The Tale Of 40K Gamers: Ep 10 It’s All Just For Research Purposes


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Welcome back you sexy people! In today’s show Gary and Chris talk about their progress with general hobbying and how they feel with the Tale coming to a close.

Gary’s Mic flips out at about 18mins into the Ep. We have a break soon after to resolve it, so it only lasts about 10 mins. Quality as always.

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Tale Of 40K Gamers Ep.9: Rolls Like Drazhar


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Welcome back everyone! Today Aaron, Gary and Jan talk about their hobby progress (failures), the 2nd campaign weekend and a 4-way carnage game they had.

The Tabletop Project Ep.4: Weetabix Twicecum


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Hi everyone, Gary and Chris take a break from all the 40k chat and decided to discuss our hobby logs (lolz), our planned 7500 End Times (end of times bro!) game and how we are a bit in love with Wrath Of Kings.

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The Tale Of 40k Gamers Ep.5: The Dog Strangler

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Todays episode we have Gary, The peoples champion Chris Tomlin and, in his first appearance, Matt Lyons.
While there were no real plans for the show, we’ve somehow pulled one together.
We talk about our hobby log, terrain,how Chris is mental, how Gary looks like a murderous special needs person and Matt does a world class Jan impression.
I can’t remember what else, just have a listen!


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The Lost Lighthouse Reviews: Frontline Gaming F.A.T. Mats

First off, let me say what a joy the Frontline Gaming guys are to talk to. Very friendly and clearly stand up gents. Now, let’s get down to business. I’ve been In the market for a gaming mat for some time. Slowly but surely the market has been growing, so it’s good to know who the front-runners are in quality and service.


Instantly the Urban Combat mat brings a table to life.

I’ve seen a lot of  mats in the past and I have never been fussed about them. They do the job and tend to be cheap and cheerful. I’ve never enjoyed the fold marks you tend to find on them and some are super thin. That’s one of the many reasons I was happy when I heard about Frontline Gaming Fat Mats. From the photo below you can see they are much thicker than your more common mats. As the guys say themselves “These mats are extremely durable, printed on a water-resistant surface affixed to a neoprene backing”. It’s basically mouse mat material from what I can gather, which means they can take a bit of a beating and still live another day.

With minimal terrain added, it turns into one of the coolest table-scapes I've played on.

With minimal terrain added, it turns into one of the coolest table-scapes I’ve played on.

The mats themselves range from 3×3 up to 6×4 and are available in some amazing designs. Sizes and designs are perfect for Warhammer, 40k, Malifaux, Infinity, Dystopian Wars and X-Wing to name but a few.

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The mat comes dust free. I’ve just decided to lay it out on a very dusty board!

So why should you choose a frontline gaming mat? Since I’ve owned one, the reasons have been numerous. Let’s start the variety: you can always switch up which print you’re playing on. Water resistant: how many times has a mate spilt a beer on your flocked board ruining it. Get a towel to one of these babies in a timely manner and you’ll be fine (I know this from first hand experience). Storage: as you can see in the photos, you can roll these up and pop them almost anywhere. I put mine behind the couch. Time: it’s not always possible to find the time and space to make a terrain board, with lots of mixing and drying, they can take days to fully dry! Lastly is money: after you’ve spent out the cash on the boards themselves, flock, sand, glue, paint, polystyrene and what ever else you want to add it, soon adds up!

What may be difficult to tell from these photos is just how well detailed and high quality the printing is. I’ve seen two in my time and both are fantastic quality. The one I’m reviewing is the “Urban Combat: 6×4“, which works great for 40k as the pavements on the long sides have a depth of 12 inches, perfect for standard deployment. Theres a lot to love here, my personal favourite is the red flares that have been dropped on the streets but the craters and toxic sludge is also very cool. You can pick this cool mother up for a sweet £59.

Tyre tracks, flares and bottles are just a few great details you'll find on the Urban Combat mat.

Tyre tracks, flares and bottles are just a few great details you’ll find on the Urban Combat mat.

I would recommend one of these mats to every farmer and his mother. So head over to And the fact they keep selling out must be some proof of how in demand they are!


(This is not a paid review. A product was supplied for review purposes.)

Tale Of 40k Gamers: Matt Lyons Month One


First out the gate is Matt and his Blood Angels

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So congratulations to Matthew Lyons for being the first person to complete their 750pt list, and what an awesome force he’s produced. I know this was Matt’s first adventure into airbrushing and wow, it looks great. It’s the little things that I love about Matt’s army, stuff like the blue effect on the power weapons and the purple purity seals.

