Skarrd Starter Box Review

I have my hands on the new Skarrd starter and boy is it a lovely piece of kit! Like all the newer boxes it comes ready to go 500pt army/crew/gang/gaggle. It is certainly feels like great value with it coming in with 8 models with plenty of options because of it.

The box is as we are seeing very nice with full colour picture of the models (and generally great artwork)

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Everything is well package but something that really stands out is it looks like we have 3 different materials for the models! With 2 types of resin (look at the colour difference between Warhead and the others) while the tribal father is all metal.

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So what do we get in this set then, first up the Tribal Father

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I love him! He is so different from his original model (which I still like as it matches the Brom artwork) and more importantly easy to put together.
Yes he is relatively static but he it suits him as the leader who can do so much evilness with his weapons he uses his mind more.

Plus he has a creepy vibe of come here let me help you with that pain *cue evil laughter*.

Next we have the big guy in the warhead, now this is the only older sculpt in the box but then he is already pretty impressive who towers over the rest of the box.

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So glad his body is resin, if in metal he will be a lethal weapon..

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Nice and easy to stick together and even with the different materials the hands line up well.

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Yes he has one of the older sculpts so can appear a little flat, however he is dynamic enough that it is not as noticeable compared to say the old tribal father!

Time for some buzzblades, and boy are these lovely models they are certainly striking and for the cheap choice in the faction they are actually very imposing!

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Easy enough to build with no issues as it is just arms to attach.

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And because I actually own some of the older types of models, here is a scale shot to show you the difference.

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As a side note due to the big difference in the models and how much I like the quirkiness of the older models. I think I am going to do some tweaking to the models to make them into Warblades to use alongside my baby buzzblades 😉

Finally we have the Harpies, the black sheep of the box!

These are as you can see troublesome to put together, not horrendous (I am looking at you spiderlings) but compared to the rest of the box, a step up on the hobby side of things.

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The joints are small and like anything like this I cannot recommend super glue accelerant enough.

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The finished product however is amazing and worth the effort but I must say be cautious with these

Overall

These new box sets are great value for what you get in them, a fully functioning army that can go toe to toe with many lists in the game (not the super competitive ones but meh). It also gives you access some nice variation within it and this has to be one of my favourites of the starter sets so far! Because who doesn’t love a good cannibal?

Finally, the family photo with everyone together..

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Now for those in the UK I cannot recommend my tame supplier enough Leodis Games, he does great work with the malifaux community and is working hard to do the same for Dark Age as well. Go give them a try you wont be disappointed 🙂

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Skarrd Book Review

I was lucky enough to get my hands on the new Skarrd book and boy is it shiny

It weighs in a pretty hefty 240+ pages and all in a hardback, this continues the current quality we have seen in the previous few books of the new era of dark age well as far as Forsaken onwards I have not been lucky enough to read some of the earlier stuff.

Artwork

It is worth mentioning the art in the book, as Dark Age is based on Brom art it makes sense. I have to say I love the mix of old and new in the book, You can almost feel the evolution of artwork through the book from the earlier well know stuff to the new/updated artwork.

 

Story Arc

This continues from the other books, but you get enough teases in the text that reading it means you are not scratching your head about the whats and whys of the characters which is a huge thumbs up to the authors. Without spoiling anything the twists and turns of how Joan and Mary get themselves into and the incoming mess the Brood will make means you will be hungry for more and waiting till next GenCon is just mean for the next installment.

Book Layout

So the book is nicely split into the different cults (and generic horde) of the Skarrd these are split up by the story arc already mentioned. Each model/character/unit gets a 2 page spread of fluff and artwork (you will see artwork is huge for the feel of this game). There has been a lot of love and attention given to all and lets you buy into every model as a real entity in the world even if they don’t get any love in story arc.

