Archive for October, 2014

Last year I back the Battle Systems sci-fi terrain kick starter which turned up back in August. Now due to the fact that I was in hospital for most of July and most of August, it was put to one side (and forgotten) until last night.

I was thinking about terrain for After Life kick starter, and remembered the Battle Systems terrain. Thinking that it would be useful I found the boxes this morning,and began removing the card components from a few of the sheets.

Now first off the print quality is great and 99% of the graphics line up. The card feels nice and solid, But and their is always a but.

Some of the slots in the “ramps” need to be made bigger by a few millimetres.

Also the floor tiles have a 1mm gap when you join 2 together.

And trying to get the Door surround to fit properly is a little bit of a nightmare.

Now I have only attacked 4 sheets (2 floor and 2 wall) but I have to say, I am not looking forward to the other 40 odd sheets. If I need to trim each bit only once that’s a lot of cutting to do. Don’t get me wrong its a good set and will look good on the table top, but if I had know the amount of work needed I would have,

(A) Given it a miss.

Or

(B) Just have gone for the one Stronghold set  (rather than 2 strongholds).

I know that all wargames terrain, that comes in kit form needs some form of work. After all I have put together most of GW’s plastic terrain kits and the Dead Zone terrain. But when it comes down to shaving a mold line from a model or cutting 1mm slivers from card, I will take the mold line any day.

Oh well looks like I will be trimming these up a few at a time!

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No I am not talking about tiny 6mm (or 15mm) infantry figures, I am on about the smaller miniature company’s out their. The ones with only a few people working for them, the likes of Anvil Industry’s, Grind House Games, etc.

Over the years their have been many small games company’s that have fallen through the cracks and disappeared (Target Games and The Figure Trader).

Some have survived and have gotten a bad reputation (Mongoose and Mantic I am looking at you! both started out as small time operations).

Even though the “little guys” have no chances of denting the the bigger company’s profits (GW, Privateer Press), they still have an impact on the market. In fact now I prefer to buy my models from the “little Guys” that’s why I backed the Anvils: Afterlife and Some of the other KS that I have Backed, Grind  House Games: Incursion, Comfy Chair Games: SpineSpur.

Now Kickstarters are great for the “little guys” they can help fund the development process of the game and production costs of getting the models made.

But unfortunately some of the “big guys” liked to use the Kickstarter Platform as a “pre order” system (Mantic and CMON). Mantic being the prime case with finishing the Deadzone KS, then moving on to Mars Attack, then Dreadball Extreme, and finally Dungeon Saga, all within the space of 12 months. As I have said in previous posts the chances of me backing another KS buy Mantic are slim (an expansion to DZ may tempt me but that’s about it).

But getting back to the “little guys”, Jim Bailey at Grind House Games has had a rough time with Incursion 2nd editon. The project was meant to ship back in March 2014 but a number of problems hit Jim and forced him to find another supplier. Unfortunately this company (Panda Games Manufacturing) seems to have been giving poor Jim the run around, and he has only just got the pre-production proofs of the card board counters and boards and the plastic miniatures (which look great). Jim has put allot on the line for Incursion, to get the 1st edition published Jim sold his comic collection (a lot of which were “golden age” comics) to fund the boxed game and the metal models of the APE`s and zombies.

With the funds for the Kick starter,

The base game has been updated with plastic models.

The SNAFU supplement has been turned into a boxed set complete with plastic models.

And the German Drop Troopers have been made in both plastic and metal.

I have to say that I am glad I backed Incursion and have no regrets, I have had great fun playing the game over the years and am looking forward to a new edition!

Its been a funny old week, and I have not really spent much time on my hobby. Mainly due to the fact my replacement light has not arrived yet (and I have not been feeling well).

I did however back Anvil Industries, Afterlife: The shards of Liberty kickstarter

Which finished last night raising £41.901 with 393 backers. Now I had to miss out on Anvils first KS project due to work issues, and have been gutted to see some of the models that were produced. This time I decided to go all out and went for “THE CATACLYSM” pledge which nets me nearly all of the the stuff from this KS plus all the current models that are available 100+ models and 1 APC.

Now I am not sure why I am drawn to the Afterlife range, but I am. It may well go back to a war-game that I got nearly 10 years ago called Sabotage: in to the dark, which I managed to get my (then) gaming group to play. The game it self was a mix of an RPG and a Wargame and revolved around a small group of infiltrators sneaking around a enemy base trying to locate or destroy certain objectives. We had great fun playing the game but alas it was short lived. The company that made the game disappeared  and as far as I know their were only ever 50 copies of the rules published (it has limited 50 on the cover). Their is however another game that bears the background of Sabotage: in to the dark, it is called Overkill (and its 2 supplements) by AB One Games and are available on Wargames Vault. Unfortunately their is very little about AB One Games on the internet.

