Posts Tagged ‘Reviews’

NEW Medieval City Fight Battle Mat from Cigar Box Battle

Posted on October 25th, 2016 under , , , , , . Posted by


Have you seen our beautiful  Medieval City Fight terrain mat? Perfect for Bolt Action, Blackpowder, Chain of Command, Role Playing games, and more! What would you use it for? Just…

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Widgets and Wonders Ep 53 – The Steady Hand Grip

Posted on October 24th, 2016 under , , , , . Posted by

Review & Unboxing: Wood Elf Highborn with Great Weapon / Wandererers Waystrider Warheim: Szlachcic Leśnych Elfów z Athel Loren

Posted on October 22nd, 2016 under , , , , , , , , , , , . Posted by

I’m preparing for Warheim Fantay Skirmish tournament in January and that’s way I had to add a hero to my Athel Loren Wood Elves squad – the Higborn. Choosing the right miniature wasn’t hard because I wanted to buy it for quite a while. In my opi…

Thank you!

Posted on October 20th, 2016 under , , , , , , , . Posted by

OK so this is a little off base from what you normally see but I think its well deserved, having started this site in June 2014 as a little side hobby project, tracking my progress away from Games Workshop, who are by the way now dragging me back into the fold,  it has grown into a … Continue reading Thank you!

Tutorial & Review: Snow Effect – Citadel texture Valhallan Blizzard

Posted on October 18th, 2016 under , , , , , , , , , , , , . Posted by

bought Citadel texture Valhallan Blizzard during Armies on Parade 2016
(on Saturday) and tried it as soon as I got back home. I was very lucky to
have a perfect miniature to show the snow effect – Chaos Space Marines
Cultist of Tzeentch fr…

State of Play

Posted on October 17th, 2016 under , . Posted by

‘All New War’ version of Warmachine and Hordes hit the streets back in June, so some kind of review is probably in order. However, rather than talk about rules changes in anything but the broadest terms, an overview of the … Continue reading

Widgets and Wonders Ep 52 – Industrial Terrain from

Posted on October 17th, 2016 under , , , , , , . Posted by


Review: Armies on Parade 2016 – video

Posted on October 16th, 2016 under , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Posted by

Armies on Parade 2016 in Warsaw Poland – watch the video below from the event that took place on the 15th October.
The first place went to the Empire Castle "Tear for shadows past". It was a great and very harmonious display, although the bases didn’t fit.
Dark Eldar took the second place with equally large diorama. I was quite surprised with the colours of the miniatures – I’m not a fan of

Miniature Leaf Punches (PK-PRO)

Posted on October 10th, 2016 under , . Posted by

Probably many of you have already contact with the miniature leaf punches. This brilliant in its simplicity patent became popular several months ago. Certainly many of you were using on their bases or dioramas leaves imitation. The most popular way to do this is use a birch seeds. These punches (cutters), allow to obtain much better results. Let’s take a look on punches offered by the online store PK-PRO.

Zapewne wielu z Was zetknęło się już z wycinarkami do tworzenia miniaturowych liści. Ten genialny w swojej prostocie patent stał się popularny wiele miesięcy temu. Napewno nie jeden raz używaliście na swoich podstawkach czy dioramach imitacji liści. Najpopularniejszy sposób to nasiona brzozy. Te wycinarki pozwalają jednak na uzyskanie znacznie lepszych efektów. Przyjrzyjmy się wycinarką oferowanym przez sklep internetowy PK-PRO.


Widgets and Wonders Ep 51- ‘Forgotten Realm’ and ‘Deathworld Forge’ Mats from

Posted on October 9th, 2016 under , , , , , , , . Posted by

RDTN Episode 103: Empires: Galactic Rebellion, Guild Ball, Warmachine, & Tanks

Posted on October 4th, 2016 under , , , , . Posted by

This might be unprecedented with four “reviews” in one show and the length is just barely over an hour. So, it is possible to compress goodness into a small package. […]

The Longest Seige

Posted on October 4th, 2016 under , , , . Posted by

The Longest Siege: Tobruk – The Battle That Saved North Africa by Robert Lyman is a book that has sat on my shelves patiently waiting for me to read it for far too long. My renewed interest in this book was in no small part because of a chance encounter I had at the Military Odyssey living history show in Kent last month. I got chatting to a DAK re-enactor who said there had been a resurgence in interest in the desert war in part because of a proposed new film about the siege of Tobruk. 
The first half of the book sets the scene by running through the early stages of the North African campaign. The invasion of Egypt by the Italians and the hugely successful Operation Compass that sent them fleeing back into Libya have been documented before so much of this is well travelled ground for anyone familiar with this period of the war. However as an introduction to the trials and tribulations of desert warfare these early chapters of the book do an excellent job of acclimatising the reader to the desert war.

