Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Ho ho ho I've got a Machine Gun!

Merry Christmas fellow readers I should've timed this just right so that the majority of my readers are still celebrating Christmas. I had a short sweet Christmas here nothing to related was received although I got a few more gardening books, my other other hobby, fortunately no socks and undies this year although my sister tells me there's presents for me at her house so I could be in luck.

So as I have the middle of the week off I'm going to carry on painting, like you all should be, I have to paint two mini's for Malifaux by February and some Warmachine stuff by March. I'm not sure if there's going to be and Early & Mid war Flames of War GT in Auckland (see my ragey posts a few months back) Either way I'd like at least the Mid War GT to happen because everyone loves Mid War well that's enough from me have a Happy Christmas and a Wonderful New Year.


Sunday, December 9, 2012

Sh*t Everywhere! Product Review

Obviously not my desk I'm a team Jacob guy!

Hello everyone and glorious weekend to you all! My name is Daniel Linder and I have a messy desk. My desk is covered in shit paint, mini's, glues and other strange chemicals that I'm sure if mixed right would explode.

Now it never used to be this bad I had some Vallejo, Tamiya and GW paints. However Slave to Painting started selling Vallejo Air and I picked up 50 Reaper paints for $100 so I've ended up with 400 odd paints and no friggin painting room.

Then I remembered I'd seen a few of my friends liking something on Facebook called Back 2 Base-ix Wargaming Products and they sell some awesome stuff their main product is paint holders random pic below.

I've added these guys in the links on the right.
Despite the prices they are a must have for any wargamer and to be honest disposable income is what the hobby is all about and if you think dropping $50-$60 on an organiser is bad just ask the missus how much Lash recovery serum is not to mention they probably got their eyebrows done and tinted at the same time (It's $150 for the serum and $70 for the eyebrows).
I Purchased the Wall Climber in MDF, I LOVE THE SMELL OF LASER CUT WOOD IN THE MORNING!!!!, and it was so awesome I got 2! By the looks of things they're offering free shipping too wow you're going to be some lucky geeks this Christmas.

I still need another 2!
They can also stack on top of one another and come with an instructional DVD, which I didn't need cos I'm awesome, As you can see I've tried to arrange the paints by shade but I've already taken a bunch out so no doubt this'll be messy as all hell again soon. So once again I've added their link in the Stores and Shops section and any of these products would be a great help to any modeller/wargamer. 

Sunday, December 2, 2012

2012 Round up and catch up!

Hey patient readers/views/blog enthusiasts hope you've had a good 2012 so far this year has been good I got a promotion at work have tried more gaming systems and played more board/card games than I have in the last 10 years.

As usual I like to post only when I've painted something I think is cool or when I find a product or toy supplier or game that's awesome I also like to keep you abreast of dodgy pricks like Maelstrom Games aka Eye of the Storm and other silly moves seemingly smart gaming companies make.

I've also help start a gaming club in West Auckland called T.C.O.W (That Club out West) so that we could break away from all the drama that one club decided was wholly necessary there's also a new website for  New Zealand gamers so if you're a Kiwi or just like toys and games head over that way.

So far this year alone I've quit and re-picked up Warmachine/Hordes, tried Dystopian Wars and Firestorm Armada, Won prettiest painted at a Malifaux Tournament, played my first and last game of 40K in 15 years and only played in 1 Flames of War tournament. I wish I had more time for Flames but historical paint jobs can really slow you down and ware you out. As much as I'd like to have the time to blog more often I feel I'm doing injustice to a customer who needs their toys painted before mine.

That being said I'll have a product review up shortly for a product which has helped me so friggin much over the last few months (It's not Simple Green but I'll do a tutorial on that soon enough).

Thanks for reading I promise another blog update very soon none of this disappearing BS and coming back just to prove I'm alive (unlike my cat).

P.S The chair fund made a grand total of zero dollars thank you for believing in me :P

Saturday, October 13, 2012


Hi awesome readers as most of my readers seem be from the UK I thought this post most poinent a few days ok the below OH FUCK, OH FUCK WE'RE OUTTA MONEY!!! email arrived in my inbox below. Now I stopper using Maelstrom a while back for a few reasons.

Firstly: Orders take for fucking ever to get to New Zealand.

