Chaosium has some 7th Sea Second Edition bits on sale so we decided to take advantage of that and took the plunge. We were very happy with what we got!
The product quality is great, you can see lots of passion went into making the various bits. Excellent raw material as well as brilliant artwork. The dice and hero token chips are top notch. I have to admit I was a bit surprised as I have not heard any of the reviews mention this. It would seem to me money was invested in the products, making the margins for the Kickstarter most likely very thin… and that may be part of what had lead to a very troubled Kickstarter as well as the end of John Wick‘s game company. I am very glad Chaosium has picked it up.
The only problem now is that I want all the expansion books and we can not quite stretch our budget that far. The only affordable second hand copies I have found so far are in the States and with postage/customs they are no longer affordable. We could buy just PDF‘s from Chasium but we both really like physical books.
One of the frustrating things about this hobby has been the “hidden costs”. We anticipated the cost of figures to a certain degree but not how much they have turned out costing considering I keep seeing things I want. Then there is terrain, mats, paints, rules, dice, dice bags, dice trays, display cases, tool, glue, tutorial guides, etc etc etc. It all adds up… especially compared to computer gaming… but much of it also adds to the fun.
There is a real joy in creating the artwork. That we expected.
But we also enjoy some things we did not expect, like having cool dice to roll in cool dice trays.
I picked up some Chessex dice in powdered blue and copper for both Sharp Practice (d6) and 7th Sea (d10). There is something about the color combination of these dice that just pleases me in a way I struggle to articulate.
The photo above just does not capture the great colors properly, but suffice to say I love them for Napoleonic French or 7th Sea Montaignois troops.
We learned while playing Middle Earth Strategy Battle Game that we really like themed dice, especially where it has a fitting symbol instead of the six. To be playing your faction and in that split second of seeing your faction symbol instead of a number… it just sharpens our sense of success in the roll. Neither of us are by nature gamblers but I think this is a small taste of what gamblers must feel.
Our Sauron dice… used primarily for my Minas Morgul warband in our Battle Companies Middle Earth Strategy Battle Games campaign.
Our red and black generic Middle Earth “evil NPCs‘” dice.
My brown Dwarven dice.
And my wife‘s favorite dice… our Rohan and Elves (Rivendell, Galahdrim and Wood Elves) dice.
We prefer when the faction symbol is on the six rather than the one, so the older Middle Earth dice floating around on eBay are not so good for us. And Games Workshop has a terrible habit of letting newer dice go out of production rather quickly, so resellers hike up the prices.
So we are always on the lookout for cool dice.
As for terrain, we are anxiously waiting for some Dwarven Forge terrain from America and our Hagglethorn Hollow Kickstarter pledge. Both have cleared customs and are somewhere here in Germany but not with us yet!
Whilst we wait I have been painting some of the Dwarven Forge terrain we already have and adding some details to the Citadel/Games Workshop forest my wife painted.
I moved the owl from where I originally put it because it kept breaking off when ever I moved the tree. The beetle did not come out as iridescent as I hoped but I was using just washes over silver paint. And I only realized too late that of all the leaves I made out of greenstuff on the base only two match the shape of the leaves on the trees. Doh!
The mushroom, leaves and beetle are pretty large… not very accurate to scale for 28mm but the exaggerated size does help make them visible on the table while gaming.
I think the heavier dry brushing and all the new detail colors help break up the green as well as fit in more with the Dwarven Forge terrain but we will see that better when we have more Dwarven Forge terrain for the table. The darker, evergreen color sadly does not sit well with the brighter green Citadel “golf course” grass mat though.
As we transition away from our more traditional terrain to Dwarven Forge focus (and hence away also from that grass mat) I am beginning to regret having put grass on the base edges of the various scatter terrain I made. I have been considering trying to remove the grass off the edges as it is only done with PVA and then repaint the edges of the bases our standard strong tone washed brown.
And we are also hoping this all goes well with the terrain we are getting from the Monster Fight Club Kickstarter we backed…
Another piece I finished was some quick improvements on a rocky hill from Gale Force 9‘s Battlefield in a Box line.
It may not look like much added but I specifically wanted to go light on the vegetation so it would be more “general purpose” since it is heading for eBay.
Also destined for eBay is a lone GW skeleton miniature my wife found that had fallen behind one of our dressers….
… a quick bit of painting and now it is waiting for a new home!
My wife painted up a 3d printed tree that was a gift to us from our friend Tom.
In other news, we watched the first episode of Tribes of Europa. I liked it but it is too grimly post-apoc for my wife so I will be continuing on my own with it.
Snowpiercer continues to deliver. It is entertaining however Sean Bean‘s character is the creepiest I have ever seen him.
I was disappointed to read that there will be no more seasons of La Revolution, the French tv series about the French Revolution being against vampires…. hence the need to remove heads…
It is a dark series but I think it makes an interesting addition to our Tarnished Splendor vision of 7th Sea… so I was hoping to convince my wife to watch it, and of course season 1 ends with a bit of a cliff hanger. Sigh.