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Casual wargaming blog focusing on the hobby: sculpting, converting, and painting.

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  • 07/19/15--05:00: Warhammer 40K is Epic!
  • Warhammer 40K is Epic!

    Welcome Wargamers and Hobbyists to my Memorium, and to a new home for some of my gaming posts. I am very pleased to be contributing to the first class melting pot that is ‘Creative Twilight’. Let the games begin…

    As it seems like an age since I posted anything exceeding 140 characters, I should have plenty to talk about, however the pace at which the world of miniature wargaming is evolving is such that it is quite a challenge to keep my mind on any one element long enough to form a cohesive sentence.

    Continue reading Warhammer 40K is Epic! at Creative Twilight.


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    Age of Sigmar Review: First Taste

    Outside, the sky is grim and tumultuous. Spears of lightning split the heavens, and in the distance, bestial roars echo in unending challenge. Greetings Wargamers, and welcome to the Age of Sigmar.

    By now I imagine innumerable gamers have had an opportunity to see the game of Age of Sigmar and unit rules that have been made available for free so far by Games Workshop (thanks GW for this, it has made a big difference to my openness to the new system), and more analytical minds than mine will have run trillions of optimisation algorithms to try and dissect the nuances of Age of Sigmar – and in some cases give opinions about its perceived flaws.

    Continue reading Age of Sigmar Review: First Taste at Creative Twilight.


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    What Do We Want From Our Wargames?

    Welcome wargamers once more to my little corner of Creative Twilight, where I ponder the intricacies of the universe. And play with toy soldiers. Gods help me I am tired of batch painting Marauders!

    The recent debates ongoing regarding the current lack of points based army building structure in the Age of Sigmar game, and the various solutions people are either asking for or are trying to compose themselves have brought me back to a line of thinking that I have pondered on intermittently for some time:

    What do we want from our wargames?

    Continue reading What Do We Want From Our Wargames? at Creative Twilight.


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    Warhammer 40K: Into the Maelstrom

    Greetings Wargamers and Hobbyists and welcome to another round of rambling for your reading pleasure.

    For this article I wanted to talk briefly about a recent game of Warhammer 40,000 I played for which I played using the Maelstrom Missions and cards for the first time. Though the missions and cards have been around since 7th Edition exploded onto the gaming scene, this was my first opportunity to try them out, as not only had I been out of gaming from autumn last year until only about three months ago, when I did get back into gaming it was just as Age of Sigmar dropped, and so that stole the limelight for several weeks.

    Continue reading Warhammer 40K: Into the Maelstrom at Creative Twilight.


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  • 11/16/15--05:00: Gaming Rennainsance!
  • Gaming Rennainsance!

    Greetings Wargamers and Hobbyists, and welcome once more to my humble inner mind. Welcome also to what I believe is a very special time for our hobby…

    As a player of Warhammer (The Game of Fantasy Battles), for some twenty odd years, I was as surprised as any by the route that Games Workshop decided to take when their iconic game was essentially brought to a close, being replaced by a new game – Age of Sigmar.

    Continue reading Gaming Rennainsance! at Creative Twilight.


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    War Among the Stars…Battlefleet Gothic!

    Greetings Wargamers and Hobbyists, and welcome to the Gothic Sector.

    Following on from my last blog post about reinvigorating some of the older specialist games, I have recently been trying to drum up interest in playing Battlefleet Gothic at our gaming club; M.A.D. Wargames at Asfordby, East Leicestershire. The desire to take to the void has been fuelled in part by my recent involvement in the Dropfleet Commander Kickstarter, but also in another game that I would like to find out more about which is Sky Relics.

    Continue reading War Among the Stars…Battlefleet Gothic! at Creative Twilight.


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    Sky Relics: The Grand Painting Contest

    Greetings Wargamers and Hobbyists, and welcome to the skies of Targus…

    I have always been a fan of the sci-fi ‘space ship’ genre of game. A few weeks ago, I was one of a few lucky gamers who received a rather exciting parcel in the post: a set of resin ship miniatures, sent to me by the guys over at Sky Relics, for me to paint for their upcoming painting contest!

    Sky Relics is a game that is currently under development, and as part of the Team’s drive to engage with the gaming community, and to generate some images of ships painted by members of the gaming community, several gamers and bloggers from across multiple continents were sent three Valdian vessels, three Outcast vessels, a Relic Golem, and an additional Valdian ship to practice on which came from their ‘miscast’ box.

    Continue reading Sky Relics: The Grand Painting Contest at Creative Twilight.


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    Sky Relics – An Interview with the Creator & Editor

    Greetings Wargamers and Hobbyists, and welcome back to Targus, where this time around we have an opportunity to find out a little more about the thinking behind the game Sky Relics and the miniatures.

    Recently I sent a few questions over to the guys at Sky Relics, and Derek, the Creator and Owner of the concept and the game setting, and Michael, Editor and Co-writer, were good enough to furnish me with their responses, which I have laid out below.

    Continue reading Sky Relics – An Interview with the Creator & Editor at Creative Twilight.


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    Hero for a Day! A Warhammer 40K Marathon

    Roll up, roll up, crazy Warhammer 40,000 players of all ages, to (possibly) the greatest show on Earth!

    Welcome once more, wargamers and hobbyists to Creative Twilight, where today I have decided to forego my usual philosophising on this hobby of ours, and instead use my powers for the cause of good.

    One of my gaming compatriots and wargaming blogger in his own right, Nick Thrower of the Burning Eye blog, has taken it upon himself to run a charity gaming event to support a charity that has impacted the lives of some of his friends, and Nick being both an avid wargamer and not a person to do things by halves, has come up with a right old slobberknocker!

