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  • in reply to: UK Ancients – Popularity #115868
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    This survey only looks at competitions – which pretty much require a maximum 6×4 table size (which is also often the default for 15mm games), and for people to travel to the event with both figures and terrain.

    Both of these factors tend to work against 25/8mm armies for FoG, MeG, and DBM as you are carrying (and painting) a lot of figures, and (at standard 6×4 tables sizes and the sort of standard army points values that many competitions seem to mandate) the figure/table ratio gets pretty congested, arguably making the games less interesting.

    If you are playing at home or locally against friends and have the luxury of an 8×5 or larger table these issues I suspect tend to go away.

    DBMM using 6mm on 25mm basing is very much a MKWS & WAR clubs thing – almost all of the players at these events are drawn from these two clubs.

     

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    in reply to: Lancastrians in ADLG on Madaxeman #115567
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    Following on from the battle reports of the surprisingly effective Lancastrian ADLG army, I thought it might be interesting to share how the army was put together in terms of figures and basing, and the thought behind the list design as well.

    Most – but not all – of them are Perry plastics, making this a very cost-effective army to build. There is now a summary of the figures I used, how the army was designed and was supposed to work (in theory and then in practice) and also some ideas as to how I painted them up on the main website now. If you wish you can buy yourself a set of the whole lot for under £100!

    https://www.madaxeman.com/main/25mm_Lancastrian_Army.php

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    in reply to: UK Ancients – Popularity #115403
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    ADLG is the only one with a meaningful annual 25mm scene with multiple events throughout the year.

    DBM and DBMM both have the odd competition where 25mm is played, but the other rulesets don’t seem to have any 25mm events at all.

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    I must admit to being pleasantly surprised how well they turned out myself to be honest – Museum figures do tend to be easy to paint, and when I had the flash of inspiration to print out panels for the chariot walls (or more accurately a flash of realisation that I wasn’t a good enough painter to do it any other way and not make them look crap) it really spurred me on to build out the army properly

    The page with all the painting on is here: https://www.madaxeman.com/main/Museum_Assyrians.php

     

     

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    in reply to: 15mm Assyrians #106590
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    He’s part of the Foundry Assyrian Officers pack, which is 28mm – in ADLG the Generals elements are just placeholders, not actual combat units so I often use a “heroic” figure to make them stand out a bit more..

     

    Assyrian General - Foundry

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    in reply to: Britcon Show 11/12 August, Manchester #96218
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    With only a week to go to Britcon 2018 at theBarnes Wallis Building, Sackville ST, Manchester (UK) we’ve now reached a milestone of having almost 50% more trade space than last year, more demo games and the UK launch of a whole new WW2 ruleset as well – plus the usual bar, bring and buy and competition game eye candy (honest – check out the Sharp Practice tables in the main room if you didn’t think competition games could look amazing!)

    If you are dithering about coming along next weekend, here’s a quick heads-up about our some of the things going on around the Britcon Trade Show this year, and some highlights and offers for you to look out for:

    In our biggest show for years, our new traders this year include:

    Footsore Miniatures – exhibiting under their own steam for the first time this popular 28mm manufacturer has a host of highly thought of ranges for the “Saga” eras – which has now been extended with the recent release of a brand new Samurai range as well.

    Footsore will also be bringing the War Banner team to demo their “the new hotness” Gangs of Rome game at the show, giving you a chance to engage in a spot of old school toga-wearing street violence in between browsing the other stands at the show if you want to see how the system works on the tabletop.

    GS Miniature Workshop – on Saturday George will be exhibiting his range of modular forests, roads and hedges along with other scenic items suitable for every scale from 6mm up to 28mm.

    West Wind / Forged in Battle are exhibiting this year for the first time under their own banner, and with more than half of our competitors playing in 15mm “Ancients” competitions their “post-kickstarter” War and Empire ranges are sure to be very popular. There is also a Britcon special offer running across Forged in Battle & War & Empire ranges of “buy 5 blisters get one free”.

    Iron Gate Scenery are one of the new wave of 3-D printed terrain makers, with bespoke items for 28mm Fantasy, Pirate, Aztec & Roman eras as well as 15mm World War II/Modern War. Their range is constantly growing so there may be even more by the time Britcon comes around

    Mantic Games are the company behind Dreadball, Kings of War and TV tie-in zombine-fest The Walking Dead and will be at Britcon this year with a full trade stand and their games system demo team, allowing you to add a quick spot of zombie-splattering or sci-fi sport into your visit to the show – just say hi to the team at the demo table or on their stand and they’ll be happy to give you a run-through of the games.

