Posts Tagged ‘28mm Gaming’

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 […]

Hobby News Round-up: w/e 20th January 2017

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

Here are a few of the pieces of news from around the hobby that caught my attention this week: Curteys Miniatures are releasing some new Romano British Heavy Cavalry. Pictures appeared on their Facebook page earlier this week. They are due to be released at the Vapnartak show or soon thereafter. That will be just in time for the new Aetius & Arthur supplement for Saga, which is currently available for pre-order from Gripping Beast (along with a new set of custom dice). This new Saga book is due for release in early February and is currently priced at £27.00 on the Gripping Beast website. ArmiesArmy have just released a couple of new AFVs for their Cold War 1980s range of 15mm miniatures. They have released the British Chieftain Main Battle Tank and the Abbot 105mm Self-Propelled Field Artillery. These are available to buy as single models, but can be bought as a troop or squadron/battery with a discount. The single models are priced at £8.00 and £7.00 respectively. Crusader Miniatures have just released a new range of 28mm French Dragons Portés (Motorcycle troops). There are seven packs in the range, which a couple of groups of riflemen, a pack of SMGs, […]

Kickstarter Round-up – w/c 9th January 2017

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

It’s been two or three weeks since my last look at crowdfunding, so some of the projects here are nearing their end-date. Miniatures Darklands: Starter Hosts Mierce Miniatures are running a project so that backers can get Starter Hosts for their Darklands fantasy battle game. A host comprises of a Commander, a 10 model infantry unit and a 5 (or) model monstrous infantry unit, and are available in metal or resin. The kickstarter is just over halfway to its £10,000 funding goal, and finished on the 17th January. Delivery is due in February 2017. German Gebirgsjäger WWII 28mm German company Heer46 are looking create a new range of 28mm metal World War II miniatures, depicting the German Gebirgsjager (Mountain Troops – you know, the ones that Richard Burton and Clint Eastwood disguised themselves as in Where Eagles Dare) They have currently reach almost 400% of their 2,000 EUR funding goal, with the project due to finish on 30th January. Delivery is due in August 2017. Scenery Streetscape: 28mm wargaming buildings Phillip Page has relaunched his Kickstarter which was unsuccessful last year. Streetscape allows gamers to have 28mm scale houses at a lower cost. They use MDF building shell, clad with […]

Hobby News Round-Up: w/e 6th January 2016

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

Welcome to the new look hobby news. As I blogged about at the end of last year, I am now only reporting on hobby news once a week on the blog, in a weekly round-up on the Friday of each week. This week has obviously been a little quiet as companies are coming back to work after the Christmas period, but a few things did catch my eye. Whilst it is a very great shame that Mike Broadbent’s original 28mm Teddy Bear’s Picnic range is no longer available, it seems that he has not abandoned the idea of historical gaming with Teddy Bears. Slave 2 Gaming have just released a new range: Battle of Teddysburg – The American Civil Paw. Needless to say, this is a sideways look at the American Civil War, with the two protagonist armies depicted by Teddy Bears in uniform. The miniatures are 18mm tall, and the range currently has 24 packs, including Infantry, Cavalry and Artillery all in either hats or kepis. This looks like a wonderfully whimsical range – I just love how the cavalry are all on hobby horses! – and if ever I was going to build a couple of ACW armies […]