction so far not covered by our range are System Scavengers - highly motivated but ruthless seekers of tech, data and resources lost within 'The Burn'. These small bands of well equipped irregulars work independently of the Systems local military presence to fulfill their clandestine missions. Scavenger squads typically consist of a core of scientist or technicians and their heavily armed guards and scouts. These less than savoury characters are often recruited from the darker fringes of their specialist fields, where ethical boundaries are blurred or simply ignored.
Their methods are often regarded as extreme even by the System military and there are unconfirmed reports that link them to a number of atrocities committed during the reconquest of Kolony.

The first 2 packs represent the armed guards and workforce that make up a large part of a Scavenger column. Their kit is extensively personalized; their armour less advanced than regular System Troopers, consisting of heavily reinforced fabric overalls and smocks under armoured vests and ballistic plates. They utilise a wide range of infantry weapons and equipment but rely upon their armoured transports for heavier support.

The next releases will expand the Scavenger range in to different weapon options, technicians, workers, scientists and characters.

Friday, 5 September 2014

Thursday, 7 August 2014

Sneak peek

Hi again,
Here's a sneak peek of some new stuff that's at the casters at the moment. More info and better pics in a couple of weeks.
Until then...

Friday, 18 July 2014

Unreleased ECW figures - plus a great bit of paintwork

Here's a 28mm ECW regiment pics sent in by Charles Singleton showing the Kings Lifeguard. They were painted by Kev Howroyd of Brigantes Studio and flags by John Hutchinson of the Stonewall Wargames Demo group.
The reason I'm showing them is that most of the figs are ECW sculpts by me for my personal ECW army. I did these a while ago but never ended up releasing them as I ended up doing more sci-fi stuff. These are a mix of the master castings that had separate heads and they have been combined with our heads and other Bicorne figs. Maybe one day I'll come back to these and finish them. Even so its a great bit of work.

Thursday, 10 July 2014

Near Future figs on scenery

A while ago I showed a SWAT type test fig I made from our Near Future sprues - well I've finished about 25 of them now so decided to take some shots on some scenery with some of our infected figs. The building in the background is made using the excellent Dust Tenement kits with added sections to make it bigger.
Enjoy the pics.