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  • Chariots of War from Slitherine Games
    on your outlook Personally I do not mind this element too much and I spent quite an amount of time poring through the instruction booklet and tutorial game simply to get a hang of the game processes In playing the game I found that I had to give adequate attention to this element to enable me to build the World conquering armies I vainly hoped for Turns are a month long and each can generate random events to aid or frustrate your plans Diplomacy is also brought into play as you send observers to other courts basically as spies Armies a built up step by step starting with low grade units such auxiliary spearsmen that are cheap and less than cheerful you are able to develop better trained and equipped units as your civilization advances ultimately achieving a large chariot armed force You need to create a balance between garrison forces protecting from the stab in the back or barbarian raiding parties and your offensive force that needs to be at the cutting edge so to speak Army movement is easy to control until games like Gettysburg where your chaps seem to develop a mind of their own and march over a very nice looking computer generated World with plenty of variety and pleasing touches Battles are fought to a set formula a detailed map split into three operational areas is displayed While your scouts skirmish with the enemy trying to obtain information you deploy your units in response to the visible enemy units and the unseen threats that may lay concealed beyond terrain Care is needed in deployment for your units to make proper and best use of terrain and to avoid overlapping of units which may mean some troops do not see action There are a variety of

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  • No Quarter Fantasy Wargames now has a new web host and can be found at www
    being Cadian shock troops As usual these plastic models are provided in kit form cleanly cast in hard grey plastic Although some may find this approach unnecessarily complicated especially if all you want to do is get on with the painting it does have the great advantage of allowing you to produce a huge range of individual poses from the limited parts available And there is always plenty left over for your spare parts collection so you are able to produce truly unique models in the future The figures fit together easily and cleanly with the minimum of filling required and the glue tends to do this The trickiest part is fixing the guys to their bases The Cadians are an efficient brave and determined force who guard the borders if the Imperium and so as you would expect these are tough cookies armed with a wide range of deadly weapons and body armour This box provides you with 20 models for 15 which compares very well with the cost of metal equivalents Also received a Cadian Heavy weapons Squad This sells for 8 and contains sufficient parts for three teams of two figures which can be armed with a range of heavy weapons including mortars Lascannon Heavy Bolter Missile launcher and Autocannon Again there are a number of spare part that can be added to you spares box for future use Also included is a useful sheet of transfer with unit insignia numbers etc Again the detail of the models is excellent although fixing the weapons to their tripods was a bit of a pain But the effort is worth it as the models are very very good indeed Just a quick tip and I do not want to teach you to suck eggs but make sure that you

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  • No Quarter Fantasy Wargames now has a new web host and can be found at www
    been any mould lines they are so slight that they were so easy to remove that they are not really worth mentioning Again the detail of the braid buttons everything is depicted well on the figures giving the attention to detail on the models a must Painting Well what can I say that I haven t already said Sheer Pleasure Line Horse Artillery FNA 21 Gunner with Portfire First thoughts Again a joy to behold with very little de flashing required The detail is all their and begs to be painted right down to the figures moustache The brading is beautifully re created on the jacket and breeches As with all the figures in this and other ranges provided by Front Rank it seems a pity to paint the figures as the sculpting is unbelievable But don t let this put you off A clean and spray with undercoat brings out the best in these miniatures and once undercoated I can t wait to hit the paint cans and begin the process of bringing the colour to this already lifelike model Painting Lets put it this way if you don t like painting this You need your bumps feeling Duchy of Warsaw Polish Line Infantry Fusileers in Czapka DWN 1 Marching DWN 5 Advancing Low Porte First thoughts Once again little clean up work was required to these miniatures The detail on the Czapka is stunning right down to the eagle plate on the front of it Both Figures are well animated with lots of folds and creases in the correct places Musket detail as always is well defined as are all the detailed features on all the miniatures in the review There are I feel I must point out 8 variations to these figures and all in different poses although one is lying dead but do not dispair if you don t like them in your units they are excellent casualty markers and it is worth buying them for this use and also for vignettes As for painting well do I really need to say any more on this subject that I haven t already said Voltigeurs in Czapska DWN 24 Voltigeur Cornet First thoughts Flash what flash none existent on my example except that is the usual bit on the bottom of the base It is a figure that screams animation and detail and a really nice paint job take your time painting this one and really do this wondrous model justice This model will look great in a closed company or in a skirmish screen The cheeks on this guy are great and give the impression that he is really blasting away on his cornet lovely animation and superb detail Grenadiers in Bearskin DWN 16 Advancing High Porte First thoughts Although only three models to choose from in this part of the range you can t really complain as knowing Alec he will most likely expand these further The casting was very clean and again needs little

