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FTN WRAPS UP CHRISTMAS: Ten top gifts for the Nerd in your life.

December 10th, 2012 by Marc Comments


It’s the first ever FTN Christmas gift guide.  Scroll to the bottom of the page for the best movies, video games, books and toys

First up, Tabletop Gaming editor Dave Looks at the best gifts out there this festive season for the tabletop gamer in your life

The Island of Blood Price:  £61.50

The Island o fBlood Warhammer boxed game has everything you need to start playing Warhammer, containing two complete armies ready to assemble and put straight on the battlefield. Amongst the two armies you’ll find all the troop types in Warhammer, with infantry, cavalry, monsters, heroes and wizards all represented. The Island of Bloodoffers a full, exciting Warhammer gaming experience as you and your opponent can delve into all the rules and tactics Warhammer has to offer. Also included in the set is a full-colour rulebook that contains all the information you’ll need to play games of Warhammer.

This boxed game contains: more than 70 finely-detailed Citadel miniatures, forming two plastic armies: High Elves (a High Elf Prince on Griffon, a High Elf Mage, 10 High Elf Lothern Sea Guard, 10 High Elf Sword Masters of Hoeth and five Ellyrian Reavers) and Skaven (a Skaven Warlord, a Skaven Warlock Engineer, 40 Skaven Clanrats, a Skaven Master Moulder, two Skaven Rat Ogres, a Skaven Warpfire Thrower, and a Skaven Poisoned Wind Mortar). All 74 models are exclusive to this box.

The Hobbit: Escape from Goblin Town – Limited Edition Price:  £75.00

Re-live the action from The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. Thorin Oakenshield’s quest to reclaim the Dwarven Kingdom of Erebor takes his brave band of Dwarves – accompanied by the Hobbit, Bilbo Baggins, and the mysterious Wizard, Gandalf the Grey – far across the trackless wilderness of Middle-earth.

This beautiful Limited Edition of The Hobbit: Escape from Goblin Town features an exclusive miniature of Radagast the Brown that you can only get with this set. This box set is available in strictly limited numbers and only while stocks last. There will never be another version like this so make sure you do not miss out on this incredible opportunity – order yours today.



Warhammer 40,000: Dark Vengeance Price:  £61.50

Dark Vengeance is one of the most incredible box sets that Games Workshop has ever produced. As soon as you lift up its blood-splattered lid, you’ll be faced with two astonishingly detailed armies – Dark Angels and the Chaos Space Marines of the Crimson Slaughter – and everything you need to field your own Warhammer 40,000 force.

Dark Vengeance contains 48 miniatures, all of which are snap-fit plastic models – this means that glue is optional. It contains enough miniatures to start a Dark Angels army, including: a Company Master armed with bolt pistol, power sword and combi-weapon; Librarian Turmiel, who carries a bolt pistol and force sword; Veteran Sergeant Raphael and his Tactical Squad; Deathwing Terminator Squad Barachiel; Sergeant Arion and a Ravenwing Bike Squadron that comes equipped with twin-linked boltguns. All are resplendent in the iconography of the Dark Angels. From the finely crafted purity seals to studded power fists, to the Librarian with codex, keys and ornate sword, through to the Bikes with angel-wing panels, they are among the most sublime Space Marines ever sculpted.


Flames Of War! Open Fire! Price: £33.99

Flames Of War! Open Fire has been carefully designed for someone who has never heard of Flames Of War before, or has seen the 256 page rulebook and not known where to start. Open Fire is not a simplified set of the Flames Of War rules, but rather a complete introductory box for a new player! Open Fire! includes: Complete Flames Of War full-colour mini-rulebook; 164 pages of clearly laid out rules with plenty of diagrams, including: Rules for tanks, infantry, artillery, aircraft, snipers, reconnaissance, night fighting, and more. Special rules for the nations involved in WWII. 16 page full-colour introduction booklet. Learn the skills needed to become a famous World War II general. 3 detailed American Sherman tank miniatures. 2 detailed German StuG G assault gun miniatures. 3 American dice. 2 German dice. The introduction booklet has been written to work in conjunction with the mini-rulebook included with the set. Its aim is to introduce you to the basic mechanics of the Flames Of War rules and to help you navigate your way through the rulebook for your first couple of games. Once you’ve played through the missions included, you should be ready for your first full battles. This is truly where the war begins for your reinforcements! Miniatures are supplied unpainted and assembly may be required


Warmachine Two-player battle box Price: £55


The mighty forces of the northern Khadoran Empire are bolstered by their ideals of strength and resilience in their clash with the devout and zealous crusaders of the Protectorate of Menoth. At the centre of this titanic clash, the deadly Kommander Sorscha Kratikoff leads an elite strike force of powerful Khadoran warjacks and soldiers against the holy knights of the Protectorate of Menoth led by their champion High Exemplar Kreoss and his personal retinue of warjacks.

