Rick Priestly Interview
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.
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!