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Conan: Rise of Monsters – DOA?

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

In any sort of business, but sometimes especially in the gaming hobby, timing is everything. You may have a great product, but if you are beaten to the punch then you could easily find yourself with something that nobody wants, or at least, nowhere near as many people as you might have hoped. This is what appears to have happened to Pulposaurus Entertainment. Back in July 2015 they launched a Kickstarter for a warband skirmish game set in the world of Hyboria, where the sorcerer Thoth-Amon was assembling the Legions of Set to bring the Serpent God into the world. Hyboria’s only hope was that King Conan of Aquilonia forge an alliance – a Circle of Iron – to prevent this. Drawing on the original novels of Robert E Howard and the Marvel and Dark Horse Comics for inspiration, surely this was a game that would fire the imagination of the gaming community…? …except that six months earlier, Monolith Designs had run a kickstarter for a boardgame based on the Conan IP. You may remember that it did rather well – that particular project funded on the 11th February 2015, having raised over $3 Million from over 16,000 backers. The […]

Meeples & Miniatures – Episode 217 – The Ministry of Gentlemanly Warfare

Posted on June 24th, 2017 under . Posted by

Download Episode 217 Welcome to Episode 217 of the Meeples & Miniatures Podcast   The Meeples crew get back together to catch up with what they have been up to. This week’s topics include Lords of Waterdeep, Skytrex Sherman Crabs, Runewars Miniatures Game, 4Grounds forthcoming Fabled Realms and W40K 8th Edition. In our feature interview, we are joined by guest Craig Cartmell from The Ministry of Gentlemanly Warfare. We discuss (amongst other things) how Craig got into the hobby, his journey in writing rules, the evolution of TMOGW’s product line (In Her Majesty’s Name, Daisho, Blood Eagle and Gothic) and the differences between writing for a publisher and self-publishing your own rules. We hope you enjoy the show. The Ministry of Gentlemanly Warfare In Her Majesty’s Name Daisho Blood Eagle   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

‘That’ head from episode 216

Posted on June 21st, 2017 under . Posted by

In episode 216 of the podcast, Mike Hobbs and Bill Thornhill were discussing the sculpt of a head that Bill did for Mike whilst attending one of his dinner parties. I forgot to add a picture of the head into the show notes, but here it is in all it’s glory – check out the podcast for the full story… Filed under: General

Meeples & Miniatures – Episode 216 – Footsore Miniatures

Posted on June 17th, 2017 under . Posted by

Download Episode 216 Welcome to Episode 216 of the Meeples & Miniatures Podcast The Meeples crew get back together to catch up with what they have been up to for the last few weeks, including some final thoughts on the UK Games Expo and a report from Operation Market Larden #5. For this weeks interview, we are joined by guest Bill Thornhill from Footsore Miniatures. We discuss how Bill started in the hobby, the ranges Footsore produce and what’s coming up in the near future. We hope you enjoy the show* Footsore Miniatures *No Pandas were hurt in the making of this podcast Filed under: Meeples & Miniatures

Dark Souls – thoughts after first play through

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

I had the chance to play the new Dark Souls boardgame from Steamforged Games the other night, and I thought that I would share my intial thoughts on the game. I have never played the video game on which this boardgame is based, but I am told by various people that it is a faithful adaption of that game – which is potentially both a good and a bad thing. First off, the game components are excellent – I previously posted an unboxing article –  and whilst the miniatures are obviously a highlight, I also found the character boards to be very well designed and easy to use. The game revolves around two boss fights: a Mini-Boss and a Boss. These are determined randomly at the start of the game. The board has four encounter areas, plus the players safe ‘campfire’ area where they can rest and gain new equipment and skills. Each of the encounter areas are allocated an encounter card of level 1, 2 or 3 – dependent upon the Mini-boss or Boss they will encounter at the end. The encounters get more difficult as their levels increase. As players progress through the dungeon, they need to defeat the […]

