Useful Blogs, Channels and Podcasts

Personal Shards - Useful Blogs

There are a number of really useful blogs out there in the World Wide Web, many of which have some really useful play aids, army lists, modelling tips or observations – Seb Jacquet (below) has a range of French language aids, for example and has created a French translation.  We’ve collected a few of the known blogs here from both BtGoA V1 and Antares 2 and hope you find them useful as we certainly do.

As ever with Personal Shards, these are not official sources and all go off-site, so beware when leaving the protective embrace of the IMTel Nexus!


BtGoA/Previous Antares has a slew of comprehensive, French-language reference cards/play aids and rules by Seb Jacquet. These are really impressive and well worth looking at.

David Horobin has an truly excellent BtGoAv1 blog at Listing to Port in which he examines the army lists (and a few other things) and makes suggestions on optomising the lists

Gary Martin’s Wargames and Painting blog ‘by Big Gazza’ runs an assortment of articles from conversions to ‘how to’s’, reviews and examples. His work on the Algoryn Liberator is jaw-dropping. Gary was also one of the early Antares Gate Builders and gives unboxings on the Freeborn Shard.


Vardos Cadix has a blog with a lot of Personal Shard background and fiction called Beyond the Tales. Loads of detail on a well-mapped out area of the Determinate that he and his local gaming club have worked out.  We particularly like his Virai short story!

Video channels/Batreps

Antares 2

Tabletop Warlords with Kevin Stotts and Sergey Allan post some really enjoyable Antares battle reports – so many, in fact, we’ve put them on their own Nexus page.  They also have a Youtube channel:  Tabletop Warlords.

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Previous Antares/BtGoA

Matt Schreiber’s Rocky’s War Room featured a superb Antares video playlist with a mix of videos on games, models, painting guides and, in particular, some really great, fast-forward ‘Let’s Build’ videos where you see the model being assembled and Matt goes over any mistakes he makes. Whilst he no longer posts, it was a really great ‘cast. He pulled the assembly videos into a separate playlist, too!

James Wappel is an absolutely marvellous painter who sometimes produces step-by-step and video guides of how he achieves his detail.  The Antares feed on his blog ocan be reached at James Wappel Miniature Painting.

Plastic Emperors by London-based James (James Shard on Facebook) has a few videos he is adding to about the different factions. See Plastic Emperors Antares Videos.

Asher Longney and Dan (‘Gurnecopter’) had an occasional podcast for the original BtGoA in the Noise Sector but are more known for their Noise Sector youtube videos for BtGoA v1 – all of which are well worth looking out for.

Martin Otten used to post for Antares and Warlord Games rules on youtube under the Warlord Wednesday banner.  It’s a mix of Antares and other Warlord products on the playlist, but it’s well worth a check back from time to time.

Podcasts (Antares 2)

The Freeborn Shard Antares Podcast  on is sporadic since Tim got a new job but contains reviews (A1 and A2), unboxings, a run through of all the armies, as well as interviews with players, writers, Rick Priestley, event organisers…  It is hosted by Tim Bancroft (ex-Warlord Studio Antares wizard) with V1’s regular co-host Justin Shearer and occasionally Gary Martin.

Have you ever had a hobby that you love so much that you can’t stop talking about it? Friends and family leave the room when you open your mouth to speak but that doesn’t stop you. Between the Games of Antares is what happens when your friends are as obsessed with your hobby as you are. Josh, Josh and Jamie bring you tactics, tips and tales of derring-do so you can get your Antares fix wherever you are!

In Beyond the Mates of Antares, Chris, Clem and Johnny talk about the Best Game in the Universe, Beyond the Gates of Antares. Hobby talk, lore, games, painting tips. General nonsense.

Have fun browsing through some really interesting content!

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