Ravage #6 Review




As ever, if you're in the UK, head over to Valiant Wargames to pick this up.

Ravage is the most consistently interesting  magazine, thanks to the broad range of games it covers. This does mean that the some of the coverage falls outside my knowledge, but that's more problem, rather than the magazine's. There are still some iffy bits of translations, but the content is otherwise good.

Let's get going. 

Cover   
A nice cover image, and a good run down of what's in the issue.               
                1
               
Inside Front Cover          
Battle Foam ad 
                0
               
Letter From The Editor 
As the first issue proper issueof 2013 (yes, I know I'm behind, but this is Feb/March issue, so give me some leeway)) this editorial focuses on the future of the mag.         
                1
               
Contents            
                1
               
News Splash Page          
I'm still see these as a loss of a page, but like the way Ravage is divided up.         
                0
               
Descent 2nd Ed Review
A four page review of the new edition of Decent, which gives fair coverage of the game, especially in relation to the previous version.            
                4
               
Sedition Wars Review   
This is a bit more wide ranging than most reviews, talking as it does about the Kickstarter that brought the game to the masses.               
                2
               
Anima Tactics Overview               
This article takes a look at some the factions within Anima Tactics focusing entirely on background (rather than how they play on the tabletop and the like)            
                1
               
Dreadball            
Jake Thornton takes a look at Dreadball from his standpoint as its designer, which is an interesting viewpoint to hear things from, as it's so rare.       
                2
               
Bushido - Temple Of Ro-Kan      
This article takes a look at the Temple Of Ro-Kan in detail on the tabletop, both as individual models and for building a force.               
                2
               
Horus Heresy Book One: Betrayal            
A remarkable balanced look at the huge tome, that covers many points.              
                2
               
Dropzone Commander 
There's a big chunk of this article pulled straight from the Hawk Wargames site, which seems a bit of a cheat, that starts with a wide look at the game, and then focuses down to look at collecting a Scourge force, reviewing the models, and detailing a few games.  
                3
               
Games Splash Page        
I'm going to run through this section fairly quickly, as it's a series of exclusive scenarios, and there's little I can say about them, being unfamiliar with many of the systems            
                0
               
Dust Tactics Scenario     
                2
               
Zombicide Scenario        
                2
               
Battle For Albaster         
A bit of an oddity, that not only includes a scenario, but also a mini summary of the game, background and painting advice.               
                2
               
Mercs Campaign Scenarios, Chapter Three and Four      
                5
               
Hobby Splash Page         
                0
               
Painting Guide - Morat Raicho   
A odd article, that talks about itself a bit much, before getting into 3 pages of photos going stage by stage though painting the model, mainly by airbrush, but seems lacking in detail.          
                2
               
Dust Tactics - Hades In 3D            
A piece on building a room terrain piece to use in Dust, in this case a sewer. It suffers from not having a large picture of the finished piece, but otherwise there are interesting things to take away.               
                2
               
Eden: Abandoned Warehouse Diorama
A remarkable detailed diorama, that's all the more astounding, for using walls made from hand drawn bricks.    
                3
               
Mercs Advert   
                0
               
Reclaiming The Sularian Gate - Duel        
A step by step piece of following the creation of an impressive entry into the French 2012 Golden Daemon.       
                4
               
Elvish Base From A To Z
Focused, as the title suggests, on a quite magnificent base, this piece covers a lot of ground, from trees to home made roofing structures.         
                4
               
Skarrd Abomination: Step be step           
Three pages take the model from fresh out the box to finished, with a focus on the base, and construction.       
                3
               
Community Splash Page              
                0
               
Steampunk Files              
An expansive six page piece that touches on Steampunk in its many media forms, especially, but not limited to its tabletop incarnations      
                6
               
Quirkworthy's Ramblings             
A page taking the bull by the horns and dealing with the harsh decisions needed when you have too many games/armies.               
                1
               
Dreadball Ad     
                0
               
Ravage Ad          
                0
               
Dark Age Teaser              
                0
               
Back Cover         
Infinity Campaign Paridiso Ad      
                0
               
                55

This is the best score I've given Ravage, even with number of 0s (I'll double check my scoring is consistent tomorrow). 

Confrontation - Echoes

I've been meaning to post this up for a while, but have been trying to write up a full and articulate response. Follow the link below for a bit of background on Confrontation, and how it echoes into the modern 40K universe. Feel free not to come back here, and avoid me waffling on below.


