Monday, April 30, 2012

Great Wargaming Buildings (in Progress!)

Over on, there are some photos of a great buildings project in progress that you have to see to believe.  Excellent work, so check them out here!

Sunday, April 29, 2012

420,000 More Reasons to Love Lord of the Rings

From about a year ago, showed us a picture of a scratch-built model of Minas Tirith made out of 420,000 matchsticks.  Find out more here!

Saturday, April 28, 2012

Andrea Miniatures

Some recent pics on Facebook by some Friends reminded of the great sculpts of Andrea Miniatures.  A quick google search will emphasize what I mean.  Enjoy!

Friday, April 27, 2012

Painting Karl Franz and Deathclaw

BuyPainted's YouTube channel includes a new video called "How to paint an Empire griffon? Karl Franz on Deathclaw Warhammer" that's well worth watching just for painting tips.  Enjoy!

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Office Supply X-Wing Fighter

On a Facebook photo, there was a cool use of office supplies showing how to put together a little tabletop wargame for Star Wars if one had a mind to spend their lunch hour gaming.  Check it out here!

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Citadel Paints Review

A short time ago I posted a link to miniwargamerj's YouTube introduction to the new Citadel Paint line and he promised more detailed reviews of the various types of paints included.  Well, watch and discover what he thinks.

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Shrine of Vec-who?

Ben's RPG pile has a cool YouTube video on how to make a shrine for one of the most evil villains ever in gaming.  Enjoy!

Monday, April 23, 2012

Crystal Brush 2012

Cool Mini or Not's YouTube channel has posted video about the Crystal Brush 2012 award.  Enjoy!

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Prepping a Model Horse for Painting

There's a neat article and set of photos showing the prepping and priming of a model horse and, although it's not a miniature by gaming standards, it does have some good pointers on the process.  Read more here!

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Painting Warhammer's Sigvald the Magnificent

On Buypainted's YouTube channel, there's a new video called "How to paint Sigvald The Magnificent? Warhammer Fantasy Battle" which details just what you'd expect.  Enjoy!

Friday, April 20, 2012

Dream Spirit Wargaming - High Elf Display and Terrain

There's another cool project from Dream Spirit Wargaming shown off on YouTube.  This time it's a "High Elf army display board" and some other items.  Enjoy!

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Free Old West Buildings

Here are some free Old West style buildings I ran across while surfing for same.  Enjoy!

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

More Terrain from Dream Spirit Wargaming

Let's check back in with Dream Spirit Wargaming's latest terrain project.  This YouTube video is appropriately titled "Studio update: Modular river, ruins set and more" so have a look and enjoy!

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Civilization & Advanced Civilization the Boardgames

I've mentioned before that Civilization (and Advanced Civilization) from Avalon Hill is one of my favorite classic boardgames.  Check out the following videos from Board Game Geek and let me know if you feel the same.  Enjoy!

Monday, April 16, 2012

ddrummer's YouTube Painting Videos

I've mentioned ddrummer's YouTube painting videos before but now there are five parts and I thought I would collect them all in one blog post.  Enjoy!

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Old West Terrain

Over on Dressing the Lines, there's a cool article from about a year ago (with many pictures) about Old West Terrain.  Check it out here!

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Hirst Arts HeroQuest

Over on's forums, an enterprising soul has built a HeroQuest game board using their molding system.  Check it out here!

Friday, April 13, 2012

Hobbit Hole Model

Some genuine inspiration can be derived from this Hobbit Hole model with all of it's fine details.  Check it out here!

