Posts Tagged ‘Reviews’

Base-O: Objective Unit

Posted on November 19th, 2015 under . Posted by

Many companies used to make one of these: a building that can technically be used as an Objective Room for ITS and Campaign missions that need them. I say technically, because often there’s added embellishments or other changes that don’t strictly adhere to the official requirements. What’s the spoiler for this kit? It’s only 7 … Continue reading Base-O: Objective Unit

Base-O: HQ Unit

Posted on November 16th, 2015 under . Posted by

I believe the HQ unit is the largest building offered in the Base-O set, making it a fair candidate to be used as my table’s center LoF-blocker. Even then, it’s really only slightly larger than the Habitat Unit 1, costing 28 euros (about $30), roughly only $2 more than that other kit. Unlike Habitat Unit … Continue reading Base-O: HQ Unit

Edge: The Loner

Posted on November 14th, 2015 under , , . Posted by

I forgot to mention this earlier, but for those of you with Amazon Prime accounts there is a fantastic new western in their new set of potential new series. The series is Edge: The Loner and is based upon the Edge books by George G. Gilman (which I’ve …

Sheriff Game Review

Posted on November 12th, 2015 under , , , . Posted by

Matt’s Sheriff of Nottingham review and thoughts.  Stop on in and see why Sheriff is one of my favorite bluffing games. I love Sherrif of Nottingham because the bluffs can be wild and crazy!

Base-O: Habitat Unit 1

Posted on November 11th, 2015 under . Posted by

This is the second kit I assembled after the Habitat Unit 2. I’m pretty much just working my way up in size and slight complexity with some preference towards the big pieces. Helps me feel like I’m filling out my table that much quicker. The Habitat Unit 1 costs 26 euro (about $28) and consists … Continue reading Base-O: Habitat Unit 1

Beyond the Lid of the Starter Box

Posted on November 6th, 2015 under , , . Posted by

Yesterday, my copy of the Beyond the Gates of Antares starter set arrived from Warlord.This acquisition broke my rule not to start any new games, but, in my defence, I had been wanting to get into a squad-based sci-fi game for a while. Warhammer 40,000…

Base-O: Habitat Unit 2

Posted on November 4th, 2015 under . Posted by

The Habitat Unit 2 kit costs 16 euro (about $17.25) and consists of two 2×2 small square rooms, one of which sits on a 3×2 platform to create a porch effect, as well as a separate ramp for wheelchair access. I choose to build this kit first due to redundancy in case I screw up … Continue reading Base-O: Habitat Unit 2

The Big Base-O Review

Posted on November 3rd, 2015 under , . Posted by

It’s been a fun couple of days spent assembling all my Systema Gaming Base-O terrain, and then an ensuing week of just staring at and toying with it on my table. I’ll get to reviews on all the individual kits eventually, but thought I’d start with an overall review as much of this is applicable … Continue reading The Big Base-O Review

Mantic Abyssal Dwarf Metal Blister Multi-Review

Posted on October 24th, 2015 under , , , , , , , , , . Posted by

So if you’ve seen my posts here’s over the years, I’ve been collecting the Abyssal Dwarf line from Mantic for quite some time. I have not been impressed previously with the metal casting quality and the hybrid kits that Mantic has used from time to time. I have also run into a few instances were […]

Review: Brother Vinni Fantasy Miniatures

Posted on October 24th, 2015 under , , . Posted by

Back to Fantasy! For today’s review I’ll have a look at some 28mm Fantasy miniatures by Brother Vinni. First time I’m working on any of his minis.

More after the jump

Games-Workshop Undead Spirit Host Review

Posted on October 24th, 2015 under , , , , , , , , . Posted by

So in the upcoming posts here, I’ll be posting my completed Abyssal (angry) Dwarf army, which means I’ll be moving onto a new army!  This review may or may not be an indication of what that army is going to be. So for a hot minute, GW dropped the most amount of Warhammer Fantasy I’ve […]

Northstar Miniatures: Hard-Plastic Frostgrave Soldiers Boxed Set Reviewed!

