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Chaos Centaur of Tzeentch

Q. What do you get if you cross a Chaos Centaur of Tzeentch, and a zebra? A. A “Tzebra”. Presenting Tzebra Doomstripe, the latest monster to swell the ranks of my vintage Warhammer collection. This tzoological monstrosity was my entry into the “Make a Trish” competition in the Oldhammer Community. Challengers had a month to model and paint a Trish Carden miniature, and the Mistress of Monsters herself would pick a favourite. Tzebra is not one actually one Trish Carden monster, but two mashed together. The MM94/1 Chaos Centaur Lord was a metal human torso designed to be fitted to the standard plastic Warhammer horse torso (henceforth: “horso”). But the plastic horso had spindly legs that looked wrong with the human torso’s majestically beefy barbarian arms, so I decapitated Trish’s MM83 High Elf Unicorn and used it as a replacement horso. This new unicorn part is, importantly, also saddle-free – Tzebra is a Lord of Chaos and tolerates no riders

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Interested in Kill Team

Recently the husband and wife team at Gamecows contacted me to ask that I link their new beginners guide to Kill Team on my site. I didn’t like that my answer was that I don’t play any GW games or update my blog so I changed it. I’m going to link their article. I’m sure they worked hard at it and I remember how hard I worked to promote this blog. What little juice this site has left I hope it helps them. And who knows, maybe the very act of posting here again will make me re-think abandoning this blog. Warhammer 40k Kill Team Beginner Guide: Build a Viable Kill Team for Under $50 The post Interested in Kill Team appeared first on The General's Tent.

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Andy's Musings Episode 1: Legacy Games

Regular readers of this site or listeners to our podcast may have gotten the impression that my imagination is a dangerous and scary place. An accurate, if somewhat understated description. I find myself on many occasions mulling over a whole range of ideas from the size of the plastic baggies we use to store game components through explaining to colleagues why using well-defined business processes is to everyone’s advantage, all the way to convincing my other half why getting an Oculus Rift is clearly a good idea; not just a glorified way of kicking the cats. Read more »

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GPS Survey, Round 3

Hey gang, It's nice to have loyal readers, and I do love writing for you guys. It's nice to be part of the Twilight: 2000 blogosphere, with such sites as The Savant's Rants out there. I do like getting the pulse of the readership from time to time, so hence, this GPS Survey! I promise, it will be mostly painless.Or at least less painful than the poor guy on the ground got...Please answer this thread in the comments, as it will allow me to track answers.So, here's the questions?1. Do you think the focus of the blog is too wide, too narrow, or just right?2. If you answered too wide or too narrow, what can I do to improve that?3. Any miniatures/rules we're overlooking that we shouldn't?4. Any other kinds of articles you'd like to see?5. We're thinking of doing interviews with whomever we can track down from say, GDW or Grenadier or even just prominent modelers/wargamers who have an interest in the milleu. Anyone you think we ought to talk to?6. Finally, any other articles/ideas YOU'D like to see?P

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Board Game Review – Manipulate

Becoming a mogul is shady business. One does not get to the top without making a few enemies and forcing the hand of a few friends. Sure, everyone sets out with the intentions of  being a gentleman (or woman) while accumulating their wealth honorably, but sometimes you have to get your hands dirty to get what you want. Of course, I am not talking abut real life, but the recently published board game Manipulate! While technically a board game, the mechanics are card based. After a successful Kickstarter launch and fulfillment, Manipulate can now be yours to own. A Walrus Ventures game, Manipulate is for three to six players and takes anywhere between one and a half to two hours to play. The variance in playing time relates to the amount of players in a given game and how many of them are comfortable with the rules at the outset. The newer the players, the longer the game will take (as likely with most games.) The themes and gameplay have some dastardly aspects. While it is not overly complex, it is also not a

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Back at the Table Again – No Excuses

