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- 05/01/13--09:47: _BoLS, Faeit212 Take...
- 05/01/13--14:00: _Forge World Release...
- 05/01/13--18:00: _BioWare Gets Space ...
- 05/02/13--09:15: _The Horus Heresy Ga...
- 05/02/13--15:51: _Battlefront Miniatu...
- 05/03/13--08:03: _GW Drops Specialist...
- 05/03/13--21:35: _My Horus Heresy Arm...
- 05/04/13--07:15: _Forge World New Rel...
- 05/04/13--20:18: _Horus Heresy - Hono...
- 05/05/13--05:16: _The Lord Inquisitor...
- 05/05/13--14:43: _40K Cosplay - Space...
- 05/06/13--04:14: _Eldar Rumors
- 05/06/13--09:10: _GW Releases Talisma...
- 05/06/13--18:21: _Wargames Con is Com...
- 05/07/13--02:12: _Staples Starts to S...
- 05/07/13--11:40: _Tablescapes Update
- 05/08/13--00:02: _Transformer 40K!
- 05/08/13--08:15: _Resin Forge Fraud A...
- 05/09/13--08:16: _Eldar Flyers Info!
- 04/30/13--08:56: Larry eMail re: Bell of Lost Souls Site Shutdown
- 05/01/13--09:47: BoLS, Faeit212 Takedown, an Attorney's Perspective
- 05/01/13--14:00: Forge World Releases Fulgrim!
- 05/01/13--18:00: BioWare Gets Space Marine License from THQ
- 05/02/13--09:15: The Horus Heresy Gaming Weekend - Aug. 24-25
- 05/02/13--15:51: Battlefront Miniatures Acquires Distribution of Dust
- 05/03/13--08:03: GW Drops Specialist Games, Collector Ranges
- 05/03/13--21:35: My Horus Heresy Army is....
- 05/04/13--07:15: Forge World New Releases - Necrons
- 05/04/13--20:18: Horus Heresy - Honor to the Dead Audiobook Released
- 05/05/13--05:16: The Lord Inquisitor Releases Video Update
- 05/05/13--14:43: 40K Cosplay - Space Marines
- 05/06/13--04:14: Eldar Rumors
- 05/06/13--09:10: GW Releases Talisman Prologoue on Mobile Devices
- 05/06/13--18:21: Wargames Con is Coming, June 6-9, Austin,TX
- 05/07/13--02:12: Staples Starts to Sell 3D Printer
- 05/07/13--11:40: Tablescapes Update
- 05/08/13--00:02: Transformer 40K!
- 05/08/13--08:15: Resin Forge Fraud Alert!
- 05/09/13--08:16: Eldar Flyers Info!
As you can tell, the BoLS frontpage is down and we are actively working the issue.
We are working this issue up the chain with Google via multiple channels and making plans to migrate the site off of Blogger to avoid any such service interruptions in the future. We have not received any notices, DMCA notices, or violations from anyone, so at this moment we are still treating this as an IT issue on Google's side, but it is looking mighty suspicious by the hour.
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So what is the legal fallout from the Faeit212 take-down?
A friend of mine is both an accomplished 40K player and an attorney with IP experience. We have been chatting about all of this as I am an attorney (though I am smart enough not to practice!) and he sent me this email:
As you're aware (I've read through the posts on your blog), they're seriously over-reaching in most of these takedown requests.
"Fair use" allows for news reportage and commentary, and nearly everything that I've seen would fall squarely into those areas.
Even Natfka's notice *claimed* that he was publishing photos taken of a WD that had not been released yet. But the problem with that is that's not completely true -- the photos HAD been released, albeit in Germany.
It's not like Natfka snuck into GW's offices and took some spy-camera photos of the WD; some 3rd party had the magazine and took pictures. That's a lapse on GW's part, not on the blogger/journalist/reporter that uses the images.
I don't know what you posted from IA12, but -- again -- that book was released in the UK before Adepticon, and was available for purchase there. If you put up limited images for commentary, you're within the ambit of Fair Use.
I really want GW to step too far over the line and get slapped. Copyright actions are one of the few areas in American jurisprudence where a successful defense can shift attorney fees. They have it coming!
