Something a bit Different

So for those keeping up I recently reviewed the Wrathmonger box which is a lovely kit, but more importantly I was left with many spares.

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So I have 5 torsos, a load of weapon options and some front plates to play around with but I need some legs. Skullreapers don’t strike me as something I could do as a snake body, too Slaaneshiiii

Since this is Chaos and Khorne I need something that has a nod to this….Maybe a Cenataur? but not sure a horse would work too well as I wanted to keep them on the 40mm base to be legal..

So after a dig around at the always helpful Triple Helix Wargames I came across the Fenrisian Wolf Pack which come on 40mm bases and as a set they are very cheap!

After cracking open the box all the wolves are a nice size and more importantly come with the heads detached 🙂

Lets get creative!!

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well this certainly has some promise admittedly some of them are a little tall, so I decided to chop the wolf neck down a little bit.

So after some dry fitting and gluing I ended, we hit the next problem is the back..

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Which should be easy enough as I still need to decide on the back banners and then its time to hit the Green Stuff!

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But by far the best bit is they more or less match the size of the Wrathmongers!! This is key for me as you want to be able to say yes they are Skullreapers but they need to take up the same volume really and I think I have managed that!

With that in mind I have managed to get 2 units for the 3/4 the price of getting to boxes of the almost same models..

So if anything I am saving the environment with these……ignore the tight Yorkshireman writing.

The wolves I have to say are worth it for the price you pay plus I think they could be used in several armies.

Before the new plastic  Flesh hounds landed I had considered them with some conversion to be my count-as.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Adeptus Titanicus Cerastus Knights – Review

We are back again, this time to look at the new Knights for AT and the first of the baby brothers of FW only kit. I am excited to see these as I was not a huge fan of having lots of knights running around that are all the same!

As with all the AT stuff so far the box art is something special and they look the part. Seriously I would be tempted by an AT art book I really would!

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The back is the same as well showing off the painted models and how shiny they are..

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We get the same transfer sheet as the normal Knights which makes sense, however for me it feels like this kit needs it less but that is just me.

As usual the iunstruction booklet is lovely CAD work, but something that did throw me off (and I know I wasnt the only one with this problem). The printing wasnt done to fit the page. Now clearly only a small error I did find it a little jarring and dare I say cheap by GW not to fix something like this.

Now I know it is something silly, but I dont expect this from GW but there you go!

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Anyway onto the shiny, the kit lets you build 2 Knights and come with just the one sprue, unfortunately you only get the one set of weapon options, so I would expect another kit/ (whisper) weapon sprue in the future to cover the other options.

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But then as we look closer the detail is pretty much amazing, as all the AT kits have been so far.

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Look at the crotch section and all the piping and rivets, for something that is so scaled down GW are not afraid to keep as much detail from the 28mm scale as possible…

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While the carapace is again full of the details we have seen in the other knight kit and is generally spot on! Although feels odd that the extended shoulder pads are extra pieces, tiny extra pieces!

So a quick family shot before I slap some paint down. you can see they are significantly taller than the Knight and sit nicely in-between them and the warhound!

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Overall

A great addition to the AT forces and well worth the price of under £20 from our friends and FLGS over at Leodis Games.

The slow grow continues at a nice pace and I am managing to keep more or less on target with a purchase a month. which at this point means I only need a Reaver to complete the collection. Which nicely gives me an Axiom maniple and 2 units of different knights when I get there!! Plus so far I am only on about £135 spent before the reaver to get me to this stage. which is still much less than the grand master box!!

And because I have started doing this here is some paint thrown on my knights…

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Adeptus Titanicus Warhounds – Review

Unleash the Hounds of Hell!!! <cough> sorry about that, so as I missed out on the Reavers till they get a restock. Dam you all for buying ten of them, you know who you are.

I am going to have to make do with some cute little puppies..

As we are still slow-growing these models, I am going to go into repeat mode and skip the box stuff and say. Standard fare from GW, we gets what we expect from them..

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We get a warhound specific transfer sheet which is nice and covers the same legions as the warlord one we have already looked at.

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Next we have the instruction book which is full of CAD pictures to help you build which has become the norm for GW so no surprises here.

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Finally have the sprues and we have the different frames, one suggests that we could easily see a weapon sprue in the future!

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Sad panda face, that we only get 2 of each weapon, I suppose it was to be expected but it does mean you are going to have to have a think about your load-outs.

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But the detail oh my the detail!!!

