Friday 29 November 2013

VBCW: Street Lamps

I think that when it comes to stocking a table with scenery for VBCW it is the little details that make all the difference and set it in the right 'Period'. For example, you might have a 16th century timbered farm house, but if it's next to a Bright Red 20th century phone box suddenly it is in a very specific time and place. These Lampposts are very much the same sort of thing- a little detail that helps make it all seem more 'realistic'. 
These were a pressie of my old mate Pulp Citizen and they are from the Tamiya military roads signs set (1/48 scale). I have ten of the painted up- and they should be good for any game set from Victorian times to modern day. They were quick to assemble and paint- makes you wonder why it took me twelve month to get round to doing them?

Monday 25 November 2013

Burma: Chindit Force Ready For Action

I began work on my 'Burma Campaign' at the beginning of the year- intending to build an a Chindit army and a Japanese army to play Bolt Action. I though it would only take a few months but then I got distracted by zombies and what have you- and so it has taken a bit longer than planned, but now I can finally say that the Chindist are finished( for now) and that the IJA will be finished before Christmas. Here they are...

 This is a 1000 PV force for Bolt Action. It is based on a Chindit force from 1943-44. There is s a mix of Stens and Thopmson SMG's, and the Boys ATR has been replaced with the PIAT. 

Here is my Platoon CO. He is wearing a cap instead of the more usual bush hat.

 Medical Officer. Not this one has taken to wearing a side arm- not really in keeping with the spirit of the Geneva Convention- but in Burma things got a bit nasty. 

A Chindit MMG crew

The Chindit Figures are from various sources- Warlord Games, Wargames Foundry and The Assault Group.
 I think the Officers might be Black Tree Designs, but I am not sure. 

I also painted some scenery- bunkers and rocks- I am not sure who made the bunkers- I bought/swapped them on Lead Adventure Forum.  I don't even know if they are made by the same manufacturer.  The rocks are by Total System Scenics and will be generic enough to work in the middle of a Burmese jungle, or Middlesex or even Middle Earth. I love generic terrain. 

Thursday 21 November 2013

VBCW: Black and White Timbered Building

The relentless scenery painting surge continues unabated- this week you can see that I have painted a black and white timbered building- this is one of the laser cut ones. I am not sure who made this one, but I bought and assembled it about a year ago, but haven't got round to painting it. Until now.
Nowadays you can buy preprinted buildings- like the F+IW ones I finished last week, which might have saved a bit of bother, but I am happy with the way it tuned out. 
Now historical purists might pint out that these Tudor period timbered buildings were not actually black and white, as they tended to be left the natural colours- and in parts of England were even pink as the daub was stained with ox blood (you learn many things on this blog): But to those people I say 'Bhar! You know nothing!'. This building has been painted up for my own Very British Civil War campaign, which is set in 1938 in the environs of Chester- where in the 1920-30s local history enthusiast thought black and white was the appropriate colour for old Tudor buildings and went around nagging people to repaint their buildings in the 'authentic' colours. 

This building will also be useful for WW2, and even pirates, so it should see some use. 

Sunday 17 November 2013

French and Indian Wars: Two Log Cabins

Following my rather exhausting Zomtober I have been having a change of pace and trying to finish some 
half-complete building projects. here are a couple of log cabins I can use for my French and Indian Wars- I am going to use Musket and Tomahawks as a rule set.
These cabins are from 4Ground and are quite lovely- they are pre-painted too, which is a bonus. I did, however, repaint the roofs as I din't like the finish that they had. that was a quick and easy job that only took 1/2 hour. 
I love the fact that these models have nicely detailed interiors too!