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The Willy Wonka of Tabletop Games? – An interview with Phil “Osprey Games” Smith

If you fancy winning any of the current line of Osprey Games or wargames, then read through to the end of this interview! Robey: Hi, Phil. Sorry to keep you waiting a bit. Phil: No [...] The post The Willy Wonka of Tabletop Games? – An interview with Phil “Osprey Games” Smith appeared first on Tabletop Games UK.

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Rescue Mission - Bronze Gates Campaign

On Monday I'd originally planned to run a larger 3-player game (one of the scenarios I'd originally planned for the Necromunda Game Weekend). But then Amanda was keen to play a Rescue Mission to retrieve the ganger she'd lost to me in the previous evening's game before that... I Thought maybe we'd get that done quickly - maybe even before the kids got home - and still have time to play a larger game afterwards. We didn't get started with that until well after noon and by the time we were done it was supper time and no one was interested in playing games after supper - Keira is sick with a cold and Amanda had work to do on a costume she's supposed to bring along to dance class tomorrow evening... so... here I am writing up the final game reports... Maybe next weekend...As always I did petition the house for aid and... they send me ANOTHER Juve... I had REALLY hoped it would be an arms shipment and I could pick up a bunch of equipment for the Champion I was hoping to hire after this game... then I had

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Escort Mission - Bronze Gates Campaign

Sunday evening, after the kids had gone off to my folks, Amanda and I played another game of Necromunda. Earlier in the afternoon I'd played Finnegan's Genestealer Cult. The One-Eyed Red Snakes were not in a good way. They were down to six active fighters - having lost one dead and another recovering from a critical injury. A Juve from the settlement had stepped up to join the gang... but the gang had no gear or cash to buy gear with which to equip him! So we petitioned the House for some help. Conveniently the house coughed up some wargear - and we were able to bring seven to the next battle...!We decided to try one of the scenarios in the Arbitrators section of the main rulebook - Escort Mission! A Guild Agent with close ties to how Cawdor and the Redptionists said if the One-Eyed Red Snakes would escort her out of the Bronze Gates, she would petition House Cawdor to have the One-Eyed Red Snakes maintain control of the Shrine of the Sinners Past (Bone Shrine) as there were no representatives of House Cawdor

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Battle for the Bronze Gates

Even though the Necromunda Game Weekend hadn't gone exactly as planned, on Sunday afternoon I did challenge Finnegan's Average Joes Genestealer Cult for control of the Bronze Gates - the toll crossing that gives it's name to the entire region. I let Finnegan pick the scenario and he chose Zone Mortalis Scenario 2: The Trap. I'm not sure who was trapping whom...Gang selection was Custom(10), meaning you could use up two ten members of your gang... unfortunately my gang was down to SIX active members (two were still in the gang, but recovering from injuries...).Before getting started, I DID petition the house for aid, and got a House Trainer - which gave a number of gangers some extra experience. Finnegan also petitioned the cult for aid and got another cultist... Normally it would be a Juve, but the Genestealer cult doesn't have "juves" so when they get a free dude it's a Neophyte Cultist - the equivalent of a ganger!Finnegan had eight he could use for this game.The battleground was set up a sort of a cro

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Lunar War playtest

Bruce was keen to playtest his Lunar Wars game using the sweet "new" Airfix models he bought. We played on a printed hex grid he made. We started with two quick goes at a single scenario that allowed us to compare Artifact and Marine 2002 (the two rules sets he had). We settle on Artifact as the turn sequence forced us to make more interesting and stark choices.The 1/72-scale figures Bruce got are a hoot to play with. Lots of character and evoking a real 1980s Cold War gone hot in space feel.He supplemented the plastics with some GZG landers (15mm, maybe?) to give some air capability. Having settled on Artifact, we then played the main scenario which was an attack on a small scientific moon outpost but two lander-borne military teams.This was the approach. Very simple air rules that mimicked near zero-G movement. I moved in from two angles while Bruce quickly deployed his scientists in a defensive posture.I deployed one one force from the lander behind a ridge while moving closer with the other. This was

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STILL More Mistakes Were Made

