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War & Empire Kickstarter Arrives: Can a Leadpile Ever be Too Big?

Kickstarter can be a wonderful / terrible thing.  I eagerly backed West Wind productions War & Empire III (after doing War & Empire II back in 2016) and the new miniatures just showed up today. There are 30 packs of minis - 15 for an Early Byzantine army and 15 for an Arab Conquest army.  These will go nicely with my Early Imperial Roman and Sassanid Forces.The figures are 15mm in scale and paint up nicely.  There arrival is timed very nicely in anticipation of the upcoming analog hobbies painting challenge.  Hmmm, Byzantines, Sassanids and Arabs - I wonder if a campaign is in the works?Maybe this is why I was building extra storage.....

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Imperial Settlers at the Club

We had six guys out at the club this week but Red Claw was PACKED, with 22 gamers and painters. Maybe the busiest I've ever seen it on a Tuesday? I was glad Terry was there early to get a table.Chen and Brandon played Kings of War, while Terry hosted Richard, Scott, and me in a game of Imperial Settlers. This seemed to be Scott's first time with the game and he had a lot of questions. And, of course, he was HUGELY in the lead by turn 3. Like, clearly going to win.To everyone's dismay, I managed to sneak out a win through a combination of aggression and crafty card play on the last turn (i.e., I was a dink). Overall, a very fun game and thanks to Terry for hosting and umpiring. I think we even played the rules correctly this time!Painting has been a bit slow, but I pushed another 10 Zeds off the table this week. Nothing fancy about them. I'm just trying to finish the Toxic Mall boxset before Christmas. I'm also working my way through the figures in Pandemic: Reign of Cthulhu.

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Making a Wargames mat

I wasn't happy with my array of gaming mats for use with Mortal Gods - they are all too woody, green and more like Northern Europe.  So I decided to experiment and try making my own. The parameters were to be: looks Mediterranean and is easily portable for use on club nights. The finished product - WIP pics below I went with a 3 x 4 size, using a cotton based material as a base which was pinned into place with drawing pins (to stop curling) with a few feet extra on each side.  The first step was to make the base layer using caulk which I scraped thinly across the whole surface. Once this was done a few small patches of gravel were made, as was a small track sized road from one side to the other - I used some ballast as the road surface and some kitty litter along the edges. These were all pressed into the soft caulk and left to dry overnight. I chose a dark coffee coloured caulk to use, so it would be a good base colour The next day another, thinner, layer of caulk was applied - as it dried

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Mortal Gods – Forging your destiny in Classical Greece

Whether you’re a complete novice or a hardened veteran come to mock the weak, I hope that this now ongoing series on Mortal Gods has a bit of something for everyone. I intend to cover [...] The post Mortal Gods – Forging your destiny in Classical Greece appeared first on Tabletop Games UK.

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The Battle of Trebbia 218 BC - To the Strongest - Batrep

Postie was given a well deserved rest last Sunday, as BigLee ( Lee's report here) took over the reigns as the Ref and cheif organiser. Lee had been planning for some time to introduce the rest of the Rejects to Simon Miller's excellent set of Ancients rules "To the Strongest".Myself and Richard picked out the Romans, Postie and Surj got the Carthaginians. As this was a playtest (or so we thought?) it was just a meeting engagement and it was a simple clashing of armies.We did find out halfway through the game we were infact re-fighting Trebbia!!!!It was actually quite funny, I stood over on the Carthaginian side of the table as me and Richard talked tactics, I noticed the river behind the Roman lines??? "Are we refighting Trebbia?" I asked. Lee's top lip quivered as he lied through his teeth......." No this is just a playtest!"Lying shitbag!(I do infact own some never played with 15mm armies for both sides of the Carthaginian Wars, but I've never found a set of rules that I liked because of the dreaded Maniple

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September Hobby Update

Well, that was a quick month and no mistake: a holiday in Norway and a stack of gaming has left little time for hobby progress. Not an entirely horrible state of affairs I must admit!  I'm slowly getting my painting mojo back though with a return to some favourites. First up: Noway was fantastic with 2 weeks spent with friend in both Bergen and Oslo.  A great time touring the fjords, climbing mountain and catching up with great friends.  I really enjoyed the museums of Oslo too, with the Viking Ships museum being a particular highlight. I coudn't resist! Gaming wise we have played a bit more Mortal Gods which has been great. Reilly has now requested an army of his own and we are ready to start playing bigger games with some different scenarios. Aled's first game, discovering how fragile slingers can be! I caught up with Comrade James and the Canberra lads recently, and played my first game of Kill Team against patch using Reilly's old Salamander Space Marines. Quick, thematic and l

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Clash Of Empires

With our recent conversion to Great Escape Games Rule sets ,Rules of Engagement for ww2 and 1914 for WW1 &7 Days to the Rhine for the cold war period ,it only had to be a matter of time before we looked at Clash of Empires for Ancients and Dark Ages .I must admit my wargaming buddy John bought them a while ago for his Romans and Brits but when I read a review stating they could be used for the Dark Ages and medievils I took th plunge and I am glad I did , I got the main rule book and the Age of Ravens supplement for the Dark Ages .The main Rule book is an hard cover ,full colour book packed with rules ,advanced rules and army lists & scenarios , a full index and list of figure manufacturers ,they are laid out really well with the pages colour coded for each section such as movement and combat they are 192 pages long with the army lists covering Early Imperial Rome ,Germans,British,Caledonian & Dacien.The Supplement is again hardback ,split into 3 sections Wolves unto the fold ,covering the early D

