In the (concrete) jungle, the quiet (concrete) jungle, the lion sleeps tonight… well, not quite. Cassander roars and unleashes feline fury on the Destroyers. What’s the point of being the king of beasts if you’re not willing to defend your throne? The Monsterpocalypse is affects us all, so why not sign up for genetic alteration. One day you’re a normal human, possibly a chartered accountant, and the next? You’re an enormous lion hybrid and by golly, you’re gonna make sure the Zerkalo Bloc are filing their taxes on time! The Legion of Mutates has entered the fray.
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Dragons come in many forms. While there’s the obvious disparity between European and Asiatic dragons, there’s various subcategories. A drake? Four limbs, no wings. Amphithere? Long, sinuous body with wings, but no limbs. Wyvern? Two hind limbs, wings as the forelimbs (and one of my personal favorite draconiforms). I’m not 100% sure how to categorize the latest of the Draken Armada’s colossal alien commanders for Monsterpocalypse, but it’s Gausamal time. Oh, and some of his smaller pals.
While the Monsterpocalypse continues to develop on a global scale, with the Elemental Champions joining the Legion of Mutates to fight off the Savage Swarm and the Masters of the Eighth Dimension (new starters coming!), one could be forgiven for forgetting that the true lords of Terra have been here all along, dwelling beneath the surface and waiting for the right time to emerge. Like a beautiful butterfly metamorphosing in its cocoon, but with dirty great drill bits and the like, the Subterran Uprising broke the crust with Hammerklak and his Mollock attendants, but he wasn’t alone. The masterminds of the underground empire sent reinforcements.
Blastikutter is … an odd little duck. Unlike Hammerklak, Blastikutter strides forth on long legs, ending in enormous tunneling claws. Drills are mounted on his shoulders and midriff, allowing for some seriously impressive shoulder charges and an utterly terminal belly bump (you do NOT want this guy at your kegger), while his arms end in a huge saw for carving choice cuts from hit… their… opponents, and a cannon. The weirdness comes from the mad underearth science that allowed two beings to be bolted together, giving Blastikutter two heads and allowing each control different attacks simultaneously.
That said, the bolts run up the center of the torso, over the shoulders and down the back, with no indication of incisions around or below the waistline. This would suggest that both upper portions are part of the same being as the lower, rather than different creatures frankensteined together.
From this I can think of two options. One, the upper portions were originally two independent upper torsos that were bolted together, or two, there was originally a third head between the remaining two that was excised for being a disagreeable git. I’m not sure which option is more disconcerting.
Blastikutter is the last of the Subterran models to be painted in my collection (until I get my hands on another Mollock blister, or PP releases a second minion blister and the new iteration of Drillcon-Vorionik) so now I need to decide if they should be paired with my Lords of Cthul or Planet Eaters… at least, until that Savage Swarm starter drops…
Hello, Citizens! I can’t help but notice how you’ve managed to do significant damage to your Earth’s ecosystem through pollution! I would like to introduce to you the superior recycling techniques we have developed in our home dimension, that you too might benefit from a planet covered in less discarded G.U.A.R.D. tank husks and the like. I am Kommander Yuri, and this is the pride of the Zerkalo recycling and reclamation program, Zavod 075!
Zavod 075 comes in quite a few pieces, anchored on the two resin components that form the upper and lower body. Both arms are metal, with an upper arm, lower arm, and one single claw for each hand. The remaining pieces are the cannon and three separate chimney stacks.
More than just an enormous machine on treads with plenty of smokestacks and a dirty great cannon (purely for self defense, I assure you), the Zavod 075 is equipped with a bloody gigantic scoop to collect that scrap metal that G.U.A.R.D. has seen fit to issue ostensibly as weapons of war, and after dumping them into its hopper, this wonderful device can break down and reassemble the components, creating actually useful things like Spar rockets and Vorota Walkers!
Zavod 075 can produce new units via a Summon action, or as part of a Brawl attack against an enemy unit, replacing the downed unit with a Zerkalo Bloc unit from your reserves. Once he goes Hyper, he loses the Summon action, but instead gains Salvage, turning debris from destroyed buildings into Power Dice.
Future generations of your dimension’s human children will be so glad you decided to embrace this recycling technology, so that you could leave behind a planet with far fewer G-Tank hulls. Reach out to your local Zerkalo Bloc agency and make your pledge to making a better world for the benefit and enjoyment of future generations.
Zavod 075, as well as the Vorota Walkers (mobile spawning points) and SPAR (single use rocket launchers), are available through your FLGS or preferred online retailer. Have YOU pledged your allegiance yet?
Most think it can be hard to shop for gamer pals, but in truth, it’s not as difficult as it seems. Worried about gifting a model for the wrong faction? Congratulations, you’ve just provided inspiration to for a whole new army! Worried about gifting a duplicate? Truth be told, the percentage of models that can’t be used in multiples is very low, and there’s always the chance to convert a model. What about roleplaying resources? Sure, no-one needs two Dungeon Masters Guides, but there’s always something missing from their library that can be identified with very minimal research. Worst comes to worst, have you -ever- heard a roleplayer say they have too many dice? Today I thought we’d drop some hints for shoppers, or last minute additions to your wishlists
Everyone’s well aware of Games Workshop’s Start Collecting boxes. Almost every faction in Age of Sigmar and Warhammer 40K has a Start Collecting box available. They’re all excellent value, and they pretty much all have kids that can be built with multiple options, so there’s very little fear of duplication.
