Archive for the ‘Shadows Of Brimstone’ Category

Its fair to say over the last few years I have drifted away from large scale (mass battles) wargames and moved on to small (skirmish) games. This all come about from my change of life style two years ago, leading me to have a lot more free time on my hands. It has also lead me into solo gaming, with the likes of Zombicide, Incursion, and a few others.

However I have always had an “itch” to get back into “dungeon crawl” type games, granted a few years ago I did start playing Warhammer Quest which has to be one of my favorite games. However it was short lived. I could have picked up GW’s new Warhammer Quest – Silver Towers game, however I have my doubts that it would live up to its predecessor!

One of the main reasons that I backed Mantic Games Deadzone v1 was for the solo play, however I could never get my head round the rules. And so for the best part it ended up being shelved. However with the DZ v2 kickstarter last year I had high hopes, but however the solo rules (or AI deck as it was known) are gone. Maybe they will return in a future supplement, who knows.

Zombicide by CMON, can also be played solo. And I have played many games on my own (quite a few when I was laid up in hospital) However the original seasons 1-3 were set in the modern day, while the new Black Plague is set in medieval times and while not relay a “dungeon crawl” it would at a push, pass for one  (especially some of the bigger monsters). CMON have just launched a new KS project called “Massive Darkness” however it is not going to be ready to ship until April 2017, and as much as I like most of the models  I think I will have to pass it by.

However I still have this “itch” for a good old fashioned “dungeon crawl” featuring orcs and goblins, skeletons, and all the rest. This does however lead on to Mantic`s Dungeon Saga. Now first off, I passed on the Kickstarter. At the time I had no interested in the project, and as with a few of their projects there were a fair few problems. However most of them seem to have been sorted out now. I have how ever manged to get hold of a KS backers pledge for a very good price.

Now I just have to wait for it to arrive………

Its been a while (nearly 4 months), and its time to look back at the various KS projects I have backed. So since the last post Deadzone Infestation has turned up see here

Deadzone: Infestation Pt 2……………….

and here.

Deadzone: Infestation Pt 3

As has Wave 2 of AvP

Get Away From Her, You Bitch!…………..

and also Wave 1.5 of Shadows Of brimstone.

The Good, The Bad, And The Mutated…………

and here.

The Good, The Bad, And The Mutated Part 2…………

Lets take a look at what else has happened.

All Quite On the Martian Front: Another company has bought all of the moulds and IP from alien dungeon, however they have stated that they will not full fill any out standing KS items to backers. In other words if you want it you have to pay again!

Shadows Of Brimstone: the next expansion Trederra has been previewed, and it has grown from what it was originally. It is now classed as a “deluxe” expansion.

Aliens vs Predator: Nothing new on the AvP front, apart from a preview of the dropship from Aliens.

Conan: Looks like wave 1 will ship in October (one year later than planed) with wave two following later on.

Zombicide BP: Has just arrived, an boy is the box big!  I did not go for everything this time (like I did with season 3) but their is a hell of a lot of stuff.

Warpath: I only backed this to grab some bits for deadzone, but it would seem that mantic are receiving a lot of flak over some decisions with the new rules. As well as a few of their other KS projects.

Dropfleet Commander: Seems to be going well with delivery next month!

The Walking Dead: Mantic have shown us the new plastic terrain and 2 of the 5 mats for the game. Shipping has been pushed back till October (even i think September was pushing it)

Now lets go have a look at Zombicide Black Plague……………………….

After looking at the first part of the wave 1.5 of shadows of brimstone lets have a look at what was left.

DSCN0878 (22)As you can see both the Frontier Town and Caverns of Cynder (as well as the doorways into darkness) come with their “retail” packaging.The box at the front contains all the cards, tokens and other gubbins to use the new models.

 

First up we have the Cynder expansion. Consisting of loads of new board sections and tokens, as well as the new lava men monsters.

Next we have the Frontier Town Expansion. Consisting of a new board, loads of location templates, and the new bandits (which can also be used in the mines)

Next we have the contents of the white box which is made up of 3 decks of cards, a token sheet, and the stat cards for the models. As well as the “hero” character sheets and as a nice little touch a a rules sheet collection book.

Next we have the Doorways into darkness expansion, its not really an expansion as such as all it does is add 15 new cards and the doorways are more of a 3D terrain element. On the right is the deluxe dark stone tokens (which were a paid add-on).

Lastly we have 5 more decks of cards (their is a 6th set that is in the white box) and 2 promo cards. The 3 on the left were paid add-ons, while the 2 on the right were part of the stretch goals (as was the 6th deck).

