Tuesday, December 3, 2013

CNC Miniatures Scenery Dice Tower - Review

I've always been a fan of dice towers, though I know that there are gamers that prefer not to use them. I personally think that dice towers are great if done properly - they can work well as thematic pieces of terrain on the tabletop, and at the same time provide a means for rolling dice fairly without risk of rolling off the table or worse - causing damage to miniatures!


So, I asked Underground Wargames to order me in one of CNC Miniature's Dice Towers and they added it to their store for me - which I think is pretty awesome.


Unboxing

Fairly standard - sprues come shrink wrapped

Sprues, plus a sheet of instructions (which are essential for this product)

Close-up of the joins - this was a major pain point.
Getting the pieces off the sprues wasn't easy!

Assembly

This was much more difficult to put together than the other CNC products I've
done before, and is quite obviously one of the older products from CNC.
The finished product allows the dice tray to detach from the body for easy transport.


Conclusion

I now know that this product is made with somewhat outdated technology, but I guess I was unaware of that when purchasing it. Compared to my previous experience with the CNC Scenery products, I found this rather disappointing.
  • 'Clipping' the pieces from the sprues was significantly more difficult and time consuming than it was with the newer range of products from CNC Scenery
  • Once clipped from the sprue, the pieces did not slot together as smoothly as I'd like - during assembly there were times when I felt an unreasonable amount of force was required to slot the pieces together
  • The functionality of the dice tower itself is great - you can watch the dice tumble and roll multiple times after striking several surfaces, ensuring a fair result, and after quite a number of tests not once did a die tumble out of the tray
In hindsight, now having knowledge of the materials used in the product and effort required to construct it, I wouldn't buy this piece again. It's priced quite high compared to the other CNC products (I could have gotten a great looking sci-fi building for less), and significantly more difficult to put together than the newer products.

Sync out.





Monday, December 2, 2013

[Pan Oceania] Military Orders - Jotums WIP

My Jotums arriving from HobbyHub (note that wasn't the price I paid!)
Here in Australia, we don't have Black Friday sales - so when HobbyHub had a massive sale on their Infinity range, I just HAD to jump in. I've always liked the look of Jotums, and when I saw him on sale, he just had to be mine!
Being a Military Orders player, Jotums has no place in my lists - however given his heavily armoured look (even for a TAG), I thought proxying him for a Seraph wasn't too far of a stretch.

All the pieces out of the box

After about two hours work, he's assembled and ready for mayhem

After my plastic Malifaux assembly, working with metals again seemed a bit of a chore

But in the end, the awesomeness of the model is definitely worth it!
Sync out.

Sunday, December 1, 2013

Secret Weapon - Asian Garden Bases Review


I meant to do a little review on the Secret Weapon Asian Garden Bases I ordered for my Malifaux Masters of the Path Crew, but in my excitement to assemble the crew, I forgot!
Well, better late than never! Here are some snaps of the Asian Garden Round-Lipped Bases I picked up for my Masters of the Path Crew:

30mm bases (what was left after assembling my crew box)
40mm bases
50mm base (I believe this is variant 1 of 3 different bases)
30mm, 40mm, 50mm

Now I generally do my own basing, using various hobby supplies, but we're in the middle of a move right now and I can't find any of my supplies! So I thought I'd take the opportunity to try the product out, and after assembling my crew with these bases, I can say that I'm not disappointed.
There's a lot of detail on these that I could not have replicated with my hobby supplies (even if I could find them) and they're all consistently thematic - this range has bamboo paths, raked sand and a few stones.
I should point out that there is a little bit of resin flash, but nothing a lightly-dragged hobby knife can't remove.
I'm very happy with the product, and will probably look at basing all my models (for skirmish games anyway) with similar resin base products in the future.

Sync out.

Thursday, November 28, 2013

[Malifaux] Masters of the Path - Assembled and Undercoated


Recently, the only models I have assembled have been metals, and I have to say it was a real pleasure to switch back to working with plastics! I just find plastics a lot easier to work with - easier to trim and glue together.
I have to say that I'm really impressed with the new Malifaux plastic sets and that the Wyrd Games team has really brought their models to the next level with this new line. The detail is fantastic and the sprues are very well done.
Oh, this is my first time using resin bases for my models (previously I had always made my own basing for models), mostly because we're still in the middle of a move and I have no idea which box in the hallway has my basing supplies. I went with Secret Weapon's Asian Garden bases to go with the Ten Thunders faction, and am pretty happy with these as well.


