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Maelstrom's Edge - New plastic Epirian elite forces preview - the SecDef - page 5 @ 2017/09/29 05:10:07


Post by: Spiral Arm Studios


We are proud to announce that the third Maelstrom's Edge faction has now launched, with a range of plastic models. We present to you... The Broken!

From the factories and the slums, the mining complexes and the farms of the galaxy come the Broken, a growing movement of citizenry angered by the lack of opportunity to escape the Maelstrom. They are a diverse mix of workers, aliens, and rogues left on doomed worlds by the ruling parties.



These survivors take matters into their own hands after being left behind. They pool their resources and knowledge in a communal effort to escape the Edge. Derelict ships are repaired. Affluent people’s ships are stolen. Government ships are commandeered. Any ship available is pressed into service for the Broken. They are a group unlike any ever seen in the galaxy. Fear, hate, anger, need fused them, these abandoned people, into an unstoppable force with one goal - escape the Edge. The Broken is a term used to unify all such desperate people across the Edge. Their motivation, methods, and sanity vary wildly from fervent revolutionaries to callous pirates to the few who have stared into the maw of the Maelstrom only to come away unhinged.



The Broken are available for purchase now at the Maelstrom's Edge webstore. You can also check out the unit cards and faction rules at our brand new online force listing section.



Half a dozen models can be built from a single set of sprues, with enough options for all of your sci-fi civilian modeling desires to be fulfilled. Suitable as proxy models, conversion fodder, and part swaps for other ranges, there are plenty of uses beyond Maelstrom's Edge, so those spare parts you have left over when building a Broken force will have plenty of uses.



The kit is extremely versatile, with every arm, torso, legs and head a distinct part and combination. No hands are built in to the weapons so they are easily switchable with other models, and the entire kit is almost fully parts compatible with our Karist and Epirian lines, allowing for rogue Karist and Epirian forces to represented, as well as converts and captured equipment.



The kit also has unprecedented diversity for a plastic sci-fi civilian range, featuring plenty of female heads and gender agnostic heads, as well as large mixture of alien heads with variant poses to ensure you can build a force themed around a specific alien type if you so desire.



Keep your eyes on our The Comm Guild website for assembly instructions and more articles featuring The Broken in the near future.

We are also pleased to report that this release kicks off the start of our increased release schedule, with a release planned every month. Make sure you follow us on facebook to see all of our releases as they are revealed!


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Post by: Samsonov


Very nice. Also, would make a good starting point for Necromunda Scavies.


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Post by: Kid_Kyoto


They'll also be great for civilians/non combatants in just about any near future/sci fi setting.

Doesn't someone make 28mm hands with tools? I though Mad Robot but don't see them there.

Anyway, point being a definite buy from me.

Oh and they're $27 for 12 models if anyone's wondering.

https://www.maelstromsedge.com/medge/store.jsp?p=31


Automatically Appended Next Post:
Ah here we are, it was Anvil.



http://anvilindustry.co.uk/modern-equipment-pack



http://anvilindustry.co.uk/bottle-beer-wine-spirits-broken-glass


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Post by: RiTides


Yeah, I think Anvil's Regiments parts will be a perfect match for these, Kyoto

Where are all the rest of the sweet Broken pics stored at, I think the product page actually doesn't show very many! Loving the attitude on this guy:



I'm definitely picking up a few sets!


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Post by: godswildcard


With every new release it is getting harder and harder to continue to stay out of MEdge. Love this new faction, and very interested to see what that big gribbly is fighting the robot in the artwork.

*sigh*... What's another box of minis in the house anyway, really?


Maelstrom's Edge - New plastic Epirian elite forces preview - the SecDef - page 5 @ 2017/09/29 12:03:00


Post by: Warhams-77


Some nice, versatile sprues you have there. I'm looking forward to build my first models with them. And the bits box will be filled with useful infantry bits afterwards, too.


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Post by: Yodhrin


OK I was thinking about maybe buying one box for INQ28 and Necromunda conversions, but between the Awesome Space Revolutionaries background and that ginger mental case in the fur coat on the art there I'm seriously tempted to get a small ME force now.


Maelstrom's Edge - New plastic Epirian elite forces preview - the SecDef - page 5 @ 2017/09/29 12:04:16


Post by: darrkespur


Really happy to see these out in the wild after so much time spent planning and developing them! Plenty more to come over the coming months to add to the Broken's rabble.

Just a reminder to anyone new to the background of the game that there are plenty of stories about the Broken in our two short story collections, Tales from the Edge: Emergence and Tales from the Edge: Escalation.


Maelstrom's Edge - New plastic Epirian elite forces preview - the SecDef - page 5 @ 2017/09/29 12:19:49


Post by: JHall


Placed my order this morning! Will make awesome gangers and thugs for Starfinder!


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Post by: RiTides


Yeah I went in for two packs (which will build 2 dozen, and more if I nab some spare torsos!)

With shipping to the US an extremely reasonable $3, it only came out to $53 total including shipping - that's crazy! I think it might be $58 if you don't have the VIP subscription to the site (which gives 10% off, it prompts you if you want to add it at checkout) but still, just nuts.

Now back to scheming on various ways to use these



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Post by: dekinrie


With the right paint job you could use them for cultists especially with those alien heads for mutants


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Post by: Do_I_Not_Like_That


Yeaaaaaaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhhhhhh!!!!

Sorry, I've been looking forward to this release for a while now

Two reasons for this:

1. Great models for both ME and other sci-fi skirmish games.

2. I can't wait to gun down this rebel scum with my Karist army.



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Post by: amazingturtles


They look excellent, just what i've been waiting and hoping for since the game was released!


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Post by: Do_I_Not_Like_That


 amazingturtles wrote:
They look excellent, just what i've been waiting and hoping for since the game was released!


Yeah, ME is a very good game, but when you've only got 2 armies to choose from, and a select number of units, it did start to feel a bit too 'samey.'

This third faction is a welcome boost for the game.


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Post by: Easy E


Very cool. A boon the MEdge and sci-fi wargamers everywhere. I hope it sells tons!


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Post by: amazingturtles


 Do_I_Not_Like_That wrote:
 amazingturtles wrote:
They look excellent, just what i've been waiting and hoping for since the game was released!


Yeah, ME is a very good game, but when you've only got 2 armies to choose from, and a select number of units, it did start to feel a bit too 'samey.'

This third faction is a welcome boost for the game.


There is that of course, and also personally there was the fact that the two faction that the game started with both held little appeal to me. The broken are much more my style, in terms of design, backstory, and hopefully game play.


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Post by: highlord tamburlaine


So if nobody is going to ask, I am.

What's the big dude duking it out with the robot in the background of that art? It part of the Broken as well?


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Post by: insaniak


 highlord tamburlaine wrote:
So if nobody is going to ask, I am.

What's the big dude duking it out with the robot in the background of that art? It part of the Broken as well?

Yeah, the Broken incorporate various alien species into their forces, not all of which are human-sized. These will be added to the range over time.


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Post by: Spiral Arm Studios


 highlord tamburlaine wrote:
So if nobody is going to ask, I am.

What's the big dude duking it out with the robot in the background of that art? It part of the Broken as well?


You'll notice that our factions all have a big (50mm-ish) centrepiece model as an option and The Broken are no exception. It is not the next release, but it is on the way!


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Post by: RiTides


I seriously can't wait for that big model, it looks like exactly my style . Any chance it's out (or at least revealed!) by the end of the year?



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Post by: filbert


Question: Is it possible to build an equivalent points value force to the MEdge box set forces with the Broken Sprues? How many does one need?


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Post by: ProtoClone


The best part about these guys is the creativity it allows the player. This theme is something that interests me and have been wanting to see in a game for a long time. The ability to put old pieces to use is a big selling point to me.


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Post by: Jehan-reznor


Lovely! who is the big broken guy in the picture?
Spoiler:


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Post by: nerdfest09


I really like these! I always toy with the idea of model ranges outside GW but this I think I actually will get! i've nearly finished my own marine army so I'd like to try my hand at a different model line and these look awesome!


Maelstrom's Edge - New plastic Epirian elite forces preview - the SecDef - page 5 @ 2017/09/30 03:07:58


Post by: kestral


I plan to buy a box of these with the terrrain sprue a paycheck or two down the road. $3 shipping gets some serious good will with me.


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Post by: Alpharius


 Jehan-reznor wrote:
Lovely! who is the big broken guy in the picture?
Spoiler:


 Spiral Arm Studios wrote:
 highlord tamburlaine wrote:
So if nobody is going to ask, I am.

What's the big dude duking it out with the robot in the background of that art? It part of the Broken as well?


You'll notice that our factions all have a big (50mm-ish) centrepiece model as an option and The Broken are no exception. It is not the next release, but it is on the way!