Secondly: Re-stocks move slower that contenintal drift

Thirdly(not really a word): They're liars. Remember some time back when they went all anti Battlefront and stopped selling the most popular WW2 toy soldier game in the world and blamed it all on BF? Well that email/excuse was a page full of lies and they did come crawling back to BF on bloodied knees, probablly something to do with Wayland Games taking all that sweet sweet toy soldier money.

Anyways the below says to me HI, WE'RE FUCKED, CAN I HAS YOUR CREDIT CARD? lol what fuck off mate. Anyways smart readers as always use my link and shop Wayland Games I have no complaint of product from them.

Here at Maelstrom Games we have decided to clear as much of our hard-earned stock as we possibly can over the next few days - and therefore generate some much-needed cashflow - in order to ensure we can fulfil the orders that you, our valued customers, have placed over the last few weeks. To that end, we have decided - in consultation with our trading partners - to sell our remaining stock of Battlefront Miniatures (at 25% off), Perry Miniatures, Victrix, Plastic Soldier Company, Artizan Designs, Gripping Beast and Great War Miniatures (all at 30% off). All other ranges' stock will now be sold at 40% off UK RRP - we hold good stocks of Gamezone Miniatures, Dark Age, Cool Mini or Not and Scibor Miniatures, and there's a fair bit of Privateer Press and Malifaux left too. As well as that, from this moment onwards we have decided to stop any customer from placing orders for items that are not in stock, simply so that we can clear the orders that have already been placed.

We have not made this decision lightly, and please note that we have absolutely no issues with any of the above manufacturers or suppliers; we are simply trying to sell off stock in order to clear older orders and ease any worries our customers may have regarding the speculation that is currently rife on the internet. As well as that, we believe that our retailing model must now change to selling products that are in stock at the time of purchase, and as such that will continue to be in place in the future, once our orders are cleared and our stock is sold.

I would ask all of our customers to remain as patient as they can with Maelstrom Games and, indeed, our staff, for we will use the money generated by the sale of our stock to ensure all of your orders are fulfilled in their entirety as quickly as possible. We remain committed to servicing our customers first and foremost and will continue to do so in the future.

Your Stock Clearance Sale Voucher
To recap, we're clearing our remaining stock of Flames of War products at 25% off UK RRP, and clearing Perry Miniatures, Victrix, Plastic Soldier Company, Artizan Designs, Gripping Beast and Great War Miniatures at 30% off UK RRP until this Friday, 12th of October 2012 at midnight (GMT). All other products are at 40% off bar Templar's Forge products, which are being cleared at 50% off UK RRP, please note.

These kind of sales do not occur very often and we would hope that you take advantage - and remember, our stock will be sold on a first come, first served basis so you will have to decide what you want very quickly as we suspect it will sell very quickly!

Your voucher code is: WAREHOUSE-MOVES

To use this voucher simply register on the webstore, (if you haven't already), copy and paste the code into the Voucher field in your basket when you have selected the items you want, press 'REDEEM', and the webstore will do the rest. You are not limited to one purchase and, indeed, we would ask you to recommend us to your friends with this voucher!

Remember though that this voucher is intended for the webstore only.

Happy Ordering! "

Saturday, October 6, 2012

50 shades of panzer grey

Hello again readers and than you for popping by and having a read and a looksee you're probably wondering "Hey WTF happened to Daniel, he used to blog a lot and now it's just the same shit and no new pictures!"

Well first off I apologise yes I have been tardy with my updates. However this does not mean I've stopped painting and playing ,goodness no, if anything my wargaming and hobby mind has been expanded it was like I took the red pill and it's been pretty fucken awesome.

 Since I've been gone I've helped start a wargaming club in here in West Auckland known as T.C.O.W (That Club out West aka Those cunts out West) it's been running quite successfully for about 3-4 months now, if you live in West Auckland and want to show up or join just let me know.

Now with great gaming club comes new games and I have played and seen a few Zombiecide, Super Dungeon Explore, X-Wing, Malifaux, Song of Blades and Heros, Warmahine, New 40K and some more Flames of War.

Next thing we needed was a forum for all this awesome shit Facebook is a great tool but it's not as good as a nice organised forum turns out the folks here forgot who actually owned it long boring story short, didn't like what they were doing and is turning it into a generic NZ or Auckland wargaming site, so lots of cool stuff going to happen there.

