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Town Planning

Posted on February 20th, 2018 under , , , , , , . Posted by

There is one thing that as miniature wargamers we cannot get away from – we all need terrain over which to fight. Luckily, we seem to be in a golden age for terrain. Gone are the days when we were forced to scratch build our battlefields from old…

ROBIN show in Nottingham 2018

Posted on February 11th, 2018 under . Posted by

I popped along to the Red On Blue In Nottingham show today. This was the second year of the event, and it was good to see a healthy growth in trader support from last year, with around 50 traders in attendance. There were several new items that caught …

Meeples & Miniatures – Episode 241 – Baccus 6mm

Posted on February 10th, 2018 under . Posted by

Download Episode 241 Welcome to Episode 241 of the Meeples & Miniatures Podcast The Meeples crew get together to catch up with what they have been doing over the last few weeks, chatting about the games they have played and the miniatures they have…

Review: Test of Honour Ronin

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

Rating:  The Ronin box set for Test of Honour was one of the wave one expansions for the game. The box set allows players to field a force comprising fully of masterless Samurai, led by a special character – Tadashi ‘The Dishonoured’….

Forged in Battle launch War & Empie III – The Dark Ages

Posted on February 3rd, 2018 under , , . Posted by

Forged in Battle have just launched the third in their series of War & Empire Kickstarter projects. Having previously tackled Ancients from Early Greece through to the height of the Roman Empire, this time they are moving forward to cover armies fr…

Review: Bad Squiddo Games Onna-bugeisha

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

Rating: Bad Squiddo Games have released the first three packs of what promises to be an expanding range of Onna-bugeisha miniatures for Feudal Japan. The first pack contains three miniatures wielding katanas and is priced at £10 at time of writing. The…

Bringing Rome to life

Posted on February 1st, 2018 under , , , , . Posted by

It is perfectly possible to play our wargames on a table populated with roads, buildings and vegetation. However, it looks so much better if the terrain has a ‘lived in’ look – which is why scatter terrain pieces are so important. It&…

The Painting Tally: January 2018

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

Last weekend I finished painting my first figures of the new year. After tweeting a picture, one of my followers, @NeilHughes71, came back to me with the following question: Now, to explain, Neil has been keeping a log of what he has painted vs what he…

Review: Test of Honour Ninjas of Iga Warband

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

Rating: Ninjas of Iga is the latest box set of miniatures to be released by Warlord Games for their Test of Honour Samurai skirmish game – it is the second box set they have released which includes all new metal miniatures. The box set includes 7…

Battlefield Hobbies reopens after refit

Posted on January 27th, 2018 under . Posted by

Friday night gaming has been off the agenda since the start of the new year due to two issues: Josh’s new job means that he has been working on Friday evening. Battlefield Hobbies – our regular Friday night venue – has been closed as …

UBOOT The Board Game currently on Kickstarter

Posted on January 25th, 2018 under , , . Posted by

I don’t know if you ever saw it, but for many people, Das Boot (a TV mini-series which was also edited into a film) is one of the definitive films about life on a submarine during World War II. It’s a brilliant drama, and is well worth a wa…

Freya’s Wrath from Bad Squiddo Games launches on Kickstarter

Posted on January 23rd, 2018 under , , . Posted by

If you listened to Episode 238 of the Meeples & Miniatures Podcast, you will have heard Annie Norman from Bad Squiddo Games previewing her next Kickstarter Project – Freya’s Wrath – which is a new range providing a complete Shieldmaiden Army. The K…

Gangs of Rome on YouTube

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

Gangs of Rome has now been released, and as part of that, Footsore Miniatures have published a complete series of Overview videos on YouTube, explaining the various aspects of the game, and culminating with a complete battle report. I managed to grab a…

Meeples & Miniatures – Episode 240 – Fourth Quarter Football

Posted on January 21st, 2018 under . Posted by

Download Episode 240 Welcome to Episode 240 of the Meeples & Miniatures Podcast The Meeples crew get together to catch up with what they have been doing over the Christmas period, chatting about the games they have played and the miniatures they ha…

Boards & Swords Hobbies grand opening

Posted on January 20th, 2018 under . Posted by

Today I popped along to the grand opening of Boards & Swords Hobbies – a new bricks-and-mortar games store in Derby. After a slightly false start due to the fact that the store is not readily identifiable from the road (they are hoping to get…

Nemesis Board Game launches on Kickstarter

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

There is some debate amongst film fans as to which of the first two Alien films are the best – let’s ignore what happened after Aliens, as it all goes somewhat downhill from there. Alien is a true horror film set in space. OK, the premise w…

Boards & Swords Hobbies – new gaming store opening in Derby, plus kickstarter

Posted on January 11th, 2018 under , . Posted by

Saturday 20th January will see the opening of a new hobby store in the Midlands. Boards & Swords Hobbies will be opening in Derby. Their address will be 3 Jubilee Parkway, Jubilee Business Park, Stores Road, Derby DE21 4BJ Boards & Swords alrea…

Meeples & Miniatures – Episode 239 – Gaming Review of 2017

Posted on January 10th, 2018 under . Posted by

Download Episode 239 Welcome to Episode 239 of the Meeples & Miniatures Podcast As we enter 2018, the Meeples crew get together to talk about what their Top 5 favourite games of 2017. As well as counting down our favourite games, we also talk about…

The 7 tasks of Shuck

Posted on January 3rd, 2018 under . Posted by

It’s amazing how quickly an innocent Tweet can get out of hand. Witness the following response from my good friend Mike Hobbs to a tweet from the weekend: Obviously with Mythic Battles: Pantheon about to arrive, Mr Hobbs was influenced to make an…

2017 in numbers…

Posted on January 2nd, 2018 under . Posted by

Just for a bit of fun, here are the headline numbers for the podcast and blog in 2017: Podcast Episodes published: 49 Total number of downloads: 232,493 Most popular show: Episode 211 – Test of Honour Review – 6,567 downloads Blog Posts pub…

What’s on the shopping list in 2018

Posted on December 29th, 2017 under . Posted by

Yesterday I was looking at the games that might make it to the table in 2018. For many of these games, I still need to gather together a few bits and pieces, whilst others may require a much larger spend. I thought I’d lay out my current purchasi…

Games People Play: looking at what might be coming to the gaming table in 2018

Posted on December 28th, 2017 under . Posted by

Following my look back at the games I played in 2017, I thought I’d offer my thoughts on what I think I’ll be playing in the coming year. I would actually like to play more ‘traditional’ miniature wargames in 2018, and this may well be the case –…

2018 Painting Project Plan

Posted on December 27th, 2017 under . Posted by

“Those that fail to learn from history, are doomed to repeat it.” Winston Churchill It’s always dangerous when planning painting projects for the coming year, considering my track history. However, I am forever the optimist and have the bes…

Meeples & Miniatures – Episode 238 – Bad Squiddo Games & Freya’s Wrath

Posted on December 26th, 2017 under . Posted by

Download Episode 238 Welcome to Episode 238 of the Meeples & Miniatures Podcast For this bonus episode of Meeples & Miniatures, Neil & Mike are joined by Annie Norman from Bad Squiddo Games. We catch up with what she has been up to in 2017,…

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all our listeners and readers!

Posted on December 24th, 2017 under . Posted by

Hello everyone! I just wanted to take this opportunity to thank everyone for visiting the blog and listening to the show during 2017 – we very much appreciate your support! May you have a very joyous and gaming filled Christmas and New Year See y…