28 May 2009

FoG Resources Page

Now has a more comprehensive listing of the most recent updates to the Wiki - with details of each update. See the main menu link above.


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26 May 2009

UK Games Expo in Birmingham 5-7 June

The UK's most all-encompassing Gaming event takes place from 5-7 June in Birmingham, with board games, wargames, RPGs and LARP all happening. If you are anywhere near there, I'd thoroughly recommend you drop in and give it a go, as there's so much going on - click the headline to go to their website.

Madaxeman Invitational Battle Reports

Romans vs Illyrians and Romans vs Parthians now posted, with commentarty by Caeasar and Hannibal.

25 May 2009

PC Games on Amazon

Just added a page which carries Amazon.co.uk's current bestsellers list for PC Strategy & Roleplay games to this site.

24 May 2009

Britcon 2009

I'm helping out the BHGS with the "trade stands" side of Britcon this year, and have signed up with Miniature Wargames to help promote the show. If you are a trader and are interested, get in touch with me on the email address above. For more details you can click on the title of this story, or simply read on:

Britcon 2009 - Trader News.

Britcon is not only the UKs largest gaming competition, it is also one of the North West’s best attended Trade events with around 700 competitors and visitors expected at UMIST in Manchester, over the weekend of the 15th and 16th August.

Britcon’s USP remains our many competition periods, which guarantee the presence of some 300+ gamers at the show throughout the entire weekend. In 2009 we will have competitions for all of the most popular 15mm & 25-28mm Historical and Fantasy/Sci-Fi rules, including Flames of War, Field of Glory and a full suite of Games Workshop events. All of these periods have seen a flurry of new rulesets and army supplements over the past 12 months, so if you are selling products which are compatible with any of these rulesets you can be sure that many of our visitors and competitors will be looking for new figures, terrain and gaming supplies to bring their armies up to scratch with the latest rules and lists this August.


Our Trader rates have also been frozen at their 2008 level, with a 6’ stand starting at just £75 however in response to feedback from our current Traders we have made a number of changes to the show to help you achieve better sales from this year’s events. These include:
  • A new partnership Miniature Wargames which will see the 2009 Britcon Show Guide appear in full in the August edition of Miniature Wargames, so all their regular readers will receive it in addition to our usual distribution of free copies being handed to each and every one of the expected 700+ competition and expo attendees at Britcon 2009.
  • Miniature Wargames will also be offering specially discounted "Britcon 2009" advertising rates to all of our traders the August edition of the magazine, giving you a saving of 1/3 on their standard rates. If you want to make sure that every competition gamer, day visitor and a further 7,000 active wargamers across the country know you are at this year's biggest UK wargames competition, you can now do so at an even more cost effective manner than ever before.
  • The 2009 Show guide will now also include editorial space for a 50-word catalogue entry for all of our exhibitors, allowing you to highlight the ranges you will be bringing to the show, as well as announcing any new product launches and special offers you may be running at the show.
  • To increase the volume of day visitors, we will be undertaking more expo-only promotion than ever before, with advertising in all of the main journals and an online campaign where we will be posting regular announcements about our exhibitors to all the major online portals and forums used by UK gamers.
  • To help you make sales to our expected 300+ competition gamers, we will be sending out a series of regular email shots throughout July & August to all the registered players specifically to promote our traders, so if you have any exciting announcements or news to share, or if you simply want to encourage our gamers to "order in advance - collect at show", we want to hear from you!
As well as all these new initiatives, our 2009 competition schedules will again feature the very popular and specially extended "Shopping Frenzy" session on Sunday lunchtime, and we will also again be offering discounted Traders accommodation rates and parking within the University Campus, making your stay in Manchester as economical as possible.

In order to take advantage of the extra promotion available via the August edition of Miniature Wargames you will need to confirm your participation as a Britcon Trader by Friday June 26th, and provide artwork by Friday July 3rd. Traders booking after this date will still enjoy all of our on-site and web-based promotion, but will miss out on the extra benefits of inclusion in the August edition of Miniature Wargames.
To find out more about our new enhanced 2009 Trader Packages you can download and complete the Britcon Trader Form from the BHGS website, or contact me at tim@madaxeman.com
To book space in Miniature Wargames show issue please contact Gareth MacFarlane at Miniature Wargames on 01354 695559.