I also got a promotion and although I never let work interfere with play I have been tired as my underlings are a tad shit and half them don't show up not to worry there's always someone who will work harder for less.

"But Dan all we see is a wall of text whatcha painting?" Well I was on the verge of finishing a commission for a nice gentleman in Australia had a few decals to slip on and little touch ups on some planes when all of a sudden I couldn't find the first platoon of brit infantry I painted. So I've conceded and brought another blister fortunately I paint Infantry pretty quickly but I HATE LOSING SHIT!

I'm sure there's a ton of other stuff I've missed out on oh yea yes I filled in for Damian in a game of 40K in a biggish tourney it was the first time in 15 years that I'd played and my opponents weren't even born then I CRUSHED THEM here's some pics of the crushing the children (doubles tourney) apparently seizing the initiative gives you the first turn or something..
That robot machine spent the rest of the game facing that wall. Y'all wanna see my painting desk?
RAAAAAW Red things anyways that's enough for now stay frosty people.

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Armchair Repairs:

I didn't write this someone said I could use it on the condition of anonononominimityism anyways it was their take on how BF could fix their current issues.

 We all would have Stratagems to Control and Counter the PSC (insert X-brand 15mm WWII mini manufacturer) superior points of difference, being AVAILABILITY, PRICE and QUALITY.

So currently the customer visible practices are:

- lockdown BF Tournament miniature usage

- suggest that BF-supported Tournaments do the same

- control the Gamer-2-Gamer & Web message by the BF Ranger program

- control the Local Game Store message as BF Dealers getting deals for promoting the brand

- expand BF-associated Tournaments in the US & UK/EUR

The things they need to do in addition is:

- make public statements and display how they are working on improving their Quality Control & Assurance,

- show how they practise their goals of providing a Quality Product

- Structure and Control their own damned infernal Supply Chain, it is a SHAMBLES.

- Win back their customers and potential customers worldwide by functional, real world, gamer friendly displays. eg, Website quiz to win Minis or limited edition clobber.

- Talk To Your Customers, don't just Tell Them What They Are Thinking. BF is terrible at this, they always state what their customers want. "I don't want to play against non BF minis, yo" - this is what a BF sales rep would say, who is not a customer. Easy to achieve with simple (and done in the past) web market research that you can then use to actually back up your position or change it when your customers show you their opinions. Have questionnaires at major stores, send them out with orders. Most importantly is follow the advice as it will make your product and brand better.

- Control your Message by allowing your supporters to provide positive examples of your good practice and superior brand. They cannot provide those examples without the company making the best choices for the customers. Make sure you have a company wide message that syncs your customers needs to your goals. Brands fail when they think they are bigger than their customers. People buy products they identify with as part of themselves.

- Provide options that allow their customers to gain a benefit from spending money on your product. eg Boxes actually provide discounts, distribution chain wide deals for 'spend x, get y'. This doesn't mean the RRP changes, this means the customer has incentives to buy your stock over the cheaper stuff sitting next to it or easily accessible online, straight to their door.

The saddest thing is that they could do all these properly, it is achievable even for a 'company of their size'. They need to make it a priority across the entire staff, every team.

Not just hot air, it needs to be parcelled out as process changes, mentality shifts and the realisation that if they continue forward they really will lose what made them a successful company with generous support from its customers.

The issue I believe is that they are largely ignoring the tough work and feeling busy enough doing the achievable work of supplying miniatures to dealers, building miniatures and having very high production issues with their products.

They are losing the PR war, if they haven't lost it already. A lot of their longest supporters are growing very weary and tired of the same issues and mistakes, becoming jokes to laugh off, then memes, then embarrassments.

There are still a lot of people who enjoy Flames of War and who want the system and Battlefront to do well. But to be mistaken for fervent supporters who can take any change and continue to provide the same brand loyalty is a very dangerous and arrogant assumption.

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Product Review Time

Hi again everyone! Who was that angry guy in July? Crazy anyways let  move onto some positvive happy stuff. Things that make our toys look awesome and can enhance our battlefield. I saw on Battlefronts site that they were releasing Chain, Barbed Wire (15mm & 28mm Scale) and Cable I found these 3 in Vagabonds in town today during lunch and thought they be just what I and you the reader needed.

