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S04E18 - The New Temple Build Project(Part 1 of 2)

Sep 10 2010

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S04E18 - The New Temple Build Project(Part 1 of 2)

Three and a half years ago, on the second episode of the Tabletop Battlefield, I showed how to build a ruined Lizardmen Temple. On this episode, I combine variants of many of the techniques I've showed over the years to build an even bigger Lizardmen project. In addition, I take a look at a new project I discovered for building walls and other large structures: FloraCraft Make It Fun Construction Bricks.

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S04E17 - Your Mission: Kill Jar Jar Binks!!

Aug 27 2010

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S04E17 - Your Mission: Kill Jar Jar Binks!!

Ryan takes control of the show today...Well sort of. For the past copule of months, he has been putting together this week's topic. We dive into an assortment of fan made character cards for Heroscape. First, we take a look at each group individually, then all of them go to war in one final battle.

The custom cards we cover are:
Lord of the Rings, Star Wars, Halo, and DC/Marvel Super Heroes

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S04E16 - The Tabletop Battlefield: Definitely NOT brought to you by the Shake Weight for Men(Part 2)

Aug 19 2010

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S04E16 - The Tabletop Battlefield: Definitely NOT brought to you by the Shake Weight for Men(Part 2)

We might be a week late thanks to a motherboard failure, but here is the 2nd and final part of our Warhammer Fantasy 8th edition discussion. Jerry and John from Adeptus Fanaticus join Brent and I for this episode. We cover movement, magic, ranged combat, and an assortment of other rules. Also, at the beginning, John and Jerry give their opinions on the previous episode's topics.

If you want to understand all of disturbing jokes from the episode, watch this Youtube Video
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S04E15 - Holy Crap....This Book is Huge(Part 1)

Jul 29 2010

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S04E15 - Holy Crap....This Book is Huge(Part 1)

Warhammer Fantasy 8th edition is out. While the core game play looks pretty similar to earlier versions, there are plenty of small changes which will really mix things up. Brent Bowmaster from Adeptus Fanaticus joins me to discuss these changes. In this first part, we talk about the changes to setting up a battle, some general game play changes, and the ultra violent combat system.

Also, at the end of the show(last minutes) I discuss an email I got from Bastion Studios about our Ex-Illis Review

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S04E14 - I Guess More Painting Will Have To Work as a Title

Jul 15 2010

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S04E14 - I Guess "More Painting" Will have to Pass as a Title

Two episodes, Andrew and I started a series on painting miniatures. In that episode, we covered assembly, preparation, priming, and some basic painting techniques. Today, we each put together those basic techniques to show you how to paint a model from start to finish. I paint up a Cygnar Squire, while Andrew works on a Tyranid Hormaguant.
The Cygnar Squire begins at 3:40 and the Hormagaunt begins at 28:45
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S04E13 - Sir, I Found Your Problem...It's Called Wizkids....

Jul 01 2010

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S04E13 - Sir, I Found Your Problem...It's Called Wizkids....

Just kidding with that title....sort of. We just like to give Wizkids a hard time for how poorly they treated their Mechwarrior players. However, we try to be fair and today we give the new Wizkids company a shot by reviewing DC Heroclix 2010. In all honesty the result was not as negative as we could have made it.


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S04E12 - And I Thought I Would Get High Off the GW Stuff....

Jun 17 2010

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S04E12 - And I Thought I Would Get High Off the GW Stuff....

Today, we move into one the last of the large hobby topics we have not covered: Painting Figures. Andrew from the Review of Ex-Illis joins me to talk about this important topics since he is better then I am at painting.

Before painting, there is a lot of prep work, so we cover that too. Also featured on this show our primer face off competition. Five different spray primers enter the arena in order to see which one comes out on top.

