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Written in the cards – my deck building approach in Lord of the Rings: The Card Game

Posted on December 10th, 2017 under , , , . Posted by

I have never been a great fan of min-max gaming. I thought that I would make that statement ‘up front’ as that fact tends to have a large influence in how I approach gaming. I have never been one for spending hours building and tweaking army lists – quite the opposite in fact. I actually think my favourite way of building an army was the army generator from the Polemos Napoleonic rules where you chose the scenario you were going to play and then randomly generate a force for each side. From a historical wargaming point-of-view, it strikes me that commanders very rarely had the forces they wished at their disposal, so had to make do with what they had. So, when one is not a meta-gamer, getting involved in a deck-building game seems to be a bit of a misstep, as it would seem that the obvious thing to do in Lord of the Rings the card game is to attempt to tailor your deck so that: Many of the cards in the deck synergies with each other The skill and bonuses the deck provides match the particular challenges of the scenario being played. There have been many thousands of […]

Meeples & Miniatures – Episode 236 – Gangs of Rome

Posted on December 9th, 2017 under . Posted by

Download Episode 236 Welcome to Episode 236 of the Meeples & Miniatures Podcast The Meeples crew get together once again to talk about what they have been up to in the past couple of weeks, including games played, miniatures painted and perhaps the odd purchase or two. For the feature part of our show we chat with Andy Hobday, owner of Footsore Miniatures, about their forthcoming game Gangs of Rome. And, whilst he was on the show, Neil also quizzed him about future plans for Test of Honour. We hope you enjoy the show. Gangs of Rome website Footsore Miniatures Sarissa Precision – Streets of Rome 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

‘Rebel’ warband for Test of Honour

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

You may remember that back in September I painted a warband for the Test of Honour Warring States day with an Star Wars Imperial theme. Well, thanks to #hobbystreak I have finally managed to get my backside into gear and paint an opposing force for them. Keeping with the Star Wars theme, which was inspired by Tiny Hordes warbands for Ronin, it was time to paint the Rebel forces. As you might expect, the Rebel forces have the potential to be more character-heavy than the Imperial equivalent, and I wanted to give myself a few different build options when putting together a 24-point force. First off we have the rank-and-file Ashigaru. Spearmen are the foundation of most ToH forces, and I added Archers to provide some missile troops, but using older technology than the Imperials as befitting a Rebel force. The Sergeant is a good synergy with the Archer group, and the odd single Spearman simply gives you 1 point to play with when building your warband. I wanted to try something a little different (plus I wanted to slot in uniform paint for a Rebel pilot) so added a mounted archer to the warband – it’s quite expensive at 3 points, […]

Star Wars: Imperial Assault vs Star Wars: Legion

Posted on December 5th, 2017 under , , . Posted by

I have been looking forward to the release of Star Wars Legion by Fantasy Flight Games ever since it was announced at GenCon earlier this year. Strange though it may seem, considering how big a fan of Star Wars I am, until very recently I had not played the Star Wars: Imperial Assault boardgame. When we reviewed this game on a recent episode of the Meeples & Miniatures Podcast, Imperial Assault was described as “Star Wars: Rogue One – the boardgame” and we started to discuss how Imperial Assault encapsulated the essence of the Star Wars films in its gameplay (and by the Star Wars films, I’m talking about the original trilogy plus Rogue One, which adds to the Galactic Civil War story.) With FFG recently announcing their first wave of expansions for Star Wars Legion, which unsurprisingly includes both an AT-ST and a T-47 Airspeeder, I have begun to wonder whether this new game or the existing Imperial Assault gives the better experience of the films… In Imperial Assault, a small number of heroes (usually 2-4) work to complete missions on behalf of the Rebel Alliance. These heroes can be aided by allies, who can include characters from the films such […]

Gangs of Rome available for pre-order from Footsore Miniatures

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

Footsore Miniatures are launching a brand new gang skirmish game – Gangs of Rome You may say “Oh no, not another skirmish wargame on a 3×3 table”, but Gangs of Rome is different. Honestly, it really is! Here is the blurb from Footsore, just to give you the flavour of what’s to come: Inspired by the history of the great city, Gangs of Rome takes place in the shadows of the Empire where the heads of ambitious houses have gathered fighters forged hard by the streets to do their bidding and enact their schemes. As a Dominus, the head of a house of Rome, you will seek out the most brutal of Romes criminal denizens, plying them with the promise of wealth and glory should they aid you in your plan to rise to the Senate of Rome and cast down all enemies before you. Closing about you like a ring of steel your gang will arm themselves and take to the streets and alleyways of the city, advancing your interests and crushing your foes. Your strategies mixed with their savagery, mind and sword as one as you carve your name across the very pages of history. This is your […]

