Tuesday, 9 February 2016

Some Pictures form Earlswood

 I managed to get a game of Force on Force in at the weekend, down at the Earlswood Wargamers club. I also took some pictures of Big Al's Battle of the Bulge Chain of Command game which I just had to share because the look so nice. I can't take any credit for the WW2 stuff- it's all Al's. 

I have posted a full AAR for the Force on Force game over on my other Blog (Hotel Zugando), if you want to pop over and see even more photos and read about the action. 

Wednesday, 3 February 2016

More Adobe Buildings Completed

I have finished two more larger compounds for my adobe village. The top one used two of my old adobe buildings re-created with the addition of a compound wall and a new staircase. The second complex featured a larger building I bought on ebay, with a small outbuilding or workshop. I put a new door on this building (and used the old door on the inside) to make it tie in better with my other buildings. This one and has lift-off roofs. I also decided to paint the interior and added Persian rugs on the floor just for fun. I printed these of the internet, and resized them with Word. 

Next- A mosque and perhaps some shops. 

Monday, 1 February 2016

Peninsular War: Ladies

I have added a couple of civilian ladies to my collection of Peninsular War figures. Finding suitable civilian models for the Napoleonic period is a nightmare, and these two fall into the 'well it will do' category as they are not ideal. 
The lady in the lilac dress was bought on ebay, and comes form a range of Napoleonic ladies (many of whom are in Napoleonic era army uniforms for no apparent reason). They also do a female gun crew and a guerilla leader that might be useful. This one is described as an officers wife. She is carrying a small pistol. I would have preferred if she was unarmed, but there you go. She is also rather on the tall side, towering over my Spaniards. In some scenarios she could be a spy- perhaps 'she' could even be a man in drag?
Her costume is quite authentic for the period although the details on the pistol are very soft and unconvincing. I would consider getting another one and converting it to a civilian by changing the pistol to something else- a parasol perhaps. I would also consider grinding down the thick base and making her a few millimetres smaller. 

The second lady was from West Wind and was found in a box of old figures Pulp citizen gave me. It's not right on so many levels- the sculpt is odd (as many West Wing models tend to be), and her figure is very peculiar, with a tiny waste and big shoulders and the dress is completely wrong for the period (and any period as fas as I can tell). her gloves look like they would be good for welding or handling hazardous waste. On the plus side- this figure didn't cost me anything and she isn't armed- so that's good. She will make a suitable model for some damsel to be rescued by a dashing Royal Navy Officer or a grim rough and ready Rifleman. 

Saturday, 30 January 2016

Peninsular War: Spanish Militia

 I have added a few more Spaniards to my Peninsular war collection. These are from Eagle Miniatures (except the guy with the axe, who is form Eureka). They are quite well sculpted  with quite fine 'realistic' proportions, and well cast, with minimal mould lines. The are quite slim and match the Eureka and Perry miniatures figures rather well, although seem a bit slight compared with Victrix and Warlord Games. These can represent a  Spanish Militia or perhaps part of a guerilla band. 

Friday, 29 January 2016

Frostgrave Barbarian

Sven is a Northern Barbarian and an axe for hire in Frostgrave. He doesn't seem effected by the freezing temperatures despite he lack of suitable attire. It is said that the men of his tribe have the blood of frost giants running in their veins. 

This is another Heresy figure- two parts this time but well enough cast to go together without too much fuss. he is huge too- standing head and shoulders above the Heresy knight I painted- he not different scale- just huge!

Wednesday, 27 January 2016

Frostgrave: Templar Knight

 Here is another addition to my growing Frostgrave bands - a Templar- with his two handed sword and heavy armour. This figure was from Heresy and was lovely to paint. I have a special love of single piece miniatures (as oppressed to multi-part moulding) so I was really pleased to see when this one arrived that All I had to do was stick it on it's base and paint it. 

I just need to add some snow to his base with white plaster filler and he will be good to go off on his adventures. 

