Panzerfäuste – Orc Expeditionary Forces

After the Dwarfs’ invasion into the land of Les Gnomes the Orc Expeditionary Forces jointly with les armees Gnomaise met the Teutonic Threat. My first Panzerfäuste shipment contained the Orc Infantry and Command sets with more sets on the way after Salute.

I decided for a generally brownish Tommy style for my Orcs and voila here is the result.

 

The Enigma team is waiting for its finishing touches. A little wash on the wire, the handconsole and the back pack of the Orc in the background and that will be it. The infantry is finished besides one arm that was missing from my package and finally the MG team with some work remaining. The remainder of the support weapons is on the way along with a set of Dwarf Grenadiers so ym Orcs have something to shoot at. I sourced some proxies for Dwarf Paratroopers and below are my proxies for Gnomish Legion Etrangere and Resistance.

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Wargames Bakery is back

Dave finally has a new website and you can find it here: http://wargamesbakery.co/

This is where you can get the Basius basing pads to make your own bases. Also available now the Orc Princess and the BOOMBLASTIC range.

Go on, deplete his stock.

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The Dark Symmetrie is strong in this one

Started to paint the Mercurian Maculator and made some progress on the Panzerfäuste Orcs. First of all the Maculator.

It is a bulky beast and I have chosen a blueish incarnation of the guy. Nice feature is the inclusion of resin base inserts, that allow you to add some eye candy to your minis. Again I stress the point that Jarek is an engineer, adding snap in to securely attach the mini to the resin base insert.

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After Vallejo grey primer I started with Vallejo GC Ultramarine and a layer of Night Blue. To continue I will go Sky Blue and brush with a lighter blue. The gun will be Gun Metal with Armor Wash and Dark grey features. Khaki Loincloth and some Brass on the armour will complete the guy. The base was done in several Brown shades, going lighter every time. Needs more brushing with Longbeard Grey. The start of my DL, the wife is not amused.

On to Hysterical Games and Rob. Within an hour of calling for aid, Poppy’s surgery had been financed and many well wishers are still coming forward, making sure Rob and Hannah’s dog will recover swiftly. Now the business has not paused and Rob has been casting stock for Salute2016 this weekend where he will have limited edition mugs and bags. Grab them while you can and buy all his stock of Panzerfäuste and S.P.Q.Orc, his latest crazy game. In cooperation with Maveryc Games the Orcs are now Roman Legionaires, the rest is silence.

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My Orcs have been attacked with paint as well and the Doc as well as the first model soldier showcase what I will do to them. Generally I am aiming for a “Tommy” look on them and while my painting is rusty (never was any good in the first place) the following Orcs will look a little better. Currently putting the brownish tones on, next one are the rifles with uniform, boots and webbing generally done.

Since I have heard “Dwarf Fallschirmjäger” and Orc Local Defense Volunteers I cannot shake off the idea of “Sealion”. So buying from Rob at Salute and on the coming webshop will ensure swift release of further Panzerfäuste waves. “And when you are asking, why are they not coming. Rest assured, they will come and you can fight dem on da beachez

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Poppy needs you!

I rarely post twice a day but Poppy the pug needs your urgent help. Rob Alderman (Hysterical Games) has posted a gofundme campaign to help with the cost for Poppy’s coming surgery.

Poppy has been instrumental for the success of the Panzerfäuste Kickstarter, leading some preliminary design work while at the same time supervising Rob. I hope some of my readers can help in this hour of need.

https://www.gofundme.com/tfyjtzpw

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Space Crusading with Prodos Games

Just during my (belated) breakfast the postman rang – twice – and a nice little care package from Poland was delivered. I have been at Prodos supporter for over a year now and to summarise, it has been a sometimes bumpy but enjoyable ride.

On this occasion I had spoken to Michal H and to honour the blog he supplied me with a couple of the new releases for Space Crusade as well as Warzone Resurrection. I will review them one after the other but bear in mind that my relocation to China is taking most of my time.

Today we are looking at the following sets:

WZR – Mercurian Maculator

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SC – Nyx

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SC – Amazons (Bikers)

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The other sets will go in to different reviewers.  All sets came in the new packaging, so no more blisters. The packaging is a cardboard box with artwork printed on all sides and a heart cardboard box inside with the miniatures safely packaged with all accessories, cut and by foam.

After the quick bath in soapy water the minis are drying now and it’s time for a first inspection.

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The Nyx is the first item to review. I call it no less than the next revolution in miniature making as it is a single piece cast (resin) which will make the mini and the game very accessible to younger gamers, time constrained gamers but also boardgame players. And the best of all is the integral base. However, I will look at a different basing option, possibly 30 mm DS.

The Amazon Biker lady is from the not-PG13 version of the game so I had to photoshop the picture a little. This one is a multipart resin cast so it offers a little more customisation potential. Worth a side note, also the base is made in resin.

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Finally the Mercurian Maculators and pictures say more than a thousand words. All miniatures I received are flawless casts which should provide minimal preparation work to go from box to gain. Interesting feature here are the base inserts cast in resin, offering the discerning wargamer free scenic basis along with the miniatures.

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After they are dry I will continue this review, paint them up and start gaming. Not only do I want to start Dark Legion (the only faction I do not yet own in WZR) or get into Space Crusade (PG13 for China) but also want to use the SC minis for a Sisters of Battle/Inquisition/Grey Knight army. But, alas, I need to move to China first before I can even think of any of this.

