Tuesday, 8 November 2016

News ... Bad News ...

Well it's happened again ... for the fourth time in what is laughingly known as my career, I'm being made redundant ...

Bit of a shock - on Thursday last week, my manager's manager says to me that he and I are meeting with the HR Director and I'm told that my role is no longer required and following a two-week 'consultation' period I will not be needed.

On top of that, I am not required to attend the office ... 'gardening leave' I believe it's called.

So, one hell of a shock, and now I'm looking for a job again ... apart from that everything is rosy ... not.

Thursday, 3 November 2016

White Russian progress, part the fourth

Well, I've finished the bases for my White Russians, done the flags for the standard bearersand added flags to my 2 armoured cars.

All I have left to do now is finish painting 6 cavalry.

However, I seem to have hit a motivational impasse. My opponent for the first club campaign game is currently busy preparing a participation game for Warfare, so we won't be playing that game before the convention.

But that's not what's stopping me from painting the cavalry - I'm not really sure what is. I just can't seem to get the oomph to do anything at the moment ... the last few evenings I've just watched TV without achieving anything ... I can't even summon up the desire to take pics of the finished stuff ...

Oh well ... maybe I'll get something done at the weekend ...

Friday, 28 October 2016

Restarting a stalled project?

Back in August I saw this post on Jim's Wargames Workbench - Rise of the Battleships

Pre-Dreadnaught naval is yet another wargaming period that has long intrigued me and I even bought some of Tumbling Dice's Victorian Period ships to try it out, but, as usual, never found a set of rules that I liked.

Anyway, I splashed out & got Rise of the Battleships from Wargames Vault and now I've finally got around to reading them, am definitely liking them so far!

Time to try and find the ships I bought and see how the rules work out ...

Tuesday, 18 October 2016

White Russian basing 01

Most of my miniature related efforts recently have been directed toward my 3mm imagi-nation project, which is documented on The Wars of Turkmenistania blog.

As that has progressed, I've got to the stage where I've begun doing the bases and am taking the chance to progress my White Russians as well - although it has been going remarkably slowly ...

However, the first round of engagements in the Wessex Wargamers Winchester Club's Back of Beyond campaign (as run by Jim of Jim's Wargames Workbench) has been published and it seems my honourable, reasonable, White Russians, led by Col. I.P.Addresski, have been attacked by the cheese-eating surrender monkeys of the French Expedition!! (led by the infamous Commandant Lostagaine)

That being the case, I will get a move on with the bases of my White Russians and have a pic of the first completed one here - a heavy machine gun team

and my home-made movement trays for the White Russians are nearly done too!

Thursday, 13 October 2016

Old Age & Ebaying Mini's

Well, I'm finally having to admit it ... I'm getting so old my eyes are going and I'm having to get some reading glasses to be able to paint miniatures.

I've always been short-sighted and started to permanently wear specs about the age of 10, but at my last eyetest back in May it became apparent that my nearsight has detiorated to the point wear I should have varifocals or reading glasses.

I didn't get any then as I decided to continue removing my specs when painting or reading, but it's now getting to the point where I'm nearly getting paint on my nose as I'm having to hold the mini's so close ...

So off to Tesco's after to work to order some reading glasses ... ho-hum ...

The painting I mentioned above has been the 3mm stuff for my other blog - Wars of Turkmenistania - as well as the White Russians I've been posting about here recently and I've had an epiphany ...

I've decided to get into 3mm as my main figure size as I really enjoy painting them and divest myself of my assorted other miniatures via ebay. With this cunning plan I shall soon be using the evil corporate giant to sell mini's for the first time ...

Or, as is more likely, I'll plan to do it and then not get to around to it, and still have all the mini's stored away in 5 years time ....  :)

Monday, 10 October 2016

Unexciting progress ...

Moved onwards with the White Russians this weekend just gone. I added sand to their bases, the movement trays I've made for them and the command bases.

My (small) order from Warbases arrived as well, so I undercoated the bases for the vehicles and decided to use the 2 spares for my 'baggage bases'.

So, although unexciting, more progress has been made - hopefully photos soon!

