Posts Tagged ‘Terrain’

Cigar Box Battle Kickstarter – video previews

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

In podcast episode 221 we spoke to Cory Ring and Chris Ward from Cigar Box Battle, and we talked about their forthcoming kickstarter to produce double-sided plus battle mats. They have just released a series of preview videos for the project – I thought we’d present them here so that you can see them all in one place. The Kickstarter launches on August 1st 2017. Filed under: Crowdfunding Tagged: Terrain

Widgets and Wonders Ep 85 – Pre-Painted Temple and Walls from GameMat.eu!

Posted on July 24th, 2017 under , , , , , , , . Posted by

Cigar Box Battle Kickstarter

Posted on July 24th, 2017 under , , , . Posted by

Here at Must Contain Minis, we make it no secret that we really like Cigar Box Battle Mats. I have a couple of their mats and really like the product.Be on the lookout for this Kickstarter going up on August 1st, 2017! I can’t wait!Soon (August 1, 2017…

The Port of Gierburg – Part 5: Dock Section II Ground Level Painted

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

In the previous installment of my Port of Gierburg project I described how I built the base board for my dock section. Now that part is finally finished.Section I, the Water board and Section II set up togetherWow, time sure flies. And, wow, am I good …

Meeples & Miniatures – Episode 221 – Cigar Box Battle

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

Download Episode 221 Welcome to Episode 221 of the Meeples & Miniatures Podcast The Meeples crew get together once again to talk about what they have been up to, which this week includes Lord of Waterdeep, Dungeon Saga, Open Combat and Conan For the feature part of our show, we chat all about terrain mats with Chris Ward and Cory Ring from Cigar Box Battle. We find out the company background, talk about their product range and look forward to their imminent Kickstarter project. We hope you enjoy the show. Cigar Box Battle Cigar Box Battle on YouTube Test of Honour: Warring States event If you enjoyed this episode of the Meeples & Miniatures Podcast, you may want to become a supporter of the show, Details can be found on our Donate page, or you may want to visit our Patreon page.Filed under: Meeples & Miniatures Tagged: Terrain

Imperial Fists: Part 2: Up To My Elbows

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

I’m up to two squads of Intercessors and two characters.My Imperial Fists project is chugging along reliably. I finished up another squad of Intercessors and a Primaris Ancient (the guy with the banner) and its all starting to feel like a real force no…

‘Blood & Plunder’ pirate game on exquisite terrain

Posted on July 21st, 2017 under , , . Posted by

Last night I played my first game of Blood & Plunder by American company, Firelock Games. Blood & Plunder is a 28 mm historical miniatures wargame set in the 17th century during the golden age of piracy. When Alix Barclay showed me his … Continue reading

[Terrain Thursday] Tents

Posted on July 21st, 2017 under . Posted by

These rocks/ tents/ troglodyte homes were made originally for Lexicon. I used paper maché and pieces of a drink carrier from a fast food place.

Modular River, Part Two: The Bridge Begun

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

Realized I forgot to include the photo of the river modules with the air drying clay banks in place, so let’s start off with that! I rolled clay snakes out, mushed them into place, and left everything to dry. On to the actual subject of this post, the bridge! This river project is initially intended … Continue reading Modular River, Part Two: The Bridge Begun

Review: TerraTiles: Tundras And Wastelands by RAINN Studios

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

In this post, Must Contain Minis reviews the Tundras and Wastelands TerraTiles set by RAINN Studios.TerraTiles: Tundras and Wastelands boxed set by RAINN Studios.RAINN Studios sent Must Contain Minis this product for review purposes. For those that don…

Review: TerraTiles: Tundras And Wastelands by RAINN Studios

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

In this post, Must Contain Minis reviews the Tundras and Wastelands TerraTiles set by RAINN Studios.TerraTiles: Tundras and Wastelands boxed set by RAINN Studios.RAINN Studios sent Must Contain Minis this product for review purposes. For those that don…

