Friday, 9 November 2012

More Southern Fried goodness for Heavy Gear Blitz

     
      

This splendid looking image is the cover for the upcoming Forged in Fire Southern Field Guide for Heavy Gear Blitz, and damn sexy looking it is too. If I were an American I'd probably say something like "dang they hit that one outta the ball park" or something... but being a Brit I'd have no idea what the hell that would mean, so I'll just say that the arty chaps have done a bally good job and that it looks totally spiffing! Obviously I feel artwork is massively important to a games 'feel' and 'tone' and the artwork I've seen so far for Forged in Fire is bang on the money. THe book is now available for preorder now.

That's not all the Southern faction news I have today though, Dream Pod 9 also released the information regarding the 're-jigged' Southern Army Box, it's available to preorder now. the new configuration box contains a Strike Cadre and an updated Fire Support Cadre. This isn't a some taster set like the starter sets from other games, but as the name suggests an Army Box. This is all you'll need to be playing the full on Heavy Gear Blitz experience. The updated Fire Cadre now contains one Long Fang Black Adder, two Spitting Cobra's and two Jäger Gears. The box also contains the small size Field Manual rulebook and a download coupon for a digital copy of the Forged in Fire: Southern Field Guide. It's a pretty good way to start a new southern army, although there are some other options too...


Just like with the NuCoal release Dream Pod 9 have created a "Super Bundle" that is available right now on their website to preorder. It contains:

  • Forged in Fire: Southern Field Guide (Full Color) $59.95
  • Forged in Fire (E-book) $10.00 (Special Bundle price, normally $20.00)
  • Southern General Purpose Cadre (5 Jager Miniatures) $49.95
  • Southern Strike Cadre (3 Black Mamba and 2 Jager Miniatures) $49.95
  • Southern Fire Support Cadre (2 Jager, 2 Spitting Cobra and 1 Black Adder Miniatures) $59.95
  • Southern Recon Cadre (1 Black Mamba, 4 Iguana Miniatures) $49.95
  • Drake Gear Strider $49.95
  • New Southern Infantry Platoon (40 infantry) $24.00
  • New Southern Decals Pack $6.75
  • Razor Fang Black Mamba Commander Miniature (Special Super Bundle Exclusive Mini.) $15.00
  • Hydra Strider (Early Release!) due out in 2013 $34.95

That's not all though, because if you preorder now you'll also get the following exclusive goodies:

  • 12 Southern Special Infantry Figures (2 of each of the 6 different types) $10.00
  • 1 Southern Diamondback (Early release!) due out in 2013 $13.00
  • AST Patch $7.00

the total price for all the items contained within the bundle excluding the added pre-order bonuses is $410, but the bundle will set you back $299.95's a whopping saving of $10.45's. Obviously all prices are obviously in Canadian dollars, and the deal will set you back £188 in good old British Pounds.

Not content with that though they've also gone all out and created an "Epic Bundle", which is also up for preorder on their website right now. It contains an absolutely insane amount of stuff when you think about it:

  • Forged in Fire: Southern Field Guide (Full Color) $59.95
  • Forged in Fire (E-book) $10.00 (Special Bundle price, normally $20.00)
  • Southern General Purpose Cadre (5 Jager Miniatures) $49.95
  • Southern Strike Cadre (3 Black Mamba and 2 Jager Miniatures) $49.95
  • Southern Fire Support Cadre (2 Jager, 2 Spitting Cobra and 1 Black Adder Miniatures) $59.95
  • Southern Recon Cadre (1 Black Mamba, 4 Iguana Miniatures) $49.95
  • Drake Gear Strider $49.95
  • New Southern Infantry Platoon (40 infantry) $24.00
  • New Southern Decals Pack $6.75
  • Razor Fang Black Mamba Commander Miniature (Special Super Bundle Exclusive Mini.) $15.00
  • Hydra Strider (Early Release!) due out in 2013 $34.95
  • Southern City Militia Cadre (2 Asp, 2 Salamander and 1 Street Viper Miniatures) (Early Release!) due out in 2013 $49.95
  • Southern Honor Guard Cadre (3 Fer de Lance and 2 Gila Miniatures) (Early Release!) due out in 2013 $49.95
  • Southern Pack Lizards Infantry Platoon (12 Infantry riding Pack Lizards) (Early Release!) due out in 2013 $24.00 

As witht he Super Bundle before it, the Epic Bundle will also contain the following preorder bonuses:

  • 12 Southern Special Infantry Figures (2 of each of the 6 different types) $10.00
  • 1 Southern Diamondback (Early release!) due out in 2013 $13.00
  • AST Patch $7.00

Again the Epic Bundle represents a pretty damn good saving, as the combined price of all the components contained within it is $534.30 Canadian Dollars, yet it'll set you back only $399.95 Canadian dollars, which maths fans is a saving of $134.35's. Bargain! In real money that will be £250, and quite frankly looking at that list I do not honestly believe there is anything else you'd need really for a Southern player. The Super and Epic Bundles are aimed at players who simply have to have a big an army with as many options as is possible straight away.

