Photos from a local Middle-Earth Strategy Battle Game event

Follow this link to view photos from a local Middle-Earth Strategy Battle Game event I went and had a look at yesterday. This event was (I believe) organised by Andrew Medbury of Medbury miniatures https://www.medburyminiatures.com/. Some great armies and everyone looked like they were having fun. Fantastic to see some events on the NSW Central Coast (of Australia) and only being 5 minutes away from my home, VHG_Rex

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EP: 17 interview with Pat Smith the author of the "Setting the scene" series of books

This episode is an interview with Pat Smith the author of the "Setting the scene" series of books and https://wargamingwithsilverwhistle.blogspot.com/. Pat does some of the most amazing wargames tables that I have ever seen, especially winter war. We discuss his previous 2 books and the latest one base in Norway 1940 - The Road to Dombas.

I had great fun​, got motivated I hope you do to.

Pat's blog: https://wargamingwithsilverwhistle.blogspot.com/

Book 1: http://www.stevenlampon.co.uk/portfolio/

Book 2: http://www.stevenlampon.co.uk/settingthescenevol2/

Book 3: http://www.stevenlampon.co.uk/dombas/

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Podcast EP20: WOW Buildings - 3d printable terrain interview with Paul

 This episode is an interview with Paul from WOW Buildings. Paul is a prolific 3D model designer and his legendary Kickstarters are *full* to the brim with great looking models and include almost all genres, but especially for valhallagames *many* of the kickstarters are WWII specific. Paul and I have a great chat about terrain, scales, the creative process and inspiration.

WOW Buildings 3d printable files web site is located here: https://wowbuildings.net/
The current massive American civil war Kickstarter is funded 10x already with 7 days to run is here: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/wowbuildings/wow-does-american-civil-war-the-alamo-terrain-scenery

I also get the scoop on what's coming next for all of us WWII wargamers, no negative waves there baby!

Enjoy...

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Rex's workbench update, Christmas break '20/'20

Its time for an update on everything that I got done over the Christmas break. Hopefully this motivates you to do more wargame hobby. There are a few tips and tricks here where I reveal my secret methods of doing things.

Let us know in the comments what you think and if you learned anything new or were motivated to start a new project.

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Wet Palette kickstarter funded but still 14 days to come onboard

OTP terrain, West Australian 3D terrain and miniature printers, are running a 3D printed "Wet Palette Paint Station" Kickstarter its funded pretty quickly and there is still 14 days as of the writing of this post.

I haven't managed to get a review unit but I have backed it so I will do a quick video review when I receive mine hopefully in July 2021. There are some reviews on YouTube if you want to see moving pictures, otherwise I have included some screenshots below with captions that should give you an idea of what its like.

The Kickstarter ends December 31 2020 3:00 AM AEDT (Australian eastern time)

Link here: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/otpwetpalette/otp-wet-palette-paint-station

The top lid

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OTP 3D printed terrain review and voucher

In this epic review of 3D printed terrain, Rex looks over lots of 3D prints both fantasy and historical from Western Australian miniature wargame supplier OTP terrain.

OTP terrain have also been kind enough to provide a 15% off site-wide discount voucher (no minimum order required) to friends of valhallgames podcast:

VALHALLA15%
https://www.otpterrain.com/
The voucher is valid until 31 October 2020.

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Paint conversion charts

The best paint conversion charts I have found are located here: https://redgrimm.github.io/paint-conversion/index.html

Example showing in the screen shot below using the example Yriel Yellow by Citidel:

  1. An equivalent or similar paint in another brand (in this case Vallejo)
  2. The original colour
  3. The mathematical difference between these 2 colours

Thanks to whoever put them up there they are great!, i hope they never disappear!​

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Game stat. cards

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Once upon a time I made come game stat cards for kings of war... had forgotten about these until someone mentioned them. They worked well and helped for me as a new player at the time. I laminated them in ID card sleeves, could do the same for any game system. The trick was to use a good graphics design program and lots of "layers" and guides

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Podcast EP13: "Freeze Frame"

 Join Rex and Dan in this episode of the Valhallagames podcast where we talk miniature photography (a LOT of miniature photography!). Note the show times below if you want to skip over parts that aren't relevant to you or your camera type.