 On behalf of the BHGS

18 May 2009

Madaxeman Invitational - The Results

Final Placings (and armies) are



  • 1st - Ray Duggins - Visigoth - 35 points




  • 2nd - Me - Late Republican Roman - 29 points




  • 3rd= - Alan Goodearl - Illyrian - 28 points




  • 3rd = - Nik Gaukroger - Hepthalite Hunnic - 28 points




  • 5th - Graham Willmott - Palmyran - 27 points




  • 6th - Kris Pugh - Parthians - 22 points




  • 7th - Brian Holmes - Classical Indian - 19 points




  • 8th - Carlos Ferrao - Dominate Roman - 17 points




  • 9th - Michael Row - Sassanid Persian - 15 points




  • 10th - Geoff Punshon - Western Hunnic - 5 points

  • 16 May 2009

    Madaxeman Invitational

    Manchester United may have just won the Premier League, however The Madaxeman Invitational takes center stage in the world of Sport as of tomorrow. The first round draw has already been released, and pits...

    Early Vandal vs Western Hunnic
    Late Republican Roman vs Illyrian
    Dominate Roman vs Palmyran
    Sassanid Persian vs Parthian
    Hepthalite Hun vs Classical Indian

    If you are in London and fancy a pint tomorrow, please feel free to drop in.

    Rebel Mini's Roman - Pics & Review

    These chaps are now painted and in the Ancients Photo Gallery. As a preview, here are some of the pictures.
    Imperial Roman Legionary Imperial Roman Legionary Imperial Roman Legionary

    Overall they are nice looking little figures, although it does need you to stick on their (separate) shields at a variety of jaunty angles to give them any real attempt at animation. The shields all come with well thought out "plugs" on the back, into which each figure's left hand fits snugly, allowing you a very decent chance of glueing the shields on in a secure manner - although I always try and glue separate shields to a 2nd anchor point elsewhere on the figure just to be on the safe side. Castings are clean, and the blokes themselves are normally-proportioned, not cartoonish - which makes them appear quite slight compared to some of the chunkier ranges out there. Size-wise they look to be a mite smaller than Old Glory, and almost exactly bang on the same as Corvus Belli's Romans.

    Overall however its still a limited range of figures, only 2 varieties in each pack, and expensive compared to many other ranges means this feels to me like a range that might not quite make the cut despite being pretty good.

    15 May 2009

    Rebel Minis Romans

    Just got some 15mm Romans thru the post from America - so they are being sped thru the painting table and there will maybe be photos as soon as tomorrow!


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    8 May 2009

    Hedges & Trees for terrain

    With spring in the air here in the UK, I've added Auction Listing pages for you to buy wargaming trees and also clumped foliage for making hedges & bushes, so now you have no excuse not to make your scenery as good as your figures!

    3 May 2009

    Loads of photos


    Just added some US Paratroops with Mohicans from Pendraken to the 10mm Directory - first new 10mm WW2 in ages!

    The Ancients directory has also seen some additions, and now has close to having 2000 photos. Latest additions include two brand new elephants just released by Donnington including an armoured Seleucid elephant HEL03 and a re-sculpted Sassanid elephant SDEL01. I've also added some more infantry (painted) from their New Era range of medievals

    They've also sent me some photos of
    Baggage horses due for release later this month. There are two basic horses, one with a frame and basic baggage bundle over the saddle and the other with a pair of large wicker panniers over the saddle. Each horse comes with a set of equipment/stowage to enable gamers to build the horse to whatever configuration is required. There are different tops for the pannier baskets which can be stuck on to represent different stowage, and all sorts of other bits and pieces such as kit/blanket rolls, bunches of salamis (yes sausages!), wine skins, tools (spade, pick and mattock), panniers full of bread, spears, shields, amphorae and cheese, lances, pole arms, medieval shields, small barrels, jugs and flagons.

    The pictures also show the two different figures to lead the horses, one in medieval dress and the other is more generic being dressed in a tunic, trousers and cap.

    If you are a manufacturer and woud llike to send me photos of your new stuff so I can mention it, please drop me a line !

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    Broken Legions is a set of fantasy skirmish rules for a war unknown to history, fought in the shadows of the Roman Empire. Various factions recruit small warbands to fight in tight, scenario-driven battles that could secure the mystical power to defend or crush Rome. A points system allows factions to easily build a warband, and mercenaries and free agents may also be hired to bolster a force. Heroes and leaders may possess a range of skills, traits and magical abilities, but a henchman's blade can be just as sharp, and a campaign can see even the lowliest henchman become a hero of renown

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