Art of War Studios #M3E Token Review

Its that time of year again, when I get over excited by the products being peddle by those lovely chaps over at AoWS.

Its been 3 years since we first looked at what these guys could do with some arcylic and a laser. A lot has changed in that time;

We have a new edition of M3E, I have another child, I cant remember which masters I havent played……

Anyway, the AoWS guys have dropped some new shiny M3E related products and lets just say from those early/innocent times they have upped their game!!

I will be looking at 3 different products today;

We have the Malifaux Core Set which clocks in at £12.99, then we have a Strategy Marker set for £2.75 and finally we have perhaps the most important one for M3E the Condition set coming in at £5.99 but also available to buy in seperate chunks.

LOOK AT ALL THE SHINY, AND THE SMELL mmmmmmh

First up then the Strategy Marker set, nothing ground-breaking just 6 really nice markers that will help differentiate between your schemes and strats. Most games you will only need 5 on the whole but some redundancy going into when Gaining Grounds eventually drops is a nice touch and means if you have a touch of the OCD needing one more shouldn’t be an issue 🙂

The Condition set is amazing value as it covers ALL the new generic conditions in the game and gives you a nice amount of all of them. Admittedly if you are playing Kaeris, Brewie or the Good Doctor McM you may not have enough tokens. Likewise for the masters that can spam condition X you may want to pick up extras.

But when it is 75p for 5 tokens I thinks its amazing value when you need more!!

I will say this, my colour schemes in Malifaux are generally muted! But after using these sets, I feel I have died and gone to Skittle heaven 🙂

The little details that all these have are amazing and I cant say how happy I am with them!

With all the changes to Malifaux we have seen, it has made AoWS tweak their core set and think its for the better. Could the conditions have been wrapped into it? Yes but that would have upped the cost to something many wouldnt have liked (cheap Yorkshireman here).

But it has meant that the core box is exactly that it gives you enough of everything that a starting player will need to get going.

Yes if you are a resser player you wont have enough corpse markers (when do they ever?) but the average crew should be ok with 6 knowing that most crews can sit in the 8ish models bracket (ignores Hamelin) if you need more than 6 you have probably already well into end game already.

But the fact you get 10 soulstones and a nice shockwave marker now its all good

Anyone need a hand?

Now there are lots of ways of painting these, but I have to shout out the method the AoWS guys told me which is paint them with the cover paper still on. makes things much less messy 🙂

The whole collection

I think the only thing I would have liked is for the schemes and strategy markers in my sets to be very different colours. I mean the symbols are very clear but I am an idiot and in the heat of losing mistakes could happen. Plus I want more rainbow on my gaming boards

Overall

For just over £20 you are going to have plenty of tokens that will cover all malfiax players. It is only specific masters that need more of X or Y. For any player starting out or in need of a refresh of tokens I really cant say how highly I rate the guys of AoWS and the fact that they have improved their products over the years speaks of experience and understanding of the games they are creating for. That is always a good thing 🙂

Adeptus Titanicus Acastus Knight Porphyrion – Review

Please forgive the tardiness, for I was sunning myself by the pool…Apparaently glue is banned next to the swimming pools.

Anyway here is my review of the biggest of Knights or the smallest of titans, you decide..

This box brings us nicely up to, the 3 main bodies/chasis types for the Knights that is covered by GW themselves. Alongside the same thing for the titans as well, means we going to be hitting the exciting times of AT being in front of the forge world 40k models.

Yes I know we dont have all the weapon options yet for a lot of them but we are getting there.

The box is the usual quality like the rest of the range, I have really enjoyed the artwork being done for AT and it continues here.

So we get duplicate spures in the box to build 2 of the knights. The only options open to us is the baby weapons on the torso and if you wish to have the missile launcher open or closed.

Inside the box we get the again black and white instruction manual. This has been a bit of a bugbear for me in these boxes, as the quality isnt there. In fact this is the worst so far, it is a very plain peice of paper that feels like it was a rush jump.

Even worse the instructions are wrong the corresponding numbering of of the upper legs is the wrong way round between spure and paper. I have neever come across this in GW kit before (I am sure there has been but I have never come across/noticed). This is only a small thing but the instructions do feel like a let down when everything else is so good! Like a used napkin at fancy restuarant.

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Back onto the positives we get another new transfer sheet for these guys and as always they are great if realy really small..

The build for the numbers themselves is easy enough and can be done pretty quickly. With only a couple of options already mentioned.

Something to be wary of is the cabling around the groin and the safety bars on the back. They are small and thin plastic and snap realy easily.