Then at the end is all the rules and cards for the models, this is handy when you need them but when the cards are all free to download it means you don’t need to cut up the book 🙂

Overall

If you are interested in Skarrd then you will need this book! If you want to keep up with the story arc you will need this book! Basically you NEED this book 🙂

Now for those in the UK I cannot recommend my tame supplier enough Leodis Games, he does great work with the malifaux community and is working hard to do the same for Dark Age as well. Go give them a try you wont be disappointed 🙂

Batman Second Edition Starter Set Reviews

Got my hands on the following new plastic starter sets from Knight models (all thanks to Leodis Games).

The first thing that strikes you is how small the packaging is now, at a guess we are talking about 30% small footprint than the older blisters which across a range is significant reduction.

First thing we notice in the box is how small the cards have got now. They are now the same size as ‘standard’ cards we see in the majority of games.

This is a double edged sword for people, as the cards take up much less space on the gaming board which is huge BUT as players need a way of tracking their dice/markers during the making the plan and during the turn itself does mean you could have some mistakes occurring as things move about inevitably during a game. Expect lots of 3rd party options to deal with it (nods towards Red Beam).

But now for some shiny models..

The number of pieces are low in general, with the prisoner set all being 1 piece.

Looking at the models I think the scale is still the same so no creep like other game systems recently 😉

So the detail is amazing, something that KM are always good at but these are just wow!!

These are going to be a joy to paint.

There is a concern with the resin/plastic though some of thin pieces have feel that they could be a little brittle.

My sword did suffer in transit which is sad face but easily fixe.

So overall…

Wow KM have knocked these out of the park!! If this is the future of the quality and price. Truly amazing stuff, and maybe a sign of things for Harry Potter!

If you fancy so of the shiny at a great price make sure you check out Leodis and his Haribo…..sorry and his models 😉

Art of War Studios Review

Hello, its been a while since I have done any sort of reviewing a mixture of dealing with 2 kids now and general life has meant the blog has limped a long. Hopefully I can get back to the usual updates…

Anyway today I have the pleasure of cracking open one of the Art of War Studio kits in this case we have the new range of sci-fi based terrain pieces know as Neo City HAB module. Plus so of the info-bloc/panels as well.

What makes this even nicer is the addition of acrylic pieces which really do make the whole thing even shinier.

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As always the packs are nice and tidy, I will say this it could be worth checking out their YouTube instruction videos as the module is straight forward enough but some of the bits are a little tricky.

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So much shiny mdf and ooooh look blue acrylic..

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The bottom/ground floor goes together well, the fact you actually have a staircase as well, is just the AoWS guys showing off really 😉 but perfect for those sci-fi RPGs and Infinity. Its worth noting the steps can easily support a 30mm base due to the sort of ‘L’ shape they have.

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Top/1st floor is a little easier to stick together and once dry is still pretty dam sturdy.

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All built and what a sexy thing it is. Now this is as far as I have got with the build as I didn’t want to stick in the acrylic until I have painted it, but the dry fittings suggest the acrylic is as snug as the rest of the kit.

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The left overs a picture I forgot to take is that those acrylic pieces are identical to the mdf pieces the kit comes with anyway!

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Some shiny addition pieces.

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Like the over kits the info-bloc is a lovely addition to any sci-fi table and the nice touches on the acrylic really add to the whole piece. As a whole it is super easy to build (3 pieces of mdf more or less) but the finished article I think you will agree is amazing!

Overall

Now you can buy sci-fi buildings, particularly MDF ones much cheaper than what the AoWS guys are generating but I have to say these new Neocity terrain pieces are some high quality, high finish terrain pieces that are worth every penny (less than £30).

The fact the whole thing is modular and you can easily build up floors and then the addition of the walkways. You could very easily have great fun with these across a whole table….

Plus with all the extra details like the info-bloc the whole range smells of mdf……sort quality I meant quality!!

You want shiny sci-fi terrain then go check out the AoWS guys.

P.S. a time of writing they are having a sale on so even more reason to dive in.

