Editor: Kevin Clark
I’ll say I wasn’t familiar with Ravage before our trip to Origins this year. I suppose the reason behind this is the independent fantasy and science fiction miniatures magazine was only published in French. That is until now! The first issue of the U.S. edition of Ravage hit newsstands a couple months back (the second issue is now available as well) and let me say it’s a doozy!
Ravage is an independent magazine so they’re free to tackle anything table top gaming related and the first issue is chock full of goodness! Along with plenty of photography to get the creative juices flowing, the initial issue has articles on Warmachine, Dust Tactics, Puppet Wars, Confrontation: Phoenix Edition, Infinity, Mercs, The Adventurers: Pyramid of Horus, Gears of War, Mansions of Madness, and a lot more!
*Whew* That’s a whole laundry list of games crammed into 69 full color pages!
What I especially enjoyed are the four articles – numbering sixteen pages or so – discussing the painting process. The articles discuss paining a Malifaux starter box, tackling larger figures, creating a Dark Eldar base for Warhammer 40k, as well as how to change your approach to basing your figures to be more creative and having fun while doing so. Each of the articles is accompanied by loads of photos and step by step guides to creating great looking miniatures!
I’ll also point out unlike many foreign language magazines translated into English – which experience poor translation, making for an odd read – the U.S. edition of Ravage is well done and the text flows pretty nicely. I’ll mention Bryan Steele has taken over the editing duties as of issue two.
The only complaint I have is simply while reading Ravage I wanted more, more, more! At $6.99 the price is right for the amount of info packed into the magazine and truth be told, it’s nearly a steal since you won’t encounter a lot of filler.
Pros: Excellent photography; Jammed with loads of articles; Not focused on one studio or publisher
Cons: As you finish the magazine you’ll wish there was more pages of the overall excellent content
Publisher: Lock ‘n Load Publishing
Editor: Jeff Lewis
MSRP: $39.99 print copy, $15.99 PDF
The latest issue of Lock ‘n Load’s Line of Fire magazine is mainly focused on Forgotten Heroes Vietnam Second Edition with quite a few in depth articles. As Line of Fire is a house organ, you’ll find issues of the magazine are chock full of articles about all things LnL with little page space devoted to titles from other companies. This isn’t to say you’ll never see something from other publishers (there are a couple of reviews outside the scope of LnL, Band of Brothers and Singapore 1942) but this simply isn’t the overall philosophy of the magazine. The latest issue clocks in at 60 pages.
If you’re a fan of Lock ‘n Load, and Forgotten Heroes Vietnam in particular, you’ll find issue twelve is a must buy! As far as the FHV coverage you’ll encounter a look at Long-Range Recon Patrols (LRRPs), a discussion of ground operations in Vietnam, a battle report of the “River of Perfume” scenario, three new scenarios, and an in depth review of the title. I usually find it a bit strange when I read a publisher owned magazine which includes a review for a title from that very same publisher. Honestly, can you imagine the publisher printing a review saying their game stinks? Um… Highly doubt it. I will point out I really enjoy FHV and scored it pretty high, and agree with the overall review, so it’s not that big a deal the review is included.
Other items of note include previews of upcoming titles Honneur et Patrie and World at War: Into the Breach, additional scenarios for various LnL titles, a modulette for World at War, and a small standalone game designed by Mark Walker. The game, Raid and Riposte, plays in an hour or so and presents a Soviet defense against U.S. troops set in the World at War universe. This is a nice bonus and counters for the game, as well as those needed for the other scenarios in the magazine, are included.
All in all if you’re a fan of Lock ‘n Load this issue is worth a buy although the pricing for the physical copy is a bit high. If you own FHV then you owe it to yourself to pick up Line of Fire #12 but if you don’t have the game, or any others from LnL, you’ll no doubt take a pass on the magazine.
Pros: Lots of info and scenarios for Forgotten Heroes Vietnam Second Edition; Good articles about LnL titles; A bonus mini game
Cons: Not much appeal for those who don’t own FHV or other LnL titles; Price for the magazine is a bit high
Score: 7.5 (out of ten)