    Ministry of Buildings have a unique concept in that their MDF ranges come ready assembled and painted – so no fiddling around with PVA glue and the smell of burnt wood, you can just pop their buildings straight onto your tabletop and start playing

    Sleeping Dragon Hobby Shop have a vast range of scenic modelling materials and hobby supplies for painting miniatures, decorating bases and dioramas, constructing terrain or even building whole gaming boards.

    We also have offers and new releases from our regular traders, including:

    The Pit gaming store have a phenomenal offer of 20% off RRP of all their our stock that is priced £10GBP and above – including FoW/TY, Star Trek, Star Wars and a host of modelling and hobby supplies!

    Lesleys Bits Box will have brand new Games Workshop boxed models at 15% off RRP, as well as a large collection of Epic models which will be onsale at the show this year

    Colonel Bills have their 10% pre-order discount running for anything booked in through the pre-order facility in their online shop for Britcon collection (select “pre order and collect at a show”) or by email or phone. This offer includes any of the 4Ground, Flags of War, the Xyston Miniatures 15mm ancients ranges which The Colonel now carries in unit packs, and the AB 15mm Napoleonic packs which again are in units or 24 foot, 12 cavalry or 3 guns & crews…..how good is that?? Contact Colonel Bills via their website for more details and to place your pre-order

    Instant Armies will again be attending Britcon, which they tell us is one of their favourite shows of the year. This year they have 28mm figures both painted and unpainted from various manufacturers, and for the 15mm historical gamers their stand will have literally thousands of 15mm figures again painted and unpainted.

    Andy at Ainsty Castings will be at the show both playing in the Saga event and also exhibiting the full Ainstry range, as well as Gripping Beast Saga, Footsore Miniatures and the North Star ranges as well.

    Dave Lanchester will have 100’s of Osprey books on sale, all priced from just £5GBP and some at 5 for £20.GBP

    Donnington/Ancients & Modern are continuing their relentless release schedule for their new ranges, with a host of New Era medieval figures having their first Britcon outing together with baggage tents and figures to support the Armies of Islam range, and a Zoroastrian Fire Temple for those of you who either have, or are thinking about getting a Sassanid army in 15mm (which is probably like, all of you really…).

    They now also stock “mousemat” battle mats in a range of designs as well as the FoG v3 and MeG rulesets.

    Magister Militum will have a number of new releases, with their very comprehensive 10mm Fantasy range fully on show, as well as some brand new 10mm Biblical armies hitting the shelves for the first time this year

    All Rolled Up have their normal range of dice bags and gaming accessories, which this year includes a special BHGS Dice Tray which is only on sale at the Britcon show.
    They have also kindly provided a set of trays for prizes in our competitions

    There are details and links to all of our traders websites on the BHGS website Britcon Trade Show Page link

    Britcon also has a well stocked Bring & Buy – Britcon is great for a Bring and Buy, as many of the players bring loads of stuff secure in the knowledge that they will definitely be there to the end of the weekend giving maximum time for you to see and buy their stuff when you visit.

    You are also welcome to add your own items to the B&B – you can even complete your Bring & Buy entry form in advance – download it here link to save time and see if you can cover the costs of your weekend’s shopping by clearing out some long unused figures and models!

    ** SPECIAL NOTICES **

    We have 5 very different demo games this year, including the worldwide launch of a new set of WW2 rules from Si Hall and Mark “Micromark Lists” Bevis, which will be on display on a table in front of the bar area. For full details of all the demos see our website http://www.bhgs.org.uk/

    Entry is free, and the show is open from 10-5 on Saturday
    and 10-3 on Sunday.

    If you are in the North West, we’d love to see you next weekend!

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    The buildings I can at least claim credit for painting 🙂

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    in reply to: 15mm Samurai & Terrain #85269
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    They are very pretty. Why is the command bigger, just for impact?

    in these rules (and some of the other sets I play) Generals are just “markers” – they are not combat units. Some armies also have the option for a “legendary”/famous commanders, so I have gotten into the habit of representing normal commanders with 15mm vignettes and these “great”commanders with 28mm figures.

