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How are Minis painted for children's toys?

Finally finished painting in imperial assault miniatures. They look so much better despite of not being a brilliant painter! Still got some detail to see and quick shade but playable as they are.

While it's been doing it I've been wondering how more mass produced figures are painted, things like Skylanders are painted in great detail but I can't work out how! Anyone have any ideas and can this not be done for board games also? 
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Yeah, I think it's the massive quantities.  I think it's like with the miniatures themselves, the expensive part is the initial mold but once that's made the cost to manufacture is very low.
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Played Specter Ops at the board game club last night, great game but their are a bunch of rules and situations not covered in the rule book leading to the game being confusing at multiple points!

Really enjoyed it however, I was the agent and lost after around 18 turns, can't wait to play again!
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Yeah - the rulebook states: 

"Any time the agent becomes visible to a hunter while the agent was
secretly in line of sight of the traitor, it becomes apparent who the traitor
is. At that point, the traitor takes a movement sheet and immediately
moves"

We ended up in a situation where the Agent was in a position where he should have been in the line of sight of a Hunter but was not (due to a card the Agent had played limiting his visibility to line of sight (namely: Stealth Field)) I landed practically on top of the Hunter thereby leading to an edge condition that wasn't really handled well in the rules (where two genuine agents should have had line of sight but did not). 

It was the Agent's bad luck that another hunter could then run over and mob him a second time... :) 

The lack of accusation process doesn't really bother me though - if everyone is certain that someone is the traitor you would just ignore their input - they can't take any actions as a Hunter against the other hunters so at that point its better for them to reveal anyway. 
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Just had an afternoon game of Madagascar catan, the kids won but only with a big of help from us wasting our goes. Even my 6 year old was miles behind and he often beats me at some more complex games like Carcassonne and Versailles with no assistance from me throwing the game.

It makes me think that child friendly games spend more time making the art work look child friendly rather than pushing the need for critical thinking and forward planning. I think i prefer using adult targetted games and helping in kids to understand rather than playing the child version

What do you all think? Are the kid versions actually any good? Are there any that actually help kids to learn these skills? 
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I think Carcassonne Junior removes farmers and gives you slightly jollier artwork. It seems you might as well go for the full game. 
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I have to admit, before tonight I wasn't a big fan of feld, castles of Burgundy dragged on and the pace didn't ramp up as I would've liked, but amerigo has been a great success,it ramps up, the thinky nature of it and the way the board builds really hits the theme perfectly, best of all the wife loves it and it was a free game I wasn't expecting! Highly rated and well worth playing! 
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Shelfies  - 
 
Just arrived at our caravan for our holiday, first things first, board games shelved! 
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Indeed, luckily we have mainly indoor activities planned it's not raining now at least
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+Tim Penick​​ here's my zombicide storage solution. It's made the game much better, I have two zombicide character card boxes, the artbin box has all Minis cards and tokens in along with the rules and I have one box with the tiles. Wasn't too expensive either so definately worth it!
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I went with something similar, with a large and small Plano box that worked for me for now, since I only have Season 1/base game.  I then was able to fit those into a spare toolbox I had lying around, so it's pretty portable now.
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Spent most of the day painting imperial assault Minis, only done a handful but glad I finally got around to doing it, they already look loads better and looking forward to the next session! 
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Yes, it does! Ordered mine a coulple of days ago, can't wait for it to arrive!
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After our second game of amerigo, we had a very different experience with the cube tower, first game 4 cubes remained, the second.... Well see for yourself!

Really love the way this works, very clever Mr feld 
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+Jon Weber I looked into that and my copy was made correctly. I think it depends on what printing you get.

+Drew M Wallenstien is one of my top games of all time. It looks like a war game but really there isn't all that much fighting, it's much more of an area control euro.
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Reposting my amerigo pictures as they didn't upload last night.

One of the coolest things is the cube tower, it has platforms inside that some cubes get stuck on meaning you have a range of cubes come out each time. The cubes represent what actions you...
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Another Feld winner. 
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Just got a new game(s). This is for pretty much everything you can get for decent. It's been condensed down to just fine boxes and a few extras.
Out of interest what would you pay for all this? I want to know if we got a good deal

Full list;
Base game, 
Forgotten Souls
Labyrinth of Ruin
Lair of the Wurm
Manor of Ravens
Shadow of Nerekhall
Trollfens

Lieutenants Packs -  Ariad, Bol’Goreth, Eliza Farrow, Merrick Farrow, Splig, Valyndra. 
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Cash Cow
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This isn't about board games directly, but actually I feel this is an important video to watch for anyone looking to create a game. We have way too many people that join this community and then say - look at my kickstarter with no prior posts here and no building of a community before the kickstarter hits

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1BCg31KVJok
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Decided to do a father son time lapse of us playing Imperial Assault - great fun and great result....for him - he demolished me, he seems to have a natural talent for these types of games or perhaps I just lack talent at all

Star Wars Imperial Assault skirmish time lapse featuring myself and my 6 year old son.

The game was rebels vs imperial troops featuring Darth Vader and his cronies on one side against Chewbacca, Han Solo and others.
The game was for the imperial troops to invade the rebel base and steal some valuable weapons from the cargo bay.

After a north entry by the imperial troops, the rebels scrambled to get to a defensive position. Early damage was done by Chewbacca, however the sheer number of imperial troops quickly put Chewy on the back foot. As the imperial troops marched on, they quickly defeated the majority of the troops, leaving the way clear for Vader to steal the weapons and make his escape.
Meanwhile the imperial troops panicked and were left to be picked off by the lone wookie, mainly because of their panic.
Before Vader left, he decided not to leave a sole alive in the base killing the last of the Rebels before making his escape!

Scenery using Battle Systems Sci-fi set - http://www.battlesystems.co.uk/
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