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S04E11 - To Space and Beyond...Ok Fine, Not Beyond

Jun 03 2010

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S04E11 - To Space and Beyond...Ok Fine, Not Beyond

Continuing a traditional started two years ago, I like to build a complete battlefield at this point during the season. The past two years we have been grounded on Earth. Today we take to the stars and build a starfield, a planet, and several asteroids. This setup is a great combination for games like Battlefleet Gothic, Babylon 5, or my new game Legends of Kalidasia[Shamesless Self Promotion Alert]

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S04E10 - There is an 800lb Gorilla in the Room and He's Very Tired....

May 20 2010

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S04E10 - There is an 800lb Gorilla in the Room and He's Very Tired....

Ex-Illis by Bastion Studios is in our hands! Is this hybrid miniatures/video game truly the future of tabletop wargaming? Find out today as we give the game the official Tabletop Battlefield Review Treatment in this special extended episode. Looking for our First Look at Ex-Illis?

Review of Ex-Illis


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S04E09 - Jerry: I was the First Person in the US to Buy 4th Edition

May 06 2010

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S04E09 - Jerry: I was the First Person in the US to Buy 4th Edition

Two episodes ago we began a discussion on the history of Warhammer 40K. On that episode, Jerry took us through the history of the first three editions of the game as well as some of the stand alone board games. Today we continue that discussion by talking about the 3rd edition product line, 4th Edition, 5th Edition, and the various expansions for 40K.

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S04E08 - Warning...You are Going to Die... Warning....You are Going to Die

Apr 23 2010

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S04E08 - Warning...You are Going to Die... Warning....You are Going to Die

So I wanted to dive into the world of independent miniature war gaming and I found the perfect way to get started - Mech Attack by Armor Grid. Ok, I'll cut the crap...This game was just cheap. Join us today as we get out our scissors and glue and put together a whole bunch of paper figures.
Purchase Mech Attack $7.95
Armor Grid Games

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S04E07 - The Librarian Speaks....

Apr 08 2010

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S04E07 - The Librarian Speaks....

Warhammer 40K has a long and detailed history. What is arguably the most influential tabletop game of all time has gone through some major changes over the years. Some of changes were welcomed by fans, others were considered acts of evil. Jerry, from the local gaming club Adpetus Fanaticus, joins us to discuss the history of Warhammer 40K. On this episode we cover the first, second, and third edition as well as some stand alone board games. Be sure to check back in the not too distant future for the discussion surrounding the rest of this game's history.
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S04E06 - I Can Has Keyboard Cat Video

Mar 25 2010

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S04E06 - I Can Has Keyboard Cat Video

Despite having a perfect Keyboard cat moment, I think this episode will be quite useful to new players. Every so often I get a question about how do I start playing some game. Therefore, on this show I compile the answers for Warmachine, 40K, Fantasy, Heroscape, and Monsterpocalypse into one episode. In addition, I start the show talking about some general advice for finding players in your local area.

I know that I stated I would be providing the various segment times in the show notes, but........I'll post it a little later.
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S04E05 - Barney Purple?!?! What Were You Thinking?!?!?

Mar 11 2010

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S04E05 - Barney Purple?!?! What Were You Thinking?!?!?

Some times, I like to believe we get a message across to our listeners. This time we teach the dangers of purple order tokens and not cleaning your camera's tape heads. Sorry about the rough audio towards the end, I managed to mess it up bit. I suppose I should say what we are talking about. On this episode we break down Heroscape Master Set 3 - Dungeons and Dragons : Battle for the Under Dark!!!! Actually, add more thing to that message list. Say no to really long product names!!!!!
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S04E04 - Instead of Pips or Numbers....We Use EXPLOSIONS!!!!!

Feb 25 2010

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S04E04 - Instead of Pips or Numbers....We Use EXPLOSIONS!!!!!

