Friday, 21 November 2014

Firestorm Planetfall - Opening the box.

Firestorm Planetfall -  Opening the box.

Also see: Firestorm Planetfall - The Models

 Arriving in the post a few days ago for my perusal was Spartan games newest offering, Firestorm - Planetfall, Battle for Proteus Prime. Upon opening it I was very impressed in the fact that the box was completely full. Inside the box you get two opposing forces comprising of an infantry unit, heavy tank, medium tank and light units. Each model is beautifully sculptured and the castings are clean. You also get a cardboard and clear perspex set of buildings, two decks of gaming cards,a set of dice, templates, a Main rule book and a campaign rule book.
Having a quick look at the miniatures I was impressed with the quality and sculpting, The down side was that the lead figures have a lot of flash. At this point I realized I have a few missing parts so need to contact Spartan.

Taking a brief look through the rules it becomes apparent that there is an element of Dystopian Legions with the different coloured dice, causing different Exploding dice results. The rules are nicely laid out with numerous pictures of the models that look great and are inspiring as usual.

Assembling the buildings was guess work and slightly dangerous. A set of instructions at this point would have helped. The buildings consists clear perspex frame covered in coloured cardboard outer. It was at this point when pressing out the perspex frames from there sprues several small pieces similar to a grain of sand flew from the sprue into my eye. SO be careful, But it did not mater what way I pressed the parts out several small pieces flew off in different directions.

I will go in to the miniatures another time when I start to assemble the forces.

Contents of box.

Bubble-wrapped miniatures.

Rule books and cards.

Buildings and bunkers.

Sunday, 9 November 2014

HoTT Zulu Army

Now I am slowly waking up and having a fewer less dizzy days I am getting the DBA/HoTT Bug again.
I decided today to create my Zulu army for HoTT. After downloading some HoTE (Hordes of things Empires) rules which are a modified version of HoTT. Looking through the Army lists I took inspiration from the Zulu list and got to work basing my Old spare minifig Zulu figures.

Using up all the figures I had except 3 damaged ones I got the following army.
HoTT Zulu's
  • 1 Magician General (Well they did like their Magical powers which were mainly drug induced)
  • 10 Warbands            (Married Regiments)
  • 6 Hordes                  (Unmarried/Young men Regiments)
  • 3 Shooters               (Stolen Rifles from the British)
  • 1 Lurker                  (Scouting parties/ambush)
  • 1 Blade                    (Elite/Tribal leaders Regiment)
  • 2 Beasts or Sneakers (represents the use of cattle to sneak up on or there use as Decoys)
The Strong hold will be a Stockaded village.

Next will be the British but I do not have many spare figures for these as all mine are part of my Principles of war army. So I may have to buy some figures. For the British Strong hold I plan to use a wagon lager.

I also have plans afoot for Boxer rebellion armies.
Jon :)

Wednesday, 5 November 2014

Drop Zone Commander and gaming update

Try as I may I can not get any real gaming done, other than a little test run games of DBA due to the large amount of armies I have acquired, games played have been Dead Mans hand or X-Wing.

Well I decided to speed things up a little and decided to paint my Drop Zone Commander Armies and went in search for them, to my surprise I could not find them and a nagging feeling crept over me....

I am embarrassed to say that I seemed to remember a fateful day when I was asked about some boxes in the corner, and I said bin them, Unfortunately, my friend failed to inform me that they had things in them. And I think one of the boxes contained my two armies for DZC...ARGGGGHHH!!!!!!!!!

Oh well "Hey Ho, Pip and Dandy" as they say. I decided that I had invested too much in this project to let it go that easy, so onto E(Vil)bay I went. The replacement armies would set me back £31 each and then I would have to build and paint them, I Then found two armies  pre built and pre painted and after making an offer on one, I also secured a second army for its start price.
700 point SCOURGE Army
My first purchase was this SCOURGE army with an extra Desolator unit, it also came with the army specific card set. I am a bit gutted in one sense as I found another army for a similar price but more units after I had purchased this one.  Although the army is painted I intend to enhance the painting a little further.

1000 point PHR Army
All the way from Holland I won this nice little PHR army, which comes in around 1000 points, again I got the army specific cards with this, Although they are nicely painted I will try to define some of the detail better. Not too sure about the round bases but I like the way he has done them. The seller also has a SCOURGE army that needs a little TLC, I may get that as well but it will not tie in with what I have unless I repaint one of the armies.

Taking into account costs I think I got these quite cheaply.
RRP are
2x starter armies £31.00 each
2x Amry specific cards £5.00 each
1x PHR Zeus command Walker pack £12.00
2x PHR Athena air superiority fighters £10.00 each
1x SCOURGE Desolator £17.50
Total RRP of my replacement armies £121.50. And I paid £76.66 plus postage for the two armies and they are painted, So considering I would have purchased extra units direct from Hawk Games , I think I did quite well on the loss of my two original unpainted armies. SO it is a "Pip and Dandy" moment on the upside :)

See you on the flip side

Jon :)