WARMACHINE – The “Two Player Battle Box” unboxing.

Posted: 04/01/2012 in Privateer Press, Resenha, Resenha / Review, Warmachine
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Hello there.

If you haven’t been living under a rock over the course of last year (2011 in case you’re reading this in the far future) you probably know about GW’s enforced embargo on sales to countries outside the EU.

On the aftermath of that disastrous change in the wargaming status quo here in Brazil I decided to broaden my horizons and have a go at the myriad wargaming systems out there. Well it turns out there’s only so much a single person can experiment on, especially when we have to learn a new game system, purchase miniatures, assemble and paint them and so on.

So in steps a friend offering me an article in which he shares his first impressions on a new gaming system. Marcos, from the “Chumbo, Plástico Tinta & Pincel” blog (or “Lead, Plastic & Paintbrush in plain english) is one of those special friends who I came to cherish as a brother from another mother and, for reasons unknown, we share this kind of “thinking of the same thing at the same time” thing which never ceases to surprise me. I believe there’s no need to say I thanked him deeply and jumped at the chance of having a series of “Guest” posts here on the blog chronicling Marcos’ impressions as he learns a new wargaming system from scratch.

So enough of me rambling and let’s hear what are his first impressions on Warmachine.

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Warmachine Two-Player Battle Box – Opening the box.

Hi Folks,

A couple of weeks ago (Nov/25th/2011) my Buddy Estevao, asked me to get some stuff during the Black Friday here in US. He asked me get his stuff because Miniature Market  is here in St. Louis. I decided to go and pick up his stuff myself after placing the order online, one thing leads to the another and I decided to get some treats for myself as well. I got me a Brittania box from Spartan Games’ Dystopian Wars and the new Warmachine Two-Players Battle Box from Privateer Press. It has been a while since I started looking into getting something for Warmachine and although the initial idea was to get the only the Khador Battle Box (with 1 Caster and 2 Jacks) after some discussion with Estevao he suggested me to get the Starter Set as it comes with 2 armies (around 15 points each) plus some goodies that allows a game to be played right out of the box

 

PRICE – around US$ 74, with the traditional Miniature Market discout +Black Friday rebates, I got a decent price (compared with the suggested US$ 99).

THE BOX – Honestly my first impression was “Shoot what a lazy piece of a box”. Really tinny looking like one of those frozen pizza box and it even had tabs on the side like the mentioned box. It was shocking for me was, especially after being used to the GW boxes that have two parts and open from the top, more so as we are talking about a “Steam Powered Miniature Combat Game”. Inside the box there is a division that gets more in the way than helps, as the content inside get scattered anyways. The cards are bundled together by a cheap rubber band, which contributed even more to my bad impression about the product. The miniatures are packaged in small heat sealed plastic bags, not a great presentation job! It may sound silly but you know…perception is reality and I believe a company like Privateer Press could pay more attention to details (hey we are talking about miniature painting here!) and have done a better job.

But, nothing is lost yet, as we dig into the contents of the box and thank god, that’s what saved my day (and impression about the box as well).

 

As I mentioned before, the contents of the box should be good enough for 2 players to play a basic Warmachine game, right out of the box. (Actually you would still need to assemble the miniatures, but that comes with this kind of games anyways). We can find the following items inside the box:
– Enough Miniatures for 2 armies (details below)
– the stats cards for each unity
– 6 six sided dice
– a paper ruler (not really impressive)
– Pocket version of the rule book (just rules, no fluff, a lot like 40K’s black reach rulebook)
– Introductory guide to help you get familiarized with the game
– a Quick start rules set to help you play ASAP without having to chew through the whole rule book.

 

If you do the math real quick, you will notice that this is definitely a great deal as a Khador Starter Box costs around US$ 37 and comes with 2 Warjacks and 1 Warcaster. In the Two-Players Battle Box we have for Khador, the same miniatures from the basic starter box + 5 Man-o-War shock troopers. The same thing happens with the Menoth forces so you can already see the benefit of the deal.

On top of that the minis are plastic, instead of metal, and so are much easier to handle, convert and assemble. The material is somehow different from GW material as it has some sort of a resin look and feel to it, and the details are very rich. I really liked what I got. The minis from each army are the following:

For the Menoth Army we get:
High Exemplar Kreoss
Crusader Heavy Warjack
Vanquisher Heavy Warjack
Repenter Light Warjack
5 Exemplar Cinerators (Unit).

 

For Khador:
Kommander Sorscha
Juggernaut Heavy Warjack
Destroyer Heavy Warjack
5 Man-O-War Shocktroopers (Unit)

 

As for my next steps after putting them together and painting is getting some tokens to represent the Focus points (any sort of beads will work for that, even beans – obviously not cooked ones), get some sleeves for the cards (as you mark the damages directly on them using a non permanent pen).

I’m focusing on my Khadorans, so I already got the jacks and Sorcha (the caster) ready at the time I’m writing this. I’ve been using what I call speed painting so I don’t lose myself in unfinished projects. A post about painting will come soon.

Those are all my initial impressions about the box. If you have any questions, feel free to ask!!!! As a final note I should add that the pictures used to illustrate the present article Disclaimer – the pictures are originally from the Apartment Wargaming blog.

 
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Salve Leitor.

Se você está lendo este texto em português é bem provável que seja brasileiro, ou pelo menos português. Sendo assim deve estar sabendo sobre a malfadada ação levada è feito pela Games Workshop contra os revendedores europeus de seus produtos. Esse imbróglio todo culminou no embargo que proibiu as vendas dos produtos GW, por revendedores independentes, para fora dos países integrantes da união europeia.

