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The End of the Frugal Year(s) (20th Dec 2011)

As you may have noticed I haven't been posting on the blog too much recently.  This is, in part, to it's success; I've been playing too many games and getting too many models painted to actually blog about it!As I don't have as much time to dedicate ... Read More

The End of the Frugal Year(s) (20th Dec 2011)

As you may have noticed I haven't been posting on the blog too much recently.  This is, in part, to it's success; I've been playing too many games and getting too many models painted to actually blog about it!As I don't have as much time to dedicate ... Read More

V for Vondetta (7th Nov 2011)

Oi!This is the final week of the HoP Idol contest over at the ol' House of Paincakes: last week I managed to creep over the horizon by the skin of me wossnames and a similar performance this week will spell triumph, readership, modest acclaim and a cessat ... Read More

V for Vondetta (7th Nov 2011)

Oi! This is the final week of the HoP Idol contest over at the ol' House of Paincakes: last week I managed to creep over the horizon by the skin of me wossnames and a similar performance this week will spell triumph, readership, modest acclaim and a cess ... Read More

VOTE FOR VON (23rd Oct 2011)

I know, I know, I've been neglecting you.  I've spent the last couple of months actually, y'know, being Frugal.  It's the not having any money that does it.  Most of the hobby I've done has been other people's, for money, although I did fin ... Read More

VOTE FOR VON (23rd Oct 2011)

I know, I know, I've been neglecting you.  I've spent the last couple of months actually, y'know, being Frugal.  It's the not having any money that does it.  Most of the hobby I've done has been other people's, for money, although I did fin ... Read More

The Giant’s Lair (29th Sep 2011)

Rejoice, rejoice!  Good news people, your prayers have been answered and the Gods havefinally smiled on the South West of England.  This Saturday will see the grand opening in Plymouth of ‘The Giant’s Lair’ the South West’s Premier Gaming V ... Read More

The Giant’s Lair (29th Sep 2011)

Rejoice, rejoice!   Good news people, your prayers have been answered and the Gods have finally smiled on the South West of England.  This Saturday will see the grand opening in Plymouth of ‘The Giant’s Lair’ the South West’s Premier Gaming ... Read More

Haterz an Fanbois FTW. LOL!!!!!!1 B-) (22nd Sep 2011)

You can tell if a person is racist, they generally starttheir sentences with ‘I’m not a racist, but…’ before saying somethingracist.  It was this thought thatstopped me from starting this post with ‘I’m not a GW hater, but…’.I would like to make it c ... Read More

Haterz an Fanbois FTW. LOL!!!!!!1 B-) (22nd Sep 2011)

You can tell if a person is racist, they generally start their sentences with ‘I’m not a racist, but…’ before saying something racist.  It was this thought that stopped me from starting this post with ‘I’m not a GW hater, but…’. I would like to make ... Read More

Where I hide my Naughty Space Pixies … (16th Sep 2011)

 ‘Conan!  What isbest in life?’ ‘To crush your enemies; see them driven before you, and tohear the lamentation of their women.’‘Conan! That’s great but you need to get your chores donefirst…’Ah yes, there are things we all enjoy, but unfortunately we ... Read More

Where I hide my Naughty Space Pixies … (16th Sep 2011)

  ‘Conan!  What is best in life?’ ‘To crush your enemies; see them driven before you, and to hear the lamentation of their women.’‘Conan! That’s great but you need to get your chores done first…’Ah yes, there are things we all enjoy, but unfortuna ... Read More

Frugalnomics: Increasing Cost, Decreasing Value (6th Sep 2011)

Price rises, price rises, all I seem to hear about these days is price rises!  Personally I think everything's more expensive these days, but Dethtron (first and second links) has a point when he establishes that GW's prices are in fact behind the ra ... Read More

Frugalnomics: Increasing Cost, Decreasing Value (6th Sep 2011)

Price rises, price rises, all I seem to hear about these days is price rises!  Personally I think everything's more expensive these days, but Dethtron (first and second links) has a point when he establishes that GW's prices are in fact behind the ra ... Read More

Making Plastic from Milk? (30th Aug 2011)

I've just been searching the interweb and came across this hobby site. The article I had originally followed was for using pink and blue foam for terrain, but on the main site (http://www.stormthecastle.com/) this article and video caught eye - making pla ... Read More

Making Plastic from Milk? (30th Aug 2011)

I've just been searching the interweb and came across this hobby site. The article I had originally followed was for using pink and blue foam for terrain, but on the main site (http://www.stormthecastle.com/) this article and video caught eye - making pla ... Read More

The dreaded [War]-Jack Frost strikes again. (13th Aug 2011)

