Archive for July, 2015

Its been a while since I posted, but I have not been idle.

I have manged to get in a few games of AvP, Incursion and for the first time Shadows Of Brimstone.

AvP: As I said before is a very different beast to GW’s Space Hulk. Do not get me wrong I like it but it feels like its lacking something, but I am not sure what yet.

Incursion: It was good to get to play some of the missions that needed 2 boards from the SNAFU supplement. As when it was first released I only had 1 board, but with the Kick starter I got both an extra board as well as a paper “poster” map.

Shadows Of Brimstone: Many years ago Warhammer Quest was my “go to” dungeon crawl game, but over the years the models have been lost. I saw SoB as my WHQ replacement as the two games seemed to be fairly similar to each other, however SoB is a lot more card heavy. In many ways the card decks could have been “toned” down into fewer decks, and the monsters in the starter sets could have been a bit more “generic” but apart from that I enjoyed it.

However the most shocking thing that has happened was the death of the Warhammer fantasy world, we all knew it was coming with the end of times books. And we knew a new edition of WHFB was coming but Age of Sigmar just wiped out 30 odd years of “fluff” in one fowl swoop. But in all fairness something had to happen  as WHFB has been slowly dying over the past 5 years. I have not touched WHFB in over 10 years and most of my models have ended up on ebay. I only have my High, Dark and Wood Elves left, and out of the 3 it may only be the Wood Elves that I end up keeping. Its a shame that all that back story and history has been wiped away, but it seems that GW want to re-brand the races with their own copyrighted names……………………………………………..

Over the years I have drifted between wargaming and console gaming, and the primary purpose of this blog is wargaming. But sometimes the two cross over, at the moment I am struggling with the Colonial Marines from the AvP game. And to take my mind off of them I decided to play the Aliens: Colonial Marines game on the Xbox 360, which many people don’t like. Now I do like it, and after waiting for the PS2 version that never happened I was glad to see it arrive on the Xbox 360wallpaper-aliens-colonial-marines-lone-marine-fighting-the-alien-queen-wide-6And after being greeted by the above picture when I got off the train one day, I just had to get hold of it.

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And I ended up getting the collectors edition.

Now I’ve played through it and completed it, but the other day i saw their was a DLC pack called “Status interrupted” and that tells the story of how Hicks survived (yes I know he died when the EEV crashed in Alien 3) but the DLC puts a twist as to what happened on the Sulaco, and adds that little bit more to the A:CM story.

The same has to be said of Alien: Isolation, when it came out I bought it but never really got into it (as it is more of a puzzle solving game and I prefer FPS games) but the copy I bought had a code for a DLC called ” crew expendable ” which took the action to the Nostromo, Now I have only played the DLC once and I have to say it does give me the “willy’s” sometimes. I have seen online that it is a short game but If you ever want to play Alien then you cold not go far wrong with the DLC .

Their have been many Aliens games over the years, but my favorite has to be Alien 3 on the Sega Mega Drive (Sega Genesis out side of the EU)

But what has it got to do with the Colonial Marines from AvP? well I am having a bad case of painters block with the Marines, I can visualize what colours I want but getting them to work is another thing.

Even the Colonial Marines Technical Manual is not spurring me on.0e6b259acad9294927d64399b34b5f5aAnd after all the years (17 i think) of it being out of print making it very hard to come by due to it only being printed once. All because of a typo (it made reference to Cyberdyne rather than Hyperdyne) made the book very sort after, luckily I still have my copy from when it was first released back in 1995 and I also picked up the newer reprint from a few years ago.

Maybe its time to go back to the drawing board or paint pallet…………………………

So I spent the other day cleaning and preparing the AvP models for painting, and as some people have had their models for sometime their are a few painting guides out their on the net. The one I used is from the AvP Facebook group unfortunately I wrote down the paints used but not the posters name (if its yours let me know).

Now over the years their has been some speculation as to what colour the Aliens skin is, as all of the films have dark environments it is hard to tell what colour their skin is. The one thing I wanted to avoid was black skin, as I hate highlighting black!

So I went with the following colours for the Infant models, Black undercoat, dry brushed with Leadbelcher, washed with Nuln Oil, then dry brushed with Zandri Dust and then a final wash of Agrax Earthshade.

For the stalkers I used the same colours but replaced the Leadbelcher and Nuln Oil with Balthasar Gold and Agrax Earthshade.

The smooth part of the head was painted with Army painter Matt black (which dry’s with a soft sheen to it?) After they have been varnished I will go over the head with some gloss varnish to give it the shine it needs.

