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REVIEWS

FISHING BAG? RATHER A TOURNAMENT HOBBY BAG!

Guys – I have a nice story for you.

Today, just as usual, I was wandering around LIDL supermarket. I have my favorite route which goes something like ‘bread, vegetables, meat, milk, all the crazy sheeet section, cash-in’ and just when I got close to ‘all the crazy sheeet section’ I went numb. There was a basket full of HOBBY BAGS! I’ve seen many strange things in LIDL, including shoes, bikes, guitars, puzzle, tools – but to see a hobby bag was unexpected! I assaulted the basked and started digging through bags to find an opened one and check it out. As it happened it actually was a “Fishing Bag”, but still it looked so good, that I took a peak inside – and BOOM – there where fck’n hobby bitz boxes inside! And plenty of them too! My mind blown I checked the pricing and saw 25€. Soon later, with a smile splitting my face in two – I was walking home, with a new Hobby Bag under one arm…

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For it’s price the bag is of a really good quality. When taking these pictures my mind was racing with the possibilities. All the future tournaments… all these segregated bitz…

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I bet you feel it too… in your mind’s eye you see all the miniatures, tournament accessories and bitz being put into this awesome bag and boxes!

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If you read TUTORIAL: 10 TIPS TO KEEP YOUR HOBBY SPACE ORGANIZED and GAMING TUTORIAL: INFINITY TOURNAMENT PREPARATION, you now that I’m a hobby bag freak, who likes to keep his stuff organized and miniatures zipped. My eyes filled with tears of joy when I layed eyes on this beauty while taking the pictures. I also went to check out if this one will be Infinity Tournament friendly…

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It passed the test! So much space in the main body that both my Feldherr Mini plus tank and Feldherr Mini (in which I keep my miniatures) fit in.  There’s a special slot to keep the army list in. There are two side pockets to keep some sweets along with tape measures… one bigger pocket at the front to hold some additional stuff like cash and phone. This one is perfect for Infinity or other skirmish games… ‘fishing bag’ my ass!

LIDL you made my day once again…

Nazroth

REVIEW: CORAX WHITE SPRAY

Not so long ago I was in the middle of painting gaming terrain for my Infinity Gaming Table. I used GW’s Skull White undercoat as this is the base colour for all the terrain. As you can imagine my stockpile of White was depleted pretty fast. In search of Skull White Spray I visited couple Online Stores, but everywhere I checked – Corax White was the only available ‘White’ undercoat. So I made my mind and ordered three cans. I received the package two days later – started undercoating right away… and was shocked with what I saw to a point where I just had to review Corax White.

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Properties

The first thing that I observed was the way in which Corax White covered the surface. It worked almost as good as Chaos Black Spray – producing a smooth and strong colour. This, in my opinion, makes Corax White a very user-friendly spray. Skull White in comparison is very difficult to use, producing a layer that is a bit translucent and tends to run more like ‘hold fire button and forget’. I’m sure that Corax White will be great for some colour schemes, including Yellow, Orange, Pink, light Grey and a lot of others. It may even be good for White colour scheme – but here’s the surprise: Corax White is not ‘White’! It’s more like GW’s ‘Astronomican Grey’, or Vallejo ‘Pale Grey Blue’. Just take a look at the pictures:

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You probably wornder ‘what the hell GW?’ right now. I was taken aback with this effect – more so, because I ordered three cans of that, so called, ‘White’ spray thus ending up with three cans of spray that is everything but White 🙂

Some more pictures – this time with Vallejo ‘Dead White’ applied to both caps:

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At some angles Skull White is 1:1 match for the Dead White, while Corax not-White is something totally else.

Summary

So my final opinion about Corax White is as follows:

Games Workshop’s Corax White is a big step forward when it comes to coverage and way of applying the spray. It is very user friendly and may be used to achieve great results. Still removing Skull White from the offer while introducing Corax White was an unfair move – because Corax White IS NOT WHITE AT ALL.

Be aware before you happen to purchase!

For all those of you who happened to paint an entire army/project using Skull White and run out of stock in the process – I strongly recommend a purchase of Army Painter’s White Primer instead. It is a bit stronger than GW and the layer it produces is also less grainy – but atleast it’s WHITE!

Nazroth

REVIEW: AVP THE HUNT BEGINS

Hey guys! Some of you may find this interresting. Recently I bought a hot stuff: AVP The Hunt Begins boardgame and what I found inside the box forced me to write this review.

About Aliens vs Predator franchise: I personally love AVP. The retro futuristic setting and it’s owerwhelming dark mood keeps my heart burning with desire for more and more AVP stuff to buy. In AVP universe human is reduced to the role of prey. Even tho Colonial Marines are tough bastards equipped with deadly Smartguns and Pulse Rifles they still fall to Alien predation and are no match against masters of the hunt, the Predators. Hunted for sport or means of breeding they must cooperate to survive the inevitable doom.What I find the most important in all AVP products is for them to be based on Aliens (2nd movie) and Predator (1st movie). So we have some armed to the teeth Colonial Marines, being thrown between an angered Aliens hive and dreadful Predator hunters. They try to survive, while their number dwindles slowly. All the time the terror is multiplied, but still badass Marines cheer up the mood with good, oldschool oneliners. This is how I see it. That’s the way I love it.

So when I found out about AVP board/miniature game being released I was extatic! I jumped right onto Kickstarted and was taken aback by the information of who releases it: Prodos Games. After seeing the difference between Prodos’ Warzone Kickstarter and Warzone final products I wasn’t sure if I wanted to spend some cash in advance. I’d held my hand and awaited KS campaign results. After it came to an end Prodos surprised me with an option to buy the game via their site. That was unexpected and bothered me a little so once more I held my hand and didn’t made the purchase. Finally the AVP The Hunt Begins hit the stores and this time, being sure that I will get my copy, I made the purchase.

