Friday, 11 January 2013

Minis and gaming

One of the most attractive elements of a good board game are all the pieces that constitute the game on the table. The quality/appeal here can come from the book/card artwork (as in Magic the Gathering) or the board (as in Defenders of the Realm) or from the token/miniatures of various types (as in Castle Ravenloft).
The very best looking board games are perhaps the Games Workshop Warhammer and Warhammer 40K with all those lovingly painted miniatures on a custom board. Here are a few images of just how good a game can look in full flight via the Games Workshop Flickr Group.

[Warhammer Fantasy and 40K game photos via the Flickr Group]

I havent done any mini construction or painting for quite some time, but if you check out these posts over on the-waaagh you can see my huge custom Ork Warboss...

One of the inspirational things is seeing how much detail good artists can bring to a little piece of crafted metal or plastic. Here are 3 superlative examples via the Cool Mini or Not site. First a Dwarf with so much detail on the painting that we get fabric texture, then Lady Ayana with her patterned clothes and cool waves and lastly a Frog King just because he is so cute.

 [Mini pics via Cool Mini or Not]

Thursday, 10 January 2013

Kingdom Death

I have put in quite a few hours at various boardgame tables over the summer so far including some extremely fun games of Castle Ravenloft, Wrath of Ashardalon, Defenders of the Realm, Magic the Gathering and even some Warhammer 40K. Alicia and I have been tinkering with a game design together and I have several other concepts simmering along any one of which could suddenly flourish into a testable endeavour. I have to mention just how much fun our first play of The Horror of the Howling Hag adventure for Castle Ravenloft was, how much fun and laughter can be had while we fail is the mark of a very clever game.
Plus I watched Tabletop's Alhambra last night - I hope Wil and co keep it up!

Ok, this post is meant to be about Kingdom Death. The boardgame under development by Adam Poots with a host of support from artists, sculptors and now kickstarter fans. As with other runaways, Kingdom Death on Kickstarter has nabbed over $2mil now and that is good news for not only this game, but the concept of being able to bring a gaming vision to market.

The concept of the game being a more mature cooperative survival nightmare supported by miniatures is a great start. But with some engaging ideas, gorgeous concept art and detailed mini design it looks like it will present beautifully on the table. There are some basic gameplay videos, though I hope the game flows through the phases and the various encounters as just fighting the monsters may drag the conceptual elements down.

I thought I would just include here a set of image pairs that show how lovingly the concept art has been translated into the sculpts - inspiring stuff - go to the main site to see so much more.

[Kingdom Death art and miniature sculpts via the main website - compiled together]