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Vlog Ep 4: Rangers of Shadow Deep DIY Spider Cocoons

After hearing good things about the game for some time, we recently purchased a copy of the Rangers of Shadow Deep Deluxe Edition (paid link), written by game designer Joseph McCullough. McCullough is also the author of the extremely popular Frostgrave: Fantasy Wargames in the Frozen City tabletop miniatures game. …

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Vlog Ep 3: Classic Warhammer Fantasy Battle Miniatures

In the last episode of the Skirmish Wargames hobby vlog, we explored a mixed lot of vintage Warhammer 40,000 miniatures, some of which dated back to the early Rogue Trader days. In today’s episode, we’re mining another retro cache of classic wargaming miniatures, this time for Warhammer Fantasy Battle. This …

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Vlog Ep 2: Vintage Warhammer 40,000 Metal Minis

March 2, 2020, seems like a lifetime ago, but that’s when I digitally plunked down $17.99 (plus 90 cents tax) to purchase a “Warhammer Fantasy 40k Miniatures Lot Assorted Bulk,” on eBay. Based on the single photo provided, it was difficult to tell exactly what miniatures I’d be receiving, but …

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Gaslands Martian Racing Federation: Canyon Run

In our second test-drive of the Martian Racing Federation rules for Gaslands, the game of post-apocalyptic vehicular mayhem, we tackle the nerve-wracking Canyon Run scenario, which forces pilots to race forward at high speed while dodging an increasingly dense field of terrain. As we mentioned in a previous post, the …

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Vlog Ep 1: Mantic Games Terrain Crate 2 Unboxing

In the first episode of our new Skirmish Wargames vlog series, we unbox four urban scatter terrain sets from the Mantic Games Terrain Crate 2 Kickstarter campaign. Though this particular Kickstarter offered a plethora of urban terrain sets to choose from, ranging from the trappings of a gothic manor, to …

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Gaslands Martian Racing Federation Demo Race

For decades, video games such as F-Zero and Wipeout have delivered the thrill of futuristic anti-grav racing to home gaming consoles. Gravity defying hover cars have also graced a slew of big budget sci-fi movies over the years, including Star Wars, The Fifth Element and Back to the Future. Paid …

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Martian Wargaming Terrain from Second-Hand Toys

Over the last couple of years, I’ve developed a fondness for browsing thrift stores, flea markets, clearance sales and swap meets, looking for cheap plastic toys or well-used bits of model railroading scenery that could potentially be repurposed into tabletop wargaming terrain. It’s good, clean fun, keeps me out of trouble, …

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Battle Masters Miniatures Game, Retro Unboxing

For our latest retro unboxing video, we open a fading (but nearly complete) copy of Battle Masters, the epic game of fantasy battles, produced by Milton Bradley and designed by Games Workshop.  While not aimed at Games Workshop’s traditional customers, this ambitious 1992 collaboration is still a veritable treasure trove …

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Brutality Skirmish Wargame, Bandits vs Cannibals

Crystal-pilfering bandits incur the wrath of hungry, hungry cannibals, as we test-drive the Brutality Skirmish Wargame designed by hobbyist, columnist and podcaster Scott Wainwright. Brutality players assemble outrageous warbands of four to eight models, using virtually any 28mm miniatures from their collections, regardless of wargaming genre or historical time period. …

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