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Review: Deep Cut Studios Print-O-Mat

Posted on October 17th, 2017 under , . Posted by

Rating: Over the last couple of year, game mats have become have become a common accessory for players of all sorts of tabletop games, be it Miniatures Games, Boardgames, Card Games or Role Playing Games, with neoprene backed mats (mousepad material) seen as the premium product choice. Up until now, these mats have primarily been available as an out-of-the-box product with a fixed format – whether it be a terrain mat for wargaming, marked out pitch for a tabletop sports game or a cool picture for your card mat. Custom printed gaming mats were also seen as premium add-ons for many miniature-related kickstarter projects. Deep Cut Studio have just launched a new service for printing custom gaming mats – Print-O-Mat. This service has been launched as a result of customer feedback, and features an easy to use interface for uploading your pictures to DCS’s website. If you are wondering how to generate a picture, Deep Cut have added a couple of FAQ entries to their website: Obtaining a picture to print on my game mat Resizing my picture to fit on my game mat of choice I was given the opportunity to obtain a review sample of this product, including use […]

Too Fat Lardies launch ‘The Lardy Oddcast’

Posted on October 15th, 2017 under . Posted by

Having apparently toyed with the idea for a while, Too Fat Lardies have launched their very own podcast – The Lardy Oddcast. In this show, Lardy regular Sidney Roundwood chats with the men behind TFL: Richard Clarke and Nick Skinner, about all things Too Fat Lardy related. This is promised to be a semi-regular show, so look out for more in the not too distant future. You can find out more details of Episode One of The Lardy Oddcast hereFiled under: Gaming Blogs

Meeples & Miniatures – Episode 232 – Imperial Assault

Posted on October 14th, 2017 under . Posted by

Download Episode 232 Welcome to Episode 232 of the Meeples & Miniatures Podcast   The Meeples crew get together once again to talk about what they have been up to, which this time includes Test of Honour, Dire Wolf Rampant, 7th Continent and Arkham Horror: The Card Game. For the feature part of our show, we review Star Wars: Imperial Assault from Fantasy Flight Games We hope you enjoy the show. FFG Imperial Assault website Imperial Assault Campaign Spreadsheet (BoardGameGeek) Sorastro’s Star Wars Imperial Assault Painting Guide If you enjoyed this episode of the Meeples & Miniatures Podcast, you may want to become a supporter of the show, Details can be found on our Donate page, or you may want to visit our Patreon page.Filed under: Meeples & Miniatures

White Dragon Miniatures set to release 28mm Modern British Infantry

Posted on October 13th, 2017 under , , . Posted by

I managed to grab a quick chat with Alan Crooks from White Dragon Miniatures whilst I was at the Derby Worlds show, and he showed me his new range of modern British Infantry that he is due to launch towards the end of this year. The range is called ‘Courage in Contact’, and is the start of a larger range that will include insurgents and other UN forces as the range expands. The British Infantry will have 44 packs, which will include Infantry in several different helment variants, plus poses for skirmishing and patrolling, and other variants with Bergens, berets etc – so this is likely to be a large range. Since Alan is an ex-soldier himself, he wanted to ensure that as well as kit accuracy, the poses of the figures are as realistic as possible. The samples he had on display at Derby looked really good indeed, so I’m looking forward to seeing more of these models.  Filed under: Hobby News Tagged: 28mm Gaming, Modern Ground War

What happened to my weekly podcast episode?

Posted on October 12th, 2017 under . Posted by

You may have noticed that we didn’t upload a podcast episode last weekend. Apologies for this, but I simply haven’t had time to edit and publish the show, which is an issue I am starting to encounter more often in recent weeks. To explain, last week’s diary went something like this: Wednesday – record podcast Thursday – regular Thursday night gaming session Friday – Was meant to be gaming with Josh (which is now a regular event), but ended up writing part of Forager review for website Saturday – Spent all day at Firestorm Games Sunday – Went to Derby Worlds. Evening spent finishing Forager Review Monday – new regular Monday night gaming session Tuesday – Podcast editing (first chance since we recorded it!) Pretty full, as you can see, and obviously this doesn’t detail any family time or work commitments… Up until September, we had a backlog of audio recorded for the ‘feature’ part of our show. This was important, as I used to edit these at the start of the week before recording our show ‘bumpers’ (Intro, Outro, ‘What We’ve Been Up To’) on a Wednesday night before putting them together for the final podcast upload at the weekend. As listeners may […]