Posted on October 17th, 2015 under , , , . Posted by

Today we will take a look at the Northstar Miniatures Frostgrave Soldiers! These plastic miniatures were released as part of the first Frostgrave crowdfunding campaign also named Nickstarter after the owner of Northstar Miniatures. Since the hugely suc…

Puppetswar: Fantasy Nightmare Gargoyles Reviewed!

Posted on October 4th, 2015 under , , . Posted by

Today we will take a closer look at the Puppetswar gargoyles from their excellent Nightmares range. For those not familiar with the company, Puppetswar makes high-quality resin miniatures and terrain suitable for a whole range of settings.  But also sells magnets, bases and other hobby materials in their webstore which can be found here. The company is based in Poland but delivers worldwide at a very attractive flat shipping rate.

The Gargoyles

The miniatures we will review today are the gargoyles which can be found under Demon Creatures in their Nightmares miniature range. As with all of their miniatures these are scaled 28mm and very suitable for a wide variety of settings. As you can see in the pictures, these gargoyles are supplied in several parts including the bodies, heads and arms. You may also note the second set of heads which are part of the harpyes set which uses the same bodies but is delivered with different alien looking heads. Both of these useful sets can be bought at Puppetswar for €13.50 a set.
What I really like about these creatures is their very nice dynamic character along with the possibility to swap the arms and heads around and create even more interesting poses. The detail on these miniatures is superb but due to the production process, some thin films of flash are present on the resin miniatures. But these doesn’t obscure any details and can easily be cleaned with the necessary hobby tools.
The assembly of the miniatures is very straight forward as all the parts fit really well and can also be attached to each of the three different body poses with no problem. To assemble these miniatures I used The Army Painter Model Glue with is my personal favorite when glueing metal and resin miniatures.
So how do these savage creatures match up with the miniatures of other manufacturers? To help you decide on whether these gargoyles fit with your existing fantasy miniature collection. I have added the following scale comparison picture showing the gargoyle along with a Northstar Miniatures Frostgrave Soldier, Games Workshop Empire Soldier and Reaper Miniatures Fantasy Knight. As you can see really fitting well these heroic scaled fantasy miniatures!
The conclusion
To conclude this review, I must admit that these miniatures are the best gargoyles I have seen so far. The detail is superb and the high-quality resin is both sturdy yet flexible enought to prevent breakage. These miniatures aren’t the cheapest on the market but that really reflects in the quality and modern design of these gargoyles. So if you’re looking for some nasty gargoyles to harass your unwary adventurers make sure to check these out here at Puppetswar.

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Hydra Models (wooden bases)

Posted on September 27th, 2015 under , . Posted by

Today I would like to introduce you the company Hydra Models straight from Tuscany. I stumbled on it in the search for high-quality bases made from exotic wood for my busts and figurines. Hydra Models is a project of two friends.

Dzisiaj chciałbym przedstawić Wam firmę Hydra Models prosto z Toskanii. Natknąłem się na nią w poszukiwaniu wysokiej jakości podstawek z egzotycznego drewna pod popiersia i figurki. Hydra Models to projekt dwóch przyjaciół.


40K on iOS: Armageddon

Posted on September 25th, 2015 under , , . Posted by

We arrive at another post searching for mobile games to help me scratch the 40K itch while I’m on the road (which is often). Previously, I’ve reviewed the excellent Deathwatch, essentially […]

Shieldwolf Miniatures: Northern Alliance Great War Mammooth with Howdah Reviewed!

