The Honest review of the Honest Land Farmers
by JD Haigler ·
So pretty, right? Look, the contents of the box are fantastic. I can’t spin this any other way. The box comes with the six models, a cute ball, a goal and a thematic piece of terrain. Then it’s got all the cards, and all the tokens you need. The tokens are punched cardboard but that’s fine. I’m still going to buy the Muse tokens because I like the quality, and Muse isn’t charging nearly enough for those fine tokens. But for a new player, getting into the game or even an existing player coming in, everything you need is right there to dump on the table and go. You don’t even need a marker for the cards because there’s health dials.
|See? So neat and organized. Health counters too!|
That’s kind of the theme to this box. Dump on the table and go. The “The Kick Off” box (next time, lets not add “The” to titles) was very much the same way, with albeit lousier miniatures. I own that box too. My 1 year old plays with Brick and pretends he’s playing Dad’s game while Dad actually gets to play the game. It’s perfect for that, and letting new players try the game out before buying actual, real, miniatures.
The Honest Land continues that trend with somewhat better miniatures. It’s along the same Pre-assembled PVC lines though, and that shows. For starters, the pose and dynamics of the models has taken a drastic dive. No more Minx sprinting through the woods, or Ghast whirling chains about his head. The Farmers are very stoic, very much just standing there. The most exciting it gets is the bear hug pose from Windle. One would think that maybe this is just the requested aesthetic in the memo the sculptor gets with the concept art, except that the Blacksmiths are the same way with the exception of Anvil and now the new apprentice Alloy. This would lead me to believe that this aesthetic is on the memo, but all the way back to the concept artists because, hey, China can’t cast the complicated stuff in this cheap material we’re switching to.
Look, here’s Tater. The metal guy that came out like a year ago and made my Brewers temporarily playable.
Not bad. Decent quality, still pretty stoic. He’s got weird cheekbones but otherwise I don’t mind this sculpt except how dynamic it isn’t.
Then we open the box.
I can already tell you that they were warped coming out of the box, just sitting in the summer heat during shipping. Hot water already got applied to Harrow’s forks and Bushel’s hook. That’s to be expected but I’d hate to leave these guys in the car for an afternoon at my new home in Northern Arkansas on a wonderful July 100+ degree day. It wouldn’t be good.
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