Derby Worlds – From ‘Top Show’ to ‘No Go’ in one weekend

Posted on October 10th, 2017 under . Posted by

Last weekend saw the latest Derby Worlds event. This show has always been my personal favourite of the year: lots of great looking games and an excellent selection of traders, many of whom only attended this show in my area  – plus it was held within 30 minutes drive of where I live. This year, the show was even closer, as it had moved from its previous home at Donnington to Bruntingthorpe Proving Ground, which is south of Leicester. This move raised more than a few eyebrows, especially from those of us who live locally, as we know that the venue is in the heart of the Leicestershire countryside – it’s quite literally in the middle of almost nowhere – which suits its primary function as a testing facility for the defence sector exactly. However, as a venue for a public event, maybe not so much. The last time I was at Bruntingthorpe was for an airshow, about 20 years ago, so I knew approximately where it was, but not exactly. So despite only living in Leicester we still used the satnav, and got lost when it insisted on taking us through the old industrial estate to a road that was blocked by a large locked gate – […]

Review: Forager

Posted on October 8th, 2017 under , . Posted by

Rating: Forager opens with an excerpt from the account of Lieutenant George Drummond Graeme of the 2nd Light Kings German Legion of the battle at Le Haye Sainte in 1815: “There are countless tales written by soldiers of the Napoleonic Wars, many highlighting that some of their experiences were forged on the anvil of single combat; combat that was fast paced, bloody, very personal, and a microcosm of the great battles that raged around them. Lieutenant Graeme’s experience is one such account. Forager brings those brutal combats to life, allowing players to recreate not only the small skirmish actions known as the ‘little war’, but also the combat engagements described by brave George Graeme.” Forager is designed and written by Adrian McWalter and Quinton Dalton. Those names maybe familiar, as they previously designed the Napoleonic rules Over the Hills, and Adrian has also written the Albion Triumphant and A Clash of Eagles expansions for Black Powder from Warlord Games. Forager is a departure from Adrian’s previous work, as it deals with a small number of figures per side, although the action is still firmly rooted in the Napoleonic Wars, in this case specifically the Peninsular War of 1808 – 1814. […]

Stand To Games – Forager and Over The Hills demo game videos

Posted on October 7th, 2017 under , . Posted by

Mike Hobbs and Neil Shuck were at Firestorm Games today with Adrian McWalter of Stand To Games. Adrian was running demonstration games of Forager – the new Napoleonic Skirmish game, which is currently being funded on Kickstarter. Meanwhile, Mike Hobbs was running demo games of Stand To Games other set of Napoleonic rules – Over the Hills. Those very nice chaps at Firestorm Games made a video recording of both sessions, which was live streamed and is now available on YouTube. The video starts with Adrian McWalter and Neil Shuck running through a full demo game of Forager. The games lasts 2:15:00, and gives a full explanation of all the basic rules. Then at 2:45:00 Mike Hobbs is demonstrating Over The Hills with Geoff Bond (Hello Geoff!) Don’t forget – Forager is currently funding on Kickstarter, with the project due to finish at 09:23 BST on Friday 13th October. You can find out more here Thanks to Adrian McWalter and Firestorm Games for a great day of gaming!Filed under: Battle Reports & Gaming Sessions Tagged: Napoleonic

Mansions of Madness – investigating Vengful Impules provides something of a surprise

