Posts Tagged ‘28mm Gaming’

‘March of the Dead’ Fantasy Undead Miniatures launched on Kickstarter

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

Philip Hynes, who many people may know for figures he has sculpted for Bad Squiddo Games, has launched a Kickstarter project to fund the production of a new range of 28mm Fantasy Undead Miniatures. The project is called March of the Dead, and is running until 2nd May 2017. The range includes a number of different undead figures. Whilst there are familiar models such as Undead Champions and a Necromancer, there are also some more unusual miniatures uncluding a Zombie Cow and a Weresheep (!) Phil is looking for £2500 to fully fund the project, and at time of writing has reached around 60% of his goal. The first stretch goal has been announced at £3500, being some Undead Cavalry, which look rather nice. Current pledge levels range from £8 for a single large miniature, such as the Zombie Cow, to £69 which will get you all of the currently planned sets. Delivery is due in October 2017.Filed under: Crowdfunding Tagged: 28mm Gaming, Fantasy Gaming

Runewars Miniatures Game – Opening the box

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

Thanks to bad planning, I wasn’t at home to receive my delivery of the Runewars Miniatures Game (RMG) when it was released on Thursday, and thanks to the Bank Holiday in the UK, I wasn’t actually able to pick up the parcel until Saturday, so I have been somewhat delayed in posting about it. RMG is the brand new game from Fantasy Flight Games and marks a new venture for FFG as they move into mass battle miniatures wargames for the first time. Their previous miniatures games (as opposed to boardgames with miniatures) have been X-Wing and Star Wars: Armada, both of which are essentially skirmish games (low model count, moving models individually) so this is something brand new. First thing of note is the box size – this is one of FFG’s large square boxes, much like games such as Star Wars Rebellion or Imperial Assault. This usually indicates that the game contains a lot of stuff. The box weight isn’t as heavy as some of these titles, but this is because it does not contain quite the same volume of cardstock, which tends to be quite heavy. Opening the box reveals the rule books for the game – of […]

Meeples & Miniatures – Episode 203 – Pig Iron Productions

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

Download Episode 203 Welcome to Episode 203 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 Alex Speight from Pig Iron Productions We chat about how Alex came to own Pig Iron Productions, and what plans are in store for the future of this company who produce some of the finest 28mm sci-fi miniatures on the market today Show Links Pig Iron Productions Vapnartak Wargames Show Filed under: Meeples & Miniatures Tagged: 28mm Gaming, Sci-Fi Gaming

Unboxing Test of Honour – Core Box & Faction Boxes

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

As you no doubt know by know, I have been in a state of excited anticipation ever since Warlord Games announced that they were releasing Test of Honour. Well, the time has come and everything has arrived – I ordered my copy from PE2 Collectibles, which meant that I didn’t get the Geisha Spy model, but the bundle was somewhat cheaper. Test of Honour – Core Box Lets start by opening the box and seeing what’s inside… First off are a couple of sheets of coloured card, containing 2D scenery and various counters, plus rulebooks and assembly instructions for the models. Under these are the model sprues, bases, dice and cards. The cardstock is good quality, and the addition of card terrain means that you can get going straight out of the box if you so wished – especially since the basic game does not have rules for entering buildings (I believe these are promised as advanced rules). The reverse side shows ruined buildings, and hedges rather than stone walls. Then we have the Rulebook & Battle Guide – both of these are fine, although it may have been nice to have them printed on better quality paper, as they […]

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 […]

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

Samurai – what scale of warfare?

Posted on March 13th, 2017 under , , , , , , , , . Posted by

When it comes to gaming in the period of the Samurai, one thing is certain – we have a wide range of miniatures to choose from, whether it be large battles or small skirmishes.  I’ve tried to gather together a selection of ranges in a number of scales, so no matter what your preferred level of gaming, you should find a range of models to your liking (or perhaps, suddenly realise that this is a period you might want to game in multiple scales!) I’ve aimed this primarily at the Sengoku period, though some earlier periods are referenced. 6mm Baccus 6mm – Baccus have a relatively small but comprehensive range of Samurai miniatures. 8 packs in total, but they cover all the main troops you will need. Their ‘Medieval Samurai’ range also include miniatures suitable for Ronin and Warrior Monks, plus a pack of Pavises. Irregular Miniatures – Irregular also cover the main Samurai troop types (7 packs), although their range does include a light cannon for very late period battles 10mm Irregular Miniatures – Irregular have a small range of 10mm Samurai in addition to their 6mm range, though the poses and armaments are limited. Magister Militum – Another small […]