It is a solid kit and goes together pretty easily, the legs are a little fiddly with the armour plates, but that just seems to be ATs party piece across the kits 🙂

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The model as a whole is perhaps a little more static which makes sense for a big siege knight and a lot of work is needed if you want the movement in the legs.

Finally some scale shots of how he fares between his big/little brothers

So scalewise he is the biggest of the knights, but still fits the feel and I have to say the detail is just amazing across them all.

While he is still small than the Warhound, there isnt much in it admittedly. It did get me wondering if this scale matches up in the 40K world, as for some reason I think they are almost identical in that scale. Probably wrong, but surely someone can do that pciture for us 😀

Overall

A great addition to the AT forces and well worth the price of £22.50 from our friends over at Triple Helix.

The range is growing really nicely and I sort of hope we continue to see at least one new model every year, besides the weapon options and books and transfers and other stuff.

Also helps I have my hands on one of everything now and still feel like I can have an enjoyable game rather needing 7 of one thing.

Dankhold Troggoth

We are back again with some more new shiny, for those keeping up I have come up as a little force of Trogs/Trolls as a travelling circus (ideas here).

So figured now is a good start to get going so checked out our friends at Triple Helix and picked up the Dankhold Troggoth kit to make my Troggboss.

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What struck my most from the box is how small, its 5-man unit size box. For some reason I was expecting a larger monster box.

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Well presented box showing of the various options available for the different builds.

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Perhaps more than some of the other kits I have looked at from GW the CAD-like instruction manual is pretty important as this is an extensive kit that has lots of uneven joins going on to get the unusual look to the boss. An example is the front of the torso onto the back-left arm connection its a little fiddly and the instructions helped loads.

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Well these spures (2 of them) explain why the box is so small. There is literally no wastage going on here, the gaps are really small between pieces. Jam-packed gets thrown around a lot but this kit lives and breathes it!!

When the only cleat space is between the troggs legs you know things are tight…..there is a joke in there somewhere.

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‘The detailing is amazing from the ‘barnacles’ on the body to the fact the rock weapons are sort of a hint at something else masonry-like. I would be surprised if we see a new army in the future that has an intact piece of whatever it is.

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You still get plenty of options in the kit which is really nice, from the back being stalagmites or fungus to the usual head swaps and the like.

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As mentioned some of this kit is pretty fiddly not due to size but needing to get piece A into B needs to be a just the right angle otherwise you wont get the fit right!

Now I am not much of dry-fitter but I would suggest this for this kit as if you use super glue you are going to have a wonky trogg and no-one wants that.

On the whole an amazing kit that is full of character and perhaps dare I say too much detail in places, sooooo many barnacles!!

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All together a great, but as mine is a ringmaster, he will be getting a little more work on him to be fitting of the trog circus hence why he isn’t based up yet, or painted 🙂

Anyway if you want to run away to the circus or just love yourself some trogg go check him and his buddies out over at our tame suppliers Triple Helix Wargames.

Tabletop Scenics Orc Kustom Workshop Review

Hi all,

Its been a while since I have done some MDF sniffing! Well new year new addiction right? Today I got my hands on some new terrain from a new (to me anyway) company called Tabletop Scenics.

In this case it is the Orc Workshop, which lets be honest is very orc(k)y but it has a strong post apoc feel as well so for anyone playing such things this should fit in nicely!

It’s all nicely packaged with full colour picture of the kit and when we crack it open I am pretty stunned. Not only do I have some nice instructions for building (and all CAD diagrams it’s almost like building a GW kit), we also get a lot of sheets of MDF….sorry HDF must make that difference know 🙂

So the actual kit is a little overwhelming for a terrain kit, we are talking several sheets of the HDF stuff all tightly designed. Something that I did note when looking things over was some of the sheets were thicker than other pieces which in itself is not unusual (thicker bits for weight support etc) but that the HDF is thinner as a material than a lot of MDF I have dealt with in the past.

With this in mind take care as it can be pretty easy to tear pieces as you get them off the sheet. Listen to the instructions given and don’t be ham-fisted like myself!

So of the little details this kit has is pretty damn nice and you can feel the time and effort the guys have put into this.

The build itself was pretty straight forward with the help of the instructions, especially as parts can be scattered across more than one sheet although you will need a full evening if not a little bit more to get this kit built as it is a biggy!

I have to say this is the closest terrain kit that I have played with that you can almost treat like a model kit as the little tweaks you can do as you build means you can actually build something a bit more unique and well more orcy which I suppose is a good thing for the mad greenskin tinkers.