Maelstrom's Edge - New plastic Epirian elite forces preview - the SecDef - page 5 @ 2017/09/30 10:22:47


Post by: SteveGaskell


 amazingturtles wrote:
 Do_I_Not_Like_That wrote:
 amazingturtles wrote:
They look excellent, just what i've been waiting and hoping for since the game was released!


Yeah, ME is a very good game, but when you've only got 2 armies to choose from, and a select number of units, it did start to feel a bit too 'samey.'

This third faction is a welcome boost for the game.


There is that of course, and also personally there was the fact that the two faction that the game started with both held little appeal to me. The broken are much more my style, in terms of design, backstory, and hopefully game play.


We're really excited to see these in the wild now! I can understand how the Broken have a lot of appeal in the variety of their organization, and how they represent the "underdog" in the Maelstrom's Edge universe. Saying that, both the Epirian Foundation and the Karist Enclave aren't quite so monolithic as they might first appear. When you dig into both their backgrounds, you quickly realize there's a lot of potential for internal conflict, and there's no easy answers about who are the good guys and who are the bad guys. As we expand the fiction, you'll see this more and more.

And then there's the Remnant . . .


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Post by: SeanDrake


Ordered a couple as look fun to build and may make ok inquistor henchmen.


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Post by: Jerram


 SteveGaskell wrote:


And then there's the Remnant . . .


Why do you tease me so.....When ????


And why do you guys hate my wallet, I had convinced myself shipping was going to be prohibitive but then someone said 3 bucks, will power crumbling.


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Post by: insaniak


 filbert wrote:
Question: Is it possible to build an equivalent points value force to the MEdge box set forces with the Broken Sprues? How many does one need?

The Broken are a horde army, so their units are really cheap, points-wise. The starter set forces come in at around about 120 points. For an equivalent points value in just the 4 Broken units available now, you can do it with 11 sets (66 models), which would set you back around US$150. Not bad for a horde force.


There will be other units released for them in the nearish future as well (and I will likely be working up a few 'unnoficial' units along the way as I start playing with conversions, for those interested in such things ) that will help soak up some points when it is time to expand from there


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Post by: lord_blackfang


Okay this is pretty sweet. Looks great for Deadzone Rebs too.


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Post by: filbert


 insaniak wrote:
 filbert wrote:
Question: Is it possible to build an equivalent points value force to the MEdge box set forces with the Broken Sprues? How many does one need?

The Broken are a horde army, so their units are really cheap, points-wise. The starter set forces come in at around about 120 points. For an equivalent points value in just the 4 Broken units available now, you can do it with 11 sets (66 models), which would set you back around US$150. Not bad for a horde force.


There will be other units released for them in the nearish future as well (and I will likely be working up a few 'unnoficial' units along the way as I start playing with conversions, for those interested in such things ) that will help soak up some points when it is time to expand from there


Excellent stuff - I wonder if fluff-wise one can justify the Broken 'liberating' some Epirian mechs to give some bulk to their army list?


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Post by: BobtheInquisitor


The second story in the Emergence book is about a character named Mama Bot, a former Epirian who could commandeer mechs.


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Post by: insaniak


Yeah, I've been tinkering with an idea for a renegade bot handler unit, who would control a bot mob comprised of Spider and/or scarecrow frames, with slightly reduced stats and Broken weapons replacing the Epirian armament.


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Post by: SteveGaskell


 BobtheInquisitor wrote:
The second story in the Emergence book is about a character named Mama Bot, a former Epirian who could commandeer mechs.


The story is called "Little Bots" and was written by Rob Ziegler, one of the well established SF authors (incl. Alastair Reynolds!) we signed up to write in the Maelstrom's Edge universe. It's a fantastic tale, one of my favourites, and showcases the kinds of crossovers that can happen in the chaos of the Edge.

I should also mention that the story is found in the Tales from the Edge: Escalation collection, not the Emergence volume.


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Post by: Sgt. Oddball


First squad complete, only a bazillion to go



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Post by: insaniak


Nice start!

No paint on mine yet



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Post by: Yodhrin


Any way I could induce you gents to take some pics next to Skitarii/GSC/etc size models?


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Post by: Sgt. Oddball


Best I can do is this bunch of Imperial chaps:



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Post by: lord_blackfang


Does ME have an EU distributor?


Maelstrom's Edge - New plastic Epirian elite forces preview - the SecDef - page 5 @ 2017/10/01 14:31:18


Post by: BobtheInquisitor


 SteveGaskell wrote:
 BobtheInquisitor wrote:
The second story in the Emergence book is about a character named Mama Bot, a former name who could commandeer mechs.


The story is called "Little Bots" and was written by Rob Ziegler, one of the well established SF authors (incl. Alastair Reynolds!) we signed up to write in the Maelstrom's Edge universe. It's a fantastic tale, one of my favourites, and showcases the kinds of crossovers that can happen in the chaos of the Edge.

I should also mention that the story is found in the Tales from the Edge: Escalation collection, not the Emergence volume.


My apologies. I agree that it was a great story, even if I can't remember the E-word of the title.



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Post by: SteveGaskell


 BobtheInquisitor wrote:
 SteveGaskell wrote:
 BobtheInquisitor wrote:
The second story in the Emergence book is about a character named Mama Bot, a former name who could commandeer mechs.


The story is called "Little Bots" and was written by Rob Ziegler, one of the well established SF authors (incl. Alastair Reynolds!) we signed up to write in the Maelstrom's Edge universe. It's a fantastic tale, one of my favourites, and showcases the kinds of crossovers that can happen in the chaos of the Edge.

I should also mention that the story is found in the Tales from the Edge: Escalation collection, not the Emergence volume.


My apologies. I agree that it was a great story, even if I can't remember the E-word of the title.



No problem! The titles are pretty similar--just wanted to make sure that other readers didn't order Emergence then get annoyed when they couldn't find the story you mentioned. More news on the fiction front coming soon btw!


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Post by: legoburner


 lord_blackfang wrote:
Does ME have an EU distributor?


Yes, north star. These specific models are not being released through distribution just yet though.


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Post by: Grumblewartz


Wow, those are fantastic models. I love the motley look of the Broken. Haven't purchased any of your miniatures before, but I am definitely buying a 3 pack of these guys! And, as a paying customer, I will say that the slight discount that you offer when purchasing multiple sets is appreciated!


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Post by: Pacific


Have to say this is a fantastic looking set!

As others have said this is going to have so much use, beyond Medge even.

Personally think they would be ideal for Rogue Star, and making up some of the random and eclectic mix of characters you can play in that game.


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Post by: insaniak


You can now find an assembly guide for the basic Broken Rabble unit here, or on the Comm Guild Blog here.


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Post by: AegisGrimm


Would be interesting to make some Scarecrows and paint them as individuals, kind of like Chappie:



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Post by: plessiez


Do you have plans to make these available through any distributors? I'd like to get some and I can definitely see myself adding them into an order from Wayland Games or somewhere like that but I can't justify the shipping cost to get them direct from you.


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Post by: RiTides


What's the shipping to Aus, out of curiosity? To the US it's only $3 (even though these are shipping from the UK I believe?) which I thought was crazy good, but everything seems more expensive to ship down under


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Post by: legoburner


$15 US up to 1KG, $20 US up to 2KG to Australia if I recall correctly.


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Post by: Scott


This kit looks great, so versatile.

I like the options for a wide cast of characters - different sexes and species. Well done!


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Post by: xghostmakerx


How are these in size compared to GW models? I'd like to see them compared to cultists or GSC


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Post by: Sgt. Oddball


There's an image above comparing to various IG models if that helps.


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Post by: plessiez


Yeah, $15 to oz. I usually buy stuff from the UK from companies that do free international shipping over a certain amount.


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Post by: angryboy2k


Not built or painted anything in over a year and I've got nobody to play with here, but I'm super excited to have bought three sprues of these guys - and I finally picked up the expansion sprue too. Looking forward to receiving them!


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Post by: darrkespur


 Yodhrin wrote:
Any way I could induce you gents to take some pics next to Skitarii/GSC/etc size models?


This has come up a couple of times and I had some Genestelaer Cult Neophyte Hybrids lying around on the sprue, so here's a quick comparison:



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Post by: SteveGaskell


Looking forward to seeing more Broken assembled and painted! Seeing the models is great inspiration for the stories, so keep 'em coming!


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Post by: Spiral Arm Studios


Our regular release cycle continues tomorrow, with the brand new Angel Hellblaster unit for the Karist Enclave. Available about 30 hours from now, this unit gets you close to a viable all-Angel force.



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Post by: Kid_Kyoto


Puppies!

Will that be plastic or resin?


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Post by: legoburner


This is the first resin model and will come in a pack of 2 with variant bodies and legs.


