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Brent Wolke
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So I purchased TGW finally. I reviewed all the videos and advice about the minis...and still broke a shit-ton of bayonets, and even some arms off the bombers. There was also some bad injection molding that left blobs of a few infantry men. A great sense of excitement quickly turned to disgust and frustration.

Looks like I will be going the block route as others have.
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thwaak wrote:
So I purchased TGW finally. I reviewed all the videos and advice about the minis...and still broke a shit-ton of bayonets, and even some arms off the bombers. There was also some bad injection molding that left blobs of a few infantry men. A great sense of excitement quickly turned to disgust and frustration.

Looks like I will be going the block route as others have.


Or counters instead of blocks.

The Great War is Great! The Miniatures? Not So Much!

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If even after being made very aware of the potential problems with removing miniatures from the sprue you incur widespread breakages even to the point somehow managing to rip the arms off some of the bombers I'd suggest that at least some of the problems here might be down to you rather than PSC.

The good news is that the blocks are available to download here on BGG and the game itself plays very well.
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Buy new figures!
There's a lot of them out there: http://www.plasticsoldierreview.com/PeriodList.aspx?period=1...
 
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I bought a sprue cutter which helped immensely
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Yeah, you really need a sprue clipper and I also used a nail clipper. With the two I was very lucky in that nothing broke.

If some of your minis came broken they might replace them for you. I purchased the German Artillery pieces and one sprue had broken figs. I contacted them and they very quickly replaced the sprue - very nice customer service.
 
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Even with a bunch of stubby-rifled Brits and one-armed potato-masherless German bombers, TGW is still a splendid visual treat once it's set up... especially with the blank hex-grid on the ghastly brown side.

Treat yourself to a couple sessions with the gorgeous display the minis provide before you shift over to the tidy abstraction of the blocks. You may discover you hardly notice the damaged figs.
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Brent Wolke
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muzfish4 wrote:
If even after being made very aware of the potential problems with removing miniatures from the sprue you incur widespread breakages even to the point somehow managing to rip the arms off some of the bombers I'd suggest that at least some of the problems here might be down to you rather than PSC.

The good news is that the blocks are available to download here on BGG and the game itself plays very well.


Hey! Don't blame the victim!

I will freely admit some of the issues might be me, but in my defense, I own sprue cutters, and have worked with plastic models (cars, ships, tanks, etc) for over 20 years. Bad luck maybe? Not my day?
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thwaak wrote:


Hey! Don't blame the victim!

I will freely admit some of the issues might be me, but in my defense, I own sprue cutters, and have worked with plastic models (cars, ships, tanks, etc) for over 20 years. Bad luck maybe? Not my day?


Brent, I had many of the same issues and I've assembled hundreds of models and <actual number redacted for the sake of my marriage> of figures over the years. It's just an unfortunate combination of sprue design and material. I actually got so frustrated I gave up on the game, but Dutch brought his copy by a couple weeks ago and we've had a blast with it. You don't really notice the stubby Enfields or the one-armed paper hangers - the game looks great on the table and plays very well. Hope you give it another shot - if so, good luck!
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thwaak wrote:
Hey! Don't blame the victim!


No blame, here, Brent -- we've all suffered with the super-brittle plastic of these figures!

I'm just saying that if you're the sort of player who enjoys the visual/tactile appeal of miniatures gaming, try not to let the walking wounded figures discourage you from the full set-up. Once you see each squad of four men set up in the trench line, the broken bayonettes will fade from memory.
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If there is a second printing I hope PSC revisits the sprue layout for the British infantry.

Even taking my time and trying to be careful I've managed to lose a couple bayonets on each frame ... unfortunate
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Dan R. wrote:
Even with a bunch of stubby-rifled Brits and one-armed potato-masherless German bombers, TGW is still a splendid visual treat once it's set up... especially with the blank hex-grid on the ghastly brown side.

Treat yourself to a couple sessions with the gorgeous display the minis provide before you shift over to the tidy abstraction of the blocks. You may discover you hardly notice the damaged figs.

Most definitely!
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I just used a new modelling knife and broke only one bayonet....not really sure what all the fuss is all about
 
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Even though I broke only 3 bayonets one arm and part of a machine gun ,I did pretty well. But, hear it comes the part of my comments you just knew was coming. When so many people are complaining they are NOT wrong about the brittleness of the soldiers. This company has apologized for the problem but like an unfaithful partner they keep going back to the same old ways! The problem must be a mass bulk of 1950's post WW2 hard plastic some head of the company irrationally bought in such large quantities that he thought he cornered the market on the next best thing. Well sorry for the mistake but someone has to shake this company exec or group out of the malaise of a bad publicity for this continuing problem. If not this first endeavor into a board game will surely be it's last.
 
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