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I think they have come out well, but in the pictures the colour difference does not show up as well as it does in day light (the infants are darker than the stalkers).

Now Marines or Predators who shall I do next?

So it’s been a long wait, but AvP has finally turned up! its has taken 12 days to get to me from Poland after being stuck in Calais for 4 days! But has it been worth the wait? well they say a picture is better than a thousand words, so lets have a look.

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First up we have the box, now its a nice heavy weight box, its not the thin card that GW use for their boxes, it is however the same quality as the Space Hulk and Execution Force games from GW. Inside are 3 packs of cards, the rule book and a card box with the models in. Underneath are the card floor plans and counters.

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The 3 packs of cards brake down into the following. Top row from left to right Mission cards (20), Marine Cards (20), Alien cards (20), Event Cards (20) and Predator Cards (20). Bottom row left to right Marine (5), Predator (3), Alien (2) stat cards. Each card measures 64 x 83mm and has the corners rounded the same as a deck of playing cards.

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Next we have the rule book, weighing in at 64 pages and printed on thick glossy paper. It does feature some nice art work but my main gripe is the lack of pictures of the actual models in the set (4 to be exact) one of which is the KS exclusive predator berserker. The lack of “painted” models in the book (and on the box itself) may lead to new players not knowing where to start, as not everybody knows about the AvP “universe”.

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Next we have the floor tiles and air ducts the sheets are double sided (pictures above show both sides) but the tiles cannot be “mixed” together. The “red” side has no rules attached to them at the moment, but it has been mention that at a later date rules will appear for them. Their are 8 sheets, 2 of which are “hive” tiles and the other 6 are “plain”, they are a few millimetres thinner than the ones found in Space Hulk.

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Their are 5 more sheets of card in the box 3 of which contain “room” tiles (4 square and 2 round) and some other floor tiles,as well as a number of counters. The only problem I see with the rooms is that they all have one entry/exit point so unless they have a air duct connected to them they are dead ends, it would have been nice if one or two of the room had a 2 or 3 entry/exit points.

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The final 2 sheets are filled with counters and door ways both contain the same tokens except for the small tokens along the bottom. One of my sheets has a glue mark across it, but it will not affect game play so I am not to worried about it.

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Inside the card box are 7 plastic bags the first 3 are Plastic door stands, plastic bases, and 3 white d20’s all pretty standard stuff. Next we move onto the good stuff the models……………..

DSCN0706First up with have the Predators, their are 3 types. Spear and Wrist Blades, Throwing Disc, and Plasma Blaster. The details are fantastic, even down to the finest of details like the “mesh” under suit worn by two of the models. It seems that the arms are paired to the bodies, but I shall see how they look on other bodies.

DSCN0707Next we have the Colonial Marines, their are 5 types, (from left to right) Flame Thrower, Pulse Rifle x 2, Smart Gunner, Pulse Rifle and Motion Tracker. Again the details are fantastic the marines have individual grenades and pouches on their webbing, the helmets have the camera on the side, and the shoulder mounted light is moulded on in one piece (rather than a separate piece, as was shown in the KS) Out of all the models it is only the “dancing” flame thrower model that lets them down.

DSCN0709Next we have the “Infant” aliens, their are 5 poses and you get 2 of each pose. they are 2 piece models (body and tail). The details are fantastic with very little flash and a small number of “pegs” that need to be removed. their does seem to be a few variations of the tail but by heating them up in a little hot water they can be positioned as you see fit.

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Lastly we have the “stalker” Alien, their seems to be 5 poses. This time however they have a separate leg and arm and again the details are excellent.

As with the other models their is very little “flash” and in all fairness a light brush wit a stiff brush would clean most of this off! The few “mold” lines that I have come across can be removed with a sharp knife ore a small file. For any one reading this and wondering what Cyanoacrylate Adhesive is, it’s Super Glue (Prodos were not aloud to use the word “Super Glue” as it is a trade mark that is not owned by 20th Century Fox)

I will give one word of warning on “Super Glue” the cheap stuff the likes you get in pound/discount shops can be very, very dangerous. Some years ago I used to use nothing but “cheap” but that all changed one day when a few drops landed on my thumb and leg. I ended up with a small burn on my leg about 10 x 20mm (it went straight through my tracksuit bottoms) and a burn across the knuckle of my thumb, both scars have only just started to “fade” away.

Overall I am pleased with my 2 copies of the game, its a shame that the KS exclusive ended up at retail. Hopefully the KS exclusive berserker stays that way. Hopefully Prodos will be able to “regain” KS backers faith with this project, but as I have said before I am more than happy with the deal I will be getting. Hopefully the Pledge manger will get re-opened before wave 2 is sent and then I can add some more stuff to it.