His feedback is pretty much right on and while GW is probably overstepping their bounds, avoiding problems with them is pretty easy. You won't find me posting photos of their books and White Dwarfs anymore unless it is secondary to commentary about those items.
And honestly, anyone who wants any GW product, can get it illegally through numerous download sites (not to be mentioned here!).
Forge World has released the first image of its upcoming Fulgrim model, to be released at The Horus Heresy Weekender.
We only get a close up shot of the purple prince, but it doesn't fail to impress. There are also an event only Davinite Seprent Lodge Priest and the Black Library Book The Imperial Truth. Both of these items will be event only.
Thank God I am going to The Horus Heresy Weekender! I want all of these!
And if youa re going, drop me a line at alec (at) diceofwar (dot) com and lets grab a pint at Bugman's!
The Bit By Bit Gaming blog has reported that Bioware has gotten the Space Marine license from THQ.
This is good news for Space Marine video game fans.
The source, who shall remain unnamed told me about several features that might make themselves a reality in 2014, the projected date of the games release. Originally Warhammer 40k: Dark Millennium was to be a MMORPG based on the Games Workshop table top game, but THQ decided to make it into a 3rd person shooter with online elements. It seems that Bioware is going to keep with this formula. The only solid feature I could drag out of the source was that the campaign is going to be fluid and will feature a 1st founding chapter of Space Marines.I tried to glean more information from him but all he could tell me was that the main playable chapter for the Space Marines might have very very dark skin (The Salamanders?). He also went on to say Orks, Imperial Guard and The Tao might might an appearance as playable races. This is yet to be set into stone but here's hoping!
Although the details are scarce, this is a nice pick me up for the fans of THQ's Space Marine and 40k fans in general. Hopefully as the situation develops a bit more I will be able to bring more information your way. But right now it'll be a waiting game. It's just nice to know that a company like Bioware, who's known to drive a game with great narrative has picked up the project and will hopefully bring it to the next level!
The Horus Heresy Gaming Weekend follows up the Horus Heresy Weekender.
The Horus Heresy Weekender hasn't even happened yet (It is May 18 & 19), and Games Workshop has already announced the Horus Heresy Gaming weekend.
There is a whole PDF full of information you can download here.
1) 4 Scenarios from the Forge World Betrayal book, loyalist and traitor teams.
2) You do not need a Forge World Horus Heresy Army. GW plastics are OK.
3) 4 Games total, with one doubles game.
4) You use the Legion lists from Betrayal. The only other book allowed is Imperial Armour Aeronautica.
5) You can bring any legion you like.
6) You can bring several armies and use them in different games.
I am going. I shoudl have my Raven Guard army by then. I will be at the Horus Heresy Weekender and
May 2nd, 2013
Dust Studio today announced that Battlefront Miniatures will become its publishing and distribution partner for the Dust Tactics and Dust Warfare miniatures game lines. Fantasy Flight Games, Dust Studio’s current publishing partner for those games, will transition sales and marketing activity to Battlefront Miniatures on June 1st, 2013.
“Dust has had a wonderful few years, during which we have seen the game’s community grow exponentially,” said Dust creator Paolo Parente. “Both Dust Studio and Fantasy Flight Games have evolved
significantly during our relationship, and we now mutually feel that we are both better served by moving in new directions. Christian (CEO of Fantasy Flight Games) and I have known each other for many years, and I can say that this decision is a truly amicable one.”
Added John-Paul Brisigotti, CEO of Battlefront Group, “we are very excited by the Dust universe, and although it is a first for us to be distributing a product other than our own, the fit with our business model made this partnership something we could not resist. During the last few years, we have been moving into new avenues to expand the breadth of products the group offers, and we see DUST as another one of these ranges.”
“We’ve been fortunate to distribute Dust Tactics since its debut at GEN CON 2010, and we’re very proud of our development work on Dust Warfare,” said Christian T. Petersen, CEO of Fantasy Flight Games (FFG). “The last year, however, as FFG experienced phenomenal growth across many of our publishing categories, it became clear that Paolo and the Dust games would be better served by a partner who specializes in the unique business of miniature games. We’re confident that Paolo’s partner choice in Battlefront Miniatures is a
strong one, and we wish nothing but the best to them, to Paolo, and to the fantastic Dust fan community.”
