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Unboxing Dark Souls: The Board Game

Posted on April 27th, 2017 under , , . Posted by

When the Dark Souls Kickstarter project funded, having raised over £3,770K from over 31,000 backers, there were few who believed Steamforged Games when they stated that their estimated delivery date of April 2017 would not affected. However, here we are in April 2017 and Steamforged are proving their doubters wrong by delivering the base game of Dark Souls on time – almost something of a first for a KS project of such magnitude. I am aware that backers will not receive all the extras and KS exclusives until the 2nd wave shipping (which I believe is in October), but given the size of the project, I think what Steamforged have achieved is no small feat. What is more, they appear to have not only delivered on time, but delivered on quality. I will own up and say that this isn’t my Kickstarter box – indeed, I didn’t back this project – but my friend, work colleague and fellow gamer Dave Hickman did, and he received his box today and was keen to open it. First off, it’s a big box – Fantasy Flight Games sized big box – and it’s absolutely packed with stuff: cards, dice, character sheets, game tiles…and […]

Meeples & Miniatures – Episode 206 – Salute 2017: The Interviews

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

Download Episode 206 Welcome to Episode 206 of the Meeples & Miniatures Podcast In this show hosts Neil Shuck & Dave Luff travel to Salute 2017 and bring you a number of interviews from the day. We hope you enjoy the show. 00:00 – Intro 05:52 – Plastic Soldier Company 17:11 – Dave Marshall (TMTerrain) 21:50 – Agema Miniatures 27:14 – Titan Wargames 30:36 – Oshiro Model Terrain 33:23 – Westwind Productions 43:16 – Bad Squiddo Games 46:19 – Hawk Wargames 52:33 – Glenbrook Games Painting Service 58:42 – Oathsworn Miniatures 1:04:52 – Battle Mats 1:08:27 – Great Escape Games 1:15:11 – Baccus 6mm 1:22:05 – Warwick Kinrade (Battlegroup Tobruk) 1:30:11 – Osprey Games 1:36:30 – The Ministry of Gentlemenry Warfare 1:41:40 – In Her Majesty’s Name boardgame 1:46:58 – The Drowned Earth Miniatures Game 1:54:00 – Closing Comments Filed under: Meeples & Miniatures, Shows / Conventions / Events / Stores

General d’Armee available for pre-order

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

One of my (many) failings during Salute last weekend was totally failing to grab an interview with Dave Brown about his forthcoming ruleset General d’Armee. Luckily, Richard Clarke of Too Fat lardies had done all the hard work several days ago and published an interview with Dave all about the rules on the Too Fat Lardies blog. If that wasn’t enough, the rules are now available to pre-order from Too Fat Lardies, complete in two bundles – with or without tokens. You can find all the details at Too Fat Lardies The rules are released at Partizan on 21st May 2017Filed under: Hobby News Tagged: Historical Gaming, Napoleonic

Joe McLaren reviews Travel Battle

Posted on April 23rd, 2017 under . Posted by

Whilst at Salute 2017 yesterday we bumped into Joe McLaren, who had just bought Travel Battle from Perry Miniatures. As you may have read, I have been somewhat lukewarm about this release, so I was very interested in what Joe thought of the game, so I asked him to let us know. Joe has written a great blog post on the subject, which can be found on his blog The Sword in the Sprue – well worth a read for anyone still wondering about this product. As an extra titbit of information, I was chatting with Henry Hyde yesterday, and the subject of Travel Battle came up. Henry revealed that the idea for the game went right back to when Michael Perry was in hospital following the horrible accident where he lost part of his right arm. Alan made a game for him using 6mm figures on a board, which could be played on a hospital table, so it meant that Michael could still play miniatures battles in hospital during his recovery – Travel Battle is the ultimate result of this. When you hear the human story behind the game, things suddenly make a lot more sense.Filed under: General

Meeples & Miniatures – Episode 205 – The EPIC Show

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

Download Episode 205 Welcome to Episode 205 of the Meeples & Miniatures Podcast   Mike Hobbs takes the reins of the podcast to present a show about one of his all-time favourite games – Space Marine/Epic from Games Workshop. We are joined by guests Peter Ramos, Teras Cassidy and Ken Whitehurst, not only to look back at all aspects of the game from Adeptus Titanicus through to Epic: Armageddon, but also to discuss what the gaming community can accomplish when their favourite game stops being supported by its publisher. We hope you enjoy the show. Show links NetEpic Net Epic Armageddon Tactical Command Vanguard Miniatures Onslaught Miniatures Polyversal  Filed under: Meeples & Miniatures Tagged: 6mm Gaming, Sci-Fi Gaming

