Posts Tagged ‘Musing’

A week in the life of…

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

Hello again and welcome to Inso’s World.This week has been one of travelling, hospitals and missed opportunities.Monday I do chores for me and a friend who has a few health issues.Tuesday, I travelled up to Somerset so that I could take my Dad for his …

The traveller returns…

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

Hello and welcome to Inso’s World again.This week has been one of tiredness but full of progress as well.I have started a small local community project that I am not going to expand upon but takes up a little time so that has been something that has to…

Snipers arrive!

Posted on July 30th, 2017 under , , , , , . Posted by

Hello and welcome to Inso’s World again.This week has been one of highs, lows and indifference so I will try to keep things light.The low point was talking to Cancer specialists with my dad and to cut a long story short, his Chemotherapy starts in just…

Some finished painting.

Posted on July 23rd, 2017 under , , , . Posted by

Hello again and welcome to Inso’s World.This week has been all about painting and as I mentioned last week, it has mostly been about painting Grymn… so I’ll get straight to it with a little squad of painted Grymn:Click the Pic!As you can see, I have …

Some finished painting.

Posted on July 23rd, 2017 under , , , . Posted by

Hello again and welcome to Inso’s World.This week has been all about painting and as I mentioned last week, it has mostly been about painting Grymn… so I’ll get straight to it with a little squad of painted Grymn:Click the Pic!As you can see, I have …

The Wargame Vault and DriveThruRPG

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

One of the questions that I get from my readers is how to support this website. The main form of support that I currently receive is from the participation of gaming companies that send products for review. If you have a Miniatures Gaming related busin…

The Wargame Vault and DriveThruRPG

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

One of the questions that I get from my readers is how to support this website. The main form of support that I currently receive is from the participation of gaming companies that send products for review. If you have a Miniatures Gaming related busin…

Going back to the start…

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

Hello again and welcome to Inso’s World.Way back in the dim and distant past, I started using the internet and suddenly became aware of the wide range of miniatures that were available on the market. Up until that point it was Citadel / Games Workshop …

Going back to the start…

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

Hello again and welcome to Inso’s World.Way back in the dim and distant past, I started using the internet and suddenly became aware of the wide range of miniatures that were available on the market. Up until that point it was Citadel / Games Workshop …

Mixed week.

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

Hello again and welcome to Inso’s World.This week has been another slow one. Lots of things are up in the air (hobby wise and family wise) so I am just waiting for everything to land.My son popped down for a visit, for the first couple of days this wee…

Mixed week.

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

Hello again and welcome to Inso’s World.This week has been another slow one. Lots of things are up in the air (hobby wise and family wise) so I am just waiting for everything to land.My son popped down for a visit, for the first couple of days this wee…

Interview with Mike Tunez of Firelock Games (Blood & Plunder)

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

We at Must Contain Minis have been watching Firelock Game’s Blood and Plunder Kickstarter (No Peace Beyond the Line) with a great deal of interest. In fact, I just made my Captain level pledge and look forward to owning the new goodies next year when the rewards are mailed out.

Blood & Plunder

Recently, Mike Tunez (the creator of Blood & Plunder) was kind enough to grant an interview with Must Contain Minis. Below are the questions and answers from that interview.

The Interview

I love that Blood & Plunder is a historical based game, but can you tell us why you decided to go the route of History rather than Fantasy?

The primary reason is that the reality is truly stranger than fiction in this case and we found the history of it fascinating! I’m personally amazed it doesn’t get more attention.

The Blood and Plunder Rulebook had a number of pages dedicated to outlining the history of the game’s setting. Can we expect the same from “No Peace Beyond the Line?” If so, how will it expand on what is already in the core book?

Definitely! Expect a lot more historical figures and factions to make an appearance and their stories along with them. It will also feature an expanded timeline. 

The Kickstarter Rewards so far are all very exciting in the “No Peace Beyond the Line” campaign. My favourites so far are the Canoa and Civilians. Can you give us any teases of what else we might be able to expect as the campaign goes forward?

I don’t want to give away too much, but I will say there are some new dice I’m excited about!

How many models might the Canoa hold?

It will hold at least 8. It’s still a work in progress though so that number can change.

Any chance to get some sneak peaks on the stats of the new ships or units?

