This set is stunning and extremely versatile, again the colour selections for the miniatures and the dynamic poses Okumarts has selected look really good on the tabletop.
The outlines on this set are slightly more complex than the previous two with a few deer antlers, cape ends and hair spikes, however overall they are not difficult to cut out.
There are more than enough figures to make up a very nice and varied Warband for Song of Blades and Heros in fact with the varied figures in the set you could do up themed lists; all mounted, all ground  or a mixed wood elf warband. Being a bit of Wood Elf Fan I also had a quick look over at Wargames Unlimited – No Quarter and they have a Wood Elf Army list already (cue squeal of delight).
Remembering you wont ever field every troop type in every army list that you field for a particular battle. For me this set is a winner, one of my favorite fantasy races and usable across all three types of games I enjoy playing for a very reasonable $2.50 (USD) .
Overall I have been very impressed with the Darkfast series and will pickup any more miniatures that Okumarts releases in this series to add to the ones above. Slightly confused by your first paragraph, If this is the 2nd set, and it starts at zero, doesn’t that mean the first set was #0 and the second set is #1? Enter your email address to follow this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 Unported License. The card box textures give the chests a cartoon feel and I’ll be using my assembled chests with Dungeon Plungin.
I have a real soft spot for nostalgic themed games, papercraft or artwork, this little build fills two of those. The rooms I created from the parts supplied by Billiam although I did a fair chunk of altering in Gimp to make them fit a 6×6 square. After years I’ve finally narrowed it down to two methods, the first I mentioned in my city build thread 8mm PVC foamboard.
If your not sure you like the style of the tiles or simply want to give them a try there is a free sampler pack which should give you an idea of what to expect.
You can see in the above picture  how I made use of some of the extra hatches that were included with the Steam Ram to add hatches to the top of the machine gun turrets.
I actual had the urge to create some fan art for the Steam Ram, this ended up being  some desktop wallpapers and a Kindle screensaver image. As you can probably tell I really enjoyed building the Steam Rams and the customization options available in the PDF’s is huge with a large variaty of models achievable from just the base included parts.
The Cardboard Warriors forum hoard 104 was Xmas Wars and as I’ve always wanted to try my hand at creating some terrain I thought some Snow Tundra tiles would be a nice start.
First up I sorted through my skiing photos looking for a good snow texture, unfortunately real snow when used as a texture looks very boring basically you may as well just go and cut out 6 inch squares from plain white card.
I’ll be including my Snow Tundra tiles in hoard 104 but they are available below  for download as well. I’ve built quiet a number of  Sanity Studios paper miniatures, so I thought it was time I did a review of one of their sets so I picked latest set.
There are a total of 10 unique Orcs in the set with an additional 3 which are a mirror of the first 3 so your not wasting paper when you print them off (a nice touch).  This gives you 13 orcs across two pages. The 2nd page contains 4 unique Orcs and 3 mirrored Orcs (1,2 and 4), for 7 in total, the poses are likewise very dynamic across this page.
At the moment these Orcs would be great for populating a warband for a skirmish level war game eg SoBH (this will be one of my uses).
I really like this set, you can outfit a whole Orc village if you wanted  to, something I think would be impossible with metal miniatures. Including Orc’s with Axes facing left and right, great as gate guards, the same yet different. The ability to have four colours of the main warriors, you could have four different clans all fighting, with the PC’s trapped in the middle.
Okumarts has kept the outlines fairly simple although if you are cutting by hand there are a few hair, cloak and horn points you’ll need to cut around.
This set would be great for any GM who’s players are about to invade an Orc stronghold or try and wipe out an Orc village. For myself  it was no brainer buy and I’m really happy with how the miniatures look on the table. There are two in White river watch (Think it is called that?) Near the honeybrew meadery across the bridge, the cave with the blind man in it.
As the numbering for the Darkfasts series starts at zero this set is labeled as Set Two: Wood Elves.