Kenneth’s Heroes – building the board, Part I

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

Dave Luff and I are putting on a game for Operation Market Larden 5, a wargaming event being held in Evesham in a few weeks time. We are once again running a Big Chain of Command game in 15mm. The scenario is an adaption of a scene from one of Dave’s favourite war films, which meant that we needed a small town with high walls – something which we didn’t have. Rather than buy buildings and walls, we decided to scratch-build the vast majority of what we needed for the game. Work has been delayed on the project due to my fractured wrist, so we only really started the building work last week. I had, however, managed to  gather together a reasonable supply of the usual material that is required for a job like this: 3mm & 5mm foamboard A4 MDF sheets matchsticks several hundred coffee stirrers As it turned out, we also needed several sheets of embossed plastic, which I obtained from Antics Online. One of the first jobs was to build a large number of high walls (10′ high in 15mm scale) – I’ve built 18′ in total, which will (hopefully) be enough. The walls are built from 3mm […]

‘March of the Dead’ Fantasy Undead Miniatures launched on Kickstarter

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

Philip Hynes, who many people may know for figures he has sculpted for Bad Squiddo Games, has launched a Kickstarter project to fund the production of a new range of 28mm Fantasy Undead Miniatures. The project is called March of the Dead, and is running until 2nd May 2017. The range includes a number of different undead figures. Whilst there are familiar models such as Undead Champions and a Necromancer, there are also some more unusual miniatures uncluding a Zombie Cow and a Weresheep (!) Phil is looking for £2500 to fully fund the project, and at time of writing has reached around 60% of his goal. The first stretch goal has been announced at £3500, being some Undead Cavalry, which look rather nice. Current pledge levels range from £8 for a single large miniature, such as the Zombie Cow, to £69 which will get you all of the currently planned sets. Delivery is due in October 2017.Filed under: Crowdfunding Tagged: 28mm Gaming, Fantasy Gaming

Runewars Miniatures Game – Opening the box

Posted on April 16th, 2017 under , , , . Posted by

Thanks to bad planning, I wasn’t at home to receive my delivery of the Runewars Miniatures Game (RMG) when it was released on Thursday, and thanks to the Bank Holiday in the UK, I wasn’t actually able to pick up the parcel until Saturday, so I have been somewhat delayed in posting about it. RMG is the brand new game from Fantasy Flight Games and marks a new venture for FFG as they move into mass battle miniatures wargames for the first time. Their previous miniatures games (as opposed to boardgames with miniatures) have been X-Wing and Star Wars: Armada, both of which are essentially skirmish games (low model count, moving models individually) so this is something brand new. First thing of note is the box size – this is one of FFG’s large square boxes, much like games such as Star Wars Rebellion or Imperial Assault. This usually indicates that the game contains a lot of stuff. The box weight isn’t as heavy as some of these titles, but this is because it does not contain quite the same volume of cardstock, which tends to be quite heavy. Opening the box reveals the rule books for the game – of […]

Meeples & Miniatures – Episode 204 – Hysterical Games

Posted on April 15th, 2017 under . Posted by

Download Episode 204 Welcome to Episode 204 of the Meeples & Miniatures Podcast   Once again the Meeples & Miniatures team get together to catch up with what they have been doing in the hobby over the past week. In this show we are joined by Rob Alderman from Hysterical Games. We talk about Rob’s gaming background and work history in the wargaming  industry, and then chat about how he came to be involved with Hysterical Games and Panzerfauste. We also discuss the other side of Hysterical Games’ business – contract casting. We hope you enjoy the show. Show Links Hysterical Games The Temple of Elemental Evil Antics Online Empress Miniatures 28mm U-Boat Paper Terrain Models Filed under: Meeples & Miniatures

Meeples & Miniatures – Episode 203 – Pig Iron Productions

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

Download Episode 203 Welcome to Episode 203 of the Meeples & Miniatures Podcast   Once again the Meeples & Miniatures team get together to catch up with what they have been doing in the hobby over the past week. In this show we are joined by Alex Speight from Pig Iron Productions We chat about how Alex came to own Pig Iron Productions, and what plans are in store for the future of this company who produce some of the finest 28mm sci-fi miniatures on the market today Show Links Pig Iron Productions Vapnartak Wargames Show Filed under: Meeples & Miniatures Tagged: 28mm Gaming, Sci-Fi Gaming