Operation Market Larden #5 – The Games in Pictures

Posted on June 13th, 2017 under . Posted by

Folks gathered from across the country last weekend, drawn to the town of Evesham to celebrate the wargaming goodness that is TooFatLardies with the 5th Operation Market Larden event, held this year at a new venue – the Northwick Hotel in the centre of Evesham. Organised by Ade Deacon, it’s an excuse for grown men to get together and play games all day, and then drink beer and eat curry late into the evening. As such, as has become one of the ‘must attend’ events of the year. This year, the crew of the Meeples & Miniatures Podcast were putting on no less than three games as part of this event, which saw a fantastic array of games on display – as I hope the slideshows below will demonstrate. I was umpiring during the day, so I must admit that I didn’t get anywhere near as many photos of  in-game action from most of the games as I had hoped – I was especially gutted to miss Jim Ibbotson’s beautiful ACW figures – but hopefully you will get some idea of the superb quality of the games being played. Make sure you check out further pictures on social media. It […]

Meeples & Miniatures – Episode 215 – White Dragon Miniatures

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

Download Episode 215 Welcome to Episode 215 of the Meeples & Miniatures Podcast   In this show the Meeples Crew are joined by guest Alan Crooks of White Dragon Miniatures. We discuss WDM’s two kickstarter projects: MTU & Shattered Void, along with their growing range of terrain and forthcoming Mech game. Along the way we chat about the pros and cons of Kickstarter, working with 3rd party companies and 3D printing. We hope you enjoy the show. White Dragon Miniatures Filed under: Meeples & Miniatures Tagged: Sci-Fi Gaming

UK Games Expo 2017 – Post Convention press release

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

The team at the UK Games Expo have just released the following press release following the show last weekend: 3rd Largest Hobby Games Con in the World The UKGE team would like to thank everyone who attended and made this yet again a vibrant exciting convention that it is a delight to run. UK Games Expo can now release its attendance figures for 2017. Unique attendance (separate individuals) was 16383 and attendances (the sum of those attending each day) came to 30743. On Friday 2nd June 2017 a total of 8749 people were at UKGE. On Saturday 3rd June it was 13142 and on Sunday 4th June it was 8852. These figures reflect a growth of around 30% unique individuals and 44% in terms of attendances / footfall. We attracted around 320 separate exhibitors on 275 stands. UK Games Expo is currently the 3rd largest tabletop and hobby games convention in the world based upon unique attendee figures UK Games Expo Awards Winners 2017 We are happy to be able to announce the awards winner for 2017: Best Family Game – Sushi Go Party Best Children’s Game -Baobub Best Euro Game – SubTerra Best American Style Game – Dark Souls […]

UK Games Expo 2017 – The Show in pictures

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

The UK Games Expo was held between 2nd – 4th June 2017 at the National Exhibition Centre in Birmingham. I thought I’d share some pictures of the weekend, including a number of the games that I mentioned in the podcasts. The trade hall for the show was in Hall 1 of the NEC. This was a pretty big area, and this year was filled with trade stands and areas to play games. Day One Friday was spent in the press preview, wandering around playing a few games, grabbing interviews and taking photos. Our podcast about Friday can be found here Dust 1947 U-Boat The Board Game Unfortunately the interview I recorded with Phalanx games about this wasn’t useable. This looks a really interesting game – it’s a co-operative game where players take the roles of various crew on the U-Boat: Captain, First Officer, Navigator, Engineer. The game is run using an app, and the crew have to respond to various scenarios that occur in real time whilst attempting to complete their mission. This is Das Boot on a board. A really interesting concept – and yes, it’s coming to Kickstarter soon. Gloom over Kilforth & 1066: Tears for Many Mothers Beautiful […]

Meeples & Miniatures – Episode 214 – UK Games Expo 2017, Day #3

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

Download Episode 214 Welcome to Episode 214 of the Meeples & Miniatures Podcast   In this show host Neil Shuck is joined by his son Josh Langley-Shuck as they travel to the UK Games Expo 2017 in Birmingham and bring you interviews and their impressions from day #3 of the event. We hope you enjoy the show. 00:00 – Intro 06:50 – Batman – The Boardgame 12:40 – Ninja All Stars 25:24 – Super Dungeon Explore 47:16 – Open Combat 54:07 – Hawk Wargames 1:01:20 – Oathsworn Miniatures 1:10:00 – Closing Comments Filed under: Meeples & Miniatures Tagged: UK Games Expo