Modular River, Part One

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

A relatively large modular river setup has been on my Things I Want To Build list for years. I went through the excellent set of scenarios that come with Pikeman’s Lament recently with an eye toward what additional scenery I might need to do them properly, and one of the scenarios is a bridge seizing/river … Continue reading Modular River, Part One

WIP & Showcase of a Sloop by Firelock Games (Blood & Plunder)

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

In my last post, I used my Sloop from Firelock Games as a backdrop for a scale comparison article of Blood and Plunder Miniatures. In today’s post, that Sloop is front and centre as we look at it and some terrain I plan to use for the game.This Sloop, …

WIP & Showcase of a Sloop by Firelock Games (Blood & Plunder)

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

In my last post, I used my Sloop from Firelock Games as a backdrop for a scale comparison article of Blood and Plunder Miniatures. In today’s post, that Sloop is front and centre as we look at it and some terrain I plan to use for the game.This Sloop, …

TerraScapes: Caves & Grottos Kickstarter

Posted on July 11th, 2017 under , . Posted by

Recently I was surfing on the web and came across a Kickstarter by David Higgins that caught my eye. Check out this image! The items being Kickstarted are those interesting rock formations.Above is a TerraTile Set in use with the TerraScapes: Caves &am…

TerraScapes: Caves & Grottos Kickstarter

Posted on July 11th, 2017 under , . Posted by

Recently I was surfing on the web and came across a Kickstarter by David Higgins that caught my eye. Check out this image! The items being Kickstarted are those interesting rock formations.Above is a TerraTile Set in use with the TerraScapes: Caves &am…

In the Grim Darkness of a New Edition

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

So I’ve finally managed to start getting in some games of Warhammer 40,000 8th edition. Two whole games in fact! Both were relatively modest-sized games at the 50 Power Level size, and I got creamed both times but had a lot of fun doing it. My first ga…

The Governor General of Sector Six: Jericho Anchorage

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

The Governor General of Sector Six: Jericho Anchorage: For at least 4000 years, Jericho Anchorage has been in orbit over the Sub-Sector capital of Rentlaw.  Basically, as long as records have be…Love the ideas this man comes up with!!!!

The Governor General of Sector Six: Jericho Anchorage

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

The Governor General of Sector Six: Jericho Anchorage: For at least 4000 years, Jericho Anchorage has been in orbit over the Sub-Sector capital of Rentlaw.  Basically, as long as records have be…Love the ideas this man comes up with!!!!

The Battle for Britain 1693 The fighting begins…

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

Kirke’s arrival at Santa Marta  – The Creole Regiment was already in position

Of course I have already blogged briefly on the topic of our 1693 Battle for Britain adventures but not really given any detailed insight into the battles. The reason was simple. I had a mass of data to sift through and organize and my time between the beginning of April (when we did it) and now has been filled with tiresome travel, work, Warfare Miniatures technical stuff and getting WTK to a stage where Clarence could do something with it.

The forward position – English officers marshal their Creole soldiers

Now that I am sitting in 45+ centigrade (well not sitting in it actually.. sitting as far indoors as possible away from it), I have had time to write the narrative and process the stats. The weekend was missing several important characters – Berwick in Rome, Tollemache in the trenches somewhere in Flanders, Marlborough at King Louis pleasure in Versailles, Sarsfield back in Ireland, Wauchope mad in a monastery.

The Santa Marta table before the arrival of both forces. Looking from the south west

Notwithstanding the absence of these glitterati, there were plenty of characters left to create the necessary mayhem. There were five battles in total; A dour Scots affair which saw Dundee breaking up a conventicle in Lanarkshire, an encounter battle between Lord Galmoy’s Flying Column and General Mackay’s Northern Williamites, a raid on Jamaica by Dutch and Huguenots, a large battle between the Jacobite Irish and Mackay in Yorkshire and finally a full blown battle to throw the English out of Jamaica.

The Dutch NGWIC troops approach through the jungle – Clarence made the flags especially

Obviously we have lots to share on based on the outputs from this weekend but lets start with something completely different.

