New: Soviet People's Militia squad box from Warlord Games

Soviet Peoples Militia squad box from Warlord Games is up for pre-order, this one appears in the Stalingrad book and hopefully also on my table soon...

Order here: https://store.warlordgames.com/collections/pre-orders/products/soviet-peoples-militia-squad

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Podcast EP13: "Freeze Frame"

 Join Rex and Dan in this episode of the Valhallagames podcast where we talk miniature photography (a LOT of miniature photography!). Note the show times below if you want to skip over parts that aren't relevant to you or your camera type.

In our usual segments we also talk hobby, plastic and metal lust and what we are reading and looking forward to playing.

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EP 13 "freeze-frame"
00:00:00 Intro
00:01:57 Break
00:03:40 Hobby catch up
(including Rex's rail yard project, Dan's battle for Berlin force and British Airborne paint & learn)
00:18:18 Break
00:19:40 Main topic "freeze-frame" - Part 0
Miniature photography introduction and background
00:21:33 Why do we take photos
Making sure you satisfy your end purpose
00:27:17 Photo composition, setting the scene
What makes a great photo, arrangement, just the miniature or in its environment. Improving the miniature environmental scene, lighting, backgrounds
00:58:21 Photo tech for ALL camera types, basic camera, DSLR & mirrorless)
"Exposing" your photos correctly (dark/light), "depth of field" how much is in focus
1:12:30 Big boys/girls cameras
Utilizing cameras where all the aspects of the shot are customizable (DSLR\Mirrorless)
1:30:16 Bonus content: Editing/developing, shooting [in the] RAW
1:35:52 Bonus content: Photography backups
1:38:02 Photography sum up
1:39:38 Break
1:41:04 "What are you reading" segment
Rex: https://amzn.to/2QDtPaz Dan: https://amzn.to/2QSeGlT & https://amzn.to/31IhYhB
1:54:10 Things that we are lusting after and things that we have bought lately
https://store.warlordgames.com/products/stalingrad-battle-set
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yaHpBBEumFA& (https://www.otpterrain.com/)
https://store.warlordgames.com/collections/new-releases/products/bolt-action-battlefield-debris
https://store.warlordgames.com/products/carro-armato-semovente

Stay classy!

​Following are some example of our images, enjoy! :-)

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Is Warlord looking at a re-sculpted British Army boxed set?

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UPDATE 19/10/2020: A warlord rep has confirmed this to be true.

I got an odd web survey invitation from Warlord Games. Almost as an answer to Dan's wish from the last podcast it seams as if Warlord might be looking to re-sculpt the British army minis. Those units do look a bit dated in my opinion and they could do with a refresh, here are some screen shots from the survey I'm not sure how many people received this it may have been warlords entire online store database in which case most people would have seen this anyway. My thoughts along with the images below.

In summary, Dear Warlord games, if you build it I will come. [buy]

Continued below...

Here is the survey email.
Continue reading
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Coming soon - discount voucher for 3d printed terrain

Coming soon - Valhallagames has secured a site wide discount voucher for 3d printed terrain for our subscribers and community. This is from an Australian 3D print provider (with hundreds of products). 

Details to be revealed soon. :-)

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Next podcast less than a week away...

Next podcast less than a week away... "Freeze frame" all about miniature photography plus the usual chit chat about hobby and products.

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WWII British Airborne Paint and Learn - Offensive Miniatures 28mm

 Welcome to Valhalla Games first "paint and learn" video. In this first episode Dan uses the fantastic 28mm Offensive Miniatures WWII British Airborne to explain how he paints a realistic depiction of the WWII era red devils uniform complete with the *REAL* colour for those maroon berets. As well as painting, Dan talks about the historical evolution of the uniform its self.

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Check out offensive miniatures web site here https://www.offensiveminiatures.com/ for a fantastic range of miniatures including the NEW RELEASE British Paratroopers shown in this video.

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Battle for Berlin German Force Showcase

Dan reveals his finished Battle for Berlin German defenders, in the flip side to Rex's Stalingrad project in this WW2 tale of Two Cities.

As well as motivating each other to move our projects on, Dan references being inspired by James' Berlin forces and terrain work on his "JvC Paints" channel, heres the link- go check it out ;
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCxK_MmW3EPnOiVGCt4TA85Q

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Thanks All! keep your hobby going!

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3d Printed Stalingrad fountain quick review (otpterrain.com)

Lets have a quick look at the 3d Printed Stalingrad fountain from otpterrain.com. Rex has bought 2 (one for Dan also) will the be the beginning of a new 3d printed goods love affair? As always if you like our content please like, subscribe and share.

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Offensive Miniatures Ltd Ed Figures review

Join Dan as he reviews the forthcoming Offensive Miniatures British Airborne medic/ casualty vignette, drop container and sniper miniatures. Also the Ltd Ed Tropical Fallshirmjager with pack mule. Look forward to a how to paint video starring the British Airborne, coming soon!....

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Podcast EP12: The Dirty Dozen

Podcast EP12: The Dirty Dozen... In this twelfth episode of the valhallagames podcast Dan & Rex talk about all things hobby, new projects, what's new in wargaming, what historical events we "want to game" and finally getting out of lockdown (for Australia and new Zealand at least).

