Sunday, October 16, 2011

Dreadfleet unboxing.

So Dreadfleet arrived and I got to experience the fun and excitement of opening a new boxed game again. I've not managed any assembly yet but I had a great rummage through all the plastic bits checking out the details and also have read the rulebook.

Everything that comes in the box spread out on the bed. Mmm new game :-)

So here is the game spread out and making a mess on the bed in our apartment (NB: Tolerant girlfriend helps here). There is a lot of stuff in the box and the actual box is both deeper than and made of sturdier cardboard than I recall the AOBR box being.

The ship sprues

The ships are impressively detailed. If you haven't already had a look at the sprue pictures on GW's website, then go and browse through them. It's been said around the blogosphere and forums that Dreadfleet really showcases the quality of GW's injection moulding technology and I tend to agree with that. Whatever you think of the aesthetics of the Dreadfleet models, you can deny that they have produced some very detailed pieces that fit together extremely well. My favourite parts are the top decks where they have tiny little cannons that fit to the gunwales very well. The Skaven cannons even have power cables since they are warp lightning cannons and that is some very small detail.

Rulebook, card decks, dice and the top of the big terrain sprue.

The rulebook and cards are both nicely printed. The colour layout and many diagrams of the book are to be expected from GW offerings, along with a generous helping of John Blanche's artwork and pictures of the models and terrain in the GW studio. The cards are quite thin but seem good quality so far. We'll see how well they stand up to play. I like that there are a bundle of plastic zipper bags inside the box so you can put all of your loose cards in together and make sure things don't get lost. I recommend getting a few small elastic bands to keep the different decks (Fate, damage, status, auxiliary etc.) together.

The gaming mat spread out on a normal single bed.

So the game mat. This is a very nice thing to have and I look forward to seeing how the ships look on it once I get them assembled and some layers of paint added. The material is a thin, feels silky and folds away nicely. I think it is about 5'x3' but here you can see it spread out over a regular single bed. You won't be short of playing space for your ships this game, that's for sure.

My girlfriend modelling the mat as a sarong (while remaining anonymous lol).
While she declined to show her face to my blog readers, my girlfriend did comment on how nice the mat was and her intentions to use it as a summer sarong if I get bored with Dreadfleet and don't want to play any more.

Well that's all for now folks. Sadly I left my clippers in the UK with some other modelling gear so I'll have to pick up a new set (plus some spray primer) before I get started on assembly. Some of the pieces are very fine and you want to be careful when removing them from the sprues.

More thoughts on the rulebook and other stuff soon.

All the best


PS: My girlfriend has started asking about her playing the game with me and is interested in painting one or more of the ships. Methinks I have a winner here ;-)


  1. Nice post. Hope that game is fun. I know it's beautifully done. and I LOVE John Blanche's artwork. We need to set up a game night next time I am in Bratislava...

  2. Thanks OSH. I hope it is fun too. I've been looking through the rules and the relative merits that each side brings to the table. I think it will be interesting to see how it plays out.

    Some people have complained about the randomness of the wind shift when the fate cards are included but I think it'll take some playtime for me to figure out if that's as a big of an issue as some have made out. In general, random seems to be a word that has come up several times with the game but again, I'll wait until I've had some playtime before I make my decision on how the game really is.

    We'll set up a gaming day for some Dreadfleet and some Infinity when you're next over here. It'll be a blast :-)

  3. Big thumbs up for the lady getting involved!

    My wife has always been supportive of the hobby (thankfully) it does help that she's a sci-fi/fantasy nut too. :)

  4. Hey Andy,

    It seems that we're both very fortunate then. My girlfriend Edina hadn't really been exposed to the geeky stuff so much before me but she is a fan of The Big Bang Theory and so I guess I am just a real life example of some of the characters' attributes.

    How is everything with you? My blogroll has been quiet from your end recently. Still working on the house remodeling?

  5. We're huge fans of The Big Bang Theory too. :)

    I'm good(ish), work is utterly crazy (the perils of working for a financial institution in the current climate), and with working on the new lair too, I haven't had much painting time. Hopefully only another week of DIY and the lair should be up and running - see my latest post!