Thursday, 6 October 2016

White Russian Progress, part the third

Well, I got fed up with painting the 6 cavalry I have to yet to finish, and put the dip on the infantry and 'armoured cars' I'd finished for the White Russians and decided to put up some pics of them here.

I'll also update the 'My Lead Men - White Russians for Back of Beyond' with the pics - in case you've not seen that page it has all the latest pics of the entire force.

Note that these pics are before I've applied a coat of satin varnish which mitigates the gloss effect of the dip.
4 more infantry
Signaller + medic for command base
"armoured car" no.1 with Copplestone pilot
"armoured car" no.2
The riflemen, signaller and medic are all from Footsore Miniatures, but are no longer listed on their website ... the "armoured cars" are both from Ironclad Miniatures steam tank range

Monday, 3 October 2016

White Russian Progress, part the second

Over the weekend, I made a bit more progress on my unpainted White Russian stuff but nothing is quite finished yet - although it very nearly is!

I've also decided to repurpose a couple more Ironclad Miniatures' Steam Tanks that I have to my White Russians, although this time as 'armoured cars' - pics of them when they're finished. 

The Back of Beyond White Russian army list does allow me to have an aircraft as part of my force, but when I suggested the newest member of the Ironclad Mini's range as my aircraft - see pic to right - Jim, the guy running the campaign, said he had to draw the line somewhere ... dashed unsporting if you ask me!
I forgot to tell him I already have one of these - pic to left - perhaps he'll let me use that?

Friday, 30 September 2016

Tuesday's Game

Unfortunately, although Tuesday evening's game of Contemptible Little Armies (CLA) was very enjoyable, I forgot the case into which I had carefully packed everything I needed except my figures! This included my camera so I have no pictures of the game at all :(  Jim did bring his camera though, so there are some pictures in the post over on his blog "Bolshevik Victory!"

It was an experimental game for me - the first outing for my White Russians as well as my first 'solo' game with the rules - and it could certainly have been a better result for me, but I did enjoy it which is what counts. As I have no pics of the game here are some better pics of my latest recruits; first the tank

And then the sniper - he will have numerous tufts to enhance his 'hidingness'
I had also intended to use the game markers that I had been making over the summer for the first time. Made from Supreme Littleness Designs range of 15mm Markers I had been looking forward to 'getting them out' as it were ...

All of the markers have been glued to pennies and then filler was place around the markers to round them out. After painting, Army Painter strong tone was applied and then 2 or 3 (can't remember!) coats of satin varnish applied.

These green 'X's were to be used to indicate stationary units - which are harder to hit under the CLA rules.
The explosion markers were to record that morale tests were necessary
And finally, the crossed bones would have been used to mark that a unit had failed a morale test. In CLA a unit can fail morale multiple times and it should be marked that it has - after 3 (I think!) such failures the unit routs and is removed
I've got a whole bunch of different markers done and will get some photos of the rest up eventually!

Tuesday, 27 September 2016

White Russian Progress

In anticipation of tonight's Contemptible Little Armies' game, I put the dip on my steam tank - that will be pretending to be an FT-17 tonight - and my sniper last night, and was up early enough to add a coat of satin varnish:
I'm quite pleased with them, and they will look better once the bases are done, although I don't currently have one big enough for the tank!

May not get on so well with my camera tonight - it's quite old and the battery is playing up, so I'll take the hudl as a backup

As a note, I've updated the tank pic on My Lead Men White Russians page

Monday, 26 September 2016

Tomorrow ...

Tomorrow will be my first game in a looooong time as I'm playing 3rd edition 'Comtemptible Little Armies' specifically the 'Back of Beyond' supplement.

My White Russians will be taking on Jim's very bolshie scum Boshevik horde, although having called them a horde, looking at Jim's post, there doesn't seem to be that many of them ... but he does seem to have a whole bunch of machines ... we will place our faith in the muscle & blood of honest Russians and emerge triumphant!!