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Post by: insaniak


Very excited to see the first of the new resins roll out



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Post by: RiTides


Was there an unpainted sneak peak pic of this from Salute? I'd love to see it in the bare resin too if possible


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Post by: insaniak


There were some bare resin pics in Navarro's Salute coverage on his blog here - http://mr-bugman.blogspot.com.au/2017/04/salute-2017-coverage-part-6.html


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Post by: Spiral Arm Studios


We at Spiral Arm Studios are proud to announce the immediate release of the Karist Angel Hellblaster unit. A valuable addition to any Karist force and our first ever resin model! It seems fitting to release a monstrous creature on Halloween!



The Angel Hellblaster is a juvenile form of an Angel. Larger than a minnow but smaller than a mature Angel, juvenile angels can take many forms, but Karist Keepers try to goad certain Minnows into a Hellblaster form for the many tactical advantages the Hellblaster type offers.

First and foremost, the Cybel Blast ability sets these guys apart from the rest of the Karist forces. Using a powerful template blast, they can really hold their own.


Cybel Blast: Range 24", SHO 2+SB, PEN 4, DAM 1, Special: AoE (SB), Explosive (6+).


The full Angel Hellblaster profile and force builder elements can be found on the Force Lists section of the Maelstrom's Edge website.

Two distinct models are available in a single pack:



The Hellblaster sits on a 44mm base, the same as the Epirian Spider Drones and Hunter Warmechs. Here's what the Angel range looks like now:



If you have wanted to build an all-Angel army, we are just one model away from it being completely viable, and the Angel Hellblaster will be the Hammer of your force.





The Angel Hellblaster is available now in the Maelstrom's Edge webstore.


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Post by: insaniak


Spiral Arm Studios wrote:

Spiral Arm Studios are proud to present our latest release in our continuing one release per month cycle - Karist Heavy Weapons.







These weapons are resin, with slightly up-armoured Karist troopers carrying and operating them. One of the weapons can now be added to your basic Karist Trooper squads for +1 to +2 points, or you can build an entirely new Anvil unit with two heavy weapons - the Karist Trooper Heavy Squad.







Weapon and unit rules are available on the Karist online unit cards section of the Maelstrom's Edge website.




The models are available for purchase right now at the Maelstrom's Edge store.




You'll also notice that the kit comes with a Karist trooper head which has the mask removed, revealing the human underneath.







The above model is also demonstrating the alternate arm option, holding a cybel ammo cannister. Parts are broadly interchangeable with the rest of the Karist range, opening up further options and conversion possibilities!




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Post by: AegisGrimm


Those are pretty cool!


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Post by: MajorTom11


Just noticed these in the Medge section - will repost what I wrote there -

 MajorTom11 wrote:
Hey those are really nice! Good job on the new weapon designs and the heavier trooper armor nods to the elites... Also like the mods to the helmets (tri-eye, more angular). And of course, the shark-gills on the bracers.

Pretty impressed guys, these are nice additions!


Seriously, good job, it's pretty damn sexy -


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Post by: insaniak


Yeah, I'm having a play with a couple of these now. I'm seriously in love with the lance and the multi-barrel grenade launcher.

They're fantastic models, and the resin caster is some sort of wizard.



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Post by: Gimgamgoo


And... ordered. :-)

Any chance you can have pdf files with the cards in for each faction that get updated? The print webpage thing hasn't worked for me at all and I have to print screen, then crop, paste into a program I can use measurements in and adjust the size to card size before printing.


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Post by: YouKnowsIt


I've been waiting to do an order once a few of these new sets are out.

Do the troopers come with 2 of each heavy weapon option or just 1 of each?


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Post by: insaniak


The heavy troopers come with 1 each of the three weapons.


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Post by: angryboy2k


In addition to Gimgamgoo's feedback, I think that the Karist weapon summary is missing at least one of the new heavy weapons.


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Post by: yakface



The Angel Hellblaster's Cybel Blast and the two new heavy weapons (Cybel Lance & Ripper Heavy Grenade Launcher) are not on the summary yet.

We're working on updating that now, but in the meantime, the stats for those weapons are in our online force builder:

https://www.maelstromsedge.com/medge/forcelist.jsp

Just go to the relevant unit's card and at the bottom there is a summary of each unit's equipment and abilities.

We're still working through adding all that info into the force builder, but those new weapons have definitely already been added.




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Post by: insaniak


Spiral Arm Studios are proud to present our latest release in our continuing one release per month cycle - The Karist Keeper.







This high quality resin kit contains one Karist Angel Keeper model with two weapon options and a 25mm base. The cybel Goad can be assembled in a variety of angles for added dynamism. This Command model enables an all-Angel Karist army to be fielded, creating a very visually distinct force.







Angel Keepers are a strange, isolated offshoot within the Karist Priesthood. For hundreds of years, the Keepers of the Karist Enclave have enslaved the alien creatures known as Angels, keeping them docile using regimented doses of cybel energy. The Keepers experiment on their captives, using different forms of cybel energy and electromagnetically charged cages to shape the Angels, encouraging them to grow new limbs or shapes to match the Enclave's requirements. While all Karists are secretive, Keepers take this mantra to another level. Keeper Initiates hand-picked from amongst the ranks of Novitiate priests secretly study sacred texts from venerated Keepers on both the Karist faith and the complexities of caring for the Angel creatures. Some Initiates drop out when they witness the trapping of Angel Minnows with tainted cybel energy. But those who persevere with their training find Angels to be magnificent, transcendent beings, and pledge their lives to the cause. Junior Keepers undertake a vow of silence, abandoning common human pursuits to focus solely on the miraculous Angels. Keepers study Angels for many years, learning to train and even speak to them in a rudimentary, computer-assisted, language. Those that graduate to the full rank of Angel Keeper undergo surgery to replace their vocal cords with a cybernetic enhancement, effectively allowing them to 'speak' the language of the Angels.







Keepers are the least public of the Kaddar sect, having little to do with local populations, but fulfilling the critical role of Angel harvesting and training. On the battlefield, Keepers are tasked with marshalling Angel units to attack the enemy, an often tricky prospect. As the Angels feel the effects of mass and gravity far stronger than their other senses, Keepers can lead Angels around using the pulsed gravitic generator attached to their voicebox. The combination of sound and gravitic waves is irresistible to smaller Angels, but headstrong Mature Angels often ignore these orders if more tempting prey is available. Therefore, Keepers also utilise grenade launchers equipped with Swarmer rounds to douse enemy units with Na-Cybel. Not only do enemy units become incapacitated through temporary euphoria, but the Na-Cybel also draws the attention of any Angels nearby. When a Keeper and an Angel are in harmony, the consequences for their enemies can be devastating.




Weapon and model rules are available at the Karist online unit cards section of the Maelstrom's Edge website.




The Karist Keeper is available for purchase right now at the Maelstrom's Edge store.



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Post by: RiTides


That model rocks! More resin kits like this, please


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Post by: BobtheInquisitor


I love the armor and fabric layers. He looks really badass. Unfortunately, his helmet has a hole in it that would need to be putties or painted out.

Armed with that cybel goad and painted red, he would make an awesome guard for any supreme leader named after the muppet who sold smack on Sesame Street.


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Post by: insaniak


 BobtheInquisitor wrote:
I love the armor and fabric layers. He looks really badass. Unfortunately, his helmet has a hole in it that would need to be putties or painted out.

What hole are you referring to?

For that matter, what helmet are you referring to...?


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Post by: BobtheInquisitor


The helmet that covers his face and the right half of his head. Clearly, battlefield head gear should cover the whole cranium, so that gap where you can see his left eye and temple and this service studs must be a hole in otherwise serviceable gear.


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Post by: insaniak


Ah, ok. It's not a helmet. He has an eye piece over his right eye, and a vocaliser to communicate with his Angels.


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Post by: BobtheInquisitor


 insaniak wrote:
Ah, ok. It's not a helmet. He has an eye piece over his right eye, and a vocaliser to communicate with his Angels.


Well, I'll be.

I bet I have a spare helmet somewhere the poor guy could use.


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Post by: kestral


Looking good! The Karists seem to be fleshing out.


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Post by: Theophony


I’m glad stuff is getting more fleshed out, I just saw that our FLGS has gotten 3 core sets in this week.


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Post by: Spiral Arm Studios




Spiral Arm Studios are proud to present their latest release - the Gnolti - a large, brutish alien which fights alongside the Broken. This four part resin model is the biggest we've ever made and is available now on the Maelstrom's Edge webstore.



