|A selection of Heroes & Villains from Crom's Anvil|
I don't recall exactly when I first came across Jade Gaming News, but one aspect of their adventures immediately piqued my interest: their use of 15mm miniatures for Dungeons & Dragons campaigns, instead of the 'traditional' 25/28mm that the Tuesday Knights - and most RPG groups that use minis - use.
There was something economical - both financially and in the use of tabletop space - about using these smaller figures.
And quality has come a long way since I was a wee nipper and there are some very nice 15mm figures out there.
Of course, I have a ton of minis already (both painted and waiting-to-be-painted) and didn't really need yet another 'project', so the idea was pinned to my mental noticeboard and I moved on.
But then, good old Facebook (using its mind-reading algorithms) pushed an advert for Crom's Anvil in my face - just after I'd published my review of Marvel's Conan The Barbarian #1, unsurprisingly - a UK producer of eye-catching swords-and-sorcery 15mm miniatures.
So, I checked it out. And was almost instantly besotted. It's pretty much a one-stop shop for Conan-esque tabletop miniature wargaming.
Michael Stockin, of Crom's Anvil, not only produces a small - but diverse - range of miniatures, but also buildings (either desert town houses or mud huts), and terrain (ranging from campsites to temples). Everything you would need to populate your table.
And because it's all scaled to 15mm, the range is much better suited to a tight budget.
If roleplaying games aren't your cup of tea, Mike's also published a set of skirmish wargame rules for use with his miniatures and is chronicling his own gaming adventures in a photo-comic format.
Crom's Anvil has jumped my '15mm sword-and-sorcery' campaign idea right up my list of projects for 2019.
Once we get settled in the new house (fingers crossed everything goes smoothly) and everything's ticking over with PROJECT Z, it might be time to crack open my old Crypts & Things RPG rules and think about some Robert E Howard-influenced swashbuckling adventuring.
Or maybe I'll just play a barbarian at some point in Simon's 5e Dungeons & Dragons campaign...