Posts Tagged previews
I’m not really interested in Uncharted Seas. While I appreciate the quality of the models (in particular the Sky Pirate battleship), it’s just doesn’t grab be the way Dystopian Wars and Firestorm Armada do.
But I thought that the Guardian-class Floating Citadel for the Iron Dwarf faction deserved a special mention. It is a truly impressive model and says everything there is to say about the inventiveness and imagination that Spartan bring to bear on their games. Bringing new and interesting ideas to what could be quite restricted settings.
I can imagine that many Iron Dwarf players will make this model the centrepiece of their gaming table.
Two more Mobile Airbases for Dystopian have been previewed by the insane geniuses at Spartan Games.
At first glance this Prussian model seems like a ridiculous, gimmicky design. But it actually grew on me very quickly. The model has the right sense of solidity to make the quirky crosswise stacked flight decks look plausible. The overall effect is of a very purposeful unit and I like that it is clearly very well tied in with the solid, utilitarian look of the other Prussian land units.
The Covenant of Antarctica model is amongst the most striking models Spartan have produced. I like all the little details like the energy turrets in the legs. I particularly like the dome in the centre of the main body, surrounded by what appear to be warhead launch bays. I anticipate that this model will be subjected to an infinite number of spider analogies, although the pedant in me makes me feel I should point out it only has four legs. I do collect CoA, but I would have to think about whether to get this one as using it in-game would involve branching out into a land force and having to put up with the annoyances of the fighter rules. That said, this one might be cool enough to make it on to the ‘buy it just to paint’ list.
Like many of you, I await Spartan’s next preview with anticipation.
Spartan Games have released preview renders of some of their upcoming mobile airbases for Dystopian Wars.
The Kingdom of Britania Brunel is quite a cool and imposing model. The St Paul’s-esque dome underlines the quirky steampunk nature of the Dystopian Wars world. Coupled with the pleasingly chunky track units and the rather cool forward cannon battery it’s quite powerful looking. I am intrigued by the ironwork on the hanger roof. I cant help but wonder how it might look painted up as stained glass.
The Empire of the Blazing Sun Kagoshima is certainly characterful. I think I like it less than the other two previewed so far, mainly because the legs look a bit stumpy and ponderous and I can’t help but envisage it shuffling along rather than striding purposefully. Someone more knowledgeable than I about Japanese culture will have to comment on how appropriate the temple-like structure is.
The Alamo for the Federated States of America is perhaps my favourite of the three previewed so far. It’s much more utilitarian compared to the more stately Brunel and Kagoshima. I like the banks of triple mortars at the front and the omnidirectional rocket battery. For some reason the enlarged tread wheels at the front make me think of dragsters.
Let’s stay tuned for the Prussian and Covenant of Antarctica mobile airbases which no doubt will be previewed in the next week or so.
As I predicted a week or so ago when I posted about the recently previewed Fleet Carriers for Dystopian Wars, Spartan Games have started releasing previews of new Sky Fortresses.
To explain, back when Dystopian Wars released, two fleets, Britania and the FSA had their Fleet Carriers released. Meanwhile the other two, Prussia and the Empire of the Blazing Sun, had their Sky Fortresses released. Now it seems the balance is to be redressed.
The FSA Savannah-class sky fortress is an impressive model. I like the layered flight decks and the way the design seems to incorporate multiple airship bodies to support and stabilise the craft. The ship has some nice underslung turrets but doesn’t look heavily armed (certainly compared to the Valley-class airship).
I’m sceptical about the value of tiny flyers in Dystopian Wars, so I imagine that players who are as sceptical as I am will hesitate about adding these models to their armadas. This is a shame as these are some excellent models.
The Britannian Illustrious-class is also an awesome model. The design harks back to the Eagle war rotor and the Britanian naval style in general. The multiple large triple-bladed rotors give a sense of the power needed to keep this beast in the air. I also like the simple open landing deck, the typically large Britanian-style weapon turrets, and the little details like the aircraft lists and the observation area on the bow.
As a Britanian player, the only reason I’m not putting this at the top of my wish list is that my dim view of the rules for tiny flyers. It’s shame that unlike in Firestorm Armada, there is not an option to field carriers without their wings. It’s a great model, but perhaps a bit too nice to buy but not use.