The Gnolti are large, slow moving creatures with strength many times that of a human. Gnolti evolved on the high gravity moon orbiting the gas giant Encelasa, and were amongst the first alien species met by humanity. Many Gnolti remain on their homeworld, but some take up a nomadic life across the Spiral Arm, earning money with their bulky frames to send back home. Originally hired and transported to systems requiring extreme manual labour or exposure to elements lethal to humans, their normally calm, thoughtful temperament made Gnolti easy to integrate into human society. Gnolti are extremely loyal to those who treat them well, gladly risking themselves to protect their friends. Despite being incredibly useful, Gnolti are often denied berths on planetary evacuation ships due to their extreme size. Gnoltis have few opportunities to escape the Maelstrom, and stranded Gnolti are a common recruit into the ragtag warbands of the Broken, where their physical power can be a huge asset.



It takes an incredible amount of punishment to bring down a Gnolti in battle. Besides their massive strength and incredible toughness, Gnolti are blessed with an extreme regenerative trait that allows them to heal in just minutes massive wounds that would easily fell other species. Gnolti may be slow to anger, but once roused, their rage is hard to quench. A rampaging Gnolti is an image impossible to forget for those lucky enough to survive their attack. Frequently a Broken ringleader won't even arm their Gnolti comrades, as the spectacle of an enraged charging Gnolti can disrupt all but the most disciplined defensive lines. This near legendary reputation means that on the battlefield, Gnolti become a primary target of the enemy, regardless of whether they should be or not. The Broken gladly leverage this notion and use Gnolti as a screen for their more vulnerable units. The ferocity and size of a Gnolti is even used as a distraction tactic, drawing the fire of enemy troops so that other Broken can manoeuvre unhindered, to devastating effect. The Broken do not take the sacrifice of Gnolti lightly. At the end of each battle, Gnolti are given first pick of any loot that was captured, and every member of the warband stops by to wish thanks to the Gnolti they served with, or to pay homage to those Gnolti that didn't survive.



The Gnolti rules are available as always at the Maelstrom's Edge website, in the Force Listings section. Equipped with the ability to regenerate, and with massive fists to plow through enemy lines, this powerful model is a solid centrepiece for Broken detachments.



This is a four part resin model which has some posing flexibility at the forearms. Overall, the Gnolti has a mostly fixed pose designed to show the lumbering power of the model.



The Gnolti is available for purchase right now in the Maelstrom's Edge webstore.




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Post by: Mymearan


Ohm wow! Very impressed. In fact this is the first ME model I’ve seen that I actually would purchase, and that to me looks on par with the models from more established companies. Lovely, just lovely design and sculpt both!


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Post by: Necros


Looks pretty badass.. more please


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Post by: RiTides


And totally ordered! I have been looking forward to the Gnolti since seeing their description... and the final result blows me away! Love the chunkiness and how it fills out that massive base



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Post by: Gallahad


That is a great model. Really great design choices. I love the juxtaposition of the ribbed padded cloth over the scaly skin texture, it is really visually interesting. The face is also great.


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Post by: OrlandotheTechnicoloured


The look would fit very will with the Gates of Antares Boromites too


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Post by: DarkTraveler777


Yeah, that sucker is slick! Very, very nice.


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Post by: darrkespur


Love how this model turned out and really happy that it's out in the real world at last! Looking forward to geting my hands on one soon, it'll look great amidst my Broken hordes

There was a glimpse at the gnolti back in my short story 'The Shipyard' that we released way back during the Kickstarter - you can read that in PDF here:

http://www.maelstromsedge.com/The%20Shipyard.pdf


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Post by: BobtheInquisitor


Love that grizzled Gnolti. I'm tempted to name mine "Richman's Busey". The big arms/short legs design on him works really well; Mantic could learn a lot from this mini. Love the face, the armor and the textures.


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Post by: RiTides


I think this awesomeness needs to be quoted onto the current page

 Spiral Arm Studios wrote:


Spiral Arm Studios are proud to present their latest release - the Gnolti - a large, brutish alien which fights alongside the Broken. This four part resin model is the biggest we've ever made and is available now on the Maelstrom's Edge webstore.



The Gnolti are large, slow moving creatures with strength many times that of a human. Gnolti evolved on the high gravity moon orbiting the gas giant Encelasa, and were amongst the first alien species met by humanity. Many Gnolti remain on their homeworld, but some take up a nomadic life across the Spiral Arm, earning money with their bulky frames to send back home. Originally hired and transported to systems requiring extreme manual labour or exposure to elements lethal to humans, their normally calm, thoughtful temperament made Gnolti easy to integrate into human society. Gnolti are extremely loyal to those who treat them well, gladly risking themselves to protect their friends. Despite being incredibly useful, Gnolti are often denied berths on planetary evacuation ships due to their extreme size. Gnoltis have few opportunities to escape the Maelstrom, and stranded Gnolti are a common recruit into the ragtag warbands of the Broken, where their physical power can be a huge asset.



It takes an incredible amount of punishment to bring down a Gnolti in battle. Besides their massive strength and incredible toughness, Gnolti are blessed with an extreme regenerative trait that allows them to heal in just minutes massive wounds that would easily fell other species. Gnolti may be slow to anger, but once roused, their rage is hard to quench. A rampaging Gnolti is an image impossible to forget for those lucky enough to survive their attack. Frequently a Broken ringleader won't even arm their Gnolti comrades, as the spectacle of an enraged charging Gnolti can disrupt all but the most disciplined defensive lines. This near legendary reputation means that on the battlefield, Gnolti become a primary target of the enemy, regardless of whether they should be or not. The Broken gladly leverage this notion and use Gnolti as a screen for their more vulnerable units. The ferocity and size of a Gnolti is even used as a distraction tactic, drawing the fire of enemy troops so that other Broken can manoeuvre unhindered, to devastating effect. The Broken do not take the sacrifice of Gnolti lightly. At the end of each battle, Gnolti are given first pick of any loot that was captured, and every member of the warband stops by to wish thanks to the Gnolti they served with, or to pay homage to those Gnolti that didn't survive.



The Gnolti rules are available as always at the Maelstrom's Edge website, in the Force Listings section. Equipped with the ability to regenerate, and with massive fists to plow through enemy lines, this powerful model is a solid centrepiece for Broken detachments.



This is a four part resin model which has some posing flexibility at the forearms. Overall, the Gnolti has a mostly fixed pose designed to show the lumbering power of the model.



The Gnolti is available for purchase right now in the Maelstrom's Edge webstore.



By the way, what is the base size on this beast - 50mm or maybe 60mm?

And thanks very much for the story link, darrkespur!



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Post by: insaniak


He's on the same large base used for the Mature Angel, so 52mm.


Working on mine at the moment, and loving this model so very much...



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Post by: Theophony


Definitely looks like something fun to hunt in the underhive


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Post by: Lorek


That looks absolutely amazing. It really is a great centerpiece model!


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Post by: RiTides


Well done on the use of the open fist, insaniak


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Post by: ChaoticMind


At some point I’ll have to have the FLGS order me a Broken force.


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Post by: insaniak


Still WIP, but I am loving this model more than is probably healthy for either of us...



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Post by: gigasnail


what a beast! nice looking model.


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Post by: cygnnus


Pretty cool model. I’d have to name mine, Gnik...

Valete,

JohnS


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Post by: HisDivineShadow


Hopefully the quality of this sculpt is a sign of things to come? It definitely looks better the previous stuff


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Post by: Gimgamgoo


 HisDivineShadow wrote:
Hopefully the quality of this sculpt is a sign of things to come? It definitely looks better the previous stuff


I honestly find this a hard statement to believe.
Every model I've ever had has been of far better quality than any I've had from other manufacturers.
I'm not scraping plastic mold lines from between spikes like on GW models. I'm not getting wrong parts in boxes like I always seem to get with Bolt Action and Gates of Antares. I like Mantic models, but MEdge quality is in a different league entirely. The resin for MEdge has so far been perfect, barely any clean up needed and never a bubble or miscast.
I know some people dislike some of the aesthetics, but I'll keep buying this top end stuff for whatever sci fi game I'm playing.
The only dislike I have is that the main Angel is too monopose, but if you only use one in an army, it's not a problem.

I put my Gnolti together tonight. Another awesome model. I'm just glad it survived the bubblewrap and flat packaging Wayland sent it in.


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Post by: Theophony


 Gimgamgoo wrote:
 HisDivineShadow wrote:
Hopefully the quality of this sculpt is a sign of things to come? It definitely looks better the previous stuff


I honestly find this a hard statement to believe.
Every model I've ever had has been of far better quality than any I've had from other manufacturers.
I'm not scraping plastic mold lines from between spikes like on GW models. I'm not getting wrong parts in boxes like I always seem to get with Bolt Action and Gates of Antares. I like Mantic models, but MEdge quality is in a different league entirely. The resin for MEdge has so far been perfect, barely any clean up needed and never a bubble or miscast.
I know some people dislike some of the aesthetics, but I'll keep buying this top end stuff for whatever sci fi game I'm playing.
The only dislike I have is that the main Angel is too monopose, but if you only use one in an army, it's not a problem.

