Sunday, 19 June 2016

Warlord Games Review

Hi Chaps,

My order from Warlord Games arrived in good time and I have to say I am very impressed with the quality of their product.

Project Z is their Zombie game and range and although I am not really interested in buying the game as I already have a chosen ruleset I did want to look at the figures and paints.

Firstly the paints, £19.99 for a combination of 10 pots of paint and washes plus a brush. This is pretty cheap and although the paints seem to have less pigment than Vallejo they are a very useful mix and not just for your medieval Zeds. Instructions on the bottle read shake well so maybe I did just not shake enough to get a good mix......?

Next I opened the figures which I believe originated as Wargames Factory products until Warlord bought them out. Now I have all the old WF boxes and I have to say Warlord have transformed the figures onto a higher level of quality. All the zombies have deeper and more realistic detail and there are a few new sculpts in the box too. I particularly like the old dude holding onto his drip feed trolley....I have painted him as a survivor as he will be perfect as a scenario objective.

The pic is a work in progress as he is still waiting for some highlights but you can see the character the little model possess'. some of the female zombies are pretty hot (wierd but true) and I think a box of figures to form civilians going about their daily lives would be really useful incase anyone from Warlord is reading? There would be many uses for that box.....

The Special Operations team is fantastic and comes with options to create US, Russian or Brits, obviously I created a British squad but gave the sniper an M-4 variant as squaddies love to try out new toys....sorry kit.

Both boxes came with some good quality cards for the Warlord tabletop game but they are of little use to me unless I ever cave in and buy the game. I really would recommend these producys to anyone interested in zombie games or modern 28mm. My shelves now hold over 60 Zeds and counting, they are so easy to paint and they are so different it really is hard to stop collecting them.

Keep blogging....I need you ideas!

Friday, 17 June 2016

Plague hits Leyland....WIP

Hi Chaps,

There has been a pause in transmission from my end due to a tummy bug. I cannot complain too much as I am lucky re health but this bug was the real deal, thankfully now destroyed by my immune system (I owe you one for that buddy!).

Hobby wise not much has been happening but I have recovered enough strength to tidy my work area and snap a pic or two of the work that I did complete.

This handful of Airfix Brits were painted because they came with the Landrover and Jackal kits. The kits themselves remain unmade but are definately on my to do many parts.

Please ignore the chaos of my desk-it is now back to normal with very little to be seen on it! The tanks are from Grubby and again are on my to do list. Mr Grubby also sent some free drivers and passangers which was very kind and thoughtful. I recommend this company if you need anything in 20mm.....I also have some of their 28mm figures for Somalia which are great as well.

Lastly a couple of Armourfast T34-85's these are easy to put together but I still manage to make it look my enfeebled state I just wanted to splash some paint around without being too worried about the result, after all these are just targets for my Germans....

Thanks for popping by, hopefully I will have a more meaningful post soon as I am expecting an order from Warlord Games any day.

Keep blogging Chaps.

Thursday, 2 June 2016

Valiant German Work in Progress and an odd box of Valiants

Hi Chaps,

I opened my recent Valiant miniatures order yesterday and began assembling the troops (literally) into their companies to form a Rapid Fire Battalion. I do enjoy this aspect of war gaming and it takes me back to not only "my day" but also to endless hours as a youth writing lists way befor Rapid Fire was born. Any one remember "Operation Warboard"?

The first box was actually forming my second infantry battalion at this scale and I really was only going to use the other box to make one more company and some random figures....which is just as well! See if you can spot anything strange in the photo below?

Did you spot it?

Luckily I need only one sprue of Germans....I have no need at the moment for any Americans! These must have been packed in a rush and I will not bother to send them back or complain, it is slightly amusing, maybe somewhere out there is a box of US troops with three sprues of Germans?

Speaking of Germans here are the lads in the undercoat....

This is a Rapid Fire Battalion-a handy sheet comes with the box set which I have to say is my favourite German set on the market. A couple of Stugs and a munitions cart came with the Valiant order, I have only made one of the carts and they will all be undercoated dark yellow.

Finally "The Other Guys" despite being extremely hard and maybe winning WW2 I cannot warm to them (step up Colin Rumford and make some Russians). I will paint these as and when I feel like it, probably to break up the Germans.

This coming few days should see my transport arrive from Grubby, this will fill out my little battle group and give it some character.

Having had my sight restored by the miracle of lenses has been great and if my attempts at scenery are successful I will sell my 28mm moderns (which I love painting) to build up forces in 20mm.....Elhiem are just too good now that I can see them!

