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A new troop unit for my new favorite miniatures game is soon on the horizon! Being a primarily Imperial player, it is even better that it is for that particular faction. Introducing one of the coolest Stormtroopers to grace the silver screen in Empire Strikes Back– the Snowtrooper!

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Cool? Get it? I’m so punny.

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Included in the expansion are:

  • Five (5) standard Snowtrooper figures
  • One (1) Flametrooper heavy figure
  • One (1) T-7 Ion Snowtrooper heavy figure
  • One (1) Grappling Hook upgrade card
  • One (1) Impact Grenade upgrade card
  • One (1) Snowtrooper addition card
  • One (1) Snowtrooper stat card
  • Nine (9) various tokens

At 48 points, they base stats are 4 points more than a standard Stormtrooper unit. They offer the same stats as their standard counterparts, swapping out the Precise 1 for Steady. That is a change I’m willing to take. The idea of moving twice then hitting another unit sounds pretty worth the 4 extra points.

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The heavy weapons upgrade cards offer two very different, but very useful, attack options to the formation. The Flametrooper offers a weaker attack in general, but has the potential to increase itself heavily if you can get close enough. The T-7 Ion Snowtrooper is a larger attack but requires readying after each attack.

The other two upgrade cards offered in this expansion are the same two offered in the standard Stormtrooper expansion. Grappling Hooks grant the unit Expert Climber, while Impact Grenades offer a 1 black die attack at Range 1 with Impact 1. Impact Grenades are nice, but as more and more terrain is being officially released via Fantasy Flight and various other 3D printers/terrain makers, being able to avoid the possible damage dealt by varying heights of terrain is a a huge bonus.

All in all, this is a fantastic looking expansion that I cannot wait to get to the table. I think my ideal build with this unit would be:

  • Snowtroopers- 48 points
  • Personnel Upgrade: Snowtrooper – 12 points
  • Heavy Unit Upgrade: Flametrooper – 20 points
  • Gear Upgrade: Grappling Hooks -3 points
  • Total: 83 points

If I have the additional 5 points to spare, I’d probably add the Impact Grenades, but I don’t think they’d be all that needed.

In the end, this is a must buy for the Star Wars Legion collection.

What about you, guys and gals? Am I wrong about skipping out on the Impact Grenades? Should I be thinking the T-7 is the better Heavy Unit upgrade? Or am I wrong all together and should just be fielding a stander Stormtrooper unit? Sound off in the comments below and let us know!

Until next time, keep your dice warm and happy gaming!

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Well, the title says in all. However, if you’d care to read their own words from their interview with ICv2 at the GAMMA Trade Show:

“It’s important as publishers, and as studios and developers, as we start to get our feet under us to take a real hard look as how it is and why it is we use Kickstarter as a business,” he said.  “We have a great community we’ve been able to build up over time, but we’ve come to recognize that in our time working and developing in Kickstarter that you run the risk, as a business, of your eyes getting too big for the plate.  You build big projects.  You want to be ambitious.  You want to go after all of this opportunity to give your customers all the things they want.  We have gone through and redesigned whole products from scratch based on the feedback we get.  We’ve added time to our time frames, everybody thinking that it’s OK.”

“But the added toxicity, …the way that it’s swung online has made us shy away from wanting to even be a part of it.  I don’t think that it’s responsible for any of our external business partners to have to be exposed to that. It’s not responsible for me to expose my employees to that.  It’s not responsible for me to expose my brands to that.”

If you’d like to read the original article, click here.

I try to be unbiased in what I write on here, while trying to keep any emotional outbursts to a minimum, but you’ll have to excuse me…ARE THEY SERIOUS?!

The “toxicity” they are referring to is one of their own creation. Lack of transparency and communication on their projects, ties up with a nice little bow of constant delays, was the catalyst for any and all “toxic” remarks they receive.

Presently, I have only ever backed one Ninja Division Kickstarter. That was Relic Knights 2.0. The entire campaign read like a glorified preorder system. I was fine with that. I had just gotten done learning the game from a couple starters I had won via a contest over at Beasts of War. I wanted more. I went in for the Relic Knight pledge because they had some gorgeous models that were exclusive to that tier.

The game was to be shipped via 3 waves: Wave 1 – Late Summer 2017, Wave 2 – Fall/Winter 2017, Wave 3 -By end of February 2018. We are now three days out from April 2018. A delay in a project is par for the course with Kickstarters, but they are just now entering production on the miniatures per their most recent update on the Kickstarter page (Update #66- Productions Minis and Unit Cards: March 23, 2018).

At this point, I want to request a full refund. However, with same said update, they have also ended their refund period. Funny this interview was posted four short days after that update. I digress, however. Their own Kickstarter page lays out their refund policy, though:

REFUND POLICY

Refund requests made within 60 days of the campaign’s end are made through Stripe, directly to your credit card, fees included.

