Inches & Cubes POdcast Episode 24: “You’re In The Guard Son!”

In this episode we walk through the slogging trenches of the front lines of an Astra Militarum engagement zone and take interviews of the various regiments involved to get an idea of what life is like for these fine lads and ladies, defenders of the imperium.

Expect to get a review of the updates to their fluff, their rules and have some fun at the end!

Pimping the Display Board

By: Kitbasha Jay

This week we’re building a display board. I’m doing this in preparation for The Sword and Board Open next month. I also figured it would be a good excuse to demonstrate a very quick and easy display board. Plus it gave me a chance to use up a lot of random materials I had cluttering up my workshop left over from past projects.

On monday we built and basecoated our display board. Today we’re going to pimp it out. This really doesn’t require any really expensive materials. Most of what I will be using today most hobbyists already have in their arsenal. Except for the resin I will be using for the river. It was the cheapest I could find but still came with a hefty pricetag.

So let’s get into it!

After basecoating with the Espresso I then appied some dry brush layers. I started by dry brushing the exposed areas of the bunker with grey. After this I dry brushed the rest of the board with the same Liquitex Yellow Oxide we used in the Jungle Fever Terrain Series.

The final drybrush was over the entire piece, cement and soil together with Liquitex Unbleached Titanium. As I’ve explained in past tutorials, this unifies the entire piece and creates a nice final highlight. We’ll be painting the details on the bunker as the last step after we’ve done everything else.

I then took some PVA glue and painted the majority of the board in order to sprinkle static grass. In my opinion, when people only put patches of grass in small areas it looks a little funny. Make sure to cover most of the piece with the PVA. If there’s going to be grass, it’s most likely going to grow in abundance. If anything is going to be in patches it’s the areas where the grass doesn’t grow.

Static Grass

For this I use a 3 colour method. The same as when painting miniatures, minimum 3 colours. The same applies to the grass. I started by sprinkling small areas of the PVA with the brown grass. Do the shades that you want the least of first. This way they will be sure to adhear to the PVA over the grass that you want to fill in the gaps.

3 Colours

I then followed with light helpings of the light green grass. Finally, the vibrant green grass was used to cover whatever areas of the PVA still remained seen to the eye. I then left it overnight to dry. The next day I shook off the loose grass onto the parcel paper I had beneath the board and collected the discarded grass to use again in the future.

After that it’s time to add the water effects. For this I decided to use the remainder of a two part epoxy resin that I had purchased for use on the Jungle Swamp Video that we released to our Patrons. It’s actually a resin substitute that I purchased a large quantity of at Home Depot. It’s intended to be used to finish counter tops. But it was economical and serves the same purpose as epoxy resin.

2 part clear resin

I began by damming off the parts where the river meets the edge of the board. This was done with masking tape and some PVA painted on the outside to create a nice seal. I then mixed equal parts of the two components and stirred the mixture vigorously.

Once it was mixed I quickly vacuumed the little bit of static grass that had blown onto the area I wanted the water to be. I then began to pour the mixture into the crevice. Pour it slow and make sure to pour over the entire area you wish to cover. It will self level as it dries so don’t worry if you can’t pour into all the nooks and crannies. It will do that for you. Just make sure you get an even pour all the way across the river so that it covers fully.


While the water is drying I then added 2 colours of flock. Just sprinkled it along the banks, on the surface of the resin. Then by tipping the board one way, and then the other, holding it in each direction for a few seconds, it created the illusion that whatever is floating in the stream has some movement.

The final step is to paint the details of the bunker. We’re going to have to wait a while for the resin to dry fully so now is the time when we can put some focus on the bunker. As you have seen in the previous pics, I used a bit from the Space Marine Rhino kit.

All I’m going to do is paint the borders of the viewports with Leadbelcher. Once that dries I hit the metal parts with some Agrax Earthshade. The some Biel-tan Green Wash was used to create the appearance of water damage around the slits and along the top of the bunker wall. And that’s it.

