Sunday, 12 April 2015

Terrain on a budget, Ancient columns.

Hi folks

Hope you all had a good Easter with lots of chocolates.

Today the weather is just brilliant, sunny and hot which is uncommon. So its the perfect time for some outdoor activities! Typically people over here do love some bit of gardening or that sort of thing, well my idea of enjoying my garden is slightly different.

This Easter my son had one school project about creating a model based on WWII so I got him some DAS terracota sculpting clay for him to mess around (1kg for £4), it was a blast and there was plenty of leftovers... So, instead of throwing those away I decided to use them for my own wargaming terrain, which brings me to todays outdoor activity.

I picked a sharp blade and carved some ancient columns so that I can decorate my jungle table, I think these can go well either for WFB, 40k or even modern settings.


Funny thing about carving is that its easy to get carried away.

One picture for scale.


Years ago I did something similar so this is like my 2nd go at this sort of terrain, its fun and quite relaxing. So thats it, I carved some clay leftovers and enjoyed the sunny Sunday morning in my garden. It does not get better than this!


Thursday, 2 April 2015

ZOMBIE INFECTION


Zombies got to be one of the most popular and mainstream genres in the modern gaming industry. There is something addictive about beating hordes of braindead rotting carcasses into a pulp. The concept is hard to resist specially if those mobs really just want to have your brains for dinner. Thats just pure win. I still remember watching my first zombie movies back in the day, I also remember the first ever resident evil game and its sequels and all of them did deliver some fun times. Today zombie games are abundant and The walking dead TV series boosted the zombie factor into another new level.

On the tabletop there are plenty of good minis to collect and rules that allow you to crack some zombie skulls... Yet, Zombicide managed to grab all the best bits from Boargames, Wargames, Pop culture and cool minis and created a brilliant box full of thrills. Zombicide is currently on its 3rd season Rue Morgue and the license is getting stronger and stronger.


Last year a friend of mine gifted me a pack of Zombies from Zombicide and I have to confess that these are by far the best boardgame minis I have seen, even beating the Spacehulk ones. So with that in mind I for the first time ever backed one Kickstarter ( I hate the damn things but I will rant about it on another  post). Zombicide Season 3 was a huge hit and I was pleased to be a part of it, I mean last wednesday I received my pack on the mail with all the extra free goodies and WOW! This is what I got.


I went modest with only the Infection Pledge and a few exclusive boxes like Moustache pack with Mr T. and then Oksana, Curro and Beny. To close the deal I also got some Ultimate survivors.
On paper is not much but when I opened all the boxes to check the minis I was in for a reality check!
208 minis! 







How on earth will I ever have the time to paint them all? :D

A bit of a word of advise to the married fellas, hide away the boxes, I was fool enough to lay them all on a table so when my wife got to see them she was not happy at all! If only she knew that Salute 2015 is just around the corner... I think I will join the zombivor crowd very soon!

Happy gaming!

Saturday, 7 March 2015

Night Goblin Fanatic a gift from a friend

Last week I was lucky enough to get an awesome painted miniature in the mail.
It was a total surprise when one of my crazy friends decided to pick up one of his old school goblins and paint it for me.
His paintjobs are legendary and you can find more about his works at

http://demimorgana.blogspot.co.uk/

THANKS Demi!

Here you go the first finished miniature for my Goblin army this superb Fanatic painted by Demi Morgana.



Gotta love the little worm on the base!


Sunday, 1 March 2015

Gaming table on a budget

Much planing was put into creating my home based gaming table. Today wargamers are spoiled with many options on the market, you can buy plastic modular tables, preprinted mats and even resin tiles. There is a viable option for almost everyone depending on how much you are willing to pay. I covered my top fav companies on the market on the previous post and there are plenty of tempting stuff there under my budget of £100.

So all this planing and thinking got me back to my roots, I mean when I started aeons ago if you wanted a table you pretty much would build one from scratch. Thing is today I do not have the time for such project so I rather buy one. Humm a decision needed to be made and guess what, I looked at all those nice companies and products on the market and in a very typical fashion I scrapped it all.

Lets go for NON wargaming companies and products and hunt some freaky things on the net ( back then we did not had the net and just wandered the local stores looking for things that we could adapt for wargaming). I started looking for fabrics and you can buy them for cheap, but it will look cheap too and not very sturdy, then I looked at floor tiles, wallpapers and not happy with the volume sales... got into cork boards and sheets but to much hassle to sort them all out for a full wargaming table.

Then by a stroke of luck I looked for artificial grass... Holly molly! The market has tons of options it really looks like some people are into having artificial grass on their gardens or balconies! Good! It looks like grass, its cheap and comes in a rolled matt. Jackpot!

I have a big dinning table so with this artificial grass matt on top Im totally sorted. Mind there are lots of different sizes, colours, textures to choose from, I went for the one that looks more sturdy and comfortable to play on also them wise Im going for classic grass table that can be transformed into jungles, woods, european country site, scifi verdant world etc.

This is what I got.




Beneath it there are some plastic bubbles to keep it more stable on the floor, for me it will be good to make it less slippery on the table. Its also waterproof and very durable when you actually walk on it so pretty safe for my little troops.


As far as texture goes its really comfortable to the touch and the colour is deep medium dark green.




The table is ready!



Even the rotting space marine approves the grass.



So thats about it I went for something a bit different that totally suits and satisfies my needs.
Budget wise I have spent the ridiculous amount of £13 total with shipping included in that! Yeah you read it right it was dirty cheap! Happy gaming folks!





Saturday, 7 February 2015

Finding the perfect gaming table

Always wanted to have my own gaming table but for one reason or another I never got around to do it.