Posted on October 6th, 2017 under , , . Posted by

It’s not very often that you get completely blindsided by a game, and it turns into something you don’t expect – but when it happens, it makes for a memorable gaming experience. One such event happened last night when we played a game of the 2nd Edition of Mansions of Madness from Fantasy Flight Games. Just in case you are not aware, Mansions of Madness is a boardgame based in H. P. Lovecraft’s Call of Cthuhlu genre. It’s a miniatures boardgame in the ‘dungeon bash’ style, where players have character models that they move through a map, made up from a series of tiles. During a scenario, players explore the map, looking for clues, solving puzzles and perhaps encountering nightmarish monsters. Whilst the first edition of the game required one player to effectively be the games master and run the adventure, the second edition introduced an app to take over this role, which means that all players take the role of investigators. We’ve played the game before, so we thought that we knew what to expect – explore a location, get clues and items and at some point run into gribbly monsters that we would have to fight – you […]

Warring States – Test of Honour campaign day

Posted on October 3rd, 2017 under , , . Posted by

Saturday 30th September saw twenty hopeful Warlords come together at Warlord Games HQ in Nottingham to do battle in the Warring States campaign day, an event which was very well organised by the chaps from Infamous Gaming. You may have seen my previous blog about finally getting my act together to paint a warband for this event. The campaign day took the form of a series of four battles, with players fighting different opponents on different tables throughout the day. Points were awarded dependent upon the battle outcome, with a number of bonus points available for: Your Samurai Hero surviving the battle Your opponents Samurai Hero being killed Your opponents Samurai Hero being killed by your lowest point unit Complete a Quest skill card Complete the game without drawing a dishonour card Though prizes were available at the end of the day, the main aim of the event was to have fun with like-minded gamers – an aim that was very successful. Battle 1: Defend our Lord A 15 point battle with the objective of killing the opponents Samurai Hero My opponent was David Mellor, with his superbly painted undead Samurai warband. After a couple of initial moves in which missile […]

28mm Chechen Wars Miniatures on Kickstarter

Posted on October 2nd, 2017 under , , . Posted by

Tiny Terrain Models have just launched a kickstarter project to fund a new range of 28mm miniatures – Chechen Wars. The miniatures have been sculpted by Igor Karpov and include Chechen Fighters and Russian VDV Recon Troops. The project has already reached its £1500 funding goal in the first day. The project is running until 22nd October, with delivery due for January 2018. You can find out more about this project on the Kickstarter page If you want to know more about Tiny Terrain Models, we interviewed Craig on the podcast back in March. You can find the show here…Filed under: Crowdfunding Tagged: 28mm Gaming, Modern Ground War

Meeples & Miniatures – Episode 231 – Time of Legends: Joan of Arc

Posted on October 1st, 2017 under , . Posted by

Download Episode 231 Welcome to Episode 231 of the Meeples & Miniatures Podcast   Due to the length of this week’s feature interview, this weeks show has minimal chat about what we’ve been getting up to. Instead, we launch into our feature, which is an interview with game designer Jake Thornton. The main aim of the chat is to find out the latest on Mythic Battles: Pantheon and also find out as much as possible about the forthcoming game: Time of Legends: Joan of Arc, which is launching on Kickstarter on the 10th October. We hope you enjoy the show. Mythic Games website Joan of Arc Facebook group That dragon If you enjoyed this episode of the Meeples & Miniatures Podcast, you may want to become a supporter of the show, Details can be found on our Donate page, or you may want to visit our Patreon page.Filed under: Meeples & Miniatures Tagged: Boardgames with Miniatures

Warcradle Studios obtain Spartan Games IP from Rebel Publishing

Posted on September 30th, 2017 under , , , . Posted by

Just in case you missed the announcement earlier this week, Warcradle Studios – the creative studio of Wayland Games, who are currently known for their game Wild West Exodus, have acquired the Spartan Games IP for Dystopian Wars, the Firestorm Universe (both Armada and Planetfall) and Uncharted Seas from Rebel Publishing, following their recent collapse. In a move that can only be applauded, Warcardle almost immediately issued a video explaining the situation, what they had bought and what they were not liable for, as there are obvious issues surrounding goods owned to kickstarter backers etc. Whilst it’s very sad to see the demise of Rebel Publishing, the fact that these game IPs are likely to survive is very good news for those gamers who have invested into them over the years. We look forward to seeing the direction that Warcradle take these games in future months.Filed under: Hobby News Tagged: Fantasy Gaming, Sci-Fi Gaming, Steampunk