Here are some extracts from the narrative which explain why Piercy Kirke found himself Governor of Jamaica and having to defend a Spanish slaving post in the centre of the island with English-Creoles against invading Huguenot and Dutch West India Company troops.

The Dutch had to cross the crocodile infested river which really slowed them down
Piercy Kirke, having survived two proximate attempts on his life had been packed off as Governor of Jamaica by King James just after the turn of the year. Kirke, a dexterous and combative man despite his years had drowned one assailant in a quart of boiling coffee whilst braining two others with a hot skillet during what was to become known as the Oxford Coffee Break.

I will do a feature on the organization of my Creole companies – 1:5 model to man ratio this represents 60 men

Moving on to supposedly quieter circumstances the General found himself tied to a bed which was promptly set ablaze during the Frolic at Faggots. The two wenches accused of this dalliance gone wrong waited tables at the Faggot’s Inn, Finchley but were never traced. Kirke insisted that whilst availing himself of some well-earned rest he dosed off only to be awakened by smoke. 

The Huguenots companies press into Santa Marta with Dutch racing away on the left

Finding himself lashed to the bed he used his battlefield voice to raise the alarm and was freed by a stable boy. The general was sorely blistered and remained in danger of his life for two weeks having suffered excruciatingly in the nether regions of his body. Kirke’s dispatch to the Tropics prompted the King to be persuaded by advisers such as Sarsfield and Hamilton to have the rascal kept eye upon. 

Kirke rode inland accompanied only by his servant and Sheldon to take command of a few companies of Creole infantry from the garrison regiment of Colonel Hylton bolstered by some 40 English grenadiers lately arrived from Port Royal. This officer lay sick with ague and his native troops were scattered in outposts across the island. Kirke’s arrival was indeed timely. 
The Dutch captured the redoubt in the foreground but then came under flanking fire
Within two hours of taking command at Santa Marta advanced parties of both de Ruvigny’s and Hamilton’s forces began emerging from the jungle. The latter were somewhat hampered by having to cross a deep stream inhabited by numerous and aggressive crocodiles. At least five men are known to have been taken by the beasts as recorded in the journal of Captain Collaert of the NGWIC.

The Dutch made modest progress over running an outpost but presented no real threat to the position. De Ruvigny’s motley command however succeeded in penetrating Santa Marta and setting some of the huts on fire. A group of diminutive natives stormed the front-line barricades and the situation appeared parlous until a troop of mounted plantation workers charged into the fray and disrupted the Huguenot attack.
Kirke directs the defence against a rabid tribe of diminutive natives and Huguenot Privateers
One company under Captain Samuel Tyler had every one of its 54 men killed or wounded. The English composed themselves and the attackers withdrew back into the bush to lick their wounds. Kirke reported 120 men killed wounded or missing during the action. He grudgingly praised the intervention of Squire Tregarren and his workers likening their charge to that of ‘Berber blackbeards giving chase to Tangier’s English whores’.
Creoles defend English colonial possessions loyally and bravely.
Losses amongst the Williamite forces are difficult to determine as the French did not record native casualties. Estimates place combined Dutch and French losses near 200. Despite his success Kirke abandoned Santa Marta at dusk and fell back on Spanish Town. 
The journey to the Caribbean opened so many doors for us and we had great fun with the whole native tribes dimension. This was a company level action using BLB3 WTK and worked very well.

The Battle for Britain 1693 The fighting begins…

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

Kirke’s arrival at Santa Marta  – The Creole Regiment was already in position

Of course I have already blogged briefly on the topic of our 1693 Battle for Britain adventures but not really given any detailed insight into the battles. The reason was simple. I had a mass of data to sift through and organize and my time between the beginning of April (when we did it) and now has been filled with tiresome travel, work, Warfare Miniatures technical stuff and getting WTK to a stage where Clarence could do something with it.

