Vitruvian H.A.C.K.S Series 2: Lord Vehemous, Dragon Cult Priest

With a face like that and a moniker like “Lord Vehemous,” how can you not trust him?

The Vitruvian H.A.C.K.S. series seems to have moved on from its Greek myth roots and into a fantasy setting. Besides the elves we’ve seen, there are human faction, both good and evil. With a name like Lord Vehemous, I bet you can tell what side this figure falls on even without reading the back story.

As for the back story, Lord Vehemous is a War Priest of the Dragon Cult. The believe that dragons are gods and deserve, nay, demand our worship. They embibe on dragon’s blood to gain supernatural powers and stamina. The price they pay is some hideous deformities. The bio also mentioned Stheno and the Gorgons, so the events of series one still affects this one. I really would like to find a sourcebook for all of this to fill in the gaps.

Lord Vehemous is a human male figure decked out in a greyish armour with brown pants and brown belt with around his waist. The armour is sculped on so it is not removable. The is built similarly to the female figures where he can separate at the torso, by which you could remove the belt. There are holes at the side of the belt to attach accessories (more in a minute). The articulation is the same as the other human figures, but he is a bit more bulky due to the design.

As for accessories, he comes with a lot. He has a sword, a dagger, sheathes for both, a large mace and a spell book as shown in the picture above. The sheathes for the dagger, sword or the chain on the spell book can be stored in one of the two holes in the belt. EH also has extra hands and the standard stand.

But that’s not all! He comes with a wicked looking horned helmet, molded in the same colour as his armor. He also has a morning star, which can swing freely on a chain. There are also fur trim bits and caplet that you can plug into the back. Lastly, he come with a alternate head a skull with a distinctive scar. On his regular head you can see the same scar in the same place. An after effect of the dragon’s blood, I assume?

Lord Vehemous is an awesome-looking figure. Even without knowing the backstory, he would appeal to anyone who wants a fantasy style evil knight in their collection. It seems the male figures get more accessories (the Knights of the Accord and Asperity comes with multiple heads, helmets and weapons) which is useful to army build. This line keeps getting better and with more scheduled for release this spring, it is one I will definitely revisit.

Vitruvian H.A.C.K.S. Series 2 Lord Vehemous can be purchased at select online retailers, through eBay and from Bossfight Studios’ own store. Look online to find out more.

This Review is for entertainment purposes only.  I have not received anything from Bossfight Studios, Kokomo Toys, eBay or anyone else for this review.  The item was purchased by myself with my own money.  All opinions are mine and any pictures were taken by me and are for review purposes only.

Review: Vitruvian H.A.C.K.S Series 1: Serpentess Order Gorgon Horde

It’s Greeks versus Gorgons with Vitruvian H.A.C.K.S Series 1 Serpentess Order.

The Vitruvian H.A.C.K.S series is pretty unique. The creators set out to make figures and, while having human and humanoid characters, also chose to include some more imaginative creatures. The Gorgon horde is comprised of snake people, some with the lower half of a snake like Medusa. Bossfight Studio chose to design these creatures to look menacing but still be able to be posed and displayed. Some are themed after real-world snakes and some are just designed to look visually stunning. For this review, we will look at the all -white Serpentess Order figure.

In packaging

In the Vitruvian H.A.C.K.S fiction, the Serpentess order are servants of the Gorgon Sisters. They are fierce warriors and can also talk to the dead and temporarily raise them. They can be used as spies and interrogators as they can speak any language they encounter. There crystal weapons and armour are said to be unbreakable.

Back of package

Not they Gorgon horde are not actually Gorgon’s themselves; there are only three Gorgons; the sisters Stheno, Euryale and Medusa, who was cursed to have the lower half of a snake. their horde looks like lamia, who in some tellings are half woman, half snake. There are more humanoid soldiers in the Gorgon army, but one s like the Serpentess Order would definitely rattle even the toughest troops.

The figure can balance pretty good.

