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Musings from the Bunker #3 – Too Much of a Good Thing?

August 9, 2018 - 09:00
I’ve just published another Patreon exclusive podcast – Musings from the Bunker, Episode 3 In this new Patreon exclusive podcast, I ask the simple question – Do I have too much hobby stuff? How much is too much? Why do we buy all this stuff, or is it just me with the huge lead pile? As always, this is intended as a conversation starter… You can find this podcast here – available to Patreon Backers at the $3 tier level.
Categories: General

Making bamboo forest terrain

August 8, 2018 - 09:00
One of the iconic pieces of terrain in South East Asia and Japan in bamboo forest. These are relatively easy to model, thanks to the fact that you can order plastic model bamboo from China via eBay – a 100 piece bag working out at around £5 including postage. You can see an example listing here. As you can see, it comes as a simple plastic rod with leaves attached, so it is awkward to make stand up. I have  seen several different methods used to base this, but I wanted something quick and easy, so I decided first and foremost that my terrain pieces would feature clumps of bamboo – a thicket if you will – which in game terms would not only block line of sight, but would also be impassable. This would handily circumvent the need to ensue that a miniature base would fit on the terrain. So, how would I make the bamboo shoots stand up? I thought I would turn to a material that is designed specifically for this purpose – floral foam, otherwise more commonly known as ‘oasis’. This material is designed to hold floral arrangements in place – iit is light but dense [...]
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Kill Team – First impressions

August 4, 2018 - 16:45
I had the opportunity earlier this week to take a look at Kill Team – the new skirmish wargame from Games Workshop, set in the Warhammer 40,000 universe – when I went to Boards & Swords Hobbies in Derby. As you may be aware, whilst I used to be a fully paid-up member of the GW fan club, it has been many years since I have played anything from this company – with the notable exception of Space Hulk. In the last couple of years GW seem to be intent of turning their fortunes around with a dazzling amount of new games and products – something that has been achieved, if their latest financial results are to be believed. The concept of Kill Team has been around for a few editions of W40K now – it’s been seen in the main rulebook as a different way of playing the game. However, I believe that this is the first time that it has been released as a game in its own right, rather than just a sub-section of the larger Warhammer 40K rules. As you are probably aware, Kill team is a skirmish wargame. Think of it as W40K on a [...]
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Over Malvern Hill launches on Kickstarter

August 3, 2018 - 09:00
Stand To Games – the company that has brought us Over The Hills, Forager and, most recently, Rise and Fight Again – has launched a kickstarter project to help fund the production of a new set of rules: Over Malvern Hill. As the name implies, these rules take the base mechanics from Over the Hills and adapt them for a new period – in this case, the American Civil War. These rules are designed to provide a fast paced, easy to play mass battle game for ACW. The project has a funding goal of £2,500, and at time of writing is just over 40% towards that target. The project is running until the 2nd September 2018, with delivery due in October 2018 – this may sound ambitious, but Stand To Games already have a proven track record for producing these types of project on time. A copy of these rules will cost £20 – stretch goals for the project consist of a number of scenarios, which will be issued in PDF format to accompany the main rulebook. You can find full details of Over Malvern Hill here
Categories: General

The Painting Tally: July 2018

August 1, 2018 - 12:21
July has proven to be another month of little progress on the painting front – due to a combination of a) The Weather and b) My son constantly using my hobby desk for his own purposes. Painted: 0 Painting? In this heat!? You must be joking! Well, I did manage to undercoat some figures, but nothing more than that. Purchased: 16 I am trying to be good at the moment – so I am concentrating on expanding figure ranges I already have. Leia and Veers are new commanders for Star Wars Legion, the Pauper Soldiers for Test of Honour are needed as a full 24 point warband actually requires two sets of miniatures, and buying an extra set was cheaper that any metal alternatives. The metal figures are Kickstarter figures from Bad Squddo Games (Fenris the wolf on the left) and a Werewolf and Minotaur from Bears Head Miniatures. Monthly Aggregate: -16 YTD Aggregate: -333  
Categories: General

Derby Worlds – The story behind the Tweet

July 23, 2018 - 18:36
In a recent note on Twitter, the organisers of the Derby Worlds show announced that the 2018 event would not be going ahead. You may remember that the event last year was problematic, to say the least – I wrote a blog post about the show at the time. In something of an unprecedented step, Leon at Pendraken Miniatures   published a post on their Facebook page, detailing from his and other traders point-of-view the full story behind this piece of news. It’s a story very much worthy of reading. Since not everyone has access to Facebook, I asked Leon if I could reproduce his post on this website – to which he very kindly agreed. The following text was published at approx. 16:00 on 23rd July on the Pendraken Facebook page, and makes an interesting parallel story to our own blog post from last year. As some of you might have seen, over this past weekend the Derby Worlds organisers confirmed that there will be no Worlds event this year and that they are going to be back in 2019 with a new venue. Sadly there is a lot more to this than most people will be aware of and there [...]
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Review: Battlegroup Torch

July 22, 2018 - 17:29
Review: Battlegroup Torch is the latest supplement to the Battlegroup World War II rules, written by Warwick Kinrade and published by Iron Fist Publishing and the Plastic Soldier Company. This book is hardcover with 230 full colour pages, and is of similar format to previous books. Torch is a direct sequel to Battlegroup Tobruk, and covers the second half of the desert war, starting with the Battle of Gazala and finishing with the final defeat of the Axis forces following the fall of Tunis. Following the introduction, the next 50 pages of the book provides an overview of 1942 and 1943. Interspersed with black-and-white period photos is a description of all the major operations and battles which took place across Egypt, Libya and Tunisa. Next are several pages of special rules, covering the unique issues of desert warfare such as issues of wear and tear, dust, and the distinctive mobile warfare in the desert. This changes in Tunisia, where the landscape is very different. The ‘meat’ of the book are the army lists, which give details of how forces are put together. These army lists include: British Armoured Division British Infantry Division Deutsche Afrika Korps Italian Armoured Division Italian Infantry [...]
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