Sunday, August 25, 2013

Dystopian Wars - Plato Cruisers

Hi everyone,

Today I write about my Plato Cruisers and token Drone flyers that I have just finished painting up.  Unlike the small vessels, I wanted my large and medium ships to have a more 'traditional' look or pattern to them, but I wanted them just different enough to be original.

 
The pattern I came up with is basically a blue and green camouflage pattern over a white base.  Very similar to Spartan's take on them.  I just wanted to elaborate a bit more on the upper superstructure. I painted in the inner structure white and the outer structure metallic bronze.  I think it works.
 



 
I have to admit I quite like the scheme, even though it is not completely my own.  My only self-criticism is that I rushed them a bit in order to get them ready for a game I played yesterday.  The hull, as a result, looks a bit tacky and undone, but as they are just gaming pieces I am not too bothered.
 
I approached the Drone flyers with an even simpler paint scheme. A simple metallic chainmail coat with a black wash followed by the usual emerald green wash which I localized in the centre of the flyers.  I actually took more work on the blue/sea parts than the drones.
 
 
On a different note, as I mentioned at the beginning, I managed to play my first real game of Dystopian Wars.  It was a naval battle against the 'Empire of the Rising Sun'.  We played just with the starter sets. I have to admit I enjoyed myself a lot even though I lost dramatically.
 
Well actually I lost when I got too close and my battleship was boarded and prized!  Giving myself some slack, it was my first game and I did not use my fleet to its full potential.  There are many things I forgot to use and honestly I was over cautious with my ships.  I did not realize how much pounding they could take.
 
Well - live and learn.  That is all for now.
 
Farewell and good health,
 
        NR
 
 



Sunday, August 18, 2013

Dystopian Wars - Diogenes Frigate

Hi everyone,

I am a bit late with this post, but I had internet problems again, even tough I am still above my quota of at least 2 posts per month for the summer period - so all is good.

As I said from the last post, Dystopian Wars has caught on at my local wargaming club, but it has kindled up naval battles, so I decided to buy the COA naval battlegroup and join in the mayhem.

Today I present the first painted units.  The Diogenes frigate.  The box set has nine and I painted them up in one go.

I have to say that the castings in the box set were not very good overall.  They needed a lot of cleaning and some of the detail is not always that clear and defined.  Apparently though I was just unlucky as other gamers with the COA  naval box set did not have this problem.
As painting schemes go, I wanted to keep a more or less traditional style with the larger vessels, but I wanted a more original approach with the smaller vessels.  So I decided to go with painting schemes that reflect sea mammals instead.


 The colour scheme I chose for the Diogenes is quite bold.  A main blue stripe along the dorsal area coupled by yellow stripes over a light grey base coat.  At first I admit I was not very convinced with my choice, but as painting progressed and especially after the first washes, things came together and I was content I took this course of painting.
After adding some highlights and the energy glow effect - which is simply a glossy wash of thinned down emerald paint - the frigates were ready.  Overall they only took a two afternoons to paint amounting to about 7 and a half hours of painting.  Not bad for a quick paint job (at least on my speed standards).  I will definitely continue with different marine mammal patterns with all my other small vessels.
Well that is all  for now.  Next week I will post either something on Flames of War or continue with Dystopian Wars.  I will just have to see which is more practical.

So until then, farewell and good health,

        NR

Monday, August 12, 2013

Playing Dystopian Wars Traditionally

Hi everyone,

Today I will be talking briefly about Dystopian Wars.  This is one of the games I have branched into after the discontinuation of GW's Specialist Games section.

At first I only bought the airborne range of miniatures from the Covenant of Antarctica [COA] faction. This was due to the fact that two of my friends and I are fans of Last Exile, and we wanted to play a steam punk game in a similar vein to that anime.  See my three Daedalus flyers' entries for more info.

Lately though, Dystopian Wars has caught up big time at my local gaming club, so I decided to buy the naval starter set for COA and join the fun.  I chose COA on the same principle that I choose all my armies and factions - ie whether or not I like the minis.

It doesn't matter if the army or faction is good or bad in game terms, or if they suit my style of gaming.  If I like the miniatures  - I collect the army.  And so it was with COA.

Unfortunately, after reading the rules a bit better and going through the army lists to get a feel for the other armies, I have to say that COA are not really my cup of tea where gaming is concerned.  I am a very aggressive player normally and I always go for factions that like to get up close quickly.  COA do not fit this profile.  This means I will have to adapt and be creative - it will be a challenge.

What I don't understand about COA is how much the army list does not fit in with the fluff.  According to the background, COA possess advanced tech that is unavailable to the rest of the world.  One would think that their ships would be overall better but more expensive that the other factions - but this is not so.  From what I can gleam they are not particularly faster or durable than other nation's ships, nor do they possess better fire power or survivability. 

To be honest they do have gizmos that give them some advantages like teleportation and generators but not much more.  They do have energy weapons but from what I could tell they are rather useless after the first turn when the enemy pass range band four.

We will just have to wait and see.  I will be in a better position to judge after I have played several games, but I have a feeling I will be loosing many more games than I will be winning!

Well, that is all for today, I will be posting my first painted minis in two or three days.

Until then farewell and good health.


        NR

Monday, August 5, 2013

Review : Bitspudlo Storm Wolf

Hi everyone,

Today I would like to do a quick review of a miniature I bought recently, and which I always wanted since I first saw it.  It is one of Bitspudlo's Storm Wolves.  Now I know that GW have their own Thunder Wolves in plastic, but I like the idea of different breeds of Fenrisian wolves - To hell with the 'there are no wolves on Fenris' crap.

So below is the Storm Wolf Gamma that caught my eye.  At 18 euros, it is neither cheap nor expensive for a resin model, when considering the size and quality which I will get to shortly. 

The model comes in the normal plastic packing, and the post packing was good enough to keep the model secure.
Although the model does seem imposing from a distance, up close the details lack the sharpness of casting of other ranges like Forgeworld or Spartan Games.  For example the face of the wolf was rather 'flashed up', and will need a lot of delicate cleaning before I even start undercoating it.  I might even have to touch up and define certain areas with putty.  I found this a bit disappointing.

The legs are cast separately and their fitting is not bad, but once again I was not impressed at all.  Since they are covered in fur, they can be easily filled up with putty to cover any gaps.
Other details like the cabling and saddle accessories are not bad, but could have been sharper.  Once again I will be adding some extra detail myself - to give depth and character to the model.  The armour sections will need some work as well.  I might even consider adding some Fenrisian decorative detail to them just for diversity.

The only part of the model that was damaged or cut off from the mold brutally was the tail section.  I have the feeling that this is where the figure was connected to the runner.  It has been cut off with a sharp tool and part of the tail has been removed.  Fortunately, since it is a tail piece, it can easily be reconstructed, but I was sadly disappointed.  Here is a link to their site to see how the tail should have been.
The last pic is with a Space Wolf model for size comparisons.  As you can see the wolf is a monster and looks quite impressive, while not overly large like the Mr Dandy wolves - which I do not fancy much by the way (their detail and armour seem very bland).
So what is the verdict - do not buy unless you are prepared to put in a lot of work into it.  The model has its strengths like design concept and nice detail presentation, but it likes refinement in those same details.  It also suffers from poor manufacturing and the whole piece is affected because of it. I wanted it for a small vignette idea I have and I think with some patience I can still pull it off, but I will have to go the extra mile.  Let's hope it will be worth it!

Well that's all for now.  Next week it is back to Dystopian Wars.  Until then,

Farewell and good health,

        NR

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