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Don’t tell the Elf! Starting a new campaign in Journeys in Middle Earth (5th Jan 2020)

Warning: This blog post contains mild spoilers for the first two scenarios in the ‘Bones of Arnor’ campaign for Lord of the Rings: Journeys in Middle Earth After a few weeks off, Josh and I returned to playing Lord of the Rings: Journeys in Middle Earth. ... Read More

The non-glamourous side of a website (4th Jan 2020)

You may have noticed a few changes around the website in the past couple of days. The main different is a big reduction in the amount of different columns of the website. I’ve reduced this as the website switches purpose to be more about my personal hobby ... Read More

Operation Lüttich with Memoir ’44 (3rd Jan 2020)

The latest battle between myself and The Halfing Hickman saw us say face-to-face across the Memoir ’44 board, with Dave’s plucky Americans facing the might of several Panzer Divisions. Counter-attack on Mortain – August 07, 1944 – August 11, 1944 ‘Operati ... Read More

2020 – New Year, New Plans? (1st Jan 2020)

We have rung in the new year. 2019 is but a memory, shooed away by fireworks and streamers. In its place 2020 arrives, with new-born eyes wide with wonder and expectation. It is a time for making resolutions, a chance of a new start…which last about 3 wee ... Read More

2019 – Model painting review (31st Dec 2019)

2019 was both a good and a bad year for painting… I’ve probably painted more miniatures this year than I have in a very long time. That said, the last three or four months have seen very little done, so it’s a year that I can look back and think of what I ... Read More

My gaming in 2019 (30th Dec 2019)

For me, the most notable thing about the games I played in 2019 was just how few ‘traditional’ wargames I actually played – only two in fact: Dux Britaniarum and Red Sand, Blue Sky – both of which I played twice. By far the most numerous type of game I pl ... Read More

Meeples & Miniatures – Episode 283 – Gaming Review of 2019 (29th Dec 2019)

Download Episode 283   In this, the last episode of Meeples & Miniatures, show hosts Neil Shuck & Mike Hobbs look back at their gaming in 2019 and choose the top 5 games that they have played during the year. We also choose our all-time favourite games. W ... Read More

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year (24th Dec 2019)

Seasons Greetings to all our listeners and readers! Thank you for spending another year with Meeples & Miniatures. Wishing you a joyful and restful Christmas. I usually share one of my favourite Christmas tunes with you at this time of year. I used to ser ... Read More

Meeples & Miniatures – Episode 282 – Working in the hobby vs Playing in the hobby (17th Dec 2019)

Download Episode 282   In this show hosts Neil Shuck & Mike Hobbs are joined by professional sculptor Tom Mason to discuss the struggle often experienced by those who work in the hobby. 00:00 – Introduction -We find out Tom’s gaming and sculpting backgrou ... Read More

Meeples & Miniatures – The End is Nigh (6th Dec 2019)

The title of the post says it all really. After 12 years of Meeples & Miniatures, I have decided that it is time to turn the page on this particular chapter in my gaming hobby and so the Meeples & Miniatures Podcast will see its final show published at th ... Read More

Meeples & Miniatures – Episode 281 – Gaming with the Next Gen (30th Nov 2019)

Download Episode 281   In this show hosts Neil Shuck & Mike Hobbs are joined by fellow gamer Wayne Peters to talk about gaming with future generations 00:00 – Introduction -We find out Wayne’s gaming background 14:42 – Confessional – Time to own up to all ... Read More

Meeples & Miniatures – Episode 280 – Chat with Gav Thorpe (23rd Nov 2019)

Download Episode 280 In this show hosts Neil Shuck & Mike Hobbs are joined by author and game designer Gav Thorpe to chat about all sorts of gaming stuff 00:00 – Introduction -We find out what Gav has been up to recently 23:09 – Confessional – Time to own ... Read More

Friday Night Gaming – 15th November 2019 (20th Nov 2019)