How ever Afterlife seems to be along the same lines, and from what I have read of the play-test rules looks good. I think the reason that I am draw to the Afterlife and to a certain extent Overkill (Sabotage) is the fact that the setting is different, the only enemy of mankind is itself. Their are no alien races (yet) and super humans clad in powered armour are not the norm. I can see me using the terrain from Deadzone as well as the Battle systems strongholds in my games and maybe adding in some of the stuff from Mars Attacks (if it turns up!)

Speaking of Mars Attacks, Mantic sent out an update yesterday telling everyone that shipping would begin today as the stompy robot issue has been resolved. But it also turns out that Mantic did not let on until mid last week, that their had been problems with the Hardback book which may or may not turn up until the end of November.

Unfortunately this is just another nail in the coffin lid for me with Mantic, After the cock up that was DZ wave 1, the delays in getting Wave 2, the delays with Mars Attacks, add to that being able to buy stuff at retail before my stuff has even shipped (for both DZ and MA). Makes the chances of me buying any Mantic stuff very slim, if this is how I am treated as a backer what would it be like if I was a normal customer?

Don’t get me wrong I like both DZ and MA but will find it hard to justify pumping any more money into either of them. Manly because I got all the stuff from the KS, and by the way I as a Backer has been treated!

Its been nearly two weeks since my last post, and due to me going back into hospital for a few days last week not much has happened.

Kickstarter wise things seem to be going very slowly.

All quite On The Martian Front, has been very quite with shipping beginning last Friday the 17th of October, with international shipments going out first this time, not going to hold my breath with get this before mid to late November.

TableScapes, Updates have been coming pretty fast over the past few weeks , with the Uk shipment being handled (the container arrived at mantic on the 16th of october). We will have to see how this pans out as Mantic have 2 Ks projects shipping now (more of that later).

Incursion, updates have been few and far between with the guys not having much to share apart from the problems they are having with panda games manufacturing I am still looking forward to this but don`t expect it before April next year (my guess ).

Deadzone, having received my missing items from wave 2 last week, it now falls for the 3rd and final wave containing the plastic enforcers and forge guard. due end of October, likely mid November.

Mars Attacks!, once again Mantic have failed. The main boxed set has been on sale now for 4 to 6 weeks, do I have any thing from my pledge, No. Why not? well for some strange reason no one at mantic noticed that the Martian big stompy robot, had 2 of the same leg. So Mantic decided to hold all the orders that had the BSR in it until replacements turned up. Shipping was meant to be done by the 31st of October, but is now stated as early to mid November. I am going for late November to mid December after the fiasco that was Deadzone wave 1. Its also worth noting that I went through the email that I received from Mantic telling me what I had pledged for, and to my surprise their were a few items missing from it that I knew I had ordered. I contacted Sarah at Mantic and she emailed me my order details (and a handy pledge graphic) the details she had and I had both had items missing. But i will have to wait and see if this has been rectified when it arrives!

Shadows of Brimstone, so after waiting nearly a year for the pledge manger (yes a year) the 1st wave has started to arrive to backers well some in the states and a to the lucky people who have picked up their copies at conventions. A few have even started showing up on eBay (no surprises their) their is how ever no news of what is going on with EU shipments, who is shipping them, when are they going to start shipping. Overall very disappointed with FFP over this, and at this rate wave 1 will turn up early next year.

Alien vs Predator, the guys at Prodos have been doing their best to keep backers up to date with news (they have been quite the past few weeks) shipping is stated for December, but I can see it dragging on until early next year, which is a shame as many people are getting itchy feet now!

Zombicide  S3, no real news on this nothing is due until February 2015.

My order from Prodos turned up last week, taking nearly 20 days from ordering to arriving. Unfortunately my painting light has died in spectacular fashion, with part of the plastic casing falling off exposing the wires inside right below the switch. It has served me well for nearly 3 years looks like its time to get a new one!

A my wife’s cousin has asked me to paint some lego figures in to various batman villains namely killer Croc, Clayface, Solomon Grundy, and Bane, I have picked up some figures from eBay and will have to see how this turns out.

Using some funds from the sale of some more models on eBay, I decided to add some reinforcements to my Dark Legion starter set that I purchased a few weeks ago. I was going to pick up either the Imperial or Bauhaus starter sets but changed my mind at the last moment and went for the  Dark Legion.

In the end I went for,

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Alakhai The Cunning, No picture as I forgot to take any pictures!

