Author Archives: David Wilkinson

Scratch Building Tanks Tutorial by Kamui

Over on the Creative Twilight blog (which does a lot of good stuff go read them), they have slowly been going through an extensive tutorial into scratch building tanks.

Even though my orks have been passed on there is still some green in me so this tickled the hobby buds (like taste buds but shinier).

So for those lazy out there I have collected the links and stuck them belwo (you really need to see this process)

  1. Getting started
  2. Basic structure
  3. Detail
  4. More detail
  5. Tracks
  6. Weapons
  7. Finishing touches

and for those that are even lazier here is a comparison shot of a Chimera and the tank..

Told you it was awesome :)

Mystic Spirits Review

Welcome to today’s post, which is a review of the latest expansion book out for Freebooters Fate – Mystic Spirits.

Carrying on with a similar theme from other FF reviews I will be looking at the  Fluff; Miniatures; Rules/Mechanics; Price and a Summary.

Fluff – Carrying on from Deep Jungle, we see the pirates still enjoying their ownership of Longfall. While the Armada are running some guerilla warfare from the jungles. The goblins are starting their nation with the help of 2 orcs!! The Brotherhood continue their work and the Amazons are getting Angry (angrier). All this and we have to deal with The Cult and their walking dead.

Miniatures – As always the models look stunning and the characters the have generated make the world so much more enjoyable to play. Although as with Deep Jungle not everything is available yet as anything beyond artwork.

The Book – Another cracking book from the FF guys following the same size as Deep jungle and as always some amazing artwork and as mentioned good fluff (always positives).

The main focus other than new models is the new magic rules you can use in games, which brings me nicely to the mechanics section ;)


Basically the new ‘powers’ work like the equipment cards in which case you purchase them for your magic user at the cost indicated. There are 4 different themed areas of magic which you may only have access to a couple of them through the faction you are playing.

All these powers are known as Loas and you buy like you do the equipment cards (review). There can be additional costs in-game as some of the Loas need blood, so your character may need to take some damage at the start before you even use the power.

The mechanism works in a very similar way to which a normal duel takes place but with an added layer of complexity based on what you are trying to cast. The basics you can see in my review week of Freebooters HERE. Although it is a straight 3 on 3 card duel unlike a normal one..

On top of this you now need to be lower or equal the invocation value of Laos for it to succeed. This is done by working out a total based on various things such as LoS, how much the duel weakened the invocation or if the caster got the preferred characteristic through.

So how does it work all Loas have a specific characteristic (RE: a like torso, head for a normal duel; here we have Sober etc..). Now it is possible to block this as in a normal duel, however the opponent may not/can’t block it fully but they can weaken it by matching to the offerings on the card.

See below we have additional pictures of a chicken and a candle, matching these means you have weakened. Once all cards are played you can work out if the Loas was succesful based on the modifiers mentioned!

That was a whistle top tour as I didn’t want to spoil too much ;)

But what is clear is that you do not want to add these powers into the game until you have the game mechanics down, they are very much for the seasoned player. As the added complexity could get confusing for a newer player..

New Card Deck – Alongside the new book, there is also a card pack I recommend you pick up as well. If you are new to the game then get this set over the normal hand set as you get duplicate cards that work with both the magic use and normal combat (which is very handy).

On top of that you get more equipment cards that are optional extras (Check out my review HERE).

But the main use of these cards is to have the magic spells in easy format rather than using the book all the time.

What you get for your money – As always a cracking product by FF and certainly worth it for anyone wanting to take their pirate experience further. How could you not want to when the choices for adding Voodoo Magic is too good to pass up :D

Summary – A great book that adds so much to the Freebooters Fate world, which is all you can ask for :)

Episode 14 – Search for the lost episode

Originally posted on Flock & Awe Podcast:

Welcome to Episode 14 of Flock & Awe

This week we look at various bits of news, including the new storm troopers, some Mantic walls.
Kev then talks new PP stuff.
Marc also gives us a quick review of his latest purchases from back to basixs.

We know that Ep13 has gone missing but as you know that is the unlucky one, it is coming though we promise…

Episode 14: DIRECT download

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Dire avengers

Been busy with Eldar again;

This time my first unit of Dire Avengers I have plans for a second unit and I am currently trying to decide if I should stick with the same scheme or reverse the colours. To make everything more noticeable it is a different unit.


Well a huge weekend this weekend. Not only is it Salute weekend (and I hope those that made it, enjoyed it). It was the weekend my daughter was born 2 years ago!! Yes 2 years ago, no idea how that happened.

However I would like to thank the other half for bringing into this world such a beautiful little girl, she aint a baby any more :( So happy birthday Cub I know you will have a ball with your presents :) Imperial Knight is OK for a 2yo right?

New Writers

Again second plug for writers :) I have found ‘willing’ volunteers for Infinity, Guild Ball, Dystopian Wars. So if there is a system you don’t think I cover well OR fancy flexing your writing arms please let me know :)


This week in my long road to playing as much gremlins as possible I have tried Mah Tucket. I didn’t fair to well, but then over any of the other crews I have dealt with it was odd not having the Df triggers I have got use to.

But Mah is pretty tough and the speed in which she can move around is pretty respectable. A possible threat range of 15″ just within her activation is pretty nice, the only problem is she can leave her crew far far behind and that is a problem.

I will certainly need to have a few more games with her, as she has proven trick to get down in my head over some of the other masters.

I am finding that after a game generally I would have liked to have played Somer and been out-activating the opposition, it is a powerful place to be.


But now for the exciting part, Wyrd released their latest free magazine of Chronicles and well it was heavy with Gremlin artwork from Wave 2 models :)



Mah Tucket

Mah Tucket

Mancha Roja

Mancha Roja

Lovely Assistant

Lovely Assistant

New GW Site

Not going to say much, but it is sensible to at least mention it! Nice clean looking e-commerce site.

Lets face it that is what it is a shop front, no blog, no FAQ links. Will these things appear? who knows but for the moment GW and settled for buy stuff and use the rules as a suggestion only. I hope it isnt as the hobby is what keeps them going, keep chipping away at it and only bad things will happen :(

Dozer & Smigg


Its been a while since I have been tempted by another faction in PP universe but these guys; They have me tempted, very tempted indeed..

Paint/hobby Corner

For those that follow me on Twitter, you may know I have been struggling with my WoC finding the motivation to keep going with them (and with WFB). But I am trying to keep going and as such I have managed to paint the hellcannon in a week and I am moving onto Knights see if I can keep this ball rolling.

Time will tell I suppose! Also still waiting on Brewmaster

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Objectives and Flags

Over at Anything Worth Doing they have shown off some great little DIY tokens for Steamroller. These are a most for anyone playing competitively or who use the scenarios just because :)

If you want to check them out AND download the handy pdfs, head on over;

Objectives and Flags | Anything Worth Doing….


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