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As a photographer as well as a graphic designer, I handle the photography for pretty much everything Privateer Press makes. One of the fun things I get to do as a photographer here is put together the model photos for WARMACHINE and HORDES product packaging. These may look like straightforward photos of models on terrain, but a great deal of Photoshop work goes into each and every one. Today, I’d like to show you how a box shot comes together. For an example, we’ll take a look at Khador’s newest, meanest warjack, Ruin.

Every group of protagonists needs good villains to pit themselves against—the meaner and crazier, the better. Fortunately, Gullin, Zocha, Longchops, and Lurk have one of the maddest farrow this side of Lord Carver to contend with: the self-styled Warlord Morrg.

Lock & Load GameFest 2015 event registration begins Friday, April 10, at approximately 1:00 P.M. Pacific Time. If you attended last year’s event, registration will be very familiar to you. If this is your first time registering for events through RegOnline, or if you just want a refresher, here’s what you can expect when you register Friday afternoon.

There's always so much to see and do at Lock & Load, and we've got a lot of new events in store for this year! It’s going to be an absolutely killer weekend. Event registration opens this Friday at 1:00 P.M. PDT, so you can lock in your battle plan for the weekend. To plan your days out, check out the full event descriptions on the Lock & Load website! You can’t register without a badge, so buy yours today!

The Iron Kingdoms Unleashed Adventure Kit introduces the harnesser arcane tradition through the nefarious (and probably mentally unhinged) Warlord Morrg. The ability to command his two warbeasts gives Morrg the authority he needs to keep his warband of farrow in line—and that ability is entirely thanks to the harnesser tradition.

Privateer Press is happy to announce some of the exciting new attractions for Lock & Load GameFest 2015! Held in Bellevue, Washington, June 5–7, Lock & Load is the premier destination for all things Privateer Press! Attendees can look forward to around-the-clock open gaming, a chockablock schedule of WARMACHINE & HORDES tournaments, and special events for all of your favorite Privateer Press games! In addition, you’ll also be able to participate in all-new “hangouts” focused on painting, hobby, the world of the Iron Kingdoms, and more! Play your favorite games with people from all over the world, compete in prestigious tournaments, learn some new tips and tricks, and hang out with the Privateer Press crew!

Two years.


Time flies when you’re making cool models for the game you love, and my second year at Privateer Press was filled with great opportunities to do just that. Over the last year I was fortunate to have worked on an interesting variety of warcasters like Father Lucant and Epic Absylonia, convention exclusives like the Blighted Bather and Gobber Drudge, and a few other cool models like Zuriel and the cephalyx. It was truly an amazing second year at Privateer Press!

Iron Kingdoms Unleashed is a game in which characters frequently engage in behaviors that are morally questionable when viewed from a “civilized” perspective. To the inhabitants of the wilderness, however, these actions are often not the product of malice but simply the things one must do to survive. The cultures of the gatormen, bog trogs, farrow, and Tharn are not as strict about actions like murder and larceny as the nations of the Iron Kingdoms are.

I’m a tinkerer—I can’t work on a model without doing something to it to make it my own. No matter how great the stock model looks, more often than not I’ll start snipping and shaving, working to add something of my own to it. As a result, my desk is covered in half-completed miniatures, wads of dried putty, and copious amounts of my own blood (pro tip: cut away from your body). I’ve been watching the Sacral Vault take shape over the past few months, and during that time I’ve developed a bit of a fixation on the Giant Gators that push it.

Last week we talked about the Chieftain career and mentioned the pint-sized powerhouse of a chieftain, Gullin Oakbreaker. Gullin is a pygmy troll, and like many pygs his tribe are connected to the powerful trollkin race. In the Unleashed Adventure Kit, Gullin is out to get Warlord Morrg for stealing something very valuable to him: members of Gullin’s own tribe. The following new piece of short fiction gives you a brief glimpse into the mind of the pygmy troll chieftain.

Finally, the much-anticipated Iron Kingdoms Unleashed Adventure Kit releases today! If you’ve been following the Fridays Unleashed series, you know why we’re so excited about this release. Check out all the details on the Unleashed Adventure Kit here. You can pick up the Adventure Kit right now at your local game store, or buy it at the Privateer Press Online Store!

To celebrate the release of the Iron Kingdoms Unleashed Adventure Kit, Skull Island eXpeditions is releasing the first in a new line of stories: Unleashed Legends. The first story, “Blood in the Water,” includes two of the playable characters from the adventure kit: the gatorman sharpshooter Longchops and the bog trog mystic Lurk. In addition, a familiar character enters the mix: Alten Ashley, a monster hunter who exemplifies the kind of wild adventure Unleashed is all about.

Chieftain is one of the many new careers available in Iron Kingdoms Unleashed. Available to all the different races and cultures that inhabit the wilderness, the Chieftain is a flexible and versatile uncivilized answer to the Military Officer career in Iron Kingdoms Full Metal Fantasy.

As we steam toward the release of WARMACHINE: Reckoning, I’m constantly excited to see what my next project will be and to find out which factions I’ll get to work on. Given the buzz surrounding the first look at the Reckoning character warjacks, I thought I would share one of my recent contributions, Moros, the new character ’jack for Garryth, Blade of Retribution. As soon as I saw the concept art by Andrea Uderzo, I became very eager to work on this model.

As we race toward the one-year anniversary of Privateer Pins, let us pause to recall the more than 140 pins we’ve released since June of 2014.

In the Iron Kingdoms Unleashed Roleplaying Game Adventure Kit scenario Hogwash, the bog trog Lurk and the farrow Knor are bitter enemies, having nursed a grudge against each other for several years. So, what’s the source of this animosity?

Path of Devastation: Riven Bonds Begins Today!

Mist speakers are a career unique to the bog trog race. In bog trog culture they fill a role somewhere between that of a shaman and a chieftain’s advisor, hearing and interpreting the whispers of the great swamp beast Ashiga. The bog trogs believe this powerful entity slumbers in a mythical swamp and communicates with the mist speakers in its dreams. The fact that Ashiga’s wishes often align with a mist speaker’s own is entirely a coincidence, we promise.

If you’ve read any of the fiction in our anthology books, in No Quarter magazine, in the organized play league seasons, and even in the occasional Skull Island eXpeditions product, you’ve likely seen the names Aeryn Rudel and William Shick on a fairly regular basis.

Week 2 of the Journeymen League has come to an end and it’s going great! In this particular league there are 36 participants in total with only six having played the game previously. As such, at this point in time the majority of games have been learning experiences for the participants. Learning the mechanics of Focus, Fury and power attacks can be a daunting task, but the slow grow style of the league gives players lots of time to learn and practice. That’s my favorite part about this league: all the new players and all the excitement they bring to the game.