The Comm Guild Maelstrom's Edge

Terrain Thursday: Electric Box Buildings

Posted on Thursday Oct 13, 2016 at 05:00PM in General

Dakka user and friend of Maelstrom's Edge, Panic, has been an amazing early adopter of the terrain kits. He came up with the great idea of taking an electrical box from a hardware store, slicing some holes into it, and adding Maelstrom's Edge terrain components. The above image shows the finished piece all nicely painted up.

Any basic box that has texture on it already serves as an excellent base for terrain sprue components. One word of warning with electrical boxes though - they are a total pain to cut, so patience is definitely needed!

Spotlight: The Digital Rulebook

Posted on Monday Oct 10, 2016 at 05:00PM in General

The Maelstrom's Edge Digital Rulebook is the fastest way to get started with the universe and rules of the Maelstrom's Edge tabletop game. It has 144 full colour pages, and is crammed with background fiction, model images, artwork and clear, coherent diagrams. The digital rulebook also has a full bookmark structure, making it easy to skip to the rules you want to read, and is automatically updated for free as and when FAQs are needed (only once to date so far!)

The rulebook is also supplemented nicely by our game walkthrough document, which can be read online as a webpage on, or downloaded as a free PDF here.

September Roundup

Posted on Monday Oct 03, 2016 at 06:00PM in General

Every month, we'll be posting a roundup of some of the awesome content posted to the Comm Guild Blog. Below are some of the highlights from September:

We kicked off the month by releasing our latest audiobook, Fracture.

Written by Stephen Gaskell, Fracture continues the story of Kelvin and his family from our first audiobook, Transit.

Our regular 'Spotlight' articles are intended to show some of the models from our range, and include notes on the design process, colour scheme options and building or conversion guides.

The September Spotlights included a look at the Angel Minnow, and some features on building and assembling Karist Praetorians and Epirian Suppressions teams built from the new Faction Expansion Sprue.

We also shared some alternate colour schemes for Epirian Contractors in white and blue, light blue and a more muted olive and grey, and some blue Karist Tempests and a Karist Trooper in yellow.

Over time, we've been releasing small articles focusing on different aspects of the Maelstrom's Edge universe. This month, these articles have included features on cybel energy, automated crop ships, Tunnelhuggers, mining ships, refinery ships, common foodstuffs, Karist Arks, Epirian Prospectors, and sneak peeks at the upcoming Epirian Master Handler and the next faction for Maelstrom's Edge: The Broken!

We also shared a walkthrough of the construction of one of our fantastic studio buildingsusing the Maelstrom's Edge Terrain Sprue, by 3t Studios.

And all of that is just scraping the surface of the material on the blog. You can find more pics of models and terrain, including some great stuff made by fans and posted on the Comm Guild Facebook Group page, with plenty more to come!

If you like what you see here, or have questions about the game or the Maelstrom's Edge universe, head on over to the Comm Guild Facebook Group page and and join in the discussion.

Terrain: A couple of nice hab units

Posted on Thursday Sep 22, 2016 at 05:00PM in General

Today we share some nice buildings made by Alex and his son over at Lead Balloony

These nice, simple buildings make great use of the computer terminals and small doors, along with some additional decorative elements on the other faces of the buildings. All affixed to some olive pots of all things!

Community Spotlight: Roderick's Review

Posted on Wednesday Sep 21, 2016 at 05:00PM in General

Today we thought we'd share a nice, independent review of our game from Wayland Games' reviewer Roderick Brown.

He took the time to really get to know the game and models, built and painted both factions and played the game to a good degree as well. The final conclusion of his series of articles can be found here

There are three additional articles to check out as well:
Unboxing Battle for Zycanthus
To War (this is the article with the most painted models visible)
Mustering the Troops

Our thanks to Roderick for such a comprehensive review!

Forward Guidance - More Epirian Master Handler

Posted on Sunday Sep 18, 2016 at 05:00PM in General

Last week we showed the Epirian Master Handler for the first time. This week, we'll share a few more snippets of information about the model.

The master handler has been sculpted, but is still quite a while away from production as it will be in a plastic tool with some other models that are still in development. As such, everything is subject to change until the metal is cut and the rules cards printed.

The model can be equipped with a claw arm, or two drone-type weapons, along with sensor array and missile pod options. We are playtesting rules for it at the moment. The arms can be posed dynamically, with the robotic arm elements having two ball joints and one flat joint, allowing a huge range of motion in the arm/weapon direction, while maintaining the cool, heavy look of the model.

Friday Photo - Blue Karist Tempests

Posted on Friday Sep 16, 2016 at 05:00PM in General

These dark blue-grey Karists are one of our studio army colourschemes, so we'll have a fair few units to show in this scheme over time. The muted colour palette along with the great spot colours on the weapons and contrasting red on the faceplate immediately made this one of our favourites. The only points against it are that the dark scheme requires a lot of light to photograph well, so in full scale battle shots it can be quite challenging to capture! We usually have these guys with us at Salute if you ever want to see them in the flesh though!

Terrain Thursday: Simple Storage Container

Posted on Thursday Sep 15, 2016 at 05:00PM in General

After last week's in depth walkthrough of the terrain sprue, we thought we'd take things back a notch and just share a nice simple image of a storage container built using components from the sprue along with a tiny bit of filler card.

Simple, and effective battlefield terrain with minimal effort.

