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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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New Toy Time

Regular readers will know that I hate photographing my toy soldiers. So after seeing this on a hobby forum somewhere I bought myself a new toy. It only cost a fiver from eBay and arrived with a week or so. The box has LED lights in a strip across the top which takes power from the PC via a standard USB cable. The sides have magnets in them so it is easy to assemble and disassemble. It

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Hobby Exhaustion: Causes and Solutions

It might sound like a rather quirky term; hobby exhaustion. It almost sounds a little absurd, I’d go as far to say. However, when you break down some of the ways you can find yourself stepping back from your brushes and miniatures, the symptoms are all too real. Some may call it a “funk” or a “wall”, but I find those terms to be ambiguous and obtuse respectfully. What I’ve found it to be categorically is a metaphorical fatigue. If you have hobby deadlines or fancy yourself a completionist then you’ll probably end up stewing angrily in these states; I know I have. Don’t worry, it can be overcome. The best way to approach this issue is analytically and with a positive outlook. So, let’s get started. Let’s begin by first identifying what hobby exhaustion is and how it becomes manifest. Typically, if you struggle to motivate yourself to sit at your hobby station this can be a clear sign. However, the biggest red flag is where simply thinking about start

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What I like about you.

I follow an extensive amount of wargames blog. One of the things I like to do is subscribe to them via Google Reader and go back as far as the archive would let me, and I explore the whole thing. Some blogs go so far that I’ve been reading old posts

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