Wednesday, 25 November 2015

Horus Heresy Word Bearer's - Betrayal at Calth

After my experiences of Dreadfleet and Age of Sigmar, I swore I was off GW games for good but my local flgs advised me that Betrayal at Calth was actually pretty good - so I succumbed.

And it is pretty good. I haven't played yet but the components are high quality and value for money - and the game rules look simple but interesting.

I have so far painted up a single tactical force - my God, I'm painting more space marines - and have been charmed by their retro appearance. Very nostalgiac.


We are in the land of the winter dark here in southern England at the moment so it is difficult to get a decent photo. I took this one with natural light (ha ha) from the right and a bounce flash off a distant wall to the left.


Calth is apparently flying off the shelves. After the Dreadfleet and Age of Sigmar debacles this might just have saved GW's Xmas.

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  1. I'm still excited about the Specialist Games revival, though I am dubious as to what that really means

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  2. That's a lovely looking squad - I was super tempted too, but have managed to resist so far!
    I know what you mean about the light, Canterbury is apparently dark all the time at the moment it feels like...

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    1. And I am north of you by, um, oh at least five miles. :)

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  3. GW is doing a bunch of strange (for them) things lately, releasing the 30k set, restarting specialist games, and now a black Friday sale? madness.

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    1. We are not a games company - so we are going to, um, release a load of new games......

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  4. Great work, John! I do have to say that I LOVE the board game. In fact, I actually see this as very similar to AoS- you can see how easy it would be to expand and turn into a full wargame. The only thing they'd have to do is copy Wizkids and release giant paper [hex] maps and BOOM! 40k as a board game...
    But yeah, I suggest giving the game a shot. It's actually quite good (I'm not dissatisfied with the $150 price tag, and that says something!). Oh, and "For Calth!"

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    1. It is a step up for GW in terms of game components after the dismal boxed set of AOS.

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  5. Be interested to hear a full review from you as someone with a prolific professional background in the industry once you've had the chance to try it out.

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  6. Played our first game last night only on the table top with one complete starter a side and we were most impressed. The rules are extremely slick, easy to pick up and quick to play. Casualties and suppression is all done on the same roll and with only one small, unobtrusive card counter on the table per unit made for almost zero table clutter. All the weapons have varying abilities to make them unique so it's not just about the number of dice thrown, and the faction cards make both side feel different even though they are using identical units.

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  7. And John once again falls into the "Godfather Trap". "Every time I think I'm out, they pull me back in!"

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