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Forager Napoleonic skirmish rules launch on Kickstarter

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

In Episode 224 of the Podcast, we spoke to Adrian McWalter of Stand To Games about his new set of Napoleonic skirmish rules: Forager Adrian and Quinton have just launched a kickstarter project to help fund the production of the game – full details can be found here. The project is running until Friday October 13th, with a funding goal of £4,500. Delivery of the project is scheduled for December 2017. In addition to the rules themselves, Stand To Games is offering the first in a range of 28mm figures for the game. There are a dozen figures included in the initial project – six British and six French, with stretch goals adding Spanish Guerillas to a kickstarter exclusive Guerilla Leader. £9 will secure you a pledge for one of the two figure sets, whilst the ‘rules only’ pledge is £16. £34 gives you the rulebook and both sets of miniatures.Filed under: Crowdfunding Tagged: Historical Gaming, Napoleonic

My Last Sunrise – New 28m Gothic Horror miniature range from Bad Squiddo Games

Posted on August 15th, 2017 under , , . Posted by

When we spoke with Annie Norman of Bad Squiddo Games back on Episode 197 of the podcast, she talked about a range of horror miniatures that she was hoping to bring to market. My Last Sunrise has just launched on Kickstarter – it’s a range of Vampire Hunters, plus a Vampire and his brides and thralls.   If you pledge for the full range of 13 miniatures, it will cost you £40 plus postage. The Kickstarter is looking for a modest funding target of £500, and is also due to complete and fulfil in a very short timescale – we are looking at a few weeks here until delivery. The project is only running for 4 days, so get it quick!Filed under: Crowdfunding Tagged: 28mm Gaming, Horror

Spartan Games expands the Firestorm Galaxy via Kickstarter

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

Spartan Games are looking to expand the Firestorm Galaxy, and have launched a Kickstarter project to that end. Firestorm Armada was originally launched back in 2009, and has evolved since then, adding more ships and moving through a couple of rules versions. This new Kickstarter launches version 3.0 of the rules, but also includes: A new 2-Player Starter Box New races, including the Saurians and Pathogen Expansion Fleets for existing core factions New Narrative Books which provide a complete background to the Firestorm galaxy New scenery and gaming aids The Kickstarter project has a funding target of £50,000 (it’s at just under 80% funded at time of writing) and is running until 10th September 2017, with a proposed delivery date of February 2018. We are hoping to catch up with Neil Fawcett from Spartan Games later this week to find out the background to this new project. Look out for the interview to be published before the end of August.Filed under: Crowdfunding Tagged: Firestorm Armada, Sci-Fi Gaming

Meeples & Miniatures – Episode 224 – Forager

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

Download Episode 224 Welcome to Episode 224 of the Meeples & Miniatures Podcast   The Meeples & Miniatures crew get together once again to talk about what they have been up to, which this week includes Conan, Dungeon Saga, Lion Rampant, Lord of the Rings miniatures and I Ain’t Been Shot Mum For the feature part of our show, we chat with rules author Adrian McWalter about his upcoming Napoleonic skirmish rules – Forager – which launch on Kickstarter on the 18th August 2017 We hope you enjoy the show. Stand To Games – Forager Caption competition! Please enter your captions to us using the title “Under the desk caption competition” to [email protected] Closing date 31st August 2017. Two winners will win either the Wild West or Black Powder variant of A Fistful of Lead, which is reviewed here. 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: Napoleonic

Review: Gothic – A Dark Companion for In Her Majesty’s Name

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

Rating: Gothic is the third supplement for the Victorian Science Fiction rules In Her Majesty’s Name, written by Charles Murton and Craig Cartmell, but it is the first published directly by The Ministry of Gentlemanly Warfare, as opposed to Osprey Publishing. Whilst the original IHMN rules and supplements viewed the Victorian world through the eye of some of the classic science fiction writers of the period, Gothic takes an altogether darker tone as it explores the Victorian world of Gothic Horror, with a few little twists, as you might expect from the authors. The book consists of several different sections: New rules, specifically aimed at flying The Armoury, including new weapons and equipment – such things as blessed and silvered weapons, Holy Water and Ornithopters. The Bestiary – Stats for IHMN for all manner of new creatures, from Giant Bats and Rats through to Ghosts and Zombies. Talents – new Talents available for your companies, including Dark Immortality, Flying, and Spectral Form. Mystical Powers – a multitude new powers for your companies, again mirroring abilities that would be seen in Gothic Horror – Bless, Curse, Horrify, Possess, Raise Zombie and much more New Companies – the heart of the Gothic […]

