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7 Feb 2016

Vapnartak, York, Wargames Show 2016

The first show of the year Vapnartak at  York racecourse is without doubt one of my favourite shows of the the year.

And this year's was of the same high standard as previous years.

And personal highlight for me was meeting some of the other members of Pendraken forum


Big Kings of War

Demonstration game run by Chesterfield Open Gaming Society

Kings of War is the mass fantasy wargame from Mantic Entertainment. We've taken the "mass" part of that description to heart and will be playing it as it should be played: "BIG"!

With many hundreds of models on each side, we'll be constantly playing through the day to show that even a game of this scale is able to be completed in a day's play.

Big Kings of War 1

Big Kings of War 2

Demonstration by Comitatus of late Roman re-enactment

Comitatus is Britain's leading Late Roman re-enactment group helping to set a new standard in historical authenticity.

Comitatus 1

Comitatus 2

Comitatus 3

Demonstration game run by East Leeds Militaria Society Wargames Club

Dragon Rampant: They're over the walls!

The undead have breached the castle walls and the forces of Good are under severe pressure. Units of Good are also trying to raise the siege, so that the Undead are obliged to look to their rear just as victory seemed assured. 28mm fantasy game using the new "Dragon Rampant" rules.

Demonstration game run by Great Escape Games

Iron Cross

World War II wargaming in 15mm

Great Escape Games

Demonstration game run by Harrogate Wargames Club

The Wicker Man

Northern Britannia 72 AD

The local tribes have risen up in rebellion against the occupying Roman forces. A patrol from a far flung outpost has been captured and is to be sacrificed to the Gods in a Wicker Man.

Using the recently released Dragon Rampant rules you can take command of the Roman garrison as they seek to rescue their comrades from a horrible fate or lead the tribes in rebellion to throw off the yoke of imperial oppression.

In addition each player will have the opportunity to seek glory for themselves while ensuring victory for their chosen side.





3 Feb 2016

Pendraken Painting Competition Prizes Announced

Pendraken, Painting Competition 2016

The 2016 Pendraken Painting Competition is right around the corner, so it's time for the prizes!

First of all, the winners and runners-up in each category will receive the following:

The Winner of each category will receive £20.00 GBP worth of Pendraken credit!
The Runner-Up of each category will receive £10.00 GBP worth of Pendraken credit!
In addition to the Pendraken prizes, we've also got some special category-specific prizes, very kindly donated from our generous sponsors:

Foot – Pre-20th C. – £20.00 GBP Voucher From Leven Miniatures!

Leven Miniatures now offer a huge selection of 6mm resin products, from industrial and farming buildings through to military and railway types, with more releases coming all the time. The latest additions cover most of the iconic ACW buildings.

For more info on Leven, head over to their website.

Foot – 20th C. – A £20.00 GBP Voucher From Ironclad Miniatures!

Ironclad Miniatures produce a huge range of buildings, vehicles and figures in a variety of scales and genres. From 15mm trenches to 28mm Victorian Sci-Fi, there's something there for everyone!

For more information, head over to their website.

Mounted – A Copy of the New Paints Magazine From Wargames Illustrated!

Wargames Illustrated Paints is your definitive guide to painting Wargames figures by two of the best professional painters in the hobby, compiled by the publishers of the world's best selling tabletop gaming magazine. Paints is a collection of material which has appeared as articles in the magazine, plus new and exclusive content which connects these articles together, providing you with a complete, easy to follow and superbly illustrated painting guide.

Covering both basic and advanced painting techniques, over the course of 76 photo heavy pages, WI Paints will be an invaluable (and very affordable!) edition to your hobby bookshelf.

For more information, head over and check-out their website.

AWI Generals


AWI Generals 1

AWI Generals 2

Vehicle – Copy of the New Blitzkrieg Commander Ruleset!

Blitzkrieg Commander has been the biggest selling 10mm WWII rules for many years and is currently undergoing it's revamp ready for a reprint. The lucky winner will be one of the first people to get their hands on the new version!

TT34 Engineer tank

TT34 Engineer tank 1

TT34 Engineer tank 2

Fantasy & Sci-Fi – A Copy of Our Fantasy Ruleset, Warband!

Using miniature figures and terrain, you can fight battles from the glorious sword and sorcery epics you've read about. You can play games against your friends or competitive battles against worthy opponents. Whilst the rules have been written with the 10mm Pendraken Miniatures ranges in mind, there's no reason why you can't use other scales as well! Join the 100's of other players currently enjoying these rules!