The box looks amazing and weights a lot so once you will hold it in your hands, you’ll probably buy it 🙂

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THE BOX: The way with which game elements are packed is mediocre. Cards packed in small paper boxes. Miniatures packed in zip bags. All zip bags packed into a medium cardboard box. A huge foam square glued still to the innards of the box (what the fuck?! Why have you damaged my beautifull box Prodos?). Regardless of the foam my Rulebook was already damaged so this sole fact halted some of my enthusiasm. It was balanced with an easy but clever move with which Prodos prepared Cardboard Sprues to be taken out of the box. A small hole big enough for a finger was cut in the sprues. (Why haven’t I seen anything familiar in other board games – I don’t know, but it’s a nice idea).

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MINIATURES: Miniatures are amazingly detailed and kept to the scale. Look at these Colonial Marines. These look amazing!

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Still some molding solutions are just idiotic. Take a look at this Alien miniature. It has mold cannals inside it’s hands! I work with miniatures for more than fifteen years now and i’ve rarely seen such stupid way of placing the mold cannals. Some of the hobbysts may have a real problem dealing with these.

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And now the worst thing. My Disc Predator was a miscast and looked like this. Yeah Chineese – you fucked up my Predator Miniature and then packed it into my copy of the game. What do you think I feel like right now? This miniature is trash. Instead of painting it and playing the game I placed a complaint to my local store and await a new miniature.

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I thought that Prodos Games evolved a bit after Warzone. A lot of mistakes in production process there. As it stands I was wrong – Prodos seems not to learn fast enough.

CARDS: In my opinion Cards are the biggest dissapointment in the whole product. The material with which they are made is bad. Boardgame Cards where made this way like ten years ago. The differences between Prodos Cards and Fantasy Flight Games’s ones are huge. The quality is light years away. Still that’s not the worst thing. The cards lack all the climate that makes AVP what it is. For example: there are not quotes from the movies, no oneliners that built the Alien and Predator franchises. Not a single ‘theme’ motives on the objective cards, even card backs are devoid of thought through theme. These looks like if Prodos Games forced the product at speed and without taking theme and AVP mood into consideration. “Just print the rules”. Here, take a look:

[This looks ok,]

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[These are faction cards and they look ok,]

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These are faction cards backs and I can’t help myself not to wander – where the Fuck are Colonial Marines cards? Was it so difficult to make them look more like card fronts?

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These are Enviromental Cards. Wow Prodos Games – so much climate, so strong AVP theme… How have you planned to build the atmosphere of the game without a plot/story/setting motive?

[Predator and Alien stat cards look nice.]

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And now the worst shit ever: Colonial Marines stat cards look ALL THE SAME! Hey grunts, which one of you is an awesome Smartgunner? Anyone called for a Medic? Really? Couldn’t these be done differently? It’s not that there’s plenty of graphics in the game with not more then a dozen in the Rulebook and half a dozen on the stat cards…

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And where did all the Marines went gone? I’ve looked through the Rules and there is only a single Colonial Marines picture (well not exactly as it depicts a Weyland Yutani commando) and like two or three  pictures with a Colonial Marine being a background. Prodos seems to forgot about Human species being the epicentre of the AVP theme. Sure I like feel the call of the hunt as a Predator or stalk the dark corridors as the Alien but as a human the faction I feel the most related to is Colonial Marines.

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CARDBOARD TOKENS: I have mixed feeling about these. The cardboard material is bad still the visual aspect is quite nice. Take a look at this:

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Looks good doesn’t it? And now let’s do the things Prodos style, with as much minimalism as one may have. Sentry, Hidden, Activated tokens all look like shit. Devoid of climate and pathetic in design. Other tokens look ok but not awe worthy.

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[I just can’t understand the reasoning behind designing Acid Damage token to be one sided. It was childishly easy to copy/paste the same graphic to the other side.]

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THE RULES: The final part of this Revew – the Rules are BAD. I’ve played a lot of games both miniature and boardgames in the past years. I love Space Hulk for it’s simplicity, Rune Wars for many strategies and easy to learn rules, Zombicide, Catwallon: City of Thieves, Super Dungeon Explore, Warhammer 40,000, Infinity, Mordheim and more. All these games are more than playable and rewarding. I find AVP The Hunt Begins rules rather easy but written in such a way that I was forced to jump between the pages and search for some rules all the while these were formed in a way that my Wargaming hardened mind couldn’t comprehend. I understand when Corvus Belli write down Infinity rules like eight years old’s but they are from Spain for fuck’s sake! AVP rules are just unreadable, full of missing letters, idiotic key words and above all – they are totally devoid of flavor. Prodos Guys – just see to Zombicide rulebook and you will know what I mean by climate!

So in the end I give this game a 5 out of 10 and am very, very disapointed in the product I have awaited for so long. If nothing changes in the way Prodos Games design their products I will reconsider not spending my cash on their products anymore. If not for the miniatures – this game would’ve been a stain on the AVP franchise as big as PC Aliens – Colonial Marines was.

And Prodos – this is a 10 out of 10 and it’s a fucking mascot. You we’re owned by a Facehugger mascot! Let it be a warning for you – that purchasing a copyright to a franchise does not mean you can blew all the rest up. You should’ve made sure that your rules and game components would stand to the great AVP franchise and you have failed in that. Shame!

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Agree/Disagree? There’s a comment section below where you can stand for your opinion 😉

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