20 February 2018

Saber & Blood [Beta version] board game review

A couple of weeks ago I received a beta version of the upcoming board game "Saber & Blood" from my friends over at Kazrak Miniatures in Poland. Saber & Blood can be described as a turn based, card driven board game where resource management of command points limit what you can do each turn, and combat is performed using a very clever dice system. The setting is 17th century central/eastern Europe, the core game as I understand it will feature Poles and Cossacks but other factions will become available during the Kickstarter if it becomes popular enough. The goal of the game is to guide the 3 heroes of your faction to victory in a tavern brawl over a specific objective.

I had heard about the game many months ago but it was not until now that a playable version was made available or presented. The game is still work in progress, but many aspects such as the gameplay mechanics are solid enough to move beyond the playtesting stage and further into sneak preview territory. The game will become available following a Kickstarter campaign which is soon to begin.

Having played a bunch of games with Caroline I do feel like I have enough experience with the game to write a review, though bear in mind that the game is still not finished. I do not, however, think that the core mechanics will change. What will most likely happen is a fine tuning of some cards and a proper version of the rulebook that will iron out some language quirks that made the rules a bit hard to understand and fix language issues on some of the cards. If you are interested in learning about the rules, there is a very good video on the internet by the manufacturer - watch it HERE.

17 February 2018

Saber & Blood Poles and Cossacks painted up

Some minis for the upcoming board game "Saber & Blood" painted up, the minis are all metal and great quality. They were great fun to paint and they work well with the Anno Domini 1666 range in terms of size and style (even though Anno Domini 1666 minis are a tiny bit bulkier).

I received a prototype copy of the Saber & Blood board game and a review will be posted soon. Basically the game is a card driven tavern brawl game, which also uses three types of fencing dice and command points. It's great fun. It's also has one of my favorite settings, 17th century central/eastern Europe. Core set come with Poles and Cossacks, there may be additional factions released as part of the upcoming Kickstarter which is set to launch soon.

14 February 2018

Lots of trees and forest bases finished

In early January I ordered a large amount of terrain for my personal collection. I primarily needed a decent amount of trees and forest bases to go with the upgraded terrain I had. I ordered both trees from 4Ground and found some nice large pine trees from Battlefield in a Box.

The 4Ground trees are affordable and come with both bases for the individual trees, as well as a forest area terrain base - and tree base inserts if you want to add that do your forest bases.

I skipped the tree inserts, I like the idea and it does look good with the tree bases being hidden into the larger forest base - but I have never found it practical during my games at the different clubs or when playing over at my friends. It is maybe not as good looking, but it makes less of a visual impact to slide a tree over to the side on the forest bases than to pluck a tree base out of a large hole and leave the forest base with a weird looking crater.

I'm also very happy that I managed to fix all the tree bases and forest bases in less than 2 hours. PVA glue and sanded the whole lot, and then used a can of black spray as a basecoat followed with a light coat of Leather Brown from Army Painter. With grass and flock added it looks really good. I was initially worried that I would have to paint the bases by hand using lots of paint and wear out some brushes in the process - and it would have taken a LOT longer. But this method worked better than I thought.

I also got some of the great looking 4Ground Dark Ages buildings for Viking and fantasy themed games, more of that will be posted later as I finish the remaining buildings.

I'm super happy how my terrain collection is coming together, and once again - a huge praise for the battle mat from Deep Cut Studio. It looks fantastic! You can't beat that look unless you make a custom table from scratch, but that's not an option for my apartment.

12 February 2018

Astropolis miniatures batch 2 of 2

Final 6 characters from the "Astropolis" commission I did for my friend Thomas, along with a group picture of the entire gang. It will be interesting to see what he does with these in terms of gameplay.

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