Before I proceed any further with build review a little bit of disclosure, I’m a wood elf fan, they are one of my favorite races in any fantasy setting so be warned this review might be a little biased due to my Wood Elf tinted glasses. Elves are contained in the main Song of Blades and Heros book on page 26, I plan on using the stats for heavy cavalry with the Buck Spears and have made a new profile for the Buck Archers (see below). There are not enough miniatures in this first set to have a different miniature for each profile avaliable in the wood elf army list. I’d recommend  buying the set, no matter what game your going to use it for you will get good use out of the set.
So I decided to re-use the textures from the card box’s I created for Dungeon on a treasure chest mesh I designed about 2 years ago. Ever since Inked Adventures released their basic Dungeon cup setup I’ve been wanting to build enough for a dungeon layout. There are 41 pages of dungeon goodness contained in this pack; rooms, corridors, stairs, trap tiles, 2d doors and 3d standup doors multiple versions of both. This will make it simpler to use for Dungeon plungin and Basic fantasy, although I might make a few special rooms that don’t conform to these sizes later on. Other than the room with blue squares you could replicate most of the room designs with a pair of scissors, glue and  a little ingenuity or simply use the ones that come with the bundle (12 rooms included). I’ve tested quiet a number of crazy ideas in my time from rubber carpet tiles to magnetic sheet.
A little heavy duty for this application plus chews up extra storage space so I’ve simply used grey boxboard 1400gsm (basically what commercial game boards are made from) and printed directly to sticker sheet, stuck the tiles down then cut around the whole lot giving a nice neat tile. I did this myself while experimenting with tile mounting techniques, once I had a solution I grabbed the full set and haven’t been disappointed.
At the time I picked up the model with the plan to build a Steampunk army around a couple of them. All round this is an absolute pile of stuff for the purchase price but as you look through the Instructions and files you’ll notice that Squirmydad has also included parts not just for one model but for at least four different versions. If you are hand cutting the model do be aware that not all the parts are used when assembling a Steam Ram so make sure you check the instructions and see what parts are needed for the version your planning to build before just cutting everything out.
Firstly I centralized the gun box on the front but then cut out the driver window and glued this to the left of the gun box. I am really happy with how the Steam Ram looks on the table and a pair of them really do look intimidating when I was in no way pretending to push them across a table in formation :) .
The image below will appear slightly washed out but it has been colour balanced to look okay on an e-ink Kindle not a computer monitor :).
It turned out to not be as easy as I hoped as getting some form of texture into a white snow background is very challenging. So I took a segment of particularly interesting textured snow from one of my photos, duplicated it and then bump mapped and played around with the colours until I got a base texture I was pretty happy with. I’ve included both a Cameo and SD cutfiles,  Unfortunately I cant test the Cameo file so use with caution, if they do work okay please let me know in the comments below. They have just released a very nice set of Orcs which is the first set in there Green tide army.
The poses are very dynamic and really convey a sense of movement in each of the miniatures.
My favorite from this page is Orc8 with Orc7 running a close second, I’m going to pick on Mirrored Orc2 as my least favorite.
Unfortunately an optional Cameo layer was not included but this can be addressed using a ruler and black pen. As the numbering for the Darkfasts series starts at zero this set is labeled as Set One: Orc Tribe. The Orcs are drawn more a long the lines of long snouted Orcs (Pig Orcs) slightly different to your Warhammer 40k orc but are a very nice take on the old Pig Orcs.  There are a total of 24 unique miniatures in this set broken up into two lots of twelve.
The only other small comment I have is that I would have liked to see a few female warrior types mixed in with males. Print each of the warriors out in two or three different colours and the villagers once and you could set a really nice scene on the tabletop. It may not display this or other websites correctly.You should upgrade or use an alternative browser. I did however notice that on a couple of the buck riders there wasn’t quiet enough black border on the rear side, this was easily fixed with a black marker. There are however more than enough different miniatures to put a reasonably well rounded fighting force onto the tabletop.
It’s your fairly standard cliche treasure chest design with a square base and half rounded lid.