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I am going to be honest after doing the Warlord this kit left me feeling just a touch flat.

The warlord is the best GW kit around at the moment, which makes sense for such a flagship model. However the pose-ability of the warhounds is a less than its big brother.

On one part makes sense it is a cheaper kit and the models themselves are just legs with weapons. So in part the match so well with the 40k kit and the general historical feel of the warhounds that you could say that GW smashed it again.

But the lazy modeller in me just wished the legs had a join say in the middle area to give more movement.

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The options for the armour continues where the warlord left off and gives us plenty of options to go loyal or traitor or more generic.

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Since I started it with the Warlord I am continuing here where you see the finished paint job at the end instead of bare plastic…

The build is pretty straight forward with only things like the shield generators being particularly fiddly to clean up and stick on.

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I went for more of creeper flame look and think it works.

I didnt magnetize these two warhounds as although it looks pretty easy to do, I was happy to run these as they are for now, a second kit may appear which will be magged up for more options. But as I am aiming for an Axiom build so one of everything for the time being will do me :).

Overall

A great addition to the AT forces and well worth the the price of £30 from our friends over at Triple Helix Wargames.

With the slow grow option I have gone for I have only just reached £120 and have a Warlord, a banner of knights and now some Warhounds, plus the rules box and all the gubbings it brings. Which still gives plenty of wiggle room under the cost of the GM box. I am happy how things are shaping up for them..

A Reaver when they are back in stock and maybe another banner of knights and I reckon I will have a decent force with no need to have worried about the GM box and scrabble to get one.

Art of War (X-Wing 2.0) Review


Welcome to another review of some of the exciting and shiny things that AoWS are force pulling… (not sorry) out at the moment. Today I am going to be looking at two products, the new X-Wing 2.0 Movement templates and also the Core token set. Linky To Them

I am not going to go over what is in the movement set as, basically its all the straight and bendy bits you need to fly some spaceships!

But something worth flagging up is the (a)massing of tokens in the token set…

  • 10 Shield tokens
  • 5 Focus tokens
  • 5 Evade tokens
  • 5 Charge tokens
  • 5 Target Lock tokens
  • 3 Force tokens
  • 3 Stress tokens
  • 3 Ion tokens
  • 1 Jam token
  • 1 Tractor Beam token
  • 1 No Fire token
  • 1 Calculate token
  • 1 Reinforce Front token
  • 1 Reinforce Back token
  • 1 Cloak token

So nearly 50 tokens that should help cover most uses in-game, probably only time it is going to greatly impact is if you have a TIE swarm or you like to run stressed a lot. But on the whole most lists you are not going to be too worried.

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Ahhh jiggy bag heaven, look at all the shiny things waiting to come out (for those just starting out the bags are the resealable kind, so be careful with the staples as its handy way to keep everything together).

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So I got the Rebel set of templates a nice blue, I am a particular fan that you get numbers and squares/pips to denote which template is which. A nice touch also you get 3 measuring widgets so makes it easier to check distances rather than being (me) clumsy and whacking ships around trying to aim with the cardboard 3 zone one you get in the core set.

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Look at all the colours like playing with skittles!! As already mentioned you get a healthy amount of tokens in the set and with plenty of colour involved shouldn’t be too hard to pick out the one you need (I like purple ones)

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Something that is obviously really important is that the acrylics match those of the official sets you get in the core set. I am happy to report that all the movement templates are spot on.

You wont have any issues there, well unless you are a S&V player and want to cheat 😉

On the whole the tokens are also spot on although for obvious reasons some of them don’t quite match shapewise but size they are a great fit. So shouldn’t get lost on the table or will get as lost as the cardboard ones 😀

Finally, they like all your acrylics a splash of paint and they are going to look so so much better than the cardboard ones (and will last a significant time longer).

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Overall

So for 8.99 for the tokens and 12.99 for the movement sets you are getting a steal for the quality they bring to the table. Really if you are going to be looking up some acrylics for you induction into the ways of 2.0 then please check out AoWS the guys are top-notch and at prices that keep a Yorkshireman happy you know that makes sense 😉

 

Art of War (Star Wars Legion) Review

Welcome to a review of some of the exciting and shiny things that AoWS are force pushing… (not sorry) out at the moment. Today I am going to be looking at their SW:Legion Core token set. Linky To Them

Price – £15.99
Its a huge bag of everything you could want for some pew pew Legion fun, first a list of what we are looking at getting…

  • 8 Order tokens
  • 6 Objective Bases (and enough Rebel/Empire coloured holograms for them)
  • 10 Suppression tokens
  • 6 Aim tokens
  • 6 Dodge tokens
  • 6 Standby tokens
  • 6 Condition tokens
  • 4 Panic tokens
  • 12 Victory tokens
  • 2 Ion tokens
  • 10 Single wound and 4 Triple wound tokens
  • 3 Vehicle Damage tokens

Which handily is what you get in the Core box for Legion more or less. Now I am going to be greed and will be using these all for myself 😀

Which means I am going to have plenty for games.

