Warchest Gamer Confessions

Gamer Confessions: Those bloody (Kickstarter) buses…

If you back a Kickstarter you hope its going to be fulfilled. Even better when it’s on time. But I wasn’t prepared for them all arriving at the same blinking time! I’m sure their creators have conspired to have delivery of pledges all to fall in the same space of a few weeks.

Here is the confession – what I’ve received in the course of the last few weeks, why I fell for it in the first place and what I thought of the goodies when they arrived.

Summary Verdict:
 High is good.
Guilt Burden: Low is good.

Zombicide: Black Plague
First off a real chunk of gaming-goodness arrived – Zombicide Black Plague in it’s entirety (Base game + expansion and add-ons). In short, nigh on two hundred 28mm miniatures (no, I’m not going to count them).
Summary Verdict: Awesome. I was hopeful for good quality (for plastic) miniatures and was suitably pleased. 9/10
Guilt Burden: Massively intimidating number of miniatures to paint – and that’s just the cool player characters and big monsters. 10/10

Dungeon Forge – In my pocket
At the price point, I couldn’t resist this neat little dungeon crawl set of terrain and miniatures from Spain. Very nice in the flesh. Scales great with 15mm. Already painting it up. Considering returning for more dungeon furnishings. Quite a lot of painting to get it game ready.
Summary Verdict: Awesome. Heroquest in miniature. 9/10
Guilt Burden: Quite a lot of painting to get it game ready, but nothing taxing. 6/10

Heroines in Sensible Shoes
Big fan or Oathsworn so had to jump on this one. Great character sculpts for any number of skirmish game systems. I did resist jumping on to the second Kickstarter more recently due to bouts of leadenitus (guilt derived from amassing too much lead miniatures).
Summary Verdict: Always great miniatures from Oathsworn. 10/10
Guilt Burden: Modest number of 12 miniatures – but they demand a ‘good’ paint job. 6/10

15mm Cold War British and VDV Infantry and Armour Forces
I’m not a ‘moderns’ gamer/collector for various reasons but I like the look of Armies Army infantry for near future and post apocalyptic settings so I went in for the infantry, Brits and Russians (including Spec Ops, Snipers and Command). So not a lot of dosh for a decent number of little men that will paint up very well I think.
Summary Verdict: On a par with GZG stuff. Can’t complain at all. 8/10
Guilt Burden:  About 50 or so modern/near modern troops – 7/10

Marine Tactical Unit – 15mm Scale Miniatures
Some very fine resin futuristic marines that bear a canny resemblance to Halo troopers. Lovely models. Went in modest for mostly infantry and a mech or so.
Summary Verdict: Great  looking and fine detail. Now proper 15mm unlike the earlier prototypes. 9/10
Guilt Burden:  About 40 man-size infantry and some bigger fellows. Challenge to do justice to the casting.  8/10

PEDION Modular Prepainted Terrain System for RPGs & Wargames
Terrain – I took a punt on these gaming tiles as much to see how my home efforts compared to ‘professional’ tiles. I had Frostgrave in my head when ordering and went with a ‘winter’ theme as it was quite different to my own efforts. They are good. Not brilliant, but good. And will get used. Not expensive so value equals what you get. Not blown away by the magnetic aspect which is a bit hit or miss in the flesh. George Panolulos who I had some correspondence with was nothing short of ‘brilliant’ to deal with (for example I ordered 2 ‘blank’ tiles and he offered to emboss them with some cobblestone texture to tie in with some of my home-grown tiles. A+
Summary Verdict: Glad I took the punt. Now I have some ready-winter terrain. 8/10
Guilt Burden:  Little for me to do other than work up the 2 blanks and modify a couple of my own tiles to make for nine tiles of winter terrain (Oh, yeah, George also sent a bag of their winter flock to make this easier).  2/10

The Devil’s Run: Route 666
Another big one – in terms of building and painting work at least. Not as bad as Zombicide but I got a few extras on top of the base set. Not really had a chance to look at the game itself but the models are really really nice resin cars, truck, bikes, buggies and a few jet-pack girls. Scale-wise I think they sit between 15mm and the 20mm Dark Future GW game of which I have quite a lot of (scale obviously chosen to tie in with Matchbox and Hotwheels which I’m fine with using with 15mm ‘people’ anyway). Scale police might have more of an issue so check for yourself before purchase.
Summary Verdict: Game looks fun. Models look great. 8/10
Guilt Burden:  Quite a bit. Hope it doesn’t all sit in the box too long.  9/10