I hadn’t appreciated quite how the failure to capture Tobruk had dented German moral or how many risks that Rommel took to try and capture the town before the Allies could get properly dug in. In many ways this was typical of Rommel, acting faster than his opponents could react and keeping them constantly on the back foot. Rommel was initially convinced that the Tobruk defences were quite weak – based partly on the knowledge of how quickly the Italians had lost the town during the British advance – and expected his own brand of ‘shock and awe’ to sweep the defenders away. The Germans were soon to realise that the mixed bag of defenders inside, and Political and military leaders outside, were not about to let this happen.

Tobruk harbour on the day it was captured from the Italians. The tanks in the foreground are captured Italian M13s being used by the Australians (hence the white kangaroo painted on their sides). 

Much of the second half of the book focuses on the early attempts by the DAK to capture the town and its eventual relief 242 days later. But for me the most interesting details relate to daily life for the men inside the defensive perimeter. Conditions were increasingly tough for the defenders but their resolve never seemed to waver. Daily air raids, dwindling rations and harsh desert conditions just seemed to make the defenders all the more obstinate and determined!

The failure to take Tobruk stopped the Germans in their tracks and seriously complicated supply of forward operations as they moved into Egypt. The Afrika Korp needed approximately 70000 tonnes of supplies to keep it operational in the field. Benghazi could supply 60000 tonnes but a significant portion of this would never make it to the front lines. Transport and the predatory actions of the RAF’s Desert Air Force ate away at this total meaning that the potential 24000 tonnes that could be brought ashore at Tobruk was desperately needed if Rommel was to continue his eastward advance. In short, Tobruk was a vital part of the German offensive equation.

“The Mathematics was clear: without Tobruk, Rommel did not have the port capacity he required to sustain his troops in North Africa”

This is an excellently written book, full of interesting details and observations that bring the battle to life for the reader. 
Paperback: 310 Pages
Publisher: Pan Books 2010
Language: English
Rating:      ★★★★★

Site Updates

Posted on September 30th, 2016 under , , , , , , , , , , , , . Posted by

As the very keen eyed reader will have noted there has been a very few subtle changes around recently a few pages have appeared and some have vanished, some permanently some only temporarily, there are a few reasons for this first is we are pressing forward with things at so far unheard of speeds,now with … Continue reading Site Updates

Kings of War Historical- a review

Posted on September 29th, 2016 under , , , , , . Posted by

Couple of days ago I finally received my preordered Kings of War Historical wargaming rules. They had been released by Mantic Games and present their foray into historical wargaming. I do have to say it was a good move on … Continue reading

Scale Model Handbook 15

Posted on September 29th, 2016 under , . Posted by

More than a month ago I presented to you, “Scale Model Handbook 16“. In this review we look at the next publication of MrBLACK PUBLICATIONS – “Scale Model Handbook 15”.

Ponad miesiąc temu zaprezentowałem Wam Scale Model Handbook 16“. W tej recenzji przyjrzymy się kolejnej publikacji od MrBLACK PUBLICATIONS – “Scale Model Handbook 15”.


Review: White Dwarf October 2016

Posted on September 28th, 2016 under , . Posted by

Got my White Dwarf today (yay) and it is continuing in the new monthly format of course, and there’s much to enjoy in here for sure. So on with the review shall we?First up, there’s still a lot of stuff for both systems, but as the new releases where m…

Space Hulk: Death Angel Review

Posted on September 24th, 2016 under , , , , , , , , . Posted by

In our Space Hulk: Death Angel review, we take a look at a tough cooperative card game set in the Warhammer 40,000 universe.
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Review: The New White Dwarf

Posted on September 21st, 2016 under , , . Posted by

White Dwarf has always been a magazine near and dear to my heart. When I first started in the hobby, it was a source of inspiration – beautiful figures, exciting […]

30-day Miniatures Challenge – day 18: Your favourite Independent Hero from the Universe? 30-dniowe Wyzwanie Figurkowe – dzień 18: Ulubiony Bohater Niezależny z uniwersum?

Posted on September 18th, 2016 under , , , , , , . Posted by

Time for the eighteenth post in the series 30-day Miniatures Challenge (more about this initiative and a complete list of all the
questions and published answers here).

Czas na osiemnasty post z serii 30-dniowego Wyzwania Figurkowego (więc…

Review: Kill Team

Posted on September 14th, 2016 under , , , , . Posted by

The summer has been an interesting one for Games Workshop, with some really interesting releases, but not ones that make major changes to the game, easing off the relentless drumbeat […]

30-day Miniatures Challenge – day 14: Favourite type of battlefield, terrain or mock-up? 30-dniowe Wyzwanie Figurkowe – dzień 14: Ulubiony rodzaj pola bitwy, element terenu lub makieta?