Esse embargo caiu como uma bomba sobre a comunidade brasileira já que dificultou, e muito, o acesso ao material imprescindível para o jogo. No rescaldo dos acontecimentos acabei tomando a decisão de experimentar novos jogos de estratégia e compartilhar minhas impressões e experiências com os leitores aqui do “The Painting Frog”.

A ideia era mergulhar de cabeça nos diversos wargames existentes mas acabei esbarrando em sérias limitações de tempo e dinheiro para fazer tudo que gostaria. Eis que do nada o Marcos, popularmente conhecido como “Ultra”Marcos do blog “Chumbo, Plástico Tinta & Pincel” me oferece para publicar no blog um artigo com suas primeiras impressões sobre um novo jogo de estratégia que ele começava a experimentar.

Não preciso dizer que não só aceitei de bom grado o artigo, mas acabei recrutando o amigo para escrever uma série de artigos aqui no The Painting Frog como convidado, nessa série o Marcos vai compartilhar conosco suas experiências e impressões encontro coleciona e joga um wargame completamente novo para ele: Warmachine.

Fiquem então com nosso primeiro artigo de um convidado:

 
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Warmachine Two-Player Battle Box – Abrindo a caixa.

Salve galera,

Na última sexta (25/Nov) rolou a Black Friday aqui nos EUA e o Estevao do The Painting Frog me pediu para pegar umas coisas na Miniature Market, aproveitei e peguei umas coisinhas para mim também, entre elas a nova caixa de Warmachine que é um starter set para dois jogadores, oficialmente conhecida como Warmachine Two-Players Battle Box. Já tinha um tempo eu queria comprar alguma coisa de Warmachine e a ideia inicial era comprar um Battle Box de Khador, comentei com o Estevao e ele me relembrou do Starter Set que vem 2 armies mais um tanto de coisas para qualquer um comecar a jogar.

 

PREÇO – foi por volta de US$ 74, com o tradicional desconto da loja + Black Friday rebates, o preço ficou bem bacana (comparado com os US$ 99 do preço normal).

A CAIXA – honestamente a primeira impressão foi: “Putz que caixinha pequinininha!” lembra uma dessas caixas de pizzas “medias” tipo pizza congelada, que abre com uma aba pelos lados, e não como estou acostumado com as coisas da GW que tem uma tampa, ainda mais se estivermos falando de “Steam Powered Miniature Combat Game”.
Dentro da caixa, tem uma divisória que mais atrapalha que ajuda e as coisas ficam todas espalhadas, inclusive os cards que deveriam estar presos por um elástico de dinheiro (só para contribuir com a impressão de “reba”). As minis estão em pequenos sacos plásticos lacrados com aquelas seladoras que o sujeito da banca usava nas revistinhas pornôs que agente insistia em querer ler quando era criança! Parece bobeira, mas sabe como é: Perception is reality e acho que a Privateer Press podia ter feito um trabalho melhor.

Mas nada está perdido, vamos dar uma olhada no conteúdo, e ainda bem que é isso que fez a diferença.

Como falei antes, o conteúdo deveria ser suficiente para 2 pessoas jogarem ao menos uma partida inicial de Warmachine, e para isso, dentro da caixa vem:

 

– Miniaturas suficientes para 2 armies (mais detalhes abaixo)
-Os Cards referentes as minis
– 6 Dados
– Régua de papel
– Livro de regras versão de bolso (só regras, como o da Black Reach de 40k)
– Guia de introdução para te deixar familiarizado com o jogo
– Quick start rules para agilizar o jogo e não ficar passando vontade.

 

Se você contabilizar, só de miniaturas, ja vale muito a pena… um Starter Box de Khador acho que esta em torno de US$ 37, vem 2 Warjacks e 1 Warcaster. Nesse vêm as mesmas opções, com mais 5 Man-o-War shocktroopers, só nessas, como eu disse já valeu a pena. Além disso as minis são de plástico, um plástico diferente do que eu to habituado da GW, gostei bastante, quase lembra resina.

As minis que vem são as seguintes:

Menoth Army:

High Exemplar Kreoss
Crusader Heavy Warjack
Vanquisher Heavy Warjack
Repenter Light Warjack
5 Exemplar Cinerators (Unit).

 

Khador :
Kommander Sorscha
Juggernaut Heavy Warjack
Destroyer Heavy Warjack
and 5 Man-O-War Shocktroopers (Unit)

 

O que tem para se fazer, além de montar e pintar, é adquirir uns tokens para representações no jogo, uns sleeves para os cards e uma caneta que não seja permanente para escrever nos cards.
Vou focar nos Khadors assim que possível e a ideia é fazer “speed painting” de novo. Posto fotos quando evoluir com eles.

Acho que é isso. qualquer pergunta é só me dar um toque

 
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Cabe mencionar que as fotos que ilustram o artigo são do blog Apartment Wargaming (já que o Marcos abriu a caixa tão rápido que não teve tempo pras fotos).

E é isso pessoal. Aguardem em breve mais novidades do Marcos acerca da pintura das peças e suas impressões sobre as primeiras partidas do novo jogo.

Até breve.

 

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Comments
  1. HI! I’m from the far future! Thank you for your post!😉

    Have you done one about painting miniatures? I’d like to get into the game, but I’m also scared of unfinished projects.

    • Gereth says:

      Hi there Alain!

      Thanks for the visiting and for taking some time to comment. It is always nice to hear about aour visitors from the future😉.

      This was a guest article written by my friend Marcos, and I’m pretty sure he has finished painting those models. I’ll ask him to come here and let you know how it turned out.

      Thanks again for stopping by mate.

      Cheers!

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