Posts Tagged ‘Reviews’

Space Hulk: Death Angel Review

Posted on September 24th, 2016 under , , , , , , , , . Posted by

In our Space Hulk: Death Angel review, we take a look at a tough cooperative card game set in the Warhammer 40,000 universe.
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Review: The New White Dwarf

Posted on September 21st, 2016 under , , . Posted by

White Dwarf has always been a magazine near and dear to my heart. When I first started in the hobby, it was a source of inspiration – beautiful figures, exciting […]

30-day Miniatures Challenge – day 18: Your favourite Independent Hero from the Universe? 30-dniowe Wyzwanie Figurkowe – dzień 18: Ulubiony Bohater Niezależny z uniwersum?

Posted on September 18th, 2016 under , , , , , , . Posted by

Time for the eighteenth post in the series 30-day Miniatures Challenge (more about this initiative and a complete list of all the
questions and published answers here).

Czas na osiemnasty post z serii 30-dniowego Wyzwania Figurkowego (więc…

Review: Kill Team

Posted on September 14th, 2016 under , , , , . Posted by

The summer has been an interesting one for Games Workshop, with some really interesting releases, but not ones that make major changes to the game, easing off the relentless drumbeat […]

30-day Miniatures Challenge – day 14: Favourite type of battlefield, terrain or mock-up? 30-dniowe Wyzwanie Figurkowe – dzień 14: Ulubiony rodzaj pola bitwy, element terenu lub makieta?

Posted on September 14th, 2016 under , , , , , , , , , . Posted by

Time for the fourteenth post in the series 30-day Miniatures Challenge (more about this initiative and a complete list of all the
questions and published answers here).

Czas na czternasty post z serii 30-dniowego Wyzwania Figurkowego (więc…

Chat: Tabletop Adapters 32mm base adapters

Posted on September 11th, 2016 under , , . Posted by

Did you guys see Stahly’s review on these 32mm base adapters? I did and I was suitably impressed. Adam from TT Adapters has sent some to me as well. After the jump I give you my thoughts on this ingenious product. 

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SPQR Book Review

Posted on September 9th, 2016 under , , , . Posted by

Senātus Populusque Rōmānus
(The Roman Senate and People)

Few modern historians have the ability to communicate the complexity of their subject in laymen’s language without dumbing down the content. Mary Beard however is no ordinary historian and has been defying convention, and thumbing her nose at the academic world she inhabits (not altogether tongue in cheek) for decades. Her story of Rome’s earliest history is uniquely detailed, informative, funny and often wryly observed but never overly academic. 

“Who could be so indifferent or so idle that they did not want to find out how, and under what kind of political organisation, almost the whole of the inhabited world was conquered and fell under the sole power of the Romans in less than 53 years, something previously unparalleled?”
Polybius

Rome’s earliest history is devilishly difficult to uncover, little survives from that time and most of the classical sources were actually written hundreds of years after the founding of the city. Beard carefully lays out the many theories and a what little evidence exists to present as clear a picture of this unclear time as it is probably possible to achieve. More importantly she asks the right questions when looking back at this period. Where the seeds of future Roman success laid out in the cities foundation and was the rise of Rome as the worlds first superpower inevitable?
The task she sets herself in writing this book, reviewing such as vast swath of history, is truly colossal. On the one hand Rome’s story is one of warfare, of battles won and lost or enemies defeated and absorbed and she tells this part of the story effortlessly. But to really understand what drove Rome forwards one needs to understand Roman Politics. The rise of Imperial Rome is presented as an inevitable consequence of the way the Republic was formed and driven forwards. From an early point Romans were inclusive, outward looking and had an unshakable belief in their right to exist. There was no grand plan for world conquest but looking back through the prism of history it is clear that either Rome would be destroyed or would conquer. There was no third way for Rome. 
The famous Monty Python film The Life of Brian a group of plotting revolutionaries ask “What have the Romans ever done for us?” and Mary Beard confidently and accurately asserts that the Romans are completely relevant to the modern world and to us, even if we don’t at first understand this: 

Since the Renaissance at least, many of our most fundamental assumptions about power, citizenship, responsibility, political violence, empire, luxury and beauty have been formed, and tested, in dialogue with the Romans and their writing.”

This book really is an excellent analysis of what ‘Roman’ really means to us and what it meant to the Romans. It challenges many of our modern preconceptions and tells the real story not just of Emperors and Generals but also of the ordinary people of the empire who, in typically Roman fashion, came from all corners of the known world.

