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A veritable glue-fest of Plast Craft Buildings Assembly Part 1 / 2

Posted on May 21st, 2018 under , , . Posted by

For years, I’ve been buying these Plast Craft buildings to assemble, with thoughts of “one day” getting to them…I got something like 14 them, with 5 of them being gothic ruins, called “Gothic Millennium.”Gothic architecture is pretty handy. It can be…

Prepping for Blood Red Skies

Posted on May 19th, 2018 under , , , , . Posted by

I’ve been seeing some of the announcements for Warlord’s new WW2 Aerial fighter game Blood Red Skies….so last night after work, I bought the core game and the Mitsubishi Zero and P-51 Mustang expansions..What intrigued me about the game was the fact …

Unboxing: The Pirate Republic board game (Kickstarter)

Posted on May 15th, 2018 under , , , , . Posted by

In March 2017, I kickstarted the pirate board game The Pirate Republic by Green Feet Games, and I received it today.I love the pirate theme, so I could not resist.The box cover art is beautiful, and I just happen to know that the artist is the famous C…

Interesting diceless mechanics in the mini skirmish game, Kobolds & Cobblestones

Posted on May 12th, 2018 under , , , , . Posted by

As a long time gamer, I am quite accustomed to all manner of dice, but I have always been intrigued by diceless luck mechanics using playing cards for some reason.There was an RPG in the early 1990s called Castle Falkenstein which I believe had playing…

Video: The FASA STAR TREK Universe Explained!

Posted on May 12th, 2018 under , , . Posted by

Found this on YouTube today..Aaah, what a great Gameverse it was to RPG in.. Nice to see that, though it’s gone, it’s not forgotten despite TNG and all the other mediocre so-called “Star Trek” crap that came after. 

Making my own Reference Sheets for Kobolds & Cobblestones

Posted on May 10th, 2018 under , , . Posted by

I recently got the Osprey Games’ Kobolds  & Cobblestones..The game seems light, but I am curious about the diceless mechanics. In this fantasy warband game, you use poker and blackjack instead of dice.However, there weren’t any reference sheet…

What A Tanker! is an enjoyable light tank battle wargame

Posted on May 5th, 2018 under , , , , , , , . Posted by

I’ve been listening to a British podcast, Meeples and Miniatures, for years, and have always noticed the respect in their voices those guys have for the small wargaming company Too Fat Lardies. Over the years, they have waxed on the WW2 and Napoleonic …

Painting some more miscelleneous terrain

Posted on April 27th, 2018 under , , , . Posted by

Did some quick paint jobs this week, mainly to knock of  terrain I’ve had lying around, mostly fantasy but some sci-fi. For the fantasy ones, I stuck to grey and white colours, as opposed to tan or the sandstone look as the box covers on some of t…

Painting GW’s Honoured Imperium

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

Yesterday, I banged out some quick and easy terrain (as discussed here) as I’m on a terrain rush for upcoming space opera battles to try out.Today, I continue with GW’s Honoured Imperium box, which I bought like two years ago or so, but never got aroun…

Quick miscellaneous terrain paint jobs

Posted on April 21st, 2018 under , , , , , , . Posted by

Decided this week to have some easy wins and paint some miscellaneous terrain I’ve had around. After priming them, it didn’t take long to bang them out.Stonehenge-type Gate I had this cheap 3D printed gate I bought for something like $10After priming i…

Quick and goofy paint job for goofy retro-looking robots

Posted on April 16th, 2018 under , , , , . Posted by

I had these 2 goofy looking “Lost in Space” ish robots that I strangely like..I could use these for my upcoming Frostgrave: Star Wars campaign, for my encounter table.I found that their gun was slightly warped, so I had to dump them in hot water to str…

Interesting Steampunk Horror in Rise of Moloch

Posted on April 15th, 2018 under , , , , , , , , . Posted by

My friend Jeff brought over a game he acquired off some guy who got his Kickstarter game World of Smog: Rise of Moloch recently but quickly sold it without playing it.Jeff got all the guy’s stretch goals, but only brought for now the core game and just…

