Get some Wargames @ Nordalia Figures! | Print |  E-mail
Written by Don MacVittie   
Thursday, 30 September 2010

Updated: June 11, 2011. These figures arrived too late for last year's auction, so they will be sold this year. I am also looking into a separate donation for this year... Drop a line if you have ideas, they might be better than mine!

Updated: October 11, 2011 - new dates for con inserted.

Just a quick note to tell you that the figures (not the castle, sorry) shown below are the Wargames @ donation to the FlatCon annual Gamers For Life auction in Normal Illinois.

FlatCon 2011
Oct. 21st-23rd, 2011
Heartland Community College, Normal, IL

Knightly Surprise: Wild Republic Paint and Play Medeival Knights | Print |  E-mail
Written by Don MacVittie   
Sunday, 13 September 2009

While in Cincinnati in July, I picked up a pack of Wild Republic Paint and Play Medieval Knight Play Set  - along with a ton of other stuff - from Boardwalk Hobbies (great hobby store, btw, an eclectic mix of models and wargaming miniatures with some solid reference books for historicals). I actually bought it on a fluke because I bought a nephew who is interested in painting the pirate set, and thought “what the heck, I’ll get one”.

Then my 20 month old went nuts over them. He loved them, wanted to play with them all of the time, even though they were still unpainted – solid white soft resin. So I decided to move them to the top of the painting list.

MiniArt Knights and then some - Nordalia Style | Print |  E-mail
Written by Don MacVittie   
Monday, 13 July 2009

A year or so ago I picked up some MiniArt 1:16th scale Knights from a hobby store. They were old, so I assumed that the ones in the store were all I was going to get ever, so I bought them all - five of them. When they were done and placed upon a shelf, I had done some of the Orders from our gaming world, and I decided I wanted to do at least the top 10 Orders, because I liked the way they came out. So I went out to search for some used kits and see how badly I would get burned and guess what? They're still available! So I not only bought six more, I decided to review them for you, because if you have a gaming world these are great to paint up as the different Knightly Orders. Note that these are 1:16th, which makes them about six inches tall, not very suitable for gaming. These are full-blown models, with interchangable parts that you can swap out - want the sword in hand? Glue the hilt to it. Want the sword in the scabbard? Glue the hilt to it instead. The models have some rough spots - the newer ones I received have fewer issues than the old ones I picked up, but they still had issues common to less exacting model brands. One of the models in this review - the one labeled Doornian General - is a really old Tamiya model and not a MiniArt. I picked it up at a different hobby store for a steal and it went together much better than the MiniArt ones do. With all of that said, if you spend the time and use a bit of green stuff you can get these into shape. The legs have a tendency to gap on you, on some of them I patched the gap, in some I didn't. While this was just oversite on my part, it does give you the opportunity to see how well they do/don't fit.

SHQ Tavern Series: Signs, Kegs, and Wenches | Print |  E-mail
Written by Don MacVittie   
Sunday, 23 November 2008

The outside Inn with the minstrel.


When your fantasy adventurers hit the nearest tavern, you need a spot for them to hang out. Be it the traditional start of Wizards of the Coast’s Dungeons and Dragons  campaigns or a Two Hour Wargames Warrior Heroes: Armies and Adventures (WH:AA) tavern encounter, you need the bar, the barmaid, and the rest of the crowd to set the scene.


The assembled inside sets.


SHQ Miniatures foresaw your need and answered it with a series of 25mm tavern related products. We brought the entire line in for review, figuring that there were an awful lot of you interested with the release of D&D 4.0 and WH:AA. While this review was being painted up, we purchased and tried out D&D 4.0, and while we were writing this review up, we purchased and tried WH:AA. These figures and accessories came in handy for WH:AA.
Reaper Plastics - Rubberband Damned and More! | Print |  E-mail
Tuesday, 10 June 2008

Hey Y'all Prepare Yourselves For the Rubberband Damned 
(or, Reaper Miniatures' Legendary Encounters zombies (and others!) - a review)

A year or so back Reaper Miniatures announced that they were going to start producing a new line of ready-painted plastic miniatures under the title "Legendary Encounters".  These would be non-random monsters (and characters) to use in your campaign for those times when you either didn't have time or simply weren't inclined to paint whole armies of orcs, goblins, trolls and the like.  Initially I was afraid of and opposed to this idea - but given that I game in a cave and am frightened by electricity and the wheel, this should come as no surprise to anyone.

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