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30mm Female Pirates – Kickstarter Unboxing and Review (Part Two)

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

This particular Kickstarter was launched by an up and coming sculptor known as ‘The Duke‘ in order to make a selection of female pirate figures in 30mm scale.
The pledge I selected was for the modest sum of £30 for eight models with the usual set of stretch goals that we expect from such campaigns and as I like to support the sort of projects that Kickstarter was actually meant for I gave it a go. Funding was achieved for the eight models quite quickly and some stretch goals were also reached as well. A few other models were unlocked also but as I kept with the default pledge I wont be able to show you pictures of those unfortunately.
The Kickstarter page itself can be found HERE should you be interested.
As I tend to cover models in some detail I’ll be splitting this review into two parts. The first covered six of the planned models and this the second will cover the remaining two as well as four of the unlocked stretch goals…Part One can be found HERE.
An Overview
The models themselves are detailed enough in the areas that can be an issue with metal models (faces for the most part) as you can see from the painted versions at various points in this article. Mould lines are minimal and are fairly easily removed with a scalpel or file as they (with a few minor exceptions) don’t tend to cross areas of significant detail. A minor criticism is that several of the meeting points between the smaller parts and the models body don’t have raised sections or recesses on them for alignment so the joints aren’t particularly strong on those parts with small connecting areas which may be an issue when transporting the models. Of course you can pin them if you’re concerned and you have the patience…
Lets have a look at the next two of the planned models in both their unassembled and assembled forms followed by four of the stretch goals. One of the stretch goals was for resin bases which are the ones I’ve used on the models.

‘Sureshot Sally’
Unassembled
 Assembled
‘Chemical Cordelia’
Unassembled
Assembled
 ‘Cat of the Canals
Unassembled
Assembled
 ‘Pistol Pen’
Unassembled
Assembled

 These two models aren’t female…or pirates…but they match the theme nonetheless…

 ‘Harbour Master’
Unassembled
Assembled
‘Customs Official’
Unassembled
Assembled

Sadly due to financial constraints I couldn’t add the remaining couple of unlocked miniatures and terrain to my pledge so you’ll have to make do with these pics I ‘borrowed’ from their Kickstarter pledge page for those…
Thoughts and comments are (as usual) most welcome.
Should you ever choose to purchase something based on one of my features or reviews then it would be nice if you could let the company know where the inspiration came from…who knows…they might be grateful to the poor unappreciated blogger who sent you their way…if however I’ve put you off a product…well…you can keep that info to yourself…

Broken Contract – Unboxing and Review

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

Though many large scale projects seem to take the majority of the Kickstarter attention at the moment it’s worth mentioning that it is the smaller independent projects that really benefit from it most…which is why I pledged to this particular project…

Broken Contract – Unboxing and Review

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

Though many large scale projects seem to take the majority of the Kickstarter attention at the moment it’s worth mentioning that it is the smaller independent projects that really benefit from it most…which is why I pledged to this particular project…

Un-Boxing SLA Industries – Two Player Starter Set (Part Two)

Posted on July 4th, 2017 under , , , , , , , . Posted by

Amongst the many games given new life recently via Kickstarter has been the SLA Industries: Cannibal Sector miniatures game based on the SLA Industries RPG.In this feature we’ll be looking at the two-player starter set containing models for b…

Un-Boxing SLA Industries – Two Player Starter Set (Part Two)

Posted on July 4th, 2017 under , , , , , , , . Posted by

Amongst the many games given new life recently via Kickstarter has been the SLA Industries: Cannibal Sector miniatures game based on the SLA Industries RPG.In this feature we’ll be looking at the two-player starter set containing models for b…

Un-Boxing SLA Industries – Two Player Starter Set (Part One)

Posted on July 3rd, 2017 under , , , , , , , . Posted by

Amongst the many games given new life recently via Kickstarter has been the SLA Industries: Cannibal Sector miniatures game based on the SLA Industries RPG.

