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 😉

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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.

Triple Helix Wargaming

So with the new shiny 40K I have started again looking at GW products again and being a good little adopted Yorkshire man I have been trawling the internet for the best deals.

Past the usual suspects I stumbled across the gaming ether, I came across…

Now imagine me with a square chin and a hat and a leather jacket and strong dislike of Nazis and for some reason a Scottish father and maybe a whip?! Sod it, imagine I am the wargaming equivalent of Lara Croft!!

Anyway I came across Triple Helix Wargames, on first viewing the site it is certainly pleasant to the eye nothing to distracting as far as colours go. Navigation is simple but also clean, menus are handily in words not logos/pictures which for me just feels better. While the menu expansion at the side of the site is well laid out but also continues the simplicity of moving round the site.

Perhaps what is most important is the fact the website works just as well on your mobile as it does on a desktop. I can say this is very important as buying on your phone means the other half doesn’t know, right?! Although they always know….ALWAYS!!

The range of products is both narrow and vast at the same time; they cover all things GW which is of course vast (and at a very healthy discount). They also have a strong historical leaning as well, with Bolt Action and Saga etc. being carried. They also carry both GW and Army Painter paints which is a huge plus as I have always used GW paints but Army Painter is finding its way into my collection. They don’t carry some of the popular skirmish level games, which is a shame as you all know on here I love me some skirmishing 🙂

What I would say to stay clear of is the advertised app, it isn’t the greatest and offers nothing over the website and is harder to navigate. Which is a shame as I don’t think any other store offers an app and there is some potential there.

Go give the site a look and enjoy some of the better discounts around (especially for GW).

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.

#MythosDay First Look

Happy Mythos Day everyone.

Kickstarter pledges are raining down upon the masses.

Now I will be doing full reviews of the models when I actually get home and budding. But for now some Fan boy style gushing over a box of goodies 😉

The Rulebook

So it is soft back (but with card cover) while the pages are pretty thick and good quality. The printing is also good and the artwork looks so much better in real life than the digital versions in the pdf.

Cards

We have already covered the different cards in the rules review but in reality life they are really nice.

The station cards are huge and certainly have plenty of space for nice big bold text for those blind among us.. while the tracker cards are small enough to fit in a plastic sleeve with no issue. For easy marking, although I may laminate mine.

The extra quick guide cards are also a nice touch saves flicking through the book for the sanity table.

Models

Now for what we are here for the models, on first inspection mold and flash are pretty low on these models in generally. The resin as you can see captures sooooo much detail it’s scary, so crisp and well spot on. Painters are going to have a whale of a time with these bad boys.

So I will leave you with shiny model pictures till I do my full review of the Cult and Wild born…enjoy;