Meeples & Miniatures – Episode 213 – UK Games Expo 2017, Day #2

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

Download Episode 213 Welcome to Episode 213 of the Meeples & Miniatures Podcast   In this show hosts Neil Shuck, Mike Hobbs and Dave Luff travels to the UK Games Expo 2017 in Birmingham and bring you interviews and their impressions from day #2 of the event. We hope you enjoy the show. 00:00 – Intro 03:40 – 4Ground 21:23 – Devil Pig Games 31:07 – Ham & Jam 41:40 – Thoughts on the Expo 58:05 – Closing Comments Filed under: Meeples & Miniatures Tagged: UK Games Expo

Meeples & Miniatures – Episode 212 – UK Games Expo 2017, Day #1

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

Download Episode 212 Welcome to Episode 212 of the Meeples & Miniatures Podcast   In this show host Neil Shuck travels to the UK Games Expo 2017 in Birmingham and brings you a number of interviews from day #1 of the event. We hope you enjoy the show. 00:00 – Intro 03:57 – Dust 1947 09:35 – Harps Corporation 15:00 – Elemental Ascent 20:15 – Devir – Fan Hunter 24:00 – Gloom of Kilforth & 1066, Tears to Many Mothers 34:20 – Troll Trader – Rumbleslam 45:00 – Troll Trader – Carnevale 54:30 – Braincrack Games – Farsight 1:00:44 – Word Forged Games 1:15:02 – Fourth Quarter Football 1:28:15 – Modiphius Entertainment 1:49:02 – Warbases 2:01:39 – Shed Games 2:11:38 – Closing Comments Filed under: Meeples & Miniatures Tagged: UK Games Expo

Kenneth’s Heroes – Building the board, Part II

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

Over the past few weeks, Dave Luff and I have been scratch-building scenery for our “Kenneth’s Heroes” game for Operation Market Larden, which is being held next weekend (10th June). We’ve pretty much finished all the scenery, so this evening was spent putting the board together in a dry run for the game. First off is the Brewery, which has been built from foamcore, plasticard, MDF and embossed plastic walls from Plast Craft Games. Then there are the walled gardens and village high walls, also built from a mixture of foamcore and plasticard: The Churchyard has been made from foamcore, MDF and some embossed plastic walls from Plast Craft Games. The Gravestones are from Magister Militum. The final table, ready for play-testing the scenario: Filed under: Painting & Modelling Tagged: 15mm Gaming, Chain Of Command, Terrain, World War II

Getting Reading for the UK Games Expo #1 – MeepsMeet

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

The UK Games Expo starts this Friday – June 2nd 2017, and runs until Sunday, 4th June. For the first time I will be attending all three days of the show, and yesterday we found out that the Welsh Wizzard himself , Mike Hobbs,will also be there on Saturday 3rd June, although whether he will turn up in cosplay is anyone’s guess! We have decided to have the first ever MeepsMeet on Saturday – so if you listen to the podcast, are going to the UK Games Expo, and fancy meeting up with us for a chat and maybe the odd photo or two, we will be at the corner of D10 and E18 at 1pm on Saturday 3rd June. D10 is the Fantasy Flight Games area, and you can’t miss E18 – This is the Wotan Games stand, and looks like this: See you there!Filed under: Shows / Conventions / Events / Stores Tagged: UK Games Expo

Saga Iron Man tournament at Battlefield Hobbies

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

    After I first heard about the format of the Saga Iron Man tournament, I was determined to enter the next one that was relatively local to me – so I was very happy when Battlefield Hobbies (almost my FLGS) announced a tournament. If you are not aware, a Saga Iron Man tournament is slightly different to the usual UK Saga tournaments. Rather than turning up with your ready prepared army, you actually turn up with very little. Instead, you play a number of games with armies that are given to you. It’s very much a case of learning how your warband works ‘on the fly’. The even I attended ended up being slightly reduced in size due to a couple of last minute drop-outs, which left 6 of us to battle it out to see who was the ‘Saga Iron Man’. The format is as follows: Each Warband is made up of 1 Warlord, 2 Hearthguard Units, 3 Warrior Units and 1 Levy Unit. Games last for 6 turns. The idea of the game is to kill as many of your opponents warband as you can – the game does not finish if you kill your opponent’s Warlord. […]

