Friday, 28 May 2010

Dragon Forge Base Review

So I have been looking for a new set of bases for my Flesh Tearers army. So after some hunting around I finally settled on dragon forge. Id only heard good things from them and the price was fairly good. Also the major point was the inter changeability of two of the ranges, parched earth and broken wasteland. The reason i choose these two sets is they look similar and with abit of sand it was easy to mass produce 40 to 50 bases without having any repeats. A problem i find with alot of companies doing resin bases is the fact they only do batches of 10 when peoples armies generally have more than 10 models in them! But anyway I had contacted Jeff about doing a commission for the lost empire range instead, however as its a one man operation and due to other reasons he was unable to do it. But was quick to respond to my e-mails and a nice guy to chat with, so kudos to Jeff!

Shipping and Price:

So I order 30 bases and got a free large 60mm base for my troubles (again awesome deal from Jeff) which cost me 35 US dollars or 24 GBP including postage (30 for bases and 5 for postage). Not bad really for 30 bases. To do a comparison micro art studios would charge me 30 GBP for 30 bases and they also do some lovely bases as well which I’ve built armies with. It took 8 days to travel to myself in New Zealand from America to the middle of nowhere (i literally live in a rainforest) and the postage actually cost 6 US dollars, so i saved 1 dollar! So again can’t fault that service.


The bases came in a box in their own plastic bags, on first inspection there weren’t any noticeable defections bar some flash around the bottom of the bases. Couple of small air bubbles on the bottom of the bases but that doesn’t matter. So I set them aside for washing and cleaning up. The bases didn’t really have any release agent on them and only required alight scrub. These are pressure cast bases and done by a one man operation, the casting quality is good but not as good as micro art studios but I think that’s reflected in the price. From the photo below you can see the air bubbles that have affected some of the bases, this isn’t really an issue as sand and paint will cover these but something to consider. It’s not an issue for me but when comparing to micro art studio bases, you won’t find this sort of things at all with their bases. But again price reflects this i think, its really my only criticism of dragon forge.

Mounting them was easy enough, however not all the surfaces are flat which is really down to the design meaning I had to file some bits down to get a flush mounting for my marines. But again not a issue for me.


So I’m quite happy with these bases, the quality, price and shipping are great, Jeff is a friendly guy to deal with and quite a busy chap! The only negative point is the small air bubbles from the pressure casting which could be down the mould itself, its hard to tell without looking at the moulds themselves as it seems to be them rather than air bubbles in the casting. However again not an issue for me. All together a good product and well priced, id certainly recommend them to anyone.

Therefore i give them a 4/5, the only minus coming from the air bubbles in the casting.


Tuesday, 18 May 2010

Super Blog Give Away!

So this was started by the guys at Santa Cruz, and basically involves giving free stuff away! So i recently entered but lost, however im going to give some stuff away anyway as a kind of mini birthday for 40k bunny ( i cant rmember how long this blog has been going, not that long!).

So basically here is the deal, im going to give away a brand new copy of the tyranid codex plus a 60mm wasteland base from dragon forge designs and post it for free to the lucky winner.

Want to participate?
If you want to win a prize of your own and join this Give-Away, go comment on this blog. The rules of the give-away are as follows:

1. you must have a blog.
2. you must have something worthwhile to offer up to give away for free.
3. if you win, you must hold your own blogsite give away using the same rules to pay it forward.
4. you must contact us with a link to your give away so we can send bloggers to your site.
5. you may only enter once per give away.

To Enter:

1. leave a comment to this post as follows.
2. Answer the question below correctly (giving estimatation).
3. State what you will give away on your blog to pay it forward.

I will choose the winner based on how convincing they are and what they offer to the next winner.

Question -

So i recently purcahsed aload of dragon forge bases (review coming soon) it took them 8 days to travel 13434.10 km (1679.26 km per day and 69.96km per hour). But in which country did they end up in? For bonus points, which town did they end up in? Person with the closet answer wins?

Failing that ill invent a tie breaker question or the person with the most correct answer to the question wins!

Ill give everyone 1 week, so this time next week ill annonce the winner!

Good Luck!

Tuesday, 4 May 2010

My dirty Secrets out. Im a wargamer!

Soo the story started when i ordered some stuff some gamesworkshop in new zealand for my flesh tearers army. Fast forward a week and im at working cleaning away in the kitchen (i work on the west coast in a hostel in the middle of nowhere)and a box arrives with my stuff. My boss comes in and loudly asks me, 'so you play with toy soliders aye?'.

Im looking abit shocked at this point and ask why she thinks i play with to soldiers at which point she shows me the box. Now GW in new zealand when you do mail orders get it shipped over from Australia. On the custom slip in quite large letters it says to my slight horror 'TOY SOLIDERS' which was infact my marine jump packs and shoulder pads. At which point the piss taking starts. Now i can take that im just horrified at GW for destroying my closet gaming secret!

So i wonder if anybody else has been caught out by being a closet gamer???