Thursday, October 19, 2017

Micro Art Studio: Hard Foam Outpost Warehouse and Resin Outpost Ruins Reviewed!

Today we will be reviewing the Micro Art Studio's impressing Hard Foam Outpost Warehouse and Resin Outpost Ruins! Read on and discover this cool industrial science fiction wargame scenery.

Micro Art Studio is a wargame miniature and scenery company based in Poland, originally founded as a miniature and model hobby collective. Through the years they have grown exponentially currently employing 16 talented hobbyists, sculptors and designers. They offer an extensive range of resin, hard foam and high density fiberboard scenery sets but also miniature bases, markers, tokens, templates, Wolsung, fantasy, science fiction miniatures and other. Micro Art Studio is also an official partner for Corvus Belli's hugely popular Infinity science fiction miniature skirmish game for which they supply high quality terrain and accessories. Another important moment in company's history was when in 2008 Micro Art Studio signed a contract with Colin Smythe Ltd - agent of Sir Terry Pratchett; from that moment company started production of 30mm miniatures of Discworld characters and busts.

The Outpost Warehouse

Unlike most other hard foam scenery pieces sold by Micro Art Studio, the massive Outpost Warehouse comes in three large hard foam pieces and lasercut wooden connecting parts. The sample that I received was already constructed but if you would buy this model it would be supplied as a kit. The hard foam material from which this impressing piece is made is certainly worth explaining.

The massive Outpost Warehouse is made out of this Micro Art Studio's polyurethane foam. The first big advantage is the possibility to produce large structures such as the Outpost Warehouse at very affordable prices, similar structures in resin would be very expensive as you can probably guess if you ever bought large resin scenery pieces before. Next to this these pieces are also very lightweight allowing easy storage and transportation to your favorite gaming venue. Although these scenery pieces are lightweight they are certainly not flimsy as they are more durable than resin scenery. This hard foam scenery doesn't break when it falls, it simply absorbs the impact and you can only witness some minor damage to the surface! In my opinion this material only offers advantages.

As mentionned before my kit was supplied assembled and on opening the box I was very impressed by the sheer size of the structure. This building is just massive, almost filling a table on its own as a cool objective or to simple enhance the look of your science fiction battlefield. During the Kickstarter and retail sales of this building, it will be sold as a kit in three hard foam pieces and several lasercut wooden connection clamps which must be glued between the three hard foam parts. Although I haven't assembled the piece myself, I think I must be quite straight-forward. In the picture below you can see the three hard foam pieces.

The overall quality and detail of this piece is good as you can see in the pictures but as reflected in the very affordable price, some details may be missing due to airbubbles/ warping and some of the details are slightly dented or damaged. The above mentionned issues are however minor and don't distract from the overall look of the painted structures on the tabletop. Also when the piece arrived, it was covered in dust from the production process so I would recommend cleaning these with a large brush before starting to paint them. In the pictures below, you can see the details of the Outpost Warehouse as it was supplied. As mentionned above some airbubbles and minor damage is present on the structure but when seen from a more acceptable distance and painted it will certainly look more splendid than in close detail and unpainted state.

Micro Art Studio Painting Tips - As this building is made of hard foam, you can experience possible difficulties with using spray cans in the worst case these can melt the foam. To avoid damage to the detail and surface you can better check if your paint is compatible with the foam by spraying a small part of the bottom side and check the result. Micro Art Studio also heartily recommend that this kind of hard foam scenery absolutely needs a good basecoat.

The Outpost Ruins

The Outpost Ruins are made from high-quality durable resin and are supplied as a kit with a wooden base. For this review I have received the most important part of the kits being the highly-detailled resin science fiction ruins of several destroyed Outpost Barracks without the base plates. The intact Outpost Barracks will also be available although in their light-weight hard foam material. The quality of the casting is very good and I noticed only one airbubble on all of the supplied pieces. As you can see in the following pictures, these pieces are very detailled and also usable as loose scatter terrain.

The ruins are quite generic and consist out of a concrete shell with metal supports, heavily battered by explosive and gunfire. The interior of the ruined barracks have some nice pipe and rubble features. I can easily see these pieces being used in science fiction games such as Warhammer 40K, Infinity and other popular wargames as they don't feature recognisable icons and signs binding them to one setting. These pieces are scaled for heroic sized miniatures but can also be used for smaller miniatures see the 28mm regular sized miniature in the pictures below.