Although this wasn't nearly so costly as some of the previous mistakes...and it didn't involve Eldar...(or Imperial Guard..)I ordered a bunch of plastic stuff from Russia...I'm not sure what I was thinking...Mouslings - seem to all be later renaissance mousketeers... They are a touch bigger than the Reaper Bones Mouslings I recently painted - but not so much that I wouldn't use them together.KnightsSkeletonsOrcsDwarvesI saw some of the miniatures posted on, I think, the Dragon Rampant Facebook group and a mention that they were available on eBay... so I went looking... and eventually tracked down a website in Russia that sold them.  All told 100 of these hard plastic fantasy chibi AND six vehicles AND a sprue of terrain bits came to a total of about $80CAD ($61USD) - including shipping!? So... wasn't the worst mistake I've ever made...What was I thinking I'd use all these for? I don't know... Dragon Rampant? That's just silly... I mean, I HAVE piles of armies for it already - plus piles more I already ne

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Cops, supers and astronauts?

No chance to game this week due to work commitments,but I did do some painting. First up are some 28mm heroclix cops. Just a quick highlight, wash, dull coat and rebasing.In a addition to the five street officers, there was a detective in the bunch.I also added a few new supers, including Cyborg and Raven, from the old Teen Titans comics. Cyborg's feet are stupidly large.I was over at Bruces last week play testing a Napoleonic game and he hauled out some 1/72 astronauts he was working on to miniaturize an old Steve Jackson game about combat on the moon during the cold war.Very nice Airfix stuff that was re-released for the 50th anniversary. This was supplemented by some paper Space 1999 rovers (printed at 4% of the file size!) and some Airfix rovers and landers.This looks like it will be a visually spectacular game!

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Tommygun's Toybox, Take 1

Tommygun's ToyboxI've started building a download gallery for the projects of a member who disappeared from the internet years ago; Tommygun. He was very prolific and talented and I would love to continue to share his works with the world. I've started this gallery project to collate and present his work, but I'm missing a number of models and preview pics. I'll be posting a list of what I have and need and if you see more pictures of his work floating around the web, or they've been hiding on your hard-drive, I'd appreciate you sending them my way.Thanks. Thank you Tommygun, and we miss you.Here is what is already up;http://onemonk.com

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The Paint-A-Bob Challenge

Hi All,I just wanted to share with you the figure I painted for the #paintabob challenge on the Oldhammer Community on Facebook.I had intended to also paint a second Psyker and the Keg tappers from Reaper's Dwarven Brewmeister set, but I put the "pro" in procrastinate again. So I onlty finished the one figure.I still need to work to get things ready for Monolith, and it looks like I'm going to be spending all day next Saturday roleplaying, so we'll see how much I can get done in October. Also know as Olleytoberfest here on the blog.Thanks for looking.

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A Few More Epic 40K Minis

I finished up a few more Epic minis over the weekend...Four plastic Whirlwinds.Seven metal Vindicators (I already have another painted for a total of eight). not sure if any of those things out front count as a Siege Shield...?)All of these will probably be organized into two Spearhead detachments of four Vindicators and two Whirlwinds. I can't seem to find my Apocalypse rules. But I'm pretty sure Spearhead Detachment can have a maximum of six Heavy Support - of which all of these are... (so I can't put ALL the vindicators in one big detachment!)Here's something odd... I have a detachment with four squads of Terminators... and a captain n terminator armour. To transport those Terminators I thought I'd use Land Raiders... unfortunately Terminators are Elites and land raiders are NOT considered Transports - they're considered Heavy Support! A Vanguard Detachment can have up to SIX Elites, but only two Heavy Support... A Spearhead Detachment can have up to SIX Heavy Support... but only two Elites!? WTF!?I also f

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An Unusual Assortment of Odd and Sundry Items

I've been painting. Some of it's been further experiments with Contrast® paints.So... eight and a half years ago I bought a pile of these dirt cheap 1/35 scale Maschinen Krieger (Ma.K) models... and haven't really done anything with them. Through long and convoluted series of circumstances and thoughts and ideas, I got to working n a few of them this last week.My general idea was that these could be part of a Rogue Trader's personal retinue. The equipment might be of Xenos origin - having been out beyond the imperium for so many years (decades... CENTURIES...!?) they've taken on equipment of xenos manufacture or design - to replace equipment that was lost or broke beyond repair along their journey. Either that or possibly a unit of mostly human mercenaries working in the employ of the T'au...?I did try converting a few to incorporate actual 40k weapons... but they mostly ended up looking goofy. The most I've left with their original weaponry and just repainting and adding pilots to the ones that are opened up

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