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?
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.
Let’s get ready to rumble! Megaton Mashup is hitting shelves and it’s time to tag team with your favorite rival to take down the newest threats in town… or the oldest. Sure, that sound’s cryptic, but it’s easily explained. Megaton Mashup introduces cooperative play to Monsterpocalypse along with the first representative of the new Necroscourge faction, Gallaamaxus – but don’t think it stops there. Megaton introduces rules for using -any- Monsterpocalypse monster as an opponent for your team-up!
Monsterpocalypse has, until now, been all about putting monsters and units on table and squaring off against your pals as your competing monsters work to either save or destroy the cityscape. It’s a ridiculous amount of fun as your Subterrans and Lords of Cthul try to subjugate the souls of of the city while your opponent’s GUARD mecha and Terrasaurs fight to save humanity and the world, but when a bigger threat comes to town, well, there’ll be no humans for Hammerklak to enslave if the Ares Mothership disintegrates the entire city. Defender X and Hammerklak may have to stop fighting each other and join forces to take on the new invader. They can get back to fighting each other once the Martian Menace has been dealt with.
This is pretty much the premise of Megaton Mashup. Both players join forces and coordinate attacks, regardless of agendas, to deal with a bigger threat. Megaton Mashup introduces a deck of villain cards which directs the movement and attacks of the new threat, whichever monster you choose it to be. I can’t stress that enough. While the box does come with Gallamaxus, literally any monster in your collection can be used as the target of the players’ combined efforts.
The box comes with a single, double-sided rule sheet, the Megaton Mashup villain deck, a small card with to track extra health for your villain, and the card and model for Gallamaxus.
We’ve got all sorts of niftiness releasing for Monsterpocalypse releasing this month, including several great resin buildings, but there’s always joy in the humble high-rise apartment building. Our pals over at Tectonic Craft Studios have not only stepped up by creating inserts to go inside the cardboard buildings that come with the starter sets (link!), but also with a series of alternative buildings, markers and trays. Since we like Tectonic Dan and stuff, I thought today I’d share the nifty.
Four varieties of the classic apartment building – Downtown, Deco, Diagrid and Marquis, for those who want to freehand giant movie posters or tributes to Stan Lee. While the apartment buildings from the starters have flat roofing, these have a recessed roof to allow for…
Down with follicles! Up with chrome domes! Luxuriate in your shiny heads, my friends, it’s a whole new month and a whole new Target! But before we give you November’s theme, we need to sit back, relax, and enjoy the glorious work of some marvelous painters who really appreciate turtle wax in a way it wasn’t necessarily originally intended. Let’s look at October’s entries!
Oh, Drew… your brushiness always inspires. This Dragon Tyrant may not have any scales, but those forehead wrinkles – he’s clearly spending all his time worrying about his progeny and whether they’re wearing their cardigans in cooler weather.