Bunker Details

So I hope you’ve enjoyed our little display board project this week. If you want to see the process in action the video will be out on our YouTube Channel this coming Tuesday (Halloween). Until then show us your display boards on our Facebook or Instagram feeds. We’d love to see what you have done or hear ideas about what you plan to do.

Until our next Encounter!

Building a Display Board

By: Kitbasha Jay

This week boys and girls we’re going to be building a display board. I had some terrain supplies kicking around the workshop this week and decided to just get creative for the sake of creativity. I have broken up a large amount of cork over the past couple weeks to make the scenic bases tutorial we did on the channel. With all those random left overs I thought I would build a display tray just for fun.

The display tray is one of the last elements we think of adding to an army. We spend most of our focus on the miniatures, and rightly so. After this we want awesome terrain to play on. So that naturally becomes the second priority. After we have these things in place, it really completes an army to have it displayed on an awesome scenic tray.

This week I want to show you all how easy it is to make a simple display tray for your army with very little effort and materials. The next time you go to a tournament your army will look that much better. Trust me. It’ll help your presentation scores a lot.

The first thing we need is a board. In this case I had a small piece of 3/4″ MDF left over from a past project. This particular piece is roughly 18″x19″ and so was too small to use for anything else. I figured it would make the perfect base for a display tray. Not to large but small enough that it can be transported easily.

Once I have my base I decided to take a broken plastic container that I had cracked a while ago by accidentally squishing it too hard. Cheap dollarstore plastic…so I figured it would make the perfect shape for a hidden bunker.

After hot gluing the container to the board where I wanted it I took the remaining cork I had from our little scenic bases tutorial. I glued all the pieces in a wall that I built up around the bunker leaving parts of it exposed.

I also used the cork to create a small ditch in front of the bunker to add a little more personality to the piece. I figured I can use the clear resin I had left over from the swamp I built for the Jungle Fever Table to create a river. Once I had all my cork pieces glued where I wanted them I painted the entirety of the cork with PVA glue to ensure that it will remain solid for painting on top of.

Cork with PVA coating

This took about 24 hours to properly harden. Once it was fully dry I then apply spackle. I used the spackle to coat the bunker so that it appears to be concrete. The same way we did in our Jungle Bunker Tutorial.

I also use it to smooth out the transition between layers of cork and the MDF base. This creates the illusion of dirt build up on top of the rock layers. I also wiped some random lumps of it around the base to create an uneven appearance across the surface of the piece.

Display board after spackling

I left this for another 24 hours to dry, just to make sure that it was fully solid before applying the sand. Once it was fully hardened I applied a layer of PVA glue to the entirety of the display board. On top of this was sprinkled a generous coating of play sand.

Display board after play sand

Pro Tip: Place a sheet of parcel paper or a drop cloth under your piece before you sprinkle the sand. Once you shake the display board off, all the loose sand that shakes loose can be easily collected in the paper and funnelled back into the bag of play sand to be used again.

You won’t be able to paint the entire board with glue before applying your sand. By the time you’ve painted the opposite corner you started in, the original corner will be dry. Divide and Conquer. You may have to do 4 or 5 applications before you cover the entire piece in sand. I think I did this one in roughly quarters. So about 4 tries to get it fully covered.

Again I waited 24 hours for the glue to dry and it was time to start painting. Just as we’ve done in the past, I painted the entire piece with a thick base coat of Espresso rust paint. This is my security blanket. I love using rust paint because it seals everything in nicely and provides the board with a nice durable layer that I can begin to build on top of.

Display board with basecoat

But that will have to be saved for Wednesday. I hope you’ve enjoyed this lesson for today. As you can see it’s really not difficult at all to make an awesome looking display board for your miniatures. On Wednesday I’ll show you some simple ways to paint and finish this piece. Also a few weeks from now there will be a YouTube video on the display board on our channel. So stay tuned for that.

