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Diary of a Wargames Butterfly

The ramblings of wargamer living on the edge

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January 19, 2017

Small Distractions – The Lead Pile

After going through my 4 remaining Epic armies and posting pictures of them on here, I decided to delve into my lead pile and see what I have to add to the armies. I’ve already taken pictures of my unpainted squat units (it’s here) but I knew I had more stuff and all I had

Gaming

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

Sword and Spear Fantasy

Yesterday I went to Firestorm games to introduce my mate Steve to Sword and Spear Fantasy, and also to playtest the new undead rules that Mark has written. we played a 500 point game of Elves v Undead with a good assortment of unit types included and as it the norm with me Steve won the

Geoff Bond, Mike Hobbs

Big Chain of Command game

last weekend myself and good mates, Mark, Ty, Geoff and Steve got together for a big game of Chain of Command at Firestorm games Geoff had agreed to run the game and he put together a scenario that allowed us to use my US infantry and Fallschirmjäger, Ty’s Heer and Steve’s US Paras. the game was

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,

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

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

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

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

Painting Progress – Tusken Raiders

I decided to have a break from Conan and have painted up a few Tusken Raiders from the Imperial Assault expansion ‘Twin Shadows’ I wanted to do a simple paintjob on these with minimal highlights and various washes to bring out the shadows. so here are the 4 Raiders next up is an elderly jedi

Painting Progress – Conan the King

After a brief hiatus for Christmas I’m back to painting and decided to start with a second Conan model from the core box, this time the King model plus the Lion ally. here are the models before painting The Lion model is probably the worst in the core box but with a bit of paint

Painting Progress – Dark Demon and Outer Dark Devil

Its been a productive day so you can have a 2 for 1 special edition of painting progress first up its the Outer Dark Devil that appeared in the short story ‘Vale of the Lost Women’ this story was not released during Howards life but is included in the  collections of his works as normal

Painting Progress – Savage Bêlit

If you remember a while ago I painted up the first of the 4 Bêlit models that I got in my Conan Kickstarter pledge (see here) well I decided to do a second one. this is the Savage Bêlit that came as a stretch goal in the Kickstarter and may not be released at retail. The

Painting Progress – The Captain

Its time for another Conan miniature and this time its ‘The Captain’ this is another generic character that is almost an amalgamation of many figures that appear in the Novels, but Monolith are basing the model on a figure that appeared in one of the unpublished stories ‘The Black Stranger’ (unpublished in Howards lifetime that

Painting

Help me Obi-Wan You’re my only hope

I decided to have a little break from painting Conan Miniatures and instead went back to my Star Wars figures and painted up the Obi-Wan Kenobi figure from Imperial Assault its a lovely little miniature but the face does look a bit like George Lucas (thanks to best mate Steve for pointing that one out)

Painting

What’s on the Paint Desk

Welcome to the 2nd What’s on the paint desk for 2017 and today my paintdesk contains the following miniatures Obi Wan Kenobi – from Imperial Assault which is nearly finished Thog – a big monster from Conan Conan the Warlord – probably my favourite miniature from the Conan kickstarter 12mm WWI French – not sure

Painting

Whats on the Paint Desk

Yes its been a while but its back for another season of posts (as the Americans say) today my paintdesk contains nothing Conan related but has gone a bit Star Wars, with the following models front and center Obi Wan Kenobi – from Imperial Assault 4 Tusken Raiders from the same game a very old

Reviews

Eureka Hawkmoon Figures

I’ve always been a fan of Michael Moorcocks books, especially the Hawkmoon series so I was really excited to hear that Eureka had picked up the licence. After a long wait Eureka have released the first wave of figures from what will hopefully be a big range and I decided to order some figures. the

Painting

Painting Progress – Thak

Appearing in the 934 story ‘Rogues in the House’ Thak is an intelligent Man-Ape that Conan beats in combat (as Conan does) here is the model before painting and here it is afterwards, I’m especially proud of the red cloak which was a pain to get right

Ramblings

Genesis of a Wargamer – Part 3

If you’ve read the previous 2 parts of this series of articles about my introduction to wargaming (here and here) you will know that I’d spent my formative years in school playing lots of Role Playing Games and I had dipped my toe into wargaming but hadn’t actually finished an army or played a game.

Ramblings

Genesis of a Wargamer – Part 2

Carrying on from my last post (it’s here if you want to read it) it was late 1982 and my mates and I were playing Runequest and looking for a way to extend the campaign. I wanted to include big battles in the campaign and get away from the standard stuff that rpg games usually

Ramblings

Genesis of a Wargamer – Part 1

Over the last few years I’ve been lucky enough to be a member of the Meeples and Miniatures podcast and during that time I’ve spoken to a lot of people from the industry. The first question new guests on the podcast get asked is ‘How did you get into the hobby’ and generally these answers

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