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Tabletop Miniature Hobby Podcast

Did you grow up collecting and painting Citadel miniatures, and playing games like Warhammer, Warhammer 40k, HeroQuest, Battlemasters, and Space Hulk? Did you gradually grow out of the hobby only to find yourself plunging back in many years later, discovering great new games like Frostgrave, Stargrave, and Kings of War?The Bedroom Battlefields Tabletop Miniature Hobby Podcast brings you conversations about collecting, gaming, painting, terrain, and much more - often with a nostalgic twist.We also dive into topics such as productivity, balancing hobby time with other aspects of life, and the overall psychology behind playing with toy soldiers. 

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Did you grow up collecting and painting Citadel miniatures, and playing games like Warhammer, Warhammer 40k, HeroQuest, Battlemasters, and Space Hulk? Did you gradually grow out of the hobby only to find yourself plunging back in many years later, discovering great new games like Frostgrave, Stargrave, and Kings of War?The Bedroom Battlefields Tabletop Miniature Hobby Podcast brings you conversations about collecting, gaming, painting, terrain, and much more - often with a nostalgic twist.We also dive into topics such as productivity, balancing hobby time with other aspects of life, and the overall psychology behind playing with toy soldiers. 

A Visit to Warhammer World (& a Read of White Dwarf!)

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I knew very little about Warhammer World beforehand, so wasn't sure what to expect. The building is split into different areas, you have the exhibition, the shop, the gaming area, and Bugman's Bar for your refreshment needs.

See my full gallery of pics from Warhammer World.

My main aims here were to see the exhibition and to get a couple of pints. I still had a wee look around the gaming area though, and it had some pretty impressive tables.

Tickets to the exhibition were a very reasonable £7.50, and you could go round it as many times as you wanted.

It's a place packed with vast, world-class dioramas. Seriously impressive stuff on that front. There was the odd classic on show, too. Mike McVey's Emperor Vs Horus from 1994, and John Blanche's 1982 masterpiece March of the Undead.

My one small gripe (if you could call it that) was that I was hoping for more of a museum or "through the ages" experience. There were some great wee 80s and 90s bits and pieces here and there, but they can get lost amongst the epic sprawling warzones of the modern era. It's almost as if the company want to pull you back to the present day as quickly and as regularly as possible. I suppose that is how they make their money, after all.

In any case, this didn't spoil my experience, and I had a great time. We finished up with a few beers, a walk around the shop, and then back off to Nottingham town centre via the excellent Ye Olde Trip to Jerusalem (England's oldest Inn, apparently!).

Also on this episode of the Tabletop Miniature Hobby Podcast:

Oct 20 2022

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Best Miniature Companies, & a Poem for the Hobby

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What are my favourite miniature companies? What do I think of 3D printing? And what's my opinion on historical wargaming? Those are just three topics on a jam-packed episode of the Tabletop Miniature Hobby Podcast.

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Sep 27 2022

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Miniature Transportation, Fish Tank Terrain, & Warhammer-Themed Recipes

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Do you ever think to yourself "if I owned a Warhammer-themed cafe, what would be on the menu?".

No?

Well, strap yourself in. You're about to.

In this episode, I also ask the question "do Games Workshop's paints have an accessibility issue?", and persistently get the names of miniature companies mixed up.

Sep 02 2022

27mins

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Frostgrave Vs Rangers of Shadow Deep

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This isn't a direct comparison of Frostgrave Vs Rangers of Shadow Deep. We've covered the ins and outs of the latter quite a bit on this podcast, already. Instead, we're going to turn our attention to the frozen city, and delve into the Frostgrave rules (and spells) to see the similarities and differences between these two excellent games.

Aug 11 2022

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2D Terrain, Stripping Paint off Miniatures, & Storytelling

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On this episode of the Tabletop Miniature Hobby Podcast, I'm joined by George, a returned hobbyist and fiction podcaster. George is the writer and creator of The Tales of Hobgob & Mulch. This is a show that draws some inspiration from the Warhammer world, though perhaps through a somewhat lighter lens.