    Continue reading Hero for a Day! A Warhammer 40K Marathon at Creative Twilight.


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    How to Make Your Own Cobblestone Bases

    Greetings Wargamers and Hobbyists, and welcome to a bit of a tutorial-slash-review of my experiences creating my own cobblestone bases.

    I was inspired to try to make my own base toppers (cobblestone) after seeing what other hobbyists have done for their Frostgrave warbands. I loved the aesthetic of having models based for a medieval/fantasy urban environment, as it would suit the game setting and be a nice change from my usual generic scrub ground basing, which I use for all my other gaming miniatures.

    Continue reading How to Make Your Own Cobblestone Bases at Creative Twilight.


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    Eternal Wargamer’s Hobby Update #1

    Greetings Wargamers and Hobbyists, and welcome to a new format for regular updates from the Eternal Merry go Round of gaming, hobbying, modelling and collecting (which includes new purchases!).

    I hope that this new format will allow me to check in with the community on a more regular basis and prompt discussions about various aspects of the hobby here on the Creative Twilight blog, while at the same time leaving me room to go nuts when I have an in-depth topic to cover as a separate dedicated article.

    Continue reading Eternal Wargamer’s Hobby Update #1 at Creative Twilight.


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    What Are the Pros & Cons of Being a Multi-gamer?

    Greetings Wargamers and Hobbyists, as welcome to my Cogitarium. This is where I like to sit in the peace and quite of the tallest tower of The Eternal Fortress and consider the intricacies of existence, with a pot of tea and a packet of ginger nuts. For this article, I would like to consider briefly a topic I have had rolling around my brain more and more recently. As I get ready to start up in two more games over the coming month, I think I can say that I am truly a ‘Multi-gamer’.

    Continue reading What Are the Pros & Cons of Being a Multi-gamer? at Creative Twilight.


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    Enlisting for Bolt Action & Some Personal Thoughts

    Greetings Wargamers and hobbyists, and welcome to my little corner of the Creative Twilight community blog once more.

    For this article I wanted to talk a little about what is still a new experience for me, and the way it is affecting my thinking about gaming. I am preparing to launch into playing a historically set wargame for the first time in my twenty-three year gaming career, and it has made me think about historical gaming in general, about the particular game I am getting involved with, and the differences between this and the kinds of games I have typically been playing until now.

    Continue reading Enlisting for Bolt Action & Some Personal Thoughts at Creative Twilight.


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  • 11/28/16--06:00: Eternal Hobby Update #2
  • Greetings Wargamers and Hobbyists, and welcome to a rather late hobby update #2! I hope that readers won't hold it against me that this post comes so far after my last. I have had (and still have) something of an encroachment of real life concerns into my hobby time recently, and the dust is only just starting to settle. That's not to say I haven't been hobbying at all, but games and writing time has been at a premium for the last month or so. Anyway, here we go with an update to tell you where I am with my...continue reading

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    Greetings Wargamers and Hobbyists, and welcome to the war... This article and those that follow are intended to chart the journey of myself and my clubmates as we go from being green recruits to experienced veterans in the game of Bolt Action, from Warlord Games. This is my story. There are many like it, but this one is mine. Of course at this stage we are fresh off the boat, but this will help to preserve my 'new player' perspective, rather than looking back later and trying to remember what it was like to be new to the game. Hopefully this will...continue reading

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    Greetings Wargamers and Hobbyists, and welcome back to the skies of Targus. I have to say, it always makes me feel important to be able to bring you an exclusive... Going back a few months I was in contact with the team over at Sky Relics, who were in the preparatory stages of their march (or should that be sail?) towards Kickstarter. The guys had engaged with members of the gaming and blogging community to run a painting competition using samples of their models, to raise awareness of the game on their journey, and it was a lot of fun...continue reading

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    Greetings Wargamers and Hobbyists, welcome to north west Europe. It's 1944... Back in June, for Father's Day, I was lucky enough to be bought a box of Warlord Games' new plastic British Airborne models, which were one of a few things I was hoping for in order to put together some Polish Paratroopers, to join the British Paratrooper force I already have as part of my 1944 Operation Market Garden themed collection. It's only in the last few weeks I have got around to assembling them, and realising at the same time that I now have three different Paratrooper models...continue reading

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  • 11/24/17--07:00: Foray Into Frostgrave
  • Greetings Wargamers and Hobbyists, and welcome. Is it me, or is it a bit chilly in here? Frostgrave; another game that many of you will have heard of, and that was introduced to our gaming club by a member that has since moved away. Our club forum has a section for Frostgrave games. It also has sections for Man O' War, Blood and Plunder, Batman, Infinity, Battlefleet, Gothic, Mordheim and Gorka Morka. The difference between this game and others introduced by eager and enthusiastic members at our club, is that Frostgrave has kind of stuck around, with the odd game...continue reading

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    Greetings Wargamers and Hobbyists, and welcome back to 1940. This time, we're in Greece, and it isn't for a holiday... A number of months ago, I decided I wanted to do several things in Bolt Action, over and above collecting the German 9th SS and British 1st Airborne Division I already have forces for (you know, as you do when you are a long-term hobbyists and have limited self-control) - I decided I wanted to add a small platoon of Polish Paratroopers to my Market Garden themed British collection (check), I wanted to collect a small force of British Home...continue reading

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    Today I want to talk about the enigma of solo wargaming. Of course I'm not the first person to write about playing wargames without a human opponent. I am sure I will not be the last. It's a subjective topic, and one that will evolve over time. The considerations may develop, and solutions to hitherto problematic conundra may be presented. I've decided to write a bit about the subject because it is something I have pondered on from time to time. I have experience of both 'solo gaming' and 'vs gaming', and also, I wanted to try to bust a...continue reading

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