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18Sep/200

Throwback – Lead Belt Nottingham 2010 – Day 4

Last day of our trip to the lead belt and we headed to the outer area of the Nottinghamshire, to Mansfield to be exactly. Why head out there? Maelstrom Games had their facilities there, back in the day one of the largest wargaming stores, maybe only second to Wayland Games in the UK.

Maelstrom Games - Brick & Mortar Store

What made it interesting was not only the vast range, but the incredibly large gaming hall with 72 (!) tables, that hosted two tournaments at the same time. Epic 40.000 and Warhammer Ancient Battles on that day we were there. But not all, they even covered a bar, lounge and even more gaming tables. I think one of the things that impressed me the most, that even although the vast amount of tables and this not being club rooms, the amount of terrain was high and the quality of it more than just presentable.

17Sep/200

Throwback – Lead Belt Nottingham 2010 – Day 3

Friday started quite early, at 9 a.m. we went for a quick shopping at Mantic, as some of us wanted to buy some Kings of War armies. In my case, it were a few zombies (I really like the versatile use of the ghouls and zombies by Mantic) and the Dwarfen kings council. On top we got these Mantic messenger bags with personal dedication by Ronnie and Alessio.

Mantic Games - Studio Nottingham

But that was just a brief stay at Mantics, as we had the second part of our meeting with Warlord Games. I had the chance to meet John Stallard, who was tied the day before (he participated in the Games Workshop shareholder meeting). It was really great to meet another former high ranking manager. John participated in the same battle report, we mentioned yesterday with Ronnie.

16Sep/200

Throwback – Lead Belt Nottingham 2010 – Day 2

For the first full day in Nottingham we had the two newcomers on the miniature market on our schedule, Warlord Games and Mantic Games.

Warlord was already in the Lenton Business Centre where they sit until today. But back in the day, as a young and small company, they only rented single offices that were spread across the centre and not the whole wing and own brick & mortar store like today.

Warlord Games - Studio Nottingham

The range was already quite broad in terms of historical coverage, but far from the variety of plastic kits as today. The Early Imperial Romans and some Black Powder kits were already available and the first German soldiers for Bolt Action.

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15Sep/200

Throwback – Lead Belt Nottingham 2010 – Day 1

In August I have written about my anniversary in "professional" wargaming, and during my time as editor-in-chief I visited a lot of shows and convention, and we did some tours to meet with some of the manufacturers. Our first large tour of that kind was exactly 10 years ago (well in the night from the 14th to the 15th), towards the lead belt.

For those of you not familiar with that term, the lead belt describes the greater Nottingham area / Midlands, as due to Games Workshop sitting there, a lot of other tabletop companies were founded in the surrounding area - many by former Games Workshop employees.

Lead Belt Nottingham
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As we were already in touch with the bigger companies for coverage, news and such, we arranged a couple of meetings in and around Nottingham and booked our stay in a hotel in Nottingham (Jury's Inn, proper stay, can only recommend). When I say we, it was Christian/Darkover (my former second-in-command), his wife Sarah, and two friends of mine from the local wargaming club; Andre (the albanian national coach, more on that later) and Lukas (my flatmate from my student days).

21Dec/150

Pinterest: Lead Plague, Back of Beyond and Panzerserra

Last few days until christmas, and i want to show some really special blogs from my pinterest board. I hope you guys liked the advent calender so far, and a ready to spend some time with your family and friends, have a rest, and maybe enjoy a game and a cold pint.

First pick is from France, Lead Plague. A pretty cool old school project log, about Rogue Trader and Oldhammer. Some original vintage miniatures, along with conversions of newer ones to fit in with the old vibe. Enjoy the nostalgy.

Lead plague

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11Mar/150

Lead is very important

Everything is changing. Gone are the days of armies mostly made from metal and resin. Due to companies like the Perrys, Warlord Games or Gripping Beast plastic has arrived in historical wargaming as well, and it doesn't stop at puny little foot soldiers. Nowadays you even get 28mm and 15mm vehicles made from plastic and along with this, comes a phenomena that already bothers me with the infantry - the weight. Plastic gives you a lot of miniatures for small money - usually. But due to the lack of weigh, there is something missing. They somehow feel less worthy / valuable and can be pain to play with in some gaming situation (a.e. hills).

With infantry you can trick around, using washers or excessive base designs to weigh them down. But with vehicle kits it is a bit different. I stumbled around this idea in model kit forums, as they tend to use fishing lead to weigh their kits. Fishing lead is round-ish, usually comes in small portions and for some reason may be difficult to acquire due to that whole lead may be poison stuff. So i found something different, balancing weights for wheels. The whole box with 6 kg of self-adhesive 5g pieces just cost 20 euros. Bargain!

Tank Weights

10Aug/130

Back from the Lead Belt

I still owe you guys some reportage on my Nottingham trip.

The 4 days around Warlord Games Day were not only used to visit Warlord Games, but Mantic, Battlefront and the Warhammer World as well.

First off all, what did i bring back to Germany? Due to travelling by plane a little bit less than i would have otherwise.

Nottingham Goodies

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25Jan/210

American Civil War on an epic scale

I am preparing a bit of American Civil War for Q2 / 2021. I don't stray often from 28mm, but there is such a broad variety of scales in wargaming (just to give you some examples from 6mm Epic sci-fi, to 10-12mm Warmaster fantasy, 15mm ACW, 28mm Napoleonics and 40mm Perry Border Reavers) that I needed to take a closer look, when something is released in plastic.

Different Scales

22Jan/210

Necromunda – Underhive Stock

I started with the hobby in the mid to late 90s in Germany, so a lot of that late Oldhammer to early Middlehammer coined my image of the hobby. Miniatures sculped by the Perry twins, Jes Goodwin and Gary Morley, artwork by Mark Gibbons and Wayne England. So it is no big surprise, that 2nd Edition 40k, Blood Bowl and of course Necromunda really appeal to me.

What is Necromunda about? It is a 28mm skirmish between the street gangs of the bigger Houses on the planet Necromunda, fighting over supply contracts, mines and facilities. And all that in the underground of a megacity (so very 2000 AD) in the Warhammer 40.000 universe. With the character / gang development it even included a narrative part, to tell the story of your own gang, with all the ups and downs that belong to it. And that narrative part is simply the cherry on top of that old school goodness.

30Dec/200

December 2020 review

Busy month, for multiple reasons. I continued with sorting out my stock and sorting out. After going through my Blood Bowl collection, that is now pretty much complete, I went on with Necromunda (not the 2017 re-release, but the mid-90s variant). I did sheets for the multiple gangs, to get an overview on poses and doubles. Quite happy with the status. Will post a search and sale post in the new year.

Necromunda - Stock Taking Necromunda - House Orlock