We talk a bit about storytelling and fiction podcasting. I also mention The Witch Hunter Chronicles, and, if you're in the mood for some high-fantasy audio fiction with a (very) NSFW twist, check out The Lords of the Ring Piece

George is the writer and creator of The Tales of Hobgob & Mulch. This is a show that draws some inspiration from the Warhammer world, though perhaps through a somewhat lighter lens.

We talk a bit about storytelling and fiction podcasting. I also mention The Witch Hunter Chronicles, and, if you're in the mood for some high-fantasy audio fiction with a (very) NSFW twist, check out The Lords of the Ring Piece

Elsewhere on the episode, a big thanks to our sponsor Midlam Miniatures, and I talk about my recent completion of a band of their junior townsfolk range – see my pictures in the link, there.

Then it’s on to the serious matter of stripping paint. We spend all that time talking about unpainted miniatures building up, so what do we also like to do? Remove the paint from those we’ve actually finished.

As I mention on the episode, though, there were a few minis from both childhood and early on in my “return” that I thought looked terrible. I really wanted to use these guys in various future projects. After some failed attempts with methylated spirits and Dettol, Biostrip 20 took that paint off faster than the guy in the takeaway shop shaves a stick of doner meat. A big thanks to the folks on Discord who helped me see the light (and the shiny metal), here!

By the way, that red grout brush is really good too. That said, after a bath in the Biostrip you could probably dab the paint off with cotton wool.

Finally, I talked about the pros and cons of 2D terrain. I recently got my hands on this wee kit, and, in the main, I love it.

Thanks as always for listening to the Tabletop Miniature Hobby Podcast, and please remember to follow or subscribe on your listening app of choice!

Aug 03 2022

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How do they organise games of Blood Bowl in the Warhammer world?

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Isn't administration fascinating? But seriously, what are the logistics of getting a team of Chaos daemons into Altdorf for a sporting event? On this episode, I'm joined by Josh of the Crown of Command podcast for general hobby catchup, with the usual nostalgic twist.

Jul 28 2022

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Rangers of Shadow Deep (The Bridge Guards), & Frostgrave: Perilous Dark

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We’re no strangers to Rangers of Shadow Deep on the Tabletop Miniature Hobby Podcast. If you’ve followed along so far, you’ll have heard our campaign progress as we played through the Deserted Village and Infected Trees scenarios that made up Mission One.

Now it was time to kick off Mission Two (The Beacon Tower) with its first scenario, The Bridge Guards. Here, we see the introduction of the Gnolls, and those were a mixture of beastmen and goblins on our tabletop.

The gnolls were guarding a bridge (hence the aptly named scenario) over a fast-flowing and very cold river, which we needed to get across on our way to Tor Varden.

I took Joe McCullough’s “wooden blocks” advice on this scenario. The table had to be strewn with rocks, boulders, and general cover – the idea being that the Rangers have the element of surprise (at least, until one of my guys manages to blow our cover pretty early on!).

I even used these blocks to build the bridge itself. Sure, it doesn’t look ultra-realistic, but suspension of disbelief quickly kicks in the minute the first dice is rolled.

We upped the challenge level by adding in a “Gnoll Lord”, who basically took the stat line of an ogre. We also gave ourselves some extra backup with the addition of ‘Goatsy’ – and he had a very interesting afternoon indeed!

Keeping the Joe McCulloch theme of this episode, I also wanted to chat about a book I recently bought and read through – Frostgrave supplement Perilous Dark. This excellent solo/co-op guide combines pre-written scenarios with a lot of how-to advice on creating your own scenarios and campaigns of this nature. Big thanks to friend of the show Mark on our Discord channel for the heads up about it!

This episode is sponsored by Midlam Miniatures. Three of the miniatures used in this scenario were bought from Midlam – Goatsy, Boarus, and the big lizardy lad playing the role of the Gnoll Sergeant on the bridge. You can see pics of the Kraken Cult, Grim Reaper, and Headless Lady miniatures mentioned in my post about Populating a Lovecraftian Dungeon.

Remember, we have similar reports from the Deserted Village and Infected Trees scenarios on the Tabletop Miniature Hobby Podcast, too.

