Thursday, 28 January 2016
Wednesday, 27 January 2016
The first think I noticed that in comparison to version I, it was so much quicker and easier to create a force from scratch. Boss Hoggs boys, headed by co-star leather-clad sadist Travis, took all of five minutes to create from the preprogrammed convenient cards - that incidentally have all relevant information written on.
The new game most closely resembles Batman, in that it is a resource-controlled skirmish game. However, Batman involves setting up resource counters onto a control board at the start of each turn rather like a Star Trek battle - "more power to the shields Scotty". 7TV II just feeds them in as they are used and no control board is necessary.
This makes t7TV more fluid, faster, and more in keeping with a TV show.
I always loved the idea of 7TV but disliked the execution. Version II is better in every way. It's more like a new game than a reboot.
Loved it: Highly recommended.
My thanks to Mik for teaching me the rules.
Tuesday, 26 January 2016
Stormflyer Goring, late Flight-Lieutenant Goring of His Majesty's RAF (very late since the affair of the missing mess funds), stands guard in case any peasant revolutionaries of the Watt Tyler Front are in the offing.
From right to left is a Fairy Flycatcher, a carrier plane as you can see from the reinforced undercarriage, and a much more potent Hawker Fury. If you imagine the top wing of the Fury removed and retractable undercarriage fitted, you can see how Hawker developed the Hurricane so quickly.
These are old 1:48 models that I bought cheap, prebuilt off eBay, and tarted up a bit.
They'll be no holding Spode now that he has air support.
Pip, pip, old bean.
Plastic Oldhammer soldiers can be had for a song on eBay, especially those that were in starter kits. Some, like the Bretonnian Bowmen, make useful Medieval as well as fantasy figures.
Many are unpainted.
These will never be great figures, especially repaints as they are not worth the time stripping, but they are useful army padders.
A lick o'paint and Army Painter patina varnish can cover a multitude of sins.
Monday, 25 January 2016
Tuesday, 19 January 2016
Dropped in on my friend Shaun to blag a cup of coffee to find he was working on his lasercut Antares buildings.
He has finished the Medium kit.
What struck me about the model is that it is much larger than I had imagined from the photo. It is well designed for wargaming with steps you can actually put a figure on. The steps are on a separate stand and lock into the main building at the top without gluing so they can be stored seperately, which is a great space saver. You could also put a more vertical ladder onto the main model as an alternative.
The theme is all very colonial 'Star Wars' looking. Not sure why I think that but I do. Nice to see something that looks a little different. I can see these being used for fantasy and Lost World games
I like it and at £13 it is good value.
Saturday, 16 January 2016
The Nagash model is one of the most expensive plastic kits in the GW range. This particular example cost me £65, and I haven't seen it discounted for much less: GW has a policy of blocking discounters while staying within EU competition laws.
Let me say up front that I am not sure whether to review this as a display or a wargaming model. The suits at GW have been trumpeting a new policy which is to dissociate themselves from wagaming, transforming the company into a 'bespoke model' manufacturer. However, since the Age of Sigmar debacle there seems to be one of those 180 degree swings that characterise what passes for a marketing strategy at the company. Now we we seeing promises of new games galore. All those 'specialist' games that were cancelled because they were uneconomic are apparently on the way back.
Anyway, here I will try to review the kit from both a modeller's and a wargamer's perspective, although I am firmly in the latter camp.
The first impact of opening the box is extreme disappointment. It is empty except for two large plastic sprues. A display modeller is going to be very pissed off. For example, compare this with the Tamiya 1:48 Fieseler Storch. You can find a review of this fairly typical display model here. The Storch box is just stuffed with goodies. Lots of sprues, decals and even etched components.
And you know what, the Storch can be had for as little as a measly £35 - see here - although I believe the full RRP is closer to the Nagash's cost.
The Tamiya kit is much more finely detailed than the Nagash model.
It also has a huge range of options for the discerning modeller.
The Nagash base is notably disappointing, being just a large blank piece of plastic. I had to delve around in my bits box for Mantic items to decorate it. That is not unusual for wargaming models but few of those cost sixty five quid.
As a display model Nagash is lousy value for money. Frankly, I think GW delude themselves if they think this is going to sell well to modellers. Apart from anything else, such people like kits with a provenance - either from real history or solid 'mythological' backgounds from Achilles to the Starship Enterprise.
As a wargaming kit, Nagash is harder to value. One is not just buying a kit but a game playing piece so value for money rather depends how much Age of Sigmar (or some similar game for which the model has utility) features in your life. It is fair to point out that offhand I can't think of any other manufacturer offering something similar in plastic.
Personally, I was underwhelmed as a purchaser. I did not feel I had value for money, I don't think the final result is all that impressive 'in the flesh', and I won't use the model enough to justify the outlay.
Friday, 15 January 2016
Wednesday, 13 January 2016
My first proper Beyond the Gates of Antares game, 400 pts a side.
Great fun: looking forward to more.
Friday, 8 January 2016
A German patrol cautiously inspects an abandoned US Army liaison plane.
SMER are a company that buys up old, very old, moulds and rereleases them under their own brand name. The detailing is not exactly Tamiya quality, the sprues often need cleaning, and the scale can be a bit off but they are robust and oh so cheap.
Mine cost me about £7.
This 1:48 Piper Cub is perfect as a piece of terrain for a Bolt Action Game in the Med or Western Europe. It comes with nice decals for early or late war plus Normandy stripes. It would also do for interwar or post war in Africa, Asia or South America.
They were built from 37 to 47 and are still flying today.
Although I use 1/72 planes to represent bombing or strafing models one really needs 1:48 if the aircraft is intended to be on the ground as a terrain piece.
Perfect for a wargamers needs: Recommended.
GW briefly raised profits and massively increased their return on capital (a currently fashionable index among corporates) by cost cutting (among the design and sales staff) and price rises. But this hasn't stopped a long term slide in sales which is now hitting profits.
Read more here.
Monday, 4 January 2016
Sunday, 3 January 2016
Spent the new year fast painting GW Marines.
First up some 30K Ultramarines painted by Tamiya Metallic Blue spraypaint.
Spray cans are the perfect way to under coat and base cover marines, saving oodles of time and giving a pleasing uniform appearance. A dab of wash and a few complimentary colours and you have a Proper Job - as they say of the land of my fathers.