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A Saga of Dark Ages,Crusades and Iron Men in the East Midlands

September 16, 2018 - 18:06
Last Sunday (9th September) saw 16 contenders for the title of ‘East Midlands Iron Man’ meet up in the heart of Leicestershire (Market Harborough to be precise) for a day of playing the new edition of Saga. The idea behind the tournament is to play with 4 random warbands against matched opponents, with the winner being determined simply by the number of kill points earned during each battle. Ideally, each warband should be somewhat unfamiliar, so part of the skill of the day is to be able to quickly assimilate the skills on the faction battle board in order to play your faction to its strengths. Obviously, any player who ends up in control of a faction with which they are familiar can find themselves at a distinct advantage. My aim for the day was to (hopefully) get an understanding of the Saga 2.0 rules, and to have a good time – in that respect, the day can be deemed a resounding success! My opponents were Richard in Game #1, Nelly in Game #2, Graham in Game #3 and Nathan in Game #4. I played Late Romans, Pagan Peoples, Spanish  and Mongols respectively. I think it is sufficient to say that my warband leadership was somewhat [...]
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Painting white and making cobblestones

September 14, 2018 - 10:00
I recently finished painting my latest Gangs of Rome miniatures. A few comments have been made about how they liked the white on the models, so I thought I would share how I did it. Firstly, 99% of the credit must go to Jeff (@JAD965 on Twitter) who posted a thread explaining how he painted white on his models – I simply took his advice and added one extra step, which was to add a wash after the original basecoat. This was something of an experiment, using Vallejo Game Color Pale Grey Wash. Basecoat: Coat D’Arms Horse Tone Grey Wash: Vallejo Game Color Pale Grey Wash 1st Highlight: Coat D’Arms Horse Tone Grey 2nd Highlight: Coat D’Arms Tank Light Grey Final Highlight: Coat D’Arms White That seems to work even better than the Coat D’Arms triad for white that I originally bought! The other question I had was how I had made the bases. Again, these were something of an experiment, as I didn’t fancy the idea of cutting off the integral base of the miniatures with a razor saw in order to put them on a resin base. As an alternative, I resorted to that gold mine of modelling [...]
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Meeples & Miniatures – Episode 251 – What we did on our holidays, 2018

September 12, 2018 - 23:10
Download Episode 251 Welcome to Episode 251 of the Meeples & Miniatures Podcast The Meeples Crew return from their summer break with a show that looks back at what they have been doing over the summer. Neil Shuck & Mike Hobbs are joined by guest presenter Dave Luff as they confess their hobby purchases, discuss what games they have been playing and talk about their latest hobby projects. 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 Donate page, or you may want to visit our Patreon page.
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Patreon exclusive Q&A for August is now available

September 2, 2018 - 12:01
If you support the Meeples & Miniatures podcast on Patreon, you get access to an exclusive Q&A session every month. The Q&A for August has just been posted here If you support the podcast, at any level, you can ask questions for the September Q&A show here
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Painting Tally – August 2018

August 31, 2018 - 13:32
August found me reconnecting with hobby time, although much of the month was spent building terrain rather than painting figures: creating bamboo forests, paddy fields and a few hills…. Painted: 45 At the start of the month I painted a number of 15mm miniatures for my Print-n-play version of Full Moon Jacket: 30 Werewolves (from Blue Moon) and 9 Marines. These are boardgame playing pieces, so the paint jobs were fairly rudimentary, but they still count in my book! However, the end of the month saw me return to painting 28mm scale, with my first six gang members for Gangs of Rome. Purchased: 78 It was completely unplanned, but I ended up purchasing the Kickstarter editon of Star Saga from Mantic Games whilst visiting The Other Partizan show. This edition includes some extra bonus figures – I am adding them to the painting list as I fully intend to paint these for use with both this game and Deadzone. Edit – I forgot three boxes of miniatures that I bought for Test of Honour at the start of the month: Bandits & Monks from North Star and Onna-Bugeisha from Warlord Games. Monthly Aggregate: -33 YTD Aggregate: -366  
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