Monday, 21 October 2013

Antenocitis Workshop simply superb!

Hi,

I have a tale of the ultimate in customer care! The other day I ordered a pathetically small amount of blue foam from Antenocitis Workshop....I received a call explaining that there was a problem with my debit card...so I checked this out and blamed my wild child daughter who had just had her freshers week at uni... nothing at all to do with her but still a problem! (And there still bloody is!)

Anyway not my daughters fault....this is yet to be resolved but Antenocitis workshop still posted me the foam board! This really is above and beyond what anyone would expect of any supplier in any field. I would like to thank them and also recommend this fabulous company to you all.

http://www.antenocitisworkshop.com/catalogsearch/result/?q=blue+styrofoam

I will post later this week to let you know what has happened to my card...if it criminal these must be the worlds dumbest as there is never much in there!....

Also this blog is worth a look, although the chap seems to be a follower of the wrong side he has some interesting stuff including using Skype etc ...solo wargaming may be a thing of the past if that catches on!

http://royalistroundhead.blogspot.co.uk/

keep blogging...and be careful if you use your card in a pub!


Tuesday, 15 October 2013

Antenocitis Workshop

Hi All,

I just put the smallest order into Antenocitis Workshop....and the chap I spoke to was wonderfully helpful! I have ordered some blue foam for scratch building and they actually sold me what they had left....amazing customer service. I fully recommend these chaps.

http://www.antenocitisworkshop.com/

Have a good day all.

Monday, 14 October 2013

Anti Gravity 1895 style. (and a terrain tip!).

Hi Chaps,

Due to meeting my solicitor today I could not sleep last night...and this happened. One empty pate' box and a couple of lids that were in my bits box became an anti gravity machine. Just how it propels itself I have yet to work out...propellor probably! A trip to B and Q is on the cards for a testor pot of dark grey, I actually have the background for this machine written down along with two solo games for IHMN....I just did not have the model.





The craft will be on a clear stand made from a bottle...(I am on a budget!). Controls, rope and rivets will be added, to be honest I had not given this any thought, maybe next time I will make sure that the parts are a better fit and actually draw some plans first. Never mind, my 28mm alter ego will have a means of entering museums, trouble spots and stately homes that no other fiend has thought of-yet!

Just remembered. Never walk passed a charity shop, for 79p I bought six placemats which are A4 size and made of cork, coated with plastic on one side. Turn the mat over (to the cork side) and you have a very durable base for terrain....so much cheaper than buying MDF and ready cut....coasters for drinks are also useful for smaller terrain pieces.


Keep blogging!

Sunday, 13 October 2013

Painted Copplestone Chinese Bandits

Hi Chaps,

I have completed half of this weeks Copplestone order, the photos were a rush to avoid inclement weather! I really enjoy painting Copplestone figures as they quickly look effective even with a basic paint job. Renegade Miniatures seem to do the same....maybe its the sculpting style?

Last night I noticed that Irregular Miniatures have a Yak and herdsman and also a camel pulling a cart....despite now being sober I am still impressed with these items which are now on my wish list.





The last two pictures are from the Irregular Miniatures website (please dont put my windows in for using them!). Keep blogging Chaps its much better than real life!

Friday, 11 October 2013

My life with Hammer House of Horror.

For two years I lived (very happily) at Bank Hall Lodge in Bretherton Lancashire. The rent was cheap and I had free roam over my garden and accompanying estate, verily I ate Grouse, Pheasant and Venison.....and rabbit...and Woodpigeon...you get the picture. The gatehouse I lived in was built in 1609 and was really amazingly creepy....


It was cold and lonely but it was home and I loved it! recently I discovered that a couple of Hammer House of Horror films were made on this spot (my teenage years were molded by this film company) so I just had to share my story. Just behind the lodge is an old bridge which is very picturesque and from which I shot so many rabbits!

The actual house which was used for a lot of filming is now in a poor state of repair, I have wandered around inside but did not give it much thought at the time. This national treasure is soon to be restored...can I have my lodge back please?



The tower still exists with rotting books still on their shelves...the gardens are full of trees. Pheasants are everywhere!

Copplestone Amazing Service

Copplestone have amazed me.

I ordered Wednesday afternoon, 9th of October and today Friday 11th October my little order arrived. The figures as ever are world class from this company but it is the speed of their mail order which has absolutely astounded me.

Usually I expect a five day too ten day response, this puts Copplestone ahead of the fabled Irregular Miniatures in response time. I am impressed. I have no idea how the dark world of figure sculpting works but I do wonder id Renegade employ Mr Copplestone to work on their own range as the figures appear similar? Either way I am a very happy solo gamer at the moment.

http://www.copplestonecastings.co.uk/

If you have never painted a Copplestone figure then you have never lived! Try some of these. (OK a bit over the top but I have seen so many Carlsberg adverts...). Along with the Renegade range these figures make the most average paint job look awesome.

Keep blogging Chaps, I think that the blog thing has pushed wargaming standards along exponentially, I have been in this hobby for 30 years (well a bit more) and things have never been so accessible or looked so good. Credit to you all.

Got to mention these lads...

http://www.renegademiniatures.com/index.html

It may be old age but the bigger rounder figure is easier too get along with...prime example would be my girlfriend...

Wednesday, 9 October 2013

Ordered from Copplestone Today

Hi Chaps,

This afternoon I put a modest order in with Copplestone Castings for some "Back of Beyond" Chinese bandit figures. One pack of men with rifles, one pack of 10 bandits with rifles, these will be handy figures for "In Her Majesties Name" or just regular games.




I have painted these figures before but having just watched Jackie Chan's 1911 I am all stoked up for this period. Do not be put off by the appearance of Mr Chan in this film, he is actually a damn good straight actor and this is a fine film. I always thought the Dowager Empress died in 1908 but I could be wrong....

Maybe after my lottery win I will be able to order a substantial number of figures from a manufacturer! Sorry figure manufacturers until that win I wont be making anyone rich...although in a couple of weeks another order is planned.

Wednesday, 2 October 2013

28mm Victorian Houses...the pain of it!

Hi Chaps,

Well in a way I am glad that I am not the only one who is wrestling with Victorian scenery! It is a pity that there is no database where a gamer can go and source 28mm iron railings or gas street lamps etc...I have to say this chap is creating art and is well worth a look;

http://scottswargaming.blogspot.co.nz/search/label/Empire%20of%20the%20Dead

Once I have found a material to make a master in I will be molding away....just need to source it but I am not sure how much longer I can keep surfing!

Keep blogging Chaps, your stuff is useful reference material for us all.

Foam board for mold making

Hi Chaps....

...its like this-I need to own a building, well actually rather a lot of buildings. My Italian contact who actually has an excellent blog



http://www.thelazyforger.com/tutorials/shanti-building-step-one/



recommends this eulithe stuff but I cannot find a supplier anywhere! Bearing in mind that I intend to make a mold has anyone got an alternative that is available in the UK and is err cheap (I am on a budget!).

The reason for all this activity is because today I received "In Her Majesties Name". Usually I am not very moved by a set of rule (I have had Black Powder for over a year) but I have waited for this so long...and it seems so simple that I want to play this game with my son. The number of figures needed is actually very small but unfortunately the buildings needed are many! We can't win!

My cunning plan is to cast the buildings out of stone plaster from a home made mold....once they are on an MDF base they will serve their purpose. Anyone done this before?

Thanks in advance!