One of the things that originally appealed to me about Board Games was that they represent a singular product. I’d played miniatures games before, such as Warhammer and Hordes, but the sheer amount of prep work for these games was increasingly offputting. Board Games represented a play experience which could be used straight out of the box with very little prep. Fantastic!
More recently, I’ve found myself playing and owning many games that involve miniatures. Some of the best of these are:
- Super Dungeon Explore
- Descent: Journeys in the Dark (Second Edition)
- Star Wars: Rebellion
- Blood Rage
- Rum and Bones
- Dogs of War
- Shadows Over Camelot
On the one hand, these are complete experiences that don’t require painting in order to use in the same way as wargaming miniatures. Playing with them unpainted is the expected norm and is how most people experience the product. Recently however, my opinion is changing somewhat.
There are loads of blogs and articles out there about people painting up their board games but, for me, it’s been local events that have influenced me more. One of our local club members has a real addiction to the plethora of games from Cool Mini Or Not and Soda Pop Miniatures which feature chibi-style miniatures. This is understandable. The style is really cool and most of the sculpts are fantastic.
It’s been a pleasure to watch him paint them all up, but I can’t help but notice how much more I enjoy playing with his completely painted Super Dungeon Explore set than with my own, unpainted game. Here are a few photos I snapped from a recent game:
Just to be clear, these were not painted by me, but by a member of the local club. He has a blog over on WordPress.org.
Playing with this set, along with looking over models at a recent club painting contest, is really making me feel that I want to get back on painting, but I do want to make a point of doing both some wargaming figures (as mentioned in my resolutions) and some board game ones. I’ll also take a wee look around some blogs for further inspiration.