Saturday, May 25, 2019

Alternative Armies: Huge New Dark Elf Releases for Flintloque and Slaughterloo


Alternative Armies: The Regimenta Del Sanna Annie is now released!  Alternative Armies presents a new boxed set plus sub packs and codes for single pose purchase.  Nineteen new military and civilian poses sculpted by Elton Waters in one of the biggest sets put into the range.  The travelling circus in your games of Flintloque or Slaughterloo for the Catalucia Theatre.  Dark Elves as well as Goblins and Orcs.  Click through to see more as well as more detail plus a two page insert for this force to download for free directly from us.  Painted by Mark Taylor.  Thanks your your time!  GBS


Breaking! Osprey Games: Oathmark - Battles of the Lost Age Rulebook and Oathmark: Oathbreakers Preview!


Looks like Northstar Miniatures and Osprey Games will be releasing their Oathmark: Battles of the Lost Age miniature wargame rules somewhere in late 2019 to support their splendid range of hard-plastic and metal Oathmark miniatures.

Empires have fallen, and the land is broken. The great oathmarks that once stood as testaments to the allegiances and might of nations have crumbled into ruin. In this lost age, fealty and loyalty are as valuable as gold and as deadly as cold iron, and war is ever-present.

Created by Joseph A. McCullough, designer of Frostgrave and Frostgrave: Ghost Archipelago, Oathmark is a mass-battle fantasy wargame that puts you in command of the fantasy army you've always wanted, whether a company of stalwart dwarves or a mixed force with proud elves, noble men, and wild goblins standing shoulder-to-shoulder in the battle-line. Fight through an integrated campaign system and develop your realms from battle to battle, adding new territories, recruiting new troop types, and growing to eclipse your rivals. or lose what you fought so hard to gain and fall as so many would-be emperors before you.

Osprey Games: Oathmark - Battles of the Lost Age Rulebook

Looks like the first supplement named Oathmark: Oathbreakers is also already being worked on. Reading the blurb one might expect the upcoming release of some cool hard-plastic undead miniatures such as skeletons and zombies, ready to join the battle!

Dark necromancers have laid claim to forsaken kingdoms and summoned forth the souls of those who defiled their oathmarks. The dead, once again, march to war. As armies of wraiths and skeletal warriors bring destruction to their lands, the small kingdoms of the Marches also turn to the spirits of the dead. Gathering the most ancient and powerful of oathmarks, they recall the spectral forms of those that died in loyal battle to once again come forth in defence of their kingdoms. With these ethereal warriors joining their ranks, the kings of the Marches may yet stand.

This supplement for Oathmark: Battles of the Lost Age introduces the forces of the dead to the game. Some armies will use dark magic to summon the souls and corpses of traitors from the past, while others will recall the spirits of loyal warriors that gave their lives and willingly fight again. This book also includes expanded rules for characters, which allow you to chart their progress from battle-to-battle, and watch as they grow in rank, responsibility, and power. All of these rules are then incorporated into a campaign featuring new scenarios that together tell of an epic war for survival.

Friday, May 24, 2019

Dancing Yak Miniatures: Infernal Chaos Dwarfs & Hobgoblins Miniatures Kickstarter Launched!


Dancing Yak Miniatures: Dancing Yak Miniatures is proud to be bringing you a full Infernal Chaos Dwarf and Hobgoblin army in both 10mm and 28mm. If funded, it will offer a huge variety of units to fill all the needs one may have from tabletop RPGs to the myriad of wargames that have some form of evil dwarfs. Models have been tailored to fit the 9th Age rule system for which we are a supporting company.  Check the full Kickstarter here


Everything is sculpted digitally with some minor adjustments by hand and all prototypes will be 3D printed with a high resolution resin printer. Production is then made by our own hands, spincasting in high quality metal, so we can ensure the highest level of detail.

We are making the models in 28mm heroic scale and 10mm. From the bottom of feet in 28mm hobgoblins are around 28-35 mm tall and dwarfs 25-35 (some of the hats are big). For 10mm, models are scaled to the standard so they work with other 10mm fantasy makers out. Hobgoblins are 12-15mm and dwarfs are all around 15mm, plus or minus. Hobgoblins are much taller than dwarfs. Dwarfs are fatter and have much larger hats. 

