In this unboxing we are taking a u-turn away from Scifi and Warhammer 40k to take a look at the Banebrood starter set for the game Godslayer. Godslayer is a fantasy skirmish game created by Megalith Games and set in a rich and deep world in which 6 factions battle for supremacy.
The Banebrood is one of the more evil races with an army that consists of Human cannibals and bestial plague carrying monsters hellbent on the destruction of all civilization. What's not to like?
Most of us only have a limited budget and time for our gaming, which is why, for me at least, a game is only as good as the starter sets it provides and for a tabletop gamer dipping his toes into fantasy skirmish games, the starter set for Godslayer delivers. Every set contains the equivalent of a 160 point warband, are well balanced against each other and provides about a half to a whole hour a gaming time.So without further ado, lets take a look at the Banebrood starter set.
The box is nice and sturdy, neatly displaying the models contained therein. The box contains everthing you need to get started; quick-start rules, tokens(loads of them), statcards for the models and of course, the minis.
The quick-start rules are neatly laid out if somewhat condensed; there is a lot of rules in a short span of pages, but they are well written and approachable.
The miniatures comes in small plastic bags, containing the needed parts for assembly, but with no instructions on how to assemble them.
They are pretty easy to assemble however, so the lack of instructions is less of a problem. I did have to stop and scratch my head a few times though, but a quick look a the images on the box or website, helped greatly.
A thing you might notice is that the Banebrood are some big baddies. They easily tower over their opponents and every model means business(well, death, destruction and disease).
I have to admit my two favorites are the Gorelord(leader) and the Pestbringer.
The Gorelord is a very heavy and big model with a great pose, that makes him scream violence and death. The details are great and his pose is very dynamic. It is hard to convey with images alone, but he is a very bulky miniature! Not as tall as the Pestbringer, but very broad indeed.
The Pestbringer is perhaps my favorite after all. He simply reeks disease, plague and menace. I mean this kindly, but looking at the sculpt is a disgusting affair. Filled with little boils, deep open scars and carrying a carcass around(which he can use in game actually) makes for a very striking miniature.
The Warlord and Character aside, an army is nothing without the rank and file, and the troops are varied and looks great too. They have weight and bulk too, towering other factions and consists of something of an unholy abomination of man and beast.
I like most of them, but do find the dog/goat/boar thing(top right corner) a bit crude and goofy looking. All in all, the miniatures go together quite nicely, but me mostly having experience with plastic found the metal harder to work with. I never liked metal, but I understand it is cheaper and easier for a small company to produce miniatures in that material. I assembled them using superglue, and while it works, it is rather difficult and time consuming, so I would recommend you getting some green stuff or Milliput for the minis.
Miniatures aside, the starter-box also comes with all the relevant stat cards, item cards and tokens, which take the form of thick, laminated cardboard.
|Profile cards. Nice and handy|
|Notice how all the special rules are nicely laid out|
Each unit or character comes with all the stats on a handy card, which also contains all the relevant special rules. For example, the Pestbringer has the Ability "Stench", which the card explains clearly and concisely(He stinks so badly, that opponents attacking him, has a weakened attack).
I absolutely love that you have all the special rules and stats in such a handy form. No more flipping through a rulebook to find that special rule you just cant seem to remember how works.
The number of wounds the models and units have are represented by small checkboxes, so I would recommend buying some protective sleeves, because you will need to scribble on the cards, with a non-permanent marker. They are laminated, but I don't think they can stand up to the kind of extended (ab)use I would subject them to.
|Token, token everywhere|
You might noticed that I haven't spend much time on the rules of Godslayer. I'll get to them at a later date, but they are solid. The 12 page quick-start rules provided in the box, will get you going with the full rule book providing more depth without dragging the system down.
In conclusion, the starter box is a great way to dip you toes into Godslay as long, as you can convince your gaming group or buddy to do the same. The sculpts are great, the rules are fun and the system is pretty unique. What is not to like?