Friday, 26 June 2015

On the Workbench

Hi Chaps,

This is one of the rare moments that I can say I have completed an army! Well painted all the units that I have bought for it at the moment....do we ever finish an army? So with my early war Brits all filed away (literally in a set of old metal drawers) It will be onto the Germans next and a few buildings.


As you can see in the pic other figures are reaching completion, this is a satisfying stage when the last figures purchased are completed if only because it gives me an excuse to buy more!

My wife moves in next week so these are happy times cleaning and clearing before her arrival. I never realised just how much junk I had! Also I found some figures that will find their way onto fleabay...a bonus that in my mind makes the next figures free!

Keep blogging Chaps.

Saturday, 20 June 2015

The wonder of spectacles and 20MM

Hi Chaps,

It has been a harrowing few weeks...I realise that I am no longer immortal as I once thought and I am indeed subject to the aging process. This humongous realisation had been brought about by an eye test....reading had become strenuous and uncomfortable and I was told that I needed glasses ... In the comfort of my own room with my door double locked I began to experiment.. Its been a revelation!

I had given up on 20mm as being too small for anyone to paint successfully but with my new superpower of normal sight restored I had to try this cheapest of scales one last time. An old box of Plastic Soldier Company British infantry was dragged out from under the bed and the painting began. The figures look fine on the table and despite all the flaws showing up in these photos they actually are passable.




Each infantry companies officer has a different head and a sergeant in a different pose. I did print out some labels for them but it looked too formal so I went with the painted option of ID.




The artillery is the veteran of WW1 the 18PDR. TA units were deployed to France using this weapon which had been updated for transport by motorised vehicles with pneumatic tyres and new brakes, it was a good excuse to make something unique to my little force.



The Bren carriers are from the Plastic Soldier Company as are the MK6 Vickers tanks. This company have excellent customer service and seem to always get your order too you within 2 days...I just wish that their web site was easier to navigate....though I now realise that could be my old age....



The tanks need a little work and I was shocked to see that I had missed the wheels off the 2 pounder (I waited years for this model which is from Zvezda) but the BEF is getting there....I also realise that these are not early war Brits, the most glaring error is that the Sargent should have a Thompson sub machine gun. Also my painting guide may be out of date...lots of old Warlord comics and black and white movies helped me decide the colours as did my grandads old kit bag-which is definately a yellow colour and not green.

Thanks for popping by, the Germans are up next....then I will start on the trucks! I will save my pocket money for a few weeks before I put in an order with Frontline...its a good time to be a war gamer when you can actually see the figures!

Monday, 8 June 2015

World War Z...in 28MM

Hi Chaps,

Its been a busy few weeks but there has still been time to get some paint onto some very reasonably priced plastic figures. The Zombicide figures are particularly nice and can be bought cheaply from Amazon UK. The cars are some old Corgi die casts bought from car boot sales, I have three patrol cars from Pound land awaiting attention-never has gaming been so cheap!

Next up will be a board and a game or two with my son, this has been a quick project with around 30 Zombies and eight policemen painted. It was also a good excuse to buy some Copplestone Assault Troops and as ever they arrived the next day-amazing service!





Friday, 15 May 2015

Can you guess the next project?

Hi Chaps,

Well my dreams of 6MM glory have been put on hold for this month as my son was very underwhelmed at the thought of gaming with such miniature miniatures!

So instead its back to what any normal 12 year old would want to game...can you guess what it is before you see the third photo?


I am not a prepper but I love reading about the subject and I do acknowledge that it makes sense to at least have some information on the subject.



Well this photo should have given you a clue? I already have a large collection of military types for this game but this lot arrived today, happy times and something very different!


Plastic figures in 28MM have in my opinion revolutionised the war games hobby. Practically anything is possible and who knows what will be available in a few years time? After reading all the prepping books and watching the films I should be able to ride out the first six months of the Apocalypse in comfort and if I am the last man alive not much will change as I game solo!

Keep blogging !

Wednesday, 13 May 2015

Back of Beyond Vehicles Complete

Hi,

This is just an update to let you know how the toy cars turned out for my Back of Beyond army. The army itself is in the process of being brought together and comprises mostly of Copplestone figures but four Minifigs have made an appearance as well as a less than shy White Russian female. When I have gathered enough figures I will start basing and painting-the best bit!




These are basic models (on Warbases vehicle bases) and probably cost £3 in total....the budget survives!

Unfortunately my attempts to play a few games in 6mm have suffered a slight setback as a large pile (nay mountain) of plastic zombies will have to be tackled first. Not a problem as I like looking at the Baccus website.

Thanks for blogging Chaps, keep going because its great reading and I use your ideas!

Sunday, 10 May 2015

Back of beyond Vehicles Update 1

Well this has not happened for years...two posts on the same day. The urge to tear down the little toy cars was just too big and despite having done this before it was still exciting and as usual threw up some problems that I did not expect.


First I used a Dremmel with a 5mm drill bit to drill out all the rivets holding the model together. As you can see there are bits of mazak (also known as pot metal) everywhere. This is really nasty cheap metal and always seems to head straight for your eyes so eye protection is essential. I am not being boring or over protective about this as metal shards in your eyes can be a life changing event and as modelers and painters it will be a very negative one.


All die cast models are pretty much the same, the excellent older Lesney Yesteryear models are very well made so I have left that for another day...maybe I will source a sitting General and driver before I start that one!



This is what the toys look like after a bath in caustic soda. I put them in a plastic tub (a takeaway item!) and then poured boiling water over the height of the castings...next keep adding caustic soda slowly ...it will bubble and fizz and eventually with a gentle wire brushing the paint should come off. Do not put any plastic into the caustic, only the metal parts. I never strip the wheels as they can be painted or washed over.

I have refinished a few cars before but the paint on these models was the thickest that I have ever come across.I wont be replacing the plastic roof on the lorry so I have filled the holes with milliput...the van (soon to be an ambulance has had its roof clipped back on ready for a black undercoat. I will attack any remaining paint with very fine wet and dry.

Any suggestions for the colours for the wagon would be great...the wheel arches will remain black-should the body be grey? The ambulance is going green as it just seems right somehow...maybe a few years driving ambulances for HM makes me think that they cannot be any other colour?

Thanks for looking.

Back of Beyond Transport

Hi Chaps,

Today being a usual lazy and if I am honest mundane Sunday has taken an unexpected turn for the better. Walking around a damp field before 8am this morning I chanced upon a couple of vehicles which will later this week be repainted and based. My budget is intact as the van and lorry were 50p each...the old car has been in a drawer for years but will see a new life as a staff car.

My warlord Chinese army just got its first transports for less than a pound, exciting times...now to find the Dremmel and caustic....I will keep you posted.