Posts Tagged ‘Unboxing’

Unboxing Dark Souls: The Board Game by Steamforged Games

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

I’ve never been a huge fan of the Dark Souls video games (I prefer fun to frustration usually!) but some might remember I tried the demo of this board game adaptation at Salute a couple of years ago and really enjoyed it, I love co-op games in general. I’m usually a bit wary of these miniature games on kickstarter, I feel a lot are sold more as miniatures with some token rules. Steamforged however are a well established gaming company with the popularity of their flagship game, Guild Ball over the last few year. Sadly I haven’t got a group together yet to play it so this will just have to be a contents review!

First up with all kickstarters, did they deliver with their promise? The original shipping estimate was April and I got it in May so that is an acceptable tolerance level, congrats guys! This is only phase 1 so there is still more to come but this is everything they initially promised. Let’s see what we get shall we?

The box is bulky as most miniature games are:

Opening it up you’re immediately greeted by the iconic death screen from the video game.

Under that we have the standard set of cards, the card stock is good quality and the cards are very clear with no tiny text (which I appreciate as I’m forever having to read out cards for my parents with some games!)

A large cardboard box might contain some miniatures?

It does! A bevy of bosses! The base game comes with 2 main bosses (The Dancer of the Boreal Valley and Dragon Slayer Ornstein & Executioner Smough) and 4 mini bosses (Gargoyle, Titanite Demon, Winged Knight and Boreal Outrider Knight) Also a aset of wooden subes for recording information on character sheets (which have recessed slots for them)

The sculpts are good and you can see how big they are.

Another cardboard box contains the rest of the miniatures (the 4 heroes as well as 16 lesser enemies)

And here are the intrepid heroes that the players can choose from.

Next up perhaps the most important part of any game, the rule book. A bad rulebook can ruin a game. This one is A4 in full colour and as far as I can tell from flicking through it is well presented.

Cards, rulebook, miniatures….what else does every kickstarter game need? Tokens! These come on the standard pop out sheet complete with player equipment sheets (that look awesome, an area where I feel the likes of Zombicide skimped slightly.

Finally we have the board tiles 9 of them, double sided.

I’m impressed with the quality of the game, the components all look to be well produced and thought out (I love the hero cards and wooden blocks system, so much better than the flimsy card sheets you usually get with these type of games)

The game was £80 on Kickstarter with £75 early bird pledges and is available from the usual retailers right now for £100. Shipping was £20 on kickstarter (which I felt was a little high) so it comes out pretty much the same.

Unboxing Dark Souls: The Board Game by Steamforged Games

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

I’ve never been a huge fan of the Dark Souls video games (I prefer fun to frustration usually!) but some might remember I tried the demo of this board game adaptation at Salute a couple of years ago and really enjoyed it, I love co-op games in general. I’m usually a bit wary of these miniature games on kickstarter, I feel a lot are sold more as miniatures with some token rules. Steamforged however are a well established gaming company with the popularity of their flagship game, Guild Ball over the last few year. Sadly I haven’t got a group together yet to play it so this will just have to be a contents review!

First up with all kickstarters, did they deliver with their promise? The original shipping estimate was April and I got it in May so that is an acceptable tolerance level, congrats guys! This is only phase 1 so there is still more to come but this is everything they initially promised. Let’s see what we get shall we?

The box is bulky as most miniature games are:

Opening it up you’re immediately greeted by the iconic death screen from the video game.

Under that we have the standard set of cards, the card stock is good quality and the cards are very clear with no tiny text (which I appreciate as I’m forever having to read out cards for my parents with some games!)

A large cardboard box might contain some miniatures?

It does! A bevy of bosses! The base game comes with 2 main bosses (The Dancer of the Boreal Valley and Dragon Slayer Ornstein & Executioner Smough) and 4 mini bosses (Gargoyle, Titanite Demon, Winged Knight and Boreal Outrider Knight) Also a aset of wooden subes for recording information on character sheets (which have recessed slots for them)

The sculpts are good and you can see how big they are.

Another cardboard box contains the rest of the miniatures (the 4 heroes as well as 16 lesser enemies)

And here are the intrepid heroes that the players can choose from.

Next up perhaps the most important part of any game, the rule book. A bad rulebook can ruin a game. This one is A4 in full colour and as far as I can tell from flicking through it is well presented.

Cards, rulebook, miniatures….what else does every kickstarter game need? Tokens! These come on the standard pop out sheet complete with player equipment sheets (that look awesome, an area where I feel the likes of Zombicide skimped slightly.

Finally we have the board tiles 9 of them, double sided.

I’m impressed with the quality of the game, the components all look to be well produced and thought out (I love the hero cards and wooden blocks system, so much better than the flimsy card sheets you usually get with these type of games)

The game was £80 on Kickstarter with £75 early bird pledges and is available from the usual retailers right now for £100. Shipping was £20 on kickstarter (which I felt was a little high) so it comes out pretty much the same.

