Shadows of Brimstone: Dark Stone Brutes Enemy Pack
The Scafford Gang is one of the most notorious Mutant Outlaw gangs in the West! They make their hideouts up in the hills and mines around Brimstone and have become hideously mutated by the corrupting effects of the Dark Stone there. The Dark Stone Brutes are members of the Scafford Gang that have become fused with rock and the Dark Stone, itself, growing out of control to become hulking monsters! Towering over other humans, the Dark Stone Brutes have become crazed, responding only to fellow members of their gang, and smashing any others that come too close, with their powerful rocky arms!
This Enemy Pack contains everything you need to add the lumbering mutant Dark Stone Brutes to your games of Shadows of Brimstone! There are 3 large Dark Stone Brute models included, as well as the large Enemy Record Sheet and all of the Threat Cards needed to add them to your games.
Posted by Panner on 4th Jun 2017
The models are made of HIPS plastic. Assembly can be a little tricky since the models come in four pieces, and some mold ports are located right where pieces meet, so they need to be carefully removed. My models have a quite large gap where the leg piece meets the back piece, otherwise everything fits together nicely.
The model feels sturdy and since it has one hand on the ground it's super stable. Having the hand on the ground also makes Dark Stone Brute models easily distinguishable from other models.
These models do their job well and I rate them 4/5 - Good.
Dark Stone Brutes are fairly standard melee enemies, but with a variety of interesting special rules.
Offensively, they can attack all adjacent targets, which makes it sometimes interesting to engage them alone. Defensively, they rely on strong Defense and crit immunity to protect their rather weak Health. This gives them a 'weak point' in attacks that ignore Defense without having to crit. As a bonus, when a hero injures a Dark Stone Brute, there's a chance that a piece of Darkstone will fall off that the hero can pick up. Very nice!
One of the elite abilities, Grapple, is clunky and will cause slowdown in play. Other than that, these monsters run really well.
The rules elements are great, with a defensive weak point, clear abilities, and a fun bonus to reward the players. My rating is 5/5 - Excellent.
These guys fit very well into the theme of the game, and serve as an example of what can happen when Darkstone corruption goes too far.
I would have liked it if the model was a bit smaller, considering it's supposed to have been a normal human at one point, but is way, WAY larger than the heroes. But I suppose mutation is to blame for the extra growth, and that they wanted a more imposing model.
For theme, I give a score of 4/5 - Good.
With an overall score of 87%, I definitely recommend Dark Stone Brutes. All around a good enemy with a fun bonus.
Posted by Michael Wescott on 22nd Oct 2015
I picked up all of the GenCon previews to add some variety to our SoB games and have not been disappointed. The models themselves are better in every way than the models with the starter sets and thematically they are great additions to the game. These guys are punishing if not dealt with pretty quick.
Posted by Unknown on 4th Sep 2015
I'm a huge fan of these monsters for two reasons. First the ability to collect dark stone from damaging which adds a much needed other source of darkstone beyond randomly drawing it in the loot. And second the flail ability I believe its called. Standard SoB strategy encourages you to bunch adjacent to each other for healing and blocking chock points ect. So adding a monster that attacks all adjacent heroes changes the core strategy in subtle but important ways, especially when any sixes rolled are ignoring defense.
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