Star Eagles launched on Kicktarter

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

Ganesha Games have launched a new box game on Kickstarter – Star Eagles. This is a sci-fi game of space fighter combat using 1/285 scale miniatures, which are produced in resin. From the Kickstarter: Star Eagles is a science fiction action game of futuristic space fighter combat that allows you to play out the battles from your favorite books, movies, and TV shows. In a standard game, each player controls a squadron of 4-12 ships competing in exciting, objective-based missions in space, on moons, and in the atmosphere of planets. The game is easy to learn, yet tactically rich with many options that provide variety without bogging down the pace. Players build their squadron from a variety of small craft ranging from nimble, yet fragile, light fighters all the way up to larger gunboats and corvettes. Although Star Eagles may be used to play one-off missions, the game is intended to be played as a campaign where your pilots gain experience and you manage your squadron’s resources over a series of linked scenarios Although the game has it’s own universe, with it’s own models, it has an open source unit building system, which basically means you can use whatever models […]

Sword & Spear Fantasy rules available for pre-order

Posted on April 4th, 2017 under , . Posted by

Great Escape Games have announced that the much anticipated Sword & Spear Fantasy rules will be released on the 22nd April 2017, and are now available on the webstore for pre-order. Sword & Spear is the favourite historical mass battle game of most of the podcast crew, and we’ve been looking forward to this fantasy version of the rules for quite some time. The book will be softback, and 48 pages long. It is priced at £15 plus postage. Here is what the author, Mark Lewis, has to say about the game: Sword & Spear Fantasy, is based on the Sword & Spear ancient and medieval wargames rules which are designed for playing out large battles of the period from about 3000BC to 1500AD. They are an evolution of that ruleset, with rules added to cover all of the required fantasy elements, but at its heart it is the same core mechanisms. Therefore it has a basis in reality, and should be expected to give realistic outcomes, or at least outcomes that seem reasonable compared to actual historical battles and the fantasy battles of literature and film. This should be a game that players can pick up and play with […]

Deep Cut Studio release gaming mats for Runewars Miniatures Game

Posted on April 4th, 2017 under , , . Posted by

    The Runewars Miniatures Game from Fantasy Flight Games is due for release in the next few weeks. One of the differences between Runewars and other games is the playing area. Rather than the ‘standard’ 6′ x 4′ table, Runewars uses a 6′ x 3′ table – the same size as the ‘epic’ X-Wing game. Anticipating the release of the new game, Deep Cut Studio are releasing a new set of 6′ x 3′ gaming mats. These include: Grass Cobblestone Swamp Desert Snow The mats are available in three different materials PVC – 44.90 EUR Cloth – 47.90 EUR Mousepad – 53.90 EUR Filed under: Hobby News Tagged: Runewars Miniatures Game, Terrain

Podcast & Website stats – March 2017

Posted on April 3rd, 2017 under . Posted by

March turned out to be another record breaking month for both the podcast and blog. Podcast March saw post another four episodes of the podcast, and we reached a couple of  milestones in the month. Not only did we publish our 200th episode, but we also went over the threshold of 800,000 total downloads. We had 26,032 downloads during last month – our highest monthly total ever! The most popular show in March was episode 198 – Tiny Terrain Models, which saw 4,323 downloads. Website March was another busy month on the blog, with 29 posts being published in that time. This generated 28,620 views from 11,059 visitors – the highest number of views in a single month since December 2012. The most popular post during the month was the editorial post on Perry Miniatures new Travel Battle game. A huge thank you to everyone for visiting the website and listening to the podcast – we really appreciate your support.    Filed under: General

Meeples & Miniatures – Episode 202 – Armies Army

Posted on April 1st, 2017 under . Posted by

Download Episode 202 Welcome to Episode 202 of the Meeples & Miniatures Podcast Once again the Meeples & Miniatures team get together to catch up with what they have been doing in the hobby over the past week. In this show we are joined by Keith Armstrong from Armies Army. We discover how Keith got started in the hobby, how the company has grown, and how its main range of miniatures, rules and scenarios – 15mm Modern Cold War – came into being. We also announce the winner of the Tiny Terrain Models competition. We hope you enjoy the show Show Links Armies Army Filed under: Meeples & Miniatures