Meeples & Miniatures – Episode 223 – Sword & Spear Fantasy

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

Download Episode 223 Welcome to Episode 223 of the Meeples & Miniatures Podcast   The Meeples & Miniatures crew get together once again to talk about what they have been up to, which this week includes The GROGNARD Files podcast, I Ain’t Been Shot Mum, Operation White Hot and Ninja All-Stars For the feature part of our show, we chat with rules author Mark Lewis about the fantasy version of his excellent Sword & Spear big battle rules – Sword & Spear Fantasy We hope you enjoy the show. Great Escape Games – Sword & Spear Polkovnik Productions Sword & Spear Fantasy Page Sword & Spear Fantasy forum   The GROGNARD files podcast Eureka Miniatures Hawkmoon miniatures Operation ‘White Hot’ Hereward Wargames Show Ninja All-Stars Antenocitis Workshop US-IMF Kickstarter 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: Fantasy Gaming, Sword & Spear

Warring States Campaign Day for Test of Honour

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

You may remember that back in May I attended a Test of Honour Boot Camp event at Warlord Games in Nottingham The guys at Infamous Wargaming have got together with Warlord Games and organised a campaign day on Saturday 30th September at the Warlord Games HQ in Nottingham. Details of Warring States can be found at the event Facebook group, which is here. Tickets for the event are £20, and there are a total of 40 places available (I believe that there are around 10-15 spaces left at time of writing). You can download further details of the event here. The organisers have asked that bookings be confirmed by the end of August. This looks to be a fun day of gaming – well worth a look. I just hope that I can paint my warband in time!  Filed under: Shows / Conventions / Events / Stores Tagged: Test of Honour

Antenocitis Workshop launch new 15mm/28mm sci-fi vehicle range on Kickstarter

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

I have always felt that there has been something of a hole in the 28mm sci-fi vehicles market since Old Crow Models essentially ceased trading. In recent years, there have been a few companies who have started to produce more vehicles in this scale, one of these is Antenocitis Workshop, who have a very nice range 28mm vehicles and terrain, including their Governance of Technology range, which is available both in 28mm and 15mm This week Antenocitis Workshop have launched a Kickstarter project to produce a new range of vehicles in both 28mm and 15mm to add to their existing Governance of Technology range – the United States Independent Military Force, or US-IMF. This range includes wheeled and tracked vehicles, walkers and a couple of superb flyers: The kickstarter project is running until the 16th August, and has already rwahced over 200% of its £6,000 funding goal. Delivery is due in July 2018.Filed under: Crowdfunding Tagged: 15mm Gaming, 28mm Gaming, Sci-Fi Gaming

Have you taken the WSS 2017 Great Wargaming Survey yet?

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

Wargames Soldiers & Strategy Magazine are once again running The Great Wargaming Survey. This survey seeks to discover what the current state of the wargaming hobby is, including: Who are you playing? Where are you playing? What are you playing? What do you like best, or least, about the hobby It only takes a few minutes to complete, and you will gain a discount code to spend at WSS for your trouble. If you want to complete the survey, do so by following this link.Filed under: Hobby News Tagged: Media

Cigar Box Battle – Double-Sided Plush mats Kickstarter launches

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

As we recently discussed in our interview with Chris Ward and Cory Ring in episode 221 of the podcast, Cigar Box Battle have launched a Kickstarter project to produce a limited edition version of their plush battle mat that is double-sided. On the show…

