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Hello, TechRaptor readers! Here’s what you may have missed in the world of tabletop wargaming over the last week.

Image courtesy of Forge World

Image courtesy of Forge World

First up is an announcement from the Forge World Facebook page regarding a Dreadnought painting contest. From today until May 31st, fans can submit images of their best Contemptor Dreadnought paint jobs for a chance to win suitably cool prizes. A short primer on the best methods for taking pictures of miniatures from White Dwarf is also available to assist entrants in making sure their models look as good as possible.

Games Workshop announced pre-orders for a pair of new flyers and the Death From The Skies supplement book. The Space Marine Stormhawk Interceptor and the Ork Wazboom Blastjet are both available for pre-order now and will be available in stores May 7th. The rules in the upcoming supplement will completely replace the current rules for flyers in the main rulebook and add several new features including the introduction of attack wings and a new Dogfight phase that can affect either your or your opponent’s units held in reserve. The company also released a painting tutorial for the Stormhawk Interceptor on their YouTube channel.

Steamforged Games recently released the rules for Season 2 of Guild Ball, their wildly successful fantasy-themed soccer tabletop game. Along with the core rules, players can download the quick start rules, character stat cards, fluff, and Guild Plots. Rather than one large .pdf, the company have broken everything down into smaller documents for easier reading and printing at home.

Mantic Games recently released a video showcasing a game of Deadzone, the company’s upcoming sci-fi skirmish game. The demo game sets the Enforcers against the Forge Fathers. The video covers a single turn of the game and shows the basic mechanics and the contents of the starter set, including plastic terrain. The starter set is available now from the Mantic Games website for $79.99 USD.

Fans of the new-defunct Warhammer Fantasy Battles game, disillusioned with the latest iteration of the game, have announced the release of version 1.0 of The Ninth Age. Set in a non-Games Workshop IP infringing fantasy world, the game seeks to fix the issues with the previous edition of Warhammer Fantasy and keep the spirit of the game alive. The full rule book is currently available, along with army books for every force in the game. Currently, the only “full” army book is for the Undying Dynasties army, which features both the full background and full army lists for the Not-Tomb Kings. The other armies have “slim” army books, which only contain rules and army lists. The next planned release will come after September of this year.

Image courtesy of Zenit Miniatures

Image courtesy of Zenit Miniatures

And finally, Zenit Miniatures announced their April releases for Kensei, the company’s tabletop wargame set in feudal Japan. The ranged Ozutzu and Teppotai units are available, along with the more choppy No-dachi Samurai. The company also released Painting War, a magazine designed to teach players how to recreate the studio’s paint jobs. Available in both English and Spanish, the magazine also contains a pair of miniatures to try out the showcased techniques


What news snippets caught your attention? What are you saving your pennies for? Any games you’d like to see more coverage of? Let us know in the comments below!

Michael Johnson

Staff Writer

I'm one of the tabletop writers here at TechRaptor as well as an IT security analyst and full-time geek. If I'm not actively playing, I'm either painting something, enjoying burying my nose in a book or arguing on the Internet.