Monday, May 9, 2016

Ah, Gun Parts In The Mail...Vereh Nice.

There's nothing like getting gun parts in the mail box.  It's like Christmas at the end of the driveway.

I recently ordered a Shockwave Blade, a brace to stabilize my AR pistol when it's hanging WAAAAY out there at the end of my arm.


Here's what it looks like.

Here's where I got it.  Skid Tactical.  $60 for the brace and tube, shipped.  Good deal, so I jumped on it.


This, of course, is not a shoulder stock.  It's a stabilizing brace.  It doesn't go against the shoulder.  That would be wrong and evil, of course.
 

Here are some pics of the AR pistol, pre-new-gun-parts.  I had wrapped 550 cord around a standard carbine stock and taped the hell out of it, so that a normal buttstock could not be added.  That's a regular A2 pistol grip, and a Yankee Hill .338 flash hider up front.

I didn't really like the result, and looked for a better way.  Thus, the Shockwave.

And here's the end result.  My Dissipator carbine with a 16" barrel is shown for scale reference. 

Pistol grip on the pistol has been changed out to a Magpul MIAD. 
.308 A2-style birdcage flash hider up front.
Lancer Mags have been color-coded so I know to just load .300 BLK in them.

The pistol is chambered in .300 Blackout.  I'll probably add a 11.5" 5.56 NATO barrel to the mix this summer, a cheapie red dot, a light, and some back-up iron sights.

Until next time, enjoy. 

Best,
JBR

Friday, April 29, 2016

£5000 Unlock Breached. Missile Artillery, and 4 Hours Left

The end is nearly upon us, and the Astagar Kickstarter from Critical Mass Games has enjoyed a wonderful uptick of support.

The Missile Artillery vehicles are now unlocked, enabling you to rain destruction upon the heads of your enemies.  Yay!

Both grav and tracked options are available.  The 8-pack pods are big and brutish, guaranteed to keep your opponents' heads down as your infantry slither up to bayonet them in their trenches.





I rendered the recently unlocked MLRS vehicles next to a Zas Vanguard and the Volos Assault Mecha, just for fun.  Waldo is in there, too.

Click on the thumbnails for some nice-sized full images.

Thanks for all your support on the Astagar Kickstarter.

Best,
JBR


Thursday, April 28, 2016

Astagar Infantry and VTOL WIP Pics. 33 Hours Left!

The clock is ticking on the Astagar Kickstarter from Critical Mass Games, and we are surging to the finish.

A new pledge level has been created for those of you who want a composite force of infantry, tanks, powered armour, and drones.  It's a neat cross-section of all we created during this effort, called the Strike Commander Package.

 
 
 
 
 
Also, here are some close-in pics of resin master castings, showing the tail lengths.  Beautiful sculpts by Steve 'Coolhand' Tyler.








And, some painted-up examples of the resin masters.  These are going to look so good on the tabletop.





Also, some Work In Progress shots of the Astagar Venom Strike VTOL.  8 hardpoints to mount any menagerie of destruction to unleash on your enemies!  It's unlocked at the £8K funding level, so pour it on!


Well, that's all for now.  The full-court press continues for the next 33 hours.  Keep watching, get your friends or gaming group together to pledge, or throw some money in to jumpstart the next unlock.

Thanks for your efforts alongside us on this ride!

Best,
JBR

Sunday, April 17, 2016

Critical Mass Games at Salute 2016

Craig and Dale are at Salute 2016, the biggest gaming convention in the U.K.

Someday I'll make it.

Until then, you can still see photos from the lads.


 Here are close-up shots of the Astagar infantry, as sculpted by Steve 'Coolhand' Tyler, as well as the delicious Volos mecha, both the assault and support versions.

 
 Here is the beautiful demonstration board.  Those Kaamados superheavy tanks look monstrous!
 
Also, in other news, some of the terrain I helped design for Critical Mass Games is coming back to the market.  They should show up in the Accessories section, along with other objective markers and the civilian vehicles I did.

In the meantime, stay posted for updates for the Astagar Kickstarter, which has less than two weeks to go.

Saturday, April 9, 2016

Astagar Kickstarter Pledges Reworked: Attack VTOL and Shuttle Revealed!

Craig and Dale at Critical Mass Games reworked the graphics and pledge levels of the Astagar Kickstarter to show what has been unlocked (4 stretch goals, so far), and to show new levels to come.

Here's the full upgrade post at the KS page.

To quote...
"We have had a quite comprehensive update to the the Pledge Graphics today, showing what the pledges could become as the campaign progresses.

Padlocks indicate locked elements of the Pledges and these will be removed as the Stretch goals begin to fall to your support.

In addition to this the 4.5K to 10.5K Stretch goals have been re-worked and revealed provide us all clear direction in the campaign as well and allowing the pledge contents potential to be reached.

We hope you like what is coming, we have appreciated your feedback to us and would like to give a big thanks to all our backers so far the tremendous level of support you are providing us with.

Thanks
Craig & Dale @ CMG"

So, let's see what those new pledge levels entail (Astagar pun, sorry, had to do it), and get a glimpse of the new reveals, including drones, attack VTOLs, and the mama-snake of tank dropships...

Here's the updated package graphics...

The Mechanised Infantry Company Commander gets both of the above packages.  The Infantry Company Commander receives just the snake-grunts and their accompanying toys.

The Heavy Infantry Commander gets over a dozen slithering armoured nightmares, if all the unlocks happen, along with those towers and upgrades.


I am really looking forward to those slashing claws ripping through enemy mecha and tanks.

More beautiful snake-grunts sculpted by Steve 'Coolhand' Tyler.


Some thump and flame added to your infantry.  Sculpted by Steve 'Coolhand' Tyler.

Missile artillery, in grav or tracked versions, capable of flattening entire grid squares.


Some extra bits for your Viperia powered armours.


Comms vehicle unlocked, and added to the Mechanised Company Commander pledge level.


I made a number of alternate weapon systems for the main battle tanks and the self-propelled artillery.  Now you get to play with them!

  
 This is the mother of all unlocks.  Drones to swarm your enemies in a blizzard of fire, and death from above.
Those two flyers are shown in silhouette, but I think you're going to be VERY happy when they are revealed...
That's a lot of powered armour.  Awesome.

The number of heavy weapons teams TRIPLES with this unlock.  Wow!  Sculpts by Steve 'Coolhand' Tyler.


A neat piece of scenery as an objective.

Now, with this unlock, the scenery can shoot back!

Now, with this unlock, the scenery can blow you and everyone around you into tiny pieces!




And here is the additional buy list.  From one of the post updates on the KS effort, every additional pledge you buy receives the same multiple of unlocks.  That's a lot of minis!

Keep spreading the word.  If you have a friend or gaming group, get them interested.  The more pledges, the more unlocks.

Stay tuned.

Best,
JBR