Community Spotlight: SexierThanYou13's Blog

Posted on Wednesday Sep 14, 2016 at 05:00PM in General

For our third week of converted Angel images in a row, here's a great lunging Angel from Dakka user SexierThanYou13

There's also a great Kaddar Nova that has massive presence when mounted on some cork

Along with some nicely posed Scarecrows

The Comm Guild's community spotlight focuses on sharing something from the Maelstrom's Edge community each week, if you have anything you'd like to get in to the queue, please get in touch with us via the Maelstrom's Edge website

Spotlight: Crisis Point

Posted on Monday Sep 12, 2016 at 05:00PM in General

Crisis Point is an hour long Maelstrom's Edge audiobook by Stephen Gaskell.

Crisis Point highlights the challenges facing the Epirian officer Vasar Kopak, a man responsible for the security of an escape route from the Edge threatened Merida system, as a large fleet of refugees who have gathered under the banner of the Broken try to flee the inevitability of the Maelstrom.

Unlike many of our wider universe stories, this story deals directly with two factions - the Broken and Epirians, and features a fair amount of space-based drone control along with some heavy action.

If you've not got it already, then give Crisis Point a listen! All of our audiobooks are professionally produced and are provided in DRM free MP3 format for download or easy listening in your browser on any device.

Terrain Thursday: A Walkthrough of the Terrain Sprue

Posted on Thursday Sep 08, 2016 at 05:00PM in General

One of our favourite pieces of terrain in the studio collection is this refinery by 3T studios, made using foamcore and the Maelstrom's Edge Terrain Sprue

When assembling it, they were kind enough to take a whole bunch of WIP photos, so we can show you just how simple it is to create impressive buildings like this.

Everything begins with the basic shapes. Sketch them out on paper or however you like, cut out of foamcore, and then glue them together on a hard base

Next, the whole structure gets a light coat of texturing. Spackle/plaster works well for this, and it is also used to break up the texture on the base as well

Now, the core structure of the building is fully painted, so that if anything breaks off or peels away later, there wont be bright white material showing underneath

Now the fun part, components from the Maelstrom's Edge Terrain Sprue are affixed to the building, often using a plasticard backing so that they cleanly fit on the various faces of the structure.

Here's just how much detail can be created from the terrain sprue (and a bit more from a second sprue) and some strips of thin plasticard, along with a straw and a chunk of the frame of the terrain sprue as well for piping.

Once all those loose components are superglued on to the base building, we end up with the final structure

Grab a copy of the terrain sprue today and try it yourself!

Community Spotlight: Keltikhoa's Blog

Posted on Wednesday Sep 07, 2016 at 05:00PM in General

In today's community spotlight, we wanted to share the lovely work that Keltikhoa did on their project blog. From metallic Karists to this awesome Angel conversion:

and in keeping with Monday's Minnow spotlight, here's their Angel Minnow colourscheme:

The Comm Guild's community spotlight focuses on sharing something from the Maelstrom's Edge community each week, if you have anything you'd like to get in to the queue, please get in touch with us via the Maelstrom's Edge website

New Audiobook Released - Fracture

Posted on Thursday Sep 01, 2016 at 05:00PM in General

We are proud to present the sequel to Transit... Fracture!

Fracture follows directly on from the end of Transit, and once again is a one hour long audiobook by Stephen Gaskell which serves as a broad introduction to the Maelstrom's Edge universe. Fracture continues to follow Kelvin as he and his family go to great lengths to try and escape their Maelstrom threatened world.

We've made the first 5 minutes of Fracture available here for preview.

Fracture can be purchased at the Maelstrom's Edge website.

As with all of our audiobooks, the pace of narration is deliberately designed to work well for listening to when you are either painting or driving. Painting our models is a massively enjoyable part of the hobby for us, but painting while enveloping ourselves in the universe with an audiobook makes things even better.

If you've got a long commute, or want to take your relaxation to the next level when painting, please do check out some of the Maelstrom's Edge audiobooks.

Community Spotlight - The Full Maelstrom's Edge Box

Posted on Wednesday Aug 24, 2016 at 05:00PM in General

In our inaugural community spotlight, we wanted to share pezzapoo's great overview video showing the fully painted contents of his Maelstrom's Edge: Battle for Zycanthus box set, along with his general thoughts on the set, assembly process and everything Maelstrom's Edge.

The Comm Guild's community spotlight focuses on sharing something from the Maelstrom's Edge community each week, if you have anything you'd like to get in to the queue, please get in touch with us via the Maelstrom's Edge website

The Maelstrom's Edge Game Walkthrough

Posted on Sunday Aug 21, 2016 at 05:00PM in General

One thing that slipped a lot of people's notice was that we now have a very detailed game walkthrough document up at the maelstrom's edge website.

It is also available in PDF format for reading on a tablet or phone offline, or printing out.

The guide covers all major parts of the gameplay of Maelstrom's Edge, from setting up, to the phases of a turn, suppression and beyond. Even if you are very familiar with Maelstrom's Edge, we still recommend having a read through of the document as it could always give clarity on things that you want to know more about.

In other news, the Maelstrom's Edge homepage has had an update. We will continue to update content on the website, but the homepage was very overdue for some tweaking. One fun thing of note on there is this video:

The above was made for internal use only, but we do like the narration on it, so we'd thought we'd share for a while. The video is the one that we made to show off the basic concept of Maelstrom's Edge to the many third party authors who have written for us. That compilation is currently scheduled for release in February, though we'll likely release at least one story from it for free on here before then.

Today is also the last day of the discounted expansion sprue before we start widely promoting it, so if you are one of our core followers, be sure to grab it before the 22nd!