Global Defence Forces – 15mm Sci-fi tabletop miniatures
I always like to support the small business or start up and that’s the case here. I went in fairly modestly though. And, whilst SLP can sculpt and the range of poses he offered for his Sci Fi troopers was very impressive, they don’t scale terribly well with the rest of the ’15mm’ offerings available today. Yes, odd me saying this after my ‘police-scale’ comments above – but in this instance we have humans next to humans and these fellas are vertically challenged. I’ve swapped an email (just today) with Slap Miniatures about the ‘scale aspect’ in relation to a new Kickstarter he has just launched – Space Knights – and he has confirmed that the new line of miniatures will be bigger. Onwards and upwards.
Summary Verdict: Just too small. May not make the paint table. But A+ for effort. 2/10
Guilt Burden:  About 30 miniatures which would get a 7/10 if they were to join the paint queue. But as I probably won’t paint them 0/10. But then add the guilt of paying money for something that won’t get used (about £25, not the end of the world) 9/10.  Averages to about a 5/10

Anyway – all of the above turned up on my door step over the course of only a few weeks. When added together quite a mound projects/minis/toys or games. I strongly think I need to curb my enthusiasm for the Kickstarter. I did resist Dark Souls (read more here) but in the pipeline are still;

Well, that’s my Kickstarter Confession out the way.

Oh – wait. I’m lying. Technically this is ‘Not a Kickstarter I backed’ in that I didn’t back it when it was live. But I did go full in as a Completionist Level Pledge backer after the fact and this horde of halflings turned up – yup – a couple of weeks ago along with the above KSs.

Halfling Adventurers Miniatures
From Stonehaven in the States. A new manufacturer to me but their existing stuff looked great.  At the time I was weak, thinking about skirmish games like Frostgrave and Song of Blades and Heroes. This host covered almost all conceivable hobbit options and they looked both cool and cute at the same time.
Summary Verdict: Miniatures as promised. Cool and cute. Great detail. Well cast. Pewter slightly harder than average. Can you have too many halflings? 10/10
Guilt Burden:  Yes, you can have too many halflings. Somewhere between 80-100 items including little accessories and the like. Lots to work through. But I can pace it over several years…  9/10

9 thoughts on “Gamer Confessions: Those bloody (Kickstarter) buses…”

  1. Wow, you really went wild with the Kickstarter campaigns! I am still waiting on the one and only one that I’ve backed (naval rules). For some reason, I feel unsure about backing a lot of them. I guess I don’t want to be disappointed.

    I did seriously thought about backing the Critical Mass Astagar. I do like what they already have, but my interest in 15mm sci-fi has sort of waned in the last several years.

    1. Hi Chris
      Ah, well, you see, I didn’t go ‘wild’ per sae. I admit I did back these (obviously) but over a time period of maybe a year and a half or even two years. The problem was their delivery times all fell into to a very small window of time, thus giving the impression of irresponsible hobby investing (cough, cough).

      As to disappointment – as you can see from above, over all I was very pleased all round. I think the Kickstarter is less of a gamble today than perhaps it was (at least in the hobby – no idea about the rest).

      Yeah, the space snakes are pretty cool. So long as your waining interest is sprouting creativity elsewhere! I think we all ebb and flow in terms of current favourite flavours do we not…

  2. I can only hope that your house is full of priest holes to hide all this from your significant other! If it’s too late for that I fear for the completion of the projects, depending on your guilt to household chore ratio (and there’s a lot of high guilt scores there).

    Aside for that, look forward to seeing the results.

    1. Hey Sam
      Yes, pretty good for hideyholes and cupboards-that-time-forgot.
      But you are right – the ‘completionist’ aspect is sorely challenged (hence the guilt monitoring). I even had the notion of jotting down ALL projects, completed or otherwise, the other day. I decided for the sake of sanity not to do that and focus on the NOW.

      Having said that, might see you on Saturday for some hobby shopping? 😉

      1. Project logging? There madness awaits!

        And Yes, I’ll be at Claymore nearly all day. Going to try and get the lad interested in playing Spartan’s new Halo game to leave me free for browsing and chatting. 🙂

        1. 15mm sci fi – can’t go wrong. Might join him!

          Hope to run in to you and catch up. Assuming I avoid the project logging because you are right – quick route to the mad house.

          1. Sorry I missed you at Claymore – you must have been hiding well…

            Had a look at the Halo Ground Command table… slightly underwhelmed to be honest. But then I’m a little mad – off to log all my projects AND miniatures…

  3. Thank you so much for this; it’s nice to know that I’m not alone with the ‘Ohhh, looks pretty, must have some for use as rebels in that desert world revolt I’m working on…” (well actually have been working on for the past seven years and it’s still as far forward as it was one week into the project!).

    Maybe we should form “leadaholics anonymous’… “My name’s Peter, I’m a leadaholic. It’s been two weeks since I last ordered some figures that probably won’t get painted”

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