Starting June 1st, Battlefront Miniatures will begin soliciting and distributing all new products for Dust Tactics and Dust Warfare. FFG will ship all of its previously solicited new products prior to that date, and FFG will continue to exclusively sell all current Dust Tactics and Dust Warfare items while its inventories last. While FFG will support the Dust Tactics and Dust Warfare regionals events in May and June 2013, all future marketing and organized play for the games will be handled by Battlefront Miniatures, including the scheduled GEN CON 2013 tournaments.
It has also been confirmed that the Fantasy and 40k Collectors ranges have been discontinued and once stock runs out they will no longer be available. Games Workshop has no plans to produce them again. Multiple customer service reps and the GW warehouse confirm this news. This means all of the metal guard miniatures as well as the Dogs of War models for fantasy are done for.
Forge World is stopping production of all new specialist games miniatures. BFG, EPIC, and Aeronautica Imperialis ranges are now no longer in production and once the remaining stocks sell, that is it! Many items are no longer in stock.
If you ask me, this all points to GW being on the block for a sale. The departure of CEO Mark Wells, the constant cost cutting and price raises, this all speaks to one thing...GW is setting itself up for a sale.
That's right, the Sons of Corax are my next gaming project. Masters of stealth, assasination and sabotage. They are freaking 30K Ninjas! (thus the black).
And now Games Whorkshop is having events like the Horus Heresy Weekender and the Horus Heresy Gaming Weekend to total ensnare us (and make middle aged guys with too much disposable income like myself fly from LA to London TWICE in one year).
Now I have to say, when I read "A Thousand Sons" I immediately said "FAVORITE LEGION." Brilliant back story, tragic fall, amazing powers (not sure how any legion could best them when they were at their height of power). And I will do a Thousand Sons army when they come out. (Can't wait to see the Scarab Occult models).
But my Crimson Templars, my 30,000 point Apocalypse army, is dark red. So I need something else. And I am a loyalist. To hell with the Dark Powers.
So let's see.
Ultramarines - Yes, cooler after Abnett's "Know No Fear". But still smurfs.
Space Wolves - Though I was one of the few who liked "Prospero Burns", I HATE Space Vikings. Hate them even more for their broken codex and all the "Counts As" armies that really piss me off.
Imperial Fists - Thought long and hard about them as I am coming to like the yellow armor. But ultimately, kind of boring - "We build tough defenses".
Iron Hands - Seriously? The guys who got their ass kicked and whose Primarch gets his head cut off? OK, I do like the who metal over flesh thing, but no.
Salamanders - Never got into them, but the only Marines with dark skin and red eyes are very cool. Love their humansitic spirit. But they don't fire me up (sought to speak) in battle.
White Scars - Like their lightning strike philosophy. Love the bikes. Not now, but I could see doing them. White isn't a color I care to paint though.
Blood Angels - Already have a BA army. Small, but playable. .
Dark Angels - Have a Dark Angels army. Hate the Lion. What a prick. But maybe a force with Astellan in charge.... I could just add him to my current Angels.
I think what finally put me over the top for Raven Guard was "Angel Exterminatus". In that book we meet a Raven Guard named Nykona Sharrowkyn, a Space Marine who bests Lucius not once but twice in close combat. OK, this guy is a bad ass and I need to model him. Space Ninjas! I am in!
Plus, when Dave Taylor (a great gent and friend) heard I was doing the Raven Guard, he volunteered to do a Corax model for me! Who am I to say no?
So there you have it. I hope to have my 3,000 points done by August's event. Expect LOTS of jump packs. A Spartan, because it is such a cool model, and more.
Loken (maybe I change my handle to Sharrowkyn)
The new Pylons are smaller than the previous Necron Pylon and in line with the previously released Necron Sentry Pylon with Gauss Exterminator, and are featured in Imperial Armour 12: The Fall of Orpheus.