I put my Gnolti together tonight. Another awesome model. I'm just glad it survived the bubblewrap and flat packaging Wayland sent it in.

I love the Gnolti, I like what I see with the broken, but the starter armies do nothing for me. So much so that someone has 3 of the battle for Z? On consignment at the FLGS for $30 each brand new and I have passed on it. They might be crisp right now, but we would have to see how well the mold holds up in comparison to gw after 40,000 shots.


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Post by: HisDivineShadow


 Gimgamgoo wrote:
 HisDivineShadow wrote:
Hopefully the quality of this sculpt is a sign of things to come? It definitely looks better the previous stuff


I honestly find this a hard statement to believe.
Every model I've ever had has been of far better quality than any I've had from other manufacturers.
I'm not scraping plastic mold lines from between spikes like on GW models. I'm not getting wrong parts in boxes like I always seem to get with Bolt Action and Gates of Antares. I like Mantic models, but MEdge quality is in a different league entirely. The resin for MEdge has so far been perfect, barely any clean up needed and never a bubble or miscast.
I know some people dislike some of the aesthetics, but I'll keep buying this top end stuff for whatever sci fi game I'm playing.
The only dislike I have is that the main Angel is too monopose, but if you only use one in an army, it's not a problem.

I put my Gnolti together tonight. Another awesome model. I'm just glad it survived the bubblewrap and flat packaging Wayland sent it in.


Take off the fanboi filter for a sec and you can't even pretend the detail on the Gnolti isn't leagues above the rest of the range.


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Post by: legoburner


 Theophony wrote:

They might be crisp right now, but we would have to see how well the mold holds up in comparison to gw after 40,000 shots.


The resin mould gets re-cut every 30 shots. Many of the plastic sprues have already done 40,000 shots too and are just as crisp now as they were then - they are rated for 250,000.


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Post by: insaniak


 HisDivineShadow wrote:

Take off the fanboi filter for a sec and you can't even pretend the detail on the Gnolti isn't leagues above the rest of the range.

It's better than the plastics, certainly. That's pretty much a given... resin is always going to give crisper detail than polystyrene. It's on par with the other resins released so far, though... they've all been superb.


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Post by: RiTides


(Im)Patiently waiting for mine to arrive so I can weigh in on quality

The resins all do look sharp in the pics, but I think this sculpt is just fantastic and that's what has it standing out so much . It's definitely my favorite to date!


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Post by: Gimgamgoo


 HisDivineShadow wrote:

Take off the fanboi filter for a sec and you can't even pretend the detail on the Gnolti isn't leagues above the rest of the range.


Wow... I made it to over 30 years playing wargames before being called a fanboi.

I'm not (yet) a fan of the MEdge rules, but the figures are all top quality. I assume to comment you've bought or own every single one - particularly the resins.
My personal favourites are actually the Karist heavy weapons troops in resin. They are as well cast and sharp as the Gnolti.

I also wasn't referring to the looks, or style of the models either. I was comparing them to the quality of the casting. I've played a lot of games and collected a lot of figures in 30+ years and the MEdge range is by far the best cast set of wargaming figures. I've yet to have any bad casts.


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Post by: Mymearan


 Gimgamgoo wrote:
 HisDivineShadow wrote:
Hopefully the quality of this sculpt is a sign of things to come? It definitely looks better the previous stuff


I honestly find this a hard statement to believe.
Every model I've ever had has been of far better quality than any I've had from other manufacturers.
I'm not scraping plastic mold lines from between spikes like on GW models. I'm not getting wrong parts in boxes like I always seem to get with Bolt Action and Gates of Antares. I like Mantic models, but MEdge quality is in a different league entirely. The resin for MEdge has so far been perfect, barely any clean up needed and never a bubble or miscast.
I know some people dislike some of the aesthetics, but I'll keep buying this top end stuff for whatever sci fi game I'm playing.
The only dislike I have is that the main Angel is too monopose, but if you only use one in an army, it's not a problem.

I put my Gnolti together tonight. Another awesome model. I'm just glad it survived the bubblewrap and flat packaging Wayland sent it in.


He might mean the design. To me most of their previous stuff is on the level of the most uninspired GW mid-90s plastic designs. This guy has a much more unique and appealing design, plus a dynamic and interestingly pose.


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Post by: Gimgamgoo


 Mymearan wrote:

He might mean the design. To me most of their previous the previous stuff, in terms of aesthetics, poses, design elements, are stuck in the 90s, with some of the most unappealing designs I’ve seen in a game of this caliber (those Epirians... eep indeed). Makes the mostly boring Gates of Antares designs look like a work of genius. This guy, on the other hand, suddenly has a completely different aesthetic that looks modern, has a dynamic pose and a somewhat unique aesthetic. A huge step up and I certainly hope they keep going in this direction.


Ok. I'll agree to disagree with you.
I hear this phraase "stuck in the 90's" all the times on this forum - mainly from GW fans like yourself. I don't understand what it means. Honestly. Do you mean the figures are in a stood pose rather than modelled halfway through some sort of running pose? mid fist swing? Balancing on tendrils? Most GW stuff these days is what you seem to be calling "dynamic". I personally like my models to look like they're stood still. Mainly because when I look down at my gaming table, the figures are actually stood still. Seeing a figure in a running pose always looks silly when the model itself is still. But each to their own. Further to this 90's thing. GW used to make models in the (late) 90's that could have bodies and legs at all kinds of angles, arms positions too. Nowadays most are monopose. How is this an improvement over the 90's? I know GW now cover their models in loads of tiny details so this is an improvement, unless ofc it's yet more skulls or rune acne.

The recent resin models coming out of SAS are a delight though, and I for one are glad the fantastic resin Karist Heavy troops are in "stood still" non-dynamic positions.




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Post by: YouKnowsIt


I don't remember as many kits with the posing flexibility of the Maelstrom's Edge plastics back in the 90s. Certainly they didn't have the level of detail that the ME ones do.

Soldiers don't tend to shoot their guns while doing a ballet, so I don't have a problem with more stationary leg poses personally.


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Post by: BobtheInquisitor


I'm loving the Bolshoi Revolution myself, but I wouldn't say the poses were the problem with the Epirians and cultists. I don't want to get into the whole thing again, but I will agree that I love Medge's newer, improved sculpts.


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Post by: insaniak




The Sig Jammer is the latest resin release for Maelstrom's Edge and helps the Broken counter the technological superiority of their adversaries. As usual, the unit's rules can be found in the online unit card section of the Maelstrom's Edge website, where you are able to learn about the specific rules of the Tech Disruptor (pile on those Suppression Tokens!) and the other equipped weapons of the Sig Jammer.







The ramshackle fleets of the Broken don't possess extensive R&D departments or mass production facilities, but what they lack in investment, they make up for in unregulated ingenuity and daring invention. The Broken is a haven for technological savants and rebellious hackers, rulebreakers ostracised and hunted by a society scared of their technological prowess. Whether driven to the Broken by the Maelstrom or the authorities, these maverick inventors are encouraged to experiment and tinker. These 'Jammers' soon thrive among the Broken ranks, using their skills to break into computer networks, disrupt signals, and generally set technology against their users. It is a rare mercurial talent to be able to invent the kind of disruptive equipment the Jammers carry, and sending a Jammer Savant deep into enemy territory is not a viable strategy. Instead, Broken leadership encourages anyone with a natural aptitude for technology to become an apprentice, or 'Sig Jammer'. In peacetime, these neophytes are a mixture of servant and apprentice, taking care of a Savant's every need, or searching for the particular parts needed to complete the Savant's latest technological masterpiece.







Once the Broken go to war, Sig Jammers are given disruption tech and thrust towards the enemy to cause havoc. A Sig Jammer's average lifespan doesn't tend to be terribly long, yet there is never a shortage of souls looking to become one. In fact, in some Broken societies, a lottery has to be held to select new Sig Jammers from amongst all the hopefuls. This is easier to understand when the alternative is being drafted into a Broken Rabble unit, which is roughly akin to being thrown into a meat grinder. In battle, Sig Jammers sneak near enemy lines and wage short-ranged technological warfare on the enemy, degrading their weapon systems and disrupting their broadcast frequencies. Sig Jammers project a localised disruptive field from their Tech Disruptor beam weapons to hamper electronic devices, disorienting or shutting down enemy targeting and support systems. Sig Jammers also use their arm-mounted targeting scrambler for protection, sending out dozens of false positives to enemy targeting computers, causing additional confusion and pandemonium amongst their adversaries.




http://www.thecommguild.com/roller/thecommguild/entry/the-broken-s-first-elite


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Post by: Gallahad


Great idea for a unit. I like the sculpt as well.