The Illustrious definitely has a more imposing ‘flying city’ feel to it that the Savannah, which as a more ‘slow but purposeful advance’ feel to it.
The Epicurus Sky Fortress for the Covenant of Antarctica is quite different, but another awesome model. I like the huge rear power-plant and the multiple weapon batteries. The central ‘drone-launcher’ turret is a curious design choice but certainly an intriguing one. I also quite like the manoeuvring jets on the sides, very reminiscent of the Harrier jump jet.
All three massive flyers are absolutely fantastic and I’m sure that any players would be tempted to add one to their fleet. Even if you don’t like playing using the fighter rules, these are fantastic models that I’m sure would be a joy to paint. The release of these models and the large war flyers previewed last month means that a full on aerial fleet is now a real possibility. I look forward to seeing pictures of other players flying armadas online.
Spartan Games have released preview renders of the new Corvette class ships for Dystopian Wars.
Nice looking models every one of them, though the FSA Revere-class is certainly a little eccentric. I like the Britanian Swift-class a lot, though I’m not sure if I will rush out and buy some quite yet. In due time though, I might augment the small ships of my fleet with a squadron or two.
I also quite like the Prussian Saxony-class. It’s got some nice sharp lines and a real sense of speed. I’m less keen on the CoA Thales-class ship as I think it looks a bit fragile and spindly. The EotBS Fujin-class is nice enough, but suffers from really, really looking like a steam engine, even compared to it’s fleet mates.
Not sure what Spartan will have to offer during the rest of the week, but I will keep my eye on their site as always.
@docbungle has dug up some cool Privateer Press previews.
I quite like the Rover warjack.
Spartan are spoiling us Dystopian Wars players this week. Fresh on the heels of the large flyer previews come previews of the upcoming Gunships.
Speaking as a Britanian player, I think the Agincourt is okay, but I’m not sure about the idea of a torpedo turret. I like The Xeno for it’s great broadside and the bow mounted mega-cannon of doom and I also like the Princeton for it’s enormous cannon paired with rocket batteries.
The article on Spartan Games’ website explains the thinking behind each design and it all makes sense. I like that they have designed each gunship to offer something different to the existing ships in their respective fleets rather than just providing up-armed cruisers. I look forward to any other Dystopian Wars previews that Spartan might treat us with over the next few weeks.
Last week Spartan games released the long awaited renders of the forthcoming Aquan Medusa-class Dreadnought for Firestorm Armada.
Personally, and I can only speak personally here, I don’t like it very much. To be fair, given how long Spartan kept us waiting for this particular preview, it was going to be difficult for any ship to live up to the anticipation, but the Medusa still came as quite a shock.
Granted, all the six FA dreadnoughts that Spartan have pushed the envelope in terms of the visual style of their respective fleets, but the other five were all clearly, visibly tied to an overall design philosophy. The Medusa in contrast, really couldn’t be more different from the existing Aquan range.
Yes, there are commonalities in terms of the details, such as the lozenge-shaped weapons copulas, the crystal like engine nozzles, and the elongated oval hatches in the bow. But the design itself is completely alien and seems to have more in common with Ba’Kash design that have been previewed in the past than other Aquan designs such as the Manta carrier.
I have previously posted that I would definitely be adding an Aquan Dreadnought to my fleet but I don’t think I will now. The clash in styles is just too great and I think I will be fine with the splendid Manta Battle Carrier as the flagship of my fleet. If I need extra firepower, hopefully there will be some nice gunship models before too long.
I think my least favourite aspect it the ‘tentacles’ trailing stern-wards from the main hull. The Aquans ships may have had an ‘organic’ look to them, but they have never previously looked like they were specifically trying to ape a living creature. I’m also not keen on the bow. I’m not sure if it’s supposed to evoke the maw of some aquatic predator but it leaves me cold.
It’s not a hideous model as such, the render it self is nicely executed and there is clearly a lot of detail in the sculpt, but it jars so much with the existing style of the Aquan fleet that it just doesn’t work for me and I would find it hard to imagine how much a huge departure from established design philosophy would be justified in-universe. The other Dreadnoughts previewed by Spartan are much more in keeping with the existing ‘look’ of the fleets they are joining.
I think this is definitely a ‘Marmite’ model that people will either love or hate. And I can’t help but find it ironic that such an aesthetically challenging model has been named after a mythical beast that people warned never to look at.