First up Iron chain 1.5mm chain there's 2 meters of it so it'll last forever any self respecting Warmachine players going to want to pick up a set of these that and anyone who wants to or needs chain. A trick that can be done with chain is shaping it by super glueing individual links and hitting them with GF9 Rapid Cure having the chain set up in a dynamic pose.
Chain Fist

Next up is Barbed Wire (FOW) this is set up for flames of war and suits the theme the way of making more realistic looking barbed wire is time consuming and a little stabby it comes on the same spool however there is 8 meters of it (that's 400 yards in imperial probabally). Overall a handy product if you need to shore up some defences.
Finally we have Iron Cable 1.0mm once again it's 2 meters now I had to hold this in front of the mini as it has a tendancy to unreel itself. However this is braided cable great for tow cables on tanks and also power cording on robot death machine things. This product probablly won't be the most popular but it has it's uses.

If you like any of the products shown here be sure to use the Wayland Games link at the top of the page and get yourself a few sets.

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Kristen Stewart cheats on Robert Pattinson

Awww so sad that this happened.

 Actually no not really it took me a while to figure out who they were and by that time I had lost all interest and that leads us on to the month just ended and holy shit has it been a crazy one.

TL:DR: Daniel gets angry stays up late gets all ragey and makes lots of spelling mistakes.

I make no qualms about it Flames of War is my favourite miniatures games but when you do something really daft and release the below statement

The final change we are making is that from the new season all the events we run with will be only allowing Battlefront miniatures to be used. This is bound to cause some debate, so let me be clear as to why we have chosen to go down this path. Joe, Gareth and our events cost a great deal of money to run: a little over a quarter of a million American dollars this year alone. And, although it seems childish to draw a line in the sand and say, "If you want to play at our events and support the FOW hobby, you should not be bringing other people's models along," it is absolutely that simple. Our business is a business and we want Flames Of War to grow; we intend to give it the best support we can, but this support has a cost

Which created a clusterfuck shitstorm level 33 on the forums now with any Games Workshop, Privateer Press game you can do this because no one else can make an Adeptus Astartes Space Marine but anyone in the world can make a fucking 15mm Sherman.

Now although it's a dumb idea it only applies to their tournaments so all the other tournies are ok and for some unusual reason it was going to apply to New Zealand as well? Last time I checked Joe Krone didn't do anything here and spreading the tournaments around the country and having local clubs arrage it that's cool but who the heck missed out on Battlecry? It's only the biggest non-electronic wargaming event in the whole country!!!

One thing you can tell that this was a management idea ones who are disconnected from actual wargamers. Wargamers are tight bastards who spend 90% of their time trying to get blood out of a stone and to get them to only use your expensive toys when there are loads move alternatives out there some at a third the price is rediculous.

The other things I hate about corporate tools is when they lie this sentence  "we get quite a lot of people saying they don't enjoy playing against non battlefront miniatures" quoted by John Matthews BF CEO  USA I call bullshit the only thing I don't like about flames of war is losing and all the Steve's who play.

Who would go up to the CEO of a company say that. NOBODY! That's who in fact it would work the opposite

 "Oh hey these tanks are plastic they look really good" "Thank's they're Plastic Toy Soldier Company cost about half the price" "Wow I'll have to look into that" .

Fortunately for BF people power works and they did listen to reason and they released the below  statement however in the 3 days that it was the new rule they did more damage to their company then any price rise or rule change could've. If they'd had stayed the course I'm almost certain 2013 would've been BF's last year.

Battlefront Official Events Update

In all the years we have been in business we have had an open and honest policy about listening to our gamers and genuinely taking their views on board to the extent of sometimes changing our plans. We apologise for the confusion and angst our announcement has caused as it was never our intention. We did not see this change as a big problem as we were simply formalising something we already thought was existing practise, albeit informally.

In the interests of compromise and fairness to everybody’s opinion we will change the word “all” to “majority” (meaning over half) in the tournament rules for the 2013 season. Although we were not clear enough about this last week we did not consider die cast planes, scratch built models or objectives (assuming they are the right size), terrain or models we do not currently make to be covered by this. As is always the case, if you are unsure simply get in touch with your tournament organiser and clarify the situation but we are going to revert to the best option in all cases, common sense.

