Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Review Tuesday: Journey Kickstarter from Marrow Productions!

After a bit of a wait, as one does with Kickstarters, we see Journey land this week! Actually it landed last night, and I immediately took off to pick it up from a collection point ( since it was being delivered with a signature required.. and I was unable to be home to sign for it ).

Heck, after getting the notification that it had arrived a fellow club mate received his as well! Huzzah! So plans are made for playing it tonight at the club... but first.. I needed to see what was included in the box!

You can tell there is class here when even the cardboard box itself is designed for the company itself! Class right there, and something that I wish I could do for the wasteland warrior.. maybe future projects ;)

The box itself is ace as well. Quite bright and colorful with plenty going on with it. And a nice sleek design for how they incorporate their logo into the box as well. And sturdy.. this is going to be a good box to contain everything, and be used for transport as well of the components!

Cracking it open, and we see layer upon layer of stuff to go through here! I did crack it all open and place all the components into ziplock bags as much as I could. Assembled the character cards to have their dials, which is a cool little feature. Only part I think that needs improvement at this point is the HP trackers.. I can see them falling off and getting lost if not careful at the club and with others playing with the game.

What I think is really cool is how the models are packed. I know from the Kickstarter updates that this was a sore subject for Hon and Ray as they had a lot of troubles getting this to work right. But I think the extra time they spent on it and worked for it made this a perfect solution.

Each gaming piece comes in their own plastic tray holder ( or grouped rather ). And they fit perfectly into their cardboard boxes that fit within the main box.

What this means to me is that if one is careful on how they repack their things into the main box, they can have all their gaming pieces painted up, and less issue with being broken or paint chipping from being loose in the box! Huzzah!

Actually this was really cool, and considering how well the pieces are sculpted and cast in plastic, it is hard not to want to paint them up!

So I did!

Immediately after opening the box and putting the majority away, I took out the Monkey King to get some paint on him!

2k Black/White sprays with spray cans occurred.

Skin and inner shirt was started in on.. to get an idea of where this might go.. I did refer to the boxart a bit, but then took a few different directions on it..

I was having a ton of fun painting this up, and doing  a bit of wet blending here and there, and also just adding some more colors into some different aspects of it. But a lot of Dark Sea Blue found its way into this piece somehow.. :)

So after about 4-5 hrs last night I got to this point on the model. I am quite happy with it for being able to play with it later tonight. But I do plan to go back over it with some more details and fix things like the metals, while also going and doing some freehand sections on the major cloth sections there. Not sure what, but maybe I will research some things that might be common on them.

Anyways.. am I happy with this kickstarter? I would have to say yes. Ok it took a while to arrive ( was scheduled for July 2014 ) and there are still things to come for it ( not sure what phases they are all coming and how it is all split ) but the core game is here now and we get to play it already. And the quality of the plastics and the rest of the boxset looks great already.

Now to see how well it plays up tonight! Expect a battle report kinda thing happening if I can remember the actions and the taking of photos tonight :D


  1. This look amazing! Worth waiting for? Judging by the work you've done on that miniature, I would say so.

    1. I think it was worth waiting for. Based on initial look at the pieces it seems good. Much better than others that have come in the past thats for sure! Now to see how the game play is tonight ;) That will be the rest test for us! :D

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    1. Thanks Zab.. though was a bit weary eyed when I was finished at half past 12 last night ;)

  3. looks like you will be busy with that lot, but what a good start!

    1. This be but the tip of the iceberg to keep me busy Clint ;) Have so many board games etc that I would love to paint up, but this one seemed the most worthy ( plus the plastic trays are a godsent for transport and storage! )

      Glad you like :)

  4. Nice review, I was waiting for your thoughts on gameplay. I think we may have made some errors on the demon ai

    1. Am sure there are many errors yet to be determined.. but it still played smoothly overall..

      Holding off doing a full review like article here until I have a few more games under my belt.. hint hint at that :D


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