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Getting into By Fire & Sword: part 4 units overview

Posted on June 19th, 2018 under , . Posted by

Part 4 of my series about By Fire & Sword, this time I take a look at some of the common unit types and special rules that you will find in the game.Next (and probably final part) will be about the scenarios, counting reconnaissance points, victory…

Medieval houses set review

Posted on June 12th, 2018 under , . Posted by

Roughly two months ago I ran across Urbanmatz, a retailer of prepainted terrain and gaming mats. I saw that they were taking pre-orders for some painted terrain. As soon as the set became available I purchased one to add to my terrain collection.&nbs…

Getting into By Fire & Sword: part 3 Rules overview

Posted on June 10th, 2018 under , . Posted by

Part 3 of my video series about the historical wargame By Fire & Sword. In part 3 I give you a general overview of the rules and the command, movement and combat phase. There are also some examples of game play situations and how combat is resolv…

Mansions of Madness 2nd edition: Sanctum of Twilight review

Posted on June 3rd, 2018 under . Posted by

The favorite board game in my collection, Mansions of Madness 2nd edition, recently received a new expansion “Sanctum of Twilight”. It was a no brainer decision to purchase it since both Caroline and I are big fans of the game and so far the scenario…

Getting into By Fire & Sword: part 2 Army lists

Posted on June 2nd, 2018 under , . Posted by

Second part of my series teaching you the historical wargame “By Fire & Sword”. In part two I talk about how the army lists work on a skirmish and division level. I also take a quick look at the online army building tool. 

Interview about Anno Domini 1666 with Konrad Sosinski

Posted on May 29th, 2018 under , , . Posted by

Anno Domini 1666 is an upcoming board game / skirmish game by the Polish game company Wargamer.pl. I had the pleasure to make an interview with the company manager Konrad Sosinski about their new project and the ongoing Kickstarter campaign for their g…

Getting into By Fire & Sword: part 1 Overview

Posted on May 26th, 2018 under , . Posted by

First video in a series about getting into the excellent historical wargame By Fire & Sword. It’s one of my favorite games, making a video for it was on my mind over a year ago but it never happened. Now, recently, one of my readers (Marek Vlha) en…

Anno Domini 1666 campaign update

Posted on May 22nd, 2018 under , . Posted by

Some updates and also some very nice artwork for the game, I think many are still waiting for the Cossacks to be revealed.Some pictures of the plastic vs metal comparison, pictures are not of the best quality but I still think they capture the detail a…

Pillars of Eternity II: Deadfire PC game review

Posted on May 20th, 2018 under . Posted by

I’m currently playing Pillars of Eternity II: Deadfire on PC and am having a blast. I love the top-down perspective RPG’s as I grew up with Baldur’s Gate 1-2, Icewind Dale 1-2, Fallout 1-2 among others.  Having enjoyed modern RPG masterpieces…

Anno Domini 1666 Kickstarter is live and already funded!

Posted on May 17th, 2018 under , . Posted by

My friends over at Wargamer.pl, creators of By Fire & Sword, are running their new project Anno Domini 1666 on Kickstarter. This time around the game is set in the same period as By Fire & Sword but is presented as a 28mm skirmish board game.I …

Norman mounted hearthguard unit

Posted on May 13th, 2018 under . Posted by

First one, out of two, mounted Norman hearthguard units for my collection. I went with swords for their weapons to make them stand out from the spear/lance armed warriors. The miniatures are Conquest Games plastics.  Painting these was slow b…

Frostpunk PC game review

Posted on May 11th, 2018 under . Posted by

Frostpunk is the new game from the same studio that released “This War of Mine” a couple of years ago (review of that game can be read HERE ). Both games share similar themes, you play as civilians and both games focus on fighting the cold and stayin…

Blood Eagle – stop the dark ritual

Posted on May 9th, 2018 under , . Posted by

I had all but forgotten about these pictures when I looked through my backlog, these are from 3 separate games of Blood Eagle played some weeks ago. I had written my own scenario that we play tested a few times so I could tweak it. The scenario is…

SAGA mounted anglo saxon warlord

Posted on May 2nd, 2018 under . Posted by

I’ve had a lot of distractions from painting the last couple of weeks, but really wanted to get back into painting so I figured painting up a character model would pull me into the painting mode again. This is a miniature made out of the plastic Conque…

Stronghold (1st ed.) board game review

Posted on April 28th, 2018 under . Posted by

Some time ago I read that Stronghold was like playing a “Helms deep” simulator – and it is. For those with little to no knowledge of Lord of the Rings, you have a siege with a dwindling number of defenders trying to survive long enough against imposs…

Saber & Blood kickstarter update

Posted on April 26th, 2018 under , . Posted by

The guys running the Saber & Blood campaign have made some changes to the campaign – adding one of the unlockable factions “The Deceived ones” straight to the core box. It is also important to know, that pledging for the game – even at a stand…

Saber and Blood Kickstarter is live!

Posted on April 21st, 2018 under , . Posted by

My friends over at Kazrak miniatures have launched their kickstarter campaign for the board game “Saber & Blood”. It’s a small scale “brawl” game where combat is done with both special fencing dice and cards. The fighting aspects of the game are re…

The Terror, mini series review

Posted on April 15th, 2018 under , . Posted by

I finished watching the new 10-part AMC mini series “The Terror” the other day and am positively blown away how good and atmospheric it was. The series at its core is based on true events, revolving around a polar expedition with two British navy …

6 pts of Normans painted and tested

Posted on April 8th, 2018 under , . Posted by

This one went really fast, just two sittings and my second Norman warrior unit on foot is painted up.  I counted the models left in the Norman warriors plastic box, and I have enough soldiers to make two more warrior units on foot! They will de…

Norman hearth guard on foot

Posted on April 7th, 2018 under . Posted by

Two units of Norman hearth guards on foot for SAGA. These are all plastics from the Norman infantry plastic boxed set. I pretty much used all the chainmail bodies in the box (not counting the banner man/commander bodies).I also made an early decision t…

Norman warriors with crossbows for SAGA

Posted on April 6th, 2018 under . Posted by

My Norman army project is slowly being painted up unit by unit. This weeks has been slow but I managed to finish a warrior unit of crossbowmen and two units of hearth guards on foot (will post those tomorrow).These particular models are from the Norman…

Medieval houses set review

Posted on March 31st, 2018 under , . Posted by

My second package from GameMat.eu featured a review sample of their “Medieval houses set”, which is pre painted resin/plastic terrain ready to use straight out of the box for your 28mm games.The set contains 3 houses, 1 large ruin, 1 well, 1 statue, 10…

Double sided gamemat from Gamemat.eu review

Posted on March 30th, 2018 under , . Posted by

Sometimes you stumble upon a company by the strangest coincidence. I was watching a “unboxing” video at the Dice Tower YouTube channel and they showed some stuff from Gamemat.eu which led me to checking out their site. Gamemat.eu is selling both gami…

Norman infantry and knights review

Posted on March 26th, 2018 under , , . Posted by

I got some plastic Norman knights and infantry sets from Conquest Games for my Norman SAGA army. I scouted the internet for cheap, and easy to work with, alternatives to the Gripping Beast metal sculpts which are good too – but I had trouble painting t…

William the Conqueror for SAGA

Posted on March 20th, 2018 under . Posted by

As I already have a large Viking themed army to play several of the factions in the SAGA 2nd edition army book I looked at what else could be fun and versatile to collect. The Viking factions in SAGA 2nd edition are hands down the most numerous, but I …