Mike Bettle-Shaffer

Getting Started with Bolt Action

So the title of this article probably gives some of the game away, but what is Bolt Action? Ilor: Bolt Action is a tabletop wargame set in the Second World War. It simulates tactical actions at roughly the platoon level,...

Fabricator General STL Reviews: Terrain by Grimdark Terrain

In our Miniature Review series, we look at the wide world of tiny soldiers for cool stuff to share with all of you. This week, LordTwisted, Thundercloud and Soggy are reviewing the terrain on offer from Grimdark Terrain. The God...

Carnevale Venetian Quarter – Painting the Town Red

Hop in the gondola as Mike takes us through the canals of Venice and shares his thoughts on painting the town red. In this new min-series, Mike details his journey towards building a gaming board for Carnevale, sharing his thoughts...

Up in Smoke: A Year in Review

To say this has been an interesting year for me would be a gross understatement. My hobby mojo actually started at a pretty low ebb in the year, I wasn't really sure what I wanted to work on and...

Game Design Discourse: Randomness

In our latest Game Design Discourse, Lupe and @James_M_Hewitt talk about randomness and the role it plays in games.

Terrain Review: Venetian Quarter by TTCombat

In this review, Mike takes a look at the Venetian Quarter, created by TTCombat as he continues his journey under the Rent in the Sky. This isn’t the first time we’ve visited the strange Venice created by the designers at...

The Fabricator General – Pouring one out: Creating Water Features

In this article, Mike begins his journey towards building a little slice of Italy, starting from the canal up.

Gaming Spaces: From Stankhold to Dankhold

Playing at home can be a wonderful experience, but creating a great gaming space with limited time and resources can be a massive challenge itself! Each week in our Gaming Spaces series we’ll be looking at an author’s gaming...

How to Paint Everything: Yu Jing

In our How to Paint Everything series, we take a look how to paint well, everything. We look at models and effects and look at several different methods for painting them. We've recently been getting into Infinity in a big...

How to Paint Everything: The Doctors from Carnevale

In our How to Paint Everything we talk about how to paint well, everything! Today we're taking a look at the various gangs of an alternate reality Venice. In this instalment we're taking a look at how Mike approachs painting...

About Me

Started back with the hobby in 8th edition by picking Thousand Sons, and has since developed an unhealthy love of filigree. This has led to a small Slaves to Darkness force amassing , alongside his Sylvaneth which funnily enough are also the army he's painted most of. When he's not painstakingly painted filigree, he enjoys creating his own terrain, either scratch built or 3D printed. He's also now spent enough time around Edwin that the dadgaming has rubbed enough and his hobby space is being over taken by a variety of historical ranges. Because everyone knows the best way to get someone to play a dadgame with you is to own two armies. Twitter: https://twitter.com/MikeJB_S Insta: https://www.instagram.com/mikejbs/
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Kill Team Moroch Review: Phobos Strike Team

The upcoming Kill Team Moroch boxed set introduces us to two new kill teams and in the process, finally...
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