Cheap phone apps provide new ways to display your miniatures and miniature battles

Posted on April 6th, 2018 under , . Posted by

I’ve been goofing around with some of these cheap phone apps to make little and slightly cheesy video vignettes of some of my old painted minis. The results are amusing, and took less than 5 minutes each. I suspect this will be used by a lot of mini pa…

Painting some Star Wars inspired terrain

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

I am a bit peeved that FFG’s new Star Wars: Legion is going to be in 35mm scale.. for that reason, I will not likely buy the core set, though I might buy aliens, droids and terrain for other uses as they have more leeway when put beside my many 28mm Hu…

Admit it.. we old gamers are just "Chasing the Dragon…"

Posted on March 23rd, 2018 under . Posted by

I recently attended Breakout Con in Toronto and noticed a large number of middle aged people attending, and even grey beards.  Lots had kids, and likely there to get kids into gaming. Lots of singles though, like me, walking around with that jaded…

I attended Breakout Con Toronto 2018 today

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

For the last couple of years, I’ve been attending Breakout Con here in Toronto, a gaming con, and this year was no exception.This year it was downtown Toronto, so it was a lot more convenient and more roomy than before.I went with my friend Jim and his…

Assembling the occulus in the Numinous Occulum

Posted on March 14th, 2018 under , , . Posted by

Over a year ago, I bought GW’s Numinous Occulum terrain..I finally got around to assembling it yesterday as I need some terrain for some upcoming Frostgrave. However, I was horrified at the shoddy instructions that come with it. There is a circula…

Cheap miniature storage solution using 3 for $3 car wash sponges

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

It’s an expensive hobby, what can I say. Minis, terrain, and even storage.I am getting tired of buying expensive cases to store my minis, especially as I don’t really travel with them to go to tournaments and such. It’s just me or my friends’ house.I r…

Painting rubble in an hour and a half

Posted on March 10th, 2018 under , , , . Posted by

About a month ago, I ordered some cathedral ruins from Armorcast. They finally came in this week. I am putting in lots of overtime at work, so I was just looking for a quick paintjob, and these ruins are ideal candidates. I am not a terribly big fan of…

Quick paint jobs on droids and warhounds

Posted on March 4th, 2018 under , , , , , , . Posted by

Now that I’ve speed painted the lighsaber wielders and henchmen for my upcoming Frostgrave: Star Wars campaign, it is time to work on the random encounter table in Frostgrave.The first two encounters in the Frostgrave basic encounters are skeletons. Sk…

Speed painted 29 Star Wars gunmen

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

Now that I painted up 19 lightsaber types (as discussed here)..it’s time to paint up the faceless henchmen for my upcoming Frostgrave Star Wars campaign. Unlike say, Necromunda or Mordheim, where you have to track the experience and wounds of each memb…

It’s the one-off nature of board and war games that is the cause of my growing boredom

Posted on February 18th, 2018 under , . Posted by

A week or so ago, I created draft Frostgrave rules for Star Wars. It got me excited a bit in gaming after years of growing increasingly bored with board and war games. Thirty years ago, I was a fanatical RPGer.. building worlds, building campaigns, see…

Dungeon Alliance is an interesting dungeon crawl

Posted on February 18th, 2018 under , , , , , . Posted by

My friend Jeff’s kickstarter Dungeon Alliance came in this week, so we got to try it out today.A one to four player game, the players each send in four archetypical fantasy characters into a dungeon to fight monsters, with the goal of collecting experi…

Speed Painting 19 Lightsaber wielders

Posted on February 10th, 2018 under , , , , , . Posted by

I recently crafted some draft Frostgrave Star Wars rules (link here) and I subsequently got cracking on painting up some lightsaber wielders after my friend Jim said he is willing to give it the old college try. Even my friend Jeff said he might “give …

Crazy d20 swing in Frostgrave. Musings on a house rule

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

I’m gearing up to try a variant Frostgrave: Star Wars campaign with my friend Jim, and I’m thinking about how crazy the d20 swing is in that game. Lots of my hired muscle in the regular fantasy version were killed by it without firing a shot as my frie…