Posts Tagged ‘Review’

Review: Bushi No Yume

Posted on March 22nd, 2017 under , , , , , , , . Posted by

Rating: Bushi No Yume (BNY) is a set of skirmish rules for fighting in ancient Japan, using either a historical of fantasy setting. They were written in 2010 by our friend Rich Jones. BNY uses the same basic rules engine as the ‘Song of Blades and Heroes’ rulesets from Ganesha Games, so if you are a fan of any of those rules you will find much that is familiar. To play Bushi No Yume, you will need several six-sided dice, a set of measuring sticks (size dependent upon miniature scale) 5-10 miniatures and area of play around 3′ x 3′ with some suitable scenery. You will also optionally need a set of Karma Cards. These cards can be found in the back of the rules – they will need to be removed, cut and placed in card prtocestors. The three measuring sticks are of the following sizes For 15-20mm Short – 2″ Medium – 3″ Long – 4″ F0r 25-40mm Short – 3″ Medium – 5″ Long – 7″ Models in the game have the following characteristics: Kyu Grade – Overall indicator of physical abilities – the lower the better Bujutsu – fighting ability Buki – weapon Noroku – abilities Players each set up a […]

Learning Curve: Deadzone Initial Thoughts

Posted on March 22nd, 2017 under , , , , , , , , , . Posted by

Anybody that has followed along with this column will realise by now that I am just an average Wargamer.  I like shiny new stuff, I […]

Review: Daisho

Posted on March 21st, 2017 under , , , , . Posted by

Rating: Daisho is a set of skirmish rules for warfare set in mythical Japan. The rules are written by Charles Murton and Craig Cartmell of The Ministry of Gentlemanly Warfare, who have also authored In Her Majesty’s Name and Blood Eagle, and were published in 2015. They are available as a 90 page softcover book, or as an e-book. In Daisho, players build a Buntai, or warband, of somewhere between 5 and 20 models. Whilst it is perfectly possible to play a game using purely historical forces, Daisho is set in Nippon, a fantasy version of medieval Japan. In this world, not only does magic exist, but also the mythical monsters and creatures of Japanese myth: Oni, Bakemono, Shura, Tengu and Shuten-Doji, to name a few. You can choose what type of game you wish to play by which rules you exclude: Basic – this is a basic Samurai skirmish game, and does not include master-crafted or magical weapons and armour, magical creatures, ki powers or magical powers Heroic – includes master-crafted weapons and armour, plus ki powers, but nothing magical Legendary – everything is included In addition to models, players will need a measuring tape marked in inches and a few […]

FAITH: A Garden in Hell RPG Starter Box Review

Posted on March 21st, 2017 under , , , , , , . Posted by

FAITH: A Garden in Hell RPG Starter Box Review

Reviewing a roleplaying game is not as straightforward as reviewing a board game. A board game is restricted, penned in, but an RPG is open, free to roam and do its own thing. Even if you and I play exactly the same scenario within the same rule set we will no doubt have completely different experiences. Since here at Polyhedron Collider we like to tell you about the experience, it means that an RPG review will be even more subjective than usual, but from our prospective of mainly being a board game review site, FAITH makes thing a bit easier because it borrows a lot of elements from board games and in the process makes a unique setting and resolution mechanic.

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Unboxing Purgatory’s Moloch

Posted on March 20th, 2017 under , , , , , , . Posted by

It’s been a while since I’ve posted anything, so here’s a little something for your Monday evening – unboxing Moloch from Purgatory.Moloch is a member of Murder Inc, and is a hell-fueled mechanical monstrosity. That description is pretty apt for not on…

Review: Ronin

Posted on March 20th, 2017 under , , . Posted by

Rating: Ronin is a set of skirmish rules set in the Age of the Samurai, written by Craig Woodfield and published by Osprey Publishing as part of their Osprey Wargames series in 2013. Each player has a warband, known as a Buntai, of between 4 and 20 models. A game usually takes place on a battlefield between 24″ x 24″ and 36″ x 36″. In addition to a table and a warband, players will need: A tape measure which measures inches several six-sided dice roughly a dozen counters preside in two different colours wound markers half a dozen pieces of scenery To create a warband, players will have to choose one of several different types to play: Bushi – Professional soldiers: Samurai and Ashigaru Ikko-ikki – Rebellious religious movement Sohei – Buddhist Warrior Monks Koryu – Marial Arts school Bandits – Criminals, Pirates etc. Koreans – Allowing games to take place during the Imjin War. Ming Chinese Peasants – just in case you fancy recreating “The Seven Samurai” In addition, individuals such as Ronin, Warrior Monks, Shugyosha and Ninja are able to join a Buntai as swords-for-hire. Each model has several different attributes: Rank – relative worth of the model, […]

A Dwarfy problem.