Posted on September 21st, 2015 under , , . Posted by

Today we will take a closer look at the Shieldwolf Miniatures Northern Alliance War Mammooth originally released through their first succesful Kickstarter campaign. During this review we will take a look at the polyurethane resin Northern Alliance Great War Mammooth equipped with a howdah although a version without the additionnal howdah will also be made available after the end of the upcoming Kickstarter and after the backers received their pledges.
The Northern Alliance Great War Mammooth
You may have already wondered has Wargame News and Terrain managed to misspell the name of the reviewed product, no we haven’t as the name has been chosen for intellectual property reasons. But that said up to the review as the War Mammooth must be the resin largest model I have ever assembled! Really excited by the look of the previously released painted previews of this massive beast I ripped open the box and started to wash and clean the model parts.
The model parts can be divided in two groups with one being the actual War Mammoth model while the second one are the pieces needed to assemble the detailled howdah. I have taken pictures of all the parts to show you the amount of different components and to allow me to better explain the assembly later in the review. 
In the picture above you can see the twelve resin parts that make the War Mammooth. The largest part forms the body of the beast and is a full resin cast so not hollow! This really adds some weight to the model which isn’t bad in my opinion. Other parts are the head, four legs, the tail and trunk. As this is a War Mammooth the trunk has been upgraded with a deadly array of spikes while one of the tusks has been splitted adding one more deadly weapon to this already deadly beast of war!
As you can see the casting and resin quality is really superb. During the assembly of the creature I haven’t stumbled upon any airbubbles and discovered only very small pieces of thin flash and some resin lines I removed on the trunks. To be honest I’m still gobsmacked on how they managed to cast the small  and thin spikes on the trunk! Wouldn’t mind seeing how this is done as I can’t think how the mould of this piece would look. Never the less, congratulations to the designers, sculptor and casters who managed to bring this gargantuan creature to life and on my tabletop!
In the picture above you can see all the parts that make up the large howdah upgrade. As you can see quite a number of parts but do not fear! Every part fits really well and all of the parts can only be assembled in the right place due to the clever use of cast-on pins. The actual howdah consists out of two pieces: one large fighting platform supporting a smaller platform at the back connected with a small stair. 
Although one minor remark would be that the addition of the smaller platform on top of the large fighting platform (see top left) really limits the amount of based miniatures you can place there. That said nice amount of wood grain details also featuring some fabric rags and small ropes to attach some nice hanging shields. The casting quality is good and you only need to clean some parts where the casting vents were originally situated, this is also the case on several other parts but some gentle scraping with a sharp hobby knife or vile and they are gone in no time.
Following the creature and the howdah, the set also comes with some nice details such as armoured shoulder and leg plates equipped with some rather nasty spikes. The howdah can aslo be further decorated with two large banners, shields and some other decorative items such as supplies and weapons. Again really crisp casting and the armoured plates are even detailled at the back, not sure if this was really necessary as they are glued onto the War Mammooth but still a nice touch of the design team.
Through the assembly process
As I was too excited with the assemby I didn’t took pictures during the actual assembly process. But I will talk you through the steps I have taken when assembling this highly-detailled model kit. The first step is too clean all the parts with hot water and soap. Gently cleaning each part using an old toothbrush to remove unwanted casting residue. 
War Mammooth
After that I cleaned all the parts starting with the War Mammooth and then dryfitted all parts of the model. During that step I found it necessary to pin the legs of the creature with paperclip wire to ensure a sturdy base for the rest of the model. Dead simple using a hobby pin vice and done in no time yet supplying you with a strong bond. When attaching the legs I noticed that the front legs really fit well but the back legs will need some minor greenstuff fill work. 