The new season rules take effect from the masters in December this year and only apply to the officially run Battlefront tournaments listed on our site. Independent tournaments are free to choose their own system, as they always have been.

One of the feedback ideas that did come back from our weekend conversations that we really liked was to also further reward people who came along with 100% Battlefront armies. This is an idea that we will definitely work on for the future.

We are committed to supporting and growing the Flames Of War hobby and want to invest more in the future, in events, the website and programs like the Rangers all of which we are happy to spend money on to provide this to you for free.

We want to thank our moderators for doing such a sterling job this weekend especially given they had no warning at all. We appreciate all the civil comments whether for or against. We feel that our compromise shows that we believed all views have merit. We hope this once again proves that we do listen."

~ Pete, John & John-Paul.

Never underestimate the power of the enraged wargamer and never ever make statements unless you are prepared to back them up stats. Next week I'll post up some pictures of kittens or something :P

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Warhammer 40K Rulebook

So I hear all this noise about the above book mostly it's NZ price tag of $146 to which would be justified if it came in a box filled with toys but it doesn't. I thought I've give 40K another chance I haven't played a game since the 1998.

This was going to be like seeing that good friend you hadn't seen since high school sure he'd gotten more corporate and and wasn't as fun anymore but hey it was still him. As a wargamer it is my solem right not to pay full price and I didn't I wandered into the new Vagabonds located out the back of the building I work in and paid $99 for it a "bargin" so they tell me.

I thought to myself this is a hefty tome full of rules and handy diagrams but alas twas not to be 432 pages long 131 of them are rules the rest is fluff and pictures of toys I guess Games Workshop needs to get new blood into the hobby so 300 pages of stories and pretty pictures might do it.

I read the rules in a night with my friend Damian advising me on what meant what and what changed since the last version and crazy stuff I hadn't heard about (I played Version 3 only). It's a very straight forward move, shoot, assault game as it always was.

Dare I paint an army???

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Rubber Shoes in Motion

Here is my test mini for a Khador army I'm working on. The head and arms are all magnatised so that once painted I can load out the 3 different Khador Jack options as they are all based on a standard chassis.

The paint job only took about 5 hours in total. Originally I had airbrushed it with Tamiya Red and then added German Grey to the mix although the red tones where nice I wasn't happy so I decided I want to a winter wash Khador the kind that's been in the field for 3 months and things are just plain muck and rust.

After the now dull red was applied I ran some hairspray through my airbrush and sprinkled salt over the parts I wanted to remove. Painted it white and removed the salt as per the below videos and used Vallejo and some Mig weathering pigments to enhance the worn rusty and the base was made with the soon to be released 28mm Hero Basing kit, KingDans Snow and KingDans Just Sand. I hope these videos help you out. As usual support Wayland games using the link above and don't forget about the chair fund it has a total of zero dollars so far and I may soon be forced to purchase my own :(

Saturday, June 16, 2012

"He hath borne me on his back a thousand times"

It's a sad time when a man loses something he's known loger than most of his friends but today on Satuday, June 16 my chair finally decided to die. I had owned this chair since 2003 and it had seen me though the best of times and the worst of times and now he is dead. I'm reminded of a line from Hamlet..

"Alas, poor Yorick! I knew him, Horatio; a fellow of infinite jest, of most excellent fancy; he hath borne me on his back a thousand times; and now, how abhorred in my imagination it is! My gorge rises at it. Here hung those lips that I have kissed I know not how oft. Where be your gibes now?"

Anyways this puts me at a conundrum I could go out an buy a cheap chair and go through them like some sort of chairslut or I could wait this would mean I'd have a hell of a time painting,blogging and videogaming. So I have set up a donation box in the top right you don't have to donate much or at all but if enough people do I can get a new chair and any left over from donations I'll donate to my local SPCA.


Sunday, June 10, 2012

Your hobby dollars? (make coffee before reading)

Hi everyone,

In these tough economic times it's hard to pick and choose it's not  2007 anymore  and we can longer justify purchasing pretty much everything and anything, going from being paid $4,000 a month to $2,800 a month doesn't help either, so what I'm going to do here is help you ,the reader, by directing you in the best way to spend your hobby dollar.