The figure is well done. While the top half is the same as the human figures, the lower half consist of 8 segments, from the abdomen to the tail. Each is connected with a ball joint. You can stand the figure up pretty easily, using the bottom half of the tail to balance the figure. If only the 1987 G.I. Joe Globulus figure had articulation like this.

The tail is articulated in several places
Armour and helmet

Her armour consists of a helmet and breast plate both molded in a translucent purple plastic. The helmet resembles a snake skull with skeletal tail running down the back. The armour is the same style seem with the Amazon warrior and Penthesila, with the only additional colour bein a blue symbol set between her breasts.. The armour looks great, with the white skin beneath adding to the look. The armour is removable, but it is not as flexible as the other ones I reviewed. I would advise caution when removing it, to avoid cracks or breakage.

A snake woman wielding two swords is pretty intimidating.

Her weapons are two long swords, with purple, see-though blades with greyish-blue handles. The swords seem to be make of tow pieces with the blade inserted and glued in, so I don’t think any scratched off paint from the handle would reveal translucent purple plastic. The swords look great are really add to the figure. rounding out the accessories are the set of extra hands, matching the ones already on and, curiously, the same Bossfight figure stand, which this figure can’t use. But an extra stand can’t hurt, right?

Overall this is a great figure. The design of the Gorgon army is what got me interested in this line. It is a well executed design and definitely shows how Bossfight Studios can innovate to bring us these uniques figure.

You can find these figures through online stores, eBay or directly from Bossfight Studios.

This Review is for entertainment purposes only.  I have not received anything from Bossfight Studios, Kokomo Toys, eBay or anyone else for this review.  The item was purchased by myself with my own money.  All opinions are mine and any pictures were taken by me and are for review purposes only.

Review: Vitruvian H.A.C.K.S. – Blanks, Character Creator Kit – Elves, and Amazon Army

There are no limits, except your budget, when it comes to Bossfight Studio’s Vitruvian H.A.C.K.S. Blanks, Character Creator Kits, and Basics.

Customization is a key part of the appeal of Bossfight Studio’s Vitruvian H.A.C.K.S. Many of the characters come with extra weapons or different heads so you can make a unique version of the figure. They also sell bank bodies, weapon packs and army-building figures. Ranging in colours and themes, these pieces can help you to create different characters across the different themes of the line. Lets look at some of these items.

Vitruvian H.A.C.K.S. Blanks

The first is the Blanks. There are two types, male and female, and they come in 19 different colours. I got a female body in the pale peach colour. It comes with four different heads (bald, pony tail, short hair and bald and mouthless) in the same colour as the bodies. It also comes with an extra set of hands, feet and a stand. They can be used to build an army using the accessory packs or with one of the alternate heads from another figure. I am using mine for the alternate head for Aspen, but the body colour does not match. Also, they could be used for spare parts if one of your figures gets damaged. If you are skilled enough at painting, you could touch up the heads, but straight out of the package, they are a bit plain.

Spare heads, spare hands. spare feet and a stand.

Once you got a blank body, next you would need weapons and armour. That is where the Character Creator Kit comes in. There are two Greek themed sets for series one in about six different colours. The is also an set for the Elves, with gear designed for females and a knight set for series 2. The Elf set is available in two colours, obsidian black and wilderness brown, which I got.

Showing off the Wilderness Brown Elf set.

The Elf set comes various weapons and armours from figures in series 2. You have the leafy outfit that came with the Aspen figure (and other elf archers) and an armour set that came with the dark elves and the orc females. The same bow that was with Aspen is included, along with the arrows, daggers and quiver. There is a crossbow with three bolts and a smaller quiver that came with the dark elf and Sakura elf figures. There is a crude sword included that came from the Blasted Land female orc figure. The only item that I can not identify as coming from another figure is the staff. I have seem designs of an Elf Queen wielding a staff, so it might just be from an unproduced character.

The Basics line has less paint apps to keep down costs.

