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March 2015 Releases: Kingdom of Britannia & Prussian Empire

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The fine men and women that make up the Officer Corps of the Kingdom of Britannia are almost universally drawn from aristocratic stock.

 

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The Britannian infantry are able to put out as much firepower with their single-shot Martini-Metfords as other soldiers can with repeating weapons.

 

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From the steady drum of the Musician, to the heat of the MkII Flamethrower, or the terrifying Nordenfeldt MkV HMG, the KIngdom of Britannia is ready for war!

 

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Poems are written in their honour, songs sung, and stories told. Long may they inspire the people and stand to give the enemy a damned good thrashing!

 

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Famous for its deadly assault troops, the Prussian land army is terrifying to behold and a perfectly honed machine of war.

 

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Grenadiers are equipped with M69 Rifles, a solid and reliable small arm that's a good performer at short range, but still capable of deadly volleys at distance.

 

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This boxed set is designed to be used in conjunction with the Grenadier Infantry Set, and allows both boxes in concert to create any backbone Section.

 

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The stalwart men and women who inspire the nation. Grizzled veterans or daring soldiers, they have risen through their own genius to the greatness of 'hero'.

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I take it the all-new miniatures are Betty, Glücklich, Jenkins and the troops in the Line Infantry/Grenadier sets who aren't the existing officers/musicians/sergeants - and they're also in the Officer sets.

 

I'll definitely be picking up the new Line Infantry and Grenadier sculpts. It's a good point that with retinues now in the game additional troops are going to come in handy.

 

Jenkins looks like one of Sidney Paget's illustrations of Doctor Watson. Where's Holmes in the Dystopian World? I guess 1870 is a bit early for him, but it's a bit early for the use of the term "tesla" as well :D

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 Where's Holmes in the Dystopian World? 

 

Cambridge, Most likely... 

 

From internal references in the Canon, we can determine he attended one of the two colleges of the Camford duo... the problem then being which one.  Baring-Gould actually proposes he attended both Oxford and Cambridge, whereas Dorothy L. Sayers feels he was a student only at Cambridge.   Mycroft appears to have attended Cambridge, also based on internal evidence. 

My personal feeling is that Oxford already has several fictional detectives to call their own (Lord Peter Wimsey and Inspector Morse), and so it is only fair to let Cambridge, Isaac Newton's university, claim the first 'scientific' detective. 

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Wow, this is a mind blowing change. XD

Sorry about the irony..

I guess the boxes might be interesting for all new players, though the guys (and girls) who already have one character model probably would like to have the chance for only buying a sidekick.

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I, for one, am glad to see them re-packaging the troops to be in-line with what's in the current game.   Currently the only things available at retail that fit with the rules are the French and CoA repacks from Iron Scorpion.  And even those are not complete Line Troops Options like those announced today.  

 

There is very little about starting a new game that is more frustrating than not being able to easily find the correct models for the army list.

 

 

Edit:  seriously, I don't think I could type "available" properly the first time if my life depended on it.

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The guy in the front with the helmet and eagle on it reaching for his sword or pistol is an officer. The lady to his right with the outstretched arm holding a fancy pistol was the alternate officer Spartan produced for PE. The man on his left without a helmet and some sort of equipment in his raised hand is the medic.

They show two officers in the PE but only one for the KoB. I think that was accidental on the part of the KoB render but I'm not sure.

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https://shop.spartangames.co.uk/ProductDetails.asp?ProductCode=DLKB41marchrelease

The store page for the officer box states the box will include two Infantry officers. When Spartan was creating this image the graphics person just happened to forget to include the second officer for the KoB. The box contents will be similar for the two nations.

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These box contents will give you an idea of what all the nation boxes will look like for these core aspects of the DL army.

 

Some things will stay in their current packaging, but much will change.

 

It may not look like it (at least for those of use who have a bunch of stuff already), but these boxes required some work in terms of reorganising the way Legions was planned for, cast and packaged.  Which is why it's taken a while to get the new format rolling.

 

Yes - the Officer will include 2 Officers, a specialist, and 5 line, as well as a TAC deck.

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@Naz - that doesn't sound fun at all - best of luck with the job hunt!

 

@Presidente - 10 Line and 1 NCO

 

The Line Sections can only be 10 men (not including a musician attachment) - but with this box we wanted players to have the option of fielding a FULL section with or without an NCO - hence the 11 figures.

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The 2.0 rules book has been released, and the PDF will go up when it's ready - and include some FAQ (a separate FAQ doc will also go up detailing the changes in the rules book).

 

Similarly the ORBATs will go up, and when they do you'll see some development work has taken place, this has mostly been to balance the forces across 7 nations, and maintain the flavour and fighting style we believe each army should encapsulate. 

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Evening all,

 

This seemed to be the best thread in which to post a couple of quick remarks given that I just got my hands on the new Britannian Line Infantry and Prussian Grenadier box sets.

 

The level of detail on the new models is very high indeed. Unfortunately I don't have access to a good camera at the moment but it seems to be substantially more refined than the last lot (and I personally thought they were already pretty good).

 

Features of note include: more detailed folds in cloth, clear ridges on Britannian Pith Helmets, more distinct detail on the Britannian armour decorations and pouches, and equally distinct detail on the Prussian Pickelhaube front ornament and spike, as well as the rivets on their breastplates.

 

Plenty of face detail and lots of curly moustaches. The issue with the old Grenadiers where they occasionally had mould lines or similar making them look like they had gruesome duelling scars is gone.

 

Also, I was pleasantly surprised to note that despite being in similar poses, the Sergeants have numerous subtle differences from the old sculpts: better cloth detail like the rest, different faces and some different details on the rear waist area on both. They're generally a bit more svelte than the old ones too.

 

The box sets are a bit of an investment certainly but for metal models with a very high level of detail I'd say they're reasonably fair value. The only assembly required is for the bases and attaching one hands-holding-a-gun piece for every model. I'd say I won't want for Line Infantry of Grenadiers again now, I should have enough for all my future needs.

 

Good stuff. Carry on.

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