Big box games, particularly those from Fantasy Flight, come with fantastic components that often weigh in at several pounds. While tokens, counters, and corridors come complete with great art you also get a pile of grey plastic – excellent sculpts of the heroes and villains from that particular gaming universe – but bland in grey. The Lovecraft based Fantasy Flight games, in particular, come complete with these basic building blocks of nightmares. Here’s a look at what the grey lumps of plastic look like when they’re painted up by your humble scribe.
For many gamers the original Axis and Allies was their first introduction to board games and historical gaming. Axis and Allies Global 1940 combines the Europe and Pacific box games into a massive recreation of WWII starting with Germany’s blitzkrieg and attempt to deliver a decisive blow at Dunkirk. For veterans and nostalgia seekers the real questions are: Does Global 1940 scratch the A&A nostalgia itch and is it worth the considerable investment in time?
Even the most dedicated gamer will find that available playing time puts a limit on how many games they can pack into their schedule. If, like me, you have more money than time for your hobby these days you’ve probably got a growing collection of games that increasingly go unplayed, or at least under-played. Once a month we’ve made a conscious decision to do a “Retro-Game Night” where an older game hits the table. The upshot? A rediscovery of some great games and a partial inoculation for the “new and shiny collector’s syndrome” that infects those whose hobby has a collecting aspect to it. Here’s how and why it works.
Painting models, for everyone, is a skill that can be learned to a high degree of proficiency through informed practice and steady perseverance, even if mastery ever proves elusive. For every painter there are, however, essential icons, sigils, flag motifs, and other markings that are necessary to finish or improve a model but are too numerous, laborious, time-consuming, or just too difficult to create for yourself. Decals are the answer. Let’s have a look at decals and what they can do for you, and what you can do for them to get the most out of them. Read More
Things you encounter don’t always fit a category yet demand a post of their own because they’re so damn cool! Bring on Tangents, a new place on this blog for the non-gaming eclectic to get some very occasional airtime. Today, we’re looking at imagination in action. I’m sure the same creative instinct that drives people to re-create history with miniatures on a tabletop also spurred the MosaiCanada Topiary Garden, an art installation that’s part of Canada’s 150 birthday celebration. It literally brings Canada’s history to life through flights of fancy.
Roll Call summarizes the past week’s gaming exploits, and who was doing the exploiting. This past couple of weeks we’ve had 4 players at Thursday Night games which has allowed for a couple of long neglected 4 player games to hit the table. Friday night Madness with 2 players. Spoilers at the bottom of the post. Read More
The National Air & Space Museum in Washington, D.C. is a history, game, and modelling buff’s idea of a really, really good time. Iconic Space Race era rockets, landers, and astronaut’s suits rub shoulders with WWII vintage aircraft and rarities that look like they were brought in direct from Area 51. From the Wright Brothers planes to the Mars Rover and the nose section of a Boeing 747 to an eleven-foot long scale model of the USS Enterprise it’s an encompassing experience.
With the full school year of 2016/2017 just over we’ll look at the five most popular games at the high school lunchtime Games and Chess Club for the school year. There’s something to be learned about running a games club from each of the top five games.
Roll Call summarizes the past week’s gaming exploits, and who was doing the exploiting. With the busy end of the school year rush, games have been fewer and farther between. Here’s what did hit the table.
You know you’re onto something when you find yourself dropping by a scale modelling hobby store just because it feels welcoming to walk in the door. If you’re made to feel like a regular by both staff and customers alike you feel like staying a while. Once inside, you know you’re still in the right place if they carry a variety of plastic scale modelling staples as well as new shiny things. It’s also a giveaway if the quality of the customer’s work on display is top notch. Hornet Hobbies in Toronto, Ontario checks all these boxes.