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Sprues and Brews is a UK based tabletop website, with videos, podcasts and more! We cover Warhammer 40,000, Age of Sigmar, Horus Heresy and many other major and independent games!
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The Big 5-0
Episode 50! Yay! Dave and Jay celebrate the podcast hitting the grand age of 50! On today's podcast we have a detailed chat about our first games of Warcry and discuss our planned armies for an upcoming 40k tournament. With the new Space Marine Codex on the way it was only right that we should have a Marine based Top 3...so...we chat about our Top 3 Space Marine Heroes! We've had a BUMPER selection of Top 3 choices from the community, so we've included them all in the last section of the podcast! As always if you'd like to get in touch then go for it! @SpruesandBrews, Facebook.com/SpruesandBrews and SpruesandBrews.com.
August 16, 2019
Warcry Unboxing
On this week's episode we unbox Warhammer Age of Sigmar Warcry live on the podcast! And what a glorious big box of goodies it is! We have a brilliant Top 3 this week, as we discuss ideas and pitches for Warhammer based TV shows and movies. Some fantastic choices by the community which are also read out. The News features chatter about the new Space Marine Codex and units, along with the reveal of Warhammer Underworlds Season 3 and a new Kill Team Starter Box. Finally we have our hobby updates. As always we'd love to hear your Top 3s and feedback, @spruesandbrews Facebook.com/SpruesandBrews or SpruesandBrews.com.
August 8, 2019
Age of Unicorns
We have a special guest this week, with Chief Unicorn Craig joining us from the Purple Sparkly Unicorns.  Fresh from a two day Age of Sigmar Tournament hosted by the Purple Sparkly Unicorns, the team discuss how they got on with their armies! As everyone prepares to go on their summer holidays, we decided to choose our Top 3 Places we'd like to go on holiday in the universes of Warhammer. We read out the community choices towards the end of the show. Finally we have plenty of news to get through and our latest hobby updates. As always feel free to get in touch via Twitter, @SpruesandBrews or via Facebook.com/SpruesandBrews.  Blades of Khorne VS Daughters of Khaine: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UM4D6QBBKkM&t=4s
August 2, 2019
AoS Open Day 2019
Matt went along to last weekend's Warhammer Age of Sigmar Open Day, and oh my, plenty of stuff was reveleaed...including three new Battletomes! We discuss all the announcements from the Open Day, including the latest season reveal of Warhammer Underworlds and of course the new Battletomes.  Our Top 3 focuses on rivalries, whether these be planet or chapter size, or down to independent characters. Towards the end of the show we also read out the community choices. Finally we have our hobby segment where we chat about what we've been painting recently as all three of us prepare for an upcoming tournament.  As always, should you want to get in touch please feel free to tweet to us, @SpruesandBrews or head over to Facebook.com/SpruesandBrews. Don't forget to check out our website, SpruesandBrews.com.
July 26, 2019
The Cry of War
Warcry is coming! We chat about all the goodies up for preorder at the weekend, including all the Warcry releases. Our feature this week involves a discussion on the many boxed games available, including the battle boxes (such as Looncurse or Carrion Empire). With the Warhammer Age of Sigmar Open Day happening on Saturday our Top 3 is all about what we think/expect will be revealed. We asked our followers on Twitter for their expectations, which are revealed at the end of the podcast. As always, if you have any feedback or wish to share you Top 3 with us get in touch! @SpruesandBrews on Twitter or leave a comment on Facebook.com/SpruesandBrews.
