General & Personal Games Sites:
Update, 22 May 2011: Work has started on weeding this list. Don’t expect fast progress, but at least it’s something. This time, I went through and tagged all the Geocities URLs as Dead Links. Actual link fixing will be happening as and when I get to it – feel free to contact us if you have suggested links or want to report a new URL for a site!
Because this section has gotten so large, I’m working on some ways of reorganizing it. I don’t want to go to an alphabetical listing, and many of these sites cover a lot of different areas of the wargaming hobby, so I’m going to start organizing by “Mostly…” categories, using the (in my opinion) most prominent, interesting or best area of a site to figure out where it goes. Eg “Mostly Painting”, “Mostly Galleries”, etc etc. I’m still going to wind up with a large list of unclassified sites, but at least a rough subject sort will be possible… I’m always looking for feedback.
So far, I’ve got The Essential Wargaming Sites, General Wargaming Sites, Mostly Painting, Mostly Paper Models, Mostly Scenery & Terrain and Mostly Links.
The Essential Wargaming Sites:
- The Miniatures Page THE general miniature wargaming page. Very good – has an exhaustive index of miniatures and gaming companies.
- Terragenesis – among the best terrain sites!
- Major General Tremorden Rederring’s Colonial Wargames Page: a great site even for non-historical wargamers. (currently a Dead Link, but we await news of a resurrection!)
- Schild & Vriend Wargaming Club: Another great site. Great scenery ideas.
- The WarFactory is an impressive site, mostly concerned with scenery building ideas, including some spectacular plants and trees. Great photographs, too.
- Duffer’s Drift is an entertainingly written series of lessons on small unit tactics – highly recommended…
- Murphy’s Rules & Dork Tower – the online home of the famous gaming cartoons!
- Larry Leadhead is a cartoon aimed at miniature wargamers – and it’s aimed very accurately. See yourself and your gaming friends parodied… Good fun.
General Wargaming Sites (unclassified, unclassifiable or not yet classified!):
- Society of Fantasy and Science Fiction Wargamers (SFSFW) produce the excellent magazine Ragnarok, and have some interesting stuff on their site.
- Thomas Pope has a very nice general miniatures page.
- The Somerset Wargamers have great photos and information, and some good links.
- Tim’s Toys, Toys, Toys! is a miniature wargaming site, with entertaining battle reports and photos.
- The Society of Ancients has information, links, and other information.
- Northern Conspiracy game club have lots of links, scenery information and other items on their web site.
- Being a Short Discourse on Miniature Wargaming – you’ve got to like a site with a title like this! Mostly historical medieval miniatures, with lots of photos, figure reviews, and lots more.
- The Medieval Armies DBA Page has figure reviews, battle reports, and links of interest to any miniature wargamer, not just DBA players.
- Fanaticus – the DBA Resource Site contains enough reviews, essays and other information to interest any gamer, not just DBA players.
- The Colonial Angle is a great colonial wargaming website, with scenery stuff, battle reports and some links.
- Heliograph has great articles on Victorian Science Fiction gaming.
- DBA Online – play DBA over the web! Looks very interesting, and done with the co-operation of WRG & DBA’s authors.
- Berthier Campaign Management Software is free and designed to manage campaigns for tabletop miniatures battles.
- CyberBoard is a program allowing you to play tabletop games by PBeM.
- Web Grognards is possibly the largest, most complete board/map wargaming site out there.
- RPGnet has interesting resources, reviews and links.
- Warflag has free historical flags for wargaming.
- Lead Wars has great photos of historicals miniatures games.
- The Feldmachink is an interesting, odd, but workable-looking mechanism for hidden movement without a referee.
- Gylas is an Italian gamer’s site with some nice miniatures photography on it.
- Legend Games have a variety of gaming resources and articles.
- Orc’s Drift is a sometimes-entertaining fantasy wargaming site with some very good pictures.
- Agis’ Miniatures Page is one GZG gamer’s excellent personal page. Incredible miniatures photos with great paintjobs, and a well laid out website.
- Meeples & Miniatures is a website and podcast that covers a whole variety of minature wargaming fields.
- Star Ranger’s Starship Combat News is the best information source for all things miniature-starship-related; it’s regularly updated and worth a look!
- Germ Warfare is an entertainingly different wargames site, with DS2 information & very cool 6mm & 25mm paper buildings to download.
- Blackmoor Miniatures is the homepage of a professional mini painter; she’s got some cool terrain & miniature photos and tips.
- Cool Mini Or Not is a painting/modelling/auction site.
- The Virtual Scratchbuilder builds amazing models, mostlly of historical ships but some starships too.
- Doctor Faust’s Painting Clinic has lots of tips on all aspects of miniatures painting, from paint stripping to detail work.
- Paintrix Miniatures has painting tips & some great examples.
- Small Obsessions: A Miniatures Site has a very nice gallery section and some painting tips in a good layout.
- Caution – Wet Paint! is a miniature painting site, with good basic instructions and advanced tips.
- Hot Lead is a very nice page, with great photos and very nice painting tutorials and ideas.
- Battle Spoo is a strangely-named B5Wars site, with great painting tips and photographs.
- The Online Miniature Painting & Modelling Guide has loads of painting ideas, tips and inspiration, as well as a small scenery section.
- Steve’s Camo Page has camouflage patterns from worldwide – good for inspiring your miniatures painting…
- Chambers of Miniatures has good minis pictures and related items.
Mostly Paper Models:
- Imerius Wargaming’s Printable Terrain pagehas a good selection of printable terrain, nominally science fiction but a lot of the buildings would work just fine in pulp or 20th C. historical stuff.
- RPGNow and it’s sister site Wargame Vault are great sources for PDFs of paper terrain of all types, mostly fantasy with some SF and a few historical pieces. Quite a bit of free stuff, the rest ranges from very, very cheap to not badly priced; quality is usually very high.
- More Coming… please suggest free sources for paper terrain to us!
Mostly Scenery & Terrain:
- Also Currently Empty!
- More Emptiness, I’m Afraid…
- BattleGames: Online Magazine for Wargamers – excellent UK gaming & miniatures webzine.
- Military Miniatures magazine has some interesting articles, especially on random events in wargames.
- Society of Fantasy and Science Fiction Wargamers (SFSFW) produce the excellent magazine Ragnarok.
- Wargames Forum is another UK gaming webzine – quite large, with lots of manufacturers information, but a bit hard to navigate.
- GottaCon is Victoria’s biggest convention, not just miniatures but RPGs, Lego (really!) and more.
- Trumpeter Salute takes place every year in Burnaby (a suburb of Vancouver, BC) and is well worth it. All sorts of great miniature gaming!
- DragonFlight is in Seattle. An excellent show every time.
- The GZG East Coast Convention is in Lancaster, PA early every year. A great time is always had!
- The GZG West Coast Convention takes place in the SF Bay area, and had it’s first meeting in 2001.
- Northwest SF Resources convention listings page.