Rating: Thud & Blunder is a set of skirmish rules for warfare set in a land of high fantasy. The rules are written by Charles Murton and Craig Cartmell of The Ministry of Gentlemanly Warfare, who have also authored In Her Majesty’s Name, Daisho and Blood Eagle. They are available as a 164 page hardcover book, or as an e-book/PDF, released on the 13th March and is available from North Star Figures. “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” is an adage that could be applied to this set of rules. The core mechanics of their previous games give Thud & Blunder it’s basic skeleton, whilst the changes required to move the action into the realm of fantasy: fantastic beasts, magical powers, numerous warbands involving your favourite races from fantasy and a wealth of mythical settings add muscle to the bone. Flesh this out with a campaign system and you have a final creature which is both formidable and a thing of beauty. In order to play, you will need at least a couple of warbands (around 5 – 20 figures a side), a few 10-sided dice, a measuring device marked in inches and a surface of at least 3 square feet on which to play […]
They say that Man’s best friend in his dog. Well, in Rangers of Shadow Deep (reviewed on podcast episode 262) there is a good chance that in a four player game a Ranger’s only companion, at least at low level, will be some form of hunting hound, as this is one of only a few companions that can be afforded when you start the game. I found these rather nice Hunting Hound miniatures from Otherworld Miniatures – you can find them here. Now, you can go with the way the dogs are painted on the Underworld website, which is fine. However, you may want to rely on more than just model pose to tell the dogs apart, which will mean painting them in different colours. But what are the possible colours of an Irish Wolfhound? Well, I have just found this colour chart of Wolfhounds on the Showdog.com website which I hope will be useful in painting the above models.
I have just released the latest entry in my Secret Diary of a Gamer (Aged 52) podcast series, which is available as exclusive content to Patreon backers at the Even More Meeples & Miniatures pledge level. In this episode, I chat about putting together and painting Mantic fantasy zombies You can find this episode on the Meeples & Miniatures Patreon Page
February turned out to be a much better month for painting than January had been. Not only did I finally finish those damned Normans, but I also made a start on all the miniatures that I had acquired for Rangers of Shadow Deep Painted: 52 32 Norman cavalry, plus 8 giant spiders and 12 giant rats. On previous performances, this was a very good month. YTD Painted: 52 Purchased: 95 Last month was always likely to be a big month for purchasing miniatures, as it included the first wargames show of the year. Couple this with buying more miniatures for Rangers of Shadow Deep and catching up with Star Wars Legion releases, and many figures were added to the lead/plastic mountain. First up were 29 miniatures for Burrows & Badgers, a number that was swelled by the arrival of their latest kickstarter. Then we had LOTS of creatures for Rangers of Shadow Deep – 51 models in total. Finally there were four new boxes of Star Wars Legion to collect – 15 additional models here. Monthly Aggregate: -43 YTD Aggregate: -265
Download Episode 262 Neil Shuck & Mike Hobbs are joined by guest Matt Slade for this episode of the show 00:00 – Introduction – We chat about Matt’s influence on Neil’s painting output 14:11 – Confessional – Time to own up to all those hobby purchases we have made recently. 52:51 – Our Hobby – We all talk about our recent gaming and painting 1:27:59 – Rangers of Shadow Deep – We provide and in-depth look at all the game mechanics in this new co-operative tabletop miniatures game, and (hopefully) answer the question – “Is it any good?” 3:01:43 – Outtro – Closing thoughts, including our thoughts on the recent Robincon show We hope you enjoy the show. The Meeples & Miniatures podcast is sponsored by Too Fat Lardies – purveyor of the finest rules and scenarios for wargaming. The Meeples & Miniatures podcast is sponsored by Firestorm Games – don’t forget to use the discount code that can be found in 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.