Jul 14 2022

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How Do You Decide When to Buy New Stuff?

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I placed a few orders recently, in order to play Blood Moon (Rangers of Shadow Deep) in the near future. But do you need a reason to buy new miniatures, paints, or even, games?

Other topics in this episode include the new Citadel contrast paints, season four of Stranger Things, and Discord. A big thanks to Midlam Miniatures for sponsoring this episode, too.

Jul 07 2022

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The Importance of In-Person Events, & Tabletop Scotland 2022

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Tabletop Scotland 2022 is an event that takes place over the weekend of the 27th and 28th of August 2022. The venue is Dewars Centre in Perth.

The show promises something for everyone, whether you’re a hobby veteran or completely new to it all. You’ll find card games, board games, and roleplaying games all represented, and there are plenty of opportunities to pick up some new miniatures and terrain for your collection.

On this episode, I’m joined by John who’s one of the organisers of Tabletop Scotland. We talk about the birth of the event, its history, and what’s in store for 2022.

If you’re not based in Scotland though, or simply can’t make it along to the event, then this episode is still worth your while. We also talk about the importance of “real life” and in-person hobby stuff. Podcasts, online communities, and remote gaming are all brilliant in their own ways. But the hobby is a tangible one, and, as John puts it, we are social beings. So no matter where you are in the world, remember there are always opportunities to find local gamers to play against.

We also had a chat about John’s hobby background. He’s the first guest on the show that’s openly said he hates painting miniatures and will do anything to avoid it (whilst still managing to field fully painted armies). This shines a light on the depth and value of the tabletop miniature hobby, and gives an example that you don’t need to do everything. Just pick out the bits you like, and enjoy them.

Horus Heresy was also on the agenda, because, why wouldn’t it be? John’s the proud owner of the old card game version and has played it regularly for the past 30 years. He sounds excited to dive into the new one, too.

If this is your first time listening to the podcast, then thanks for giving it a shot. Remember to check out our full list of episodes right here.

Finally, we have a new Discord channel for the show. It’d be great to see you in there, if you’re so inclined.

Jun 30 2022

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Dungeon Saga, White Dwarf Freebies, & Hidden Hobbyists

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Is there a bunch of hidden Warhammer players in your neighbourhood? That's just one of the topics Jason and I cover on this episode of the Tabletop Miniature Hobby Podcast. We also talk about our shared love for Mantic's Dungeon Saga, reminisce about getting free miniatures on the front of White Dwarf, and explore the world of DIY terrain.

Jun 23 2022

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Cross-Game Campaigns, & the Terrain Conundrum

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Terrain is an essential part of the tabletop hobby. What kind you use and how you get it can throw up a few dilemmas, though. Do you make or buy your buildings and scenery? And do you go ultra-realistic but limited, or for a "wooden blocks" approach that can become literally anything you need it to?

As we're usually limited in our terrain collections for any one genre, I'm talking on this episode about the idea of cross-game campaigns. This gives us the opportunity to tell a sweeping and cinematic story, as opposed to hanging around outside the same three farmhouses for all eternity.

Jun 09 2022

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Miniature Board Games, Fighting Fantasy Books, & Bretonnian Paints

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It's time for another eclectic wander around the hobby, and this time, I'm joined by Grant. He's a fan of miniature board games and we talk about their appeal when compared to some of the more open "tape measure" games. We also talk Fighting Fantasy (with a nod to Escape the Dark Castle), and the trials and tribulations of painting miniatures.

Be sure to check out BedroomBattlefields.com for recent posts and paintjobs. And, nice reviews of the show are always welcome on Podchaser, too!

May 12 2022

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Should You Try to Become a Great Miniature Painter?

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A wee solo episode covering a range of topics.


I'm also giving away copies of the Hordes of Chaos and Beasts of Chaos (6th edition) books - just rate and review on your listening app of choice (or on Podchaser) to enter the prize draw. UK only, sorry!

Apr 26 2022

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How to Find Local Gamers

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"How to find local gamers" is probably the biggest problem facing the modern-day miniature hobby enthusiast. Very few of us are looking for a game every night, or even every week. But let's face it, we'd all probably like to play at least a handful more games each year. 

