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Bishopp
28-05-2011, 11:55 PM
For those of you potentially interested, I picked up the Heavy Gear Blitz "Interpolar War Begins." starter set and wouldn't you know it, it just came in the mail so lets take a look and unveil this sucker!

First off I would like to point out that Heavy Gear Blitz is an updated version of the original Heavy Gear Miniature game. Dream Pod 9 has decided to switch to a 15mm level game, now I do not know where they sat before BUT in order to make this streamline process go over smoothly they aggravated a few folks in the change over process. *Though, what is new these days anyway.* So, onward and upward we go!

As you can see, everything comes in a very nice box with some beautiful images to reference from right on the top. This box set when it came out retailed for about 100.00 U.S. currency but at the time of my purchase I found one on ebay shipped to me from Canada for about 60.00, pretty good deal so I could not pass it up!

http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e335/Gorfinger/Heavy%20Gear%20Blitz/Package.jpg

Next up in this exiting little walk through we come to the opening. Inside I found a G.P. Squad of mech's for the main two factions represented, first was the Northern Force and second was the Southern force. I am sure they have much more exiting names and from what has been read thus far, quite a bit of fluff to ingest and enjoy but right now I will keep everything simple and fun. The other goodies I recieved with this purchase was a couple of flimsy tape measurer's and a set of specialty dice and markers for the game which was very nice. The final item found within was a copy of the Locked and Loaded rulebook in its black and white printed format. Supposedly there is also a rather beautifully put together color version BUT since this rulebook comes with everything needed and is the exact same minus color pictures I can assure you I am perfectly content with this book. The printing is very nice and easy to read, plus the pictures in grey scale are still very enjoyable to look at so for the cost it is quite a deal.

http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e335/Gorfinger/Heavy%20Gear%20Blitz/InsideContents.jpg

As this little thread continues on I am sure I will post some pictures of the inside of the book, as well as a thickness set up and other nice little goodies with my next post set after building the squads.

Of course here are the aforementioned dice and marker set that also came free of charge.

http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e335/Gorfinger/Heavy%20Gear%20Blitz/SpecialDice.jpg


So what is in a General Purpose squad box, or any squad box that comes from Dream Pod 9 for that matter? I can tell you a nice lot of well organized items, that is assured.

A G.P. squad is a squad of 5 mech's that can be given all sorts of different loadouts and other such things that are not as important to talk about just yet. What is important to point out here is that the blister case that everything comes in is ORGANIZED PER MECH! That is not a joke, they took the extra effort to put each Mech's basic loadout into each of the first 5 bubble slots and reserved the 6th for the extra guns and hexagonal bases. Now that to me screams class and makes someone who feels a little burnt about recent events exited again to purchase from a company that takes the extra two seconds to do something that would seem trivial. Also contained within the box are card readouts to make looking up stats and other things during the game much easier. My one gripe with the cards are that, at least in the Northern loadout, the squad leader Headhunter card felt printed on nice cardstock but the normal Hunters were printed on straight paper... alas at least the company encourages reprinting of the cards to allow for the wear and tear through many a gaming event.

http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e335/Gorfinger/Heavy%20Gear%20Blitz/Untitled1.jpg

All in all, I am very impressed and encouraged by this, it seems to look like a game that will scratch my mech/futuristic war itch while also being on a scale where terrain is comparable with games such as Flames of War so everything can be interchanged.... hmmm WW2 with mech's .... *deep thought moment*

ANYWAYS, I just wanted to let everybody in on this 5 minute little romp into Heavy Gear Blitz and will continue to update *most likely, more frequently than my 40k stuff* and give everyone on here a little look inside of the box for this set, look for future updates that include built mech's and perhaps a few "Get to know the game." battle reports.

For now, this is your friendly neighborhood Bishopp! Hope you enjoyed!

Marticus
29-05-2011, 12:05 AM
pppp ive been looking at this ive gotta admit! im a mech fan i loved the old front mission games on the ps1 and ring of red... the game you dirty minded lot! ww2 with mechs... dust tactics my friend dust tactics.. droools in corner

Skringly
29-05-2011, 12:19 AM
Hmmm, always been more of a Battle Tech fan at heart, and my eyes are set on Flames of War before I start any other game system.

Bishopp
29-05-2011, 12:36 AM
Hmmm, always been more of a Battle Tech fan at heart, and my eyes are set on Flames of War before I start any other game system.

Too true, I remember the good ol' days when I could Highlander burial a chap. Nothing says "From the Innersphere with love." Like a heavy class mech putting his/her feet through the cockpit of another mech from above.

I mostly chose this set up because the outlandish anime styling and, to be honest, a new fluff background. I still harken back to the era of the Draconis Combine or, if feeling evil mustache twirly, the Ghost Bears, but I want to wet my feet somewhere else and this game set up just screamed "Try me out for this outlandish introductory price!" So, like an insane impulse buyer I did.

