Readers may recall the recent couple of blogs on the Tabula Rasa middle eastern buildings from Shiny Games? Well a conversation with a local gamer (hello Bob!) about low cost and simplicity persuaded me to buy some of the Blotz buildings at the Newbury show, so here are my thoughts.
After the fun of building the last three desert buildings from this range we just had to get some more so another order to Shiny Games and back came the 8 inch Compound, the Desert Residence 3 and the Desert Storage Building.
I’m sure everyone knows what 3D printing is but for the uninitiated; you create a 3D CAD model of whatever it is you want to make, you then make a tool path of the model for the molten plastic to follow, then you send the tool path program to a specialised printer add some molten plastic and hey presto! If it was that simple of course we’d all be doing it but that isn’t the point of this post.
These are a set of desert buildings I was recommended to by Michael at ChargeBlog when I was halfheartedly searching around for buildings to use for our proposed Benghazi games. They are made by Knights of Dice Scenery, who are an Australian company I think, and are retailed here in the UK by Shiny Games. Oh, and before I go any further, no one is paying us for this I just wanted to share with anyone who might be reading.
It’s been a while but I thought I’d write about our attempts to sort out the rules and the buildings which has been a bit of a journey to be honest.
Readers may recall back in Part One I was all over the Spectre Operations rules, mainly based on reading and looking at nice shiny photographs, not actually playing.
Well we had a couple of games using fairly generic terrain (mainly due to not having sorted out the planned barrio area I had promised to do a year ago!) and it didn’t go so well.
We left this project with figures and vehicles to paint and rules to try, which at the time sounded pretty easy…………..
We (well I actually as the rest of the team were either working a shift or on holiday) visited this for the first time last year and had a great time wandering a show which wasn’t exclusively for miniaturists, in fact the number of ‘proper wargames’ you can count on the fingers of one hand but if your interests go beyond just pushing miniature figures around this is a must do on the calendar.
Back from Newark with almost nothing bought – in fact just some trees from Last Valley – but came away with a real ‘feel good’ glow. Why?
For a little while now we’ve been doing random tweets about this project so it seemed like we ought to put some kind of context around the idea and where we hope to take it (if anywhere!)