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Town Planning

February 20, 2018 - 14:29
There is one thing that as miniature wargamers we cannot get away from – we all need terrain over which to fight. Luckily, we seem to be in a golden age for terrain. Gone are the days when we were forced to scratch build our battlefields from old soda cans and sticky-backed plastic – most of what we may want or need is available from one of several outlets. Three of my current projects need me to get more scenery. I could scratch build some of this, but time restrictions mean that I may well be buying most of it… Test of Honour I am taking part in the next Warring States Campaign Day in March, and at some point (obviously in a fit of enthusiasm) I offered to create one of the terrain tables. I’ve been undecided about what type of table to create, but have since been inspired by these two pictures below that are on the Model Tree Shop website for their Cherry Blossom trees (I found some of these in a box last week) I have decided that I’m going to create a walled temple compound – it will be a great complex for my recently painted [...]
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ROBIN show in Nottingham 2018

February 11, 2018 - 21:34
I popped along to the Red On Blue In Nottingham show today. This was the second year of the event, and it was good to see a healthy growth in trader support from last year, with around 50 traders in attendance. There were several new items that caught my eye as I wandered around the show… I bumped into Ady & Quinton from Stand To Games, and they had painted examples of their Portuguese and Spanish figures for Forager – these are due to be shipped out to backers in the next few weeks. A new name to me was Shiny Games. They import several ranges from around the world into the UK, including this rather nice scenery range from Knights of Dice from Australia – ideal for the forthcoming Star Wars: Legion? Dave’s Wargames has a growing range of MDF scenery, including a Torii Gate and a very nice Dojo – there should be two more buildings added to this range by the end of February. White Dragon Miniatures were once again showing off their forthcoming range of modern British infantry, called Courage in Contact. New to this was a rather fantastic looking Foxhound Light Protected Patrol Vehicle. Games [...]
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Meeples & Miniatures – Episode 241 – Baccus 6mm

February 10, 2018 - 15:32
Download Episode 241 Welcome to Episode 241 of the Meeples & Miniatures Podcast The Meeples crew get together to catch up with what they have been doing over the last few weeks, chatting about the games they have played and the miniatures they have painted. For our feature interview, we talk to Peter Berry of Baccus 6mm. We catch up with what Baccus has been doing over the past year, and get a preview of what is coming in 2018. We hope you enjoy the show. 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.
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Review: Test of Honour Ronin

February 8, 2018 - 13:46
Rating:  The Ronin box set for Test of Honour was one of the wave one expansions for the game. The box set allows players to field a force comprising fully of masterless Samurai, led by a special character – Tadashi ‘The Dishonoured’. The box contains the aforementioned metal miniature of Tadashi, a single plastic sprue of Samurai, 10 bases, 2 group bases, and a number of recruitment and skill cards. The metal heads are designed to be added to the plastic miniatures, thus differentiating them from the models in the core box and giving them more character. The skill cards provided are themed around dirty tricks and dishonour, making the Ronin something of an unscrupulous force. The recruitment cards allow the player to recruit a complete force of Ronin. As well as Tadashi himself, there are four groups of Ronin and two individual Ronin – This gives a full cost of 16 points – add to this two other Samurai cards from the base game, and you have a complete 24 point force. However, the box set only provides you with 6 miniatures for this force, so the remaining 11 figures will have to be sourced elsewhere, which is something [...]
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Forged in Battle launch War & Empie III – The Dark Ages

February 3, 2018 - 12:58
Forged in Battle have just launched the third in their series of War & Empire Kickstarter projects. Having previously tackled Ancients from Early Greece through to the height of the Roman Empire, this time they are moving forward to cover armies from the Dark Ages. The list of armies is pretty comprehensive: They have released a video showing some examples of painted miniatures- they look really nice! The Kickstarter is running until the 3rd March 2018. You can find out more details here
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Review: Bad Squiddo Games Onna-bugeisha

February 2, 2018 - 14:21
Rating: Bad Squiddo Games have released the first three packs of what promises to be an expanding range of Onna-bugeisha miniatures for Feudal Japan. The first pack contains three miniatures wielding katanas and is priced at £10 at time of writing. The detailing on the figures is very crisp, which gives painters the potential to really go to town on the armour braiding. Of the three poses, the miniature in mid-draw is my favourite. The pose with the katana above her head looks a little awkward, possibly because the miniature is a little ‘flat’ (a limitation of casting – I think if the sword was more naturally raised above the models head, the sword hand would have had to be cast as a separate piece). The third pose with the figure moving forward with the katana behind her has fantastic detailing, but I’m not sure if it is leaning too far forward – I had to use a spot of blu-tack under the base when taking the photo to stop the figure falling over. This shouldn’t be a problem when mounted on a round base, but I think it the figure looks slightly unbalanced, although that same pose gives an impression of [...]
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Bringing Rome to life

