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Miniature Wargaming Labs
75 minutes | Aug 5, 2022
Borne From Ashes
We talk to Joel, the designer of Borne From Ashes: Frontier Battles, a new game in development by someone from the neighboring city of Santa Fe. This game feels like PUBG in table top form for those look for that small team ultramodern combat gaming experience.
56 minutes | Jul 22, 2022
Store Spotlight - Your Hobby Place Alexandria
My old FLGS Eagle and Empire is dead. Long live Your hobby place, the successor game store that took the long hallowed traditions of a northern Virginia classic and elevated it to a newer, bigger, and brighter store front and facility - the American way. I interviewed Matt with Your Hobby Place about the addition of their third location to their corporate empire on the North side of Old Town Alexandria during their grand opening and talked about what their plans are and what a visitor can find there.
62 minutes | Jun 24, 2022
I interview Chris, the designer of Crystallum: Conflict in the Far Future, a 15mm futuristic war game pitting company sized combined arms units against each other. Designed for a 4 by 4 play surface with an average game lasting two hours. Chris represents the small game designer with a dream and the grit to see it through. Check it out at: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/gaddisgaming/crystallum-conflict-in-the-far-future?ref=nav_search&result=project&term=crystallum
87 minutes | Jun 3, 2022
Paint Education with Duncan Rhodes
In this episode Duncan Rhodes kindly joins me in explaining his lessons learned in conducting painting classes. As I look for ways to expand the local miniature wargaming community holding painting classes for younger wargamers has been an approach I have dabbled in. Knowing Duncan has serious experience in this field he provides his experiences with class size, curriculum, and dealing with students of various levels of experience.
62 minutes | May 13, 2022
Blood and Steel Make the Grass Grow
We interview the designers of Firelock Games' Blood & Steel; a skirmish game looking at the period of 1837 to 1901.
60 minutes | Apr 22, 2022
Adding New Games to the Stable
At Miniature Wargaming Labs Brian and I started with a plan of what games we were going to play for the year and invest our limited resources of time and money on those games. Of course we added new games to the plan. In this episode we discuss our progress and why we add new games.
71 minutes | Apr 8, 2022
Independent Skirmisher: Nic and Planet 28
In this episode we interview Nic, the creative mind behind the skirmish game Planet 28.
80 minutes | Mar 25, 2022
Battle Reports with War Corgi
I am interested in doing battle reports for the YouTube Channel. Who better to ask about this than Michael, aka War Corgi.
62 minutes | Mar 4, 2022
Battletech and Salvage: Talking to the MechBay Podcast
We interview the founder of the MechBay Podcast about how to manage a new players entry into the Battletech universe.
68 minutes | Feb 18, 2022
BOHICA: Paul Eaglestone Brings the Rain
BOHICA is the new rule set released by Paul Eaglestone of Empress Miniatures fame; and, in this episode we talk to him about his rules, the miniatures he has made for the period, and where to get them. His ruleset does not just cover the period of the war most Americans think about, but are applicable to all three Into-China Wars. The rules do not come with a point system, instead the games are balanced by the scenarios you choose, with more expansions on the way to cover all the nuances of the different time periods, specific environments (it was not all delta and jungles), and forces. That means that with some home brewed scenarios you could use these rules to cover other conflicts such as the Malayan Emergency, La Violencia, or Belgian Congo with a little imagination.
60 minutes | Feb 4, 2022
Jason and Military Miniature Magazine
In our second episode of the year we interview the Editor-In-Chief of Military Miniature Magazine: Jason. He lays out his vision for an Americas centric publication (that includes appearances by the Canadians) to rally the wargaming community around.
71 minutes | Jan 28, 2022
Starting the Year with a Plan
Brian and I talk about how we are going to approach this year from a miniature wargaming perspective. As part of that how we are down selecting to what kind of games we are going to focus on and our thoughts on whether certain games will be big this year or flops.