    Yeah, it breaks the illusion of scale – but hey, we are talking tiny metal toy soldiers on a tabletop here, so the idea of representing an exceptional “character” with a different, more impressive type of “marker” works for me …. and is a bit of a chance to put some impressive 28mm Generals on table more often too. So, What’s not to like?! 💂🏼‍♂️

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    in reply to: Madaxeman.com – Alexander The Great in Spain! #72940
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    They are basically a kind of scaled-up DBA, written in proper English but with units also having varying numbers of hit points (4 for HI, 3 for Cv & MI, 2 for LI etc) which can also be rallied, rather than them just being alive/removed as in other DBx-based sets

    http://www.madaxeman.com/L_Art_de_la_Guerre_page.php for an overview

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    in reply to: Britcon Trade Show, Manchester 12-13/8/17 #68908
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    We’ve picked out some highlights and offers for you to look out for this year:

    Peter Dennis, author and artist for Helion Publishing’s acclaimed range of “Battle For Britain” 19th century paper soldier books and games will be running an AWI demo game from the Helion stand on Saturday only. Peter’s artwork has featured in many Osprey titles over the years, so no doubt you have some of his work on your bookshelf, so make sure to drop in and say “hi” and see the new AWI game in action as well.

    Lesleys Bits Box will have brand new Games Workshop boxed models at 15% off RRP, as well as a large collection of Epic models which will be onsale at the show this year

    Colonel Bills now stock the full range of the near-legendary AB Figures 18mm scale Napoleonics – unit packs only at the show I’m afraid, but still, wow! They also carry the complete EMP Games figure ranges – some extremely eclectic sci fi, fantasy and historical figures included! Finally, if you pre-order anything through the pre-order facility in their online shop for Britcon collection you will automatically receive a 10% discount on any pre ordered item. This offer includes any of the 4Ground, Flags of War, D’Arlo and Belt Fed Gaming items too…..how good is that?? Contact Colonel Bills via their website for more details and to place your pre-order

    KR Multicase will be running some show special offers – buy 3 or more Standard Card Cases – £1 off of each one, 5 or more Standard Card Cases – £2 off of each one. Buy any Kaiser or Aluminium Case and get a Standard Card Case for £15 (Usual price £26.50).

    Alan at Hoka Hey Wargaming will be launching another Border Reiver family and promoting their new range of resin terrain models.

    Instant Armies will again be attending Britcon, which they tell us is one of their favourite shows of the year. This year they have 28mm and 15mm figures again painted and unpainted, as well as Team Yankee and FoW at great prices

    Andy at Ainsty Castings will be at the show both playing in the Saga event and also exhibiting the full Ainstry range, as well as Gripping Beast Saga, Footsore Miniatures and the North Star ranges as well.

    Dave Lanchester will have 100’s of Osprey boosk on sale, all priced from just £5 and some at 5 for £20. This year Dave will also have a number of boardgames (vintage) dating from the 70/80s, as well as lots of rules (vintage/retro) from just £3.

    Asylum Wargaming are back agains this year, and sell West Wind Forged in Battle and War and Empire ranges. A great chance to buy yourself a new army with these new and existing ranges with a Britcon special offer of “buy 5 blisters get one free” (blisters at £10 per pack).

    Donnington/Ancients & Modern will be offering the Mortem et Gloriam ruleset at a discounted price of just £40 at Britcon this year, with every purchase also getting a FREE MeG Card Holder as well! Simon Hall will also be running a Mortem et Gloriam Q&A at 5pm on Friday in the Cafeteria to discuss the MeG rules together with Richard Jeffrey-Cook talking about MeG list development. This is open to any one – so whether you are a current player or an interested party you are welcome to drop in and find out more.

    Britcon also has a well stocked Bring & Buy – Britcon is great for a Bring and Buy with almost 200 players there all weekend giving maximum time for your stuff to be seen, and sold. We also help you out by giving you the chance to complete your Bring & Buy entry form in advance – download it from our website to save time and see if you can cover the costs of your weekend’s shopping by clearing out some long unused figures and models!

    http://www.bhgs.org.uk/britcon-2017-traders.html for more details

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    in reply to: Medieval Scots in McMadaxeman.com Action #59915
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    The Pike are all Museum Miniatures – my Longbowmen are Old Glory’s medieval range (that go under another brand) and the Knights were Donnington new Era 100YW types

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    in reply to: Horizon Wars on Madaxeman.com #50378
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    Thank you – thats pretty much exactly the reaction I usually aim for with my AARs !

