Well, this is what I got for present recently. I like the idea, and I like the execution of the system. Because it is published by Ares and not some unnamed company, there is a decent chance this time around that it is not overburdened by errata upon errata… Anyways, components are beautiful… except the figures. Why, oh why has someone made the call to use figures in this kind of game? Figures add precisely nothing to the game but confusion and reduce playability. Anything would work better. Wooden cubes, or better still, counters.
Think about it how great would war of the ring look if the armies would be nice big colorful counters like in Age of Napoleon? Wouldn’t it be outstanding! Just think about it. Of course I would not mind some figures to represent individual heroes, like the “standing” counters used in games such as Hannibal, but now this is just a mess and identifying factions not to mention setup without some labeling system is a nightmare. O why! why!
It could be salvaged if the figures would be even half-decent quality but they aren’t. In fact everything else is a top notch but then the figures are what exactly? some bendyplastic blobs that require hours of work to get them to even close to the painting table? (cleaning flash, mandatory replacement of virtually every flagpole, shaft and bow with metal ones. Even this would not guarantee that the paint would stick to the end result) In my humble opinion the world would be far better place without that plastic garbage.
Long story short. Any advice where I could gat custom printed counters with my own graphics to remedy the evil? Or other ideas to give the game worthy visual uplift. 😀
Or should I just change the bulk armies with cubes or correct faction color and keep the special characters?
Rest of the game, I do like it so far.