We bought 2 soon to be 3 printers, resin,  a spincaster. We need to buy mold making materials and equipment, metal, and living expenses. We have also dedicated 4 months to this project full time already and several part time.

We seek your help to fund the masters for the models, the production molds, and the materials required for the casting as well as the production expenses. What you will get are the models you have been wanting at a discounted price from future retail. You will get the models before they go for retail sale. You will also get exclusive Kickstarter models and bonus goodies, have access to making stretch goals available, exclusive army deals, and shipping subsidies. We plan on having models shipping out to buyers august-september.

Thursday, May 23, 2019

Crippled God Foundry: The Curse of Hollow Hills Kickstarter Ending Soon!


Crippled God Foundry: The Curse of Hollow Hills - High quality resin fantasy miniatures Kickstarter ending soon! Check the Kickstarter here


Tally-Ho Games: Hunt Saboteur – A Tabletop Game of Fox Hunters & Saboteurs Kickstarter


Tally-Ho Games: Hunt Saboteur is a skirmish-level tabletop miniatures game recreating stand-offs between traditional fox hunters and hunt saboteur activists in the English countryside. One player controls the hunt and the other controls the saboteurs. The sides move around the table employing various tactics to try and manipulate a pack of hounds, who pursue a fox. The hunters are trying to kill the fox, while the saboteurs are trying to save the fox. The quick, fun game is for two players and takes around 45 minutes, depending on scenario and points used.  Now on Kickstarter with three 28mm scale models and a rulebook. Check the Kickstarter here


Micro Art Studio: Infinity Holoads Marks 3 Billboard Scenery


Micro Art Studio: Dedicated for Infinity the Game by Corvus Belli, the Holoads Mark 3 are now available. It's a lasercut set made of HDF and acrylic. Consist of 4 ad pylons, which can be put as loose standing pieces or combined with Micro Art Studio District 5 scenery line.


Khadrin's Miniatures: New 15mm Dwarf Warriors Released!


Khadrin's Miniatures: The doors of the dwarven stronghold bang open as dwarves of the Redhammer Clan come forth to face the orcs. It's time to defend their home "Khur Zedan" and rid the orcs of the Black Skull tribe off the Arian mountain range! These troops are but the first wave of the "Khadrin's Miniatures" dwarven range, sculpted by "Shumin" and painted by "Haschatan Sÿx Studio", these sturdy warriors are 14 mm at the top of the head!

Les portes du fort nain s'ouvrent alors que les nains du Clan Redhammer s'avancent pour faire face aux orques. Il est temps de défendre leur domaine "Khur Zedan" et de débarasser la chaine des Arian des orques de la tribu du Crane Noir! Ces troupes ne sont que la première vague de la gamme naine de "Khadrin's Miniatures", sculptées par "Shumin" et peintes par "Haschatan Sÿx Studio", ces robustes guerriers font 14 mm au sommet du crâne!




Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Breaking! Modiphius Entertainment: The Elder Scrolls: Call to Arms – Tabletop Wargaming in the World of Tamriel


Modiphius Entertainment: Modiphius Entertainment is proud to announce a new narrative miniatures game based on The Elder Scrolls®, the legendary videogame franchise by Bethesda Game Studios®. The Elder Scrolls: Call to Arms – Tabletop wargaming in the world of Tamriel.

The Elder Scrolls: Call to Arms builds on the core mechanics of Modiphius’ Fallout: Wasteland Warfare game system, but has been rewritten and reworked by designer Mark Latham (The Walking Dead: All Out War, The Harry Potter Miniatures Adventure Game, Editor White Dwarf Magazine) to suit the world and inhabitants of The Elder Scrolls franchise. Featuring high quality 32mm resin figures, each with its own unique custom base, the skirmish system sees fan favourite heroes like Hadvar, Ralof, Yrsarald Thrice-Pierced, Marcurio, Mjoll the Lioness, Ulfric Stormcloak, Galmar Stone-Fist, General Tullius and Lydia. The player’s heroes lead groups of followers on adventures inside Dwemer Ruins, Draugr-infested Nord Tombs, and through the frozen wilderness.


