Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Kickstarter alternate sculpts [Song of Ice and Fire Miniatures Game]

Brief blog post, as I've been pretty busy with a friend's wedding, packing, and the like.  I wanted to show the three Kickstarter exclusive sculpts that were received as basically unit bonuses.  These were miniatures added as an extra for ordering some of the optional buys.  I didn't get all of them, alas, but I did get three!

First, I have the Alternate Robb Stark, from buying the Tully Sworn Swords optional buy.
Next, I have alternate Sandor Clegane, from the Lannister Crossbowman alternate buy.
And finally, the Alternate Dreadfort Captain, from the Bolton Cutthroats alternate buy.
These are all very nice looking miniatures, and I'm glad I got them.  I did miss out on the Alternate Champion of the Faith, unfortunately, but I just couldn't afford it at the time.

Thursday, August 2, 2018

Lannister Crossbowmen Unboxing [Song of Ice and Fire Miniatures Game]

Small delay as I went on vacation, and continued on the path towards buying a house, but I'm back, and ready for the next unboxing!

Today, we are looking at the Lannister Crossbowmen.  The front:
The back:
Contents are 12 miniatures, a unit card, and a movement tray.

Opening the box, you are presented with this:
The unit card:
And now, a look at the miniatures.  You get three copies of each of these:
 
 
 
The first and last ones look VERY similar, but I promise, they are different miniatures.  Just not very different.

The minis here just look okay.  I'm not sure what it is, but they don't really seem detailed/interesting enough, compared to some of the other miniatures.  I'd love to see some of these painted in person.

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

L5R for Mini Crate! [Privateer Press-related]

So Privateer Press announced they were expanding mini-crate to have a second line, this time covering some new Legend of the Five Rings miniatures, in an agreement with FFG.

I gotta say, I'm pretty excited about this for a couple of reasons.
Image taken from Privateer Press' announcement page, linked to from above.

First, I love the L5R setting, in general.  Having miniatures to represent some of the iconic characters from the story?  YES PLEASE.  They start with Togashi Yokuni, but just imagine getting Doji Hoturi, Hida Kisada, Bayushi Kachiko... I mean, there are plenty of great characters from the setting that I'd love to have in miniature form.

Second, these could actually be useful.  The L5R RPG is set for a relaunch, which I'm fairly 'meh' about.  But I do love the 4th edition rules, and could see myself running a 4th edition campaign.  Having some representative miniatures of some of the standard archetypes could come in handy to help with visualizing things.

Third, this is a win for Privateer Press.  Although I'm finding I do actually enjoy Mk3, I certainly didn't when it started, and I wasn't the only one.  They have to be hurting financially to some degree.  Having a new source of income, one with a good sized starting fanbase, can only help them long-term (and the return of Monsterpocalype will probably help as well).  I want them to succeed, and I think this is a good way to help keep them secure.

Finally, I feel like this is a good opportunity to kind of test the waters for a new L5R minis game.  Maybe FFG is interested in doing some more things with the line, other than the LCG, an RPG, and the one board game.  I would absolutely buy into a miniature game based on the setting- maybe this is the first steps to seeing that become a reality?

Anyway- color me excited and positive about this.  Please consider, if you are interested in L5R, taking a look at the mini-crate subscription that is going online in October.  I certainly will!

Sunday, July 22, 2018

Knights of Casterly Rock Unboxing [Song of Ice and Fire Miniatures Game]

On to the next box!  Today, let's have a look at what's included in the Lannister Knights of Casterly Rock box.

First, the outside.  Front:
And the back:
The contents:
  • 4 Miniatures
  • 1 Unit Card
  • 1 Movement Tray
Basically, what you need to run this unit in your games.

What things look like when you open the box:
Now a picture of the included unit card:
Seems to be a lot going on- I'm going to assume these guys are pretty good!

And now, onto the included miniatures.  There is one of each of the following included.



As with the others, great looking miniatures.

That's about all there is for this post- I'm just showing the contents of the expansions for now.  Hope it was interesting for someone!

Friday, July 20, 2018

Tully Sworn Shields [Song of Ice and Fire Miniatures Game]

Another day, another post!  Hopefully someone is getting some value from this.  If not... well, I'll still post them.  But hopefully that's not the case!