July 18, 2019
Time for a new podcast! Fans of 40k rejoice, as on this week's episode we unbox the new Apocalypse game system, and discuss how it plays in preparation for our first game. We have a massive News section, including the upcoming Sylvaneth preorders and Warcry reveals. Now that our Contrast Challenge is complete we round out what we thought of the paints and our new Age of Sigmar armies. Finally this week's Top 3 is all about the biggest and best battles seen throughout the different Warhammer universes.  If you have any feedback please let us know via @SpuresandBrews on Twitter or Facebook.com/SpruesandBrews. You can also visit us at SpruesandBrews.com.  Sylvaneth VS Beastclaw Raiders: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vhtkZCWJ_Cc&t=4s New Sylvaneth Battletome Review: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BTeiKAsetVU&t=3s
July 11, 2019
Teaming Up
Last weekend we headed down to Warhammer World for the Age of Sigmar Doubles! We chat about how both teams did and the scenarios played during the event. We also quickly run through the latest Generals Handbook (our apologies, Matt was ill last week when the book was released) and discuss some of the big changes. Our hobby update this week is all about contrast, as we are currently mid-way through a challenge to paint a 1k army in a week using mainly contrast paints. The news also features, as well as are Top 3 Scenarios/Battleplans.
July 4, 2019
Tournament Ready
With the armies nearly ready for war Matt, Dave and Jay discuss the upcoming Warhammer Age of Sigmar Throne of Skulls Doubles Tournament! We chat about out lists for the tournament, as well as giving some helpful tips to those who may not have attended a tournament before. The news has a very apocalyptic feel about it, as we discuss the upcoming Warhammer 40,000 Apocalypse game system. We've got a super cool Top 3 this week, as we pick our favourite units we'd like to see get new rules and models. The community Top 3s this week including some fantastic picks! As always, we love to hear your feedback. So if you'd like to get in touch, or send your choices for next week's Top 3 head over to our social media channels! @SpruesandBrews | Facebook.com/SpruesandBrews | www.SpruesandBrews.com
June 20, 2019
It's here! The new way to paint! With Contrast now on the shelves (and painting desks everywhere) we chat about our experiences with our recently delivered pots of magic paint.  We also chat about our Top 3 Warhammer Memories, as well as discuss the community choices too. Finally the news includes preorder details for the Generals Handbook.  As always, feel free to send us your feedback and Top 3s via social media or by commenting on SpruesandBrews.com! @SpruesandBrews Facebook.com/SpruesandBrews
June 17, 2019
UK Games Expo
On this week's episode Dave, Matt and Jay discuss this year's UK Games Expo at the Birmingham NEC. As well as covering all the Warhammer reveals from the show, the guys also chat about other tabletop games they got to try out whilst at the show. With Contrast up for preorder at the weekend the new paint range is discussed throughout the podcast. This week's Top 3 focuses on projects we'd like to do with Contrast paints. We have a large number of community Top 3s which are revealed towards the end of the podcast. Finally a challenge is being set. Check out the podcast for more information!
June 6, 2019
Sylvaneth Battletome + Forbidden Power
Bumper packed show this week! We have a in-depth look at the leaked contents of the upcoming Age of Sigmar Sylvaneth Battletome with our tree expert Jay. Matt gives us a look at the contents of the Forbidden Power Expansion too. We have our Top 3 teasers from Games Workshop and the latest news. Hobby updates and the community Top 3s also feature. 
May 30, 2019
Hobby Innovation
On this week's podcast, in preparation for the incoming Contrast paints, Dave, Matt and Jay chat about the various new products Games Workshop have released over the years to help make gaming, painting and building miniatures that little bit easier and more fun! Our Top 3 focuses on our favourite hobby innovations, and we of course read out the community picks on the show as well. The latest news also features, including some new Kickstarter launches, more on Forbidden Power and new Necromunda releases.  Atlantis Miniatures Wood Elves Kickstarter London Masters Guide on Kickstarter
May 23, 2019
Warhammer Fest 2019
Dave & Matt return with a massive podcast this week! The main feature revolves around this year's Warhammer Fest, as we delve into the announcements. We also talk about our Top 3 Out of Production models. The community Top 3, as well as hobby updates and the news also feature. 