In this feature we’ll be looking at the two-player starter set containing models for both the ‘Shivers’ and ‘Carrien’ factions. As each of the factions contained within the blister also are equivalent to the single faction starter sets we’ll give each half it’s own feature. Starting with the Shivers…
First some background…
Shivers
Shiver Units operate chiefly as SLA Industries’ main police force, but they also serve as the primary line of defence along the Sector Wall. 24 hours a day, the men and women of the Shiver Units patrol the perimeters, and more increasingly, journey into Cannibal Sector itself to drive back its ferocious inhabitants. To work in the sector the Shivers give up the green armour for grey, and switch from the standard ball bearing round for the lethal flechette in their Gauss Rifles. They are brave, loyal, and, most importantly, expendable.

Two Player Starter Set – Blister and Insert
The set comes in a standard blister with appropriate bases for the models.

Shivers – Unassembled
The Shivers starter set comes with a myriad of spare parts including three types of head, Assault Rifle, Machine Pistol, Handgun and Baton weapon options as well as several ‘casual’ arm options (pointing, palm out and one holding a coffee) and a few weapons without hands attached so you can have extra equipment at belt or back if you wish.

It also comes with some dice…

Shivers – Assembled
The bodies and legs are a single piece and there are enough for five models in the set. There are five of each type of head with a helmet-less one for the traditional ‘has no hat so is in charge’ as well as a significant variety of weapons options that can be seen in the unassembled picture further up this article. I’ve assembled three with assault weapons (on has a baton in his off hand), on the kneeling model I’ve used the pointing hand and a machine pistol while the commander has a pistol…and a cup of coffee. I’ve also added batons to the belts of a couple and an assault weapon across the back of the kneeling figure to add a bit of character. All available weapons will fit any torso so you can have a wide variety of potential poses…

It’s worth noting that the slot piece on the models bodies is slightly longer than the slot in the provided bases so you may need to trim the ends slightly. If however you plan on removing this piece altogether instead you’ll need to fill the slots in the bases.

Shivers – Official Painted
Here’s an official picture of the unit painted courtesy of the official website.
Shivers and Carrien
Here’s a picture of the full contents of the two-player starter set facing off  against one another…
Thoughts and comments are (as usual) most welcome.
Should you ever choose to purchase something based on one of my features or reviews then it would be nice if you could let the company know where the inspiration came from…who knows…they might be grateful to the poor unappreciated blogger who sent you their way…if however I’ve put you off a product…well…you can keep that info to yourself…

Un-Boxing SLA Industries – Two Player Starter Set (Part One)

Posted on July 3rd, 2017 under , , , , , , , . Posted by

Amongst the many games given new life recently via Kickstarter has been the SLA Industries: Cannibal Sector miniatures game based on the SLA Industries RPG.

In this feature we’ll be looking at the two-player starter set containing models for both the ‘Shivers’ and ‘Carrien’ factions. As each of the factions contained within the blister also are equivalent to the single faction starter sets we’ll give each half it’s own feature. Starting with the Shivers…
First some background…
Shivers
Shiver Units operate chiefly as SLA Industries’ main police force, but they also serve as the primary line of defence along the Sector Wall. 24 hours a day, the men and women of the Shiver Units patrol the perimeters, and more increasingly, journey into Cannibal Sector itself to drive back its ferocious inhabitants. To work in the sector the Shivers give up the green armour for grey, and switch from the standard ball bearing round for the lethal flechette in their Gauss Rifles. They are brave, loyal, and, most importantly, expendable.

Two Player Starter Set – Blister and Insert
The set comes in a standard blister with appropriate bases for the models.

Shivers – Unassembled
The Shivers starter set comes with a myriad of spare parts including three types of head, Assault Rifle, Machine Pistol, Handgun and Baton weapon options as well as several ‘casual’ arm options (pointing, palm out and one holding a coffee) and a few weapons without hands attached so you can have extra equipment at belt or back if you wish.