As well as controlling their troops, players will also need to manage the stamina and Magicka resources their models bring to the table, all the while watching out for hostile AI driven enemies and narrative events that can change the flow of battle. Players can play against each other or team up (or play solo) to take on all manner of creatures and adversaries driven by Modiphius’ advanced AI system. The game will feature scenarios ranging from dungeon delves, where you seek out lost treasure, to running battles across the ruined outposts that dot the landscape of Tamriel, all the while fulfilling quests and narrative-driven scenario objectives that will see your band of heroes grow from game to game. Will you claim the ruined fort as yours and build your own settlement, or wander the countryside clearing out foul ruins of the stench of your enemies?

In the first wave, players will raise their banners in the fight for the future of Skyrim as they lead the forces of the Stormcloaks or Imperial Legion in the battles of the civil war. Forces will typically comprise 1-6 heroes and 3-15 troops. The first wave of releases will be a Two Player starter set and reinforcement sets of resin miniatures for both the Stormcloaks and the Imperial Army, a Dragonborn single player set, but more races and characters from across the Elder Scrolls stories are planned. A host of accessories like metal tokens, deluxe dice bags, settlement journals and more will expand your options. Planned releases will expand on The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim®, as well as adding releases from The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion®, The Elder Scrolls Online®, and more.

Modiphius plans promotional miniature releases in the lead up to the launch, starting with the iconic Dragonborn miniature, available right now in limited quantities from Modiphius.net, or pick one up at the UK Games Expo show in June, or GenCon in August. More special editions will be released through the year and will be available again after release.  The Elder Scrolls: Call to Arms will be available from Christmas 2019. For more information and to sign up for news, check here


Monday, May 20, 2019

Micro Art Studio: Star Wars Legion Imperial Depot and Cargo Crates Reviewed!


Today we will check out the Star Wars Legion Imperial Depot and Cargo Crates by Micro Art Studio. With these cool scenery pieces you can enhance the look of your Star Wars Legion or other science fiction wargames' miniature tabletop battlefields in a heartbeat. Already excited? Let's take a closer look right now!

Micro Art Studio is a wargame miniature and scenery company based in Poland, originally founded as a miniature and model hobby collective. Through the years they have grown exponentially currently employing loads of talented hobbyists, sculptors and designers. They offer an extensive range of resin, hard foam and high density fiberboard scenery sets but also miniature bases, markers, tokens, templates, Wolsung, fantasy, science fiction miniatures and other. Micro Art Studio is also an official partner for Corvus Belli's hugely popular Infinity science fiction miniature skirmish game for which they supply high quality terrain and accessories. Another important moment in company's history was when in 2008 Micro Art Studio signed a contract with Colin Smythe Ltd - agent of Sir Terry Pratchett; from that moment company started production of 30mm miniatures of Discworld characters and busts.

The scenery as shown in this review are the Star Wars Legion Imperial Depot (€41.82) and the Stars Wars Legion Cargo Crates (€27.06) now available in the Micro Art Studio webstore along with plenty of other cool scenery pieces. Check all available scenery pieces here

Star Wars Legion Cargo Crates

With scatter terrain so important in many skirmish miniature wargames as either much needed cover for your lightly armored troopers or as important objectives for your missions, Micro Art Studio decided to release these magnificient Star Wars Legion Cargo Crates. Cast in high-quality resin and most excellently detailled these scenery pieces will bring your tabletop to life especially when used together with the massive Star Wars Legion Imperial Depot which we will review later on.

The Micro Art Studio Star Wars Legion Cargo Crates scenery set contains five resin terrain pieces each featuring a collection of lovely designed science fiction crates and barrels much suited for the Star Wars universe and other science fiction miniature wargames. These Star Wars Legion Cargo Crates are designed to be used with 28-30mm miniatures and the quality of these resin cast scenery pieces is second to none with only some minor airbubbles present on the castings. These lovely scenery pieces are supplied in a lovely illustrated boxed set packed with foam chips to avoid damage.

Disclaimer: Micro Art Studio and its products are not affiliated with or endorsed by Fantasy Flight Publishing, Inc. in any way. If models are pictured, they are for size comparison only and are the personal property of Micro Art Studio employees.





