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Rating: Sarissa Precision Ltd are a company that produce high quality MDF terrain in various scales at a mid-range price. This review is looking at their Japan range of buildings, which are useful for playing games in the Sengoku period – especially rules such as Test of Honour I have a number of Sarrissa’s buildings in my collection – they actually make up the majority of my scenery that I use for Test of Honour and other games. Village House Probably one of the most basic of the buildings in the range, the Village House is a simple box with a few added details, including steps and window shutters. Very easy to assemble, and looks perfectly decent on the table. Temple/Shrine The Temple/Shrine is slightly more complex to assemble due to upright supporting beams pushing through the raised floor. This is easier as it looks, as you can push each individual side through the floor, and then secure and glue the base afterwards. A little care has to be taken with this kit, especially in storage, as the uprights are quite fragile and could be prone to breakage. Otherwise, the building is of solid construction and relatively easy to assemble. The [...]
Download Episode 245 Welcome to Episode 245 of the Meeples & Miniatures Podcast In this episode the Meeples crew get together and catch up with what they have been up to, hobby-wise, in the past few weeks Later in the show, they are joined by Adrian McWalter from Stand To Games. We catch up with what Adrian and Quinton have been up to in the last year, and discuss their new projects with rules based in the Americas of the 18th and 19th Century We hope you enjoy the show. Stand To Games If you enjoyed this episode of the Meeples & Miniatures Podcast, you may want to become a supporter of the show, Details can be found on our Donate page, or you may want to visit our Patreon page.
One of the joys of our hobby is the social aspect of getting together to game. I can’t remember the last time I had a game with Rich Jones, so when he suggested getting together over Easter for a game of Star Wars Legion, I leapt at the chance (especially as he said he would supply all the miniatures and scenery). So it was that we met up at Wayland Games for an epic day of battle. Rich had devised a scenario suitable for the occasion (see below) – basically one of the droids had a long-lost episode of the Meeples & Miniatures podcast, which the Rebels had to stop falling into the wrong hands… scenario SW1 The table for the day looked fantastic – it drew attention all day, with many people asking about it, as well as STL itself: “was it any good”, “how did it play”, “wow, that AT-ST is big” etc. The game was suitably epic and cinematic, with a climatic fight between Luke Skywalker, an entire squad of Stormtroopers, and Wedge Antilles blasting Darth Vader to dust with laser cannon – A full report can be found here. However, just in case you are as [...]
…or why I am not going to Salute in a couple of weeks… I’ve been covering UK wargames shows for the gaming media – be that one of the gaming magazines, or the podcast – for a number of years now – so much so that I made the decision at the start of this year (2018) that I would take a year off, and simply go to wargames shows as a punter for a year, partly in order to recapture the joy of going to a show. Whilst it’s not always the case, if you are working at a show, you are constantly looking around for photos, or the opportunity for a chat or interview with a trader. That can get pretty wearing – especially at big shows like Salute or the UK Games Expo – so I wanted to take time to re-engage with the events I was attending. Normally, especially as part of the wagames media, you would not consider missing Salute – after all, it is the biggest one-day show of the year, and so many companies use it as a focus to release new products, plus you get to see people who do not see [...]
March was a good month for painting, as I constructed and painted this entire terrain table for Test of Honour, which included over 4 feet of walls, corners and gates, a Temple Shrine, Temple Bell, Temizuya, Bridge, two ponds, several trees and a large Pagoda… …WHAT DO YOU MEAN “SCENERY DOESN’T COUNT”!? Painted: 0 In that case, I didn’t manage to get any miniatures painted this month… Purchased: 89 With the release of Star Wars Legion, it was always going to be a big month for miniature purchases… Star Wars Legion: 64 Miniatures Gangs of Rome: 5 Miniatures Runewars Miniatures Game: 12 Miniatures Test of Honour: 8 Miniatures Monthly Aggregate: -89 YTD Aggregate: -309 It looks like I have a lot of ground to make up in the coming months…
The Easter weekend in the UK tradionally sees the start of the Do-It-Yourself season for many households… …So, if you want to procrastinate for another day on that household project that you really don’t want to start, what better excuse can you find than spending the day at a Games show? Easter Saturday, 31st March 2018, sees the second CHILLCON show, being held at: Ecclesfield School Chapeltown Road Ecclesfield Sheffield S35 9WD This is a single day event, and will include a trade show with over 40 Traders, with the likes of War Banner, Sarissa Precision, Footsore Miniatures, Westwind Productions, Crooked Dice, Seconds Thunder, White Dragon Miniatures and many others. A full list can be found here. There will also be a bring and buy available. More details can be found at the ChillCon website. See you tomorrow?
In episode 234 of the Podcast, we spoke to Simon Miller about his forthcoming English Civil War rules – For King and Parliament. We are please to announce that these rules are now available. Here is what Simon has to say: TtS! “For King and Parliament” is a simple set of wargames rules for the Civil Wars in England (and Scotland and Ireland) of the mid-Seventeenth Century. Written by Simon Miller and Andrew Brentnall, they use mechanisms that will be immediately familiar to players of the popular “To the Strongest!” ancient and medieval rules. Using For King and Parliament, a battle can be fought and won (or lost!) on a dining room table in less than two hours. The same rules, however, also support huge battles, involving thousands of miniatures and up to five players a side. The use of subtle grids dispenses with the need for measurement- and consequently play moves along at a cracking pace. A unique activation system driven by playing cards or numbered chits introduces uncertainty; in some turns a regiment will fly across the battlefield; in others it will stubbornly remain rooted to the spot. The same deck is used to swiftly resolve shooting and melee; [...]
A dull, wet Saturday in March saw a number of would-be-Shoguns arrive at Warlord Games in Nottingham. Warring States II was organised by the fine chaps of Infamous Wargaming, and provided a full day of gaming, using the Test of Honour Samurai Skirmish rules from Warlord Games. Keeping with tradition, I had not finished painting until the previous evening – although in my case it wasn’t my miniatures that were being finished at the last minute, but rather the terrain table that I had agreed to provide. Whilst I was originally going to create a village layout, my thinking was (correctly, as it turned out) that everyone would be doing a village layout, so I would do something a bit different. Inspired by the forthcoming release of a Sohei Temple from Sarissa Precision, the table I provided was a walled Temple compound – which luckily all came together rather well, as putting it together on the table was the first time everything had been assembled together. There were 16 tables for us to fight over, all of which provided their differing challenges: My own warband for the day was somewhat simple – I wanted to try out the new Ninja [...]
Download Episode 244 Welcome to Episode 244 of the Meeples & Miniatures Podcast In this episode the Meeples crew are joined by Richard Clarke and Nick Skinner from Too Fat Lardies. We catch up with what TFL have been up to over the last year, with the main focus of our discussion being the forthcoming rules for WWII Tank Combat – What a Tanker! We hope you enjoy the show. Too Fat Lardies The TooFatLardies Oddcast What a Tanker Advance Order Bundle If you enjoyed this episode of the Meeples & Miniatures Podcast, you may want to become a supporter of the show, Details can be found on our Donate page, or you may want to visit our Patreon page.