For more information, go here.

Warband – Any Warband Army Pack!

Choose any one of the current Warband army packs, from Barbarians to Undead, maybe even one of the new releases!

For more information, head over to the Warband section of the Forum.

Open – Single Base – A Scourge Starter Army From Hawk Wargames!

Hawk Wargames is dedicated to the design, development and production of class-leading miniatures and wargames. Our first venture is the 10mm scale sci-fi massed battle game, Dropzone Commander. Our greatest ambition is to provide a whole range of innovative and high-quality wargames in multiple scales, and multiple game universes. Our recent Dropfleet Kickstarter was a huge success and will be released in the near future.

For more information, head over and check out their website. Link no longer working

AWI Artillery


AWI Artillery 1

AWI Artillery 2

AWI Limbers

AWI Limbers 1

AWI Limbers 2

Open – Army! – A Copy of the New Paints Magazine From Wargames Illustrated!

Wargames Illustrated Paints is your definitive guide to painting Wargames figures by two of the best professional painters in the hobby, compiled by the publishers of the world's best selling tabletop gaming magazine. Paints is a collection of material which has appeared as articles in the magazine, plus new and exclusive content which connects these articles together, providing you with a complete, easy to follow and superbly illustrated painting guide.

Covering both basic and advanced painting techniques, over the course of 76 photo heavy pages, WI Paints will be an invaluable (and very affordable!) edition to your hobby bookshelf.

For more information, head over and check out their website.

As always, we'd like to thank all of the generous companies who have sponsored us this year and encourage everyone to go and have a browse of their websites!

People's Choice Award

And of course, once the main competition is complete, there will be the Aart Brouwer People's Choice Award, sponsored by Minibits!

This Award works by taking any of the remaining entries which received at least 1 point during the judging stage, and putting them to the vote here on the Forum, with the person who gets the most votes winning a £25.00 GBP voucher for anything from the Minibits website.

Participation Prize

And finally, after it's introduction last year, we'll be running the Participation Prize again! We'll ask Techno to drop a scalpel into a list of entrants and one lucky person will receive a further £10.00 GBP worth of Pendraken goodies! (Category Winners / Runner-Ups are not eligible for this prize.)

Thanks for Reading & Good Luck to Everyone Taking Part!

Pendraken Miniatures

Pendraken Painting Competition 2016

Pendraken, Painting Competition 2016

First off, thanks to everyone who entered the 2016 Pendraken Painting Competition, once again we saw such a high standard of entries which pushed the envelope in what can be achieved in this scale.  I hope you all enjoyed entering, certainly more than the Judges enjoyed trying to pick the winners!

So just for info, each judge had 6 points in total to award.  3 points went to their 1st place choice, 2 points to their 2nd place, and 1 point to their 3rd choice.  The points from all 5 judges were added together to give us our winners and runners-up.

And now, the Winners of the 2016 Pendraken Painting Competition are...

Foot - Pre-20th C. (24 entries)

This category always brings in some colourful entries and this year was no different.  The judges gave honourable mentions to many of the entries on show, but in the end there was a clear winner, picking up maximum points from all of the judges.  Second place was a bit of a scrap, with one just edging out the other.

1st place: "Lombardia", by bradpitre - wins £20 Pendraken credit, and a £20 voucher from Leven Miniatures!

1st place: "Lombardia", by bradpitre - wins £20 Pendraken credit, and a £20 voucher from Leven Miniatures!

2nd place: James II Foot Guards, by redstef - wins £10 Pendraken credit!

2nd place: James II Foot Guards, by redstef - wins £10 Pendraken credit!

Foot - 20th C. (11 entries)

We often see a smaller number of high quality entries in this category and this year was no different.  Five of the eleven picked up points but we had two clear winners in the end, with first place picking up a maximum 15 points.

1st place: SCW Regular Army, by MIG - wins £20 Pendraken credit, and a £20 voucher from Ironclad Miniatures!

1st place: SCW Regular Army, by MIG - wins £20 Pendraken credit, and a £20 voucher from Ironclad Miniatures!

2nd place: WWI Engineers, by Tiny Tin Troops - wins £10 Pendraken credit!

2nd place: WWI Engineers, by Tiny Tin Troops - wins £10 Pendraken credit!