Star Wars Legion Imperial Depot

The most impressive building available in the Micro Art Studio Star Wars Legion catalogue, is the Imperial Depot. The Star Wars Legion Imperial Depot is designed as a two part building which can be used as one large structure or two smaller identical scenery pieces. The design of the building is magnificient and it's really one of the best scenery model kits I have encountered lately because of the cool shape and look of the building along with the added detail in the form of different thicknesses which really breaks the flat look of the hangar building, a look some common for laser cut buildings.

The Star Wars Legion Imperial Depot is supplied as a well-designed laser cut scenery model kit containing several sheets of HDF (high-density fiberboard) in two different thicknesses and will need assembly using woodglue. The assembly of this model kit looks at first very daunting due to the scale and amount of components but is in fact very easy and straight forward because of the inclusion of the construction manual and the easily removable and well-fitting component parts. For the construction of the Star Wars Legion Imperial Depot I used a combination of white woodglue and superglue allowing me to construct the building faster without having to wait on the drying of the white woodglue. Micro Art Studio recommends woodglue for the construction and so do I as the bonds will be much stronger but you can always use some superglue to speed up the assembly.

In the pictures below you can see the large structure shown as one piece and one smaller half of the building with removed roof showing the great interior detail in the form of the walkways most suited for snipers and the like. As you can see this is a rather impressive structure made out of sturdy high-density fiberboard and further decorated with thinner fiberboard bringing out additional detail and texture to the building. The building is also supplied with sliding doors allowing you to represent the building with both open and closed doors if you don't glue these in place!






The Star Wars Legion Imperial Depot is a magificient structure, actually more like a battlefield on its own due to the great size and lovely detail. As mentionned before this structure is designed in two parts which can be used on their own or combined in one super large hangar. The Imperial Depot has removable roofs, sliding doors and internal walkways wide enough to place Star Wars Legion miniatures and other miniatures on there. Designed for Star Wars Legion this scenery pieces gives sufficient cover for AT-ST and the AT-RT even fits inside the structure! I don't own any Star Wars Legion miniatures but have taken some pictures using some other science fiction miniatures and vehicles from my collection. These miniatures as shown are scaled 28mm and the vehicles 25mm.




The Conclusion

As to be expecting from Micro Art Studio, the quality and design of the Star Wars Legion Imperial Depot and Cargo Crates is superb with loads of great detail and an excellent finish. Although designed with Star Wars Legion in mind, these scenery pieces can easily be used for other popular miniature wargames such as Warhammer 40K and Infinity to name a few. If you're looking for some great scatter terrain you will be more than happy with the Cargo Crates which offer sufficient cover for wargame miniatures while the massive Imperial Depot is most suited to dominate the battlefield as a great center piece for a science fiction battlefield. These pieces are now available at Micro Art Studio here along with plenty of other nice scenery for your miniature wargames.

Disclaimer - We received these scenery pieces from Micro Art Studio for reviewing purposes. Please note that this doesn't influence our review as we always strive to supply you with our own independent and honest opinion about the wargame products reviewed.

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Sunday, May 19, 2019

Privateer Press: Riot Quest - Arena Skirmish Game Preview


Privateer Press: The release of our newest game, Riot Quest, is rapidly approaching. You might have heard of us talk about this game, but if you haven’t, let me give you a quick rundown. Riot Quest is a hybrid hobby miniature-board game set in a post-apocalyptic alternate timeline of the Iron Kingdoms. This hex-based arena skirmish game is packed full of mayhem and chaos.


Pendraken Miniatures: Popular New Blitzkrieg Commander IV - World War Two Rules!


Pendraken Miniatures: Blitzkrieg Commander is one of the most popular WWII rulesets of the past decade with over 5000 copies sold so far. Our overriding intention with BKC-IV was to show a natural evolution from BCKII, retaining the best elements of BKC-III but at the same time remaining true to both the BKC tradition and the Commander series of rules mechanisms.  In addition, we’ve added new game mechanisms, incorporated several widely used, tried and tested ‘house rules’, as well as tidying up the army lists.  

The design of BKC-IV will allow players to choose between a more formalised and higher-level game, back (almost) to BCKI and BKCII in many ways; or to play a much more granular game, almost but not quite down to a skirmish level or 1:1 level game.  We have also added (by request) more Example Tables, for ease of play and quick reference.



