Thud & Blunder Reference and Roster Sheets

So today we are publishing the Reference and Roster Sheets on the Thud & Blunder page of this blog.

There is a single Reference sheet, which is three pages long. The first two pages contain summaries of many of the rules you might want to refer to in play. The third page has the weapons and armour tables.

There are three roster sheets. This is because we know from experience that different players have different needs, so we created three variants.

We hope that these will enhance your games.

If you want to gives us feedback on these you can do so below in the comments, or on our dedicated Thud & Blunder page on Facebook:


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Show Participation Games 2019

Each year Charles, Billy and I devise a number of scenarios for our participation games. They have to be simple, quick to run and engaging for people who have never played our games before.

Then we have to gather and/or paint the figures, build the terrain, create cards for each figure, write up short summaries of the scenarios, create game-specific reference sheets and playtest them. All of this can take months to achieve especially and Charles and I live 200 miles apart.


One important feature which is often overlooked by people new to running such games is that the whole set up must fit into the boot of a car and be transportable across a variety of environments. Not all shows let you drive in like Salute. With some you have to lug your gear from distant car parks to the venue.

After five years of doing this we have it down to a fine art, being able to arrive and set up in under half an hour. There again we run skirmish games, not monsters like Simon Miller’s now famous To the Strongest monster-sized games. Simon often has more figures on one table than I own altogether.

At Salute we ran two games, The Witch’s Cat and Run for your Deaths. The first was one I have been running all through 2018. I would have created a new one for 2019, but a house fire prevented that. The latter is the one that attracted all the attention at Salute – Billy’s magnificent creation.


I shall be lugging Billy’s board to Partizan in May of you want to see it in the ‘flesh’.

If you look in the Thud & Blunder page of the blog you will find both the scenarios and their figure cards.

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A grand day out – Salute 2019

So… what a day that was.

We’ve been attending Salute since IHMN launched in 2013, and running participation games since 2014.

This was our sixth year and by far our busiest. We thought we’d had a good reaction in 2017 for Blood Eagle, but the reaction to Thud & Blunder was amazing.

Both participation boards were busy all day, Lorna who works ‘front of house’ was rushed off her feet dealing with enquiries, none of us had more than twenty minutes off, and we lost count of the number of copies of T&B we were asked to sign.

Billy’s board, where four adventurers try to escape a dungeon full of undead, drew many admirers, and has appeared in lots of post-show photos on the interweb. Such luminaries as Ben from Beasts of War and Mel, the Terrain Tutor came to look at it and gave us great feedback. This board will now be travelling up to Partizan in May.

Despite all this the day did not start well…

Billy’s board is roughly 120x90x75cms and comes in one piece, so we needed to bring it in by car.  Unfortunately we arrived five minutes too late and could not take the car up into the hall. So it then had to be carried across the car park, up in a lift in which it almost did not fit, along the concourse, and down the length of the hall. Charles and Billy almost did not make it, and had to be towelled down and fed tea and biscuits.


We had to make the same trek afterwards, with Billy and I being the sherpas this time.
The next possible catastrophe was Charles inexplicably leaving a couple of figures at home! In stepped Andy Foster of Heresy Miniatures, who loaned us a figure from his painted models display across the aisle. It is little acts of kindness like that which make me love our industry/hobby.

Overall the show seemed less busy than in previous years. I know there is a lot being made of this on other blogs and fora, but I think this was to be expected given the current political crisis in the UK. That said we had plenty of Europeans visit our little corner, including some lovely Danes.

A couple of years ago a fine chap called Mike Strong had his good wife make a cake to celebrate the launch of Blood Eagle. It was a red sponge and red icing with the Ministry bowler hat logo. This year he repeated his generosity and brought a Thud & Blunder cake – chocolate sponge and green icing with the T&B crossed axes design. It was sumptuous.

Once again many of our players were parents and their children, with the kids winning more often than not. We had one young lady in a unicorn onesie, whose tactical acumen blew Billy away.

On The Witch’s Cat table we had a unique result where Greebo (Nanny Ogg’s mischievous moggy), beat the two players trying to retrieve him by killing no less than three figures, and ending up back where he started by the fish stall.