It also comes with some dice…

Shivers – Assembled
The bodies and legs are a single piece and there are enough for five models in the set. There are five of each type of head with a helmet-less one for the traditional ‘has no hat so is in charge’ as well as a significant variety of weapons options that can be seen in the unassembled picture further up this article. I’ve assembled three with assault weapons (on has a baton in his off hand), on the kneeling model I’ve used the pointing hand and a machine pistol while the commander has a pistol…and a cup of coffee. I’ve also added batons to the belts of a couple and an assault weapon across the back of the kneeling figure to add a bit of character. All available weapons will fit any torso so you can have a wide variety of potential poses…

It’s worth noting that the slot piece on the models bodies is slightly longer than the slot in the provided bases so you may need to trim the ends slightly. If however you plan on removing this piece altogether instead you’ll need to fill the slots in the bases.

Shivers – Official Painted
Here’s an official picture of the unit painted courtesy of the official website.
Shivers and Carrien
Here’s a picture of the full contents of the two-player starter set facing off  against one another…
Thoughts and comments are (as usual) most welcome.
Should you ever choose to purchase something based on one of my features or reviews then it would be nice if you could let the company know where the inspiration came from…who knows…they might be grateful to the poor unappreciated blogger who sent you their way…if however I’ve put you off a product…well…you can keep that info to yourself…

Unboxing and Review – Test Of Honour (Part Two)

Posted on June 27th, 2017 under , , , . Posted by

We looked at the core box contents in part one…now lets have a proper look at the miniatures…
In Part One we looked at the basic game elements and had a brief look at the miniatures now we’ll give the models a detailed look in part two…
The game is available from both your local hobby store (mines called Titan Games) and Warlord Games themselves should you be interested…
Test of Honour
Test of Honour is a skirmish wargame played with roughly 5-20 models on each side. Players select their force before each game based around a samurai hero along with one or two loyal samurai companions and a variety of clan soldiers.

The 6 battle scenarios included tell a tale of bitter clan rivalry, betrayal and revenge. The battles are designed to be played in order, forming an ongoing story, with consequences for the victor and loser of each game.

As you play through the scenarios your samurai will use new skills, and perhaps even take the shameful path of deceit and trickery to gain victory – such choices are the ultimate test of honour.
Samurai
Samurai – Sprue
The box set contains one sprue that can be used to make up to five Samurai. Here’s pictures of both sides of it.
Samurai – Instructions
The instructions give many examples of possible assembly combinations for the Samurai but there are so many parts on the sprue the only real limit is your imagination. It’s also possible to use parts from the other sprues as well.
Samurai – Assembled
I was fairly conservative with my Samurai builds but something more elaborate is easy to accomplish.

 Ashigaru Missile Troops
Ashigaru Missile Troops – Sprue
The box set contains two of these sprues that can be used to make up to five Bowmen or Musketmen per sprue. Here’s pictures of both sides of one of them.
Ashigaru Missile Troops – Instructions
The instructions give some examples of possible assembly combinations for the Ashigaru and there are many spare parts on the sprue. It’s also possible to use parts from the other sprues as well.
Ashigaru Missile Troops – Assembled
I built six as Bowmen and the rest as Musketmen (I only took pictures of three of the musketmen though).

There are certain in-game benefits to grouping models together in larger games and there are bases provided for this purpose.
 Ashigaru Yari Troops
Ashigaru Yari Troops – Sprue
The box set contains four of these sprues that can be used to make up to five Spearmen per sprue. Here’s pictures of both sides of one of them.
Ashigaru Yari Troops – Instructions
The instructions give some examples of possible assembly combinations for the Ashigaru and there are many spare parts on the sprue. It’s also possible to use parts from the other sprues as well.
Ashigaru Yari Troops – Assembled
I made several as characters to make the units a bit more interesting when three to a base and the rest as standard spearmen in various poses.

There are certain in-game benefits to grouping models together in larger games and there are bases provided for this purpose.

 So that’s it for now…at some point in the future there will be a gameplay review but not for a few weeks…
Thoughts and comments are (as usual) most welcome.
Should you ever choose to purchase something based on one of my features or reviews then it would be nice if you could let the company know where the inspiration came from…who knows…they might be grateful to the poor unappreciated blogger who sent you their way…if however I’ve put you off a product…well…you can keep that info to yourself…

Unboxing and Review – Test Of Honour (Part Two)

Posted on June 27th, 2017 under , , , . Posted by

We looked at the core box contents in part one…now lets have a proper look at the miniatures…
In Part One we looked at the basic game elements and had a brief look at the miniatures now we’ll give the models a detailed look in part two…
The game is available from both your local hobby store (mines called Titan Games) and Warlord Games themselves should you be interested…
Test of Honour
Test of Honour is a skirmish wargame played with roughly 5-20 models on each side. Players select their force before each game based around a samurai hero along with one or two loyal samurai companions and a variety of clan soldiers.

