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The Return of Inquisitor (sort of)

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The Return of Inquisitor (sort of)
By Cardboard Carnage


From Games Workshop's Website: Inquisitor is a large scale narrative skirmish game using beautifully crafted 54mm models, and set in the dark world of the Imperium's most covert and mysterious agents. It allows you to play the part of a bold hero or cruel villain in the Warhammer 40,000 universe. If character and story are more important to you than winning a battle, then this is the game for you.


When Inquisitor was first released, about 10 years ago, I was the owner of a FLGS at the time and we specialized in Games Workshop products and other similar wargames. Inquisitor was a big hit when it first came out, it offered a new approach to gaming in the 40k universe and allowed you to take a more personal role with a character (or characters) in the game.

I believe the downfall of the game was more or less due to the lack of support given over time. The first year or two I remember a lot of GW support and a lot of magazine articles, these quickly began to fade, as did interest in the game. People wanted more minis, they wanted to keep playing, but it was unfortunately downgraded to a "specialists game" with Games Workshop, and as minis sold out, they were not reproduced and many great sculpts have now gone OOP.


There is still a good selection of minis in stock with Games Workshop, although you can find them for about half price at other online game stores, but recently something caught my attention that made me unpack my Inquisitor minis.

A sculptor in Russia has begin to create and cast (in resin) a new line of 54mm miniatures that fit right into the 40k/Inquisitor Universe. The miniature line is called "Damnation" and currently there are four minis available. This opens up a new set of possibilities with Inquisitor, by allowing you to assemble and paint new minis, as well as giving you many more custom options.


Below are images of the new minis in the Damnation line, and my thoughts on them each.

Damnation - Inquisitor
This is a pretty good addition to the Inquisitor line and easily fits right in. I like the bionic arm, although it looks a little too stiff, I could see altering it slightly to have more of a bend in the elbow. Other than that, the only thing that bothers me is the awkward position of the miniatures right thumb, it almost seems as if the gun is going to fall out of his hand if he tries to walk around.






Damnation - Renegade
This is probably my least favorite miniature of the bunch, he just doesn't look right for some reason. I am not sure if it is the mask, or the combination of a beggars robe with the sci-fi boots, or the Will Smith's robotic arm from iRobot... Something is just not right. The lizard on his back is a nice touch though, and gives the character some needed flavor and personality.






Damnation - Sororita
This may be the butt ugliest nun you have ever seen, with a face that looks to be a cross between Sarah Jessica Parker and Bette Midler, but I'll give her credit for one thing - she looks like she can kick some ass. The gun powder pistol on her hip gives her some character too, I can almost hear her uttering the Dirty Harry line "make my day..."






Damnation - Thug
Ok, this is my favorite of the bunch, I saved the best for last apparently. This guy looks like someone you want on your team, not someone you have to fight against. He has the perfect cross between technology and bad-assery (is that a word?).

Some of the chest muscles might look a little funky, but otherwise I am very impressed and look forward to getting this one built, painted and on the table. The subtle bits of bionics on his chin and spine look great too.





If you have any Inquisitor minis stored away, I hope these photos inspire you (like they did me) to take them out and dust them off for a few rounds of combat.

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Thu Jul 14, 2011 9:50 pm
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Dust Tactics Terrain

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Dust Tactics Terrain
By Cardboard Carnage


I have been seeing a lot of nice terrain in the Dust Tactics forum lately, and it has inspired me to being a project to take my Dust Tactics game to the next level.

The cardboard terrain 'chits' (?) that come with the game are ok, but they are very plain and don't really give you a good feel for what they really are supposed to be. If you take a moment to look at the detail of the miniatures, cardboard terrain is just not cutting it.


Dust Tactics is unique in a couple of ways. First, the game takes place in the snow covered Arctic (actually, it doesn't always have to, but that is the main theme and my paint scheme goes with it). After a decade of Warhammer and 40k, can you guess how much terrain I have that has snow in it? NONE!

Also, the terrain (for the most part) needs to fit in a 3.5" square, so that is another factor. We have mostly been sticking down terrain from our Warhammer shelf, and while it does add to the game, it isn't really achieving the feel that it is supposed to.

Recently I purchased a bunch of the "Operation Frostbite" sets from AT-43 online, there is some awesome ice crystal terrain, and even though it is a bit unrealistic and futurish looking, it does seem to fit well in the Dust game with the minis and snow maps. This photo shows some of the terrain off the edges of the photo.

(Photo credit: Gabbi)

What really inspired me, was a recent set of photos from Major Mishap, this terrain is not only sweet, but it really sets a good tone and feel for the game. I was skeptical about making the bases square, but it really works well.
(Photo credit: Major Mishap)

I have a new 'weekend project' for an upcoming weekend... I'll be converting some old 40k and Warhammer Fantasy terrain over to Dust Tactics!

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Dragonfire

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Dragonfire
By Cardboard Carnage

(Originally published on the Cardboard Carnage Blog on 05/27/2010)



Dragonfire is my most recent ebay acquisition. This brings my total number of dungeon crawler games that I am still waiting on to a total of FOUR! Argh. I know how my luck goes, all 4 will arrive on the same day and it will seem overwhelming to sort and review them.

I got this copy of Dragonfire (mint and in original shrinkwrap) for about $25.00 total, which was a hair more than I felt it would be worth, but I don't see it pop up for sale often because it isn't a very popular game. Essentially it is a cheaper version of Advanced HeroQuest or Warhammer Quest. It was produced in 1992 by Target/Heartbreaker and only came with 16 miniatures and some room/corridor tiles. I haven't yet played or seen the game in person, but from other people I have talked to, it is not bad, and apparently the designers did an excellent job with the content based on what they had to work with for a low price point game.

In anycase, I am looking forward to adding this game into my Dungeon Crawler game collection and will give it a worth review after it has arrived and I have had a chance to use it.

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Warhammer Fantasy
By Cardboard Carnage

(Originally published on the Cardboard Carnage Blog on 06/07/2010)



I recently read up a lot on this new role playing game and have decided it was worth making a purchase. I have been a Dungeons & Dragons player since the early 80's, and while I love 4th edition, it feels more like a tactical combat board game and less like a "ROLE PLAYING" game... The joke has been made it is more a "ROLL playing game" (ROLL the dice and not ROLE play), so I have watched the video on the Fantasy Flight Games website and also the 5-part seminar, and the game seems like it is perfect to give me back a feeling of focusing more on ROLE playing, so I am going to sell off some of my old D&D books and purchase the Core Set.



My experience in the Warhammer world is extensive. I have played the table top game and read the books for well over 10 years, but my experience with the Role Playing world minimal. First edition was something I never played, but did have a chance to flip through the books from time to time back in the days of owning the gaming store. Second edition was something I purchased each and every book for, and read them, but only played a little. I did run through a few short games with one of my boys, and I did role up a few characters with my D&D group, but interest in playing never seemed to catch on, but this new Third edition looks like it has some promise, so I'm going to cross my fingers and hope.

I haven't played the game yet, or even own the core set, so I can't really speak much of it right now, but it did get me thinking of some of my favorite moments in role playing, and I thought I'd start to share them here. So I am going to begin "Great Moments in Role Playing" in the coming weeks. Mostly focusing on stories I recall from my three gaming groups. My High School group in the 80's, the first group I had when I moved to Florida in the early 90's, and then one of my favorite gaming groups before moving away from Florida a few years ago.

Stay tuned!!!!

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