Refunds requested after 60 days are made through Paypal only, less Kickstarter and payment processing fees, which we cannot get back.

No refunds are possible if requested eight weeks before the Kickstarter’s actual shipping date, since at that point we have already begun packaging pledges.

Ultimately, at the end of the day, I’m just an artist and a hobby gamer. I know little to nothing about mass manufacturing. However, if the miniatures just went into production, that means they won’t be hitting that first full week of May shipping timeline (8 weeks from the time of this writing). Granted, as I said, I have know extensive knowledge of manufacturing. Maybe they will. Then again, if they don’t or aren’t aiming for the window, then we should still be allowed refunds.

I wanted to give this game a chance. Everything about Relic Knights checks the boxes that make me excited to play a game: great art, great lore and great mechanics. However, I cannot in good faith or conscience recommend another game by a company so lacking in integrity or common customer service skills like those displayed by Ninja Division these last several months. I welcome anyone from the company to correct me, to show me that your games (and by extension your company) deserve nothing but the utmost respect from us. However, until that day comes, I will be sitting here patiently awaiting my long over due game.

Until next time, folks, keep your dice warm and happy gaming.

I was trying to avoid this but it was bound to happen:

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A local game/comic shop got in a small shipment for the launch of Fantasy Flight Games’ new Star Wars game. By time I got there, they’d sold all but one of the few core sets they got in. Deciding one can never have too many miniature games in their collection, I pulled the trigger and spent the day assembling the Stormtroopers and Rebel Scum.

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For all intents and purposes, they were a rather easy and straight forward build. They included a somewhat handy assembly guid in the rule book. The Speeder Bikes were probably the biggest issue. The guide clearly shows a peg and groove for the peddles on each bike, but there is no suck peg or groove. So, just a heads up, add the peddles last after placing the Stormtroopers on the bikes.

Going through the rest of the box, it seems like the game will play somewhat similarly to FFG’s other Star Wars’ games, like Imperial Assault and Attack Wing. Hopefully, when I get the game to the table sometime soon we’ll know for certain. I’m being cautious with it, though. There are already a handful of expansions released, including a gorgeous AT-ST (Albeit a gorgeous, $50 AT-ST):

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I want to get a couple games in before going crazy. I’ve yet to find a miniatures game that I could find myself going headfirst into, organized play and all. I could see Star Wars Legion being that game though. The miniatures are gorgeous. The company has a fantastic track record. It’s Star Wars, so the lore already has its hooks in my soul. Plus, the ideas floating around in my head for custom boards…

Anyways, I hope to have a game report sometime soon, like I said. Until then, keep your dice warm and happy gaming!

This past Sunday, I was finally able to sit down and get my first real taste of WarMachine (and a little Hordes, too) since we purchased some starters back at GenCon 50.

I was playing a Retribution Of Scyrah build while my friend/teacher/way too patient Scott ran a Mercenary build. We decided on 50 points but I didn’t realize that there were fewer points than that in any of the starters I bought (especially the ones from Privateer Press’ Black Friday sale). So we ended up just doing Warcaster and Warjack vs Warcaster and Warjack.

And as with every game I’ve ever played against Scott, I was obliterated. Needless to say more practice, and more miniatures, are required!

These guys haven’t even been primered yet, but the weather has been too cold for any of that fun stuff. I have a pair of Trollbloods that I’ve been working on here and there that I started on before winter set in. Another friend gave me a starter to add to the fun and I figured I’d practice on them first.

Not too shabby if I do say so myself.

Anyways, keep your dice warm and happy gaming!

Well this was certainly a pleasant surprise. Knight Models has released character cards for their Suicide Squad box set for their DC Universe Miniatures Game. Well, just the Suicide Squad side. Still no rules regarding Batfleck, Joker or his crew. Still, this added 8 new characters from one game to another, effectively giving anyone who might only play the Batman Miniatures Game all they’d need to dive into the other rule set.





With a new team comes a new Team Ability card, too!


And curse them for teasing Amanda Waller and Enchantress. Both of them were listed in the Suicide Squad rule book but we’ve yet to see either of them yet. Heck, we’re still waiting on Raven and Grodd that we’re teased forever ago.

Anyways, as someone who broke into the BMG with the Suicide Squad box set (and awesome birthday present from my friends), this tiny little update it amazing to me. I now have an extra 7 figures (Flagg was released later and haven’t gotten him yet) to add to the table top.

Sound off in the comments below if you plan on running any/all of the Suicide Squad on your next game night.

Happy gaming!

June is about over which means it is time for Knight Models to release their upcoming preorder list. This time around, we get a nice mix of the two games with two of the releases being a part of their new Multiverse line.

First up, the most important…Wonder Woman!

This makes me so happy that I can’t express into words properly. First, the Holy Trinity is officially playable in Batman Miniatures Game!