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  • No Quarter Fantasy Wargames now has a new web host and can be found at www
    encyclopaedia but again without much joy So I was very pleasantly surprised when I received these rules from Cotton Jim s Flags I was immediately taken by the layout of the rules and their comprehensive coverage of what I considered the most important elements of the vessels So the following night I called in the help of a neighbour and set up the front room floor to fight through a squadron action of the 1860 s and selected from the lists included as part of the rules The playing area recommended in the rules for basic games is a 30 square board divided into 25 x 6 but I set up a slightly large area for our game Turning Circles Speed Scales Torpedo Templates etc are included in the rules and should be photocopied or scanned and then cut out prior to the game A range of dice is required d20 d12 and d6 and you need to copy the combat and ship damage cards which you might want to consider laminating and using with wipeable felt tips The game itself or maybe I should say games because we played three during the evening was simplicity itself The rules were

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  • No Quarter Fantasy Wargames now has a new web host and can be found at www
    night in the pub or a dead TV night And of course the whole game can be slipped into your back pocket for convenience Playing the game is simple Each player draws five cards and then take turns in building up their forces which create a battleline with a reserve force The player with the most tactical points deployed in reserve takes the initiative and carry out an offensive action Combat is decided by a combination of dice rolls and the allocation of tactical points and that is where the skill lies The cards themselves are very colourful and certainly attractive to kids as I keep finding mine mixed in with my son s Pokemon and Magic cards probably the best way to begin playing Warcry is to obtain a starter box such as the Grand Alliance This contains a 30 card army pack a 30 card action pack a set of the full rules and strength gauge Additional cards can be purchased in small packs or in further box sets Soon to be released is a new set of cards called the Horus Heresy giving a game system based in the Warhammer 40K universe and a tradeable miniatures game

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  • No Quarter Fantasy Wargames now has a new web host and can be found at www
    The designer has even managed to imbue the individual figures on a stand with its own characteristics which is amazing really There is an amount of cleaning up that has to be done on some of the figures not much really but fiddly at times and the thinness of 6mm muskets does mean that care needs to be taken I found cleaning up the artillery wheels a real pain in the bum I though that painting these little blighters would be a nightmare Especially after studying them under the glass and was able to pick out better the fine detail on the uniforms But when my partner checked them out she reckoned that they would be easy So using the same approach she has on 300 GW Uruk Hai she applied a black undercoat and dry brushed the strips with a series of layers After a couple of attempts she was able to get the style right and painted 5 strips in 15 mins including an ink wash The effect was very good and I began to see why John have traded in his 15mm ACW and turned to 6mm This has allowed him to create historical units on a

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  • Cotton Jim
    I was more than pleased when I opened a plain brown padded envelope and out fell a mini torrent of clear plastic packages with a wide selection of standards from a variety of countries and periods All of the flags received are produced to a very high standard with excellent detail and reflecting a slight eggshell sheen Each pack contains a number of flags for example The Seven Years War Irish units contains two colours for three Regiments giving six flags in all The range is extensive covering not only the favourites like the American Civil war and Seven Years War but also the unusual such as Mexican and Arab forces The most unusual perhaps are in the colonial range which include British in India such as Bombay Infantry regiments Napoleonics are covered in detail with not only the major protagonists but also allied troops such as the Confederation of the Rhine and Bavarians available I was particularly impressed by the English Civil war selection the cavalry cornets are excellent and the Scots infantry standards very impressive indeed The flags are produced in an accurate 25mm or 15mm scale and this may be a slight problem given the erratic nature

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  • Games Workshop  Shadow and Flame
    had literally snatched the book from me and locked himself in his room for a few hours Have you seen Glorfindel He s so cool Glorfindel is of course a super skilled and courageous elven warrior in case you were not sure The format of the book is the familiar professional Games Worshop production A4 Soft back packed with superb pics of amazing models painting tips character descriptions and special rules So if you want to pit your Hobbits against the weird powers of the Barrow Wights check out the effect of Tom Bombadil s singing on a goblin grab Shadow and Flame a bargain at 8 as soon as possible Of course to fight the games you need the figures and again Games Workshop have come up trumps with a range of Dwarves representing the forces of Ballin in his attempt to literally carve a kingdom in Khazad Dum with the tragic results that are so graphically recounted in the first of the LOTR movies Received for review is a set of Ballin s personal Khazad guard and the Man himself all portrayed armed with war axes and storming down on the evil hordes These figures are excellent with great detail especially in the Nordic and runic designs that decorate the helms and equipment The facial expression on the models is clear and very realistic These models simply shout the desperation of a determined if hopeless last stand and are to be highly recommended There are a total of 9 models in the set which retails at 20 For those who favour the forces of the Dark Lord and want to really give their army an edge how about a Ringwraith mounted on a flying fell beast just as featured in the Two Towers movie at the fords of

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