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February 21, 2017

18mm French Army 1815

Carrying on from my last post its time to look at my 18mm French army, that I put together for games played in the 100 days these are based on the I Corp under D’Erlon at Waterloo 1st Division – Général de Brigade Baron Joachim Jérôme Quiot du Passage  1st Brigade – Colonel Claude Charlet 1er

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NetEpic – Squats v Orks

yesterday saw me traveling to my mate Marks house again for another game of NetEpic, this time it was Orks v Squats. one of Mark’s friends wanted to try out the rules so we gave him the Squats and I umpired and helped him learn the rules. this was a 3000 point game with the

NetEpic – Space Marines v Imperial Guard

after a break of many many years I finally got some Epic figures on the table and I introduced my mate Mark to the game I loved as a younger man. I wasn’t sure which version of Epic to play either 2nd edition or NetEpic, but after a read through of both sets of the

Conan – Hunting the Tigress Scenario

Last night myself and good chum Steve got together to play another game of Conan. we decided to play the Hunting the Tigress senario as it would allow me to use my newly painted figures, plus it uses the boat map with is my favourite one in the set this is the setup for the

Conan – Our First Game

Last night saw myself and good mates Mark and Steve play Conan for the first time, we decided to play the first scenario in the book ‘In the clutches of the Picts’ The scenario is designed for 4 players with 1 player taking on the role of Overlord (and controlling the Picts) whilst the other

Llardiff – October 15th at Firestorm Games

On October the 15th one of the UK’s most respected gaming companies; Too Fat Lardies will be visiting the South Wales Gaming Center at Firestorm Games to host a series of participation games showcasing some of their most popular rules. There will be 6 games on offer with each one being played twice starting around

Sunday Boardgame day at Firestorm Games

For the second weekend in a row a gang of us got together for a days gaming at Firestorm games, this week it was myself, Mark, Steve and Ty Ty brought along Scythe that he got in the Kickstarter. I have to say Scythe was completely different to anything I’ve ever played before,  the scope

Playing C&C Ancients

Tuesday is turning into Boardgame day as I usually drive over to visit my mate Mark and play something for a few hours. this week we decided to play Command and Colours: Ancients and I thought I’d share the games. normally we pick 1 scenario and play it twice (swapping sides after the first game)

Boardgame day

Yesterday myself and the Bond Brothers (Geoff and Steve) met up at Firestorm games for a day of gaming. originally we planned a big Sharp practice game but unfortunately a couple of people couldn’t make it so we decided to play some board games instead. first up was Command and Colours Ancients which Geoff was

Command and Colours Napoleonics

Yesterday I visited my good mate Mark for a game, as he wanted to show me Command and Colours. now I have to admit that I’ve never played any C&C game before (even though I have the Kickstarter version of The Great War) so I was looking forward to it. Mark being a wargamer at

Trip to Castle Gamers in Bridgend

whilst demoing Sharp Practice at Firestorm last month I got chatting to Richard an old mate of mine and he asked if I fancied doing a demo of the game at his local club. well emails were exchanged and last night saw me driving to the village of Coity to join the Castle Gamers on

Projects

18mm British Army 1815

as I mentioned in my last post (it’s here if you missed it) I want to get back into battalion level Napoleonic wargaming so I decided today to dig out my armies and see what I’ve got, and here is part 1 ‘The British/Allied army during 1815’ like my mate Rich Jones,  I think the

Epic Painting and Tidy Up – Part 5

Life has been a bit hectic recently so I haven’t time to do much painting or update the blog, but finally I got my act together and picked up my brushes and here’s the results I’ve been working on an Eldar Titan for Epic and decided to magnetize  the head and weapons  and its nearly

Oddball Tank by Warlord Games

a few weeks ago I picked up Warlord games Oddball Tank, which is very similar to the vehicle used in the classic 1970 film Kelly’s Heroes the vehicle in the film was a Sherman M4A3E4 that the production team loaned from the Yugoslavian army and has become an iconic vehicle. ok this model was never used in

Deployment Points for Sharp Practice

as I mentioned in my report on Crusade I picked up my latest painting commission from Gareth at ADC Painting last week and have slowly started basing them up. First up was the 3 Deployment Points I had planned for the French army and for these I used a mix of Perry and Westfalian Miniatures so here they

Epic Painting and Tidy Up – Part 4

after a short break its time for part 4 of this series on my new Eldar army I’m putting together for NetEpic on the last post in this series I showed off the work I did on the Eldar Titan that came in the army (it’s here if you want a reminder) well that work

Napoleonic Cavalry for Sharp Practice in the Peninsular

At Crusade on Saturday I met up with Gareth from ADC Painting and picked up the latest commission he’s been working on for me and I thought I’d post some pictures to show you all this latest commission was for some Cavalry and a few character figures to finish off my 2 Peninsular armies for

Epic Painting and Tidy Up – Part 3

In part 3 of this occasional series I’ve taken a break from sorting out the infantry and light vehicles in the Eldar Army I brought last week and moved onto the centerpiece of the army the Warlock titan if you remember when I brought the titan it looked like this it wasn’t badly painted but

Epic Painting and Tidy Up – Part 2

in an earlier post (it’s here) I posted a few pictures of my new Eldar army for NetEpic that I’m tidying up after buying them last week, well work has been progressing well and I thought I’d post some more pictures. The idea behind this project was to quickly touch up the miniatures and give

Epic Painting and Tidy Up

yesterday I posted about an ebay sale I picked up and I mentioned I might tidy up some of the figures and sort out the basing. Well me being me I decided to jump straight in and made a start on 2 of the vehicles. these were the vehicles that I received overall the painting

Ramblings

Crusade 2017 – The Wargames Show

Yesterday was the annual Crusade event that been run by the Penarth and District Wargames club since 1995, but this year it was different as its moved venues. for as long as I can remember the event was held in the Cogan leisure center and frankly the parking was always a nightmare and as the

Reviews

Achtung! Cthulhu Rise of the Black Sun – Unboxing

Way back in April 2016 I pre-ordered the Achtung! Cthulhu Rise of the Black Sun starter set from Modiphius and after a very long time it actually arrived today, so I have taken a few pictures of the contents The Achtung! Cthulhu Skirmish Game is based on Spartan games’s Dystopian Legion rules engine which is a game

Projects

Yet More Small Distractions

Just when you thought I couldn’t possibly have more Space Marine armies, up I pop with number 4 and this time it’s Orks the Orks in 2nd edition had some of the funkiest miniatures in the game and loads of fabulous rules, I was especially a fan of the Mekboys vehicles as they could cause carnage,

Projects

Happy 20th Birthday NetEpic

It’s not a secret that I am a huge fan of the Space Marine (Epic) game that GW released in the late 80’s and early 90’s, in fact I’ve blogged about on numerous occasions (See here) In 1997 GW decided to release a new version of Space Marine to replace the classic 2nd edition game

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Even More Small Distractions

it’s another day and another Epic (Space Marine) army, yes it’s the Imperial Guard I went a bit mad with my guard army and its been the one that I kept adding too even after I stopped playing the game. I don’t know why there just seemed to be another unit I could add in

Projects

More Small Distractions

yesterday I posted a couple of pictures of my Epic (Space Marine) Squat army and it seems to have caused lots of interest on twitter with people asking what other armies I have lurking in the back of my cupboard. well I have a few so here’s another one, this time its my Space Marine army

Projects

Small Distractions

I was bored earlier and decided to sort out my gaming storage cupboard and during this long and arduous process  I pulled out a box that contains my beloved Epic Squat army. this army was one of the smaller ones I did for Epic and is one of the 4 I have left in my

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