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Retailer Review: Games & Hobbies NZ

Posted on March 26th, 2015 under , , . Posted by

I haven’t posted one of these for a while but my experiences ordering X-Wing over the last week or so have prompted me to write this little Retailer Review.  This time its about Games and Hobbies New Zealand an online retailer based out of Welling…

Post 1000 for Stumpy Heaven

Posted on March 26th, 2015 under Posted by

My 1000th post on the blog since it all started way back Feb 7th 2008. my hobbies, gaming and other stuff have all grown since then. so far I’ve played WHFB 7th & 8th Ed, Fields of Glory 15mm, Warmachine 1st and 2nd Edition, Flames of War, and now …

Kids love X-Wing!!

Posted on March 23rd, 2015 under . Posted by

Got my X-Wing starter set on Friday incredibly quick delivery by Games and Hobbies in Napier, just awesome stuff, and took some time to introduce to my two oldest kids (8 & 6).  Used simplified rules with no tokens or anything just turn dial, …

The New Zealand Tiki Squadrons (2)

Posted on March 22nd, 2015 under , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Posted by

Continuing on from The New Zealand Tiki Squadrons (1) there were further examples of tiki art in use by the New Zealand military (in both the RAF and the RNZAF) during World War II. Next up is No. 135 Squadron RAF stationed in

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The New Zealand Tiki Squadrons (1)

Posted on March 21st, 2015 under , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Posted by

A friend of mine has been researching the use of tiki symbolism in New Zealand prior to the 1950’s, and most notably it’s use in military units and formations. A German author, Sven Kirstin, has written 3 books about tiki pop culture (published

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WHFB Battle Report: Ogres vs. Dwarfs 2400pts

Posted on March 19th, 2015 under , , , . Posted by

“The Ogres of the Mountain Claw tribe are no more and their chief and Slaughtermaster “Bigears the Noddy Killer” is dead his stomach exploded after he ate a dozen too many Gnoblars in a failed effort to appease the Great Maw and end the earthquake…

X-Wing arriving soon

Posted on March 17th, 2015 under . Posted by

Pay day today and after a productive PhD meeting at work on Monday I decided to treat myself by ordering this…Should be here in a couple of days.  Ordered from a local retailer Hobbies and Games as at current exchange rates the price was the sam…

Duty And Daring

Posted on March 17th, 2015 under , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Posted by

It was a devastating battle, leaving several French and Spanish ships struggling to remain afloat. Proserpine (a 36-gun Frigate) was not involved in the battle, having been on picket duty nearby. Now having arrived at the scene of the battle to deal

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Returning to Warmachine: what to buy?

Posted on March 17th, 2015 under , . Posted by

Well I am definitely going to get back into Warmachine, especially as the local community seems to be going strong.  From my previously huge collection I only have 4 models left having sold all of the rest:eKreossPaladin Order of the WallPaladin O…

Un Trio de Batailles Navales (3)

Posted on March 15th, 2015 under , , , , , , , , , , . Posted by

With a second glorious victory for the Royal Navy, we prepared to set sail one more time – the mighty HMS Vanguard set forth again under my command opposed by the French Téméraire Class 74 Audacieux (actually the Sails of Glory model Généreux again)

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Warmachine anyone?

Posted on March 12th, 2015 under , . Posted by

A number of years ago I got stuck hardcore into Warmachine and ended up with a massive collection of Menoth miniatures around 100+ miniatures all told.  Something about an army of fanatical religious zealots who liked to set people on fire really …

Urgently Wanted: 1/72 HäT WW1 Figures

Posted on March 10th, 2015 under , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Posted by

Nick Papadopoulos of Papatoetoe in Auckland is currently in the process of mustering 1/72nd scale figures to produce two dioramas to display on behalf of the Papatoetoe Historical Society for the 100th anniversary of the ANZAC landings. The dioramas will be a ‘Gallipoli

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Un Trio de Batailles Navales (2)

