Friday, 27 March 2015

New Prince August Medieval Chess Moulds to celebrate the 600th anniversary of the Battle of Agincourt.

Prince August in March 2015 has released their latest 54mm scale metal chess set as moulds. This means you can cast and paint them however you want. Typically Prince August offers some painting guides to hobby casters that are fond of quick and simple tips on painting this historical chess set.

The battle of Agincourt took place in 1415 and the two kings involved were Henry V and Charles VI. The English army consisted of a lot of archers with their longbows and even though they were outnumbered on the day, due to many varied factors, including wet weather and poor French tactics, the English gained a complete victory. It resulted in many French knights either dying or being captured for ransom.

This chess set can represent any battle between the French and English during the Hundred Years' War period of conflict during those centuries.

Each side has three moulds and each mould has two figures per mould. These moulds are vulcanised rubber so will allow many hundreds of castings before wear and tear become a factor in the quality of the castings, if you use low melting point metal. Prince August promotes their Model Metal as the very best metal for any castings, with its fine details and low melting point, it is guaranteed to give a fantastic finish.

Another bonus for this set is that there is no assembly required at all. The only thing to glue together is the soft felt bases underneath the chess pieces to help protect the chess boards from scratches during use.

So if you enjoy highly detailed metal pieces, with well researched historical themes, then this new set is up your alley. To cast a full 32 pieces you should budget for about 16 bars of metal (a little less than 2kg).

Wednesday, 18 March 2015

Warzone Resurrection Wargaming Range added to Prince August

Warzone has been a very popular range of wargaming miniatures and games for Prince August stockists since first acquired in 2006. In 2015, Prince August is expanding that game to include the brand new Resurrection series, by Prodos games.
In March the first shipment has arrived and contains all the Warzone Resurrection miniatures & vehicles from Imperial, Bauhaus and Dark Legion forces.

Warzone Resurrection Bauhaus Starter Box contents

This game is compatible with the Classic series of Warzone Mutant Chronicles so you can either use many of these miniatures with the older game, or use your current stock of older miniatures with the new game rules. Some new miniatures do exist however and they are impressive and exciting additions to be sure.

There has been a lot of buzz about this new long awaited game release and you can certainly find plenty of discussion online about it. Here is a video review of the new book of rules and some Dark Legion forces.

One massive advantage of the new range is the availability of the larger vehicles that were either unavailable previously from Prince August or had sold out over the intervening time. These currently include the Black Widow, Grizzly Tank, Hurricane Walker and Greyhound LAFV as well as many others.
These larger vehicles add extra carnage and help balance out the game and give you far more options than you had before. There are even an upgrade for the already ultra powerful Hurricane Walker if you really want to own the battlefield. I pity the enemy player that tries to stop one of those.
So if you are a fan of Warzone, all the way from the early 90's, or just looking for a great tabletop game that has great sci-fi sculpts and easy learning curve, then this game should be your first choice.