Everything is still being tested so it’s all subject to change but I’ll share one from each category: Enter Ploeg (Dutch Boarding Party) – 6 Points, Veterans. Armed with Braces of Pistols, Standard Melee Weapons and 1 out of 4 may have a Blunderbuss sidearm and Explosives. Fight 5/6, Shoot 7/6, Resolve 4. Special rules include Expert Sailors, Expert Artillery Crew and Battle Hardened. Piragua – 7 points, Top Speed 5”, Windward -3”, Turn 5”, Draft -, Size 1. Fortitude 3, Integrity 4. Sail Settings 5/2/0/A. Can carry 4 swivels. Traits include Sweeps: 4 and Low Profile.

Some of the Veteran players that I talked to are worried that this game might see some power creep in the new book versus the last book. Is this an issue that people should worry about? How do the Dutch and Natives balance versus the existing Nations?
Power creep is something I’ve seen do a lot of damage to games that I have been fond of. So it’s definitely on my mind as I go about designing units. We still have months of testing ahead of us but we are getting a very significant number of play test games in to look for this very thing. So far our points formula is holding up nicely. I am confident that power creep will not be an issue with the new units and factions we are developing for this expansion. 

What sort of Additions can players expect to see for Land Battles in this book?

New events that are geared specifically for land battles and specific location types. Cavalry, European regulars and field guns will definitely give land forces more flavor and options. Larger battle rules will add a new dimension to both land and sea battles as well. 

Can you give any teasers about the Campaign system and what to expect there?

Not a lot I can share on this right now, but I will say that any type of force, with or without a ship, can participate. There may end up being two different campaign types in the book as well…

I noticed in the core book that there are rules for pikes, but no units have pikes yet. Might you be releasing some pike units in the future?

Militia pikemen for all European nationalities will be present in the book. They will mostly be support units as they were rare, if present on the field at all, in most militias. They will be armed with lances by default as those where more common but will have the option to exchange those for true pikes.

Are there any painting guides out there for Blood and Plunder or suggestions on how to choose historically correct colours for the units?

This is something we have been trying to get off the ground and will hopefully see the light of day soon! For now I can say that the painted minis we feature are your best guide.

In particular, I notice that the French Flibustiers on Firelock Games’ Website (and in the rulebook) are mostly clothed in blue and red uniforms. Would it be incorrect to paint them with a different colour scheme? Are there any suggested alternative colour schemes that would also be historically accurate?

Uniforms is definitely the wrong term for these guys! Those would have been popular choice, but you can’t really go too wrong painting any model in our range whatever color you want. You may want to avoid rare colors for the period such as pink, purple or orange though.

Can players that missed the First Campaign pick up existing Blood and Plunder products at a discount over retail prices through this Kickstarter?

Yes they can! Those items will ship along with the regular rewards.

I would like to thank you again for your time. We are really enjoying your Kickstarter and can’t wait to see what else is in store for this beautiful game.

Closing Thoughts

Above are some fairly interesting tidbits about No Peace Beyond the Line. I especially like that Mike gave out some potential statistics for the game. I was wondering how the Piragua, Canoa and Dutch all lined up into the game.

Having conducted this interview, I think I might be switching the nationality of the figures in my pledge and going forward with picking up a Piragua and Canoa. Hopefully the guys at Firelock Games don’t mind me saying, but when I make purchases, I like to ask myself what other games can I also use those figures with. I already have plans of using the Piragua and Canoas for Frostgrave: Ghost Archipelago and Flint and Feather.

Of course, all of these items will also be used to play Blood & Plunder when I receive my pledge. I think it is going to be a lot of fun running a couple of Canoas and a Piragua against a Sloop to see which side would win. I am also looking forward to seeing the expanded land rules and new units in the game.

Until next time, Happy Gaming Everyone!!!

Interview with Mike Tunez of Firelock Games (Blood & Plunder)

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

We at Must Contain Minis have been watching Firelock Game’s Blood and Plunder Kickstarter (No Peace Beyond the Line) with a great deal of interest. In fact, I just made my Captain level pledge and look forward to owning the new goodies next year when the rewards are mailed out.

Blood & Plunder

Recently, Mike Tunez (the creator of Blood & Plunder) was kind enough to grant an interview with Must Contain Minis. Below are the questions and answers from that interview.

