Monday, 27 February 2017
Afterglow - Delaria Starter Set Unboxing
I've been looking at this as a system for some time and having recently acquired one of their starter sets this seemed as good a time as any to give it a proper look.
Lets have a brief bit of background on the game itself first courtesy of White Tree Miniatures.
Afterglow Miniatures Game
The Afterglow Miniatures Game is a tabletop strategy game designed for two or more players, set in a grim world devastated by an apocalypse. Players lead bands of survivors who clash against each other in a struggle for survival among the ruins of towns, burned-out wastelands and underground bunkers.
The game, based on the intuitive mechanics, is fast and dynamic. Depending on the format it takes from 40 to 90 minutes to play, while the number of miniatures in warbands varies from 4 to 20 models, depending on the chosen faction. Afterglow is different from many other wargames. First of all, it is a game of survival. Victory is not always on the side of those who deal the biggest damage to the opponent. Scenarios and Mission Cards provide an opportunity to win the game without firing a single shot, relying on the player's intelligence, strategic planning skills, anticipation of opponent's moves and clever use of unit skills and abilities.
We have also created a system of playing campaigns - connected scenarios, during which members of your warbands can gain experience, develop skills, plunder and find new equipment, but also sustain permanent injuries, fall victim to diseases and mutations or eventually die.
The starter set we'll be looking at in this article is for the Delaria faction. The rules can be downloaded for free from here and the cards and markers can be downloaded from here. The starter set contains five resin miniatures which are a Chaplain (hero and leader of the warband), a Scourer special unit (veteran soldier armed with fire thrower) and three Infantrymen (core units).
Warbands of Delaria are characterised by good organisation, iron discipline and decent equipment combined with fanatical frenzy. They are formed of trained soldiers and religious zealots, led by ruthless officers who are excellent tacticians and experienced warriors. Priests of the One god guard that the fire in the hearts of their subordinates is burning brightly and it can turn to ashes every infidel that will stand their way.
The resin used is of a good quality and was free of the air-holes that occasionally curse models made of resin and there was no mould slippage either. The models went together easily enough with adequate enough location points for each part and even the tube of the Scourers weapon aligned correctly. It's also worth noting that these models would work perfectly in a number of other skirmish game systems should the models themselves interest you more than the game system itself.
Hero and leader of the warband
Veteran soldier armed with fire thrower
Thoughts and comments are (as usual) most welcome.