Thursday, 24 July 2014

Thoughts on Sleeping Dragon, Rising Sun (IHMN)

Mr Amazon delivered this goody to my door last week and I've been immersed in its pages ever since.  Its very similar in style to the first supplement Heroes, Villains and Fiends, and is jam packed with new companies, descriptive texts, a few new weapons and even a gunboat design.

I particularly like the Royal Navy Landing Party which is a very different take to my own Armoured Naval Landing Parties (which one may find at this blog).  Mine were designed to be heavily armed parties landed from capital ships, while these ones are more ad-hoc gunboats crews at the ready to storm ashore.

On the down side, I think the addition of some colour artwork and pics of new figs would help fire the imagination but this was clearly a deliberate decision to maximise the written content (as seen here).  However, you certainly can't complain about the amount of great written content that was packed in instead.

[EDIT: Author Craig Cartmell has subsequently advised me that they didn't have any choice about the artwork, so I think they made the best of it by adding more written content instead]

Overall, if you are into IHMN this is a must get addition to your collection.


Michael Awdry said...

I'm afraid, I have only had a cursory look at mine, but like you would have enjoyed an illustration or two.

Elderac said...

I do believe you have uncovered that which has been unconsciously nagging me about this book. It is a welcome addition to the line, pretty pictures or not.

David Drage said...

Personally, I wish they had gone a little more steampunk and a little less VSF...

The force all come across as a little mundane, still I like the flavour of IHMN Gothic, and as you can create your own forces it hasn't proved to be too much of a problem...

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