The 6 battle scenarios included tell a tale of bitter clan rivalry, betrayal and revenge. The battles are designed to be played in order, forming an ongoing story, with consequences for the victor and loser of each game.

As you play through the scenarios your samurai will use new skills, and perhaps even take the shameful path of deceit and trickery to gain victory – such choices are the ultimate test of honour.
Samurai
Samurai – Sprue
The box set contains one sprue that can be used to make up to five Samurai. Here’s pictures of both sides of it.
Samurai – Instructions
The instructions give many examples of possible assembly combinations for the Samurai but there are so many parts on the sprue the only real limit is your imagination. It’s also possible to use parts from the other sprues as well.

Note – It has been pointed out to me by a reader that the sword with the ‘ball’ on it is actually still in it’s scabbard and the ‘ball’ is actually meant to fit into an open hand to give the appearance of a Samurai holding a sheathed sword…so that means I’ll need to alter a couple of the ones I built…and you should probably ignore any of the figures on the assembly instructions that show otherwise, lol.
Samurai – Assembled
I was fairly conservative with my Samurai builds but something more elaborate is easy to accomplish.

 Ashigaru Missile Troops
Ashigaru Missile Troops – Sprue
The box set contains two of these sprues that can be used to make up to five Bowmen or Musketmen per sprue. Here’s pictures of both sides of one of them.
Ashigaru Missile Troops – Instructions
The instructions give some examples of possible assembly combinations for the Ashigaru and there are many spare parts on the sprue. It’s also possible to use parts from the other sprues as well.
Ashigaru Missile Troops – Assembled
I built six as Bowmen and the rest as Musketmen (I only took pictures of three of the musketmen though).

There are certain in-game benefits to grouping models together in larger games and there are bases provided for this purpose.
 Ashigaru Yari Troops
Ashigaru Yari Troops – Sprue
The box set contains four of these sprues that can be used to make up to five Spearmen per sprue. Here’s pictures of both sides of one of them.
Ashigaru Yari Troops – Instructions
The instructions give some examples of possible assembly combinations for the Ashigaru and there are many spare parts on the sprue. It’s also possible to use parts from the other sprues as well.
Ashigaru Yari Troops – Assembled
I made several as characters to make the units a bit more interesting when three to a base and the rest as standard spearmen in various poses.

There are certain in-game benefits to grouping models together in larger games and there are bases provided for this purpose.

 So that’s it for now…at some point in the future there will be a gameplay review but not for a few weeks…
Thoughts and comments are (as usual) most welcome.
Should you ever choose to purchase something based on one of my features or reviews then it would be nice if you could let the company know where the inspiration came from…who knows…they might be grateful to the poor unappreciated blogger who sent you their way…if however I’ve put you off a product…well…you can keep that info to yourself…

Unboxing and Review – Test Of Honour (Part One)

Posted on June 26th, 2017 under , , , . Posted by

This one caught my eye a few times and after receiving a demo at the recent UK Games Expo I decided to pick up a copy…
In Part One we’ll be looking at the basic game elements and a brief look at the miniatures before giving the models a detailed look in part two…
The game is available from both your local hobby store (mines called Titan Games) and Warlord Games themselves should you be interested…
Test of Honour
Test of Honour is a skirmish wargame played with roughly 5-20 models on each side. Players select their force before each game based around a samurai hero along with one or two loyal samurai companions and a variety of clan soldiers.

The 6 battle scenarios included tell a tale of bitter clan rivalry, betrayal and revenge. The battles are designed to be played in order, forming an ongoing story, with consequences for the victor and loser of each game.

