Last 15 posts from Meeples & Miniatures

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. […]