Sunday, October 6, 2013

Important Announcement (GW Coverage) - Beasts of War

Hi Guys,

Those who know me are aware I have been a long time supporter of Games Workshop and their products.

I have been playing and collecting Games Workshop games since Rogue Trader was first released.

This announcement from Warren of Beasts of War has allowed me to cement my decision to  no longer support Games Workshop or any product from them.

Considering I have bought every Army Book, Army Codex, rulebook and just about every game miniature, terrain piece, novel, audio book (you get the idea) that I could get my hands on this is not a decision I have come to lightly.

Since Games Workshops Legal team has been nothing short of heavy handed and I have no wish to endure the bullying and immoral tactics endured by others who have done nothing but support the hobby and Games Workshop as a major player in miniature wargaming.

Whenever I encounter a problem I actively do something about it.  I will be removing all content relating to Games Workshop and their products from this blog and forums I have posted in.  I will be selling or binning all my (not inconsiderable) Games Workshop related product I have amassed over the last 26 years.

Furthermore I have sent the following E-mail marked for the attention of Senior Management at Games Workshop:

To Whom it may Concern,

For the Attention of:  Games Workshop Senior Management

RE:  Beasts of War (Important Announcement) :

Games from Rogue Trader onwards have played a major role in the Wargaming Hobby for myself and a large group of my friends.

I have supported GW the whole time when others have left after decisions from unreasonable price rises, the huge disparity in price here in Australia Vs Overseas to the use of overpriced Finecast miniatures (which has been anything but in my experience over a number of purchases - no it has not improved!).

I have supported Games Workshop in their pursuit to protect their Intellectual Property where reasonable.  

For Example: Chapterhouse Studios.

I have been dismayed at the increasing number of correspondence the Gaming Community has from the Legal Department of Games Workshop which specifically threaten and bully Websites and Blogs that support Games Workshop and the diverse products you supply.

The actions of the Legal Department have undermined the many years of hard work by the creators, game designers, Sculptors, Storeman, Salesmen, Office Workers and every other employee past and present (male and female).

After considerable thought I will no longer support Games Workshop or any product related to Games Workshop or it's subsidiaries.  The actions of your Legal team are immoral, cowardly and nothing short of bullying the very supporters of the products you sell!

Bearing in mind I have purchased all your game systems from Rogue Trader onwards, Black Library Novels, all the Army Books and Army Codexes, Audio Books, PC games and White Dwarf magazines (to name but a few).  While your legal team continues to pursue this course of action, Games Workshop's hard earned image as a major player in the wargaming industry will continue to be tarnished and eventually do irreparable damage to itself.

You have certainly lost more than one wargamer over this issue.  I am just one of a minority who bothered to write to you and tell you what you are doing is wrong and has cost you my business permanently.  The others will not bother to tell you.  They will quit the hobby and spend their money elsewhere taking other players with them to alternate wargaming companies.

There is no incentive to come back.

So that as a Wargamer I am not sued by Games Workshop I am hear-by notifying Games Workshop that I will be removing all blog content, content I have placed on forums, photobucket, PC Games, Army Books, Army Codexes, Rulebooks, Novels, Forgeworld Kits, Miniatures, photos, trophies, White Dwarf magazines, Audio Books I have purchased over the last 25 years.

To make it very clear to the imbeciles in your Legal Team.  My most recent purchase was the current Spacemarine Codex and all the accompanying plastic kits.

The other major point I would like to get across to the Games Workshop Legal team is that I will now have a huge amount of shelf space to dedicate to the products from: Warlord Games, Privateer Press, Battlefront, Mantic Games, Victrix, Perry Brothers (their non GW miniatures), and Spartan Games to name but a few that I already purchase from.  

Games Workshop's Senior Management and Legal Team owes nothing short of an unreserved apology to Beasts of War and the wider Wargaming Community.


Allan Traise

Avid Wargamer and former long time supporter of Games Workshop.

I am not rage quitting the hobby.  I enjoy it far too much for that.  From here on in the other great games will feature on this blog and forums posts.

Happy Gaming to you all!


Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Muskets and Tomahawks - First Game

Hi guys,

A quick update today.

I got to play my first game of Muskets and Tomahawks with a good mate Peter this afternoon.

The attacks are resolved with dice but the order in which units are activated is randomly determined using a Card Deck. Units are activated by type. It is a great game that you could pick up easily after a few minutes and get the majority of the core rules down within a game or two.

Tomahawks and Muskets is set during the period of the French Indian Wars (think Canada, last of the Mohicans and The Patriot). We had around 23 figures per side for a 200 point game.

I played American Continentals whose goal was to scout each quarter of the table and then escape back to my table edge and off the board.

