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I now know that this product is made with somewhat outdated technology, but I guess I was unaware of that when purchasing it.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.