The Ballbusch Review: An Introduction

               There is a lot of say about wargaming, and like most
everything else in modern life our little fringe hobby supports a shocking
number of men who comment on, and offer opinions about, the wargaming news of
the day.  I, of course, have quite freely
offered my own opinions to the ether at great length, and would do so again if
the spirit moved me.  However, in recent
months I have started to come to the conclusion the maybe, possibly, everything
that can be said about wargaming has been said. 
In making any further editorial comments I fear I would just be
repeating myself; something that serves no one.
               

 These days it just feels like there is nothing to write about
               Certainly,
if there is something that needs to be said I ready and more than willing to
say it, and I plan to maintain the Ballbusch
Experienc
e tag for editorials and the like. 
But for now I feel that my time is better spent getting back to basics
and talking about what brought us all there in the first place: anime babes
wargaming products.  That’s right, your
pal, hero, and surrogate father figure: Cedric Ballbusch is going to review
wargaming products right here, in this very house of paincakes.
   
             
               Now
before I get on to actually reviewing something, I’m going to use this post to
sketch out the basics of how I approach reviewing stuff.  That way I can look back and see how far I’ve
deviated from my goals as I grow ever more powerful and corrupt.
               
             There
are a lot of reviews out there on the internet, but most are one or two shot
affairs on a blog, and there isn’t much in the way of consistency.  My hope is to build up a store of information
here at the HoP that gamers will refer back to when they need information about
a specific product.  With that in mind, my
reviews are going to come in two parts, the quantitative and the qualitative.
 The quantitative is a purely
technical run down of the item in question with as many details as I can
provide.  In the case of miniatures I’ll
try to include size comparison shots and painted examples (bare metal or
plastic looks nothing like the final product). 
While I’m going to try to stay away from any judgments in this section,
glaring issues-the figures don’t have hands, the middle of the rule book was
copied directly from Lolita, etc.-will
be noted.
Then we get to my opinion of the
product.  Praise, complaints, and almost
totally unrelated pictures of anime girls in suggestive poses/outfits will go
here.  Obviously, my taste is excellent
and those who disagree with me are fundamentally flawed individuals; however, I
think it is important to separate the cold technical details of an item from
one man’s opinion.

If you’re looking for an excellent review…let’s work something out

I don’t plan on maintaining any
sort of numeric rating system because absent mathematical rules to arrive at
the rating the number means nothing. 
What is four stars out of five? 
Good, but what does that really mean? 
Nothing.  It is just as well to
say that something is good.  If I think
something is awesome, or sucks (and why is that a bad thing, anyway), I’ll say
so.
For now at least I’m reviewing
stuff that I bought, so you’re all stuck reading about things I want to
own.  I’m willing to take suggestions,
and if any wargaming company out there wants to give me free stuff I’m more
than happy to take it.  However, the
focus on things that I like is unavoidable.
 
From time to time I might discuss a
company or line in detail, but for the most part I’m going to focus on specific
items.  Not the least reason for this is
scale creep and general inconsistency. 
Lots of manufactures turn out figures of wildly different sizes and even
the best sculptors have off days. 
Therefore, I’ll go over a book, a set, or a range in isolation.

So, there is no point trying to disagree with me

And that’s it.  Now that you are thoroughly forewarned you
all have time to tighten up your jockstrap, put on a safety helmet, and strap
in for the Ballbusch Review.          

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