Grind by Privateer Press is in our hands. So far we have loved everything that Privateer Press has produced, but will that continue? We have a tough time keeping it a secret, so it won't take long to find out. Thats alight, there are other reasons to keep listening; like by playing "What is the EVP saying game?". I think he is saying "daggers" and I have seriously no idea where that fourth male voice came from. If you can figure it out, then let me know.

Text Review of Grind

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S04E03 - Technical Issues....Yeah.....That Sounds Good......

Feb 11 2010

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S04E03 - Technical Issues....Yeah.....That Sounds Good......

There was supposed to be two different projects - A Tyranid Spire and a Tyranid Mycetic Spore, but it seems that I encountered some techincal issues with the spire. As a result, we only go the Mycetic Spore, but it is a nice long detailed build and the final project looks pretty good. Don't delay too long in building though, since it requires some Easter related components.

Since I need to fill in some extra space, be sure to tune in next week for our complete review of Grind by Privateer Press


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Coordinated Deep Strike My ###

Jan 28 2010

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Coordinated Deep Strike My ###

The new Tyranid Codex is out and there are a lot of changes. From reduced armor saves to increased wounds and lots of deep striking, tactics are going to change alot. Joel and I took a few hours to play an 1850 point game of Tau vs Tyranids. Now we are going to spend the next 45 minutes talking about what we learned. I'll give you some free tips - Make sure your Deep Strikes are coordinated or the Tau Empire will shoot you up.
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S04E01 - Feel the HORROR......and Ryan, Never Make That Face Again....

Jan 14 2010

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S04E01 - Feel the HORROR......and Ryan, Never Make That Face Again....

Welcome to 2010 everyone and welcome to season 4!! We begin the year with our usual set of traditions.

First we take a look back at 2009 and go over some of the highlights of the year.
During that time we also ask the question "Are we still playing the games we reviewed?"
As always, we have our crazy off the wall awards ceremony. Some of the awards we hand out this year are:

Winner of the Race to the Bottom of the Ugly Tree
Feel the Horror!!!
I'm Too Awesome Award
That's Nasty Award

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S03E25 - Have a Merry [Censored] Christmas!!!!

Dec 13 2009

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S03E25 - Have a Merry [Censored] Christmas!!!!

Whether it is Kyle's language, my opinions about about RTS games on consoles, or Ryan's over excited response to his Christmas present, we all get censored!!! Enjoy this early present and be sure to have an Awesome New Year. Thanks for the three years of support and we will see all of you in 2010 for Season 4 of the Tabletop Battlefield.

Today on the show:
I talk about my experience at Wintercon 2009
We build Miniature War Game themed Christmas Ornaments
We decorate the official Tabletop Battlefield Christmas Trees with those said Ornaments
Assemble a gift guide for miniature war game fans

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S03E24 - That Would Be a Cute Kitten, but.....

Dec 03 2009

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S03E24 - That Would Be a Cute Kitten, but.....

Aside from my short, some what funny, and somewhat tragic Thanksgiving Day story, we have some useful information for you. We asked you to vote and the votes are in. Today we talk Monsterpocalypse.

First we check in with what has been happening with the game over the past year and it steps into the ring to face off with World of Warcraft Miniatures for Collectible Miniature Game Domination.


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Jason,

Just dropping you a line as requested in your last show. Great show, as ever by the way. I'm a regular listener/watcher of your podcast and look forward to it popping up on iTunes. I really appreciate the eclectic mix of games you do, and your unique approach - no one else has done a test to destruction of figure cases!! Great stuff.

Anyhow, to pick up your theme of the "state of the hobby", I have a few points to chuck into the debate that may (or may not) interest you.

Firstly, starting with GW (as the largest wargaming company in the world, one that for many people "is" the hobby, then starting with them makes sense.)

