EPISODES
  • Are Narrative and Competitive Gaming at Odds With One Another?

    I'm joined by Ed from our Discord community, who drinks a staggering 17 pints during the course of this episode and lambasts me for my anti-competitive views.

    51m | Feb 18, 2024
  • Joe McCullough: Go Deeper With Your Hobby

    With the obvious exception of Games Workshop stuff from the mid-90s, Joe McCullough’s games probably get more coverage on the Tabletop Miniature Hobby Podcast than any other. Fortunately, Joe’s a lovely guy as well as a brilliant games designer, and has been gracious enough to guest on the show not once, not twice, but three times!

    In our January 2024 round, we’ve some new releases to catch up on, including Frostgrave: FireheartOld Bones, and Rangers of Shadow Deep: Tenebrous Citadel. On top of that, there are some listener questions and a few of the recurring ones I’ve been asking other rules writers.

    On that last note, I’ve also started to compile answers to the “favourite game mechanics” question into one blog post, too. You’ll also find answers there from Gav Thorpe, Andy Chambers, Tuomas Pirinen, Jervis Johnson, and Alessio Cavatore.

    1h 7m | Feb 4, 2024
  • Man O' War and Playing Remote Games

    Chris Snyder joins me to talk about his two favourite topics - Man O' War and remote gaming. Special thanks to Warbases for sponsoring this episode.

    1h 2m | Jan 28, 2024
  • The Bittersweet Act of Opening a Blister Pack

    I'm joined by another lovely member of our Discord community, David of the 5thHammer Youtube channel. On this episode, we discuss his hobby origin story, opening old blister packs, and the art of having patience.

    52m | Jan 21, 2024
  • Painting Eyes, Passing the Torch, & the Slow Hobbyist Manifesto

    Cam's another positive member of the Bedroom Battlefields Discord Community, and he joins me for a chat about his hobby origins, being a good steward of the hobby, and his love of Man'O'War.

    Also mentioned on this episode:

    54m | Jan 15, 2024
  • Painting One Miniature a Week

    Jamie, AKA Kazdok from our Discord community joins us to talk about his hobby origin story, writing his game Of Knights & Quests, and the simple tactic of painting one miniature a week.

    38m | Jan 8, 2024
  • Collecting More Scenarios, as Opposed to More Rulesets

    Mark's back for a wee chat about various hobby topics, including:

    42m | Dec 21, 2023
  • Setting Sail With Mantic's Armada

    Mark and I chat over a range of hobby topics, including ImagiNations, painting 15mm, Space Weirdos, and getting into Mantic's naval combat game Armada. I also talked about a recent narrative scenario I've been planning for Song of Blades & Heroes.

    51m | Nov 30, 2023
  • Q&A With Jervis & Rick, via The Oldhammer Fiction Podcast

    We recently published written Q&As with Jervis Johnson and Rick Priestley on BedroomBattlefields.com. Lewis from the excellent Oldhammer Fiction Podcast was kind enough to record them for me, meaning you can now enjoy them in audio form.

    Also mentioned on this episode:

    • Warbases - a brilliant company making terrain, movement trays, and more
    • Send us a voicemail - What hobby-related thing have you recently changed your mind about?
    28m | Nov 3, 2023
  • What’s It Like to Manage a Games Workshop Store?

    Stuart from Great Escape Games joins us to talk about his journey from Games Workshop store manager to Wild West gunslinger. As well as running the Cardiff store, Stuart also had a couple of his armies featured in White Dwarf and even won a WFB staff tournament whilst working at GW.

    These days, Stuart has traded in his red jersey for a Stetson, as one of the big focuses of Great Escape Games is Dead Man's Hand. For the past decade, DMH has given players the opportunity to fight out gun battles in the Old West, and it'll be given some TLC in 2024 with its new edition Dead Man's Hand Redux - coming to Kickstarter at the end of the month!

    1h 0m | Oct 24, 2023
  • Alessio Cavatore Q&A – “There Is No Such Thing as ‘Too Simple’ a Game”

    There are few names as respected and influential in this hobby as Alessio Cavatore. Known for his work on iconic games like Warhammer 40k, Bolt Action, and Kings of War, Cavatore has left an indelible mark on the hobby. However, what sets him apart isn’t just the games he’s worked on, but his philosophy that rulesets can be smaller and simpler, and that big, heavy rulebooks don’t necessarily make for better games.