Do you guys use display boards? If you don’t, will you now that you’ve seen how simple it can be? If so, what techniques do you use? What awesome stuff have you guys created? Let me know by dropping a comment below or on our Facebook page.

Until our next Encounter!

Encounter Wargaming – What’s coming up?

By: Kitbasha Jay

As we talked about on Monday, Encounter Wargaming is celebrating this week. When Adam and I first started the YouTube Channel it was a goal of ours to reach 1000 subscribers in our first year. We thought it would be an attainable goal and we’ve achieved it. Monday’s blog is evidence that we’ve even gone the extra mile just to provide enjoyable content for our fellow Wargamers.

We released our first video to the public on August 16th 2016. So EW’s birthday was on August 16th 2017. We hit exactly 1000 subscribers just last week. So it took a little more than a year but we have an awesome achievement to show for it. That being said, Encounter Wargaming has room to be so much more. That’s what we’re going to discuss today.

Revised Weekly Calendar

Mondays & WednesdaysKitbasha Blog

This is the blog you’re reading. I do my best to provide you all with an insight into my hobby life as it unfolds. This not only lets you know what’s going on behind the scenes but also what to expect from Encounter Wargaming. If I’m doing work on scenery or models on the blog you can expect video content a few weeks later most of the time. Aside from that I want to inspire a conversation with my viewers. I figured the blog was the best way to do that and I hope you’ve all been enjoying it so far.

Tuesdays & ThursdaysYouTube Feed

As has been our custom from the beginning, we release our videos on these days. This has been our schedule from day 1. We will continue to bring you Battle Reports, Hobby Tutorials, Unboxings and Rules Reviews for free on these days, as we always have.

Once we reach our Patreon goals we can begin producing more content for you on a more frequent basis. The Tuesday and Thursday videos are the ones we ask our Patrons to pay for in exchange for the content earlier than everyone else. The money from our Patreon goes to support all three aspects of what we do. Videos, Podcasts and Blogs. Even though we only ask you pay for the videos. There are other rewards for being a Patron as well.

FridayInches & Cubes

Every Friday since May 19th we’ve released a Podcast on iTunes and Google Play. You can also listen to it here on or on the YouTube Channel. You can expect to hear Adam, Nick and Paul discuss they’re favourite hobby topics every Friday indefinitely.

We will also release bonus videos for you when they come about on Fridays. Sometimes we have short hobby updates or significant events worth documenting that warrant a video but not the type of video we want to ask our Patrons to pay for or replace another video that we intended as regular content. Friday is the best day of the week. Sometimes it’s nice to get a little bonus surprise.

As far as what kind of content will occupy these aspects of our content I want to let you all in on. We have conducted a few surveys and shaken a few hands and we want to bring you all the content you require. We’ve received so much feedback in person and online. Most of it positive. Even our critics have been constructive for the most part. So we are making an effort to focus on the aspects of our content that you, the people, have said you want to see more of.

Battle Reports

We will continue to bring you all 40k Battle Reports without a doubt. It’s the Infinity and Malifaux fans I want to reassure. We launched the channel with a Malifaux playlist. We admit we have been distracted by the new edition of 40k, but we are in the process of filming more Malifaux Battle Reports.

We have also expanded our Infinity armies. Keep an eye out for more Unboxings and Battle Reports for Infinity. We have both been making the extra effort to get to know these gaming systems better in order to provide you with quality content. Expect more Infinity and Malifaux Battle Reports from us on Tuesdays and Thursdays over the next few months.

Twitch Streaming

We have been gearing up to begin streaming our content live on Twitch. If you would like to see our Battle Reports and Hobby Tutorials, as well as possibly the podcast, live then jump on our Twitch page right now and follow us. It doesn’t cost you anything to follow and it gives us a gauge as to how much interest there is in us doing live videos. We plan to start streaming in the new year so let us know what the level of interest is.