May 16, 2019
Chariots of Slaanesh
Our weekly Sprues & Brews podcast is back with a brand new logo! (our thanks to Jon! @JonScrivens) This week we delve into the latest Age of Sigmar Battletome, Hedonites of Slaanesh. We also discuss our Top 3 things we'd like to see at this upcoming weekend's WarhammerFest and all the latest news from across the Mortal Realms and the 41st Millennium.  As always we'll also read out the community Top 3 picks as well, and give you an insight to what we've been doing within the hobby over the past 7 days! Check us out at SpruesandBrews.com or via social media. @SpruesandBrews - Facebook.com/SpruesandBrews
May 9, 2019
April's Big FAQ
Dave, Matt and Jay are back with the weekly Sprues and Brews podcast, covering the latest news from Warhammer Age of Sigmar and 40k. This week we discuss the latest FAQ for Warhammer 40,000, including the beta finialised rules. We also have our Top 3 Paints from Games Workshop as well as the community selections. The latest news also features including the upcoming preorder for Looncurse, Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay and Blood Bowl. 
May 2, 2019
Fyreslayers Return
Welcome to our latest episode! On this week's podcast we have a special guest, Andy from our local gaming group 'The Purple Sparkly Unicorns'.  Lots to cover on the podcast, including an in-depth look at the new Fyreslayers battletome, our Warhammer progress reports and the latest news. We also have our Top 3, which this week is our popular question, what is our favourite Sprue and Brew?! We've had a record number of community choices too. Have a listen and let us know what you think! Interested in the 2 Day Purple Sparkly Unicorn event near Crewe in July? Check out the link below! https://spruesandbrews.com/2019/02/01/march-to-war-godbeast-unchained-july-2-day-age-of-sigmar-event-in-cheshire/
April 25, 2019
The Birthday Show!
Happy Birthday to us! Our little space on the internet is two years old! Join Dave, Matt & Jay as they discuss the goings on these past 2 years. We also talk about the Top 3 times that are dice have failed us! Our community Top 3s are also discussed, including GW's own Ben Bailey! Lots of news, including the latest preorders Warhammer Roleplay and the Big Community Survey. You can find our birthday post at the following link: https://spruesandbrews.com/2019/04/15/sprues-brews-turns-two-years-old/ Interested in attending the 2 day Purple Sparkly Unicorns event in Cheshire? Check out the link below! https://spruesandbrews.com/2019/02/01/march-to-war-godbeast-unchained-july-2-day-age-of-sigmar-event-in-cheshire/
April 18, 2019
With Matt on Warhammer Live at the time of recording its just Dave and Jay on this week's podcast. If your going to watch Matt's battle back as a subscriber on Warhammer TV you may find this podcast full of spoilers, just a heads up! This week's podcast features a more detailed discussion on how our 2019 Tale of Gamers are progressing, whilst our Top 3 focuses on projects we'd like to do in the future. We also read out the community picks. Fyreslayers and Chaos Space Marines feature heavily in the news segment this week. Head over to SpruesandBrews.com for links to Jay's Blood Angels battle report and how you can watch Matt back on Warhammer Live with his Blades of Khorne Vs Phil's Skaven.
April 11, 2019
The Art of Warhammer
The team is complete once more as Dave, Matt and Jay host the latest show. On  this week's episode the team discuss the recent release of Vigilius  Ablaze, and contemplate what this could mean for the future of Warhammer  40k. We also cover the recent updated Chaos Space Marine Codex. Our  Top 3 for the week is all about the glorious artwork that can be seen  throughout battletomes, codexes, rulebooks, etc. You guys haven't let us  down by providing your Top 3 picks too, which are read out at the end  of the show! Lastly, we run through all the major announcements from Adepticon, including Slaanesh, Forbidden Powers and Warhammer 40k: Apocalypse.
April 4, 2019
Skulls for the Skull Throne!
We are back! After another week of dentists and illness we are back with a brand new podcast! Dave and Matt present this bumper packed episode. Matt has recently returned from the weekend's Throne of Skulls at Warhammer World so this is discussed in detail and, spoiler alert, Matt did rather well, grabbing third place! We also have a quick rundown of the latest Battletome release, the Blades of Khorne as well as discuss the recently released Warhammer Battlebox, Shadowspear. For this week's Top 3 we choose our favourite Warhammer-ey models! The news is also featured, including the upcoming release of Abaddon and the updated Chaos Space Marine Codex. 
