Majestic 13 | Fortified Niche playtest!

Gamers have long been aware and ready to shoot the threat from beyond the stars. That’s why keep trying to get more of that sweet XCOM nectar. From here, a very logical outcome develops: a miniature wargame about a brave human fireteam skirmishing with disgusting aliens. And that’s basically what Majestic 13 from Snarling Badger Studios is!

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Verrotwood | Fortified Niche playtest!

You know what? Enough of being being “heroes” and “roughly competent people.” It’s shitty cultist time to shine! That’s right – that’s who you’re playing in Verrotwood, the fantasy skirmish game of folk horror!

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Punkapocalytic | Fortified Niche playtest!

We all imagine that we’d be the cool survivors of the post-apocalyptic wasteland. It is certainly beneath us to be the random ragged wretch that raiders kill to set the scene and we are equally unwilling to become the bleached bones that serve as set dressing. But in Punkapocalyptic, we’re not even guaranteed to have a gun.

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Starship Troopers: Terran Command review | Good day to die

As a wee babby, I didn’t like Starship Troopers The 1997 Movie. Similarly, as a wee fascist teen, I read the book and held a grudge against the movie for not giving us the high-impact power-armored action. But I am an old now – as such, I’m mature enough to appreciate Mobile Infantry taking pre-Great War infantry tactics unto future battlefields in Starship Troopers: Terran Command.

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Armored Brigade Nation Pack: Italy – Yugoslavia | Who’s up for Thirteenth Battle of Isonzo?

Armored Brigade – the better Cold War RTS – launched with the biggest players already in the game: the US, the USSR, both flavors of Germany, Finland… OK, the last one must have been due to where the creators come from (and possibly the desire to have Western-allied T-72s). But how about such military monoliths as, ugh. Yugoslavia and Italy?

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Operation Desert Storm Trading Cards Were A Thing

Back when the USA used to launch surgical strikes against countries that did something wrong instead of just getting into unwinnable grind of Operation Bomb Useless Dirt, they had trading cards for Operation Desert Storm. Ah, the days when high-tech war meant laser guided bombs going into the chimney of an Iraqi defense ministry instead of using drones to defeat Christendom’s greatest enemy: Afghani weddings. A Something Awful goon found a trove of Desert Storm cards and you can follow his adventures in this thread.

Chain of Command for Green-Quality Gamers

Chain of Command is a platoon+ sized WWII skirmish ruleset produced by the famous Too Fat Lardies. It’s basically the best WWII ruleset out there. So if you have some Bolt Action miniatures collecting dust, or if Flames of War 4e has got you down, you can use your toys to play a very good game. In fact, those with 15mm manz will get the best experience. However, Chain of Command has several quirks, with the activation mechanic being the biggest/best one.

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Painted a Zombiecide: Black Plague Bruce

Zombiecide Black Plague Bruce
Your lame, unpainted Bruce on the left, my cool, fully painted Bruce on the right.

I run a beginner’s painting workshop at my FLGS. Yesterday, I used the opportunity to paint up this promotional Bruce character miniature from Zombiecide: Black Plague. The details were a bit of pain in the ass to paint. The character card was basically useless as a reference, since he’s covered mostly in mail rather than shirt.

On the other hand, he’s a real beauty in the photo!