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.  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!

Blogs has a slew of comprehensive, French-language reference cards/play aids by Seb Jacquet – one for each faction, at least. These are really impressive and well worth looking at.

David Horobin has an truly excellent blog at Listing to Port in which he examines the army lists (and a few other things) and makes suggestions. We’ve linked to his pages from elsewhere as they are well worth a read and he tries to keep them current with the online army lists and new supplements. We can’t really emphasise enough how useful this blog is for new players!

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 as well as helping out with this Nexus.

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

Matt Schreiber’s Rocky’s War Room features 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. Really great and some have been featured in the Warlord newsletter. He’s now pulled the assembly videos into a separate playlist, too!
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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’) have an occasional podcast 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 has a channel 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 he’s constantly adding new videos so it’s well worth a check back from time to time (or even subscribing!).

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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The Freeborn Shard Antares Podcast  on contains regular reviews, 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 fun browsing through some really interesting content!

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