Rex's workbench update, Christmas break '20/'20

Its time for an update on everything that I got done over the Christmas break. Hopefully this motivates you to do more wargame hobby. There are a few tips and tricks here where I reveal my secret methods of doing things.

Let us know in the comments what you think and if you learned anything new or were motivated to start a new project.

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Kindle store special: BA D-Day: British & Canadian Sectors

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The kindle store is running a special right now, pre-order the Bolt Action: Campaign: D-Day: British & Canadian Sectors Campaign ebook for only US$10.90, around 50% off.

We still love the smell of new paper and love supporting our FLGS so we normally buy the paper copy as well but the kindle version is great to have for those late night reading sessions and while waiting for the bus. Additionally, searching in electronic format is somewhat(!) easier than searching in paper format.

Due out in only a few days get yours while its hot (and on special).

https://www.amazon.com/Bolt-Action-Campaign-British-Canadian-ebook/dp/B089QDBZCT/

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A box arrived...

In the latest episode of "what the heck has Rex bought now?!", a box came in the mail today that looks a bit like this. (Or should I say a whole new new hobby came in the mail!!)

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Podcast EP16: End of year valhallagames awards and round up

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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Don't forget to check out the YouTube channel at https://valhallagames.net/youtube

...and don't forget if you would like to support us https://valhallagames.net/patron

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Free Viking era wargame rules

The Guys at Little Wars TV (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCD6gPsr1xdvT9F4dntRAJ5g) have put together a set of Free Viking era wargame rules for the great price of... Free. Check them out at the link below, rules plus supporting stuff and more on the way. Looks like a good way to introduce someone new into the hobby.

http://www.ravenfeast.com/


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Boots on the ground, other Random photos

Boots on the ground 2020, other Random photos (yes bad ones!)

The first few are from the best painted army I saw on the day.

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Podcast EP15: Boots on the Ground 2020 (aka the naked man)

 Join Rex and Dan as they discuss Rex's turn at going to a Bolt Action event, Boots on the Ground - Band of Brothers 2020 near Newcastle, Australia.

Catch up on all our hobby news as well. A little shorter podcast this time round as we prepare for the end of year review.

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Wet Palette kickstarter funded but still 14 days to come onboard

OTP terrain, West Australian 3D terrain and miniature printers, are running a 3D printed "Wet Palette Paint Station" Kickstarter its funded pretty quickly and there is still 14 days as of the writing of this post.

I haven't managed to get a review unit but I have backed it so I will do a quick video review when I receive mine hopefully in July 2021. There are some reviews on YouTube if you want to see moving pictures, otherwise I have included some screenshots below with captions that should give you an idea of what its like.

The Kickstarter ends December 31 2020 3:00 AM AEDT (Australian eastern time)

Link here: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/otpwetpalette/otp-wet-palette-paint-station

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Dans Workbench Update Nov '20

 Join Dan as he shares his workbench update going into December, and decide for yourself if the quantity and quality of work puts him on either the "naughty" or "nice" list this Christmas!

If you enjoy the content on our channel and think it deserves a mention in the Little Wars TV "Caesar Awards" 2021, then please nominate our channel before Dec 31 2020 here;
https://www.caesarawards.com/nominations.html

Thanks for watching!

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Boots on the ground 2020 tournament table setup

Boots on the ground 2020 event table setups click on the link below to go to the gallery page:

See other posts under this "tag" for more images.

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Stalingrad box set review - Warlord Games

Join Dan as he dives deep on the Stalingrad box set from Warlord Games, bringing you better pics and info on the product as well as analysing the pricing and recommendations for Warlord for the future.

Note that the video incorrectly shows dollars rather then pounds in the value summary screen. The correct screen is below:

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Podcast EP14: Game on Dan!

In this bumper episode of Valhallagames podcast, Dan chats about his recent Bolt Action tournament/event in Christchurch New Zealand with all the heroics, suspense and drama that little plastic 28mm men can muster. Rex listens on enviously while being inspired to plan for some more casual, local games to end the COVID-19 gaming drought. 

We also chat about all things hobby, what we've been up to, what we're buying, what we're lusting after and what's new an improved in the war games industry (well… in 28mm WWII at least!) 