BigRedBat: New Deep-Cut Studio River Bends and Tracks!


BigRedBat: These new products are intended for use as bends with the Deep-Cut river, dirt road and cobblestone road strips (example shown below). The two 180 degree pieces can easily be cut with a craft knife or scissors to provide any angle of bend desired. The associated mouse-mat terrain strips from Deep-Cut enable a river, road or track to be quickly laid across the top of your terrain mats. They are 6 foot (183cm) long by (9cm) wide, lay flat on the table and are non-slip. Here’s the Dirt Road strip. You can find them here in the BigRedBatShop!





Saturday, May 18, 2019

Fox Box: New Science Fiction Big Orc Turret Released!


Fox Box: We've done battered turrets before so this time we're changing it up with some smooth, classic lines. Each turret comes with a selection of four guns, a mounting ring, and a hatch cover. The turret uses the standard 25.5mm mount size and the hatch ring is 17mm (the standard small turret size). They're on the shop here



Alternative Armies: Fourteen New 15mm Urban Gangers


Alternative Armies: Gang up!  New pack of fourteen poses of 15mm scale gang members now released.  Varied Weapons and female miniatures too.  As always with Alternative Armies in the HOF Range you get choices; a pack or single poses from it.  Great for any campaign as enemies of Security Force Alpha or even as Betrayers in the sway of the Khanate Empire.  Our release in this range for May 2019.  Sculpted by Sean Bullough from an idea by Fred Richards.  Read more in the article or go straight to the range.


Element Games: New Warhammer Age of Sigmar - Dominion of Sigmar Scenery!


Element Games launched the discounted pre-order for the eagerly awaited Warhammer Age of Sigmar Dominion of Sigmar scenery bringing the new world of Sigmar to life on your miniature battlefield! Grab your discounted scenery here!

Before the coming of Chaos, the Mortal Realms were littered with glorious temple-cities and towering edifices dedicated to the glory of the God-King Sigmar. Many were cast down or fell into disrepair during the dark times of the Age of Chaos, yet their noble heritage endures in the ruins that remain. If you want to give your battlefield a Sigmarite makeover with some modular terrain (including stylised hills!), the Enduring Stormvault, Timeworn Ruins, Sigmarite Dais and Shattered Temple sets that make up the new Dominion of Sigmar scenery range will also be available.





Thursday, May 16, 2019

Titan Terrain NZ: New Fishing Trawler and Dockside Terrace Buildings


Titan Terrain NZ: Titan Terrain NZ have just released the first two pieces from their forthcoming Dockside range, the Fishing Trawler and the Dockside Terrace Buildings. The dockside buildings are available as a bundle or as individual buildings. You can find them and the trawler here






Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Deep-Cut Studio: New Malifaux 3e Gaming Scenery Mats


Deep-Cut Studio: With Malifaux 3rd edition just behind the corner, 10 new compatible game mats have just hit the weird streets. Exciting designs, subtle new deployment line markings, all ready to serve your enjoyment when the time is right. Cheat the fate at www.deepcutstudio.com – home of game mats.


Alternative Armies: New Giant Skeleton of the Dead and Sengoku Range News


Alternative Armies: The new release for Sengoku for May 2019 is here!  A giant skeleton of the dishonoured dead a Gashadokuro which preys on the living and is a target for your hunters to take down.  Standing 50mm tall it is the biggest miniature in the range and can be used in many other settings too.  There is also news on the expansion of the 15mm Japanese myth range and on the upcoming Sengoku Rampage expansion book. All in the article Thanks.  GBS


Monday, May 13, 2019

Pen and Sword: Wargames Terrain & Buildings - The Napoleonic Wars Modelling Book Reviewed!


Today we will take a look at the brand new Wargames Terrain & Buildings - The Napoleonic Wars Modelling Book written by the experienced scenery modeller Tony Harwood and published by Pen and Sword Books With this book you will be able to learn how to scratch build your own scenery for your tabletop battlefield!