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Back to Reality

We flew back into the UK early on Sunday morning and two days later I still haven't fully recovered from the exertions of our holiday or the lack of sleep incurred on the flight. I have however been able to sort through nearly a thousand photo's (!) and here is a very small selection of the wonderful history we explored. Probably not a good idea to wear a black t-shirt!! Exploring the remains of a Byzantine-era fort in Paphos4th Century BC coins in the Cyprus Antiquities Museum with the face of Alexander the Great on themLead slingshot dating from the Hellenistic periodBronze Hellenistic Period helmet  Heading into another hole in the ground...lucky I had a torch!18th Century firearms displayed in the Limassol Castle MuseumThe Young Padawan was my trusty sidekick through many dusty adventures exploring the archaeology of the islandDown in the Tombs of the Kings (no actual kings were buried here...just very rich noblemen)The spectacular amphitheatre of Kourion is not to be missed. Now

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August Hobby Update

The last few weeks have been good hobby wise.  I came home to find Alan had painted us up matching forces for Mortal Gods so we have been enjoying that a great deal, pitting his forces from Megara against my polis of Melos: Naturally, all the hoplons are hand painted Alan laments are rare setback on the battlefield Reilly and I rediscovered our Blood Bowl treasures and had a few games. 1 win to him and 1 tie but lots of fun all round. Now considering playing in the upcoming MOAB tourney... A painted a couple of fun things from 1st Corps: There is a black sheep in every family! I just had to have this priest for an Objective marker in Mortal Gods And I found out there will be 2nd edition Frostgrave released in June next year, which is very exciting! https://therenaissancetroll.blogspot.com/2019/06/frostgrave-second-edition.html And now I'm off on a holiday to Norway for a few weeks - cant wait!

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Hittites DBA 1/24b completed

Motivation is a funny thing. The figures for my DBA Hittite army have sat in their box since before 2011 ( I remember that because it was our earthquake year). I bought them because I've always loved chariot armies. My first was the Minoan army, completed quite a few years ago now. I bought the Hittites and the Early Achaemenids at the same time. The Achaemenids are another story.My interest in DBA had waned, as 'gaming interests so often do. However a resurgence in interest was brought about as I have been able to try some DBA 3.0 games with Keith, Jim, and Andy.So in amongst those frenetic work evenings I have managed to paint the Hittites.Righto, what's next?

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SPQR - Rule review and first thoughts

A little behind on postings, last weekend saw the first run through of the newly released offering from Warlord SPQR, it's Ancients warband sized game. Having just sold my copy of Warhammer Ancient Battles it did very much remind me of these rules, with a traditional approach of IGUG rather than Warlords Bolt Action random dice picks.The rule book is in the style of many of the Warlord offerings with plenty of eye candy and a bunch of scenarios for each faction.The rules seem simple enough but you will need a bucket of d6 for example in the Warband attack on the Roman legion the German's rolled over 50 dice.... Good job the defenders had over 40 defence dice to counter the assault.You don't get many Romans for the points on offer we played with 870 points aside which give the  Romans two heroes, a unit of Legionaries, an archer unit and six Numidian light horse. The Germans also had two heroes, three units of warriors, one of slingers and another of archers. We played the scenario "Fall of Hero

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Yet more terrain

I've been working on more terrain elements for my 6mm To the Strongest! games. Having made some smaller items a few weeks ago I wanted to make something a little larger that could be used as a significant terrain feature in a game. These are generic enough to be used in a number of scenarios. I'm probably going to make a lot more in the coming months as I'm hoping to significantly increase my storage and gaming space in the not too distant future (more on that in a couple of months).The Marshy StreamThis is a two-part model that can be combined to form a significant feature. I envisage this being used to branch off from a river and represent a bog draining into the river or a shallow valley filled with rough vegetation. The marsh forms a linear barrier that can't be crossed but the land around it is treated as rough terrain and can be traversed by some troops, albeit as a difficult activation.Large HillWell, it's a large hill...there's not much more that can be said about this. I've made this to sit along a t

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Solo Wargaming - To the Strongest!

Regular readers will be aware that I have been playing more solo games recently and its a trend that will likely continue. I'm still attending games at Posties Shed-o-War but I only average about one game a month, especially during the summer when other events and holidays reduce availability to join the lads for a battle. The young Padawan can occasionally be arm-twisted into joining me for a game of To the Strongest! at home, but if I want to play with my 'little men' more often, solo play is the best way forward. This long overdue article discusses how I achieve realistic games using these wonderful rules. You may have a different approach and as always comments and suggestions are very welcome.I have played quite a few games solo now and have slowly been developing a method for 'automating' one side so I can play against an opponent that still has the ability to surprise me, or at the very least put up a stiff fight. The rules for TtS! already introduce a certain amount of friction and no commander c

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