March 27, 2019
Tackling the Rules
This week's podcast sees us discussing rules from current and previous Games Workshop systems including Warhammer Fantasy, and how they have changed over the years. Our Top 3 returns, as we talk about our top 3 rules. As always we also read out the community choices too. Finally we discuss our hobby updates, including our Tale of Gamers, whilst we also chat about the latest news from Age of Sigmar and Warhammer 40,000.
March 13, 2019
Abaddon Returns!
Its all a but chaotic on this week's podcast! May contain Heresy! Abaddon  is back, along with some new friends in the upcoming Shadowspear Battle  Box. Its ok Imperialists, you've got some reinforcements too! Dave, Matt and Jay discuss the return of the Warmaster along with Shadowspear. They also chat about the story so far on Vigilus. This  weeks Top 3 focuses on villains throughout the various Games Workshop  universes. As always the community Top 3s and the latest news also  feature.
March 8, 2019
Building a List
On this week's episode Dave, Matt and Jay discuss how they go about creating army lists for Age of Sigmar and 40k, and how their list writing has changed over the years. The Top 3 this week tags on to this, with our units we wouldn't leave home without, those characters or squads then have to fit in an army list somewhere! The community picks also feature. Also on the podcast we have the Tale of Gamers updates and the latest News from GW.
February 28, 2019
Building a Battlefield
On this weeks episode Dave, Matt and Jay discuss building a battlefield for your games and the evolution of Games Workshop scenery. We also have our Top 3 Scenery pieces, as well as reading out the communities choices, including GW's own Ray Dranfield's scenery that inspires him. We also have the latest news from Age of Sigmar/40k and updates for our Tale of Gamers. @spruesandbrews facebook.com/spruesandbrews spruesandbrews.com
February 22, 2019
Ascension Day
Join Dave, Matt and Jay as they return with the latest episode of the Sprues and Brews podcast! This  week the guys discuss all of the reveals from the Las Vegas Open! Lots  of awesome content for Age of Sigmar and Warhammer 40k, including new  Battletomes and a massive new 40k battle box! We also have a  rundown of the latest 40k codex, the returning Genestealer Cults and  this weeks Top 3 which focuses on armies/factions we'd love to see get a  new Battletome/Codex! To top it all off we have the community  Top 3, our Tale of Gamers updates and other news from the Mortal Realms  and Dark Imperium! @spruesandbrews facebook.com/spruesandbrews youtube.com/spruesbrews spruesandbrews.com
February 14, 2019
Grab a brew, as this is one epic podcast! Join Dave, Matt and Jay as they cram in lots of content in this weeks podcast. We've got: - Overview of Middle Earth: Gondor at War and Adeptus Titanicus: Titandeath - Top 3 Games Workshop Expansions - All of the gossip and news from the Horus Heresy Weekender, including the reveal of Sanguinius! -  A ton of news, including the upcoming Genestealer Cultists releases for  Warhammer 40k and Skaven/Flesh Eater Courts for Age of Sigmar - Our Tale of Gamers updates, including the start of our new Age of Sigmar armies - The community Top 3 picks. Phew! We hope you enjoy, and as always we are open for your feedback! Link  to the Purple Sparkly Unicorns Event in Willaston  https://spruesandbrews.com/2019/02/01/march-to-war-godbeast-unchained-july-2-day-age-of-sigmar-event-in-cheshire/
February 6, 2019
March to War!