Since my last post about the Whites, I've painted the tank & sniper and part done the extra infantry & cavalry but not enough to use them. The tank & sniper will be dipped tonight and should be ready for tomorrow night.  I'd meant to do the bases on all of the Whites but I've been painting my new 3mm toys instead.

I'm really looking forward to finally playing a game and will (hopefully!) take my camera so I can post here after I've won played.

Friday, 23 September 2016

Posting on the other blog ..

Got back from my work trip to Manchester last night and my delivery of shiny new Oddzial Osmy toys was on the doormat.

As they are for my new imagi-nations project, I put a post on the new blog that I'm running with Jim: First Recruits Arrived & Unpacked

Jim had got in before that though with his first post: Iskanderan Responds, but I wouldn't bother to read it if I were you - it's just Iskanderanianist propoganda - honest! :)

Monday, 19 September 2016

An Imagi-Nation blog

Following my post about inspiration for a new project, I've been emailing with Jim of Jim's Wargames Workbench and the creative juices have really been flowing - so much so that the project is a go! Figures ordered and a new blog to record the exploits of Timonistan & Pumbaaskaya has been created!
the country names are a direct homage to the excellent Hakuna Matata Wars blog by Just Jack, the main inspiration for this project
In the blogger setup you can invite an author, so I've invited Jim to join in on this - let's help it goes well!

In other news - I'm away for work this week; I was going to paint some bits for my White Russians, but couldn't summon up the mojo to pack the figures and my painting stuff ... hopefully I'll do something worthwhile in the boring evenings though ...

Thursday, 15 September 2016

White Russians - more pics

Jim - the mad genius behind the epic blog that is Jim's Wargames Workbench - and I were emailing yesterday, in the course of which we have arranged a game of Back of Beyond later in the month.

For the game, I'm going to use my White Russians; however, they are not quite ready yet ... so I thought I'd take some pics of them before I finished them off. Most of these pics are on the ' My Lead Men - White Russians for Back of Beyond' page, but I thought I'd share some here as well
The officers
The Ladies
The support
Some of the cavalry
Some of the PBI

Wednesday, 14 September 2016

New Project Inspiration

I am currently attempting to fight off the growing urge to begin another project ...

Since I found the excellent Hakuna Matata Wars blog written by Just Jack of the BlackHawkHet blog, I have been deeply, deeply, inspired by the imagi-nation conflict between Hakuna and Matata to create my own imagi-nations and pit them against each other in some early Cold War wranglings.

I've decided what each side will have using Oddzial Osmy 3mm figures:
British supplied force:
  Tanks - Conqueror
  APC - Saracen
  Recce - Saladin
  Infantry - British WW2
  Aircraft - Mosquito (will use as Tsetse variant - has 6pdr QF cannon)

Soviet supplied force:
  Tanks - T55
  APC - BTR-152
  Recce - PT76
  Infantry - Soviet WW2
  Aircraft - PE-2
With 1 pack of each of the above and an extra pack of T55s that would be £33 from Magister Militum and give me enough mini's to run battalion level games.  As a note, I know that the aircraft I've chosen were retired before the vehicles came into use, but I like them!

Campaign rules and imagi-nation generation will be courtesy of Not Just a Brush War and combat rules would be FiveCore Company Command both by Nordic Weasel Games. I'll also try IABSM to get a comparison between the two

Having typed all this out, I'm now even more inspired to place the order and get this idea moving.  The only things holding me back now are:
a) not sure I can afford it before I get paid
b) how on earth will I come with names as great as Hakuna and Matata??

Tuesday, 13 September 2016

White Russians group shot

When I first attended Wessex Wargamers Winchester there were rumours of a Back of Beyond campaign to be run by Jim of the excellent blog Jim's Wargames Workbench. Unfortunately, it was postponed to an unspecified time later this year.

Anyway, as this coincided with my annual bonus, I bought a bunch of 28mm figures and painted them:

I got as far as dipping them before the postponement was announced, and as it is now later in the year, last night I got all the painted infantry out so I could add the satin varnish to tone down the gloss.  As I Was about to leave for work this morning I realised that I hadn't put pics of them up on here yet so I took the group shot above.

