Thursday, December 29, 2016

Episode 7: The Year is dead. Long live the Year.

My brother Chris and I discuss the year that was that was and the year to come.

The Veteran Wargamer is brought to you by Kings Hobbies and Games!

Special Artizan Service Miniatures Kickstarter - FULLY FUNDED!

Special Artizan Service Miniatures Facebook

Other companies we mentioned:
Days of Wonder - Ticket to Ride
Henry Hyde’s Wargaming page
Fantasy Flight Games - X-Wing Miniatures
Wizards of the Coast - Magic the Gathering
Privateer Press Warmachine/Hordes
Games Workshop - Warhammer 40,000/Warhammer Age of Sigmar
Ares Games - Wings of War/Wings of Glory
Netflix - Stranger Things
Howard Whitehouse - Pulp Action Library
Recruits Convention

Thursday, December 15, 2016

Episode 6: Be nice with the dice

Ep 6 - Be nice with the dice is live!

Episode 6: Be nice with the dice - We talk with David Tubbs about gaming etiquette.

The Veteran Wargamer is brought to you by Kings Hobbies and Games!

Special Artizan Service Miniatures Kickstarter

Special Artizan Service Miniatures Facebook

Other companies we mentioned:
Pike and shotte - Warlord Games

Chain of Command - Too Fat Lardies

Chain of Command videos

DBA and DBM - Wargames Research Group

Tabletop Game and Hobby

Lou Zocchi and Gamescience

Dungeon! - Wizards of the Coast

Commands and Colors - GMT

Demonworld - Ral Partha Eurpoe

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Why don’t you just use BattleLore?

If you’ve been following my Twitter and Facebook feeds, you will have seen posts about my developing a fantasy adaptation of Commands & Colors. Those familiar with Commands & Colors might say “Why don’t you just use BattleLore?”

Well, it’s simple. I don’t own BattleLore.

OK, there’s more to it than that.

Commands & Colors: Epic Ancients Zama scenario on a mat using 4" hexes and cardboard standees for units.
This was at the second Jay's July Jamboree, my annual gaming weekend.

This project’s genesis lies in my annual gaming weekend. I’ve always wanted a large game that would serve as the centerpiece of the weekend. All the better if the attendees could have a stake in the game and bring their own figures, as well. Most of the folks that come to my get-together have fantasy figures in 28mm, so a big fantasy game was a natural avenue to take.

I’ve run Commands & Colors: Ancients at my gaming weekend in its original two-player and Epic eight-player versions, so there is some basic familiarity with the rules among the attendees. Not to mention, the rules are relatively straightforward. I have had success in teaching them to non-gamers, novices and grognards alike.

A close up of the standees from Zama. The colored dot labels help identify the unit types.

The Epic version, in particular, is well-suited as it allows for up to eight players. Perfect for my needs. It utilizes a different activation deck than the original version, taking into account the capacity for more players and larger forces in a game.

BattleLore, as far as I know, does not have an Epic version. This automatically disqualifies it from consideration. It also does some different things such as the Lore deck and the dice work a little differently, too. I figured it’s easier to develop force lists for various fantasy races and factions than rework the Commands & Colors: Epic Ancients deck to include aspects of BattleLore.

As for the various factions, the collections of my friends include Skaven, Undead, Samurai, Hairy Naked Barbarians, Elves, Dwarves, Orcs and Goblins. This is well and above what BattleLore offers. That being said, certain aspects of the BattleLore forces are going to be mined for ideas in how to handle large monstrous creatures, for example. Oh, and magic. Gotta have magic.

Some of my Skaven. I need to get painting.

So, hopefully this has helped spell out why I’m not just using BattleLore. I have thoughts on various other aspects of this project that I’ll be putting to words in the future. Stay tuned.

Episode 5: Thoroughly Modern Minis

Episode 5: Thoroughly Modern Minis

We talk with Tim Spakowski about modern wargaming.
The Veteran Wargamer is brought to you by Kings Hobbies and Games!

Special Artizan Service Miniatures Kickstarter

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Other companies we mentioned:
Ambush Alley Games

Battle Front - Team Yankee

Too Fat Lardies - Charlie Don’t Surf

Skirmish Campaigns - Check Your Six: Jet Age


Peter Pig

Old Glory - Command Decision

ROCO Minitanks




Out of Print stuff
GDW - Twilight 2000

Team Yankee (board game)

Victory Games - NATO


Thursday, October 20, 2016

Episode 3: Everything Oldhammer Is New Again

I talk with Andrew Dyer about Oldhammer and we walk down memory lane. Warning, objects in the mirror may be more fun than they appear!

Blogs and websits of note

Some of the companies mentioned in the episode
Wargames foundry


Black Tree Design


Iron wind metals

Tom Meier Thunderbolt Mountain

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Episode 2: We want you for a new Recruit!

Episode 2 is now live! Find it on iTunes and Soundcloud.

Guest Tim Spakowski joins me to talk about Kings Hobbies and Games, sponsor of The Veteran Wargamer. My second guest is my brother Chris Arnold. We talk about the Recruits Gaming Convention and various other topics.

The Veteran Wargamer on: Twitter @veteranwargamer

Modern US Tank Company (M1A2) GHQ Stock # N156

All Quiet on the Martian Front

Fist Full of Lead Facebook page

Ft. Knox US Army Human Resources Command “Stripes” graduation reenactment

Saturday, October 1, 2016

The Veteran Wargamer is a GO!

This will serve as a blog to support my podcast, The Veteran Wargamer. You can find The Veteran Wargamer at the following locations: