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On a recent Musings from the Bunker podcast, I was talking about the fact that you didn’t necessarily require miniatures to play miniature wargames, and quoted Battleground Fantasy Warfare, and it’s historical counterpart, as ways of representing units on the tabletop. I am very pleased to report that the Men of Hawkeshold and the Battleground Fantasy Warfare game are currently the subject of a Kickstarter, to look at reprinting this game with a new set of rules. As part of this, you can order reprints of any of the packs from the original game – whether that be Dwarves or Elves for the Fantasy game, or the Persian/Macedonian expansion for the Historical game. At time of writing, the project has reached just under half of its $20,000 funding target. It is running until 7th November, with delivery due in December 2019. Battleground Fantasy Warfare was one of the first games we featured on the podcast, way back in episode 8 – it’s great to see it being updated and reprinted. You can find out more about the project here
You may remember back on episode 198 of the podcast we spoke with Craig Thompson of Tiny Terrain Models. Well, Craig is currently running a new Kickstarter campaign – a sequel to last years project – to sculpt further models in their Chechen war range. The new models – 42 in all – have already been sculpted, so the Kickstarter is to fund production costs of the range. The basic pledges include two new 10-man squads, but there are many more add-on figures to unlock – many of which are added *free* to the all-in pledge of £65. Those currently revealed include: The project has already raised more than double its £4,000 funding target, and is running until the 31st October. You can find out all the details here
Download Episode 253 Neil Shuck & Mike Hobbs are joined by guest presenter Teras Cassidy of Geek Nation Tours for this episode of the podcast. 00:00 – Introduction – We start the show by catching up with Terras, and find out what the latest offerings from Geek Nation Tours. 17:05 – Confessional – Time to own up to all those hobby purchases, plus we consider if the waiting time for Kickstarters impacts our eventual enjoyment of the games/models we ordered. 58:40 – Our Hobby / The Meeples Challenge – Teras talks about Kill Team and Frostgrave, Neil discusses Imperial Assault: Legends of the Alliance and Escape from Colditz whilst Mike gives an update on his LOTR painting. We also catch up on the latest progress on the Challenge. 1:35:45 – Review – It’s time to talk big, stompy fighting machines as Mike & Teras chat to Neil, giving an in-depth look at Adeptus Titanicus 2:43:10 – Outtro – Closing thoughts, plus the latest edition of ‘Rise of the Anti-Luff’. We hope you enjoy the show. The Meeples & Miniatures podcast is sponsored by Too Fat Lardies – purveyor of the finest rules and scenarios for wargaming. If you enjoyed this episode of [...]
As part of my preparation for scratch building several houses for Burrows and Badgers, I have been looking for any sources of round window frames in MDF. Round windows seem quite appropriate for the Burrows and Badgers settings, but making them looks to be a bit of a pain – hence my searching for a source of these. The usual places, such as Warbases, produce doors and rectangular windows, but I wanted something a bit different. A brief search lead me to a company called Calico Craft Parts, who produce exactly what I was after – a set of MDF window frames – £2.99 for 20. You can find the frame here As well as windows, they also do doors, and even some MDF building blanks. The windows should go well with the door set that Sarissa recently released.
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OK, spoiler alert for the next Meeples & Miniatures Podcast episode. Mike Hobbs recommended a book to me whilst recording the show, and I’ve subsequently pre-ordered it. Wargames Terrain & Bulidings: The Napoleonic Wars is by Tony Harwood (Otherwise known as dampfpanzerwagon) and is a complete ‘How to’ guide for making terrain in this era. I am looking to make a lot more custom terrain, and I need to make several buildings for my ‘Forager‘ project. I was originally going to use these modular buildings from Warbases, but I really fancy building from scratch. This should be a great complement to my copy of Issue 1 of Touching History, which covered the Peninsular War. Wargames Terrain & Bulidings: The Napoleonic Wars is currently available for £11.99 and is due to be published on the 31st January 2019. You can Pre-Order the book here
As you may be aware, we launched ‘The Meeples Challenge’ on episode 251 on the podcast, and I chose Burrows and Badgers, but not only painting models but building a terrain table. I mentioned at the time that I had been inspired in this endeavour by Tim Eagling, and the models he had posted on the Burrows and Badgers Facebook Group. Tim has very kindly given me permission to display some of his pictures – here are a few examples of the sort of work that Tim has been producing… If you want to see more of Tim’s work, which includes other buildings for Fantasy, Wild West and Victorian eras in various scales, then have a look at the Magrathea Builder of Worlds Facebook page.
My plan for September was for it to be a big follow up to my minor victory of actually getting some figures painted in August. As it turned out, it wasn’t quite as big as I had hoped… Painted: 14 I painted some more Gangs of Rome miniatures – not as many as I had hoped, but I have been slightly distracted by return of the podcast, so some of my hobby time has been spent recording and editing, rather than applying paint. The first half of October has to be busy, as I need to get some mobs painted in time for an event at the end of the month. Purchased: 69 Most of these purchases were planned way in advance, as I have been anticipating my visit to ChillCon Derby for a several weeks. 10 new miniatures for Burrow & Badgers from Oathsworn Miniatures 20 miniatures for Gangs of Rome – 5 Inocula and 3 mobs 22 models for Star Saga – the Nameless Expansion, which gives forces for two games in one, as the same models can be used in Deadzone. 16 Star Wars Legion models – got these on release, as the last rebel box sets are still difficult to [...]
Download Episode 252 Neil Shuck & Mike Hobbs are joined by guest presenter Dave Luff for this episode of the podcast. 00:00 – Introduction – As we start the show we share our thoughts on the recent release of the Command & Colors: Ancients video game and discuss the announcement from Devil Pig Games about their financial difficulties. 26:50 – Confessional – Time to own up to all those hobby purchases 54:47 – Our Hobby – Mike talks about painting 2mm miniatures, Dave loses his flesh painting mojo and Neil shares his thoughts on Saga 2,0 and Taiyo Dynasties. 1:24:02 – The Meeples Challenge – Neil talks about his campaign background, whilst Mike decides on his rules – Et Sans Resultat! 1:42:22 – Review – Neil & Dave chat in-depth to Mike about their thoughts and experiences playing Gloomhaven 2:59:27 – Outtro – Closing thoughts, plus the latest edition of ‘Rise of the Anti-Luff’. We hope you enjoy the show. The Meeples & Miniatures podcast is sponsored by Too Fat Lardies – purveyor of the finest rules and scenarios for wargaming. If you enjoyed this episode of the Meeples & Miniatures Podcast, you may want to become a supporter of [...]
You may remember that back in 2016, on podcast episode 173, we talked to filmmaker Joseph Piddington about his project ‘Miniature Wargaming – The Movie’. Whilst the film was originally aimed at being released in 2017, the project has encountered several issues which have caused major delays – something that is not unusual with films, especially those produced by indie filmmakers. However, we have had news that the film is finally finished, and will be released to Kickstarter backers in October – with the film going on general release sometime in 2019, after the film festival season. I know Joe and his production team have worked incredibly hard on this project – I’m really looking forward to seeing the final result. There is a new trailer for the film now available on Vimeo – you can view it here