Thursday, September 17, 2015

The Wolf King is Coming - About time

Hi everyone,

Finally, after several years of waiting, the Space Wolves get another novel in the Horus Heresy series.  Now this fills me up with joy and dread at the same time.

If any of you have ever read my post about Prospero Burns, you will know that I have very mixed feelings about the book. I consider the book a lost opportunity. You can read my review HERE.

Now I don't want to stir up another hornet's nest with this.  The topic of Prospero Burns created a lot of heated debate, especially on the Bolter and Chainsword forums. Suffice to say that the book should have been called the Adventures of Kasper Hawser!

Also, for a book about the Space Wolves of the 30K, there is very little about Leman Russ himself.  He only appears for a very short time.  In fact, we learn more about Russ from other books than we learn from Prospero Burns!

I honestly hope this is an opportunity to bring out and flesh out Leman Russ' character in a more three dimensional way.  All the other Primarch's characters have been delved into, even Corax has had more written about him than Leman Russ - this has to change.

So I am hoping the guys at Black Library don't screw this one up!  The Space Wolves deserve better and they deserve more.

I only hope the book is written by Chris Wright.  I find that he does a good job of capturing the nature of the Wolves. His past books have been good especially the novel Battle of the Fang. and he is currently one of the best writers they have.

So we will have to wait and see, hope and pray and wish for the best.

Farewell and good health.


Monday, September 14, 2015

Mantic KOW Kickstarter

Hi everyone,

I have just come back from my holiday in the Italian Dolomites, and guess what I find in the post box? - My first Kickstarter!  This is the new 2nd edition of one of my favorite fantasy battle systems - KINGS OF WAR.

Those who have followed this blog in the past know that I am a big fan of this game and I enjoy playing this with 10mm and 15mm scaled miniatures.   I have also posted an article about how to adapt the game to these smaller scales.

Now that I have the book in hand I will update the article in a new post in the future.  For now I just want to show off what arrived.  As you can see I only opted for the basic entry level, because I only needed the book.  The rest was extra. Also, I am not interested in building another 28mm army, so I kept it simple and cheap.
Overall, I am very happy with the quality and presentation of the books.  To be honest, I am not interested much in the background of Mantica world, but I find the army lists down to earth and utilitarian.  So much so, that they can be adapted to many different game systems and worlds.
I really like the Gamer's edition of the book.  I will be using this the most and I will leave the hardbound volume on the shelf.  I also got a card of the hard bound volume, but no map!  I will have to contact them about this.

The counters are simple but nice and very useful.  I would have preferred if they were acrylic, simply because I prefer the feel of acrylic, but plastic is OK as well.

My favorite piece has to be the Ronaldo the Bard.  This is another freebie from this popular and successful Kickstarter. I honestly do not know what to use him for - maybe a diorama - but for now he will be stored until inspiration strikes.
The Tyrant King Blaine on Gramakh will be arriving separately later on.  I will post up some pictures when it arrives.  This is by far the best freebie from this Kickstarter.

Now that I am back, I hope to start posting regularly again, especially  since the weather is cooling down. So until next time farewell and good health from your friendly neighborhood modeler - Nightrunner.



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