After that I glued on the head followed by the tail and trunk and last but not least the mighty tusks! All of these pieces flew on the model as most of them even stayed in place without glue! Now we are on the topic of glue, I used the Army Painter Model Glue widely available though most gaming stores or online.
Now that the War Mammooth has been fully assembled you have created the perfect base for the large howdah. I started with the assembly of the largest fighting platform which will be placed on the shoulders of the War Mammooth, to better explain the assembly I have numbered all the parts with the A-parts being the parts needed for the large fighting platform and the B-parts needed for the smaller fighting platform.
The largest part of the large fighting platform consists out of part A1 topped with part A2. These parts now form the sturdy base of the large structure to which the side walls A4 and A5 need to be added where the small holes are visible in the picture. After that these side walls were glued in place I added the front part which is part A3 and is designed to fit on the shoulders-back of the War Mammooth. The strangely shaped A8 part need to be glued beneath the back of the large platform and will form the connection piece to the small fighting platform. When this piece was attached you still need to add the large A6 and A7 side panels.
Now we can add the small fighting platform at the back of the large fighting platform. Again we start with the base part which is B1 to this base we add the side panels B3 and B4. The back of the small fighting platform consists out of part B2. Underneath of the small fighting platform we glued part B7 which allows a tight fit on the creature’s back. The last steps are the addition of the B5 and B6 side panels followed by the addition of the stair obviously part B8.

Armour and other details
The last steps in the assembly are adding the shields to the designated spots on the howdah while also assembling the two banner poles which add some extra height the already massive model. Not much to say about this just glue the armoured plates, supplies and extra shields and glue the banner poles in the corresponding holes. Now step back and witness the full might of your newly assembled War Mammooth!
The assembled model

In the following pictures you can see the fully assembled model. I must note that I haven’t attached the banner poles yet and the howdah isn’t glued on the model yet as painting may prove difficult after that. But check this model out, the detail and quality is just great and will form a great center piece for my upcoming Northern Barbarian Army flanked by some smaller Deezee Mammoths and hopefully filled with some high quality hard-plastic Shieldwolf Miniatures shieldmaidens! The miniature is the pictures is a heroic scaled 28mm Reaper miniature.

Scale comparison
As you might have noticed this model is huge so I have also taken some scale comparison pictures of this model next to the hard-plastic Games Workshop Lord of the Rings Mumakil model. I would have wished to take some pictures next to the Forge World Chaos Mammoth but this model looks to be out of production and also very costly but I found a picture online to help you.

As you can see the War Mammooth is roughly the same size as the Games Workshop Mumakil model. But note that the War Mammooth is certainly bulkier than it non-heroic scaled Lord of the Rings counterpart. I must also admit that the Shieldwolf Miniatures model has lots more character than the Mumakil model as the Mumakil model has been designed with more realism in mind. That said I wouldn’t want to meet any of these on the opposite side of the battlefield!

In these pictures you can clearly compare the Shieldwolf Miniatures War Mammooth, Games Workshop Mumakil and Forge World Chaos Mammoth. You can clearly see that the Forge World model is bulkier and higher than the War Mammooth but not sure if the detail is better or not. I will let the owners of both models decide on that matter.

Picture kindly borrowed from the DakkaDakka forum

 Painted War Mammooth

As always the experienced team over at Shieldwolf Miniatures has provided great pictures of the painted model and will be also releasing a full 360° picture of the model in the future. For now behold the great paintjob of Italian model painter Matteo Donzelli featuring excellent fur patterns, aged wood and shoulder plates.

The conclusion

Looking for a great center piece for your upcoming chaos of barbarian army? You have just found it, field this mighty beast and see your opponents scatter at its feet. The Great War Mammooth bring terror by trust, trunk and tusk and will certainly leave a lasting impression on your defeated enemy.

The quality of the resin and casting is superb and that’s what I also expected from the experienced team over at Shieldwolf Miniatures. Although not cheap you will certainly need at least one of these to carry your shieldmaidens into the heat of battle! This model and the model without howdah can now be pre-ordered through the Shieldwolf Miniatures webshop but they will also be featured during the upcoming hard-plastic shieldmaiden Kickstarter at a discount. So save your pennies and pledge!

Check the review of the excellent hard-plastic Shieldwolf Miniatures Mountain Orcs here and the review of the interesting resin Mountain Orc Great Wolf Chariot here.