In our usual segments we also talk hobby, plastic and metal lust and what we are reading and looking forward to playing.

If you're getting value out of the podcast feel free to support us at https://www.patreon.com/valhallagames. If you have had a life-long dream of supporting a podcast, you can make your dreams come true starting at $3 per month.

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EP 13 "freeze-frame"
00:00:00 Intro
00:01:57 Break
00:03:40 Hobby catch up
(including Rex's rail yard project, Dan's battle for Berlin force and British Airborne paint & learn)
00:18:18 Break
00:19:40 Main topic "freeze-frame" - Part 0
Miniature photography introduction and background
00:21:33 Why do we take photos
Making sure you satisfy your end purpose
00:27:17 Photo composition, setting the scene
What makes a great photo, arrangement, just the miniature or in its environment. Improving the miniature environmental scene, lighting, backgrounds
00:58:21 Photo tech for ALL camera types, basic camera, DSLR & mirrorless)
"Exposing" your photos correctly (dark/light), "depth of field" how much is in focus
1:12:30 Big boys/girls cameras
Utilizing cameras where all the aspects of the shot are customizable (DSLR\Mirrorless)
1:30:16 Bonus content: Editing/developing, shooting [in the] RAW
1:35:52 Bonus content: Photography backups
1:38:02 Photography sum up
1:39:38 Break
1:41:04 "What are you reading" segment
Rex: https://amzn.to/2QDtPaz Dan: https://amzn.to/2QSeGlT & https://amzn.to/31IhYhB
1:54:10 Things that we are lusting after and things that we have bought lately
https://store.warlordgames.com/products/stalingrad-battle-set
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yaHpBBEumFA& (https://www.otpterrain.com/)
https://store.warlordgames.com/collections/new-releases/products/bolt-action-battlefield-debris
https://store.warlordgames.com/products/carro-armato-semovente

Stay classy!

​Following are some example of our images, enjoy! :-)

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Podcast EP11: Planes, trains and antivirus (and some wargaming)

Come on a gaming (and driving) adventure with Dan and Rex as we talk about and prepare for Dan's week long gaming visit to Australia.

Listen in on a behind the scenes casual chat as we make the trip from the airport to home, our plans and aspirations for the perfect week of gaming, podcasting and YouTube…ing.
Learn why if you're not playing campaigns you're doing it wrong and our challenge for you. Hear all our hobby news and discussions about Stalingrad.

Full disclosure: No viruses were caught or transmitted as a result of this podcast.

Subscribe by searching for valhallagames in your podcast app or play via the web player by clicking on the image below.

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Warlord PDF & Ebook sale most products 50% off

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In this time of limited physical product shipping Warlord Games is having a PDF & Ebook sale, most products 50% off not just bolt action either other games systems like black powder as well. I don't know if this was advertised and I missed it or if this is breaking news, either way its time to stock up on eBooks.

Bolt action:
https://store.warlordgames.com/collections/bolt-action/digital

Black Powder:
https://store.warlordgames.com/collections/rules-books/black-powder+digital

Warlords of Erehwon
https://store.warlordgames.com/collections/warlords-of-erehwon/digital

Pike & Shotte
https://store.warlordgames.com/collections/rules-books/pike-shotte+digital



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Wargame forest bases how to guide - Part 1

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Join Rex in upgrading from shameful forest bases to fantastic forest bases for Bolt Action, Chain of Command, Napoleonics, Age of Sigmar, Kings of War or any 15-28mm wargame you play!
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Marston tonight - game on this evening

 I got these magnificent trees as a Christmas present in 2018 now I'm rushing to get them ready for the game in about 6 hours. Don't call me a procrastinator I started 6 hours before I needed them!