(You may notice my kit has a support strut missing, the middle one. This is totally me being unique and not being ham-fisted during building….honest)

Something I really enjoyed was the layering of pieces in this kit. The roof for instance is 2 layers of HDF. This adds some nice depth to a piece you wouldnt normally get and it looks cool 🙂

The addition of things like the generator and the crane also crammed into this kit means you can really have some fun with it but also its bonus scatter terrain and we all need more scatter terrain.

Scale Shots

As always you don’t appreciate the size of these kits until you have them side by side some models. So if a daemon primarch can almost hide behind it you know you have a decent sized piece of terrain.

Conclusion,

If you want your own workshop you can pick it up from HERE, and for the price its rude not too as this is some amazing next level HDF terrain! That OK is very much aimed at a certain sort of green player but the options for post-apoc systems as well is too good to pass up. Now to convince the guys at TS to do a 20mm-ish version for Gaslands 😉

Skarrd Starter Box Review

I have my hands on the new Skarrd starter and boy is it a lovely piece of kit! Like all the newer boxes it comes ready to go 500pt army/crew/gang/gaggle. It is certainly feels like great value with it coming in with 8 models with plenty of options because of it.

The box is as we are seeing very nice with full colour picture of the models (and generally great artwork)

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Everything is well package but something that really stands out is it looks like we have 3 different materials for the models! With 2 types of resin (look at the colour difference between Warhead and the others) while the tribal father is all metal.

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So what do we get in this set then, first up the Tribal Father

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I love him! He is so different from his original model (which I still like as it matches the Brom artwork) and more importantly easy to put together.
Yes he is relatively static but he it suits him as the leader who can do so much evilness with his weapons he uses his mind more.

Plus he has a creepy vibe of come here let me help you with that pain *cue evil laughter*.

Next we have the big guy in the warhead, now this is the only older sculpt in the box but then he is already pretty impressive who towers over the rest of the box.

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So glad his body is resin, if in metal he will be a lethal weapon..

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Nice and easy to stick together and even with the different materials the hands line up well.

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Yes he has one of the older sculpts so can appear a little flat, however he is dynamic enough that it is not as noticeable compared to say the old tribal father!

Time for some buzzblades, and boy are these lovely models they are certainly striking and for the cheap choice in the faction they are actually very imposing!

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Easy enough to build with no issues as it is just arms to attach.

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And because I actually own some of the older types of models, here is a scale shot to show you the difference.

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As a side note due to the big difference in the models and how much I like the quirkiness of the older models. I think I am going to do some tweaking to the models to make them into Warblades to use alongside my baby buzzblades 😉

Finally we have the Harpies, the black sheep of the box!

These are as you can see troublesome to put together, not horrendous (I am looking at you spiderlings) but compared to the rest of the box, a step up on the hobby side of things.

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The joints are small and like anything like this I cannot recommend super glue accelerant enough.

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The finished product however is amazing and worth the effort but I must say be cautious with these

Overall

These new box sets are great value for what you get in them, a fully functioning army that can go toe to toe with many lists in the game (not the super competitive ones but meh). It also gives you access some nice variation within it and this has to be one of my favourites of the starter sets so far! Because who doesn’t love a good cannibal?

Finally, the family photo with everyone together..

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Now for those in the UK I cannot recommend my tame supplier enough Leodis Games, he does great work with the malifaux community and is working hard to do the same for Dark Age as well. Go give them a try you wont be disappointed 🙂

Dark Age Faction Specific Secondary Deck Review

So Mr Steele was at it again and sending me shiny things to make me only want to play Dark Age…Should start calling him Siren Steele!!

Anyway, what I have in my hands is the new Secondary Objective Deck which adds some flavour to the objectives in your game.

The deck is the same quality of the 2017 secondary objective deck for those that have it. For those that are cheap like me and use print outs they are nice and you are missing a trick..

What does the deck bring to us then? Each faction, not sub faction just parent ones get 4 new secondary objectives to add into their deck.

On first inspection there is nothing that all the different sub factions should be able to do, so no-one gets a penalty for taking them in. They all have some nice names so of the CORE ones are my favourites.

I think overall this is a great idea and adds some faction flavour to your secondary decks. Are they easily/harder to do than other standard cards no not really as the spectrum of difficulty is so vast anyway between the cards (and factions) means they are just nice to have. Pick them up and give them a try, the only thing I would have liked is the ability to select the cards you want to buy as there are some factions I don’t play (although I have lots of friends all of a sudden even a Brood friend 😉 ).