Next up, it's time to get some paint on these bad boys!
Sync out.

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

CNC Miniatures Scenery Sci Fi Bridges - Review

While I was ordering up my CNC Miniatures Scenery Sci Fi Walls from Underground Wargames, I thought it would be cool to have some bridges between my Bandua Wargames Q-Buildings.


So I added CNC Miniatures Scenery Sci Fi Bridges to my order to see if I liked them, and I'll tell you now that I'll definitely be ordering another set.


Unboxing

Like the Sci-Fi Walls, the sprue comes in cling-wrap

And here's everything out of the wrap

And then punched out of the 'sprue'

There was a layer of paper backing on this sprue (which wasn't there on my Sci Fi Walls),
which made punching the pieces out of a sprue a real pain

Some of the pieces were damaged when I was punching them out of the sprue,
but nothing major that couldn't be fixed up later


Assembly

No WIP shots - assembly was very quick and straight forward

And with some 28mm miniatures for scale

I was a little worried that the bridges wouldn't fit on my Bandua Q Buildings,
but they fit great


Conclusion

  • At AUD$10 for a large bridge and a small bridge, I think it's a great purchase and adds a great gameplay element to Infinity tables
  • The product has a distinct sci fi look, consistent with the CNC Miniatures Scenery range
  • I'm not sure if the product I received was faulty (it wasn't what I experienced with the Sci Fi Walls set), but nothing that the hobby knife couldn't fix
I'll definitely be grabbing another set (or two!) next time I get around to putting an other through.

Sync out.

Friday, November 22, 2013

Malifaux 2e - Masters of the Path


Here's my order from Underground Wargames - I decided to jump into Malifaux 2e with the Masters of the Path!  I understand that these models were released during 1.5e, but the sculpts are fantastic and consistent with the style of the new plastics, so I just couldn't resist - Asian Necromancer Zombies? Yes please!
I guess I'll have to pick up the Ten Thunders Wave 2 Arsenal pack when it's released, but that's a small price to pay to have my toys now! In the mean time I have plenty of Malifaux hobbying to keep me busy.


Sync out.

Thursday, November 21, 2013

A Twist of Fate


With Malifaux v2 upon us, and Wyrd's regular releases of their new plastic Malifaux models, it was getting harder and harder for me not to pick up another crew. I already have some Guild models painted up, but they've never even seen the tabletop, so I wasn't sure that I would be able to justify purchasing another crew just to paint up.
And then fate smiled upon me - my wife begged and pleaded with me to let her buy some girly crap (shoes, bags, clothes whatever), to which I reluctantly agreed - on the condition I get an equal amount of pocket money to spend on awesome toy soldiers. Well, that was that - I was off to Underground Wargames for another purchase!


But where does someone start in the world of Malifaux? The game seems to be in a transitional state between editions - which models are current and won't be phased out in a few months time? I don't fancy the idea of spending my little hobby funds and extremely limited hobbying time on models that would be updated in the near future...
Well, after a lengthy correspondence with Underground Wargames via Facebook (it was actually 28 private messages over the course of a day) I had the information I needed to make my initial crew purchase, with a few extra models to bolster the crew as well.


So which crew did I pick up? Well, after some speedy next day delivery from the guys at Underground Wargames, my package is waiting for me at home right now (I know because I received the tracking email!) and I'll take some snaps when I get home tonight and post up in the morning! So stay tuned, more Malifaux 2E action to come!



Sync out.

CNC Miniatures Scenery Sci-Fi Walls - Review

Alright, so I've got the buildings and barricades for my Infinity table sorted out - now for some LOS breaking walls. There aren't many options for full LOS blocking walls on the market, but I couldn't go past CNC Miniature Scenery and their Sci-Fi Walls. So it was off to Underground Wargames to sort me out with more Infinity Terrain!


Available individually and in packs of three, the walls have a very distinct sci-fi look to them consistent to the sci-fi style of the CNC Miniatures products.


