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Sunday, May 18, 2014

Rivet Wars Eastern Front

Thanks to Paul aka as Warlord Paul, I now own the boardgame Rivet Wars, Eastern Front. Paul had a give away on his blog a couple of weeks ago and I won the prize draw. The winner was allowed to pick any board game of their choosing and Paul would buy it for them.

I looked at a lot of games and showed each one to The Hubby and The Spawn. Together we chose Rivet Wars Eastern Front.  It arrived in the post on Friday and I almost fell down when I saw all the goodness inside that box.



Look at all those minis! And that's not even half of them.


Look at that Steampunk style.

I've got cards, dice, markers, tiles, and a rulebook, just like a real gamer. The high I got from going through the contents of the box was even bigger than the high I got from opening my first blister pack. I'm now in phase two of this hobbies addiction and I'm going down without a fight. I've to learn the game yet, but am looking at game play videos and it's starting to make sense.

I showed the figures to The Hubby and he LOVES them! They're really big, he can see all the details and they will be easy for him to pick up and move around, a benefit that I didn't think about.  There are two forces, The Allies and The Blighters.  I'm giving The Hubby The Allies and I'm going to play The Blighters.  I like the Blighters because they are led by General E. Romler. When I was a little girl and played WWII with my cousin, I always had to be Rommel as he was my favourite General.  The Hubby is quite pleased to be General G. Patston, as he is a fan of General Patton.  I'm going to annihilate his forces!

Once we get the hang of the game I'll do an AAR to report how things turned out.

 May the Dice Gods be with me.




58 comments:

  1. Fantastic Anne. There are a couple of guys at my club with this and they seem to enjoy it. Not really my bag, I would play it of course. I look forward to seeing some painted goodness. Will you be Painting Hibbies as well?

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    1. No, this are not the type of figures you'd be into Paint Monkey.

      Do you mean Chibbies? No way I'm going to paint any Chibbies!

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    2. opps sorry I meant HUBBIES!. Will you be painting your Husbands figures. ?

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    3. Oh yeah, I'll be painting his as well. Two painters in the house would be too expensive!

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  2. Excellent they do look fantastic. Looking forward to seeing them paint it up.

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    1. James Wappel did some painting videos and I'm watching them. I've got to learn how to make tank tracks muddy though.

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  3. I'm so pleased with the way the competition was received and I'm very happy to see you guys enjoying your prize!

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    1. The Hubby is enthusiastic about it. I told him that at first we'd be using unpainted mini's as it will take time for me to get them all painted. "We're going to play with unpainted mini's" he said. "That appalling" I told him to pick up a brush and paint his Allies!

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  4. This should provide many hours of joy by the look of it. Well done on your prize and to Paul for the giveaway.

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    1. It was a very generous give away and I'm over the moon!

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  5. Congrats on the win. It looks a fun game and those minis are fab. Will you be painting them?

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    1. Yeah, I'll be painting them. I love the Steampunk style and these will need a proper grunging up. I'm beginning to like painting "dirty"

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  6. The fig's look really cool! Never heard of the game, rather keen to read what you think of it after a couple of games!

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    1. The gameplay videos look really good. You can complete a game in one hour which is perfect for The Hubby as he can't sit up for more than two hours at a stretch.

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  7. What a prize and that is very good of Warlord Paul, have a great time playing it

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    1. It's a great prize isn't it. I'll surely enjoy this game!

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  8. Nice,nice,nice!!!!

    Great score Anne. These need paint girl!

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    1. That reminds me, I'm going to ask you for a tutorial on doing mud effects on tank treads.

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  9. Congratu...Hold on, Rommel was your favorite general? You were rooting for the Nazis? Aside from the whole genocide thing of the side he fought for, wouldn't you rather root for the winner? I mean, I know Rommel was considered humane by Nazi standards and refused to commit war crimes and conspired to kill Hitler, but he was a Nazi. Each of his military successes furthered the cause of Nazis.
    Well, I won't judge you for being excited to pretend to be a Nazi general, you get high opening a game, getting high must come naturally. I wish I could get high opening a game.