It doesn’t have to be new to be good

Posted on September 29th, 2017 under , . Posted by

In a world where many gamers seem to constantly gravitate to the ‘new and shiny’ latest thing, I just want to point out that a game doesn’t have to be new to be good. A prime example of this was a couple of weekends ago when I had my first ever game of WWI Wings of Glory, from Ares Games I’ve been aware of this game back since the days when it was Wings of War and supported by Fantasy Flight Games, and I’ve played other World War I flying games – namely Blue Max (which has a really good online implementation at and Canvas Eagles, I have not played this particular spin on the genre – despite the fact that the game been in existence since at least 2012. I have to say that I was very impressed by the game – with the caveat that we only played the ‘standard’ game, so didn’t include the advanced rules for altitude or tailing. Game play is simple and intuitive, and can be learned in only a few minutes (see video below). Within that, a number of concepts are handled very elegantly: Using a card deck themed to the plane with illustrated […]

Review: Test of Honour Samurai Warband

Posted on September 26th, 2017 under , , . Posted by

Rating: The Samuari Warband box set from Warlord Games is one of several expansions for Test of Honour. The box contains the following: 1 plastic sprue of Samurai (5 models) 2 plastic sprues of Ashigaru (10 models) 1 plastic sprue of Ashigaru Missile troops (5 models) 20 small bases 5 group bases 1 set of ‘Clan’ cards in an alternative colour to the main box (brown) I think it’s fair to say that the issues with this box set are many-fold, starting with the instructions: The assembly instruction leaflets (which are copies of those included in the main game) seem to have been put together by someone who has seen the model sprues, but doesn’t seem to have much idea about how the different parts were originally intended to be used with the models. As a result there are a number of issues with how models are constructed, including the now-infamous ‘heavy sword’ pose (Samurai incorrectly shown wielding a sword with a round bulb part way down the scabbard)  Ashigaru being shown wearing two swords etc. Whoever produced these seemed more intent on showing how each modelling option and accessory could be used on the miniatures, rather than taking notice […]

Test of Honour – Painting a warband for Warring States event

Posted on September 24th, 2017 under , , . Posted by

It’s fair to say that my painting has been somewhat stalled over the past few months – I haven’t really done anything since building scenery for our ‘Kenneth’s Heroes’ project back in June. I’m hoping to correct that somewhat over the Autumn, and of course nothing concentrates the mind more than an approaching deadline – in my case, the Warring States Test of Honour Event, which is happening at Warlord Games HQ on the 30th September. i.e. Next weekend! When I attended the ToH boot camp earlier this year, I managed to borrow one of the Warlord shop armies, based on the excuse that I had broken my wrist so couldn’t have painted a force in time. I didn’t think that I could get away with the same excuse four months later, so I really had to get a warband painted. My initial thought was to use a fully mounted warband, using Takeda cavalry as my inspiration. I was almost committed to this – and had indeed purchased the Daimyo’s Retinue box set in order to get the mounted retainer cards – when I saw an article on the Tiny Hordes blog about him building a couple of retinues for Ronin, based […]

Meeples & Miniatures – Episode 230 – Ground Zero Games

Posted on September 23rd, 2017 under . Posted by

Download Episode 230 Welcome to Episode 230 of the Meeples & Miniatures Podcast   The Meeples crew get together once again to talk about what they have been up to, which this week includes Wings of Glory WWI, Conqueror Models Dwarves, Star Wars: Armada and Empires at War buildings. For the feature part of our show this week, we chat with Jon Tuffley from Ground Zero Games. We talk about how he got started in the industry, the birth of the classic games Full Thrust, Dirtside and Stargrunt, and what the company is doing at the moment. We even get chance to answer a few listener questions. We hope you enjoy the show. Ground Zero Games Ground Zero Games Rules Downloads Daemonscape   If you enjoyed this episode of the Meeples & Miniatures Podcast, you may want to become a supporter of the show, Details can be found on our Donate page, or you may want to visit our Patreon page.Filed under: Meeples & Miniatures

