Wednesday, 6 July 2011

Relics - Some Thoughts

Having delved through the Alpha rules and found them to be quite fast and playable, I've been watching with interest over at the Relic Forums what people who've been play-testing them think.

Interesting stuff really, seeing rules evolve and change like that. I've played a couple of games now, and had no real issues - but I'm sure the suggestions will help strengthen them for the Beta Release!

But, as is always my way - Toys TRUMP Rules - so here are my thoughts on the Britanan Miniatures that arrived through my Letter Box Today!

First of all, speed - for a Small Outfit Tor Gaming are really on the ball - I didn't have to wait long at all. The Packaging though rudimentary, was strong and effective - and everything arrived safe and sound.

I already had some Miniatures, Basic Troopers, a Royal Arcanum Guard, and 3 Grenadiers - so todays delivery was a "booster" to start bringing my collection up to be a playable force. It consisted of a Britanan "Starter" Pack (9 Britanan Troopers, 3 Britanan Grenadiers, & 2 Britanan Dragoons), and an extra Pack of Dragoons (cos I like 'em).

 The Troopers are simply immense, full of character and humour - I love them to bits! The detail is crisp, with zero casting faults (thats a dig at YOU Tales of War) - I just wish I could do them justice with my terrible camera skills LoL.

These little guys pretty much form the backbone of any Britanan Army, so it's an idea to have a few of these - so far I have two Units of Seven (one is to be converted to be a Colour Sergeant) - I plan to make them up to two Units of Ten "Men" each.

Again, the Grenadiers are wonderful - almost "commanding" in stature (if that's at all possible for someone so short LoL) - once again, sorry for the pictures. Linda is going to start taking all my Pictures, she's so much better than me!

Lastly, the Dragoons - these guys are immense - WONDERFUL in fact. Torso's of Puppets literally "tacked" onto horse-like bodies. I say "horse-like" because one has a wheel FFS!

Gorgeous and wonderful, I simply cannot praise these guys enough.

The concept is brilliant (and far more attractive than some of the Wyrd 'Puppet Wars' range that's coming out) - sorry to the guys at Wyrd, I know you try hard - but some of your concepts are so disparate they simply don't fit together well at all!

The ideas behind Relics is unique and funny, with a sort of Terry Gilliam/Guillermo del Toro (as in Hellboy - The Golden Army/Pan's Labyrinth style imagery) to it all. Providing a refreshing if  in places disturbing - gaming Milieu for us to enjoy.

So, Relics - 

Concept - 8/10 - its different enough (whilst having an 'air' of familiarity) to draw ones imagination in and keep you interested. HOWEVER (and this is why they lost a couple of points there) with Wyrd HEAVILY pimping their "Puppet Wars" nonsense, people might just have their heads turned away from Relics, which is a shame - because it's going to be a superior product in the long run IMHO.

Miniatures (so far) - 10/10 - The ideas and concepts coming out of Tor Gaming atm are immense, wait till you get a hold of the Neum (they are wonderful concepts), and the Vaettir have something coming out which I have been reliably informed is scary and nasty (can't wait actually.

Quality of the Product (so far) - 10/10 - I cannot praise this aspect highly enough, I've had some REAL issues with Quality Control from other Miniatures manufacturers lately, the castings I received today were simply perfect!

Overall - 9.3 out of 10.

That is the HIGHEST Score I have given in a VERY long time! I see great things ahead for Relics and Tor Gaming. Lets hope people jump on board and start playing and painting, at the end of the day you can demo a game till you are blue in the face - what you really need is people who are into a game - not volume of Demo's.

Go over to Tor Gaming, have a look-see. Join the Forums and give the Rules a whirl, you won't be disappointed.

OK, time to start building and undercoating!

Next up - "Ron & Bones" . . . . . .

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