Posted on March 19th, 2017 under , , , . Posted by

Hello again and welcome to Inso’s World on a fine Sunday morning.I will quickly sum up my week:Chopping down a tree.Chopping up tree into logs.Disposing of logs.Building shelves (still WIP).St. Patrick’s Day drinking and karaoke.Six Nations rugby… an…

Review: Ouroboros Tales Orc Shaman Kickstarter

Posted on March 18th, 2017 under , , , , . Posted by

Ouroboros Tales Orc Shaman Details Company: Ouroboros Tales Scale: 54mm Material: Resin Availability: Kickstarter for now First, some thoughts about the Ouroboros Tales Orc Shaman Kickstarter Campaign. Ouroboros Tales is a pretty new company and it’s run by a nice guy called Tim and his wife and the Kickstarter miniatures are among the first miniatures from them. […]

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Bolt Action – The Ins And Outs Of Commission Painting

Posted on March 17th, 2017 under . Posted by

I, Old Man Morin, have been wargaming for a scarily long period time. It is getting close to three decades at this point. In that time I have discovered a few truths about my hobby, one of which is that I am a painfully slow painter and that my short attention span requires constant stimulation to stay focussed on a given project. This makes painting entire armies very difficult. It took me close to two years of steady work to paint my Late War German army for Bolt Action for example. For someone who loves to play with painted forces this is very problematic. This has led me, over the years, to turn to commission painting as a way of getting boots on the table. Today, I am going to discuss a few things to consider before treading this path.

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[Review] Gundam 0083: Stardust Memories

Posted on March 16th, 2017 under . Posted by

An old love… I used to own this on an old VHS in the original Japanese subtitled in Korean and I read the text out of a printed script. At the time, I thought it was very innovative, since I had not seen the before or after series. Taking place thre…

Review: Original Laser Design 28mm Dark Age MDF buildings

Posted on March 16th, 2017 under , , , . Posted by

Here is a video review of a couple of 28mm Dark Age MDF buildings from Original Laser Design Filed under: Review Tagged: 28mm Gaming, Dark Ages, Terrain

Review: Banzai

Posted on March 16th, 2017 under , , . Posted by

Rating: Banzai: Age of the Country at War is a set of wargaming rules written by Robert Fellows and published by 2D6 Wargaming in 2016. This game is written to be used with 6mm miniatures using 60mm x 30mm basing, though it should work for any scale miniatures as long as the basing has a 2:1 ratio in Base Width:Base Depth. It is designed to be played on a 6′ x 4′ table, though a smaller area can be used if required. There are a number of basic units in the game: Sohei Mounted Samurai (with General) Ronin Ashigaru archers Ashigaru nagae-yari Ashigaru teppo Foot Samurai yari With the exception on the Ikko-ikki, all armies in this game are made up of a combination of these bases. As well as two opposing armies and terrain, players will need a few six-sided dice, a measuring tool (one is printed in the back of the book, with options for 60mm wide and 40mm wide basing) and a number of tokens (also printed in the back of the book). The first thing is to determine the table layout and the weather. Whilst scenery can be determined by the players, the rules also contain […]

Review: Battles in the Age of War

Posted on March 15th, 2017 under , , . Posted by

Rating: Battles in the Age of War (BAW) is a set of wargames rules designed for Samurai Warfare in the Sengoku period between 1467 – 1650. They were written in 2008 and are published by Peter Pig. The rules are 136 pages long, perfect bound and are black & white with a full colour soft cover. They are from the same RFCM (Rules For the Common Man) team that developed Bloody Barons, Regiment of Foote and Civil War Battles and share several commonalities with these other rules. The game is designed to be played with 15mm miniatures, mounted on bases as follows Infantry – 30mm x 30mm Cavalry – 30mm x 40mm General & Artillery – 40mm x 40mm Armies are formed from units. A unit consists of 6-10 bases for foot troops, and 4-7 bases for mounted troops. A Clan consists of at least 2 units, and an Army is formed from 2-3 Clans. Each Army usually has limitations on the number of units it can field. Units in the game consist of: Generals Messengers Signallers Hatamoto Bodyguard Samurai Ronin Armoured Ashigaru Levy Ashigaru Arquebus Bow Artillery Maku Screen (required) One of the interesting things is that Ashigaru units can […]