The forward position – English officers marshal their Creole soldiers

Now that I am sitting in 45+ centigrade (well not sitting in it actually.. sitting as far indoors as possible away from it), I have had time to write the narrative and process the stats. The weekend was missing several important characters – Berwick in Rome, Tollemache in the trenches somewhere in Flanders, Marlborough at King Louis pleasure in Versailles, Sarsfield back in Ireland, Wauchope mad in a monastery.

The Santa Marta table before the arrival of both forces. Looking from the south west

Notwithstanding the absence of these glitterati, there were plenty of characters left to create the necessary mayhem. There were five battles in total; A dour Scots affair which saw Dundee breaking up a conventicle in Lanarkshire, an encounter battle between Lord Galmoy’s Flying Column and General Mackay’s Northern Williamites, a raid on Jamaica by Dutch and Huguenots, a large battle between the Jacobite Irish and Mackay in Yorkshire and finally a full blown battle to throw the English out of Jamaica.

The Dutch NGWIC troops approach through the jungle – Clarence made the flags especially

Obviously we have lots to share on based on the outputs from this weekend but lets start with something completely different.

Here are some extracts from the narrative which explain why Piercy Kirke found himself Governor of Jamaica and having to defend a Spanish slaving post in the centre of the island with English-Creoles against invading Huguenot and Dutch West India Company troops.

The Dutch had to cross the crocodile infested river which really slowed them down
Piercy Kirke, having survived two proximate attempts on his life had been packed off as Governor of Jamaica by King James just after the turn of the year. Kirke, a dexterous and combative man despite his years had drowned one assailant in a quart of boiling coffee whilst braining two others with a hot skillet during what was to become known as the Oxford Coffee Break.

I will do a feature on the organization of my Creole companies – 1:5 model to man ratio this represents 60 men

Moving on to supposedly quieter circumstances the General found himself tied to a bed which was promptly set ablaze during the Frolic at Faggots. The two wenches accused of this dalliance gone wrong waited tables at the Faggot’s Inn, Finchley but were never traced. Kirke insisted that whilst availing himself of some well-earned rest he dosed off only to be awakened by smoke. 

The Huguenots companies press into Santa Marta with Dutch racing away on the left

Finding himself lashed to the bed he used his battlefield voice to raise the alarm and was freed by a stable boy. The general was sorely blistered and remained in danger of his life for two weeks having suffered excruciatingly in the nether regions of his body. Kirke’s dispatch to the Tropics prompted the King to be persuaded by advisers such as Sarsfield and Hamilton to have the rascal kept eye upon. 

Kirke rode inland accompanied only by his servant and Sheldon to take command of a few companies of Creole infantry from the garrison regiment of Colonel Hylton bolstered by some 40 English grenadiers lately arrived from Port Royal. This officer lay sick with ague and his native troops were scattered in outposts across the island. Kirke’s arrival was indeed timely. 
The Dutch captured the redoubt in the foreground but then came under flanking fire
Within two hours of taking command at Santa Marta advanced parties of both de Ruvigny’s and Hamilton’s forces began emerging from the jungle. The latter were somewhat hampered by having to cross a deep stream inhabited by numerous and aggressive crocodiles. At least five men are known to have been taken by the beasts as recorded in the journal of Captain Collaert of the NGWIC.

The Dutch made modest progress over running an outpost but presented no real threat to the position. De Ruvigny’s motley command however succeeded in penetrating Santa Marta and setting some of the huts on fire. A group of diminutive natives stormed the front-line barricades and the situation appeared parlous until a troop of mounted plantation workers charged into the fray and disrupted the Huguenot attack.
Kirke directs the defence against a rabid tribe of diminutive natives and Huguenot Privateers
One company under Captain Samuel Tyler had every one of its 54 men killed or wounded. The English composed themselves and the attackers withdrew back into the bush to lick their wounds. Kirke reported 120 men killed wounded or missing during the action. He grudgingly praised the intervention of Squire Tregarren and his workers likening their charge to that of ‘Berber blackbeards giving chase to Tangier’s English whores’.
Creoles defend English colonial possessions loyally and bravely.
Losses amongst the Williamite forces are difficult to determine as the French did not record native casualties. Estimates place combined Dutch and French losses near 200. Despite his success Kirke abandoned Santa Marta at dusk and fell back on Spanish Town. 
The journey to the Caribbean opened so many doors for us and we had great fun with the whole native tribes dimension. This was a company level action using BLB3 WTK and worked very well.