The Interview

I love that Blood & Plunder is a historical based game, but can you tell us why you decided to go the route of History rather than Fantasy?

The primary reason is that the reality is truly stranger than fiction in this case and we found the history of it fascinating! I’m personally amazed it doesn’t get more attention.

The Blood and Plunder Rulebook had a number of pages dedicated to outlining the history of the game’s setting. Can we expect the same from “No Peace Beyond the Line?” If so, how will it expand on what is already in the core book?

Definitely! Expect a lot more historical figures and factions to make an appearance and their stories along with them. It will also feature an expanded timeline. 

The Kickstarter Rewards so far are all very exciting in the “No Peace Beyond the Line” campaign. My favourites so far are the Canoa and Civilians. Can you give us any teases of what else we might be able to expect as the campaign goes forward?

I don’t want to give away too much, but I will say there are some new dice I’m excited about!

How many models might the Canoa hold?

It will hold at least 8. It’s still a work in progress though so that number can change.

Any chance to get some sneak peaks on the stats of the new ships or units?

Everything is still being tested so it’s all subject to change but I’ll share one from each category: Enter Ploeg (Dutch Boarding Party) – 6 Points, Veterans. Armed with Braces of Pistols, Standard Melee Weapons and 1 out of 4 may have a Blunderbuss sidearm and Explosives. Fight 5/6, Shoot 7/6, Resolve 4. Special rules include Expert Sailors, Expert Artillery Crew and Battle Hardened. Piragua – 7 points, Top Speed 5”, Windward -3”, Turn 5”, Draft -, Size 1. Fortitude 3, Integrity 4. Sail Settings 5/2/0/A. Can carry 4 swivels. Traits include Sweeps: 4 and Low Profile.

Some of the Veteran players that I talked to are worried that this game might see some power creep in the new book versus the last book. Is this an issue that people should worry about? How do the Dutch and Natives balance versus the existing Nations?
Power creep is something I’ve seen do a lot of damage to games that I have been fond of. So it’s definitely on my mind as I go about designing units. We still have months of testing ahead of us but we are getting a very significant number of play test games in to look for this very thing. So far our points formula is holding up nicely. I am confident that power creep will not be an issue with the new units and factions we are developing for this expansion. 

What sort of Additions can players expect to see for Land Battles in this book?

New events that are geared specifically for land battles and specific location types. Cavalry, European regulars and field guns will definitely give land forces more flavor and options. Larger battle rules will add a new dimension to both land and sea battles as well. 

Can you give any teasers about the Campaign system and what to expect there?

Not a lot I can share on this right now, but I will say that any type of force, with or without a ship, can participate. There may end up being two different campaign types in the book as well…

I noticed in the core book that there are rules for pikes, but no units have pikes yet. Might you be releasing some pike units in the future?

Militia pikemen for all European nationalities will be present in the book. They will mostly be support units as they were rare, if present on the field at all, in most militias. They will be armed with lances by default as those where more common but will have the option to exchange those for true pikes.

Are there any painting guides out there for Blood and Plunder or suggestions on how to choose historically correct colours for the units?

This is something we have been trying to get off the ground and will hopefully see the light of day soon! For now I can say that the painted minis we feature are your best guide.

In particular, I notice that the French Flibustiers on Firelock Games’ Website (and in the rulebook) are mostly clothed in blue and red uniforms. Would it be incorrect to paint them with a different colour scheme? Are there any suggested alternative colour schemes that would also be historically accurate?

Uniforms is definitely the wrong term for these guys! Those would have been popular choice, but you can’t really go too wrong painting any model in our range whatever color you want. You may want to avoid rare colors for the period such as pink, purple or orange though.

Can players that missed the First Campaign pick up existing Blood and Plunder products at a discount over retail prices through this Kickstarter?

Yes they can! Those items will ship along with the regular rewards.

I would like to thank you again for your time. We are really enjoying your Kickstarter and can’t wait to see what else is in store for this beautiful game.

Closing Thoughts

Above are some fairly interesting tidbits about No Peace Beyond the Line. I especially like that Mike gave out some potential statistics for the game. I was wondering how the Piragua, Canoa and Dutch all lined up into the game.