Overall I am pleased with what I got, and nothing was damaged in transit.

So the other day after spending nearly 2 weeks being held in by UK customs and Parcel-Force my wave 1.5 Shadows of Brimstone parcel arrived.  I did get hit by the dreaded import tax, but however it was less than I was expecting. I had set aside £60.00, and was surprised when it turn out to be £31.74.

As you can see it was shipped in a box that originally contain  (3) copies of the City of Ancients core set. Inside  everything was tightly packed and full of polystyrene packing chips.

The first thing that was in the box were the red “exclusive” models that were missing from my wave 1 shipment. These are the same as the ones in the two core sets that were covered back when I received wave 1

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Under them were the new resin alternate pose heroes (left picture) “new” hero classes (top right) Outlaw hero (middle right) and alternate gender heroes (bottom left). The details are excellent, but some of the cuts like the separate hats are rather strange. As they could have been left on the main model, however they are much better than the plastics from the base sets.

Next we move on to the plastics. Once again these are a lot better than the base set plastics here we have. The Burrower (top left) and Beli’al (top right) both of which are classed as XXL sized monsters. Then we have the Dark Stone Hydra (middle right) and the Guardian of Targa (bottom) which are both classed as XL monsters.

Next we have the Scafford gang with colonel Scafford (left picture) and the Dark stone brutes (right picture).

Next we have the Undead Outlaws and Undead Gunslinger (left picture) and the Void Hounds and Void Sorcerers  (right picture).

Next we have the Serpentmen Of Jargno and Shaman (left picture) and the Trun Hunters (right picture).

Next we have the Custodians of Targa and the Targa pylons (left picture) and the Scourge rats and nest (right picture).

Lastly we have the Trederren Raiders (left picture) and the Harvesters from beyond (right picture).

That’s it for the moment tomorrow I will take a look at the box sets that were in the box

Its time to take a look at the various KS projects that I have backed………

All Quite On The Martian Front: As I said in the last KS post AQOTMF is dead! I have recived to letters from the states (as have many backers) from the the US bankruptcy courts, which means I will get nothing as their is nothing left. At the moment I am unsure if I want to hold on to what I have or to part with it.

Shadows Of Brimstone: Wave 1.5 is on its way! (well it has been since the 29th of February) It seems to have been caught up at UK customs for about 10 days now hopefully their will be some progress soon.

Alien vs Predator: So as we came towards the end of February had anything turned up?  and what did Prodos do? drop a bomb shell that they had run out of plastic door bases, adding yet another delay in getting Wave 2 out of the door. On the 10th I sent a message to both of the Prodos emails. Saying “that I was not worried about the plastic stands, and if it would speed things up send my wave 2 with out them” After all I have 2 copies of the game from wave 1, and the third is only for the models. Low and behold the next day I received an email telling me my order has been partially sent. Lets see what happens.

Conan: Nothing new, but Monolith still post semi regular updates showing things like the layouts of the card components, prototype boxes, painted models, etc. Despite the project being delayed the guys at Monolith still take the time to show backers stuff.

Deadzone Infestation: Looks like the rulebook has only just gone to print, and mantic hope to get everything shipped by later this month. Hopefully this time things are better then the 1st edition.

Zombicide BP: Looks to be gearing up for dispatch in the next few weeks.

Warpath: Still sitting on the fence, I was hoping that DZ:I would arrive so that I could see what this new plastic is like. As it stands now I may well give it a miss.

Dropfleet Commander: Hawk Wargames have sown quite a few digital renders over the past month or so, with the space station catching my eye.

The Walking dead: As I said in the last KS post I was sitting on he fence with the WD game, but in the end I stuck with it. And in the end it raised $685.853, it did however suffer from Mantic not throwing loads of “shit” at the project as they have done before. However I threw $235.00 at the project, netting me the “something to fear” pledge as well as the Woodbury and Prison expansions, as well as the scenery booster. when the pledge manger comes out I will proberly add another $50 for the other 3 deluxe mats.

So with any luck this month should hopefully see 3 projects turn up Shadows Of Brimstone, Alien vs Predator, and Deadzone: Infestation.

With Zombicide: BP next month.

 

Its been sometime since I looked at the various Kick Starter projects that I have backed, so lets see what is happening.

All Quite On The Martian Front: Dead in the water! Alien Dungeon/Robot Peanut/Architects of War posted a update on the 28th of January which can been seen here.

All Quite Update #173

reading between the lines, it looks like too much was offered during the KS project to help the future of the product line!