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What’s in the Box: Kings Of War 2nd Edition Rulebooks

Posted on September 16th, 2015 under , , , . Posted by

While we might not have any boxes to look inside of in this video we do have two rulebooks to take a look at. In this video we focus on both versions of the 2nd Edition Kings of War rulebooks. We see what they both contain as well as comparing the diff…

Rise of the Kage

Posted on September 14th, 2015 under , , , . Posted by

After many months of basically not thinking about it, my copy of GCT’s ninja-themed board game Rise of the Kage arrived on Friday. I had put money into the Kickstarter months back and then done my best to forget about it.The nice thing about Kickstarte…

15mm Panzer IV painting log: filter, decals & weathering

Posted on September 12th, 2015 under , , , . Posted by

I get a chance to practice using a decal tray and some oils with the next thrilling installment of painting a panzer (…yawn)

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Ordering Custom Dice

Posted on September 10th, 2015 under , , , . Posted by

A bit ago I posted an analysis of custom dice – whether folks thought the symbol should be on the six or the one, and if any of the dice […]

Review: Warhammer 40,000 Assault Dice

Posted on September 9th, 2015 under , , , . Posted by

This review is a little bit of a departure from the “40K on iOS” series, as it’s not an attempt to capture the tabletop feel in a mobile game, but […]

Battlefields in Miniature (Davies, 2015): a video review & GIVE_AWAY!!!

Posted on September 8th, 2015 under , , . Posted by

We take a quick flick through Mr Davies recent Battlefields in Miniature: making realistic and effective terrain for wargames published by Pen and Sword: Send your photos to: [email protected]

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Review of War Games Tournaments MDF Laser Cut Buildings

Posted on September 7th, 2015 under , , , , , . Posted by

Sometime ago I purchased from eBay a set of laser cut MDF buildings. By sometime ago I mean months and months, this article has been in drafts for a long time. From the photos on the eBay listing they looked really good and I thought they were worth a tenner. The buildings I’d had before were the official Games Workshop ones. There’s nothing wrong with these but they’re a bit pricy and bulky once built. Taking this into account, buying the MDF buildings from War Games Tournaments was a punt. I’d give it a go if if it didn’t work then […]

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Thundercloud Miniatures: Heroes of Avendora Characters Reviewed!

Posted on September 1st, 2015 under , , , , . Posted by

Today we will take a closer look at the Heroes of Avendora characters by Thundercloud Miniatures. Each of the four characters miniatures are designed to be used as heroes in the Avendora skirmish game were they will lead infantry units into battle! 
Avendora is a skirmish, squad-based wargame played with forces of between 4-to-30 miniatures, the beta rules for Avendora can be downloaded on their website these are still at Beta stage. Set in the fantasy world of Avendora the game launches with 4 factions, The Edimen – certain of their superiority. The Hiskari – who despise anything that goes against nature. The Shadow – who seek nothing less than the destruction of all life, and finally the mysterious Alacalean, who saved mankind in their hour of need, but their actions since then prove that they may not be the saviours they appeared to be. Avendora has a rich back story, more information on this can be found on the main website here.
The Miniatures
The Thundercloud Miniatures – Heroes of Avendora heroes are supplied in ziplock bags without further internal packaging. These individual bags however are well-packed within their shipping box so no damage was noticed when I received the miniatures. 
The miniatures are casted in high-quality durable resin and sold as 30mm scaled character miniatures. Thundercloud Miniatures notes the following: “Individual miniature heights varying to reflect their background description. This was a conscious choice as we have always found it odd that in the world of wargaming everyone is always exactly the same size…In Avendora, if a creature is a hulking brute or a diminutive wretch, you’ll know about it!” To show this I have added the following scale comparison pictures showing the miniatures alongside each other and flanked with miniatures of other known manufacturers. 
Thudnercloud Hiskari Scout – Acacalean Warrior – Ediman General – The Faceless