If you want a generic character that would fit in with the rest of you H.A.C.K.S., the Basics line has you covered. The line has three figures at a lower price point; The Accord Guard (the knights of Series 2’s world), orc hunter and Amazonian Archer. I got the archer and, again, the body is just like the other figures in the line. For her armour, she has several pieces: a shoulder pad on the left, with her left arm having armour on the upper and lower arm, a brazier armour and the standard skirt. The chest pieces, shoulder pad and arm braces are all in gold, with the skirt being red-brown, with gold and black accents. For weapons, she has a bow, which is the same as we’ve seen before, and about four arrows. The are all in gold plastic, with no painted detail to keep cost down. There is no quiver, but the arrows can be stored in the loop on the back of the skirt.

Ready to shoot.
The arrows can be stored in the loop

So that’s the review. The Bossfight Studio has all of this stuff on sale, and it is so much easier than trying to track it down on eBay. The blanks would be good for those who like to do customs either as a base to build on or as fodder. There are fantasy themed blanks, with a male knight and female orc figure (which might be closer to the spare elf head’s skin tone) to which you can add on spare heads or items from creator kits. It looks like Bossfight Studio is releasing more items this years so it looks like Vitruvian H.A.C.K.S. will continue for a while. If you are interested, I would suggest you check them out at https://www.bossfightshop.com/.

This Review is for entertainment purposes only.  I have not received anything from Bossfight Studio, eBay or anyone else for this review.  The item was purchased by me with my own money.  All opinions are mine and any pictures were taken by me and are for review purposes only.

PS4/Steam Review: Senran Kagura Burst Re:Newal

Go back to where it all started and experience the first adventure of the buxom Ninjas of Senran Kagura

2018 was a big year the Senran Kagura franchise.  The series saw the PC release of Senran Kagura: Peach Beach Splash, an all-new anime subtitled Shinovi Masters and a remake of the very first game, Senran Kagura Burst Renewal.  Of course, its popularity in the West allowed for plans of a English version that was to be simultaneously released for PS4 and PC .  Due to policy changes at Sony, however, certain content has to be removed for the west and the game was delayed for a few months.  But, in January 2019, it was released with the PS4 having some bits cut and the PC having the compete version.  We will review both the PS4 and the PC version through Steam.

Asuka’s back…side

Like Shinovi Versus and Estival Versus, Senran Kagura Burst Re:Newal is a third person hack-and-slash game developed by Honey Parade Games and Tamsoft and published by XSEED Games.  It is a remake of the first game in the series. Senran Kagura Burst which was released for the Nintendo 3DS as a 2.5D side scroller.  The game is updated to the Estival Versus engine and contains some material not found in the first game , mostly through DLC.

The Hanzo girls are all here

The story follows the girls from Hanzo Academy and their first encounter Homura and her fellow Hejibo teammates.  when Hejibo launches a plan to steal the Super Secret Ninja Art Scroll from Hanzo academy, it us up to Asuka and her friends to recover it.  They have their hands full, however with Homura and her team and have to push their limit to over come them.

Gameplay will be familiar to fans for Estival Versus
The Crimson Squad story introduces us to characters such and the emotionless Hikage.

The gameplay is pretty much the same as Estival Versus and Shinovi Versus before it.  You can play either the Hanzo girls’ story or the Crimson Squad one.  The battlefield is open, with the environment determining how much room you have.  You have light and strong attacks and can run and block.  Using you ninja art scroll, you can change into your battle costume, regaining any lost health.  In this form, you can use special attacks that can clear out enemies and deliver a large amount of damage.  These attacks get more powerful as you level up.  You can also go into frantic mode at the start of the level, in which your character defense goes down for more powerful attacks and access to your special attacks right away.  You are also in your underwear.

Start in Frantic mode, and you will become more powerful, at the expense of your defence and dignity.

The only thing different from the last entries is the inclusion of a burst meter.  By building the meter up and pressing L2 (LT on Xbox controller on PC) your attack power increases and, either by pressing L2.LT again of letting the meter go down, you can do a powerful Burst Attack.  It is very effecting against larger groups and can strip you enemy if you defeat one of the girls one on one.