Tonight, I'll add the varnish and try to get some better shots for their My Lead Men page. As well as the above I've got 12 (of 18) cavalry done and a steam tank that will be an FT17 in the rules

Thursday, 8 September 2016

More Pages Added

I've ben quite unhappy with the quality of the photos I've been getting using my Hudl recently, so last night, I dug out my digital camera, charged the battery and used that to take some pics instead.

This pic is of some of my 3mm cold war mini's and IMO it's much clearer than my recent stuff, so I'm happier now!

Using the pic's I took last night, I've added 3 more 'My Lead Men' pages; these are 'summary' versions at present, and I'll expand them when I've taken more pics; they are:
As well as having pics, the pages also have document some of my ideas and plans, which, given my advancing age, I'm sure will help immensely when I come back to a particular project after abandoning it for a while! 

Wednesday, 7 September 2016


I got my car insurance renewal through the other day and the company - who shall remain nameless - wanted just over £1,000 to insure me for the coming year.

"This is a bit much," I thought, so I went to http://www.moneysavingexpert.com/ and got a quote there. Very happy with my sub £500 quote, I also got a 0%, no-fee, balance transfer for my credit card, but that's another story ...

"What does this have to do with wargaming/hobby/anything-we're-remotely-interested-in ?!" I hear you cry

Well, it got me thinking; if I had a house fire, or flood, or similar disaster at home, how would I claim to replace part/all of my miniature collection and/or lead mountain??  Would the insurance company be satisified with "errr ... about 40 28mm painted vikings, around 200 3mm moderns, some spaceships, a few modern 1/6000th ships," etc ...

I think that either they'd probably say "Prove it" or something along those lines

So in an attempt to have some proof, I've decided that I'm going to use the My Lead Men page on this blog as an index page to a catalogue of all my miniatures - even the unpainted ones that are part of my lead mountain. As you might imagine, this will be quite a task and one that I might never finish, but I think it's worth a try. It might even help with those times that I'm thinking "I'll just get X figures ... have I already got some of them?"

I've already got a page with my 1/6000th Cold War Naval that I posted about the other day as well as a page for my Elfball teams and I've just created one for my Faustus Furius stuff that has new (but still quite bad) pics of the chariots.

As I post here on the blog with updates on various projects, I'll update (or create) the 'My Lead Men' page as well

I wonder if any of my readers think this idea is worth pursuing themselves? after all, how would you prove what you had in your collection if you had to make an insurance claim?

Tuesday, 6 September 2016

Imperial Skies ... disappointed ...

When I got home last night, my copy of the Imperial Skies rulebook that I'd got from the Kickstarter project I'd backed, was waiting for me.

I've not read all of it as yet, but I did read the first 20-odd pages last night, and flicked through the rest of it.

And I'm disappointed, I must admit.  The rules themselves seem (to me anyway) to be derived from Full Thrust* - which is not a bad thing, but I had expected something ... 'more', although I don't know what.

* 3 sizes of armament with damage based on range, hull points with damage thresholds, fighters at first glance seem to have identical rules, etc

It also seems to suffer from poor proof-reading; an example is the photo on pg25. It has the caption: "Movement example using the rulers to make a turn. Much better photo of ruler movement needed" and the photo has no ruler movement in it ...  (When looking at the rules last night, I thought there were more examples of this, but I can't find them now - typical.)

It includes 45 pages of ship data cards - so  I have the choice of defacing the rulebook to cut them out, or break the spine scanning them. They would have been better supplied as a pdf or seperate sheets.

Of course, this is my first reaction - I may love them after a thorough read and playing them, but at the moment I'm left disappointed and regretting paying what I did for these rules. I wish I'd waited and got a pdf copy. Obviously, your opinion may differ wildly.

Monday, 5 September 2016

Faustus Furius (4) - Trojans

Another pair of Faustus Furius racing chariots were done over the weekend, this time the Trojans, along with their wreck markers. They've had dip applied and the coat of satin varnish to mitigate the gloss of the strong tone.
Red Trojan chariot

Yellow Trojan chariot

Wednesday, 31 August 2016

1/300th ACW Buildings

Back in this post, I showed you this pic of the progress I had made on my 1/300th ACW buildings

I've now applied the Army Painter strong tone to them which made a considerable difference -compare the before and after of the front of the McCoull House (building on left above & next pic) - and a coat of satin varnish to reduce the gloss effect of the strong tone.