You see though, I know there will be many Southern payers out there now grumbling under their breaths and complaining about the fact that "they were here first" and that "all these Johnny come latelys are getting all the deals". No doubt there will have been a few "back in my days..." too, well fret not grumpy gamers, as Dream Pod 9 have also thought of a bundle just for those of you with Southern Armies already, may I present to you the Southern Reinforcement Bundle, which is also available for preorder:

  • Forged in Fire: Southern Field Guide (Full Color) $59.95
  • Forged in Fire (E-book) $10.00 (Special Bundle price, normally $20.00)
  • 2 Drake Gear-Striders $49.95 each
  • New Southern Infantry Platoon (40 Infantry) $24.00
  • New Southern Decals Pack $6.75
  • Razor Fang Black Mamba Commander Miniature (Special Super Bundle Exclusive Mini.) $15.00
  • 2 Hydra Striders (Early Release!) due out in 2013 $34.95 each
  • Southern City Militia Cadre (2 Asp, 2 Salamander and 1 Street Viper Miniatures) (Early Release!) due out in 2013 $49.95
  • Southern Honor Guard Cadre (3 Fer de Lance and 2 Gila Miniatures) (Early Release!) due out in 2013 $49.95
  • Southern Pack Lizards Infantry Platoon (12 Infantry riding Pack Lizards) (Early Release!) due out in 2013 $24.00

You too will also get bonus advanced preorder swag:

  • 12 Southern Special Infantry Figures (2 of each of the 6 different types) $10.00
  • 1 Southern Diamondback (Early release!) due out in 2013 $13.00
  • AST Patch $7.00

The bundle will set you back $299.95's, which is a saving of $109.45's, in real money it is £188's. I quite like the fact that there is a bundle for those loyal Southern players as well. Because often most companies will only focus on giving good deals for those looking to start that faction afresh. So Dream Pod 9 get bonus points for thinking about their loyal customers. They're obviously starting to ramp up the news with regards the Southern forces, in anticipation for Decembers Forged in Fire release. Looks like it'll be good times for South players. Peace out!

9 comments:

  1. I would normally say: 'hey! What about the Northern Guard?!?' But my WFPA forces can't afford anything even remotely state of the art, so doesn't matter I guess.

    Stripped Hunters, Ferrets and a Mad Dog FTW I guess...

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    1. bah humbug to the South I say... BAH HUMBUG!!!

      Some of their stuff looks damn sexy though.

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  2. A giant mech, bristling with weaponry...
    holding a rocket launcher.
    ....
    ..
    that's just pure awesome, right there...
    :D

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    1. Dude have you seen the mini and Angel's paintjob:

      http://studiogiraldez.blogspot.co.uk/2012/08/drake-gear-striker.html

      Simply put it's fracking awesome!!! I love it just a little bit. But it's a dirty southern gear and I don't like southerners.

      Nice to be chatting about robots instead of deceased online retailers. Apparently I should have risked my own financial security to report the, in effect, hearsay I'd heard without any substantiating evidence. It's all my fault now apparently according to some people.

      o_0

      You what?

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  3. The reinforcement bundle is a great idea! It's good to see a company care about customer retention as well. Don't know about going for the full bundle myself with the Kingdom Death kickstarter on the horizon, but we'll see.

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    1. Yep the KD Kickstarter is just around the corner and the campaign looks all sorts of cool. It'll be interesting to see how people react to what I've seen of the campaign. I'm really excited by it... but I'm also really excited by the Southern Gear stuff... must resist third faction!!!

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    2. Strange as it sounds, I can hardly believe the game is almost here. I can only imagine what it's like for people who were following KD from the beginning.

      As for the South.. I mean, come on, just look at the cover of the new book! How could that possibly go wrong? Those bundles are calling out to me. Going for the epic one would probably be overkill. But as they say: overkill is underrated.

      Come on, I've got to be strong here! Willpower!!

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    3. Well some of us have been waiting yers for the game to come out!!! :P

      And when it does it's going to be two chuffing games... good lord does Adam Poots know how to make more work for himself. lol.

      As to the South stuff... it must be super tempting for you and the other Southern players out there. I'm dreading the emergence of the PRDF Field Guide now... I'll be wanting the Epic deal... and maybe the reinforcement deal too. Stop looking at me like that... I'm warning you... I'll poke your eyes out!!! :P

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    4. I figured you were one of those people :)

      Say what you want about the guy, but he doesn't take half measures.. It'll be interesting to see how and to what degree both games will intertwine.

      I was under the impression that this blog was a judgement-free zone.. Epic deals are epic and one can never have too much reinforcements. So yes, it's super tempting :(

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