Posted on March 10th, 2015 under , , , , , , , , , , . Posted by

After our brief but brutal Frigate Encounter we moved on to a pair of SOLs (Ships Of the Line), being a pair of 3rd Rates (74 Guns). Joel was once again the French (commanding Généreux) while I again represented His Majesty’s glorious

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Un Trio de Batailles Navales (1)

Posted on March 9th, 2015 under , , , , , , , , , , . Posted by

As I mentioned in my Setting Sail with Sails of Glory post I’ve been keen to get my teeth into playing the rule set recently, I’ve always been keen on Age of Sail naval gaming, and while I enjoyed playing

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End Times: Return of Nagash – a Stumpy Review

Posted on March 8th, 2015 under , . Posted by

I bit the bullet and ordered this a couple of weeks ago and it arrived not long after.  The next two are already on order/pre-order and I’m looking forward to getting them.The internet has already told everyone what the books about so it shouldn’t…

Renedra Mud Huts

Posted on March 6th, 2015 under . Posted by

Taking a break from painting figures to work on some terrain projects. I plan on using these Renedra Mud Huts and Acheson stone walls for some Crusades games, but I have quite a lot to paint up before I can pit Franks against Saracens.It’s more likely …

Gripping Beast Dark Ages Baggage Horses

Posted on March 4th, 2015 under . Posted by

I knocked out some baggage animals by Gripping Beast. These should be useful for Saga or a host of other games where they can serve as game objectives. I’m fairly happy with the sculpts, but the shaggy hair was a bit tricky on them. A bit too shallow t…

Stumpy Heaven is returning

Posted on March 3rd, 2015 under , , , , , , , . Posted by

My gaming hiatus is over, primarily as my interest is starting to return and the local club cricket season has finished.There will be some changes to StumpyHeaven for 2015 though.  A couple of my local club mates are going to start contributing to…

Our Ships Were French Oak And Hearts of Oak Our Men

Posted on March 1st, 2015 under , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Posted by

Contre-amiral Thierry Victore’s ad-hoc squadron has been in pursuit of an enemy Royal Navy ship heading towards the safety of its waters. Aboard the ship was a passenger carrying vital intelligence of great importance to The Directoire. Capitaine Géroux’s mission

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When The Fog Lifts

Posted on February 28th, 2015 under , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Posted by

Capitaine de frégate Josepe Aurèle Géroux had been pursuing the English frigate for several days now, but finally he had outthought his foe and was almost upon them. His command, the Dryade (a 36-gun Frigate of the Republic) was in

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Trying out "To the Strongest"

Posted on February 28th, 2015 under , , . Posted by

After finishing up my latest batch of Romans I was eager to get them on the table. Rather than pull out my trusty Hail Caesar rules though, I decided to christen them with “To the Strongest”, Simon Miller’s new diceless, grid based wargame. Check out o…

Setting Sail With Sails Of Glory

Posted on February 22nd, 2015 under , , , , , , , , , , , , . Posted by

Ahoy there shipmates, we’re setting sail with Sails of Glory! That’s right, hopefully there is finally a playable, fun, Age of Sail ruleset – and it features ready painted ships for those who just want to get into playing… After

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Quick and Easy Grid Markers for "To the Strongest"

Posted on February 21st, 2015 under , . Posted by

I picked up Big Red Bat’s “To the Strongest” the other day, a new set of ancient and medieval wargame rules that use a grid to regulate movement and distance. I didn’t want to mar my game mat with grid lines or ugly stickers, so I whipped up some “tabl…

Dogfight over Peepinghtohm 1917

Posted on February 19th, 2015 under , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Posted by

Great video from West Tokyo Wargamers of a World War I aerial game using the Wings of War (now Wings of Glory) game and miniatures!  

Steven Zaloga Says Fury OK

Posted on February 6th, 2015 under , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Posted by

Stumbled across an interview with Steven Zaloga (c/- Mad Padre Wargames Blog) and it’s discussion around the movie “Fury” and the performance of the Sherman (and Allied Armour in general) in North-West Europe 1944-1945. Zaloga criticises some of the accepted truisms on

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