Of all the Kickstarters in all the world…

Posted on September 22nd, 2017 under , , . Posted by

Sally 4th have just launched a new Kickstarter to launch a range of 28mm Pulp miniatures based on a classic movie from the 1940’s The initial project is to fund the production of 3 packs of miniatures, which fit in all-to-well with one of Sally 4th’s existing MDF scenery packs. Whilst £30 will get you all three packs of miniatures, £90 will see you being able to get the full film set. The project has already funded, and is running until the 8th October, with delivery due in January 2018. This looks to be the start of a number of ranges from this genre – great stuff. Back it, Sam.Filed under: Crowdfunding Tagged: 28mm Gaming, Pulp

X-Wing – Flying Casual

Posted on September 21st, 2017 under , , . Posted by

  I’d noted in my first post about Dilution Theory that I hadn’t played the X-Wing Miniatures Game this year, despite very much enjoying the game. One of the main causes of this (other than breaking my wrist earlier this year and missing the Regional at Battlefield Hobbies) was the fact that my main opponent – my son Josh – moved away from home. He’s now back, which is a huge bonus as we play several games together, such as Runewars, Ninja All-Stars, Planetfall, Lord of the Rings LCG and, of course, X-Wing. We are now making a visit to the Friday club night at Battlefield Hobbies a regular part of our week, which has meant that we’ve been playing X-Wing for the last few weeks – primarily due to the fact that Josh had been inspired by watching trailers for the new Star Wars Battlefront 2 game. As I have previously written, I’m not a huge fan of meta-gaming in X-Wing, and actually avoid it if at all possible, so I haven’t read that much about squadron building – I’d much rather think about what I fancy flying and then throw something onto the table at the start of the evening, […]

Knowing your Angmar from your Erebor: Getting started with Lord of the Rings: The Card Game

Posted on September 20th, 2017 under , , , . Posted by

Following a recent conversation with a podcast listener, in which I was discussing the merits of playing The Lord of the Rings: The Card Game, from Fantasy Flight Games, solo, I was subsequently presented with a couple of issues, which all boiled down to answering a (relatively) simple question: Where on Middle Earth do you start? LOTR:TCG has been out for several years now, and as it’s a deck building game, each new expansion adds more and more cards. Couple that with the fact that there a multitude of expansions, and this can quickly become quite bewildering to the new player. One important thing to note – LOTR:TCG is not a collectible card game. Each expansion pack has a fixed content, so you don’t have to collect absolutely everything in order to keep up with play. Start at the beginning: The Core box As the song says, the beginning is a good place to start – in fact, the one mandatory purchase for this game is the Core box. As well as the rules (although these, and an FAQ, are available online) the Core set contains cards and tokens that you will need throughout the game. The cards in the game are divided […]

Meeples & Miniatures – Episode 229 – The Godfather: Corleone’s Empire

Posted on September 19th, 2017 under , . Posted by

Download Episode 229 Welcome to Episode 229 of the Meeples & Miniatures Podcast   The Meeples crew get together once again to talk about what they have been up to, which this week includes Direwolf Rampant, Lord of the Rings miniatures and The Lord of the Rings Card Game. For the feature part of our show this week, we provide an in-depth review of the boardgame The Godfathe: Corleone’s Empire – designed by Eric M Lang and published by Cool Mini Or Not. We hope you enjoy the show. Thanks to Firestorm Games for lending us with a copy of the game to play and review If you enjoyed this episode of the Meeples & Miniatures Podcast, you may want to become a supporter of the show, Details can be found on our Donate page, or you may want to visit our Patreon page.Filed under: Meeples & Miniatures Tagged: Boardgame Review

