Break time over! Plus some Saga!

•September 24, 2014 • 2 Comments

I haven’t posted anything for a while – holidays and other things to do. Don’t worry. I am back on it and getting ramped up.

Tasks are:

finishing off the “Jugula” game Gladiator models….

finishing off some Flames of War bases and vehicles…..

completing the models for the Amber RPG….

putting some paint and basing on the DUST Tactics minis…..

and of course….. lots of Saga – I need to finished the Arab army and build some camels!

I have been posting on WWPD’s website AND done a review on WWPD’s Outpost Zero site – Jugula (combat).

Check out the following…

Jugula game (combat) review

Saga AAR – Strathclyde v Franks

Saga model review – BTD Camels


Thanks for checking these and for continuing to follow me.




DUST Tactics – what is it with the cards and points…?

•August 23, 2014 • Leave a Comment

Anyone else recently buy into DUST Tactics? It’s a cheery and simple enough game. But by heck are the unit cards complicated. How many variants of the game now? Four (Warfare, 3 x Tactics)? Five if you allow the “battlefield” version of ‘Tactics…

They all use the same models, but there are unit cards for each game and within DUST Tactics, some 3 variations.

Here’s the starter sets and three add-ons I bought for me and one of the kids….

DUST cards (14)

The cards that you get are a bit of a hit and miss.

Dust Warfare cards, the large Dust Tactics cards, the smaller Dust tactics cards, marked 2013 and the small cards almost identical to the latter but marked 2014.

Older, Larger Tactics cards…

DUST cards (19)

The size difference, old to new…. for the same unit…

DUST cards(10)

The comparison 20134 to 2014 editions… just one year apart and very similar cards…

DUST cards (16)

What is the difference? Well, the main thing is the difference in points cost, they have been re-evaluated.

You need to make sure the cards you use are from the 2014 edition or at least all from the same edition!

Here’s the bottom right corner of the cards to avoid mistakes…

DUST cards (18) DUST cards (17)

You better make sure you have the right ones.

Here is the 2014 SSU card set…

DUST cards (12)

The  2014 SSU Card deck set says on the back that it covers all those units that came out prior to January 2014.

I bought the Dust Tactics starter sets in May 2014 and they have 2013 cards inside them, making them incompatible with these new cards (that may come in some of the model boxes?) . I think its pretty confusing for a new player to find they have to replace all the cards even in the starter sets. Every box seems to have been brought out at different times and so has different cards in them. One of the expansion sets I bought had NO Dust tactics cards in at all(!) I have had to contact Battlefront Customer Services twice and then follow-up again to get a clarification.

I have to say that while Customer Services did help (I got the missing card and now they have supplied the 2014 SSU deck as a good will gesture), it should NOT be so “hit and miss” or complicated to just get a playable set of models.  Having three sets of Dust Tactics cards alone when the last two seem to be only a year apart seems like madness.

Well, that’s my little rant about DT. I still need to get the Axis cards just for the few units in the starter set – aaghh! :)

If they change the cards next year I may deliver the game back to BF via a strange portal(!)

Lazy August! More Jugula Gladiators…

•August 22, 2014 • Leave a Comment

I am having a bit of a break from modelling, painting and gaming, just a little to keep my hand in. It’s holiday time in the UK.

Here’s are the next batch of Gripping Beast Gladiators for Jugula – part painted at the moment.

They are the same models as I used before (see them here), “Familia 1” with some variation. I have dropped the Murmillo and Hoplomachus and used the spare pieces to create a Thracian and a Dimacherus (two swords). I had to chop the hand off one right handed sword and use it to glue to the top of the left hand for the Dimacherus. That needed a piece of blu-tac to hold it in place while the superglue set. I could have drilled and pinned the hand and the sword with a tiny drill bit in a pin vise, but it seems to have held quite well. Just make sure you flatten the butt of the sword hilt and the top of the hand to get a firm contact. I then added the very end of the pommel to the other end of the fist to give the completed look to “holding the sword”.

Basically these would be the pattern for Sparatacus and Gannacus used in the TV series “‘Spartacus’.

The other two are the same Veles and Retiarius but with head swaps!

I used a simple white / red / silver paint scheme to denote the slaves of another Lanista. The bases are a little thick as these are 35mm scale models, so I added a couple of layers of sand around the edge of the metal base to increase the height. When they are painted I will add some more sand over the whole base and then seal it all.

Onwards and upwards!

Enjoy the Summer Holidays.



Saga: new Conquest plastic Norman Warriors – finished

•July 29, 2014 • 1 Comment

I got to take a few piccies of the new Normans – Conquest Games plastics.

8 warrior spears plus the two Knights behind them – added to the existing Knights at the back of the table….

Saga: Crescent and Cross is now “Coming Soon”!

•July 29, 2014 • 1 Comment

The new Saga book is now being advertised on the Gripping Beast website as Coming Soon. Very soon I should think. Here’s my fresh new copy – a beautiful hard back 120 pages plus a reference sheet and 6 cardstock battleboards. The artwork is fantastic.

It’s worth it for the “new book” smell (!)

Here is a link to my review of this game… link.

Edit: Even the couple of “French word” typos on the referecne sheet have now gone! Hows that for good service.


Saga: AAR 6 points Clash of Warlords – Scots v Byzantines

•July 28, 2014 • Leave a Comment

Here’s a link to a post I made on

Battle report.

It covers a clash of two very different factions! Thanks to Dan for the game – always fun and educational!

Saga: creating a plastic Mutatawwi’a army

•July 28, 2014 • Leave a Comment

I wanted to create a Spanish army for the new Saga: The Crescent and the Cross book due out very soon.

As I had literally just finished a six point Scot army AND another ten cavalry for the plastic Norman army I have had for a while, I thought it would be good to get a quick project off the ground. With that in mind I have spent several hours of the last couple of days putting together 45 plastic figures for a mutatawwi’a faction.

To make this faction required the full content of a Gripping Beast Arab Spearmen box set and a few cavalry (one Conquest Norman plus “bits” from the bitz box and four Wargame Factory ancient german cavalry (again with added “bitz”  mainly from the Arab spearmen!).

The wargame factory cavalry were a quick fill-in to make the units up to 6 points worth. I may add another 4 later as they look more like warriors than Knights on those little horses! Still, they have “the look” for now.

I like the fact that the plastic Arabs have the sprue connected on the base, where it comes off easily and requires almost no cleaning up. It also helps that the top of the figure is connected on the top of the neck, which cleans up easily and is hidden by the head – not all plastic figures are fastened to the sprue this way!

Sadly, I found that one of the bows on each sprue is a bit miscast – the top end is missing. Theres not much I can do that wouldn’t draw attention to the bow, I just went with it as it is.

Here are some WIP images….



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