Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Wargame Bloggers Quarterly on the web

Issue One of WBQ is out and going great guns. We've got close to 1,200 downloads and lots of positive feedback and offers to write articles. Thanks everyone!

Now Issue One is out of the way we've also made some progress organising ourselves to make things easier for the community - that's YOU! We have a couple of social sites and some downloadable resources for you to grab too. Check them out below.

Issue List
On the Web

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Paint Table Saturday

Reinforcements for my divergent Space Marines chapter are taking shape. I've got a Predator Annihilator, second Razorback and two five-man Terminator squads on the go. All this should nicely top up my ability to handle more armoured forces and put me on the front foot once more.

As you can see everything is assembled and customised with extra cog-styled wibblies on the tanks. Almost all the undercoating is complete and the painting proper can now start. In the background you can see some existing troops that I've got handy to ensure I get my colours matched correctly.

Welcome Paul Waechter who has joined us since I last posted. Hopefully you find plenty of interest hereabouts mate.


Thursday, August 14, 2014

Good news, good news and yet more good news

If I didn't feel like death warmed up right now today would be an absolute pearler. Even with my evil man flu there's still plenty to be chuffed about here and Millsy Towers.

Firstly, Issue One of Wargame Bloggers Quarterly has just reached the 1,000 downloads milestone in less than a week since publication. I don't believe any of us involved would have imagined it would have done so well when we put it out there. The feedback has been overwhelmingly positive and there has been great interest from the community in submitting content and getting on board in general. To everyone who has commented, given a shout out or otherwise got involved thank you very much! If you've not yet downloaded a copy get into it folks.

As if that wasn't enough I've been the beneficiary of a very generous act by a fellow blogger and gamer. About a month ago I posted saying I was looking for a specific figure from the first edition of Necromunda (this chap on the left).

Tom from the appropriately named Tom's Toy Soldiers not only had one, he posted him off in short order and he arrived yesterday, completely gratis.

It's this kind of thing that makes you realise what a wonderful group of people the gaming blogosphere is. Thanks Tom! Your beer will be ready and waiting when you arrive Down Under for the footy mate.

Hobby-wise, I'm finally back at the modelling desk after all the computer work on WBQ and it's been quite refreshing to do something other than type. I'm currently assembling a couple of armoured vehicles for my Space Marines, plus a bunch of extra Terminators, all of which is apparently absolutely necessary to survive life in the grim-dark after Russ well and truly towelled me up on the weekend with his Birthday Orks.

Lastly, another upside of WBQ is a bunch of new friends have joined the Canister and Grape crew. Welcome aboard Sean, Will Mays, Martin Connell, MarkG and Robert Audin (who also published in WBQ Issue One).


Saturday, August 9, 2014

Announcing Wargame Bloggers Quarterly!

The more observant amongst you will have noticed it has been a bit on the quiet side around here for a few weeks. Until now I've had to keep my mouth shut regards the real reason and for the likes of me that represents something of a challenge to say the least!

Anyway, it's with a sense of relief I can now explain why...

Both Evan and myself have been head down beavering away on a new project with a bunch of like mind members of the blogosphere. Here's what we've been up to, all "press released up" if you like....

What's this all about then?!?
The Wargame Bloggers Quarterly (WBQ) is a FREE community driven electronic magazine (PDF e-Zine) composed of the best wargames and miniature painting content from the collective blogosphere. The purpose of the WBQ is to help promote wargaming and miniature painting and ensure that the best material generated by participants in the hobby is available to the wider community in the long term.

Any individual is free to submit content to WBQ for publication. Submissions may not have been published in any other e-Zine, printed magazine or other publication to prevent copyright infringement (with the exception of the author’s own personal blog). All content remains the copyright of the author at all times and will be fully credited upon publication.

If you want to know more about WBQ you can read our charter here or you can contact the current Editor-in-Chief via email on wargamebq@gmail.com.

Important: WBQ is specially designed for tablet and/or PC viewing and contains high-resolution images and other content that look great when zoomed in or viewed full page. Make sure you download your copy rather than view it online to get the very best experience!

Issue List

So there you have it! As Editor-in-Chief and also publisher of Issue One I had my hands full as you can probably imagine. Fortunately I was blessed with a team of supportive, talented individuals in the form of the Editorial Panel who helped out with every conceivable task and generally made my life a lot easier.

If you were not initially involved or offered a role please don't feel left out! When we kicked off we worked with an initial list of people drawn from our respective contacts and we limited that list to keep things sane as we found our way. From now on anyone is free to submit content and we heartily encourage it!. Not only that, if you read our charter you will see that the Editorial Panel gets refreshed periodically and the Editor-in-Chief role gets moved on from issue to issue as well. No one person owns WBQ - the community owns WBQ.

So get downloading, have a read and tell the Editorial Panel what you think on wargamebq@gmail.com.

PS. Welcome aboard PK! :-)


Thursday, July 31, 2014

Flying under the radar

Evan and I were just talking about how we've been neglecting our blogging duties of late. To be fair, I've got loads going on with a Japanese exchange student in the house this week, plus a load of fire brigade activity too. Still... none of that is an excuse so by way of explanation of things I am doing here's a quick run down of what I'm doing right now.

1. Pulling together the next game in my ECW campaign with Adam and Curt. This installment will be some sort of all cavalry engagement which will be a good change of pace. I don't often do this sort of game so it should prove a challenge to both design and play.

2. Reading a cracking book about Australians in the First World War. It's as much about the families involved and aftermath as it is about the battle in question itself. I suspect the author started out to write one story and ended up writing another. Not necessarily a bad thing if done carefully. I'd seen mixed reviews but I got it super-cheap on sale I'm struggling to put it down. If you have the opportunity I highly recommend it.

3. Stripping a pile of miniatures for Warhammer Fantasy (more Savage Orcs) and a few odds and sods for other projects. Why some people paint with the seeming intent of filling up all the available detail on a miniature I don't know.

And finally...

4. Working on a super-secret project with a bunch of like-minded loonies [ahem!] talented individuals.
All will be revealed soon i.e. when we get our collective act together. :-)

Before I sign off, a quick welcome to r.a.e. gingerbhoy, Matthew Parmer, Sander, service ration distribution and quidamcorvus who have all joined us recently. I have no idea what half of your names mean but it's great to have you aboard!

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