Meeples & Miniatures – Episode 211 – Test of Honour Review

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

Download Episode 211 Welcome to Episode 211 of the Meeples & Miniatures Podcast In this show hosts Neil Shuck, Mike Hobbs, & Mike Whitaker catch up with what they’ve been up to in the hobby this week, including Neil & Mike W’s trip to Partizan For the main part of our show, we are joined by Rich Jones for an in-depth review of Test of Honour – the Samurai skirmish game from Warlord Games. We hope you enjoy the show. 00:00 – Intro 06:45 – What we’ve been up to 40:50 – Test of Honour in-depth review 2:25:26 – Closing Comments Test of Honour at Warlord Games  Filed under: Meeples & Miniatures Tagged: Test of Honour

New hobby gaming community blog being launched by Footsore Miniatures

Posted on May 25th, 2017 under . Posted by

We were recording an interview with Bill Thornhill of Footsore Miniatures last night. During our chat he mentioned a new hobby blog that they were setting up, but asked us not to say anything until nearer it’s launch date. However, since it’s just been announced on Footsore’s Facebook Page, I thought I’d share the news here too. New hobby blog: sculptingpaintingandgaming.com ++Something cool this way comes++ Well we think so making us really excited about the new blog we are setting up. The idea is to contribute something to the whole community. Once live the plan is to have regular updates on sculpting, painting and gaming these will be videos, articles, photo galleries etc. We will take all our existing posts and move them over along with creating logins for all our contributors so they can create future articles straight into the blog. The whole team at Footsore are mad keen hobbyists who play lots of different games and collect lots of different miniatures so we will be sharing our latest projects. Also we know some dude who can sculpt who we plan to persuade with first aid parcels from the UK to share his secrets. Make sure you pop […]

Review: The Campaign for Kharkov: October 1941

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

Rating: This 48 page book, available as a PDF or an e-book, is a campaign supplement written by Chris Stoesen for the Chain of Command World War II Platoon level rules from Too Fat Lardies. It is worth noting that this supplement is not a complete game in itself, and you will need both a copy of the main Chain of Command Rules and the At The Sharp End campaign rules in order to play, along with a copy of the Big Chain of Command rules. This book is actually two campaigns in one, as it follows the fortunes of the German 57th Division and 101st Light Division as they advanced on the Russian city of Kharkov in October 1941. The Soviets were attempting to evacuate the city ahead of the German advance, and a rear-guard consisting of the Soviet 216th Rifle Division was tasked with holding the German forces until the evacuation was complete. The supplement starts with a 6 page introduction to the battle, which gives the background and details events between the 20th – 25th October 1941. The campaign actually consists of two ladders – one for the 101st Light Division and another for the 57th Infantry […]

Deep Cut Studios release more mats for Runewars Miniatures Game

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

Over the past few weeks, you may have picked up the fact that I’m a bit of a fan of the new Runewars Miniatures Game from Fantasy Flight Games. One thing is typical, when it comes to the playing area of Runewars, FFG just had to go it’s own way. Not content with the ‘standard’ 6′ x 4′ tables of so many large battle miniatures games, FFG chose 6′ x 3′ as its default table size, which I suppose was in keeping with X-Wing and Armada. Which leads us to the age old question – do you simply stick with your existing 6′ x 4′ table/cloth, and either fold over the last 12″, or ignore the outside 6″ of the playing area… …or do you buy a custom 6′ x 3′ cloth? Well, one of my favourite gaming mat company – Deep Cut Studios – have just released five new 6′ x 3′ mats, just to make that decision all the more difficult to say “no” to. These include: Plains Winter Muddy Field Medieval Ruins Cobblestone Streets The mats are available in PVC, Cloth and Mousepad material, and are priced at 44.90 EUR, 47.90 EUR and 53.90 EUR respectively. Deep […]

Review: Scum of the Earth

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

Rating: Scum of the Earth (Black Powder gaming for the rest of us) is a set of rules developed by Ivan Sorenson & Matthew Sparkes and published by Nordic Weasel Games. The introduction to the rules goes a long way toward letting the gamer know what they are in for: “We all have extra figures sitting around that we bought because we liked the look of them, we got 13 of them painted up and then our attentions drifted. They’ve been sitting on that shelf ever since, waiting for us to paint up another 200 to field an army. With these rules, you’ll be able to grab those dusty old figures and get them on a gaming table.” The game, somewhat intentionally, has no hard and fast scale – the authors ask the players to have the mindset of a TV director attempting to film an epic battle on a very limited budget: Bring the camera in close and hope that goes some way to make 30 men look like 300 or more. (You have seen Sharpe’s Waterloo, haven’t you? It’s a bit like that). You can play the game on a 2′ x 2′ or 3′ x 3′ table. […]