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Kings of war easyarmy 3rd edition (..or nearly?)

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 "Master Crafted" YouTube channel is reporting that easyarmy for Kings of war is now ready for 3rd edition.

He is saying that its moved to "the mantic website" (inferring that its official?) its actually just another a subdomain of easyarmy.com and not Mantic. 

It's now a freemium model as well.

If you are a fan of easyarmy have a look at this video. I note that its also saying "This is currently a closed Beta testing site and is not yet available to the public. " so make your own investigations.

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Friday photo: Boom...

 Mantic Vs GW twitter

It was taken as good natured ribbing.
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XPS foam building, first attempt progress log

XPS foam building, first attempt progress log, just a simple building for a start. Photos after the "continue reading"...

Current stage (see the progress shots below)
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Podcast EP10: 20/20 Vision

This time in the Valhallagames podcast we look back on 2019 from a wargaming perspective and we hand out awards in various categories for wargaming excellence. Bring your black tie and tuxedo or ball dress, find out who gets the imaginary valhallagames golden trophies.

Dan gives us the run down on his recent Bolt Action tournament "no surrender" along with all the cinematic drama.

Lastly, we look forward to all the new ideas valhallagames has for 2020 to do even better with the YouTube channel, podcast, and audience participation.

Web player here:
https://pca.st/31ung25h

Show-notes here:
https://www.valhallagames.net/index.php/home/2-uncategorised/10-podcast-e10-shownotes

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The best fantasy miniatures...

The best fantasy miniatures from a company that Rex had never heard of!! Firstly, I have to buy one of these Yeti's it would make a great "cave dweller" for my Kings of War Northern alliance army. But secondly I cant believe I have never heard of these guys! Click on the images below or go to: https://www.atlantisminiatures.com

While your there have a look at all the other miniatures, I think you will agree there is some outstanding stuff there. (NOT a paid promotion)

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The good the bad and the ugly of mass army painting

The good the bad and the ugly of mass army painting:

OK I admit it I love skirmish games for a number of reasons but tonight's painting efforts have revealed just one more reason.

  • The good; my painting has improved each new army puts the last to shame so that's a good thing. Still plenty of room to improve but heading in the right direction.
  • The bad (and good); bad news is that these new plastic Northern Alliance Clansman from mantic games are too good! The amount of detail is amazing, sure that's a good thing but its going to take a huge amount of time to paint them.
  • The ugly; how will I ever get a full Kings of War army painted with this level of detail? Did I mention I love skirmish games​?


See below for a couple of snaps of the first completed test model, after that I'm looking for something in a shade of camo green!

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Kings of War V3; Shadows in the North. 2-Player Starter Set, Unboxing and a quick look

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Rex shares his first impressions of the Kings of War V3; Shadows in the North, 2-Player Starter Set. If you don't play KOW already it a great low cost entry into a fantasy game system. Now in version 3, a well-tested and mature game system. http://www.manticgames.com/

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Podcast EP24: A chat with Jon Russell:

The latetst podcast episode is live now. This should appear in your podcast app if you have subscribed (Search for valhallagames podcast in your app) or you can listen on web player (link below).

Podcast EP24: A chat with Jon Russell.

In this bumper episode, we are joined by Jon Russell of Warlord Games fame. In addition to his dedicated work for Warlord, Jon is a multifaceted wargamer and also veteran of many years service.

In this episode we spend time learning about Jon's wargaming pedigree, before learning more about his role at Warlord, the writing of 'Bolt Action: Korea', and Jon shares with us what he can about what Bolt Action V3 might look like, and the 'Raiders Attack!' Supplement that still has much life left in it.

All this plus Warlord event support, balance in tournaments and other definitely non-controversial(!), highly entertaining and informative topics. Sit back and enjoy a chat with Jon, and us, we hope you enjoy it as much as we did.

Subscribe in your favourite podcast app (search for valhallagames) or click here to listen in the web player.

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