Wound Marker sets – now available!

We’re pleased to introduce our Wound Markers. Available as a number of sets in different colours, or individually if you prefer, these are priced at pocket money prices. We have single, double, triple and quadruple markers to hold various dice types. Ours are based upon the standard 14mm D6 dice, and can hold those, as well as D12 and D20 dice.

These are 3D printed in PET-G plastic, both environmentally friendly and recyclable when you no longer need them. They can also be primed and painted if you prefer in your tabletop factions colours. So if you’re into Warhammer, Kings of War or other battle systems, you’ll find these useful.

The markers are available in Black, White, Red, Blue, Green, Yellow, Purple, Clear and for a limited time only in Silver Grey.

More good news is that these are available to back order, so if we do run low on stocks, we can manufacture new ones within 1 week.

Up your game with our markers today!

Christmas is a coming…

It’s that time of year again, and boy have we got some surprises coming up!

First of all, we have our seasonal Random Boxes ready to roll. If you have a friend, lover or other who’s into modelling, and you don’t know what to get them, why not buy them one of our Random Boxes.

A steal at £14.99, each box contains a random permutation of carefully curated Moonhopper Games products, along with some of on the shelf products that could be anything from a model to dice, tape measure, tools…literally anything. All you’re guaranteed of is a happy recipient, and that the value of the box contents is at least £14.99.

An absolute bargain, and limited to one per customer.

And then there’s the new year. What will 2024 bring us all? Well, from us, the new year has come early – we have produced our very own Tile Wizard. Since Green Stuff World stopped manufacturing their Dungeon Plunger Cutter, we decided to develop our own system. And develop it we did.

Whereas the hardy GSW set had a number of cutters in the box, we have one robust 50mm x 50mm plunger/cutter assembly with five interchangeable stamps. These twist on and off with ease. Just clean with soap and water after use and you’re good to go again. It’s this easy…watch our video.

The Tile Wizard is also made from recyclable PET-G plastic, so not only is it tough, it’s also very easy to clean. And we will be adding more stamps to the range that can be bought separately in the very near future. The Tile Wizard is designed to be the go-to weapon of choice for making tiled table layouts.

We still have a few limited number of the GSW Dungeon Plunger Cutter sets, but these are now down to less than ten – so, first come, first served. Once they’re gone…

And to top it all, we have also released the latest iteration of our Foamex Jig. This now incorporates extra holes so that you can drill holes in 50mm square tiles, as well as 150mm and 300mm square ones for pegs or our 3mm Neodymium Magnets. A cheap and useful tool to have on your workbench.

And looking forward to this coming year, we’ve got a number of things planned. The Annual pilgrimage to Salute in London in April which fills our hearts with joy, wears our legs out and empties our wallets is coming, our Paint Pixie has lots of things planned in the pipeline, and we have a few surprises in store as usual.

So, we wish you all a very peaceful and happy Christmas, and an equally successful and joyous new year.

Have fun folks!

Check out our Shading Mediums

Yes…they are here at last. 10 brand new acrylic based shading mediums, enabling you to add subtle tones, weathering, highlighting details and textures on your wargaming miniatures and terrain.

Perfect for beginners and pro painters, Our washes are carefully formulated to allow you to get creative, add 1 or multiple layers, mix colours and create your own shades and tones. Or you can simply apply over a white or black primer, or add over our base and technical paints for quick and easy shading.

These are easy to use, and also tricky to spill. Yes, we’ve taken your views onboard as painters, as well as being fellow victims of N*** O** syndrome – we know that you’d rather splash out on something you can use, than lose what you splash everywhere by accident.

Using some decent quality bases from our stocks of Legend Games bases, you can easily see the possibilities.

Our shading mediums come in 30ml bottles, and are priced at a very reasonable £3.95.

These come in a variety of colours. All that is needed is a brush and your unlimited imagination.

Get your rocks off!

