Thursday, 8 October 2015

40K to get the Age of Sigmar treatment?

Hi Chaps,

Its been a really busy time here with a Bretonnian army almost completed alongside a dwarven army....both are modest in size but a couple of games using The Age of Sigmar set have been interesting.

Games workshop have been very smart. Free easy rules which do give an enjoyable game in an hour or so along with free army lists means that instead of £30 spent on books they sell more figures. I certainly hope that this business model works out for them, it encouraged me to spend my hobby money with them for the first time in years.

Rumours are abound that 40K will get the same treatment as War Hammer Fantasy and I think that this would be a positive many parents and kids are put off from even starting an army with such a heavy investment in rulesets and codex books?

Well done Games Workshop! (can't believe that I wrote that) What do you Chaps think?

Completely unconnected to any of his is a bit of my local history. Leyland (Saxon for untilled land) was given around 1218 to the knights Templar....god only knows what they thought of or even did with this backwater (only rediscovered by the doomsday project after William audited the country) but they did leave their mark!

The photo is of a Knights Templar grave marker of which there are around six in my local churchyard, the "tools" of his trade can be clearly seen etched into the hard dude, both axe and sword!

Keep blogging Chaps coming soon will be some photo's of an Age of Sigmar game complete with new terrain....

Saturday, 12 September 2015

The New Painting Season

Hi Chaps

The new painting season has almost started. The time of year when the clocks go back and inclement weather nudges us all closer to the painting table as opposed to all that healthy outdoors nonsense! Personally this is my favourite time of year as I treat myself to new figures to paint and maybe even a new rule set to read (but rarely game!).

This season seems to be all about skirmish games, Frostgrave is getting good reviews and the upcoming Osprey Black Ops looks very interesting. Even Games Workshop have excelled themselves with the free Age of Sigmar rules which I think are very subtle and when used with the Warscrolls give a great game. With this in mind I have a large chunk of chipboard which will soon be a gaming table ....either 3 or 4 foot square, maybe I will go for the larger size as I am rather enjoying the Sigmar ruleset.

On the painting side of things it has been a productive time. Ebay has been a source of enjoyment in both clearing my shelves of half started projects or bidding on new/old figures to throw some paint at. I suppose the downside of secondhand figures is that they occasionally have paint on them though I rarely bid for these or they can be even more expensive than new castings-beware of the Ebay bug!

 I would provide a picture of what I have been painting but my new (to me) computer did not come with any photo editing software! Photo's of mini's without the aid of an editing programme are simply shocking....have a look...

Any advice would be most welcome...I have tried GIMP (yes I thought it was a joke too) but no matter how I fiddle about I cannot find an auto correct part of the programme or even a cropping feature.

Please keep blogging and do enjoy the new season.

Sunday, 6 September 2015

Well done Games Workshop!

Hi Chaps,

I never thought that I would be praising Games Workshop . but...The Age of Sigmar rule set is free (I am on a tight budget) and it is backwards compatible with all their previous armies. The bods who run GW seem to have realised that by the time you have purchased an expensive rulebook and codex the average customer has not much left to spend on figures, or they have been put off by the start up costs in the first place.

This renewed interest in fantasy war gaming was unexpected-even my son was wowed by the figures!! So I dusted off some old Dwarves and rolled a few was had and I assume that there will be more players than the excellent but now rare DBA fantasy rules Hordes of the Things. Back to single round bases for the lads...

I was so motivated I decided to scratch build a terrain piece for a game that I never played-Mordheim...which led to Frostrgave...I am sure there are plenty of other gamers who just read rules but never play the games! Anyway this piece is a work in progress and is number five in my medieval collection of houses, which again could be another sub hobby...people who make and collect scenery that never gets used!

The theme of painting or making figures and buildings that we are not really interested in has cropped up a lot for me this month, I now own 25 Space Marines and a couple of character figures-I swear that I only wanted to paint a few of them but it has grown into a bit of a project.

Keep blogging I need to know that you are as nuts about this hobby as I am.

Thursday, 20 August 2015

Grubby Tanks

Hi All,

In my last post I forgot to mention the figures that I purchased from Grubby Tanks. They are from the old Britannia range and are really excellent sculpts, I do like their larde size (easier for me to paint) and I also like the free figure and quick dispatch time!

Couple all this miniature perfection with the really useful painting guide from Wargames, Soldiers and Strategy and life is made so much easier...

The technical was just £7.50 and it came with two crew and HMG, probably the cheapest 28mm vehicle on the market-I will be ordering more US infantry and a couple of Humvees shortly. Whilst in the mood I also scratch built a house which I am hoping will not look out of place in Africa or Afghanistan.

Keep blogging Chaps......more pics on the way soon.

Tuesday, 18 August 2015

Molds for miniature Air Con units and Grubby Tanks

Hi Chaps,

It's been all go here, I have been having a clear out (again) and decided to concentrate on just one or two periods. Now the decks are clear I have more room for yet more figures and also a bit of time to experiment with scratch building. Being on a budget means that I have to try to find ways of making my hobby as cheap as possible though to be fair I think it is a pretty cheap hobby anyway...especially when you start to compare the costs of other pastimes.

Anyway I dug out an old tin of Sili Put...a cheap putty that when mixed together makes a putty that you can then make a mold with. This stuff is a cheaper alternative to "real" mold making which can become expensive and for me at the moment it would be overkill.

I made a "master" of an air conditioning unit that looks something like what you see stuck all over every building in Asia and Africa and possibly the middle east as well. This only needed to be simple as the item is or decoration and not a feature.

Next I glued the master into a MacDonalds ketchup container and covered it with the Sili Put....this stage was actually flawed as a few air bubbles spoiled the mold and is now reflected in every piece! I am sure that you chaps will do better but this was a first attempt..

The final mold is cut from the ketchup case and Miliput was used to create the air con units...they look a little odd but hopefully a coat of paint will hide their more obvious imperfections. Next time I will invest in a real mold making kit and a better master! Still these are the right price as they probably cost around 20 pence each to mold...if plaster was used it would be literally pennies.

Keep blogging!

Monday, 10 August 2015

Cannot Sleep Sunday...shipping containers

Hi Chaps,

Sunday morning arrived early and I was up with the bird idea why I just could not sleep. So with a little extra free time I made a couple of shipping containers for 28 MM skirmish gaming.

The containers are 12 CM long and 5 CM square and were very easy to produce....they are hardly scale models but if you don't look too close they are fine. The doors have cotton bud tubes for the working parts and they were sprayed using random car paint tins that I had hanging around but any house paint would all they probably cost 50 p to make so they are the right price!

Saturday, 8 August 2015

Temporary painting station

Hi Chaps,

Well it's the summer hols so my painting table is now downstairs so that I can have family time....the result is I have painted more than usual...I have not taken pictures of the zombies but there should be enough for a game anytime soon.

The future army types are from Copplestone -I love this company, quick delivery and easy to paint.

Space Marines from the GW empire and the police are from Offensive miniatures which is a very interesting company

Good luck with the holidays and finding the sun if you live in the UK..........keep blogging Chaps.