USE ME Terminus Micro-Scenarios 1 to 5 complete

Terminus Artwork 1

As announced in a previous posting on this blog I have now completed the Terminus Micro-Scenarios number 1-5 for use with USE ME.

You can expect to see the scenarios on Barking Irons Online in the coming few weeks.

1. Planet Fall

2. Primal Score

3. The Shootist

4. Gun Run

5. A Node in the Right Direction

Artwork as seen here will be included and was penned by Edward Jackson.

Terminus Artwork 2Enjoy!


Salute to the G-House!

I got a package in the mail this morning and was I in for a surprise.  A package from Tony Harwood for use with at the Flintloque demo game at Salute 2012…and in it…the actual original Gingerbread House as yet to feature on Barking Irons Online.  See here for Dampf’s Blog.

The actual Gingerbread House in 28mm scale

This is a superb little piece of terrain, rich and looking real tasty too.  I will of course take good care of it and those of you who come along on the day to Salute will get to it see it and a lot more new Flintloque goodness.

More on the new Flintloque miniatures and sets nearer the time and also on the demo game but for now thanks to Tony and if you are interested in playing in the demo game drop me a line at Alternative Armies.


Yum! Battenburger Dwarves

Flintloque mega fan Tony Harwood has added another custom formation of Dwarves to his collection of lovely painted and based miniatures.  You can read the full article and previous parts on Dampfs Modelling Page and below is an image of the complete set.

Tony enjoys a unique setting in the central urop theatre of the Mordredian Wars called the ‘Sauerkraut Wars’ where his short and stocky lads continue the Bier fights and all the fun that entails. These are superb miniatures from start to end the paint work makes them look good enough to eat and the special touches like the cake themed flag and the hammer carried by the female officer.

Tony created a limited edition unit of Dwarves that are still availiable on the Alternative Armies website.  The LEU03 Princess Julianna have a lot of character too, check them out.

Nice work Tony!


A Real Bad Can of Spam

I have been blogging for a month or so now and its going well.  Certainly all the kind comments and emails and words sent my way have given me that impression.  I have now even started to get comments on my postings here on the blog…excellent!  But.  The amount of spam comments is something of a joke!

Some are funny, some are rude, some are downright foul in their language and tone.  The way this blog is set up no comment appears without me authorising it and thereby the address it came from so there is little chance of spam actually making onto a virtual page but none the less it is quite a slog deleting it.

I may look into plugins and such as this blog grows to prevent spamming, all suggestions welcome, but for now I thought I would share my thoughts on this.


Shilling Service Packs for Flintloque 3rd Edition

SSP04 Shilling Service pack for Bier & Bones

I had planned to release three more Shilling Service packs for Flintloque 3rd edition in time for Salute 2012, much like the one for Bier & Bones.  However a few emails and one vocal member of the Notables Yahoo Group has led me to change my mind and to move the release forward a touch into March 2012. The new SSP codes will cover War in Catalucia, Death in the Snow, Grapeshotte.  Each will have a 96pp book along with miniatures, bases, dice and a two page special insert; all contained within a lovely box.

While I cannot give full details here the basic contents will be as follows.

SSP01 War in Catalucia

5025 War in Catalucia book, 12 White Metal 28mm Flintloque Miniatures (Six Blacke Watchit Joccian Ratmen vs Five Elf Chassuers and One Ogre Officer), 12 Bases, 2 Percentile Bases, 2 Page Insert (scenarios, character creation and more).

SSP02 Death in the Snow

5026 Death in the Snow, 14 White Metal 28mm Flintloque Miniatures (Six elite Elf Carabiniers vs Eight Werewolf Jagers including Vampyre officer), 14 Bases, 2 Percentile Bases, 2 Page Insert (scenarios, character creation and more).

SSP03 Grapeshotte

5027 Grapeshotte book, 8 White Metal 28mm Flintloque Miniatures and 2 Artillery pieces (Dogman Grasshopper Gun with Crew, Mortar Set with Dogmen Crew), 8 Bases, 2 Percentile Bases, 2 Page Insert (scenario suggestions for artillery, character creation and more).

I am quite happy to release the Witchlands one first (SSP02) as we have requests for it already.  This will be next week at the earliest….I still need to playtest the scenarios!

Never let it be said that I do not listen to the Notables!


USE ME 15mm Fantasy sold out!

What a way to start the day!

