Year 2018


Duke Seifried passed away yesterday 29 Sept 2018

Duke Seifried Aug 19, 1935 – Sept 29, 2018Word has come in that Bruce “Uncle Duke” Seifried has passed away from Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis (IPF).  If you’re in the miniatures gaming hobby, you probably knew of “Uncle Duke”.  He was intimately involved in the creation of the hobby, even before there was such a notion.  Duke was a born salesman.. and more importantly a showman.  He knew that the way to sell the hobby was to sell the sizzle, so he could be seen at all the big conventions back in the late 70s and early 80s, showing off the wares, making connections, and selling the fun.  He was an early pioneer who saw the potential of miniatures with roleplaying games (which was mostly D&D in those days). Duke worked for a lot of companies over the years, TSR, Heritage Models and other outfits (often with whomever he could form an alliance with to market toy soldiers).  By the 1990s, miniature wargaming and “adventure gaming”, as he coined the phrase, had developed into a th

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Busy painting Ottomans

OT06 Ottoman Command standing painted by ToggySome choices are binary - spend time painting on spend time blogging about the things you might paint!OT01 Janissaries in full dress advancingSo, it's been a wee bit quiet here for a few days but the brushes of Augsburg have not been idle. Both Toggy and I, between other parts of the range, have been busy painting Ottomans for the forthcoming CRISIS game more of which in blog posts soon.Nice grouping from packs OT03, OT04 and OT06Back to the moment however. Toggy, a skillful brushman with a gentle and colour full style has clearly been enjoying himself with his paint pallet. I seem to remember him telling he had spent about £300 on paint recently!One of our CRISIS units shaping up nicelyWe are working through as many Ottomans as we can for a very short lead time game in Antwerp and here you can see some of the troops beginning to line up for that event.OT04 OT04 Toggy and I have contrasting styles which sit very well together. His white undercoat shows u

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Space Knights?

Hello and welcome to Inso's World again.This week has been a bit of a "hurry up and wait" week. I have been fidgety because I am waiting for my job application to run its course and I haven't really heard much; apart from a couple of my references getting in touch to say that they had been contacted... so things are progressing but at their own pace.I have pottered around a lot this week but haven't really achieved very much. Yes, I have done my chores and got what needed to be done, done... but really, I have felt a bit in limbo. It has been a bit of a "coulda, woulda, shoulda" week.Hobby wise, I haven't really got much done either. I bought another couple of Warhammer Conquest (issue 1) copies because they were on 'last day of sale' and have been chopping one one of the Primaris Marines up, to see if I can turn it into a Demiurg Subterranean Guilder... but haven't got very far. I have even started assembling a  couple and painting them as they are... which hasn't got very far either. In fact... the onl

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Meeples & Miniatures – Episode 252 – Gloomhaven

Download Episode 252 Neil Shuck & Mike Hobbs are joined by guest presenter Dave Luff for this episode of the podcast. 00:00 – Introduction – As we start the show we share our thoughts on the recent release of the Command & Colors: Ancients video game and discuss the announcement from Devil Pig Games about their financial difficulties. 26:50 – Confessional – Time to own up to all those hobby purchases 54:47 – Our Hobby – Mike talks about painting 2mm miniatures, Dave loses his flesh painting mojo and Neil shares his thoughts on Saga 2,0 and Taiyo Dynasties. 1:24:02 – The Meeples Challenge – Neil talks about his campaign background, whilst Mike decides on his rules – Et Sans Resultat! 1:42:22 – Review – Neil & Dave chat in-depth to Mike about their thoughts and experiences playing Gloomhaven 2:59:27 – Outtro – Closing thoughts, plus the latest edition of ‘Rise of the Anti-Luff’. We hope you enjoy the show. The

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1/600th Model Codes for the Soccer War

I'm starting the Soccer War project today, with an initial clean up and magnet basing of the Tumbling Dice models that I already have, to be followed later on by the ones that are in the post. I've organised the various 1/600th scale models for both the El Salvador and Honduran air forces, with some simple visual clues and a paint job to distinguish between the different marques of fighter aircraft.Honduras (FAH)F4U-4 CorsairI'll be using the F4U4 Corsair with Rockets (ISA 261b) for these as they were mainly used for ground attack.F4U-5N Corsair Night FighterThese will be the unloaded F4U-4 Corsair (ISA 261) to which I plan to add tiny cannon barrels, if I can find a way to do this without them looking overscale.T-6 TexanThis will be the standard Texan / Harvard model (ISA 180)T-28 TrojanThis will be the standard T-28A model (ISA 842) but with a couple of machine gun pods attached.C-47 SkytrainAgain, the standard C-47 Dakota model (ISA 270)El SalvadorFG1-D Corsair They only had a few of these with home m

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1/600th Model Codes for the Football War

I'm starting the Soccer War project today, with an initial clean up and magnet basing of the Tumbling Dice models that I already have, to be followed later on by the ones that are in the post. I've organised the various 1/600th scale models for both the El Salvador and Honduran air forces, with some simple visual clues and a paint job to distinguish between the different marques of fighter aircraft.Honduras (FAH)F4U-4 CorsairI'll be using the F4U4 Corsair with Rockets (ISA 261b) for these as they were mainly used for ground attack.F4U-5N Corsair Night FighterThese will be the unloaded F4U-4 Corsair (ISA 261) to which I plan to add tiny cannon barrels, if I can find a way to do this without them looking overscale.T-6 TexanThis will be the standard Texan / Harvard model (ISA 180)T-28 TrojanThis will be the standard T-28A model (ISA 842) but with a couple of machine gun pods attached.C-47 SkytrainAgain, the standard C-47 Dakota model (ISA 270)El SalvadorFG1-D Corsair They only had a few of these with home m