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Post by: Spiral Arm Studios




The Marsayan Hypnotist is the next resin release for the Broken faction in Maelstrom's Edge. The first 'Add-On' unit type available for the Broken, the Marsayan Hypnotist can be added to different Broken squads to help protect them from enemy fire, as detailed on the model's profile card in the online unit card section of the Maelstrom's Edge website.




Marsays are not naturally gifted fighters, nor are they a particularly good shot. With their long limbs, clumsy gait and large bulbous eyes, Marsays don't seem a threat. Disguised behind those eyes, however, is their remarkable ability to influence the mind of others. This is a slumbering ability that most Marsay cannot consciously steer, only presenting itself when the Marsay is angry or fearful. There are some, however, who can exercise this power at will, giving them frightening control over those around them. At a distance, a Marsay can subtly suggest to the enemy to perhaps choose a different target to fire at. Up close, they can create much more intense hallucinations or make an opponent become violently ill.







There are rumours that a great Marsayan empire existed, comprising dozens of worlds, stretched across multiple systems. Driven by the most influential telepaths, the Marsayan Empire was thought to be deeply unequal and aggressive towards other cultures. Neighbouring human worlds, either threatened or jealous of the Marsayan abilities, banded together to attack, and most of the Empire was exterminated. The surviving Marsays fled their home worlds and learned to hide amongst human populations. All official records of the Marsayan civilization were wiped out by the arrival of the Maelstrom. Today, Marsays are mostly black market merchants by trade. Common sights in bazaars across the Arm, they are respected for their business acumen and the quality of their wares. Marsayan Ranja is an especially popular liqueur. Equally well known, however, is the Marsayan Swindle. Many an unsuspecting buyer at a Marsay market stall has suddenly felt a little nauseous and returned home with a purchase they can't quite explain.



Marsays still hold a deep fear of being imprisoned or killed for their gifts, and deny or downplay their telepathic potency. This fear of human government drives them to hide amongst the shadows of society, and even with the approach of the Maelstrom few are willing to risk being caught influencing their way onto an evacuation ship. Marsays are naturally drawn to Broken Freeports, where humans and xenos peacefully intermingle away from the sight of authoritarian government. Marsays often join Broken fighting forces to procure plundered goods they can later trade on the black market, and it is on the battlefield that their hidden talent for manipulation is often revealed. Marsayan hypnotists are valued on Broken patrols, as they can silently neutralize threats and do not care for even the thickest armour. Whilst these slight, frail creatures are not physically imposing, when they delve into the minds of their enemies, they can make the most hardened warrior flee in terror.


Pick up your Marsayan Hypnotist from the Maelstrom's Edge webstore here!




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Post by: Barzam


That's actually a really cool looking figure. You guys have been knocking it out of the park with the Borken Xenos.


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Post by: BobtheInquisitor


Someone needs to paint his large eyes like Hypnotoad's. Great looking psychic alien.


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Post by: usernamesareannoying


Get that poor guy some aspirin.


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Post by: RiTides


 Barzam wrote:
That's actually a really cool looking figure. You guys have been knocking it out of the park with the Borken Xenos.

Totally agreed about the Broken releases - just had my Gnolti painted up and it is a beauty, too


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Post by: insaniak


Yup, the resin stuff so far has all been great, and I'm having a ball with it.


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Post by: ProtoClone


Seriously nailing it with these Broken!


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Post by: Spiral Arm Studios




We at Spiral Arm Studios are proud to present our latest model - the Epirian Master Handler. This alternate command model allows you to lead your robotic force with the ultimate robotic Handler. We previewed this model at Salute 2018 where it sold out very quickly, and now it is available on general release for everyone!



Rules are available immediately as normal on the Maelstrom's Edge website Force Lists section. As you can see there, a lot of interesting equipment is available.



The sprue contains enough parts to build any of the combinations in the rules, and has two variant bodies and legs for different posing. The real interesting bit is the backpack and supporting mech arm structure though, which is fully ball jointed, allowing a huge range of posing and angles. We originally wanted to make this kit in resin, but the complexity and detail of the mech arm parts demanded plastic and we are very glad we went that route!



The Epirian Foundation became one of the dominant forces in the Spiral Arm for two reasons: its terraforming technology allowed the Foundation to convert barren worlds into productive and verdant paradises, and its legions of robots and drones allowed it to harvest resources from inhabited planets and desolate asteroids alike. Both would be nothing, however, without Bot Handlers striding amongst their robotic charges, directing their actions and optimising their workflow. The limited AI of Epirian bots means that the true power lies in a Handler's control, and for many, training to become one of the Foundation's machine shepherds is the ultimate career to aspire to. By the time a Bot Handler reaches the hallowed status of Master, they are the Foundation's most valuable resource, guiding entire robotic divisions and piloting whole squadrons of starships on their own. They are so precious, in fact, that their corporate superiors overlook all manner of eccentricities and odd behaviors, both of which become increasingly common the longer a Handler plies their trade. As a Handler spends increased time with their consciousness projected into their robotic subjects, the more they become detached from humanity.



A Master Handler has spent decades diving into the electronic pathways of machines. Having to spend a few minutes conversing with another person is excruciating when one is used to simply thinking a command and have it be perfectly understood and followed. Master Handlers are often awkward and disdainful of other humans, which can unsettle those within their proximity. The elite human soldiers in the Foundation's SecDef division resent a Master Handler's lack of cohesion, despite the formidable abilities they bring to bear on the enemy. Master Handlers therefore refuse to serve embedded with any other Foundation unit, instead relying on custom built 'Defender' Drones to protect them. These modified Firefly drones have their clingfire payload replaced with state-of-the-art armour. Their vastly improved neural processors perform a 'swarm defense', continually scanning for potential threats, positioning themselves as a seemingly easy target, only to dart away once they have drawn enemy fire.



Master Handlers wear powerful machine-assisted armor normally reserved for elite SecDef forces, and wield an arsenal of weaponry that normal soldiers can only dream of. Some Master Handlers eschew additional weapons and instead utilize Neural Nodes: an incredibly expensive and controversial technology that combines a powerful machine neural processor with a tiny portion of the Master Handler's cognitive functions. The Neural Node acts as an independent, duplicated version of the Handler's consciousness for a brief moment, before safeguards purge its core memory. The Neural Node creates a powerful momentary electronic copy of the Master Handler's mind into the target drone, to assess the situation and provide the drones with a specific order. There are many voices both outside and within the Foundation that decry the use of Neural Nodes, claiming they are a form of A.I., which puts all of humanity at risk. The Foundation remains resolute that purging a Neural Nodes at regular intervals prevents any potential issues from arising. Master Handlers themselves ignore the controversy, relishing any opportunity to become closer to the robots under their control, to devastating effect amongst those that stand in their way.


As a brand new command model, you also get a new, different faction objective for the Epirians if you take this unit as the head of your detachment:


MASTER OF MACHINES
This objective may only be utilized if your force contains a Master Bot Handler. If utilized, a Master Bot Handler is automatically your force commander for any objective type that requires one.

This objective type can generate a maximum of 3 VPs per game, after which you may no longer utilize the Bot Mastery ability.

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Partial: (each end phase) If at least one of your Master Bot Handlers is on the table and the Bot Mastery ability was not utilized that turn, gain 1 VP.

Full: (end of game) If at least one of your Master Bot Handlers is still on the table, gain all of this objective’s remaining VPs.

Bot Mastery: Once per turn, you may automatically enable one of your unit’s bot protocols when that unit is activated (regardless of whether its activation discipline check is successfully passed). You must have at least one Master Bot Handler on the table to utilize this ability.


Check out the Maelstrom's Edge store today to pick up your Master Handler for just $8.49/£5.99!


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Post by: YouKnowsIt


I picked one up at Salute and I have to say I am really glad you went with the plastic. It's an incredible model to assemble and I reckon the best in the whole range.


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Post by: Gallahad


That guy looks awesome. It is cool to see a robotic exoskeleton.


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Post by: warboss


I like that guy! I haven't been a fan of much from the line other than the initial robot but that bot handler is cool.


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Post by: Barzam


Eh, what the hell. I went ahead and bought one. I feel like this guy could be a good base for making a Fencer from the Earth Defence Force games. Or a good Ogryn stand-in for those of us who don't like the big doofy ogres.


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Post by: BobtheInquisitor


Not only is that an awesome mini, but I'm also stoked to use the spare legs with armature/rocket boots with the Epiral cap head and sleeve arms to make my very own Luigi Mario mini. Trust the fungus.


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Post by: RiTides



Yeah, I don't want to mess with that dude

Love that backpack / exoskeleton, and he looks like a perfect fit next to the drones!


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Post by: ritualnet


Looking at some of the models, some I can leave, but the broken and that bot handler look pretty darn cool. Decent prices too! I'll have to see if their stuff is at the UK Games Expo this year.


