Monday, 26 January 2015

Spotlight: Going Apocalyptic with ThunderChild Miniatures

Over the last few weeks we have been seeing images and previews of some awesome and crazy models from ThunderChild Miniatures appearing on the web and when the image of the pigman appeared I knew I had to delve deeper for some more info. luckily for me Jason Fairclough, owner and creator of the range was happy to help out:

First up, what is the Wasteman setting all about? How did you come up it? Models first or setting first?

Wasteman is set in a parallel universe that I have been working on for years. Mankind reach their peak in the late 1980s, colonising other planets, making first contact with aliens, and everything is looking pretty great. Everyone enjoys a fair few of years of utopian shenanigans before people get bored and remember they hate each other. So, naturally, diplomacy breaks down and Earth ends up totally isolated from its colonies. Not good news as 90% of resources were coming from off world by this point. There’s a huge exodus and a massive nuclear war over the stuff left behind.
Wasteman takes place roughly 50 years later with the dregs of humanity making the most of life in a world full of bizarre monsters, mutants and killer robots. 
As to what came first, it’s a bit column A/column B. The broader story was there beforehand for sure, but working on these figures really fleshed it out in my mind.



The models we have seen so far have been great, very characterful and pretty unique! Was it a long standing plan to go post apocalyptic?

Thanks! I would say it was more of an inevitability really. I’ve spent most of my life watching B movies, listening to thrash metal and having some pretty crazy night terrors, all of which are heavily themed in that direction. Though from a creative standpoint the end of the world really gives you freedom to include whatever you want, and I’ve certainly done so!

My favourite so far is Swyn the Glory Hog but Radical Trevor is a close 2nd, what's your fav mini of the range? A released one or one too come?

All of them are my babies, I couldn’t possibly choose!


Will the Radtown ruins feature and be expanded in the campaign?

Well essentially all the figures are part of the Radtown Ruins range, so yes. However, I’m gunna hazard a guess that you may be referring to the scenery sets, in which case the answer is: potentially. Some scenery may well pop up as a couple of stretch goals, add-ons, that sort of thing. I’m very much a one man band and I’ve had my hands full getting the rulebook, cards, tokens and over 60 figures sorted so it’s unlikely to be a huge part of this campaign. That’s not to say I won’t be expanding on the range of scenery – far from it. I have plans for at least another 20 scenery sets alone, not to mention enough figure concepts to keep me sculpting for over 4 years.

Can we expect a preview of the rules before the campaign starts?  The stat cards and those awesome activation tokens shown so far... They seem to have really caught on with people!

Yeah, of course- I will be showing off the rules in a game play video or two, and I’ll go into more detail with the awesome features as I continue with the previews.

Another thing that has peaked interest is the basing, the crazy radiation ring that surrounds each model. Are they supplied as standard?

Ah yeah, they’re a favourite of mine. The bases have integral token slots for different types of damage. The tokens in the pictures so far have been prototypes, the final ones will be 3D so it’s easier to distinguish and remove them. Most models (except the figures that won’t fit) will be coming with a token base. Providing the kickstarter is successful the rest of the range should follow suit. 

The game looks like a skirmish game from what we have seen so far, can you give us a rough model count and board size?

Yeah, it’s definitely more of a skirmish game. On average you’re looking at 5 at a minimum but you could happily go up to around 20 and a Behemoth for a big game. As for the board, 3’x3’ is recommended in the rules but you could play on anything really.


Any chance of cheeky new preview?

Oh go on then...

Cheers Jason and thank you! Not log to go now peeps!

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