Last 15 posts from Meeples & Miniatures

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 […]

Review: Ronin

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

Rating: Ronin is a set of skirmish rules set in the Age of the Samurai, written by Craig Woodfield and published by Osprey Publishing as part of their Osprey Wargames series in 2013. Each player has a warband, known as a Buntai, of between 4 and 20 models. A game usually takes place on a battlefield between 24″ x 24″ and 36″ x 36″. In addition to a table and a warband, players will need: A tape measure which measures inches several six-sided dice roughly a dozen counters preside in two different colours wound markers half a dozen pieces of scenery To create a warband, players will have to choose one of several different types to play: Bushi – Professional soldiers: Samurai and Ashigaru Ikko-ikki – Rebellious religious movement Sohei – Buddhist Warrior Monks Koryu – Marial Arts school Bandits – Criminals, Pirates etc. Koreans – Allowing games to take place during the Imjin War. Ming Chinese Peasants – just in case you fancy recreating “The Seven Samurai” In addition, individuals such as Ronin, Warrior Monks, Shugyosha and Ninja are able to join a Buntai as swords-for-hire. Each model has several different attributes: Rank – relative worth of the model, […]

The best laid plans…

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

With Test of Honour from Warlord Games due for release at the end of next week, I had been planning for a while to produce a series of articles in the coming week on collecting Samurai – reviews of miniatures, rules and terrain. And then, a couple of weeks ago, I managed to break my wrist. After resting it for the first week, I wondered if I had the manual dexterity to assemble some MDF kits, so I tried with a set of Original Laser Design buildings, which I managed OK (see here for more details). “Fantastic” I thought, “Shouldn’t be a problem to crack on with my plans”. However, I think I was being a little too ambitious. Whilst it was easy to assemble the OLD kits, these were very easy to put together and didn’t have any small pieces that required careful manual manipulation. My next attempt was with some kits from Sarissa Precision. These are very nice models, but they do contain many more small parts which require a certain amount of manual dexterity. Whilst I managed to assemble their Torii Gate without too much trouble, I hit a major issue when working on the Bridge – my cast restricted […]

Meeples & Miniatures – Episode 200 – The War of 1812

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

Download Episode 200 Welcome to Episode 200 of the Meeples & Miniatures Podcast   In this show, hosts Neil Shuck, Mike Hobbs, Mike Whitaker and Dave Luff catch up with what they have been doing in the hobby over the past week. For our main feature, Mike Hobbs changes chairs and chats about developing his War of 1812 campaign guide for Sharp Practice At the start of the show, the Welsh Wizzard does his best Judith Chalmers impression as we chat about his recent visit to Iceland, which includes visiting Reykjavik’s most famous museum – you have been warned… We hope you enjoy the show Show Links The War of 1812 campaign guide The September War Travel Battle Najelwitz 15mm Desert Scenery Total Battle Miniatures Filed under: Meeples & Miniatures Tagged: Historical Gaming, Napoleonic, War of 1812

Sam Mustafa releases new podcast about Rommel

Posted on March 17th, 2017 under , , . Posted by

Sam Mustafa has released a new podcast about his forthcoming World War II game Rommel, which is due for release in late summer of 2017. It in he discusses the basic game concepts and mechanics. We hope to have Sam back on our own podcast to discuss the…

Baccus 6mm release ‘Ruse de Guerre’ rules

Posted on March 17th, 2017 under , , , , , . Posted by

Baccus 6mm have released a new set of rules in the Polemos range: Ruse de Guerre – War in the Americas, written by Glenn Pearce. These rules cover three different wars: The French-Indian War, The American War of Independence and the War of 1812. The full news announcement can be found here. This also includes details of several brand new army packs for the rules. The rules are £15.00 for the softback edition, or are available digitally. You can purchase a digital edition from Wargames Vault for around £8.00.Filed under: Hobby News Tagged: 6mm Gaming, American War of Independence, French Indian War, Historical Gaming, War of 1812