Financially they are doing "OK". Only OK, not great. For the period 2004-08 they were doing lousey and were on a hiding to extinction financially. Last year they steadied the ship, but are still a long way from extinction and really need to improve their business if they are to return back to being a growing company. The attached graph of turnover and profit for the last few years should tell you everything you need to know on that score. If it had not been for the fall in value of the GB vs the US$ and the Euro then GW would not have seen the increase in turnover they did (GW's accounts are denominated in GB and so when the GB crashed last year, sales in the US and the Eurozone were suddenly therefore worth something like 20% more than they had been), and for the third year running turnover and profits would have been static, bumbling along at the same levels they achieved in 2001. They had a few good years due to the LotR licence, but that all finished in 2004, and they've been struggling ever since to rescue the company - they haven't paid their shareholders a dividend 4 years, for instance.

So my prediction is that we will continue to see GW milk their remaining loyal customers for every penny they can. Which means ever higher selling prices, and the constant drive for bigger armies.

Will this succeed or will they fail? Who knows?! I really think they are pricing themselves out of the market now though, so my money is on "fail". Look at the price of the goldswords, the Stank, the new Stormvermin. Can you really see people being willing to pay those prices in the quantities GW need them to? In a recession?

Nowadays there is just so much competition for them - even here in the UK where indie stores are pretty thin on the ground thanks to GW's saturation of the retail market. Look at the likes of Mantic Games (www.manticgames.com ) you can build an entire WFB-ready elf army, out of lovely plastic models for $100. A fraction of GW's price. And Warlord Games (http://www.warlordgames.co.uk/) and Perry Miniatures (www.perry-miniatures.com ) bringing plastic to historical gaming at a fraction of GW's cost to the customer. Is it a coincidence that all 3 games are run by ex-GW staff? I think not! Historical gaming is booming, non-GW fantasy/sci-fi is booming. GW is struggling and stuck in the past.

So, I take your guest's point, that in order to succeed it is necessary for non-GW companies to follow GW's model. But these companies, run by ex-GW staff (some of them very senior - John Stallard, Paul Sawyer, the Perry twins, Ronnie Renton - all "let go" by GW in recent years during the lean times) have concluded that the answer is not charging customers through the nose for the same old crap, but instead offering good value for money and innovation.

And if they go to the wall? So what, another company will be along in a minute. This is 2009 and with the internet start-up costs are low and store frontage is cheap. Look at Wyrd Miniatures/Malifaux and Spartan Games/Uncharted Seas. Companies that have come from nowhere and established themselves as players in the industry overnight. All of them are taking money right out of GW's pocket. GW's dominance is threatened and can only reduce. Whether this is catastrophic for them or whether they survive in a smaller form time will tell!

Privateer Press? That I know less about. Over in the UK the exchange rate has pretty much killed off US imports at any scale, and I see interest in PP tumbling. Combine that with the whole "lets wait and see what MkII is like" thing going on, and PP is pretty much dead in the water over here. Of course in the US things will be very different. I do think they have their challenges though, and the success of otherwise of MkII will likely make or break them. Of course being a private company they don't have shareholders to worry about, so can suffer a few lean years without the level of pressure GW is facing from their shareholders right now. $35 for a plastic warjack is asking a lot of their fans though. We'll see.

I agree with you about Ex Illis. Seems like a bizarre and unworkable business model. I can't see anyone other than some serious geeks getting into it. It'll be a fad which fades.

Arcane Legions? Tricky one. If it is to succeed it needs to become the new Heroclix because of the economies of scale. Will it get that level of take up? I'm not sure. While people will likely give it a go, I see the need for a large table and terrain really being an obstacle for those who like the "clix"/(un-)pre-painted approach to wargaming. In the UK that looks problematical as most clix players were kids playing on school desks. They won't buy arcane legions. In the US though with its network of indie stores, things may be different.

All good stuff.

And for my vote for your next show, I'd love to hear your opinion of Grind. It's a game that on the face of it doesn't interest me (I don't get excited about "sports" games), but PP will have no doubt put a lot of effort into the game as they don't do things by halves, so I'm keen to see what they've done!

Cheers

Paul.

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