Among these defences are automated weapons platforms of strange design known as Pylons. Some of these are huge, cyclopean constructs, but Imperial tactical logisticians have codified smaller, tactical variants as Sentry Pylons. These powerful devices are arcs of glittering metal equipped with a weapons array that can strike with power so great as to be almost beyond comprehension. Some are outfitted with Heat Cannons, thermal energy weapons of extraordinary power, able to burn through infantry and armour with ease.
Model designed by Stuart Williamson, the Sentry Pylon with Heat Cannon is a multi-part resin kit that stands almost 6" (150mm) tall and is available to pre-order now for despatch from Friday 10th May.
Among these defences are automated weapons platforms of strange design known as Pylons. Some of these are huge, cyclopean constructs, but Imperial tactical logisticians have codified smaller, tactical variants as Sentry Pylons. These powerful devices are arcs of glittering metal equipped with a weapons array that can strike with power so great as to be almost beyond comprehension. Some are outfitted with Death Rays, thermal energy weapons of extraordinary power, able to burn through infantry and armour with ease.
Model designed by Stuart Williamson, the Sentry Pylon with Death Ray is a multi-part resin kit that stands almost 6" (150mm) tall and is available to pre-order now for despatch from Friday 10th May.
This is the latest video from Erasmus, the project creator, and there is some good stuff here.
Designing the Armor
With fiberglass models made, the space marine recruits can create multiple copies of the armor through a process called vacuum forming. Using this technique, a thin sheet of plastic is heated and pulled over a shape using a vacuum, leaving a near-perfect replica of the original.
Honor and glory await any brave recruits willing to trudge through the 352 steps that take three-and-a-half months to complete. But be warned: This is not a project for the faint of heart. In order to enlist in the Space Marines you’ll need to brave sharp blades, horrible heat, and noxious chemicals.
You can read the whole article here.
Latest Eldar Rumors.
From Larry at BoLS:
The Dark Reaper Exarch regains a classic weapon option from the days of yore. HINT, HINT - it involves skulls and chain.
Aspect Warriors are moving to plastic using the "combo-unit" dual-build format GW has moved to of late. We'll leave it up to you to guess which aspects could be paired off into combo-kit boxes with differing heads/weapon options.
The new Eldar flyer is quite curved in nature, with sweeping lines all about. A real head turner.
The new Eldar "big kit" is a wraith construct that shares numerous design cues with the current War Walker - but much larger. A virtual beast...
Eldar keep their distance from Tau from an overall design theme. They will be the masters of maneuver and outright speed. Look for multiple options and units types for jetbikes including up-armored and even faster versions. Jetbikes as a family may well become the staple hallmark of the army. They will come in multiple flavors with both anti-personnel and anti-armor types.
FOC wise, look for a whole lot of jumping about of units between the HEAVY SUPPORT, FAST ATTACK, and ELITES slots. There will be difficult player decisions to be made in there.
Talisman Prologue, the digital version of the classic adventure board game, is now available to play on iOS, Android, Kindle Fire and BlackBerry, making it our first ever digital game to be released on phones and tablets.
You can download Talisman Prologue from the following places:
Apple App Store for iPad and iPhone
Google Play Store for Android-powered phones and tablets
Amazon App Store for Kindle Fire devices.
You can find out more about the game and download it for PC from the Talisman Prologue website.
Bell of Lost Souls own convention, Wargames Con, is coming.
In its 5th year, War Games Con is another on the list of up and coming gaming cons looking to replicate the magic that is Adepticon.
This year's War Games Con features:
-Flames of War
You can find more information, and the source of the above photos, from The Hogs of War.
You can find out more about War Games Con on their page at http://www.wargamescon.com
Registration page: http://www.wargamescon.com/p/register.html
I already have a shoot date for the next installment of STar Trek: Phase II that weekend, so I won't be there, but if anyone is going, please let me know if you want to share photos.
The full article is here:
From the article:
The Cube features WiFi and is compatible with both Mac and Windows. Plus, the printer comes with 25 free 3D templates to get you off to a quick start, with more templates available online. Staples is also selling ABS and PLA plastic cartridge refills, CubeSticks, and replacement Cube Print Pads. We heard late last year that Staples would be starting its own 3D-printing service, so perhaps this is the first baby step into that realm.