Hey, folks. Sorry for fading out for a series of weeks that turned into months. The official excuse is work, school, and the like. But, really, it’s a matter of prioritizing at the end of a busy day. All that to say, I’m back. The Kickstarters, preorders, and purchases are rolling in. And, I’m excited for another year. Crazy Times, Crazy Good Games   Nemesis The Alien Queen in Nemesis! One weekend at the start of the year, I managed to escape for a few days to sunny, warm North Carolina to visit a gaming friend. We tried many things old and new from last year, but the standout game was Nemesis. It was the closest thing imaginable to the Alien movies in a box: thematic and a mix of strategy and luck. I was on the edge of my seat each game we played, even the one that was going horribly wrong. I almost didn’t mind losing (we were playing cooperatively), as it felt like losing was a thematic outcome. Each decision, and each narrow escape felt very fun. If I had to pick one Game of th

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Ghosts of the Moor (Tasty Minstrel Games) Review

A Spooky, Treasure-Laden Trek Better run from those ghosts… or (gulp!) bring them with you! Ghosts of the Moor is the sort of game I would’ve loved as a child: it has an evocative theme, quality components, and some basic–yet significant choices. Fortunately, I had the opportunity (in the form of a review copy) to play this small-box title with my own kid, age 5, who thoroughly enjoyed winning against Dear Old Dad. But, what sort of game is it? Here’s the basics, before we venture out into the moor!   The Ghosts of the Moor Experience Our intrepid treasure hunters are set to explore the haunted moor! Artwork Before we turn to gameplay, I have to say, the art pulled me and my kid into the game. She admired the treasure tokens scattered along the track, and commented on which ones she hoped to snag, as well as which ghosts looked the spookiest (“the number 2 ghost is hideous!”). I personally admired the little explorer meeples, with their pith helmets and arms outstretc

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Mars Open – Guest Review

Over the course of the next few months, you may notice some new content, courtesy of our new partnership with the Ministry of Games at Juniata College. This organization focuses on, among other things, all things board games. Whether it is reviewing the most recent Euro game, investigating the best D&D campaigns, or taking a look at the newest card game expansions, the Ministry of Games has their hand in everything. Be on the lookout for some of their latest content on our blog in the coming weeks! Mars Open turns your tabletop into a Martian Golf Course. Mars Open Review: When I am looking for new board games I always find myself drawn to the ones with unique themes. A unique and well integrated theme often elevates a game from a good one, to a great one. Mars Open is great example of this. It is a lighthearted dexterity game for 1-8 players that explores the fun and somewhat fantastical idea of playing a round of golf on the surface of the planet Mars.   Preparing the To Play: Which ball will you

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Master of Wills – Review

This week, we’re going to take a look at a game that has been around since 2017 but has not rested on its laurels, with multiple expansion decks and a brand new mobile version – Master of Wills, by Stormcrest Games. This is a game all about the strategy and knowing when to concede a bit of the board to an opponent to get the upper hand. Pair that with gameplay that clearly matches the overarching theme and you’ve got yourself a fun night. There’s a lot going on here, but it is absolutely how I picture a battle between the factions of this game would go.   Premise – The basic story here is that there are two warring Factions (represented by two different decks of cards players will use during the course of the game to influence and directly manipulate the Community deck), each vying for power and influence in the world. Their job is to recruit Characters from the community to their cause. These people in the community will belong to 1 of the 8 different sectors (aka. card types, such as: Activ

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Awesome Games Coming in 2019 Part 2: Kickstarter Arrivals

There is a natural order to things in life. The sun shines, plants grow, animals eat the plants and then I eat the animals. The same circle is present in board gaming; publishers announce upcoming Kickstarter campaigns, we go nuts to back them, the game is made, we receive it then there’s some miserable sod who reviews it and says it’s shit. Now that you’ve read our first of three articles telling you which campaigns to look out for in 2019, it’s my job to go through what we can look forward to receiving from some 2018 (or earlier!) campaigns that are currently either in production or on their way to us as I type this.Read more »

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Awesome Games Coming in 2019 Part 1: Games Coming to Kickstarter

I’m just going to come right out and say it.  I’m probably going to ruin one of you New Year’s Resolutions.  If you’ve promised yourself that you WILL pay-off that credit card, or save money, or even, dare I say it, trim down your board game collection *gasp* well, my goal here is to tempt you away from all those very adult and responsible goals and show you some of the shiniest of this coming year’s shinies.And I’m not alone in this task, Andy and Steve will be doing much the same in their articles for Delivered Kickstarters and Upcoming Mainstream Publishers and, of course, Andy and Steve have already had a nice long chat about these games in the latest podcast episode.  But here and now, let me excite, tease and tempt you with our most anticipated games coming to Kickstarter in 2019Where I’ve been able to I’ve dug through the various Board Game Geek forums, scoured Facebook and Twitter, and, in one instance, I drove to the publisher's house, broke in, kidnapped their cat and held it to ransom until the

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Post 100! What a Long, Strange, Trip it Has Been!