Friday evening saw myself and Josh travel down to the all-new Battlefield Hobbies in Daventry (more of which in another post) Spoiler Warning – the following post contains spoilers for the ‘Bones of Arnor’ campaign from Lord of the Rings: Journeys in Midd ... Read More

Monday Night Gaming – 11th November 2019 (19th Nov 2019)

It was Monday night gaming at Hickman Towers, and we played a game that hasn’t seen the table for quite some time – 16(yes, sixteen!) months, to be exact. Pandemic: Reign of Cthulhu is, as the name suggests, a version of the Pandemic game engine that take ... Read More

Firestorm Games – November discount code change (31st Oct 2019)

In episode #279 of the podcast, the advert for Firestorm Games states that we have a new discount code to use on the webstore: “meepleflu”. I have received an email from a listener who has raised an objection to using this subject as a discount code, so I ... Read More

Meeples & Miniatures – Episode 279 – Saga: Age of Magic (27th Oct 2019)

Download Episode 279 In this show hosts Neil Shuck and Mike Hobbs are once again joined by regular podcast listener and sometime gaming opponent Shaun Randall. For the main part of the show we review Saga: Age of Magic from Studio Tomahawk. 00:00 – Introd ... Read More

Meeples & Miniatures – Episode 278 – PSC Games: Snog, Marry, Avoid (14th Oct 2019)

Download Episode 278   In this show host Neil Shuck is joined by regular gaming opponent Dave ‘The Halfling’ Hickman to discuss their recent hobby trials and tribulations. For the main part of the show we review some recent boardgame releases from PSC Gam ... Read More

Painting Tally – August/September 2019 (2nd Oct 2019)

My sorry painting summer has continued for the last two months, which has seen me fall even further behind on my plastic and lead mountain for the year. Painted: 3   I did actually manage to get some paint on to actual figures during September, as I paint ... Read More

Meeples & Miniatures – Episode 277- Supersystem (29th Sep 2019)

Download Episode 277 In this show hosts Neil Shuck & Mike Hobbs are joined by Patreon backer Neil Hughes. We chat about everything we’ve been up to in the hobby recently, and take an in-depth look at Supersystem. 00:00 – Introduction -We find out how Neil ... Read More

Meeples & Miniatures – Episode 276 – Gangs of Mortal Barons (19th Sep 2019)

Download Episode 276 In this show hosts Neil Shuck & Mike Hobbs are joined by guest Andy Hobday to catch up on developments with several games systems from Footsore Miniatures, including Gangs of Rome and Mortal Gods. 00:00 – Introduction -We chat about s ... Read More

Meeples & Miniatures – Episode 275 – Small Scale Sci-Fi (31st Aug 2019)

Download Episode 275 In this show hosts Neil Shuck & Mike Hobbs take some time to answer a recent question from Twitter follower @Dice_Dad about the relative merits of several small sci-fi rule sets designed with smaller scale miniatures in mind 00:00 – I ... Read More

Meeples & Miniatures – Episode 274 – Red Alert Review (19th Aug 2019)

Download Episode 274 In this show usual hosts Neil Shuck & Mike Hobbs are joined by friend and fellow gamer Shaun Randell. As well as finding out more about Shaun and his hobby, he helps us to review Red Alert – the Space Fleet Combat game from PSC Games ... Read More

Painting Tally – July 2019 (2nd Aug 2019)

It is typical that in the month that I published my grand painting plan for the rest of 2019, I haven’t managed to finish painting a single miniature.   Painted: 0 I am in the process of painting two fleets for Full Thrust. However, rather than being the ... Read More

Meeples & Miniatures – Episode 273 – Mind Over The Realms (31st Jul 2019)

Download Episode 273 In this show usual hosts Neil Shuck & Mike Hobbs are joined by Alex Ley, who recently organised an Age of Sigmar narrative campaign event – Mind Over The Realms – which raised money for the mental health charity MIND. 00:00 – Introduc ... Read More

Meeples & Miniatures – Episode 272 – The Joy of Six (20th Jul 2019)

