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It has been a fantastic journey, with everyone here on Galaxy in Flames, I appreciate all the support I have gotten from the community over the last 4 years. Plus all the fantastic friends I have made through the blog as well. I have outgrown what I have always had as a focus of GiF, which was a 40k focus. I am not quitting 40k at all, but I am branching back out into other genres of Wargaming that just don’t fit the focus of this blog. I really feel it is time to get back to my roots in wargaming and stop solely focusing for the most part on a singular game genre. Basically I need a blog that I can share all the wargaming I do, without making those looking for 40k content only have to suffer through. That way if you follow me to the new blog, you know what you are getting into. I will be blogging about Killzone, Flames of War, Warzone Resurrection, Grunts 15mm Sci-fi, LotR, Muskets and Tomahawks (French Indian War skirimish), 40k and much, much more. I will be launching the new blog in the next week or so and annoucing it here for you to follow me over if you are interested. I will also be updating Killzone in June as well.
The Fiddler is a new 28mm resin mech from the guys at ResinAddict.com.
Hey guys, So its been almost a week since I put paint to model, but my final semester of school is almost finished. I’ve got a couple of projects to turn in, a single final, and I’m graduating this saturday. I’ve gotta say, its super surreal to think that in less than a week, I’ll no longer be a student and be a full-time manager and artist. School, for me, has been a safeguard, a place for me to build Smells Like Wargaming, as well as many long-term connections to the Wargaming community and clients both national and international. The real question is, however, is what does the future hold for Smells Like Wargaming? As an artist, I’ve found my niche and, if I so choose, I can always expand into other directions. For those of you who don’t know, along with Smells Like Wargaming, I’m also manager at our FLGS, Durango Game Space. Anyone in the area should come and say hey! Anyways, having ties and connections via the shop helps secure me in the local wargaming scene, but various other games as well. Casual Magic: The Gathering, anyone? But through my job, I continue to work and expand the hobby through most aspects of my life.
Well I thought I’d do a round up of all the kickstarters out there at the moment for the Gamer that have taken my interest of late. So far I have only gone in at the £1 level on the Warzone Resurrection Kickstarter but I will be looking to up that one when I decide what it is I want from it since I currently have 3 armies for the original game which I will be digging out to see what they look like since they were painted 20 years ago! Wild West Exodus would be my second choice for my time and money but as you can tell I’m already in deep with Malifaux that the game does seem to have a lot of similarities which I could just see me going back to Malifaux (but it is my main game if I’m wanting to play something). Next we have Empire of the Dead which fits into the Gothic Victorian aspect again which you can fit into Malifaux but it has something that has been appealing to someone who loved the early 1900s for the Call of Cthulhu RPG. And lastly we have Hell Dorado which has been around for a couple of years and when I have seen the figures I really have liked them but for the gameplay I have no idea. I do remember Josh over at the Twilight Emporium building a game board for it which I also thought would be great for Malifaux (again you can see my game preference) so it would be interesting seeing what else is happening with the game itself. There are some others out there but personally there has been no interest in Torn, Loka or the 3Doodler. So if your interest check out the links below!
I have decided to create an extremely laid back audio blog/podcast where I talk my wargaming hobby. Sometimes I will have one of my friends on with me to help cover the topic thoroughly. Most of the time I will be covering something 40k related. With that said topics can and will cover anything wargaming from the far future, to Imperial Colonialism to gaming in the ancient world. Each episode will be short ranging from 20 to 45 minutes at most depending on the topic at hand. If a topic would take longer to cover it will be broken up over multiple episodes. The first episode should be up in the next couple of weeks.
SoCal Smackdown a large miniature Wargaming convention in Anaheim is helping to promote the Breachside Benevolence Ball. Read about it here:
Okay, okay, the imagery that headline invokes might be a little more disturbing that even my iron stomach can handle. What I meant to say is that Smells Like Wargaming has painted up what I believe is his first Malifaux crew and it was my Zoraida Crew. I have used
Battling across the road.
I’m quite a fan of the proliferation of smaller companies we’re all spoiled with these days. Microart studios, Greebo, Puppet War, Gribbly Miniatures, Raging Heroes, Base-X-of-War, Otherworld Miniatures, Avatars of War, Scibor, (sharp intake of breath) and so on, there’s a huge amount of choice out there these days. Today I’ll shine the beady eye on one such company, Ramshackle Games . Ramshackle have a fairly huge range of figures, bases and vehicles in both resin and metal. Most of the range is geared toward post apocalyptic models for their game Nuclear Renaissance, which is available free as a download, here . This range is enormous, and has a massive collection of vehicles which would not look out of place in a plethora of other gaming systems. (I’m thinking of some buggies and such for my genestealer coven here, ah, pipe dreams.) They also have a pretty interesting range of fantasy orcs, including the hilarious dungers. I love these lads, I was tempted to use them as hobgoblin wolf riders. Again, the range is quite big, with war giants right down to orc archers
Well here we all looking at 2012 and I’ve been going through some of my older figures thinking of what I can do with them. I’ve now been gaming for just over 2o years with miniatures and playing RPG games for even longer. With that being said we always go through different phases with our gaming and I have been looking at all the models I have for Warzone which was bases in the Mutant Chronicles world. The game takes place in a distant future where the Earth has long since been depleted of natural resources and abandoned. Humanity has spread to the worlds of Venus, Mars, Mercury, Luna (the first settlement following the exodus from Earth), and the Asteroid Belt. Since the exodus from Earth the traditional nation-states of the world have merged into five huge megacorporations: Bauhaus, styled after the culture of continental Europe, the American-influenced Capitol, the Japanese-themed Mishima, the British-inspired Imperial, and the ultra-secretive ambiguous Cybertronic, all of whom use private military forces to fight for resources. Luna (the Moon) itself is considered to be neutral ground and is home to the massive city-state known as Luna City. The other major power of this universe is the Brotherhood, a fanatical religious organization formed to meet the threat of the Dark Legion, an ancient evil comprising five “Dark Apostles” and their horde of hideous mutants.