Well folks, it's a day late, but I am ready to announce our prize winner for our first painting contest! Apache 6 has won with a majority of the votes for his entry:He'll be receiving our grand prize entry, and we ask that he gets in touch with us so we can get him his prizes!Thanks to all the contributors and we'll be running another contest in the Spring!Now, it's post 100, and I just want to say to our 60,000+ page views, and 52 followers one word:Wow. When I began this blog a year ago, I never thought it would have this level of support and fans that would have people clambering for more. I promise to have more of my own work up..and there is another arena I plan to be delving into soon..3D printing. My parents thoughtfully, and I mean thoughtfully got me a Photon brand 3D Printer and I am devouring the owner's manual as we speak. Perhaps a 20mm LAV-75 is finally in the offing? But I have a lot to learn about making an STL file, let alone printing something out, so I will keep you all posted as to wh

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Post 100! What a Long, Strange Trip it Has Been!

Well folks, it's a day late, but I am ready to announce our prize winner for our first painting contest! Apache 6 has won with a majority of the votes for his entry:He'll be receiving our grand prize entry, and we ask that he gets in touch with us so we can get him his prizes!Thanks to all the contributors and we'll be running another contest in the Spring!Now, it's post 100, and I just want to say to our 60,000+ page views, and 52 followers one word:Wow. When I began this blog a year ago, I never thought it would have this level of support and fans that would have people clambering for more. I promise to have more of my own work up..and there is another arena I plan to be delving into soon..3D printing. My parents thoughtfully, and I mean thoughtfully got me a Photon brand 3D Printer and I am devouring the owner's manual as we speak. Perhaps a 20mm LAV-75 is finally in the offing? But I have a lot to learn about making an STL file, let alone printing something out, so I will keep you all posted as to wh

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Game Review – Tortuga 1667

Tortuga 1667 Review Pirate games are always an excitable theme with board games. Growing up in the age of Disney’s Pirates of the Caribbean, I’m always keen to see what the next one will bring. Liar’s dice is always going to be a staple among pirate enthusiasts, but I’ve always wondered why more developers don’t tap into what seems to be a very popular theme. How cool is this game box!? Well, Facade Games is looking to change that with Tortuga 1667. The game was designed for 2-9 players, ages 12 and up, with a playing time between 20 and 40 minutes. The game comes with meeples; a variety of action, voting, event, and characters cards; a roll away game mat; treasure bag with wooden treasure tokens; and a box that’s disguised as a book. How does this compare to pirate games of the past? Let’s take a look! Premise As a player, you are secretly selected to play for either the French or the British (or the Dutch in the event of an odd numbered group). Players are then drawn from a bag in order to be placed on one

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Rogue Trader Christmas Space Marines

It was Christmas 1987, and Games Workshop celebrated the festive season by releasing two limited edition Space Marines (or “Spaced Out Marines” as the advertising called them).  I’ve painted the pair for my growing Crimson Fists force. Crimson Fists, more like … Crimson Pisseds. These castings came thanks to @DocRods – who’s been sending me an absolute surfeit of vintage beakies and 2000AD bits.  Thanks Doc!  A very merry Christmas to you, more of them appearing painted very soon. The Battle Brothers have I FEEL FISTIVE and PUNCH DRUNK graffitied onto their armour. The cigar-smoking Space Marine has a wisp of tobacco smoke sculpted onto his cheek, which other painters have misinterpreted as a casting worm to remove, or a facial scar to paint pink. There are two varieties of plastic mk6. backpacks – identical except for the placement of the depressions where they attach to the Marine.   One hole is so high up that when mounted on the metal Rogue Trader Space Marines it looks

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