Tuesday, May 26, 2015

X-Wing Miniatures: YT-2400 Freighter

Maybe this is why I play Dead Games like Blood Bowl.  Here we are looking at another Big Rebel ship with a turret, the YT-2400, but I think the Meta has already moved on with an upgrade card in one of the scum and villainy packs to cut the value of turrets.

This is sort of an interesting looking ship.  Lots of details, color markings, and carbon scoring.  I think I remember having a ship like this in the X-Wing Allaince game but I am not sure.  That cannon on top looks pretty big and does not appear to have much elevation control which is certainly an issue in 3D space combat.

Really funny pods/bubbles on the cockpit.

For people who like to repaint or mod with lights the engine section definitely needs some work.

Only 4 pilots, 1 generic and 3 unique.  Unlike the Falcon pack all the ship stats are the same. Eaden will work well in a list that can give out stress.  Leebo looks good if large ships are an issue for you but might need some help generating criticals.

 Lots of cards in the box.  Outrider seems pretty expensive to turret mount the heavy cannon.  Dash seems nice for a big ship.

Lone wolf seems like a fair card for a two big ship list.  Most of these cards seem like different ways of bringing in effects that already exist but the card list has gotten so big now I have a hard time remembering them all.

I am still sort of surprised that I have not seen more fixed list type of missions for X-Wing.  The big ships have their mini campaigns but I have sort of expected more.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

I am In

I am going to try the 6MMRPC.  This is a pledge to not buy any miniatures for six months while you work on your existing projects.  I was already on this type of plan but formalizing it is helpful.  There are a couple of work arounds to allow you to buy a model or two to fill in a unit or such.  This should hopefully keep me off of kickstarter and ebay looking at stuff.  Just a little extra push to help the weak willed.  While I am showing my marines up top, I plan on working on my blood bowl teams some of which are shown below.

I have already started to paint my Slann team for the fall season of the local Blood Bowl league. When those are finished, I will work on my partially painted Chaos, Undead, and convert Lizardmen.

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Reaper Bones II: Pathfinder and Demons

I got my second Bones Kickstarter a little while ago now but never got around to posting some of the pictures.  Certain pieces are still in the gift closet waiting for my summer birthday but I have the basic set.  The Bones of this expansion are similar to the first kickstarter.  The material limitation in producing straight weapons is still very apparent but they did do a better job of making sure the faces transferred properly from the metal versions.  Details are softer than the metal version but since they usually retail for like 1/3rd the price of reaper metal(and like 1/9th the price of GW singles now) they make good options for filling in monsters and such for roleplaying games or other things that are more about the game than about the miniatures.

Monday, May 11, 2015

Project Pandora: Miniatures

This is the second post about the contents of the Mantic boardgame Project Pandora.  The first one just shows the basic unpacking but the miniatures needed their own post.

The miniatures for Project Pandora came in 2 plastic bags.  They were already removed from the sprue mostly but the heads were still on as well as some weapons.  The bags were separated between the humans and the ratmen.  No directions were included or readily accessable on the Mantic site.

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Painted A Mini

I have started painting my Slann Team for the next league season.  This is the second trial model but the one taken the farthest.  The first ones skin base coat was to light as was the metallic parts.  I might try to hit it with some was to see what it does. 

This one still needs some work as the flash makes the model look lighter than it is.   Nothing fancy but given that I have not really painted anything in a few years it is a start.  Probably give the bone a wash then re-highlight.

Monday, April 20, 2015

X-Wing Miniatures: Imperial VT-49 Decimator

The VT-49 Decimator is the third imperial medium sized ship and the biggest in that class.

Friday, April 17, 2015

I Hate Wizards

My second season with the Chaos Dwarves in the local Blood Bowl league is going well.  I am at the top of the table with 3 wins and 2 ties but certainly still need some more points in my last 3 games against some stiff competition to make the playoffs.  In my most recent 3 games I have been giving up serious inducements which has seen the deployment of the dreaded wizard against my slow and plodding rushing attack.  All wizards have been successful in knocking down my ball carrier (including giving my top scorer -1 AV yesterday) but only one has stopped my drives.  That one was the first fireball, I was hit by and has forced me to be thoughtful in my placements since.  I am not a fast scorer so single lost drive will generally cost me the game.  I certainly still need a lot of work on my offensive and defense game plans.

