Shell Case Shorts 12

So we’ve finally come to it; the last (ever) Shell Case Shorts competition. It’s been a long and interesting road with some awesome entries and as we stare down the barrel of 2013 I’m really excited about the anthology which will be out in the New Year.

As it’s the last competition I did my best to make the prize as awesome as possible. And this month I’ve been helped along by the awesome Nick Kyme, Gav Thorpe and Sarah Cawkwell. A huge thank you goes out to them as they’ve already been so generous with their donations to The Shell Case in the past.

So this months prizes are; Tome of Fire and The Great Betrayal by Nick Kyme, Ravenwing by Gav Thorpe and Valkia the Bloody by Sarah Cawkwell.

UPDATE – The prize now also includes a signed copy of Battle of the Fang by Chris Wraight.

I’m hoping I’ll be able to add to this prize over December to give the Shell Case Shorts the send off it deserves.

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So, what do you need to do to win this pile of awesome? Well, here’s the rules…

Write a short story of between 3,000 & 5,000 words set in any established wargaming IP.

Your work is your own but intellectual property rests squarely with the companies in question and is only used under fair use. I reserve the right to publish any submissions in a strictly non-profit capacity. All published writers will be credited accordingly.

Submissions should attempt to evoke the IP the story is based on.

All entries must be received by midnight UK time Monday 31st December 2012 after which a single winner will be chosen. Submissions received after this will not be considered.

1 submission per person.

Work believed to be plagiarised will be disqualified.

All submissions must be sent as a Word document attached to an email to theshellcase@hotmail.co.uk

[Any spam from entrants will result in disqualification]

Submissions must include the entrants name, a contact email address, Twitter name if applicable and the title of the story.

1 winner will be chosen and notified by email.

The winning entry will be published initially on The Shell Case blog and later in a free to download anthology.

No discussion will be entered into, my decision is final.

The prize may not be exchanged for its cash value or an alternative. However, I reserve the right to substitute the prize if necessary.

Good luck and have fun!

Warriors of Chaos New Releases

The rumour mill was alarmingly accurate on this one. That’s right even more Chaos releases, but this time of the Warhammer Fantasy variety. Not new units, just models of  units that hadn’t been released at launch. Hold on to your wallets.

Skullcrushers of Khorne – £35.00 RRP

Only those Chaos Knights who devote themselves utterly to the Lord of Slaughter and offer to him a mountain of skulls are destined to become Skullcrushers. They are completely without mercy and they leave only a trail of broken bodies and a river of spilt gore in their wake.

The Skullcrushers of Khorne are ferocious-looking, thick-set models. The Mark of Khorne is emblazoned across their tough armour, they’re festooned with chains and skulls, and they each carry immense lances. The Skullcrushers ride upon muscular Juggernaughts, each of which possess bladed crests and spiked collars. The creatures are encased in armour and display barbs, pistons, chains, blades as well as the symbol of Khorne. The kit features command options including a banner, musician and a champion, who holds a massive double-headed axe.

Hellstriders of Slannesh – £20.00 RRP

Hellstriders are devotees of torment who hunt from the back of impossibly swift daemonic steeds. They fight to inflict pain and despair, landing mortal blows upon their victims where they are most likely to prolong the agonising moment of death.

The Hellstriders of Slaanesh are muscular miniatures who ride atop Steeds of Slaanesh. They sport Classical-styled helmets, featuring plumes or curved blades, and also wear unusual angular armour covered in sigils. Each of them carries circular shields bearing the icon of Slaanesh and comes armed with enormous, whip-like, barb-ended hellscourges, while some of the Hellstriders even have spears fused to their arms. The kit comes with command options including a musician, champion and standard bearer who holds aloft a banner with a sculpted symbol of Slaanesh. The Steeds themselves are long, reptilian creatures with serpentine tongues, a variety of skin textures, thick claws and an elongated tail, and they stand in a variety of dynamic poses.

Chaos Warshrine – £35.00 RRP

The prayers and sacrifices that are offered up from Warshrines are like sweet nectar to the otherworldly beings of the Realm of Chaos, and the air crackles with power around each shrine with the eye of the gods turns their way. The presence of these mobile altars empowers and emboldens the warriors that fight before them.

The Chaos Warshrine is a towering and baroque model. Two huge, lumbering creatures, one of which possesses two heads, hold the Warshrine above their shoulders. Rings of fat droop over loincloths, broken shackles and loose chains are attached to their wrists, and the Mark of Chaos appears as a scar upon their hide. The gilded carriage of the Warshrine is embellished with features including icons, horns, spikes, rune-etched details, braziers and large flames. The central feature is a massive 8-pointed Chaos Star propped up by a gargoyle; at the centre of it an interchangeable icon can be fixed in place to represent the desired Chaos god. There is also an on-board altar that can be fitted onto the model (into which an axe can be embedded). This decadent model comes with a Chaos Sorcerer that can be assembled with a choice of different heads and hands, allowing even further personalisation.

Scyla Anfingrimm – £30.00 RRP

Scyla Anfingrimm was once the bane of the coastlands from frozen Norsca to exotic Ind. Now little more than a mountain of muscle and unquenchable rage, goaded into battle as a beast of war, Scyla’s only desire is to kill and maim in the name of Khorne.

Scyla is a huge ape-like miniature whose body is a mass of sculpted muscle, bubbling flesh, spikes, fur, scales, flaring tendons and horns. A metal collar of Khorne hangs from his neck, whilst a finely detailed Khorne symbol is branded upon his chest. His face features huge ungainly teeth protruding from his bulky gums, bulging eyes, and his tail leads down to a vicious serpent’s head.

Valkia the Bloody – £15.00 RRP

Valkia the Bloody is said to be the consort of Khorne himself. Her violent deeds are watched over by her battle-hungry patron and it is said that those who earn her blessing will fight in the halls of the Blood God for all eternity.

Valkia the Bloody is a vicious-looking model. Her expression is fearsome, as are the two ribbed horns that protrude from her forehead. Two enormous, thick wings are unfurled high up, and she is posed rising up from a pile of flaming skulls. In studded armour she carries her Daemonshield, which features a hideous maw as well as horns, and she stands ready to unleash the barbed Spear Slaupnir on her foes.

Festus the Leechlord – £11.00 RRP

Festus is the Leechlord of Nurgle. Woe betide the fool who crosses him, for he is not above force-feeding his latest concoctions to his victims in his quest to bring even more repugnant forms of life into the world.

Festus is largely made up of layers of fat, immense jowls, and boil-infested skin. His helpless victim kneels before him with his head snapped back, his jaws wide open, clawing his throat with a bony hand. Whatever filthy substance Festus is forcing down his neck has ended up burning through the poor man’s guts, which have since erupted across his thighs. As well as wearing an apron, on Festus’s back sits an immense vat of flesh, offal and marginally more coherent body parts, all of which is helpfully (and probably mindlessly) tended to by a slimy, one-eyed Nurgling. Finally, a tentacle unfurls from Festus to grip a staff that is caked with skulls, fungus, parchment and a quill. It is rare to see a more disgusting model grace the tabletop.

The Warriors of Chais new releases will be on sale from the 3rd November and are available from Firestorm Games.