Pen and Sword: Wargames Terrain & Buildings - The Napoleonic Wars Modelling Book Reviewed!The Wargames Terrain & Buildings - The Napoleonic Wars Modelling Book is written by the talented railway and wargame scenery modeller Tony Harwood. Tony is not an unfamiliar name in the online modelling world and has been featured in multiple wargaming publications both printed and online for well-known publishers. Next to this he also already published his own series of wargame miniature scenery modelling books which are available on his very informative Dampf's Modelling Page blog (link here). Some of you may also be familiar with Tony's work for the wargame company Grand Manner where he made some of the scenery master models for their extensive and magnificient resin wargame scenery line.

The Wargames Terrain & Buildings - The Napoleonic Wars Modelling Book is as the title suggests focussed on the subject of building miniature scenery for the glorious and popular Napoleonic Wars wargaming period. The book is divided in three sections: Working in Different Scales, Quick and Easy and Detailed, Step-by-Step Tutorials and during this review we will take a closer look at each section of the book along with supplying our own opinion on this new scenery modelling building book.
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"Any miniature wargame is greatly enhanced by realistic and evocative scenery and buildings, but commercial ready-made pieces can be expensive. Building your own can be a cost-effective and very rewarding alternative, another hobby in itself, but it can be hard to know where to start. Wargames Terrain and Buildings is a series of books aimed at giving wargamers the skills, techniques and guidance they need to create their own stunning and practical model buildings.

In this volume, master modeller Tony Hardwood shares his years of experience and presents the reader with a wide range of projects for the Napoleonic era. With the aid of step-by-step photographs, he guides the reader through building and finishing each of these models, which are organized in three sections of increasing complexity and encompass a range of scales and different materials. Nine projects are included but the techniques and skills demonstrated along the way, along with valuable advice on tools, construction materials and paints, can be adapted and applied to a much wider range of structures to grace your battlefields."

Working in Different Scales

As the "Working in Different Scales" section title suggests, author Tony Harwood covers the construction of scratch build scenery in the three most commonly used miniature wargaming scales covering a nice mixture of different buildings and textures. This is the only section in the book that covers the construction of miniature scenery in an other scale than the popular 28/30mm scale as it also features the making of a 15mm building along with tips and tricks on how to upgrade commercially available 20mm MDF laser cut building kits.

Pen and Sword: Wargames Terrain & Buildings - The Napoleonic Wars Modelling Book Reviewed!My favorite tutorial covers the construction of a 15mm Russian Windmill, a very interesting feature for any miniature tabletop battlefield. This particular tutorial guides us through the construction with a strong focus on using balsa wood as a construction material offering a thorough guide on how to use this material. The Two-Storey French House tutorial covers the creation of an 28/30mm building using the commonly available DAS modelling clay as a main material, this material is also one of the materials most used by modeller Tony Harwood and I would dare to say also his most favorite one looking at the modelling guides featured all his publications

The last building guide covers on how you can upgrade commercially available 20mm MDF laser cut scenery kits. Although this tutorial is showing the upgrading and decorating of the 20mm "La Belle Alliance" modelling kit by Sarissa Precision, the shown techniques and materials can easily be used for smaller and large modelling scales. Although not of personal interest, I can see that this particular guide may prove very popular for people looking to add more character and texture to their otherwise flat and not very detailled MDF laser cut buildings.

Quick and Easy

The "Quick and Easy" section once again features the detailled construction of three different structures, this time all the buildings are constructed in the popular 28/30mm wargaming scale. In this section modeller Tony guides us through the scratch building of small scenery pieces such as the lovely and characterful French Pigeonnier, quick and easy Stone Built Well and lovely Russian Granary. Once again every tutorial is a very detailled step-by-step guide fully illustrated with loads of pictures supplemented with a materials and paints overview. Readers already familiar with the authors own published modelling books will certainly recognize the style of lay-out, materials and construction steps. I think the best way to illustrate his personal style and manner of guiding you through the construction process are some examples as publised in this book.

Pen and Sword: Wargames Terrain & Buildings - The Napoleonic Wars Modelling Book Reviewed!

Detailed, Step-by-Step Tutorials

Last but certainly not least are the most detailed buildings guides showing the constructing of more complicated scenery pieces such as a stunning Hungarian Chapel, characterful German Bakery (as shown in the picture) and a breath-taking self-contained diorama featuring a cluster of Iberian Peninsular buildings. Think my favorite building of this section is the very interesting and colorful looking Hungarian Chapel which is mostly build from cheap cartonboard and really looks awesome when finished and painted.