Celebrating the 4th – Nerd Style!

Posted on July 3rd, 2017 under , , , . Posted by

Whew. Its been a couple weeks since I posted anything on this blog. I wish it was because I was busy with lots of models I was working on, but I was just a little burnt out and enjoying the start of the summer here in Seattle (which needs to be enjoyed before it vanishes!). I’ve ended up with a nice long weekend to celebrate the 4th of July (US Independence Day for my non-US readers) and I decided to do EVERYTHING nerdy apparently.

On Saturday, I played 5th Edition Dungeons & Dragons for the first time. I don’t think I’ve actually played in, and not ran, a game of D&D since I was in grade school. My buddy Josh ran us through the first in what I hope is a series of adventures in his own setting and I don’t think I’ve laughed and had such a good time in a long while. It was great fun to play and solve problems (or create them) and let a story evolve rather than plan and run a game. I’m playing a Dwarf Fighter, Ulf Rolfsson – who I’m vaguely patterning off Sean Connery’s character in “The Untouchables.” The bad impression is a lot of fun to do in game.

“Just like a goblin, brings a knife to a crossbow fight!”

Sunday, I set up a Napoleonics game and three friends came over to fight a critical made-up battle for supply depots during the War of the 5th Coalition. We managed to complete the game in about 3 hours and had a great time. Somehow, the Austrian Army managed to brutally savage the forces of the French Empire despite losing the initiative for 7 out of 9 turns.

I broke out the full 12’x4′ set up for this battle.
French starting positions.
The Guard advances! Unfortunately, it still wasn’t enough to carry the day.

After battling it out over the rolling fields of Bavaria, we switched gears and travelled to the far future of Warhammer 40,000. This was my first test drive of 8th edition. My Orks faced off against Necrons and got stomped pretty hard. I learned a ton about army organization and missions in this edition from just one game. I liked that it played pretty cleanly; and while my Orks had an uphill battle all game,  I felt like that was more about my own poor tactics rather than just having a bad set of army rules. I’m looking forward to playing some more games of 8th ed – and I’ll share my thoughts on that at some point.

My Waaagh! advances across a desolate refinery world against the newly awakened Necron horde.
Even at 50 PL, its a lot of Orks!
Its also a LOT of Gauss weapons… 

These are my buddy Stuart’s lovely models. 
Ohhhhhh! I so wanted this showdown to happen – unfortunately the 20 Warriors on the gantry had other ideas.

Paint-wise, I finished up a unit of 3 Killa Kans which brings my Ork army over 100 Power Level-things. I also finished up some more Shadow War scenery and I’m already eyeing up getting a little more. Because I am crazy, apparently. But for now, I am fully satiated on gaming after this weekend and my feet are sore from standing at gaming tables because I’m a million years old I guess!

Huey, Dewey and Louie are ready to rumble!

I had such a great time this holiday weekend and I’m really lucky to know such awesome people to game with!

Cheers!

Celebrating the 4th – Nerd Style!

Posted on July 3rd, 2017 under , , , . Posted by

Whew. Its been a couple weeks since I posted anything on this blog. I wish it was because I was busy with lots of models I was working on, but I was just a little burnt out and enjoying the start of the summer here in Seattle (which needs to be enjoyed before it vanishes!). I’ve ended up with a nice long weekend to celebrate the 4th of July (US Independence Day for my non-US readers) and I decided to do EVERYTHING nerdy apparently.