Meeples & Miniatures – Episode 222 – Carnevale

Posted on July 30th, 2017 under . Posted by

Download Episode 222 Welcome to Episode 222 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, Dungeon Saga and painting Avatars of War Dwarves For the feature part of our show, we talk to Lewis Clark from Troll Trader about the relaunch of Carnevale – a skirmish wargame set in the streets of 18th Century Venice – which is currently funding a new 2-player starter box set on Kickstarter. We hope you enjoy the show – even the bits about baking (!) Carnevale kickstarter page Troll Trader website Troll Trader eBay Store A Song of Ice & Fire kickstarter Courgette & Ginger cake recipe 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

A Song of Ice & Fire: Tabletop Miniatures Game on Kickstarter

Posted on July 27th, 2017 under . Posted by

I’m not sure just how late to the party I am with the whole ‘Game of Thrones’ thing – I’ve been avoiding the TV series up until now as I have been reading the books (I’m currently about 2/3 of the way through book three) but have just started watching Season 1, as Josh had the box set for his birthday… There have been board games and a miniatures range for this setting around for some time – Fantasy Flight Games have produced a number of games based on the franchise, and Darksword Miniatures already have a large range of miniatures available. Now Cool Mini Or Not, who have previously published games such as Zombicide, Arcadia Quest, Rum & Bones and Blood Rage (amongst others) are running a kickstarter to produce a new Tabletop Miniatures Game designed by Eric M Lang (A Game of Thrones : The Card Game, Chaos in the Old World, Quarriors!, XCOM: The Board Game and Blood Rage, amongst others) and Michael Shinall (Wrath of Kings, Xenoshyft, Rum & Bones, Dark Age). A Song of Ice & Fire: Tabletop Miniatures Game is a two-player starter set for a new mass combat wargame, which uses units of […]

Cigar Box Battle Kickstarter – video previews

Posted on July 25th, 2017 under , . Posted by

In podcast episode 221 we spoke to Cory Ring and Chris Ward from Cigar Box Battle, and we talked about their forthcoming kickstarter to produce double-sided plus battle mats. They have just released a series of preview videos for the project – I thought we’d present them here so that you can see them all in one place. The Kickstarter launches on August 1st 2017. Filed under: Crowdfunding Tagged: Terrain

Meeples & Miniatures – Episode 221 – Cigar Box Battle

Posted on July 23rd, 2017 under , . Posted by

Download Episode 221 Welcome to Episode 221 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 Lord of Waterdeep, Dungeon Saga, Open Combat and Conan For the feature part of our show, we chat all about terrain mats with Chris Ward and Cory Ring from Cigar Box Battle. We find out the company background, talk about their product range and look forward to their imminent Kickstarter project. We hope you enjoy the show. Cigar Box Battle Cigar Box Battle on YouTube Test of Honour: Warring States event 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: Terrain

Review: Lords of Waterdeep

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

Rating: If you have ever played in a fantasy role-playing game you will recognise the scene: The party is in a tavern when they are approached by a stranger – the representative of some sponsor – who asks them if they are looking for work and then proposes that they be hired to escort a caravan, find and defeat a party of local brigands or recover a valuable artefact. In Lords of Waterdeep (LoW), the players take the role of those shadowy figures – the project sponsors – this is done by randomly allocating a card from the Lords card deck at the start of the game. As a Lord of the city of Waterdeep, each player is seeking to advance their schemes to become the most powerful Lord in the city by hiring adventurers to achieve quests. Each player controls a number of agents of one of the factions of the city: The City Guard, Knights of the Shield, Silverstars, Harpers or Red Sashes. The number of agents (represented by different coloured wooden Meeples) is dependent upon the number of players in the game. A game of LoW is played in eight rounds, with the player with the most […]

Meeples & Miniatures – Episode 220 – Wargames Collections Calculator

Posted on July 17th, 2017 under . Posted by

Download Episode 220 Welcome to Episode 220 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 Warhammer 40K 8th Edition and Conan For the feature part of our show, we ponder the subject of how much our miniatures collections are worth with Peter Riley and David Pead from the Wargamers Collection Calulator website. We hope you enjoy the show. Wargames Collection Calculator 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

