Friday 11 January 2013
It has a nice big foot-print (a crucial thing I find) and should make a nice centre-piece for some games, hopefully sooner than later.
The miniature there for scale reference is a Wissenschaft Agent from Anima Tactics, mounted on a 30mm base.
It is well-cast and like the other Battlefield In A Box items comes pre-painted - a real boon to me, with time being at a premium for hobby stuff. I am such a slow painter that anything that can save me time is a real plus.
With a RRP of £25, I do think this is good value for what you get; it is solidly cast and neatly painted.
Of course there are some that would baulk at paying for terrain, but at the price, for the size, I think it is value for money, but your mileage may vary as they say. Whoever they are (okay, I have been known to say it, but I am waffling now...).
Wednesday 9 January 2013
I first saw their stuff when it was previewed at Salute 2012 (click for link) and knew I wanted some from then on. The success of the Indiegogo campaign unlocked some bonuses and so I have ended up with x2 apartments x2 packs of walkways; a pack of street furniture stuff; and another pack which I have not yet figured out. In addition I got a Wolsung range ruler and a couple of resin pieces which will do for a number of eras as small barricades.
I have no plans to get into Wolsung, but I love this terrain, and cannot wait to build up some cool bits and bobs with it. Stay tuned fro updates.
Monday 7 January 2013
|The Great Vestibule (BB523)
I received an Amazon gift card for Christmas among other stuff (there are other internet retailers of course...), but could not think of any books, DVD's or CD's that I wanted to get.
Then I had a thought - I have been looking at getting these for ages, but was put off by the price (hey, how many minis could I get for the equivalent money instead!). Amazon had the items I wanted and with the gift card, I was able to afford both by topping up with a few extra pounds and I particularly am glad I did.
I can see these featuring as the ruins of a Gothic keep, for some Victoriana style gaming and/or maybe pulp, or even AE-WWII; as a fantasy ruin (and specifically Anima Tactics and Reaver Lords); futuristic gaming over some grim-dark war-ravaged world (yes, I may play WH40K again one day...). i am sure they could do duty in other genres too.
|Gallery of Valour (BB524)
The footprint of the bigger piece is pretty hefty and it measures 10 inches high. The balconies are 50mm wide so useful for deploying a number of minis.
The two can be used together or separately of course, but they will form a decent LOS blocking area of the battlefield.
The two items are (bigger piece) Hall Of Heroes: The Great Vestibule (BB523); and (smaller piece) Hall Of Heroes: Gallery of Valour (BB524). Both are by Gale Force Nine of course.
For the price I do think they are reasonable, especially for the time-strapped gamer. Yes, they could probably be made more cheaply, but for the balance of time and effort versus money saved, well I was happy to get these at the prices I paid.
Tuesday 1 January 2013
2012 saw my third minis blog launch – Anima Tactician. I had high hopes for quick momentum into this new project which soon evaporated as I hit yet another painting slump in all genres.
2012 also saw a downturn in my overall minis painting, albeit with a surge in the final month (I painted 25% of all minis I completed last year in that one-month period). The year before had seen me paint more zombies in a short space of time than I thought likely.
What did help at times last year were the Painting Challenges I agreed with Rob. Now I do not have the stamina for something like LAF’s Lead Painters League, but those month long challenges helped a lot, which is good – expect more in 2013.
On to the minis and the blogging then.
My 3 blogs are (click names for links):
Painted In 2012
Pulp Citizen: 11 (not a great return) (16 in 2011)
Eclectic Gentleman Tabletop Gamer: 8 (6 of which were Zombies)/ (16 in 2011)
Anima Tactician: 5 (0 in 2011)
Total: 24 (32 in 2011)
Totals Posts: 158 (175 in 2011)
Now I know one factor which impacted this painting and blogging was stepping up my involvement in Pulp City, and with the bulk of that work completed I am setting myself a goal to paint more minis in 2013 than I did in 2012, and similarly blog more this year than 2011 (2010 was a high point I am unlikely to emulate alas). That means I will try and keep all 3 blogs active, and aim for around 15 or so posts per month across all 3. Posting this on all 3 does count 3 times over!
Anyway, thanks to everyone who stops by and takes a look, or has a read; I promise more blogging in the year ahead and hopefully stuff of varied interest. Stay tuned! And feel free to comment and say what you would like to see.