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Friday, February 27, 2015

Friday’s Wargaming Babes: Rachel Weisz in Enemy At The Games

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For Frigga’s Day: Rachel Weisz in Enemy At The Gates

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Thursday, February 26, 2015

Modeling A Celtic Hill Fort

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The 10mm Gaming blog has s story on how to make a nice Celtic hill fort.

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Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Modeling A Celtic Village

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The 10mm Gaming Blog has a photo story on how to build a model Celtic village.

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Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Free D&D Module: Barrow Of The Moon Druid

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Barrow of the Moon Druid is a free Dungeons and Dragons module for characters level 2 - 4.

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Monday, February 23, 2015

Making Incidental Terrain

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Incidental terrain are those small bits of bush, rock outcroppings, and other features that serve to break up the look of a flat gaming table. The Battlefields and Warriors blog has some tips on creating battlefield incidentals. I really like what he has done and realize that I don’t have enough on my own tables.

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Sunday, February 22, 2015

Collapse Post Apocalypse Print and Play Game

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Jordan Goddard Design offers a print-and-play of their game Collapse, a post apocalypse deck building game.

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Saturday, February 21, 2015

Tutorial On Photographing Wargames Miniatures

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The Tale of Painters Blog has a nice tutorial on photographing wargames miniatures.

To their tutorial, however, I would add the following:

1) Shoot in RAW. RAW is the unprocessed data collected by the sensor. If you shoot in JPG format, the camera itself takes that data and converts it to the best of its ability.

2) Skip the in-camera white balance adjustment and instead invest in a copy of Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 5. It’s $149 on Amazon (and often cheaper at the link), and if you already own a DSLR, is a no-brainer for sorting and organizing photos and making them look their absolute best.

Lightroom allows you to import the RAW photos on your camera, and then adjust the images until they look right. Instead of going through all the custom white balance effort in your camera, you can adjust with one click. If you’re using a white background, you just select the white balance sampling tool, click on something that’s supposed to be white and the software handles it automatically. You can also sharpen the photo, adjust the color tones, the brightness and lots of other things. I tweak every photo I take, and the combination of RAW and Lightroom makes that possible. This applies not only to shots I take of miniatures games, but also to family photos and to the golf course photos I take for my other blog, GolfBlogger.Com

When you’re snapping photos on the move, as at a convention, or a family gathering, or on the course, you don’t want to halt the proceedings so you can whip out your grey card and adjust the camera. Shoot away, making sure that at some point, you include a shot of something greyish-white. For me, at wargames conventions, it is often the white belt on a miniature, or a piece of paper. Other times, I’ll just lay the grey card down on a table and take a photo of that. Those will be enough to give you the proper reading on the camera. Then, later, you can use Lightroom to automatically adjust every photo you took in that light to match that “reading.”

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Friday, February 20, 2015

Friday’s Wargaming Babes - Jeanne Tripplehorn in Waterworld

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For Frigga’s Day: Jeanne Tripplehorn in Waterworld.

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Friday, February 20, 2015

Away Team Astro Miniatures Skirmish Game

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Away Team is a set of free wargames rules for a Star Trek-style landing party expeditions. There’s also a set of miniatures.

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Thursday, February 19, 2015

Firestorm Planetfall Rules

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Spartan Games offer its Firestorm Planetfall rules for free.

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About the Miniature Wargaming Hobby

Miniature Wargaming is part of the "adventure games" hobby, which includes r ole p laying and board games. Wargamers recreate battles on the tabletop with toy soldiers, like a more complicated game of chess. Models range in height from 6mm to 28mm tall, with 15mm and 25mm being the most popular. There also is a growing interest in toy soldiers and military models, such as the 1/32 and 1/35 scale plastic soldiers from Conte, and Marx.

The most popular miniature wargames are fantasy and science fiction based, such as Warhammer, Warhammer 40K, Warmachine and The Lord of the Rings. World War II games such as Flames of War and Axis and Allies are new favorites. Other favorite historical periods include Napoleonics, the American Civil War, and ancients, such as Romans or Greeks. Other gamers enjoy miniature naval wargames, recreating battles like Trafalgar, Jutland and the Coral Sea.

Hobbyists research historical periods and paint their tiny soldiers in accurate uniforms. Others develop "historically realistic" rules sets or build scale battlefield terrain using model railroad techniques.

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Some of the bigger hobby companies are Games Workshop, which produces Warhammer, Wargames Foundry and Old Glory Miniatures. Wizards of the Coast produces several lines of pre-painted miniatures games, such as the Star Wars and Dungeons and Dragons miniatures games, and a historical game with pre-painted miniatures: The new Axis and Allies game. Wizkids produces a fantasy collectable miniatures game, such as the Mage Knight and Heroclick fantasy games, the science fiction games MechWarrior and Rocketmen, as well as the quasi-historical Pirates of the Spanish Main.

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