Terminators and Sabaton

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Just as last year was nearing completion I got an e-mail from Warlord Games indicating that they had a sale on the Terminator – Genisys game that was released last year.  It was reduced from £70 to £20 and although my understanding of economics is that price is an information carrier (i.e. if the price is low the product is usually not that good) I ordered a box.  I checked today (17/01/17) and it looks like there is still a deal on the Genisys game but the cost is now £35.  I also bought a copy of the Pirates of Nassau board game that was reduced significantly too, but that is still in its shrink-wrapped state.

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Left flank action with some Resistant Soldiers taking on some Machines. The red markers indicate that the model has carried out an action in the turn.

The Genisys box comes with literary everything you need to start playing the game, including miniatures for the resistance (17 No.) and the machines (10 No.), a 2 by 3 battle mat in thick paper and some terrain tiles. The  Little one and I had a go at the basic rules and we were in full swing within minutes  – we played two of the starter scenarios and had a good time overall. The rules are simple and you can activate 0 to 2 models per pulse (part of a turn) depending on a dice roll (with the possibility to activating more if you have leaders). The robots are hard to kill, but with overwhelming fire there is a decent chance of denying the model an action in the turn and hope for that lucky killing shot at some point.  Terrain is important and a model in the open is soon taken down.

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Marker for shooting at point blank range or moving at normal speed during an activation.

I think we have found ourselves a little fun game to play every now and then.  The small playing surface makes it very easy to set up and play without upsetting any of the other going-ons in the house. A game with the number of miniatures we currently  have does not take very long to complete.

I spent an evening painting them up to a basic standard – it is always better to have some paint on the miniatures than not.

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The ten Terminators

 

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Some resistance soldiers

 

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Some more resistance soldiers…

 

More Metal to the People

We also had the pleasure, well not the Little Ones, of seeing Sabaton at the Brixton Academy this weekend.  They were supported by Twilight Force and Accept. Due to events outside of our control we arrived too late to see Twilight Force but instead our first dish of the evening were served by Accept – I have not seen Accept since my younger days and I have to say I was positively surprised and yes they did Balls to the Walls! Powerful and very seasoned.

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Accept at its best with Wolf Hoffmann at the front!

Then the onslaught started!…

Fast as the wind, the invasion has begun

Shaking the ground with the force of thousand guns

First in the line of fire, first into hostile land

Tanks leading the way, leading the way …

… They are the panzer elite, born to compete, never retreat – Ghost Division

In good tradition Sabaton unleashed themselves upon the audience with the eminent song Ghost Division.  The song is about the 7th Panzer Division that both the German Command as well as the French constantly lost track of during the invasion of France in 1940, due to its speedy advance.

Thirteen songs later a break and then a triple encore with the classic Primo Victoria about the D-Day invasion, Shiroyama the final battle of the Samurai and then the sad but brilliant To Hell and Back about the Battle of Anzio.

In short – “Awesome!”.

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Joakim, the Singer of Sabaton, with a coat similar to those worn by the soldiers during the Great Northern War, signing the fantastic title track from the epic Carolus Rex album. “I was chosen by heaven, say my name when you pray, to the skies, see Carolus rise!”

 

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Anther costume this time depicting another Warrior King, namely Leonidas of Sparta.
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Absolutely brilliant show and engaging as always! Well done!

Marching in (Brilliant) Colour

Last week I got my second batch of painted miniatures from Marching in Colour (link here) you may recall from a few updated ago (if not have a look here!).  I am really enjoying this experience and it is nice not needing to do all of it myself – for a change.  I have asked Chris to provide a basic paint job. This allows me to add my chestnut brown ink and to do some final touches before adding/painting flags and basing them to make them seamlessly blend into the existing stock.  I will start working on this batch shortly – I currently have 90 Polemos bases worth of miniatures to complete – 45 cavalry bases (with 9 mounted miniatures to each base) and 45 infantry bases (with 24 miniatures to each base). I have plenty to do and will post about getting through this pile next time.

/  Take Care and Toysoldier on!

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