Club meetings

Our next meetings will be Sunday the 25th of September.

We meet at the Masterton Croquet Club, next to the mini-golf at Queen Elizabeth Park, on the second and last Sunday of each month, 1pm to 5pm.

Our other web presences are:

Twitter: @mastermarauders


Facebook Group: Masterton Marauders

For more information contact James on 022 691 6511 or email

Hope to see you there, playing a game or just coming in to talk toy soldiers!

Monday, September 30, 2013

Where to buy Toy Soldiers?

This is a piece I've been meaning to write for some time - New Zealand has a lot going for it, but easy access to toy soldiers isn't one of those positives!  I intend to update this, as and when new info comes to hand, and hopefully it will make it a bit simpler for us all to spend our hard-earned pocket money on little men!


The Toy Box, Queen Street, Masterton:  This is the only place in the Wairarapa that sells Games Workshop products.  They also have a decent selection of Army Painter products, and model railway stuff (for terrain building), plus plastic models (Tamiya, Italeri etc.) and Humbrol enamel paints.  They can also get all the stuff sold on Pixel Park (a NZ board games importer), which includes all the Fantasy Flight products - that's X-Wing, a bunch of roleplaying games, strategy board games and a whole lot more!

- Jaycar Electronics, Queen Street, Masterton:  Just down the road from the Toybox, Jaycar has a very good selection of plastic model kits and train stuff, in various scales.

- Cwmglyn Farm and Middleton Model Railway:   This is one that you may not have come across - I only found it because of my childrens interest in model trains (this place has several very nifty installations that you can actually get hands-on with).  It's north of Masterton, just after the ANZAC Bridge, and clearly sign-posted.  They also have a website here.  They have a very good selection of materials that can be used for terrain, and if you're a Flames of War or other small-scale historical player then the train stuff can often be used - HO scale is approximately 1:87 (close enough to the 15mm/18mm), and O scale is equivalent to 1:45 - pretty close to the 1:56/1:48 that 28mm is generally rated as.

Online in New Zealand

Slave to Painting:  These guys here are relatively new on the scene here.  They're based out of somewhere down South, and I've personally found them very good to deal with.  They have a very large range of lots of products -  Games Workshop, Wyrd Miniatures, Privateer Press, Army Painter and more.  They have a flat rate of postage in New Zealand of $5, and sell almost everything at less than RRP, as well as having regular sales.  Have a look at them here.

Trademe/Sella/eBay:  These are all good places to buy and sell.  As always, when buying or selling second-hand the most important thing to remember is caveat emptor!

Online from Overseas

Caliver Books:  This is a pretty good website (find it here), even though it looks like the design hasn't been changed since the early '90s.  They have a reasonably good selection of most of the major wargames, from Spartan (Dystopian Wars), Games Workshop, Flames of War.....pretty much, if you want it, they've got it.  The main reason I like this place is that all miniatures are post-free world-wide!  Also have a really wide selection of books and historical references, but they are not covered by their postage-free offers.

Defiant Gaming:  An Australian website (Defiant Gaming) recommended by Peter for Warmachine stuff.

I hope you find this information useful.  If I've left off a site that you've used, or a shop that you go to, please leave a comment or email me on and I'll update it.


September 29 meeting - the biggest we have had?

The meeting on Sunday September 29 was possibly the biggest we have had. It was great to see so many people come along and play games. Six tables were being used for a wide range of periods. Come along to our next meeting and join in too. 

Our venue, the Masterton Croquet Club.

Jacob, Ben, Simon (wearing ethnic scarf) and Alexander played Lord of the Rings Risk.

Gary (Free Australian) and Ross (Republique de France) played Dystopian Wars.

Neil (Bretonnians) and Aaron (Ogres) played Warhammer Fantasy.

Andrew and Craig played the World War 2 variant of Wings of War. As you can see, Craig has boxes of planes!

It was definitely a day for Warmachine.  Peter and James facing off.

Then it was Peter and David .
And the big bash, James, David, Peter, Jacob and Thomas. Armies included, but were not limited to, Cyrx, Cygnar, Legions of Everblight, Skorn and Circle. Variations on spelling are entirely mine!

David and Vince played Ancients.

David (Patrician Romans) giving them the chop!

Sunday 8th Report

I know it's several weeks late, but in my defense.......I'm incredibly disorganised and lazy. 

Anyway, Vince wasn't there, so I'm afraid there were no lovely pictures this week. 

Craig bought his extensive collection of Wings of War planes, and much fun was had roaring Biggles quotes and un-PC soundbites from Commando comments as the tiny, magnificent-men-in-their-flying-machines models chased each other around the table, resulting in a resounding victory for the Kaiser.

There was also some naval action with Dystopian Wars, and myself and Harley managed to finally get Dreadball out of the box, and really enjoyed this excellent little future sports game from Mantic.

As usual, much fun was had by all!