EP19: The Dungeons & Dragons episode

Welcome to the first valhallagames "wandering monsters" episode. Wikipedia defines Wandering monsters as follows (don't worry I put them right on a couple of points by way of a re-edit):

Wandering monsters - sometimes called Random encounters - were a feature of Dungeons & Dragons from its beginnings in the 1970s, and persist in that game and its offshoots to this day. Random encounters are usually determined by the gamemaster by rolling dice against a random encounter table. These rules can often result in VERY random seemingly in appropriate and quite humorous encounters. A wandering monster is perhaps something that you don't want, definitely something that you didn't expect, but ALWAYS interesting. Source: Wikipedia... with edits :-)

We hope you enjoy this Dungeons & Dragons digression from our normal miniature wargaming adventures, (typically in WWII). We will be back to our scheduled program as soon as we have spooned over these Kobolds.

(Kobold; Small humanoid (kobold), Lawful Evil. Armor Class 12, Hit Points 5 (2d6-2), Speed 30 ft.)

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Podcast EP21: Wargame scenario design

Dan's back! Catch up on his news plus, all the wargame painting, modelling reading & and collecting chat you can handle plus... added tales of adventures in 3d printing.

In our main segment we discuss scenario design ideas, concepts and tips on where to find inspiration for all new and exciting challenges for your little men (and women).

Podcast shownotes will be at https://www.valhallagames.net/ep21

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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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Podcast EP16: End of year valhallagames awards and round up

Welcome to the final episode of valhallagames podcast for 2020, Join Dan and Rex as we review the products that caught our eye for 2020 also hobby update and grand plans/schemes for the new year. Lastly, it's not really Christmas until...

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Podcast EP15: Boots on the Ground 2020 (aka the naked man)

 Join Rex and Dan as they discuss Rex's turn at going to a Bolt Action event, Boots on the Ground - Band of Brothers 2020 near Newcastle, Australia.

Catch up on all our hobby news as well. A little shorter podcast this time round as we prepare for the end of year review.

Don't forget to check out the YouTube channel https://valhallagames.net/youtube
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Podcast EP14: Game on Dan!

In this bumper episode of Valhallagames podcast, Dan chats about his recent Bolt Action tournament/event in Christchurch New Zealand with all the heroics, suspense and drama that little plastic 28mm men can muster. Rex listens on enviously while being inspired to plan for some more casual, local games to end the COVID-19 gaming drought. 

We also chat about all things hobby, what we've been up to, what we're buying, what we're lusting after and what's new an improved in the war games industry (well… in 28mm WWII at least!) 

Thanks for listening to us we hope you enjoy the show and as always we welcome you feedback here don't forget to check out our YouTube page here and as always if you would like to sponsor us the link for our Patreon page is https://www.patreon.com/valhallagames

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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 EP12: The Dirty Dozen

Podcast EP12: The Dirty Dozen... In this twelfth episode of the valhallagames podcast Dan & Rex talk about all things hobby, new projects, what's new in wargaming, what historical events we "want to game" and finally getting out of lockdown (for Australia and new Zealand at least).

Part two is an in depth discussion around the challenges (imagined or otherwise) in putting the most hated soldiers of any WWII army on the table, and just who are those soldiers? Does it depend on your perspective and what country you happen to come from? Should we be sensitive to political issues in wargaming or always just play "the good guys" so that we don't offend or in the end is it just a game?

We would love to hear your thoughts at https://valhallagames.net/index.php/contact

Game on Australia and New Zealand (but stay safe!).

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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.

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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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Podcast EP9: The trouble with 28mm

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In this episode Dan & Rex talk about "the trouble with 28mm". What even is 28mm… it's not a scale? Rex gets angry, will Dan soothe things out and will we come to grips with our scale woe's? Will we have a prime directive to give to all manufacturers to ensure that when we open the box will we have "joy"?

As well as that Rex talks about the performance of his new soviets at MOAB gaming convention in Sydney. 

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Who talks most on the podcast? ;-)

Scientific analysis (not really!) of who talks most on the forthcoming podcast? Dan's waveform at the top, Rex's at the bottom. Next Podcast episode coming to a device near you very soon.

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Podcast EP8: "A new hope"

Podcast EP8: "A new hope"

It is a period of total war; Allied armies, landing in hidden locations in Normandy on D Day attempt to win their first Western European battles against the evil Nazi empire... A short time later, Soviet forces strike through Romania and into Hungary, and advance onto Fortress Budapest...

If this was scrolling up the screen and had a princess escaping stormtroopers and Vader this couldn't get any more exciting!!