Crucially the book tells the story of the ‘project of citizenship’. For centuries Citizenship was a valued status – a tool of control and oppression according to some – that the conquered, the poor and even slaves could one day aspire to and therefore ensured their willing participation in the Roman system. In 212CE this ‘project’ which started with the foundation of Rome reached its inevitable conclusion when the Emperor Caracalla decreed that all the free inhabitants of the Empire, wherever they lived, were Roman Citizens. Without the promise of Citizen status for those that cooperated the inevitable and slow decline of the Roman Empire had been set in motion.

This is a long book (it covers a thousand years of history after all!) but every page is a pleasure to read and will most certainly change how you view the Romans. 


SPQR
Author/s:   Mary Beard
Format:     Paperback, 606 Pages
Publisher:  Profile Books (2016)
Rating:      ★★★
★★

40K on Mobile: Battlefleet Gothic: Leviathan

Posted on September 7th, 2016 under , , , , . Posted by

The PC RTS Battlefleet Gothic: Armada, with it’s beautiful graphics and amazingly characterful cinematic scenes, was released with a fair amount of fanfare. On it’s heels was a somewhat more obscure […]

Scenic & Basing Kits (part 4)

Posted on September 7th, 2016 under , , . Posted by

In recent months, I returned to painting miniatures. I’m trying to find the right balance between the figures and busts. For the current project I was looking for models of rats. They were to be added to the scenic base. In this way, I came across a new brand of products – HQ Resin.
W ostatnich miesiącach powróciłem  do malowania figurek. Staram się znaleźć odpowiedni balans pomiędzy figurkami i popiersiami. Do aktualnego projektu poszukiwałem modeli szczurów. Miały być dodatkiem do podstawki scenicznej. W ten sposób natrafiłem na nowa markę produktów – HQ Resin.

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Mice and Mystics Board Game Review

Posted on September 6th, 2016 under , , , , , , , , , , , , . Posted by

In our Mice and Mystics board game review, we take a look at a very popular cooperative adventure game from Plaid Hat Games.
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If you can’t beat them join them?

Posted on September 6th, 2016 under , , . Posted by

Things have been a bit quite on the blog since the end of my siege campaign. I have actually been working on another project, but more about that when it’s a bit further along. Today, I want to write about this…

The Warhammer: Age of Sigmar General’s Handbook.

I’ve not played any AOS since my try out game some time back. I was naturally inclined to be hostile to it because I liked the old Warhammer rules and the old Warhammer world and didn’t like it when Games Workshop threw them both out. AOS is such an overhaul of Warhammer that it is really a new game and I’m not looking to start any new games. On the other hand, my principle complaint about AOS had been the absence of points values which the Compendium addresses and, at only £15, it’s pretty cheap for a GW publication.

If previous AOS books had focused on background material and lots of pictures with very little rules content, this is pretty much the exact opposite. It’s basically all rules. The book attempts to introduce three different ways to play AOS. What it calls “Open play”, “narrative play” and “matched play” and has sections for each.

There’s actually surprisingly little of this

“Open play” isn’t actually a new style, however. It’s just AOS as it has been up to now, no points, scenarios, use what you like. This section of the book instead concentrates on multiplayer games with some new scenarios to suit. As Warhammer never quite ironed this out, it’s good to see this. How effective the rules are, I’m not sure.

The narrative play section is focused on campaigns and story driven scenarios. It introduces some new, deliberately asymmetrical scenarios, such as one in which a whole army takes on a single monster or another which is basically a last stand. It also has a section on recreating the great battles of history.

The most interesting part of this section is the rules for campaigns. There are several differnt types described, including map-based, tree-campaigns (in which the outcome of one scenario effects the next played) and matrix (in which both players make decisions that effect the scenario to be played).

The most appealing part of this section for me, however, is the “Path to Glory” campaign. This describes a campaign based on choosing a warband lead by a champion and playing scenarios to win “glory points” which can be used to recuits new troops or improve the ones you have. It reads like a simplified version of the old “Realms of Chaos”. Usefully, it also specifies that you can randomly generate your warbands or choose from any of the options on the random tables, allowing you to use the campaign either with an existing army or as the basis for building a new one.

 Good, but could we have few more unit options?

