Project: Outcasts Part 1

I’ve recently taken up a new game.  It’s a departure from my normal diet of RPGs and board games, but I’m smitten with Dark Age.  Dark Age is a miniatures game I’ve written about before that has slick and fun rules, some of the best miniatures I’ve ever seen, and incredible fluff.

In the game, you take control of a warband from one of various factions and fight on the world of Samaria.  That decision took me a long time to make but I eventually decided to play the Outcasts.  The Outcasts look like characters from The Road Warrior series of films.  There is even a unit of kids with boomerangs, just like the kid in the second movie.

My Brute and my Fixer mid battle

Initially, I purchased a Manhunter, a Fixer, a Brute (the second sculpt), and a unit of Wasteland Warriors.  The models are, as I said, incredible, but they’re all metal.  I’d forgotten how hard metal was to glue until I tried it again.  These are easier than most however.  The few models that aren’t one piece have joints in such a way that gluing is very easy.

My first batch of Outcasts coming together.

Eventually though, I did have to break out some heavy duty stuff.  The glue I was using, Zap a Gap, wasn’t doing the trick and my roommate lent me Locktite.  Locktite holds metal together in the most incredible way and is very inexpensive.

My Outcasts, completely assembled

I haven’t started painting yet, but I plan on a darker color scheme.  Black leather, tanned skin, rusty weapons, that sort of thing.

My first Brute

What I have here is 350 points.  The list does not play well.  The core of Warriors and the Brute hold up nicely, and the Fixer is great for keeping them up.  But the Manhunter is just too many points at 350.  If he’s on a roll, he can be worth every point and more, but if not he just disappoints.  The Brute (or Brutes if you’re feeling enterprising) hit like trucks.  They can also take a beating.  Wasteland Warriors are great troops for shooting or close combat, wherever they’re needed.  Where they really shine, however, is when they’re softening up enemy targets for a brutal charge from the Brutes.

My Wasteland Warriors

Keep checking back as I work on my Outcasts for more updates and reports on how they play out as I expand to higher point games.

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Reaper Launches Kickstarter for Bones Line

I recently raved about the Bones line of miniatures from Reaper.  They were giving them out at the paint and take table they had set up at PAX East.  Everything I said before holds true: they take paint really well, they have amazing amounts of detail, and they have a low price.  I wrote about how I would love to see an expansion of the line (there are currently 17 models available); apparently I’m not the only one who felt this way. Reaper has launched a Kickstarter to help pay for the costs of expanding their line of low price polymer models.  It was funded quite quickly.  Their plan will have the Bones line expanded to around 60 models by the end of the year.  The line will now include larger models, like giants and dragons, as well as player characters.

Goldar the Barbarian, one of the models to be added to the Bones line.

This expansion of the line is fantastic.  The addition of new monsters will help DMs grow their collection giving them customizable monsters to assault their players with.  The addition of charismatic models (like the one pictured above) players now have the option to create a unique miniature for their character and DMs can create one of a kind villain miniatures.  And the polymer material alleviates the problems of price and difficulty to paint.  There’s nothing worse than paying 10 dollars for a metal miniature that I’m afraid to paint and worried I’ll never use.  With Bones, I’ll pay a dollar or 2 for that same miniature.  That’s a gamble I’ll take any day.  Players and DMs alike will be able to amass collections like the old days.

I’ve already started my collection!

One of the best miniature companies in the business is looking to release awesome models at an awesome price.  If this is the future of role playing miniatures, then I like this future.

For more on Reaper, check out their website.