Thursday, 21 May 2015

Games and Gears Urban War Battleboard Review and Painting

Hi guys,

So you may have seen my previous posts in which I raged about the lack of honesty from Games and Gears during the Kickstarter regarding shipping (Not going to touch on that at all here, but if you're interested then please read HERE

I eventually received my boards yesterday and thought I'd share my initial thoughts as well as my poor attempts at painting it.

I will try and be as unbiased as possibly and try not to let the bad experience during the kickstarter affect my judgement.

To set the scene, this is the info we received during the Kickstarter campaign, and what I thought I was pledging for:


For anybody who wants to see the original kickstarter page you can find it HERE

Now before I get slapped down, I now that they did clarify later in the kickstarter before delivery but I am pretty sure, after we'd paid, that the boards in these graphics were demonstrating what you could do with the boards, rather than what they came like. 

As you can expect though, given that we were expecting them to come "Base Painted" I was a little upset to find that actually, only the roads are painted, and I needed to prime the rest of the board prior to painting.

Anyway, some pics of the grand arrival:

Pardon my pregnant wife's belly!

Boards unboxed with Clips

Laid out
It's worth mentioning that it was not easy to get to this point. Due to the design of the board/clips, you have to put it together upside down and then flip a complete 6 by 4 foot table over. This would be difficult but possible if it was a solid piece of wood or plastic for example, but with the pieces clipped together it simply wasn't possible without the boards snapping off. 

I had to drag my wife in at this point to help me flip the board, and even then there was some nervous moments, having to ensure the boards were supported properly as we flipped it.

You can also see the areas that aren't the Road are not base coated, they are exactly the same colour as the reverse, and wouldn't take paint at all. No point getting upset about it though, I've ranted enough already, so I started to mask off the roads ready for spraying.

Frog Tape and Paper

Spraying took me about an hour I guess, including masking them off and then using a rattle can primer (Rustoleum Grey Surface Primer from Homebase in the UK) to spray over the tiles, I was a bit sparing with the Primer as I was worried I'd run out halfway through and this came back to bite me a little later as in areas I had obviously missed spots where the wash later wouldn't settle. If you're doing this with a colour that's less similar to the plastic's natural colour this would be much easier to spot..

After leaving the Primer to dry for a little while I then mixed a basic black wash using some Black Acrylic paint and Water and sloshed that over the whole board to try and make the detail pop a bit more and have it look less uniform. 

Bit of a photo dump now as I took a few pictures as I did it, and as it was drying for those of you who're interested. Please bear in mind in many of these the wash looks terrible as it's drying, the end result is only... mostly terribad ;)

You can see a few tiles I tried to deliberately clear of wash to vary it a little, not sure if this was a good idea or not...

This one is almost dry at this point and started to look a bit better

Finished for now other than the Park (Middle Right) I think

I probably could have been more careful and got a better result, but I just wanted to get it to a point I was happy playing on as soon as possible given that I had hoped to receive it painted. The wash has pooled in places, and at times I was reduced to using a wet wipe to try and wipe off where the black wash had started to pool and dried.

My plan initially was to paint the various bits of brickwork a reddy/brown as in the tutorial from Games and Gears but I'm not sure now, I might just leave it as is. I don't want the board to be the focal point rather than the figures we're going to be putting on it.

At the moment I'm thinking of flocking the blank piece (middle right) to make it look like a park so I can get some Woods scenery or something similar on the board, other options would be a lake, or car park of some sort?

Any ideas there?

  • A 6 by 4 board for £62 that doesn't require additional support once it's up (I don't feel worried by the slight overhang you can see above) 
  • Roads are painted, although not to a great quality
  • With a little work, I'm sure that someone could get this looking great
  • The Anima board for the same price actually looks really nice, when people will receive that though I have no idea
  • It wasn't base painted, that simply isn't true, I needed to prime it before painting.
  • Needs two people to clip together and flip the board, so I can't prepare my table for an evenings gaming with the lads until they get here.
  • There is no carrying/storage solution, this was mentioned during the kickstarter but they said it wasn't feasible in the end because the boards were too heavy, this still leaves the problem of how to store or transport the boards though
  • I wouldn't ever pay £140 for this at retail

In conclusion I'm still disappointed with the service and what I perceive to be outright lies from G&G during the kickstarter, however given it's only taken an evening (about 3 hours work) to get the board to this stage I'm fairly happy with the end result. If I had paid £140 I would be livid, but I'm just about satisfied with the product at £62. (Albeit with an 18 month wait for delivery)

If anyone has any suggestions as to additional improvements I can make, or storage solutions etc. please let me know!

Monday, 2 February 2015

Introducing - Fred (Mr Reluctant)

Before I get started I wanted there to be some honesty between us, it's important in any relationship.

