Tuesday, 30 July 2013

Dystopian Legions Kingdom of Britannia Colonel MacDonald

Colonel MacDonald

The Colonel rolls onto the battlefield in a small Spartan box
The back of which has a render of the model, some fluff and a detailed list of the box contents.
Here is a picture of the entire box contents
The two game cards are named: 'That's not cricket' and 'Unconventional ammunition'. 'Unconventional ammunition' relates to the caltrops listed in the unit profile while 'That's not cricket' is an incredibly powerful card that relates to the playing of other cards.
 The model is supplied with a small rectangular base large enough to allow for a somewhat elaborate base if desired.
Here are the parts of the actual model.
The resin part is of outstanding quality, approaching what I would expect from a limited edition casting I look forward to painting it.
Finally here is a picture of the model bluetacked together, the side wine bottles and blunderbuss are so well fitted that they held in place without support out of the box, excellent work :)
Here is one with Oberst for scale, this model is huge

Contents as list:
Detailed model with base
2 game cards
1 activation card

The quality on this model is the best I have seen in a metal model, truly outstanding!

The model looks great, plenty of details to pick out and will look superb once painted. I really like the additional depth of feel that this model adds to the British army, something I was having problems feeling before.

Tabletop useage:
The Colonel is an officer and as such he is best used in support of other sections. He adds a generous number of command points and his command abilities 'Mad minute' and focus fire can greatly enhance the firepower of nearby sections. This combined with his slow speed indicates that he is best placed to secure the main line of the British force while they engage enemies from afar.

This is however much the same role as the mandatory British Lieutenant which combined with the Colonel's high point cost makes him a section for larger games. Although in a small game the large number of command points he brings would allow a player to be very free with their game cards.

Per model price:
At a RRP of £15, or £13.50 from thetrolltrader or firestormgames this is an expensive model, players who value the appearance of their army and enjoy painting may find the cost acceptable given the quality. Those only interested in painting to a gaming standard may find it more objectionable.

Price per section:
The Colonel is a complete section to himself.

The Colonel is a great model I look forward to painting, my only niggle is the price so a firm 9 out of 10

Sunday, 28 July 2013

Dystopian Legions Prussian Landwehr

Hello all, welcome to my blog.

I will be posting reviews and unboxings of some of the wargames products that I purchase. In these I will aim to give the sort of information that I hope to gain when I read similar articles myself; first and foremost is the exact content of the box.

I will be starting with the Landwehr for Spartan's excellent game Dystopian Legions:


The box is fairly nice and the same size as the other boxes used by dystopian legions meaning that it stacks well.
 The back of the box has a render of the included models which is helpful if looking in store.
The models are I believe a first for Dystopian legions in that they arrive in two parts, here is the main part.
Matching the arms to the correct model was easy thanks to render on the box.
Also included were some standard bases and an activation card.
Contents as list:
5 men with rifles
5 round slotta bases
1 activation card
The models are of good quality and will require little clean up to be ready for painting. The model using his rifle as a club has a mould line through the middle of his face though, which isn't ideal.

The models are well sculpted with a large number of small details to pick out.Each of the five models is different to the rest and will look beautiful models once based and painted.

Tabletop useage:
The Landwehr are deployed in sections of 5-12 riflemen and form an effective gun line against infantry for a small number of points. The sergeant available separately in the sergeant + specialist box is synergetically armed with a rifle allowing him to increase the flexibility of the section without detracting from its ranged punch. The specialist meanwhile is armed with a anti tank weapon that looks like a bazooka, which brings a small increase to the units ability to engage infantry and more excitingly the ability to destroy ironclads.

I think the Landwehr will be best used in one of two ways:
Small flanking squad of 5 models including a sergeant and specialist: this section is a cheap activation has enough fire power to earn its points back and can put pressure on enemy ironclads.
Large gunline unit with a full 12 models including a sergeant and specialist: this format allows for a unit that will take a lot of dedicated firepower to destroy while awarding little in the way of victory points it also has some very nasty range band 1 and 2 firepower.

Per model price:
Retailing with an RRP of £14 or £12.60 from thetrolltrader or firestormgames gives an effective price of £2.52 per model. A great price for metal models.

Price per section:
A single box of landwehr won't be much use on the table top unless combined with a second box of landwehr and/or a specialist + sergeant box giving an effective cost of £23 to £37 or £20.70 to £33.30 with discount. Considering the models are made of detailed metal this is solid value.

The landwehr are a splendid unit and I look forward to using them on the table top after I finish painting them up :) 9 out of 10