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.

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Zarbag’s Gitz Review

I have been playing Shadespire for a while now, yes I said Shadespire! It’s not Underworlds and no one can make me change my mind 😛

I find the game a great pallette cleanse of a game, quick to set up plenty of depth in cards and easy to change things up.

Now I admit I havent gone too deep with the game mainly getting back with the warband boxes I own. But with the updated rules and of course spells becoming a thing I had to get my hands on some new shiny. Step forward the Gitz I mean it had to be them right?! Everyone loves sexy goblins…

The first thing that strikes me is the box is not the usual one for a GW miniature, however as this is aimed elsewhere it makes sense. The artwork is still top-notch with Zarbag front and centre..

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While the back gives you a nice look at the model, as well as what else you get in the box!

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Time to dive into the box, you get a nice little instruction booklet for the models and 2 thick card decks.20181017_1848189057372838892311809.jpg

Really I was surprised by the volume for them, I will let better players discuss deck building etc. but even if you just have the box plus some dice you are going to have plenty of variation in your decks at least for a little while.

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Speaking of the cards, something that came out on social media on was the cards being slightly different especially on the back.

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I can report that all mine where OK and matched before shadespire and night vault cards.

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.

As we are seeing more often with GW (and all shadespire stuff) it is snap-fit models and some of the connections can be really really weird. Because of this some of them can be hard to get into position to be perfect and leaves gaps. With this kit however I didn’t really see this so huge thumbs up from me.

Next we have the models themselves which come on 1 sprue and with the numbering system being sensible, you don’t necessarily need the instructions as for instance Zarbag is number 1 to 6 and so on (it’s a small thing but I have seen sprues that dont do this all the time).

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The choice of colour is an interesting one, as well it’s not pretty. As it makes the models look softer than they are. So some of the sharp detail you wont necessary see pop until they are painted. Which isn’t a bad thing to encourage painting but the problem is there.

Now for some rogues gallery of Gitz..

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Yes I did double-check that the actual size photo was correct 😀 Lovely model though.

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The most fiddly model to build due to the chain, but its a Fanatic so we will forgive him.

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Squig herder….heavy armoured herder at that. A fun model but not what we are excited about really…

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Plastic squigs!!!!!! How many years have we waited for plastic squigs and to have 2 of them. YES! Ok a little excited but they are perfect absolutely perfect.

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The Gitz aka cannon fodder, very character moonclan/night goblin models that take what everyone knows of these models and just updates them beautifully!

Group shop because why not!

Overall

A lovely little kit that will make a great painting project in general, a nice shadespire warband but also a glimpse to what moonclan will look like in AoS in the future.

For the price of a few paints you are getting everything in the box you could need to run these. Yes you need some dice and boards, but all those are in the monthly allowance band for purchases.

Well worth the price make sure you check them out from out friends over at Triple Helix Wargames.

A warning though, this does follow the mechanics of a living card game if you want to be ‘competitive’ then you are going to need other warbands for the cards…Which also happen to be on sale at THG 😉

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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 🙂

Guild Ball Review

Kickstarters!! They have produced some hits and some misses in its short history, but the wargaming industry has exploded due to this type of funding, which has been both a curse and a shining light all at the same time.

Today I will be talking about one of the shining lights.

Guild ball produced in the UK (literally from the conception of model to production, printers, developers of rules all within the UK), which has delivered with a few hiccups lots of shiny models and rules to their backers and also retail.

Without any bad publicity (Relic Knights anyone?) and with a greater furore now surrounding it from backers and more importantly non-backers (me) than I expected for a fantasy football game.

I now will never mention Kickstarter again (in this post)!! So let’s have a little review of all things Guild Ball shall we?

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