Carnevale launches on Kickstarter

Posted on July 15th, 2017 under , , . Posted by

You may remember on the first day of the UK Games Expo (Podcast Episode 212) we spoke to Troll Trader about several subjects, one of which was the impending relaunch of the Carnevale miniatures game. Well, a kickstarter project to produce a new rulebook, plus a 2-player starter set, has been launched. The project has a funding goal of £30,000 and is running until August 4th, and at time of writing has reached over 50% funding in less than 24 hours. Carnevale is a tactical narrative miniatures game set in 1790’s Venice. Safe from the effects of the Rent in the Sky that tore Italy in half, Venice is now a hot-spot of magical activity. Strange creatures rise from the canals, the ruling class play violent games with lesser men, and the population of Venice try to survive. All vie for power in the street fights that take place in the dark of the night. One thing that makes Carnevale stand out is the excellent range of resin miniatures that exist for the game – these really are beautiful: Add to that a full range of MDF scenery to recreate the backstreets and canals of Venice, and you have a […]

It’s 40K, but not as we know it

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

A the start of June this year, Devil Pig Games made an announcement which may have come as something of a surprise – they were going to produce a new game based on their ‘Heroes System’, and that game was going to be set in the 40K universe. Whilst I managed to grab a few words with Clem from DPG at the UK Games Expo, he wasn’t able to say much about this game at the time (though I did get to see some of the preliminary artwork). This week, those people who were registered on the Devil Pig website received an e-mail, inviting us to pre-order Heroes of Black Reach. This game is being opened up to the public for pre-order in late September, but existing Devil Pig customers were being given the opportunity to pre-order early. One advantage of this is that we have also got to see some of the artwork that is likely to be used, as well as getting an idea of the price we can expect to pay for this game. The core box is priced at 65 EUR, with reinforcement boxes priced at 30 EUR each. They are also producing a couple of bundle […]

Oathsworn Miniatures launch new Burrows & Badgers Kickstarter

Posted on July 11th, 2017 under , , . Posted by

Oathsworn Miniatures have today launched their latest Kickstarter project, aimed to produce the next 13 miniatures for their Burrows & Badgers range of anthropomorphic animals – think Redwall or the Wind in the Willows. Burrows & Badgers is a fantasy skirmish game which pits warbands of creatures against each other in the realm of Northymbra – a realm populated by Foxes and Badgers, Toads & Rats, Mice, Weasels and all sorts of creatures. Oathsworn already have a number of miniatures for this game (which is due to get a new edition rulebook published by Osprey in 2018) and are looking to expand the range with new figures and scenery. Some of my favourites from this new project include:   As well as being able to pledge for the new miniatures, you can also include any miniatures from the existing range: The project has already raised well over double it’s target – however, you will have to be quick to back it as it’s only running until 20:00 BST on the 16th July. Delivery is due by December 2017. Burrows & Badgers is a beautiful range of miniatures – you won’t want to miss this.Filed under: Crowdfunding Tagged: 28mm Gaming, Fantasy Gaming

Meeples & Miniatures – Episode 219 – Runewars Miniatures Game

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

Download Episode 219 Welcome to Episode 219 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 Lite, Star Wars: Rebellion and Vallejo Glaze Medium. For the feature part of our show, we return to our in-depth reviews as we take a look at the Runewars Miniatures Game, which is the recent new fantasy wargame published by Fantasy Flight Games. We hope you enjoy the show. Fantasy Flight Games – Runewars Miniatures Game 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: Fantasy Gaming, Runewars Miniatures Game

Galloping Major – New French Indian War Kickstarter

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

Galloping Major Wargames, who produce an excellent range of 28mm miniatures for the French Indian War and beyond, have just launched their second Kickstarter project to add Compagnies Franches de la Marine to their range. They are looking to produce seven new packs: FIW FCF1 Compagnies Franches de la Marine in Canadian/outpost clothes and Bonnet FIW FCF2 Compagnies Franches de la Marine in Canadian/outpost clothes and Tuque FIW FCF3 Compagnies Franches de la Marine Command in Canadian/outpost clothes FIW FCF4 Compagnies Franches de la Marine in Veste and Bonnet FIW FCF5 Compagnies Franches de la Marine in Veste and Chapeau (tricorn) FIW FCF6 Compagnies Franches de la Marine Command in Veste FIW FCF7 Compagnies Franches de la Marine in Veste and Mitasses (Indian leggings) The Kickstarter Project is already funded, and is running until the 2nd August, with delivery due in January 2018  Filed under: Crowdfunding Tagged: 28mm Gaming, French Indian War