Review: Broken Legions

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

Rating: Thus begins Broken Legions – another in the series of Wargames Rules from Osprey Publishing, written by Mark Latham. As you can already deduce, this is a fantasy skirmish wargame set in the time of the Roman Empire. Broken Legions is a ‘warband’ style of skirmish game, so players will each need a warband of between 7 and 12 models a side. Since the game is set in a mythical Ancient Rome timeline, warbands consist of miniatures from the armies of the time: Imperial Rome, Gladiators, Barbarians, Dacians, Parthians, Argonauts (Greeks) and Cult of Set (Egyptians). Most of these miniatures you will find in any 28mm Ancient army that you may have to hand, or maybe one that has been lying in a corner unloved since its days of playing WAB? However, since this is a fantasy game as well, other models will be needed. For instance, you can recruit Mummies, Werewolves, Amazons, Lamia, Cyclops, Necromancers of even a demigod into your warband. In addition, one of the scenarios uses wandering monsters, so if possible you will need models to represent a Chimeria, Gorgon, Harpies, Hydra and a Minotaur. The game is normally played on a 3’ x 3’ board, […]

The ‘next big thing’ in miniatures gaming?

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

For several years now we have seen the slow blurring of the line between miniatures games and board games. Especially with the improvement in production quality of plastic miniatures, more and more board games are now using these as playing pieces, rather than the more traditional wooden blocks. One of the companies at the forefront of this has been Fantasy Flight Games, who are one of the market leaders in game design and production quality. Whilst FFG games are not cheap (a fact that has not been helped by the plunging value of sterling on the currency markets) you are pretty much guaranteed top-notch components and artwork when you buy an FFG game, no matter what it’s subject. So, I was intrigued when at GenCon in 2016, they announced that they were going to be producing a fantasy miniatures game. The world of Terrinoth in which this game is set already has a rich heritage – it is the world in which several FFG games already exist: Runebound, Runewars, Battlelore Second Edition and Descent: Journeys in the Dark to be specific, so the Runewars Miniatures Game is not birthed into a vacuum – a fact that is important, as many gamers want […]

Test of Honour – PDF of rulebook now available

Posted on February 9th, 2017 under , , . Posted by

I’m a huge fan of Sengoku Period Japan, so ever since Warlord Games teased us with the initial box art of their new Samurai miniatures game – Test of Honour – I have been eagerly awaiting more news. This week, Warlord posted a large update about the game, giving insight into how the game works, and including a free PDF download of the rulebook. I’m pleased to say that having read through the rulebook, the game actually looks pretty good. Each player has a small warband, consisting of a Samurai Hero and up to two extra retainers, plus a number of Ashigaru armed with spears, bows or muskets. Recruitment of your warband is performed using cards, with each scenario deciding how large you force is. From the rulebook, it appears that your Samurai can gain new skills as you play more scenarios – it appears to be much like Frostgrave in this respect, where your Samurai can gain experience, but the reset of your warband are simply ‘grunts’. This actually fits the period really well, as Ashigaru were very much the common foot soldier of the time. Turn sequence is decided by drawing tokens from a bag, and there is always the chance […]

Panzer Mech – new Kickstarter project from West Wind Productions

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

On Saturday February 4th (which also happened to by Andy Cooper’s birthday) West Wind Productions launched their latest Kickstarter – Panzer Mech. This project follows a very busy year for West Wind as they have been busy sculpting and casting the very successfully War & Empire II – Legions of Rome range, and is a small but significant landmark – it is the first time that they have used 3D printing for their models. Panzer Mech is initially aimed at bringing some new Mechs to West Wind’s 28mm Secrets of the Third Reich range – a game set in an alternate ‘Weird War II’ universe where World War II did not end in 1945. The current range includes many of the units that have become ubiquitous with the genre: Werewolves, Zombies, Vampires, Mechs and Jet Pack troops, to name a few. The new models include the German Jotun (a mech armed with an 88mm cannon), British Bulldog and US Sherman Mech. On top of this, Kickstarter backers also receive a 30% discount on selected items from the back catalogue of both Secrets of the Third Reich and Incursion – more codes from these ranges will become available at the discount price as […]