Download Episode 272 In this show usual hosts Neil Shuck & Mike Hobbs are joined by fellow podcaster Shaun Clark to chat about his hobby, look back at the recent Joy of Six show and find out all details about a brand new gaming podcast – God’s Own Scale 0 ... Read More

Planning for the future of 2019 (16th Jul 2019)

As we move into the second half of 2019, it is apparent that once again my purchasing power has outstripped my painting power by several thousand percent. In an effort to redress this issue I have had to come up with a plan, both to get more models painte ... Read More

Painting Tally – June 2019 (3rd Jul 2019)

Thanks to a bout of illness and some concentrated podcast editing effort, my painting time was somewhat restricted during June – although I must admit that this was coupled with the fact that I somewhat lost my painting mojo during the latter half of the ... Read More

Meeples & Miniatures – Episode 271 – Kings of War (29th Jun 2019)

Download Episode 271 In this show usual hosts Neil Shuck & Mike Hobbs are joined by podcast Patreon backer George Holt to chat about his gaming hobby and discuss his subject of choice 00:00 – Introduction – we get to know George’s gaming background 21:14 ... Read More

Meeples & Miniatures – Episode 270 – UK Games Expo 2019 & OML7 (24th Jun 2019)

Download Episode 270 In this show we look back at the recent hobby events of the 2019 UK Games Expo and Operation Market Larden #7. Usual hosts Neil Shuck & Mike Hobbs are joined once again by guest Dave Hickman 00:00 – Introduction – We are finally famou ... Read More

Meeples & Miniatures – Episode 269 – Everything you ever wanted to know about six, but were too afraid to ask, Part II (16th Jun 2019)

Download Episode 269 Neil Shuck & Mike Hobbs are  joined by guest Per Broden for part II of this show, as they continue to look at 6mm gaming 00:00 – Our Hobby – We chat with Per about what we’ve been playing, building and painting 32:55 – Gaming in 6mm– ... Read More

Painting Tally – May 2019 (13th Jun 2019)

Better late than never, but I’ve finally managed to get around to updating what I painted during May.     Painted: 40 If you followed my painting challenge at the start of May, you will know that I painted all the miniatures from the Journeys in Middle Ea ... Read More

Meeples & Miniatures – Episode 268 – Everything you ever wanted to know about six, but were too afraid to ask, Part I (30th May 2019)

Download Episode 268 Neil Shuck & Mike Hobbs are  joined by guest Per Broden for this episode of the show, as they take a look at 6mm gaming 00:00 – Introduction – This week’s guest, Per Broden, introduces himself 46:22 – Confessional – Time to own up to ... Read More

Meeples & Miniatures – Episode 267 – It’s all Greek to me, Part Omega (17th May 2019)

Download Episode 267 Neil Shuck & Mike Hobbs are  joined by guest Ralph Plowman for this episode of the show, as they take their second look at gaming in Ancient Greece, this time concentrating on mass battles 00:00 – Introduction – This week’s guest, Ral ... Read More

Journeys in Middle Earth – The Heroes (12th May 2019)

After the painting challenge of last weekend, I was left with the Heroes of Journeys in Middle Earth to finish. Aragorn Based of the artwork from The Lord of the Rings Card Game, there were several options to choose from when it came to colour schemes. Ho ... Read More

Journeys in Middle Earth – Forces of Darkness (12th May 2019)

Following last weekend’s painting challenge, this week has been spent applying the finishing touches to all the models. With the application of some varnish this morning (I used Vallejo brush-on Matt Varnish), these are now ready for the table. Ruffians G ... Read More

May Day painting challenge – Conclusion (7th May 2019)

Well, we have come to the end of the Bank Holiday weekend and I am somewhat disappointed to report that the Journeys in Middle Earth box set has not been painted. The final tally was twenty-five and a half models – the half being the Legolas hero figure, ... Read More

May Day painting challenge – Update #7 (6th May 2019)