JB Terrain Review

As 40K starts to explode as it always does with a new edition time, I needed some new terrain to cover the board!

There is loads of MDF terrain out there, but I need something that looks good but isn’t too mad or expensive. Step forward a chap I have used before for some other pieces of terrain. Who had exactly that, nice not overly complicated terrain at an amazing prices!!

You can check out his eBay shop here (There is also his Facebook profile as well). This time I came looking at a couple of the ruined buildings which have a decent footprint.

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As you can see I have a couple of different sets so let’s get these bad boys together..

Soooooooooo much mdf the house smells amazing at the moment 😀

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Nice big chunky pieces for my ham-fisted ways…

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The tiny windows are great for calling LoS blocking but also are easy snipped and broken to allow you to have firing areas if you wanted.

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Its big, offers plenty of cover and also allows some height to games, something I have always liked (too much 2Dness happening on my tables).

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Couple of nice details here and there with the broken windows and cracked walls and very cool and add a little something if like me you are too lazy to texture your MDF..

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This one below was the hardest part of the kits I had with the extra little edging to the building, nice touch but be careful with the thin MDF.

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So the builds on all these are realllly easy, in fact you could easily keep them as flat pack and build when you need them as the joins are really tight and as such should stay pretty robust for a while. But like all MDF the layers will split slightly eventually, so caution if you go that route.

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Big enough to hide a Knight, but enough levels that normal troops can also use it. Pretty much perfect for what I wanted.

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So overall great little (big) kits to have around at a really cheap price and these kits are easily made more in tune with some the grim dark dark of the far future by adding some plastic pieces to the walls if you wanted to for more details.

So price then well remember when I said these were cheap how about less than £10 each for a decent sized foot print of MDF? Pretty good right? Now what about if I said that if you contact John directly and say ‘Bear made me do it’

For the next 30 days, he will offer you 20% off ebay prices which lets be honest is an amazing discount! The clock is ticking…

Oh you want the link very well here it is LINKY he is adding to his range all the time so keep your eye out.

Pulp City Starter Review

Hello and welcome to another review, this time I have managed to get my hands on the 2 starter sets for Pulp City. A small skirmish game of super heroes…..sorry Supremes battling each other for no other reason heroes and villains need 🙂

Today I have both starter sets to look at, on both sides of the line, the boxes are really nice, well the models come in a white box but the sleeve is really nice..

You get colourful artwork on the back (including info on what you are getting plus the classes of the supremes in each box), while the front shows off the models themselves in some great looking studio colour schemes. Well-presented boxes all round then but now for the exciting bit.

So whats in the boxes then? Well obviously we get shiny models bit of a short review otherwise.. We also get the character cards which have all the stats and unique actions on them. Usually thing nice bright cards that fit into MtG card sleeve.

The Baddies

The Goodies

What is also nice is each box comes with a poster style version of the quick start rules which are enough for you to get on with a game or two. As you don’t need the full book unless you are going to some of the more advance stuff. The poster also works nicely as a way of looking up rules quickly in the heat of battle.

Now for the actual shiny, on the whole the models are one piece metal models, this makes a change but also pleases me. Sometimes you don’t need models to be in a million pieces to give dynamic looking models. For someone who is very adept at gluing himself to various things the less super glue flying around the better

The detail is really nice on the models, they have made sure that the art imitates the model which is nice and they have kept true a scaling of the models.

What I mean by that is each model is slightly different in size which adds to the feel of individuality you would expect from heroes and villains.

Just overall some really nice fun models, sometimes we have some very serious looking models in this hobby and there is nothing wrong with camping it up on an odd occasion.

So overall the models are easy to put together 😉 while still keeping some nice dynamic poses, do they suffer a little from the flatness of one-piece models? Maybe a little bit but the poses are done in such a way that this is not a problem and they are all pretty nice. OK, maybe Wildman is a little odd and out of proportion but that probably works in his favour.

A fun set of models that are going to be fun to paint up in suitable 80s style.