Aside from that we will continue to bring you the content we have provided you with so far. Everything you’ve come to expect from Encounter Wargaming you can continue to expect. We can only do more from here forward.

So keep talking to us. We want to create a conversation with the community. That was the whole point of starting Encounter Wargaming. We are thankful for the community we have developed and been a part of. Both the online communities of 40k, Malifaux and Inifinity, as well as, the physical community of Toronto gamers and Hogtown 40k.

If you have any other suggestions of what kind of content you would like to see then please message us on Facebook or Instagram . Even if you just have a hobby question or simply want to say hey, shoot us a message. You can also Email us at . We don’t bite…unless you ask nicely 😉

Until our next Encounter!

Encounter Wargaming – What a Ride

By: Kitbasha Jay

This week Encounter Wargaming is celebrating! A few weeks ago we past our 1 year anniversary as a YouTube Channel. There has been so much that we’ve accomplished in just 1 short year. We have learned a lot and grown even more. As both individuals and as an internet entity. We are so excited to have made it this far in such a small amount of time and we are incredibly thankful to all those that have come along for the ride and supported us along the way.

One of the first goals we set for ourselves when we started the YouTube Channel was to reach 1000 subs by the end of our first year. We decided to have this as our first real goal for many reasons. With the help of all of you out there we have achieved that goal. We just passed 1000 subs last week.

Looking back on the past year there is a lot that we’ve accomplished. I’m not trying to brag or anything but it’s kind of amazing when we look back at all of the entertainment we’ve created for you amazing wargaming people. In our first year we’ve accomplished..

Journey Into Malifaux
This was our flagship series and covered us getting into a brand new game that neither of us had played before…Malifaux. We’ve been having a great time learning this awesome game and being a part of the online Malifaux community.

Journey Into Infinity
We also got into another new game for both of us…Infinity. We started it off with the Red Veil box set and have expanded from there. Though infinity has not been a major focus of ours lately, we both enjoy the game very much. There will be more infinity to come in the future.

We’ve done 2 Horus Heresy Campaigns.

Blood In The Void
This was our first 30k Campaign. This was also the first time “Point and Click” Nick was featured on the channel. This was an absolute blast and gave us an opportunity to show off Hogtown 40k’s scratch built Zone Mortalis board. Also it allowed us to both play 3 games each with Hogtown 40k’s Warmaster(President) who is now hosting our podcast.

The Assault on Doghan
This was our second 30k Campaign on the channel. It not only featured Nick from the previous campaign but also included Paul “Mr. Fist” Fowler. Paul was the very first person we featured on our 40k battle reports on the channel. Both for 7th and 8th edition. He now hosts the podcast with Nick and Adam. Which brings us to the next thing we have accomplished in the last year..

Inches and Cubes – The Warhammer 40k and Horus Heresy Podcast
While Adam and the boys were filming the above mentioned Assault of Doghan Campaign they came up with the idea for a podcast. Of course we encouraged it and they went with it. Now we have an awesome Podcast to go alongside our YouTube content. Welcome to the team Paul and Nick.

We also saw the transition of our favourite wargame from one edition to the other. Warhammer 40k released a new edition and it has been an awesome journey into a completely new rules system for the game that we’ve loved since childhood. You can check out our 7th Ed 40k Batreps which is where we started with the 40k battle reports on the channel. Evolving into our 8th Ed 40k Batreps which is our new standard. Just by comparing these two playlists you can really see how far we’ve come.

This leads us into our first 40k campaign on the channel The Redemption of Augustus Blake. In this series Adam was able to explore all the new fluff that Games Workshop has thrown at us including the Primaris Marines. Also it gave him an excuse to bring his Horus Heresy Loyalist Luna Wolves into the 40K narrative. Check it out if you haven’t already.

On top of these main focuses we’ve also brought you lots of Terrain Tutorials. We have a playlist of Malifaux Terrain, Infinity Terrain, and recently a 40k Jungle Table.