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    in reply to: Britcon 2016, August 12-14 Manchester #46427
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    Warlord Games, and a few other of our traders have the hotness that is the new Konflikt ’47 rules and starter sets on sale!!

    Dave Thomas also has Congo, the new Gripping Beast game for sales too.

    Looking round the traders as they set up today we can also see a few copies of Leopard, the supplement for Team Yankee, as well as the latest Team Yankee models out there to buy

    Plenty of photos from today on our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/TheBHGS/

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    in reply to: Britcon 2016, August 12-14 Manchester #46280
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    Thanks Mike 🙂

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    in reply to: Britcon 2016, August 12-14 Manchester #46277
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    We’ve picked out some highlights and offers for you to look out for this year:

    Donnington/Ancient & Modern have a brand new range of their 15mm “New Era” figures, this time covering the Armies of Islam’ to complement their existing Crusades era ranges. These new ranges have been drawing rave reviews ever since their release, so the addition of the Arabs to the mix is sure to be welcome. The full range will be available at the show for the first time this year

    Lesleys Bits Box will have brand new Games Workshop boxed models at 15% off RRPP

    KR Multicase have some Britcon Offers. First up when you buy any Aluminium or Kaiser case you will also get a Standard Card Case for just £15. GBP In addition, if you order 3 or more Card Cases you get £1 GBP off of each, and order 5 or more Card Cases it’s £2 GBP off of each one.

    Colonel Bills now stock the full range of the popular Coat d’Arms paints and will have the full set at the show this year. They also have an ever-increasing range of “Depot Batallion” unique figures, including plenty of crew to go with 4Ground’s ranges of MDF carts and baggage. Colonel Bills also are hoping to have three new ECW civilian sets from the 28mm Depot Battalion range ready for Britcon. These are:
    4 x Drinkers, Pub Landlord, Landlady. This set also includes a table and two benches.
    Musicians and dancers. Violinist, penny whistle player, mand and woman dancing
    Villagers – 2 x Pedlars, begger, Puritan husband with wife in scold, middle class man and woman, and a village idiot.
    They also are working through a vast amount of 15mm 2nd hand castings, bagging them up aand prepping them for the stand – the plan is to have all these available for Britcon, so if you need some new (old) 15mm stuff to round out that army, The Colonel is the man to see
    Finally, if you pre-order anything through the pre-order facility in their online shop for Britcon collection you will automatically receive a 10% discount on any pre ordered item. This offer includes any of the 4Ground, Flags of War, D’Arlo and Belt Fed Gaming items too…..how good is that????. Contact Colonel Bills via their website for more details and to place your pre-order

    For 15mm historicals players we also have news from Colonel Bills who have just got the first tranche of the Fighting 15’s range of figures in stock and will have them available at the Britcon Trade Show.

    Stu and the lads will have the full range of their 1410 period Tannenberg Medievals – Teutonics, Poles and Lithuanians at the show initially, and it’s still not too late to pre order via their website and get a 10% discount on the order price

    Alan at Hoka Hey Wargaming is now the proud owner of Timeline Miniatures (MDF) Laser cut products, buildings and bases and will have them all on show at Britcon 2016. He has also expanded the rather nice Border Reivers range with a new family set and some extras for your baggage – such as sheep, cows and dogs. New for the show will be a full resin Border village (presumably this is where the figures to do their “Reivering” ?) which will be shown for the first time at Britcon 2016 – so head over to have a look!

    Battle Foam are running a show offer, with a hefty 25% off for all Britcon pre-orders (with Britcon Pick Up) – simply place the order via their website at uk.battlefoam.com/, and when you are adding items to the shopping cart enter the Coupon Code BRITCON16 and the 25% Show Discount will be applied at check out (as long as you also select “Pick Up at Battle Foam attended Convention” for delivery too!

    This cannot be combined with any other discount, and does not work for Custom Design and “Don’t want to wait – Ship Now” orders. If you have any questions contact them at [email protected]

    Instant Armies will again be attending Britcon, which they tell us is one of their favourite shows of the year. This year they have 28mm figures both painted and unpainted from various manufacturers, and for the 15mm historical gamers their stand will have literally thousands of 15mm figures again painted and unpainted.

    Asylum are a new trader for us this year, and sell the Mantic games range with everything from Dungeon Saga & Deadzone to Kings of War. They also major on the West Wind ranges (mainly their historical figures) with a lot of the ranges at 20% off RRP.

