The Marina Militare


Una flotta quasi bella come è veloce.  La flotta italiana è che una miscela di tecnologia superiore e veloci navi.

For those of you that can’t speak Italian (yes that includes me), what I said about is “A fleet almost as beautiful as it is fast.  The Italian Fleet is a mixture of superior technology and fast ships.”

The biggest ship of the fleet is the Affondatore, Battle Carrier.

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Next is the Mars Battleship.


The Gladius is a Light Cruiser with an MV of 10″


The Frigates are called Cinquedea; they have Elusive and Small Target MARs.


A Medium, Low Level Flyer is the Fortuna Torpedo Bomber.


The Fortuna’s larger cousin is the Hasta Heavy Bomber.


If your wanting to paint your Italian Fleet, here is the list of paints I used for the above models.

  • White undercoat
  • Decks – P3 Battlefield Brown
  • Hull all over – GW Deneb Stone
  • Hull all over – P3 Menroth White Base
  • Guns, Weapons & Scrollwork – P3 Brass Balls
  • Smoke Stacks – Vallejo German Grey
  • Model Wash – GW Agrax Earthshade
  • Cranes – GW Chainmail
  • Crane Wash – GW Nuln Oil
  • Lower Hull Panels – P3 Menroth White Highlight
  • Broadside Weapons – GW Nuln Oil
  • Scrollwork Highlight – P3 Rhulic Gold
  • End of Gun Barrel – GW Abaddon Black
  • Panel edges – GW Brown Ink
  • Windows – P3 Heartfire

SAW – GW Deneb Stone, P3 Menroth White Highlight, GW Agrax Earthshade, P3 Rucksack Tan, Second GW Agrax Earthshade on Wings, Vallejo Deep Sky Blue, P3 Cold Steel on edges with GW Nuln Oil

Squad Support – GW Deneb Stone, P3 Menroth White Highlight, GW Agrax Earthshade, Torpedoes Vallejo German Grey, Bridge P3 Battlefield Brown, P3 Ruhlic Gold Windscreen, Water P3 Cygnar Blue Highlight, Ripples Vallejo Deep Sky Blue, Water Secret Weapon Blue Wash, P3 Cold Steel on edges with GW Nuln Oil


Death From Above (Very Far Above)


Since the Secession Wars, Terran ground forces have witnessed a lot of offensive reclamation of former Alliance-held positions, and Charter Enforcement Brigades (CEBs) are fitted with the most modern equipment available, developed closely with Hawker Industries, and adapting existing Terran design philosophies to the demands of modern orbital-drop combat.

The Solar Class Carrier


Horizon Class Assault Cruiser

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Nadir Class Frigates


Large & Small SRS Tokens


Terrain Alliance – Charter Enforcement Fleet


Unboxing Halo Fleet Battles

In the beginning, Bill created Microsoft – then Microsoft created X-Box – then X-Box created Halo – and now Halo has become Halo Fleet Battles.

Welcome to my latest unboxing video as I break open the massive release of Halo Fleet Battles from Spartan Games. For this video I’ve brought along a special guest, my youngest son and the families biggest Halo fan.

Going on a Hobby Holiday


A few months ago my wife decided to undergo a major surgical procedure; meaning she would have to give up work for around a month and I would have to play the role of Mum & Dad for that time.

Since I currently spend 4-5 nights a week painting and every second Saturday gaming I knew my hobby was about to become very hard to maintain.

After a 5 second tantrum (only kidding) I resigned myself to the fact. However something dawned on me as well – look at this as a Hobby Holiday!

So a little background before I ramble on – as I mentioned I paint around 4-5 nights a week (5 for sure if it is ratings season on the television and wife is occupied) for 2 to 2 ½ hours a night. Figure in I’ve been doing this for around 18 years and you get the broad picture. My nightly painting sessions had become a way of life and a pleasant wind down to end my day – but what it has also become is a factory; I seem to be more interested in completing models than making sure I have done my best. Yes, I have even had a painting schedule, which I didn’t stick to anyway.

I guess I got this way because there was always that new, shiny army that just came out and begged to be mine. There has always been more unpainted models sitting on the shelf than painted ones – damn those Kickstarters! For a point of reference, it was the year 2000 since I last ran out of models to paint.

Getting back to my original reason for writing this – I’m now on a Hobby Holiday and just like any other holiday I intended to do the following:


I guess with everything else going on relaxing won’t be high on this list but I can relax my tired painting eye and fingers. Do the math people – 18 years x 50 weeks (rough estimate) = 900 weeks and painting 4-5 days each of those weeks at 2 hours each day makes it sound very tiring. I feel exhausted just writing about it. So after this time I’m hoping to return to refreshed and ready to go.


