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" . . . . . .