The final Enemy miniature in the core box set of Journeys in Middle Earth is also the biggest in the box – the Troll. Much like the wraiths, this model is inspired directly from one of the cards in the Lord of the Rings: The Card Game. In this instance it ... Read More

May Day painting challenge – Update #6 (6th May 2019)

They next group of miniatures are the first that actually appear to be based on a specific piece of card art – these are the Wights, which look to be based on the picture on the left. Once again I am limiting the colour palette to browns, greys and black ... Read More

May Day painting challenge – Update #5 (6th May 2019)

Due to some other commitments my painting time on Sunday was somewhat restricted. Even so, painting the Orcs turned into something of a slog, rather than a joy. Whilst the Orc Hunters are OK, I dislike the Orc Marauder miniatures, which wasn’t helped by t ... Read More

May Day painting challenge – Update #4 (5th May 2019)

The next batch of miniatures on the list were the Goblin Scouts. The first question is simple – what colour are they? Whilst most people would probably answer “Green” you may be surprised that in the Lord of the Rings they are never described as such. Gob ... Read More

May Day painting challenge – Update #3 (4th May 2019)

Next onto the painting table were the Ruffian models, since I had a good idea as to how I wanted to paint these. The palette for these models was going to be predominantly brown, so I used the technique that Matt Slade shared with us last year and first a ... Read More

May Day painting challenge – Update #2 (4th May 2019)

I thought that I would start with something easy – the Wargs. These are big models with very pronounced detail. The first question is: what colour to paint them? With this entire collection I want to take my inspiration from the artwork that Fantasy Fligh ... Read More

May Day painting challenge – Update #1 (3rd May 2019)

The first step, at least when painting models, always seems to be the most labourious. Since these are plastic miniatures I decided to give them a good wash and scrub with an old toothbrush before I did anything else. I don’t often do this to be honest, b ... Read More

May Day weekend painting challenge 2019 (2nd May 2019)

This weekend is a bank holiday in the UK, and I will find myself left to my own devices for the weekend – so I decided to set myself a challenge. The task is, on the face of it, a simple one – paint all the miniatures from The Lord of the Rings: Journeys ... Read More

Painting Tally – April 2019 (1st May 2019)

Thanks to the Rangers of Shadow Deep project, April continued to be a productive month for painting. Painted: 39 Not only did it see a Gnoll warband of 29 miniatures painted plus a couple of figures for the Rangers (A hawk and an Archivist – represented b ... Read More

Meeples & Miniatures – Episode 266 – It’s all Greek to me, Part Alpha (27th Apr 2019)

Download Episode 266 Neil Shuck & Mike Hobbs decide to fly without a guest for this episode of the show, as they take our first of a two-part look at gaming in Ancient Greece 00:00 – Introduction 05:12 – Confessional – Time to own up to all those hobby pu ... Read More

Let slip the Dogs of War! (25th Apr 2019)

It has taken almost a full month, but the Gnoll warband has been finished. The undercoat basecoat was applied to the models on March 31st. Since then work on them has been somewhat sporadic, but the Easter break has allowed me some time to really get my ... Read More

Meeples & Miniatures – Episode 265 – Salute 2019 (20th Apr 2019)

Download Episode 265 Neil Shuck & Mike Hobbs are joined once again by the Anti-Luff himself, Dave Hickman, for this episode of the show 00:00 – Introduction 07:57 – A look back at Salute – In a slight change to the show format, we start with a look back a ... Read More

Bring and Buy / Demo Games at Firestorm Games – 11th May 2019 (15th Apr 2019)

Firestorm Games will be holding their next Bring and Buy sale and Demo day on Saturday 11th May 2019. This will take place at the South Wales Gaming Centre in Cardiff As well as the usual Bring and Buy goodness the demo games we are looking to offer are: ... Read More

Q&A for March is now available for all Patreon backers (14th Apr 2019)

Every month we publish a Q&A, exclusive for everyone who supports the podcast via Patreon. March’s Q&A podcast has just been published – you can find it here This month’s show is a bumper one – over 90 minutes – thanks once again to the fact that I am joi ... Read More