Thursday, 17 April 2014

Praise for Games Workshop! What next?

I recently did the middle aged angry old man thing and I wrote a strongly worded letter to the CEO of Games Workshop (who I believe was actually a chick!). Anyway I like to think that the men in suits listened to my gripes (sorry sage business advice) because they seem to have produced something that actually seems value for money.

Startling isn't it?

So now you have all picked yourselves up off the floor take a peek at this boxed set.

The figures within are of a mix, some are standard Space Marines and yet there are a fair few that could be used in Future Wars type apocalypse types and for the money there is a lot of painting to be done. At £62.00 it is a whopping investment but there are two skirmish forces and if like me you own an ancient rule set or two it's happy further outlay needed.

Maybe these figures will be OK for Beyond the gates of Antares? Either way it is a cheap GW alternative to The Hobbit.

Camera is on it's way (eventually) so I will have lots of pictures to post...mostly of WW2 stuff.

Keep blogging Chaps you keep me sane and inspired. (Unless your name is Legatus in which case I am jealous-have you seen his ex girlfriends?). Dammit.

Tuesday, 8 April 2014

World War Two Plastics....

Hi Chaps,

I just bought a modest couple of packs of plastics to bulk out my Rapid Fire forces. I really wanted the German Tank Riders from Hat but they are rarer/harder to locate than gold dust so I snapped up some Russian Tank riders....the detail is amazing! Its a pity really because my Russians are just meant to be targets for my favoured Germans but now I will have to put some effort into them!

My camera has finally bit the dust so now I may just bite the bullet (LOL) and buy a Bridge camera which in theory should help produce some better pics. Anyway my second purchase was a box of Italeri German Pak 40 anti tank guns. I need the guns but the crew can help serve my 105mm Zvezda guns who's crews I thought were too thin. I did encounter a problem though as I seem to have a wheel missing! Probably my fault as I am terrible at making kits but frustrating....Oh well I will disguise the mock up wheel somehow.

For just under £13.00 I have hours of painting and gaming fun ahead of me, learning to paint at this scale is harder than 28mm but it is certainly affordable to the patient and less well off! When the new camera is purchased I will post a pic of my 20mm hordes.

Thanks for reading Chaps, keep blogging!

Thursday, 3 April 2014

Fire (sorry paint) for effect!

Hi Chaps,

Its been a while but a box of Caesar plastic got me back into a groove of sorts. First I must explain that I was going for the pale nondescript (neither fish nor fowl) cammo that the British army have adopted for some reason. (Cannot beat DPM in my humble opinion). Anyway the pale pea green got washed away on the test figure so I didn't bother applying it to the rest...I play solo anyway.

The vehicles are Britannia miniatures and I had forgotten just how good they are, simple to paint and cheap, also Grubby has excelent mail order skills and with my previous two orders I got a very decent freebie with each. I will certainly be ordering again-but I am undecided moderns or bulk out my WW2 German and Russians?

Instead of going for detail I have really gone for effect. 20mm is so easy to paint if you do this. Thanks for blogging hopefully I will have (the first ever) game report to write up over Easter!

Saturday, 29 March 2014

Interesting post

Hi Chaps,

you have probably come across this site before but I thought I may just put this up out of interest. The figures etc are mostly fantasy/scifi but the techniques can be applied to anything.'s+Tale+of+Painters)

Thanks and have a good weekend.

Thursday, 27 March 2014

"Well that escalated quickly"

Hi Chaps,

Well this was not expected. For a month I have been in the doldrums obsessed by past events and not finding time for my hobby or anything much else. Then a random and humble box of plastic 1/72 seems to have changed everything. I could not help but provide some transport for my miniatures in the form of a couple of warriors from Britannia and then a Jackal and a few support troops....

The photos are actually from a website of a very talented painter (I hope that he does not mind me using them), please treat yourself and take a look at his site.

Now its off around the blogosphere to find out how you fellows paint your vehicles.

Thank you.

Caesar Mini Brits

Hi Chaps,

Despite being too busy and too involved with a court case to concentrate on anything else I did succumb to a visit to my local model shop "Transport models" in Preston as I was literally passing the door.

Once inside I was pretty impressed by what seems to have been a restock of their plastic figures and I came out clutching some modern Brits and willpower!

The detail on these figures is amazing...they beat most 28mm that I have seen and they are cheap! 32 figures for £6.70. I will not be using all the figures but two 10 man platoon/companies is good going for that price. Now I just have to source Chris Peers set of "At close quarters" and it is game on....well after making some buildings, acquiring some vehicles...aircraft and some command.

Keep blogging your blogs are keeping me sane!

Friday, 21 March 2014

Real life intrusion into my hobby time!

Hi Chaps,

Well I have not posted anything for a couple of weeks due to real life pressures and a lack of time. Its only when I am unable to indulge in my hobby that I realise how much I miss it and just how valuable I regard all this miniature madness.

In passing I have dragged out my Russian 20mm to be worked on, with an eye test booked this scale may become a little easier to paint. Also I have a list of modern 20mm that I will order from Britannia. (One of the best parts of the hobby for me is making army lists...).

In my reading time I am keeping up to speed with the blogs I follow.

 Thank you for keeping me sane! Sorry about the lack of posts I will be able to explain why in the coming week or so.