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Rating: Being a British wargamer, I have often thought that I should take more interest in the wars that have shaped the island on which I live – let’s face it, there are numerous ones to choose from. The English Civil War has always seemed a challenging period of warfare – tactics were evolving with the introduction of large numbers of troops armed with firearms. However, it’s not a period of history I really studied very deeply, so in gaming terms I am really after a set of rules that captures the essence of warfare in the period, without becoming bogged down in the detail. For King And Parliament seem to be that set of rules. These rules are co-authored by Simon Miller, who previously brought us Too The Strongest. He has taken the system he developed in that set of rules, and has worked to adapt it to this new period. FK&P is designed as a fast-play set of rules, which can be played as either a two-player game, or expanded to cater for multiple players on each side. The rules are played on a surface divided into a squared grid – the size of these squares, and indeed the battlefield, [...]
After teasing us for what seems like forever, but is only in reality a few months, War Banner/Footsore Miniatures have finally announced the release of the first miniatures their new range of Samurai and Ashigaru – Warring Clans. You can find out more details here The miniatures are sculpted by Stavros Zouliatis, and are available as single Samurai characters, or as groups of three Ashigaru. Pre-release deals are currently available for the collection. The figures will be £4 each for the Samurai, or £8 for a blister of three Ashigaru. The range will be released on the 27th July.
It seems that some of my fellow podcasters are taking advantage of our summer break to revisit their solo projects… After a break of five years, Mike Whitaker has finally published the second episode of ‘The Miller’s Tale’ podcast. You can find full details here It’s obviously like recording that difficult second album…
I am very please to have been invited back onto The Veteran Wargamer Podcast. In Episode 43, host Jay Arnold and I chat all about miniature wargaming and the Vietnam war. I’ve been interested in gaming in Vietnam for a number of years – rather scarily, in preparing for this podcast I wrote my original ‘Beginners Guide to Wargaming Vietnam’ back in 2005 – I can’t quite believe that was thirteen years ago! Hopefully this podcast brings things a bit more up-to-date You can find the podcast here Many thanks to Jay for inviting me onto his great podcast – be sure to download his other episodes.
I have the best friends. No really – the very best a bloke could hope for… You may remember that in Episode 250 of the podcast, we were chatting at various point about some of our favourite miniature ranges. During that discussion, I talked about a miniature that I used to play my Dwarf Fighter during my first Dungeons & Dragons campaign, back when I was a teenager. I loved the figure, and I really regretted not buying one of my own (the miniatures we used belonged to another member of the D&D group). This figure, and the character I played, began my gaming love affair with Dwarfs… During the show, I incorrectly identified the figure as being made by Ral Partha. However, following some subsequent investigation, and discussion with some Twitter followers, the miniature was correctly identified as actually being from the Citadel FA29 Dwarf Hero, originally released in 1982. A couple of weeks ago I received a very suspicious series of texted about the colour scheme of my Dwarf Hero from times past, although it wasn’t until I started talking about it that I realised that he might have looked a little like the now-archetypal Santa Elf, but [...]
At GenCon in 2016, with much pomp and ceremony, Fantasy Flight Games announced a new fantasy mass battle miniatures game – Runewars Miniatures Game, which was set in the lands of Terrinoth – the same universe as Descent and the Second Edition of Battlelore. The original box game saw it’s release just before Christmas 2016, and then new units were released once a quarter, with the third faction – the Latari Elves, being released in the middle of the year and the fourth – the chaotic Uthuk – coming out just before Christmas 2017. I was on board with Runewars from the start – attracted by the new take on command, control and initiative as well as the use of movement templates. The game was very different from what had been seen before, but I thought that was a good thing. However, it’s fair to say that the game has struggled to gain any sort of traction in the UK – especially with competition from a resurgent Games Workshop in the shape of games like Shadespire and Necromunda – and as a result interest in the product appeared to tail off very quickly – something that could be tracked by [...]
As much as May was a bumper month, June has proven pretty much barren Painted: 1 A single Perry Mounted Samurai was painted during June (it’s the one on the right) Purchased: 15 Not many miniatures purchased this month, though I did pick up my Kickstarter from Oathsworn Miniatures (9 models) I also purchased the Gangs of Rome ‘Blood on the Aventine’ set (7 models) and three packs of horses without riding tack from Great Escape Games (6 models) Monthly Aggregate: -21 YTD Aggregate: -317
Download Episode 250 Welcome to Episode 250 of the Meeples & Miniatures Podcast In this episode the Meeples crew – Neil, Mike & Mike – get together to celebrate the 250th episode of the Meeples & Miniatures podcast! In honour of the occasion, we answer a huge number of questions from listeners that have been given to us via the blog, Facebook and e-mail. Settle yourselves in folks, this is a long one (3 hours!) 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 Patreon page. Summer Break As we said on the show, the podcast is now taking a break for the next couple of months (our first holiday in 4 years!) so there will be no new episodes of Meeples & Miniatures published until September. However, there will be new blog posts, plus several Patreon-exclusive audios, published over the summer.