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Diary of a Wargames Butterfly

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March 23, 2017

Total Battle Miniatures – 15mm Village

As I’ve just started playing 15mm Napoleonic’s again I decided to treat myself to some nice terrain to fit in with the period and I had a look at a few suppliers. But the problem I found was 15mm terrain was too big for the games I was planning on playing and its because of

Gaming

Another Game of Over the Hills

After our first game of Over the Hills last week we quickly decided to play another game and try out some of the optional rules included in the book for this second game we extended the forces a bit and used one of the scenarios ‘hold until relieved’ this scenario is fairly straightforward with an

A First Game of Over the Hills

if you read one of my previous posts (it’s here) you’ll know I’ve been looking for a good set of Napoleonic rules that will allow me to use my 15mm figures, well after interviewing Adrian McWalters on the Meeples and Miniatures show I decided to pick up a copy of Over the Hills a rule

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

Projects

War of 1812 Sharp Practice Supplement is out

The War of 1812 supplement for Sharp Practice that I’ve been working on for ages is finally out and you can buy it on the Too Fat Lardies website for the excellent price £7.50 It’s right here if you are interested it’s only available as a PDF but at 65 pages its well worth a look

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

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

Podcast

A Present for Mr Luff

If you’ve listened to the Meeples and Miniatures episode 200 you would have heard about my trip to Iceland and more specifically my visit to the Icelandic Phallological Museum. Dave Luff (my good mate and co-host on the Meeples) was very keen that I should go to the museum as he described it as ‘a must

Ramblings

Combat Stress Appeal

That well known Wargaming Celebrity Henry Hyde has been raising money for Combat Stress for the last few years and has now raised over £25,000 for this well deserving charity, which is a huge achievement. I do occasionally donate a few pounds to this charity but with the release of the War of 1812 campaign

Reviews

C&C Napoleonic’s Expansion 6 – Unboxing

This turned up a week or so ago and I didn’t get a chance to do a proper unboxing, but as its now hitting the shelves of the major retailers I think its time I did. so without further ado, here’s a glimpse into the 6th Epansion for Commands & Colours Napoleonics firstly you have

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

Projects

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

Projects

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

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

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

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