All the buildings came from Leven Miniatures and I'll caption each individual pic below with Leven's reference number & name for that building. I've set the pics to be 'small' on this page in blogger so that they're closer to their actual size, but if you click on the pics then, as usual, you'll see larger versions.
ACW23 - McCoull House
ACW15 - Trostle Farmhouse
ACW13 - Codori Carriage Barn
ACW17 - Leister House
ACW18 - Leister Barn
I've just finished another 2 buildings, a church and a stone house;  they are all really nice models, and I'd recommend them to anyone after this type of building.

Tuesday, 30 August 2016

Faustus Furius (3) - Sumerians

I've painted the first of the chariots for Faustus Furius. I've always liked Sumerians - I have a small 6mm army of them - so I painted them first. In Faustus Furius, chariots have a chance of crashing (but they can re-enter the race), so I used 2 of the 4 chariots in the pack to make wreck counters.
'Blue' Sumerian chariot

'Green' Sumerian chariot

Sunday, 28 August 2016

My 1/6000th Cold War Navy mini's

I've just added a page to the blog that details all my 1/6000th cold war naval mini's. They are really small as the photo to the right shows, but I like them! I've used them several times with the fast play rules Shipwreck.

I just got the new modern rules Naval Command and I'm looking forward to trying them out - they seem even more fast play than Shipwreck

Friday, 26 August 2016

Progress, but no pics

I've asembled one half of the arena and dipped and satin varnished the ACW buildings that I showed a pic of in this post over the last couple of nights, but not done as much as I could have ...

It's just been too hot for a wimp like me the last couple of nights, so nothing much has got done ...

However, as today is payday, I've been spending already!  I ordered some stuff from Kerr and King (some bases & 10mm buildings to go with my 1940 North Africa figures) and a Wargame Vault order (the new modern naval rules Naval Command & the TAC B-17f and Bf109g).

I got the TAC planes based on Jim's recommendations on his Tea and a Wad blog. I think my Dad would like to have a go at these - he spent his entire career working for the MoD and has an abiding interest in air combat (probably due in no small part to his father working for Vickers-Armstrong during world war 2).

And I am very, very tempted to get Charlie Foxtrot Models' newest release, the Red Lion Pub (pic to the right) ...

But I do think I should get some of the MDF pile I've already gor finished first!

Wednesday, 24 August 2016

Gladiator Arena (1)

I didn't assemble my Charlie Foxtrot Models' Gladiator Arena last night, but I did take a pic of the pieces. As you can see it's painted and the floor has had sand glued to it and then sealed with a thick coat of satin varnish.

Unfortunately I'm not particularly happy with how it's turned out. That's definitely because of what I've done & not the fault of the model

It won't stop me finishing it though - it's become a bit of a millstone around my neck that I am very much looking forward to getting rid of now.  Perhaps when it is finally finished, I'll give it to my nephew for christmas and get another one for myself - I'll know then what not to do when assembling it!

Tuesday, 23 August 2016

Arena progress & what next?

I've been making progress on my Charlie Foxtrot Models' Gladiator Arena since my last post. I've repainted it, sanded the arena floor and put a coat of varnish on it.

So, tonight, I hope to assemble it and take a couple of pics prior to posting them tomorrow.

What to do after that though ... ?

I've got a couple of things to finish up with the Iron Stars stuff - magnetic tape on the bases & nameplates - and messing about with them had me looking into 'tweaking' the rules for aeronef style games, but my kickstarter Imperial Skies should be with me next week, so I've shelved the Iron Stars' tweaking until that arrives.

Faustus Furius - apart from undercoating, I've done exactly nothing on something I wanted ready for Christmas!

There are half-a-dozen White Russian cavalry to do for Back of Beyond for when Jim starts his campaign and the bases of the entire force ...

