Well the Dwarf Gebirgsjäger can't expect to climb every mountain without meeting some resistance and in the Gnomelands this comes in the form of the elite Chasseurs Alpins!
As you may recall from the Kickstarter, this pack is a demi-section of four goat-mounted and four dismounted Chasseurs...
Darko has done such a lovely job on these that Rob has asked him to sculpt another demi-section of Chasseurs Alpin, including a lmg, so you can field a complete section in your games. These will be available for purchase after the completion of Wave 3B.
We think Gnome players will love having these specialist troopers in their army and we are looking forward to painting up a unit as soon as they are cast.
So what's next? Well Darko is a half way through the next unit, one that proved very, very popular in the Kickstarter pledges... What are they? Well watch the skies!
Hot on the heels of the Orc Highlanders come the hard as nails Dwarf Mountain troops - the Gebirgsjäger!
Now whilst every Dwarf is at home inside a mountain, the specialist Gebirgsjäger are equally at home on their icy treacherous slopes giving the Dwarf army a huge tactical advantage on hostile mountainous battlefields...
We think you'll agree with us that Darko has done a great job sculpting another great unit for Panzerfäuste, full of wonderful character and detail, which is good news as we are getting him to work on the Gnome Chaseurs du Alpin next!
Good news on Kickstarter completion, there are only 4 parcels are left to ship of Wave 3A and that we've already made big steps into getting Wave 3B made.
On the topic of Wave 3B the Highland Orcs have been sculpted and we think you will agree Rafael has done a cracking job on what the Dwarves call "Orcs in skirts!" - right up until they get decapitated by the Highlanders claymores...
Hope you like them as much as we do here at Hysterical Games. We wanted them to have a very martial vibe, charging into battle to engage their enemies in hand to hand combat and we think Rafael has done the job!
The Dwarf Gebirgsjäger aren't too far behind, just a couple more to be sculpted so keep your eyes peeled for an update very soon.
As many of you marvel at your Wave 3A miniatures, work continues at Hysterical HQ on Wave 3B so here is a quick update for you...
Orc Squadron Leader Bogglez-wûrf
The famous Orc Air Force Squadron Leader Bogglez-wûrf, a legend in his own lunchtime, has now been sculpted and comes with his life saving brolly (read G2 issue one for that story).
Remember he comes free with Sergeant level pledges or above so lots of you will be getting your Bogglez for free!
Count Koschei the Deathless
The infamous Dark Elf necromancer who raised the Deathless and introduced a whole plethora of new horrors onto The Land.
This sculpt of the Count is a Kickstarter exclusive, won't all your non-backer friends be so jealous of you? :-)
Lots more work going on behind the scenes, the Dwarf Mountain Troops and Orc Highlanders should be the next sets sculpted, so please bear with us and don't forget to share pictures of your painted miniatures on the Panzerfäuste Facebook Group, we love to see them!
April is the busiest period in the wargaming calendar for a vast number of wargames businesses, especially those based in the UK. All because of Salute, the premier Miniature Wargaming show at Excel, in London, which is this weekend.
We’re there (well, some of us anyway - Vince, Elliot, Allan, Hannah and Rob) on stand TC17! Come and say hello!
Our last update was 2 months ago (That crept up!) and we apologise for the silence since then. Rest assured, we’ve kept ourselves very busy, collecting more equipment, hiring more staff and generally expanding. This has provided a mixture of heartache and epic success in the period (from poor batches of Silicone Rubber, to new equipment not working properly, to reprinting the same unit 7 times due to being scaled incorrectly)…
Wave 2 is COMPLETE.
All Wave 2 parcels are shipped. It’s now time to start WAVE 3.
We want to start shipping things as soon as possible, so this week we will start to ship out what we are calling Wave 3A. Wave 3B will ship as soon as the final elements are complete.
Something I need to be very clear on is that Wave 3A is going to EVERY SINGLE BACKER. So if you opted for Wave shipping, you’re getting a parcel. If you opted for shipping it all in one shipment, you’re getting Wave 3A early. We are going to cover the cost of shipping for Wave 3A ourselves, so you won’t have a Paypal invoice from us to cover your Wave 3A shipments.
Here is what is available as part of Wave 3A (apologies for lack of pictures, we are so busy, not had time!):
We start shipping this week and expect all shipments to be completed by the middle of May. We are going to try and organise all the UK shipments first, then the rest of Europe, then the rest of the world.
If you want to collect at Salute, please email us (Don’t use the messenger function on Kickstarter!) on firstname.lastname@example.org by WEDNESDAY MORNING 10:00 AM UK time.
All of these items (except Kickstarter Exclusives) will also be available to buy at Salute. We have very limited numbers available, as we have manufactured all the stock we need to ship Wave 3A. We have a few leftovers to take to the show, roughly 10-15 of each unit.
We will also make these available to Pre-Order on our website on this coming Saturday. They will not ship until the end of May.
Haben Sie Einen Weissbier Auf Uns!
Another announcement is that we have a Salute exclusive figure!