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Panzerfäuste – Operation Tea Chalice

First order of the day, my apologies for the prolonged absence. There has been some change in my (family) life and we are planning our relocation abroad (China). Needless to say this has severely impacted on gaming time but cannot be helped. Anyways, some of you may remember the Panzerfäuste Kickstarter I brought to your attention a while ago. The miniatures are being delivered and I was lucky enough to sneak into Wave 1 with my Orcs.

Moreover Rob from Hysterical Games has been kind enough (again) and given me an additional (miscast) Orc MG team in addition to my Orc Infantry and Command sets. Short version, I have asked for a full Orc Support Team, as well as a Dwarf Grenadier team to fight it out with “Da Orcz”, delivered after the Salute 2016 show but now a review and one by one.

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The game

Panzerfäuste is taking traditional Fantasy races and sets them into a (hilarious) WWI/WWII environment. The Germanic Dwarfs have ruthlessly/rightfully invaded “Les landes des Gnomes” (French Gnomes). Teutonically outraged by this, the British Orcs did not find this “Cricket” and deployed their Orcish Expeditionary Forces (OEF) to meet this dwarfish threat to the free world.

Be prepared to see French Foreign Legion Gnomes, Iron Clad Dwarf Sturmtruppen and Orc Highlanders in Tartan. And if that does not have you rolling on the floor in laughter you may go on and even play the intended game.

The miniatures

The miniatures are 28mm resin casts. Resin seems to be the current material of choice for a huge number of companies and with the advances particularly Prodos, Rob’s old employer, has made over the last couple of years there is no reason this will not continue. While it requires new skills for us gamers (“How to work with resin”) Rob has a lot of experience with resin casting but take a look for yourself.20160405_144923

 

The miniatures have been cleaned and take my word for it, it was an easy job. I may need a little more filing here and there but in general the miniatures are extremely detailed (fingers on the trigger!!!) and have no major flaws. Flash has been a little more than with Prodos minis which have virtually none.

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In Rob’s defence: Being a one man outfit essentially I was not sure what to expect. I am more than pleasantly surprised that the quality is as it is. I had almost 20 Orcs and 4 in total I needed to subject to the hot water treatment for being out of shape. Three of those were minimal corrections (the bajonet) and even the biggest one (bent rifle) was corrected in no time. If you have no experience with resin, get a Prodos blister and then your Panzerfäuste and if you are a veteran be pleasantly surprised at what comes out of Rob’s casting grounds.

Also there has been some critique for “gaps” when attaching the arms to the orcs. I have experienced two or three cases of minimal gaps which I had to fill with Vallejo liquid putty, the amounts being minimal. It was also my experience that gaps are minimised if you press the arms in a little stronger. The designs are very much fitting, so you need to attach and align properly (which is easy).

The rules

So far I have only briefly looked at the skirmish rules. They are, simply spoken, a one factor ruleset called “Guts” which influences everything your guys are doing. It is however not a simplistic system because their actions success or failure does alter the guts level of your soldiers. This allows for a very simple and straightforward statline but immediately alters your soldiers’ performance (morale factor?).

There are a number of modifiers to the current guts level of your soldier, depending on proximity of leadership, type of action, whether there is cover or not etc. etc. so that depth is achieved and the system is by no means a simplistic exercise. A lot of questions did arise by merely reading: Should I move my boys and risk being shot at or do I take an aimed shot with a dude that has already lost some of his starter level of guts?

There is a lot of tournament potential in there both for hardcore tournament players as well as people just having a laugh and a not so serious attitude towards gaming. Rob encourages gamers to update the rules with him and the beta rules are free to download via wargamevault (http://www.wargamevault.com/browse/pub/8516/Hysterical-Games?term=hysterical+games). He is also very clear about the aim of the game: Having fun, so if any rule does not work for you, you and your gaming partner should feel free to change it.

The company

Hysterical Games is Rob Alderman’s and Steve Blease’s company. After leaving Prodos Rob is now his own boss and decided to rejuvenate Panzerfäuste. Since it is a young and small company I am naturally interested.

So far Rob and Steve have successfully funded a Kickstarter to relaunch Panzerfäuste and considering the quality I expect this little gem to spread a little further over the next couple of months and years to come. Knowing Rob for almost 2 years now I also know he is very dedicated to get a “fun” product into peoples’ hands to (and I quote) “make them happy”.

Their cooperation with Maveryc Games will see a fantasy version of the Panzerfäuste idea being let loose on you (Roman Legionaries as Orcs!!!!!!) called “Pax Bochemannica”. Current sets are made in metal and I have already told Rob I will definitely have one on order once I have settled in my new location.

Knowing a face behind a company always helps me to make my decision and talking to Rob almost daily, I am convinced his effort is genuinely aimed at making people happy with his art.

The verdict

Get them while you can. I suggest visiting Hysterical Games at Salute 2016 or another convention they attend. Have a game and grab some Blisters. If there was anything negative to say I would opt for the current absence of startersets for one or two players. I doubt this is going to stop the true connoisseur of gaming to get their resin fix from my preferred resincrack dealer.

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Age of Tyrants Episode VI – Return of the Kickstarter

What do you say when a company new to crowdfunding goes on Kickstarter? Good Luck? Obviously but without a big name like Mantic, Hawk or even Reaper how wll can they perform? We have a financing solution! We are 3/4 funded and merely 16.5 hours into the one month funding period. Voila!

If you need more information on the game, why not head over to the dedicated website (http://www.ageoftyrants.com/?atid=6) and get intot he threads on army building, KS Goodies etc.

John has been extremely anxious about the start of the campaign and is unlikely to have gotten much sleep as I can see from the forums. Me, for once, I will go back paint my Junker tank and the Urban War Shockmarines.

Happy pledging here: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1520354196/age-of-tyrants

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