    Just like our episodes with fellow industry legends Gav ThorpeAndy Chambers, and Tuomas Pirinen, Alessio will be asking the same lineup of recurring questions. These throw up some interesting angles, including:

    • The fact that he doesn’t paint miniatures
    • His surprise at GW blowing up The Old World
    • His new-found appreciation for K-Pop
    32m | Oct 5, 2023
  • How to Spice up Your Solo Wargames

    Solo wargaming has countless benefits, but many hobbyists are put off because they feel it'll be too predictable without an opponent on the other side of the table. In this episode, William of the William's Wargames YouTube channel digs into some of the reasons why these assumptions are way off the mark. He also points to some great resources, too, including a book called the The Solo Wargaming Guide.

    52m | Sep 28, 2023
  • Painting Lessons, Lego Terrain, & Scratch-Building an Ork Warboss

    It was a real pleasure to chat with Calum AKA Doctor Spork who's an active member of our Discord Community. You can also find and follow him on Mastodon.

    45m | Sep 22, 2023
  • Battle Systems Terrain: It’s Like IKEA for Necromunda

    Battle Systems terrain has been on my radar for a few years now. It appealed to me when I first heard about it, and I’d always planned to pick up a box or two at some point.

    Having recently got into Planet 28, the timing felt right. My sci-fi terrain has, until now, been pretty non-existent, and my skirmish terrain, in general, has lacked depth, levels, and floors.

    Like most hobbyists, I don’t have much room for storing terrain (and certainly not for leaving it set up), so the idea of Battle Systems’ “flat-packed” cardboard offerings was quite irresistible.

    There’s also a strange nostalgic appeal of cardboard terrain, from those classic Warhammer 40k ruins and Epic Space Marine skyscrapers to the little cottages White Dwarf would teach you to make out of old Cornflakes boxes.

    So I reached out to the good folks at Battle Systems and enquired about reviewing two kits that caught my eye, and they very kindly agreed to send them out to me. The kits are the Frontier Core Set, and the Art Deco High Rise.

    I should clarify that I don’t do this often, if ever. Not that there’s anything wrong with the strategy, but I only want to spend my limited hobby time with stuff that I really like, or, like the look of. And like the look of Battle Systems, I do. So, let’s see what to make of it all…

    Battle Systems Terrain

    The first thing I noticed upon opening the boxes was just how much terrain is packed into them. I mean, it’s pretty obvious from looking at the box covers, but it’s worth reaffirming that you get a lot of stuff, here.

    I actually found it quite intimidating at first, looking at everything in its flat-packed form. I watched a couple of YouTube videos to see examples of other folks putting Battle Systems terrain together, but it is pretty self-explanatory. Once I got started and stuck a couple of walls together, I quickly lost myself in the task. I found it quite therapeutic, actually. Like building a big 3D jigsaw.

    Taking a break for a bit, I rolled out the neoprene mat from the Frontier Core Set. Whilst the detail on it is excellent, the overall quality I’d describe as “fine”. I have a few neoprene mats from GameMat.eu, and they’re of superior quality. But it’s possible that Battle Systems make them this way as it’s easier to fold them in boxes.

    Back to the cardboard terrain, the attention to detail in the artwork design is second to none. It’s almost telling you a story of its own as you pop bits out and join them together. They’re double-sided too, so you don’t need to pay too much attention when you’re building it.

    I’m curious as to how others put their Battle Systems terrain together. I imagine it’s a bit like fiction writers: You have the meticulous planners who know every tiny detail before they get to work. Then, you have the “seat of the pants-ers” who just start and see where it takes them. I think I identify more with the latter, though maybe the more experienced you get with the kits, the more likely you are to dream up some grand designs.

    Battle Systems terrain is almost the polar opposite of the 2D neoprene terrain I talked about recently, and yet, I like these 3D cardboard structures just as much. As ever with this hobby, there are no right or wrong ways to do things. Everything is an option, and everything has its place.

