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Draft Frostgrave Star Wars variant rules

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

On the Miniature Page, the user Norrins in 2015 ran a Star Wars Frostgrave play test and came up with the following rules.All credit to Norrins, as this is a great idea for those of us used to space opera settings like Star Wars. Frostgrave is enjoyabl…

Using tape measure and ruler phone apps for wargames?

Posted on January 19th, 2018 under . Posted by

I’ve downloaded some tape measuring apps on my phone just to see how it works, and I had a sudden thought.. will this be useful on crowded wargaming terrain?Last week, I had a very busy Terminator battlefield,  (as discussed here)and sometimes my …

Tell Skynet We’re Coming!.. played a large Terminator battle

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

I sat down with my friend Jim today to finally try out Terminator Genisys: The Miniature’s game by River Horse Games.The Genisys movie was crap unfortunately, and I hear James Cameron is making a sequel to T2 that will ignore all the other crappy Termi…

Kitbash preparation for a Fantasy variant of Osprey’s Gaslands Part 1/2

Posted on January 7th, 2018 under , , , , , , , , . Posted by

Shortly before the New Year, I played Oprey’s post-apocalyptic vehicle combat game Gaslands with my friend Jim (as discussed here), and then a couple of days later, with my other gaming buddy, Jeff.We had a good time, I like the fact that this Flightpa…

Kitbashing some dollar store dinosaur terrain…

Posted on January 7th, 2018 under , , , , . Posted by

I was at the dollar store yesterday and noticed this kid’s play excavation kit for something like $2 or $3 bucks. I thought this was some good cheap terrain that I could use, so I bought it.  Inside, there is some hardened clay where the kid will …

New Year’s Eve thoughts on gaming.. still an old man GM RPGer at heart

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

I’ve been heavily into boardgames and miniature games these last 10 years. I’m having some good times but I find myself losing interest in boardgames though.. While RPGs are so ephemeral – you got nothing to show for it at the end- boardgames are both …

Varnishing disaster due to "frosting"

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

On Christmas eve, I finished painting up a Mordheim warband..Six cultists and one possessed mutantI ran out of varnish, and I lazily picked up a can of GW’s purity seal and varnished them two days ago, with a horrible “frosting” result on the mutant an…

Ten years late, but I finally got to try Warmachine

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

I’ve looked on Warmachine and Hordes primarily from a distance since I’ve gotten into wargaming these last 10 years. It was not exactly the classic fantasy or sword & sorcery I was used to. I did not play too much D&D as a kid in the 1980s, foc…

Osprey’s miniature game Gaslands pays homage to the B-movie post-apoc movies of the 1980s..

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

Mad Max: The Road Warrior made a great impression on me as a kid, and I spent many hours in the early 1980s watching a lot of copycat  B-movies in the post-apoc genre.Indeed, the very very first VHS tape my Dad rented when we got our first VHS mac…

Prepping for Osprey Games’ Gaslands

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

For years, I’ve been listening to a British gaming podcast, Meeples and Miniatures. A couple of weeks ago, they had on the creator of Osprey’s new post-apoc vehicle combat game, Gaslands.It sounded interesting, so that day, I ordered a copy of the rule…

Some Christmas eve painting of old school Mordheim sculpts

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

A couple of months ago, I acquired a hard to find set of Mordheim Cult of the Possessed miniatures on ebay and planned to some day paint them.  Well, on Friday, I just finished painting Khorne followers for Age of Sigmar (as discussed here) and I…

Painting the Warbands of Khorne Pt 2/2 Blood for the Blood God! Skulls for the Skull Throne!

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

In Part 1, I painted the bare-chested followers of Khorne, and now I turned my attention to the guys in powered armour and the big and exotic guys.I stuck with the red-and-gold theme, as well as trying to get all of them on cobblestone bases (as I did …

Scale creep is cancer.. Is 32mm now the new 28mm?

Posted on December 17th, 2017 under . Posted by

I’m sad to say that normal 25mm is not what it used to be. We’ve seen the cancer of scale creep these last 10-15 years, but it just seems to be getting out of hand lately.I guess we should blame GW for this long ago, when they switched to 28mm or “h…

Painting a Warmachine Cryx starter force

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

I was with my friend Jeff recently at a gaming store, and we were admiring the Warmachine sculpts on display. Both of us have noticed Warmachine before these last 10 years, but we never tried it as we were distracted with other systems.However, this ti…

Painting a Warmachine Cryx starter force

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

I was with my friend Jeff recently at a gaming store, and we were admiring the Warmachine sculpts on display. Both of us have noticed Warmachine before these last 10 years, but we never tried it as we were distracted with other systems.However, this ti…

Experimenting with hairspray to show the paint chipping effect

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

I came across a passing reference a day or so ago somewhere on the internet about people using common hairspray to do the paint chip effect on rusted metal. I’ve tried the chipping effect before, but was put off with buying those tiny bottles that seem…

Experimenting with hairspray to show the paint chipping effect

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

I came across a passing reference a day or so ago somewhere on the internet about people using common hairspray to do the paint chip effect on rusted metal. I’ve tried the chipping effect before, but was put off with buying those tiny bottles that seem…

Master of Orion is not what I expected, but it’s a fine tableau game

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

I played two relatively light board games with my friends Jim, Pixie and CB called  Master of Orion and Toledo.My friends were dog-sitting, so we had a fifth player of sorts at our table. Master of OrionTwenty years ago, my friend Jim and I p…

Master of Orion is not what I expected, but it’s a fine tableau game

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

I played two relatively light board games with my friends Jim, Pixie and CB:  Master of Orion and Toledo.My friends were dog-sitting, so we had a fifth player of sorts at our table. Master of OrionTwenty years ago, my friend Jim and I played …

Experimenting with Happy Seppuku Modelworks base stamps

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

I buy a lot of resin bases as plain bases usually bore me.However, these things usually come out to $1 a base, sometimes more especially for the bigger bases. No doubt about it, the new resin bases coming out are beautiful and require some effort somet…

Experimenting with Happy Seppuku Modelworks base stamps

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

I buy a lot of resin bases as plain bases usually bore me.However, these things usually come out to $1 a base, sometimes more especially for the bigger bases. No doubt about it, the new resin bases coming out are beautiful and require some effort somet…

Trying out Twilight Imperium 3rd edition.. finally after 10 years.. and it’s a delight

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

I noticed the 3rd edition of Twilight Imperium on game store shelves over 10 years ago given my love of space opera, but it’s reputation for being a 12 hour marathon game put me offThe box cover art is especially nice, and my eyes were always drawn to …

Tried out Twilight Imperium 3rd edition.. finally after 10 years.. and it’s a delight

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

I noticed the 3rd edition of Twilight Imperium on game store shelves over 10 years ago given my love of space opera, but it’s reputation for being a 12 hour marathon game put me offThe box cover art is especially nice, and my eyes were always drawn to …

Painting the Warbands of Khorne Pt 1/2 Blood for the Blood God! Skulls for the Skull Throne!

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

In the summer, I painted the opera-looking good guys of the Warhammer Age of Sigmar core set (as discussed here)and now, I recently decided to paint the bad guys, the Warbands of Khorne, from the core set.The Warbands of Khorne are devotees of the Chao…

Painting the Warbands of Khorne Pt 1/2 Blood for the Blood God! Skulls for the Skull Throne!

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

In the summer, I painted the opera-looking good guys of the Warhammer Age of Sigmar core set (as discussed here)and now, I recently decided to paint the bad guys, the Warband of Khorne, from the core set.The Warbands of Khorne are devotees of the Chaos…