Having conducted this interview, I think I might be switching the nationality of the figures in my pledge and going forward with picking up a Piragua and Canoa. Hopefully the guys at Firelock Games don’t mind me saying, but when I make purchases, I like to ask myself what other games can I also use those figures with. I already have plans of using the Piragua and Canoas for Frostgrave: Ghost Archipelago and Flint and Feather.

Of course, all of these items will also be used to play Blood & Plunder when I receive my pledge. I think it is going to be a lot of fun running a couple of Canoas and a Piragua against a Sloop to see which side would win. I am also looking forward to seeing the expanded land rules and new units in the game.

Until next time, Happy Gaming Everyone!!!

Top 6 of 200 Posts!!!

Posted on July 5th, 2017 under , . Posted by

It is hard to believe, but today marks the 200th post on Must Contain Minis!In that time, I wrote about many subjects and today I share with my readers the top 6 posts of all time (determined by page view numbers). Being that Must Contain Minis is abou…

Top 6 of 200 Posts!!!

Posted on July 5th, 2017 under , . Posted by

It is hard to believe, but today marks the 200th post on Must Contain Minis!In that time, I wrote about many subjects and today I share with my readers the top 6 posts of all time (determined by page view numbers). Being that Must Contain Minis is abou…

Metaphorical car crash.

Posted on July 2nd, 2017 under , , , , . Posted by

Hello again.It’s been a week, hasn’t it?My week started with a trip to see my Dad in hospital. It turns out that he has cancer. We are waiting for the specialists to decide what to do… but there are more tests this week.That was a big thing to soak u…

Metaphorical car crash.

Posted on July 2nd, 2017 under , , , , . Posted by

Hello again.It’s been a week, hasn’t it?My week started with a trip to see my Dad in hospital. It turns out that he has cancer. We are waiting for the specialists to decide what to do… but there are more tests this week.That was a big thing to soak u…

Ta-Daaaaah!

Posted on June 25th, 2017 under , , , , , . Posted by

Hello and welcome to Inso’s World again.

This week has been another busy one around the house and on the hobby front.

To start with, we now have a fully functioning guest room with all the furniture and a bed in there. All that is needed is a bit of linen and someone to arrive.

I managed to get a day where I could be outside and not melt so I took the opportunity to clear out the shed, replace all the shelving and give it a good old clean before putting most of the stuff back into it. There is actually floor space in there now… which is great.

On the hobby front, I have been busy sculpting and have continued with the ogre sniper (no pics) but also managed to finish all the Halfling Snipers so that they could be sent off for casting:

Click the Pic!
As you can see, they all have nice little basing tabs so I know they are mine. They were sent off on Saturday and the casts should be arriving by early August so there will be an opportunity for other people to get hold of some, fairly soon. This will be the first time that I have had my own miniatures cast up for myself so it is a bit of a departure from the norm. It will be interesting to see how they are received.
As well as sculpting, I have been receiving hobby stuff through the post. First, a small batch of Primaris Space Marines arrived from EBay. There has been a bit of a faff because they weren’t the ones I ordered but we have reached an agreement and things should be sorted soon. In the meantime, I decided to start work on the lieutenant model… so I replaced his head, moved his helmet to his belt and added a ‘bulge’ on his helmet so that his bionic eye would be able to fit:
Click the Pic!
In the above pic, you can see the converted helmet and also see that he has been primed, ready for paint. I plan to paint these all in camouflage and have started to lay down colours to see what they look like. I just have some small black flecks to add… but this is going to be the pattern I will be using (with little black flecks added next):
Click the Pic!
It will end up as a stylised version of British DPM. I have put the paints I have used, in the background so that I know which ones they are for later use (I have a lot of greens and browns). This miniature isn’t one I ordered so I am happy to use it as a test model to see how things go. Obviously, I have a long way to go yet but every journey starts with the first step.
In other news, I stumbled upon an opportunity that I couldn’t resist… cheap Megaro Zamac kits. On this ocasion, Run Valam:
Click the Pic!
This particular kit is one that regularly turns up on EBay for £30+ but I got this one for £5.49. It was advertised as ‘bits only’ but later, the seller posted that all the pieces seemed to be there so I took a punt… and they were. Bargain. Now I just need to decide whether to add it to the rest of my ‘retirement’ Megaro Zamac kits or convert/build it up as a single. I am sure I will make my mind up soon… these are the retirement kits:
Click the Pics!
That is it for this week.
See you from the nice, clean shed!

