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“Warfare" Loot 2021


"Crooked Dice Game Design Studio" WIPs - A Raging Brute, Divine Mortal and Kobold

This past Saturday I decided to make a trip to the Ascot Race Course, Berkshire, in order to attend the Wargames Association of Reading’s annual show “Warfare”. This two-day event is one of my favourite shows of the year, and was doubly exciting as for the first time in my memory it wasn’t being held at its usual home of the Rivermead leisure centre in Reading.


So major change of venue certainly seemed to help the numerous traders have a bit more elbow room than normally, and whilst the Bring and Buy sale location was somewhat difficult to reach – at least without some guidance from the show’s staff – it was definitely easier to reach the main tables so as to see all the second-hand miniatures being sold. Sadly, I didn’t feel the same could be said for the parking though, which was strangely off-site in a muddy, cordoned off area, which also resulted in punters having to cross a well-used main road during a nasty downpour.

"Tangent Miniatures" WIPs - Two of eleven Enemy models and NY Serpent

Purchase wise, I got off to be a bit of a flyer with “Crooked Dice Game Design Studio”, who had a lovely display of all their goodies spread across quite a sizeable area. A couple of their more recent figures quickly caught my eye, such as a resin Raging Brute and a metal Divine Mortal. Both of these models have already been pinned together and primed in preparation for the upcoming Analogue Hobbies Painting Challenge (AHPC); albeit the resin ponytail on not-Goro snapped off surprisingly easily whilst I was simply dusting the multi-limbed ensemble down in my grit tray.


In addition, I couldn’t resist picking up the company’s eight-figure strong 28mm Kobold Tribe. These “craven reptilian humanoids” are one of my favourite dungeon dwellers, and as smooth-looking, single-cast sculpts look set to be a lot of fun to paint in the near future. The horde come armed with a mixture of swords, spears and shields, so have already been efficiently based and undercoated ready for the AHPC.

Three buildings from the now discontinued 10mm range by "Escenografia Epsilon"

One of my other favourite visits was to “Tangent Miniatures”, where I delighted to be able to swap nine Enemy Commander figures I inadvertently received from them a year ago, for some Enemy miniatures instead. This was superb service, in my humble opinion, as I should have double-checked the order twelve months ago when I first received it. But luckily, the manufacturer were an absolute pleasure to arrange the exchange with. Indeed, I was so impressed, that I ended up buying the remaining Enemy models they had, as well as NY Serpent from their Escape Artists range.


Finally, my biggest buy came from “Pendraken Miniatures”. I already own several of their pre-painted 10mm scenic kits by “Escenografia Epsilon”, so ended up coming away with several more bags when I discovered that the terrain was being discontinued. Despite being a little larger in size than my 1:285 scale plastic “Battletech” models by “Catalyst Game Labs” I figured the different resin pieces would easily allow me to populate a suitably varied 3’ x 3’ battlefield for my upcoming Weird War Two campaign…

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undercoat2670
2021年12月02日

The show sounds interesting, I hope you enjoyed it. The car parking sounds bad though. An interesting eclectic haul you have, but I do like the Crooked Dice fantasy models enormously.

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
2021年12月02日
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Cheers Undercoat. I certainly found it to be more fun than this year's Salute. It didn't seem as spaced out or poorly attended - if that makes sense. The venue was also interesting, but I am glad that it won't be there next year - as the car park was a bit naff. I've actually managed to repair my Raging Brute to the point where I don't think I'll be able to inadvertently snap his pony-tail off again, so expect him to be painted up early in the AHPC.

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wsd50
2021年11月29日

Some pretty neat stuff you got there Simon, so is "Mortal Combat" gaming on you're future gaming list then ?


Cheers Roger,

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
2021年11月29日
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Thanks Roger. I believe CD may well have some more fighting figures to come. I actually bought the Raging Brute as I just really liked the sculpt - and do have a few other CD unarmed combatants to paint. Maybe I'll dust them off during the AHPC..?

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wargamesterrainworkshop
wargamesterrainworkshop
2021年11月29日

Nice haul Simon, with some very diverse purchases. Wayne's service was excellent.

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
2021年11月29日
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Cheers Dave. Last show of the year for me so I was hoping it was going to be a good one, and it certainly was. Very impressed with Tangent Miniature's service, and had a great chat with Wayne at the show about his ranges. I'm hoping to give them some love during the AHPC.

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planetmut
2021年11月28日

OK, so NY Serpent has to be Snake Plissken from Escape From New York, right? Looks like you got some good minis there, but it's a shame about the crappy parking arrangement. And you got a pretty good result with those buildings!

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
2021年11月28日
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Thanks Matt. Spot on. Tangent Miniatures do some excellent proxies, imho, so expect to see a fair few more being posted up over the next few months - as I finally start working my way through my collection of their figures.


I don't think it being cold, wet and super-windy helped the car parking tbh. Nor my expectation that as the event was being held at a race course we'd be able to park in the race course (as you can do at Colours).


The Escenografia Epsilon buildings are a little rough and ready painting wise. But they're done and, as I really loathe painting scenery, I can get them on the battlefield asap.

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