The Conclusion

The Micro Art Studio scenery pieces as shown above are currently being funded through Kickstarter as part of their succesful Tabletop Battlefields Mk.II campaign. Note that the pieces available through Kickstarter are supplied unassembled and in a different set composition although the quality of the pieces will be on par with the onese reviewed if not even better when the production is fully functional. The reviewed Outpost Warehouse is the largest wargame scenery piece I have personally encountered in my years of wargaming and I was pleasantly surprised by the quality and design of this impressive structure. The massive Outpost Warehouse will be sold as a kit and is currently sold for €45 through Kickstarter, the future retail price will be €60. The reviewed Outpost Ruins are probably the more useful pieces for every wargamer who plays science fiction wargames and can also be used on smaller wargame battlefields as either ruined buildings or loose scatter terrain. The set of three Outpost Ruins is available through Kickstarter although the retail price is still being worked upon.

Although I have received these pieces as review samples, I can say that the quality and certainly the bulk of the massive Outpost Warehouse is certainly worth the asking price through Kickstarter. Not sure if I would pay the full retail price but luckily you have the Kickstarter allowing you to grab one cheaper! Both of the pieces that I have received are suitable for numerous settings and are both of excellent quality so should you consider buying some science fiction terrain for your table or your club. I would certainly consider checking out the current Micro Art Studio Kickstarter here and grab some of these new pieces at a very good discount. Thanks for checking out Wargame News and Terrain, the daily wargame news blog.

Micro Art Studio - Tabletop Battlefields Mk.II Kickstarter - Wondering what this campaign is about? It's about Micro Art Studio's great Tabletop Battlefields! Some players lack time to create a nice-looking gaming board. Unfortunately sometimes it ends up with playing on random, clumsy terrain - this is where we step in to change it! We created unique sets by mixing a bit of our current products with some new, superb releases! We give you battlefields of the highest quality, where you will fight the most epic battles! Game-ready tabletop board scenery sets are a totally new idea - containing thematical terrain and a playmat available at a decent price! The scenery is made of special polyurethane foam which is well known for its durability. It is easy to glue with cyanoacrylate adhesive and can be primed & painted with almost any coating. Products we create are up to date with current rules of different wargames, therefore playing on them feels natural and easy-going. We are wargamers ourselves, so don't hesitate and put your trust in us! Check the full Kickstarter here

Disclaimer - We received these pieces from Micro Art Studio for reviewing purposes. Please note that this doesn't influence our review as we always strive to supply you with our own independent and honest opinion about the wargame products reviewed.

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Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Tiny Battle Publishing: Rifles in the Ardennes Solitaire Boardgame

Tiny Battle Publishing: "You ask, what is our aim? I can answer in one word. It is victory. Victory at all costs. Victory in spite of all terrors. Victory, however long and hard the road may be, for without victory there is no survival.”  - Winston Churchill

The quiet, frosted hills painted with ancient woods which characterized the Belgian Ardennes were rattled and thundered to life as they became the setting for one of the most renowned battles in all of history. Rifles in the Ardennes recreates the tense action that characterized Ardennes in a unique single-player format.  Designer and Artist Gottardo Zancani has replaced the literal map typical of World War II games with a stylized track, allowing for endless customization of the battlefield.  

 A simple solitaire system allows the recreation of small combat engagements (five to ten units per side) over a bevy of scenarios. Blind chit draws and die rolls, combined with artfully crafted charts create an impressive “artificial intelligence,” embuing the game with a true fog of war. The rules are generic enough to cover many periods and genres (the World Wars, Classical Battles, Science Fiction, Fantasy, and more), but the units (American, German, and Russian) and scenarios are specific to the European theatre of World War II, focusing on the years 1942-1944. A fast paced and exciting solitaire World War II game, Rifles in the Ardennes offers electrifying combat action in a tiny package. Available here at The Wargame Vault at a nice discount

Cool Mini or Not: New Wrath of Kings Fantasy Characters

Cool Mini or Not released these new Wrath of Kings characters!