Here’s a quick snapshot from the 3D software to show what he looks like.
This characterful model, sculpted by Heriberto Valle Martinez and Irek Zielinski, will be cast in Pewter and will be free with all purchases at Salute or on our website over the weekend (22nd/23rd April) of £100 or more.
Alternatively, you can purchase him for £15 during the course of the show or on our webstore on Saturday 22nd April and Sunday 23rd April.
So up next we are just about to start 3D printing the Deathless Kazak, Herb is on the Schweinhundereite, Steve and Matthew are still finalising the Skirmish game rules, and Rob is still rolling out kinks in the Mass Battle Rules after doing some playtesting and realising some huge issues he had overlooked!
Ok, we said the last parts of Wave Two would be in production by the middle of January and Rob and the team have been hard at work making sure we hit that target.
The final three sets, Gnome Command Set, Gnome Support Weapons Set and Troglodyte Infantry Section are now in production and the team are now busy casting up all the sets needed up to fulfil the final Wave Two pledges.
The pictures aren't brilliant as Rob took them on a potato phone in crap lighting but here is a photo of a Troglodyte Infantry section...
And the Gnome Command set...
Rob will take a photo of the Gnome Support Weapons once he has had a chance to make up a set.
Once the Wave Two pledges have been despatched the sets will go on general sale and we should have some at Crusade in Penarth on the 28th January so come along and say "Alla i brynu rhai o'ch corachod newydd rhagorol gwelwch yn dda?" and we will gladly serve you...
So three cheers for the team and all their hard work!
And if that wasn't good news enough the Futbowel rulebooks eventually turned up and the pre-order sets are now on their way to lucky gamers across the globe.
First off Happy New Year Panzerfäustians, we hope you had a great Hognachtswatch and start to 2017.
Unfortunately the last couple of months of 2016 were ones were if it could go wrong, it did go wrong and this put a serious crimp in the ongoing fulfilment of this Kickstarter and our plans for the next. So...
We are almost, almost there...
Chris doing his back in is the latest problem we have as he makes the moulds for the metal bits and pieces, but Rob has promised that the remaining three sets of Wave Two (Gnome command, Gnome support and Troglodyte infantry) will be shipping by the middle of this month at the very latest.
We can only offer our sincerest apologies for the delay, as backers of other Kickstarters ourselves we know that delays are frustrating but thank you for sticking with us, we are getting there...
Once Wave Two is out the door it is all hands to the pump for Wave Three. Lots of work needs to be done for this, but we shall keep you regularly up to date on the ongoing progress.
First up, here is the 3D sculpt of Wojtek, the Troglodyte Brute, I think you will agree that Herb has done an amazing job here, I can't wait to get my hands on him and painted up...
Secondly, we weren't that happy with the pose or some of the soft detail on the Ghul miniature, the Gnome Brute, so we got Herb to do some re-work on it and he has come up with a much better end product.
The Ghul with the rock is now the Kickstarter exclusive and the regular model will have two sets of arms so you can pose your brute in one of two ways. Great work by Herb.
It is not secret we have big plans for future Panzerfäuste releases and had planned a mini-campaign this month and a larger one in the summer. Given the unfortunate delays we have experienced (and lessons learned) with this Kickstarter we have decided to focus on getting Wave Three done and dusted before looking to expand the game into new realms with new races. So we are holding off on these for the time being, but make sure you put that money Auntie Mabel gave you for Hognachtswatch away somewhere safe as you will need it later in 2017! :-)
Ok, that is about it, here's to a great 2017 and lots of Hysterical times ahead!
Well they say no plan survives contact with the enemy and that certainly seems the case here at Hysterical Towers were we have had a month blighted by a series of unfortunate events.
As we said last update, the Gnomes have been causing a few problems so we decided to switch production of the arms and weapons to white metal. Unfortunately that was not as simple a solution as we first thought so we have brought in expertise to solve the problem in the form of Chris Nicholls of Macrocosm Miniatures.
He has solved that problem (go Chris!) and now we can get on with getting the Command and Support sets finished and out to you.
Le Problem du Gnome has had a knock on effect on the Troglodytes as the work Rob needed to do to get the masters ready for moulding has been delayed in him trying to get the pesky Gnomes to cast. However with Chris on board, Rob can now devote some TLC on the Troglodyte infantry.
In addition to this one of the Trog buildings one was destroyed in the mouldmaking process, so Tony is remaking the master and Rob will need to mould that up using a less aggressive technique. Those that survived have been cast up for orders and look really nice.
If your Wave Two has been delayed because of this all this we can only apologise.
And if that was not enough…
Whilst Ian is working away on the Mass Battle game, even starting to lay out pages of the rulebook, Matthew has been cursed with a string of bad luck that almost beggars belief, including his chimney breast collapsing at his home and being driven off the road by a lorry and ending up in a ditch. Fortunately Matthew was unscathed, unfortunately his car was not. This obviously has had a knock on effect on the Skirmish rules, quite what that impact will be we’re not quite sure at this stage.