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Arena Rex




Arena Rex is reaching the last few days of its Kickstarter run, and I've said very little about it. Above is a recently released gameplay demo, while below is the originally posted Kickstarter video.




Arena Rex ticks quite a few boxes for me. The models look fantastic, as do the concept art for those models being made thanks to the Kickstarter. At 35mm they might not swap over to other systems well, and being resin there's the cost/detail thing to take into account, although there's a very low model count. There's a nice mix of historical and mythical creations which lets you tailor selections to your preference. The rules look deep and tactically interesting, and with each model having different abilities means replayability should be impressively high.

Enough to get you interested? Go support the Kickstarter

No Quarter 46 - Jan/Feb 2013


I'm slowly getting up to date with No Quarter, just need to grab a copy of last month's and I'll be there, but for now, here's a throwback to the start of the year.



It's worth noting that much of NoQuarter Plus is dedicated to showing off groups participating in the Foodmachine 2013 charity event.
               
Cover   
The cover looks pretty good, but the art suffers the perennial PP problem of being repeated later on.  
                0
               
Credits 
As standard       
                0
               
Table of Contents           
I'm running out of things to say about contents pages   
                0
               
Editorial               
Once again a good beginning gives way to highlighting the contents.      
                0
               
News from the Front    
A look at the Dutch National Championship and Slam At The Ram             
                2
               
New Releases  
Five pages of new releases cover a fair amount of stuff, from single model and new units, to Colossals and Gargantuans               
                5
               
HORDES: Gargantuans Previews              
Seven pages with more rules from the Gargantuan book, which is a nice way for players to use a single model without having to shell out on a whole new tome.           
                7
               
Modeling & Painting: Woldwrath             
Six pages dedicated to painting the Worldwraith covers things well, and there are some good techniques to be pulled out for people painting other models.           
                6
               
Guts & Gears: Doom Reavers    
A glorious 12 pages covers background, Iron Kingdom Rules and the painting of these berserkers.
Reproduced in part in No Quarter Plus  
                12
               
In Battle Forged: Patriot’s Crucible          
A new series, tied in to the tenth year of Warmachine we get background and rules for one of the famous historical battles from the game's background     
Reproduced in part in No Quarter Plus  
                10
               
Forces of Distinction XII
A Skorne force gets added this month, with a focus on Siege Animantaraxes and Mammoths    
                3
               
Monsternomicon & Beyond       
Seven pages of rules for adding Bats, Rats, and oddly, Buffalo into your IK RPG games. Shame one page is lost to the intro though.               
                6
               
Iron Kingdoms Gazetteer: Wexmere     
A whole slew of background for the mining town of Wexmere, which makes interesting background reading even if you're not an IK RPG player.    
Reproduced in part in No Quarter Plus  
                9
               
Campaign Terrain            
A very brief background and rules piece for adding a Ghost-Cursed Ruin. Sadly it lacks any construction particulars          
                1
               
Privateer Press Publication Plans             
A big press release for the new line of PP books from Skull Island eXpeditions, and from Pyr, as well as their new Privateer Press Digital App             
Reproduced in full in No Quarter Plus    
                2
               
Battle Report: Divine Retribution             
A 16 page battle report that has a huge wodge of text, and maps (lacking movement arrows though). And left me feeling like I knew how and why the battle went down. Pictures that didn't just focus on the two big models would have been nice though
                14
               
Steamroller 2013             
Two pages pushing Steamroller, and giving a snapshot of the tourny scene.        
Reproduced in full in No Quarter Plus    
                2
               
Terrain Building: Building Blocks
We get six pages about making moulds to cast brick paving slabs for the terrain board project this month.           
                6
               
Lock & Load GameFest 2013       
A plug for Lock & Load  
Reproduced in full in No Quarter Plus    
                2
               
Player Gallery   
A nice Trollkin force this month, along with a page on portable gaming tables.    
                2
               
The Armory: Iron Kingdoms RPG              
Templates for the IK RPG players.           
Reproduced in full in No Quarter Plus    
                1
               
Inside Back Cover           
Gargantuans ad               
                0
               
Back Cover         
A Convergence related tease    
                0
               
                90

 No Quarter is looking impressively consistent, with a score over the preceding two issues of  91 and 91. Give that it's a 97 page publication this month, 90 is a fantastic score (I'm going to have to improve the rating to make direct comparison between different companies magazines easier, but this is good by any measure). I feel like I know more about the hobby and about the game background and that there's content I can come back to, for tips or simply to read, a number of times.