All in all its been a bumpy ride with its ups and downs but it was worth it 10/10 Prodos

Dropzone Commander

Posted: July 6, 2015 in Dropzone Commander

Over the weekend I went to the “new” gaming store in town (its been open since march) and had a look around. And I came across a few bits that I had never seen before, and a few that had caught my eye before but I had never pursued. While I was in their two people were playing Dropzone Commander (DzC for short), which I have had my eye for sometime. I had a flick through the stores copy of the rulebook and liked what I saw. I decided on the spot to pick up a copy of the rules, but they had no copies left neither did they have any of the starter set. And at best they may get a restock by the end of the week!

So I left the store with a heavy heart and returned home! On the way I decided that I would order some DzC from the internet.

Now of the 5 factions both the Shaltari and the PHR come out tops, with the Scourge and the UCM. The resistance I like but not at the moment. So with that in mind  I picked up the Shaltari starter set in metal and resin (rather than plastic), a Coyote warstrider, and a pack of Yari light grav tanks. As well as the rule book.

Now one of the things that I like about Hawk Wargames (who are behind DzC) is the fact that you can buy 3 types of starter set for each faction, they are all contain the same amount of models but they differ in price

Firstly you have the “plastic” starter which contains everything in plastic and is priced at £35.00

Secondly you have the “metal and resin” which contains metal infantry and resin vehicles, as well as a command deck of 40 cards and is priced at £68.00

Finally you have the  Premium “metal and resin” set, which contains the same as the above “metal and resin” set but with a KR multi-case with custom cut foam for the models for £88.00

Now as much as I like plastic models, I went for the “metal and resin” models only down to the fact that some of the plastic infantry I have seen look “lumpy” with their details, the vehicles on the other hand look very good in plastic.

Now I just have to sit back and wait……………………………………………

So Friday the 3rd was the delivery date for AvP, and now its Monday the 6th and its still not turned up! What reason has been given by UPS (yes UPS not Prodos)

“Delay: Emergency Situation or Severe Weather” given at 01.30 on the 3rd of July.

“Scheduled delivery information is not available at this time. Please check back later.”

Well its now 3 days late (I know UPS only deliver on weekends if you pay extra) and I am still none the wiser as to where it is!

Its last location was Langenhagen, Germany. and I know their were problems at Calais, France with both the port and tunnel. But I find it hard to believe that that was the hold up, as the guys I used to work for have travelled back from Frankfurt on the 2nd and got back on the 4th (which included getting held up in Calais for a few hours!)

So what has happened to UPS? I find it hard to believe that they have been stuck for 3 days at Calais! So I have emailed them to find out what is going on!

I have been thinking of adding another force to my Warzone Resurrection collection for sometime now, I was torn between either the Imperial or Bauhaus forces. Now I am more of a gamer that goes for models I like, rather than their rules or how power full they are! Now when I played Warzone back in the 2nd edition my choice of force was Bauhaus, and again it was down to the fact that I liked the models, this time however I really like the look of the Imperial models. However about a week ago an auction appeared on E-bay for a Bauhaus force, I worked it out and it came in at just over £200 rrp. Their had been a flurry of early bids but nothing that pushed it above £15, and I was sitting on the fence as their was only one picture.

Now the picture did not show how good the paint job was, and the thing that was bugging me was if the paint job was crap would I be able to strip them? I had some left over “resin” sprue’s from a couple of models I had been working on, and set about giving them the crappiest paint job I could! The end result was very poor (nice thick layers of paint), Once it was dry (I left it a good few hours), I chucked it in my pot of Fairy Power Spray and left it for a few hours. When I returned I grabbed a brush and gave it a scrub………………………………………..

To my surprise the resin stayed “firm” with no loss of detail, a few “stray” bits of paint were left behind but nothing major.

I took the plunge and place a bid and won for the sum of £48.99! Which netted me the following

5x Vulkans

3x Juggernauts

10x Mortant

10x Hussars

5x Rangers 

2x Drachen 

1x Duval

1x Max Steiner 

2x Vorreiters

And this morning they turned up. I took the 3 Juggernauts and placed them in the power spray and left them to soak for a few hours. I took them out a little while ago and cleaned them up with a brush, their was a lot of paint on the models but the have cleaned up really well. Their is the usual bit of paint here and their but apart from that they have turned out fine.

I will make a start on the others tomorrow, while I am waiting for AvP to be delivered. Yes I have my tracking info and delivery is  for Friday the 3rd.