On this episode of the Tabletop Miniature Hobby Podcast, I'm teaming up with Dan of Paint All The Minis to try and help you get more games in.  

How to Find Local Gamers

Dan and I found there to be six ways to find local gamers to play miniature games against (and with). We go into depth on each in this episode, but at a glance, here they are:

Convert a Friend: Is there someone you already know who might enjoy a game of something. Dan likes to test the water with an out-the-box game like Space Hulk. I think Song of Blades & Heroes works well for this.

Play Solo: Do you need to find local gamers to play against? Not necessarily. Solo wargaming exploded in popularity during the pandemic, and Rangers of Shadow Deep is one of the best games around.

Your Local Club or Store: Sounds like a no-brainer, but here's a place where you'll definitely find local gamers.

Apps & Tech: GameFor was a handy app where you could find gamers in your area. It isn't available at the moment, but it's apparently on its way back. Dan also recommends Tabletop Simulator which is the best online substitute for an in-person game.

Posters or Flyers: Is there a local community centre or library in your area? Then why not stick something up on their noticeboard. Better yet, order a few thousand leaflets and pop them through every door in your neighbourhood!

Social Media: The low-hanging fruit option. The games you like probably have communities on platforms like Facebook and Reddit. So why not just ask if there's anyone nearby? 

Apr 13 2022

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Joe McCullough on Creativity, Inspiration, & Gnolls

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We talk about Joe McCullough's games a lot on this podcast. Sometimes, we even talk to him. This episode is one of those times. Join us as we explore the inspiration and creative process behind games like Frostgrave, Stargrave, and Rangers of Shadow Deep.

I also asked Joe the question "why all those gnolls?"

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Mar 24 2022

56mins

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Post-Game Chat: The Infected Trees (Rangers of Shadow Deep)

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Rangers of Shadow Deep gets a lot of love on the Tabletop Miniature Hobby Podcast. We've previously done episodes looking through the main rulebook, speaking to creator Joe McCullough, and playing the very first scenario The Deserted Village. Now it's time to take on the next one - The Infected Trees. Except I've actually no tree terrain in my collection, so let's just go with "infected ruins" instead! 

Plus, there's a bonus audio drama titled Roll to Hit.

Here's a link to our photos from the game, and here's a link to the worst Patreon ever, too. Enjoy!

Mar 03 2022

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Does the Hobby Still Appeal to Enough Young People?

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Hobby-enthusiast Mark Smith joins me on the latest episode of the Tabletop Miniature Hobby Podcast. This week, we're talking about how to get more kids into the hobby. Did we peak in the 90s? Are there simply too many other "immediate" distractions out there now for miniature painting and gaming to compete with? This was a really interesting conversation to have and, though the title might sound pessimistic, there are still lots of things to be positive about. 

By the way - as a bit of a nostalgia trip, be sure to check out my childhood Space Wolves, Lizardmen, and Undead armies. 

We cover a lot of ground on this episode, but some of the topics of discussion include:

The impact of that HeroQuest advert

We ponder whether Games Workshop is still serious about marketing towards young people? And if they are or were - are they the right people to be championing the hobby to da yoof?

Would it be better if young folks were introduced to the hobby via clubs, groups, or mentors? After all, a company like Games Workshop's ultimate aim is to make money, and most kids have little or none of that.

We pose the question of why there seems to be so many world-class miniature painters posting work online these days, and if this could potentially be offputting to beginners.

We also talk about the benefits and appeals of analogue hobbies, the rise of video games, and the wonders of monopose miniatures.

For anyone looking to introduce their kids to an accessible miniatures game too, I thoroughly recommend Song of Blades & Heroes. And bonus points if you make your warband out of Monster in My Pocket figures!

I also hawk the usual links for the Miniature Hobbyist Survey and the Worst Patreon Ever

Feb 25 2022

55mins

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The Joys of 6mm Wargaming

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"You're looking through the wrong end of the telescope", says Peter Berry of Baccus 6mm - "6mm figures aren't tiny, 28mm figures are very very big".

