17 Nov 2011

More scenery.

A day of landscaping ahead of me, just wonder where my fir trees are?
My Saga rulebook arrived yesterday, really looking forwards to getting this system up and running, may even get my Norman army painted for WAB/CoE/HC etc.

Oh and I forget to tell you that I finished my 7th Armoured FoW army. I'll get some proper photos done and post them from a PC rather than my phone.

9 Nov 2011

Some Normandy buildings.

Well the bocage on it's own would be pretty boring.
Unfortunately I don't think I'll get the time to make the road masters that I have planned before Winter in Minsk is upon us so it looks like it'll be a printer and card job there.
Have moved on to building some Bellorussian terrain now, same producer of buildings. (I really must put in a link but if you Google "paper terrain" you find Scott's site.) And some door mats to turn into wheat fields, hopefully I'll have something to show tomorrow night.

7 Nov 2011

No posts since April!!!

But rest assured I am finished work for the winter and will have more time for doing stuff.

I am running a FoW campaign day next month at Arkham Gaming Centre and scenery is a bit on the sparse side, so scenery building it is for the next while.  Most buildings I own are from Paperterrain and I am in the process of getting those based up, the plan is for me to supply an Italian, Normandy, Bellorussian and Desert board.  Thankfully Arkham arn't short on trees so that is one thing less for me to worry about.

A while ago I bought a load of Bocage sections from Ironclad miniatures and this morning finally got around to sicking on the (Supplied.) clump foliage and trees I got from Everest models on eBay. This is as far as I got today and I have more than this again.


(That table cloth isn't the best background, but I have to use it when I work at that table.)

15 Apr 2011

Interesting Release from Forgeworld. (Warhammer Historical.)

Firstly my apologies, I almost forgot I had this blog, TBH I've been getting lazy when it comes to photographing my stuff and this has suffered as a result.  Don't ask how I got on at Warpcon, it wasn't pretty.  But since getting back I have been concentrating on my 28mm WW2 stuff and even built some terrain, but that'll be for future posts.  Anyhow on to this release from Forgeworld.

Interesting for a number of reasons, firstly this is the only new book released since Salute last year, after promises that WAB2 would be supported with new supplements it seems that they are being pushed further and further back, and with a clatter of new ancient rules being released this year (Hail Ceaser, Clash of Empires and a 3rd one whose name escapes me ATM.) maybe FW would of been better spent trying to protect that corner of the market.
Secondly, is there really a need for another WW2 based beer and pretzels ruleset?  I've run out of fingers to count rulesets of the top of my head.  Are FW hoping to catch the disenchanted 40K players with this book?  Something that FoW has done really well at in other parts of the world (Ireland is a bit behind in trends, and even bucks the 40K/WFB one totally.)  Maybe they will because the third point may also help.
Thirdly, the figure scale.  20mm or 1:72.  There is a huge range of plastic model kits out there and even some dedicated to the wargames market (Plastic soldier do 20mm as well.)  This means this could be cheap to get into if starting anew, hence the catching the disenchanted 40K'ers.  But on the other hand 1:72 collections have been dropped in favour of 28mm collections and 28mm has been snowballing in popularity for the last decade at least, granted there will be some old collections out there, in need of some TLC but lets be honest.  When faced with repairing an old army or buying a new one what is the most likely course of action for the average wargamer?  Plus we can be pretty lazy when it comes to adjusting rules for scale, though 28mm should slot right in.
As I said an interesting release, with a £48 price tag to boot.  OK it's over 350 pages and has some previously unpublished photos from the collection at Bovington tank museum, but the rules are only 50 pages of this weighty tome, and to my mind £48 is a bit much for something which I feel may just fill a space on my bookshelves.  However it may suit someone reading this and if you do buy a copy be sure to give me a lend.

25 Jan 2011

Warpcon is looming.

Warpcon is this weekend, I sold my only playable 40K army, and I'm playing 40K 

Sat down this morning and looked at what 40K figures I have assembled and wrote a list with a low model count, 36 including the 3 tanks.
Just undercoated the 33 infantry using Vallejo black primer through the airbrush and I can honestly say it was fantastic, the extra control I had with using the airbrush was great for ensuring I got all the model covered and it has dried to a nice flat surface that has shrunk into the details nicely.

Just going to hit the details with foundation paints, and then finish the army at a later date, warpcon has a 3 colour minimum, and based. I wonder if painting the bases grey and claiming it is cityfight basing will work?

21 Jan 2011

On a roll.

Painted another platoon today, this time consisting of 3 Cromwells and a Firefly for my 7th Armoured army.
Painted using the same method as the Stuarts, not award winning, but quick and passes the 3' test with flying colours.

20 Jan 2011

Back on Track, pun intended.

Wohoo, fingers are better.  So this morning I set about painting my 3 Stuart 's that make up the Recce element of my 7th Armoured army.
Started with a base coat of the British Armour warpaint, it has it's detractors for being too light in colour but I have no problems.  A wash of Citadels Badab Black, a quick drybrush and then pick out the details, apply the decals and varnish.  The decals in this case have come from Dom's Decals which I feel are a better scale the Battlefront ones.  I will be weathering the army using MiG powders, but plan to do the whole army at once so I can remain consistent.

9 Jan 2011

Vicious barsteward.

My house cat got out and when carrying him back home he went apeshit, really apeshit. End result I have puncture wounds to the bone on my finger and thumb of my right hand, and now they are very painful and swollen. Can't even hold a paint brush at the moment or operate my airbrush. So no painting this week, and driving is really painful ATM so I am house bound as well.  Bugger.

2 Jan 2011

Decision made.

After looking through the new Turning Tide book it turns out that the 82nd "All American" Airbourn can longer take tiffies as a support option, so that has made my choice easier. My 7th "Desert Rats" Armoured Division will get painted first, considering I have completed two infantry armies as well the change will be nice. So I've spent today finishing the assembly of my 16 Cromwells, those fenders can be a pain.

The Sexton command and staff teams arn't pictured.

So I have a load of tanks to paint, about 33 armoured vehicles in all and 9 stands of infantry (3 extra stands so I can field a lorried rifle platoon.) Going to start with the Stuart V tanks, just have to work out if they were actually part of the 7th armoured or 8th (Kings Royal Irish) Hussars.

1 Jan 2011


Between being bought The Pacific (HBO Miniseries) box set, Fallout-New Vegas and buying SWMBO a Kinect for Christmas I've not got much done.
Torn between painting my 7th Armoured or my 82nd Airbourne I decided to paint my Typhoons as they can be used in both lists.  At this time the Typhoons are basecoated and I have applied the camo to them. Only really the invasion stripes and decals to go now(And yellow bits.), I've decided to Airbrush the white base for the stripes as I don't think brush applying white will give me the coverage I need, so a small delay as I wait for the paint and masking tape to arrive. Bought some Tamiya tape as I don't trust the B&Q stuff I have not to lift the paint.

I have also been playing with my camera and am getting slightly beter results, need to improve my lighting, the macro ring is too harsh and my daylight bulbs arn't quite bright enough.
My group of shermans have gone from this;

To this;

As you can see I've improved my 'depth of field', just remembered the top picture was taken using the ring light so I'll try that next, and also a group shot using my flash gun with a softbox attached.