Wednesday, 29 June 2011

Warmachine and Hordes, Getting Started

After a short delay, due to illness, I continue my Warmachine/Hordes series.

If my other posts have peaked your interest in starting either Warmachine and/or Hordes, then I'm sure you are asking, what do I need? Well, time to answer your questions!

Wednesday, 15 June 2011

Warmachine and Hordes, Unit Overview

This is my third in my Warmachine and Hordes overview for new and interested players.

This time, I'm going to give an overview of the types of units available to you, and most importantly look at the difference between Warmachine and Hordes.

Sunday, 12 June 2011

Warmachine and Hordes, The Setting

What makes a wargame is not just having a good set of rules and interesting miniatures, but having an interesting and flavourful background to play in. 40K is a prime example, the rules may not be as good as some, but the setting makes up for much of its flaws.

Warmachine and Hordes has an awesome setting, combining classic fantasy with steam punk elements and black powder firearms, to create a world that is unique and full of variation that makes it a joy to play in.

Wednesday, 8 June 2011

Warmachine and Hordes, An Overview

With the recent Games Workshop price rises, gamers around the world (and more locally as well) have been looking for a new miniatures game to play. These days there are a number of excellent games and miniatures lines out there, but the one I've been a huge fan of since they first came out has been Warmachine and Hordes by Privateer Press. So, as a public service (and an attempt to tempt friends into buying a force so I can use mine) I'm going to do some Blogs on both Warmachine and Hordes.

Sunday, 5 June 2011

Book Review: The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson

I read this a while ago, and have been meaning to get a review up of it. Something well outside my normal reading zone, but I kept getting people at work saying I must read it, and for the sake of my job I have done!

Book: The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
Author: Stieg Larsson

Mikael Blomqvist, a journalist for the Millennium magazine in Stockholm and facing a three month jail sentence for libel, is hired by industrialist Henrik Vagner to solve the forty year old mystery of the disappearance of Vagner's niece Harriot. In doing so, Blomqvist will find that some families have dark secrets that don't want to see the light, and that allies can come from the unlikeliest of places.

Saturday, 4 June 2011

More GW Commentry, plus Mantic Games and PP.

I'm going to try and make this the last post I make about GWs recent price rises and move to resin.  I think I've made my peace with it all, and am going to look forward to trying to convert more people to play Warmachine/Hordes and be thankful that I have a number of usable GW armies should I want them.

Wednesday, 1 June 2011

More on GW's Finecast Range

So, Games Workshop's Fine Cast range was released on Saturday, and so far reaction has been very poor.

There have been a lot of reports of very poor quality control, with pictures of very badly moulded pieces coming out of blisters and boxes. A few air bubbles are understandable, but these a large sections that would require a significant amount of re-building. Not something that a novice gamer is going to pull off.

Perhaps the most annoying thing has been the general attitude from GW. The initial press release announcing the line had already gotten peoples back up, now the poor miniatures on sale, and the internet is up in arms!

I'll be fair, it may be due to the wish to get a silly number of these miniatures out to the shops world wide that has caused them to be a little lax on the quality control. However when you are paying more for these mini's than there metal equivalent, you do expect not to have to rebuild sections.

As for the claims of better detail and that its better to work with, generally it seems that people are happy with that. The resin/plastic mix they are using seems to be very light, and cleans up well. It takes super glue really well, and people have been saying that they have found they didn't need to undercoat either.

I think I'm going to have to pick up one of the new mini's and see for myself. I'm hoping that the miscast problems will disappear once they are producing them at a sensible rate, and not trying to push for a massive world wide release.

Book Review: Dervish House by Ian McDonald

Dervish House was the first of the Hugo books I read, but its taken me a bit to compose my thoughts about it. If that's a good thing or not, you'll just have to read the full review to find out!

Novel: Dervish House
Author: Ian McDonald

Set in the background of Istanbul in 2027, Dervish House is a novel that is steeped in both mysticism and nanotechnology. Following the fortunes of six characters across 7 days, the book weaves together the threads of the story to create a riveting story full of drama, conflict and intrigue.