Aliens Vs Predator: Things started to hot up over on the Facebook page over Christmas with various insults both towards prodos and members of staff. However wave 2 is meant to be finished by the end of the month (February) however I have not heard anything and the pledge manger still says “awaiting”. We will have to see what happens!

Shadows Of Brimstone: Hopefully wave 1.5 will be sent in the next few weeks the last few components are due to arrive on the 11th, however a little bit of a storm in a tea cup was started a few weeks ago when FFP announced that the additional hero packs would be made in resin rather then plastic as were the models in the base sets. This has upset a number of backers, but if they are better than the base heroes its a good thing!

Conan: Delayed until June due to the Chinese new year. Monolith have however been showing off models on  a semi regular basis, thus keeping backers “in the loop”.

Zombicide BP: CMON sent out the core game just before Christmas with the rest to follow around June time. I have not really had a look at BP yet, in fact its still in its shipping box!

Deadzone Infestation: A lot has changed since the DZ:I project finished. First up a change of material for some of the models. Most of the NON plastic (so restic/metal) models have now been changed to another type of plastic (hopefully not the shit that was used for Mars Attacks). And secondly The rules, seem to have changed quite a bit from the “tidy” up we were told about, now I have not read the beta rules yet as quite frankly they hurt my eyes to read. But from the comments I have read, a lot of what I liked has gone. But in all fairness I was not interested in the rules more the terrain and plastic Veer-myn. Hopefully March will see stuff start to deliver.

Warpath: Now I had hoped that DZ:I would have turned up before the pledge manger for warpath closed. However that has gone out the window with the DZ:I not being shipped until March and the warpath pledge manger closing on the 29th of February. In all fairness I have no intressed in the warpath rules just some of the models, but I wanted to see how the DZ:I models turned out before spending more money on warpath models.

Dropfleet Commander: I backed this mainly because I liked the ship models (as well as the ground combat game Dropzone commander) delivery is set for June 2016.

Now a few days ago Mantic launched their new KS for The Walking Dead miniatures game base on the comics (and not the TV show) however I am a little underwhelmed by the project at the moment. As it stands the core box contains 18 miniatures and the Atlanta expansion contains 6 miniatures their have also been 8 extra miniatures added from stretch goals giving a grand total of 32 models! all for $125.00 (£86.00) and at the moment I just cannot see any value in it. Who knows it may pick up some momentum we will just have to see, If not I will stick to Zombicide.

This year has had its ups and downs. I started the year pushing All Quite On The Martian Front at my local game store, which lead to them picking up some of the range. This lead to a small group of players gaming every few weeks in the local store.

February/March: brought not one but TWO kickstarter pledges in the form of Tablescapes Tiles and Zombicide Season 3 (which was the most viewed post of the year!)

April/May: Saw me working on my Imperial Knights and Skitarii as well as some Cites Of Death terrain for 40K

June: Saw the arrival of another kickstarter pledge in the form of  Incursion from Grind House Games. Also released was the Terminator Genisys game from River Horse.

July: Saw the arrival of AvP: The Hunt Begins board game from Prodos Games.

August: Saw a group of us start to play Shadows of Brimstone, as well as the redecorating of my gaming/dinning room.

September: Saw me give Judge Dredd ago (again).

October/November: Saw me playing Terminator: Genisys and Shadows Of Brimstone.

December: has been rather quite on the gaming front.

Kickstarter wise I have backed the year

Conan: From Monolith Games.

Blood Rage and Zombicide Black Plague: From CMON.

Deadzone: Infestation and Warpath : From Mantic Games.

Drop Fleet Commander: From Hawk Wargames.

Of these only Blood Rage has shipped completely, while the base set of Zombicide has also been shipped (with the rest due sometime in February).

From last years list their are still 3 outstanding.

AvP: From Prodos Games, hopefully 95% will be finished by the end of February

Shadows Of Brimstone: From Flying Frog Games, will hopefully be finished by the end of the year. I have taken up the 1.5 wave shipping.

All Quite On The Martian Front: From Alien Dungeon, looks to be dead in the water with the company going bust!

Movie wise I have only seen one film this year and that was Terminator: Genisys, which while not as good as T1 and T2 did serve as a good “reboot”. It was however strange not going to see a film over the Xmas period but their was not much that I wanted to see (I can wait for Star Wars to be released on Blu-Ray).

All in all its been a year of ups and downs, I have played some good games Terminator: Genisys, Shadows Of Brimstone, and to a certain extent AvP (it has its problems) as well as losing interest in some!