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  1. Here on the Warcradle Studios Blog we are continuing to showcase Showdown at Retribution with another Step-by-Step. Following on from the previous Step-by-Step on Tesla’s Head, Daz has continued to work on his Nikolai Tesla from the new Wild West Exodus Two Player Starter Set. This time, it's the turn of Tesla’s torso. Have you picked yourself up a copy of Showdown at Retribution and want a little inspiration on how to paint your leader of the Union? Well, follow along with Daz and your Tesla’s armour will look just as striking! Step 1: To start with, I applied a 50/50 mix of Umbral Umber/Heartfire as a base coat for the areas that will be gold. I made sure to leave a thin black line between the segments and the blue armour to aid with clarity and contrast later. Step 2: Then, after adding 25% more Heartfire to the Step 1 mix, I sketched the first highlight in with the light source slightly off centre to add a little more interest. Step 3: I then added a further 25% more Heartfire to the mix and refined the highlight areas. Step 4: The next highlight was just pure Heartfire which I applied inside the areas I’d previously highlighted in the past steps. Step 5: Next, I sketched in some rough light points with Cygnus Yellow. Step 6: I highlighted the light points with an equal parts mix of Cygnus Yellow, Menoth White Highlight and Vallejo Fluro Yellow for some added punch. Step 7: The final highlight was a Menoth White Highlight that I applied to the edges of the gold and the light points. If you want you can also add chips and extra light points to the armour at this stage. Stage 8: Finally, all the edges and light points are tidied and then edged with Menoth White Highlight to clean them up. Job done! Here we have the finished result, a fully painted Nikolai Tesla by Daz. View fullsize View fullsize How do you think Daz’s Nikolai Tesla is coming on? Make sure to check out the first Step-by-Step on Tesla’s head and keep an eye on the Warcradle Studios Blog for more. Have you picked up a copy of Showdown at Retribution yet? You can pick up a copy from your FLGS or Wayland Games online. Make sure to share your progress on your Showdown at Retribution miniatures with us over in the official community channel for Wild West Exodus, The Dark Council. View the full article
  2. The Socialist Unity of South America, usually known as SUSA, grew out of a melting pot of fears, ambitions and hopes that swept across South America in the years between the fall of the Spanish and Portuguese empires and the rise of the Union of Federated States to the north after the American Civil War. The Democratic Bond of South America (DBSA) was formed after the annexation of Mexico by the United states of America in the early nineteenth century. The Democratic Bond was initially a shaky organisation, riven with difficulties and disagreements between its Portuguese, Spanish and native inhabitants, and weakened from the outset by the refusal of the late Simon Bolivar’s Gran Colombia to the north to join or support it – mostly because of the DBSA’s Portuguese majority population. However, the Democratic Bond acquired a new sense of purpose when the great Italian patriot Giuseppe Garibaldi arrived in Brazil with a company of followers during the mid-nineteenth century. Garibaldi fought for the DBSA’s government against the autocratic regimes holding power in Uruguay and Paraguay, which disregarded their peoples’ wish to join the Democratic Bond. Garibaldi returned to Italy a decade later, as liberal revolutions broke out across Europe and Napoleon began to establish the Latin Alliance. In Garibaldi’s absence, the DBSA did not take long to decay. Corruption became endemic, and in time the Democratic Bond became just as bad as the autocracies it replaced. In Europe, Karl Marx published the Communist Manifesto which had hoped would ignite a revolutionary spirit in its readers. Little did he know that the place in which his ideas would be so enthusiastically taken up was Latin America, and for reasons which were far more pragmatic than the high-minded revolutionary principles he espoused. It was the effective annexation of old Gran Colombia by the newly emerged Union of Federated States a year after the conclusion of the Civil War that eventually spurred the dissidents of the DBSA to action. The fear that the entire continent would soon be subsumed by another aggressive empire was powerfully given voice by the charismatic Elisabeta Vannez, later known as Elisabeta de Rosa. When a student in San Paolo Elisabeta had adopted Marx’s ideas and had gathered a group of loyal followers, along with her sister Idina, and set to work spreading the Communist message. Despite heavy handed attempts by the government to silence her, her support grew and grew until, during that fateful Carnival season when, in response to the Union led massacres in Bogotá, the Communists seized Sao Paolo’s main wireless station and announced a national Marxist revolution. Within a few hours, thousands were on the streets in every major city in the Democratic Bond. The government, caught completely off-guard, capitulated in days and the Communists swept into power on a wave of euphoria. Now, Chairman de Rosa leads the Socialist Unity of South America. Through her powerful oratory and Marxist ideals, she has instilled a strong sense of purpose in what was once a decaying country. The revolution, as she sees it, is bringing progress and prosperity to all the SUSA. To her credit, she draws no distinction between the disparate peoples who inhabit the country, seeing them all as equal partners in the Socialist Unity’s future. Regrettably, however, she now sees her main mission as building up the SUSA’s armed forces. With the Union pressing on the SUSA’s northern border, and the Celestial Empire’s near-forcible purchase of a large chunk of cash-strapped Argentina and Chile to the south, the situation is becoming urgent. The SUSA’s military forces are numerous, but still quite lightly equipped, although it does operate a small number of (rather obsolete) Land Ships, mostly purchased by the former DBSA as scrap from the old United States and then subsequently refitted. With such limited military forces and only a littoral navy to keep the Union from making a coastal invasion, Chairman de Rosa opened dialogue through the Portuguese Ambassador with the Latin Alliance. Though not making the Socialist Unity a formal member of the Alliance, the agreement enabled trading of raw foodstuffs in return for industrial equipment and modern weaponry, especially naval and aircraft. The delivery and training with these military investments has required allowing several Alliance garrisons, ports and air bases to be established in the Socialist Unity. There are many in the SUSA committee who believe that this is part of Napoleon’s plan to further tie them to his Latin Alliance by stealth. Frustrated with what she saw as her sister’s betrayal of the cause, Idina has headed north to ostensibly foster the revolution within the Union but, it is little more than a self-imposed exile and she has not been heard from since. Certainly, the influence that these bases have on the local communities makes it difficult for Elisabeta to push the more progressive Socialist ideals she believes in. In truth, neither party in this treaty is truly at ease with the other – their ideological differences are quite pronounced. However, as long as the Union and Celestial Empire remains an acute threat to the fledgling Socialist Unity of South America, Chairman de Rosa is shrewd enough to have the Alliance as allies.
  3. The 1.05 update for the Armoury and Posse cards are now available online here: 1.05 Armoury and Posse Cards Key changes: Expanded some options for Quantrill's Raiders Theme Posse Clarified traits and skills for mounted units. Updated weapons in armoury to reflect new values and costs. Removed duplicate Faction Posses for Underbosses.
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