CWF Game Cast Episode 55: Deceased Estates 101

Hosts Jonathan J. Reinhart and Tom Barbalet have a fun-filled time discussing a myriad of topics. Tom cites the rebirth of Neil Shuck’s Incoming 2.0 Podcast, which Neil credits Jonathan as the inspiration. Jonathan opens the mail bag with listener feedback covering Warlord Games’ Black Powder rules. He explains the problems with episodes 50 and 51. He also recounts the previous trip to Rockport, which leads Tom into a discussion of casting your own models.

Jonathan dedicates part of the show to the annual Battleground Games & Hobbies 40k Megabattle. Jonathan chats about planning for attending Huzzah Con 2011 in Portland, Maine run by the MHWA. Tom briefly foreshadows his joint review with Neil Shuck of the Force on Force rules by Osprey Publishing.

Tom then explains deceased estate sales, their importance, and why gamers need to start estate planning regardless of their age. This serves as the bulk of the show. An update is given on the Field of Chaos contest.

The show winds down with the the Music to Game By segment is back with Bailey Records’ “Bailey Records Fanfare/Age of Apocalypse from Stratos’ album Warlands The Sountrack and the new Battlegames Magazine promo and.

As always we conclude with a message from our sponsor,, contest sponsor Battlegames Magazine, our Creative Commons license and contact information (find us on Facebook and Twitter).

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6 Comments on “CWF Game Cast Episode 55: Deceased Estates 101”

  1. Henry Hyde

    NIce cast, guys.

    Two things, and I’ll take the last one first.

    Near the end of the show, talking about competitions, Tom apparently threw down the guantlet to me — but I couldn’t make out what for! The audio was a little ragged just at that moment, and I simply have no idea what challenge I’m supposed to meet. So, please clarify…

    Now, sheep and matters related to it.

    First up, it wasn’t me who sent you an email, guv, it must have been someone else, perhaps one of your many spies around the world. There will actually be a big write-up of that particular game in the next issue of Battlegames, which I’m working on now and which goes to press next Friday.

    The build-up to the game can be found on my blog at in several instalments titled The Grenouissian Intermezzo. In essence, it is an offshoot of my imaginary “Wars of the Faltenian Succession” which featured in issues 1-12 of the magazine, set in a completely fictitious continent which just happens to look and feel rather like 18th century Europe, though the maps have been entirely generated by me.

    Now, the Grenouissian Intermezzo phase came about because of a bunch of guys over at the WD3 forum and you can follow the original thread and read more at

    What happened was that a casual comment was made alonmg the lines of “wouldn’t it be nice to get together for a game sometime?” which very quickly became “Henry’s organising an 18th century imagi-nations mini-campaign culminating in a weekend’s wargaming”! I paraphrase slightly, but that’s pretty much it.

    And since I’m writing the rules to go into my book, it was just too good an opportunity for playtesting to pass up. The good news is that 12 guys, in four games over two days, with over 1,500 miniatures on the table at one point, couldn’t break them, a huge relief. And it was cracking fun!

    I’m getting to the sheep. Honest.

    Now, as with most online forums, WD3’s members are scattered all over the UK — and far beyond. In fact one of the members, ValleyBoy, lives in New Zealand. He must feel right at home with all those little fluffy clouds on legs scattered over the countryside, because he’s actually a Welshman who emigrated a few years ago!

    So, with this chap volunteering to fly all the way from down under to participate in the weekend, it only seemed right to make him feel at home, so I brought out my collection of Foundy sheep, shepherd and sheepdog to adorn the landscape.

    Now, as for their unusual behaviour in not running away at the first shot like some ragged Massachusetts militia, they are of course properly trained British sheep, attuned to the noise and clamour of war, and they make interested and knowledgeable spectators. Some even say that they are in the pay of King Ludwig of Prunkland, whose ambitions know no bounds and who wishes, of course, to be kept abreast of all the latest military developments around the imaginary world he inhabits. And of course, any losses incurred amongst the flock are quickly put to use as sustenance for His Majesty’s own troops — assuming the bits left are big enough.

    I have to admit that I had not thought of putting rules for sheep into my book (which, for Tom’s benefit, can be viewed online at ), but Tom has so inspired me that I now realise that the part played by farmyard animals is terribly under-represented in wargames literature, and I shall do my best to redress this.

    Looking forward to being interviewed next month.


  2. Cort Naegelin


    I Have all those molds in my garage! Could never find a good supply of Pewter. Made a few for my nephews using solid solder. Do you think that I should let Johnathan borrow them? They are fun to do, but not up to today’s standards. Good cast. Enjoyed it.

    Cort N

  3. Tom Barbalet

    I think we need to find a good source of metal in North America. But it all seems very doable. Do you have the Napoleonic ones or the fantasy ones or everything Prince August offered in mould form back in the day?

    1. Cort Naegelin

      I have the full set of Prince August 18th Century. I think they are about 40mm. The are semi flat. I, also, have a couple of the 25mm. They had just come out with the 25’s when I made my purchase. I have Prussian Guard, Highland, and, I Think, British line. I purchased them back around 1972 when I was in college. I think that I ordered them from the Dunken Company. I may have some fantasy also, Just cannot remember. It may not be a good idea. On greater reflection, I did burn-up a pair of sneakers, and a couple of toes to go with them. I just checked the web site they are very similar to the “Battle of Rossbach (40mm) Moulds”. I take you point Heavy gloves and construction boots.

      Cort Naegelin

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