Peter played the French Indian (Canadian) force whose job was to protect the civilians in the small settlement.

Here are a few quick pictures from our game:

French Indian Deployment:

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Ten civilians in the buildings and French infantry defending the village. The civilians are not there to fight but are armed and did cause me a bit of grief killing a few models.

Flank Them:

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French Indians arrive to reinforce Peter's Settlement:

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Charge - DOH!!!

My Indians completely whiffed the assault and lost half their number in assault leaving 3 remaining which died shortly afterwards.

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I finally manage to get a few shots away and force the French Infantry to run away (for a short while)

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No more photos unfortunately. Peter won but the game was very, very close. Never underestimate a civilian with a musket tongue.gif
It was a great game and I enjoyed it very much.  Peter has now supplied me with a starting force of American Continentals to paint up.

More updates to follow.

Happy Gaming,


Wednesday, June 26, 2013

More WIP photos

Hi guys,

Just a few WIP miniatures.

I do paint when I get the chance which is not very often at the moment - DOH!

More updates as I get to them (soon I hope).

[40K] Eldar Wraithknight:

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[WHFB] High Elf Swordmaster:

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[WM] Khador Devastator Heavy Warjack:

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[Black Powder] French Old Guard Grenadier WIP old photo:

I have finished the first figure since taking this photo and the bases have arrived courtesy of BP laser armata_PDT_37.gif

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For my sons:

Our sons are now 7 years and 9 years (going on 10). The great thing is they are always keen to roll a few dice with dad and we are now at a stage where we play 500 point armies for 40K (every man for themselves with dad in the middle). I normally play for fun and never for sheep stations even at tournaments so am having a blast with my boys. I always take softer lists for myself and give the boys one or two fun things.

The added bonus to having a hoard of unpainted figures is I can reward my boys when they work hard and behave with the occasional model. They love it armata_PDT_37.gif

[40K] Ork Wartrak:

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[40K] Space Marine Commander - Ultramarines:

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Happy Gaming,


Monday, May 20, 2013

Wargaming Girl - Celebrates 100K Page Views!

Hi All,

Wargaming Girl: 100K Prize Draw

Tamsin describes herself as:

A mythical beast - a female wargamer! I got back into wargaming in the summer of 2011 after a very, very long break. My current interests are Ancients, ACW, 30YW and SciFi gaming.

It does make her unique amongst the Wargaming community that is mostly male and make it that much richer by her presence.

After reaching 100,000 page views on her blog Wargaming Girl, Tamsin has decided to celebrate by generously offering prizes to lucky followers of her blog.  The link below contains the details and rules.  Who can say no to getting some new shiny figures :)

Wargaming Girl: 100K Prize Draw

Tamsin is a prolific poster on her blog and covers a wide variety of wargaming from x-Wing to Ancients and from 6mm scale figures to 54mm scale figures.

I have been following Tamsin's blog for some time.  At the end of the day when I can read a blog and see people from around the world who enjoy the hobby as much as me, it makes me a happy wargamer.

Happy Gaming,


Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Aventine Miniatures - Early Imperial Romans

Hi Guys,

I would like to introduce Aventine Miniatures to my collection.  Specifically, the Early Imperial Romans.

I have recently started playing Hail Caesar with a few mates and it is a cracking game.  I already own a stack of Warlord Games Early Imperial Romans.  Hail Caesar uses bases to represent commanders at different levels in Hail Caesar and while I had a few ideas of my own while doing the rounds on the internet, I stumbled upon this on the Lead Adventure Forums.

Adam has used various figures from Aventine Miniatures Early Imperial Roman Range to make a Command Stand.  The result is stunning.  Inspiration and decision made. After exchanging a couple of brief E-mails with Keith of Aventine Miniatures, Keith has handpicked out the same figures as a Special Order for me.

Imagine my delight when my Adam's Special Early Imperial Romans arrived in the mail today.

Now moving onto the figures themselves.  The figures are from a variety of packs from Aventine Miniatures Early Imperial Romans Range.  Keith offered to pick the figures himself and put them in a pack so I could use them in my Early Imperial Roman Army.  His communication was excellent.

I am very happy with the sculpting.  The casting does not let you down either.  These are without a doubt the cleanest cast pewter figures I have received in a long time.

While I am not up to Adam's standards for painting and converting, I hope I can do them justice.

Thank you Keith and thanks to Adam for some inspiring ideas  ;)

Happy Gaming,


I have been busy but first... A drawing from my son

Hi Guys,

I will have a few updates soon with miniatures I have been working on but first a  picture drawn by my son.

Do you think he likes Miniature Wargaming much?

Happy Gaming to you all :)