Posted on September 14th, 2016 under , , , , , , , , , . Posted by

Time for the fourteenth post in the series 30-day Miniatures Challenge (more about this initiative and a complete list of all the
questions and published answers here).

Czas na czternasty post z serii 30-dniowego Wyzwania Figurkowego (więc…

Chat: Tabletop Adapters 32mm base adapters

Posted on September 11th, 2016 under , , . Posted by

Did you guys see Stahly’s review on these 32mm base adapters? I did and I was suitably impressed. Adam from TT Adapters has sent some to me as well. After the jump I give you my thoughts on this ingenious product. 

More after the jump

SPQR Book Review

Posted on September 9th, 2016 under , , , . Posted by

Senātus Populusque Rōmānus
(The Roman Senate and People)

Few modern historians have the ability to communicate the complexity of their subject in laymen’s language without dumbing down the content. Mary Beard however is no ordinary historian and has been defying convention, and thumbing her nose at the academic world she inhabits (not altogether tongue in cheek) for decades. Her story of Rome’s earliest history is uniquely detailed, informative, funny and often wryly observed but never overly academic. 

“Who could be so indifferent or so idle that they did not want to find out how, and under what kind of political organisation, almost the whole of the inhabited world was conquered and fell under the sole power of the Romans in less than 53 years, something previously unparalleled?”

Rome’s earliest history is devilishly difficult to uncover, little survives from that time and most of the classical sources were actually written hundreds of years after the founding of the city. Beard carefully lays out the many theories and a what little evidence exists to present as clear a picture of this unclear time as it is probably possible to achieve. More importantly she asks the right questions when looking back at this period. Where the seeds of future Roman success laid out in the cities foundation and was the rise of Rome as the worlds first superpower inevitable?
The task she sets herself in writing this book, reviewing such as vast swath of history, is truly colossal. On the one hand Rome’s story is one of warfare, of battles won and lost or enemies defeated and absorbed and she tells this part of the story effortlessly. But to really understand what drove Rome forwards one needs to understand Roman Politics. The rise of Imperial Rome is presented as an inevitable consequence of the way the Republic was formed and driven forwards. From an early point Romans were inclusive, outward looking and had an unshakable belief in their right to exist. There was no grand plan for world conquest but looking back through the prism of history it is clear that either Rome would be destroyed or would conquer. There was no third way for Rome. 
The famous Monty Python film The Life of Brian a group of plotting revolutionaries ask “What have the Romans ever done for us?” and Mary Beard confidently and accurately asserts that the Romans are completely relevant to the modern world and to us, even if we don’t at first understand this: 

Since the Renaissance at least, many of our most fundamental assumptions about power, citizenship, responsibility, political violence, empire, luxury and beauty have been formed, and tested, in dialogue with the Romans and their writing.”

This book really is an excellent analysis of what ‘Roman’ really means to us and what it meant to the Romans. It challenges many of our modern preconceptions and tells the real story not just of Emperors and Generals but also of the ordinary people of the empire who, in typically Roman fashion, came from all corners of the known world.

Crucially the book tells the story of the ‘project of citizenship’. For centuries Citizenship was a valued status – a tool of control and oppression according to some – that the conquered, the poor and even slaves could one day aspire to and therefore ensured their willing participation in the Roman system. In 212CE this ‘project’ which started with the foundation of Rome reached its inevitable conclusion when the Emperor Caracalla decreed that all the free inhabitants of the Empire, wherever they lived, were Roman Citizens. Without the promise of Citizen status for those that cooperated the inevitable and slow decline of the Roman Empire had been set in motion.

This is a long book (it covers a thousand years of history after all!) but every page is a pleasure to read and will most certainly change how you view the Romans. 

Author/s:   Mary Beard
Format:     Paperback, 606 Pages
Publisher:  Profile Books (2016)
Rating:      ★★★

40K on Mobile: Battlefleet Gothic: Leviathan

Posted on September 7th, 2016 under , , , , . Posted by

The PC RTS Battlefleet Gothic: Armada, with it’s beautiful graphics and amazingly characterful cinematic scenes, was released with a fair amount of fanfare. On it’s heels was a somewhat more obscure […]

Scenic & Basing Kits (part 4)

Posted on September 7th, 2016 under , , . Posted by

In recent months, I returned to painting miniatures. I’m trying to find the right balance between the figures and busts. For the current project I was looking for models of rats. They were to be added to the scenic base. In this way, I came across a new brand of products – HQ Resin.
W ostatnich miesiącach powróciłem  do malowania figurek. Staram się znaleźć odpowiedni balans pomiędzy figurkami i popiersiami. Do aktualnego projektu poszukiwałem modeli szczurów. Miały być dodatkiem do podstawki scenicznej. W ten sposób natrafiłem na nowa markę produktów – HQ Resin.