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 πŸ˜‰

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 πŸ™‚

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Dark Age Faction Specific Secondary Deck Review

So Mr Steele was at it again and sending me shiny things to make me only want to play Dark Age…Should start calling him Siren Steele!!

Anyway, what I have in my hands is the new Secondary Objective Deck which adds some flavour to the objectives in your game.

The deck is the same quality of the 2017 secondary objective deck for those that have it. For those that are cheap like me and use print outs they are nice and you are missing a trick..

What does the deck bring to us then? Each faction, not sub faction just parent ones get 4 new secondary objectives to add into their deck.

On first inspection there is nothing that all the different sub factions should be able to do, so no-one gets a penalty for taking them in. They all have some nice names so of the CORE ones are my favourites.

I think overall this is a great idea and adds some faction flavour to your secondary decks. Are they easily/harder to do than other standard cards no not really as the spectrum of difficulty is so vast anyway between the cards (and factions) means they are just nice to have. Pick them up and give them a try, the only thing I would have liked is the ability to select the cards you want to buy as there are some factions I don’t play (although I have lots of friends all of a sudden even a Brood friend πŸ˜‰ ).

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 πŸ™‚

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 πŸ™‚

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 πŸ™‚

Devoted Priests

When you need some extra power in the K3 remember you trust in the priests πŸ™‚ I wasn’t a huge fan of the head-dresses so wentΒ bald for 2 of them. Which handy means I can run one as war priest if I want in friendly games πŸ™‚

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WAAC-ing to Samaria – Dark age Raffle

WAAC

Hello to everyone, I have something really exciting to share. But first the plug, in 2014 I lost my Mum to Cancer, the MacMillan Nurses were amazing in looking after my Mum but also my Dad and I wanted to give back to them. So far in the 3 years we have run this we have raised over Β£16000!!!

So please if you want to help with a donation, run an event, raffle some models please let me know πŸ™‚

Now for the exciting bit, the amazing guys at CMON (Mr Steele) have sent through some prizes for a little Dark Age raffle πŸ™‚

Thats right for a donation to a good cause you can have a chance to win one of two 500pt starter boxes.

The RULES!

  1. 1 Raffle ticket = Β£1 donation to https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/waac2017
  2. Multiple purchases are fine (MOAR tickets = MOAR chances) so feel free to give me all your monies πŸ˜‰
  3. When you donate please ensure that you say Dark Age in the comments
  4. Please make sure JustGiving have your email (you may need to log in) as I will need those emails to contact the winner. IF you don’t want them to have your email feel free to drop me a DM on social media.
  5. The draw closes on the 3rd of April 2017.
  6. I am not responsible for rules governing other countries, with regards raffles/gambling so you as individuals will need to take responsibility for those not me.
  7. Finally remember WAAC has a new meaning Wargamers All Against Cancer!