VBCW buildings to finish ...

Horizon Wars ...

Infantry for Konflict '47 and/or Bolt Action ...

3mm moderns ....

So many things to do & so little time and motivation ...

Oh well.  On reflection, I'll stop whining about my first world problems and soldier on.

I have a job interview tomorrow that will (hopefully!) lead to some major changes for me - wish me luck!

Monday, 15 August 2016

More for Faustus Furius & What Happened With My Gladiator Arena

Pendraken purchase
One of the many things that I like about Faustus Furius (the new Chariot Racing game from Ganesha Games) is that in certain situations a mob can enter the racetrack and start causing problems for everyone! When I made my purchase of chariots from Newline Designs (some details in this post) I couldn't find any figures that I thought would suit for a mob ... so I went to Pendraken Miniatures, and after browsing their online catalogue, selected 5 packs that you can see in the pic to the right. They are:

  • SC13 Arab civilians (30)
  • FME13 Peasants (10)
  • FBG4 Beggars with club (10)
  • FBG5 Beggars hurling stones (10)
  • FBG7 Female beggars (10)
    and somehow VM22 crept into the order! :)

Unfortunately, as with a lot of the Pendraken catalogue, there were no pictures for most of the packs (at least it seems that way!), so I opened them up with some trepidation. Luckily, I think I'll get away with them as an ancient mob, especially as they are 10mm and will be in a mob!

In this post last week, I mentioned that my Charlie Foxtrot Models' Gladiator Arena had gone badly wrong ...

Here's the evidence ... the pic to the right shows my initial effort to rectify my cock-up. I undercoated the MDF with Halfords' filler primer - the one I got is a 'sand' colour. I then put on a couple of coats of a cheap emulsion that I'd got from Wilkinsons'. Unfortunately, the paint completely filled the etched wording on the top of the Arena box. I tried to scrape out the paint with a knife and then paint in the lettering red. But it just wasn't working. I didn't really like the colour I'd used as it appeared in that large an area, so I tried to get rid of it by scrubbing the paint off with a scouring pad under a running tap. The initial test of this is in the top left corner in the pic.

This  pic shows the end result of the scouring. It got rid of most of the paint - including the lettering I'd painted. I've decided I'm going to do another spray coat and then paint in the lettering black.  I'm hoping this greater contrast will look much better!
In the pics on the Charlie Foxtrot page (linked to above) you can see the planking effect on the walls of the arena ... unfortunately, I did the same to those walls as I did with the lid. To the right you can barely see the planking effect :(  Luckily the scrubbing used on the lid also rescued the walls!

Over the weekend, I did a bunch of varnishing on my figures - a coat of satin onto miniatures with army painter strong tone on. I went for satin and not matt as I quite like the shiny effect, but find that the strong tone is just too glossy. I'm not entirely sure how well it's worked - I'll check tonight and hopefully have some pics soon.

Friday, 12 August 2016

Data Cards Finished & a Building Problem ...

Last night I managed to finish making all the data cards for my 16 Iron Stars ships - 8 Austro-Hungarian and 8 Russian.  I  printed the fronts and backs onto normal printer paper, used a glue stick to attach them to cereal box card and then covered with self-adhesive book covering plastic.

Hopefully they'll be a) tough enough to withstand gaming with & b) be suitable for use with whiteboard markers for a game when Jim's returned from his holidays.

All I have left to do to be ready for that game now is to put another coat of varnish on the ships as I've used army painter strong tone on them (its gloss effect needs toning down a bit) and the name labels for the ships' bases. I'd previously done 'normal' black text on a white background labels, but I think that will be a bit garish on black bases which are then on a black cloth, so I'm going to try white text on a black background and see how that looks.

The problem in the post title refers to the building mentioned in this post that I add a rendering effect to. As you can see from the composite pic to the left, I didn't do anything to disguise the tabs used to put together the buildings at the corners, so they can clearly be seen despite my 'render'. At the moment I'm unsure what to do about this ...  I'm deciding between a) adding more render to hide it -or- b) scraping the render off the offending parts, using polyfilla to fill the dips and then adding render onto the filler ...