Pen and Sword: Wargames Terrain & Buildings - The Napoleonic Wars Modelling Book Reviewed!

The Conclusion

If you're either new to the scratch building scenery aspect of the miniature wargaming hobby or already experienced in this particular part of the hobby, I would certainly recommend this The Wargames Terrain & Buildings - The Napoleonic Wars Modelling Book. The book offers a whole assortment of interesting and thoroughly illustrated building guides covering almost every theatre of war of The Napoleonic Wars at a very affordable price at Pen and Sword Books. If you're a scenery building novice you will be more than happy with the thoroughly illustrated and very informative guides supplemented with lists of the used materials and paints which will certainly make an introduction into this part of the wargaming or modelling hobby in general much easier. Although I would have preferred the usage of more different kinds of materials, I can certainly appreciate that the author has used the most commonly available and affordable materials to such a great extent that starting to scratch build scenery won't cost you very much as the used materials can easily be found in every household or general hobby shop.

After reading the book, I have some remarks though which might be of interest if you have already bought previously modelling guides publised by Tony Harwood or prefer your buildings in an other style or for skirmish wargaming. These are no points of harsh criticism but just some thoughts I had when reading the book and was thinking about on how the tutorials could possibly be improved in future titles. Already familiar with the other modelling books written by Tony Harwood, I personally think this new book doesn't reveal much new techniques and materials but still offers a great insight in the thoughts and techniques mastered by Tony Harwood over years of scratchbuilding. That said the tutorials are very well-illustrated and supplied with enough information but still think more new techniques and materials could be featured further increasing the scope of scenery building possibilities.

Looking at the featured buildings in the book you can easily recognize these scenery pieces as being designed and made by Tony Harwood as he has a very distinctive modelling style which may not be the preferred look for scenery modellers and wargamers more interested in building models with a more strict architectural approach or more minimalistic design and look. Another point is that all the buildings are designed to be one-piece structures with no internal detail for skirmish wargaming, I think it would be great if this point could be taken into account in other modelling guides as it would certainly improve the quality and usage of the scenery pieces for low figure skirmish wargames and miniature roleplaying adventures which are hugely popular.

The author Tony Harwood is in my opinion most known for his characterful and quirky little fantasy buildings which he creates with a great eye for lovely detail and pronounced textures but which are in my opinion most suited for the popular fantasy Napoleonic Flintloque wargame setting by Alternative Armies and the historo-fantasy Panzerfäuste wargame by Hysterical Games for which he also often creates building tutorials and scenery. That said the building tips and tricks in the book can easily be used to create every style of wargame scenery when slightly adapted representing rustic, realistic or a more cartoony style suited for fantasy wargames such as classic Warhammer Fantasy. So to conclude despite the comments as mentionned above, certainly worth adding to your wargame book library for further inspiration, guiding and reference for building your own affordable scratch build scenery.


You can purchase the Wargames Terrain & Buildings - The Napoleonic Wars Modelling Book by Tony Harwood for £11.99 through our Pen and Sword Books Partnership Link above and in the meanwhile freely support Wargame News and Terrain allowing us to bring even more independent daily miniature and scenery wargame news, reviews and money saving deals. Bought and love the book? Let us know how it improved your scenery building and the look of your tabletop battlefield!

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Shieldwolf Miniatures: New Talliareum Stone Bridge Guardpost and Krumvaal Chieftess House Preview!


Shieldwolf Miniatures: Here at Shieldwolf Miniatures® we are set into creating the absolute best fantasy army wargame. To exalt even more the game, not only do we take constant care in producing superbly detailed miniatures for your unique fantasy armies, but also creating the best possible 32mm terrain to accompany it! Coming Soon!




Sunday, May 12, 2019

Northstar Miniatures: Official Rangers of Shadow Deep Miniatures Preview!


Northstar Miniatures: We are delighted to announce we'll be making the licensed figures to go with the game Rangers of Shadow Deep, written by @RenaissanceTrll (of Frostgrave fame). These are the first 4 Rangers, inspired by the games artwork. Lots more to come.