Dave, Matt and Jay with a brand new episode, and featuring special guests! On this week's show we discuss a local Age of Sigmar tournament that Dave and Matt took part in on Sunday 20th in Shavington. Organised by the Purple Sparkly Unicorns, we invited Chief Unicorn Craig and fellow Unicorn Andy onto the show to talk about the tournaments they've hosted so far, as well as plans for a big new tournament coming in July! Also on the podcast we have our Top 3 Gaming Accessories as well as a bumper news segment. We also reveal our communities Top 3s and talk about our hobby progress. @spruesandbrews Facebook.com/SpruesandBrews spruesandbrews.com
January 23, 2019
Under The Bad Moon
Matt, Jay and Dave are gazing at the Bad Moon on this week's podcast! We have the latest Age of Sigmar Battletome, the Gloomspite Gitz, in our possesion so we have a quick run down of the lore and warscrolls. These are Jay's upcoming Tale of Gamers army for AoS so he gives us an insight into what kind of list he is aiming for. This week's Top 3 focuses on squiggly beasts and critters! We read out your picks too. The latest news also features. @spruesandbrews facebook.com/spruesandbrews spruesandbrews.com
January 16, 2019
New Year Open Day
New Year, New Open Day! Join Dave, Matt and Jay as they discuss this years New Year Open Day which featured a number of surprise announcements, ranging from the Three Hunters for Lord of the Rings to the first Blackstone Fortress expansion! We also chat about our initial progress for Tale of Gamers and run through the latest news. Are we about to see Funko Pop Warhammer figs?! Finally the Top 3 returns with our hobby resolutions. We read out yours too! spruesandbrews.com @SpruesandBrews Facebook.com/SpruesandBrews
January 9, 2019
Happy New Year!
Happy New Year to all our listeners! Unfortunately the powers of Nurgle prevented us from doing our last podcast of 2018, sorry about that! We are however back with our first podcast of the New Year! We chat about our gaming goings on during the festive period, including Matt's game against Knotley on Warhammer Live! We also talk about the start of our Tale of 40k Gamers, Chapter Approved, Vigilus Defiant and the Gloomspite Gitz! 2019? Lets do this!
January 1, 2019
Year In Review
Dave, Matt and Jay look back at what has been a manic 2018 for all things Warhammer! We chat about what has been released month-by-month over the course of the year, and you won't believe quite how much has come out! Our Top 3 focuses on our favourite releases of the year, and we read out the communities choices too. The news also features, including the upcoming preorder for Wrath and Rapture. spruesandbrews.com @spruesandbrews facebook.com/spruesandbrews youtube.com/spruesbrews
December 12, 2018
Delving into the Black Library
On this weeks show Dave, Matt and Jay chat about the Black Library, the publishing arm of Games Workshop. We chat about our favourite novels and series and discuss how this side of the business has evolved over time. We also discuss our Top 3 pieces of lore from across the various Games Workshop systems and give a number of the communities picks a shout out too. The News also features, which includes the upcoming Vigilus campaign book and Chapter Approved. SpruesandBrews.com @spruesandbrews Facebook.com/SpruesandBrews
December 5, 2018
Vigilus Open Day
We are back with Episode 16! Great episode for fans of Warhammer 40,000 as we discuss the reveals from the Vigilus Open Day last Saturday. We were there checking out all the latest minis, including Marneus Calgar and the new Genestealer Cultists. With Christmas on the way we discuss our Top 3 Christmas Stocking Fillers and read out our community picks too. The News also features, with a focus on this weekends upcoming preorders.
November 28, 2018
The Stories So Far
Episode 15 of the Sprues & Brews Podcast has landed! Join Dave, Matt and Jay as they discuss the Warhammer 40,000 and Age of Sigmar stories so far. Is the lore progressing well in 8th edition of 40k and the 2nd edition of AoS? With the Vigilus Open Day days away, our Top 3 this weeks focuses on what we'd like to see revealed. Whilst some of them are possible...others, maybe not so much. We also read out some of the communities Top 3 too, as well as discussing the latest GW news including new Adeptus Titanicus and Middle Earth models.
November 21, 2018
Join Dave, Matt and Jay, along with special guest Lee on the latest Sprues and Brews Podcast. On this episode the guys chat about Games Workshops Specialist Games, and how they've evolved over time. All the favourites are discussed, including Battlefleet Gothic, Blood Bowl, Gorkamorka and Mordheim. A record number of the community chipped in with there Top 3 Specialist Games, whilst the guys also mull over their selections. Also features the latest GW news including the upcoming Made to Order Beastmen and new stuff coming from Forge World for Adeptus Titanicus.
November 13, 2018
Dave, Jay and Matt return for Episode 13 of the Sprues & Brews Podcast! On this weeks episode we chat about the new Warhammer 40k Ork Codex. The guys discuss the new rules, kulturs and stratagems. This weeks Top 3 is focused on our favourite Warhammer 40,000 vehicles. We also read out the communities Top 3 choices too!