I think I can safely say, though, that this is definitely in the category of 'first world problems' ...  :)

Thursday, 11 August 2016

Aeronef and Iron Stars

I really like the extensive range of Aeronefs sold by Brigade Models, there's just something about the idea of flying ships battling in our skies that really appeals to me. So much show that I have Austro-Hungarian, Greek, Italian, Russian and Turkish squadrons, as you can see in this post from way back in 2011!

Since then, I've got even more - I got ships for USA & CSA squadrons to do a US Civil War in the skies; no pictures of them though :(

The problem is though, I really don't like the Aeronef rules - as I explained in this post

Iron Stars cover
My 'solution', which has only been in my head (I've not actually done anything about it!), is to use Majestic 12's Edwardian science fiction rules 'Iron Stars' modified to be 'in-atmosphere'.

IMO, these are excellent rules and I've thought so since I got them - longer ago than I want to think about! I got small Russian & Austro-Hungarian squadrons (pics are in this post).

Anyway, the point of this rambling is that when Jim of Jim's Wargaming Workbench posted an interest in the Russo-Japanese War recently, I commented that we couuld play it with Aeronefs. Jim replied he had a Japanese fleet, and I've got Russians, so it is a possibility!

With that in mind, I've been thinking - as one would - about the rules to use, so that prompted me to go to Iron Stars again.

HOWEVER, before trying to modify it for Aeronef, it would be a really good idea to actually play the game and see if it as good as I think (hope!). With that in mind last night I started putting together the ship data cards I created years ago:

Once they're done, Iron Stars is ready to go and hopefully I can arrange a game with Jim when he returns from his holidays?

Tuesday, 9 August 2016

Buildings ... progress ?

Last night I made a bit of progress on my Charlie Foxtrot Models' "Table Edge Terrace" British Version that I mentioned in my last post; specifically starting the rendering effect.  Here it is 'before':

And here is 'after':

I first did this on a bunch of Amera Plastic Mouldings buildings that I had a long time ago and found that it didn't quite transfer directly from a plastic to an MDF building ... 

I coated the building in slightly diluted PVA and then sprinkled dry plaster powder on it. With the plastic building this was fine, but with a non-undercoated MDF building the glue was soaked up by the MDF almost straightaway! Lesson learned - either undercoat the MDF or sprinkle faster!

Back in June in this post, I mentioned 6mm ACW terrain; well I couldn't find any buildings in my resin mountain (well, let's be honest, I didn't actually search it) so I bought some from Leven Miniatures and started on some of them last night:

I'm pleased with how they've come out - remember they're very small and to be viewed from at least arm's length! :) - and only need the application of the 'magic dip' to finish

Monday, 8 August 2016

A bunch of things ...

This weekend saw the release of Konflict '47 by Warlord Games, a Weird War 2 games based on their popular Bolt Action rules
I've been looking forward to this coming out, as I already have some of the miniatures for it (specifically British Automatons) from when they were released by Clockwork Goblin Miniatures the company behind the game. So I went along to my FLGS SnM Stuff and got myself a copy.

I've not read it as yet, but a flick through shows that it seems to be 'Bolt Action with bits added' - pretty much what I expected, so that's good.

I see that Sarissa Precision have released an MDF Childrens Play Area Set which I'll definitely be getting as a great bit of scenery for zombie games

Over the weekend I made some progress on a couple of things; finally painted the window frames and assembled the basic building in my Charlie Foxtrot Models' "Table Edge Terrace" British Version
Hopefully, I'll get the 'rendering' effect on to it soon so it'll be close to finishing.

I also tried to make progress on my Charlie Foxtrot Models' gladiator arena/storage-box
Unfortunately, it went badly, badly wrong ... initial efforts to rectify things seem good though - which is a big relief!!

I do seem to be unable to see anything through from start to finish at the moment ... all weekend the undercoated chariots for Faustus Furius were staring at me reproachfully but I just didn't want to start painting them ...

Hopefully my Mo will find my Jo soon and I'll be able to finish something!