Where We’re Going in 2014

So 2012 saw Metal Express bring Silent Death: The Next Millennium back to this classic game’s fans, and 2013 was the year of stasis as Dr. Greaves and I found ourselves completed submerged in our professional duties as educators of higher learning and other mischief. While Silent Death in particular and Metal Express in general didn’t expand on the existing games with new supplements, we did manage to bring back the plastic Core Ships for Silent Death, work out technical kinks in our web store, and perform other behind the scenes chores to make things run smoothly in the web store and on the Metal Express Forum.

Now we’re into a new year, and we’re intent upon making 2014 a step forward for Metal Express in general and Silent Death: The Next Millennium in particular. Hard experience has taught us that we need to accept that as much as we are enthusiastic about Silent Death: The Next Millennium, we have to work within our limited resources, and that includes time. So to this end, we’re setting ourselves a series of goals we’d like to reach over the course of the year, projects we will tackle one at a time, like peeling an onion:


1)   Publish a revised Night Brood supplement and ship stats, including a Design System including rules for Night Brood mutations (lots of radiation out there in space!).


2)   Publish a revised Terran ship design system, and revise all existing Terran ship displays to conform with the revised design rules.


3)   Publish a science fiction ground combat system set in the SD:TNM universe.


4)   Publish a Bladestorm supplement adapting the system to historical setting from ancient times to the renaissance.


5)   Publish a set of WW2 tactical ground combat rules based upon the Metal Express Dice Engine.


6)   Add new ship miniatures to the Silent Death: The Next Millennium range.


7)   Publish new House books for House Red Star, Luches Utopia, House Tokugawa, and other factions  not yet in print.



So there you have it, our goals for the course of 2014. We’ll be giving it all the old college try, however we will keep our aspirations rational and reasonable, and tackle these projects one at a time, like peeling an onion, and in the mean time, start adding new photos and information on the Metal Express Home Page and Forum for the enjoyment of all of you, the loyal fans of Silent Death: The Next Millennium and Bladestorm, who have done so much to keep these fine games alive through all of the trails and challenges that have beset this series once too often for all our liking.

So keep on playing, keep on painting new ships for your favorite House, watch yer sixes, and stay tuned to your TBD receivers for future transmissions on this secure channel!


Leland R. Erickson

Metal Express Creative Content Team Evil Genius in Residence

Silent Death is BACK!!

Metal Express is back and under new management. Veteran Silent Death authors and designers Sheldon Greaves and Leland Erickson are ushering a new era in SciFi miniatures gaming.

Our first year will focus primarily on Silent Death. We are in the process of upgrading and fine-tuning various aspects of this classic miniatures game. In response to requests for greater internal consistency, we are revising Silent Death’s unique ship design system that lets players create their own ships. These refinements will improve play balance and allow for greater varieties of ship designs. In addition, all the core ships are being revised to comply with the new system. For players new to Silent Death, MX is preparing a new starter set.

We are also releasing some ships that never quite made it into production before Silent Death went out of print. The first of these will be the Colosian Totenkopf warhound, followed by some freight and passenger hulls, soon to be part of a new Silent Death Campaign System, currently undergoing revision and testing.

We are developing additional new rule sets and revisions for mines, boarding actions, logistics, and more. All of the original house books are available, and a new revised version of the main rulebook, Silent Death: The Next Millennium is also in the works. This will include the new design system and a few other tweaks to the basic and frequently used optional rules.

Note: If you are a customer who has an outstanding order that was placed under the previous management and have not yet heard from the new management, please contact Sheldon Greaves at [email protected].

Site Update in Progress

If you swing on by and see funny things happening. Don’t worry, we are just doing a little tidying up of the site, now that it is under new management.

Note: There are several links for purchasing products on this site. Those links do NOT work. We are working to get our own online store up and running and once we do, those links will be updated so that they do work and take you to where you can purchase those products.

Thank You for your patience as we work towards getting everything up and running!.

Another Eagle Soars Amongst the Stars…

In Memorium: Lt. Colonel Lee Archer, Tuskegee Airmen and Fighter Ace:

I have had the honor and privilege of meeting a number of Lt. Col. Archer’s fellow members of the 332nd Fighter Group and listen to them recall their adventures great and small. Truly they earned their moniker “The Red Tailed Angels” one and all.

I will always regret never having had the opportunity to meet Lt. Col. Archer, however, and his passing serves to remind me of the importance of bearing witness to as many of those who have made history as Lt. Col. Lee Archer as possible, that they may be better remembered by succeeding generations.

Operation DryDock II

Operation Dry Dock II includes 23 new ship designs of all sizes and types from older Imperial era ships to modern Draconian designs produced by House Colos. Included are ships for House Red Star and the Unkulunkulu Archipelago as well as war drones from the Datasphere. House Tokugawa, the ASP Technocracy, and the Luches Utopia have a few as well.


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