Sunday, 4 March 2018

Funky Skull Games Street Wars NYC


Yay its arrived well a few weeks ago it did but only just had chance to write it up after giving the rulebook a good read through last week. I sooo can't wait to get this all painted and get some games in with it. Its seems like its going to be lots of fun.

As far as model count goes the game needs only a handful of models per side. A few cops to add that extra bit of fun during the games. One of games this is limited by the fund (points) level you decide upon of which you recruit gang members and purchase weapons from. For campaign games you may need a few more to play. The gangs you can currently purchase come in sets of 8 figures.

The rules at a glance seem simple to pick up you gang members are rated on what dice they have for there stats D6's being the baseline and going up from there.

Stat tests are rolled on a number of dice calculated by the given stats value plus any modifiers etc . Successes are any dice rolling a 4 or more with 6s being a critical in certain circumstances like wounding a target.

In combat its slightly different with both sides rolling dice and the highest score winning the close combat. Damage is then rolled for with the type of weapon determined extra dice for special rules skills etc vs the targets toughness dice cancelling out damage with successes however critical's always count and can't be cancelled.

Players roll off to see who has initiative for that turn. Then each member must pass a Funk test in order to activate that turn. Once all your gang members have activated play switches over. With a few exceptions a gang member rolling a 2 or 3 means they can't perform all there actions but can still move however on rolling a 1 initiative switches to the opposition whether you have activated all your models or not.

Movement is pretty standard and includes rules for different types of terrain and obstacles. Buildings as a rule can't be entered. But fire escapes can be used to get to rooftops and can be fought over moved across. Buildings can be used in certain scenarios to be broken into for loot or to be vandalised by your gang as part of your objectives. There are rules for climbing over obstacles and jumping between buildings etc with successful dice roll tests determining the outcome.

There are close combat and range combat actions as you expect. But some cool ones like Vandalise,  Break in, Steal, Search for a bottle or brick which you can then throw.

Weapons rather than each having individual rules are grouped into several categories so Large weapons including your baseball bats, hockey sticks, iron pipes. Small weapons such as steal chains, kosh's, clubs and brass knuckles and finally Sharp weapons which are your various knives. Depending on what category they fall into determines how many dice you roll to damage your opponent if you win a fight.

Ranged weapons aren't that abundant so only include molotov's, bricks/bottles and pistols.

The rulebook includes 8 different scenarios for games from a Rumble (standard fight), Rescues, Attacking a HQ each with various objectives for loots/weapons to be found. It includes rules for campaign play which I need to have a proper read of .I think they will be fun and hope to try out with Pulp Citizen.

There are obviously rules for creating your own gangs and recruiting your members so I can see some interesting gangs being put together. The back of the book also describes several other gangs which I hope will come out in the future giving a lot of more choice in miniatures as well as theme.

As well as gangs you can recruit MVP's (Most Violent Player) sort of thugs for hire and includes some cool cats to add muscle to games or scenarios.


 The Paper parts of my pledge the rule book. Black Cobra and Devil's outcast gang member cards (included with the gangs figures) alongside event and weapon card decks (which come with the rulebook).

The book is laid out nicely with awesome thematic full page artwork and full colour photo's of painted gangs and terrain. At just under 90 pages it is not going to be taxing to remember. I am looking forward to getting some games in.

All the figures come on 30mm lipped bases but as I intend on using mine in various other games I am planning on using standard 25mm round slotta bases. This doesn't really have any effect game wise as base size isn't stipulated by anything. Each gang includes 8 figures plus the associated stat cards for the gang.

I've spent most of this week removing the odd mold line of which there was very few. Basing and adding putty to them all.

 The Black Cobra's I am probably going to take these to the next 7TV day as a sort of Kung Fu Brothers cast. Pulp Citizen is planning on getting his done first. Whilst I am going for the Devils Outcasts.





Here they are I love The Devils Outcast figures Tremor (the guy with chain round his neck) is the boss and one of my faves from the range. I plan to use these alongside my biker gangs for Post Apocalypse gaming.