Review: Original Laser Design 28mm Dark Age MDF buildings

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

Here is a video review of a couple of 28mm Dark Age MDF buildings from Original Laser Design Filed under: Review Tagged: 28mm Gaming, Dark Ages, Terrain

Review: Banzai

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

Rating: Banzai: Age of the Country at War is a set of wargaming rules written by Robert Fellows and published by 2D6 Wargaming in 2016. This game is written to be used with 6mm miniatures using 60mm x 30mm basing, though it should work for any scale miniatures as long as the basing has a 2:1 ratio in Base Width:Base Depth. It is designed to be played on a 6′ x 4′ table, though a smaller area can be used if required. There are a number of basic units in the game: Sohei Mounted Samurai (with General) Ronin Ashigaru archers Ashigaru nagae-yari Ashigaru teppo Foot Samurai yari With the exception on the Ikko-ikki, all armies in this game are made up of a combination of these bases. As well as two opposing armies and terrain, players will need a few six-sided dice, a measuring tool (one is printed in the back of the book, with options for 60mm wide and 40mm wide basing) and a number of tokens (also printed in the back of the book). The first thing is to determine the table layout and the weather. Whilst scenery can be determined by the players, the rules also contain […]

Review: Battles in the Age of War

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

Rating: Battles in the Age of War (BAW) is a set of wargames rules designed for Samurai Warfare in the Sengoku period between 1467 – 1650. They were written in 2008 and are published by Peter Pig. The rules are 136 pages long, perfect bound and are black & white with a full colour soft cover. They are from the same RFCM (Rules For the Common Man) team that developed Bloody Barons, Regiment of Foote and Civil War Battles and share several commonalities with these other rules. The game is designed to be played with 15mm miniatures, mounted on bases as follows Infantry – 30mm x 30mm Cavalry – 30mm x 40mm General & Artillery – 40mm x 40mm Armies are formed from units. A unit consists of 6-10 bases for foot troops, and 4-7 bases for mounted troops. A Clan consists of at least 2 units, and an Army is formed from 2-3 Clans. Each Army usually has limitations on the number of units it can field. Units in the game consist of: Generals Messengers Signallers Hatamoto Bodyguard Samurai Ronin Armoured Ashigaru Levy Ashigaru Arquebus Bow Artillery Maku Screen (required) One of the interesting things is that Ashigaru units can […]

Najelwitz Modellbau – new 15mm resin desert buildings

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

It’s typical isn’t? You visit a website looking for one thing and something new pops up… Najelwitz Modellbau – one of my favourite producers of resin scenery – have just released a new set of 15mm desert terrain, which might possibly tie in with another 15mm World War II box set that has been released, who can say? The set contains seven buildings, a few walls with gates and a well – just what you need to build a village in the desert. This set is available unpainted for 38 EUR. Alternatively, you can order a set fully assembled and painted for 76 EUR. I seem to remember suggesting to Mr Luff that we should do Desert War next for Chain of Command… Filed under: Hobby News Tagged: 15mm Gaming, Terrain

Review: Killer Katanas II

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

Rating: Killer Katanas II is a mass battle wargame designed to recreate samurai warfare from the mid-16th – 17th century. The rules are written by Brian Bradford and were published by On Military Matters in 2011 as a 126 page, spiral bound black & white soft cover book. It’s worth noting from the start that these rules are designed with 15mm figures in mind to fight big battles – you know this when the author talks about playing games on a Ping-Pong table (That’s a 5′  x 9′ board), with games involving around 800 figures taking around 5 hours to play. It’s also worth noting that these rules are very much towards the simulation end of wargaming – this will become apparent as I describe them. All foot troops are based with four figures on a 1 1/2″ x 1/2″ base, whilst cavalry are based with two figures on a 1″ x 1″ base. Leaders and flagmen on foot are based individually on a 1/2″ x 1/2″ base, whilst mounted leaders are based on a 1″ x 1/2″ base. If using 28mm miniatures, it is advised that all distances and base sizes are doubled, whilst if using 6-10mm figures, all distances […]