Thanks for listening to us we hope you enjoy the show and as always we welcome you feedback here don't forget to check out our YouTube page here and as always if you would like to sponsor us the link for our Patreon page is https://www.patreon.com/valhallagames

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"No Surrender 2020" Bolt Action Event.

​The No surrender Event was held a couple of weeks ago here in Christchurch, New Zealand. 

We have this event and my ( Dan) games as a feature in our next podcast, to be released soon to ( firstly) our Patrons via Patreon. Then soon afterward as a general release on your favourite podcast app and afterward, our Youtube channel. Check it out! If you are interested in receiving content such as this early and would like to help support us please feel free to click on the link on our homepage and check out our Patreon.

  Heres the pics to follow along with the podcast to find out whats going on...i better not spoil the results or fun here!! ;) 



Heres a ( poor! ) pic of my Soviet army laid out, and then a a closer shot of the vehicles i received and painted to tabletop standard quickly to get onto the table for the event
the "Tunisian" table...our battlefield for game 1; German Heer & SS vs Soviets
The "cratered" table...scene of my second game; Soviet Naval troops with armoured support vs my Soviet infantry based force
dog mines close in on their targets..whilst the burned out hulk of the SPG- that the other dog mine team has destroyed -stands witness the the battle of the grassy knoll!!!

​Game 3 vs a veteran Japanese Infantry army ..back on the Tunisian table.


Onto Day 2..starting with a Game on the "Bocage" table shown below;

And Finally...Back to the Tunisian table for the final game vs Regular British Late -war infantry...

So thats it everyone...tune in to the podcast for results and details! Thanks and we look forward to us joining us then. Dan.

 

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Rubicon Asia pacific web site is open now

Rubicon Asia pacific web site is open now:

https://rubiconmodelsasia.com/

Prices appear to be similar to other online suppliers. However we at Valhallagame's would urge you to consider where you spend your money. Consider who is supplying sponsorship of your events and who is providing a place for you to play at (if that's your situation). Where can you go to get that last paint you need urgently (again if that's your situation) consider spending at least some of your war-game budget with them.

Either way, Rubicon makes perhaps the best 1/56 miniature vehicles available and the ability to get the models that they only sell themselves like weapon upgrades etc will be great.

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OTP 3D printed terrain review and voucher

In this epic review of 3D printed terrain, Rex looks over lots of 3D prints both fantasy and historical from Western Australian miniature wargame supplier OTP terrain.

OTP terrain have also been kind enough to provide a 15% off site-wide discount voucher (no minimum order required) to friends of valhallgames podcast:

VALHALLA15%
https://www.otpterrain.com/
The voucher is valid until 31 October 2020.

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Rex's winter Germans

Finlay finished the first half of my winter German's. I really love these models from Warlord Games they are dynamic and characterful. I will add some more photos soon but honesty I couldn't wait to share this. Not only is this the best army I have ever painted it could be the best mini photo I have ever taken. That coalesces perfectly with our recent podcast on miniature photography here. If anyone is interested I will put up the paint recipe soon, subscribe to the blog or comment on this post to be notified.

Click on the image below to open the *huge* full sized image and then click or pinch to zoom in on that image to see the detail.

Hope this inspires you to paint and hobby more.

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Paint conversion charts

The best paint conversion charts I have found are located here: https://redgrimm.github.io/paint-conversion/index.html

Example showing in the screen shot below using the example Yriel Yellow by Citidel:

  1. An equivalent or similar paint in another brand (in this case Vallejo)
  2. The original colour
  3. The mathematical difference between these 2 colours

Thanks to whoever put them up there they are great!, i hope they never disappear!​

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Game stat. cards

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Once upon a time I made come game stat cards for kings of war... had forgotten about these until someone mentioned them. They worked well and helped for me as a new player at the time. I laminated them in ID card sleeves, could do the same for any game system. The trick was to use a good graphics design program and lots of "layers" and guides

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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.

If you're getting value out of the podcast feel free to support us at https://www.patreon.com/valhallagames. If you have had a life-long dream of supporting a podcast, you can make your dreams come true starting at $3 per month.

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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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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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