Sunday, April 27, 2014

New Wood Elf Teaser Video

Games Workshop has released a new video preview for the Wood Elves. These little teaser vids are getting better and better, but I think some of the sound effects might have been swiped...

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Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Wood Elf Rumors for WHFB

My first army from any miniature war game was Wood Elves for Warhammer Fantasy Battles. They will always have a special place in my heart, but the poor dirt eating and tree hugging elves of Athel Loren have never been a very good army. I have enjoyed playing and painting them, but there hasn't been an edition of WFB that has really favored a guerrilla style army. However, I'm excited for the chance to get play out of a new army book and perhaps get back to painting my Native American themed army.

Recently, some pictures of the new Wood Elves have been popping up online.

I can't say that I'm a fan of the color schemes, but the models are a big improvement from the previous edition. The model on the cover of the WD is allegedly the new Druthu model (with a sword?) and perhaps the other model can be built from the same kit.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Games Workshop Errata & FAQ

Games Workshop has thrown their FAQ and Errata section on the Black Library page, instead of the mothership's page.

That doesn't make sense to me, but at least they are online.

FAQs and Errata

There is a nice, "Download All" link this time around.

Friday, April 11, 2014

Game Workshop Web Site

The new Games Workshop Web site is pretty, but clunky.

It's like it was written by a computer programmer that is only concerned with lists and filters and not by someone who understands graphic interface and shopping. I'm sure the site is probably very stable, and with the right clicks, can bring you any bit of information you want, but it's not conducive to shopping.

I do like that GW is using a white background which syncs well with their excellent photography. You can get nice views of the models with a few clicks and they have much better selection and view of the novels available than their previous site.

Noticeably missing is their news feed, blog and forums. Most of which had been done away with years ago but I really think GW is missing a chance to connect with their customers by omitting these features. Forgeworld has recently added a decent blog but the mothership can't seem to figure it out.

Also missing is the FAQ section. I've poked around and used the search function but I can't find any rule clarifications or FAQs. All versions of Warhammer are fairly buggy (as are most miniature games) and every gamer at some point will struggle with, argue, or need some help with game mechanics and the main GW site doesn't provide the resources to answer these questions. Where should a gamer go for this information?

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Water Tower

Tonight, I build terrain!

I've nearly run out of basswood strips to finish covering an old coffee can and transforming it into a water tower for the various miniature games I play.

I plan on painting it an old weathered, grey wood with a metal band around the top, bottom and middle. You can't quite tell in the photo, but added some notches to help break up the planks.

A structure like a water tower can be used for just about any game set 1860 through a dystopian future. It wouldn't look out of place in Warhammer 40k, Warzone, Wild West Exodus, or even a fantasy setting like Hoardes, Warmachine or WHFB.

I plan on donating this, a few other buildings I'm making to my local game store to help replenish their stock of terrain that gets abused and/or stolen on a regular basis.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Wild West Exodus

Monday night I started assembling my Wild West Exodus (WWX) minis I received from the initial Kickstarter launch a few months back. I've been busy assembling too many Games Workshop models lately and I needed a break so I thought the WWX minis could help cleanse the palate.

My first impression of the Outlaw minis is very positive. The quality of the minis is quite good, but boy, the tiny parts are tiny, delicate and perhaps a tad fragile.

This model of Walks Looking from the Warrior Nation faction was a lot harder to assemble than I thought. The right arm is glued on near the shoulder, but then the tiny hand is attached to a tiny wrist. The blade on the left hand snapped when I cut it from the sprue and I had to reattach it and I'll probably have to use liquid greenstuff to smooth it out. The hands, in particular, are much smaller and more realistic than GW's "heroic scale."

Next up, I tackled a Spirit Beast, which wasn't as difficult to assemble.

The joins fit fairly snug and it won't take much putty to smooth out the gaps and seams. Like Walks Looking, the spirit beast was made of a very solid resin that was very plastic like, especially on the horse. I thought it would be more like the Forgeworld or Finecast resin from GW but the WWX models are a bit harder, have more "snap" when you cut them from the sprue, and don't seem to have any warping.

Overall, I like the minis from WWX. The sculpts are very good, especially on the "boss" level characters. Most models have been broken down into more parts than an average Games Workshop or Privateer model to allow for more detail, but those fine details can be difficult to assemble. Outlaw also seems to waste a lot of resin on the stands the models have been attached to for the molding process. I'm sure in time they'll streamline their process but I have almost as much waste resin from the sprue as I have in resin on the actual model!

I also cut the tokens from the sprue. While game aids like that can be handy, I'm starting to get a bit turned off by games that need a lot of extras bits like tokens, chits, counters, cards and dry erase markers. I always feel like I'm playing the rules, and not playing the game when I'm digging around for a marker or checking off a box.

I'm getting excited to see my gang take shape and will soon be heading to the painting table!