Meeples & Miniatures – Episode 189 – Banter from the Bunker: December 2016

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Welcome to Episode 189 of the Meeples & Miniatures Podcast


This episode is hosted by Neil Shuck, Mike Whitaker & Dave Luff, and sees the welcome return of Mike Hobbs. We all get together in the Meeples Bunker just in time for Christmas to bring you a mix of hobby chat, news, views and a delve into the mailbag.

  • 00:00 – Intro
  • 06:20 – What We’ve Been Up To
  • 1:19:20 – Hobby News
  • 1:36:48 – Mailbag
  • 1:53:04 – Very Grumpy Gamers
  • 2:11:34 – Outtro

5 Comments on Meeples & Miniatures – Episode 189 – Banter from the Bunker: December 2016

  1. Hi meeplers, thanks for putting the effort and hours into producing quality content so often. Even in the UK I think most wargamers are spread out (and not just in the waistline) and so whilst i count myself lucky to have a couple of great oponents i game with every month or two, listening to your ramblings fulfils a very important function as a social glue to the wider hobby community. I’m sure there are times when you don’t have the time or when it feels too much effort but I for one am very grateful to you all for what you do. Merry Christmas and a happy new year to you all.

  2. Just finished listening to this while looking over the Charlie Foxtrot Red Lion Pub the missus bought me for Christmas (she’s a keeper!). A few comments.The first is that your coverage of the little and big little guys has had a direct and positive impact on my gaming. Without M&M I would not have found Baccus or Too Fat Lardies. Secondly, over the years your reviews have been even handed and if there has been any bias, it has been toward being too gentle rather than too harsh. Keep doing what you are doing and damn the critics of your criticism. As a side note, my wife and two daughters all game in one form or another. Inclusive language is a no-brainer.

    Happy Christmas and happy new year to you all!


    Oh and as for miniatures, I’ve already got one:

  3. Peter Millen // January 1, 2017 at 14:07 // Reply

    I saved this episode up over the holiday, but indulged in it today – good stuff.

    (1) from your ‘grumpy gamer’ spot, I gather that you were a bit put out by the intemperate response to your moderate review of the Lambshead/Priestley book. Don’t be. I agree 100% with Pat’s comments above.

    (2) On balance I prefer the change to shorter but weekly podcasts. If I want a longer experience I can wait a week and listen to 2 episodes in sequence..

    But don’t dismiss those who say ‘whatever suits you best’, the one thing we all want is sustainability.

    Happy New Year.


  4. Mick Scales // January 7, 2017 at 17:32 // Reply

    Hi Neil
    I am a newcomer to the podcasts ( a few months of listening) but have been an active TFL gamer for several years. For various reasons, I had not been painting much but started to find the time after last summer and that gave me the chance to start listening to the show. I enjoy the style of it very much and thank you and your chums for the time and effort that regularly goes into it
    I have just listened to this last one now and was amazed at the reaction to your views on “that book”. I’d already read your comments and thought they were pretty accurate e,g, the length of the bridge and firing ranges to name one example. What you have said on this show confirms my opinion. You often praise a new rule set or new figure range and sometimes you don’t. IT’s the independence of the show that appeals to me. As was said on this show, promoting the “lesser/smaller” writers or manufacturers can give them some publicity which they could not afford to buy. If the hobby is forced into a one size fits all type of rules and we only have one or two “big” manufacturers to buy from, it will become a very stale situation.
    Keep up the good work. You asked for views on the show’s format. I like the shorter ones – it matches how long I can paint for – if I’m lucky!
    Best wishes for 2017

  5. ironduke1813 // January 9, 2017 at 22:12 // Reply

    Hope my favorite podcast hosts had a great holiday season! As for the preferred format, I think the shorter, weekly shows are a nice, digestible length when listening at home (or work). Some of the shows this year were a little too long. Sure, the recording can always be paused/stopped and returned to later, but I think the show is much easier to follow (and enjoyable) when consumed in one sitting.

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