This is the first unit box I've opened, so was expecting that it will be a very different set of contents, which it was!

First, the front:
And the back:
The box lists its contents as:
  • 12 Miniatures
  • 1 Unit Card
  • 1 Movement Tray
Opening the box, this is what we see:
This is the unit card included:
There a quite a number of miniatures included.  There are four of these:
These ones are a bit off- the heads do have a gap on the neck.  Priming will probably cover it pretty well though.  Otherwise, this mini looks great, as they all do.

Four of these are also included:
Three of these:
And finally, one of these:

So yeah, great looking minis that will look really nice on the tabletop.

Short and sweet!  There's a lot of good stuff in these boxes, that's for sure.  Once I move, I'll make sure to get this on the table, and have something to talk about regarding that!

Thursday, July 19, 2018

Neutral Heroes I Unboxing [Song of Ice and Fire Miniatures Game]

I'm back, and this time, I'm doing the Neutral Heroes I box.  It is filled with, you guessed it, neutral heroes!

Per the usual, let's look at the front of the box:
I don't really have a comment, other than Ramsay looks freaking creepy.  Like, super creepy.  *shudder*

The back:
Contents:
  • 5 Miniatures
  • 33 Cards:
    • 4 Attachment Cards
    • 26 Tactics Cards
    • 3 NCU Cards
Interior of the box:
And let's take a look at those nice minis.

First, we have Roose Bolton, the head of House Bolton.
He has a very cold look about him, fitting for his role in the books.

Next up, his son, Ramsay Bolton.

He looks less creepy than his picture, at least.

Lord Varys:
Petyr Baelish:
And finally, Theon Greyjoy, in his 'Reek' persona.
Kind of horrifying, to be honest.

The miniatures are great quality of course, which I've come to expect from CMON, anyway.

Moving onto the cards, we have the Attachment Cards:
 
And the NCU Cards:
Really, really interesting stuff.  I can't wait until I have time for this!

There are a bunch of Tactics cards included, but I'll spare you a picture of the stack of them.

That's it for today!  I'll get stuff for another of the Stark expansions tomorrow!

Thanks for reading!

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

I AM BUYING A HOUSE!

This is not our house, this is a stock image of a house
Oh my god!  I honestly can barely process it, but after years and years of living in an apartment with my wife, we're finally buying a home.

I know, I know.  This isn't gaming related.  BUT, in a sense, it is.  See, I'm limited in a lot of ways by the place I live.  It's hard to paint, because the balcony is a bit awkward to prime on.  It's hard to leave things set up for gaming/hobbying, due to the cat.

The new place (in Westminster, Maryland) will have enough room for me to be properly organized, and properly set up.  It's really going to be a huge boon for my hobby life, as well as my life in general (although an hour commute to work will be an adjustment).

There may be a slight disruption in posting at various times (depending on what's required from me at any given time), but I promise the future looks bright!

Lannister Heroes I Unboxing [Song of Ice and Fire Miniatures Game]

Grabbed the Lannister hero box today, as it is the perfect companion with the Stark heroes box!

Let's take a look at the front of the box:
They look so devious and scheming!  The back:
The contents are:
  • 5 Miniatures
  • 25 Cards:
    • 4 Attachment Cards
    • 18 Tactic Cards
    • 3 NCU Cards
The interior of the box:
Aaaand onto the miniatures.

First, we have Sandor Clegane, the Hound.
Next up is Tywin Lannister, the head of House Lannister.
Next up is another Tyrion Lannister miniature.
Looks a lot more formidable!  I don't know how the cards allow him to be different than the version in the Starter Set, as the cards don't actually mean much to me quite yet.  I'm sure I'll figure that out, soon enough.

Next up, we have The High Sparrow:
And finally, we have Maester Pycelle:
Overall, these are great looking miniatures!

Aaaaand let's take a look at the cards:
 
 
 
 
Anyway, that's all the contents.  I don't know enough about the game yet, but I could definitely see how these expansions add a lot of variety to the game.  Not only new miniatures and units/attachments to play with, but new things to add the tactics board AND new cards for the tactics deck!

I'll get to the rules at some point, and then these things will be even more valuable and meaningful to me!