I’d also arranged to meet Brendan (RtL on WD3 and SM on TMP) to trade some OG AWI for Polly Oliver. It was good to meet the man in person at last, as with Timmo, and reasserts that WD3 is an excellent forum!
Following my review of AJ’s Field of Glory markers, Justin over at Veni, Vidi, Vici sent me a set of their own FoG markers for review which duly arrived today and as I had finished work early I managed to get a few snaps off so I could get on with the review…
These are not currently available on their website as they are waiting for work on their laser before cutting more, but some are available via eBay and should be listed here. The sample set are a blue-green and come in a single zip bag. There are currently other colours available on eBay e,g, orange and they are £4.95 plus £1.50 shipping.
So what do you get?
- 3 (three) ambush markers
- 6 (six) disrupted
- 6 (six) fragmented
- 6 (six) broken
The big, so to speak, difference between these and the previous batch is that these are much smaller.
And are less ‘intrusive’ when next to the units.
Again, I can’t fault the quality. Neatly cut and the white lettering is more subdued. My only concern is the size. I found them a little fiddly to manipulate but that may just be my chubby fingers! The one colour for all makes it easy to have a different set for each player and the ambush markers are a bonus.
A few people on TMP (well one!) commented that they prefer more subtle markers that are less intrusive on the table. For those, these would be better as they are small, neat and with a suitable choice of colour wouldn’t stand out too much. I have to admit I prefer the larger ones, but that is a personal choice as I also like the colour coding in the larger set. I hope to get a game in again soon and will try both sets in anger!
Thanks to Justin for the chance to review.
Over on the Field of Glory Forums Allan (AJ) Wright has been developing his ideas for FoG markers using a laser engraver and coloured acrylic. They are available for sale here and the development can be seen on his blog and the FoG forums thread here. Allan was kind enough to send me a set for evaluation and they arrived last week. It’s taken me until now to get the time, space and camera sorted so I could write a review!
They come neatly packaged in individual bags within one large sealed bag.
And you get:
- eight (8) green DISRUPTED markers
- six (6) yellow FRAGMENTED markers
- six (6) red BROKEN markers
- six (6) green DISORDERED markers
- four (4) yellow SEVERE DISORDER markers
All markers are made from 1/8″ thick acrylic with engraved and colour-filled lettering. The cutting is neat and crisp, as is the lettering and they have a nice feel to them. When laid on the table they look very professional. And the colour coding for severity is helpful as well.
I will have to bow to more experienced FoG players than myself as to whether the numbers and proportions are correct but I assume it would depend on size of game – personally I’d probably need more of the red ones!
At $17.99 plus $5.25 shipping I think they’re good value and I intend to order another set for me and also one for my opponent.
For my AWI games I’ve gone for more scenic markers but these are spot on for FoG and I highly recommend them.
I’ve been asked to comment on how I created the Painting Master Plan on the right. It’s basically a spreadsheet. I use a Linux system and Open Office but I’ve put the file I used at: 2010Plan.xls as an Excel spreadsheet if anyone wants to use it.
Once created I then printed to PDF (easy with OpenOffice but I think you can use CutePDF under Windows) and then used the ImageMagick command ‘convert’ to convert the PDF to a TIFF. I then edited the image down to the correct size using the GIMP image software and I use this still for filling in the red boxes!
A bit fiddly but it works for me. There are no doubt better ways of doing it.
Have decided to try and trim down the lead mountain and reduce the stress on the attic joists!
The first batch is all listed here: http://blog.belisarius.org.uk/p/for-sale.html
More stuff to follow and some books as well.
Plus I’m probably going to part with the huge 15mm SYW army I bought last year as I’ve never actually played a game with it! Details later…