Review: Killer Katanas II

Posted on March 14th, 2017 under , , . Posted by

Rating: Killer Katanas II is a mass battle wargame designed to recreate samurai warfare from the mid-16th – 17th century. The rules are written by Brian Bradford and were published by On Military Matters in 2011 as a 126 page, spiral bound black & white soft cover book. It’s worth noting from the start that these rules are designed with 15mm figures in mind to fight big battles – you know this when the author talks about playing games on a Ping-Pong table (That’s a 5′  x 9′ board), with games involving around 800 figures taking around 5 hours to play. It’s also worth noting that these rules are very much towards the simulation end of wargaming – this will become apparent as I describe them. All foot troops are based with four figures on a 1 1/2″ x 1/2″ base, whilst cavalry are based with two figures on a 1″ x 1″ base. Leaders and flagmen on foot are based individually on a 1/2″ x 1/2″ base, whilst mounted leaders are based on a 1″ x 1/2″ base. If using 28mm miniatures, it is advised that all distances and base sizes are doubled, whilst if using 6-10mm figures, all distances […]

Battle Report – Warmachine – A Whole New War Ep 11

Posted on March 8th, 2017 under , , , , , , , , , . Posted by

Review: The Frostgrave Folio

Posted on March 8th, 2017 under , , , , . Posted by

Osprey Publishing was kind enough to send Must Contain Minis an Advanced Copy of The Frostgrave Folio.The Cover of The Frostgrave Folio. Image from Osprey Publishings’ webstore.As many of my readers know, much of what is in the Frostgrave Folio is a re…

Adrenaline Review

Posted on March 7th, 2017 under , , , , . Posted by

adrenaline board game review

Way back in Days of Yore, when Settlers of Catan ruled the great board game wildlands and Facebook was something aggressive librarians did to unruly students, I was engrossed in video games. In fact, I’ve been a fan of the digital smile machines since I was old enough to smash fingers into keyboards and code my first POKE-based programs on my trusty old Amstrad CPC-464. And yes, I realise I’m showing my age with that one. Once games evolved to the point where we could shoot each other over the internet, the idea of digital deathmatch has exploded, mostly due to two games: Quake and Unreal Tournament.
Yes, I know there were others, but let’s be honest, they were crap in comparison. I never got into Quake as much as UT for reasons best known to myself and I spent many an hour with the phrases “Head-Shot!”, “Double Kill!” and “Ultra-Kill!” ringing in my ears. And probably my neighbour’s ears too as the speakers were always turned up loud enough to wake Tutankhamun and his extended family.

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Project Elite – Initial Impressions

Posted on March 6th, 2017 under , , . Posted by

Now here is a game that I wanted to try for a long time, and I got to play it this weekend. My buddy James owns it (along with most of the expansions) and broke it out for his Birthday Party!The Alien Pack Expansion for Project Elite. The Adrenali…

Roman Temple from Wargames Soldiers & Strategy 89

Posted on March 2nd, 2017 under , , , . Posted by

Issue 89 of Wargames, Soldiers and Strategy features a 28mm scale, scratch-built Romano-British Shrine/Temple based on the artists impression of the building at Godmanchester near Peterborough and was built by me.Details of the shrine can be found at t…

SdKfz 251/10 AusfD. 3.7cm PaK half track

Posted on February 28th, 2017 under , , , . Posted by

Another vehicle finished for Bolt action ,this time the Warlord plastic SdKfz 251/10 AusfD. 3.7cm PaK half track that came in the Band of Brothers starter set I recieved at Christmas ,a really nice kit to build and paint with lots of bits to put o…

Ave Roma Review

Posted on February 23rd, 2017 under , , . Posted by

Ave Roma Review

One of the more surprising facts about me is that I had a “Classical Education”. That doesn’t mean I sat around smoking a pipe and listened to Beethoven and Hayden all day, it means that I studied Latin and Ancient Greek. The latter was more to do with not having to study Geography to learn why we put sheep on hills than anything else, but it was interesting nonetheless. The benefits of said education did allow me to read works such as the Iliad, the Odyssey and Aeneid; pretty much all stories about a man in a loincloth travelling in a ship, beating up monsters and seducing women, with something about a wooden horse thrown in for good measure. Not a bad job if you can get it and it certainly worked for James T. Kirk, although thankfully wearing slightly more than just a loincloth.