:-)

@Marticus- What is fantastic about this series, its 15mm so all the terrain you already have for FoW you can just use all the same... a right nice perk if you ask me!

Aeth
29-05-2011, 12:06 PM
All in all, I am very impressed and encouraged by this, it seems to look like a game that will scratch my mech/futuristic war itch while also being on a scale where terrain is comparable with games such as Flames of War so everything can be interchanged.... hmmm WW2 with mech's .... *deep thought moment*

Sounds like you want to play Dust Tactics.

Marticus
29-05-2011, 12:49 PM
i did mention it aeth :P

Bishopp
29-05-2011, 04:31 PM
I am in the process of putting the miniatures together, they are pretty darn amazing. Even though there are less options there is still the ability to really work with the models to make them your own if you have some basic experience :-D

Salvin
29-05-2011, 05:49 PM
Aha! I was reccently considering picking these up! I'm rather eager to see what they turn out like, and if I like the look of them i'll most definately be getting me a set.

Bishopp
29-05-2011, 09:07 PM
Well you asked for it and I deliver! The Northern G.P. Squad is finished and I still have some fun bits left over.

First up is an overall look at the squad *forgive my lack of fiddling with my aperture with the pictures...*

http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e335/Gorfinger/Heavy%20Gear%20Blitz/Northern1-1.jpg

They are a hair bit bigger than Terminators and it was pretty enjoyable to put them together... the only real quip I had was the Snub Gunner who is kneeling... so I might as well show him next!

http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e335/Gorfinger/Heavy%20Gear%20Blitz/northern2.jpg

Though the pose is growing on me I still just am kind of meh about it, but that being my only real gripe I am very happy since I have lately been spoiled on all the G.W. multi-part, interswitcharoo, classymictophat plastic sprues lately. Anywho lets move on, this fellow is actually my favorite of the bunch. The running legs combined with the knife in hand little deal I did really turned his pose dramatic.

http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e335/Gorfinger/Heavy%20Gear%20Blitz/Northern3.jpg

Here is an overlook at my squad leader *on the left* and the corporal *on the right with the raised hand* They both were enjoyable but nothing over zealous to talk about with them, apart from the neat headhunter head on the squad leader!

http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e335/Gorfinger/Heavy%20Gear%20Blitz/northern4.jpg

Lastly is my general purpose trooper, he is just chilling out on top of the makeshift high-ground fiddly tape measurer.

http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e335/Gorfinger/Heavy%20Gear%20Blitz/northern5.jpg


So yes, I thought I would let everyone see how they looked post being thrown together, hope you enjoy!

Salvin
31-05-2011, 01:10 AM
Hmm, they do look rather tasty. I think i'll need to gather some monies and get meself some. Thanks for showing 'em!

Bishopp
31-05-2011, 06:28 PM
Well, I hoisted up my painting britches and decided to play-test the color scheme of what the Northern Guard have with the paints readily available to me. So, with a Tremors marathon yesterday here is what I came up with for my squad leader.

The bleached bone markers on the hex corners will help me remember what squad each member belongs to.
http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e335/Gorfinger/Heavy%20Gear%20Blitz/commander4.jpg

http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e335/Gorfinger/Heavy%20Gear%20Blitz/commander1.jpg

On this picture there is a rough area on the butt of the gun and gun arm. After cleaning up the picture and noticing I went back and fixed it.

http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e335/Gorfinger/Heavy%20Gear%20Blitz/commander2.jpg

Finally, the rough shot. It seems that my spray primer does not like going from 70 to 90 degree weather *F* not *C* or I would be melted goo. Alas I did the best with what tools I have...

http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e335/Gorfinger/Heavy%20Gear%20Blitz/commander3.jpg

Hope you enjoy, thow me any questions or comments you have!

Lord Krull
31-05-2011, 09:59 PM
Do you mix your paint with sand or is that the texture of the miniatures?

Ah, or is the texture what you meant about your spray not liking the temperature? I get the same problem...

Bishopp
31-05-2011, 10:31 PM
Do you mix your paint with sand or is that the texture of the miniatures?

Ah, or is the texture what you meant about your spray not liking the temperature? I get the same problem...

Yea, you see it too. For the most part the mini looks great ... its that left leg that drives me nuts BUT, in truth the mech looks really good at normal scale so I didnt scrap the whole thing and start over. This picture is from my D5000 for a 15mm scale mech, mind you the mech's themselves are just about the same size as the space marines from the 28mm line of G.W. but the bigger and smaller models will be less of a wash.

Hephesto
02-06-2011, 11:23 AM
Indeed, looks like great fun!