BFG+ Slaugth Amaranthine Syndicate V0.6

Though I am a bit slower than expected (due to other projects), here is the first playable version of the Battlefleet Gothic Slaugth fleet list:

Slaugth_V0.6

It is intended to be played with the 2010 FAQ / rules update.

Now let there be heavy playtesting to balance all the rules / ships and their point costs. Have fun!

Grey Knights strike cruiser proxy

Today I just finished my Grey Knights strike cruiser. For the model I used Firestorm Armada’s Zenian League Rense System Navy (RSN) Phoenix Class Destroyer.

For the basecoat I used Citadels Chaos Black, then Vallejos Gunmetal Metal. Then I inked the whole miniature with Badab Black, let it dry and afterwards drybrushed everything with Vallejo Game Color Silver.

The details are painted with Shining Gold, Golden Yellow, Scarlett Red and highlighted with brightened up versions of the same colours. Then I added some Games Workshop’s decals using Vallejos Decal Medium to cover and soften the borders of the decals so you won’t see them. Some lines and dots of white colour were put on the highest lying edges of the hull to strengthen the shining impression of the metal body.

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Homeworld Miniatures

On this website you can buy Homeworld Miniatures. They are in the style of the Hiigaran faction, casted in resin or plastic (I can not find information on the material). Though the miniatures are designed for the game “A Call To Arms” (ACTA), you can also use them for every o ther game in the same scale. The costs are appropriate in my opinion.

CIMG7576hiigaran heavy cruiser with fleetIf you don’t know Homeworld – shame on you! Homeworld was the first fully three-dimensional real time strategy game (RTS) released in 1999. Homeworld was given high marks by most of the gaming community and earned a lot of awards, for example IGNs “Game of the Year” award and the game is still considered to be one of the best of it’s kind.

Homeworld was the beginning of a series, followed by an addon in the year 2000 and Homeworld 2 in 2003.

Introducing the factions

Here is a brief introduction of two of the factions participating in our Battlefleet Gothic campaign. But let them speak for themselves:

1505319_10152229580169415_1526078261_nThe Inquisition fleet at D’Gruppa has now been identified as “the cleaning”, the personal fleet of Lord Inquisitor Torquemada Coteaz, who currently is on a crusade to the Orar sub-sector to reincorporate the blackstone fortresses back into the Empire.

His flagship, the “bark of truth,” was seen along with a cruiser of the Grey Knights. About the rest of the fleet there is still known nothing.

400590_10203127282801913_946474277_nFormerly Fabricator General Typherius Xran was taken into custody under suspicion of tech heresy in carrying out various experiments prohibited by the Crimson Guard and was sent to Mars for further questioning. The command of the Adeptus Mechanicus command is now taken over by Magos Karastas Zel’noras, Celerius Tribuni and commander of the Crimson Guard. He personally supervised the repair of the former flagship Xrans, Ark of Clarity. His old flagship Wrath of the Mechanicum, a strong modified cruiser, formerly of Imperial Navy ranks joined the fleet to punish his enemies for their crimes.

Brigade Models Miniatures

I just discovered another spaceship minature manufacturer: Brigade Models. They provide the miniatures for Starmada X.

They are located in Kent, England, so postage inside EU should be okay if you order a reasonable amount of miniatures.
The scale is something between large scale (Firestorm Armada, Battlefleet Gothic..) and fleetscale (Star Blazers). The ships are all cast in pewter.

SFSP-101The style of the different fleets differ a lot. I like the design of some single ships, others I really dislike, but just take a look by yourself.
The great thing is: They offer a large amount of small fighter models and provide a fighter stand for 3 fighters each.

SFS-7001There also seem to be other spaceship ranges called “Squadron Commander” (wrong scale, just large fighters) and “Iron Stars” (ugly minatures) which are not really worth a look.

Firestorm Armada February Release

In Spartan Games’ February 2014 Release there will be new battlecruisers for every faction (scroll down). Just two more weeks of waiting.