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So nice baggy of goodies, as always from the chaps from AOWS. Something that is a nice touch and I have never seen before is a little sheet of paper telling you how to add colour to recesses which is really helpful for those that haven’t dealt with such tokens before or if like me never realise if you leave the backing paper on it makes it much easier…

So once we have all the tokens out we get a lot and it is also so very pretty. I particularly like the objective markers as the light hologram for whichever faction controls is a great. Plus, everything is pretty snug you wont get wonky markers during the game.

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But how do the compare to the FFG punch-out cardboard tokens. Well on the whole they match them pretty damn well. with most of them actually being the same size. Yes the likes of the wound markers are smaller but you also get the number on them (well 1 or 3, with the 3 being bigger as well) which makes it easier during games anyway.

I would have liked my suppression markers to be a little bit bigger but that is the only little complaint I have. Mainly as I am really bad at missing markers after games..

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So once all edge painting is done, the tokens look amazing.

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Overall

I really like the set and it is going to cover most peoples uses (yes the command tokens may not match perfectly with some more advance lists but for now they are spot on).

Obviously not future proof with some of the wild and wacky things FFG could drop in the future but for now and for the price you can not go wrong with this set.

Plus its shiny acrylic….SHINY!!

Brood Starter Box Review

Its been a while but wooohoooo new shiny models 🙂
This time we get to have a look at the new Brood starter box for Dark Age. With all the genetic freaks (the need to do a Scott Steiner model) that you could wish for.

As always with these newer boxes we get a 500pt force out of the box and I think a pretty decent starting point for any Brood player. Hell you could get by with just this box if you wanted…..but that isn’t going to happen in this hobby 😉

So without any fanfare time to have a look.

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So the box art is nice and something I have come to expect from these boxes, likewise the painted models look sexy. Dam those talented gits!!!

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So cracking open the box everything is well package and this box is stuffed to the gills with shiny. You get 8 models in this box which is one of the healthier model counts for Dark Age starter, unusually for these boxes however you don’t get what we could consider a ‘leader’ model but you do get plenty of grunt in the box.

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Also from other boxes I have looked at this is the first all non-metal box I have got to play with! It also the only box with the newer flat bases rather than the deep ones. Now onto the shiny models..

Ratchets

Perhaps the biggest changing models from the original models. Although to be honest we are seeing a lot more organic feel to the Brood anyway. With one of the ratchets weapons actually part of its arm.

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The models themselves are really nice, low part count which is always nice. The plastic of these models does need superglue (not plastic glue) to put together.

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Really dynamic feel to the model, which I think sort of has a nod towards to zombies with the stance like the they are not completely sentient which is really cool for the faction.

Sawblades

The huge shift in design of the faction continues with the Sawblades. These guys are massive and the shield is amazing! Again low part count means they are really a joy to stick together!

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Grists

More Organic conversion on the grists as their gun becomes part of them. A few more pieces for these guys, although I am unsure why the legs needed to be separate!

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Really talented painters are going to have a field day with these models, the potential the sculpts give. Look at all the sinews on the arms etc really very nicely done!!

Broodhounds

The black sheep of the box, the models themselves are very cool and have an Avatar feel about them. But they are gap city when built compared to the rest of the box, you will need to spend some more time dealing with gaps with this guys.

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The number of parts is not horrendous levels but compared to the rest of the box a certain step up.

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Overall

The continuing goodness of these starter boxes is incredible. For those starting out you cannot go wrong, yes those long toothed gamers may already have most of the parts of these boxes.

These new box sets are great value for what you get in them, a fully functioning army that gives you access to a fair amount of the rules in the game. Finally, the family photo with everyone together..

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So for the cost of most starter sets you get yourself a full working list. Yes it may not be super super competitive but with this game you are still going to win some games. As it is mission led and you only need a couple of lucky rolls and things even the biggest things are going down!!

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 🙂