Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Borrack The Bull General (Review)

posted by Arne Wilkens

The world has fallen into chaos. Jade Emperor, ruler of the three realms has gone missing. Soon after the demons escape from the Geo-core, they strike swiftly to the four kingdoms on Terra. Demons have slowly seized control over the world.

While the gods in heaven with their power fading alongside them, they couldn't offer any assist on Terra. Mortals cannot gain any foothold at their own realm with the demons invasion. Fate has chosen four pilgrims on a journey to retrieve the lost holy scripture, which may hold the key to bring salvation to all...


This is the first part of a still continuing wave of spoilers Marrow Production shared with us over at their Facebook page back in june. A wave reaching many places (about 1400 Likes so far) to spread the word for a new game called Journey: Wrath of Demons

Marrow Production is created by RAY.WONG and Hon Ho.

It's a fast-paced and exciting cooperative board game, with highly detailed miniatures which intrigue for one to four players. Currently in development... But as it can be seen at their page it's coming close to an end and we can finally back the upcoming kickstarter!

One of the Playtest-Shots from Marrow Productions shared over at facebook


Highly detailed miniatures in a board game? Yes, you've got it right. And that's where this post really starts!

As Marrow Productions reached 500 likes they gave away three miniatures to three lucky winners. They repeated this as they reached 1000 likes. And guess what? I'm one of the lucky 3!


Some days ago I received my prize. Borrack The Bull General! What a beast! This miniature is absolutely amazing. Something that just makes me wanna back the kickstarter more and more. Impatiently waiting for the start now...



As this is a board game that also offers highly detailed miniatures for painters I'll split all my opinions about the quality into "gaming wise" and "painting wise". There are clearly differences that should be named on different points. Lets start diving deeper now!








Gaming wise the casting quality is superb! There are only tiny mould lines which are nearly invisible. Every single detail sculpted there is crispy. A pure joy for gamers: Unpack, fell in love and start gaming. Regarding the quality of this resin cast from the opposite side, there's nothing more to add. As a painter you'll carefully remove the named mould lines, fill those supertiny gaps and yu're done with it.

If there's any assembly necessary it will done within no time. The Bull General comes in 3 parts (mine was already glued). Here's a picture I've found at Marrow's Facebook page (thanks for lending me your pictures mates!):


The usage of resin ensures to cast all these tiny details like chains, scratches and other sculpted textures. Painting wise a welcomed material. Gaming wise it might be a bit too vulnerable (the hammer was broken when the miniature arrived even if it was packed safely and carefully - but who knows what happened during the trip of several thousand miles?). Please don't nail me on the wall if I'm wrong: I'm not sure about this as I don't have a lot of experience using resin miniatures for gaming purposes.

The following picture shows you a seize comparison.

From left to right: 28mm TrueScale // 28mm Hero Scale // Borrack The Bull General  54mm

On the left we have a beautiful noble lady by Thunderbolt Mountain Miniatures, 30mm true scale it is. Right beside this beauty we can find my allmighty, one armed ork boy from GW. Also 28mm, but a lot more bulky then the beauty on the left. On the right we have Kaernus from Enigma, 54mm. And the Bull General still tops him! I told you: It's a beast :D


Conclusion:

If my best friend would ask me for advice wether to buy or not to buy this miniature I'd highly recommend him to buy this one. It will be worth every cent invested.

Big thanks again to Marrow for this great miniature and all those that we just have seen on pictures so far. Keep up the great work, feed us with small teasers every now and then and kick off your kickstarter when time has come. We're all waiting impatiently for this great game.

Cheers
Arne

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