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Otherworld Miniatures: New Fantasy Characters Previewed

Otherworld Miniatures previewed these new miniatures.

The Ion Age: Tohlic Crawlers Early Supporter Offers Until 30th October!

The Ion Age: Three different Early Supporter Offers on the mighty 15mm Tohlic Armoured Crawler are here! Get five free Veteran troopers in all three offers, free shipping on two of the offers and choose from one, five or even ten vehicles with greater savings at each level. 

I want to thank everyone for their custom and for their kind words since last week on Michal's first vehicle design. All orders will ship 30th October 2017 worldwide and you get Reward Points on every order (new customers get 100 Points free when they get an account) plus if you are an IonFan with points accumulated you can use them on these offers too. Fantastic! Click through here for more and also see as detailed blog post too. Thanks. GBS

Fireforge Games: New Plastic Knights of Albion Previewed

Fireforge Games previewed some assembled plastic fantasy Knights of Albion which will soon be sold in boxed sets. These miniatures are based on their historical knights but with added plastic weapons, helmets and armour.

Games Workshop: New Warhammer Underworlds: Shadespire Miniature Boardgame Pre-Order

Games Workshop launched the discounted pre-order for their brand new Warhammer Underworlds: Shadespire Miniature Boardgame. Warhammer Underworlds: Shadespire is an action-packed combat game for two players. Build your warband, construct your deck, and defeat your rivals.

Shadespire was once a city of wonder and magic, a mercantile metropolis whose rulers defied death, to the fury of Nagash. This fury was made manifest in something worse than destruction – drawing upon the mysterious power of the shadeglass that gave the city its power, Nagash tore away the light and glory of Shadespire, leaving it a twisted reflection of its former splendour. Those adventurers foolish enough to set foot within its walls are trapped, with all hope seemingly lost. Yet not all will accept their fate without a fight…

The Game

In Warhammer Underworlds, you and your opponent pick a warband – 2 are included in this box – and build a deck of power and objective cards. After placing your warband on the hex-tiled game boards, you take turns making actions – movement and attacks – until 3 phases are played. Between actions, you can use the power cards to introduce effects and reactions that can swing the battle in your favour; building the best deck you can and using cunning to deploy these abilities at the perfect time is the secret to mastering the game and dominating your foe. Merely vanquishing your opponent’s warband does not guarantee victory – capturing objectives, standing your ground, making the best tactical choices and deploying the right cards at the right time will gain you the glory points you need to win! Once you’re familiar with the rules, games will take around 30 minutes – you’ll always have time for a rematch.

In The Box

Everything you and a friend need to play games of Warhammer Underworlds is included in this box. Contained within: A Stormcast Eternals warband, made up of 3 push-fit, blue plastic Liberators (Angharad Brightshield, Obryn the Bold and their leader Severin Steelheart); A Khorne Bloodbound warband, made up of 5 push-fit, red plastic Bloodreavers (Karsus the Chained, Blooded Saek, Targor, Arnulf and their leader Garrek Gorebeard.) Both of these warbands are Easy To Build, with no glue necessary and a comprehensive, easy to follow construction guide; A 32-page rulebook, including the story of Shadespire’s rise and fall, and all the rules you need to play; - A quick-start sheet, featuring a brief introduction to the game; 2 double-sided game boards, featuring hexes and objectives; 2 pre-built decks of power and objective cards, for use with the included warbands; 8 double-sided Fighter cards, providing the stats and information needed for the fighters in each warband at a glance; 5 attack dice and 3 defence dice; 9 double-sided objective tokens; 1 Katophrane Artefact token; 2 Shardfall tokens; 30 wound tokens; 46 double-sided glory point tokens; 15 double-sided move and charge tokens; 15 Guard tokens and 8 activation tokens.

Extra Rules

Warhammer Underworlds has an intense, fast and fun core ruleset, but the book contains a host of extras - new game modes, competitive and multiplayer rules: Matched Play: designed for competitive play, this is a set of rules that level the playing field to the finest degree – perfect for fast, friendly rivalries and tournaments; Capture the Artefact: use the included Katophrane Artefact token as a discovery to battle over – glory points are awarded for holding it, but your opponent will be sure to take it by force; Multiplayer games: extra rules that allow you to combine 2 core sets of Warhammer Underworlds to create 3-or-4-player games, with clarified rules for resolving attacks and adjustments to victory conditions.

