Friends, stuff and shops


This section is not as up to date as I would like and never will…

Being part of a community

First of all you should follow the guys using the #warmongers hashtag on twitter, instagram and anywhere else. It is a positive and open community with great painters, converters and crazy hobbyists. What’s not to like?

Then you’ll notice a blogroll (which I struggle to keep up to date, sorry guys) in the right column next to my posts. These are some of the blogs I discovered via twitter and that I read regularly (I am obviously going to forget people I like, sorry folks). If you like hobby related blogs, you should pay them a visit.

Where to find some inspiring things (minis or else) ?

The hobby feeds on the world…

  • If you read this post, or that one, or even that one, you know I get many of my ideas from History. I read a lot of History books (especially concerning the middle ages – pour les français, la collection Tempus est particulièrement bien faite je trouve) and use a dictionnary of symbols (this one, fr) and heraldry indexes in my work. If you want to discuss History or heraldry (or flags), do not hesitate.

My word feeds on the work of others…

  • Chromanaut: you should go check this out right away, this is hobby made art, models that tell stories as good as books, this is just wonderful!
  • Massive Voodoo: these guys are just great. Check the tutorials, best school ever.
  • Convert or Die: this blog is especially inspirationnal to me and its owner is a very nice fellow, give it a look it is full of wonders!
  • @thepolysmith: this guys deserves a special mention, so much hobby creativity there…

Do not forget to check out the blogroll for more!

Where to find cool stuff in the real world ? (all the shops of my life)

  • My first kiss with wargaming : La Crypte du Jeu in Marseille (France).
  • My first love : L’Univers Parallèle in Toulouse (France).
  • My parisian « polyamour » : Starplayer, L’Oeuf Cube & Troll 2 Jeux in Paris (France).
  • When in Berlin you have to go to Battlefield Berlin, very nice crew and the largest shop I have ever seen.
  • When in London, visit the Orc Nest. It is a nice tiny shop but for « old school looks lovers » it is the place to be !
  • When in Warsaw, say hi to Wargamer, very nice historical range. It was once recommended to me by Polish Miniatures (now inactive but a new blog is online here).
  • When in Copenhaguen, you have to go to Faraos Cigarer, very large shop with very nice finds in its GW section and a large paint range, they also have a good many ReaperMini collection.

Where to find cool stuff on the internet ?

  • First of all, the best minis currently available : the TGG from Raging Heroes. They are beautiful & beautifully made. I bought some of their first references (that one for example) and backed both their kickstarters (received my batch for TGG1, not yet for TGG2). They never disappointed me and seem to get better and better with time passing. Go there, buy them all, great value for money !
  •  For great scifi orcs/orks you find what you need at Kromlech. I do not know their other ranges but the orcs are just awesome. When I show you more of my Waaagh you’ll see many bits from Kromlech.
  • Since we talk about orcs, you should see what they offer at Puppets Wars. I only know their orcs machines (the planes). They have the fun & grotesque orkish look I love. The sculpt is sometime a bit messy, but for orcs is it not what we want ?
  • Do you know Figone ? If not, you have to see. Very creative, you have to check the « Humour » range. I bought that little guy and that big guy for my father : the resin is beautiful and they look as good in real life that they do on the website. Some really cool stuff for scenic bases as well.

Where to find tools, bases and such things ?

  • When I need bases and raw material I always go at Minisocles. Dimitri is always nice and find many great stuff you don’t even know you need but can’t live without once you tested them.
  • Just a piece of advice : for raw material, ditch GW & co. Go to a art store, better value for money and better stuff. In France find the nearest Rougier&Plé and you’re done.

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