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Post by: Theophony


I think the thing that makes him better than the rest of his army is the lack of the hat and shoulder pads. Those two items are what turned me off of that army to begin with.


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Post by: YouKnowsIt


 Theophony wrote:
I think the thing that makes him better than the rest of his army is the lack of the hat and shoulder pads. Those two items are what turned me off of that army to begin with.


You'll like the Epirian spec ops team then, very sleek and much more militaristic look to them.


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Post by: anyname121


You'll like the Epirian spec ops team then, very sleek and much more militaristic look to them.



Any pictures or release info?

The Master Bot Handler looks awesome, really like the huge rocket pack.


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Post by: legoburner


 anyname121 wrote:
You'll like the Epirian spec ops team then, very sleek and much more militaristic look to them.



Any pictures or release info?

The Master Bot Handler looks awesome, really like the huge rocket pack.


End of June


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Post by: Theophony


YouKnowsIt wrote:
 Theophony wrote:
I think the thing that makes him better than the rest of his army is the lack of the hat and shoulder pads. Those two items are what turned me off of that army to begin with.


You'll like the Epirian spec ops team then, very sleek and much more militaristic look to them.


Problem is the standard guys look bad in my opinion, I don’t want to build an army of those just to have a few good looking models.


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Post by: Sgt. Oddball


You don't actually need to field any Contractors to have a viable army though.


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Post by: Theophony


 Sgt. Oddball wrote:
You don't actually need to field any Contractors to have a viable army though.


To me that’s like playing a space marine army and only fielding Dreadnoughts. I like basic troopers fighting the wars, though troopers with drone support are fine too.


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Post by: insaniak


 Theophony wrote:


To me that’s like playing a space marine army and only fielding Dreadnoughts. I like basic troopers fighting the wars, though troopers with drone support are fine too.

In this case, it's more like playing space marines and not fielding scouts...

Secdef are Epirian, but they don't get along with Contractors and their drones particularly well, so it's quite thematic to go with just Secdef, if you're so inclined.


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Post by: Kid_Kyoto


Looking at the models, do the exo arms have to hook up to the meat arms or can they be pointed another way?

It seems they're independent but all the build up ones seem to link to the gloves.


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Post by: ChaoticMind


 Kid_Kyoto wrote:
Looking at the models, do the exo arms have to hook up to the meat arms or can they be pointed another way?

It seems they're independent but all the build up ones seem to link to the gloves.


Reading in the basic assembly guide article the stock meat arms have pegs the exo arms attach to. But as usual insaniak has done a modeling article with ideas and conversions, one of which is the exo arms as a third limb and another using spare meat arms from elsewhere in the ME range.

Edit: looked at the assembly guide again, arms use pegs not flat areas.


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Post by: insaniak


Yeah, the weapons are designed to peg onto the arms, but there's nothing physically that would stop you from trimming the pegs off the back of the forearms and having the weapon arms waving about independently.

I had something similar in mind for a 4-weapon version, but didn't get a chance to build that one yet.


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Post by: Spiral Arm Studios


The Forsaken are commonly dismissed as simple, degenerate pirates, but the truth is that they usually attack only out of necessity. Piracy is many times the only way their community can survive a hostile galaxy: stealing food, fuel, ammunition and anything else of value they can get their hands on. The Forsaken rarely send out their forces en masse, knowing that a single crushing defeat could mean the end of their entire tribe's existence. Instead, they strike in small patrols, typically led by a Chieftain.









Though a Chieftain is granted his or her position of authority by The Assembly, they must first earn the respect of their fellow Forsaken to even be nominated. A Chieftain must be equal parts fighter, diplomat and cunning tactician. Knowing that their forces can never win a stand-up fight against a prepared opponent, a Chieftain leads his warriors to strike unseen from the shadows, quickly fading away before the enemy can root them out and respond in kind. Many an opposing force has underestimated the ingenuity of a Broken force led by a Chieftain, only realizing too late their folly, as improvised booby traps decimate their defensive positions and Broken secretly approach from their rear.



The appearance of a Chieftain can vary wildly both based upon the culture of their original homeworld, but also from that of the Broken Freeport they are now a part of. Chieftains tend to have slightly nicer clothing and equipment than standard Broken rabble, and many see it as almost their duty to show that even amongst the ranks of the Broken, an individual can still rise up and carry themselves with dignity and class. When the Broken do manage to defeat an enemy officer with particularly fancy clothing or an heirloom weapon, a Chieftain will confiscate these valuable items. A Chieftain wears these purloined treasures into battle, as both a reminder of their past victory, and to display their status as an iconic Broken leader.









This high detail resin model contains two alternate weapons for the left hand and a xeno spotter in the right hand, and is available now from the webstore here! You can also find the rules for this model in the Force Builder section here.




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Post by: RiTides


Is it wrong that I'm imagining this chieftain as David Bowie under the bionic eye ? Love the Broken, would be really cool to see some alternative "pets" for his arm


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Post by: BobtheInquisitor


What is his alternate weapon?


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Post by: legoburner


 BobtheInquisitor wrote:
What is his alternate weapon?


A wrist blade instead of the hammer.


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Post by: Spiral Arm Studios


Coming out on Jul 2 is our latest range of plastic models - the Epirian SecDef. For now, here's a sneak preview...



This kit has a bunch of weapons and poseable parts which we will reveal soon... The SecDef are the Epirian's elite fighting forces, flown in for support when the basic ground troops are not enough for a mission, or for winning higher risk conflicts. Their armour is supported with a high-tech exoskeleton which greatly increases their power and capability.


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Post by: filbert


Really like the look of these guys - more please!


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Post by: RiTides


 Spiral Arm Studios wrote:
Coming out on Jul 2 is our latest range of plastic models - the Epirian SecDef. For now, here's a sneak preview...



This kit has a bunch of weapons and poseable parts which we will reveal soon... The SecDef are the Epirian's elite fighting forces, flown in for support when the basic ground troops are not enough for a mission, or for winning higher risk conflicts. Their armour is supported with a high-tech exoskeleton which greatly increases their power and capability.

Just fantastic

Looking forward to seeing the options in the kit!



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Post by: ingtaer


First Medge models that I have been really tempted by, whats the price? and for how many?


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Post by: Mysterio


Damn, that's what the Epirian line should have looked like from the start!


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Post by: DarkTraveler777


 Mysterio wrote:
Damn, that's what the Epirian line should have looked like from the start!


Totally agree. These are sharp!


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Post by: BobtheInquisitor


Each release is better than the last. Great improvement.


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Post by: Gallahad


Very cool look and a really great kind of sci fi look you don't see often. I look forward to seeing more.


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Post by: Sinful Hero


Those are really tempting. I especially like the style of the rifles.


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Post by: MajorTom11


Looking forward to a full reveal, those are really very sharp looking! Shots of the whole line together would be interesting to see at this point as well!


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Post by: RiTides


Hope I'm not stealing MEdge's thunder but from Facebook, these are now available! Spoiling some huge, but Awesome, pics:

Spoiler:




Holy moly... Love the faceoff with the telepathic Broken model, especially

Link to the page on the MEdge site:
https://www.maelstromsedge.com/medge/store.jsp?p=41

I'd like to see a group-pack like the Broken units have for these guys (obviously not with as many, but more than 3!)



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Post by: Fenriswulf


These are fantastic, and will go nicely with my Mantic GCPS/Corporation to act as alternative Scions.


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Post by: Spiral Arm Studios


We are very proud to announce the immediate availability of our latest plastics - the Epirian SecDef. These guys have exo-augmented armour, allowing them to be a much more powerful and effective fighting force than their contractor allies.

Available now at https://www.maelstromsedge.com/medge/store.jsp?p=41







This fully plastic kit allows you to build a squad of the Epirian's elite fighting force - the SecDef.







The elite of the Epirian Foundation is the Security and Defence force, or SecDef. The men and women of SecDef are better trained, better armed and better equipped than the Contractors that make up the majority of Epirian defences on frontier worlds. SecDef take only the very best recruits, typically recommended by a trustee after a number of years of dedicated service as a Contractor. Those promoted into SecDef spend over a year training at dedicated off-world bases on Foundation worlds throughout the Spiral Arm, where grizzled veteran instructors inflict a brutal schedule of combat, security and fitness drills. Many recruits wash out during this gruelling period of indoctrination, and only the best of the best become members of the SecDef's feared infantry squads. The Foundation likes to play up this robust selection and training system, because the SecDef are a source of both great pride and great profit. The SecDef are billed by their corporate owners as the ultimate in precision combat. Even one SecDef squad is a honed killing machine, clinical and effective. Rich companies and individuals alike across the galaxy look to hire SecDef infantry as the finest mercenary units, working as bodyguards, military escorts or even leading attacks on rival corporations or hostile alien worlds.








