Making Ice Floe Terrain

Terrain Thralls has a photo tutorial on making terrain that looks like ice floes. They’re cleverly made from foam core, and is intended for Privateer Press’ Warmachine game, but I think it would be spectacular in a variety of fantasy settings. I can also envision a neat Frankenstein vs The Monster scenario.

Warhammer 40K Stop Motion Video

From YouTube, a fun video of a warhammer 40K game using stop motion. It’s not Harryhausen, but it’s fun.

Vallejo Model Color to Citadel Equivalencies

Here’s a handy chart for converting between Vallejo and Games Workshop’s Citadel Color paints.

Vallejo Model Color to Craft Paint Equivalencies

Vallejo model color is considered by many to be spot-on accurate for painting historical colors, but it’s so doggone expensive.

Here’s a page with information on converting from Vallejo to Delta, Folk Art and Apple Barrel Craft paints.

Ride With The Devil

imageRide with the Devil was released in 1999, and I frankly don’t know how I missed it. But I just finished watching it on the Starz movie channel and thought it one of the best Civil war movies I’ve seen

Directed by the celebrated Ang Lee, the movie is adapted from the Daniel Woodrell novel Woe to Live on. The story follows Daniel Rodell (Toby Maguire), a teen who joins a group of Kansas Irregulars in 1861. At its core, it’s a coming-of-age story, as Rodell fights his way through the war, losing family and friends until he finally ends the war on his own terms.

Sure, there’s a “love story” here, but it also offers a lot from a wargamers’ perspective. As it focuses on “irregular” cavalry operations, there are no set piece battles as in Glory or Gettysburg, but the skirmishes come across as quite authentic. And inspiring. I have this urge to go right out and buy some 28mm Civil war cavalry figures to do a skirmish game.

While I’m sure that the historical stickers among wargamers will (as usual) have a long laundry list of “errors” in the movie, there wasn’t anything that jumped out and ruined the movie for me (one critic I read pointed out that in that period, women didn’t’ have inseam pockets in their skirts — big deal). In particular, I loved the period language: formal and rather flowery by modern standards. While people may not have really spoken in that manner, it is right in keeping with the phrasing in period letters I have read.

If you haven’t seen it, I think you should seek this one out.