First things first you've got to be open minded this isn't Games Workshop there are loads of other games out there and you no longer have to drop $18 for 100g of sand (totally true) instead of debating alternatives here we're going to look at what you can get for $200NZD in each different system. We will assume you brought the rules a few months back and already have all your modelling supplies so now it's toy soldier time!
Flames of War 1:100 World War II Miniatures game with a focus on Africa, The Mediterranean and Europe with an Early War 1939-41, Mid War 1942-43 and Late War option 1944-45. Lets select a 1500 point Mid War list and consult our budget.

Ok here we have a bog standard German Grenadier Infantry list

Company HQ                     $17.00
Grenadier Platoon              $34.00
Grenadier Platoon              $34.00   
HMG Platoon                     $17.00
3x Panzer IIIN Tanks         $51.00 
2x StuG F/8 Assault Guns  $34.00 
Priority Stukas JU-87G      $25.00

Total $212, $12 over budget however planes don't always need to be represented. Flames of War is the third most popular gaming system in the World after Warhammer 40K and Warhammer Fantasy it shouldn't be too hard to find a player near you.
Malifaux is a 32mm Heroic Scale Steampunk, Victorian, Horror Skirmish game meaning it's cheap to get into another strange thing about it is that it uses a card based fate deck to twist or even cheat fate. The different factions in this operate in Crews the points of a game are measured in Soulstones so lets go build a 25 point Soul Stone List.

For this I'm going to go with my list that I took to Battlecry

Witch hunters
Sonia Criid
Purifiying Flame 2 points
3 x Witchling Stalkers 12 points
Samael Hopkins 8 Points

This leaves me with 3 extra Soulstones in my cache to help me cheat fate etc as for price well each faction has a starter box

This works out to about $40NZD at current exchange rates and the Purifiying Flame is about $9NZD so you and 3 other friends could easily get started for that $200 budget or you could have 4 Starter sets. Good looking miniatures and and easy to follow ruleset also help out alot.

Warmachine is a very fast growing 28mm scale steampunk/magic miniautres game and one of the very few American wargames that's actually working. It combines infantry and Steam and magic powered robots (known as Jacks) and Beasts for the Hordes part of it both fighting to kill the opposing teams caster like Chess once your caster's dead that's game.

 It works similar to most dice games walk forward, murder people however the Jacks and Beasts need orders so you have Focus and Fury both work very differently. Jacks get allocated Focus by your Warcaster and Beasts generate Fury by doing things I've heard it discribed as risk management versus resource management anyways lets build a 25 point starter list that seems to be a good start

Lets go with Khador they're red and they seem grumpy

The Butcher of Khardov $22.05
Decimator $45.40
Destroyer $45.40
War dog $13.00
Man-o-war Demolition Corps (Leader and 2 Grunts) $58.40 (this is a box of 5)
Winter Guard Rifle Corps (Leader and 9 Grunts) $65.00

Total $249.25 ok so that's well over budget so you might want to purchase it in parts I'm going to pop over to Wayland games and just do a comparison $223.81 not a bad saving their link is at the top on this blog.

I lumped Dystopian Wars & Firestorm Armarda togerther as they're both played in a very similar fashion albeit one is a futuristic Sci-Fi Space ship game and Dystopian Wars is a Victorian Steam-punk Air, land and sea game. The miniatures are made of high quality resin and the game play is an I go you go system with an exploding dice component, roll 6's, it's good fun once you've figured it all out.

Ok lets see what we can get for our budget I'm not sure how points should work but I've been told one box contains everything you need to get started.

So $65.27nzd not a bad outlay for so much stuff and when was the last time you got 9 of anything for that price so at this price I could get the above and still have coin enough to get this

At $73.85nzd it's a bit more expensive however the ships are even bigger than Battlefleet Gothics ships and the Space battleship is twice as long as the Dystopian counterpart. So far that's $139.12 that leaves us $60 to spend on enhancing our fleets with carriers, submarines and other assorted toys. I always go with what looks cool rather than what is good according to the masses.

I copied this from their website.