Due to a flurry of orders during the night has sold out the print run of UM002 USE ME 15mm Fantasy rules.  First off thanks to all those gamers who bought a copy, or in some cases half a dozen for a club or group of players, and for all the kind feedback on the rules I wrote in that title.

I am organising another print run of this title but I do not have a date as yet for when it will be back in stock.  Keep in mind there is a paid for PDF download version of UM002 which is availiable for purchase right now.

UM002 covers high fantasy in everything from small skirmishes with a dozen a side 15mm miniatures right up to nearly a thousand miniatures in a battle on the table.  The battle level of the system works on a really clever (thanks Elton!) ‘3’s’ mechanic to combine up single miniatures into formations.  Formations can be on single bases or on element bases like HOTT.


‘Terminus’ – free micro scenarios coming to Barking Irons Online

Invisible and impermeable until a civilisation reaches a point of technical advancement capable of reaching its solar system’s edge the Terminus is a lethal challenge set to all space faring species.  From an inky nothingness to an obstacle that can only be overcome by skilful use of military force Terminus is the benchmark of adulthood for every race that fancies itself a possible master of the universe.  A Terminus blocks all exits from a solar system seemingly moving almost instantly to any vector taken by star ships trying to leave the system.  Appearing as a monolithic flat piece of golden metal some thousand miles wide  Terminus destroys any vessel that tries to pass by it but allows any and all vessels to land upon it.    All species are astounded to discover that the surface of their Terminus is porous and starships simply sink into it descending into a world like cavern with a breathable atmosphere and gravity much like their home planet.  As soldiers, scientists, explorers and others take their first steps within Terminus the tests begin….

Terminus sets those who wish to leave their home solar system challenges, lethal ones, beginning small and then getting larger and larger, pushing those who enter it to their utter limits.  Projectile, directed energy, plasma and all other types of weapons must face off against the enemies that Terminus sends forth.  Savage creatures, primitive aliens, robots and faceless legions each more difficult to defeat than the last.  There is no leaving Terminus without victory though signals for help are always allowed passage so that the screams of those found wanting can be heard upon the worlds from which they came.

Those races who have beaten their Terminus challenge have earned their place on the stellar stage.  Once they do they learn of the legends told by other space faring species of their own encounter with the dreaded Terminus.

Well if that got your attention and left you wanting to know more then you will need to check out Barking Irons Online during March 2012 where the Terminus micro scenarios will be put up for free for players of UM001 USE ME 15mm Science Fiction rules.

Each of these micro scenarios will contain an introduction, scenario forces and goals, solo play guide and what you need to play.  About seven hundred words around one central aim per scenario.  All geared towards a quick game with set objectives.


USE ME Riot…a possible project

Recently talk has turned to the subject of a possible USE ME title concerning civil disturbance or for the ease of reference ‘USE ME Riots’ after my review of Miniature Wargames magazine which had an excellent article on this subject.  I have given these messages a good deal of thought and I think that its perfectly possible to do a set of miniature rules for riots.  Members of the Notables group suggested not only modern rioters against the police but also mobs against each other such as those seen at Football matches in Europe.  On top of this an add on to do historical riots such as the Gordon Riots of 18th century London or the slave revolts of ancient Egypt.

I have no spare design time until May 2012 but then, if interest persists, I would be willing to pen this title.

Drop me an email on this site or at…heck you could comment on this post too, if you would like to see USE ME Riots become a reality.





HOF Fire Team will be at Salute 2012

HOF FT Cover

Back in 2010 Bob Minadeo and myself put together a playtest draft of a new 15mm scale wargame called HOF Fire Team.  This playtest draft was downloaded more than nine hundred times and more than two hundred people contributed to the testing.  A lot of these gamers did so after being informed of the rules by Dropship Horizon blog, at that time run by my good friend Mark Hannam, who was also in on the ground level with the rules.

HOF Fire Team is a little brother to Firefight 2.0 in that its mechanics are taken from that game but instead of being for 28mm its for 15mm miniatures.  The result is an intense 15mm sci-fi grid based game that can be played in quarter of an hour with about twenty four miniatures on the battle boards (20mm squared grids).  It uses ‘tech levels’ and ‘way points’ along with ‘action dice’ for a game that is very flexible and fast without being staid and predictable.

Confirmed now by the game will be out in time for the Salute 2012 show at Excel in London’s Docklands in April of this year.  It will be an A5 format 56pp book with the cover you can see here.

More on this as it develops!