51 Shades of Grey

When I was much younger – yes, that was quite some time ago – I loved to play games like Heroquest. To stroll through a dungeon with your heroes – be it fighter, mage, rogue or elf. Slaying orcs and goblins and other badies. Coming out in the end dead or alive – that took quite some amount of my spare time. Luckily I have found a husband who also liked to join me in my adventures – in the end it is always more fun if you actually have a living opponent :).

So I was more than happy when last year Games Workshop published a new and shiny version of Warhammer Quest, a game similar to Heroquest but with Games Workshop miniatures. Games Workshop boxes are never cheap but on the other hand the company has increased the quality of their miniatures over the years considerably. The details are amazing and their designers create stunning new creatures every year.

So when I saw Warhammer Quest Silver Tower in the shop and after having read several reviews which were very positive overall, it just joined our board game hoard (which actually is not as big as that of one of our friends but this is another story and should be told another day).

img_0165It’s always fun to open boxes – you never know what you gonna find. But this time there was not a very bright future shown to me when I opened the box. Do you know what it looks like to see 51 miniatures all in bits and pieces? No? Take a look ….

Discouraging, isn’t it? Well, you might say, I brought that on to myself and you are right. So no time for moping around. Push up your sleeves and get to work! It took me one evening and a considerably amount of the weekend to put them all together. But then, finally, my army was ready to fight – and so were the bad guys too. Well, they were mostly ready, as I left attaching the bases for later. I just want to have certain freedom in base creation. Silver Tower is a two player board game – so if you are lucky to know where another board game geek lives or if you can force someone to play with you in order to get some dinner, you could start to play right after assembly.

But of course it’s only half the fun. The second half is painting the miniatures with as much intricate design as possible. Especially if you want to brag with them on the internet. But only if you do not get totally ashamed of your work after taking a peek at some really amazingly crazy artistic paint jobs like this Chaos Warrior or this Gaunt Summoner.

So I will be starting with the most annoying work of all soon – priming. This means painting all figures with a thin layer of black primer to which further layers of paint stick more easily. So in case I play at night with my lights turned off, this little fellows will be well hidden and can easily sneak in and out of the dungeon 😛