Saturday, June 18, 2011

Tale of Four Gamers (June)

Today I finished my June painting for the Tale of Four Games (LotR).  You will notice Lurtz leading this small bad of Uruk-hai.  I decided to pull him from Isengard Raiders list and next month I will be focusing my painting on Uruk-hai Scouts with bows.  Using the bows will save me some points and help absorb the extra points I used for Lurtz.  The Uruk-hai Scouts with bows are more effective then crossbow and cheaper.  I did paint one too many Uruk-hai worriers and my total is 185 for this month.  I will pull one of the worriers out and set it aside for next month.  Now I need to get my game in for the month.


Tuesday, June 14, 2011

EPIC Buildings

I really enjoy playing EPIC and my buddy and I want to build some tables just for EPIC.  I want to build a city board and have been challenged finding buildings.  At one time GW made some great ruined buildings however they have become very expensive over the years.  I have been buying some from other companies and started a small collection.  The goal is to make a city table that looks like the picture my friend posted on his blog, Cursed Treasures.


Last week I was on Table Top Gaming News and saw a new release from Game Craft Miniatures for ruined buildings.  I clicked on over to their web site and liked what I saw.  I was concerned when I read the product description that the buildings were made from a picture matting material.  I was not sure if it would hold up on the gaming table being made out of a paper product.  I took my chances and ordered some and figured I would give them a try.   

Yesterday my buildings showed up in the mail and I couldn't wait to see what they looked like.  I opened the box to find candy.  I was surprised and laughed a little about it.  I always like it when a company gives me something I did not expect.

After I ate a piece of candy I removed my new buildings from the box.  I like they way this company packaged the buildings.  They could have just put all the pieces in the box and sent it out.  No, they put each of the 9 buildings in a zip lock bag.  I didn't have to spend my time sorting out the pieces and could just pick out a building to build. 

I opened one of them to check the quality of the product.  I was very happy with how durable the material is.  It is very strong and didn't feel like paper at all, more like wood.  At that point I knew that for the $20 price tag I got a great deal.  Now don't get me wrong they can break but it takes some effort.  So I then decided it was time to build a few.  Real simple to build, a little glue on the corners and let them set up to dry.  Each building piece has some cut out that fit together like a puzzle piece.  I had no problems putting them together and I used Super Glue.

 After the main part of the building was done I then added some interior floors that came with my purchase. 

I had these two building done in less then 10 minutes.  Now came the fun part.  One of the challenges building a city board is that I don't want all my buildings looking the same.  What is cool about these buildings is the amount of space provided on between the windows and doors.  It gave me some creative freedom to add some different pieces of plastic card stock to make each one unique. 

Now when I get to work on my table I can make it look like a real city with each building having its own flavor.  Now I have not painted them yet however I am not concerned.  I will give them a good coat of primer and then then a quick dry brush.  I might even give them some graffiti and posters just to add more character to them.

So here is my product review, they rock.  The scale is great as you can see in one of the previous pictures.  You get 9 buildings for $20 you can't find a better deal.  I don't know how this company is cutting this product, I think they are using a leaser cutting because the product looks burnt on the edges, but they are cut perfectly.  I was just very impressed by this company from ordering, delivery and the product itself.  I will be ordering some more and hope that they will be adding to this product line in the future.