Cthulhu Wars Onslaught Two: Miniatures and Maps Galore!

I backed the original Cthulhu Wars Kickstarter campaign and the follow up Cthulhu Wars Onslaught Two. The latter campaign finished in November 2015, and has been through a long development process. Sandy and Arthur Petersen have kept backers well up to date with progress over the long months between the conclusion of the Kickstarter campaign and fulfilment and after 20 months of patient waiting a delightfully large package arrived at my door yesterday, chock full of Cthulhu Wars Onslaught Two goodies:

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What you see above wasn’t the ‘get everything being produced by this Kickstarter’ pledge either, which gives you a sense of just how much new product was created as part of the campaign.

I opted for buying several add-ons, including four of the new map sets; Yuggoth, Primal Earth, The Library at Celeano and (my favourite) The Dreamlands. I aldo ahve the boxof Highpriests, tge Great Old One Pack #3; Gobogeg, a Great Old One (GOO) created by Sandy Petersen for this campaign (and IIRC, intended to be what Danforth looks back and sees at the end of At the Mountains of Madness that drives him insane).

I’m going to mke future blog posts looking at each of these boxed sets in turn and full detail,so more o them in the g=future, with links from this post to be added to. For now, i’ll look at some of other the items that were a more integral part of the campaign, such as the Glow in the Dark GOOS. A bit mental perhaps, but useful alongside the rules for using independent GOOs in games of Cthulhu war with the new rules and spellbooks that came as part of this Kickstarter.

Here’s a look at each glow in the dark  turn. The plastic is by nature somewhat translucent, so it can be a little hard to make out all the detail on the sculpts in these images:

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Great Cthulhu

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Nyarlathotep

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Hastur (oh, heck – I named him ;))

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Azathoth

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Yog -Sothoth

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Tasthoggua

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Rhan-Tegoth

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Ubbo-Sathla

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Ithaqua

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Shub-Niggurath

With my not having (yet) bought The Sleeper, Tcho-Tcho or Windwalker faction box sets, i didn’t have miniatures for Tsathoggua, Ubbo-Sathla or Ithaqua, so I’m particulalry happy to have these glow in the dark versions. If/when I get around to painting any of my Cthulhu Wars miniatures, they ought to look just as good as the non-glow in the dark sculpts do.

I also received a grey coloured set of Cultists, which are intended for use for your own ‘home-brew’ faction. not a clue as to what faction i might ever create yet, but it’s lovely to have the option to be able to do so. I imagine a particularly gribbly miniature from a Mantic or Reaper Bones range might strike me as inspiration for a new GOO and the rest will fall into place from there.

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Backers of the first Cthulhu Wars Kickstarter received one each of many different sculpts in a dark red, intended as collector’s pieces you could paint up and display, without impacting on the number of playing pieces you have for each faction. Two more were unlocked as part of Onslaught Two; A Satyr, from the Ramsey Campbell Horrors# 2 set and Insects from Shaggai from Ramsey Campbell Horrors #1:

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Satyr

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Eight colour gates were includede two, along with a s et of rules titled ‘The Colour Out of Space’, which allow these gates to be used in regular games of Cthulhu Wars, adding a rando element to each turn of he game. They add another layer of complexity, but sure look fun and isn’t that the whole point? 🙂

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The core Cthulhu Wars boxed game comes with card counters to represent the gates. grey 3D plastic sculpts were included as one of the bonus stretch goals in the first Kickstarter and I think they add a great extra visual touch. They are also very well designed, being able to accommodate a cultist, High priest or even a GOO.

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New Green Battle Dice were included (the original games’ Kickstarter included a red set)

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And there’s also a set of custom dice to represent in-games effects and conditions such as the growth of Ubbo-Sathla and the King in Yellow’s Desecration:

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Quite possibly my favourite component of the Onslaught two Kickstarter is the hardback ‘Omega Rulebook’. The original Cthulhu Wars rulebook was a glossy paper booklet. Perfectly okay, albeit with the rules in very small print. The new Omega rulebook corrects any issues with the original rules, has many more examples of game play, a comprehensive set of FAQS, rules and playing tips for the map expansions and is a glorious 176 full colour hardbacked pages. Adorned with Richard Luong’s superb full colour illustrations and black n’ white linework, it’s a practical and beautiful set of rules.

More on the various map sets and extra miniatures in future posts over the coming weeks.

Thanks for reading! 🙂

 

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Minion Miniatures Zombie Hulk

The Zombie Hulk is a ‘miniature’ that was originally intended to be part of Minion Miniature’s first kickstarter, but sadly it was not unlocked as not enough money was raised.

