28mm Gaming


Painting Tally – February 2019

February turned out to be a much better month for painting than January had been. Not only did I finally finish those damned Normans, but I also made a start on all the miniatures that I had acquired for Rangers of Shadow Deep Painted: 52 32 Norman cavalry, plus 8 giant spiders and 12 giant rats. On previous performances, this was a very good month. YTD Painted: 52   Purchased: 95 Last month was always likely to be a big month for purchasing miniatures, as it included the first wargames show of the year. Couple this with buying more miniatures for Rangers of Shadow Deep and catching up with Star Wars Legion releases, and many figures were added to the lead/plastic mountain.   First up were 29 miniatures for Burrows & Badgers, a number that was swelled by the arrival of their latest kickstarter.   Then we had LOTS of creatures for Rangers of Shadow Deep – 51 models in total.   Finally there were four new boxes of Star Wars Legion to collect – 15 additional models here. Month

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Norman Cavalry – finally painted!

Back in August 2016 I started building several new cavalry units for a Breton force for Saga, using the plastic Norman Cavalry from Conquest Games. More information can be found here. After spending two years languishing unloved on a tray above my computer desk, these models made it back to the painting table in December last year, when Matt Slade encouraged me to finish them – let’s face it, in the meantime they had become something of a symbol of all that was bad about my painting hobby. Well, today is the day that I can finally announce that those damned models have been finished! The Norman monkey is finally off my back! The four units can be used in Saga, or as part of a larger Norman force for To The Strongest. A Breton Warlord, some mounted command and several units of foot are still required, but I think I will give myself a bit of a break and paint something else before returning to more Normans.

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Deep Madness – First Impressions

Deep Madness is a new boardgame from Diemension Games, originally funded via a Kickstarter project in November 2016 and delivered – admittedly almost a year late – in October 2018. Overview It’s a co-operative boardgame designed to be played by 1-6 players. The plot is straight out of a sci-fi/horror movie – the players take the roles of a team of investigators, employed by the Leng Corporation to investigate a mysterious loss of communications from the Kadeth deep-sea mining facility. You discover that the facility appears to have been strangely altered, and seems to be infested by gruesome horrors which may, in fact, be the mutated remains of the crew, or worse – monsters from some other realm of existence. The base game has eight scenarios, which lead the players through the main storyline of the game. There are other expansions which add further scenarios at various points in the story. In look and feel, the game itself is something of a crossover between Mansions of Madness

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Painting Tally: October 2018

October turned out to be another somewhat frugal month on the painting table… Painted: 10   I did manage to get the two Gangs of Rome mobs that I needed for the GOR campaign day painted – just! I managed to get another mob painted as well, but since they aren’t based yet they don’t count towards this months tally. Purchased: 241 A couple of Kickstarters turned up this month which massively increased my painting ‘to do’ list. The miniatures in Deep Madness do not need to be painted, but they are almost too nice to ignore, so will add them to the list, just in case. 207 new miniatures in the Deep Madness game 6 Star Wars Legion models – two guns and crew 28 new miniatures in the Carnevale two-player box set Monthly Aggregate: -231 YTD Aggregate: -652  

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Radio Dish Dash running Kickstarter campaign for Ultracombat

Radio Dish Dash – authors of the Skirmish Sangin modern rules – are no stranger to gaming modern warfare. They are currently running a kickstarter to help fund the production and publishing of a new set of rules with an accompanying 28mm figure range – ULTRACOMBAT. Here is their press release, with details about the game: Our ULTRACOMBAT Kickstarter is hoping to raise sufficient funds to create a complete platoon of unique individual modern miniatures for both the Russian and American Armies, and two support vehicles including the latest US Stryker (IFV) armed with the Mk44 Bushmaster II 30mm auto-cannon and the Russian Bumerang (IFV) armed with 30mm auto-cannon. As part of the design process, we have already created a full squad of Russian and Americans and have produced some initial castings which were on display to many admiring views at Historicon this year. This miniature range will be paired with our new ultra-modern ruleset, ULTRACOMBAT. A game system that allows players to adjust the

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7TV Apocalypse – new skirmish rule box set from Crooked Dice

Crooked Dice are currently running a Kickstarter to fund a new box set for their popular 7TV miniatures skirmish game. Whilst the original box set explores the world of Spy-Fi and all those classic 1960’s and 70s TV shows, this set leaps into the dystopian future where the world has suffered some sort of major catastrophe, and the remaining survivors fight amongst the ruins. What’s new you ask? All new casts and gadgets with the new theme are includes, as well as some all new vehicle combat rules are included in the base game. Plus miniatures. Lots of new miniatures. Several of these have been on show at the last few shows that Crooked Dice have attended, and they look fantastic. The Kickstarter has smashed through it’s original £10,000 funding goal, with its current funding now over £30,000. The project is running until the 6th November, with delivery due in March 2019. You can find out all the details of this Kickstarter here

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The Heresy Dragon – it’s back!

It’s probably the best dragon ever made, but most people aren’t aware of it. Back in 2008, Andy from Heresy Miniatures decided that he wanted to make a dragon – but he wanted it to be a ‘proper’ dragon in 28mm scale – one whose proportions would reflect these legendary beasts. Well, the tale of the Heresy Dragon is long, sometimes depressing, but is ultimately a tale of someone who is determined to keep his word to his customers – you can read the story in Andy’s own words here. The good news for those who missed it first time around is that Andy has decided to offer to make further copies of the kit. Andy is running a Kickstarter to fund production of this kit. It’s a limited run, with only 78 being available in total, and they are staggered in production waves across 2019. It’s a very large and complex resin kit, and is therefore not a cheap model, being priced at £350. Having said that, the new Forgeworld Khorne Dragon is £375, and looks to be a b

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28mm Russian & Chechen Miniatures from Tiny Terrain Models

You may remember back on episode 198 of the podcast we spoke with Craig Thompson of Tiny Terrain Models. Well, Craig is currently running a new Kickstarter campaign – a sequel to last years project – to sculpt further models in their Chechen war range. The new models – 42 in all – have already been sculpted, so the Kickstarter is to fund production costs of the range. The basic pledges include two new 10-man squads, but there are many more add-on figures to unlock – many of which are added *free* to the all-in pledge of £65. Those currently revealed include: The project has already raised more than double its £4,000 funding target, and is running until the 31st October. You can find out all the details here

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Painting Tally: September 2018

My plan for September was for it to be a big follow up to my minor victory of actually getting some figures painted in August. As it turned out, it wasn’t quite as big as I had hoped… Painted: 14 I painted some more Gangs of Rome miniatures – not as many as I had hoped, but I have been slightly distracted by return of the podcast, so some of my hobby time has been spent recording and editing, rather than applying paint. The first half of October has to be busy, as I need to get some mobs painted in time for an event at the end of the month. Purchased: 69 Most of these purchases were planned way in advance, as I have been anticipating my visit to ChillCon Derby for a several weeks. 10 new miniatures for Burrow & Badgers from Oathsworn Miniatures 20 miniatures for Gangs of Rome – 5 Inocula and 3 mobs 22 models for Star Saga – the Nameless Expansion, which gives forces for two games in one, as the same models can be used in Deadzone. 16 Star Wars Legion models – got these

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