Wednesday, August 24, 2005

Wargames Shops in Singapore?

Apart from "How do you play wargames? Do you roll the dice and move the figures the number of spaces shown on the dice?", one of the most-asked questions is "Are there any wargames shops in Singapore?"

Unfortunately, for historical gamers, the answer is a resounding "no". We get all our figures and stuff by mail order. However, there are several model shops in Singapore where we go to get things like paint, brushes, thinner, the occasional 1/72 tank, and 20mm plastic figs. Here is a list of model shops in Singapore. Some model shops we frequent more than others, mainly because of familiarity and convenient location are (not in order of preference):

Central Hobby Plus
The Orchard Store
Miniature Hobby

For Sci Fi/Fantasy gamers, there is more choice. These two shops are the most well-known (to us at least):

Paradigm Infinitum (or PI)
Comics Mart

Finally, I should not leave out our favourite book store - Borders, which has an excellent selection of military history books, Osprey guides, Squadron/Signal guides, and every month - the latest issue of Wargames Illustrated.

The Philosophy of Wargaming


Our very own Captain Arjun has started a blog to muse on the philosophy of wargaming. Why do we wargame? Ever think about the 3000 foot General? Fun vs Historicity, Game vs Simulation? It's all there. Click here to check it out.

Napnuts Group Photo Aug 2004

Just thought I'd do a quick post today. I managed to unearth the latest group photo of the Napnuts. This was taken at Boone's place in August 2004 after the VSF Tonkin finale.

Thursday, August 11, 2005

Wargame Conventions in Autumn/Winter 2005

Here are some upcoming Wargame conventions for the second half of this year.

Colours will be held in Newbury, UK from 3-4 September:

DUZI will be in Wesel, Germany from 8-9 October:

Crisis will be in Antwerp, Belgium on 5 November:

Fall In! will be in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania from 11-13 November:


Finally, GAMECON-1 will be in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia from 3-4 December. More details on this soon!

Wednesday, August 10, 2005

Who are the Napnuts?

The Napnuts group was originally formed by a couple of Singaporeans living in Germany back in 1998. The games played back then were mainly Napoleonics using 20mm plastic figures. (Hence the origins of the name - Napnuts.) During our time in Germany, we linked up with an active group of German wargamers - The Dortmund Amateur Wargamers - and travelled with them to several wargaming conventions around Europe.

The group was founded in Singapore in 2000. The pic here shows the original Napnuts members with a visiting wargamer from the US. Interests moved from 20mm Napoleonics into 20mm WW2, and numerous games were played. As some group members became interested in Ancients, the group also began playing 20mm Ancients using Warhammer Ancient Battles.

Around this time, a major foray was made into the metal figure market. Members purchased 20mm metal figures to supplement their plastic armies. At the same time, some members moved into 15mm scale for Ancients and Napoleonics. The group also grew to around 8 members and wargaming became a weekly, instead of a once monthly affair. The pic at the right shows the Napnuts in 2003.


The Napnuts are now active in almost all popular scales and genres. In addition to the standard historical periods and scales, we also play fantasy, science fiction, Victorian Science Fiction, 28mm Pulp Fiction, and 28mm moderns. On the left is a pic of the Napnuts in 2004.

Monday, August 08, 2005

Welcome!

The Napnuts are a group of historical miniature wargamers based in Singapore. We are keen to meet people interested in wargaming. To contact us, please visit our website - Napnuts.com. Our interests are wide ranging. We mainly play 15mm Ancients, 15mm Napoleonics, 15/20mm World War Two and 28mm Pulp Fiction/Victorian Science Fiction. You can find battle reports of our games in the Napnuts.com website. You can also see photos of our members' minis in our Napnuts Photo Gallery. BTW - ignore the time stamp on this message, as it is just a way to keep this welcome message at the top of the blog. You will find the latest update directly below this message.