Many folk, such as myself, were very keen to see this unlocked; so I was very happy when Minion Miniatures announced a second kickstarter , with the express aim of creating the Zombie Hulk. Suffice to say, the second kickstarter was also a success and after nine month’s wait, a package arrived in the post yesterday with some rather interesting resin parts in it..

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Long story short; y’put ’em all together and you get this!

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This is one big fella. To be honest, when I first assembled it, as much as I like the miniature, I did think to myself, “Well, it’s not really THAT big…”  However, putting it alongside a troop of Mantic 30mm skeletons gives more perspective 🙂

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Yep, he’s a whopper!

This is a resin kit and it’s very well cast. There’s going to be some filling required at the joints and there are mold lines to remove, but all in all, I’m very pleased with the quality.

There are lots of great gruesome details too. The Hulk is literally crawling with corpses. Some are impaled on its ‘trophy rack’:

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And others are bursting from its body ready to attack:

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Still more are helping to hold its guts in:

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And others are just tearing themselves free:

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Yes, that is the Hulk’s ass. The attention to detail with the cellulite is almost exquisite *barf*.

On the whole, the Zombie Hulk went together easily. Some of he corpses coming out of it were tricky to assemble simply because of how small the parts are, but it’s nothing that couldn’t be dealt with by a combination of patience and pinning.

The trickiest part to assemble is the corpse on the trophy rack that is impaled through the back of the head and the gut. I had to drill out the holes in the corpse to make them big enough for the spikes to fit and then drill some more for them to fit in level so both spikes were at the same height ready to attach to the Hulk’s shoulders. And then both the arms needed gluing on separately. Gah! Again, pinning and patience were the way forward (ably assisted by some green stuff).

Here’s the corpse parts, so you get more of an idea of the assembly required;

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In addition to the corpses, there are other nice details like armour plates bolted directly into the Hulk’s flesh, a pair of vestigial (dragon?) wings which I guess the Necromancer had knocking around. As part of the kickstarter you also received a second, cyclopean head:

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The fangs on this are particularly good. I think I’ll magnetise the neck and heads so I can use either one for a bit of variety.

I’m most likely going to use the Hulk as a proxy for a regiment of Zombies in my games of Kings of War. If Mantic ever revise the fan-made colossal monsters list which included an Undead Titan, then the Hulk can serve as one of these too. I’m going to carefully base him so he will work in either role.

I’m planning on assembling two or three new regiments of Zombies ready for Mantic’s summer campaign this year. One will incorporate a GW Corpse Cart I have spare and the other the Minion Miniature Flesh Golem I acquired in their first Kickstarter.

Once I’ve had more practise painting these zombies and trying out a few colour palettes and combinations for flesh tones, I’ll tackle the Hulk. So I don’t realistically see me painting him until the back of this year, but photos will go here when I do.

I hope Richard, the creative force behind Minion Miniatures, is able to expand his model line and get the rules published. I’m very interested to see what other miniatures might be in the range, given the quality of the two I already have.

And it’s gotta be said- this boy has guts…!

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Thanks for reading, folks 🙂

 

Cthulhu Wars Miniatures

What’s all this “Ia!” then..?

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It’s the remainder of my Cthulhu Wars Kickstarter delivery! I received the core game quite a while ago and now all the extra pieces have arrived, including some fantastic miniatures. Here’s the goodies straight out of the three boxes:

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And all laid out. So… not much, then 😉

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I received the ‘Opener of the Way’ faction expansion (a whole new faction to add to the four in the core game the purple miniatures in the photo ), the ‘Great OId One ‘sets 1 & 2 (large grey creatures at the back), 22 plastic gates to replace the card stock ones from the core game, limited edition dice, superior card stock faction sheets, a host of Kickstarter freebie collector’s edition models (dark red), Asenaith Waite player marker and yes, I bought the t-shirt too.

Cthulhu Wars is an EXCELLENT game. I may be biased , as I’ve been a fan of Lovecraft’s work and the Call of Cthulhu RPG since I was a teenager. However all my friends who have played the game seem to share my opinion too, so you don’t have to be a Lovecraft fan to enjoy the game.

If you are though – wow. Just WOW.The quality of the finished product is superb. This is reflected in its price point, but it’s a premium product and for me – worth every penny. Here; I’ll let some of the miniatures do the talking:

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Nice touch having the Star Vampire’s victim writhing on the base

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The dice on the right  have ‘Miss’ , ‘Pained’ and ‘Killed’ results (top to bottom in the photo above)  The plastic gates are great. They’re cleverly designed so that all size of monsters can fit onto them:

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This is my favourite though – Abhoth the Source of Uncleanliness. Properly gribbly!

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If I tried to add photos of ALL the miniatures, this would be  a looong post, so i’ll leave it there for now. I’m going to go and have another good look at them all. 🙂