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Best Play Recommends: Victory or Death

Posted on February 22nd, 2017 under , , , , , , , , , , . Posted by

TL;DR What: A dense, asymmetrical strategy game that pits two against two Players: 2-4 Time: 90-150 minutes People: You’ll need at least one serious player to drive things along Available: Originally on Kickstarter, but now listed on Amazon Why we recommend it It’s Christmas Eve 2016, and most of my immediate family have gone to bed. It’s late – 3am, in […]

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Review: Broken Legions

Posted on February 22nd, 2017 under , , , . Posted by

Rating: Thus begins Broken Legions – another in the series of Wargames Rules from Osprey Publishing, written by Mark Latham. As you can already deduce, this is a fantasy skirmish wargame set in the time of the Roman Empire. Broken Legions is a ‘warband’ style of skirmish game, so players will each need a warband of between 7 and 12 models a side. Since the game is set in a mythical Ancient Rome timeline, warbands consist of miniatures from the armies of the time: Imperial Rome, Gladiators, Barbarians, Dacians, Parthians, Argonauts (Greeks) and Cult of Set (Egyptians). Most of these miniatures you will find in any 28mm Ancient army that you may have to hand, or maybe one that has been lying in a corner unloved since its days of playing WAB? However, since this is a fantasy game as well, other models will be needed. For instance, you can recruit Mummies, Werewolves, Amazons, Lamia, Cyclops, Necromancers of even a demigod into your warband. In addition, one of the scenarios uses wandering monsters, so if possible you will need models to represent a Chimeria, Gorgon, Harpies, Hydra and a Minotaur. The game is normally played on a 3’ x 3’ board, […]

Review: Demon Idol Dice Cup

Posted on February 21st, 2017 under , , , , . Posted by

Today I received arguably one of the coolest pieces of game swag I own. This is a custom-made leather dice cup by Foster Leathercraft. This cup is an alternative to a dice tower or tray since you can roll the dice into the lid. As you can see the front has an interpretation of the Trampier artwork from the original AD&D Player’s Handbook. The latter just happens to be my favorite Dungeons & Dragons illustration of all time! Then as if it could not get anymore metal, the lid has the infamous Green Devil face from the Tomb of Horrors. This is more then a dice cup, it’s a conversation piece full of nostalgia and Dungeons & Dragons history.

On top of all the coolness factor, this is a very well-constructed item. The design features beautiful stitching, vibrant colors, and just screams Dungeons & Dragons. Even the ruby eyes of the Demon Idol are riveted into the leather, as well as the keeper handle. The cup measures approximately 3.5″ by 3.5″ and the keeper strap is optional. If I could change one thing it would be to make the cup slightly bigger. That being said, it can easily hold several sets of dice as constructed now. Please find below more pictures of this awesome gaming accessory. I can hardly wait to unleash its power on the players during our next session!

A close-up of the Green Devil Face lid.

A close-up of the Demon Idol design work.

Here you can see the stitch work on the leather.

The bottom of the cup complete with Foster Leathercraft rune.

The eye and keeper rivets inside the cup.

An example of a dice set inside the cup.

Comparison of the art with the AD&D PHB.

Size comparison with a D20, D30, D100, & D120,

Example of dice rolled into the lid from the cup.

This is a dice cup any seasoned adventurer should consider adding to their equipment list. Foster Leathercraft offers other leather goods and is more than capable of doing custom work. Please visit their Etsy store to view more fantastic gaming accessories, or perhaps order your own dice cup!

Three recent purchases

Posted on February 21st, 2017 under , . Posted by

Here are three recent book purchases. The first was bought for me by Sue and is an illustrated book of paintings and watercolours showing the Victorian ideal of a country cottage. Victorian Cottages (part of the Country Series) by Andrew Clayton Payne. The book is full of inspiration for future models.

Secondly a real find – again a gift from Sue who has a way of finding these fantastic little gems. The Hutchinson Dictionary of Ancient and Medieval Warfare. It was picked up for just 50p.

Finally a book found by me in a charity book shop, Traditional Houses of Rural France by Bill Laws. The book is jam-packed with colour illustrations of beautifully photographed rural houses. Just my type of book. This one cost just £1.00.