Review: Asset Drop subscription box

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

Rating: I recently ran a news item about a brand new subscription box service – Asset Drop. Andy from Asset Drop very kindly offered me the November box to review – here are my thoughts… First off, the presentation of the box is very good. It’s well packed to carefully protect all the contents, and comes with a bag of sweets and a voucher for Wargamer Online. Open the black crepe paper wrapping and the contents are displayed: The November box contains the following products: 2 AMMO of Mig Metallic acrylic paints: Old Brass and Brass – effectively a base coat and highlight pair. 3 Secret Weapon acrylic paints: Rubber, Rubber Highlight and Tyre Black – a Triad of paints shade/basecoat/highlight Coat d’arms Brushscape: Muddy Green – textured paint for basing Broken Toad Pigment: Grimy Dirt weathering powder Coat d’arms brush. Painting guide. From a product point of view, I have never used AMMO, Secret Weapon or Broken Toad products before, so these are of interest to try things out. It’s a nice touch that products have been grouped together, rather than just supplying some random assortment of colours. I’ve previously used Coat d’arms Brushscape – although I found it to be OK for […]

Core Space – new sc-fi skirmish game launches on Kickstarter

Posted on November 28th, 2017 under , , , . Posted by

Core Space is the new sci-fi skirmish game from Battle Systems, which is currently funding on Kickstarter. Battle Systems have previously run four very successful kickstarter campaigns to produced ranges of their excellent card scenery sets for sci-fi, fantasy and post-apocalyptic settings. This time around they are once again offering a set of sci-fi scenery, but this time it’s one of the key components in a skirmish game. Given that terrain is a major part of many miniatures games, this seemed the natural next step for Battle Systems, and whilst offering terrain as part of a sci-fi skirmish game is nothing new, since this terrain is card rather than plastic, MDF or resin, you tend to get more for your money. Whilst card terrain is most definitely at the budget end of the market, the Battle Systems product is actually very good – and thus makes putting together large corridor systems (much loved by sci-fi gamers and fantasy dungeon crawlers alike) very affordable. The Core Space kickstarter campaign was launched with a set of beta-rules already available for download – the theme of the game appears to be freelance freighter crews attempting missions in order to try and make a living […]

Meeples & Miniatures – Episode 235 – Gaslands

Posted on November 25th, 2017 under . Posted by

Download Episode 235 Welcome to Episode 235 of the Meeples & Miniatures Podcast   The Meeples crew get together once again to talk about what they have been up to in the past couple of weeks, including games played, miniatures painted and perhaps the odd purchase or two. For the feature part of our show we chat with Mike Hutchinson, author of  the new post-apocalyptic racing game rules from Osprey Publishing, Gaslands. We hope you enjoy the show. Osprey Publishing – Gaslands Gaslands website 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

Asset Drop – new subscription box for model painters

Posted on November 21st, 2017 under . Posted by

You may remember back in March I reviewed a subscription box service called Model Box. Whilst the service was interesting, I thought it perhaps had limited use for model collectors, unless you were happy for your collection to be somewhat eclectic, so actually much more suited to the painter rather than the wargamer. I have recently become aware of another subscription box service – this one is aimed squarely at the miniature painter – it’s called Asset Drop. For most of us, painting miniatures is a hobby that goes hand-in-hand with gaming with miniatures, and I think it’s safe to say that many of us own the odd pot of paint or two. However, how often do you try out new products or techniques? Or do you prefer to stick with your tried and tested paints of choice? Asset Drop provides a box of several different paint products each month, along with a painting guide providing advice on how they might be used. The first box, produced in October, included: Reaper Master Series Caucasian Flesh Reaper Master Series Maiden Flesh Reaper Master Series Flesh Wash Lifecolor Liquid Pigment Grey/Black Lifecolor Liquid Pigment Remover Wilder Gunpowder Line Old Grease Com Art Moniazo […]

Hobby Streaks – accountability on Twitter

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

We have spoken in the past on the blog and podcast about ‘painting mojo’ and various ways of trying to maintain hobby output – back in 2015, Henry Hyde wrote a piece on this very subject. The problem is that not many of us are particularly good at sticking with things – this is where accountability comes in. It seems that if we make ourselves accountable to someone else for what we do, we are better at keeping our promises – perhaps it’s the guilt of not doing what we said that keeps us in line – I’m sure that is a subject that would lend itself to several thousands of words of discussion… Anyway, recently MrTummus1987 started the following thread on Twitter: Hobby Streaks. The rules are quite simple: If you want any help/encouragement in keeping up with your hobby, perhaps making yourself accountable to the Twitterverse is added incentive? It’s an interesting idea – let’s see how long I can keep my streak going…Filed under: Painting & Modelling Tagged: hobbystreaks