Northstar Frostgrave Soldier – Thundercloud General – Games Workshop Empire Soldier – Reaper Wizard
Each of these individual characters consists out of multiple resin parts which you can see in the pictures below along with the constructed miniature and a short description of the character. The following hero is named the Acacalean Warrior and is actually an alien manning a deadly machine of utter destruction, armed with a huge blade protected by a sturdy shield arm. Not much is known about the Alacalean, the shun contact with the other factions. What is known is that their arrival was vital to halting the advance of the shadow and thus saved both the Edimen and Hiskari from annihilation.
The first step is to clean the casting flash and casting supports which you can see in the pictures above (note the casting support at the blade point as example). As with all resin miniatures or terrain, I always thoroughly recommend washing all individual parts with soap and warm water to remove casting residue. The further assembly of this hero was straight-forward as all parts fitted extremely well. I first started with assembling the legs and attaching the body. After that I added the arm supports which you can see in the upper left of the picture. After that I attached the actual arms and the alien pilot. First I was not entirely impressed about the look of this character but now looking back at him, I really like him much more and he will certainly feature on the tabletop leading the Acacaleans into the heat of battle!
The second miniature is named the Ediman General and is one of my favorite characters! Trained from childhood in the finest military school in the Empire an Ediman General knows that to lead from the front is to forsake the rank of General and become little more than a common foot soldier. A General is far more useful directing his troops; scouring the maps and missives to exploit his foe’s weaknesses – and with the help of the Messenger and Horn Player he is quickly able to send orders around the battlefield – orders that can change the course of a battle and the fate of the world.
As you can see in the picture quite a lot of fiddly bits with this particular hero. After cleaning and washing the parts, I started with the assembly of the table featuring an individual helmet and shield decoration. After that I glued on the legs of the general looking down at his battle plans. Following that I attached the arms leaning on the table which was already glued in place on the base. This character is both useful as an actual wargame model or vignette to further decorate your wargame table!
The third and only female character is the agile Hiskari Scout. Scouts have a special place in Hiskari society. Being a nomadic people the ability to scout ahead is vital for the societies survival. Long ago the Hiskari discovered that women make better scouts, and as such girls who are chosen to become scouts are taken from a young age to begin their training.
The third model is the Hiskari Scout of which I managed to snap off both the arrow point and part of the bow. Note this was due to some rough handling and not the cause of the chosen resin material. The arrow point was easily glued back in place, the part of the bow was not glued back in place as it was way to fiddly. After I had glued the miniature on the base, I noticed that the left foot was hovering above the ground, not entirely sure if I have managed to assemble this miniature wrong but nothing that can’t be solved with some small pebbles during basing! So moving on to the last and my personal favorite miniature, The Faceless!
Last but not least is the impressive The Faceless. The Faceless were men once, men who sold their soul to The Shadow for the promise of greatness. Twisted into a form more pleasing to The Shadow, and granted a martial skill far beyond that on normal men, these creatures now seek nothing less then the destruction of all life.
The Faceless character was very easy to assemble as all parts fitted well. As you can see in the picture a large number of the parts are intended for the scenic base which is a large part of the figure. This miniature looks to be hovering above the ground by some kind of whirling magical fog which is very nice! I’m sure this particular miniature will feature in many of my fantasy skirmishes and probably most in the upcoming Frostgrave Thaw of the Lich Lord expansion!
The conclusion
As you can see in the pictures these resin character miniatures are both high-quality and also feature some rather unusual types such as the Acacalean Warrior and planning Ediman General which are not easy to find in other miniature ranges. Next to this you can already grab these and prepare them to lead the upcoming infantry units scheduled to be released next by Thundercloud Miniatures. Almost forgot to mention, these characters are now also sold at a nice discount during the Kickstarter!
Interested in grabbing one of the fine heroes? Help Thundercloud Miniatures bring Avendora to market by helping to fund their remaining hero class models as the Kickstarter ends in less than 48 hours! Check the Kickstarter here  and join the epic fight for Avendora.

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Leadbear’s Scenic Tufts – Wargaming Recon #143

Posted on August 31st, 2015 under , , , , , , , , . Posted by

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