Keep blogging Chaps!

Tuesday, 31 May 2016

Valiant Order Arrives!

Hi Chaps,

If you have been a wargamer for a few years you may remember the dark ages of poor customer service. Happily I will now forget forever the entire tedious waiting for the post thing for weeks on end! Thank you Valiant!

Valiant just went beyond good customer service. I ordered just before a bank holiday and yet I received my order on Tuesday morning! I have no idea how they managed to package and post it so quickly! A new winner for speedy service with an honourable mention to Royal Mail as well.

As you can see the package contained a late war German battle group and cost under £25 which is extremely good value. The two Stugs have been built and are awaiting undercoat and the first company are on their bases. The cart is a little fiddly but will be a great item to have following my battalions around the table causing mini traffic jams. The link for this and other sets is here.

Some people criticize the size of the Valiant infantry and they do look like giants stood next to my Russians but I don't mind as they are easier for my old eyes to paint. Also if they are ever next to each other on the table it means that something has gone badly wrong (for one side at least).

Keep blogging Chaps I will post work in progress pictures soon.

Sunday, 29 May 2016

Zvezda and Italeri Artillery

Hi Chaps,

Just a quick update on my progress regarding 20mm WW2. In my absence from this scale a new (to me) manufacturer has appeared called Zvezda. This company is from Russia but my local model shop carries a lot of there kits and availability does not seem to be an issue.

For me the small boxes containing an artillery piece or weapons team are really useful and the kits are detailed and high quality. My huge man fingers always seem to struggle with the smaller parts but I have never claimed to be a model maker.

At £3 per kit these are hard to ignore especially if you are watching the pennies like myself. The kits can also add some variation to your units as the poses are rather different-I have never seen a mortar being carried (that base plate is heavy!).

Later this week I expect an order from Valiant and Grubby tanks to arrive which will complete my own miniature battlegroup, lots of transport and a couple of Stugs but no tanks yet.

Thanks for looking, hopefully I will soon be able to parade all of the lads together.....along with their Russian opponents.

Keep blogging and have a good bank holiday.

Friday, 27 May 2016

20MM Pak 40

Hi Chaps,

Today I got a couple of hours to begin work on half of my anti tank company. This is a plastic box from Italeri and costa around £8. The quality is astounding and everything in the box is useful, It includes two guns each with five crew. The plastic is hard and can be glued and the detail is chunky for plastic and easy to paint.

I have attempted to give the figures the "Plain Tree" (?) cammo jackets but it does not really come across in the pictures. The anti tank company will be easier to ID because of this but as I only have a Marder 3 and crew left to paint to complete it I needn't have bothered I suppose.

The figures are on the large side and are not a bad mix with the even larger Valiant guys without too much difference. Tomorrow if I get up an hour sooner I will start on my little plastic pile of Zvezda mini's which are a motorcycle and side car and a mortar team,

Hobby wise this is a very exciting time for me. New spectacles (god yes-I am that old) mean that I can see these little guys clearly for the first time in years. Add to this the cheapness and plethora of models available and it becomes an opportunity to take advantage of. Speaking of cheapness I just ordered the Valiant Miniatures German Army Battle group....

Probably more infantry than I could ever use at once but this should be a great start too which I intend to add some resin vehicles from Grubby Tanks.

No company will be planning a holiday home on the back of my orders but I am getting value for money...I just need Valiant to start producing some Russians! Colin Rumford come on buddy Valiant Russian infantry please!

Keep blogging Chaps and Chappesses I need your work to inspire me and to copy from!

Tuesday, 24 May 2016

Communists in Thailand....

Hi Chaps,

I have previously posted pics from roadside museums in Thailand but my wife Oijai just sent me a few more from a mountainous area in the North. The equipment certainly has some "groovy" colour schemes and would be a great alternative for those extra Vietnam figures that you bought by accident. By the way M113's etc are still in use as are Willis jeeps and all manner of what we would consider vintage artillery pieces!

These little museums have been built on old military bases, the mortar pits and artillery parks have just been left and I assume that the exhibits are abandoned pieces of kit. If you ever visit do not go picking up any shells or handle the ammo of any sort.....

Cambodia is far worse on the safety issue but if you talk nice to the military guys there they will usually get you onto their base and have a look around. For a few US dollars they will let you onto the range. Be warned though they always seem drunk! George Best/Gazza drunk not just tipsy.

The bulldozer is an essential part of any attempt to build anything out in the far east, plants seem to spring up the armour on it!

Keep gaming and blogging Chaps!