Sunday, 17 November 2013

Warfare, Reading - last gaming show of the year

Today I popped down to Reading for Warfare, this is generally my last wargames show of the calendar until January's Minicon next year. As previously we had a game using Kallistra's hex terrain and Dark Age figures, the rules we the medieval version of Hordes and Heroes, the rules give a good uncomplicated game perfect for relaxed hasslefree games. They can be downloaded free from their website.

I made a list of the new toys I wanted, but as Atenociti's Workshop were not there, I did slightly deviate from my plans.

I bought a couple of Sci-Fi structures from Warmill, I will do a review of these and the Spartan Comms Accessories set along with the rest of my MDF buildings later. Some oddments from Peter Pig will conclude my planned WW2 stuff for now and of course the obligatory pack from Warbases. I also picked up a pack of the Kallistra 12mm Great War British, I will be painting up a few packs of these soon for Mud & Blood.

The suprise buy of the show wasn't the new Judge Dredd boxed set or Indian Mutiny figures but the 7TV rules. What pulled me in was the "Blake's 7" figures, these will work with my ongoing Sci-Fi terrain collection.

Crooked Dice have a PDF on their website with the rules for the crew of the Liberator and their Federation enemies. Whilst if you google 'Dr Who Miniatures Game' you can download the full rules and scenarios for free!

Monday, 11 November 2013

Picking the Bones of Kickstarter

Recently there have been many high profile Kickstarter campaigns, including Zombiecide, Empire of the Dead and Reaper Bones. I have a nice collection of figures from Westwind courtesy of the EoTD campaign, my neighbour has the enormous pile of zombie related stuff.

Reaper Bones, caught the imagination of the worldwide gaming community grossing $3,429,235 from 17,744 gamers. The collection was a mixed bag of D & D style characters and monsters with lots of extras like dragons which could be added on. Nothing which could make a cohesive force for a wargamer.

The figures I wanted most of all from the original Bones were the Townsfolk, I have managed to snap up these on eBay. The plastic is flexible, more so on the thinner pieces, I am looking forwarded to seeing these painted. Apart from the two more medieval figures, I plan to use these up to the Napoleonic period. Four hundred years of use - that's a bargain.

I have backed another Kickstarter campaign, this one is for gaming boards, similar to GW's Realm of Battle sets but a different layout and price point. There are still some single board Early Bird pledges available which will give you a 6 x 4 foot layout, with hopefully six different tiles for only £62.

Delivery is not until May next year, can't wait.

Sunday, 10 November 2013

Lest we forget .....

Today is Rememberance Sunday, we remember those who gave their lives so others would live. Inside a box of my Grandmother's things I found a number of photos of servicemen but have been unable to identify any other them, my Great Grandfather included, who served throughout the Great War.

Here are a few, hopefully they and their sacrifices are not forgotten.