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Praetorian Behemoth, IMG_2183

I also picked up, Praetorian Stalkers (close combat), Necrobeast Riders x 2, and a Razide.

As you can see they are quite a mixed bunch some have next to no “flash” while others have quite a bit. Their are also very few “mold” lines, in fact the worst was on the Praetorian Behemoth left foot (a quick file and it had gone). Overall again top quality from Prodos, my only complaint would be with the cards that are used with the game. They are Place in the Plastic “clam” shell packaging with the model, which leads to the the cards getting scuffed. A very minor thing but worth bearing in mind.

I also picked up the main Rule book (which I am reading my way through now). On the same day that I ordered the Dark Legion stuff I also place an order direct with Prodos for the Nephrite Of Algeroth model, and the templates and counters for the game. All the Dark Legion stuff turned up 2 days later, the stuff from Prodos has only just gone to the “preparation” stage of picking and packing.

Way back in the mists of time, when I was younger (and healthier).

Wargames miniatures were made from Lead with a few being made from plastic.

Resin models were just starting to come on the market, and fell in to two types. Rock hard or brittle. The rock hard ones were very hard to work with. And the brittle ones were very fragile, their was no happy medium between the two. Both types were sometimes very sticky to touch!

As I have said before I have been War gaming for just over 25 years and have seen many company’s rise and fall, some were good and some were bad. But through out that time one company has pushed the boundaries out of the way many times, with that company being Games Workshop.

They were the first company that I know to replace Lead with White Metal. With White Metal being harder than Lead, and with lead miniatures being banned in some country’s in the mid 90’s.

They were also the first company to push Plastic models up to the stage they are now. I would never have thought about a multi part plastic space marine mounted on a wolf 25 years ago! But now days they are in the shops along with tons of other plastic kits.

Games Workshop had phased out metal miniatures and replaced them with Finecast resin models. Which we were told would be better than the metal models, holding crisper details, being lighter, easier to convert. However Finecast quickly gained the name Failcast, models were covered with air bubbles, parts not formed properly, horrible “flash”lines, the list goes on. I did however buy quite a few Finecast  models, and to be fair most of them were near perfect. The only ones that need major work were the 9 Nazgul from Lord Of The Rings, with 3 needing new swords, 2 needing the bottoms of their robes filling, and 1 needing a re-sculpt of his head!

Finecast is now being phased out and replaced with multi part plastics.

But what has this got to do with anything, well the other day I came across Warzone: Resurrection from Prodos Games. Now back in the mid 90’s I came across a board game called Blood Berets which was set in the Mutant Chronicles universe. Me and my friend James played the game to death, and looked into it a bit more and found out that they did a wargame. We hunted high and low but never found a copy, in those days the internet would have been fantastic. Time past and we carried on with 40K 2nd edition.

Then around 1999 with the internet beginning to surface I came across a website called Target Games who were going to release Warzone 2nd edition. Their were no pictures on the site but from what I read it was the same setting, and I ordered on blind faith. Some weeks later it turned up and was what I was looking for. As time past I got a few other into Warzone and my Bauhaus force grew. I played many games but then one dark day Target Games closed its doors and Warzone died a horrible death. From the ashes of the UK side of the company rose I-kore miniatures, But that is another story. Warzone was dead but its fans kept it alive via the internet and some years later a new version was printed but again it died a horrible death.

My Bauhaus army was sold off on various forums, and I never thought much about Warzone. Until the other day!

I was looking through eBay the other day when I came across the Dark Legion starter set for £25.00. I had a look and found out that it was made buy Prodos Games who are making the AvP game (which I backed on Kickstarter). The models in the Dark Legion starter set are made from the same resin that the AvP models are going to be made from.

I took the plunge and ordered the set, which turned up yesterday. Inside the box were 7 resin sprues, a deck of 75 cards and 2 D20 dice (the rules can be found on-line)

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As for the models well all I can say is wow, their are a few mould lines and very little “flash”. I was however worried about the positions of a few of the connecting “lugs” from the sprue to the arms but when the models are put together you cannot notice them as they are hidden between the arm and armpit area.

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As you can see from the pictures you get one large model a Razhide. IMG_2177

2 of each sprue (so 10 models) of Undead Legionnaires.

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And 2 Necro Mutant squad commanders. It took me about 2 hours to put all 13 models together, I have not based them yet as I am not sure how I am going to base them. Overall they are great model the details are nice a crisp and the poses are very good and when stuck together their are next to no gaps that needed to be filled. I did find that a quick file over any flat areas produced a better bond with the super glue.

Will I purchases any more? yes I will, I will either pick up another starter set (Bauhaus or Imperial) or add to the Dark Legion.

Looks like I need to get hold of the rule book now………………