Friday, 8 December 2017

Overkilled Storage- Caverna

When I first opened Caverna, I was taken aback by how much stuff there was in the box.

Caverna is the successor to the famous board game Agricola, and I prefer it immensely. For ease of play, I have kept the bits organised in a separate tackle box. I recently heard about Overkilled Storage, an Australian company that makes MDF board game inserts. Similar overseas companies have crippling shipping costs, so I gave Overkilled Storage a go.

I received a well protected package with each subassembly separately shrink-wrapped*, along with a set of colour instructions. Assembly took about an hour with the telly on in the background. The parts were a perfect effortless fit.
Completed trays- note the writing in the trays!

Bottom layer

... with cardboard token tray

and wooden bits...

Rules and player boards on top

Fits perfectly in the box.

There is a main tray which is a tight fit in the game box. All the bits have a receptacle tray, but space is still so tight the corn and wood ‘vegemeeples’ do need a little organising to ensure the next layer sits nicely. The player boards sit on top, with the entire game sitting neatly in the original box. It can be stored vertically without any bits falling out of their trays.

Recommended. And now I’ve freed up a tackle box!

*which seals in that lovely smell

Friday, 1 December 2017

PSC Battle of Britain

What ho, Squiffy! Bally Jerry, pranged his kite right in the how's-your-father; hairy blighter, dicky-birded, feathered back on his sammy, took a waspy, flipped over on his Betty Harpers and caught his can in the Bertie.

Translated from banter:

PSC shot themselves in the foot during their crowdfunding campaign to re-release Richard Borg's Battle of Britain game. After significant delays in the Chinese factories, the miniatures released did not meet some consumer's expectations due to a softer plastic resulting in significant warping. Here are some of my 1:300 planes:

This one is the only moulding failure
Warping is common to any soft plastic boardgame miniature, and quickly settles with the hot water treatment. I fixed mine in about 20 minutes and am very happy with how they turned out. I like the contrast between the cheerful RAF and the utilitarian Luftwaffe camouflage patterns. I handpainted all the markings- the crosses and swastikas were a bit of a headache, and I'd consider decals despite the artisanal charm. On the table, I think they look great.

Hawker Hurricanes

Bristol Blenheim

Gloster Gladiator

Boulton Paul Defiant
Heinkel 111. Love the canopies!

Junkers 87 Stuka

Messerschmitt Bf 109. These are the smallest planes, and the markings were harder.

Junkers 88

Messerschmitt Bf 110

Dornier 17

Unfortunately, combined with some poor communication, PSC caved to pressure and has announced they will send out hard plastic planes to everyone. They're already quite fine miniatures, and a snapped tailfin will result in more wailing and gnashing of teeth than some easily correctable warping.

I got a game in of the first 4-round scenario. The RAF cracked out a win, but it would be interesting to see how they fare against attrition by the late campaign.
Game set-up

Cabbage crates coming over the briny

Pevensey radar station takes a hit!

It's grim up north

Friday, 24 November 2017

Happy blogday to me

It's the 6th ever blogday for WwB! As always, it's a time to look back over the past year. My retrospective has a yellow theme. It was the main colour for my samurai command unit...

All your base are belong to us.

... but mostly I used it as a splash of colour in other projects:
Pillage People got hammered at CanCon

Surrender Monkeys did better than expected at EucBowl

Drenn Redblade

Acolyte Iconward

Onar Koma

Gold Squadron, standing by.
Last night on earth

Two things which have no yellow, but I'm very happy with, are my white walkers and landships.

I haven't done as much miniature wargaming this year, but have made up for it with some serious boardgame time. CodenamesArkham Horror: The Card Game, and Commands & Colors Napoleonics have all seen solid playing time. I've dabbled with some escape room games, the Unlock and Exit series. I'm in the middle of a Pandemic Legacy 2 campaign right now.
Pandemic Legacy 2 yellow edition
I'm moving house- again... I've been trying to pack up all my little men, and it is proving a sobering task as I realise the lack of sensible transport options...

So, what's ahead? After my Deathwatch slog, I'm eyeing off Space Hulk. Following my trip to Japan, I feel I can't keep putting off my samurai. I hope to get to CanCon 2018. There will be more Star Wars.  I'm looking forwards to some PSC 15mm WW1 French.  I'll be looking closely at Batman The Boardgame when it hits Kickstarter early next year.

The Analogue Hobbies Painting Challenge VIII has been announced, and I've thrown my hat in the ring. I may have overstretched with an ambitious target of 1100 points... but I'm really looking forward to it!

AHPC VII output

In other blog news, I will likely be hitting 300 posts before next year! As always, thanks to all the readers and bloggers who make this such a varied and fun place!

PS: I've found my dream gaming room and table-

See it in action here:

Saturday, 18 November 2017

Barks in Japan- final thoughts

I had a great first trip to Japan. It was fairly easy to get around, the food was great, most people spoke some English (phew), the scenery was beautiful. In this final post on my trip, I thought I'd jot down a few notes on the scenery aspects of my visit, and illustrate with some photos. My views on the city may be useful for modern or near future cypberpunk, and my notes on the country will help me for sengoku era gaming.


Tokyo is a megacity, well over 10 million people. The infrastructure is very supportive. The buildings are at least three storeys as far as the eye can see, in every direction. Cars are compact, streets are narrow, bikes are everywhere. Underpasses are extensive. Vending machines are incredibly common, with less physical depth than I'm used to , and selling hot drinks as well! Pavement is scarcely existent outside of the city centres. Overhead telephone lines are a complete spider web (hard to replicate on the gaming table!). Private gardens are small and a luxury.

Can't see the edge of town from here!

Mount Fuji is behind the haze

View out to central Tokyo

Rooftops of Kyoto

Bullet trains (shinkansen) are my new favourite way of travel. Smooth, fast, lots of leg room, on-time to a fault, and no check-in or security like an airport. And so cool.

Shinji looks like he's grown a pair. Even Rei looks like she has a personality!


The traditional gardens I visited were lovely- although ten-year old me wouldn't have been so appreciative! It takes a lot of effort to make them appear so natural, if you know what I mean. Winding paths, little ponds and streams with bridges or stepping stones (and koi), mossy ground. Stone lanterns are common. The torii gates have quite an orange component to their colouring, which is a vibrant contrast to the green surrounds. Cherry blossoms in spring, bright red maples in Autumn.

Edo castle grounds, Tokyo

Kinkaku-ji, Kyoto. I love those pine trees.

Katsura River, Kyoto

Fushimi Inari-taisha, Kyoto. A hillside path with thousands of torii

Shirakawa Minami-dori, Kyoto- the most beautiful street in Asia.

Kiyomizu-dera, Kyoto

Takinomiya Shrine, tucked away in Kyoto

Ginkaku-ji, Kyoto

Ginkaku-ji, Kyoto
Koko-en, Himeji

Koko-en, Himeji

Can you tell I liked Kyoto?! I had a great little trip to Japan, but barely scratched the surface. I am looking forward to going again!
Mount Fuji from the shinkansen