Storming the Citadel – new Pint-sized campaign for Chain of Command

Posted on March 31st, 2017 under , , , . Posted by

Too Fat Lardies have just released a new Pint-sized campaign book for their Chain of Command World War II rules – Storming The Citadel. Taking a break from post D-Day France for the first time, this pint-sized supplement moves it’s focus to the Eastern Front and the operations of the German Grossdeutschland division at the start of operation “Zitadelle” (Citadel) which became known as the battle of Kursk. The 27-page PDF document contains the background to the German offensive operations in the Kursk salient, as well a six linked scenarios in which the Panzer Grenadiers of Grossdeutschland come face to face with two Soviet Guards Rifle Regiments . As with other pint-sized campaign books, you will need a copy of Chain of Command and At The Sharp End to use this book. Storming the Citadel is available for £3.80 from the Too Fat Lardies website.Filed under: Hobby News Tagged: Chain Of Command, Historical Gaming, World War II

Blotz – MDF Terrain and Accessories

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

With the release of Test of Honour, one of the things that has come to mind is whether you can get acrylic counters for the game, rather than using the card tokens that are included – let’s face it, we all like to ‘pimp’ our games. Someone flagged a company that did indeed have a set of tokens available – Blotz However, they have far more than this available – in fact, they have a whole host of MDF buildings and accessories as well as acrylic counters for all sorts of games – so much so that I am wondering how I have missed this company in the past (or maybe I knew about them, but have just forgotten) Either way, they are certainly worth checking out – I already have a shopping cart full of items!Filed under: Hobby News Tagged: Gaming Accessories, Terrain

Commands & Colors: Tricorne is launched on Kickstarter

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

There had been news floating around that the next conflict to get the ‘Commands & Colors’ treatment would be the American Revolution (or the American War of Independence, as we Brits know it) – there had even been rumours that it would contain miniatures from The Plastic Soldier Company – no doubt fuelled by PSC Games involvement in Hold The Line. A Kickstarter project has been launched to fund Commands & Colors: Tricorne by Compass Games. Here is what we know from the details of that project: First off, Command Cards and dice look to be the same, though it may look like the dice replaces one of its usual ‘Infantry’ sides with a flag, meaning that units are perhaps more likely to break when under fire. The board is bigger than usual. A ‘standard’ C&C board is 13 x 9 hexes, whilst this is 13 x 11 – in other words, the same size as the board in ‘The Great War’. A Combat Cards deck is again being used, in the same way as The Great War, Samurai Battles and Commands & Colors: Napoleonics (Expansion 5). However, in a new twist, the British and Continental armies get their own […]

Unboxing Test of Honour – Core Box & Faction Boxes

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

As you no doubt know by know, I have been in a state of excited anticipation ever since Warlord Games announced that they were releasing Test of Honour. Well, the time has come and everything has arrived – I ordered my copy from PE2 Collectibles, which meant that I didn’t get the Geisha Spy model, but the bundle was somewhat cheaper. Test of Honour – Core Box Lets start by opening the box and seeing what’s inside… First off are a couple of sheets of coloured card, containing 2D scenery and various counters, plus rulebooks and assembly instructions for the models. Under these are the model sprues, bases, dice and cards. The cardstock is good quality, and the addition of card terrain means that you can get going straight out of the box if you so wished – especially since the basic game does not have rules for entering buildings (I believe these are promised as advanced rules). The reverse side shows ruined buildings, and hedges rather than stone walls. Then we have the Rulebook & Battle Guide – both of these are fine, although it may have been nice to have them printed on better quality paper, as they […]

Empires at War – 15mm range

Posted on March 27th, 2017 under , , . Posted by

We have spoken a couple of times on the podcast recently about Empires At War – a company that sells ready painted MDF scenery, and I have lamented the fact that they only produced their buildings in 28mm. Well, that has now changed. They have now released their first ranges of 15mm buildings. The largest one on offer is their Normandy range – this currently has 11 buildings in it, including a rather nice church. If you wanted ready-painted MDF scenery, with a colour scheme a bit different to 4Ground, then these just might be the thing you are looking for. They also have a small range of 3 Timber Framed buildings. Hopefully their other ranges will not be far behind in being converted.Filed under: Hobby News Tagged: 15mm Gaming, Terrain

