Posts Tagged ‘Editorial’

What is the best scale to wargame?

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

You’ve all seen them – the posts from those who are new to wargaming that ask the apparently simple question: “What scale should I game in?” This is usually the cue for any number of gamers claiming that 54mm/40mm/28mm/20mm/15mm/10mm/6mm/2mm (delete as appropriate) is “God’s own scale” for wargaming and that the poser of the question would be stupid for choosing anything else. The discussion usually goes downhill from there… However, it’s a perfectly valid question – so what are the criteria that you should consider when choosing what scale to game in? Here are my thoughts on what you should consider when choosing either a new period, or even getting into gaming for the first time: What has everyone else got? One of the first considerations when choosing your scale of miniatures for a new period is to actually ask who your opponent will be, and what armies do they own? If you are in a situation where you will be playing other people, then it would seem sensible to ensure that you choose the same scale figures, so that you have ‘instant’ opponents to do battle against. If no-one else has an army for that period, then you may want to […]

Granite Games Summit – Recap Part 2

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

Thanks for joining in today as I wrap up my visit to the Granite Games Summit last weekend. If you missed Part 1, be sure to check it out Here. Next up: Scythe My next meaty excursion was with the … Continue reading

Granite Games Summit – Recap Part 1

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

I just came back from the Granite Games Summit this past weekend – a small, but growing, local convention that’s grown partly as a response to the vacuum left by the demise of the Unity Games a couple of years ago. I’ll … Continue reading

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 […]

Travel Battle – some initial thoughts

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

As many of you are aware by now, Perry Miniatures have a new game launching at Salute this year – Travel Battle. The game was made available for pre-order yesterday, and was generally welcomed across social media. Now, we can’t even begin to make a full judgement on Travel Battles until we see the rules; it is, after all, a game, and any game – no matter how pretty it may look – ultimately lives and dies by how it plays. My initial thoughts on seeing what is on offer are somewhat mixed. Yes, it all looks very pretty, with moulded terrain boards, scenery and miniatures, but I find myself asking the question “What does this gives us that we don’t already have?” Let’s take a step back and check what we are getting here. OK, we have some nice new plastic miniatures from the Perry Brothers – never a bad thing – but 8mm? Both 6mm and 10mm are pretty well established miniature scales, so why not go with either of those rather than creating a new scale? The obvious answer is future expansions – if you create something that only you provide, then you corner the market. There is, […]

The Magic of Playing in Person

Posted on March 10th, 2017 under , , . Posted by

Books are very commonly the gift of choice. My rule for buying books has always been – books are good gifts if they are books I read and know are good. A book is an investment, and if I give … Continue reading

Joining the mainstream – Test of Honour

Posted on March 7th, 2017 under , , . Posted by

I am not usually one for collecting what could be called ‘mainstream’ games.   OK, I played 40K a long time ago, and I’ve dabbled in X-Wing, but I’ve not really got involved in game system from a large manufacturer. Well, all that is probably about to change. Let me explain… …I love Samurai… Sengoku period Japan has always been a great interest of mine – I own lots of books on the subject, along with several sets of rules. However, I have always seemed to have been alone in this in any gaming group I have been in, so my model collection has remained small (plus the fact that, to put it simply, I’ve always been intimidated about painting Samurai armour). However, with Warlord Games about to release their Test of Honour Miniatures Game, I’m started to get really excited about actually gaming in the period. To that end, over the next couple of weeks I’m going to be featuring a number of articles including rules, miniatures and terrain reviews, all aimed at Sengoku Period Japan. The period is surprisingly well served around the wargaming community – hopefully I will be able to give you some extra ideas for gaming […]

X-Wing: Swimming against the meta

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

It’s the X-Wing Regional at Battlefield Hobbies this coming weekend. Following my somewhat dismal attempt at flying a TIE swarm in the last X-Wing competition I entered, my Imperial Fleet has seen several reinforcements, thanks to Christmas and my Birthday. A TIE Defender and TIE Phantom, as well as the Imperial Aces & Imperial Veterans box sets have swelled the ranks of my forces (although this had the dual effect of ensuring that I had all the forces for the Heroes of the Aturi Cluster campaign). It appears to be the accepted ‘meta’ for Imperial squadrons that you have to fly at least two TIE Defenders, so with that I mind I came up with the following list: Colonel Vessery and a Glaive Squadron Pilot are generally seen as a good pairing and the Lambda Shuttle is being used because it’s not only my favourite Imperial ship, but also as Stress management for my TIE-D’s and also providing extra target locks for Vessery to take advantage of. This seems to have possibilities as a competitive squadron, but I’m not sure it’s entirely me. It has the faint whiff of power gaming about it (as does a lot of ‘meta’, in my opinion) […]

2016 In Review

Posted on February 1st, 2017 under , , , , , , , , , , . Posted by

Better late than never I thought I’d take a look back at what I did in 2016. Turns out it was an interesting exercise.

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