Unboxing: Xia: Embers of a Forsaken Star (Kickstarter)

Posted on June 25th, 2017 under , , , . Posted by

I am a big space scoundrel Han Solo type of fan, as my friends can attest to. I RPGed back in the 80s a lot of merchant trader campaigns in Traveller, Star Trek and Star Wars.I naturally Kickstarted the game Xia: Legends of a Drift System a couple of y…

Unboxing: Xia: Embers of a Forsaken Star (Kickstarter)

Posted on June 25th, 2017 under , , , . Posted by

I am a big space scoundrel Han Solo type of fan, as my friends can attest to. I RPGed back in the 80s a lot of merchant trader campaigns in Traveller, Star Trek and Star Wars.I naturally Kickstarted the game Xia: Legends of a Drift System a couple of y…

Unboxing: Nemo’s War 2nd edition (Kickstarter)

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

I got this week a kickstarter I funded on January 2016, a year and a half-ago, Nemo’s War 2nd edition, by Victory Point Games.I have the first edition and played a round, as discussed here. The first edition is a charming solitaire game where you play …

Unboxing: Nemo’s War 2nd edition (Kickstarter)

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

I got this week a kickstarter I funded on January 2016, a year and a half-ago, Nemo’s War 2nd edition, by Victory Point Games.I have the first edition and played a round, as discussed here. The first edition is a charming solitaire game where you play …

Unboxing Fireteam Zero

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

Fireteam Zero is a game that I watched on Kickstarter and became very interested in recently. Thematically, the theme fits Must Contain Minis very well. It looks cool, contains minis, and combines World War 2 with a horror twist into a board game. I am…

Unboxing Fireteam Zero

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

Fireteam Zero is a game that I watched on Kickstarter and became very interested in recently. Thematically, the theme fits Must Contain Minis very well. It looks cool, contains minis, and combines World War 2 with a horror twist into a board game. I am…

PT-47A Unboxing / Rozpakowaczka PT-47A

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

The Commando Tank for SSU / Czołg Dowodzenia dla SSU   Dwie wersje W zestawie znajdziecie dwie karty i tak rozwiewa się tajemnica, gdzie podziała się zdolność amfibii. PT-47A w cenie 8 punktów nie posiada tej zdolności, ale wersja za 9 punktów już jest pływająca.   Jakość Wg. Dust Studio zestaw powstał zgodnie z najnowszymi […]

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Dark Souls Unboxing

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

It’s finally here, well the first bit anyway, yes Dark Souls the hit computer game is now available as a boardgame thanks to Steamforged Games […]

Panzer vs Panzer, Rubicon vs Warlord

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

Panzer mark 4 (IV). Finding myself in a position of having panzer mk4s from both Rubicon Models and Warlord Games. I thought it would be a great opportunity to do both unboxings at the same time and look at both kits to see what one I find the best. This is a new avenue for Read More …

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Unboxing A Long Road from RobotRocket Miniatures

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

It’s been a good while since I’ve done an unboxing. I’ve been on a self inflicted hiatus from buying miniatures for a while now. Partly for financial reasons and partly because I don’t want to end up with boxes and boxes of unpainted miniatures. It’s been nice going through my boxes of shame and getting some paint on some of them. So why change that? Well I always like to support a new company with interesting miniatures.
RobotRocket Miniatures is a new company started by Matthew Pearce, an admin for the popular ‘Eavier Metal group on Facebook and a friend of mine. This first release ‘A Long Road’ has been sculpted by Olivier Bouchet who has experience working with some of the biggest names in the business including Black Sun Miniatures, Pegaso Models, Mierce Miniatures and Aradia Miniatures. Enough intro though, let’s check out the miniature!
First impressions are good, a solid black box embossed with the RobotRocket logo.

Opening up the box above some padding we’re greeted with a sticker, certificate of authenticity and a piece of card with one possible story of the bust. I love this addition, more and more in the miniature industry we’re seeing people trying to tell a story with their work rather than just painting a piece. This gets the creative juices flowing and I hope it’s something they continue with on future releases. I’d love to see concept art included in the future, even if it’s just a sketch from the sculptor. It might not interest everyone but I’ve always been very interested in the process and where it’s come from. 

Removing the protective black foam and we find the bust! It comes in two pieces, with a separate long pipe that can be placed in the mouth or perhaps elsewhere on the model (I’m considering strapping it to his side pack perhaps) or left out completely. 

Quality of the cast is superb, no bubbles or casting mistakes. There is one small mouldline down the back of his neck and on the top of his head but it doesn’t cross any high detail areas and will be easy to smooth out.
My first impression was that the sculpt itself was a fairly safe first model but actually on further inspection it offers a lot. There’s multiple surfaces and details and it offers good depth between the shirt, waist coat, a lapelled jacket and the travelling cloak. The shoulder guard on his right offers an ornate are where you can go to town with metals. There is definitely options for freehands, perhaps a trim on the cloak hood or brocade on the jacket or waistcoat. On his left side he has a travel pouch (perhaps containing some pipeweed?) on the right you have what appears to be a case for an extending spyglass or maybe a map. These areas offer some nice options for leather and other textures. Both these are connected by detailed leather strapping
The head is a classic dwarven shape, anatomically correct and not immediately suggesting of a particular age. I can see this both being painted as a wizened old dwarf or a younger adventurer successfully. Is he a warrior? A traveller? A scholar? It’s up to you! The beard and moustache are detailed and the left ear has an earring and a larger ring around the upper rim. It’s great to see a Dwarven sculpt that isn’t the classic warrior with heavy armor and a large axe.  

Another nice addition in the box is a resin cylinder plinth with the company name embossed on the bottom. You could either use this to display the model permanently or simply hold the bust while you are painting it.

The bust itself is £35 plus shipping and can be purchased from their website in the future (http://robotrocketminiatures.co.uk/) The site is pretty new and the store has yet to go up so you can contact Matt through the email address on the  site or on their Facebook page here. It’s a great bust for this price, a professional release, well packaged and including a plinth. It’s limited to 80 pieces and there were 39 left last I checked so get in quick.  A very good first release and I’m excited to see what comes in the future from them!
On a personal note I’m planning my projects for this year’s Eadbanger compeititon on the Eavier Metal group (check out the announcement here) and it’s very likely I’ll try and enter this into the bust category so hopefully you’ll see some paint on this sooner rather than later.