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Hobby Bunker Game Day 2014

Boston Trained Bands hosts a successful annual game day at the Hobby Bunker in Malden. Jonathan attended their fifth annual game day in 2014. Listen to this episode to learn what games were played, what games wowed the gamers, and 5 reasons why game days are important.

  1. Help promote the local wargaming community
  2. Allow wargamers to find each other and form bonds
  3. Gives wargamers a chance to grow the hobby
  4. Introduces wargamers to games they don’t normally play
  5. Supports Friendly Local Game Stores (FLGS)


List of Games Played

  • All Quiet on the Martian Front
  • Fenway Park (Homebrew baseball)
  • The Battle of Belmont – Grant’s First Civil War Battle (Carnage & Glory)
  • Zulu
  • Hanghai Raiders (Homebrew by Superstar GM Mike Paine)
  • D-Day World War II (Bolt Action)
  • War of 1812 Battle of Stoney Creek or Battle of Chippawa
  • Battle of Paris 1814
  • WW1 Eastern Front 2nd Masurian Lakes February, 1915
  • First Battle of Ypres 1914 (Black Powder)


  • Listener Rhys wrote on The Wargames Website “Just listened to [Henry Hyde's episode] whilst painting-great stuff keep up the good work. I have to admit that it was the first time I had listened to your podcast after seeing it, but will definitely be listening to the rest whilst painting.”

On Twitter:

  • Listener Lars tweeted “Just found your podcast, excellent stuff!”

Via our Facebook page:

Listener Jay wrote “Jonathan, I was listening to WR 113 in which you ask ‘Are painted miniatures essential to miniatures wargaming.’ A little behind the times, I know, but bear with me. I’m of a few minds on the topic. For one, it’s your hobby, do with it how you feel. In the privacy of one’s home, what one does with other consenting adults with their toy soldiers is their own business. I’ve played plenty of games with wholly unpainted forces. Doesn’t bother me one bit. That being said, if you’re participating in an organized public event, you should at least have basic painting done. On some figures, this is easier than others. For example, the 15mm WWII Soviets I’m currently painting will have no fewer than seven colors on them just to get to ‘fully base coated’ stage. That’s not counting any shading or highlighting that may take place. Or basing effects. But! I feel better having a fully painted force on the table. It’s a better representation of the multi-disciplinary nature of the hobby. As I said, it’s a multi-disciplinary hobby. The facets one chooses to pursue are up to the individual. Of course, the irony of listening to the episode while painting said WWII Soviets is not lost on me! Please continue the podcast. Good luck to your wife with the rest of her pregnancy. Henry’s latest episode is what drew me to pull the trigger and add your show to my Downcast queue! I guess I was implying what I should have expressed, hell no, they’re not essential! At least not as essential as miniatures are in general. Which could lead to another topic altogether. What happens when you take a boardgame such as Command & COlors: Ancients and use miniatures in place of blocks or chits on a mat or fully realized terrain board?”

  • Listener Adam said “Not really a fan of Victrix they are too brittle (lots of broken muskets on my 28mm boys)”
  • We’ve crafted a few theme weeks on our Facebook page. Did 2 weeks of 54mm photos and 1 week of Napoleonics. Check them out.

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Henry Hyde, editor of Miniature Wargames with BattlegamesAND author of The Wargaming Compendium has released a new product. The Wars of the Faltenian Succession compiles his 12 part series (originally published in Battlegames magazine) into one PDF. It has color photos, live links to external websites and other pages in the pdf.

Please BUY The Wars of the Faltenian Succession. Henry is donating 1 GBP from each sale to the Combat Stress charity. Henry’s new storefront is LIVE!


To further help Jonathan has a mission for each of you. He will make a donation to Combat Stress for every single sale he generates.

How does this work?

  1. BUY The Wars of the Faltenian Succession (3.5 GBP, $5.99 USD)
  2. Tell me you bought the compilation because I mentioned it on the show
  3. I make a donation to Combat Stress

Isn’t that easy? Three simple steps and every one of us wins. You get a fantastic product. Henry gets to see how much people like his work. Combat Stress receives donations from Henry and from myself.

After purchasing the compilation you will receive two e-mails. The first is a Paypal confirmation. The second one comes from Henry’s eShop with the actual file. The second e-mail may be delayed. It can take up to four days for Paypal to tell Henry’s eShop that you actually made a purchase. Henry is working on a fix.

Upcoming Guests for Wargaming Recon

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