November 7, 2018
Age of Sigmar Doubles
It's Episode 12 of our podcast! Join Dave, Matt and Jay as they talk about their weekend at Warhammer World as they took part in the Age of Sigmar Doubles Tournament! They also chat about the upcoming Ork Codex, Blackstone Fortress reveals and of course this weeks Top 3, which focuses on our favourite gaming moments. We also run though the community Top 3s!
October 31, 2018
The Old World, to the Mortal Realms
Matt, Jay and Dave return for another podcast! In this episode they chat about the transition from Warhammer Fantasy to Warhammer Age of Sigmar, remembering the good old days of blocks of infantry, flank charges and the End Times. We then look back at the beginning of the new era with Age of Sigmar, and how the game is positioned now for the future. We also have our (and your) Top 3 Spells from Warhammer Fantasy/Age of Sigmar, as well as covering the latest news and preorders including the incoming Ork Warhammer 40k Codex! www.spruesandbrews.com @spruesandbrews
October 24, 2018
Hobby Hacks & Inspiration
Struggling for hobby inspiration? This is the podcast for you! Jason, Matt and Dave talk about what inspires them to paint and collecting Warhammer armies. They also chat about their Top 3 ‘Hobby Hacks’ as well as discussing the community picks too. Also featuring the latest Warhammer news.
October 16, 2018
Ride for Ruin!
* Audio Quality * Our apologies for the slight issue with the audio in this episode! * Matt, Dave and Jay return with another podcast! On this episode they discuss their Top 3 Middle Earth moments, and which armies they are tempted to get to get into the re-released Middle Earth: Stradegy Battle Game. Also features the latest news including the Wrathborn Kickstarter from Lion Tower Miniatures and our communites Top 3, featuring some of the guys from Warhammer Community!
October 9, 2018
Stratagems: Make or Break an Army?
Matt, Dave and Jason talk about command points, is the system broken in Warhammer 40k? We also have our Top 3 Stratagems and round up the week's news
October 2, 2018
Warhammer TV!
On this episode Matt, Dave and Jason discuss their Top 3 Weapons from the Warhammer 40,000 universe. We also chat about our first live stream game of Age of Sigmar at Warhammer World, as well as wrapping up the recent news.
September 28, 2018
Entering the Nightvault
Matt, Dave and Jason return to discuss the latest Games Workshop news, a review of the board game Champions of Hara and also their Top 3 Monsters of the Mortal Realms! We also include our community feedback as always!
September 19, 2018
Return of the Podcast
Matt, Dave and Jason return! Check out our latest podcast where we discuss the upcoming Thrones of Skulls Doubles, Rogue Trader and Orktober. We also introduce a new feature, our Top 3 characters from the Warhammer 40k universe!
September 11, 2018
Warhammer 40k Open Day
Join Matt and Dave as they discuss... - The Warhammer 40,000 Open Day - Necromunda - Adeptus Titanicus - Blood Angels/Dark Angels - Christmas New Releases
November 27, 2017
Preparing For The Underhive
Dave, Matt and J discuss Necromunda rumours and preorder info. We take a further look at Shadespire and the upcoming 40k codexes while Jason mourns the loss of his Eldar during his battle against Matt's Death Guard!
November 13, 2017
Operation: First Podcast
Our first proper podcast is here! Join Dave, Matt and Jason as they discuss Shadespire, Necromunda, the new Eldar Codex and Dropfleet Commander. Feel free to comment on our show, @spruesandbrews on Twitter or head to facebook.com/spruesandbrews Like and subscribe!
October 29, 2017
Episode #Zero: Project Podcast
This first podcast introduces the upcoming series of podcasts where Dave and Matt, along with special guests, will be bringing you the latest in tabletop gaming. We'd love to hear what you, the listener, would like to hear on our podcast. We'll also be looking for feedback on subjects we'll be covering. Feel free to send us a tweet, @spruesandbrews or post a comment on our Facebook page.
October 25, 2017
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