Part two is an in depth discussion around the challenges (imagined or otherwise) in putting the most hated soldiers of any WWII army on the table, and just who are those soldiers? Does it depend on your perspective and what country you happen to come from? Should we be sensitive to political issues in wargaming or always just play "the good guys" so that we don't offend or in the end is it just a game?

We would love to hear your thoughts at https://valhallagames.net/index.php/contact

Game on Australia and New Zealand (but stay safe!).

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Workbench video: Rail yard terrain project - train scale

We have a new video on YouTube. In this workbench video we take a look at Rex's new 28mm rail yard terrain project for Bolt Action and Chain of Command (well it doesn't exist quite yet but this will form the centerpiece). Rex thinks about train scale, does this look good or should it be more "Suitable for 28mm" scale? 

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Rex's Winter Germans paint recipe is here...

Rex's Winter Germans paint recipe is here... (click on the image below)


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"Scattered to the four winds" Bolt Action battle report

Dan & Rex face off again in the continuing campaign based on the real WWII battles around Primosole Bridge, in Sicily 1943. "Scattered to the four winds" is the second scenario in the nine scenario campaign. Check out the other games in our channel playlist. This battle report uses the Bolt Action miniature war games rules and 28mm miniatures from various manufactures including Offensive Miniatures, Warlord Games, Artizan Designs and Perry Miniatures. If you enjoyed the video please subscribe for more and check out the podcast by searching for valhallagames (one word) in your podcast app. Thanks for watching! Please share , like and subscribe.

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Work in progress Winter Germans

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Hi everyone, yes I have been a bit quiet lately, life getting in the way of wargames, hate it when that happens. Here are three test models from the Warlord Games plastic Winter Germans boxed set. 

Model "A" is completed clear coated and based in a deep, fresh snow base style. Although I'm pretty happy with it I feel that there isn't enough contrast in the Great Coat especially at 4 feet in the usual poor light.

The two "B" models have not been clear coated yet and with the above in mind I have overemphasized the highlighting so as to hopefully still be good after the clear-coat try's to kill off all my good efforts. Just an officers hat to go (I hate it when you have to spend an hour working out what colour a hat is) then these three are done and its time for the other 27ish.

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Clearcoat, clear as mud

Having completed an entire podcast on clear-coat (here), I thought I would take Dan's advice an purchase a can of Tamiya TS-80 flat clear-coat. I gave it a try and it went well, having taken that medication (or placebo) I felt all better and have been enjoying the TS-80 flat and "not-so-much-colour-knockback" effect. Recently though I painted up 3 of the exact same mini and I thought it would be worth while doing a more objective test. Below are three soviet squad leaders looking out across the broken cityscape for danger in the form of enemy in grey. Click on the image for the supersized version. The minis are clear-coated as follows:

  • One is sprayed with Testers Dullcoat
  • One is sprayed with Tamiya TS-80
  • One has not had any clear top coat at all

What do you think, can you notice the difference? Can you pick which is which? Do you have a preference?

A couple of things to say; Sure its not very scientific, its only in one light source. The light source is defused from a "softbox". Although I painted them all at the same time I seam to have used a different technique for the center one with the brushstrokes (sorry about that) but let me know your thoughts and I will let you know the answer.
And here is the result. Check the belt buckles for any difference.
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ANZAC day 2020... Thanks

Nothing more needs to be said after the last post. Have a great day enjoy your (relative) freedom. Rex 

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Soviet cavalry conversion - first half finished

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Soviet cavalry conversion - first half finished, some quick "its nearly midnight" photos, I'm pretty happy with them. Just need to purchase three more the same and then to find some sabres from somewhere to stick on.

Click on the magnifiing glass for a larger image.

The paint guide is here (work in progress horse colours to be added shortly)

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Op. Upgrade & Beccas command; Finished!

Dan reveals his finished Waffen SS force and his Beccas command models. We're really pleased to see Pauls progress after the op; good on ya mate! We are trying to get more content published to keep you motivated during these times, if you are enjoying it then please share it with others and subscribe for more! Stay safe, Rex & Dan. 

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Podcast EP11: Planes, trains and antivirus (and some wargaming)

Come on a gaming (and driving) adventure with Dan and Rex as we talk about and prepare for Dan's week long gaming visit to Australia.

Listen in on a behind the scenes casual chat as we make the trip from the airport to home, our plans and aspirations for the perfect week of gaming, podcasting and YouTube…ing.
Learn why if you're not playing campaigns you're doing it wrong and our challenge for you. Hear all our hobby news and discussions about Stalingrad.

Full disclosure: No viruses were caught or transmitted as a result of this podcast.

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Beccas Command & Op. Upgrade Pt 2

Check in with Dans progress on Operation; Upgrade on the 2nd hand Waffen SS force, and as he introduces his Command models to support P Beccas. Get well soon! Hope you are ALL safe and well out there team.

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Podcast EP16: End of year valhallagames awards and round up...:

The latetst podcast episode is live now. This should appear in your podcast app if you have subscribed (Search for valhallagames podcast in your app) or you can listen on the web player here

Episode 16:

Welcome to the final episode of valhallagames podcast for 2020, Join Dan and Rex as we review the products that caught our eye for 2020 also hobby update and grand plans/schemes for the new year. Lastly, it's not really Christmas until...

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