April 2, 2015 by brennon
ThunderChild Miniatures have had great success with their Wasteman Kickstarter and they’re closing in on their target goal of £20,000 with nearly £17,000 raised already. With just over 50 hours left to go they have some pretty crazy stuff for you to check out!
The Pledge Levels
First off we have the most important thing and that’s those pledge levels. Two of them are shown off below which include a mass of different miniatures alongside the rules and everything else you need to play. Delve in and see what you think…
I love the fact that, yes, you use bottle caps for this game. The miniatures have a wonderful old school feel and design to them that makes you think of strange television shows that were on really, really, really late at night during the 80′s and 90′s. I could even sense a bit of Garth Marenghi’s Dark Places in some of the ‘feel’ of the miniatures.
Talking of miniatures I reckon we should have a closer look at some of the Kickstarter Exclusive models and those that are coming as part of stretch goals and other targets within the campaign…
As you can see the old school feel permeates everything that you see for this game and the real charm of it is that there is a sense of dark comedy behind everything you see here. Even when you check out the gameplay video (shown at the top of this piece) you’ll be hit with a smirk as you watch it and the way the game is portrayed.
Above are some more of the miniatures that we’ve seen in updates from the mind behind the game at ThunderChild. I love the quirky characters and mutants all with their own strange personality built into them.
All of the miniatures are going to be in 35mm scale making them a bit bigger on the battlefield and the material they’ll be cast in is metal. The model count for the game is also very small from between five to twenty models slugging it out in the wasteland.
Here’s a little bit on the rules for this wasteland game…
“During a game of Wasteman, comrades take it turn to activate individual figures to perform several actions; such as attacking, moving, hiding or even bringing people back to life with the power of their mind in some cases! Figures can normally only be activated once per turn so you have real scope for strategy – goad your opponent into activating the wrong figure at the wrong time and they could be left open to all sorts of cunning shenanigans!”
“Figures take different kinds of damage – they can be spooked, crippled, seriously injured, or killed outright. To make it easier to remember what’s happened, each figure comes with a base equipped with slots and removable tokens. These are cast in high quality resin and are included with all but the largest figures. Each figure will receive 1 base out of 10 designs selected at random.”
…and real kicker is the addition of cool MAD cards which make the action even more quirky.
“M.A.D cards really bring the crazy to the game! Each comrade receives a hand of 5 M.A.D cards that can be played at any time (for the most part) to either help yourself or hinder your opponent. There’s nothing quite like having the enemy boss abducted by aliens just before riding a conveniently timed tornado to the objective on the last turn! Though normally limited to 5 cards, you can seek the aid of traders or vending machines to top up your hand during a game leading to some very tense moment as your prize fighter sits in the middle of the battlefield kicking a coffee machine.”
The look of the game might not be for everyone but the charming style and British ‘craziness’ that oozes out of the campaign makes this one to take notice of. The pledges have been climbing higher and higher and ThunderChild are very close to getting this funded.
If you’ve been won over by the look of the game then go and check it out to find out more about the factions. This is a seriously ‘quirky’ looking game worth your attention. Don’t forget the absolutely MASSIVE beasts coming your way too!
Let us know what you think!
"The miniatures have a wonderful old school feel and design to them that makes you think of strange television shows that were on really, really, really late at night during the 80's and 90's..."
"The look of the game might not be for everyone but the charming style and British 'craziness' that oozes out of the campaign makes this one to take notice of..."