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ROUWetPatchBehindTheSofa09 Sep 2020 10:22 a.m. PST

I've been thinking about acquiring some spaceship miniatures for ages, but never really could justify the spend or spent the budget on something else! Then the Red Alert board game miniatures turned up in the PSC store in very reasonably priced grab bags. Clearly popular enough to be out of stock pretty much as soon as they arrived I've only just got my hands on a couple of bags.

First I knew they were quite big just judging from the photos but reality still surprised me. I assumed board game pieces would tend to be smaller. The only other spaceship mini's I have, aside from a few SW micromachines, are Halo one's, which are somewhat dwarfed. The Red Alert ships look to be generally bigger than Full Thrust ships, but no idea how they would scale against stuff like Dropfleet miniatures.

They come in three flavours red, green and grey cargo vessels (I know next to nothing about the game and any background it may have). The red vessels have a bit of a retro vibe while the green that I prefer are a bit more brutal and contemporary looking. The mix in my bags tended towards the larger vessels. I'm not sure if this qualifies as a complaint.

As for quality, they are board game pieces, and I had heard that some pieces exhibit warping. They do but not universally and it tends to be worse in the longer thinner red ships. The detail is pretty good though some are sharper than others (not a universal or consistent issue). So far my only major gripe is a lack of suitably flat surfaces for water slide transfers. My usual base coat, wash and dry brush seems to work nicely. At some point I may experiment with adding Brigade turrets.

One 'bad' is that you have to source your own bases for grab bag vessels. However I found that the pre-existing holes are the same gauge as cocktail sticks. So I just fabbed some stands from my grab bag of 'seconds' MDF bases (a really useful pre-lockdown purchase). The bigger vessels may well require a double stand as used in the game. The smaller ships don't need it IMO.

In short well worth a punt IMO.

rvandusen Supporting Member of TMP09 Sep 2020 11:28 a.m. PST

They look pretty cool.

Oberlindes Sol LIC Supporting Member of TMP09 Sep 2020 1:01 p.m. PST

Nice looking ships.

BattlerBritain09 Sep 2020 2:59 p.m. PST

I got the boardgame Red Alert and a whole load of the extra bits when PSC did a half price offer earlier this year.

The board game is actually great fun and well worth it.

And it's great getting a bucket load of spaceships grin.

The hex map cloth space mat is also very reusable in other games.

Oberlindes Sol LIC Supporting Member of TMP09 Sep 2020 6:27 p.m. PST

Any relation to the old computer game Red Alert?

TheBeast10 Sep 2020 8:15 a.m. PST

Don't think so; never played, but thought that was all gropos.

Red Alert the boardgame is actually 'Command and Colors goes to Space.'

Doug

Oberlindes Sol LIC Supporting Member of TMP11 Sep 2020 7:46 p.m. PST

Thanks

BattlerBritain28 Sep 2020 11:01 a.m. PST

Plastic Soldier Company are having a Sale:

Red Alert The Plastic Soldier Company
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ScottWashburn Sponsoring Member of TMP30 Sep 2020 4:37 a.m. PST

I've been painting up the two fleets that come with the game. Nice models and they paint up well.

ScottWashburn Sponsoring Member of TMP04 Oct 2020 12:31 p.m. PST

Got my two fleets painted up and played my first game with them. I like the minis and I like the game.

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ROUWetPatchBehindTheSofa11 Oct 2020 8:33 a.m. PST

Those are some really nice paint jobs!

ScottWashburn Sponsoring Member of TMP11 Oct 2020 9:01 a.m. PST

Thanks! I use a fine-point black pen to bring out the panel details.

ROUWetPatchBehindTheSofa12 Oct 2020 1:05 a.m. PST

A technique that I'm aware of, but never really tried in anger, at least not since the late 80's / early 90's. I'm not sure I'd have the patience. It works well on those ships. Definitely a lot cleaner and neater than me and a bottle of ink wash!

Though every time I look at the engines on the green ships I find myself thinking 'why do they look like they've got air intakes its space!'

RA Cunningham07 Nov 2020 12:00 p.m. PST

I just got this game and I'm really looking forward to playing it, whenever we can all get back together.

Kirk Alderfer Supporting Member of TMP13 May 2021 6:33 p.m. PST

Those look really good.

Caliban Supporting Member of TMP24 May 2021 7:40 a.m. PST

Something that's worth mentioning is the space fighters, some of which you can see in the photos above. For some strange reason, you get fifteen of each type with the game, but if you keep an eye on the website, you'll see deals appear every so often. Sometimes these include flight stands, sometimes not. I am now the proud owner of two squadrons of each type, twelve to a squadron. Like the ships, they are generic enough to work with most other space games.

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