Cassor The Damned

Cassor The Damned


The Crimson Tide

The Crimson Tide


Captain Karlaen

Captain Karlaen

So let’s get to the nitty gritty, here’s his army list and fluff!

To: Chief Archiver designation XVIIIVI, Baal

Received: 999.M4I

From: Scribe Adept designation VVXI

Message Format: Telepathic

Subject: Chronicle of Insertion Force; Crimson Haze

Thought of the Day: Wisdom is the beginning of fear

Priority: Ultra High

Honoured Archiver; herein lies the initial chronicle following the glorious deeds of Insertion Force; Crimson Haze.

Upon the command of Commander (commanders, command right?) Dante himself (long may the emperors light shine on him, so his hair looks shiny and magnificent) Captain Karlaen, following his heroic feats during recent campaigns against the Tyrands (vile xenos spawn, yucky… and the tongues! Eurghhh)  was tasked with creating a strike force for an important task; reclaim an ancient technology that (again!) could prove the cure to the red thirst.




Upon choosing the members of his elite strike choice (I personally believe 1 of everything that looked cool at the time). The Strike Cruiser; Crimson Tide set sail (Ahoy!) for the Corous Sub-Sector (I believe named after a pre-emperor beer). Upon arrival on the rim (oo-err) of the sector it became quickly apparent that the Insertion Force was not the only interested party in the newly emerged worlds. In an attempt to approach our projected insertion point the crew of the Crimson Tide pulled all the blinds down on the windows (took hours, thousands of the damn things), turned off the hallway lights and oiled all the armour joints (god, the creaking, you have no idea what it’s like. Can barely frakking sleep) and prepared to slip into the sub sector through the back door.

Insertion Force; Crimson Haze


Captain Karlaen – 160

Blood Angel Captain, Terminator Armour, Stormbolter, Hammer of Baal (Master-Crafted Thunder Hammer), Iron Halo.

Warlord Trait (Strategic Genius)


Raphen’s Death Company – 210

5 Death Company Space Marines with Jump packs, Thunder Hammer (Raphen), Power Fist, Power Sword, Inferno Pistol

Cassor The Damned – 140

Death Company Dreadnought, Blood Talons, Stormbolter, Meltagun, Magna-grapple, searchlight


5 Terminators,

Heavy Flamer, Cyclone Missile Launcher, and Chainfist

745 points

The Adult Wargamer: Gaming Boards


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In my early teens I’d love to spend summers working on projects like building terrain and gaming boards. But with great age comes great responsibility, or something like that. What also comes with age is a little bit of disposable income. Not a lot mind, but a bit. In this, hopefully, regular article I’ll be looking into where you can pick up some great gaming accessories if you’re looking to purchase or how to make some if you’ve got the time to do so.

Gaming boards

Let’s start with the basics. You’re going to need an area to play on. Some people are happy to just play on a kitchen table, but rarely does the kitchen table meet the required sizes. If you’ve got a 6×4 kitchen table, you must have a huge family!

One great resource is the Games Workshop realm of battle boards. These aren’t everyone’s cup of tea but I really rate them. You are able to build a it’s up in 2×2 squares. So you can have a 4×4 or a 6×4 up in a jiffy. You can pick them up with a juicy discount by clicking the pictures above and below which will send you to Element Games.5391-citadel-realm-of-battle-gameboard-med


What most people have is a dining table that’s not quite big enough. This is where B&Q, or any of your local wood suppliers (tee hee) can help out. I recently decided to go for 3 2×4 ply 5mm ply wood panels. I wasn’t going for something that was to thick that I couldn’t store them. This is where having 3 2x4s is perfect. You can easily squeeze them behind the sofa. They also came in at £13 each, which in my mind was a bargain.

Now you could easily just buy a green table-cloth and throw that over. That’s fine, but love a little bit more immersion. I really like the gaming mats that are becoming more and more available. The one below is from Frontline Games. I will discuss them more in an upcoming review.


Well that’s the first instalment, hope you enjoyed it and remember the second Tale Of 40K Gamers will be out on friday.


The Tabletop Project Ep.2 We’ve Created a Monster

In this mini-cast, myself (Gary) and fan favourite Jan Proudley create Jan’s character for The Tabletop Project’s upcoming Through The Breach adventure. You can find my first thoughts on TTB here. As always you can email us at and please visit our Facebook page and follow us on twitter @lost_lighthouse.

See ya later fuckers.

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