Creepy Hollow Restored with Mike Johns: Wargaming Recon #177

Mike Paine and Jonathan are right back at it, braving the creepy and the hollow they interrogate fellow gamer and terrain maker Mike Johns on his project Creepy Hollow Restored.

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Terrain Making

Mike offers some great tips and tricks for those who want to begin their own journey – even discovering foam core! Mike gives a run down of his projects!

Commissioning a Terrain Maker

Mike answers life’s greatest questions:

  • How do you refer to yourself?
  • Describe how the process goes from a client approaching you until finished product?
  • Why should someone hire a terrain maker instead of doing it themselves/buying ready made?

Frostgrave and Conventions

We aren’t talking about the graveyard of ice cream salesmen, we learn about the new game making waves in the gaming community. They also discuss upcoming conventions and all the effort they are putting into them.


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Listener Mail

Via our Facebook page:

  • Listener Tim said of Episode 176: Cigar Box Battle Mat Review “My early complaint with them was placing that garish label on the gaming side of the mat it needs to be on the underside. If someone wants to know where I got the mat from, I’m happy to tell them but I shouldn’t have to fork out those prices to advertise someone’s product in my games. Otherwise, it’s a very nice mat, well-made, and worth every dollar.”

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  • TotalCon is Feb 23-26, 2017 @ Best Western in Marlborough, Massachusetts.
  • Jonathan & Adrian will be there Friday-Sunday.  Mike will be there Saturday.
  • The Saturday afternoon Bolt Action game is full.  But, come in case someone doesn’t show up
  • Mike is running his Hanghai game Saturday at 1pm

Jonathan’s convention schedule is at:


  • There will be a listener meetup and open gaming with Jonathan
  • LIVE Wargaming Recon recording in the TSR Play room Saturday 7pm w/Adrian in which we’ll discuss the convention, games played, events and other fun
    LIVE recording releases as episode for March 13, 2017

Many thanks to Mike Kafes of the Mythwits for acting as our producer for the TotalCon 2017 episode.

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