It’s not all good, however. Not every faction is represented in the tables. I can understand why the newer ones would have been left out, but I’m not sure why there’s no tables for the Seraphon. Also, all of the factions from the Death and Chaos compendium books are included, but for some reason Order and Destruction are not. So while I can use my old Undead and Chaos armies to build a warband, I can’t do anything with my Dwarfs or Greenskins as only the Fyreslayers and Ironjaws are included. Hopefully, GW will put out some more tables online.

The final section, “Match Play” is the one that most people will be buying the book for. This includes some tournament rules and scenarios as well as a battle report. This is a nice touch and reminds me of the days when GW supplements used to repurpose White Dwarf content. Though, I believe this battle report was written solely for the book.

 So that’s what a battle looks like

The tournament rules include some fun random tables of artifacts and traits giving you some ability to customise your characters, which is a nice touch. But the most important bit is the points section. This is a very comprehensive list that includes all the existing war scrolls and even the formations. It also includes all the units from the early compendium PDFs that GW put out, even for models that have been discontinued like the Bretonnians. The only thing missing is Forge World. Hopefully, they will follow suit and put out there own points list.

Finally the book includes the four page basic AOS rules, so you don’t have to print them out or buy any other books to play.

The book isn’t all good. One of the “historical” scenarios included is a ridculously oversized batttle between the forces of Chaos and Death. All the units in it are way over the top. To give an example, it includes a unit of 24 Varanguard which would cost £480 alone at GW prices. The battle is designed to be multi-player, but would still rely on several players each with large Chaos or Death armies to put together. If you going to include a large multi-player battle, why not one with more mixed factions so there is a chance that someone out there might actually be able to play it?

Can anyone play this?

But that’s my one major complaint. Overall this is pretty good stuff, that expands the AOS rules in an interesting way without undermining the simplicity which was the essential selling point. I have a few quibbles, but nothing major. I’m not sure I’m going to be playing a lot of AOS in the future, but this book does make it a lot more likely.

Video Review: White Dwarf September 2016

Posted on September 4th, 2016 under , , . Posted by

In my latest video log (link after the jump), I take a look at all the different incarnations of White Dwarf since 1994 and talk about the new issue see how it stacks up to it’s predecessors. 

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Review: White Dwarf Sept 2016 Monthly WD is back!

Posted on September 1st, 2016 under , , , , . Posted by

I got the new monthly White Dwarf today so I thought I needed to come back to make reviews again, especially with this old new format. So what is like then?

In short, great! More than great actually, I finally think GW is getting back to it’s roots with this issue and they get a lot of stuff into this 148 page tome of a magazine.

First up here’s five things I got extra excited about:

1. Free mini! And a lovely Slaughter Priest as well, great choice.

2. Battle Reports! I so missed the battle reports, now they are back and I loved it.

3. Tale of four Warlords. It’s like the old tale of four gamers, it’s AoS based and I loved how they wrote how they choose the colour scheme of their armies etc. Excited to see more from these Warlords.

4. Boxed Game Specials. I loved these, new stuff like missions, character sheets etc. for all of their current boxed games including AoS, Deathwatch Overkill, Gorechosen. Silver Tower and even Space Hulk. Really awesome.

5. The contact with the readers and hobbyists, this is something GW have changed a lot lately and it shows in the magazine as well. Great questions from the readers and great answers as well, and even some words from Dan Heelan and Wayne Kemp from Heelanhammer Podcast. Love how they recognize all the people that do so much for the community, it’s just great.

Planet Warhammer is the news section showing off the new releases, coming digital games etc.

More detailed questions and good answers, even a link to a tutorial on how to take better photos of your models.

White Dwarf is back, even if it’s a repainted Unforged I think this is pretty neat.

Tale of four Warlords features Sylvaneth, Nurgle, Ironjawz and undead Malignants.

Army of the month is an large Eldar force

New missions for Space Hulk!

Use your new Slaughterpriest in WQ: Silver Tower

Or use the Grombrindal himself inside the Silver Tower, or AoS!

This part is showing illustrations and explaining what is going on, much more interesting than it sounds. It was about Deathwatch this month and will return in each new issue.

Look at those armies, huge! And the bat rep was great.

Lovely landscape for the battle.

Loved this little segment taking us back to October 1996, hope to see more of this.

A lot of pictures showing us the battlescape from Warhammer World. A lot of explaining as well how it was built etc.

