Wargaming Tradecraft

Monday, May 16, 2016

Now FOR SALE: The Arc Puck

From the great white north, the Arc Puck is a great way to mark the center points of bases for miniature wargaming and ensure accurate game-play. In addition, proceeds from these purchases help support the artist of Wargaming Tradecraft where articles full of tips and tricks for creating beautiful miniatures are freely available.
Keep your eyes peeled for a follow up post where I detail the development process. For now, the basics are that Shapeways 3D prints, performs quality control and ships products as they're ordered. They do this for a price based on the volume the object fills plus a percentage of the markup I set. Read more about it.


Each layer is sized for 30mm, 40mm and 50mm bases.

Please be aware that manufacturers of bases are not always consistent with their diameters and some may be smaller or larger than expected. This will affect how bases fit in the Arc Puck. Exact sizing is 30.25mm, (compact) 30.5mm, (full size) 40.5mm and 50.5mm, which fit all bases tested.

For example, the Privateer Press bases I measured were small sized 30mm and the medium and large bases were nearly 40.5mm and 50.5mm. While discussing this with others it sounds like their metal bases are smaller.

Two Versions

The Arc Puck comes in two versions with multiple choices of colours. There's a compact model and a full-sized one that's tall enough for text around the side. (For larger orders, I'll discuss customizing this text.)


Thanks to the size of the Arc Puck, it stores away easily wherever you want to keep it.
Exact sizing is 63mm total diameter with a height of 4.5mm (compact) or 8mm. (full)

Save on Shipping

The cost of shipping a single puck isn't far off from shipping multiples. Make a group purchase with friends or see if your FLGS will order for you.

Friday, May 06, 2016

Hordebloods: Janissa Stonetide Tauren WIP

I've begun working on what's probably the most controversial model in my Hordebloods army. Controversial, because TheWife and friends feel strongly in their belief that her hair looks like a cape. I tell them maybe it's Maybelline.

As I start applying paint, I realize it's the mouth, if anything, that doesn't look the greatest. But I love her hair.

Monday, April 11, 2016

Warmachine and Hordes - ALL NEW WAR

Privateer Press just announced Mark 3 of their ruleset, to hit June 29th, 2016. See their release video below:

Their release website can be found here: http://www.allnewwar.com

However, it seems to keep crashing due to the load, sooooo if you'd like to see all the new Warcasters and their new Battleboxes, scroll down.

I for one, can't wait! All games eventually need systems to be touched up and MK2 has been around for a while. MK3 I think should hold lots of promise. I also think it's awesome that we'll just be able to buy a new deck of cards and WarRoom decks to update our rules. What do you think?

Monday, February 22, 2016

Two-Headed Ogre Sorcerer

It's as if the Sorceror and a Kithkar were meant to be together. Forever arguing about "This way" or "That way." Thanks to a little green suffing, that's exactly what's happened.

Unfortunately, I don't have a photo pre-priming, but for this project, I've taken the Kithkar miniature's body, glued on a Trollkin Sorceror head and arms, then green-stuffed it all to look like things mesh. And mesh they did!

Follow along to see this Ogre-Sorcerer come to life and join the ranks of the Hordebloods.

Wednesday, February 03, 2016

Spell Abacus for Dungeons and Dragons

Something a little off-topic today, but that I think is pretty awesome and hopefully you will too.

I present to you a Wargaming Tradecraft original idea - The Spell Abacus. This tool will allow you to easily track how many spell slots you've used while playing Dungeons and Dragons.


I've become a firm believer in gaming aids while playing copious amounts of Warmachine and decided to dream up something I could apply to the Wizard I'm playing in D&D at the moment. In D&D 5th ed, there's a set maximum number of spells that doesn't increase with your intellect. (The same applies to other spell-casting classes.)

At first I was using some of my coloured tokens to count spell slots, but recognized that as I leveled, this would become tricky to track. I then decided to build something a little grander.


It's pretty straight forward...
  • Each row represents a spell level.
    • 1st level spells are at the top with 4 beads.
    • Higher level spells are at the bottom with 1 bead.
  • Before Game
    • If you have a spell slot available, you should have a bead for it on the left side.
    • For any spell slots you don't have access to, move those beads to the right side.
  • During Game
    • As you cast spells, move beads from the left side of the abacus to the right side.
    • As you regain spells, move beads from the right side of the abacus to the left side.

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Pipe Cleaner Barbed Wire

Borderlands styled minis
Today's tutorial is a simple demonstration on how to make cheap, great looking barbed wire. It's a pretty simple process and I've included a first for tutorials at Wargaming Tradecraft - video! (And fire!)


Pipe Cleaners - $1 pack from a Dollar Store.
Candle - $1 pack from a Dollar Store
Lighter - $1 from a Dollar Store

= For $3, you can make an armies worth of barbed wire.