So let me get one thing straight from the start, I was dragged kicking and screaming to this game system by the foul verbal assaults of Craig and the perpetual sniping of Rich.

I fought back the best way I new how, by taking the piss out of thin guns and even thinner models. True scale, who wants that when you can have steroid induced 30mm 'heroic' scale figures with much larger guns!

Nevertheless, against my better judgement and much to the chargrin of my Blood Angels (seen here chasing down an Intruder- "Oi, skinny lad, come 'ere") here I am.

Having spent a bit of time looking at the game, I am now intrigued. This probably stems from my long association of spending hard earned time and money on numerous noble causes that started with games like Adeptus Titanicus, Blood Bowl (1st Ed.), WFB (1st Ed.), WH40K (2nd ed.), all GW 3D roleplay games and nearly every game GW have ever released plus Warmachine, Battlefront, Full Thrust, Car Wars, Battletech, Dystopian wars, Firestorm Armada etc etc, the list goes on and gets obscure - Gammarauders anyone?

In short I've been playing Wargames a long time and my wife has still not beaten the habit out of me yet, despite numerous attempts!

I have yet to have my first game of Infinity but anything with any degree of tactical edge is appealing to me, more so if anything in it can be painted red, you'll learn that soon enough!

Finally, I am not a great painter, never have been, never will be, where others take hours, minutes will do me just fine, colour schemes, why yes we do all the colours as long as they're RED (as in this Brigada model)!

Which makes this Blog even more fun as you'll find humour in my average attempts at getting something painted, however I consider it a rallying cry to all the mediocre painters out there, grab your 2" brush and lets slap some colour on this biatch!

Anyway having escaped the wrath of the Blood Angels, this guy gets hit with the fence brush in February (I believe it is an intruder with an HMG):

Hmm, now for the colour choice......

Introducing Tellos

.......... Thank you Rich!!!!!!

Right let's not beat around the bush here, I'm no literary genius so please don't expect much from me in the way of text. I will do my best to make up for the lack of anything meaningful in writing by providing some nice pictures of hopefully some nice models and their paint jobs.

I guess I should follow Richs lead and introduce myself first. My names Craig and I have a problem with my attention span!! I'm hoping this blog will serve as a good aid to channel my energy and actually make me finish a project for a change! Don't hold your breath everyone!

My background in gaming is pretty standard really, I started with GW and progressed to other systems, the list is long and distinguished (just like Dave's Johnson)!!!!

In recent years I have been very fortunate to be in a position to be able to commission people to paint my models. THIS HAS TO STOP.

So I find myself committed to this blog now and with Rich on my back hounding for progress shots monthly I hold out medium hopes of actually completing this hobby project!

So here we go with January's entry's.......

The excellent Warsenal command bunker

And the awesome Umbra Legates

The Beginning - StokieRich Intro

In the beginning was the plan...

The plan came about one evening after a gaming night at a local club when Craig was reminiscing about the old tale of 4 gamers articles and proposed the idea that we do something similar to build our infinity forces, plotting our progress each month and posting updates online for the consumption of anyone who's interested (i.e. us)

I was kindly "volunteered" to look after setting up the tech side of things, while people would regularly send me content to post up with their masterpieces and any commentary they'd like to add.

The idea then is to paint one figure a month with before/after pictures to get our Infinity forces to 150pts fully painted by July and then potentially carry on from there. 

3 of us will also be painting a piece of scenery a month as well to try and complete our gaming boards.

So to kick things off I'll introduce myself and then hand you over to Craig:


Boring Background Bit :

My name's Richard and I've been in the hobby since I was 12, having been introduced by my dad who, clearly fed up with his son moaning about waiting in the queue at the Nationwide Building Society in Hanley, Stoke on Trent, dragged his son over to the Games Workshop across the road to gaze longingly through the glass at the figures.

My dad tried to convince me to get the fantasy boxed set for Christmas that year but I wanted the shiny marines in the 2nd ed 40k box so went for that and I was hooked from there.

Nowadays I'm playing far too many game systems as my lack of attention span kicks in and I get easily led into new systems by the evil duo of CRAIGDAVE. Currently the list (probably missing some) stands at:

Fantasy: Ogre Kingdoms
40k: Dark Eldar / Tyranids
WarmaHordes: Circle Orboros
XWing: Everyfrickingthing
Infinity: Haqqislam / Nomads
Flames of War: Late British
Deadzone: Everything


For this blog I was initially planning on starting to get some paint on my Nomads but I've instead decided to concentrate on my Haqqislam and more specifically, the Qapu Khalpi sectorial. I already have the contents of the starter box, plus a Djanbazan Sniper and 2 Halqa painted so I figure I should concentrate on that for the next 6 months.

So here's my initial offerings for Feb, apologies for the poor pics, end of month pics will be taken with a proper camera:

Two Guardhouses from Zen Terrain

Sekban with Heavy Rocket Launcher