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13Aug/170

A Tour of Hobbiton – Movie Set Tour 2017

This article is for the terrain builders and Lord of the Ring enthusiasts. First proper one about the trip to New Zealand, so enjoy!

After we arrived in Auckland, our first stop along our route through the Northern Island of New Zealand was near Matamata, in Hobbiton. While driving through Waikato we already got the "shire vibe" and half an hour before arriving there, you already knew - this must be the place. It was cloudy at first, but it brightened up during the day.

A Tour of Hobbiton - Movie Set Tour 2017 A Tour of Hobbiton - Movie Set Tour 2017 A Tour of Hobbiton - Movie Set Tour 2017

5Aug/170

Made-to-Order Blood Bowl Halflings

In late June, just before my vacation, Games Workshop announced another wave of made-to-order Blood Bowl teams on Warhammer Community, among them the Halflings.

Blood Bowl - Halfling Team

Games Workshop would offer the 3rd edition Blood Bowl Team of Halflings from 1994 for a week. It was sculpted by Gary Morley back in the day (I thought those were done by the Perrys, as they took care of the halflings for the regular Warhammer range) and the miniatures aren't bad for a set of more than 20 year old sculpts. They added the cook from the halfling hot pot catapult as the special staff to this team. That guy was sculpted by Alan Perry.

15Jun/170

Bolt Action Campaign Battle of the Bulge

The first campaign supplement in the new edition is Battle of the Bulge, the battles in the last winter of world war two.

Bolt Action - Battle of the Bulge

Along with Duel in the Sun this is the thickest campaign supplement for Bolt Action at 124 pages. It covers a specific campaign instead of an area, therefore the scenarios etc. are pretty much following each other. The book covers 12 scenarios, an army list for the free french and special rules for the fierce winter situation in western europe. Pricing is set at 19,99 GBP or 30 USD, which translates around 25 EUR.

11Jun/170

Rubicon Models Allied Stowage Set 1

As a counterpart to the German Stowage Set, Rubicon Models released the Allied Stowage Set 1 in late summer 2016. So now you'll be able to add luggage and equipment to your allied vehicles in 28mm.

Rubicon Models - Allied Stowage Set 1 Rubicon Models - Allied Stowage Set 1

3Jun/170

AK Interactive Agitator Balls / Stainless Steel Shakers

As I am currently working on a few historical projects, and therefore using paints from brands like Vallejo and other companies that use drop bottles instead of pots, I ran out of agitator balls.

What are agitator balls? They are small metal balls that are put inside the drop bottles and help stir the paint. I used to use the ones from PK Pro, but got myself some from AK Interactive during my last shopping at Radaddel.

For 5 Euros, you receive 250 steel balls, which is a pretty good price (PK Pro charges 7,95 for 150 balls). They come in a small bottle with screw top as you can see.

AK47 Agitator Balls / Stainless Steel Shakers AK47 Agitator Balls / Stainless Steel Shakers

27May/172

Osprey Games / Northstar Plastic Dwarves

A bit out of nowhere and unexpected, Osprey Games and Northstar Military Figures announced a new range of fantasy plastic miniatures, beginning with a set of dwarven infantry. This range will be released later this year, but as a special for Salute 2017, there would be a pre-release of single sprues.

Osprey Games - Plastic Dwarves Osprey Games - Plastic Dwarves

The sprues were sold at 5 GBP each, so I assume a later box price of 20 GBP for a box of 20 (similar to the Frostgrave plastic pricing). I was able to get a sprue at Salute, and want to share my impression with you in this brief review.

20May/170

Bolt Action Armies of Germany (2nd Edition)

The first "Armies of" to get an update is the oldest one, Armies of Germany.

Bolt Action - Armies of Germany Second Edition

Since October 2016 the book is available in english and once again written by Warwick Kinrade, who already wrote the first one. The book has slightly grown from former 96 pages to now 108 pages and of course, comes with an exclusive miniature for direct customers and pre-orders. Last time it was Otto Skorzeny, now it is an unnamed duo of german soldiers, one carrying the other.

15May/170

Bolt Action Second Edition Rules

Roughly 4 years after the first edition, Warlord Games treats the Bolt Action community with an updated, second edition of the rules in late 2016. Along with the already available english version of the Bolt Action rules, now in early 2017 translated copies in german, french, spanish and italian are ready to be shipped.

Bolt Action - Second Edition

The game grew incredibly over the last years, a lot of supplements were added – covering army and campaign books – and it was taken care of with FAQ and erratas. This review is based upon the english hardcover rule book, that is sold individually for 30 GBP.

17Mar/170

Bolt Action KV-1 / KV-2 Heavy Tank

Third and last part of russian tank week is the KV-1 / KV-2 heavy tank kit by Warlord Games / Italeri.

Bolt Action - KV-1 / KV-2 Heavy Tank Bolt Action - KV-1 / KV-2 Heavy Tank

15Mar/170

Rubicon Models SU-85 / SU-122

Next up in russian tank week is the tank destroyer / assault gun kit SU-85 / SU-122 by Rubicon Models in this review.

Rubicon Models SU-85 / SU-122 Rubicon Models SU-85 / SU-122