Saturday, 23 January 2016

Adobe Buildings

I am making good progress on my mud brick buildings. I have painted two of them and I am very happy with the outcome- I feel I was justified in my belief that the little boxes I made all those years ago were at least as good as anything I could buy. I have added a few bits of scrubby plans and flowers to the bases too, as they looked very bland otherwise. I think it is these details that make all the difference. I still have to finish painting the large compound.

I also remembered that I had bought three prepainted adobe building cheep on ebay a while ago and I wondered if they would look any good next to my own scratch build ones. They are made from MDF and have been covered with a rough textured paint. the doors and windows stick out as they are just stuck on to the surface of the building. They have lift of roofs and are quite roomy inside. I decided to make a test model first. I used a craft knife to trim the corners and the edges of the walls so that the whole thing has a more rounded and organic shape that is important for mud brick building (I think that this is one of the problems with using MDF to make adobe buildings- they are not supposed to have sharp corners and edges). I will be adding a wall and an out building to the structure, and maybe a porch or something to hide the clunky front door. A little ally way between the buildings and a back gate adds to the interest when gaming too. 

Thursday, 21 January 2016

French and Indian Wars: More Animal Markers

  Here are my other three animal bases I will use as Hidden Unit Markers for games of Songs of Drums and Tomahawks and Muskets and Tomahawks.  The  big bear is from Warbases, and the cubs are from Ral Partha (I think). I am not sure if the cubs are meant to be 28mm cubs or 15mm bears, but either way they fit the job nicely. The wolves and the Wood Bison are from Warbases.  

Monday, 18 January 2016

French and Indian Wars: Wild Animal Markers

"Hey Sarge, did you see that bush movin'? Maybe there is one of them Injuns or Frenchies sneakin' up on us?"
"Don't be squeelin' like a yella belly. That 'ain't no Injun. Sure that's just a fox rustlin' in the leaves lookin' for varmint."

Both rules sets I use for French and Indian wars requires the use of 'Blinds' or hidden unit markers to show the whereabouts of hidden troops as they stalk their way through the forests. Songs of Drums and Tomahawks suggests that you could use bases with woodland animals on to add a funky looking bit of detail and make the game look less abstract. I thought that was a rather nice idea, so after a ferret though my lead mountain and a foray on the internet I set to work making six wild animal markers. 

The fox and the white wolf are from Warbases- actually they are both supposed to be wolves but I painted the fox differently to give me more easily recognised differences. At this scale it doesn't make much difference. The cougar is from a pack Pulp Citizen gave me- I am pretty sure they were Ral Partha. 

Saturday, 16 January 2016

Work in Progress: Adobe Builidings

Wow its halfway through January and this is my first post...not good. In part I can blame real life for getting in the way, and the crummy grey English weather that has meant it has been difficult to take any photos, but there is also a degree of procrastination too. 

That said I am planning to show you some of what I have been working on for the last few weeks.  Today it is these adobe buildings that I am currently working on. Mr Pulp Citizen might recognise the basic structures as being those we used to use for 40K for many years- I made them about twelve years ago form foam card. The rounded edge was achieved by mixing DAS air drying putty with PVA glue to make it sticky then rolling it into a sausage and smoothing it onto the rounded edges- it was a very tactile and messy job but very satisfying. The result is rock hard and very durable- as you can see these buildings have withstood a fair amount of bashing about and game play, as well as some poorly considered storage solutions (such as chucking them into a box with no bubble wrap or packaging).  

In order to revamp these little old buildings I have given them new doors, new bases (from Warbases), added matchstick beams sticking out of the walls and the blue foam walls. Blue foam is an easy material to use to make adobe building as it is easy to shape into curves by using sand-paper to file down the edges. 

These buildings will see use in the planned Soviet-Afghan war a few of the guys down Earlswood have got planned. They could also be used for Ultra-modern wargaming (Black OPs or Force on Force), Mexican cowboy games, WW2 syria and parts of India for my 18th century games.