As you play through the scenarios your samurai will use new skills, and perhaps even take the shameful path of deceit and trickery to gain victory – such choices are the ultimate test of honour.
Test of Honour – Box Cover
It comes in a nice box…that’s probably of no surprise…
Test of Honour – Booklets
The set comes with all the instructions needed to play the game as well as a simple campaign for you to play through against an opponent. The game mechanics are very simple though this in no way diminishes the tactical elements of the game. The instructions themselves are easy to follow with both diagrams and verbal descriptions of the rules.
Here’s a few sample pages from both the supplied booklets.

Test of Honour – Terrain and Tokens
The box contains some 2D terrain pieces as well as all the necessary tokens and counters you’ll need to play the game. Here’s pictures of both sides as there are ‘damaged’ versions of the terrain pieces and some of the tokens are different on each side…

…the dice contained within are specific to the game…

…there are also bases for the included miniatures as well as ones to form up to three models into a unit.

Test of Honour – Stat and Upgrade Cards
Their are two sets of each model stat card (the only difference is that they have either a blue or red flag in the corner).

There are also upgrade cards as your characters learn new skills throughout the campaign, injury cards and others for a variety of in game purposes…

Test of Honour – Miniatures Preview
Here’s a brief look at the miniatures before we go into detail in part two…

Thoughts and comments are (as usual) most welcome.
Should you ever choose to purchase something based on one of my features or reviews then it would be nice if you could let the company know where the inspiration came from…who knows…they might be grateful to the poor unappreciated blogger who sent you their way…if however I’ve put you off a product…well…you can keep that info to yourself…

Unboxing and Review – Test Of Honour (Part One)

Posted on June 26th, 2017 under , , , . Posted by

This one caught my eye a few times and after receiving a demo at the recent UK Games Expo I decided to pick up a copy…
In Part One we’ll be looking at the basic game elements and a brief look at the miniatures before giving the models a detailed look in part two…
The game is available from both your local hobby store (mines called Titan Games) and Warlord Games themselves should you be interested…
Test of Honour
Test of Honour is a skirmish wargame played with roughly 5-20 models on each side. Players select their force before each game based around a samurai hero along with one or two loyal samurai companions and a variety of clan soldiers.

The 6 battle scenarios included tell a tale of bitter clan rivalry, betrayal and revenge. The battles are designed to be played in order, forming an ongoing story, with consequences for the victor and loser of each game.

As you play through the scenarios your samurai will use new skills, and perhaps even take the shameful path of deceit and trickery to gain victory – such choices are the ultimate test of honour.
Test of Honour – Box Cover
It comes in a nice box…that’s probably of no surprise…
Test of Honour – Booklets
The set comes with all the instructions needed to play the game as well as a simple campaign for you to play through against an opponent. The game mechanics are very simple though this in no way diminishes the tactical elements of the game. The instructions themselves are easy to follow with both diagrams and verbal descriptions of the rules.
Here’s a few sample pages from both the supplied booklets.

Test of Honour – Terrain and Tokens
The box contains some 2D terrain pieces as well as all the necessary tokens and counters you’ll need to play the game. Here’s pictures of both sides as there are ‘damaged’ versions of the terrain pieces and some of the tokens are different on each side…

…the dice contained within are specific to the game…

…there are also bases for the included miniatures as well as ones to form up to three models into a unit.

Test of Honour – Stat and Upgrade Cards
Their are two sets of each model stat card (the only difference is that they have either a blue or red flag in the corner).

There are also upgrade cards as your characters learn new skills throughout the campaign, injury cards and others for a variety of in game purposes…

Test of Honour – Miniatures Preview
Here’s a brief look at the miniatures before we go into detail in part two…

Thoughts and comments are (as usual) most welcome.
Should you ever choose to purchase something based on one of my features or reviews then it would be nice if you could let the company know where the inspiration came from…who knows…they might be grateful to the poor unappreciated blogger who sent you their way…if however I’ve put you off a product…well…you can keep that info to yourself…

Unboxing SLA – Halloween Jack

Posted on June 9th, 2017 under , , . Posted by

At a recent show I was introduced to the SLA Industries miniatures game based on the RPG of the same name…First some background…Set in a dark futuristic urban environment, SLA gives you unlimited possibilities to explore in a world where one compan…