The worlds premier tabletop gaming magazine is the tagline, I’ll be the judge of that. Not to be confused with the Women’s Institute, Wargames Illustrated is £4.95 ($8.95, €6.95) for 106 pages with 27 pages of adverts including one for a military history degree course from the university of Wolverhampton.
- Historical scenarios
- A thorough review of the different historical miniature releases that month
- The theme picked that month
- Any of the more popular wargames
- A more critical review of releases
- A really hard look at the historical elements involved in the battles.
- Is on a budget
- Likes their magazines instantly available
- Wants a variety of content
- Demands the highest production quality
- Likes the tactile feel of a magazine
- Wants another historical wargames magazine
This is a quick catch up about everything I came home with when I went to the UKGE this year, if you want to read about whyÂ UKGE is such a great event or want to know about any particular item in more detail let me know in the comments section and i’ll write up an article on it, if you wantÂ a weekly email withÂ my content subscribe here.
In no particular order:
A box of Harlequin models and a Harlequin codex – From the bring and buy on Friday including a Death Jester, Solitaire and Shadowseer and 8 others for Â£30. Victims of an apparent nerf to Harlequins Kiss’s or something, they should make worthy challenges for my painting table.
Firestorm Armada Swordbreaker class Battleship – Picked up for Â£3 with the others on the Friday, I’ve seem some lovely painted examples of this online and feel like I should give it a go in preparation for Dropfleet Commander.
Army Painter sprays – Because they cost loads to post so getting them in person is best.
Pandemic Legacy – Apparently the best board game ever, this is a statement worth checking out.
IceÂ Cool – Voted best childrens game at UKGE, you basically flick a penguin through doors in a maze while another player tries to catch you, a mix of Subbuteo and tag, like all childrens games its best played by adults with alcohol.
Exploding Kittens first edition – This game makes a meowing noise when you open it, all games need this function.
Shadows over Esteren vol 1 – These guys have the most impressive lineups of products I’ve ever seen for a role playing game, they have multiple books, metal currency coins, resin miniatures, an album of in character music, a book of ghost stories and even a real recipe book for cooking your players actual real life food.
Tor Gaming Relics, Ridend starter set bundle – Voted my me as coolest miniatures in the show, they remind me of Labyrinth goblins wearing medieval armour.
Game Tee scented candles – For getting the background smell right at a gaming session, sadly the Elven one shares the same Jasmine scent as freshly cleaned urinals.
One of the things I’d like to write about in this blog are the smaller companies that don’t get a lot of press in the gaming industry, I’m not doing it as paid advertising or being given free product so if I write about something then it’s just that I want to offer my opinion on something that deserves being written about.Â Today I’m going to be writing about a company I backed on Kickstarter called Wyrmwood Gaming, they have done 5 campaigns at the current time of writing this, the Dice Vault, the Magnetic Dice Tower System, the Hero Vault, the Dice Tray and the Deck Box with optional Bluetooth tracking tile. As you can tell especially with the last one, they are high end gaming accessories for tabletop gaming.
I picked up the Dice Vault and the Hero Vault on Kickstarter. Depending on the wood you pick, the Dice Vault goes for $25 to $125 and the Hero Vault goes from $24 to $110 with $24 shipping. So that’s Â£17.27 to Â£86.38 for the Dice Vault and Â£16.58 to Â£76 for the Hero Vault with Â£16.58 shipping.
First things first, these are luxuries, there should be no one out there who is under the illusion that you should need a special wooden box to hold 8 dice or a single model or a magnetically assembled contraption to roll their dice or store their cards so picking this up should be the last call on your gaming shopping trip.
Both are well made, and match the pictures and description on their website which is sometimes a problem with Kickstarter products, especially those using natural materials like wood or stone, they know what they are doing and have attached rare earth magnets into the wood using screws to secure them in place so that the two halves of the Vault snap it together and secure with enough force to make it clear no jolt or knock is going to open it when it is being carried around in your bag.
This smoothly leads me on to my next point, these items are so nice and so expensive I would not recommend just throwing them in a bag full of other equipment that might damage them, their price and the varying hardnesses of the wood needs to be taken into account, I suggest checking out the style of wood here and seeing if it matches your needs first.
If I was going to pick the most useful it would be the Hero Vault as its great for taking an individual model aroundÂ for a game like Descent or Imperial AssaultÂ when even the smallest carrying case is too large and yes, it does garner looks of envy from your fellow players. Maybe one day when I have the full games room setup I will have matching Wyrmwood dice towers and otherÂ accessories but probably not just yet.
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Welcome to the people who have decided to start reading this blog from the very beginning. It’s interesting to begin writing this as I don’t know how this blog will turn out and in what fields, if any, it finds success. My original idea is to document my interests in the fields of board games, card games, retro games workshop publication reviews and miniature painting, but you will almost certainly also find posts about other interests such as watch modifications, megagames, books, every day carry and anything else that it takes my fancy and gives me enough space to write long form content for. The main questions I hope to answer are:
- Why everyone should learn to paint and how to do it?
- Can the experience of painting miniatures be transferred to watch modification?
- What gaming experiences everyone is missing out on?
- Why is the golden age of Games Workshop from 1990 – 2001 so highly thought of?
- If I could produce a game what would I make and why?
To be honest this blog could end up being a streaming platform for Thomas the Tank Engine electronic dance music in a couple of years time.