This guy was free as part of the pledge I chose. This figure represents Randal 'The Saint' St James leader of the biggest group of Pimps in NYC The Black Saints.



You can pick him up in the store and makes for a thematic piece for either objectives, custom gang leader or as someone to use for rescues or other custom scenario's

Besides gangs the only thing you may want to add is a few cops as though not necessary. There are rules fro break ins or when shots are fired that they can arrive and interfere with both gangs. There are plenty available to purchase I intend on getting a few packs from Crooked Dice as I can imagine a raid on a gang by the Police could be a fun custom scenario.

There are also Acrylic token sets for both Objectives and for various Statuses I didn't pick these up as the status ones are designed for the 30mm lipped bases and as mentioned I plan to use 25mm bases.
I may have to have a rummage for some standard ones or if need be put a special order in somewhere for my own personal ones.

I am on the hunt for some 70s cars now. Perhaps a school bus or some other themed pieces.

There is a growing Facebook group with over a 100 members which has some awesomely painted gangs finished already (Dam fast gits!). There are plenty of ideas for cars and terrain as well. I am looking forward to seeing more from all the members as well as sharing my own gangs and terrain Facebook Group Link


They are now all available in the store

34 comments:

  1. Very nice review Simon, the models look great and should certainly add some options to your post apocalyptic gangs and games

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    1. Cheers Dave. Yes indeed I have plenty of multi purpose uses for these.

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  2. The figures look great, Simon. I might have backed this Kickstarter if I hadn't backed the "Turf Wars" Kickstarter by Studio Minis instead, which is of a similar theme, only with added zombies.

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    1. I was tempted by that one as well. But there was to many guns in it for me. Though I am tempted by the biker gang.

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  3. Oh, fantastic project Simon! I love the minis :)

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    1. The minis are great. The future ones planned are just as good!

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  4. Cool looking figures Simon, can't wait to see what you do with them.

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    1. Cheers Ray! Working on them this week!

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  5. It all looks very good. I must admit I was tempted to back it as well. I the end I decided not to because I just did not want to build the scenery. And that is the only reason. I will however look at the gangs on eBay and maybe purchase them. needless to say I will enjoy seeing what your figures do come out like before any purchases are made.

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    1. They are fab minis. As for scenery you could do any city layout, a subway or even a park so quite a variety really.

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  6. I’m soooo excited about this Simon. My own minis are being painted as we speak

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    1. Yeah me to. I may have purchased some miniatures for another bespoke gang. I have started the Outcasts this week.

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  7. Looks good. I look forward to seeing what you do with them and then watching the Black Cobras get murdered by monkeys like your Bobbies did. :)

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    1. Lol thanks. The Kung Fu brothers are training hard. No mere primates will better me this time!

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  8. Brilliant review Simon, and though the genre's "not my thing", those mini's are just ace! :-)
    You mention that you intend using some alongside your bikers, so I take it there's no 'scale creep' issues and I'll definitely be picking some up!

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    1. Thanks. Yeah they scale well with Crooked Dice, Studio, Hasslefree, Foundry and all those sorts of ranges.

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  9. Looks like Terror from the wanderers movie lol

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  10. Don’t know why, but the game sounds particularly violent! 😀

    Nice review

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  11. Great looking figures Brummie all waiting for your brush expertise - looking forward to seeing what you do with these.

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    1. They are lovely. On the workbench as I type this.

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  12. Interesting project. Looks like fun.

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  13. Can you dig it, SUCKAS!!!???

    Such a cool film to get inspired by fora minis game. Sounds straight forward enough and those minis look great!

    Get painting good sir!

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  14. Good and informative review, I do like the Saint figure, he would fit into a lot of games. It'll be interesting to see them painted up.

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    1. Thanks. Yes indeed he would I see him in my 7TV games for one.

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  15. That's a great review. Thanks for writing it. The system sounds pretty simple but also interesting. I like the idea of the Funk roll to see if you activate and the different dice to show the skill level. I'm looking to seeing how you go with it.

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    1. Yeah indeed I look forward to playing. It once I have enough for a game I'll have a play and try and write some bat reps for it.

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  16. These minis look good and they await you working your magic on them!!!

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