For a few years now it has been one army after another (my need for competiveness not allowing me to work on different things), just moving from this completed force to the next. With this break I will be able to refocus and ask myself “do you really need to do an aerial unit for the Chinese Federation?” or “you’ve already got 2 armies for Planetfall – do you really need another?”


Anyone reading this not had a holiday in 18 years? Sometimes it did feel like my hobby had become a chore – another part of my life rather than a happy add on. Heading up to this time I was, truth to be told, looking forward to the time off – a good indication a holiday was required.


To be sure the dark side does not tempt me, I am actually packing away my painting set up. This action will ensure that I won’t giving in to any late night cravings. Out of Sight, Out of Mind – the best way to stop is to not have the tools ready in the first place. This will probably be the hardest part.


No, this is not reconnecting with my hobby but reconnecting with my family. I am very lucky to have a wife that understands and supports my hobby. What better way to repay her than return that support; and while my sons are fans of the hobby as well – maybe spending 30 minutes getting my ass kicked by them in Halo on the X-Box is better time spent than with a paintbrush in my hand.

They say a change is as good as a holiday – hopefully this change will be just that. Don’t think this is the beginning of the end, oh no I am looking very forward to destroying my eldest son’s Aquans in Planetfall and, probably, getting my ass handed to me by my youngest in Halo Fleet Wars.

If you feel like I do, and have a hobby timetable like mine I recommend taking a Hobby Holiday. Except for unpainted miniatures and un-played games – what have you got to lose? (and remember, you can’t lose if you don’t play J)

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After Shot


Kingdom of Britannia Aerial Boxed Set


The Kingdom of Britannia is one of the original four core nations when Dystopian Wars was released.  I recently got my hands on the Aerial Boxed set – with the flying aircraft carrier, rotor craft and interceptors – all of which are beautiful models.

No aerial force is complete without Tiny Flyers – in the box you get 16 token plus three flight stands.

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The Small class is taken up by the Light Interceptors – they come in a squad of 2-5 and have Pack Tactics – meaning a full squad in RB1 will be rolling 24 Dice!


The next size class up is the Hawk Scout Rotors.  As well as being a Spotter model, they have an Internal (2) Shield generator and can deploy Surface Magnetic Mines.

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Finally the Massive Aerial model – the Illustrious Sky Fortress.  As well as 2 x 270 degree cannons, it also has an impressive 3 bomb bays with Carrier 6. It’s Elite crew makes sure any boarders are quickly dealt with.

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Probably the best thing about this box – you can also use the contents for a Royal Australian or Free Australia force – not to also forget the Indian Raj.

Lots of opportunities to destroy the enemies of the Grand Coalition!

Unboxing the Aquan Leviathan Helix


Aquan’s are a race known for being sleek and fast and their Leviathan is no different. In my latest unboxing I carefully open and reveal the contents of this latest boxed set from Spartan Games.

Why carefully? Suffice to say it doesn’t belong to me…the answers are in the video.

The Scourge of the Outer Reaches – The Directorate


A hyper-capitalist conglomerate of mutually competing corporations, Directorate ruled space is a paradise for the wealthy and a living hell for everyone else. Motivated solely by profit, the member-corpo- rations of the Directorate care nothing for morals or anything other than reusable assets and the latest technologies.

Heavy Crawler – Desolator


Medium Crawler – Retaliator


Cyber Warfare Tank – Trojan


Light Recon Buggy – Informer


Combat Carrier – Intruder


Light Infantry – Patriot



Bellissimo! The new Italians are here


The League of Italian States are getting some new box sets and units in February.  Starting off with their Naval set.


The Support Group also includes the first of the new Heavy Bombers that were teased to us last year.


To round out the expansion, the Aerial box set.  That large aerial carrier looks amazing!


You can also read more about the League of Italian States over at the Spartan Games blog  – just follow the link below.

Lots of great models and an expanded alliance nation for February – guess all I can say is Caio for now!

Dystopian Wars QuickCalc Spreadsheet V3.5


Hi Everyone

I have finally completed the ver3.5 QuickCalc Spreadsheet for Dystopian Wars 2.0

This update includes all the changes to the 7 core nations and the new Alliance Nations released on the 20th of June.

This version (DW Quick Calc 3.5 (Excel 97-2004)) will suit versions of Excel from 97 to 2004.  A 2010 version won’t upload to the Blog site for some reason so I have put it on the Facebook page instead. (

There is one error in it for the Royal Australian’s (you can’t take the Sharpshooters MAR upgrade on their Frigates) which I will correct in the next version.

Please let me know if you find any bugs or errors.

Hope you enjoy using QuickCalc and watch out for those Exploding (RED) 6’s.