28mm Dark Age Dwarves from Conqueror Models

Posted on September 18th, 2017 under , , . Posted by

Conqueror Models have just announced a new release of 28mm Dark Age Dwarves. These are sculpted by Colin Patten, who originally sculpted the Vendel Range, which was always one of my favourite range of Dwarf Miniatures. It was always none of my biggest regrets that I purchased all too few of the Vendel Miniatures range before they were sold to Sgt Major Miniatures in the US. Unfortunately, it appears that this company has recently ceased trading, as visiting their webstore now displays the following message: In the meantime, Conqueror models has started to release a new range of Dark Age Dwarves, which I have to say look pretty fantastic. The original release includes eight packs of spearmen, which give a total of 32 unique figures. A Command pack, Hearthguard and Dwarves with Dane Axes. Other troops are promised, so hopefully this will be the start of an extensive range of Dark Age fantasy miniatures from Conqueror. The miniature packs are priced at £6 for four models, but significant savings can be made by purchasing multiple packs. I’ll hopefully be posting a review of the miniatures in the very near future.Filed under: Hobby News Tagged: 28mm Gaming, Fantasy Gaming

Meeples & Miniatures – Episode 228 – Whatever happened to Ambush Alley Games?

Posted on September 10th, 2017 under . Posted by

Download Episode 228 Welcome to Episode 228 of the Meeples & Miniatures Podcast   The Meeples crew get together once again to talk about what they have been up to, which this week includes I Ain’t Been Shot Mum, Tokaido, Space Hulk: Death Angel and The Hereward Wargames Show . For the feature part of our show, we catch up with Shawn Carpenter from Ambush Alley Games. We chat about their publishing contract with Osprey Publishing, what has been happening since that contract came to an end, and look forward to the release of Ambush Alley: CQB We hope you enjoy the show. Ambush Alley Games website Ambush Alley Games on Facebook P.S. Sorry for the sound quality of my microphone in some parts of this episode. I have been working away from home, so recorded this on my phone from my hotel room. If you enjoyed this episode of the Meeples & Miniatures Podcast, you may want to become a supporter of the show, Details can be found on our Donate page, or you may want to visit our Patreon page.Filed under: Meeples & Miniatures

Sally 4th produce MDF figure storage inserts for Really Useful Boxes

Posted on September 7th, 2017 under , . Posted by

In the past, especially before the rise of foam inserts and carry cases, many gamers would probably store and transport their miniatures in A4 box files. These days, whilst box files are still used, those of use who don’t want to be buried under a mountain of foam instead find ourselves with a number of Really Useful Boxes – sometimes a scary number! Sally 4th, having recognised the widespread use of these, have just released an MDF conversion kit for the 9 Litre Really Useful Box so that it will carry miniatures with 25mm round bases. Here is their press release: Really Useful box conversion kits are released this week. These conversion kits take a Really Useful Box to the next level of usefulness! They allow two layers of figures to be stored safely and securely, each layer also being easy to lift out. This MDF kit is very easy to assemble and only needs some wood glue. The space inside a conversion kit allows for two inserts to sit snugly side by side on both the top and bottom layer. The idea behind this is that you can have two different inserts per layer. The height of each layer […]

Monolith Editions – major PR gaff over Conan: Book of Set Kickstarter

Posted on September 6th, 2017 under , . Posted by

Monolith Editions scored a major hit when they published Conan: The Boardgame, with over 16,000 people backing the Kickstarter project. For several weeks they have been sending out trailers for a new, small Kickstarter project – Conan: The Book of Set. According to the publicity, this project was to produce a new book, similar in style to the campaign book produced with the original project (which, incidentally, was very nice indeed) which contained all the scenarios that had currently been published online, along with more pages of background information, artwork, and pictures of painted miniatures. In addition, it would also give the opportunity to purchase a limited number of the original KS pledge bundles, along with the KS exclusive models. The project was to run for 5 days, with delivery due within a couple of months. This project launched yesterday evening (UK time). However, in all their publicity, what Monolith completely failed to mention that the print run for The Book of Set was extremely limited, with each area of the world only being allocated a few hundred copies – there were a mere 400 English copies allocated to the whole of europe (as opposed to 700 French), 800 for North America […]