If you’re going to fight a war, you need an army.
That’s a given for generals everywhere, including those leading troops from their kitchen tables as part of an RPG (role playing game). A critical part of any tabletop battlefield is made up of miniatures representing the key players, and it’s always best for any game master when those figures are directly representative of the characters from the game. Thanks to the customization possibilities inherent in 3D modeling and printing technologies, gamers everywhere are rejoicing as they find themselves able to create unprecedented likenesses of characters from their favorite games.
Italian game maker Limana Umanita publishes tabletop RPGs as well as fantasy literature, and has introduced their latest game: War of Wonders. From the imaginations of authors Simone Fini and Riccardo Guiuliani, who wrote the Project H.O.P.E. RPG which War of Wonders uses as inspiration and for characters, this skirmish game features 30mm miniatures.
“As WW II rages on and every army creates its own Meta-Humans and war machines, Natural Prodigies, unscrupulous Adventurers and even Warlocks’ secret enclaves step into battle,” the game is described (translated from Italian). “From European battlefields to Pacific waters, a conflict like never before is unleashed and spreads with no boundaries: humanity will forever remember it as the first War of Wonders.”
This new game, which includes everything from Nazis to Valkyries to werewolves, is sure to intrigue gamers everywhere, especially those who enjoy alternate universes as they relate to history. The premise is there, but what about the minis? Thanks to 3D printing, we’re assured, those are coming along quite nicely.
“Almost all our miniatures will be 3D printed and cast in high-quality white metal,” the Limana team notes. “Even the most basic troops will be multi-pose and will have multiple head options.”
Limana’s public relations officer, Luke “Doctor S” Pantanetti, filled in wercan.com about some of the specifics of the team’s work to launch War of Wonders, particularly regarding their Kickstarter campaign.
“Our funding goal will be 4,500 € (euros), which are about 4,780 dollars,” Doctor S told us. “There will be 13 backer levels, among which five Early bird options. Pledgers can get between 1 single Meta-Human (the ‘heroes’ and leaders in War of Wonders Miniature Game) up to 4 troop squads and 4 Meta-Humans.”
Among some of those pledge rewards are the possibility to get full squads, painted figures, customized designs that will be incorporated permanently into War of Wonders, and even more miniatures as stretch goals are reached.
The game had its premier earlier this month, April 11th and 12th, at Play, the Game Festival in Modena, Italy. The first two minis that will be available via Kickstarter, Brunhild and The Flag, a US adventurer, were shown at Play, fully game-ready, having been painted by Limana’s art director, Alessio Cisbani.
“The concept arts of the first Meta-Humans had been designed by artist Romina Moranelli (worked for Women of Marvel),” Doctor S informed us. “They’re then 3D sculpted and printed in white metal by Greebo Games. Meta-Humans attires are sometimes inspired by Golden Age comics with the addition of ucronic or dieselpunk technology. For the troops we add a weird taste and our own interpretations of classic WW II uniforms.”
These minis are sure to inspire some enthusiastic game play. The War of Wonders concept is certainly a new spin on WWII, and with the popularity of steampunk and dieselpunk aesthetics, the character renderings look spot-on, as you can see from the images provided to us from Doctor S.