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Lock & Load GameFest is just three weeks away, and the office is a blur of activity as we get ready for the biggest party of the year! Our warehouse staff is working extra-hard to make sure our entire line of products will be ready in the Lock & Load Store, the Formula P3 Studio guys are putting finishing touches on display models for the lounge, and I am personally wrapping up our schedule and plans for the weekend. The excitement is a tangible thing, and I’m reminded exactly why this is my favorite time of year.

Summer is fast approaching, and with it comes the first rotation of the Masters ADR list!

That’s right: on July 1, the Active Duty Roster will rotate, completely changing the face of Masters tournaments. (Well, at least until January 1, 2016, when it all rotates again.)

To wrap up this segment of Unleashed Fridays, we are happy to present two new pregenerated characters for the Hogwash scenario, Dolen and Fargas Runehide. Perfect for groups with more than four players, these two characters are presented with the same level of detail as the heroes in the Unleashed Adventure Kit. Players who want to keep their character booklets in pristine condition can download the Runehide brothers and all the other Unlikely Heroes by clicking the images below.

Lock & Load Gamefest 2015 is nearly upon us, and for those of you joining us in Bellevue, WA, there will be no shortage of awesome events, contests, hangouts, cool attendees, and loads of gaming fun.

It’s hard to believe it’s been so long already, but the first No Quarter theme force was released all the way back in No Quarter #30. To put that into perspective, the new releases in that issue included the Exemplar Errant Officer & Standard and the Warpwolf Stalker, models that feel like they’ve been marching the tabletop battlefields just about forever!

Lock & Load GameFest 2014 was my first time as a judge in the P3 Grand Master Competition. Judging over a hundred entries in just a few hours was very challenging—even more so because the judges didn’t always have the same opinions about every model. All the judges brought their own unique ideas to the table, which altered how they viewed the entries in the competition. Despite the subjective nature of the job, though, there are certain things we’re always looking for. This year, I thought it would be helpful to provide some tips to guide aspiring medalists. I should note we don’t judge using points, so these categories are only meaningful in that they all add up to create a finely polished finished product to capture a judge’s attention.

Lock & Load GameFest 2015 is just more than a month away—six weeks at the time of this writing, likely less by the time this article finally hits the website and is in front of you. Yesterday Michael Plummer talked a little bit about the history of Lock & Load. Today I want to talk about something new and very exciting for this year—Hangouts.

Lock & Load GameFest turns five in 2015, and it’s been one hell of a ride getting to where we are today. This week, we’ll feature a variety of Insiders to fill you in on all of the most exciting things happening at this year’s show, but right now I’d like to look back at where we’ve been before we take a look at where we’re going to be.


Fearsome monsters made all the deadlier by the psychic bond they share to their warlocks, the flesh and sinew counterpart to the steam and steel of warjacks, warbeasts are an integral part of the dominant cultures of the wilderness in Iron Kingdoms Unleashed.

One of the things I love most about Iron Kingdoms Unleashed is how crazy and hilarious the game can be, but we decided to get serious while creating our Unleashed cartoon promos. These are the first videos we’ve made that allow you to actually hear the speech of different races from the wilds of Immoren, and we knew it would be important to create a distinct sound for each language.

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.