Review: Model Box – The Monthly Subscription Box for the Miniature Hobbyist

Posted on March 26th, 2017 under . Posted by

Are you aware of subscription boxes? I must admit that it was something that had completely slipped past my radar until my son Josh recently started getting a box every month containing various geek goodies (A T-shirt, plus other merchandise bits and pieces). I’m not sure if he uses Lootcrate or Superloot for this. Subscription boxes are a service where you sign up to receive a box every month. The boxes are themed, usually around a hobby or pastime, but are essentially a completely blind purchase – part of the appeal lies in mystery of “What have I got this month?” I was contacted by George Kleanthous of Model Box, and asked if I was interested in reviewing this product, especially since the March box had a theme of ‘War’. This is a brief description of the product from Model Box themselves: Model Box is a monthly subscription box designed for wargamers, collectors and painters. Similar to other subscription boxes (like Loot Crate), each month’s box is based on a theme. Our boxes contain at least 1 miniature, paints and a mixture of other accessories for our hobby such as brushes, scenery, terrain materials etc. Model Box Mission Statement: There are hundreds of […]

Meeples & Miniatures – Episode 201 – Geek Nation Tours revisited

Posted on March 24th, 2017 under . Posted by

Download Episode 201 Welcome to Episode 201 of the Meeples & Miniatures Podcast   In this show, the Meeples & Miniatures team catch up with what they have been doing in the hobby over the past week. For our main feature, we are joined by Teras Cassidy from Geek Nation Tours. We catch up with what the company has been doing since we last spoke, and also chat about the Freebooters Podcast network. We hope you enjoy the show Show Links Geek Nation Tours Freebooters Network Filed under: Meeples & Miniatures

Tabletop Wargames – A Designers’ & Writers’ Handbook: Jon Yuengling’s thoughts…

Posted on March 23rd, 2017 under . Posted by

Towards the end of 2016, following the release of Tabletop Wargames – A Designers’ & Writers’ Handbook (which I reviewed here) we ran a competition on the podcast to give the book away, the only proviso being that the recipient write post for the blog with their thoughts on the book. Jon Yuengling won the book, and has very kindly written an article for the blog. I received this book after taking part in a contest to receive a wargaming book that you were asked to read and than review. This was done through the good graces of Meeples & Miniatures. A fine group of guys that are only looking to make the hobby better, as am I. So Neil sent me the book, Tabletop Wargames – A Designers’ & Writers’ Handbook by Rick Priestley & John Lambshead. Perfect, I thought, I have penned a few pieces for Avalon Hill, Hasbro, TOOFATLardies and Solway Crafts and Miniatures. And what wargamer does not think of themselves as game designer, myself having done work with Clash of Arms, Hasbro and TOOFATLardies. So it is clear that this is a good book for myself and most in the community. From a production stand […]

Review: Bushi No Yume

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

Rating: Bushi No Yume (BNY) is a set of skirmish rules for fighting in ancient Japan, using either a historical of fantasy setting. They were written in 2010 by our friend Rich Jones. BNY uses the same basic rules engine as the ‘Song of Blades and Heroes’ rulesets from Ganesha Games, so if you are a fan of any of those rules you will find much that is familiar. To play Bushi No Yume, you will need several six-sided dice, a set of measuring sticks (size dependent upon miniature scale) 5-10 miniatures and area of play around 3′ x 3′ with some suitable scenery. You will also optionally need a set of Karma Cards. These cards can be found in the back of the rules – they will need to be removed, cut and placed in card prtocestors. The three measuring sticks are of the following sizes For 15-20mm Short – 2″ Medium – 3″ Long – 4″ F0r 25-40mm Short – 3″ Medium – 5″ Long – 7″ Models in the game have the following characteristics: Kyu Grade – Overall indicator of physical abilities – the lower the better Bujutsu – fighting ability Buki – weapon Noroku – abilities Players each set up a […]

Review: Daisho

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

Rating: Daisho is a set of skirmish rules for warfare set in mythical Japan. The rules are written by Charles Murton and Craig Cartmell of The Ministry of Gentlemanly Warfare, who have also authored In Her Majesty’s Name and Blood Eagle, and were published in 2015. They are available as a 90 page softcover book, or as an e-book. In Daisho, players build a Buntai, or warband, of somewhere between 5 and 20 models. Whilst it is perfectly possible to play a game using purely historical forces, Daisho is set in Nippon, a fantasy version of medieval Japan. In this world, not only does magic exist, but also the mythical monsters and creatures of Japanese myth: Oni, Bakemono, Shura, Tengu and Shuten-Doji, to name a few. You can choose what type of game you wish to play by which rules you exclude: Basic – this is a basic Samurai skirmish game, and does not include master-crafted or magical weapons and armour, magical creatures, ki powers or magical powers Heroic – includes master-crafted weapons and armour, plus ki powers, but nothing magical Legendary – everything is included In addition to models, players will need a measuring tape marked in inches and a few […]