February 1, 2018 - 15:25
It is perfectly possible to play our wargames on a table populated with roads, buildings and vegetation. However, it looks so much better if the terrain has a ‘lived in’ look – which is why scatter terrain pieces are so important. It’s especially true when the terrain is a major part of the game – look at the recently released Gangs of Rome for example. Whilst a good job has been made of making a large number of buildings and other terrain available, when you lay those out on the table they still have a tendency look a little artificial – a little too ‘clean’. I love the mechanic in Gangs of Rome that brings civilians onto the streets, so surely our games would look better if these civilians actually had a reason to be there – what if the market stalls actually sold something, or the carts held produce? In addition, scatter terrain is always useful to hide behind, or maybe something to throw your opponent into. Here are a couple of places to look to bring your streets of Rome to life: Debris of War This company has all sorts of scatter terrain for your table, including a good selection of barrels and produce [...]
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The Painting Tally: January 2018

January 31, 2018 - 14:42
Last weekend I finished painting my first figures of the new year. After tweeting a picture, one of my followers, @NeilHughes71, came back to me with the following question: Now, to explain, Neil has been keeping a log of what he has painted vs what he has purchased, and provides a regular update on the numbers. I believe the aim of this exercise is to try and reduce his lead/plastic mountain. I think the rules of this are as follows: All miniatures are included if you intend to paint them, (so this includes boardgames such as Mythic Battles: Pantheon) Vehicles count, but only count as 1 model each! Terrain doesn’t count (boo hiss!) Aim is to paint a miniature a day, so to have painted 365 miniatures by the end of the year This sort of ties in with some of the ‘7 Tasks of Shuck’ challenge I was given for this year, so I thought I’d give it a go – the results might prove interesting. Painted: 12 I only managed to paint 12 miniatures during January – all Ninjas: a mix of the Ninjas of Iga box set from Warlord Games, and the SAM41 set from Perry Miniatures. Purchased: [...]
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Review: Test of Honour Ninjas of Iga Warband

January 30, 2018 - 15:59
Rating: Ninjas of Iga is the latest box set of miniatures to be released by Warlord Games for their Test of Honour Samurai skirmish game – it is the second box set they have released which includes all new metal miniatures. The box set includes 7 metal miniatures, 10 plastic bases and 2 plastic group bases, 18 cards (9 Recruitment cards and 9 Skill cards) and the Darkness and Deceit rulebook. The rule book contains several extra rules, which include darkness and models being unaware of other models presence, as well as rules for lanterns. There are also four additional scenarios: Sudden Attack, Ambush in the Dark, Undercover Raid and Assassination. The Reinforcement cards provided in this box set will actually allow you to play a 24-point Ninja warband with the seven models provided in the box – which makes a nice change as many of the ToH expansion models require additional models. The skill cards revolve around stealth and specialist Ninja weapons (surprise, surprise), which potentially make your Ninja force very challenging to face, although since they are unarmoured, they will tend to get hurt easily – as long as you can see and hit them in the first place. The [...]
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Battlefield Hobbies reopens after refit

January 27, 2018 - 15:55
Friday night gaming has been off the agenda since the start of the new year due to two issues: Josh’s new job means that he has been working on Friday evening. Battlefield Hobbies – our regular Friday night venue – has been closed as it has been undergoing a refit. Well, things came together last night and we were able to go and check out the changes that Battlefield had made – and very good they are too. The store has been moved around a bit, and is now even more packed to the gunnels with miniatures, board games and card games – a huge and varied selection given the relatively small space the store has. Whilst the War Room is still present, the major change has been the opening of the Battlefield on the first floor. Whilst the War Room has half a dozen 8 x 4 tables… … the Battlefield adds a further 15 tables to the ‘standard’ play area of the store, meaning that there is no longer a concern about turning up and not being able to get a table. The new gaming space has loads of room, and also plenty of seating, meaning that gaming [...]
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UBOOT The Board Game currently on Kickstarter

January 25, 2018 - 14:11
I don’t know if you ever saw it, but for many people, Das Boot (a TV mini-series which was also edited into a film) is one of the definitive films about life on a submarine during World War II. It’s a brilliant drama, and is well worth a watch if you have never seen it. Submarine games have been a staple of video games for some years, but we haven’t seen that many wargames or boardgames about them before. UBOOT The Board Game is being produced by Iron Wolf Studio and Playway, and published by Phalanx Games. It is a co-operative game where players take the roles of the Captain, First Officer, Navigator and Chief Engineer aboard a type VIIC U-Boat. The game is app driven in real time, so as the game progresses, different challenges are thrown at the players as they seek to perform their objective during a number of different scenarios: Hunting patrols, convoy attacks, search and rescue and many more.   I saw the prototype at the UK Games Expo in 2017, and chatted with the guys from Iron Wolf about the game (sadly, the audio never made it to the podcast as the recorder battery ran out [...]
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