Check out the new additions to our scenics range. To start with, we have five new terrain pots: Hell Alamein, Loony Moons, Atmosfear, Sparenobyl and Seacide. These are designed to cover a wide range of landscapes and genres, from sea battles, to aeronautic dogfighting boards, and assorted alien environments.

Hell Alamein is good old fashioned desert terrain, ideal for World War 2 skirmishes and insurgencies. Loony Moons is designed specifically for lunar and asteroid surfaces, blasted landscaping and desolate holes.

Three in particular have a luminous component. Not enough to blind the neighbours, but enough to give a hint of the otherworldly. Seacide is designed to be used as a seascaping medium, and when used in conjunction with resins and clear washes, will glow with a faint blue/green algae hint to it. Atmosfear has a discernably disturbing quality to it, with an eerie electrical luminescence when energised with a strong light source. This can also be used as a complement to one of our other terrain mediums. Terrorform.

And finally, there’s Sparenobyl. We just ran riot on this one; deliberately engineered to look like it’s been stolen from a nuclear reactor, drawing on orange and golden hues, with an unsettling green glow. It can be used for alien landscaping, or an enemy mine. As with all of our terrain pots, the only limit is your imagination and your resourcefulness.

These are best applied to scenery and bases by applying a PVA glue or clear resin, and then sprinkling as little or as much as you like over it using a piece of folded paper or card. Shake off the excess back onto the card, and pop back into the pot if the remaining material is untainted. Then, coat with a thin layer of the same adhesive again to seal the terrain if preferred, and add flock or tufts if desired.

And that’s not all (said he, sounding like one of those snake oil charmers from one of the shopping channels). We have also produced a brand new range of Rock Pots. Tiny little pots of fun that are the same size as one of our pots of paint, so you can compare and pair them up when producing figure bases or dressing scenery. Over the next few weeks we’ll be showing exactly how these new terrain mediums can be used – keep an eye on out on our Facebook, Instagram and Twitter feeds.

Obsidian is a black, evil looking rock, not out of place in hell or at the edge of a volcano. This one pairs up nicely with our Volcanic Rock Terrain Pot. Argentumite, as the name among any closet geologists reading this will know, is a silver rock, which can double up for ore and melted metal. Likewise, our Pot of Gold is a two-tone golden coloured product that simulates melted gold globules.

Aurumite is gold ore, although our rocks have very little in the way of a gold look about them, other than their cream coloured resemblance to their real world rock counterpart. This is more of a realistic small scale bog standard rock found in quarries and chasms, whereas Adularia, its twin in a way is a mineral looking rock, varying in size and tone to avalanche debris. And finally, Barney Rubble! (the ‘!’is important, well sort of), is a general rubbling material for war zones, battlefields and destroyed buildings.

Applying the rocks in these pots can be done in the same way as you’d apply our terrain pot materials. They are a cheaper and space saving way of having some terrain at your fingertips.

Salute 50 – A grand day out

We’ve made our first journey to the annual South London Warlords’ event, Salute 50 (and the pundits will say, what kept you?).  And the verdict?  Awesome doesn’t even cover it.  

So, while the glue is drying on a freebie we received from that said event on a gloriously dull Sunday afternoon, which has only been disturbed by the occasional National Emergency Alert, we’ll give you the lowdown of how the day went for us yesterday.

On the way there, we got a little lost on the DLR, and promptly jumped off at Canning Town when we realised we had to get off the train sharpish.  Luckily our Geekdar kicked in just in time, and we spotted four fellow travellers on the adjacent platform heading towards Customs House.  All we needed to say was ‘Salute 50?’, and they all said ‘Yes’ with exceedingly big grins on their faces.  We were certain that our early start to the day was a wise one, as most of the event’s stalwarts had arrived well before the 10am start.

Some likened the day before on social media posts as being like Christmas Eve, which we initially passed off as hype.  As soon as we got to the Excel centre in London and started queuing, only then did we get it.  Totally. 