Blanchitsu is still around with more awesome warbands.

These painting tutorials is still pretty basic but good still.

Verdict: I really liked this issue of White Dwarf, it’s much better than the weekly ones. And much better than the version before, it’s more hobby orientated and feels more like the White Dwarfs of old, but with less ads. Sure there´s still some ads but not much and nothing that distracts you at all.

All in all I loved this issue, even if it was much Wh40k in there which does not interest me as much there’s plenty for everyone (Not Hobbit/LOTR fans though, there’s nothing of that in here.). The best thing is that there was so many usable stuff, like all the add ons to the boxed games and even a free mini. Once again I feel I will revisit this issue many times and still discover something new to read, not like the weekly issues where I read it once and then put it away.

Can’t recommend it enough.

Review: Sector Imperialis Large Base Detail Kit

Posted on August 27th, 2016 under , , . Posted by

I know we are a bit late to the party, as the Sector Imperialis Large Base Detail Kit was released a couple of months ago along with the Sector Imperialis base sets. However I just got my hands on the set and wanted to share my opinion on its contents …

Paperback Board Game Review (Cooperative Mode)

Posted on August 24th, 2016 under , , , , , . Posted by

In our Paperback review, we take a look at the cooperative mode of a deck building word game from the designer of Burgle Bros.
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Review: Tabletop Adapters 32mm base adapters (with tutorial)

Posted on August 20th, 2016 under , , . Posted by

If you are a long-lasting Space Marine collector, you probably have a lot of models on 25mm bases laying around that you might want to adapt to 32mm bases, either for aesthetical or gameplay reasons. One solution is to remove the whole base and replace…

Freedom: The Underground Railroad Review

Posted on August 15th, 2016 under , , , , , , , , . Posted by

In our Freedom: The Underground Railroad review, we take a look at a very thematic cooperative game in which players take on the roles of abolitionists.
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Scale Model Handbook 16

Posted on August 11th, 2016 under , . Posted by

A month ago I presented you a MrBLACK PUBLICATIONS. In the near future I will gradually review a lot of  books for you. We begin with Scale Model Handbook 16 (Figure Modelling).

Miesiąc temu przedstawiłem Wam wydawnictwo MrBLACK PUBLICATIONS. W najbliższym czasie będę stopniowo recenzował dla Was poszczególne książki. Rozpoczniemy od Scale Model Handbook 16 (Figure Modelling).

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FUSE Review

Posted on August 2nd, 2016 under , , , , , . Posted by

In our FUSE review, we take a look at a real-time cooperative game in which you have 10 minutes to defuse a bunch of bombs!
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Mistfall Review

Posted on July 27th, 2016 under , , , , , , , , , . Posted by

In our Mistfall review, we go over the pros and cons of a cooperative adventure game from Polish designer Blazej Kubacki.
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Review: The Eldar Sketchbook by Jes Goodwin

Posted on July 27th, 2016 under , , , . Posted by

The Eldar Sketchbook is a book filled with the original Eldar concept art by Jes Goodwin, available in limited quantities only on Games Workshop/Warhammer store birthdays. A must have for any Eldar aficionado. Last weekend I took a five hours drive to acquire mine, so let’s see if the book is worth it. More after the jump, including a comprehensive list of all the artworks included.
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Review: Tabletop World Townhouse II

Posted on July 26th, 2016 under , , . Posted by

Today I would like to share with you some thoughts on the Tabletop World’s Townhouse II model; top of the line 28mm terrain for medieval and fantasy gaming.

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Brave Hearts Trembled – Regimental Wargaming scenarios for the Battle of Antietam

Posted on July 23rd, 2016 under , , , , , . Posted by

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Brad Butkovich and Historic Imagination have released another wonderful regimental wargaming scenario book – “Brave Hearts Trembled – Regimental Wargame Scenarios for the Battle of Antietam”. Brad’s scenario books work…

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Tiny Epic Defenders Review

Posted on July 22nd, 2016 under , , , , , , , , . Posted by

In our Tiny Epic Defenders review, we take a look at a fantasy game that has players attempt to protect their kingdom from a horde of monsters!
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Review: Minitaire Airbrush Paints

Posted on July 21st, 2016 under , , . Posted by

I’m new to airbrushing. The praise Carl of The Independent Characters fame heaped on the technique, plus hitting an absolute wall with my usual techniques trying to paint yellow encouraged […]