Mounted (18 entries)

A couple of the categories each year have multiple entries from the same member, which can sometimes split the judges and result in that member missing out on a prize.  Always something to be a careful of!  This year it was a tight run race between three entries, with one chap just missing out on a place.

1st place: 7th French Hussars, by MIG - wins £20 Pendraken credit, and a copy of the new 'Paints' magazine from Wargames Illustrated!

1st place: 7th French Hussars, by MIG - wins £20 Pendraken credit, and a copy of the new 'Paints' magazine from Wargames Illustrated!

2nd place: James II Life Guard, by Redstef - wins £10 Pendraken credit!

2nd place: James II Life Guard, by Redstef - wins £10 Pendraken credit!

Vehicle (19 entries)

We had a lower number of entries in the category this year, with one clear winner picking up maximum points, and then several entries vying for that second place.


1st place: Sherman, by BH62 - wins £20 Pendraken credit, and a copy of the new Blitzkrieg Commander ruleset!

1st place: Sherman, by BH62 - wins £20 Pendraken credit, and a copy of the new Blitzkrieg Commander ruleset!

2nd place: AVBCW Char St Chamond, by Vanvlak - wins £10 Pendraken credit!

Fantasy & Sci-Fi (14 entries)

This category was an interesting one, with four different entries placing 1st amongst the judges, showing both the high standard of painting and how difficult it is to separate them at times!  Finally, two entries pulled ahead that little bit and grabbed the prizes.

1st place: Squogglers and Night Goblins, by Hetairoi - wins £20 Pendraken credit, and a copy of 'Warband'!

1st place: Squogglers and Night Goblins, by Hetairoi - wins £20 Pendraken credit, and a copy of 'Warband'!

2nd place: Skeletons, by Mostyn - wins £10 Pendraken credit!

2nd place: Skeletons, by Mostyn - wins £10 Pendraken credit!

Warband (5 entries)

This was the debut year for the Warband entries and we only picked up a few entries.  Hopefully we'll see more next year!  There were two clear favourites in this one, with only a single point separating them in the end!

1st place: Goblin Riders, by Andy T - wins £20 Pendraken credit, and a Warband Army Pack!

1st place: Goblin Riders, by Andy T - wins £20 Pendraken credit, and a Warband Army Pack!

2nd place: Dwarf Gyrocopters, by fred. - wins £10 Pendraken credit!

2nd place: Dwarf Gyrocopters, by fred. - wins £10 Pendraken credit!

Open - Single Base (26 entries)

This category always sees some outstanding pieces of both imagination and painting ability and it's one we always look forward to.  This year the judges had one clear winner picking up a maximum 15 points and then a couple of others scrapping for second place.

1st place: 30YW Artillery, by bradpitre - wins £20 Pendraken credit, and a Scourge Army from Hawk Wargames!

1st place: 30YW Artillery, by bradpitre - wins £20 Pendraken credit, and a Scourge Army from Hawk Wargames!

2nd place: Russian Winter, by Tonton Flingueur - wins £10 Pendraken credit!

2nd place: Russian Winter, by Tonton Flingueur - wins £10 Pendraken credit!

Open - Army! (27 entries)

The Army category always brings in some fantastic entries and this year certainly didn't disappoint.  There were so many that picked up points and this was easily the closest category to be judged, with over half the entries getting an honourable mention from our judges.  In the end, it was the 'complete' armies that got it, the ones that came together into one impressive piece of work.  We did have a tie for second place, again showing how close this one was.

1st place: 30YW French, by bradpitre - wins £20 Pendraken credit, and a copy of the new 'Paints' magazine from Wargames Illustrated!


Joint 2nd place: James II in Ireland, by Redstef - wins £10 Pendraken credit!

Joint 2nd place: James II in Ireland, by Redstef - wins £10 Pendraken credit!

Joint 2nd place: ECW, by DHautpol - wins £10 Pendraken credit!

Joint 2nd place: ECW, by DHautpol - wins £10 Pendraken credit!

Congratulations to all of our winners!  We'll be contacting you in the next few days to get your prizes sorted out.  We'll also get your Winner's medals added to your profiles!

Also, a huge thank you to everyone who entered from all of us here at Pendraken HQ.  We always look forward to the Competition each year, watching every day as these wonderful entries come in.  The time and effort that goes into achieving such a high standard is appreciated by all of us here and we hope you've enjoyed it as much as we have.

We'd like to thank our Judges as well, for accepting the difficult task of going through all of the entries to pick our winners.

