adventure books. Being a dwarf collector and gamer, I picked up one of the warfare books (the other two being on orcs and elves). The book is the usual style for Osprey - softback, a bit smaller than A4 size and 90 odd pages long.
The book is written in a semi factual style, the introduction explains that it is an examination of fantasy tropes. As you read through it becomes clear that Tolkien's influence (and thereby the Warhammer world) looms large, with a smattering of other backgrounds adding to the mix.
The first chapter covers dwarf origins and society, their deities and generally the way they live and integrate in the world. The second chapter looks into dwarf military life and discusses various troop types - the expected heavy infantry, crossbow, and war machines, with a smattering of more unusual types like bear cavalry and gnome woodwalkers (I suspect this comes from the D&D world but I'm no RPGer so could be wrong here).
These reservations aside, I enjoyed the book. It's not a long read, you can whiz through it in an hour or two. I am a bit puzzled as to the target audience. Warhammer and Lord of the Rings players have long and rich backgrounds to draw inspiration from, as presumably do players of other long established systems such as D&D, so it's not "needed" by them. Newcomers to fantasy gaming who do not relate to these worlds and have recently discovered a non-descriptive gaming system, such as Dragon Rampant, Mayhem, or Saga may well find it useful to have their dwarf army grounded in some lore. At a retail price of £10 it's not overly expensive, and certainly not much more than the cost of a couple of gaming magazines.
Saturday, 11 June 2016
Opening up the pack, there was a fairly strong chemical smell - there is a little card in there suggesting they are opened in a well ventilated room and left for 24 hours. I pieced them together and was surprised how snugly they fit together. However, they are very light and would be unsuitable for use on a small dining table, the overhanging areas would not be rigid enough, I doubt they would hold the weight of a metal regiment. I will probably put them to use in my garage, laying them on a large table (table tennis size). It remains to be seen how well they take pva glue, texture (sand, gravel, etc) and paint - that's an experiment for later in the month I think.
|In place on the dining room table|
|Interlocks well, but not colour matched if that matters to you|
Wednesday, 8 June 2016
I have already made a start and painted the horses, the riders are still to be done. There are a couple of character models in here - Eomer centre front and the banner bearer. Eomer will lead the force into battle, while the banner bearer is a useful figure to mark out a unit as something different from the normal troops - a unit of Royal Guard. When finished these will join my already painted Riders of Rohan to make up two or even three units, depending on which game system they are used in. I also have some foot troops lined up, with a couple of metal characters similar to above, including a rather interesting recent ebay acquisition.