The Great War: The French Army launches on Kickstarter

Posted on November 14th, 2017 under , , . Posted by

PSC Games have launched a Kickstarter project to fund the next expansion for ‘The Great War’ series of World War I boardgames. Following on from the core game and the Tank expansion, The French Army box set gives figures, rules and scenarios for using this army in the game. The scenarios concentrate on the action around the battle of Verdun in 1916. As well as the French Army box set, the project is also looking to fund (as stretch goals) the production of new ‘special personnel’ figures for the British and German armies, which can be used as additions to the first two games. These figures, which include engineers, flame-throwers, light machine gunners, and spotters, have figures and rules included in this expansion – the stretch goals are to add these retrospectively to the base game. Additionally, the original figures from the first game are being redesigned and produced off-the-sprue in a softer plastic. The project had a funding goal of £12,000, which it has over doubled within it’s first 24 hours. The project is running until the 30th November, with delivery due in June 2018. You can find out more details and back the project hereFiled under: Crowdfunding Tagged: […]

Meeples & Miniatures – Episode 234 – For King And Parliament

Posted on November 12th, 2017 under , . Posted by

Download Episode 234 Welcome to Episode 234 of the Meeples & Miniatures Podcast The Meeples crew get together once again to talk about what they have been up to in the past couple of weeks, including games played, miniatures painted and perhaps the odd purchase or two. For the feature part of our show we chat with Simon Miller, author of Too The Strongest. We catch up with everything that has been happening with those Ancients rules and also discuss his new sety of English Civil War rules which are due for release next year – For King And Parliament. We hope you enjoy the show. Big Red Bat Blog Big Red Bat Shop For King And Parliament website 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: English Civil War

The Welsh Wizzard on the Veteran Wargamer Podcast (again)

Posted on November 10th, 2017 under . Posted by

Episode 28 of The Veteran Wargamer podcast has been published. This episode of the show, presented by Jay Arnold, features our very own Welsh Wizzard – Mr Michael Hobbs – as he once again talks to Jay about W40K plus several other subjects. Be warned, biscuits may get a mention…or two You can download the show from the Veteran Wargamer blog  Filed under: Gaming Blogs

The Lardy Oddcast – Episode 2

Posted on November 10th, 2017 under . Posted by

Rich & Nick from Too Fat Lardies are back with host Sidney Roundwood for another episode of the Lardy Oddcast. This episode is recorded whilst on the road to the Crisis show in Antwerp, and the trio discuss their approach to walking battefields. The show is interesting, hugely entertaining and finishes on a most poignant note as we hear a live recording of the Last Post being played at the Menin Gate Memorial at Ypres. Episode 2 of the Lardy Oddcast is available to download from the Too Fat Lardies website.Filed under: Gaming Blogs

Warring States #2 tickets on sale

Posted on November 9th, 2017 under , . Posted by

You may remember that I had a great time at the Test of Honour Warring States campaign day, organised by Infamous Wargaming a few weeks ago. Well, they are doing it all again on the 24th March 2018, in Warring States #2. Tickets are on sale at the Warlord Games website, and cost £20. At time of writing there are 18 left. This was a fantastic day of gaming last time – I would highly recommend it.Filed under: Shows / Conventions / Events / Stores Tagged: Test of Honour

Full Moon Jacket: Charlie don’t howl…

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

Do you remember the film Dog Soldiers? It was the directorial debut of Neil Marshall, who went on to make The Descent and Doomsday, and is directing the Hellboy reboot… The premise of the movie was simple – a squad of British soldiers are dropped on exercise in the Scottish Highlands, and are subsequently attacked by a pack of werewolves. It’s a story that I have always thought would make a great wargame scenario. Take that premise, transpose it to the Vietnam War, and you have basic plot behind a boardgame that is currently being funded on Kickstarter – Full Moon Jacket. The is a co-operative game for 1-6 players. Each player takes a different role in a squad, with your objective to retrieve your Colonel who is lost in the depths of the Vietnam jungle – a jungle that appears to be infested, not with Viet Cong, but with Werewolves! The project is first produced by Strangely Games It is running until the 22nd November 2017, and has a funding goal of £35,000 – it’s around 90% funded at time of writing. The main box game will be due for release in October 2018, and has a pledge coat of […]

