Monday, March 2, 2015

Come the Apocalypse: Lego Style

My wife and daughter were across town on Saturday so the little buddy and I got out a lego container to put together a set.  The container had a mix of different lines in it but that is no problem for a three year old.  Jabba Palace Disguised Lando can steer the Lord of the Rings Corsair Ship while Doc and Marty grab proton packs to deal with the ghosts (which happen to come with the Pirate Ship actually).  Boba could totally use a time machine to tell himself to just take Jabba's money and go before Luke shows up.  Maybe the Sarlacc does not kill him but it would probably have been better just not to be there.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Mantic Fail

The pledge manager for the Mantic Dungeon Saga Kickstarter is about to close and they have managed to out do themselves in weak communication and presentation for a company having done 8 kickstarters now.  I expressed in my end of the drive review that I thought they did a bad job in presenting information during the campaign (other than the game designers personal blog).

Bones II Arrive

I got my shipment for the second Bones kickstarter in yesterday.  I got less stuff than last time since the various expansions while having some interesting models never got to the level of must buy.  Overall, I do think they are better than the first wave, I did not notice quite as many really bad faces but the limp weapon syndrome is still strong.  Also some warping in the castle for the Dragons Don't Share will certainly require multiple boil and freeze cycles to fix.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Lego Star Wars: T-16 Skyhopper

Usually I am looking at Lego Sets at the end of their production run as I try to get them on clearance but today I have a brand new release for the Star Wars line, the T-16 Skyhopper.  This set retails at 25 dollars and comes with 2 minifigures, a rat, and the suborbital Skyhopper ship.

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Bones II Kickstarter Inbound

My Reaper Bones II Kickstarter stuff has shipped out to me.  Since they missed the Christmas window this stuff is going to have to sit in the Gift Closet for a while, but I will go through it for a quality check so I plan on getting some pictures then.

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Black Death Prepares for Season Two

The Blood Bowl league is about to start the next season and I am bring back my Chaos Dwarf team, Black Death, for another go.  I went 2-3-2 in the regular season and made the final playoff spot by 3 way tie breaker.  First round of the playoffs was a draw game that never got finished(long story) where I advanced to the finals to lose the game 2-1 to Khemri.  The defining moment of the game was at the end of the first half where the Khemri player needed like every ball handling skill to sure hands a ball, the pass a long pass, and then had the inaccurate pass scatter back onto the one player likely to score.  Due to the skills and such the success rate was like 15% for the play so not so impossible but enough that getting that outcome really tilts the balance for the rest of the game.

My current team has 3 Guard Dwarves, 1 Might Blow Dwarf, 2 Unskilled Dwarves, 1 Bull Centaur with Block and Dodge, 1 with Block and Break Tackle, 1 Kick Hobby, My Scoring Hobby with Sure Hands and Block, 2 Unskilled Hobbies, and a Standfirm Minotaur.  My team value is pretty high now at like 1630 so no more players or purchases.

The league has an interesting mix this season with Khemri, Nurgle, Pro Elf, High Elf, Norse, Slann, and 2 Skaven teams.  A lot of lower armor teams though so hopefully I can put some pain on them as they will probably be able to score on me pretty easy.  Time to work on my defense.

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Project Pandora: Box Contents

So while Mantic was running their Dungeon Saga Kickstarter, I picked up some of their games to get an idea about the quality of the production and game play.  Project Pandaro was a game they produced a few years ago prior to the new Deadzone.  This game was from before the kickstarter waves so was very modest in scope.  I got it clearenced priced on their webstore for like 25 dollars but it has now returned to normal price of closer to 50.    The box itself is pretty small and a cardstock material.  Reminds me of the boxes that Battletech or D&D sets used to come in.  Those boxes general had corners popping out and other issues after some abuse but if you were ok to them they will hold the contents for years.  Those where boxes for holding mainly books and paper or card stock components which is to mean flat things.  Miniatures are not flat once put together and might not store very well in the box.  I will have to go back and look at that as right now they are sitting in another bin.

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Reaper Bones II Kickstarter Finally Moving to Delivery

After about a 5 month delay, Reaper has reported that they now have all the Bones II kickstarter models on hand and will now start processing the shipments by wave.  Originally they proposed each wave taking about 2 weeks to ship but now project they can do them in a few days.  Hopefully most people will see the models by some time in March so we can again express our disappointment in those models that failed to be transferred to Bones well while we also note the value found in many of the models.

Monday, January 26, 2015

Horus Heresy Jumps the Shark

Here it is.  Forgeworld took their board into the water and jumped that shark.  I guess this comes from essentially only having 2 games to support the whole company.  People only need so many dreadnoughts.  I guess they decided they needed a new super dreadnought.  This guy is an eye sore of ridiculous on his own but then you go and call this a Deredeo Pattern Dreadnought.

No I will not stand for this.  I have Codex Titanicus on my nightstand right now.  I can look up what a Horus Heresy Deredeo Dreadnought weapon pattern is.  Guess what it is Bolters and a Missile Launcher.  Not even a fancy missile launcher like a whirlwind launcher just a basic missile launcher.  Almost Thirty years of history now in this stuff.  Dreadnoughts started out with basically 4 bolters now they are carrying 2 sets of autocannons better than those found as the main weapon a predator tanks plus multiple rocket systems like the main armament on the whirlwind.  Rule of Cool? I guess.  Must be why GW has passed me by.

That model reminds me of this

And this is sort of cool looking but it is robotech not 40K.  It is also called a Monster.

Do you disagree with me?  Is this what is needed?  Is it just the arms race?  Am I an old fuddy duddy?

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Reaper Posts Bones II Preview Images

Reaper has added a bunch of their Kickstarter Bones II models to their preview page.  Hopefully this bodes well to people getting them in the not to distant future.