The Warhammer Underworlds: Shadespire Miniature Boardgame can now be pre-ordered here at Games Workshop for £40 or you can also pre-order your copy here at Element Games for a discounted £32.00 and double loyalty points if you use our exclusive code TIM940 at the checkout! Happy gaming from Wargame News and Terrain.

Statuesque Miniatures: New Able Spacewomen Released

Statuesque Miniatures: The Able Spacewomen are on sale now, with deals to go! 

Ramshackle Games: Mini Gangs Skirmish Game Kickstarter - Free Scarecrow Gang Unlocked

Ramshackle Games: The Ramshackle Games Mini Gangs Kickstarter is just passing into its final 17 days, so I have added a new gang. These models are cast in the usual resin we use, polyester. This is unlike the other gangs in the campaign, which will be cast in polyurethane resin. 

The new gang are called the Scarecrows, and will be added free of charge to every pledge that has physical parts (so not the digital download pledge). This turns Mini Gangs into a four player game straight out of the packaging! Its faced paced and easy to pickup game so please come and back the campaign on Kickstarter. Check the Kickstarter here

Warlord Games: Birthday Bundles and Deals Available Online

Warlord Games: We had a fantastic time celebrating our 10th Birthday with many of you this past weekend! John has decided to extend the deals we had on our webstore for you! Our special miniatures will be available until the end of this week. The other deals will end the following weekend.

Unreleased Miniatures: New Eastern Raider Mercenaries

Unreleased Miniatures released these new 28mm scaled Eastern Raiders for their growing alternative fantasy range based on the Games Workshop The Lord of The Rings Miniature Range.

Studium CMLXV: Blood On The Blade - Micro Skirmish Game

Studium CMLXV: Blood on the Blade is a micro set of rules for solitaire or co-op skirmish game, set on a fantasy background, but can also be used for non-fantasy games (planned expansions will cover Middle-Ages and Dark Ages, possibly Samurai era).

The “Micro” refers to the small set of rules, the small time required to complete one game session and the small number of miniatures required (4-10 figures being a common range). Many micro-details are left to the player, only the “important” rules are included in the twelve pages of the game. The game includes nine Scenarios, covering classical wargame scenes like searching for loot, attacking an enemy base, defending your territory, freeing prisoners. Event markers placed on the Map will create the needed Fog of War and randomize the placement of enemies, events and of course loot! Grab the Blood on the Blade - Micro Skirmish Rules here online

Scenarios can be played individually or as part of a Campaign game: in this case a flowchart will (randomly) determine the next mission; as an example, after a “Scout” mission a bad roll could send your characters on the “Ambush” scenario. Characters on a Campaign will be able to improve their characteristics, but with the improvement of the Reputation Level of your Warband, your enemies will also become stronger. Activation of units (friendly and enemies) is managed with a pool of activation markers, but you can never be sure that every unit will be activated. When an “Enemy” marker is drawn by the pool you will roll on the enemy activation table in the current Scenario to determine the unit to activate and its orders. Contents: Game Rules, 9 Scenarios, 8 Enemy Sheets, 2 Character sheets, 4 Table sheets, 2 Campaign Rosters, 1 Campaign Sheet and 32 markers

Monday, October 16, 2017

Sally 4th: Useful Boxes Storage Solutions - For Miniatures, Rules and Scenery

Sally 4th: Trays and inserts to convert your Really Useful Boxes into really useful figure and games storage. Trays stack on top of each other inside RUB's to increase storage capacity. Inserts for popular figure bases fit inside trays. We've got a range of trays with cut outs so that you can store whole games like Zombicide, Conan, Mansions of Madness etc. in a single box complete with game boards, rule-books, miniatures, cards and tokens. 

These conversion kits take a Really Useful Box to the next level of usefulness! They allow multiple layers of figures or other gaming products such as cards, dice, scenery or tokens to be stored safely and securely, each layer also being easy to lift out. This MDF kit is very easy to assemble and only needs some wood glue. The space inside a tray allows for two inserts to sit snuggly side by side. The idea behind this is that you can have two different inserts per layer.