Unboxing

The set of three comes flat-packed and wrapped in cling wrap

Here is a 'sprue' for one of the walls

And here are all the pieces punched out from the sprue


Assembly

The pillars and wall panels assembled - quite straight forward

After a lot of deliberation, I decided on the following designs for my three walls

Close-up of the details on the wall panel

And the other side...

With some 28mm miniatures for scale

Conclusion
  • Assembly is relatively easy, given the amount of detail on the pieces - which is very consistent with the style of the other sci-fi products in the CNC Miniatures range
  • Each wall provides quite a lot of solid cover, with the option to leave the windows in to completely block LOS
  • Save a little bit of cash and grab the three pack! At around AUD$10 per wall, I'd say the three-pack set is a very good deal
  • Each wall has a good weight to it, so it won't get knocked down easily on the tabletop
This product is a fantastic option for a solid looking sci-fi walls - Thumbs up from me :)

Sync out.

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Bandua Wargames Q-Buildings Pack - Review

I’ve now got the Bandua Wargames Q-Building Set assembled, so this will be a continuation of the unboxing post I put up earlier.
Overall, the buildings were very easy to assemble. After I had watched the assembly video during my unboxing (all of Bandua's assembly videos for the Alpha Series can be found here) all the buildings followed the same assembly format, so I didn't need to refer to any assembly instructions to put the other buildings together.
The pieces all slot together smoothly and the joins between each piece are quite snug, and after a bit of PVA are very secure.

Here is the completed set, with some 28mm miniatures for scale

A close-up of the doors, which fit into their tight in their frames and don't fall out

Here are the buildings stacked on top of each other to make a three story structure

My only gripe is that the L Building, once stacked on the XL Building,
has a door leading to nowhere. In this photo I've taken the doors out to
emphasise the design flaw

The L Building stored inside the XL Building

The S Building stored in the L Building, which is still inside the XL Building

Conclusion

Overall I'm very happy with the product, and I'm very glad I picked up two other sets to fill out my Infinity table with.
  • The simplistic design elements of the buildings made for quick and easy assembly, and the basic geometric shapes of the buildings will make determining LOS/LOF during play very straight forward.
  • Apart from 'the door to nowhere' created by stacking the L Building on the XL Building (which I won't be doing for my tables!) the stacking works quite well - I can still stack the S Building on the L Building or the XL Building, giving me a bit more variety in my tabletops
  • Storage for the pieces is great, and works as I had expected from videos and reviews I had seen online
The major complaint I read online about this set is that the buildings were quite plain, which I do agree with. But given my preference for simple, geometric and functional terrain, I actually see this a positive feature. I like my terrain to have clear-cut corners - Infinity has enough surprises with AD Jump Troops and TO Camo models that the last thing I need to hear is "Oh, actually this Total Reaction Spitfire guy has LOF on that order".
If you don't mind the simple design, then I'd highly recommend this set.

Sync out.

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Warsenal Barricades - Unboxing

Earlier in the year, a friend of mine was doing an order from Warsenal, for their awesome Infinity Templates. I took the opportunity to order up five sets of their Barricades to add to my terrain collection.


At USD$3 for the set of four walls, I couldn't resist! I thought they would make a great-looking, cheap option for cover.


Unboxing

The sets come in a snap-seal plastic bag, which seems pretty standard for MDF terrain these days.



Here are the contents of each set. Two long walls, two short walls and six stands.



And here they are assembled, which took the better part of one minute to snap the stands to the walls. The snap fits aren't very snug, so I'll need to glue them together for the pieces to be solid.



And here is a shot for scale against a 28mm miniature for scale.



Conclusion

I really like these pieces of terrain - simple to assemble, cheap and look great on a sci-fi table. Not really much more to say, but here are some thoughts:
  • At USD$3 for four walls they are very well priced, and a solid option for some table filler terrain
  • The designs, while basic, will fit in with many other ranges of MDF terrain available
  • It would be nice if the stands 'snap-fit' snuggly into the wall pieces so that I didn't have to get the glue out, but that comment probably speaks more to my laziness than any fault in the product
I've decided not to follow up this Unboxing Post with a Review, simply because there isn't much more to say - it's simple, functional and great looking sci-fi terrain.

Sync out.