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The Things I Have Learned About Priming

Priming is something that most mini painters hate. It is a chore and a massive drain on time  and energy to do on a large scale. Since the advent of reasonably durable spray varnishes, I have even gone through periods where I didn't prime at all (it is not as bad an idea as you think but not something I do any more especially on highly detailed figures). There are any number of people that will tell you how to do it their way. I am more about the pros and cons.THE TECHNIQUESThe BrushTraditionally (well maybe historically) priming is done with a brush. This has the advantage of ensuring that all the crevices are covered with paint. The main downfall, to my mind at least, is that it takes a lot of time. This is made up for by cheapness and the ability to do it any time of year. You are also doing it with a brush which rarely gives a fully even coat. I generally only do things this way when I have spare paint on the palette.The Rattle CanRattle cans have been around for a long time and they became more of a

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19 tips for running a great tabletop roleplaying game (specifically Rolemaster)

GMing a game can be a daunting task, especially if you haven’t done it much before or if you’re playing with a new group. That’s why we thought you might enjoy some helpful hints and tips on GMing from ICE fans and followers on how to make your game the best it could possibly be.   When I originally asked people to send in their hints and tips for running a great game, I specifically asked for tips on ‘running a great game of Rolemaster’. However, I’m pleased to say that the majority of the tips could just as easily be used when GMing HARP, Spacemaster, HARP-SF or any other tabletop roleplaying game.   So, hopefully you will enjoy these tips and find them useful. If you have any specific questions about running Rolemaster, Spacemaster, HARP, HARP-SF or any ICE game, visit the ICE forum where we have thousands of helpful GMs and fans who may have some advice.   So, without further ado, here are our 19 tips for running a great tabletop roleplaying game (specifically Rolemaster):   Always, a

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Terrain Corner – Refreshing Old & Natural Terrain

With Mortal Gods due at the end of the month I realised that when it came to terrain for the period and the location of ancient Greece I was a bit lacking. This felt like [...] The post Terrain Corner – Refreshing Old & Natural Terrain appeared first on Tabletop Games UK.

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Where To Start With Airbrushing: Part Two

Acquiring an airbrush has changed my hobby life for the better. I'm here to inform you and convince you to stop sitting on the face and grab one. Else, if you linger, you'll end up wondering how you ever survived without one just as I did. [...] The post Where To Start With Airbrushing: Part Two appeared first on Tabletop Games UK.

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Background Projects And Painting fatigue

I mention background projects all the time. These are the things that I do when, for whatever reason, I can't or don't want to work on my current project. Most of the time this has to do with letting wash dry. Sometimes it's because I have poured out a bit too much paint out. More often than I like it's just because I wanna do it.This week I have done some work on a three Reaper Bone bookcases. Lots of books needs lots of different colours. So this makes the ideal background project. Every time I have a little paint to use that is the right colour, then I paint a few spines. The paint usually comes from when I am doing some detailing on one of the figures in this weeks batch.One of the things I hear a lot about on YouTube is painting fatigue. As I get it all the while I assume that most of you get it as well. Along with having a target for the week and the year, I find that having a background project also helps. Maybe this helps to cleanse the metaphorical painting palette (but not a real one).

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Two Painting Tips

Today's post is all about saving money! I've found a source of cheap mixing pots and a really cheap brush cleaning soap. 1. Cheap Mixing Pots I often need to mix washes and such like which wouldn't sit well in my normal palette.  I also like to keep "special" paints, like metallic & Plaka paints, away from my regular acrylic paints and avoid accidentally mixing them on my palette. Up to now

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Fun With Flags

I seem to be doing a lot with flags at the moment. I've currently working on a couple of War of the Roses command elements, complete with multiple flags, but they aren't quite ready yet. As a change of pace I've been painting some Roundway (yes them again) medieval Russians for use as mercenaries for my Polish & Lithuanian armies.  For extra variety I decided to add paper lance pennons: As

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War of the Roses Livery Colours

At the end of September I put the Livery Colours Database online. So began my trip down memory lane.  When I returned to wargaming in the 1990s the second project I completed was a War of the Roses army featuring Henry Tudor at Bosworth. As regular readers will know I have recently returned to this period with the intention of updating the heavy infantry.  As part of this mini-project I've had

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War of the Roses Livery Flags

After I posted the database of livery colours online it struck me this was the first time in years I’d done anything related to one my favourite periods. Then I realised I’d used a typical livery colour scheme to paint some late medieval knights recently. Perhaps my subconscious was trying to tell me something? In the medium term I plan to upgrade my War of the Roses heavy infantry. To do this

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Rules To Remember Within Blackstone Fortress

If you haven’t caught our review of Warhammer Question: Blackstone Fortress, you may wish to give it a read. The game offers a hefty and impressive number of gameplay mechanics and systems to keep the game fun and engaging. However, one of the issues of these more robust games is that sometimes you can all-too-easily forget some of the rules. In my first few games of Blackstone Fortress, this was certainly the case. Thankfully, I’m here to give you a head-start so that your first few games run as smoothly as your later sessions when you’re more accustomed to the game. In order to get the most of your sessions you want to adhere to each of the rules of Blackstone Fortress. This will provide you with the best experience as intended by the designers. Below are some of the rules I found myself slipping-up on which either made the game noticeably easier or irksomely difficult. With three booklets of rules to flick through, let us help you remember some of the ones that may be more likely to slip

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X-Wing Second Edition – Wild West Meta

I’ve been playing X-Wing 2nd Edition for a few weeks on Vassal now. I finally put some ships on the table at a Quickfire Tournament. These are regularly hosted by the Moldy Crows at Athena Games. Games are comprised of 65-minute rounds where, despite flying some absolute nonsense, I finished 4th after going into the final round with a chance to win. The one thing that has stood out for me at present is the wide variety of lists out there. I have not flown against the same list once. After the list spam-fest of 1.0 this is a fantastic breath of fresh air! However, the game is still very young. Everyone has an abundance of new toys and ideas to mess around with but this Wild West Meta is fun! I know, “fun” is a dirty word in tabletop circles, but it’s entirely true. Would it not be great if people stopped caring about what the Meta is and started having fun? I know this concept is not new, last year our current world champion started the #whatmeta? trend which mixed things up for a while

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