On this episode of the Tabletop Miniature Hobby Podcast, we're exploring the world of wargaming in the 6mm scale. This is a great conversation highlighting the many joys of six. Peter is keen to point out that this isn't a case of one scale OR another (most of us love 28mm first and foremost, after all), but using the right tool for the right job. 

It almost goes without saying, but, the smaller the scale of your troops, the bigger a battle you can have. I'll bet many listeners to this show will have first-hand experience of that, too. Do you remember navigating multi-based squads of Eldar and Orks through the cardboard skyscrapers of Space Marine in your youth?

There are other practical appeals of 6mm. You can buy an entire army for less than £50, paint it up in a day or two, and store it in a shoebox. People might find the thought of painting these miniatures intimidating but as Peter advises, you should try to "paint the unit, not the man". He has some painting guides on the Baccus 6mm website, too.

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Bonus resource: Want to make your own 6mm-scale trees?

Oh and I talk about the worst Patreon campaign in podcasting, too. This won't be used to improve the show, nor will it include any rewards. Don't worry though, I won't bang on about it all the time, either! 

Feb 16 2022

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Health in the Hobby: Part 2 - Diet, Nutrition, & Weight Loss

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We all try our best to look after our brushes, our paints, and our miniatures. But what about ourselves?

Though talking about health in the hobby might not seem as interesting and escapist as chatting Chaos Dwarves and Snotling Pump Waggons, it's something that we ignore at our peril. There are a few reasons why we're going to cover it in this 2-part episode.

  1. This is a sedentary hobby where we remain in the same position for long periods of time - and indoors, too.
  2. Most of us have also been stuck working from home these past two years.
  3. The beginning of a new year often gets us thinking about our physical and mental health, and, at least toying with the idea of making improvements.


So I'm joined by Dan of the Paint All The Minis Podcast. Dan is as heroic-looking as a modern-day GW sculpt. He wouldn't look out of place on the cover of Men's Health magazine, and he's here to lecture you and make you feel bad about yourself.

I'm being tongue-in-cheek of course. This definitely isn't a lecture, a "how-to", or an exercise in body shaming. It's merely a chat where we talk about the health-based things that have worked for us (or haven't!) over the years.

The aim is simply to get you thinking about your own health in the hobby. Either to start exploring avenues of improvements you might be able to make. Or, to laugh heartily at two puny weaklings attempting to talk about things like weights and fitness.

Because we are far from experts in these fields, and absolutely none of this is "advice", we're linking to some handy follow-up resources too. Always do your own research, and don't take our word for anything we say here.

Health in the Hobby: Follow-Up Resources

Feb 05 2022

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Health in the Hobby: Part 1 - Posture, Movement, & Exercise

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We all try our best to look after our brushes, our paints, and our miniatures. But what about ourselves?

Though talking about health in the hobby might not seem as interesting and escapist as chatting Chaos Dwarves and Snotling Pump Waggons, it's something that we ignore at our peril. There are a few reasons why we're going to cover it in this 2-part episode.

  1. This is a sedentary hobby where we remain in the same position for long periods of time - and indoors, too.
  2. Most of us have also been stuck working from home these past two years.
  3. The beginning of a new year often gets us thinking about our physical and mental health, and, at least toying with the idea of making improvements.


So I'm joined by Dan of the Paint All The Minis Podcast. Dan is as heroic-looking as a modern-day GW sculpt. He wouldn't look out of place on the cover of Men's Health magazine, and he's here to lecture you and make you feel bad about yourself.

I'm being tongue-in-cheek of course. This definitely isn't a lecture, a "how-to", or an exercise in body shaming. It's merely a chat where we talk about the health-based things that have worked for us (or haven't!) over the years.

The aim is simply to get you thinking about your own health in the hobby. Either to start exploring avenues of improvements you might be able to make. Or, to laugh heartily at two puny weaklings attempting to talk about things like weights and fitness.

Because we are far from experts in these fields, and absolutely none of this is "advice", we're linking to some handy follow-up resources too. Always do your own research, and don't take our word for anything we say here.

Health in the Hobby: Follow-Up Resources

Feb 03 2022

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