If you’re looking for something a little more affordable though, that can welcome a new player to miniature gaming? Privateer has you covered.
Warmachine/Hordes starters provide everything you need to gets started, except a table and an opponent. Each has a complete rulebook and a selection of curated models that are suitable for learners, but that will still provide fun play for veterans. Suitable for the Fantasy/Steampunk fan.
Monsterpocalypse starters follow the same philosophy but aimed at those who really enjoyed Godzilla or Pacific Rim. Will you level the city and crush the puny humans, or will you save mankind from monstrous invaders? Either way, you get to slam your opponents into building and stomp their puny tanks. Good times.
If you’re a sci-fi junkie, Warcaster starters are the newest kids on the block but still pack a punch with plenty of pew-pew in a distant galaxy. Player communities are developing and the feedback on this game is positive and an exciting opportunity for someone looking for a dynamic new venture.
Dungeons & Dragons is the biggest name in town, and there’s a world of supplements and resources available. From the Starter Set for someone who’s never played before, to the Players Handbook for someone keen to take their first steps into a campaign, to Tasha’s Cauldron of Everything – the very newest resource for players and DM’s alike.
If you’re looking for a different roleplaying experience, the options are all out there – you could pre-order the Dune RPG for hardcore sci-fi fans, combat nazis and elder things with Achtung! Cthulhu, or sink your teeth into the award-winning Tales From The Loop for fans of Stranger Things.
Not looking to commit to a whole new campaign, but think a one-off would be good times? Steamforged’s Epic Encounters are self-contained adventures that can also be worked into an existing campaign.
If you’re not looking for a new game, dice are absolutely a thing. Stunning dice in wood, stone and metal are available from Dogmight, Elderwood Academy, Dice Envy and Norse Foundry. If you’re looking for dice for an LGBTQ+ gamer, Heartbeat has you covered.
Subscription boxes are all the rage nowadays for a variety of industries, and gaming hasn’t been overlooked. Privateer Press offers two different monthly subscription lines – one for Warmachine/Hordes and the other for Legend of the Five Rings – over at Mini-Crate. Dungeon In A Box, RPG Crate and Dungeon Crate all cater to Dungeons & Dragons fans, and there’s even dice subscription services like Libris Arcana.
Additionally you could look into a subscription to D&D Beyond, perhaps a membership in a subscription-based community like the Brush Wielders Union, or even hook them up with a link to a favored author’s Patreon so that they can get sneak peeks at upcoming works.
The worlds inhabited by tabletop gamers can be dizzying and confusing for those on the outside, but that doesn’t mean that they can’t be navigated with a little assistance. I wish everyone the best in navigating the coming weeks as we close out 2020. We may be isolating for the good of the community, but that doesn’t mean we can’t find ways to get our hobby on, or to help end encourage the gamers in our lives to do the same.
When Monsterpocalypse was relaunched a few GenCons ago, I was rather excited. The initial incarnation was a thing when I was first getting into Privateer Press products, but the blind box model meant that I could never guarantee that I’d get anything I actually wanted out of a booster box, which made it difficult to swallow the price point given that, knowing my collector mentality, I’d be pushing to try to get complete factions. The relaunch took care of this by doing away with the blind box model, and added in the bonus of adding in a hobby element along with the resculpts, letting us paint the models however we so chose.
Doing away with all of the old agendas, the new Monsterpocalypse simply had two sides: Destroyers and Protectors. Every Destroyer can ally with every other Destroyer in their quest to bring about the end of all that is, and every Protector can band together with every other Protector in defense of Humanity and the world as we know it. Initially we got three of each – GUARD, Shadow Sun Syndicate and the Terrasaurs seeking to shield humanity, while the Planet Eaters, Martian Menace and Lords of Cthul were set to lay waste to the planet… but it wasn’t long before more factions started appearing. In addition to the starting six we have:
Fighting the Good Fight
- The Empire of the Apes, led by King Kondo, have muscled out of the hidden forests.
- The Tritons rise from the depths, all tentacles and fishy smells.
- The Green Fury would otherwise be seen as ecoterrorists, but when the world’s being broken apart?
- The Elemental Champions tap into monastic traditions the world has not seen for centuries.
- The Draken Armada have arrived from the stars with noble intentions and a grudge against the Planet Eaters
- The Legion of Mutates? Lions, tigers and bears, oh my! Well, lions, hippos and rhinos…
Appetites for Destruction
- The Subterran Uprising have breached the surface with whirly drill bits.
- Uber Corp International are always happy to steal a good idea, and then make you pay for it.
- The Savage Swarm are all abuzz. We’re gonna need a bogger apiary.
- The Waste are sentient sewage and pissed off pollutants.
- The Necroscourge are a nanite hivemind, reanimating and repurposing the dead into weapons.
