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Oldhammer – The hunt – progress update

I am quite happy to announce, that my hunt on the Oldhammer stuff, that I covered a couple of days before, was rather successful. Via the introduced and mentioned channels I managed to acquire some interesting kits and spare parts to build the Imperial Guard retro project around. With the Basilisk it was a bit […]

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Garbage Truck 28mm Work in Progress

It’s been pretty quiet on this blog, mainly because I’ve been hitting the Tabletop Terrain Facebook Page with updates. For the last month I had planned to work on a Light Armored Vehicle based on the existing chassis my earlier kits use. However somehow I got distracted building a Garbage Truck back end for the Outpost Utility vehicle. Sometimes I find parts and designs seem to flow naturally into Autodesk Fusion 360 without too much thought, and once that starts to happen rather I tend to just run with it, rather than fight the 3D design Muse. This Garbage Truck went together really quickly and I’m pleased with both the garbage compactor back end, and the slightly retro wheel fenders. So much so I couldn’t resist tweaking the earlier vehicles so they can use these new parts. This is something I usually try and do anyway, as a bit of a thank you to any customers that have bought the earlier kits – and (slightly less altruistically) because I want to mix and match parts myself.

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The Secret Diary of a Gamer (Aged 52) – Week 8

I have just released the latest entry in my Secret Diary of a Gamer (Aged 52) podcast series, which is available as exclusive content to Patreon backers at the Even More Meeples & Miniatures pledge level. In this episode, I chat about putting together and painting Mantic fantasy zombies You can find this episode on the Meeples & Miniatures Patreon Page

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Journey of the Maulers: Team Logos

In my article, Blood Bowl: Solo Campaigns, I've talked about how the backstory of a team contributes significantly to the immersion in a solo campaign and that I'm actually following that method in the Journey of the Maulers series. For the fans I already did this, as each of them got a few lines of […]

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Prospector Rover Vehicle on DriveThruRPG

The third of our vehicle packs is up on DriveThruRPG today! This pack lets you print and build a variety of sci-fi Prospector Rovers in 28mm scale, and includes a towable trailer that can be used with the Rover and our other vehicles. All our vehicle packs work together, allowing you to mix and match parts for even more variety on your sci-fi tabletop. This pack will be followed by a Light Armored Vehicle in 2019.

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Taking Rogue Stars for another Spin

We took Rogue Stars out for a spin again last night, and despite the rulebook suffering a lot of the usual Osprey problems we had an enjoyable game. Osprey has a hard word count on their Osprey Wargames series which often leads to very condensed rules, short on examples. Unfortunately, I think Rogue Stars suffers from this a fair amount, and people have reviewed it rather negatively online because of this. There’s a lot of reading between the lines, and common sense has to be applied in a game simply because the rulebook includes a lot of content in a fixed space. Having said that I’ve always enjoyed Ganesha Games’ interesting activation mechanism in their skirmish games and Rogue Stars improves on this by having an activation/reaction system too. This means you’re always involved in the game regardless of which side is active. It also leads to some very interesting choices about how many times to try and activate a character vs how many reactions you’ll give away. The reacting

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Oldhammer – The hunt

The journey through Oldhammer continues. I gave the introduction and the first part of choosing and preparing an retro-project. Next step, get yourself some old miniatures. But before you start buying, make sure you know what you're looking for. I suggested SoLegends for their vast amount of catalogue pages and beyond that, there are dedicated […]

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A new ‘Patreon Exclusive’ podcast series

I have decided to try a new format for the Patreon Exclusive podcasts for 2019. All $3 backers will now have access to a new podcast series – ‘The Secret Diary of a Gamer (Aged 52)’ With a title inspired by Adrian Mole (The original Secret Diary was published when I was 15) and content inspired by Atom Smasher from the Tabletop Minions YouTube channel, this new series will chart my journey through the gaming hobby in 2019, and will most likely include many musings, false starts, hobby hints & tips, observations and perhaps the occasional rant. You can find episode #1 here* *Please note, you will need to be a Patreon supporter of the Meeples & Miniatures podcast at the $3 level to have access to this content.

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Painting 2018

The sum total of my painting in 2018 was not as good as I had hoped it would be. I managed to get through the wargames shows I went to without buying too many models, very few in fact, but I still struggled to paint very many last year. I did manage to paint the minimum requirement for a game if Dust using my Axis, I still have more to do. There were some individual models I finished for various forces, I really like the Wargame Exclusive Grey Knight styled model which I now use as a HQ proxy. I found some more old Ogryn models and finished those off, I now have six for my Scrunt army. A few other units got finished off, British Navy, Sky Hussars on modified smoke plumes and some Meridian Bots. Then of course there was the Star Wars transporter conversion, the main reason there was little progress in painting miniatures. I was a much bigger project than I thought it would be… It is nearly finished, honest. Apart from the big model, I have also spent a lot of time designing and making MDF terrain,

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Outlook 2019 – The hobbywhip for the boss

While Dennis summarized 2018 in his annual review quite smoothly, I‘ll take a look into the glass orb for 2019 and do what a true hobbyist can do best: make plans and try to do everythin possible that they turn out differently! Accordingly my main point on the list of good intentions for the new […]

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That Was 2018

We set out at the beginning of 2018 with an objective, this was to play as many of our shortlisted games as possible. We agreed on the list, concentrating on our favourite games and those that we really should give another go. This does mean that a few others may now be classified as shelved, at least for a while. So in 2018, assuming I have not forgotten any, I got at least one game of the following: In Her Majesty’s Name Dust Heroes Of Normandie Frostgave Gaslands Bushido 40K Tanks Steam Wars Space Hulk Fist Full of Kung Fu Rivet Wars Dragon Rampant Rogue Stars Bolt Action WWII Bolt Action Konflikt 47 Confrontation Kill Team Some games, such as Steam Wars (obviously), 40K (best edition in years!), Gaslands and Frostgrave has a good few goes. Of course, we still managed to miss a few games out from our shortlist, not too many, but we will have to prioritise these in the New Year.

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