Monday, 13 November 2017

First look - Burrows & Badgers

Whilst monging at the Derby show a couple of months ago the K47 table that I was trying to get people to play on was near  the Oathsworn sales stand,

lets just say that I spent a while mooching at the stuff over the 2 days!

So after picking up some bits and splashing some paint on the models I decided to run a demo night with the stuff that I picked up, 

I decided to also paint up the scenery as well,

so the warband looking all pretty based up! 

I also found this kicking around on my painting table so a quick job later and it was sorted,

Normally when I put demo nights on at the club I'll get about half the people that sign up on the book of face, however this time I had 5 players rock up including two from Stratford! 

We all picked a model and went for it hell for leather, a few rules I got wrong however after some re-reading by Dan it slotted into place nicely,

The shew knight errant was in beast mode and the rabbit archer ended up climbing a tree to escape his frenzy!  

 whilst everyone was running around the 2 foxes were going toe to toe!

We played 2 games as it was a fairly quick turn around on the first game and the second game went for an objective grab in the middle,that was a bit better with the game lasting alot longer!

Gameplay - its an alternative activation system where you move then perform one action, Don't make the mistake I did and thought you get two actions! Each animal type has a stat line that dependent on the number is the dice type that you roll, and you have skills that come with both the animal type and weapons that you arm them with. 

Creating your warband is really simple as you choose your models and put upto 6 items on each model. If you have certain types of armour then this reduces the amount of stuff that you can carry. you can also carry trinkets and herbs for various effects in the game and the herbs you can use whilst casting to get better spells and the like off. You also have alliances that give bonus' as well as dictate what system of magic that you can cast.

Lastability - The current rule set has a campaign system which gives you a chance to play linked games rather than just one offs, As long as you have people willing to give this crack then it could become a regular game at your local club.

Models - This is what attracted to me in the first place they are something completely different to what I'm used to and they were really nice models to paint. The range that you can get at the moment is quite varied and the price isn't too bad compared to other systems that I play.

Overall the system isn't too bad, the 2nd edition rule book is planned for release at salute so it'll be interesting to see if the "perfect roll" rule (+7 to your result) stays within the system as we found it quite powerful in the first game and switched it out to an exploding dice mechanic which seemed to give it some control. I'll certainly be picking up a few more bits and bobs and giving it another crack once I've had some more time with the book!

If you want to know more and download the free 1.5 rule book have a look burrows and badgers

Wednesday, 8 November 2017

Crisis 2017

Once again the Phat cats demo team hit mainland Europe like the 11th Armoured Division and we headed up to Antwerp via Bastone!

On the way we picked up part of the Hysterical team...

so chatty....

whilst me and Lee basically treated this as lads weekend away! 

getting the shopping in for the trip, and a fuck ton of beer for Lee's lovely wife! 

we headed towards Bastone and I was really looking forward to this being a band of brothers fan I snapped a few pics at bastone..

Sherman M1a something... 

being adult like in the various short film bits 

thought it was ironic for Rob! 

Now this did impress me I've not seen a hetzer up close and personal before and its a real low silloute and quite small! superb looking bit of kit!

The classic kublewagon, I'd quite happily chug around in one of these on a day to day basis! 

one of the theatres that explained a personal point of view of the battle

doesn't look that bad from this side.... 

yea those poor tankers! note how the penetration hit is pretty much bang on the star, I've read that the Germans used them as aim points but this really did hit the brutality of it home! 

the shrapnel damage inside was shocking. enough said on that one! 

and the memorial that is just next to the museum

a massive statue of one of the most iconic pictures of the victory celebrations in the US

So thoughts on the Bastone part of the trip, it was "ok" the last two years have been far more moving with regards to the human sacrifice that was made and this didn't have the same impact for some reason?

Onto Antwerp!!

** Advance warning **

this is about 150 pics, and it basically involved me running around blasting pics, No details were taken and I apologise for that in advance! 

operation get back to Antwerp in one piece! 

the Queue from the outside, huge amount of people! 


some quick promo shots for the book of face! 

Lee in his element!

So onto the tables! 

an actual demo table just for kids, bloody superb! 

lovely Japanese table

never sick of seeing Russian green! 

more jungle goodness,

this is a scratch built building, very very nice and the chap explained how he did it all, 

these looked superb, I think they were hand made? 

these 2 modern tables I was really impressed by, the sub base I loved and would love to have a go on it! 

the classic 40k gets a roll out


lord of the rings! 

a stonking test of Honor board, the painting on the models was draw dropping! 

some K47 loving

the maus was a good touch

and an underground base for good measure! 

some kind of north American type game, the attention to detail was great 

Fall out, looks "alright" ;) 

the spectre board, again lovely work 

this looked great and the amount of work was bonkers! 

something a bit more unusual

some funky looking post apocalyptic type terrain 

John carters mars type game, 

this I really liked, the scatter really made it look nice, 

a weird post apoloc type game, the over grown jungle look was well executed 

African themed game, liked the village alot! 

now these boys completely silenced me! I've never seen so much effort go into a single table! 

The Anton seal of approval!! 

Ed doing his thing! 

I might have gone via Prodos......

Lee still doing his thing! 

Towards the end of the day, we'd drank a "few" by this point! 

the post show pic, superb work all around! 

Operation on the Lash is about to kick off!

So after having many laughs with the guys including the magabotato boys lets say what happens in the field stays in the field!

So exit plan engaged and off to blighty we headed via a V weapons site!

Now this place was very educational, and pulled no punches with regards to the slave labour that was used to build these weapons and bases. Hence only pics on the actual weapons it was quite surreal walking through tunnels that were dug out by hand and thinking about working conditions and witness statements from survivors and what the Nazi's did. 

And that was that! 

Crisis done, Superb trip as always and massive thanks to Lee for the epic driving and not killing me on the way despite forgetting my passport......