86 minutes | Dec 3, 2021
Black Powder, Red Earth: The Search for Authenticity
As part of our long term effort to find companies that seek to manufacture in the US, we have found Black Powder, Red Earth 28mm Wargame. If you like ultra-modern skirmish games built in the US from responsibly sourced suppliers then this is the game for you. Based on a quirky blend of JSOC training scenarios and computer game development this game seeks to capture the action found in the similarly named graphic novel.
46 minutes | Nov 19, 2021
Warlord Games Redux: Jon Russell talks Epic, Project Z, and Italians
Jon Russell joins us again to talk about some of the new games and releases that Warlord Games will start pushing out as we approach the death throes of the Black Friday month and enter year ending gorging times. Amongst the items we discuss is the rerelease of Project Z (I had to remind our honored guest that Zed is not a letter) which will only be available while supplies last, the launch of Black Powder Napoleonic Epic (look for more games to enter Epic scale), and WWII Italians. I should also remind listeners that from November to January is the time Warlord starts dumping items into their clearance bins so pick the right time to strike.
60 minutes | Sep 17, 2021
Julian, Enemy Spotted Studios, and the Killwager Kickstarter
Julian from Enemy Spotted Studios in the Minneapolis joins us to talk about Enemy Spotted Studios and his upcoming Killwager Kickstarter. Julian develops his miniatures and games with a focus on delivering realism in small unit actions from the use of body armor, stances, and the use of weapon sights. His Kickstarter has just launched and has two ways to buy in: Either go all digital with the rulebook and miniatures, or buy everything physically and receive it in the mail. He is also offering the option of having a model sculpted by those crazy enough to drop the money.
76 minutes | Aug 27, 2021
Running a Tournament Part 1
The topic of this episode is running a tournament. We planned to do this topic in one episode but found that it is an expansive topic due to the logistical differences in running a tournament in a store versus an event space. Brian has worked on both types; successfully and unsuccessfully. We will do a part 2 later. In our product spotlight special we talk about Fire Forge's Forgotten World rule set. A definitely undervalued ruleset. We introduce a new section regarding just Games Workshop so it will stop bleeding into the other sections. Of course with the arrival of the store copies of Kill Team: Octarius that dominates this section.
63 minutes | Aug 13, 2021
Gaddis Gaming: Gaming for Everyone
In this episode we talk to Lee and Susan Gaddis out of Detroit. That is right, The home of Muscle cars is home to miniature wargaming manufacturer that specializes in making sure everyone who fights get recognized, and that anyone who wants to play gets recognized. We talk about their latest weird WWII game Empire Falls and their older weird Great War game Shattered Crown. While we do talk about manufacturing, game design, and miniature design and manufacturing (with commentary on SIOCAST), at certain points the show devolves into me giving a wish list of what I am looking for. And, I was not disappointed as he has plans to introduce models for the 555th Parachute Infantry Battalion and various WWII Chinese factions.
61 minutes | Jul 30, 2021
Sellers Extraordinaire: Mindtaker Miniatures
We talk to Robin of Mindtaker Miniatures. A fascinating example of a hobbyist, turned second hand online miniatures reseller, turned physical store with a focus on hobby and community engagement. A case study in how a different type of store can work. Robin was kind enough to offer our listeners a coupon code to get 5% off a purchase at Mindtaker Miniatures. So visit www.mindtaker.org and use the code MWL5 to get 5% off your entire purchase.
67 minutes | Jul 16, 2021
Carl and Contact Front
We talk to Carl, the game designer of Contact Front released by Gods Eye Games, about his origins in miniature wargaming, how he went about developing Contact Front, and where he is planning on taking the game.
59 minutes | Jun 25, 2021
What is an entry level game?
In this episode Brian and I discuss what is an entry level game, or a game for beginners. The rule we decide on is that how long does it take for the game to be fun. Listen as we delve into other criteria. Product Highlight: Army Painters new Gamemaster line of foam, spray cans, and hot wire cutter. Horizon scan: I am looking forward to buying Funky Skull Games new Funky pop models while Brian is interested in Nic Evan's new Kickstarter Super Tiny Giant Battles.
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