As we stood waiting in the increasingly long line to go into the hall, the great and the good filed past.  Anyone who was anyone in this game would have recognised a few familiar faces, one of which was Duncan Rhodes who walked past the queue carrying a big cardboard box, flashing a big friendly smile back at us along the way.  Christmas Day it was…the very first videos that I watched when I started to paint were old Two Thin Coats’ guides to painting on YouTube.    

On arrival, we received our official goody bags with the programme in,  some useful blurb and a beautiful freebie 28mm resin model commissioned especially for the 50th Salute event made by  (somewhat appropriately) Warlord Games.   The details on the Viking Jarl with his flagon, shield and chest of plunder was designed by  Wojtek Flis, their resident sculptor based on drawings and concepts  fleshed out with Alex Hammond of the South London Warlords, the end result being a finely detailed cast. We’ll put pictures of ours online once we have painted  them.  We were also handed a nice solid commemorative dice with the Salute 50 emblem on the six side.  Nice touch.

We entered the hall and were immediately waylaid by people in various Warhammer costumes, lovingly built, and happy to have pictures taken along us gluttons for all things GW.  There were many signs of their products at the event, although they were not themselves there as traders.  The traders that were there all had put an incredible amount of hard work in, and the ones we spoke to were all as chuffed to be there as we were. 

From Green Stuff World showing off their latest toys, TT Combat with their laser cut sets, Wayland Games who sponsored the goody bags, Warlord Games and Mighty Lancer Games who we had a good old chinwag with…the great and the good were there.  From the favoured 28mm figures to the incredibly detailed 6mm set pieces, there was something for everyone.  And there were lots of smaller traders, not lesser in stature by any means, with lots to show off and displaying their technical prowess with justifiable pride.

Salute 50, as you will probably know by now is the 50th anniversary event of The South London Warlords’ (SLW) annual exhibition that consists of wargaming clubs showing off their talents, traders showing off their wares, and people swapping and sharing stories and tips.  It has been going almost virtually uninterrupted with the exception of the COVID lockdown for the last 50 years since the seventies.

Amongst the promo material the SLWs were selling this year on one of their stands were some of the tee-shirts from Salute 2020, which many bought for the irony and humour value.  The pandemic forced that event to be scrubbed, and the Excel where it was supposed to have been held at the time was temporarily converted into the first Nightingale Hospital.  Walking around the vast space, it made you wonder just how many casualties were being estimated by the powers that be if their projected worst case scenario had actually unfolded.

Counterintuitively, many of the traders there had actually made a profit during the pandemic as their sales went up.  Us modellers are a hardy and solitary bunch sometimes,  and like a lot of you reading this, we bought stuff online to keep us sane and amused during lockdown.  Moonhopper Games as a company itself was in fact a lockdown baby, as we started up in September 2020.

As we went around the floor, we were literally like kids in a sweet shop.  Our resident Paint Pixie Charlie suggested that next time we should attach a child’s wrist restraint to her in case she wandered off and bought too much stock!  We were practically dumbstruck by the sheer level of detail on the 6mm scale armies brought in by quite a few of the exhibitors, and there were also some 3mm tall figures. All of the tabletop games going on had upped the ante for the event.  As hobbyists ourselves, it’s given us something to aspire to.

Nothing was spared, and everyone participating pulled out all the stops and one or two others along the way for the hell of it.  Our jaws are still aching from all the gawping we were doing yesterday.  We must have looked like bailiffs, wandering around pointing at things and making notes of what to get next.

There was the annual painting competition, and we saw many prize hopefuls carrying their hard painted efforts in small boxes, all nervous and expectant. We personally wouldn’t have liked to have been judges as all that participated had set the bar high.  From Lisa Mason’s Snow Dragon for the Best in Show category, to Caleb Beaver’s Fulgrim in the Junior competition.  Everyone went all out in terms of effort.