Though I think Firestorm Armada’s spaceships are a bit too large for my taste, they again look awesome – and can again be used as proxy models for Games Workshops’ Battlefleet Gothic. Especially the Marshal class battlecruiser (Terran Alliance) and the Hasta class battlecruiser (Sorylian Collective) have a great look in my opinion.

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Miniature casting

As you can see I have now my own tin casting moulds for miniature spaceships.

And more are on the way once I made new master models. I create them with a mix of modeling clay, plasticard and old parts of computer circuit boards. Then they will be formed with 2-component heat resistant silicone. Once everything is done and dried I use an alloy of 84% tin 4,5% antimony 9,5% lead and 2% copper for the individual models by melting it and casting the different miniatures.

If you want to get some too, no problem at all. I casted more than I need so I included a Paypal shopping cart connected to those ships. At the moment I only want to deliver to germany, via DHL “Maxibrief” which leads us to 2,40 EUR shipping charges.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAGeneric cruiser, 84% tin, ~50mm, 3,50 EUR

 OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Generic cargo ship, 84% tin, ~50mm, 3,50 EUR

BFG+ Amaranthine Syndicate V0.4

I’ve been working on the Amaranthine Syndicate / Slaugth faction fleet list for Battlefleet Gothic in the past few days and although heavy deleting and rewriting is going on at the moment I wanted to show what I’ve been working on recently.

Slaugth_V0.4

This version is far from done and even not playable yet but maybe you already want to take a look to see where this is going.
The ship weapon stats are not final, also the point costs are not adjusted properly. There are some descriptions wrong and/or missing and I’m not yet happy with the critical hit table of the new “Necrotic Beams”. Also I find it very hard to write new ship types.

My plan is to release a playable Version 0.5 soon and then extensively playtest and refine the fleet list. Also I am working on minature models for the Slaugth faction. They hopefully will be ready for ‘mass production’ once we hit version 1.0.

Comments, ideas and helpful suggestions are very welcome!

Legends of Andor review

So I want to write my first review of a board game: Legends of Andor.. ;) I got this board game for christmas (by the way a great present, so if you don’t have an idea for the next occasion..) and played it 4 times so far.

First of all, lets see what the game says about itself on the official Fantasy Flight Games website:
Legends of Andor is a cooperative adventure board game for two to four players in which a band of heroes must work together to defend a fantasy realm from invading hordes. To secure Andor’s borders, the heroes will embark on dangerous quests in one of five unique scenarios (as well as a final scenario created by the players themselves). But as the clever game system keeps monsters on the march toward the castle, the players must balance their priorities carefully. Will their heroes roam the land completing quests in the name of glory, or devote themselves to the defense of the realm?

box-VA87-leftIn Legends of Andor you get to chose one of four heroes: dwarf, archer, wizard or warrior, all with their unique skills. There are five written legends that tell a continuous connected epic tale. Each legend long enough for ~1 hour of playtime and has a series of steps to prepare the game, which involves placing monsters and items in various places across the board. These legends also include background story to set up the scene and the goals of the legend. There is a legend tracker, which advances over the course of the game. You will ‘unlock’ additional legend cards, which describe additional goals and deepen the backstory. If you complete all the goals in time, you win. If not, you fail and have to repeat the legend until you are allowed to continue to the next one.

The game obviously uses a fantasy setting with all the clichés, great fantasy artwork, warriors, magic and all the typical things, including a fire breathing dragon! There is a lot of pieces, a lot of material so expect to sort and store all the loose parts.

All in all the game is very much fun to play, though challenging. I think every legend is written in a way that you can reach the goals just in time. You will not find a legend in which the different goals are easy to accomplish and in which you can finish it with much time left. I strongly recommend to play all four heroes, even if there are just two players. Just take control of two heroes each. Also the heroes have to cooperate closely and not only play for their own benefit so there will be a lot talking, developing strategies and making arrangements between the players, which is very much fun.

Compared to similar board games like Mice & Mystics the rules are easy, quick to learn and intuitive. The first legend in fact is a ‘introduction legend’ which allows you to already play the game while it explains itself. And once you beat the game, there are additional legends and bonus material in the internet – for free! If I had to rate it I would give 5/5 stars.