This was the last outing for The Witch’s Cat board, which has provided great fun over the last twelve months, we shall now be lugging Billy’s leviathan around instead.

In my short break in the afternoon, I made a beeline for Simon Miller’s To the Strongest game. I have known Simon for forty years, and his accomplice Ian Notter (the King of Flock), so I always try to drop in on their latest effort. This time it was the last battle of the Boudiccan revolt, where the Romans finally defeated the raging British army. Well folks, it was magnificent, with thousands of figures on display, including three large formations of British light chariots, and Roman Legionaries manning cart-mounted ballistae.


I managed to glance at a few other games as I rushed past and the standard seemed to be universally high again. Next door to us was a magnificent Tonkin forts game in 40mm by GJM Games, complete with river and steamboats.

Ainsty Castings, the main vendor of Thud & Blunder at the show, reported a brisk trade, especially after they did a bundle offer with a cave troll miniature (I can hear Sean Bean’s Boromir in my head as I type this – “They’ve brought a Cave Troll…”).

Anyhoo, after all the hullabaloo, we trudged back to Charles’ country manor, unloaded the mules, and  were forced to consume copious amounts of pizza, Mrs Strong’s cake and red wine.

The general opinion was, despite the various setbacks, and the noise, that it had been a great show and we shall look forwards to attending again next year.

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Salute 2019

OK good people, we are now just a week away from the biggest UK show of the year!

As has been the case for the last five years The Ministry shall be there running participation games. This year we are presenting two games, The Witch’s Cat and Run for your Deaths. Both are Thud & Blunder games so here is your chance to have a go if you haven’t done so already.

Charles and I shall be in attendance along with our display tram regulars Lorna and Billy. We shall look forwards to meeting you, running games and shooting the breeze.

Salute 2019 composite map

As you can see we are tucked away in the far left hand corner from where you enter. So you can get your shopping done then wend your way over to us.

Although several companies are selling T&B (and other Ministry books), our friends at Ainsty Castings will have the largest number. They may even have one or two Blood Eagle’s left…

We have also highlighted two of our old friends for you. The Amazing Annie of Bad Squiddo and that brutal warlord Simon Miller of To the Strongest! fame.

So, we look forwards to seeing you next week. For those who cannot come we shall take plenty of photos of the day and put a report up here when we return.

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The digital Thud & Blunder is here!

Our good friend Sean now has the hardback book, the digital version and a combined Hardback & Digital offer at his shop site:

The digital copy is a PDF with full internal links, and is less than half the price of the hardback.

The game is selling fast so order early to be assured of a copy 🙂

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Points cost calculators for T&B

Good folks, one of the joys of T&B is the ability to create your own stuff! To assist you with that we have created a range of points cost calculators which can now be downloaded from this blog:

You shall find that there are four calculators, one for warbands and one each for beasts, vehicles and weapons.

If you come across any glitches in them let us know immediately so we can improve them.

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T&B, it’s a magical place…

So, many of you have been asking about the magic system, and as we are kindly people, here is the first page of the magic section:

Thud & Blunder v1.0 pg68 Section 8 Hi-Res

There are sixty-eight magical spells spread over three levels of power. Most of them represent ones we have read in fantasy books or seen in films. A few have been added as they are the commonest used in fantasy rpgs.

The cost system for spells could not be simpler (see 9.1.9), making it very easy for you to introduce new powers of your own devising. The only real rule regarding this is that you agree these new powers with your fellow gamers before using them.

If you are running a campaign you may wish to expand or even restrict the types of spells that can be used in line with your setting. For example; in Lord of the Rings relatively few magical powers are used, but in Mordheim  every man and his dog seems to have them 🙂

Note that to use a level of magical power you must have the appropriate trait – Magical Talent: Novice, Adept or Master. A Novice can only choose Grade 0 powers, an Adept Grades 0 & 1, and a Master (hello Gandalf) can choose any grade.

Well, there is it, fully compliant with our KISS principle, but with enough depth to keep you working out winning combinations and uses for years.

We are really looking forwards to seeing how you use this section.

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