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Our Burrows and Badgers demogame... thank you to everyone

And so it came to pass, past saturday at the TSA Battle Through the Ages openday Noshi and me presented the Burrows and Badgers game to the audience.With a modified version of the "Mouse-hunt" scenario, starring another famous rodent, we took it to ourselves to get people to know this lovely game by Oathsworn Miniatures.Two warbands took the field against each other in an effort to either catch Pikachu, or if failing that, to rout the enemy warband.  Fought over a 24x24 tile, the scenery was largely made by Noshi, while the trees themselves where borrowed from the club stockpile.Of course, I rummaged through my collection to get some additional "in character" items to decorate our table with, including my famous Pikachu hat.  Yes Ray or Fran, if you guys are reading this, it is still the same one from "that Salute", she's an evergreen x-DThe game was well liked by the people that gave it a go, and in the short and basic ruleversion I cobbled together for this saturday, we could give people the grabs

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One-hour Skirmish Wargames: Fast-play Dice-less Rules for Small-unit Actions from Napoleonics to Sci-Fi

Many wargamers enjoy the challenge of skirmish games where, instead of the strategy of vast armies portrayed by traditional wargames, the focus is on the tactics of a small unit.However, skirmish rules are often so complex that it can take hours of rolling dice, consulting tables and recording data to recreate what would in reality be a fast and furious firefight lasting just minutes.Now these new rules make it possible to recapture the speed and intensity of these actions where every man, and every second, counts. The basic rules are supported by sections which give special rules and scenarios to capture the flavour of a range of different periods, from Napoleonic to Modern Warfare and beyond with Sci-Fi.From the 95th Rifles scouting for Wellington, Western gunfights and WWI trench raids, through WW2 parachute assaults or Special Forces strikes in Afghanistan, or even Space Marines storming a space station, Squad Firefights elegantly simple system allows you to focus on proper tactical decisions rather than

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Bits and Pieces and a big spend.

No Bolt Action at the club this week as poor Rob slipped, fell and got concussion so Simon and I fell back on Dead Man's Hand, initially there were three of us so I printed off my 'Unforgiven' inspired scenarios which work well with three players. No sooner had I done that than Julian had to call off, nonetheless I took them along.We settled for the Lawmen led by Little Bill Dagget getting two cowboys to the local train station and on their way to Yuma or some such hellhole by 3 o'clock. For the first scenario I was the Law and we set out along one side of Main Street dragging the reluctant cowpokes with us, suddenly my men were under fire from their friends and biting the dust, I hardly made it past the first building, and the couple of deputies I was left with were never going to make the station. Simon's shooting was exceptional and he hardly missed, not only that most of his hits resulted in the instant death of one of my guys, it was all over in about an hour.We changed sides as we had plenty of time lef

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The Guinea Pig Club: Archibald McIndoe, the Royal Air Force and the Reconstruction of Warriors

This book speaks to two of the most diametrically opposed yet mutually supportive aspects of war: the ability to inflict horrific injury and the ability to heal... Mayhew is to be commended on an outstanding addition to expanding our knowledge of an area rarely discussed by historians.Her book should be mandatory reading for all defence members (both civilian and military) and on everyone's history shelf. This book is highly recommended.' Air Force Magazine The history of the Guinea Pig Club, the band of airmen who were seriously burned in aeroplane fires, is a truly inspiring, spine-tingling tale.Plastic surgery was in its infancy before the Second World War. The most rudimentary techniques were only known to a few surgeons worldwide. The Allies were tremendously fortunate in having the maverick surgeon Archibald McIndoe nicknamed the Boss or the Maestro operating at a small hospital in East Grinstead in the south of England.McIndoe constructed a medical infrastructure from scratch. After arguing with his su

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The Haul Report 150

Welcome to the first haul report after the holidays, as the collections have been boosted again.But let's start with this nice thing I found in Mallorca:It looks fantastic in my armoire now, standing next to his 'mug brother'.I received another bits order as well this week, allowing me to update the Altar even more as Slaanesh will keep claiming victories for it's ode to exstacy.At the club, freebie dice where to be had, being the 2014 Salute ones.  I grabbed a set just because I like these sort of merchandise...I also bought some second hand lots for my Emperor's Children, from Nemesis the old metal dreadnought and (yet another) regular squad with two plasmaguns.While Tonny provided me with a cheap bunch of old plastic marines that will fill out my regular "pre heresy" units.So a nice and varied heap of models and goodies the past weeks, now to start painting in top speed again...

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Wargames Terrain and Buildings: The Napoleonic Wars

Any miniature wargame is greatly enhanced by realistic and evocative scenery and buildings, but commercial ready-made pieces can be expensive. Building your own can be a cost-effective and very rewarding alternative, another hobby in itself, but it can be hard to know where to start.Wargames Terrain and Buildings is a series of books aimed at giving wargamers the skills, techniques and guidance they need to create their own stunning and practical model buildings. In this volume, master modeller Tony Hardwood shares his years of experience and presents the reader with a wide range of projects for the Napoleonic era. With the aid of step-by-step photographs, he guides the reader through building and finishing each of these models, which are organized in three sections of increasing complexity and encompass a range of scales and different materials.Nine projects are included but the techniques and skills demonstrated along the way, along with valuable advice on tools, construction materials and paints, can be ad

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