Monday, August 27, 2012

I start "Ze Germans"

As my buddy Dave said in his last post...   We are getting into Bolt Action. Now as an ex-sales GW boy in the USA (ages ago), I know alot of people in the gaming world many of whom started at GW who are now spread across the gaming industry. My old boss works for Battlefront and he and I have talked about FOW for a number of years now. I do love the era. I love the game but I struggle with the scale.  I think it is because I was trying to paint pea dot camo on 15mm SS German models... (Not a smart place to start)

The boys at GW always used to mess around with historical stuff and while I loved to watch them play I never could get my head around the rules or the poor models (compared to GW at the time). Welllll... That has changed. 

Rick "The Man Who Wrote 40K" Priestly has written a set of rules for my preferred scale (28mm) WWII! Needless to say. I am very keen. Now a few months back I bought a box of of new Warlord games plastic Germans and the quality of the models was startlingly good. (I bought them because I wrote a set of pulp action rules that never quite got off the ground)

Anyway... I hit Mind Games the other day and picked up the new rules set and the beginnings of a german army to round out what I already had.

IPB Image
40 Germans and a Tiger should be a good place to start...

I have a few other toys on order and the rest of a army's worth of these bases...
IPB Image

I am going for an old European city urban feel... Cobblestone bases, some cobblestone/rumble bases... Maybe stick a wrecked wall on the back of a larger base or two. Still have to figure it out.


Monday, August 20, 2012

Guest Review of Bolt Action Miniatures by DaveOWar

Recently I have been getting more interested in historical games. After playing a hell of a lot of WHFB I have just been feeling the urge to start painting different types of models. To scratch these itches I've have been playing a bit of FOW, until about two weeks ago when I discovered bolt action. Bolt actions a 28mm WW2 game written by Alessio Calvatorie with the assistance of Rick Priestly made by Warlord games and Osprey Publishing set to come out in a few short weeks time. As someone who has always loved this history of ww2 and used to paint a lot of 1/35 models this was an opportune too good to miss. After reading up all I could find on the rules I decided to purchase British Commandos as my main force. 48 hours after ordering about 1000pts worth from War and Peace Games they were in my mail box (a free plug for a really amazing customer experience).
 The first thing I got is a section of commando characters including Lord Lovat, his piper and The Brig. I really love these figures as they encapsulate what I think of when I imagine British ww2 forces, the sense of gentlemanly style and the impractical use of a per in battle really tops it off. The detail on these is quite good compared to some of the other metals although the faces could be a bit sharper.

 I also got a machine gun and mortar as support options. While I do quite like some of these models i felt the overall detail could be improved and did not look as good as other models in the range. The poses that they have chosen for the models are particularly good and I really enjoy the guy blocking his ears. I ended up replacing one of the mortar crew with a plastic model and using here crew as a forward artillery observer.

 The bulk of my force is a box of 25 commandos and 25 British infantry with scots heads. I am really impressed with these models. The detail is great, the poses are energetic and well designed and the kit comes with huge amounts of extras for you to use. I have only started to play around with the kit and see what can be done but so far I think they compare well to most current GW kits. (I haven't assembled any of the normal British infantry but the kit is quite similar)
This is a model I assembled as the section snipper, hopefully he will be useful.
Finally a small number of commandos
Finally to support it all I got a Cromwell cruiser tank. This beast is a solid chunk of resin and British stiff upper lipishness, the detail is very crisp and the model goes together very quickly. Assembling a tank like this is a very different experience to GW kits of historical model companies like Tamaya where there a huge numbers of parts. There were only 4 large resin parts and a handful if resin accessories. All up the assembly took about 15 mins. The tank looks a tad small for the figures but it may just be that I misunderstood the size of Cromwells.
 Overall I am very happy with the models and am really looking forward to getting stuck into them and getting painting. I think for people looking get into historical games but have been put off by the rules systems or small scale should keep an eye out for Bolt Action. The previews of the rules seem to be easily understood by those who have played GW and 28mm scale is a comfortable place for many players.
Ratings out of 10
Value: 9 (the plastics are amazing while the resin and metal are still good value)
Quality: 8 (the plastics and resin are an easy 10 but the metals still do have room for improvement)
Style: 10 (though these models don't look as anatomically accurate as other companies outings, such as wargames factory, they have great style and really remind me of the 60s war movie heroes that I grew up on)
Ease of assembly: 7 (against the plastics and tank are great. But assembling small weapons out of complex metal parts is always a pain. This isn't really the fault of warlord it is just a result of the weapons size and type)
Overall: 9 (I have really enjoyed assembling these models so far and am pretty darn excited about the game)

DaveOwaR out!

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Mono-God Nurgle DOC (Review of the new Plague Bearers)

Well I am well on my way towards my goal of taking all four different mono-god daemon armies to my next few Fantasy tournies this year (though I am rapidly running out of events to take things to).  At Book of Grudges this year I plan to take a mono-Nurgle list revolving around a Great Unclean one, two big blocks of Plague Bearers and a Soul Grinder... and other stuff.  All nurgle though (and the Soul Grinder).

Some of the models I have pulled out of my closet to make this project happen.
Anyway I had a massive pile of Nurgle metal models in my closet that I pulled out... and realized that I was maybe 15 models or so short for what I wanted to do...  Rather than use nurglings of 25mil bases as fillers (which I quick like the idea of btw) I decided to buy a box of the new Plague Bearer models.

The new Plague Bearers... What can I say?  I like em.  I bought the box for something like $48 Australian which seemed a bit steep for 10 models (I know I have not been buying GW models for a little while).  What I found inside was the bitz to make ten dudes. 5 extra heads, a few extra sword arms and a few extra empty hands.  There were command bitz that included one banner pole and two standard tops (the extra was immediately added to my death guard army) and a small pile of shrunken heads to hang from things and something like 8-10 nurgling models).  Quite cool really.

I had a few extra bloodletter models missing heads and a few arms in my bitz closet and I yanked them out to make another 5 plague-letters using the extra heads and arms...  You can see some here:
A new Plague Bearer next to a Plague-Letter

A variety of Nurgle models for size comparisons.
A unit filler using extra bitz from the box.

Assorted models including command models
More size comparisons
More to come soon...  

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

A Chaos Dwarf Bonanza! (Now With All The Lore Cards)

Today I bring you the bounty of Hashut (and the internet!)!!!

First up lets look at the new Warhammer Forge Bull Centaurs.
As you can see they are much larger than their predecessors. 

And far more detailed too.  I wonder what the price point will be for these beauties?

Next up Raging Heroes has rereleased the alternate head for their manticore model.   It is also beautifully detailed and judging by the size of the manticore...  Quite large.  You can buy it separately as well.  I have ordered one to use as the base of a head for my K'Dai Destroyer.

Now there has been quite a bit of debate about the new update to the K'Dai Destroyer.  Specifically weather or not it got "nerfed" by the update.

A nameless gent on Warseer did the maths and made a nice graph that I thought I would share.

And last but certainly not least... Veshnakar on the Chaos Dwarf Online forum has created lore cards for the Lore of Hashut.  They were made to be shared sooooo here they are... Enjoy...