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The C’thu are coming…

Greetings all,

I trust you’ve all had a better xmas holiday break so far than I’ve had. I got a present off my eldest a day early – it was her stomach bug.  Not eaten that little for so many years, unusual and lack of ale hasn’t helped.

Well 2015 has been such a busy year.  Not just for me personally but also in the world of gaming, be that RPG/tabletop or War Gaming or even Video Gaming, an amazing year really.  I’ll be posting a recap of it next week but something new is happening in 2016…

Tor Gaming have started to release information about their up and coming Kickstarter Project.  The project is for the latest faction to see the light of day, and follows on from the hugely successful Ridend that were launched earlier this year.

Here’s a video teaser posted a few days ago on their facebook page and then on youtube.

So who are the C’thu?  Well aside from a new faction they’re a race influenced by the Cthulhu Mythos of H.P. Lovecraft.  Now I’m a huge fan of Lovecraft.  Whilst I’m not his most avid reader I have found myself lost within the world he created.  This has all come to the point where any faction for any game that’s influenced/based upon gets my attention and oh my, the C’thu have.

They’re for the Relics tabletop war game by Tor Gaming.  The chaps based in Sheffield (UK) have been producing Relics for about 5 years and the C’thu marks the 6th faction based on race to be released (there’s a Mercenary faction making a total of 7) and brings Horror to the game.  Horror being a lingering effect that makes you soil yourself (not really but your morale takes a hit).

The Kickstarter project goes live on 5th January 2016 and shows that Tor Gaming have moved with the times and now use 3d sculpting (Russ Charles) to create their figures.  A move that I like very much as with 3d sculpts you can see detail that you can’t really see in greens.

Here are some 3d sculpts that I’ve managed to liberate off of their facebook group.  As you can see lots of lovely detail and I love the mi-go influenced flying ‘thing’ that’s part of the starter set!

Here are some concept art as well, you can compare the sculpts against some of their concepts.  Of course, until models are actually mastered things may change but I’m hoping we get what we see!

If you love the Relics fiction then you can find some great new stories for the C’thu and then maybe find out more about them before the KS project starts.  So go off to the TG website and find it here.

Also here’s a new picture for ‘C’thu vs Ridend’ it’s very very very good.  This was done by Christian Schwager (see his FB page) who does all of the concept art for each figure for TG (well has done for many many years).

C'thu vs Ridend

C’thu vs Ridend

And now here is the story written by Dan Fellows for that picture – read and then run!

The bloodcurdling cries of the Ridend rang out into the night as the cult of C’thu rampaged through their woodland homes in the outback settlement of Wensnett, butchering without prejudice all who dared to stand in their path. The C’thunian Warriors snarled and spat as they brought their swords crashing down upon the skulls of their enemies, mauling and clawing at their foes as their slithering jaws snapped wildly. It was a blur of madness within the forest and the only way to distinguish the mature C’thunian from the younglings was by the length of the twisted tentacles that spewed forth from their slimy maws in a grotesquely tangled fashion. In every respect they were horrific to look upon and their characteristics were clearly gifted to them by the Last God whose image they resembled so greatly.

In the middle of the chaos an avatar of C’thu, a great Prime, directed the rabble. A being of pure filth, his corrupted flesh poured out from beneath his rusted armour and he dribbled from his dog like mouth as he spoke, muttering incoherently in a cursed tongue as he offered blood sacrifices to his patron.

The Hag Kin of the woodland realm watched helplessly from the shadows as the beasts slaughtered the Ridend children of the forest and torched their homes. There would surely be vengeance for this cruel deed acted out upon on them but for the time being, outnumbered and ambushed they were forced to simply observe as the monstrous Rapthorgul tore down the treetop homes of the peasants with startling ease; its jaws gnashing and slashing at the desperate victims as they tried to flee from the horror.

The Cult of C’thu had ambushed the Ridend for no other reason than to cause them suffering. There was no political or monetary gain to be gotten from the assault; it was simply destruction for the sake of it. The vicious hounds of Cantaaris had made their way into the village in the dead of night ahead of the main forces and killed many of the frail and the young, ripping their throats out as they slept. The youngling C’thunian Hunters had followed closely behind them, running ahead of their fathers and brothers in order to prove themselves and further their own status within the pack. In their attempt to prove their worth in the eyes of C’thu they had performed the most heinous and disgusting acts upon the Ridend, even going so far as to smother the tiny Ridend infants; snatching them from their cradles and the arms of their mothers, ignoring their harrowingly desperate pleas for mercy.

Those who were able to willingly took their own lives by plunging to the floor of the forest as they witnessed the slaughter of the infants, rather than live to become the playthings of the sick minded C’thu. Those who attempted to resist them were quickly put to the sword while the ruling Ridendean elders were resigned to suffer the worst torment imaginable.

The lords and ladies were stripped of their clothing and possessions before being presented before the Prime, they shook with fear as the combined forces of the C’thunian tore down their homes around them while the younglings sneered and spat at them. The Prime raised his arms to the heavens and roared his tainted curses loudly as he beckoned for the assistance of his god. A thick cloud of black smog fell over the elders, smothering them. They choked and gasped for air as the wind stripped the flesh from their bones and twisted them into a new unique form. As the smoke cleared all that remained of the elders was a gibbering mush of slimy flesh that slithered across the forest floor, warping and absorbing the bodies of the dead as the Cult of C’thu howled their harrowing songs of victory long into the night.

Lastly (for the moment) we come to the C’thu logo.  Look at this, looks great I think and I hope in the future that it’s on some badge and maybe more.  I’m sure we’ll find more about it during the KS Project.

C'Thu Logo

C’Thu Logo

Enough of this now, I’ll post again when the project goes live but join the FB page or sign up for the newsletter over at the Tor Gaming website so you don’t miss out because I may well run off screaming of some insanity when January 5th comes around.

Until my next post, keep gaming.

Cheers
MBM

 

 

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