Missing images on posts

It seems that some images in my media librarybgot lost when I migrated this site from WordPress.com. In some of my early posts, I also linked to images on an old website which no longer exists.

If you come across a post with missing or broken images, please let me know by posting a comment, and I’ll get them fixed. I have all the images, I just need to upload them and tag them to the article. Simple but tedious work, which is why I haven’t got round to it yet!

Review: No Man’s Land, Maidstone

>> The No Mans Land website is at NoMansLandGames.com <<

No Man's Land

When I started wargaming back in the early 90s, independent wargames stores were pretty common here in the UK. Games Workshop opened their store in Maidstone in 1992 on Pudding Lane, and I’m pretty sure they chose that location because it was just around the corner from Maidstone Games, an indie store that had been there since forever, selling D&D books and BattleTech mechs and the like.

Nowadays, probably thanks to Games Workshop’s aggressive growth strategy (plus the general trend towards “clone town” retail districts), it seems like indie stores are pretty rare. Maidstone Games closed in the late 90s and since then, Maidstone has only had GW, and those few shops that did stock wargames miniatures and hobby supplies tended just to install a GW retail rack and be done with it (a notable exception being Hobbycraft, who also stock Flames of War and GF9 hobby materials).

As a result, it’s pretty hard to find a FLGS in the UK nowawadays, so the opening of No Man’s Land, a new — and more importantly, really cool — independent store in your home town is a pretty big deal, in fact it’s big enough to warrant a celebrity appearance at its opening.

Having discovered its existence, I wasted little time in dropping in and taking a look. So far, it’s like a dream come true.

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Wargaming Styles

I love this short essay by Helge about the different styles of wargames: I had never really thought too much about it, although there are obvious differences between a 6mm “epic” game and a 28mm skirmish game. The essay lays out the different types and puts them in historical context very well. Fascinating stuff.

I have lots of “works in progress” at the moment and hope to show you some more lovely minis soon!

Unbelievably awesome trailer for Dawn Of War II: are Tyranids the new race?

If this doesn’t rock your world, then you must already be dead:

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You can see a high-res version here. Over at Bell of Lost Souls, the speculation is that the final line of the trailer indicates that the Tyranids will be introduced in DoW 2: I think that sounds very likely. They’re the only missing race in the game, so if only for the sake of completeness, I’m sure they’ll be introduced sooner rather than later.

One comment on BoLS is salient:

I would gladly fork over reasonable sums of cash for a feature length 40k film of that quality. Doesn’t have to be in theaters (though that would be awesomely insane on IMAX), direct to DVD is fine. A series available on DVD would be spectacular as well.

Here’s hoping. GW has explored almost every other medium for their product (let’s count them: music, novels, audio books, comic books, video games, artwork, even clothing), but there’s never been a proper movie or TV series (apart from the never-to-be-seen Damnatus). Now that the technology is here that would do justice to 40k, it’s time GW pulled their finger out!