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Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Eye Candy: 40mm AWI Game Set In The Fall

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One of the most beautiful gaming setups I’ve ever seen: an American War of Indepence game set in the fall.

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Monday, September 29, 2014

Rule References and Roster Sheets for Osprey Miniature Wargaming Rules

Rules Universal

Osprey has gone into miniatures rules in a big way (and it makes me wonder why they didn’t do so long ago). On this page, you can get copies of the play sheets and reference sheets for In Her Majesty’s Name, Dux Bellorum, A World Aflame, Gods and Mortals, Ronin, On The Seven Seas, A Fistful of Kung Fu and Lion Rampant.

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Sunday, September 28, 2014

Fghting Fantasy Fields of Battle Rules

Rules Fantasy

Back in the 1980s, Warlock Magazine published a Fighting Fantasy Mass Battle rules. You can get a pdf of the rules here.

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Saturday, September 27, 2014

Hobbit Text Adventure

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In 1982, Beam Software and Melbourne House released the first computer game explicitly based on Tolkien’s work. You can play the old school Hobbit text adventure game online here.

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Friday, September 26, 2014

Battle of Bladensburg Scenario

19th Century

War of 1912 fans (like my friend David) will find this scenario for the Battle of Bladensburg interesting.

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Thursday, September 25, 2014

Modeling Troy For Skirmish Gaming

Modeling

While not quite a tutorial, 15mm Wargaming for Fun and Sanity has a great article on modeling a mud brick / adobe town. The build was designed for ancient Troy, but as the author notes, such buildings are extremely versatile, applicable to more periods than you can count—even science fiction.

I’m inspired.

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Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Jacobite Rebellion Rules

Rules 18th C

Watching with varying degrees of interest the Outlander series on Starz, I was interested to run into this set of free wargames rules for the Jacobite Rebellion. The rules also contain notes on painting, with unit colors and the like.

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Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Castle Triskelion Mega Dungeon

Free RPGs

Castle Triskelion is an old school fantasy role playing mega dungeon. It’s an ongoing project, and many of hte pieces are available for downloading now, including what I have found is the most rare of modules—those for a small group of low-level characters.

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Monday, September 22, 2014

How To Paint Mars Attacks Martians

Painting Guides

With Mars Attacks now shipping, here’s a nice tutorial on how to paint the Martian menace.

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Sunday, September 21, 2014

Warning Order Issue #38

General Stories

Issue #38 of Warning Order is out.

Warning Order is the three-times-yearly fanzine of the Wasatch Front Historical Gaming Society, based in Northern Utah.

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About the Miniature Wargaming Hobby

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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