Join both Dan and Rex as we look back on the D Day 75th and Fortress Budapest Events respectively. We also do a hobby round up and our usual segments.

We hope you enjoy this and remind you to check out both our blog and Youtube channel.

Thanks for listening check out the show notes here.

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Podcast EP7: “Knightly order of the frosted (varnish) seal”

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Podcast EP7: "Knightly order of the frosted (varnish) seal":

In this episode we talk about our time critical projects as we lead up to the commemoration of the D-Day 75th anniversary and the warlord games global D-day campaign. And, as the episode title suggests, tune in for the main content regarding sealing your models as we compare some products and brands in order to give you the information you need to finish off your miniatures with confidence.

In particular to this episode, we value your feedback and it can help others in regards to your trusted brands and methods of varnish too so please share them with others on our blog, youtube and email us!

Also Dan tries his hand at a US accent what could go wrong there?

Dan and Rex

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Podcast EP6: Painting work-flow

​In this episode Rex and Dan discuss painting work-flow we each describe how we go about the process and share any tips. Beginning miniature wargame painters will get loads out of this episode and if you're a veteran painter you might even find a gem or two. We also chat about the results of last month's "Reasonable hobby challenge".

Show-notes are located here while you are there we hope you will give us some feedback (tell us where we are going wrong :-)) and perhaps send us photos of your best paint job.

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Podcast EP5: All-you-can-eat wargaming fiesta & "the basis of terrain"

In this episode Rex and Dan discuss the recent Christmas break and the resulting all-you-can-eat wargaming fiesta. We also present the first part of our multi-part series on terrain where we begin a deep dive into the topic and look at the "basis" of wargaming tables, playing surfaces and play mats.

Show notes will be appearing at *link-to-follow-shortly* and while you are here we hope you will give us some feedback and perhaps send us photos of your best wargaming terrain build you can do that here: https://www.valhallagames.net/index.php/contact

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Podcast EP4: MOAB 2018 Bolt Action - Dan & Rex go off to war

Come along with us as we go off to battle in the premier Sydney miniature wargaming event of 2018. Spending the weekend at MOAB "Mother Of All Battles" (not to be confused with a mother who constantly asks about your homework or Mother-In-Law) Will Dan's tropical Fallschirmjäger flown in from Sicily and Rex's Fallschirmjäger hurried redeployed from off the line from defending against operation overlord save the day. 

Will the fuhrers fire brigade prove up to the task or will they be pushed back licking their wounds. Pull up a sandbag, pass around the bully beef (or sauerkraut)... and listen in as we talk about the MOAB 2018 Bolt Action event and bring you (almost!!) up to date on what we have been doing wargaming wise... almost-ish!!

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Podcast EP3 (parts a & b) live now: Operation Fustian & The Battle for Primosole Bridge

Podcast EP3 (parts a & b) are live now: Operation Fustian & The Battle for Primosole Bridge, this should appear in your podcast app if you have subscribed (Search for valhallagames podcast in your app) or you can click on the image below for a web player (for part 1).

Battle for Primosole Bridge reference material can be found here

Episode 3a:
In this episode, the first of a two part history-to-wargame special, we discuss the build up for a key WW2 operation in Sicily, 1943.
Operation Fustian was the British airborne operation to seize and Hold Primosole Bridge, a strategically important gateway to the Catania Plain and vital for the advance of the Allies and the success of the Sicilian campaign.
Facing the British paratroopers were their deadly adversaries; the veteran German airborne troops of the 1st Fallshirmjager Division.....

Episode 3b:
We return- in this, the second installment of a two part history-to wargame special- to Sicily 1943 and the Battle for Primosole Bridge.
This second part continues the story of the bloody fight for the control of the bridge between the British and German paratroopers.
We also discuss some wargaming ideas around this historical action and how you, like us!, can get some ideas to play this as a scenario in your WW2 wargames.

Enjoy, and your feedback is always welcome.

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Podcast EP2: Conquering ‘Tournament Fear’

 Episode 2: Conquering 'Tournament Fear' is live now...

Welcome back! In This episode we present some info for the first -time attendee of any wargame event/tournament, so you can be well prepared to be able to feel relaxed, roll some dice, and have plenty of fun!

This is set against a backdrop of us taking our first steps to preparing for The Bolt Action 2 Day event at MOAB 2018 in Sydney, Australia in September.

We hope you enjoy it and find it most useful!!

Rex and Dan.

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Podcast EP16: End of year valhallagames awards and round up...:

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Episode 16:

Welcome to the final episode of valhallagames podcast for 2020, Join Dan and Rex as we review the products that caught our eye for 2020 also hobby update and grand plans/schemes for the new year. Lastly, it's not really Christmas until...

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