We’ve also covered all of Hogtown 40k’s Gaming Events that we have taken part in. We’ve also supplied you all with “Oldhammer” videos with my Relics of the Dark Age series. On top of other hobby tutorials, unboxings and rules reviews.

I think I speak for both Adam and I when I say it’s been a wicked fun ride. We’ve learned so much and met so many awesome people. We want to thank everyone who has supported us along the way and has helped make us into what we are. On Wednesday I will give you all a little peak at what to expect from Encounter Wargaming over the next little while. On Friday we’re going to have a big surprise for you all. So stay tuned to this blog, our Facebook and Instagram feeds, as well as the YouTube channel for more details.

Until our next Encounter!

Inches & Cubes Podcast Episode 22: “Does This Look Infected?” Death Guard Codex Review

In this very special episode of Inches and Cubes the boys will discuss the new Death Guard rules. As usual they will comment on their own personal hobby progress as well as give you all the info you need on the new rules for Nurgle’s finest. Check it out.

“Counts As” Awesomeness –

By: Kitbasha Jay

Since we’re on the topic of “counts as” models in Warhammer 40k I would like to shine a spotlight on one of the kings of third party miniatures. That company is Kromlech. They have blown me away for years with the amazing “Ork” models that they have produced over time. Even to this day they continue to release absolutely stunning miniatures that put Games Workshop to shame at times.

I have purchased quite a few of their miniatures myself. Luckily there is a store here in Toronto where you can get these beauties. Their stock is limited but I’ve yet to see another hobby store that carries Kromlech.

You’ll recognize my Runtherd from our 8th edition battle reports. That model is in fact the Kromlech Orc Taskmaster. I also have a few of their orky turrets. I needed some small turrets for my Grot Tanks so I bought a few of their turrets. They are really cool and a reasonable price. It saved me a lot of time having to make it look orky.

There’s a couple new products of theirs that really blow my mind. I’d love to incorporate all of them into my collection. They make such absolutely amazing miniatures and they just keep outdoing themselves. I’m going to show you guys the new stuff and talk about how I would use these fine miniatures.

The first just came out this month. For that Warboss that love koptas. Now we have Kopta Kans. In fact the product is called the Kopta Kan Meat Grinder Squadron. Take a look at this orky awesomeness.

Kromlech Kopta Kan Meat Grinder Squadron

These gave me the biggest smile when I first saw them. I was reading through the Forgeworld Xenos Index recently and it came to my attention that Orks can have “Chinork” Warkoptas as dedicated transports. How awesome would it be to have mobs of boys in Warkoptas, flanked by Deffkoptas, fronted by 6 or more of these Kopta Kans? I think it would be an absolutely amazing army. It would be so characterful and orky, but also so unique that no one else would have it. This may tempt me to add another detachment to my ork army.

The second recent release I’d like to cover in today’s blog is the Dvergr Commando Strike Force. THEY’RE FREAKING SQUATS!!!! LOOK! LOOK!

Dvergr Commano Strike Force

A couple years ago I began construction of a “Squat” army of my own. I mostly used Warhammer Dwarf Thunderers as the base for the infantry core. By simply trimming off the Handgun barrel and adding a Lasgun barrel they became instant squats. I counted them as Imperial Guard Veterans.

I haven’t gone back to that project in some time but I had a 2000 point army pretty well converted and assembled for 6th edition. It was meant as an Astra Militarum army with Space Marine allies. These Kromlech models would be perfect as Tempestus Scions or Veterans. Plus the set comes with a sweet command section including an hillarious medic model. If I purchased this it would complete my squat army for sure. Perhaps at that point I could put them in a few Battle Reports.