Ta-Daaaaah!

Posted on June 25th, 2017 under , , , , , . Posted by

Hello and welcome to Inso’s World again.

This week has been another busy one around the house and on the hobby front.

To start with, we now have a fully functioning guest room with all the furniture and a bed in there. All that is needed is a bit of linen and someone to arrive.

I managed to get a day where I could be outside and not melt so I took the opportunity to clear out the shed, replace all the shelving and give it a good old clean before putting most of the stuff back into it. There is actually floor space in there now… which is great.

On the hobby front, I have been busy sculpting and have continued with the ogre sniper (no pics) but also managed to finish all the Halfling Snipers so that they could be sent off for casting:

Click the Pic!
As you can see, they all have nice little basing tabs so I know they are mine. They were sent off on Saturday and the casts should be arriving by early August so there will be an opportunity for other people to get hold of some, fairly soon. This will be the first time that I have had my own miniatures cast up for myself so it is a bit of a departure from the norm. It will be interesting to see how they are received.
As well as sculpting, I have been receiving hobby stuff through the post. First, a small batch of Primaris Space Marines arrived from EBay. There has been a bit of a faff because they weren’t the ones I ordered but we have reached an agreement and things should be sorted soon. In the meantime, I decided to start work on the lieutenant model… so I replaced his head, moved his helmet to his belt and added a ‘bulge’ on his helmet so that his bionic eye would be able to fit:
Click the Pic!
In the above pic, you can see the converted helmet and also see that he has been primed, ready for paint. I plan to paint these all in camouflage and have started to lay down colours to see what they look like. I just have some small black flecks to add… but this is going to be the pattern I will be using (with little black flecks added next):
Click the Pic!
It will end up as a stylised version of British DPM. I have put the paints I have used, in the background so that I know which ones they are for later use (I have a lot of greens and browns). This miniature isn’t one I ordered so I am happy to use it as a test model to see how things go. Obviously, I have a long way to go yet but every journey starts with the first step.
In other news, I stumbled upon an opportunity that I couldn’t resist… cheap Megaro Zamac kits. On this ocasion, Run Valam:
Click the Pic!
This particular kit is one that regularly turns up on EBay for £30+ but I got this one for £5.49. It was advertised as ‘bits only’ but later, the seller posted that all the pieces seemed to be there so I took a punt… and they were. Bargain. Now I just need to decide whether to add it to the rest of my ‘retirement’ Megaro Zamac kits or convert/build it up as a single. I am sure I will make my mind up soon… these are the retirement kits:
Click the Pics!
That is it for this week.
See you from the nice, clean shed!

It’s all getting there.

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

Hello and welcome to Inso’s World again.It is HOT! Damned hot! So hot, I have to keep wiping my hands while I sculpt to prevent the sweat on my hands making the putty too slippery to work with. It is absolutely wonderful having such glorious weather th…

It’s all getting there.

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

Hello and welcome to Inso’s World again.It is HOT! Damned hot! So hot, I have to keep wiping my hands while I sculpt to prevent the sweat on my hands making the putty too slippery to work with. It is absolutely wonderful having such glorious weather th…

Synergies between Mad Dogs with Guns and Bolt Action: Sea Lion

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

Many readers will have noticed that when I look at games and their components, one of the questions that I ask myself is whether I could reuse the components from one game in another. The reason for this is simply because I love to play many games and …

Synergies between Mad Dogs with Guns and Bolt Action: Sea Lion

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

Many readers will have noticed that when I look at games and their components, one of the questions that I ask myself is whether I could reuse the components from one game in another. The reason for this is simply because I love to play many games and …

It’s all gone a bit wobbly.

Posted on June 5th, 2017 under , , , , , . Posted by

Hello again and welcome to Inso’s World.As you may have noticed, it has been very quiet on here for a couple of weeks. That is because, quite frankly, I didn’t have anything to write about and have been travelling a bit.The weekend before last, Me and …

It’s all gone a bit wobbly.

Posted on June 5th, 2017 under , , , , , . Posted by

Hello again and welcome to Inso’s World.As you may have noticed, it has been very quiet on here for a couple of weeks. That is because, quite frankly, I didn’t have anything to write about and have been travelling a bit.The weekend before last, Me and …