When the pictures of my new Space Marine Dreadnought were being taken, the model had not been varnished yet, due to a period of wet weather in up here in normally sunny Scotland (yeah, I know!). Finally I looked out of the window one breakfast time last w ... Read More

The dreaded [War]-Jack Frost strikes again. (13th Aug 2011)

When the pictures of my new Space Marine Dreadnought were being taken, the model had not been varnished yet, due to a period of wet weather in up here in normally sunny Scotland (yeah, I know!). Finally I looked out of the window one breakfast time last w ... Read More

The Dreaded 6 month Review (15th Jul 2011)

Gosh, hasn't it been quiet around here lately. "It's that time of year again" as the saying goes. Obviously its always that time of year for something. In my case it's Summer time (or at least what optimistically passes as Summer in Scotland) which m ... Read More

The Dreaded 6 month Review (15th Jul 2011)

Gosh, hasn't it been quiet around here lately. "It's that time of year again" as the saying goes. Obviously its always that time of year for something. In my case it's Summer time (or at least what optimistically passes as Summer in Scotland) which m ... Read More

Some Frugal Alternatives To Popular Spendy Games (28th Jun 2011)

Enough, I say!  Enough!I wrote a post.  It was about increasing prices and decreasing points values and the two-way gouge perpetrated by miniature wargame companies.  It wasn't bad.  I'm just sick to the back teeth of doing nothing but ... Read More

Some Frugal Alternatives To Popular Spendy Games (28th Jun 2011)

Enough, I say!  Enough!I wrote a post.  It was about increasing prices and decreasing points values and the two-way gouge perpetrated by miniature wargame companies.  It wasn't bad.  I'm just sick to the back teeth of doing nothing but ... Read More

A gentle reminder... (22nd Jun 2011)

Hi guys, just a quick note to remind you that the 'Grand Battery' book draw finishes at midnight tomorrow.  Get your entries in quick! ... Read More

A gentle reminder... (22nd Jun 2011)

Hi guys, just a quick note to remind you that the 'Grand Battery' book draw finishes at midnight tomorrow.  Get your entries in quick! ... Read More

Warmachine On The Cheap (17th Jun 2011)

A while ago now, arabianknight posted about his proxy Trenchers for Warmachine, and made a convincing case for the act of proxying the more generic-looking miniatures in a Warmahordes army.Now, Warmahordes is my tournament game, insofar as I have one at a ... Read More

Warmachine On The Cheap (17th Jun 2011)

A while ago now, arabianknight posted about his proxy Trenchers for Warmachine, and made a convincing case for the act of proxying the more generic-looking miniatures in a Warmahordes army.Now, Warmahordes is my tournament game, insofar as I have one at a ... Read More

Chronicles Of Blood - a review (16th Jun 2011)

Chronicles of Blood - Solo War GameFirst let me get something in the open. I never play massed army battle games (Warhammer, HotT, etc) so have nothing to really compare this game to, so bear that in mind whilst reading this. I picked up this game for a c ... Read More

Chronicles Of Blood - a review (16th Jun 2011)

Chronicles of Blood - Solo War GameFirst let me get something in the open. I never play massed army battle games (Warhammer, HotT, etc) so have nothing to really compare this game to, so bear that in mind whilst reading this. I picked up this game for a c ... Read More

It's finally come to an end... (15th Jun 2011)

After a couple of years of posting on the subject, I’ve decided to call an end to it.  After hours spent blogging about it, I’m done.  I’m finished.  It’s all over.  That’s right, I’ve finally completed my Orc and Goblin army!  I’ ... Read More

It's finally come to an end... (15th Jun 2011)

After a couple of years of posting on the subject, I’ve decided to call an end to it.  After hours spent blogging about it, I’m done.  I’m finished.  It’s all over.  That’s right, I’ve finally completed my Orc and Goblin army!  I’ ... Read More

Tide of Iron review (12th Jun 2011)

After weeks of planning, phonecalls and emails it finally happened; I got three friends together for a full day and we sat down to play a game.  The three friends were Paul, Neil and Andy… and the game was Tide of Iron.Tide of Iron is a World War 2 b ... Read More

Tide of Iron review (12th Jun 2011)

After weeks of planning, phonecalls and emails it finally happened; I got three friends together for a full day and we sat down to play a game.  The three friends were Paul, Neil and Andy… and the game was Tide of Iron.Tide of Iron is a World War 2 b ... Read More

Grand Battery book review and competition (9th Jun 2011)

One of the things I love about wargaming is the idea of total immersion; not only learning the fluff, and spending hours painting the models; but playing a long game and getting deeply involved in every move, discussing the tactical aspect of potential mo ... Read More

Grand Battery book review and competition (9th Jun 2011)