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    1. I understand that as an American, this is not something you can understand. I don't imagine you pick up anything real about England from watching BBC America elsewise you'd get it. But then again, I imagine you believe the Yanks "won the war". Silly Anglophile.

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  10. Congratulations! Nice of you to let your husband play the Allies, even if you intend to destroy him. And must be complicated if you are resorting to videos online to learn to play.

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    1. We're both WWII buffs and he admires Patton quite a bit. He also like Montgomery but they don't have a Montgomery figure.

      For experienced gamers this game is easy but I've never played a game like this. There's all the character stats to figure out and then I've to learn strategy.

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  11. Great to hear you can now both enjoy your hobby! And knowing your totally bonkers painting-style and choice of colours I just know these mini's will turn out stunning and truly "unique"...

    You go Anne!

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    1. I've actually been going through an exploration of muted colours and a cleaner style of painting. I'm going to be using standard military colours on them. I just hope I have the right grey/blue colour for The Blighters.

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    2. Valejo has loads of suitable Germ.. eeeh Blighter colours ;-)

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  12. Congratulations ;-D

    And look at those miniatures ... lol. They somehow remind me to "S.w.i.n.e.", a computer game that was developed in the early stages of 2001 by the same team that later developed CODENAME PANZERS.

    I think you will have lot of fun with them ;-D

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    1. These figs are awesome and in a style I've not done before. They're also HUGE compared to the 28-32mm I'm used to painting.

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  13. Have lots of fun with them, dear, you deserve a bit of play after all the winter troubles and work!

    Here in my country we're experiencing a Biblical cataclysm with extreme floods turning almost whole of the southern part of Serbia into a sea! The whole country is in the state of emergency. Tones of dead, tones of ruined homes, water reaches up to the second floor in many parts... tens of thousands have been evacuated and taken to Belgrade.
    I'm spreading the word for financial help, and even got Luke Evans from THE HOBBIT yesterday to help me retweet the call for help.

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    1. I saw that the EU and Russia are sending aid. Is there no help coming from America? All the coverage I'm seeing online is coming from BBC and the Guardian with only one small report from CBS.

      I read that there is fear that the land mines will be exposed when the flood waters retreat. Also I read nothing like this has has happened since recording began 120 years ago. But how are you and your city faring?

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    2. I think we haven't received anything from US, they aren't even reporting about it on their news channels... EU sent us some water pumps and Russia was the first one to send us their rescue team who are really dedicated and heroic. We will need more help later on when the towns will have to be rebuilt or fixed....
      Yep, land mines might float out in Bonsia... and we are also afraid of landslides after the flood... thank God my Vojvodina wasn't hit hard because we feed the whole country with our fields. We haven't had floods high as these in thousand years.... pretty much never... some towns look like seas with only roofs visible above the water. I just hope that the Danube and the Sava won't flood in upcoming days because they take up the waters from all of those flooded smaller rivers... all our powerplants and mines and the capital could be in grave danger then....

      I'm safe, we don't have rivers here, but we did have constant rains for two weeks now... I'm sick of it already.

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    3. It didn't look to me like US news was covering the story on the telly as they aren't doing so online. I'm glad to hear that Russia is on the spot with hands on help. I hope the EU does more after the flood waters recede. The clean up effort is going to be horrific and then there will be the worry of disease as well. I'm wondering about the uranium from the bombs the US left in Serbia. I'm sure some of it has already seeped into the groundwater, but if it gets into the rivers, it will kill you fishes and more of your people will die.

      I read about the powerplants this morning and I know there is grave concern about them. I feel so sorry for Serbia. You still haven't recovered from the war and now you've this tragedy to deal with.

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    4. yep, the situation with the powerplants is critical because the few of them that are there in the flooded regions supply half of the country with energy, and you know that in those thermal powerplants the systems must never stop, if they do you need hundreds of millions of euro to start work again . The same goes for mines - if water gets into shafts the country might lose its supplies of coal....
      And our disgusting government, the prime minister especially, is using the situation for political games and propaganda... they are only helping the towns in which their party is ruling not even showing the other places on the TV channels that they control.
      The good thing are the people - thousands and thousands are volunteering all around the country gathering help or making defences and supporting each other in these grave times.