Burst Mode is a new mechanic that supercharges your attacks and ends in a burst of power.

Yes, the destructible outfit are back, a mainstay of the SK series in all forms.  It works the same as in the Versus series, which you able to strip them down to their underwear, and even those can be removed, with lights covering up their naughty bits.  It is to be noted that the original 3DS version, which having the stripping mechanics, did not have the underwear removable too.  Also, which the clothing damage is shown in cut scenes, the underwear is restored if you got your opponent naked.

The lights are back to keeps things M rated
The underwear is restored in the cut scenes, though.

The levels are all mostly recycled from the Versus series.  Hanzo academy, Hejibo rooftop, the hot springs and other are all the same as the last games. There are a few newer areas but there is a lot of reuse.  Again, since the schools are the same having the same areas makes sense, story wise.

You can customize the costumes
Take pictures in diorama mode

The ability to customize the girls is back.  The main hub for each of the schools (each being their common room) allows you to look at unlocked scenes and pictures, switch schools adjust setting, replay levels and customize the girls in the dressing room.  Outfits are unlock by  purchasing at the sop with in game currency with more available as paid DLC.  Note that any DLC you have for Estival Versus works with Burst Re:Newal, at least for the PS4 version.  You can also go into diorama mode and take screen shots of the girls in various costumes.

Intimacy (and those wandering hands) are only available in the PC version.
Go for a kiss!

Now, the part that was cut from the PS4 version in the West was the Intimacy more.  Remember in Estival Versus and PBS how you could poke slap and grope the girls until they liked you and go for a kiss? Or furiously mas buttons/shake the controller until they clothes tear off?  Not in the PS4 version.  It is intact in the PC version on Steam, though.  I doesn’t really change the game, though, with the typical Senran Kagura combination of compelling story with moments of lewdness and fan service is still present in the game.

The Yumi DLC lets you play as my favorite ice queen.  Yozakura appears as well.

In addition to the main story, there is DLC available for both Yumi (my personal favourite) from Gessen and Miyabi from New Hejibo.  their stories are spread over ten levels and tell events that happened before they first appeared in Shinovi Versus  A few character not yet playable in the game show up in these levels, like Yozakura, Imu, Ryobi, Ryona and Ryoki).  Both Yumi and Miyabi have a hub like the Hanzo and the Crimson girls, with the other girls in their faction making an appearance in them.  There is a little confusion with the Yumi story, with them saying Kurokage is dead when he was alive, but sick and dying, in Shinovi Versus.

Miyabi also have her own arc via paid DLC.

Other DLC down the line will allow you to replay levels as the Gessen or New Hejibo factions, with Naraku, Kagura, and Ryoki arriving soon after.  There will be additional clothing sets as well.  There doesn’t see to be any guest characters this time.

Some, if not all DLC form Estival Versus works with Re:Newal

Overall, it is a new Senran Kagura game and I like them.  I have the original version of Burst on my 3DS and I’ve always like the 3d game play from the PS Vita/PS4 games better.  The story is good and it has it’s moments in which you go WTF, but that is what makes thius series what it is.  sure the scenery is familiar, but with a remake, familiarity, is good as long as it updates the game and adds something new.

Gratuitous Yumi pic!

3/5

Kat…Kat never changes…

Senran Kagura: Burst Re:Newal is out now for PS4 and PC.  The “At the Seams” edition is available physically and digitally and includes extra costumes, diorama poses and the Yumi DLC pack (also available separately).  The Miyabi DLC is available for download through the PlayStation Store or the Steam store.

This Review is for entertainment purposes only.  I have not received anything from Honey Parade Games, XSEED Games, Sony, Valve, or any other corporation or entity for this review.  This game and any additional content was bought by me using my own funds.  All opinions are mine and any screenshot used were taken by me and are for Review purposes only.