Too Fat Lardies 2017 Summer Special published

Posted on July 7th, 2017 under . Posted by

Around Summer and Christmas each year we are presented with a new publication from Too Fat Lardies – their Specials. These present new rules, scenarios and background for the TFL range of wargames rules, written by Rich, Nick and a host of guest authors. This latest publication provides a varied range of articles: Flashman and the Emperor Give yourself top billing as you step into the shoes of Harry Flashman. Can you guide our hero to a safe outcome in this campaign launching tale of derring-do? Holding the Line Mike Hobbs and chums take us to Normandy 1944 for this Chain of Command scenario from OML5 Sacker of Cities We renounce our Homerphobia and bring you Dave Parker’s excellent Trojan Wars expansion for Dux Britanniarum. Beware the Wrath of the Gods. 1745 David Hunter takes Sharp Practice north of the border with unit Rosters for the Jacobite Rebellion Cracking the Westwall Big Rich reveals all there is to know about the Siegfried Line. Build a Bunker Inspired by his research, Big Rich shares a step-by-step guide of how to turn polystyrene to concrete. Achtung! Big Rich completes his West Wall trio with a bunker assault scenario for Chain of Command. […]

Neil on the Wargames, Soldiers & Strategy Podcast

Posted on July 6th, 2017 under . Posted by

Episode 8 of the Wargames Soldiers & Strategy Podcast has recently been published. The podcast discusses the issue of playing wargames remotely, and includes chat from when I played presenter Angus Wallace at Commands & Colors using the Vassal PC gaming engine. Hope you enjoy it.Filed under: Gaming Blogs

Review: Fistful of Lead – Reloaded

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

Rating: Fistful of Lead: Reloaded is a set of wargaming rules for ‘Gunfights in the Wild West’, published by Wiley Games. It was funded by a kickstarter project which was launched in November 2015, which had 132 backers and raised just over $8,000. Fistful of Lead (FoL) is a skirmish wargame, where players control gangs of around six cowboys. Games are scenario driven, and are usually played on a 3′ x 3′ playing area. What is more, FoL is designed with a large multi-player aspect – specifically with convention games in mind in fact – and will cater for up to 8 players. The game requires players to have a number of miniatures – it is designed with 28mm miniatures in mind, but will cater for any scale between 15mm and 54mm. Players will also need a number of 10-sided dice (plus a few D8s and D12s if the advanced rules are being played) plus a measuring tape and a deck of playing cards (You can use a standard deck of cards, but Wiley Games also produce a card deck specifically for the game). Games of FoL take place over a number of turns, usually decided by the scenario. At the start […]

Star Wars: Rebellion – First impressions

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

Fantasy Flight GamesLast weekend I played Star Wars: Rebellion from Fantasy Flight Games for the first time. Star Wars: Rebellion is a strategy board game which aims to recreate the Galactic Civil War between the forces of the Galactic Empire and the Rebel Alliance, as portrayed in the original Star Wars trilogy of films. The game is designed with 2 players in mind, though there are rules for team play should 3 or 4 players wish to participate. The game is somewhat asymmetric in nature, as the victory conditions for the Empire and Rebels are very different. The Rebels are trying to achieve objectives which create sympathy and support for the Rebel cause – this can vary from achieving small victories in battle, having influence in various regions of the galaxy or even having systems destroyed by the Death Star. Meanwhile, the Empire simply has to find and destroy the Rebel base, thus destroying the Rebellion once and for all. However, the clock is ticking, and the Empire is in a race against time as the Rebels gain more support to overthrow the Emperor. The game board (which is pretty big) denotes 32 planetary systems, from Coruscant to Hoth, Kashyyyk […]