Tuesday 18 October 2011

Warmonger 11

On Saturday, 15th October, the club held a Warhammer Fantasy Tournament.

The tournament consisted of 3 rounds using 1600 point armies with points and prizes for in game victory points and army painting. Due to a player pulling out and a non-show, the tournament was down to 6 contestants. However, with all miniatures painted and good looking tables, the games were a spectacle to behold.

Vampire counts smashed Dwarf, who in turn were crumbled to dust by Wood Elves (yes, you heard right, Wood Elves?!). Empire knights clashed against Empire gun lines and Tomb kings looked pretty ridding around in chariots whilst popping up from under the sand to snip and pound any troops foolish enough to stand still for too long.

All players enjoyed themselves (I think) and learnt a lot. As with many tournaments, the final points do not truly reflect how close some of the games were, being that victory points are only gained for those units completely removed from the table.

I would just like to say a great thank-you to all the players who not only turned up, but put in weeks (or even months) of preparation in painting and practicing for the tournament.

Empire Fight Empire in Civil Uprising

Evil Ghouls spring forward into the flank of Wood Elf horsemen.
Tomb Kings march on a dwarven shieldwall
Tournament battles in round 3

And if anyone wants to organise and run a similar tournament, I would be happy to help.

Warmonger 2011 Results:

1. Simon (3644 pts) Vampire Counts
2. Sean (3211 pts) Wood Elves
3. Ben (2129 pts) Empire
4. Tristan (1038 pts) Dwarves
5. Scott (660 pts) Empire
6. Mick (585 pts) Tomb Kings

Best Painted Army Results:
1. Ben - Empire
2. Tristan - Dwarves
3. Simon - Vampire Counts 

...And for those not of a Warhammer persuasion Martin ran a 6mm American Civil War game at the same time using his 'Cheer Boys Cheer' ruleset, resulting in the Union being able to just hold out against the Confederate assault.

Wargames, Soldiers and Strategy Subscription Offer


I am just listening to the D6 Generation, and they mentioned Wargames, Soldiers and Strategy magazine in an advert. The magazine has a subscription offer on at the moment, plus if you input 'D6G' into the coupon entry on checkout, you can get another 15% off.

Therefore, 1 year subscription for 6 magazines for £22.21, which through current Paypal Euro currency convertion, worked out at £23.05. Much better than it was. they also do a digital subscription, which works out about £12 for a year.

If you like historic wargaming, I'd recommend this mag.

Laters, Phil Millard

Monday 10 October 2011

Paint for Profit


Back in the day when I had more time and no money (not that i have any now- I just don't have any time either!), I used to do some painting for commission and also just to sell.

One way to cover the cost of buy new miniatures can be to buy two sets, and then paint one, to sell it to cover the cost of the first. This works particularly well with historic miniatures, as buyers will tend to be prepared to pay twice the base cost for a well/table standard painted model or unit. Due to the amount of Games Workshop miniatures and the type of buyer means it is a lot harder to get a good price. I am too slow a painter to ever actually sell models for profit - I worked out once I would make about £1 an hour!

If you have some time, and can't quite justify buying that new unit, give it a go.

Hopefully a few of the below pictures may be of your liking:

The Space Hulk Terminator miniatures painted on commision from a friend. Amazingly characterful models.

More termies.

Tau battlesuit and drone for commision.

Russian IJ-2s, Flames of War 15mm tanks. sold on Ebay

Warlord camel riders, 28mm. Sold on Ebay.

Victrix 54mm plastic British Napoleonic Line Infantry. Sold on Ebay.

Phil M article and pictures.

Thursday 6 October 2011

Pick of the Pods

I spend a lot of time at work being entertained by jolly good podcasts covering a wide spread of gaming (and sometimes I even do some work there!). Here is my Pick of the Pods. Not a definitive list, but the result of a few years of listening and searching of those I like to listen to:

The D6 Generation- a benchmark in podcasting. Great conversation and fun about a wide variety of gaming- from wargames, to roleplay and boardgames, all in American. They even cover a dose of computer gaming. These guys have been going a long time and know their stuff. If you are looking for general gaming entertainment, I would recommend this one. Only downside maybe the long length of the podcasts, however, for me, this is a good thing. Famous gamer interviews, family viewing and definitely ‘No hate’.

Meeples and miniaturesA very well established general podcast from the UK. This podcast is quite serious and from a wargames point of view, focuses on historic gaming, as well as board games. It is informative and has regular interviews with big names in the industry.

All Along the watchtower- a general gaming podcast from the Brighton area of the UK. Highly entertaining bunch of presenters covering a wide range, from Games Workshop games, Flames of war through to roleplay and board games. Thoroughly recommended, but has unfortunately not released an episode since the beginning of August. I will keep checking in hope…

Bad Dice UK based (Nottingham/Derby area) podcast all about Warhammer. This is a well produced and entertaining podcast. Up until a few months again, presented by the two Bens, almost the most successful UK tournament players around. However, Ben left, leaving Ben. Now the remaining Ben is now being joined by hilarious co-presenters. If you want to laugh along to Warhammer then listen to this.

Heelanhammer – a UK based (Portsmouth in fact) podcast exclusively about Warhammer Fantasy Battle. Informative and entertaining, but traditionally tournament based. It is trying to improve on this however.

World’s End Radio Charismatic Australians who made a podcast which was exclusively games workshop game based. It has now diversified due to the unpopularity of 8th Edition Warhammer in Australia. Focus is now mostly on Privateer Press’s Warmachine and Hordes as well as Malifaux.

 Podhammer- Another Australian podcast which was the first, but now not nessacarilly the best, podcast about Warhammer Fantasy Battle. If you like benile banter with offensive language, this maybe for you. It does not post that often nowadays.

Garagehammer – A US based Warhammer fantasy battle podcast. Lighthearted and fun, this is a good podcast well up there with Heelan and bad dice. It is not as tournament focused either.

What Would Patten Do? – this is a US based Flames of War podcast. I must say I have only listened to one episode and found it a bit dull. So, I will give it another try, but it has a long way to go to entertain me as much as many of the others on this list.

Article thrown to your mercy by Phil M