The truth is Kromlech has a wide range of awesome “counts as” miniatures. We’re so happy to support them on our channel and on the blog. If you’re looking for the most amazing Ork models you’ve ever seen look no further. They also have spectacular Scottish Imperial Guard regiment called Highlanders. Their Daemon models are stunning too. There’s plenty there for all armies in the game. With exception of Tau I guess. But screw Tau.

Let me know what you guys think about these figures. Have any of you purchased Kromlech’s stuff in the past? If so how did you like it? If not then would you consider adding any of these figures to your army? and which ones? Leave a comment below or drop us a line on our Facebook and Instagram feeds. If you’d prefer to be old school you can shoot me an email at

Until our next Encounter!

Proxies in 40k – Third Party Figures

By: Kitbasha Jay

This week we’re going to focus on proxies and “counts as” models. There are a variety of options these days for what models we use in our games. Some of us prefer to stick to the official Games Workshop models. Others like to use third party miniatures to represent their favourite units on the table top.

There are many motivations for this. Sometimes we may not like the look of an official GW model and find something cooler elsewhere. Some gamers, like myself, like to have models that are different than what everyone else has. Whatever our motivations for using non-GW figures, we all have been tempted by third party manufacturers at one point or another.

There was a time when Games Workshop ran the competitive community. In order to play in a Games Workshop tournament, like the GT, or to play in a Games Workshop store, you had to have official games workshop models. Occasionally they would let you get away with a really unique conversion. About 15 years ago it was ok to convert something from a non-GW model provided it contained more than 50% GW bits. Since Games Workshop dropped out of the tournament scene a few years back there has been a resurgence of proxies being used in our games. Especially in the small “mom and pop” stores.

Here in Toronto there is only 1 Games Workshop in the entire city. This means that the small FLGS’s have not only provided the community with gaming spaces, they also take care of running all the tournaments and events in our city. We here at Encounter Wargaming frequent a store called The Sword and Board. They are a small proprietor that has one of the last remaining gaming spaces in the city. As a result our gaming club Hogtown 40k runs all of the tournament and events that it hosts out of this amazing gaming store.

Games Workshop can put rules on not allowing product into their stores that they don’t sell. It makes a lot of sense from their perspective to not allow models that are a small design flaw away from infringing on their copyrights. The small stores, however, don’t have an invested interest in these values. They’ll support any model line that their customers will buy. Which also makes a lot of sense from the FLGS perspective.

In fact, in Toronto we have another gaming store called Meeplemart. They sell a variety of third party miniatures. Everything from Kromlech to Spellcrow. It’s a great place to go if you’re looking for alternative sculpts or pretty much anything nerdy to be honest. They did sadly recently close their gaming space to the public and no longer host gaming nights or any other events for that matter. Plus they’re in Chinatown which is not an easy place to get to. But you can go there if you have an itch for some awesome Kromlech figures.

To get back on topic, there are so many companies these days that are producing third party miniatures for 40k without actually saying they’re for 40k. It’s genius really. Somehow they stay just outside of infringing on copyrights and most of the time just by simply calling the figures by different names. But when veteran players like us take a look at Spellcrow’s Space Knights or Kromlech’s Legionaries we can clearly see what they can be used for in our Space Marine or Chaos Marine armies.

I’m deeply interested in how many of you out there use third party miniatures in your 40k armies. Also what models do you guys use and what manufacturers do you prefer? I’d also be interested in hearing if anyone has found some really awesome counts as models and would be interested in sharing with the rest of us.

If you do use, are using or have used these proxies in your armies please comment on this page. Or you can drop a comment on our Facebook or Instagram feeds. Or email me at

Until our next Encounter!

Inches & Cubes Podcast Episode 21: “0101101111001011101” Adeptus Mechanicus Faction Focus

There is a new codex and much excitement around the adepts on mars and so we shall take a dive into their story, their tactics, and some fun things that stand out to us about them. Our special guest Matt Hird helps guide our session as he is an avid fan of these robot tinkering singers.

Have fun, enjoy and see you at the next episode!