Warmachine is a fast-paced and aggressive 30 mm tabletop miniatures battle game set in the steam-powered fantasy world of the Iron Kingdoms. Take control of an elite soldier-sorcerer called a warcaster and his mighty warjacks–massive steam-powered combat automatons–as you battle to destroy the enemy warcaster.


Complete Prime MKII rules in a travel-sized booklet (86 pages), introductory guide, dice, ruler, and 17 plastic WARMACHINE models with corresponding stat cards.

Hordes Two Player Box set Price £55

From the frozen northern wastes the Legion of Everblight descends upon Immoren, defiling the land with taint and corruption. Dependent upon nature but fueled by its raw and ancient power, the druids of the Circle Orboros clash with the dragon Everblight’s forces to halt the spread of the dragon’s blight. The irrepressible Kaya the Wildborne, flanked by her trusted pack of beasts, leads the Circle’s vanguard against twisted and bloodthirsty ogrun and dragonspawn led by the deadly Lylyth, Herald of Everblight.


Complete HORDES: Primal Mk II rules in a travel-sized booklet (88 pages), an introductory guide, dice, a ruler, and 20 plastic HORDES models with corresponding stat cards.


X-Wing Price: £29.95

X-Wing is a tactical ship-to-ship combat game in which players take control of powerful Rebel X-wings and nimble Imperial TIE fighters, facing them against each other in fast-paced space combat. Featuring stunningly detailed and painted miniatures, X-Wingrecreates exciting Star Wars space combat throughout its several included scenarios. Select your crew, plan your maneuvers, and complete your mission!

The X-Wing starter set includes everything you need to begin your battles, such as scenarios, cards, and fully assembled and painted ships. What’s more, X-Wing’s quick-to-learn ruleset establishes the foundation for a system that can be expanded with your favorite ships and characters from the Star Wars universe.


Dwarf King’s Hold: Green Menace Price:  £34.99

The second game in the acclaimed Dwarf King’s Hold series.

This standalone 2-player board game pits the Elves versus the Orcs as both sides ransack the ancient Dwarven Hold: the Elves reclaiming their stolen treasures and the Orcs looting the delapidated Dwarfen Halls. This excellent game contains all-new 6 scenarios and new rules for the Elves and Orcs, as well as new actions such as shooting.

Included in this board game are over 25 plastic fantasy miniatures and lots of little extras that are fully useable within the game, such as the Elven Cat, plus plenty of fun conversion bits. There are also a huge pile of fantastic looking dungeon tiles that show-off the overrun Dwarfen Hold; an exciting ruleset, loads of in-game action counters and more than enough dice to play.


  • Dwarf Kings Hold Ruleset
  • 6 Scenarios
  • Dice
  • 20 Plastic Elves
  • 8 Plastic Orcs
  • A full dungeon’s worth of tiles
  • In-gameactoncounters
  • Mantic Guide


Dungeon Command Wizards RPG Team Price: £30

Dungeon Command is a head-to-head miniatures skirmish game for 2-4 players. You are playing as the commander of your warband, intent on routing your opponent’s warband from the battlefield. A game of Dungeon Command normally takes about 60 minutes to play.

Each Faction pack contains a customizable single player warband with 12 pre-painted plastic miniatures, 12 Creature cards, and 36 Order cards to command those creatures with. Only have 1 Faction pack? That’s fine! There are rules included so you can break one faction pack up for a quick 2-player game.

Part Two: Movies writer Paddy Ryan checks out the ten best DVD/Blu-rays out there this Christmas [click here]
Part three: Video game writer Al picks out the cream of the crop of games to be playing this yuletide [click here]
Part four: Toy editor Saxon gives us his roundup of the great and the good in toys & gadgets [click here]
Part five: Our books editor Michael McCaffrey gives you his ten must-have tomes for Christmas [click here]
Part six: Our comicbook editor Christopher puts forward his list of the best graphic novels out there [click here]
Part seven: Check out writer Jonathan’s list of the best TV boxsets on the market, especially catered for Nerds [click here]
Part eight: Not a shopping list, but the ten best true festive paranormal stories… prepare to have goosebumps [click here]

And that concludes our Christmas list… Merry Christmas to all and to all a good night!



Marc is a self-confessed nerd. Ever since seeing Star Wars for the first time around 1979 he’s been an unapologetic fan of the Wars and still believes, with Clone Wars and now Underworld, we are yet to see the best Star Wars. He’s a dad of two who now doesn’t have the time (or money) to collect the amount of toys, comics, movies and books he once did, much to the relief of his long-suffering wife. In the real world he’s a graphic designer. He started Following the Nerd because he was tired of searching a million sites every day for all the best news that he loves and decided to create one place where you can go to get the whole lot. Secretly he longs to be sitting in the cockpit of his YT-1300 Corellian Transport ship with his co-pilot Chewie, roaming the universe, waiting for his next big adventure, but feels just at home watching cartoons with his kids….