In the days before the Maelstrom, the Foundation was a loose affiliation of corporate franchises, competing on designs for robotics and terraforming technologies, and for the rights to mine asteroid belts and transform worlds for new colonies. However, the franchises recognised the need to keep their free market competition civil and productive, and the elected Foundation trustees maintained the trading rights and regulations between franchises, as well as mediating disputes and deciding on the overall direction of the Foundation. The SecDef acted as the enforcement arm of the overarching corporate structure, a hand-picked selection of the best soldiers from across the different franchises, trained up to be the best equipped and trained fighting unit in the corporate sector. Because of this need for independence for the franchises, the SecDef eschewed the use of robots, as these might preferentially benefit an individual franchise. In the time since the Maelstrom, communication, transportation and above all trust across the Spiral Arm has disintegrated, and the Foundation has fragmented into individual franchises, each with their own SecDef division. Despite now being in more direct competition, much of the tactics and philosophy of the original SecDef charter remains in the individual organisations.







The number of soldiers employed in SecDef varies from franchise to franchise, but is typically much lower than the number of Contractors and robotic units. Most franchises like their security and military forces to be represented by robots, acting as a sales tool for the consumer models of the robots seen on the battlefield. However, robots are only as effective as their Bot Handler. With armed conflicts erupting across the Spiral Arm due to the constant threat of the Maelstrom, Foundation forces more often find themselves having to make do with fewer and less well trained Bot Handlers. SecDef forces are therefore often kept in reserve and used to clean things up when the robotic and Contractor units get bogged down or can't overcome a tough enemy. This gives the SecDef of certain franchises a reputation for saving the day, which the trustees utilise to charge even higher rates when the SecDef perform 'consultancy' work for other organisations. Their tough reputation and intense lifestyle means that most SecDef soldiers are much better paid than Contractors or even some Bot Handlers, but they are so in demand that when the contract of a veteran SecDef expires they will often offer themselves up to opposing franchises for better rewards, or even go completely independent, leading to some of the most cut-throat and effective mercenary forces in the galaxy.







The SecDef's weapons and equipment are traditionally manufactured by Araldyne, one of the last great Epirian Foundation franchises. Araldyne were the franchise with operational control over the Foundation just before the Maelstrom hit. Ever since, Araldyne has maintained that they should rightfully be in control of the entire Foundation, and use both political pressure and military force to seize ships, technology or even planets from other franchises, insisting that they do so for the good of the Epirian Foundation as a whole. Their weaponry is more expensive and advanced than most used in the Foundation, prioritising advanced design and optimised technology over the mass-produced weaponry used by much of the Foundation's lesser troops. SecDef infantry are typically seen sporting powerful Araldyne AR60 assault rifles, as well as the heavier models in the Araldyne range such as the LM14 Machine Gun, SR40 Sniper Rifle and CG100 Chaingun. Such is the prevalence of Araldyne technology amongst the SecDef that rumours abound that Araldyne is secretly funding them as part of their goal to take over the Foundation. As a result, some of the more independent Foundation franchises such as the isolationists of Arkacorp refuse to accept Araldyine support for their SecDef, and even manufacture their own inferior copies of the Araldyne equipment. To their chagrin, despite these imitation weapons being more common across the Spiral Arm, they are still called 'Araldyne'-type weaponry, due to the obvious imitation of their competitor's designs.







Many of the higher-ups in the Foundation dislike that the elite forces of the SecDef are human-based, and there is pressure from some business units to disband SecDef and replace it with robotic divisions. The reality is that the human faces of the SecDef perform a function that robots cannot, and so there is a lot of pushback from Foundation military leaders whenever the commercial arm suggests a robotic replacement. This internal conflict gives the soldiers of the SecDef a huge chip on their shoulder, and pushes them not only excel at their jobs but also to resent Foundation robotic units. As a result, SecDef units refuse to include Foundation robots within their detachments, and never miss an opportunity to remind Bot Handlers and Contractors alike that the 'real soldiers' saved the day when they are deployed to reinforce their positions. SecDef soldiers gladly utilise all the other technological advances of the Foundation's foundries such as power-assisted armour, advanced maglock weaponry and targeting assistance, as long as there is always a human in direct control of the weapon or vehicle. They also refuse to be transported by drone craft, and arrive on the battlefield airlifted in stealth-armoured, human-piloted Hornet dropships. An aerial insertion by a SecDef squad or detachment can be the sharp stiletto that opens up a stalemate and turns the tide in the Foundation's favour.







A SecDef infantry squad is a well-drilled team of three to five elite soldiers, specialising in assaults on enemy space stations and secure facilities, as well as the defence of the Epirian Foundation's own high-value targets. A SecDef infantry squad will advance in synchronised cover formation, stepping individual squad members up to secure positions before allowing their team to advance. Their combat philosophy is to always keep moving, only staying in one location long enough to make an attack before shifting to a new position, constantly searching for a way to flank the enemy or find a weakness. They rarely deploy to fixed positions, and typically will be airdropped onto the precise location on the battlefield where they can make the most impact. The high-pitched scream of their Hornet dropships coming in for a combat drop is an ominous precursor to enemy combatants that in a few short seconds a SecDef squad will be on position to turn the tide of battle.







SecDef soldiers wear augmented power-assisted exoskeletons, with servo motors boosting the power of their arms and legs. As well as enabling antigrav aerial insertions from high altitude, the exoskeleton also allows them to wear thick ballistic armour without losing full mobility or movement. Their helmets are equipped with state-of-the art targeting and threat-identification heads-up displays, which when coupled with their years of advanced training and experience gives them an unparalleled instinct for tactical action on the battlefield. SecDef infantry sport the most advanced maglock weaponry produced by Araldyne Systems. The superior craftsmanship and state-of-the-art materials in an Araldyne AR60 assault rifle or G20 pistol makes it lighter to hold and more precise, with targeting optics linked into their helmets and a more expensive deadlier armour-piercing round made from rare earth metals. A squad can be supplemented with sniper or machine-gun armed specialists for specific combat roles, whilst the SecDef Annihilator team, armed with 2 Araldyne CG100 Chainguns, is capable of taking on even the most heavily emplaced fortifications. The combination of intense training, advanced exoskeletons and cutting-edge weaponry makes the SecDef the finest fighting forces in the Epirian Foundation - or for those with the resources to purchase their services.









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Post by: Ketara


Stick some grav-chutes on them and they'd make great Elysians actually....


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Post by: Gallahad


I love the exoskeletons, gives them a real hard sci-fi feel. I also really like the helmet designs. I'd also love to see a larger pack available ( perhaps with a small discount).


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Post by: Spiral Arm Studios


There was a bit of miscommunication getting these guys listed in the store - the price is $14.49 for 6 models / 2 sprues, not $14.49 for 1 sprue (3 models)! The store has been updated and our apologies for any confusion!


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Post by: AegisGrimm


Having seen the price before that update, I have to say that's a much better deal, lol.


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Post by: RiTides


 Spiral Arm Studios wrote:
There was a bit of miscommunication getting these guys listed in the store - the price is $14.49 for 6 models / 2 sprues, not $14.49 for 1 sprue (3 models)! The store has been updated and our apologies for any confusion!

Heck yeah, that is Much better


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Post by: Barzam


The proportions on these guys look much improved. They look really good. I just wish they had some enclosed helmets.


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Post by: Fenriswulf


There are a ton of suppliers which do fully enclosed ones though. I am going to order in some Puppetswar ones to get the look I am after for these.


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Post by: RiTides


I'd like to see what you're planning to use, Fenris! I do also like closed helmets (easier to paint ) and there should be a lot of sweet choices compatible with these.


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Post by: legoburner


Yeah there is effectively a 'standardised' head/ball joint size now between all spiral arm stuff, the majority of anvil industries stuff, a majority of puppetswar stuff, and a significant percentage of other ball joint head parts from GW (for the kits which are not monopose obviously!)


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Post by: Fenriswulf


Ahhh, I hadn't thought about Anvil Industry! Yes, they would make for some really good swaps as well. It just depends whether the Maelstrom miniatures are more "true scale" (which it looks like they might be), and how big the Anvil heads are. If they're like GW ones, they might be a touch big.

If we can get a scale comparison from somebody as to the size of these dudes, that would help out immensely!


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Post by: Kid_Kyoto


Congrats on another great release!


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Post by: insaniak


Scale shot... Metal scout, Vic Minis guard, Secdef, Metal Cadian, old school guard.



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Post by: judgedoug


Any scale comparison shots with like Defiance UAMC or Warpath GCPS?


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Post by: insaniak


Hmm.. I don't have any of the Defiance minis (although from memory they scale pretty close to the old school IG) and I don't think I have any GCPS, but I'll check.