As for the tabletop battles that raged across the hall, we were spoilt for choice.  From a fine re-enactment of Operation Barbarossa set up by Anschluss Wargames, albeit with some sneaky tank tactics that may or may not have been in keeping with historical record by their own amused admissions, and a very thoughtfully recreated table of the Dambusters Raid on the The Möhne and Edersee dams by the Peterborough Wargames Club, which included actual debris from some of the ill-fated bombers that went on the legendary raid, no detail was too much. 

The siege of the American Embassy during the Tet offensive and Operation Desert Shield were amongst the more modern historical battles raging, while naval battles from a different age such as the Napoleanic Wars were on separate tables.  We had a good old natter with the Cornwall Wargames Association with their fantastic Blackbeard against the Royal Navy battle table, and they were in fine fettle, dressed in character complete with uniforms and tricorn hats.  And the odd pith helmet, belt and braces were the order of the day with the Crawley Wargamer Association, who  replayed the 1845 battle of Ferozaphur when the Sikhs mounted a spirited attack on the British Empire’s East India Company.

Then there were the sci-fi and fantasy tables.  From Warhammer to Moonstone, Relicblade to a skirmish amongst asteroids with South London Warlord’s inventive game ‘To the Scattered Bodies Go’, every table at the event just popped, giving us new ideas and surprises.  For many societies, this isn’t so much an exhibition, it’s more akin to a pilgrimage to see their holy grail or to nod with their equivalents of the druids at Stonehenge on Midsummers Day.

Then there were the peripheral but no less important tables.  The colouring-in table provided by Bad Squiddo Games for the younger visitors was a neat idea and a very needed area for some of the kidults there.  The coffee area for weary travellers was at the back of the hall, which we found at the last hour; that’s our fault for not swatting up too much on the programme beforehand.  We’d dived in and out at key points of the event, the first time for a coffee break outside at Costas a third of the way round the event, while the second third was taken as an opportunity to get emergency Noodles for lunch in order to fuel up and rest our weary feet. The noodles were good. Really good.

The Kickstarter tables were also fascinating and there were some incredible concepts on display. The Tiny Conflict Universe created by the good humoured Department of Wargaming has developed a very cheap and cheerful concept, by the inventive use/reuse of old sprues for tiny spaceship fleets. We picked up their copy of the Milky Way Weekly and had a good chat to them. In this day and age where inflation is going stupid, this is a very affordable way of gaming for those on a very tight budget.

The Salute café area was situated near ‘The Lard Zone’ an area dominated by some splendid games run by the Too Fat Lardies, who were having a whale of a time with games such as ‘Chain of Command, ‘What a Cowboy’ and the one that tickled us, ‘I ain’t been shot mum’.

There were speed painting tables for all to enjoy that were being run by Paint All The Minis and Trans Atlantis/Two Thin Coats, and in the discussion zone the Panel guests were the right mix of talent. Duncan Rhodes strutted his stuff as usual, and the Women in Wargaming panel was lively to say the least, very well received and enlightening.  With a decent panel of Hobby Heroes, as well as panels on game design and terrain building tips during the day, there was something for everyone.

By no means least, the Armed Forces charity, the Soldier, Sailor and Airmen’s Families Association (SSAFA) were also present with a a well manned and friendly stand.  It is perhaps more important than ever to acknowledge the positive value of our hobby in relation to mental health and wellbeing, so it was very appropriate that the charity was there, which supports ex-servicemen and their families in times of hardship and distress. 

So, we finished the day there at 4pm, one hour shy of the end of the event.  Happy but exhausted, not just from wandering about such a big space with lots of fellow enthusiasts, but also dog tired mentally – but in a good way.  This state of affairs was temporarily relieved with a can of lager and a packet of cheese puffs on the long train journey home from Waterloo.  An early night was called for after the excitement of the day, but it’s definitely on next years’ calendar for us.  To the South London Warlords and everybody who made it such a fantastic day, we thank you.

Roll on Salute 2024.

