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The Joy of Unboxing: Mythic Battles: Pantheon

By January 9, 2018Boardgames, Videos

The gods are best served by those who need their help the least.

Let’s kick off the unboxings for 2018 with a Kickstarter campaign unboxing – the miniature madness of Mythic Battles: Pantheon!

There’s nothing quite like the delivery of a big Kickstarter pledge that you paid for over a year ago (the pain has passed …) and have been eagerly awaiting. And so it is with Mythic Battles: Pantheon by Monolith and Mythic Games. It’s a big cardboard box packed with two big cardboard boxes filled to the brim with plastic gods, monsters, and heroes, and I’m unboxing it all here on the Esoteric Order of Gamers. Enjoy!

PS Check out the EOG instagram feed for a quick pic of my first batch of roughly painted figures.

33 Comments

  • The8thPagan says:

    I’ve finally had notification it’s being prepared to ship, but not left warehouse yet.

  • The8thPagan says:

    I was tempted to buy more, as I do love the Greek mythology, so much more interesting than christian mythology, but two things put me off…. the sheer cost of everything I would want…. and storing it. The all in was 5-6 feet of shelf space from the images I saw and I simply don’t have the space to store it.

    Ill be happy with exactly what you got plus the Compendium for extra scenarios.

    Apparently the Batman game they’re doing using Conan rules will be Kickstarter only, so if that tempts you… make sure you back everything you want and can afford, because eBay prices will be silly.

  • Graeme Henson says:

    Just got mine in the other day, holy carp is it alot. I went all in and got the expansions, though I think the Poseidon expansion is the only one that really adds any new mechanics with naval combat. The Hera expansion does add some sort of battle modifier cards that you can draft into your army. Otherwise, all the other expansions just add more units/maps to the mix.

    Got in a few games with my 6-year old (simplified rules), he seems to be getting into it, and I get to feel like a good parent because I’m teaching him about ancient Greek mythology, sort of. It also has some solo scenarios, though they seem to mostly be fighting big monsters with random actions.

  • The8thPagan says:

    So… are we going to see a gameplay video of MB:P soon? Or are you going to paint them first?

    • I’d love to film a battle report, but remember Will only visits a few times a year. I do however have a local regular opponent and I may convince him to appear in some reports! I’ll paint the figures in batches – if you go over to my Instagram account, you can see the rough job on the first batch.

  • The8thPagan says:

    It just had a look. Your quick work puts my finished stuff to shame. I’ve been thinking of doing some ‘Sin City’s style miniatures. Black, white and grey with a slash of colour to differentiate factions. Not sure which games miniatures to try that on though.

    • I really have to do some more video tutorials on my painting methods, because I firmly believe these kind of results are achievable by anyone in a short amount of time. It really is just painting the areas and then using washs. I covered a similar kind of thing in my Conan painting video (though I used Army Painter Quickshade in that case, which I’d only use when doing bulk shading).

  • The8thPagan says:

    I do you washes and that has improved things, but my fine work is not great. And I don’t have the time (or patience) to the multiple layers of paint and she that I saw Sorastro (and the painters at GW and Privateer Press) use.

    • I rarely have to use multiple layers of paint. Are you undercoating in white? For fine work, I recommend a good quality brush and a magnifying device like a head loupe. The latter makes even the smallest work quite easy.

  • The8thPagan says:

    Depends what I’m painting. White mostly for the living. Grey for machines and scenery. I don’t have a head magnifier, but do have an illuminated desk magnifier.

  • The8thPagan says:

    Well… they promised it in the UK by January 12th and it arrived on the 11th.

    No damage… however… be careful putting Bellerophon away… almost snapped his spear off because he was facing the wrong direction.

    Not checked myself, but I hear there’s an issue with the plastic sliders not fitting.

    And have to say… the miniatures look great. I can feel an Olympian RPG campaign brewing…

  • The8thPagan says:

    Seen complaints in comments section. I will look into it. Did you buy any add-ons CK?

    • The8thPagan says:

      Don’t like the plastic. Feels too brittle. Spears, bows and tridents might be damaged easily.

      • Better than bendy in my book!

      • paddirn says:

        Some pieces seemed to have done incredibly well, while others didn’t fair well at all. The spears actually on the whole have done well, but the swords seemed to get bent more. The worst one I have is one from the Hero pack, and the entire figure is bent at an angle. Otherwise, it’s just a few parts here and there. Nothing some boiling water won’t fix, but annoying.

      • CK Lai says:

        Re: the plastic. Monolith followed what CMON did for WoK : normal board game plastic for the bodies, and hard plastic for weapons so they would not bend. So yes, they are brittle and will break if not handled with care.

    • CK Lai says:

      Only the Corinthia expansion due to the Conan crossover.

  • The8thPagan says:

    Not in my book. I have some heavy handed and clumsy friends. I may to restrict which miniatures they can handle.

  • Looks great. Have fun playing Ray Harryhausan movies on the tabletop!

  • The8thPagan says:

    Managed to have a major Mythic Battles session this week when I visited a friend. Only took the core set with me, but we had six, or seven games.

    Enjoyed it. Definitely worth the money.

    However… sleeves are going to be an essential with all the shuffling. That’s 400 sleeves… but that’s cheaper than buying replacement cards from eBay if they get damaged…

  • The8thPagan says:

    Ordered enough sleeves for both boxes as be a pain to swap them around. Cost me about £20 for 400.

    Primed the core box and started medusa. She was easiest as I had green primer, so I just inked her tail. Going to take a while, but I don’t want to rush it and make a botch of it.

  • The8thPagan says:

    Ok… so I botched it. Tried several colours for torso and not happy with result. What’s the best way to strip acrylic paint without damaging the miniature?

    Had to pop the bases off Cerberus and Hydra to get to some of the underside that was visible, but bloody difficult to get in with a paintbrush.

    • When I get something like the area under the Hydra, I just get a big brush and roughly paint a dark color under there before doing anything else. No one’s going to see it.

      As for stripping paint, I’ve successfully soaked in Dettol to remove old paint – but test a small area or offcut first, plastics vary considerably and you could melt it!

  • The8thPagan says:

    Saw you magnet storage, but I’m hoping to use the plastic to store most of my miniatures as they just drop in. Problem ones are in stretch goal box… The monsters tray.

    • Those plastic trays drive me bonkers – not only do they take up lots of space, but it’s a game in itself to remember what goes where when you pack up.

      • The8thPagan says:

        Core box is quite easy to remember, but stretch goals is tricky…. found that out when I unpacked everything… so I watched an unboxing and made a simple layout plan for each layer.

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