One of the things I love about wargaming is the idea of total immersion; not only learning the fluff, and spending hours painting the models; but playing a long game and getting deeply involved in every move, discussing the tactical aspect of potential mo ... Read More

EXPO-say: Von's Frugal Picks from the UK Games Expo (8th Jun 2011)

There's nothing quite like attending a gaming convention with no money to sharpen the old critical faculties and make you consider the value of the beautiful, shiny objects being paraded about before your eyes.  I'd recommend it to anyone.  Leav ... Read More

EXPO-say: Von's Frugal Picks from the UK Games Expo (8th Jun 2011)

There's nothing quite like attending a gaming convention with no money to sharpen the old critical faculties and make you consider the value of the beautiful, shiny objects being paraded about before your eyes.  I'd recommend it to anyone.  Leav ... Read More

A Year of Open Accounting - May (with a bit of April) (6th Jun 2011)

How Frugal is this - 2 months for the price of one. You didn't even have to pay me for the first 10 months either to get the first one!The numbers:I missed the April report as it was a quiet month and I got carried away doing other things so didn't g ... Read More

A Year of Open Accounting - May (with a bit of April) (6th Jun 2011)

How Frugal is this - 2 months for the price of one. You didn't even have to pay me for the first 10 months either to get the first one!The numbers:I missed the April report as it was a quiet month and I got carried away doing other things so didn't g ... Read More

You am an Winnar!!!! (2nd Jun 2011)

Well, after the debacle of me being recognised as ‘Not Too Bad at Blogging', by some other internetters last week, I was pleased to receive a number of compliments from others out there who admire my work and appreciate my award: An Internetter: Laughabl ... Read More

You am an Winnar!!!! (2nd Jun 2011)

Well, after the debacle of me being recognised as ‘Not Too Bad at Blogging', by some other internetters last week, I was pleased to receive a number of compliments from others out there who admire my work and appreciate my award: An Internetter: Laughabl ... Read More

Fraud, Babies, Excuses and Crowd-Sourcing (28th May 2011)

It’s all been a bit quiet on the gaming front recently. I was going to have a terrific article going into more detail about planning terrain, but it’s a little too dull and rambling at the moment. I’ll probably have to edit, re-write, and maybe completely ... Read More

Fraud, Babies, Excuses and Crowd-Sourcing (28th May 2011)

It’s all been a bit quiet on the gaming front recently. I was going to have a terrific article going into more detail about planning terrain, but it’s a little too dull and rambling at the moment. I’ll probably have to edit, re-write, and maybe completely ... Read More

Termite Art, Branded Materials, and DIY in the hobby (24th May 2011)

Every so often, my blogging worlds (all this nonsense and Doctor Who fandom, in case you're keeping score) collide.  It's been a while since the last one, in which I was chattering about the Doctor Who roleplaying game, and so this has probably been ... Read More

Termite Art, Branded Materials, and DIY in the hobby (24th May 2011)

Every so often, my blogging worlds (all this nonsense and Doctor Who fandom, in case you're keeping score) collide.  It's been a while since the last one, in which I was chattering about the Doctor Who roleplaying game, and so this has probably been ... Read More

The Stylishly Frugal Blogger (23rd May 2011)

Blogging is a terrible job.  All I do is put in a minimal amount of effort in every week or so and I get loads of positive feedback from complete strangers.  I spend an hour or two every week jotting down rubbish and I have people coming up to m ... Read More

The Stylishly Frugal Blogger (23rd May 2011)

Blogging is a terrible job.  All I do is put in a minimal amount of effort in every week or so and I get loads of positive feedback from complete strangers.  I spend an hour or two every week jotting down rubbish and I have people coming up to m ... Read More

Fifty Ways To Leave Your Gaming Company (20th May 2011)

Okay, not fifty, but I'm sure Paul and I can manage a few.Imagine, for a moment, that you're a gamer.  Shouldn't be too hard; you're reading this.  Now imagine that you buy most of your gaming gear from one company, and that that company isn't n ... Read More

Fifty Ways To Leave Your Gaming Company (20th May 2011)

Okay, not fifty, but I'm sure Paul and I can manage a few.Imagine, for a moment, that you're a gamer.  Shouldn't be too hard; you're reading this.  Now imagine that you buy most of your gaming gear from one company, and that that company isn't n ... Read More

Free Reads (17th May 2011)

To keep you entertained whilst Dave is moving I thought I'd best chip in with a post - especially as I missed my April accounting update (quiet month anyway!)This week (already) has seen the release of two of my favourite free pdf publications.The first i ... Read More

Free Reads (17th May 2011)

To keep you entertained whilst Dave is moving I thought I'd best chip in with a post - especially as I missed my April accounting update (quiet month anyway!)This week (already) has seen the release of two of my favourite free pdf publications.The first i ... Read More