Coming up next will be the People's Choice Award, where all the entries who achieved at least a point (plus a few of my own favourites!) will go into a public poll to decide a winner.  The thread for this can be found here: http://www.pendrakenforum.co.uk/index.php/topic,13815.0.html and voting will run for a little over one week, closing at 6pm on Tuesday 15th March.  The winner of this category will receive a £25 voucher for loads of Minibits goodies, so please make sure to place your votes once the thread is up.

And finally, as a special bonus for everyone who entered, we've got one more prize to give out!  This participation prize will be given out to one randomly selected person who has entered this years competition.  The Winners and Runners-Up will be taken out of the pot first, and then we'll draw a name from the hat to find our winner!  The lucky person will receive £10 worth of Pendraken goodies.  We'll announce this at the same time as the People's Choice winner, so stay tuned!

My entries for the Pendraken Painting Competition 2016.

The 2016 Pendraken Painting Competition is right around the corner, so it's time for the prizes!

First of all, the winners and runners-up in each category will receive the following:

The Winner of each category will receive £20.00 GBP worth of Pendraken credit!
The Runner-Up of each category will receive £10.00 GBP worth of Pendraken credit!
In addition to the Pendraken prizes, we've also got some special category-specific prizes, very kindly donated from our generous sponsors:

Foot – Pre-20th C. – £20.00 GBP Voucher From Leven Miniatures!

Leven Miniatures now offer a huge selection of 6mm resin products, from industrial and farming buildings through to military and railway types, with more releases coming all the time. The latest additions cover most of the iconic ACW buildings.

Foot – 20th C. – A £20.00 GBP Voucher From Ironclad Miniatures!

Ironclad Miniatures produce a huge range of buildings, vehicles and figures in a variety of scales and genres. From 15mm trenches to 28mm Victorian Sci-Fi, there's something there for everyone!

Mounted – A Copy of the New Paints Magazine From Wargames Illustrated!

Wargames Illustrated Paints is your definitive guide to painting Wargames figures by two of the best professional painters in the hobby, compiled by the publishers of the world's best selling tabletop gaming magazine. Paints is a collection of material which has appeared as articles in the magazine, plus new and exclusive content which connects these articles together, providing you with a complete, easy to follow and superbly illustrated painting guide.

Covering both basic and advanced painting techniques, over the course of 76 photo heavy pages, WI Paints will be an invaluable (and very affordable!) edition to your hobby bookshelf.

AWI Generals


AWI Generals 1

AWI Generals 2

Vehicle – Copy of the New Blitzkrieg Commander Ruleset!

Blitzkrieg Commander has been the biggest selling 10mm WWII rules for many years and is currently undergoing it's revamp ready for a reprint. The lucky winner will be one of the first people to get their hands on the new version!

TT34 Engineer tank

TT34 Engineer tank 1

TT34 Engineer tank 2

Fantasy & Sci-Fi – A Copy of Our Fantasy Ruleset, Warband!

Using miniature figures and terrain, you can fight battles from the glorious sword and sorcery epics you've read about. You can play games against your friends or competitive battles against worthy opponents. Whilst the rules have been written with the 10mm Pendraken Miniatures ranges in mind, there's no reason why you can't use other scales as well! Join the 100's of other players currently enjoying these rules!

Warband – Any Warband Army Pack!

Choose any one of the current Warband army packs, from Barbarians to Undead, maybe even one of the new releases!

For more information, head over to the Warband section of the Forum.

Open – Single Base – A Scourge Starter Army From Hawk Wargames!

Hawk Wargames is dedicated to the design, development and production of class-leading miniatures and wargames. Our first venture is the 10mm scale sci-fi massed battle game, Dropzone Commander. Our greatest ambition is to provide a whole range of innovative and high-quality wargames in multiple scales, and multiple game universes. Our recent Dropfleet Kickstarter was a huge success and will be released in the near future.

AWI Artillery


AWI Artillery 1

AWI Artillery 2

AWI Limbers

AWI Limbers 1

AWI Limbers 2

Open – Army! – A Copy of the New Paints Magazine From Wargames Illustrated!

Wargames Illustrated Paints is your definitive guide to painting Wargames figures by two of the best professional painters in the hobby, compiled by the publishers of the world's best selling tabletop gaming magazine. Paints is a collection of material which has appeared as articles in the magazine, plus new and exclusive content which connects these articles together, providing you with a complete, easy to follow and superbly illustrated painting guide.

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