Spitfyre – The Battle of Britain as you have never seen it before…

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

Hysterical Games – the company behind Panzerfauste – in which Dwarves, Orcs and Gnomes battle whilst dressed in garb uncannily similar to WW2 uniforms – have just launched a Kickstarter project to fund a new game set in the same universe – but this one is themed on aerial combat. Spitfyre: Aerial Combat in the Skies of Panzerfauste sees the Dwarves forces of the Luftbestienkorp  flying bombing missions against Branzhum – the Orc homeland. The Orcs defend the skies mounted on their War Wyverns: Spifyres and HurriKanes contest against the might of the Dwarf air force. The models are 10mm scale and will be produced in polyurethane resin. The Spitfyre kickstarter project is running until the 20th November, and has already smashed it’s initial £1,000 funding target, and heading towards it’s third stretch goal as I write this blog post. A pledge of £25 will get you the core rules plus some miniatures – I’m hoping that they will be making models available as add-ons as the project progresses. Dwarves on Eagles fighting Orcs on Wyverns – seriously, what is there not to love about this project? You can find out more information about Spitfyre here.  Filed under: Crowdfunding Tagged: 10mm Gaming, […]

Scratching the ‘Pandemic’ itch…

Posted on November 5th, 2017 under , . Posted by

One of the ‘big name’ releases at this year’s Essen show was the much anticipated Season 2 of Pandemic Legacy. Season 1 of Pandemic Legacy has been the  #1 rated boardgame on Boardgamegeek for some time now, so this new game has caused much excitement in the boardgame community. Whilst I am very curious about Pandemic Legacy, I must admit to being a little reticent to purchase a game that has a built-in limited shelf life. If you are unaware, the whole basis of Pandemic Legacy is that players have a limited number of plays the game over the space of an in-game year, with the potential of playing a maximum of twice in each month, therefore the game has a finite number of plays – between 12 and 24. Why the finite number? This is because as the game progresses, events occur that permanently change the game – anything from amending game components by placing stickers to removing components permanetly – this is what ‘legacy’ means in boardgame terms, and this mechanic has been adopted by several games. Whilst this game is the very essence of what you might term a ‘campaign’ game, the thought of making permanent changes to the game […]

Oathsworn Miniatures launch third Heroines in Sensible Shoes Kickstarter

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

Oathsworn Miniatures have just launched their next kickstarter project – the third in their series on ‘Heroines in Sensible Shoes’. This time around, they have decided to concentrate on the non-human female characters. The first five have been sculpted, and they are looking to add a total of a dozen miniatures to the range.   The project has a funding goal of £1800, which it has already surpassed, and is running until the 12th November. You can find more information on the project hereFiled under: Crowdfunding Tagged: 28mm Gaming, Fantasy Gaming

Oppy Wood – Lenton Gamers @ Hereward Show

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

In episode 233 of the Meeples & Miniatures podcast, we talked to James Morris of the Lenton Gamers about their ‘Oppy Wood’ game that they ran at the Partizan and Hereward shows in 2017. As promised on that podcast, here are my photos of that game. Oppy Wood – the 12mm game: Oppy Wood – The 54mm game: Oppy Wood – The historical display: Oppy Wood – Close-up details of the scenery of the 12mm game:    Filed under: Shows / Conventions / Events / Stores Tagged: World War I

Meeples & Miniatures – Episode 233 – Oppy Wood

Posted on October 28th, 2017 under . Posted by

Download Episode 233 Welcome to Episode 233 of the Meeples & Miniatures Podcast The Meeples crew get together once again to talk about what they have been up to. As well as chatting about their gaming, they also discuss the recent Derby Worlds show, the Battle of Britain Kickstarter from PSC Games and The Welsh Wizzard finally reveals all about ‘the game that cannot be mentioned‘. For the feature part of our show we do something a little different as we chat with James Morris from the Lenton Gamers about the inspiration behind their award winning ‘Oppy Wood’ demonstration/participation game. We hope you enjoy the show. Oppy Wood at Partizan Oppy Wood at Hereward 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

Meeples & Miniatures blog hits new milestone

Posted on October 26th, 2017 under . Posted by

When I started this whole blog business, I never imagined that it would be popular. Let’s face it, wargaming is something of a niche hobby (boardgaming perhaps less so), so I didn’t think that visitor numbers would be particularly high. However, this evening the blog passed a major milestone, as it has now had 1.5 Million views. Wow. Just WOW. Thank you to everyone who has visited the blog, downloaded the podcast and spent the time to read and comment on my articles – I appreciate it very much indeed. Neil  Filed under: General

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