The Tabletop Wargaming Thread

Haha, my opponent that round was flabbergasted. The Drakhun is already a beast, but under Signs and Portents it gets ridiculous. That poor, spindly jack didn’t know what hit it!

Has anyone tried Anima Tactics. Looks a bit like a tabletop Final Fantasy-esque game. I like that art style, but I have no idea wha tthe game is like and I haven’t been able to find much info.

I’m relatively new to Miniature Wargaming, I’ve dabble in Flames of War and now building a Protectorate of Menoth Warmachine army. I love miniature games but I stink (lack experience) with painting my minis. I was hoping some of the veterans mini players on this board could answer a few question for me.

What is the best way to prime figures? Spray or brush on? I’ve read spray is the best but I live in cold climate and currently unable to paint outside. Could I just water down my base color (Thamar black for instance) and brush on that as a primer layer?

Also what would you suggest for a primer color? I think white might be to bright so I thought of either using black or gray. Is there an advantage to using one or the other? Suggestions?


My current army:

-High Exemplar Kreoss
-Exemplar Cinerators
-Exemplar Errant Seneschal

I cheat a lot with my painting (dips etc) and the default colour for Menoth is lots of white, so that’s what I would use (and I’d spray, not brush). You can always do a wash over it if you’re worried it’s too bright.

I use Black P3 Spray Primer for my Menoth. It works great and is reasonably forgiving to temps. I usually spray in the basement on some cardboard and then bring them upstairs right away to dry. I live in Vermont and that has worked fine for me even when it’s cold out.

Also get a Choir ASAP, you can thank me later.

I realize this is an old post, but I have thoughts about this.

Do you mostly plan to play the game with your family, or are you looking for a healthy community of people to play with in your area. Because if that’s a big concern, you should check into what kind of tournaments or gaming store game nights happen in your area and aim for games with good support there (probably bigger/more popular games like Warhammer and Warmachine).

If you think you’ll mostly play with your family, then I’d just go for the game you or your daughter thinks has the coolest/prettiest minis.

(If you have them)

Try substituting the Great Bears of Gallowswood in for the MoW Shocktroopers, and with the point you save, replace the Berserker with a Marauder or a Juggernaut. Or replace the Berserker and the Kodiak with a Marauder and a Drago.

Vladimir, The Dark Prince (*5pts)

  • Black Ivan (10pts)
  • War dog (1pts)
    Doom Reavers (Leader and 5 Grunts) (6pts)
  • Greylord Escort (2pts)
    Greylord Ternion (Leader and 2 Grunts) (4pts)
    Winter Guard Mortar Crew (Leader and Grunt) (3pts)
    Winter Guard Mortar Crew (Leader and Grunt) (3pts)
    Gun Carriage (9pts)
    Battle Mechaniks (Leader and 3 Grunts) (2pts)

Reinforcements: Drakhun + dismount (5pts) and Manhunter (2pts)

The only think I’d say here is, whenever I field a mortar crew I try to stick Kovnik Joe in there. A mortar with an extra die of accuracy every turn is awesome, and in a pinch you’ve got an additional range 12 POW 12 shooter in a list that seems to like shooting.

Yeah I have a Choir on my to buy list :)

As far as spray primers go, I can’t buy P3 paints here locally and don’t want to make another order online and pay the shipping costs just for that.

Does anyone have a recommendation for a primer you can get at a Lowe’s or Home Depot?

What do you use for your dips?

I have no idea if there is a comparable product at a Home Depot, you could try the Privateer Press forum though. They have a subforum just for painting related stuff so someone there might have a good suggestion for you.

I don’t know about primer, but I did experiment with paint for minis from Home Depot once upon a time. I don’t recommend it. On the other hand craft stores such as Michaels or Hobby Lobby can give you a huge bang per buck and work just as good or better than mini brands. The only downside is that you have to wing it on colors and mixing if you are trying to match something you see online when someone is describing “snakebite leather with highlights of goblin green” or whatever.

God, this explains soooooooo much!

Hmmf! You sir are no longer welcome in G 27! :P

I already ordered P3 paints for my minis. I like being able to grab the right color without having to wing it :) But I forgot to order the primer. I might just have to break down and place another order and pay the shipping…at least then I can justify ordering a few more minis :)

Speaking of Michaels I found this huge thread on PP where people are using a brush on primer called Gesso that you can get from craft stores. Its made for preparing canvases for acrylics paints and contracts when it drys. Some people swear by it on the thread, while others say it not very durable.

I don’t know if I would dare use it or not; anyone here tried it?

I have the various Army Painter dips. They all do a decent job.

Thanks, I check them out when I get to the point where I might use a dip!

I have. The trick is, you have to imagine you’re coating the piece with a thin elastic film. The stuff goes on relatively thick and blobby and then thins and tightens as it dries (you want to let it do this overnight-24 hours). If you put it on too thin, as it tightens pinprick holes will open up in the membrane which you’ll need to touch up.

It’s interesting stuff once you’ve practiced with it a bit and got the hang of how much to use. I don’t know if it’s better or worse than any other primer. You can certainly use it indoors though, so it’s a good alternative to spraypaint primer if that’s a problem. And it’s inexpensive and a bottle of it will last a long time. I used black Liquitex brand.

I think I’ll pick some up when I get a chance and find some test minis to practice. It would be very handy when I want to prime and its -20 degrees outside.

I just had a friend ask me about the Flames of War system, and was trying to find something about in on these boards but can only find mentions of it without much discussion. How is the system as a game?

A bit of a late reply, but Flames of War recently went through a rules revision (to 3rd edition) that wasn’t full of radical changes but did streamline and improve the game overall. The new rulebook is fantastic…well organized and full of helpful examples.

The game itself is a strong system. It’s certainly not ASL, but it has a nice medium weight. The rules lend to a cinematic WWII experience on the table.

If you have any other questions, feel free to ask!