Ooh I’ve got some lovely beasts for you today. From the Mekongese jungles of South Terra Nova come lizard riders – a team and a squad, ready for action in Heavy Gear Blitz.
These aren’t the official models – rather they are official southern infantry converted and mounted on 10mm scale dinosaur models from Magister Militum with green stuff saddles. I think they look rather nice though and show a bit more variety than the standard models from Dream Pod 9. I think they might also work out a bit cheaper!
I’ve just finished off painting my second full combat group of Utopians for Heavy Gear Blitz – a Fire Support squad. As with all my models their various weapon choices are magnetised so I can field whichever variants I want, but I’ve only painted the one set of weapons for now.
Utopians are a really cool faction in HGB. They come from a world ravaged by weapons they unleashed and live in huge habitats underground. Most of their warfare is conducted by automated drones (N-KIDU) using their own special AI tech, though they have pilots in Armigers (gear sized advanced machines) and APES (large power armour essentially) who direct the drones and do more complex stuff.
After some recent discussion of how significant various stat increases are in Heavy Gear Blitz I went and made some scripts in Troll Dice Roller.
Troll Dice Roller is an online (and downloadable) application for simulating large numbers of dice rolls in various gaming systems, as well as providing the probability of certain outcomes mathematically rather than by brute force.
If you look under the user-contributed rolls, near the bottom, you’ll find two that I wrote, with parts taken and modified from other dice rolling scripts, especially a pre-existing Heavy Gear Blitz one (which is still on the list).
The Spotlight series of articles are an in depth look at a specific model (and any variants/options) from a gameplay perspective. Each article outlines the potential uses of the model, why you might want to include it in your army list, and whether there are obvious better choices available.
I’ve chosen to begin with spotlights on Heavy Gear Blitz models because it’s a system I’ve spent a lot of time thinking about and a good amount of time playing and there’s a lack of in-depth resources out there, especially stuff to spark the imaginations of new players.
Heavy Gear Blitz is a 1/144 scale combined arms miniature wargame set in the Heavy Gear sci-fi universe, where 5 metre tall piloted mechs dominate the battlefield.
I previously used the Living Rulebook (LRB) edition of Heavy Gear Blitz by Dream Pod 9, but I am now going back through my previous articles and updating them to reflect the Brigand rules published on this very blog.
I’ve spent quite a lot of time researching and rooting out the various suppliers of 15mm scale sci-fi miniatures, mainly in the UK and US. This is as near to an exhaustive list as I can provide. I will add comments on each site over time and probably put up some reviews of products I’ve purchased (though I haven’t bought from all of these sites by any means).
The comments about each range are of course just my opinion. Please form your own by visiting these excellent sites!
It’s worth noting of course that 15mm scale varies somewhat between sculptors. It’s supposed to mean an average human is 15mm from toes to eyes, but what is considered average varies and some sculptors go with a more ‘heroic’ or exaggerated style. For this reason I generally prefer alien ranges, especially as I intend to use my 15mm miniatures for 12mm scale (1/144 to be precise) gaming in Heavy Gear Blitz, where 15mm humans would look extremely strange!