ModCubes – A new gaming aid

I was flipping through Kickstarter a few months back, and a project happened to catch my eye.  That project was titled Modcube – Part Tokens, Part Dice, Fully Modular.  I decided to back it, and tossed in roughly $60 for two sets of tokens and cubes, planning on getting the ones that were created for Warhammer 40k infantry and vehicles.  Fast forward a few months, and they arrived in the mail!  Excited, I eagerly dug into the package, and assembled my 16 cubes.  Each cube can hold 6 different tokens.  After careful planning (actually it was just me thinking “Oh this could work.”), I snapped my 16 cubes together.  I had cubes with numbers showing how many wounds were taken, cubes showing what was rolled on the vehicle damage table, cubes showing if the unit needed to take a leadership test, and many other various useful status effects.

As you may remember, I brought them in to the Montgomery Mall one Saturday, and let Jay and Chris use them in their game.  In the middle of the game, Jay commented on how useful they were, which I call a big plus.

I rather enjoy these cubes, and highly recommend them to others.  They’re lightweight, durable, and can be rolled just like a normal 6-sided die.  The cubes and the tokens come in an enormous amount of colors, so you can easily choose your favorite color, or mix-and-match to get multicolor cubes.  They are very easy to customize with your own combination of tokens.  As of this current writing, not only do they have tokens for 40k infantry and vehicles, but they also have tokens for Star Wars: X-Wing, Infinity, Malifaux, Star Wars: Armada, Warhammer 40k mysterious objectives, Warmachine/Hordes, Star Wars: Imperial Assault, and D&D Attack Wing, so there’s a wide range of tokens.  On the downside is the fact that the colors can rub off on your hands if you handle the tokens themselves too much (Mine got a tad bit smudged as I was assembling them, but they’re still readable).

To sum it up, I’d give them a solid 9/10.  They will be selling them to the general public sometime in November at their site, www.modcube.com, so keep checking there to get yours!

Mauler Fiend

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*Mauler Fiend Noises?*

This model took me over a year to finish. Its still not technically done because the tendrils are magnetized and I haven’t finished painting the other weapon option. I painted a large portion of it, didn’t like how it turned out, then I just let it sit for a year. I finished it when I decided that having a painted model was better than having an unpainted model, even if the paint job doesn’t look good. While the painting itself isn’t my best, I really like the way the base turned out. This was my first attempt at using cork board and I think that it looks fairly convincing as stone in some areas.

This model is still fun to field in an army list and it really ties the army together. I don’t have all the models I use painted, so its nice to have an intimidating daemon-y vehicle thing to run at your enemies face.

Abaddon the Despoiler

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(I don’t know any Abaddon quotes… This is kinda embarrassing)

To be perfectly honest I only painted this model because Charles had an extra one he wasn’t using. I have moderate interest in making a Black Crusade list, where I have each chaos leader, but that is not a high priority for me right now.

This model was fun to paint though. I made sure to dry brush some grey over the black before anything else to give his armor a bit more depth. Then I painted the gold and other details. The sword was the most fun part for me; I really enjoy dry brushing. Its base coated dark purple, with about 3 or 4 layers of different shades of blue layered on top.

Kharne the Betrayer

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Blood for the Blood God! Skulls for the Skull Throne!

Kharne is my second favorite character in 40k lore (Angron is the bestest!) and while the setting of 40k is goofy beyond all reason, the characters and stories have had a lot of thought put into them. A lot of the stories for the World Eaters are framed like Greek Tragedies and his is no exception. His Primarch, both a military leader and father figure to their armies, was found seething with rage and hatred. The entire World Eaters legion willingly underwent the barbaric surgery to try and raise Angron from his madness only to be consumed themselves by his overwhelming anger. When Kharne fell, he became hollow inside. An empty vessel slaying countless friends and foes who were foolish enough to get within reach of his axe.

The model is packaged with a normal space marine sized base. There is no way Kharne would be okay with such a tiny foot print, so I gave him a terminator sized base instead. Since I play a Khorne army I have plenty of skulls on hand for basing, so that was not an issue. I primed him in a metallic transparent red spray paint that I purchased by mistake. It turned out so good that I kept it, and used that as the base coat. I didn’t use any special techniques for this model, I just tried to take my time and make sure I get each part of the model I want to paint, but looking at the model now for this post I can see places I missed…

Cockatrice

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*Cockatrice Noises*

I hate this model. I absolutely loathe this model. I ‘kinda’ wanted to use it for a Storms of Magic Fantasy game so I picked one up at a discount. It was finecast. It had 2 of the largest air bubbles I have ever seen and nearly all the parts were warped. I used Green Stuff to fill in the gaps and re-sculpt a large section of the tail. When I finally built it, the paint wouldn’t go on evenly, it nearly broke, and I nearly broke it further. By the time it actually hit the table to play, it was nuked off the board turn 1…

I hate this model…

Frost Dragon

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*Dragon Noises*

This model was so much fun to build and paint! It was originally going to be a fire dragon (I do so like the color red), but since I was going to be primarily playing against tomb kings I thought it might be a little unfair (their entire army book is flammable).

The paint job was incredibly easy. Prime white, blue ink, dry brush white, dry brush blue, dry brush different blue. I had an extra Archer of Gondor, so I threw him on the base to make it more interesting. He doesn’t seem to be having a good time though.