    I’ll admit that I don’t see me getting much use from the scatter terrain in these kits. I found them a bit fiddly to put together and didn’t do a great job with some of the smaller parts. This wasn’t a major selling point for me anyway. I was really after the big stuff – walls, stairs, walkways, etc.

    I’m excited to bring more of a multi-layered, multi-platformed experience to my skirmish games. I do own a lot of cool terrain, but my miniatures are almost always fighting out their battles on the ground floor. Now, they’ll have the opportunity to climb, jump, and fall from two or three-storey structures. That adds so much to the narrative, the scenario objectives, and the potential for a good tale at the end of it all.

    So, in summary, these kits get two big thumbs up from me. I can see myself getting a lot of use out of them, and the potential for variety is limitless. I often joke about our terrain collections having us fighting over the same three farmhouses on the tabletop. With Battle Systems terrain, there’s no danger of that.

    It’s worth noting, too, that although I’ve got sci-fi and apocalypse settings here, Battle Systems also has an excellent-looking fantasy range on their website.

    Hopefully, you’ve enjoyed this whirlwind review, and it has answered some of the questions you might’ve had. Here’s a quick recap:

    Pros

    • Flat-pack storage takes up very little room.
    • Limitless variety of build options.
    • Beautifully illustrated card.

    Cons

    • Increased setup time – This is definitely not a time-saving tool.
    • Relatively fragile – you’ll need to take very good care of it.

    Now, who wants to get some meatballs?

    The Frontier Core Set is available for £84.99, whilst the Art Deco High Rise costs £37.99. Thank you very much to Battle Systems for sponsoring this content!

    16m | Sep 13, 2023
  • Take Your Kids on a Dungeon Crawl, With CoraQuest

    Being a proactive fellow, I've been on the hunt for a dungeon crawler I can eventually play with my daughter. She's only two at the moment, and I don't fancy waiting another ten years, so I'd been Googling "dungeon crawlers for kids". I'll admit it was a somewhat half-hearted search, but it didn't throw up anything that caught my attention.

    Anyway, it turns out that all I needed to do was attend this year's Tabletop Scotland to find what I was after. I hadn't been through the doors two minutes when I spotted a lovely wee game called CoraQuest. I had a chat with the nice chap from Bright Eye Games, got shown the basics, and did the old "take my money" routine.

    When I got a look in the box that evening, I learned more about the game's origins, and it turns out there's a heartwarming tale of a Dad (Dan) and daughter (Cora) creating it as a lockdown-era project in 2020.

    Anyway, the next natural step in this sequence of events was, of course, to have a chat about it on the podcast. In this episode, you'll hear from CoraQuest co-creator Dan about the game's background, how it plays, and the media frenzy that followed its release!

    Links

    45m | Sep 7, 2023
  • BOYL 2023 - How Did It Go? & What About Hobby Events in 2024?

    Everyone's favourite demolisher of walls, Jason, took his van to Bring Out Your Lead earlier this month. On this episode, he'll talk you through it whilst you quietly weep because you missed out.

    Then, fellow TMHP Discord community legend Mark will ask you your opinion on potential hobby events in 2024, and you'll gladly fill out his survey right away. You will!

    43m | Aug 25, 2023
  • Andy Chambers Q&A - “Jervis Beat Me Many Times!”

    No serious hobby podcast could run for a couple of years without having Andy Chambers on it. And although isn't a serious podcast, Andy was kind enough to dedicate some of his time to working his way through my list of questions. So, what's he not very good at? What myths and misconceptions would he like to dispel? And what's he working on right now? I'll answer that last one up-front - it's called Zeo Genesis and you should definitely sign up for playtesting access!

    42m | Aug 11, 2023
  • Tuomas Pirinen Q&A - "We Crave the Reality of Physical Things"

    Following my recent Q&A with Gav Thorpe, I had the pleasure of talking to another of my heroes: Tuomas Pirinen.

    Famed for (but certainly not limited to) masterminding the cult game Mordheim, Tuomas has a wealth of experience and insights we can draw from. And though he now earns a living in video games, we certainly haven’t lost him from the hobby. I was excited to learn about Trench Crusade – a 32mm scale grimdark miniatures game he has designed.

    27m | Aug 4, 2023
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