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Wild West Campaign at Games Plus

The most excellent Jeff Swegler is starting up a Wild West campaign over at Games Plus in Mount Prospect, IL, and I'm looking at putting together a Lawmen faction.  We'll be using the Warhammer Historical Wargames Ltd rules Legends of the Old West.  After a little practice round the other night, I realized I needed a little more diversity, so aside from fielding a Sheriff and a couple of Deputies, I trimmed down the weaponry so I could add a member of the citizenry to the mix, though I might even add a few more once I get a little further in the campaign (IF I get further!) and have a bit more money to spend.  I'm currently using some figures from the grab-a-few box, though I plan to get some of my own and paint them up.  I did, however, pick up a citizen in the form of a Reaper Chronoscope 50155 "Mickey O'Doul, Wild West Bartender" which I think looks pretty cool.  Here's a photo of the rule books, the new figure, and some shots from the practice round we all got to play the other night.  Incidentally, I ran across some good links for minis and scenery over on that were helpful to me in my surfing.  Enjoy!

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

GW Empire Unboxing - Griffon, War Altar, and More

On buypainted's YouTube channel, there's a new video entitled "Unboxing the new Empire models: Griffon, War Altar, Hurricanum, Luminarc, Demigryph Knights" with much of what you would suspect from that title.  Enjoy!

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Sculpting Hats for Highwaymen

There's a quick tutorial from the dreamspiritwar(gaming) YouTube channel on how to sculpt hats for highwaymen.  The techniques are certainly useful for even more than that.  Enjoy!

Monday, April 9, 2012

Some Early Reports on the New Citadel Line

I posted recently on the news of the new Citadel Paint line of 145 products, including paints, washes, textrued paints, etc.  Here are some early reports from YouTube from buypainted's channel and miniwargamerj.  Enjoy!

Sunday, April 8, 2012

TerranScapes Shore Boards and Jungle Pieces

TerranScapes has a couple of new YouTube videos on their Shore Boards and Jungle Pieces to view.  Enjoy!

Saturday, April 7, 2012

Dreamspiritwar's Latest Battle Report

Over on the YouTube channel of dreamspiritwar you'll find the lastest "Warmachine battle report: Skorne (eMorghoul) VS Cygnar (pCaine) part I" to view including some great set pieces and models.  Enjoy!

Friday, April 6, 2012

Basing Miniatures with YouTube's Buypainted

YouTube's Buypainted channel has an excellent series of videos on how to base miniatures that is well worth viewing.  Check them out here!

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Lords of Waterdeep Unboxing from GMS Magazine

GMS Magazine was kind enough to put together a video of a Lords of Waterdeep unboxing and share it on their excellent website as well as on YouTube.  Enjoy!

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Mashing Up the Tabletop

I was asked recently about the artillery pieces used for the Surcoat games set up for Gary Con IV, the EN World Chicago Gameday XXI, and other events.  Some were gathered from a Knights and Castle toy set picked up at Hobby Lobby while others came from the Battleground: Crossbows and Catapults game.  Here's some pics detailing the origins of those pieces.

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Amazingly Extensive Use of Scenery

There are some videos on MrRyanDevo's YouTube channel showing his basement gaming areas and detailing the full city he has created using Dwarven Forge terrain and TerranScapes products as well as models from Miniatures Building Authority.  Enjoy!

Monday, April 2, 2012

"Hirst walls, cake columns and D&D eyecandy" Video

On EFSmick's YouTube channel, you'll find this fine video showing how one can utilize both Hirst Arts molded products and simple add-ons like cake columns to make some great scenery for your tabletop miniatures games.  Enjoy!

Sunday, April 1, 2012

Rigged Dice for Fun, NOT Profit!

I don't condone the use of rigged dice but I remember a time in the Eighties when one of our DMs used a d20 that was obviously weighted (albeit unintentionally) to TPK the party early and often.  At some point, some of our player group discussed what to do about it and one enterprising fellow purchased an identical d20 and made some modifications to it in his workshop.  His work was so excellent it could only be discerned as different under very close examination.  When it happened that we had a game night on April 1st, we made the switch.  It was a glorious night for the player characters, every one of us survived, and it was amazing how many enemies were downed by unfortunate rolls on the DM's rather severe fumble charts.  Huzzah!

"Congratulations!  Bask in your new-found knowledge.  Live long and prosper."  That part made the whole video worth it for me.  I hope no one feels they've been Rig-Rolled.