Helpful links

South London Warlords Homepage – Salute

Department of Wargaming

SSAFA The Armed Forces Charity

Stargrave Crew

This brilliant box set allows you to build 20 Stargrave crew members, either as standalone crews, or as part of a pirate crew. With a fantastic mix of human and alien heads, you can create strange new worlds – especially when used in conjunction with other Stargrave box sets. These figures require painting and assembly.

We painted up 4 squads of 5 in complementing colours just to give you an idea of the different looks these guys can have, but really being Pirates…well, they could be painted whatever colours you choose!
We used Revell Contacta Professional Liquid glue for plastics to assemble this kit.

A quick spray outside with primer, using Dark Grey Expo Primer on these – we sell light grey and white too – and they’re ready to paint. Here you can see the finished items.

Here are the Moonhopper paints we used for each squad…

Light Blue Squad:

Fighter Blue, Sword Silver, Base Flesh, Base White, Base Black.

Camo Squad:

Base Black, Fighter Blue, Base Flesh, Base Brown, Khaki Dream, Pewter Paint

Orange Squad:

Base Orange, Base Grey, Desert Storm (Technical paint), Base Black, Base White, Base Brown, Base Flesh

Red Squad:

Base Black, Base Grey, Base Red, Tank Green, Base Flesh, Sword Silver, Base White

For our entire paint range please visit our shop and look at the paints section.

Additional tools we used for painting the Crew were our detailing brushes set, and to finish the scene, we printed off and prepped some of our Space Station tiles from our 3D Download library.

Pop into our shop and have a look around. We have lots of new products coming up, and postage and packing free for orders over £30 in the UK, what’s there not to like?

Here come the stormtroopers!

They’re mean and they’re ruthless. Have a look at our Eisenkern Stormtroopers. These are made from fine cast plastic, sitting at 28mm high.

These figures will need to be primed before you can bring them to life with our colours. Ideally, you will need a dark grey primer, such as the Expo Acrylic primer spray prior to painting.

These iron core troops sport light grey armour. The tone of the armour for these figures have been created through a combination of our own Base Black and Base White paints. This isn’t all, however. I have also used our Pastoral Green and Bloodbath paints to detail these figures. In particular, check out the camouflage on the officers hats.

Now no soldiers would be complete without a good set of weapons. To add to these tools of destruction I have opted to add Pewter (over our Base Black paint) and Silver Sword paints to be the base colours for their firearms. Another thing that makes these figures stand out are the bases.

To echo their combat worn environment, I have created textures by adding sand and charcoal to add depth with other elements to the base, embellishing these with Desert Storm, Base Black, Quagmire Brown, and finally Khaki Dream paint – all of which and more can be found in our shop.

Freebie Friday

It’s that time of week again. And we’ve got these Moonhopper tee shirts to give away free with the next twenty orders.

Just put your order through, and we’ll email you if you’re one of the lucky ones.

These tee shirts come in either royal blue or traffic cone orange. Impress your friends…confuse your enemies…leave the cat bemused. Alternatively, you can buy one from our merch shop if you’re not so lucky and you still want to look the proverbial bee’s knees.

Happy Friday folks!

Legend Games range

Roll out the barrel…literally! We are proud stockists of Legend Games products.

From the aforementioned barrels in various states of size, fillings and modelled condition, to Necromancer thrones, quality scenics and scatter terrain, we stock ample amounts of these finely detailed resin cast pieces. These require priming and painting, but once done, the results speak for themselves. Our Paint Pixie loves working on these, as you can see from some of the photos below.

Whether you’re into Warhammer or Dungeons and Dragons, these pieces will stand out on the table. Take a look at the Legend Games range that we have in stock. We’ll be adding more to the range as and when Legend Games releases new items.

Stargrave and Oathmark figures

We’re pleased to announce that we now stock Stargrave and Oathmark figures. Stargrave is a fantastic skirmish game, gaining popularity. Its premise is simple, players command a small crew looking for loot while avoiding trouble from the authorities. Oathmark figures are the opposite end of the fantasy realm – choose to fight with elves or dwarves, humans or goblins…we’ll be stocking more of these figures soon.