So I put some time aside over the past few weeks  and have now built enough tiles to populate a fairly decent sized dungeon, I can see I need to create a few more tiles but for the most part I’m done.
To prevent slipping on smooth tables I used double sided tape to a fix non-slip kitchen mat to the backs. I then added both machine guns to the top but set these towards the rear and facing left and right to provide some flanking protection to the tank. I’ve uploaded the below on my kindle and it now cycles through in my screensavers and if anything still appears a little dark (note you do need to jailbreak your kindle to use custom screensavers). If you haven’t already done so this model is well worth the money so head over to RPGNOW and grab a copy you wont be disappointed. I then added an overlay of irregular white shapes to represent blown snow drifts and then finally placed on some rocks, logs, grass tops and a frozen pond (sorry no river it was beyond me, plus no time). These are the more modern take on Orcs that we have all come to expect when someone says Orc, ugly, brutish with green skins.
This means you can print of the pages 3 times and have 39 Orcs that are all slightly different.
All the miniatures are very good on this first page with my favorites being Orc3 and Orc6, my least favorite is Orc2. Handcutting will be a little slower, as you can see from the above pictures the Orcs have quiet a few small shapes protruding off them which increases the time it takes to cut them out. There’s not quiet enough to populate up a full fantasy Orc army but I know Labrat has some goblins in the works which will then make these much more usable for larger army wargames. I wont repeat the scaling and background information in this post but you can read all about it in the top of this post.
The first twelve you see when you open the PDF are warriors and these are printable in four colours; red, brown, blue and green. I was a little skeptical of the cloak colours when viewing the PDF on screen, particularly the green, however on print out all four colours look good. This set will also make for a nice warband for a skirmish sized wargame (8-10 miniatures per person) such as Song of Blades and Hero’s.
The first twelve you see when you open the PDF are warriors and these are printable in four colours with white hair; green, red, blue and white with an extra green set with brown hair.
Do keep that in mind when cutting the miniatures out as you will need to cut out the miniatures from the front side (face side). I went through the avaliable miniatures and matched them as closely as I could to those avaliable on the list, As there are a number of duplicates don’t forget to use different cloak colours and different hair colours to represent different unit types if you need.
I should probably mention that Inked Adventures has released some freebies for this set so grab those as well as they’ll give you more options.
It did take me around 4-5 hours to finish each Ram, they mainly took this long as I was building very carefully and ensuring every join and part was edged, I even sanded a couple of parts to ensure they were perfectly perpendicular. The second bonus set of twelve (turn off the four warrior layers) are available in the one colour but consist of various Orc villager types. Although in the case of Orcs I can understand their military might not be an equal opportunity employer, unlike more open minded races such as Wood Elves. However if your only use for this set is more along the lines of needing a full Fantasy Army I’d carefully weight up buying and building what you can now or simply waiting to see if further miniatures are released in the future and then pickup both sets at that point, so you can better field a more complete army to begin with.
So if your used to assembling card models you should be able to pull a Ram together much more quickly. I turned the whole thing into a layered PDF and with the bits I’ve put in you can get about 8-9 fairly unique tiles. Identification of the different miniatures on the tabletop was very easy when looking down at them from a seated position at a table. Saying that you can field three different types of foot units, Hand to Hand, Archers and Polearms although you might see a little repetition in the units, to this you could add a Ballista (link) or Catapult (link or link), use the Old Shaman as a powerful magic user and use the Orc from Set Zero as a Hero, this will leave you short on some form of cavalry and a command type group. To give the doors some weight I stuck them down to some thick (2mm) magnetic sheet, this will also let me stick them to the inside of the lid of the storage box later on to protect them during storage. I will just mention that the Orcs stand a little taller than a Sanity Studio’s human, approximately 30mm to the eyes.
The PDF’s are not “locked” so editing them for my (or your) own personal use is easy rather than if they had been password protected.
Okumarts is a big fantasy fan so I have no doubt that we will see some more Orcs in the future.



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