Armada

Greyhart

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So, I recently picked up the two player starter box for Armada and was quite pleased. A friend of mine and I had played - and really enjoyed - Uncharted Seas so when Armada came along we both took a long hard look. Then we ended up jumping in with both feet. LoL!

I don't know if Mantic aquired Spartan Games Uncharted Seas IP, but the Armada ship models are REALLY close to the US ones in appearance. I'd say the sculpts are even better. There NOT highly precise and detailed minis, but they are quite nice, easy to clean up and assemble.

The rules are good, solid. Simple enough to make a game go quickly but with enough details to keep things interesting.

I just finished painting the four Orc ships from the starter box and if I can figure out how I'll post pics here. My next project is my Empire of Dust (undead) fleet which I'll start today.
 

Greyhart

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Thanks for the complIment! have to say Uncharted Seas was my favorite, but Dystopian Wars was also good. I do rather miss my Prussians. Did you see that it's been re-worked and re-released by Warcradle Studios?

 
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Yes and I hate everything they've done to the game...it's not as cool model wise and the change to the setting. Just my opinion/taste though.
 

Greyhart

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Yeah, I wasn't too happy about how they twisted the background to fit their universe. I think the models look good though, and the fact that they did plastics is cool. Even so, I'm not going to get back into it as I have my naval game in Armada.

Speaking of which.. I'm a tad bit miffed at Mantic for a couple reasons. First, in the starter box, I had one Basilean ship that had a broken part (broken off piece completely missing) and one totally missing parts. But hey, I got an extra hull so it evens out.. I guess?

Two words Mantic, "Quality Control". Take note.

I contacted customer service to get replacement parts and also asked if I could get parts to complete the extra hull, even offering to pay for them. "No. We can't do that. Sorry."

.. really?

You're already sending me parts to replace broken and missing ones and you can't send me the extras? Even if I pay?

I'd have thrown them in as a "Oh, here. Sorry for your trouble. Hope this makes it up to you."

Yesterday I opened up my Empire of Dust boxes (starter and booster) and half (4 out of 7) had broken pieces that I have to repair. They seriously need to pack better than throw the parts in a bubble wrap bag and chuck them in an unpadded box.
 
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Greyhart

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Well.. I got my replacement parts yesterday.. sort of. I got the broken part replacement, and one of the two missing parts. The other missing part was.. missing (not in the box). But hey, I got another part that I didn't ask for so I guess that counts?

Is this sounding familiar?

So yet again I sent an email to Mantic's customer service.

I'm not hopeful.
 

Greyhart

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And the saga continues..

Three weeks (.. really) after I received my screwed up replacement parts shipment and sent - yet another - email to "customer service" I FINALLY got a reply.

.. the day AFTER I put in an order to them, including the ship that I needed parts for (I figured I might get enough parts to build one complete ship out of three models if I'm lucky).

"We're so sorry. We'll send the part as as soon as we can, but mail is backed up right now so it may take a while."

In all my many years of gaming (more than I'd like to admit some days.. I'm old) I've never had such terrible customer service from any othe game company. I was considering getting some if their miniatures to use for Stargrave, but now, not so much.