Batman Miniatures Game stat card (top) and DC Universe Miniatures Game stat card (bottom)

The thing that is holding me back from getting super excited about the Batman Miniatures Game card is the mounted figure rules. A mount is an upgrade to a character. Whenever you field a mounted character, you have to also have a no -mounted version of the character as well to represent if the mount is destroyed or lost. Currently, there is only one other Wonder Woman figure available and that is in the Batman v Superman (Trinity) set for the DC Universe Miniatures Game.

That nitpick aside, the model is gorgeous, both in physical design and gameplay design. I think what will be a big reason for fielding her is the Godkiller ability. In the BMG, it grants all of her attacks the Magic Weapon special rules and immunity from certain effects. In DCUMG, it grants +1 to Attack and Damage to all attacks against models Level 20 or more. This is a great bonus against characters like Darkseid and Doomsday.

Joining Diana on the battlefield of both games comes the Amazons of Themyscira:

Queen Hippolyta and her Amazon Warriors


Another Multiverse release, the set includes stat cards for both of their games!

 
Now, I could be wrong (and if I am, please correct me in the comments below), but in the BMG you are only allowed to field one model with the Legends classification per force. This means that Hippolyta and Wonder Woman can never be on the same team. However, they can be used in the DCUMG for a team level of 49. The updated suggested build is teams at Level 60, so you still have a little wiggle room for another character.

Now, if I could just get a Steve Trevor and the rest of the squad, I can be a happy man. Granted, it might be a little weird seeing World War 2 era characters on the streets of Gotham, but I’m willing to do that.

Rounding out the Batman Miniatures Game comes an update for the Court of Owls factions- The Parliament of Owls:


I’m always down for increasing any/all factions that are preexisting. The Court of Owls definitely could use it. Over all, standard fair for the stat cards. Though the models for the 1880’s Talon and the High Court Lady look awesome. I’d be interested in trying to paint the fur on the High Court figure.

In addition to the Batman Miniatures Game releases, we have some DC Universe Miniatures Game only releases.
First up, everyone’s favorite Martian- Martian Manhunter

I don’t know why I just love that pose. It’s just so stoic and imposing.

J’onn is a bit of a multi-terrain tank. He’s defense can shift to benefit you depending on the teams you’re facing. He’s offensively adaptable at range and close combat. At Level 15, fits most hero teams as a strong secondary power bourse.

Finally, we have the good doctor himself, Doctor Fate:

That pose is classic and gorgeous. I am curious, though, in how well the figure is attacked to the base. Hopefully it doesn’t suffer from small ankles like some of their others.

Doctor Fate feels like a magical glass cannon. In the right situation, he can tie up and bind many characters. For the most part, the range on his attacks will keep him from harm’s way, but a few good shots and he’ll drop like a fly. 

Over all, super excited for this month’s preorders. Which ones are you excited for? Which ones are you skipping? Sign off in the comments below.

Happy gaming.

Knight Models have revealed a new character and his minions for the Batman Miniatures Game– Professor Pyg and Dollotrons!

The good Professor and his lackies…(photo by Knights Models)


For those unfamiliar with Professor Pyg, he was introduction during Grant Morrison’s fantastic run on Batman prior to the New 52 relaunch. He was a prominent villain for Dick Grayson during his tenor as Batman, kidnapping victims and turning them into his “Dollotrons” through various robotics, surgical manipulation and drug use.  These Dollotrons are generally genderless monstrousities he created in the pursuit of making people perfect. 

This piece is based on the Professor’s appearance in Batman: Arkham Knight. The video game version is a rather faithful translation of the source material, especially his use of a traveling circus called the “Circus of Strange” as a front for his crimes and experiements.

Professor Pyg’s stat card.


For 90 Reputation and $150 funding, you get a solid figure with two key attributes that I think is fantastic:

  • Medic– He can help remove either 1 blood damage or 2 stun damage from a friendly model. This is an absolute boost to some builds that didn’t have the option to get a medic on the field because of rank or affiliation restrictions.
  • Special Traits: Dollotrons– When hiring Professor Pyg, you get to recruit 3 Dollotrons at no additional cost. This give you 4 figures on the board for a measly 90/$150. The Dollotrons themselves, when alone or outnumbered, aren’t amazing but they have a great ability when kept close to the Professor.

Speaking of the Dollotrons’ abilities…

Dollotrons’ stat card.


As I said before, nothing to amazing except the 6 endurance and the Special Trait Creations of Perfection. The trait makes them worthless (point wise) for being KO’d or made a casualty, which makes them fearless tieup pieces. It also allows them to take any attack that would be directed at Professor Pyg so long as they are within 5cm and have 1sc to spend.

The down side to these beautiful creatures is that they can only be hire with Professor Pyg and, as such, can only be recruited at a max of three models. I had a beautiful team in mind for them if more than three could be used on a team. Oh well. It is still a fantastic set.

This is one I know I am looking forward to. What say the rest of you? Is this a must have for your Batman Miniatures Game collection or a pass for now? Sound off in the comments below and, until next time, happy gaming!