This past Victoria Day long weekend had pretty crappy weather. As such we stuck indoors for larger portions of the time. So what better time to smash some building together.
I started with the "Brasserie". Comes in simple packaging with one page of instructions. The instruction sheet is pretty basic and only high-lights some of the more intricate pieces.
Here's all the pieces. There was no waste/excess material which helps keep the weight down. Although it is a little daunting being different from the usual MDF kits.
Basic building is complete. Bandage on my finger is not related to this project :)
I left the Brasserie façade off as I'm going to texture the exterior.
Here I taped off all the openings so I wouldn't get textured spray inside the building or on the roof.
I'm planning to shingle over the roof so that's not a big deal if paint got on but I want the shingles to adhere properly.
Up next is the Boulangerie. Same packaging with most pieces punched out.
It had interior walls on the main floor which was nice.
Here's a quick pic of the pain components to be sprayed. Again I left off the façade for ease of texturing. I also had to tape off the Juliet balcony above the doors.
The Café De Normandy was the tallest build (3 floors) and had a "L" shape on the ground floor. I would call this building the fiddliest, but it wasn't that bad.
All the bits. This kit had the most pieces by far.
The dormer window isn't glued on. I have the dormer's peak resting on the roof peak while the glue sets up to keep the correct alignment of the pieces.
What I liked:
No excess material meant less time spent cutting things out.
Kits were fairly intuitive. However, some are available on line.
They look great as is, and I haven't textured them yet or added details like doors windows or shutters.
What I didn't like:
A few of the corners on tabs and other small bits where damaged. This happens as there is no packaged/excess material to keep them from hitting each other. But it was all negligible.
Instructions - I'd have preferred a step-by-step guide.
All in all, I was very happy with these kits. Getting the skeletons together, texturing the corners and taping off areas I didn't want spray paint took maybe 25-30 minutes each with most of the time spent filling the corners and taping.
In my next post I'll show why I textured the corners.
I'm going to spend the next little bit tarting them up as I plan on shingling the roof.
Around the time I was painting the Sarissa large farmhouse and building Chain of Command lists and watching lots of YouTube videos, I stumbled across Charlie Foxtrot Models.
I’d heard of them before and gone through their website once or twice but that was it. I was watching Nick from TooFat Lardies put together a hotel and decided to check them out further.
Well today I heard the doorbell and arrived to see the mailman walking away. I figured it was something I had ordered. My 5 year old pushed open the door and said “look it’s for me” grabbed the box and ran off into the house. (There’s a stamp on the exterior that reads Charlie Foxtrot Models, and his name is Charlie F., so close enough).
After a short foot chase, I got the box back and opened it up.
This will give me 4 medium to large buildings and two smaller ones. Hopefully I can get started this long weekend! Luckily in preparation for his I have some spray cans (textured paint) I purchased especially for this.
Over the last month or so, the oldest has been obsessed with Harry Potter: Hogwarts Battle line of games. We just finished reading the 7th book with him and watched all the movies (books before movies).
I saw that there were several expansion cards so I scoured the Internet. I think we are issuing one.
I enjoy deck builders and Harry Potter so this was a no brainer.
We also played a home brew Russian Civil War game but I’ll post about that this weekend when I have more time.
I ordered a copy of Oathmark, a hardback rule set published by Osprey Publishing and supported by figures made by Northstar Military Figures, the day it was released.
It finally came last week. I am probably amongst the first in Canada to receive it.
What I like about it. It’s hardcover, and has that nice new book smell. (I’m married to a librarian, not my fault!)
Aside for a picture overlapping a line of text (pg44 iirc) the book is absolutely perfect. The rules aren’t so bad either 😀.
There a plenty of jaw dropping beautiful illustrations like the Elven archer seen below.
Several pages have little sketches on them, which breaks up the pages nicely.
There are also a few double page spreads of the artwork.
I think a book of just the pictures would be an amazing thing to have.
All in all, a great game published by Osprey. I can’t wait to finish reading itand get the figures on the table.
I also picked up the Mantic Games King Ezekiel Event Exclusive figure.
It cost a princely sum of £19.99. It is made of Resin and it looks amazing BUT it got me thinking a) I already own a plastic King Ezekiel, do I need another and b) would my money not be better spent on say 4 £6 packs of Artizan metals (-£1 each from VAT) for approx 16 metal figures or spending £25 on 30 Plastic Oathmark figures.
I love the Walking Dead but would like to see them release all the characters first before releasing upgraded versions of the ones I already own (there are other figures besides Rick and the Governor ya know!)
Figure wise it comes with King Ezekiel with separate arms and three heads mounted on spikes.
Here’s an updated stat card. I don’t have the other one handy so not to sure how they compare at the moment, and some equipment cards.
I purposely took pictures of the back. Don’t wanna be that guy.
What I like: resin is so nice, great detail as compared to the older plastic. It’s nice to get new equipment.
What I don’t like: basically comes down to price. I can support the other systems I play a lot better with what it cost for one figure from Mantic.