Factious Waste Kickstarter

Factious Waste KickstarterOakbound Studios from the UK are currently running a Kickstarter campaign to fund a printed rulebook for their narrative post-apocalyptic skirmish game, Factious Waste.

I picked up the PDF version of the rules just before Christmas and was very impressed by their quality, originality and presentation.  One particular noteworthy feature is that they don’t include any randomisation at all (dice, cards, etc.) so the gameplay is purely tactical, with strong gang customisation and advancement elements.

The illustrated 200-page softback book is available for just £20 and there’s also a £30 gamer pledge level which includes a growing number of stretch goals which already includes and art print and a set of wonderful resin objective markers from Fogou Models.  The campaign will run until 3rd April and there are more stretch goal freebies still to unlock so please do check it out.  Tucked away at the bottom of the page, is the option to add any of their current range of 28mm metal post-apocalyptic figures for £10 for 5 – I’ve currently only got one of the miniatures so I’m taking the opportunity to pick up the rest of the range at a substantial discount.  Geoff Sims (the project’s creator) is very approachable and the Kickstarter page and Oakbound Facebook page currently have an active discussion about what wasteland characters Geoff might sculpt next.

Star Wars Legion: Barricades

While Facebook seems full to bursting with people posting pictures of the Star Wars Legion core sets they’ve completely painted over the launch weekend, my own progress has been somewhat more modest as all I’ve managed so far is the set of eight barricades.  They were very simple to paint and at least I can say that I’ve made a start on the core set!

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Star Wars Legion Unboxing

I have to confess that I’ve never been a huge fan of the Star Wars movie franchise (except maybe “The Empire Strikes Back”) but yet the new Star Wars Legion miniatures game was still on my list of most anticipated games for 2018 and I picked up the core set of on the day after release. This wasn’t due to amazing reviews of the models or rules but simply because I’ve got a history of buying into games (in terms of both cost and effort) that are a bit obscure and then struggling to find regular opponents and if there’s one thing that’s for certain about this game, it’s that I won’t be short of people to play with in the immediate future.

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Commands & Colours Ancients: Marathon

It’s been nearly a year since I last played Commands & Colours Ancients so when Rohan said he wanted to give his newly purchased (from me!) 15mm Persians a run out “to check they weren’t duds”, I was only too happy to oblige.

Commands & Colours Ancients is a hex based boardgame which is ideally suited to being played with miniatures – in this case using 15mm scale figures based for DBx placed on a Hotz mat terrain cloth with terrain features overlaid.




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Four Against Darkness Review

Four Against Darkness is a solo dungeon crawling pencil & paper game written by Andrea Sfiligoi and published by Ganesha Games.  It’s available in PDF format from Wargames Vault (which is where I got my copy) and also in printed or PDF format directly from Ganesha Games and from Amazon.

I picked this up when it first came out but hadn’t found the opportunity to play it.  A quiet Sunday afternoon with wild winds outside finally provided an ideal time to read through the rules and give them a go.

The digital download includes a 90-page black & white game booklet with a colour cover.  Some of the most frequently used play aids are also reproduced in a mini booklet format with eight pages on a single A4 sheet.  I printed the full booklet (except the cover) on 4 pages per sheet of A4 and it came out perfectly readable.  While it’s certainly possible to play just using the PDF, I think that given the need to flick back and forth around the text, that wouldn’t be ideal.  As well as the rules, you need something to write with, some grid paper and two ordinary six-sided dice to play.

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A Review of “The Early Roman Empire” by Daniel Mersey

A Wargamer’s Guide to The Early Roman Empire
Daniel Mersey
Pen & Sword Military 2017
ISBN: 9781473849556

This title is one of the latest offerings from this excellent series of books which are intended to be a low-cost general introduction for existing wargamers to take up a new historical period, in what I can best describe as the spiritual successor to the Airfix guides from the 70s.

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