- The Zerkalo Bloc are from a parallel Earth, conquering their other dimensional counterparts.
- The Masters of the 8th Dimension are inscrutable, and just plain weird. But deadly.
With no less than -nineteen- different factions to choose from, the variety of aesthetics and playstyles is somewhat bewildering, but it’s pretty much guaranteed that you’ll find something that appeals to you whether you’re focused on playstyle or aesthetic.
Which faction’s your favourite, and why is it the Subterrans?
I can’t be the only one who watched Pacific Rim and thought Cherno Alpha was a freaking amazing machine. The idea of thousands of tons of cold war era soviet tech stomping around in an enormous jaegar with absurdly thick armor plating made for an amazing visual and one of the highlights of the film. When Privateer announced the Zerkalo Bloc for Monsterpocalypse, a little part of me squeed.
Carving through dimensional barriers, the Zerkalo Bloc hail from a world where the cold war ended very differently than it did in our own universe. Voyaka 099 is the spearhead of an incurion, a walking battleship bristling with an array of cannons and a chest-mounted brace of spotlights (There are five lights!).
The main hun fires shells 6′ across, while the forearm-mounted secondary batteries provide smaller fire – while still enormous – ammunition capable of shattering an opponent’s chitin or piercing through to the foundations of a building. Closer to the groups, an array of cannons are mounted on each leg for use as anti-personnel weapons. Woe betide any G-Tanks that find themselves singled out by Voyaka 099’s targeting systems.
Who said two heads are better than one?? Well, actually, I’m pretty sure Blastikutter did, and as a representative of our new Subterran overlords, I’m pretty sure I can take him at his word. Clearly, so does the Draken Armada! While our first encounter with the enormous space dragons was the corrupted Gallamaxus, their leader Rastaban assures us that they’re actually here to help humanity combat the Monsterpocalypse, and his field commander Zybanos has entered the fray with both heads blazing. Wait, that didn’t sound right…
Today we’re cracking open Zybanos and the Bastion Lander, the Draken Armada’s terrestrial base.
As the painting projects continue and we delve deeper and deeper into the pile of shame at the Gdaycave, models that joined the stash some time ago are finally seeing their time on the painting desk. One such model is Yasheth, Keeper of the Dread Lexicanum and unabashed IKEA devotee. The second monster for the Lords of Cthul, Yasheth is a tricksy devil who starts out floating like a butterfly and stinging like a bee, before kicking up the vampirism in the late game.
Yasheth believes in getting up close and personal, striking with Brawl attacks. His wickedly long talons pierce through enemy armor with Penetrator, while Vampirismhelps out by healing Yasheth whenever he damages an enemy monster. Getting stuck in melee can be dangerous, but Side Step lets him advance 3 spaces whenever he’s missed by an attack. This works both ways of course – risk some incoming fire and get bonus movement forward, or dodge an uppercut to reposition out of melee if needed.
Once he flips to Hyper form, Yasheth commits more to the fight by ditching Side Step, but picking up Lightning Attack for economy of actions, allowing him to get additional Brawl attacks. He still reduces opposing defense with Penetrator, but switch vampiric gears by ditching Vampirism in favor of Siphon. No more healing, but whenever he hits an opposing monster, they lose a Power Die and he gains one. If you’re packing decent unit support, Arcane Voidmeans he also grants Siphon to any allied units on the table, allowing you to potentially keep your opponent’s power pool woefully empty.
As a bonus, Yasheth is one of the models where I still have the original Monsterpocalypse models, allowing for some comparison pics, showcasing the difference in scale and model detail, along with some bonus dust on the bases of the older models.
“You can’t win, Yashethkin! I have the slightly higher ground!”
While Ulgoth remains absent from my Lords of Cthul stable, having Yasheth painted means I can field him with Cthugrosh for a mono-faction force, deliciously breaching reality as the Elder Things carve their way through our subconcious and bring about the downfall of mankind, as it was foretold in the prophecies…
You can, of course, snaffle your own Yasheth from your FLGS, preferred online retailer, or direct from Privateer Press. Now, who’s next on the painting table…
The world is a warzone. Giant monsters from a dizzying array of factions have declared your planet the center of a cataclysmic conflict that threatens to shatter the surface and destroy all terrestrial life. Humanity’s defenders are just as monstrous as its attackers – enormous apes knuckle up to cosmic horrors, shadowy megacorps duel with mystic juggernauts and aquatic leviathans rail against invaders from another world.
You? All you really wanted was a fresh bagel, but no, now you’re hunkered down in an alley as a silvered ninja, twenty stories tall, parries a blow from a giant biomechanical worm thing with clamps.
And then? Space Dragons.
The Draken Armada entered the Monsterpocalypse with Gallamaxus, but he was a reanimated, dead monster controlled by the nefarious Necroscourge. Now the Armada is arriving in strength to bolster the defenders of Earth. Rastaban is leading the incoming wave of space dragon reinforcements, clad in green armor and bearing the seal of leadership on his chest. Given the difficulties of designing a crown that would fit consecutive space dragon heads, what with their individual horn arrangements etc, it only makes sense that it’s a wearable medallion of sorts.