22 June 2018

This War of Mine painted characters

I finally finished painting all the playable characters for "This War of Mine: The board game". The models are simple castings and required a different approach from regular wargaming miniatures, but I enjoyed the simplicity and could focus on the colors instead of lots of details cluttering each miniature.

This was also a bit of an experiment, I have never painted board game miniatures before and I was very tempted to paint up the investigators from Mansions of Madness 2nd edition, but wanted to try out painting board game minis on a smaller scale first (there are fewer characters in TWoM than in MoM: 2nd edition).

All in all I'm very happy with the result. There are more miniatures in the Kickstarter edition that I got, with soldiers, kids, thugs, a dog and some farmers as well. At the moment I'm fine with the models painted up, the others I have barely touched during gameplay so they did not feel as urgent to paint as the playable characters. I may paint up the rest in the future, but I will likely focus on the investigators from MoM next instead.

19 June 2018

Getting into By Fire & Sword: part 4 units overview

Part 4 of my series about By Fire & Sword, this time I take a look at some of the common unit types and special rules that you will find in the game.

Next (and probably final part) will be about the scenarios, counting reconnaissance points, victory points and casualties in skirmish battles.






12 June 2018

Medieval houses set review

Roughly two months ago I ran across Urbanmatz, a retailer of prepainted terrain and gaming mats. I saw that they were taking pre-orders for some painted terrain. As soon as the set became available I purchased one to add to my terrain collection. 

The set arrived last weekend and I've taken a closer look, do the pre-paint and house quality hold up?

What you get in the set is 6 buildings and a bridge. You get 3 copies of a large dwelling, 2 copies of a smaller dwelling, 1 blacksmith and the stone bridge which is a huge terrain piece. The price at 119Euro for 7 pieces of solid terrain is fair with an average price of 17Euro per model. No assembly required and they come prepainted.

The quality of the castings is good, and the sculpts themselves are imo very nice, especially the smaller buildings with the more intricate wooden framing. They look very medieval/European. The blacksmith is my favorite piece, and it the largest building.

The bridge is also nice, and it is large enough to allow you to put the popular "Battlefield in a box"/Flames of War river terrain below.

But the main reason I purchased the prepainted buildings was that the paintjob looked very promising on the pictures up on the retailers homepage. Having received the buildings and having inspected them up close I admit that the paintjob was not as good as I had hoped. The buildings are tabletop quality and still look great at an arm's length, but for a neat freak like me there were mainly issues with paint splotches on some of the walls and such that lowered the general impression. 

This does not mean that the paintjob is awful, but I wish it was a bit more tidy. This however prompted be to try to repaint one of the buildings just to see how that would work. I did that grom scratch, by undercoating the building with black primer, then drybrushing and washing the stonework, repainting the wooden framing and drybrushing the roof.

 I'm in the process of repainting one of the smaller buildings, and this time I tried to do that without any black undercoat, and it worked equally well - you will be able to see some WIP pictures of that on my facebook page.

The paintjob took about 2 hours, which is good enough for me to get a slightly cleaner result.

Overall, I still recommend the buildings for the sculpts themselves. They look great, and the material is some kind of durable plastic/resin that does not chip. So if you need to add some stone buildings to your collection of fantasy or historical terrain, these are great.


Repainted example


https://www.urbanmatz.com/

10 June 2018

Getting into By Fire & Sword: part 3 Rules overview


Part 3 of my video series about the historical wargame By Fire & Sword. In part 3 I give you a general overview of the rules and the command, movement and combat phase. There are also some examples of game play situations and how combat is resolved.

I had a lot of trouble with this video, my camera messed up a large chunk in the middle of my material so I had to do what I could with the beginning and the end of my shooting session. I think this part could have been a bit better, but I hope to fix that in upcoming parts.

Many of the special rules will be explained in the next part where I talk about the different unit types and equipment rules.
 
As always, feel free to ask questions and give comments, I may include answers to those in future parts of this series.
  






03 June 2018

Mansions of Madness 2nd edition: Sanctum of Twilight review

The favorite board game in my collection, Mansions of Madness 2nd edition, recently received a new expansion "Sanctum of Twilight". It was a no brainer decision to purchase it since both Caroline and I are big fans of the game and so far the scenarios and gameplay has given us dozens of hours of fun.

I will need to make an overview and talk about this series in the future, but for now I will focus on another review for the expansion alone.  I will try to keep this short and without spoilers as always when it comes to this game.

Let's start with the bad first. This is the third "new content" boxed expansion for the 2nd edition of the game, not counting the two expansion boxes that included conversion kits for all the stuff from the base game and expansions for the 1st edition.

The core game Mansions of Madness 2nd edition was a huge box, and very expensive, but it included a lot of value for money. The first expansion, "Beyond the Threshold" was really good and included a bunch of new stuff and was decent value for money. The "Streets of Arkham" expansion, which was the biggest expansion to date had a lot of components but was pricey. This expansion, the third one, feels like the least value for money in terms of components in relation to the price you pay.

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