Thursday, 25 April 2019

A new computer...

Hi Chaps,

It is certainly difficult to update a blog without a computer! My old laptop developed the infuriating habit of randomly deleting files if you attempted to open them! If anyone knows the cure I would be very happy to hear from them as I still have the accursed item. The replacement item is a cheap and cheerful laptop from PC world-but it did come with Microsoft office which made its princely sum of £190 seem a little less eye watering.

Anyway despite the technological hitch I have still been clearing out and have firmly decided to play a few games this year. Bolt Action in 15MM is looking the favourite as I had ignored this scale until seeing the Battlefront and Plastic Soldier Company figures in the flesh. They are so effective and "armies" for this system become very affordable.

My recent obsession with 15MM has caused me to scratch build a couple of African buildings and accidentally purchase a large (for me) group of modern figures and the pdf for AK 47 which upon re reading does indeed deserve its cult status. I am keeping those away from the painting table for the moment, I want to savour painting those little guys and will watch some appropriate movies beforehand.

I do want to keep painting 28MM but I am undecided on what period... Black Powder looks like a great game to play I just need to resist the urge to buy 6MM as my collection is shrinking in size and not number.

The unit of troops and cannon above are currently on ebay…. I made the artillery from scratch and have purchased more mdf wheels so that I can make a battery for some 28mm WW1 Brits
 which have waited patiently on my to do list for a long long time.

Keep blogging Chaps.

Wednesday, 10 April 2019

18 Pdr Completed and ready to roll dice.

Hi Chaps,

Well with some great advice from Tinshed (Mark) from the Lead Adventure Forum my little artillery piece is now completed and ready to roll dice in anger. The build was actually pretty straight forward once the length of the barrel was worked out and wheels found.

A cereal packet provided the front shield and other iron plate bits of the gun and greenstuff helped create the breach. The crew are Plastic Soldier Company Russian plastics with new heads from Sloppy Jalopy and the Warlord German box set.

The same was done for the Infantry unit... so now almost for free I have a little Spanish Civil War/VBCW unit. More importantly if I ever need artillery for something I can be sure of scratch building if I can't afford to buy one.

The scratch building will continue as I have just purchased the Peter Pig Pdf for AK 47. I really do want to make some little terrain pieces for this game-15MM will be a massive change but I used to love this game back when I actually used to play!

Thanks for popping by Chaps you keep me going with your blogs, I love them all.

Thursday, 4 April 2019

A Very British Civil War 28MM

Hi Chaps,

Well its been the most productive day or two for months-years? During my clear out I came across some Plastic Soldier Company 28MM Russians still on the sprue. Out came the clippers and the bits box and a few hours later I had a company of Spanish Civil War types...

So with the 18 Pounder that I had begun earlier in the week it seemed logical to see what I could cobble together for the wonderfully British idea of a civil war in 1938. As it turns out I ordered a group of miners from Sally 4th (they arrived very quickly) and some odds and ends-drivers and a dispatch rider from Empress and Footsore...

Whilst passing my local hobby shop I rashly purchased a box of Warlord British Expeditionary Force troopswhich are now based and awaiting an undercoat. So, for the first time in a long time I have 30 or more metal figures awaiting delivery or paint, happy days indeed.

A second 18 Pounder will be started and if I can source more wheels more artillery will be constructed-it really is addictive and I just like the thought of them being home made. I believe that the Perry twins (are they knighted yet?) are going to release plastic figures for world war one which is the best war gaming news I will have ever heard.... the next best would be a re release of the Warhammer Great War set.

Keep gaming and blogging Guys I will update when a few militia units are painted