"Infinity is a game with 28mm high metal miniatures that simulates combat and special operations in a science fiction environment with Manga aesthetics. Infinity miniatures are characterized by the high quality and detail of their modeling, the dynamism of their postures and their futuristic aesthetic"

I tell you what their minis are real nice however some of them have that Manga look and well I personally can't stand it. The game itself is a reactionary D20 game it has a very steep learning curve but once you're onto it the game plays smoothly when I played it I took a few heavily armoured troops and thought I was unstoppable unfortunately unfortunately snipers can still kill you no matter what you wear. One other thing I neglected to mention is this game relies on terrain and lots of it almost a Necromunda amount which helps with cover and consealment but the better player will always overcome this. Lets price it out anyways so once again I've gone for a box set due to it being a skirmish game it shouldn't set you back too much.

The above is a nice looking set of toys that'll cost you about $54.00 which is very cheap for such high quality minis when you compare it to 5 Space Marines for $48.00 from Games Workshop it comes up tumphs. You can start adding things to this like snipers, heavy weapons and ummm well what look like warewolves for these guys everyone else just has big robots.

So there you have it these are what I think about these selected games and I'll write more reviews in future if you want to send me something to be reviewed please contact me via email or leave a message in the comments below.

Thanks for reading

Keep Calm and Carry On.

I'm tinkering with blog HTMLing, linking, coding, zeros and ones Matrix stuff without the leather, guns or Kung Fu. However soon it'll be loaded and a shop set up for the NZ Wargaming public.

Saturday, June 2, 2012

So this is my new business logo tell me what you think I will soon have hobby supplies for wargamers in Auckland ready for supply and shipping but for the moment this is my logo.

Thursday, May 31, 2012

A question for you, the reader.

Hey all Dan here with a short blog update nothing flash but with a question for you the readers. If I was going to sell stuff/things/hobby related stuffs what would you like to see from me? Tell me what you'd like to be able to purchase from my blog be it fully painted armies, basing material, brushes or whatever tell me in the comments below.

I can ship pretty much anywhere in the world however some countries might be a bit iffy postal service wise, you know where you are, so put your answer in the comments below. Also if you want a quote to have something painted drop me a line at I've almost finished a very large set of jobs so I maybe able to accomodate you.

Sunday, May 13, 2012


The lazy blogger stikes again! So in recent weeks I've benn busy painting things for you my wonderful viewers to paruse but then the devil got a hold of me and I have been playing waaaaay too much Battlefield 3.

Fortunately for me and you I've slowed down to get important painting jobs out the way. I've also go my brother-in-law working on a paint rack which will hold about 70+ Vallejo droppers once completed I'll post pics once completed and if you like it you can buy one not sure how much or if he's going to go beyond the 1 but hey it's worth a try.

Anyways Battlefront is upto the Buldge series of books they've just released Blood, Guts & Glory, Tank Battles in the Lorraine. So this is on the way to Bastogne and the rest of the Ardennes hopefully we can look forward to some paratrooper action and my favourite Panzerbrigade 150. I've already made 3 Panthers/M10's and hopefully something like this will be in a book.

Friday, February 24, 2012

Eye candy for all the boys and girls!

Hi everybody here's a link to my Battlecry 2012 Photobucket (in the title)200 odd photo's please look and enjoy. There's 40k, 1/300 Moderns, Flames of War, FoG and Malifaux.

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Battlecry 2012

What a day! Just got back from Battlecry and I smell like a dead yeti. I spent today playing Malifaux I used the Sonnia Criid and her box set crew to cause mayhem and by that I mean loose 3 games and then finnally find her groove in the last one and although my pictures turned out to be maximillus horribilius I won most spiffing crew! I will attempt to get some better pics for you later on.

Sunday, February 5, 2012

Flames of War V3

Having been part of the playtesting group that helped make this I feel proud to tell you that is the best version so far. There is nothing I do not like about and has taken me back to one of my favourite things, list noodling!, the only downside to this book is that if you didn't get the free mini one you'll have to wait until March to get the full set.

Not to worry though the game itself hasn't changed it's still grown men gathered around a table making tank noises and artillery whistles they've just taken all the dumb stuff out added some awesome easy to follow graphics. For new players and old players alike this, I think, will bring more players to the game.

Monday, January 30, 2012

Sell, sell, sell

Well I don't like spikes and I'm not gamey enough to figure out how to make Skornology work so I'm selling them to make way for the no brains required Khador. If you're interested and can;t use trademe email me at and we can work something out. Meanwhile I've got some Churchills to decal!