The 3D-printing community hasn’t gone quite mainstream yet, as it’s still very much a niche hobby at this point, but with the beginning of selling 3D printers in major retail chains, the awareness for 3D printing may go up, encouraging more people to get into the hobby and create an even larger community around it.
You can find out more on the Cube 3D Printer here.
And the Technical Specs are here.
Has anyone yet bought a 3D printer and printed out any miniatures?
When I last reported on Tablescapes, Justin McCoy, the founder of Secret Weapon, had raised $ 68,000 of his $ 80,000 goal after only a few days. Now he is well over $ 200,000 and has unlocked
And how Tablescapes fit together. Compression clips keep the tiles held firmly together - with edge and interior designs for maximum stability while you're gaming:
And there will be both Battlefoam and KR Multicase cases for the boards so you can transport them safely.
And if you haven't seen the video:
Go check the Kickstarter out here.
Now this is one awesome project, a transforming Baneblade!
And it actually transforms into a Warhound Titan. You can find this on The Savvy Psycho, though it appears to have first been show on WIP.
Now THAT'S cool!
From Dakka Dakka moderator Major Tom
(Find the whole thread here)
I'd just like to announce that this company http://www.resinforge.com/ and these accounts:
All belong to the infamous internet scammer Daniel Mandelbaum/Matthew Bonder/RedStarOne. This man has been responsible for several large scale scams over Warhammer models in the past (as Three Stage Studios, for example), and should not be trusted with your money under any circumstances.
We've suspected resinforge as having belonged to him since last year, and have been accumulating evidence ever since. But as threads such as these have begun to arise:
We feel that the time has come to alert the wargaming community.
We are in possession of a large amount of evidence that leaves absolutely no doubt as to the identity of resinforge being Daniel Mandelbaum. However, we will not be sharing that information publicly. It's taken some considerable detective work on our part over the last four and a half months to establish this as a fact, and if any of his several slips had not occurred, we might very well have missed him (to the detriment of the many people who would inevitably be scammed as a result).
You are of course, free to take this announcement with a pinch of salt, as we are providing no proof other than our word as the Swapshop Moderation team here on Dakka. But please remember if you choose to do so that we have your protection and best interests at heart, and would not make such a public announcement as this unless we were all convinced entirely beyond doubt.
Summary of past activites, by order of date:
Conversion Corner website, and RedStarOne account on Dakka:
URL of website (now defunct) was:
Miniature Wargame Conversions website, Lord.Serpius account on Dakka, ebay accounts:
URL of website (now mostly abandoned):
Ebay accounts (all now unregistered):
Lord.Serpius ebay account - http://feedback.ebay.co.ukhttp://feedback.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewFeedback2&userid=lord.serpius&ftab=AllFeedback
Great.Hobby.Bits ebay account - http://feedback.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewFeedback2&userid=great.hobby.bits&ftab=AllFeedback&rt=nc&myworld=true
Double.Your.Bits ebay account - http://feedback.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewFeedback2&userid=double.your.bits&ftab=AllFeedback&rt=nc&myworld=true
Three Stage Studios and Kellz1234 account on Dakka:
URL of website (now mostly abandoned):
Resin Forge (his latest effort):
Susan Beasley (a relative of his, now deceased)
Daniel Mandelbaum (his real name)
Daniel lives near Houston, Texas. (His actual address will not be posted on the forum, as it is against Dakka policy)
So buyer be warned!
With the Eldar codex just weeks away from hitting the street, rumors are fast and furious.
The latest is info on the Eldar flyers.
From Best_Pone on Warseer:
The main hull and wings are common across both builds. It's amazing how different tail and fin positioning can alter the look of the aircraft though
- Downward angling of the primary wings (about 30º I'd estimate)
- Canards are very slightly angled down, but near horizontal
- Engines are mounted in pods in the wings
- One weapon mounted centreline under the hull, and one in a pod in each wing
- Has a single vertical stabiliser mounted on the centreline of the aircraft
- Twin "vertical" stabilisers (they're actually about 30º from horizontal), one mounted on each engine pod.
Take it with a pinch of sodium!