This year I will finally get my own table so I can introduce my son to some tabletop wargaming.

There are so many options these days that choosing the right one for you can take some time. Since I live in England the houses here are not the biggest, so storage space is a premium. Also you need to consider which games you want to play in it because that will define the theme of the table. Lastly the price is obviously quite an important factor when choosing the right table for you.

So personally I was looking for something very easy to store, that works well with both fantasy and scifi settings and as cheap as possible ( under £100 ).

Option 1 


Citadel Realm of Battle table: Easy to store since its plastic modular tiles and comes with a bag, theme is generic so you can paint and flock the way you like it, price £175 + flock, glue and paints.
To much money for what it is and I still need to paint and flock it, I also do not like the hills attached to the gaming board, I prefer to have them detachable... 


Option 2


Tablescapes: Easy to store since its modular and tiles smaller than the GW version. 5 different themes to choose from but you still need to paint and flock it, price £164 + flock, glue and paints.

Nice themes but unfortunately the price is just to much...

Humm modular tables for some reason are expensive and not even considering the tiles at http://manorhouseworkshop.com/ or http://www.forgeworld.co.uk/...
If I need to flock and paint the things I may as well go and get some tiles in MDF and do it myself for a small fraction of the price.




Option 3
Easy to store since if its a PVC mat you just need to roll it... and if you choose the CLOTH version you just fold it into a drawer. Lots of printed themes to choose from and the price is £40 for PVC and £45 for cloth. Some nice reviews online and this looks like an affordable option with different themes and materials to choose from. No need to paint or flock but you will  obviously need a normal table to lay the mat.



Option 4
Frontline Gaming 



F.A.T. mats look great and again storage is not an issue since you just roll this water resistant mat. Price wise is around the £59 mark. Theme wise some interesting options. Looks like the durable option and again no need to paint or flock it. You will need one table to lay it though.



Option 5

Felt mats with hand airbrushed details. This company is the oldest in the market so they have plenty of options and printing choices. You can have them with Hexes and square grids and also there is an interesting option of dual printed mat ( front and back). Again easy to store and lots of themes.
Price range is so wide its hard to say, the site needed a bit more simplification because its just damn confusing. Again and as any other mat a table is required.



Option 6

Battle Frame 5000 is a magnetized modular MDF table. Seems easy enough to store due it being modular and sturdy with the magnets solution. No theme so you can do what you want so you will need to invest in glue, flock and paints. It costs £92. Interesting solution.




Option 7

HexonII Terrain board is a really groovy solution with plastic hex tiles, like any modular table they have tiles the only difference here is that they are arranged in hexes. Modular= good storage and theme wise they have lots of different shapped hexes solutions for hills etc.
You will need to flock and paint them if you choose the cheaper plain version (£50) but you have the choice if you wish to spend more of your gold coins and buy the flocked versions(£75). Although for a full 6'x4' you will have to spend more than that. This is the coolest table I have seen but I have no need for hex play. Cool product.

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There are more options on the market and I really like for example Zuzzy battlemats which are latex rubber mats but as a principle I will not link to it or add as option 8 because there have been some terrible reviews about their business practices, lets just say they are not fulfilling orders in a transparent way. A shame because they have a good product.

So this is it! I picked my top 7 options on the market and next post I will reveal and review what I actually got.
Good gaming to all.

Thursday, 5 February 2015

Wargaming on a budget & cheap rules.

First post of the year yay!

I have been very busy painting ferociously my goblins and I'm currently doing 2 regiments at the same time, more news and pics when they are finished.

While I was having fun with my WFB goblins some radical rumors from credible rumor mongers did hit the net and holly cow!! Looks like GW will be changing things for WFB. There's a talk about a major reboot of the game with factions merging, armies reduced, bases changing etc! I fear for the future of my Goblins.

Generally speaking and regardless of their fate I will continue painting my gobbos,  just not their bases in case they change. Painting armies does take time and dedication... so if GW decides to make WFB something closer to 40k they may end up with a problem on their hands with vets moving elsewhere for their mass battles fix. Last thing any collector likes to see is their painted armies rendered useless. I have been at this for 2 decades and I think the rumored changes may well be some of the most extreme ones in a long time. Lets wait and see how all turns out to be.

As far as my projects go for this year you may think that these news would slow me down, but actually it had the opposite effect.
I actually decided to introduce my 8 year old son to 40k. We already play Spacehulk and Xwing but I wanted him to get the feel of a tabletop game.
With that in mind I looked into getting the new rulebook and codex... at £75 Its not going to happen. So I went with the idea of running some small killteam games, again I needed the books... Humm I have forgotten that the prices increased considerably over the past 4 years.

I can spend as much as £100 on a single mini if I really like it but spending more than £30 - £35 for a rule set is not going to happen, I just do not see the value in it. This brings me to " Wargaming on a budget"... This year I'm going to do some posts on that subject. I mean wargaming does not need to be expensive.

So I will spend the £75 of the rules in making myself a nice homemade table, as for rules I want something simple and fast like Killteam style rules... guess what? I found them at this wonderful site.

ONE PAGE RULES

Downloaded the KT rules and extras so Im set for rules and it cost me £0, I know that they are not comparable with the real thing but for now they will do just fine.




There's more rules on the site if you are curious about it.

Have fun guys.






Thursday, 25 December 2014

Season's Greetings



Just wanted to wish you all a wonderful Christmas with lots of lead, plastic and resins.
I leave you  the traditional postcard.



Ho ho ho the giant gobbo santa will bring ya ball of spikes :)

My loot this year got me the Glottkin! Its going to be a interesting year I can tell you that much!