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Thursday, March 06, 2014

New MiniatureWargaming.Com FaceBook Page

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Sunday, April 20, 2014

Free Wrath of Kings Novels

Fantasy

Wrath of Kings is a fantasy wargame Kickstarted by Cool Mini Or Not. They’re offering a novel based on the game here. Or perhaps the novel IS the rule set. It’s unique. Here’s the description:

Ahoy, folks, I’m Eric Kelley, the head writer for Wrath of Kings. It is my great pleasure to present you with the electronic edition of the Wrath of Kings novel.

We’re doing something different that most games in how we present the background. Most books provide expository sections for factions, units, and setting with just a few narrative pieces for flavor. With Wrath we’re going the other direction. This novel represents about three fifths of the rulebook. There will be rules (naturally) and brief unit entries, but everything else is presented in a narrative format, and we’re pleased to bring this to you today.

Links to the Wrath of Kings novel.

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Saturday, April 19, 2014

Looking For Roots For Miniatures Basing

Modeling

This is a bit esoteric, but the Massive Voodoo has an interesting article on seeking out roots to use as bases for display miniatures. They’d also make some really cool and alien looking tabletop scenery.

I’m reminded of something that John Hill, creator of Johnny Reb, said to me years ago: Nature recreates itself in miniature. Thus, chunks of bark look like rock formations, tree branches retrain the structure of trees, etc.

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Friday, April 18, 2014

Larry Elmore’s Sovereign Stone Fiction

Fantasy

Fans of Larry Elmore’s fantasy art may be interested in some free fiction—from well recognized authors—based on the same.

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Thursday, April 17, 2014

MYOB RPG Card Game

Free RPGs

MYOB is a free rpg that uses six dice and a regular deck of cards.

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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Fighting Fantasy Mass Battle Rules From 1986

Rules Fantasy

Fighting Fantasy Blog has published a set of “Fighting Fantasy Mass Battle” rules from a 1986 issue of Warlock magazine. Ahhh ... such Old School Goodness.

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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Black Undercoat Painting Tutorial

Painting

My painting life hanged when I switched over from white to black undercoat. Here’s a tutorial on using black undercoats.

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Monday, April 14, 2014

DIY D20 Candy

General Stories

I’ll bet most miniature wargamers are clever enough to make simple molds. And I’ll bet we like candy. So why not combine the two.

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Sunday, April 13, 2014

Indian Mutiny Flags

Colonials

The Grimsby Wargaming Society has a nice collection of Indian Mutiny Flags free for the downloading.

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Saturday, April 12, 2014

Build A Piecepack Game Construction Kit

Free Board Games

A Piecepack is basically a set of Legos for the board game crowd. It consists of a set of game components, which can be used to play scores of games. It’s Open Source tabletop gaming.

A piecepack consists of the following:

24 square tiles
obverse marked with suit and value, both in color matching the suit reverse marked with two lines forming a two space by two space grid one tile per suit/value combination
24 round coins
obverse marked with value, in black reverse marked with suit, in color matching the suit both sides marked with one directional indicator (tick mark) at the edge one coin per suit/value combination
4 (six sided) dice
faces marked with values, in color matching the suit (ace icon indicates suit) one die per suit
4 pawns
one pawn per suit, in color matching the suit
The piecepack suits are suns, moons, crowns, and arms (fleur-de-lis). The piecepack values are 5, 4, 3, 2, ace, and null (blank).

There are commercial piecepacks available, but the site also has print-and-play versions. There are also free games.

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Miniature Wargaming is part of the "adventure games" hobby, which includes r ole p laying and board games. Wargamers recreate battles on the tabletop with toy soldiers, like a more complicated game of chess. Models range in height from 6mm to 28mm tall, with 15mm and 25mm being the most popular. There also is a growing interest in toy soldiers and military models, such as the 1/32 and 1/35 scale plastic soldiers from Conte, and Marx.

The most popular miniature wargames are fantasy and science fiction based, such as Warhammer, Warhammer 40K, Warmachine and The Lord of the Rings. World War II games such as Flames of War and Axis and Allies are new favorites. Other favorite historical periods include Napoleonics, the American Civil War, and ancients, such as Romans or Greeks. Other gamers enjoy miniature naval wargames, recreating battles like Trafalgar, Jutland and the Coral Sea.

Hobbyists research historical periods and paint their tiny soldiers in accurate uniforms. Others develop "historically realistic" rules sets or build scale battlefield terrain using model railroad techniques.

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Some of the bigger hobby companies are Games Workshop, which produces Warhammer, Wargames Foundry and Old Glory Miniatures. Wizards of the Coast produces several lines of pre-painted miniatures games, such as the Star Wars and Dungeons and Dragons miniatures games, and a historical game with pre-painted miniatures: The new Axis and Allies game. Wizkids produces a fantasy collectable miniatures game, such as the Mage Knight and Heroclick fantasy games, the science fiction games MechWarrior and Rocketmen, as well as the quasi-historical Pirates of the Spanish Main.

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