On Saturday, I played 5th Edition Dungeons & Dragons for the first time. I don’t think I’ve actually played in, and not ran, a game of D&D since I was in grade school. My buddy Josh ran us through the first in what I hope is a series of adventures in his own setting and I don’t think I’ve laughed and had such a good time in a long while. It was great fun to play and solve problems (or create them) and let a story evolve rather than plan and run a game. I’m playing a Dwarf Fighter, Ulf Rolfsson – who I’m vaguely patterning off Sean Connery’s character in “The Untouchables.” The bad impression is a lot of fun to do in game.

“Just like a goblin, brings a knife to a crossbow fight!”

Sunday, I set up a Napoleonics game and three friends came over to fight a critical made-up battle for supply depots during the War of the 5th Coalition. We managed to complete the game in about 3 hours and had a great time. Somehow, the Austrian Army managed to brutally savage the forces of the French Empire despite losing the initiative for 7 out of 9 turns.

I broke out the full 12’x4′ set up for this battle.
French starting positions.
The Guard advances! Unfortunately, it still wasn’t enough to carry the day.

After battling it out over the rolling fields of Bavaria, we switched gears and travelled to the far future of Warhammer 40,000. This was my first test drive of 8th edition. My Orks faced off against Necrons and got stomped pretty hard. I learned a ton about army organization and missions in this edition from just one game. I liked that it played pretty cleanly; and while my Orks had an uphill battle all game,  I felt like that was more about my own poor tactics rather than just having a bad set of army rules. I’m looking forward to playing some more games of 8th ed – and I’ll share my thoughts on that at some point.

My Waaagh! advances across a desolate refinery world against the newly awakened Necron horde.
Even at 50 PL, its a lot of Orks!
Its also a LOT of Gauss weapons… 

These are my buddy Stuart’s lovely models. 
Ohhhhhh! I so wanted this showdown to happen – unfortunately the 20 Warriors on the gantry had other ideas.

Paint-wise, I finished up a unit of 3 Killa Kans which brings my Ork army over 100 Power Level-things. I also finished up some more Shadow War scenery and I’m already eyeing up getting a little more. Because I am crazy, apparently. But for now, I am fully satiated on gaming after this weekend and my feet are sore from standing at gaming tables because I’m a million years old I guess!

Huey, Dewey and Louie are ready to rumble!

I had such a great time this holiday weekend and I’m really lucky to know such awesome people to game with!

Cheers!

Meeples & Miniatures – Episode 218 – TMTerrain

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

Download Episode 218 Welcome to Episode 218 of the Meeples & Miniatures Podcast   The Meeples crew get together once again to talk about what they have been up to, which this week includes Dungeon Saga, Runewars Miniatures Game and painting. In our feature interview, we are joined by guest David Marshall from TMTerrain We discuss how David started in the hobby, how he got into making custom terrain and quiz him about the techniques he uses when building scenery. This also includes a Q&A with listener questions. We hope you enjoy the show. TMTerrain   If you enjoyed this episode of the Meeples & Miniatures Podcast, you may want to become a supporter of the show, Details can be found on our Donate page, or you may want to visit our Patreon page.Filed under: Meeples & Miniatures Tagged: Terrain

Last 24 hours for Terra-Formers kickstarter from Sally 4th

Posted on June 29th, 2017 under , . Posted by

We recently mentioned the Sally 4th Terra-Formers Kickstarter project on the podcast. This project has just entered it’s final day. The premise of the project is to make the production of bespoke terrain tiles easier, by providing a 12″ x 12″ MDF shell in which to place a 2″ thick polystyrene tile into. The MDF shell provides support and protection for the tile, whilst at the same time being fitted with rare-earth magnets so that the section can easily be firmly connected together with other shells to produce a variety of terrain boards. There are a multitude of different tiles available: These can be put together to form all sorts of different layouts: The project is fully funded, and is due to deliver in September of this year. For more details, visit the Terra-Formers Kickstarter Project Page.Filed under: Crowdfunding Tagged: Terrain