Partizan Wargames Show 2017

Posted on May 22nd, 2017 under . Posted by

The Partizan Show 2017 was held on Sunday May 21st at the Newark Showground. I was a bit late arriving (I got there about 10:20) and was surprised to find a rather large queue still outside the George Stevenson Pavilion. According to the organisers, the show was attended by around 1,000 people. I was told by the front desk that due to some staffing problems, they were only processing the queue through one entrance desk – hence the wait to get in. Once inside, the punter was presented by a large hall, filled with traders and games – about 50 of each. I was struck again by the pleasant venue – it’s such a pleasure to walk around in a place filled with natural daylight, though it inevitably suffered the side effect of building with large windows on a sunny day filled with 1,000+ gamers, in the fact that it did get a bit warm inside. However, having suffered the pain of trying to take photos in the murk of Kelham Hall, I am not about to complain about an abundance of daylight! Partizan has always been known as one of ‘the‘ shows to go to if you want gaming […]

Blue Falcon card game on Kickstarter

Posted on May 21st, 2017 under . Posted by

We just wanted to give a shout-out to the guys at War Games LLC, who are currently running a kickstarter project to fund their new card game: Blue Falcon. What is a Blue Falcon? According to the KS: Blue Falcon is traditionally used in the military as an alternative to the term Buddy F#$%ker. EXAMPLE: You’re standing in formation and First Sergeant asks why Johnson isn’t present. That guy who raises his hand and says he saw Johnson going home with a stripper… that’s a Blue Falcon.  You can find out more about this game by listening to Justin Burgess and Kevin Jacobson chat to Jay Arnold on the episode 17 of The Veteran Wargamer. The project is running until the 1st June, and is currently just over $1,100 away from it’s funding target. Delivery is due in October 2017. The only downside for anyone outside of the US is that it appears that they are not offering international shipping until after the KS has finished.Filed under: Crowdfunding

General d’Armee released by Reisswitz Press

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

General ‘d’Armee – a new set of rules for gaming in the age of Napoleon, written by Dave Brown – have been released by Reisswitz Press. The rules are available to purchase from Too Fat Lardies, and come in both softback and PDF editions. Over the last couple of weeks, Dave Brown and Rich Clarke have presented a number of videos on how to play the game – these are a great watch, and take the viewer through all aspects of the rules, culminating in an example battle.    Filed under: Hobby News Tagged: Historical Gaming, Napoleonic

Meeples & Miniatures – Episode 210 – Glenbrook Games Painting Services

Posted on May 20th, 2017 under . Posted by

Download Episode 210 Welcome to Episode 210 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 Matt Slade of Glenbrook Games Painting Services to chat about his approach to painting miniatures for a living. We talk about various aspects of painting including brushes, paints and techniques We hope you enjoy the show. Show Links Glenbrook Games Painting Services Saddle Goose Designs If you enjoyed the show, why not consider supporting the podcast? You can find us on Patreon at https://www.patreon.com/meeplesandminiaturesFiled under: Meeples & Miniatures

What is the best scale to wargame?

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

You’ve all seen them – the posts from those who are new to wargaming that ask the apparently simple question: “What scale should I game in?” This is usually the cue for any number of gamers claiming that 54mm/40mm/28mm/20mm/15mm/10mm/6mm/2mm (delete as appropriate) is “God’s own scale” for wargaming and that the poser of the question would be stupid for choosing anything else. The discussion usually goes downhill from there… However, it’s a perfectly valid question – so what are the criteria that you should consider when choosing what scale to game in? Here are my thoughts on what you should consider when choosing either a new period, or even getting into gaming for the first time: What has everyone else got? One of the first considerations when choosing your scale of miniatures for a new period is to actually ask who your opponent will be, and what armies do they own? If you are in a situation where you will be playing other people, then it would seem sensible to ensure that you choose the same scale figures, so that you have ‘instant’ opponents to do battle against. If no-one else has an army for that period, then you may want to […]