Wednesday, 27 July 2016

20MM Buildings from Cheap Foam.

Hi Chaps,

Due to a run on the Solo Wargamers pound I have had to improvise in order to get any hobby time in this week. My 28MM zombie project is done and sat proudly in my cabinet and so it was time to look around for a replacement period........until I checked my bank balance and then a rethink was in order!

20MM certainly helps the financially challenged to overcome the costs involved in the hobby-if you have the eyesight it is a great scale. So-after checking I could still see these little guys- I ordered a box of Orion Israeli infantry and a few Grubby tanks packs and began to wait.

Whilst waiting I gathered some extruded styrene and a few pizza bases, tacks, cheap childs white glue and other odds and ends found around the house. An internet search of Pakistani city pictures gave me a clue as too what to build and it was Blue Peter time!

These buildings are far from finished as they need air con units (does anyone make these?) and a lot of signs, dangling wires and more rubbish! I have a longer row of even slummier buildings planned but for now I will take a break....who knows the figures may arrive?

Keep blogging Guys I need your ideas!

Tuesday, 19 July 2016

Grubby Humvee and Warlord Plastics

Hi Chaps,

Glorious English weather at last! Arrived just as I had set aside some painting time...undeterred I pressed on fortified by 4 cold cans of beer. Life is good!

The Humvee (painted under the influence) is from Grubby tanks who always provide an excellent service and with this order a free figure. The freebie looked like Andy from the remake of Dawn of the Dead and is a welcome addition to my growing number of survivors. Always good value this Humvee and gunner was £8.50 which is great for a 28MM model.

The Rangers were painted before beer was had and they seem to have turned out OK. Warlord sell the box for £15 which is a little steep for 8 plastic figures but there are lots of weapons left over...

At almost 70 Zeds and a lot of survivors and wrecked cars I can now consider this project a done thing. It has been fun and my shelves are full so in true gamer style I was looking at the next project.

"Living on the Frontline" a war of 79 game is available from Partisan Press....I also saw a sprue for a 1/72 scale Chieftain! Grubby maybe of use again as he produces FV432's....happy days!

Wednesday, 13 July 2016

Still Alive and Kicking

Hi Chaps,

It has been a few weeks since my last post so I thought that I would give a quick update on what has happened. As usual the culprit is life. Busy with family and looking for a new home. That is about the top and bottom of it. Painting is usually infrequent for me in summer anyway as one has to take advantage of the weather here in England-it has been wet though!

No new purchases other than yet another box of zombies from the Zombicide range, strangely the cheapest place I have found these is on Amazon UK. I am waiting patiently for Z War One to be released just so I can have a nosey at more undead.

Finally I have been experimenting with printed paper to stick onto foam card and mdf....something that I have previously turned my nose up at but infact it looks OK. My terraced housing now takes 1/10th of the time to create and is passable....Winter of 79 in 28mm keeps popping into my head!!

If you have read this far thank you, my next update will contain photo's, over 70 Zombies and counting....

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.