    Britcon exhibitor All Rolled Up have recently released a range of compact folding neoprene dice trays to complement their award-winning wool felt dice tray range perfect for keeping those menacing dice in order that knock over your models. As well as dice trays and dice bags, they have an ever-increasing range of game accessories – including dry wipe-able cards and pens, printable howlite stone skull counters, card boxes, and plastic card stands.

    If you need anything, they can bring it along. Just check out the range of In Stock items and pre-order through their online shop – and you will qualify for a 10% discount on combined purchases completed for £10 GBP or more. No need to pay in advance – just state you’re making a Britcon Pre-order in the Where Should We Send Your Order? box, then complete the purchase at the event.

    Britcon also has a well stocked Bring & Buy – Britcon is great for a Bring and Buy, and we want to help you out by giving you the chance to complete your Bring & Buy entry form in advance – see if you can cover the costs of your weekend’s shopping by clearing out some long unused figures and models!

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    in reply to: Britcon 2016, August 12-14 Manchester #45328
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    Updated trader list:

    Traders so far include:
    Ainsty Castings
    All Rolled Up
    Ancient & Modern / Donnington Miniatures <b>will have their new Armies of Islam range on show, and on sale</b>
    Asylum Wargaming
    Battle Foam <b> pre show orders with Britcon pickup get 25% off! Enter the Coupon Code BRITCON16 at the checkout on their website</b>
    Colonel Bills <b>now carrying Coat d’Arms paints, and will be launching some some new 28mm ECW civilians at the show</b>
    Daves Wargames (a new MDF terrain maker)
    Dave Lanchester Books
    Dave Thomas (stocking Perry Miniatures, Crusader Miniatures, Artizan Designs, Northstar’s ‘1644, Africa and IHMN ranges, Warfare Miniatures, Dead Mans Hand, Saga, Musket and Tomahawks, Great War Miniatures plus a near-full range of the latest plastic figures from Perry, Wargames Factory, Warlord Games, Victrix Games, Fireforge and Valiant).
    Footsore Miniatures (with Ainsty Castings)
    Hoka Hey Wargaming (including Timeline Miniatures MDF terrain
    KR Multicase
    Lesley’s Bits Box <b>15% off RRP GW goodies</b>
    Magister Militum
    Open Combat / Second Thunder
    PE2 Collectibles
    Sarissa Precision
    The Pit
    Warlord Games

    We also have a great bring and buy onsite on both days.

    For full details of all traders and demo games visit our website for The Britcon Trade Show

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    in reply to: Britcon 2016, August 12-14 Manchester #43734
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    We now have 5 demo and participation tables confirmed:

    ​Austerlitz – refight on a 16′ x 6′ table from our regular demo team from Mailed Fist Club in Manchester

    Hunt the Tiger – Justin Taylor from Veni Vidi Vici will be demoing a scenario for the “Action All Fronts” WW2 rules, based on the film Fury, where one Tiger ambushes four Sherman tanks, destroying three of them before itself being destroyed.

    Spartan Games Demo team – showcasing Dystopian Wars and Dystopian Legions, Firestorm Armada, Halo: Fleet Battles and Halo: Ground Combat (These games are all available from Magister Militum at the show)

    HOMABOD “Hordes of Models and Buckets of Dice – Gunpowder Period” Quick-play rules demo from author Nigel Emsen, with an 8×6 foot 54mm “1815” demo and participation game

    The Lance & Longbow Society present the Battle of Baugé, 22nd March 1421 in 28mm. This battle took place during the Hundred Years War after Agincourt. Henry V’s eldest brother Thomas, Duke of Clarence (at the time the heir to the English throne) took on a Franco-Scots army and was killed. The game will be a “Join In Demo Game” where passers-by are encouraged to join in and take a command (there are 6). Rules are a cut down version of Lion Rampant with the rules on one side of an A5 sheet and the units and their stats on the other.

    Register in advance for free here: link

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    in reply to: Britcon 2016, August 12-14 Manchester #43255
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    The 2016 Britcon Trade Show
    As well as our competitions the Britcon Trade Show will be returning to the now-familiar surroundings of UMIST in Manchester over the weekend of 13th-14th August 2016, alongside the BHGS Britcon Convention.

    Reserve a ticket in advance and we will let you in for free – yes, that’s right, no entry cost at all! We know there is sort of a recession out there, so we want you to be able to spend all of your hard earned cash with our loyal traders… and you can’t say fairer than that!

