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
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
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
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
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
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
In September last year I finally tracked down a copy of the ADLG rulebook. I even managed to get in a practice game and began looking closely at the rules. Since then not a lot has happened. However I've just found out that there will be a ADLG ...
At the end of last month I posted an article about my latest painting “gadget”. At the time of writing I’d only been able to test the set up overnight. I thought I’d add some comments after using it for a month. In summary: I don’t know how I ma...
I've sold my Necrons on eBay and made out well enough that I thought it might be time to upgrade my army transport a bit. I have the Sabol Designs Army Transport bag (Mark I), but I've been stuck with having to use 1" trays for my Warmachine minis. As ...
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