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Sick Days

Sick Days

  As I’m writing this, I’m just barely recovering from a week of suffering from about the worst cold I’ve had in some time. Coughing, stuffiness, chills, exhaustion, you know the drill. Now, of course, as a stay-at-home-dad, I don’t get to hang in bed when I’m struck down by the plauge. I still have to get the kids up, dressed, fed, take care of laundry, groceries, dinner, preschool transportation and so forth. Doesn’t leave a lot of time to just sit and try to get better, but I’m thankfully on the mend. Also, being sick doesn’t leave much of...

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Getting Started in the Miniature Wargaming Hobby - The Essentials - Part One

Getting Started in the Miniature Wargaming Hobby - The Essentials - Part One

    Whenever I talk to people about starting out in the wargaming hobby – specifically as it relates to painting miniatures – I usually get one of two “I don’t think I ever could…” responses. In one of these, that sentence ends with “… because my eyes can’t see things that small/my hands shake,” which, I admit, is pretty legitimate. The other answer I usually get is “… because I don’t know where to start.” Less legitimate, to be sure, but I totally understand their quandary. While there are resources, tutorials and products out there for the intermediate to...

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Finding the Right Miniature

Finding the Right Miniature

  I enjoy thematic wargaming. By which I mean, when I put an army/warband/company/etc. together for a game, I want them all to match and coordinate somehow. And that goes beyond the simple rules requirements of needing minis to all belong to the same faction or alignment, etc. I want them to look fairly similar, have similar attributes, etc., so that there’s a particular flavor to them. In some cases, that’s easy – Space Wolves all wear the same color armor, for instance, or a skeleton army can be relied upon to have the same white or beige-colored bones, rusted...

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Z is for Zombie

Z is for Zombie

      With Halloween almost upon us, I can think of no better subject, no better confluence of wargaming and the supernatural, than the ubiquitous foe that starts with “Z” and ends with “ombie.” Over the last 10 years or so, zombies have become more common than dread, slumbering Cthulhu as elements in various types of tabletop games and wargames. From the CMON Zombicide series to Fireteam Zero to literally hundreds of others, zombies (and creatures very much like them) are popular adversaries. Heck, there’s even a (very fun) game called “Zombie Dice” where you try to eat brains...

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EXTRA - Death Guard Army

EXTRA - Death Guard Army

  Following the article a couple weeks ago,  “The Hobby Gods Must Be Crazy!” we received some requests for photos of the Death Guard army I wrote about in that post. So we decided to post some images and to give you a bit of background into the army itself! Hope you enjoy. At the risk of sounding like a hipster, I was interested in Death Guard before they were cool – and had their own codex. My oldest Death Guard model – the resin Typhus – was finished about four years ago, complete with resin water effects base. What’s...

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