    By registering in advance we will also be able to send you up to date information on who will be there, what new products they will have on show, and whether they have any Britcon special offer at the show as well – so not only do you not have to pay to get in, the stuff you buy may even be cheaper too !

    Traders so far include:
    Ainsty Castings
    Ancient & Modern / Donnington Miniatures
    Asylum Wargaming
    Battle Foam
    Colonel Bills
    Dave Lanchester Books
    Dave Thomas (stocking Perry Miniatures, Crusader Miniatures, Artizan Designs, Northstar’s ‘1644, Africa and IHMN ranges, Warfare Miniatures, Dead Mans Hand, Saga, Musket and Tommahawks, Great War Miniatures plus a near-full range of the latest plastic figures from Perry, Wargames Factory, Warlord Games, Victrix Games, Fireforge and Valiant).
    Footsore Miniatures
    Hoka Hey Wargaming
    KR Multicase
    Lesley’s Bits Box
    Magister Militum
    Open Combat / Second Thunder
    PE2 Collectibles
    Sarissa Precision
    Steamforged Games
    Warlord Games

    We also have a number of demo games. So far we have confirmed :

    – Austerlitz – 16′ x 6’ table from our regular demo team from Mailed Fist Club in Manchester
    – ​​Spartan Games Official Demo Team
    – HOMABOD_ Quick-play demo and participation game with 54mm “1815” game of the “Hordes of Models and Buckets of Dice – Gunpowder Period” rules with an 8ft x 6t, 300+ models

    We have space for more demos, so if you are interested please get in touch via our website

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    in reply to: Salute 2016 #41109
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    I’ve just started podcasting, and in typically over-ambitious wargaming style have followed up my first 4 “video & audio battle reports with added curry review” podcasts with a “live field recording” from the pub next to the ExCeL centre with a guest panel of 4 of my clubmates.

    Titled “Whats in the Bag?”, this podcast allows you to listen to half a dozen beery blokes getting over excited about how much lead (& mdf) they have just bought – so a normal night out with your gaming buddies really, apart from the fact that you probably won’t know these ones.

    Apologies in advance for the audio quality, rubbish banter, and (I think) the odd swear-word, but other than that please enjoy what I believe is the first Salute! 2016 post-event podcast …

    ”What’s in the Bag? The Madaxeman.com Salute 2016 Podcast”

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    in reply to: Future Cold War Mechs #40497
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    The aliens in Dr Who always seemed to choose to start their conquest of Earth somewhere in the Home Counties when I was watching TV growing up …

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    in reply to: ADLG Madaxeman.com Match reports #28304
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    I believe that North Star are the UK distributor for the English language version

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    in reply to: Britcon 2015 – 8/9th August, Manchester #28125
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    We are pleased to be able to bring you this short heads-up about the latest offers, news and announcements you can expect to see from our some of our traders at the Britcon Trade Show this year.

    In case you’ve not been before, the full venue address is Barnes Wallis Building, Staff House Conference Centre, University of Manchester, Sackville Street, Manchester M1 3BB. The Google Maps link is here

    The nearest car park is the Charles Street Car Park, in, erm, Charles St, Manchester, M1 7AR. The car park was (at time of writing this) £2/day on Saturday & Sunday. If you are planning on parking here you can check on the Uni website in case this has changed in the meantime.

    For those arriving by train at Manchester Piccadilly, leave Piccadilly by the Fairfield Street Entrance, and cross the junction to be beside the Bull’s Head pub. Turn left and go under the railway bridge, and immediately turn right, following the railway viaduct past the Optometry department. You’ll pass two large red magnets (it’s art..) and then turn left down some steps. The Barnes Wallis Building is in front of you.

    Even more simply, when you get to the UMIST campus, you are looking for signs that look like this:

    What can you expect to see at the show? Well….

    Battle Foam are a brand new exhibitor this year, and will have their range of custom cut foam packaging and carrying cases. They are offering a generous 15% discount on list prices for all Britcon orders, and you can also order in advance by emailing [email protected] or calling in your order on 01702 462 017 for pick up at the event.

    Steamforged Games will be at Britcon as a trader, and will also be running our first ever Guildball Tournament!