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  14. That does look like a nice one indeed. But the cat has already jinxed the dice, so the gods will never be with you, Hubby is going to win. You can't beat the cat's voodoo or just poo.

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    1. Dammit, I knew I smelled your urine tracks in my room. You disgust me.

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  15. There's was just a big Rivet Wars thing going on... maybe a painting contest? Or a Kickstarter? I don't remember.

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    1. Ya, there was a KS last year and a painting competition just ended this month. The girl that won first and second place is a studio painter and she's fantastic.

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  16. Superb win and choice, Anne! Those figures are wonderful and just calling you to paint them up. I'm surprised at the high quality of those figures - they look just like the cover art. I don't have any board games, but I'm intrigued now and will have to take a closer look at the game store shelves. Best, Dean

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    1. The game was exactly what they said it would be in their KS. They did a great job with the figs, the cards and the Rulebook.

      I haven't even played this and i already want to buy more boardgames. I'm doomed I tell you, doomed.

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  17. Congratulations Anne. You have fallen down the slippery slope of gaming, have fun!

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    1. I can hear the sound of money leaving my bank account.

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  18. Very cool prize. I like that you got to choose your own game. I'm glad Hubby won't have a hard time manipulating the pieces and they don't cause him any eye strain. Have fun and I hope the dice are kind to you!

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    1. I ran Zombie Apocalypse by them and they didn't like it. Neither one of them even has a plan on how to survive when it really comes. Looks like I've got to do all the planning for them if we're to survive.

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  19. I still am half tempted to try this one or one of the Mercs upcoming games. I really like the Rivet War sculpts, I'm certain your painted game will look really neat! Welcome to the addiction, Anne!
    I like Rommell as well, great leader who looked after his men, great commander of battle, and he was definetly honorable as warrior. I don't despise anyone for Nationality. I read voraciously all military history. Goebles, Che Guerra, Bin Laden, Pol Pot, and most of North Korea gets my animosty. I still respect them, but that is only to their capabilities. Perhaps it's a soldier or AmerInd thing to where I can't lump a nation into a profile. There are good people and bad people everywhere and we are blessed by the good ones that we find. I miss some of my Afghan Army buddies that are still fighting on the Pakistan border, real good guys. The farmers that we protected in my AO were good, kind folk too. Taliban were not all Afghani people, Chechnan, Pakistani, Saudi, Iranian, Syrian. Just because people joined the Nazi party does not mean they hated Jews, gays, etc, they did make choices to protect their families and several just loved their nation.
    Robert E Lee did not care for slavery at all, loved America, thought seccession was wrong, but his home state of Virginia joined the Confederacy and history rolled on. I could go on, but I think my point is clear! ;)
    good luck vs your hubby! I will look forward to your AAR! ;)

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    1. That was well said and I share your feelings. One must look at the individuals in history, their circumstances and their innate character before one condemns them. Many Generals on opposite sides of a conflict had great respect for one another. Thank you for that comment.

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  20. Congratulations! Have lots of fun!!!

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  21. Too cool, Anne! I love the look of this game, I'm going to have to check it out. I hope you and your hubby find the game as fun to play as it looks.

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    1. The Hubby is really stoked about this game. He likes that Steampunk look and likes the funny play on the Axis and Allies. Having the figures painted will make it more fun too.

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  22. Congrats to you Anne. Looks like you are going to have some fun with that.
    Going to look even more awesome with some paint on it.
    cheers

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    1. I'm going to start with the infantry figures to get a handle on the style of the figs. Then I'll move up the big tanks. Those tanks are vicious looking and I can't wait to get to them.

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  23. Sorry a bit late on this! Many congratulations and I'm looking forward to reading a battle report let alone seeing what you do with these adorable miniatures.

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  24. That's going to give you a lot of hours of painting fun Anne!

    Christopher

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  25. Anne; Congrats on your win !!! This is like Christmas in May.....and best to you in the game; will you play first then paint or make everyone wait until the pieces are complete...thanx also for the compliments on the blog; not sure if it's funny..... or I'm just insane...Laura

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  26. Will we be getting an Anne O'Leary game play post soon!?

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