Floating Trader Town – A Review

A slight change of tact and my first review featuring some from the Uncharted Seas range. Granted it’s a piece of scenery but it just looks awesome.

The Floating Trader Town came out a little while ago but it’s always been a kit that’s had massive appeal to me because although intended for Spartan’s fantasy game it looked to me like it would fit in with Dystopian Wars as a Whaling station or an abandoned fishing village in the icy waters of Antarctica.

When I first got the pack I didn’t really appreciate just how big the model is. It’s massive. As the image above suggests the kit comes in 9 sections  the form a broken circle easily 8 inches across.

Even though only a piece of terrain it does look ace and you’d be forgiven for thinking it a touch Water World, but as the floating towns were the coolest part of that turd of a film it can be forgiven.

The casting quality and detail is really sharp it’s probably one of the most premium pieces of terrain I’ve ever owned. Yes there’s only two different sections which is a bit of a disappointment but because of its size I can certainly see the benefit of keeping it simple especially as each section does have little details that’ll need painting like gun emplacements, portholes, doors, ladders (yes ladders!) and crates and boxes. The walls were also chunky enough that it feels substantial and like a community lives there which is awesome.

 

The thing that struck me about the design is that it’ll be relatively easy to Steampunk it up as there’s plenty of exposed strut work and thanks to the scale none of it is textured so it can be iron and copper all the way. It did, however, have flash up the arse. Lots and lots of it. And because it was all around the jetties forget filing, it’s a scalpel job all the way. As it’s resin it wasn’t a long job but a bit of a faff. On the upside there wasn’t a mould line in sight and, as I say, the detail was faultless. If you want to keep it as a single piece you’ll have to mount it on a scenic base as the surface area that touches probably won’t be strong enough to hold itself together.

But on the upside, because it is in segments, you can use it with other scenery kits to make coastal defences, harbours or if you’re feeling cheeky you could quite easily make a couple of wrecked trader towns.

In terms of game use it makes the perfect objective for either a take and hold or a snatch and dash. Where it’d get tasty, however, is that only a support ship could make it into the town which would make it agonizingly tactical and I can’t fecking wait to give it a go.

As value for money goes it’s pretty outstanding at just £15. It looks awesome, it’s versatile, doesn’t over crowd the board but offers tactical challenges either as an objective or as a hazard to navigation. It may seem a bit sad to get this excited about a bit of scenery but honest to God, this is the tits. Yo.

 

Spartan Games Pre-Orders

Rejoice fellow…er Spartans(?), there’s a bevy of shiny things from Spartan Games to spend are hard-earned cash on. Everything here will be available from the 4th July but can be pre-ordered from now.

First up is the all new Rense System Navy models. Which include a battleship, cruiser, heavy cruiser and carrier, all pictured below. These all look way cool and if the Dindrenzi weren’t such a bunch of bastards I would have had no choice but to indulge…aw who am I kidding…

There won’t be a box set as yet, so it’ll be clam packs all the way.

Firestorm Armada is (finally) getting its second edition rule book. According to Spartan it will include…

A complete list of stats, background stories, imagery… The Hardback Edition Master Rulebook has everything! This updated edition features the established core rules presented in a clear and concise fashion. It includes the latest errata and streamlined rules for Game Set-up, Terrain, Boarding and Wings. The opportunity has also been taken to include new photography, diagrams and illustrations throughout the book, complete with Fleet Lists for each nation and the current Firestorm Armada MARs; the perfect way to begin your campaign of terror in the Storm Zone!

The big thing for me there was, as I’m sure it is for many, wings. RRP a fairly reasonable £20.

But that’s not all. For those with a steam-powered inclinations, Dystopian Wars is getting its first campaign book. Long overdue in my opinion and a very welcome sight…

The first Campaign Book for Dystopian Wars details the bitter struggle between the Federated States of America and the Empire of the Blazing Sun. With the involvement of the Kingdom of Britannia, Prussian Empire and Covenant of Antarctica, this is a titanic struggle! Hurricane Season is fully illustrated and provides a series of exciting scenarios for you to play, detailing major actions in the campaign. The Covenant of Antarctica rules and Stats are included along with new rules for National Fleet Commodores, Amphibious Landings, Deployment Orders and more. Who will emerge victorious?

This is also £20 which seems a bit odd considering its not an essential purchase and the rule book is £4 cheaper. All I can say, as I will be buying it, is it better be good.

There’s also good news for those Dystopian Wars players who have dreamed of amphibious assault games. Both the large landing barge and a platform and small landing craft set will be available from July.

The cool thing about the large landing barge is that it comes with 7 stacks, including the Russian Coalition so one barge any faction and both cost £13.00.

Uncharted Seas also gets a couple of new releases. Most significantly the Iron Dwarves Citadel Armoured Walls which are just Steampunk enough that you could probably get away with using them for Dystopian Wars. And at £15.00 for the set it’s a bargain too.

The Floating Trader Town is just awesome and, again, for just £15.00 you’d be mad not to get it. Not so usable in Dystopian Wars but who cares?

Spartan Spectacular

Anyone who visits this blog, Paint and Biscuits or the Spartan Games website will know that the fine chaps at Spartan have been very busy lately, with a bevy of sneak peaks hitting the blog pages.

Amongst the plethora of toys was the Firestorm Armada Dreadnoughts. Slowly leaked over a number of weeks, players of this fine space combat romp have been scouring the interwebs to find out when they’ll be coming out. Well I can tell you it’ll be next month. Just in time for Christmas so reserve a portion of your present budget from the wife/husband/girlfriend/boyfriend – delete as appropriate – for you dreadnought of choice. Prices start at £17 and go up to £23 in the case of the Aquan ship, but if you’ve seen size compared to the battleships, that’s still excellent value.

And before anyone asks, yes I’ll be getting a couple for review. And in case anyone’s interested, the destroyers will be out the same time in packs of 2 for between £9 and £10.50.

In other Spartan news Phase 3 of Uncharted Seas is rolling out with yet more choice models some of which can be seen below…

 

Uncharted Seas – Second Edition

As Uncharted Seas from Spartan Games is now out I’d do a brief rundown of the Phase 1 releases. Some of it is out yet, some of it isn’t but it’s a little taster and the opportunity to see how far the ships have come from the original release.

Now, I don’t play Uncharted Seas but the Shroud Mages have got me tempted…

Dragon Lords

Iron Dwarves

Shroud Mages

The Ralgard

Monsters

Gaming Cards