    Guild Ball is a table-top skirmish game. Drawing influence from medieval “mob football”, teams of players clash to ensure their team is victorious and the crowds of ravenous fans are well entertained. All this comes second to furthering the political interests of the powerful guilds that fund the sport, where a sudden goal or public assassination can swing the delicate balance of power. The game mechanics are intuitive whilst allowing for a wealth of tactical actions and varied play styles. Limited resources ensure that planning and quick-thinking will work to a player’s advantage.

    Britcon 2015 will feature the largest Guild Ball tournament to date, with players competing for a wealth of prizes and glory for themselves and their chosen guild. The Guild Ball team will also be running demo games for new player to demonstrate the tactical football and bloody combat involved in a typical game.

    Steamforged always like to ensure there are a few additional treats on offer at shows, and Britcon 2015 is no exception! They will have our usual show-exclusive promotions available, offering great value for money for new players and experienced veterans alike.
    In addition, the latest player to Guildball’s expanding player roster, Minx, will be available for purchase, and our newly released tokens sets and templates will be for sale in limited quantities. The full and recently restocked miniature range will also be available all weekend.

    Colonel Bills are offering a 10% pre order discount on ALL their in-stock items, which includes 4Ground items (where they already sell at a discount to list price anyway). They will also be carrying all the new 4Ground items such as the Cross and Crescent desert buildings etc, and the New 28mm Church.

    The Colonel tells us that these are selling very quickly and we therefore recommend pre ordering to avoid disappointment. Contact Colonel Bills via their website for more details and to place your pre-order

    Lesleys Bits Box will have one of the most talked-about games of the moment, the new Age of Sigmar starter set from Games Workshop for a price-busting £64 on sale at Britcon. Rumour has it that GW have a packed launch schedule coming up, so there is every chance that there will be even newer stuff announced at out on sale by the time the show comes around.

    KR Multicase have just launched some new bespoke foam sets for Star Wars Armada vessels and fighters, which are selling really fast. To make sure you get your set to keep these amazing new models safe, pre-order from KR online for collection at Britcon

    Instant Armies will again be attending Britcon, which they tell us is one of their favourite shows of the year. This year, as well as their vast range of painted 2nd hand figures, they will be bringing their full Flames of War 15mm WW2 stock (both painted and unpainted), with the new (unpainted) packs on offer at discounted prices.

    For the Saga and Bolt Action players they also have 28mm figures both painted and unpainted from various manufacturers, and for the 15mm FOG and DBMM players their stand will have literally thousands of 15mm figures again painted and unpainted.

    New for Britcon 2015 will be figures for sale in pre-sorted units, allowing you to put units or armies onto the gaming table “instantly” as well, in case those first couple of games don’t quite go as planned.

    Magister Militum have told us that they are now stocking the FoGAM v2.0 rules in proper hard copy, along with a pretty much full set of army lists, so if you have been playing from a downloaded QR sheet for the last 3 years, this is your chance to “go legit” !

    They also have just had a restock of Miniature Worldmaker rubber terrain in DBx sizes so make sure to visit their stand and take a deep breath full of this amazing terrain!

    We also have a well stocked Bring & Buy – Britcon is great for a Bring and Buy, as all of players will definitely be there to the end of the weekend giving maximum time for your stuff to be seen, and sold. We also help you out by giving you the chance to complete your Bring & Buy entry form in advance.

    In the Bring and Buy area we will also have a “tabletop sale” from Jonathon Smith, who recently was bequeathed the wargames collection of a long time friend and fellow gamer by the name of Stephen Atkinson, who sadly passed away in April of this year after a battle against cancer. Jonathon has been asked by Stephen’s widow to help her husband’s collection go to a good home, and will be selling off the collection at Britcon and raising money for St.Lukes Hospice Winsford (who looked afteer Stephen) and also for the SAMA82 charity for Falklands Veterans in the process. You can get a preview of what Jonathon will have for sale on the Facebook page he has set up for Stephen

    ** SPECIAL NOTICES **

    We still have odd numbers registered for some of our gaming periods, so if you fancy “upgrading” yourself to become a competitor we can probably accommodate you – even if you only wanted to play for one of the days over the weekend, it would allows us to avoid having too many gamers sitting out “byes”. Currently we would love to hear from you if you fancy a day or two playing Guildball, Saga, Bolt Action (on Sunday), FoGR, Flames of War and 40k – just contact us via the BHGS website and we can see how we can accommodate you.

