Posts Tagged ‘Reviews’

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 […]

Legendary Encounters: Alien Review

Posted on July 12th, 2016 under , , , , , , , , , , , , . Posted by

In our Legendary Encounters: Alien review, we take a look at a highly thematic cooperative game in which you play through all of the Alien movies!
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Twilight Struggle – Review

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

Twilight Struggle Overview Game Genre: Area Majority, Card-Driven Wargame Designer: Anand Gupta and Jason Matthews Publisher: GMT Games Number of

Widgets and Wonders Ep 46 – Line of Fire Periscope from Game Craft Miniatures

Posted on July 10th, 2016 under , , , , , . Posted by

 

Review: Victoria Miniatures Female Arcadian Guard

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

I like female miniatures. I think one of the fundamental realities of the 40K setting is that is sufficiently dark that petty differences begin to fade away in response to […]

Dunkirk: The British Evacuation, 1940

Posted on July 5th, 2016 under , , . Posted by

I recently finished reading this book that has sat on my shelves for quite a while. I have quite a backlog of unread books on my shelves and I’m trying to make a little dent in the ‘must read’ list. Part of the problem has been the chronic lack of lunch breaks in my current job meaning I never seem to have the time I used to have to read every day. However I have changed roles (and office) within the Charity I work for and lunch breaks – and therefore reading – are back on the menu!

Dunkirk is one of those episodes of the war that most people know about but the details remain sketchy. I have visited the wartime tunnel complex under Dover Castle where Admiral Ramsay coordinated the evacuation and its quite evocative to stand at the railing where Churchill once stood looking out to sea and beyond to an army on the verge of annihilation. My hope was this book would bring to life the wider story and fill in some of the broader gaps in my knowledge. In part it was successful, but I found it a hard story to read.

My main criticism of Robert Jackson’s history of Dunkirk was that it is too detailed. For some readers this may be exactly what they enjoy but I found the overall narrative hard to follow. Many paragraphs seemed like endless lists of unit names and often the book read like a series of regimental war diaries. There are sections where this doesn’t happen, where the author takes a more strategic level analysis of events rather than focusing on tactical level details. The reality is that only the larger picture shows the evolving shape of events. Look too closely and it becomes a jumbled mass of marching soldiers, burning vehicles and everywhere, desperate refugees. On the ground the British and French armies were throwing together ad-hoc divisions to face rapidly changing threats. Trying to understand the tactical situation is like trying to nail down mist. The overall impression is one of utter chaos.

The truth of course is that amid the chaos staff officers were working harder than they ever had to maintain order, mount defences and marshal hundreds of thousands of soldiers towards a diminishing number of viable embarkation points. Even after reading his book it is hard to `comprehend the complexity of the situation and even harder to understand how so many soldiers were evacuated as the Germans closed in.

Despite my criticisms this is a good book and worthwhile reading if you are interested in this period of the war. This particular edition has a series of very good maps (albeit at the back of the book rather than amongst the text they relate to) and an excellent bibliography of further reading.

Dunkirk: The British Evacuation, 1940
Author/s:   Robert Jackson
Format:     Paperback, 206 Pages
Publisher:  Cassell 1976 (Reprinted 2002)
Rating:      ★★★☆

The Big Book of Madness Review

Posted on July 5th, 2016 under , , , , , , , , . Posted by

In our The Big Book of Madness review, we take a look at a deck building game in which you need to fight off monsters that are coming out of a magical book!
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MrBLACK PUBLICATIONS

Posted on July 5th, 2016 under , . Posted by

In the past (123), in the pages of my blog, I’ve tried to present you printed publications related to our hobby. I don’t know if I convince you to read and purchases of these publications. Today, however, I wanted to present you the “Mr Black Publications“.

W przeszłości (1, 2, 3), na łamach mojego bloga, starałem się Wam zaprezentować drukowane wydawnictwa związane z naszym hobby. Nie wiem czy udało mi się nakłonić Was do lektury i zakupy tych wydawnictw. Dzisiaj chciał bym jednak zaprezentować Wam wydawnictwo “Mr Black Publications“.

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Hanabi Card Game Review

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

In our Hanabi review, we take a look at an award-winning cooperative deduction game from the creator of Ghost Stories!
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Figurkowy Karnawał Blogowy XXII – Święty Graal Carnival of Blog’s Minis XXII – Holy Grail

Posted on June 30th, 2016 under , , , . Posted by

Trwa XXII edycja Figurkowego Karnawału Blogowego, ogłoszona na blogu Barak Varr, zaś motywem przewodnim jest Święty Graal.

For non polish visitors I hasten to explain that Carnival of Blog’s
Minis is an initiative of polish miniat…

Flash Point: Fire Rescue Review

Posted on June 30th, 2016 under , , , , , , , , , . Posted by

In our Flash Point: Fire Rescue review, we take a look at one of the only cooperative firefighting games in existence!
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Diehard Miniatures Kickstarter Review.

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

Last Saturday I received my Kickstarter Pledge from Diehard Miniatures a new company by sculptor Tim Prow, with Sculptors Chaz Elliot and Drew Williams..all guys with long lists of sculpting credits with A list companies like Reaper, Ral Partha, Wargam…

Poseidon’s Warriors – A Review

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

  Osprey just released a set of ancient galley naval wargaming rules titled “Poseidon’s Warriors”! Here is a little about the rules in Osprey’s own words, “Poseidon’s Warriors is a…

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Food Chain Magnate – Review

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

Food Chain Magnate Overview Game Genre: Economic Simulation Designer: Jeroen Doumen, Joris Wiersinga Publisher: Splotter Spellen Number of Players: 2-5

Elder Sign Review

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

In our Elder Sign review, we’ll give you our thoughts on this very popular dice rolling game from Fantasy Flight Games!
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Review: Raging Heroes Kommander Malinka Kurganova

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

Today we have a look at a model from french miniature boutique Raging Heroes. Raging Heroes started making proxy models for Warhammer and 40k a couple of years ago, and rose to fame with their two successful “The Toughest Girls of the Galaxy” Kickstarters. Kommander Malinka Kurganova makes a fine display cabinet model, or would come across well as a Commissar stand-in. Join me as I take a closer look.
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Widgets and Wonders Ep 43 -Post Apocalyse Mutants and Horoes by Interloper Miniatures

Posted on June 19th, 2016 under , , , , , , . Posted by

Eldritch Horror Review

Posted on June 17th, 2016 under , , , , , , , , , , . Posted by

If you’re an H.P. Lovecraft fan or are looking for a solid cooperative horror game, you will definitely want to take a look at our Eldritch Horror review!
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Review Book – Abel Archer, Modern Rapid Fire Rules

Posted on June 17th, 2016 under , , , , , , , . Posted by

Well it’s been a while since I posted. A busy period for family and work – however I was asked a question about the rules I use, and it’s a fairly frequent question so I thought I would knock out a quick post on the subject.  I got hooked on Moder…

Arkham Horror Board Game Review

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

In our Arkham Horror board game review, we take a look at a very popular cooperative adventure game set in a universe created by H.P. Lovecraft!
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