Saturday, May 10, 2014

Weekend Wrap - Priestly, Fury, & Ragnar

Introducing Weekend Wrap

The weekend is the perfect time to sit back, relax, reflect on previous week, and look ahead to the next.  Well this isn't a perfect world with life getting in the way sometimes (a lot), but we can still try.  Same goes for Der Feldmarschall, so I'd like to use these posts when I get a chance to pass along some of the interesting stuff that I may of spotted around the blogosphere and beyond during the week.  Doesn't always have to be new stuff, just interesting things I thought were worth the time to share.  Hope you agree.  ;-)

Rick Priestly Interview

The "Rick"
First up is a wonderful interview with Rick Priestly by my friend Bart and his partner Bryce on the Old Man Wargaming segment of the Hitting on 3's podcast.  Rick talks about his upcoming game, Beyond the Gates of Antares, as well as Bolt Action, Games Workshop, Warhammer 40k, Sci-fi/Fantasy/Historical gaming past and present, and much more.

Nice lengthy interview with loads of info from Rick's HUGE wargaming background.  Anyway, you can find Episode #45 HERE, and the interview starts at the 53 minute 10 second mark of the podcast.

FYI: Rick also has his own website found right HERE.


Mike over at Ministories shared some spiffy new "warmats" he had custom made by Barrage Miniatures.  Looks like they come in a number of sizes (some quite large) in either grassy, desert/dirt, snow, and sea.  From his post though, it sounds like they will gladly custom make them to your personal needs.

A little pricey , but as Mike's post tells they come highly recommended by a number of folks, and certainly look fantastic in the pictures.  The mats even come in their own duffle bags.  Again you can check out that post HERE.


A new World War II movie titled Fury is coming out November 14th.  I found this post over at the News from the Front blog-site for the Michigan Toy Soldier Company.  Directed by David Ayer and the cast includes: Brad Pit, Shia LaBeouf, Logan Lerman, Norman Ellison, Jon Bernthal, Grady Travis, Scott Eastwood , Jason Isaacs, and Michael Peña.

"At the end of World War II, April 1945, the Allies make their final push in the European Theater, a battle-hardened army sergeant named Wardaddy commands a Sherman tank and his five-man crew on a deadly mission behind enemy lines. Outnumbered and outgunned, the war-weary men battle the desperate enemy during the final days of the war. The team are dangerously short on resources - leader Wardaddy (Brad Pitt) and his crew (which includes Shia LaBeouf and Logan Lerman) are outnumbered and outgunned and the odds are against them in their attempt to bring down the heart of Nazi Germany."

Star Wars: X Wing Table

I haven't given into the temptation to start playing/collecting the Star Wars X Wing game from Fantasy Flight Games, but I'll admit it all looks pretty cool.  Many folks out there are doing up their own star mats/game mats, and one on Hetairoi Wargames caught my eye.  I don't know how the round game table/mat works with the rules, but I think it has a very pleasing aesthetic to it.

Black Powder 123

Over at Sparker's Wargaming Blog, they have come up with a novel concept for smaller and teachable, yet challenging and enjoyable games of Black Powder for Napoleonics.  Referred to as Black Powder 123 and limiting each force to either 1, 2, or 3 units of infantry, cavalry, and artillery per side.

Originally intended for a quick way to sharpen up on the details of the Black Powder rules in prep for larger battles, Sparker and pals found the small games to be very tactically challenging and enjoyable in their own right.  Also the small games serves as a great way to introduce new would be players to the rules and help prepare mini pushers/participants for the planned larger games.  HERE's the original concept post, and HERE is the great learning event they put on recently.  Good stuff!


Finally, the Vikings season on the History Channel has wrapped up sending many into a Saga playing frenzy (or at least greatly distracted by it).  No sooner than Ragnar has become king, the information and spoilers for season 3 started pouring out.  The biggie? The Siege of Paris with 100 viking ships!  I'll let you read the rest of the article/interview from the Huffington Post with series creator Michael Hirst HERE, but next season can't come fast enough.  :-)

Well, that's enough for now.  Kind of a rough first go, but we'll see what I can patch together for future posts.  No promises that this will be a weekly thing, but we'll see how it goes none the less.  Remember the blogs, etc. mentioned here are stuff that I found interesting enough to pass along, but this is by no means a "Best of" type thing.  Have a great weekend, and remember your Moms tomorrow!



  1. We are only just starting the Vikings 2nd season next tuesday its been a long wait

    1. Sorry if I ruined it for ya... :-/ Season 2 is really good though, so enjoy!

      I don't know if the link works the same where you're at, but here's where I watch the episodes:

  2. Enjoyed the first season of Vikings!

  3. That round space mat is perfect; I need to get more X-wing played this year.

  4. Looking forward to Fury, and I think Vikings is coming our way shortly-ish too...?


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