Friday, 17 August 2018

Mayhem (Season 1)

Mayhem adds muscle to the the Villain side in the Supers Unlimited Season 1 launch!

The men known to wrestling fans as Mayhem and Alpha Male were both past their prime. Discarded by the big promotions, they decided to form their own promotion based in Empire City. the pair called in every favour   they could, investing every last dime they had, but they still knew it would be a risk. Finally came launch night and they had a packed house and local TV coverage. The final match on the card would be Mayhem versus Alpha Male, and all was going as planned. The two made their flamboyant entrances to the ring, ready to rumble.

And then their plans crumbled as Scion, the World’s Mightiest Man crashed through the auditorium roof while in combat with Battle-Engine. A stunned silence settled before the audience fled leaving only the two wrestlers, Scion and his foe, while an abandoned camera was still running. As Scion forcefully deactivated Battle-Engine, an enraged Mayhem cursed the hero, his fury captured by still-transmitting cameras. His big comeback, and his final shot was ruined by a glory-hunting hero. Without responding, Scion leapt through the gaping hole in the roof into the night sky.

In the following days, the impact of the disastrous comeback was revealed in crippling financial and public relations problems. Mayhem's verbal meltdown had turned the public and potential backers against him and his partner. The two wrestlers were at their lowest ebb when a man named Guile introduced himself as the avatar of a trickster god. He offered the two doubters a simple bargain - he would give them tremendous power, allowing them revenge on Scion, with the only price that they play the part of super human criminals as an extension of their ring personas, and that a great favour would be called in one day which neither could refuse. Mayhem accepted without a second thought, and Alpha Male soon agreed. Both were soon infused with unimaginable might. They unleashed a crime spree which led to many conflicts with Scion and other heroes. With each escape, Mayhem has begun to question why he was chosen by Guile, and what deed he will have to perform, but until then he enjoys his new life as a super-villain, playing his role to the hilt.

Saturday, 11 August 2018

Blackthorn (Season 1)

Blackthorn will join the Villain ranks for Supers Unlimited in Season, unleashing his plant control powers to Shadow Axis' capabilities!

Walton 'Walt' Thorn was a scientist noted for his radical ideas on human-plant hybridisation as the means to cure illness. What few knew was the drive behind his zeal was a degenerative illness that he himself suffered. His peers rejected his ideas and mocked him in scientific journals and at conferences. With each attack, Walt's anger and bitterness grew at the fruitlessness of his experimentation. Desperate, Walt had exhausted every lead and strand of research, until a conversation with a mysterious woman who called herself Gail Land.

Ms. Land supplied Walt with maps leading to an uncharted area of rain-forest. Gathering a small crew and a portable laboratory, Walt set off. En route he witnessed first-hand the destruction of vast tracts of flora to meet the voracious demands of man, and his rage built further each day. At last his party reached its destination, and Walt found a flowering tree unlike any known to mankind. he had his prize. He quickly measured the properties of the tree and its bizarre blossom, and was certain he had found what he was looking for.

Walt's team quickly realized what he was planning to do and pleaded with him to stop, but his course was set. Injecting himself with a hastily-made formula Walt felt pain unlike any he had experienced before. As that passed he felt stronger than ever. His body quickly began to metamorphose into something part-human and part-plant. His rage coalesced into clear thought, and he lashed out at his  companions, determined to silence them permanently should they reveal his secret. On that day Walt died, recreated as Blackthorn. Since then he has aligned with the Shadow Axis, hiding his secret agenda to create a green world where humankind is secondary to a new life-form, his future race of human-plant hybrids.

Friday, 27 July 2018

And the Winner Is.....

We hit 25 Followers this week for the blog, and so it is time to announce the contest winner!

Without further ado, well done to PMMDJ whose name was drawn at random to be the winner of a prototype Doc Cosmos who will be winging his way from Kitbash Towers before too long. Thanks everyone for entering and commenting.

The comments have provided an opportunity to answer some questions about Supers Unlimited plans, so on to those:

Wouter Wolput
I think the game will definitely be able to benefit from 'build your own hero/villain' rules. This is something many other superhero games seem to fail to do or ot least do it right. But you already
have a ton of experience in the sector.
Also, sidekicks! Not everyone needs to be o so powerful

Answer: There will be build your own rules; not at the outset, but they have been developed as part of the overall game design process, so won't be a bolt-on, but have formed the basis of how all the SU characters were created! As for less powerful characters, keep an eye on the likes of Ace and Roughneck (below).

Waaargh Pug
I would very much like to see a brute, maxed-strength hero or anti-hero with bulging muscles and both fists raised. Sort of like an ultimate brawler! Excited to see where this line goes!

Answer: Expect something very much like that, hopefully in Season 2; let's call him Mayhem...

Woo! Customisability is key I think!

Answer: Build your own is definitely a plan, and we are weighing up having standard and Veteran profiles for the core characters.

I'd love to see a super with stretchy powers get their due. Most games have avoided them, which is fair since they could be very powerful given a little creativity. Which might be hard to model in a game.

Answer: Although no stretchy guys are planned for Season 1, we definitely want to include them as a classic archetype.

I'd like to see a ruleset interfacing with scenery large and small so it doesnt all depend on the miniatures and their skills.
Espescially with a low number of figures its replayability and differences could be handled by a ruleset doing just that.
Grab and smash bonuses, arm yourself with trashcan weaponry - achieve bonusses etc...

Answer: Interacting with the Environment both in combat and movement is fundamental to the game, don't worry.

Fantastic idea. Hope to see some fun powers effects sculpted and available to go with the cool hero sculpts. Keep up the good work!

Answer: A couple of Characters will have power effects made as models, but not all of them - we'll try and do it for the right Characters.

Figures are looking good so far. I definitely want a couple of them. For me, I like the big guys so a big, brutish bad guy (or girl) would be appealing...

Answer: There will be a few bigger brutish types (one was printed this week!), and as the game grows even bigger supers will be added.

great miniatures Leon...what do I want to see in the future?
Maybe those plucky teenagers from the 27th century "The Future hero's club"?
especially that team hot-head "Kid Comet"!
my favorite issue is #213 when they crossover with the Icons of Justice and fight each other!

Answer: No plans for the future characters yet, but certainly expect a time-displaced Faction in Season 2!

More villains!

Answer: We can promise that!

Eddy Artillery
Marvelous! More Super figures!! I shall be following this with interest!

Answer: We can promise more supers minis!

Thursday, 26 July 2018

Resin Masters!

This week, the first batch of resin masters have begun to be cast up, and we can show off the first fruits of that!

Left to right are: The Cowl, Big Brain and Soldier Hex.

Most of these masters will be used to eventually create production moulds for the range which will be cast in metal, and some will be used for 'studio' painting.

Meanwhile, two more characters have now been printed, and the next batch of masters will hopefully be cast during August.

In other news, stay tuned to Friday's post for the competition winner announcement!

Sunday, 22 July 2018

Blackthorn (sneak peek)

To make up for the lack of the Friday character preview this week, here is a glimpse at another mini which will form part of the Supers Unlimited launch - Blackthorn!

A long-standing member of the Shadow Axis, Blackthorn will offer board control options to Villain Teams.

Friday, 20 July 2018

Covenant of Justice (Faction)

As a change to the weekly previews, this week we take a brief look at one of the first Factions that will appear in Supers Unlimited.

The Covenant of Justice are the world's premier Hero team with high profile members like Doc Cosmos, Scion, Mister Glory, Insectica, Iron Armstrong and Blaze, working alongside counterparts who often operate from the shadows, such as The Maven, The Cowl, Ace, Soldier Hex, Kitsune and the Revenant.

The history of the Covenant stretches back for decades, and a number of the current roster have inherited heroic legacies from forebears. That hasn't stopped them crossing swords with other Heroes, such as the mysterious members of the Protectorate.

The Covenant of Justice play-style lends itself to direct confrontation, or employing sneaky infiltration tactics, or even a mix of both!

Friday, 13 July 2018

Doc Cosmos (Season 1)

Rounding  out the first four Season 1 Heroes, and the character who started this project. Doc Cosmos regularly lights up the night skies across San Gabriel with his flashy cosmic energy powers, establishing himself as one of his country’s most prominent heroes in the media and the public consciousness.

However, few know the truth about his powers and how he acquired them. David Cross was a rock star in the astronomy world. Aged 26 he had more planetary discoveries to his name than anyone else, and had formulated his first emerging theories of cosmic flux particles. He was on the cover of popular science journals and crossed over to the mainstream.

Working late one night at the San Gabriel observatory, the sky was suddenly filled with fluctuating ribbons of light. The light pulsed and shined downwards, bathing the city in intense colourful light, and centred on the observatory. Inside, David’s instruments went wild, and his prototype cosmic flux particle detector overloaded.

Then, a bolt of energy raced through the building towards David, veering around objects as it moved. In the moment before it hit, David was sure he saw the face of his father in the light, a man who had been missing for twenty years. David was sure his father mouthed the word ‘son’ before the light washed over him and he blacked out. Hours later he awoke, imbued with energy and questions, and so the media-savvy hero Doc Cosmos was born.

Mayhem (Season 1)

Mayhem adds muscle to the the Villain side in the Supers Unlimited Season 1 launch! The men known to wrestling fans as Mayhem and A...