Thursday, March 26, 2015

X-Wing Miniatures: Rebel Aces

Here we get the contents of the rebel aces box.  I know the hot stuff now is the Scum and Villainy but my one of those is sitting waiting for a gift time since the basic box is quite pricy and I bought full retail to support a local store that I sometime go in and look at stuff in since it is conveniently located to other shopping destinations.  Anyway you get your 2 rebel ships, cards, components, and a rule back with a new mission.

Ships are repaints of the B-Wing and A-Wing expansions.  This time my B-Wing does not have a bend down the middle which is good.

Interesting color choices.  Not really my first choice for either but if they did not come painted they would stay plastic grey forever in my house so cannot complain to much.

Interesting new unique pilots.  Get a torpedo specialist which would probably go well with ordnance failsafe, guy who can use stress as an attack focus which would go with push the limit perfectly to get you essentially 3 actions every turn you can manage to shoot at someone.  Defensive dogfighter for A-wing pilot and a bonus movement action pilot.

Doubles of all the upgrade cards.  Crew members for b-wings and low cost missile free a-wings.  Proton rockets could be nasty on someone who can get multiple focus tokens and a target lock for a 5 die attack with all the bonuses.

Crew guys for the b-wing mods.

New mission.  Now I just need to get some play time in with all this stuff.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Lego Star Wars: Midi Star Destroyer

Here we have the Lego Star Wars Midi Scale Star Destroyer from a few years ago,  It has some pretty good detailing for such a scale.  It is probably about the right size for the new armada game.  I think they priced it at 40 dollars which was way to high, I think I got this one at e Lego Store clearence rack for 20 which is more reasonable.

Engines of course.

Docking bay and little stand to help it sit properly for display.  The ship has reasonable swooshability but as a Star Destroyer that is not really what you think about.  Mainly it is small scale display type piece to proclaim ones nerd level.

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Horus Heresy Oh My

So GW is supposedly releasing a Horus Heresy boxed set in the Spring.  Contents look impressive with supposedly like 40 marines, 10 termis, and 2 dreads plus some leaders.  That gives it some additional model count over that Dark Vengeance Starter or the Black Reach Starter but certainly not twice the models and rumor has it that the price point is ~200 dollars compared to the 60 dollars that Black Reach started at.  It appears to come with some info about playing warhammer 30K but not fully eliminating the usefulness of the Forgeworld books.  First thing I noted is that I did not see anyone listing a standard rulebook in it, so I am not sure if it could be called a Starter Set maybe the 30K expansion if it does not come with the basic rules.

That matches the target audience perfect since this is pure GW style.  Selling less for more to the same people.  What are they selling here?  New verisons of the models I already own.  Who out there does not have 40 marines, 10 termis and 2 dreads?   I know I have 60+ tactical marines, 20+ terminators, and 2 dreads (used to have 3 but traded a Black Reach one).

But these compare to Forgeworld products, you say.  GW Plastics already compare pretty well with Forgeworld especially at the level where you are going to be painting 40 models.  I have not heard anyone complaining recently of a lack of detail in GW plastics.  Design decisions are a different matter., though.

Forgeworld differs from GW mainly in production scale.  When you tool for plastics you have to expect to sell a lot of them since that is what the production method is for.  That is why you see 30 dollar individual monopose plastic characters compared to 40 dollar 10 man tactical squad loaded with options.  People buy three or more time the tactical squads compared to the Captain.  Once the tooling is paid for the models are almost free to produce compared to their sale price.  Shipping the models costs more than producing them at that point.  Bringing the Horus Heresy models into the main line allows GW to mass produce them while still probably adding a premium to their price since they are "special".

Now this bundle might be like the some of the recent ones where they repackage the standard models into a box and offer some real savings but the key there is that you actually want all the models.  Based on their current pricing, 10 Horus Marines probably will be 45 dollars, 5 Horus Termis 55 dollars, and the Horus Dread like 55 dollars.  At those prices this might be a steal for 200 dollars with each side getting almost 200 dollars in components.  If you think GW plastics are worth that price.  That is always the kicker.  Can you say that a piece of plastic that costs 1 dollar to make is worth 50 dollars?  GW tries to and it has worked for them for years so why stop now.

This is pure collector level targeting.  I should not be throwing stones since I do have an Epic Space Marine Heresy Era Army but I had it literally before it was cool and have more than ridiculous number of Blood Bowl teams and Legos.  I have serious hoarder impulses but maybe that allows me to see this clearly.  Maybe 30K offers up loads of new gaming opportunities but I really doubt that since it the core it is the same game.  But if you want it, you will probably have to preorder it through GW site since it will no doubt be Limited and Exclusive.