    We look forward to seeing you over the weekend of 8th & 9th August

    The BHGS Britcon team

    (NB – Sally 4th have unfortunately had to withdraw from the event, however Battlefoam have taken their place)

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    in reply to: Salute 2016 #23090
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    madaxeman
    Participant

    I was fortunate enough to be offered a free entry to attend Salute! as “press” (erm, “bloke with a website”!) this year, so in return for Warlords generosity I’ve done a pretty lengthy photo review with comments, and then rounded off with some summary stuff about the show, how it might need to develop in future, and what the trends I saw represented there might be saying about the present and future direction of the “industry”.

    link

    Feel free to browse and discuss….

    I believe that the 2016  show is scheduled for the 16th April.

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    in reply to: First game of Malifaux #17066
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    madaxeman
    Participant

    In the 2nd ever Malifaux report on my site, Evil Steampunk-magic-using Marxist Drug-runner Mei Feng takes on a man on a horse and his big fat Edward Scissorhands best friend in a strangely inappropriate urban cowboy landscape as two newbie players struggle again to get to grips with what the hell they are up to ..

    There is kung-fu, there are dogs and eagles, there is a Sikh with a machine gun and there is a lawyer (sending guns and money..?). Who knows what it all means – but as long as everything gets set on fire, and there is a post-battle analysis that is built on the basic principles of scientific socialism and underground insurrectionists drug running and crime in an all-round way which upholds the lofty ideal of communism and its ultimate values and goals in the face of undue provocation from the forces of reactionary Guild censorship and oppression, what’s not to like?

    See the report at: http://www.madaxeman.com/reports/Malifaux_2015_1.php

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    in reply to: BHGS Event Calendar 2015 #16617
    madaxeman
    madaxeman
    Participant

    It may still feel like the depths of winter, but spring is just around the corner … so now is the ideal time to book into this year’s Roll Call competitions!

    The first BHGS Competition of the year runs in our usual venue of Cranfield, near Milton Keynes over the weekend of 11th/12th of April, and the event is looking very healthy already for 2015:

    – Big Boys Toys returns, with 25/28mm events in DBMM, FoGAM and FoGR
    – Saga has been added to the roster of events, and has 7 players signed already
    – The UK’s first ever 2-day L’Art de la Guerre Tournament will be at Roll Call, and we have at least 5 players travelling over from France to take part – so if you are picking up these new rules, this is a great chance to learn from the experts.
    – WW2 gaming is racing ahead at this year’s Roll Call, with sign-ups for FoW (Early War) and Bolt Action already ahead of last year’s final numbers for both events.

    You can learn more and book Roll Call by visiting the BHGS website for full details on the events and themes.

    Roll Call will feature competitions in the following themes/periods.

    Bolt Action
    FoG:AM 15mm
    FoG:AM 25mm
    FoG:R 15mm
    FoG:R 25mm
    DBMM 15mm
    DBMM 25mm
    FoG:N
    Epic Armageddon
    L’Art de la Guerre 15mm – NEW this year!
    SAGA
    DBM 15mm
    FoW (Early War)

    If you are interested in organising/umpiring events for other rulesets at Roll Call or any of our other events, please contact us via the BHGS website.

    tim
    (on behalf of the BHGS)

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    in reply to: What's your favourite ancients ruleset and why? #11194
    madaxeman
    madaxeman
    Participant

    I’ve added a game report and a review of L’Art de la Guerre on Madaxeman.com. http://www.madaxeman.com/reports/Art_de_la_Guerre_review.php

    I;d second pretty much all of the stuff above – basically it’s close enough to DBM to be very easy enough to pick up, but different enough to be a different game, and at £27 GBP for all of the rules and lists what’s not to like?

    tim

    (caveat – I did help translate the rules as a favour to a friend at our club, but I’d actually never played them before I played the game in this review).

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    in reply to: ECW Rule Recommendations / Warnings ??? #8123
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    madaxeman
    Participant

    I’m very much enjoying FoGR – there are plenty of reports on my website to give you a flavour of it. The most recent (which I’d ideally post in a new thread, but can’t seem to find how to do that) is from the Roll Call event this June, which is the current BHGS “Big Boy’s Toys” event with 25/8mm periods on offer. I actually fielded 2 separate 28mm armies, one of which was the Spanish that I was driving and one was the Weimarians, which I ended up facing in the last game…

    You can see how the big toys did in 4 by-now-familiar match reports.

    The photo’s aren’t all close-ups, the figures are 28mm!

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