“Without rules, we might as well all be up in a tree, flinging our crap at each other.” — Red Forman

As a father with two kids who made it to age 20 and 22 with no jail time let me tell you:  Red Forman from “That 70’s Show” had the parenting thing nailed.

That doesn’t have anything to do with what we’re talking about today, but rules do.


How the hell do I build an army, where are the lists? With a few exceptions, they’re aren’t any ‘army lists’ or ‘authorized builds’ in historic gaming. Feel like recreating the fight at Rorke’s Drift? Get thee to the library or Google and do some research.  See what forces fought there and assemble your armies accordingly. “But the sides aren’t fair!” Damn straight they’re not. That’s true in quite a few historic battles.

Army lists and point systems are designed with two goals in mind: 1) to enable quick pick up games without a lot of prep work and 2) to ‘ensure’ a fair fight.  Objective 2 supposedly ensures that two forces assembled using the same point value are equal in strength and capability and so, theoretically, only player skill (and dice, always the dice) will determine the outcome. Games with these systems in place tend to be geared toward tournament or competitive play. The notable example of this in the historic arena is Flames of War, sometimes called 40K with WW2 equipment. We will speak no more of such games here.


The Hobby Desk Season 1 Episode 4

Podcast # S1E4

Episode Topic:

Queen’s Birthday Worst and 6mm

Hosts: Joshua Shoobridge


hobby-desk-logoHobby Update

NEW STUDIO SPACE! Shed and all ready to rock and roll! Hence why I have been so quiet of late. Painting with an airbrush a bunch of 6mm!

Useful links!

Beasts of War

Kiwi6 Artists

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Queens Birthday Worst!

We write our worst army lists and put them to the test in a 4 player round robin to celebrate out monarchs fake birthday!

Links to the lists are here!


6mm Wargaming! Why do I love it?!

You can find where I get my 6mm minis here, GHQ Miniatures

The Grinding of the Gears of War – New Segment! You need to hear it to experience it!fow

Upcoming on the Hobby Desk

Next Episode on Being a Wargamer and a Father – Special Podcast Edition

The Hobby Desk Season 1 Episode 1

The Hobby Desk Season 1 Episode 1:

Our First Wargaming Show! Learn about the hobby that is usually a secret indulgence for most of us and make it part of your regular hobby fix!

Merimbula War-game Society:

Learn about the club I started from a chance meeting of a now very good friend.


 Wargaming Recon:

This is the podcast that inspired me to take the plunge into podcasting myself.

Wargame Soldiers and Strategy:

A review of one of my favourite magazines.

Useful Links to the Show

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