Tuesday, 30 April 2013

German Town Hall Pt.1

This kit has been sitting around in my to build pile for a while now, it was a gift for my war chest by Ninjasaurus Rex, so I thought I'd have a crack at it. I usually make ruins which are quite easy and Ninjasaurus thinks I should challenge myself, so whom am I to argue?

Sunday, 28 April 2013

Square Bashing 2nd Edition First Play

This afternoon Ninjasaurus Rex and myself played our first game of Square Bashing 2nd Edition. I'd been looking forward to playing it as I really enjoyed the first edition so much, so I was hoping for an improvement. In the end though, I was left disappointed by what I felt was an under par set of rules. I'll explain why I thought this as I describe the game.

Saturday, 27 April 2013

Tank, Tank, Burning Bright

After I posted this AAR a couple of people on TMP asked me how I made the burning tank markers. As I now have more tanks than markers I thought I'd best make some more for the next game so it was a perfect opportunity for a quick tutorial. First of all, get some cotton wool, available in any high street chemists. Pull some small sections of it off and pull these into lengths.

Thursday, 25 April 2013


Lest We Forget

Also remember the other men who fought at Gallipoli, like the Irish Royal Dublin Fusiliers who made the first landings on V Beach on the 25th April 1915.

Sunday, 21 April 2013

Oh! The Futility!

Since buying the new Square Bashing 2nd Edition I decided to make these new Casualty markers for the game. The new edition of the rules sees casualties being placed next to individual battalions as they suffer from the effects of fire and it all plays a larger part of the morale. I had made a set of casualty markers for the first edition rules, you can see them here, but the bases were just too big to be of much use in the new edition of the rules. Whilst moving house I found a lot of unused WW1 casualty figures from Peter Pig in a box, so got to work on these chaps...  They didn't take so long to make, each figures is glued to half a Peter Pig 30mm square base and I like them, I hope you do too!

I have been writing this blog since before October last year, so over six months now. I thought I'd better tell you a little bit about myself, so you don't think I am some sad robot sat painting tanks and figures all day long.

My name is Alex, I live in Rotherham in the UK and am 38 years old. I have been wargaming since the age of about twelve and making model kits for longer than I can remember. I have gone through several phases of gaming, including, Napoleonics, Microtanks, fantasy, Franco-Prussian War, ACW etc, but have finally settled on World War One, World War Two, Wings of War, Bloodbowl and a few other select board games. My regular opponent and chum from school, Ninjasaurus Rex makes me play Sci-Fi games, much to my distaste, but a game is a game.

About five years ago I had a massive clear out of my old wargaming stuff, which included, 15mm and 28mm Vikings, 20mm WW2 Romanians, 1/300th WW1 aircraft, 1/300th WW2 tanks, 28mm Call of Cthulhu RPG figures, 25mm Star Wars Miniatures Battles figures, 15mm WW2 German and Russians and reduced everything to one scale and one period; 15mm WW2 (along with the 28mm Vikings I was convinced to keep by Ninjasaurus Rex who claimed we'd use them in a skirmish game which has never materialised...). I like 15mm because it has a great and cheap range for World War Two and you can have a lot of gear on the tabletop with little loss in detail. In recent years, however, the sickness rose in me again and I expanded the periods I play to the ones mentioned above.

A game of Square Bashing in progress

In my personal life, I am a field archaeologist and have been since 2001, when I graduated from the University of York with a BA in Archaeology. I currently work for a company which I helped create three years ago and we are a community archaeology company who deal with students and volunteers in providing courses and training in archaeology. I am currently undertaking an MA in British First World War Studies at the University of Birmingham and expect to finish this course in September (if I don't end it all under the stress of the dissertation...). I have also had the fortune of working as a Battlefield archaeologist in France and Belgium over the past ten years on First World War battlefields, which has had some of the most amazing and rewarding moments of my life.

Excavating a rather wet German WW1 Trench line outside Ypres

During that time I have also featured in television shows, such as Finding the Fallen and the BBC's Ancestors. As an archaeologist I have worked in such diverse places as Ireland, Iceland, Japan, Tanzania, Singapore, France, Belgium and Germany. Want to know any more? Just ask...

What cho lookin' at?

Friday, 19 April 2013

Zvezda BA-10

This weekend saw me finishing off these BA-10s by Zvezda, instead of writing an essay, I bought them as an experiment as I have some BA-10s by Command Decision already, but I wanted to see how the Zvezda ones matched up against them. They are quite nice little models, go together well and look the part. I am a bit disappointed with the gaps in the bodywork, it's something I could have fixed if I had the inclination. Also I found the headlamps incredibly fiddly to put in place so I did away with them altogether. It's OK, my opponent will never notice...

Also, the other day I was working in the office when one of the people we teach brought in his collection of militaria, I thought I'd share it here. Sometimes there are perks to knowing weidros...

From the left; Lee Enfield, Springfield, Gras, Lebelle, and Mauser bayonets

Thanks for looking!!

Wednesday, 17 April 2013

Second 1/35th Scale King Tiger

I have finally finished my latest Dragon 1/35th King Tiger. As I previously mentioned this one was bought for me as a present last Summer and I stumbled at the hurdle of building the tracks. After I manned up and got over this the rest was plain sailing! I decided on painting it as though it had come straight out of a factory without being sprayed and with bits of other tanks fitted to it during the last days of fighting in late April/early May '45. To replicate this the hull was painted in its original red primer and the other parts painted in the usual three tone camo scheme. Well, enjoy the pictures:

Looking at the base, I thought that it could do with something to break up the starkness of it, so I thought I'd spread a bit of rubble across, but just enough to contrast against the pavement. I started with a set of Tamya's Brick Wall and cut bricks up, whilst getting a massive blister on my thumb...

These were then glued down and covered in railway modeller's ballast and sand:

Finally, several types of paint added and dry brushed and ink washed and the model was finally finished!

I hope you like is as much as I enjoyed making it! Thanks for stopping by! I have also had to put a captcha on the comments as this blog is starting to attract too many spam comments, I'm sorry about that!

Sunday, 14 April 2013

49 Year Old Models

These two model kits came up on EBay for a low price, so I bought them as I fancied making a couple of World War One aircraft. When they arrived the boxes said they were made by Revel in 1964 so as I write, they are 49 years old! Most collectors would keep them in pristine condition and covet them as things of beauty. But, I'm not a collector, so I built them.

The Albatros D-III

The De Havilland DH.2

Tuesday, 9 April 2013

JU87D Stuka 'White Milk'

Things have slowed down a little, as I have just moved house and don't have an internetz connection yet, plus I have an essay to finish in the next couple of weeks and painting and such has taken a back seat. I am posting some of my older projects.

This is not strictly wargaming, but modelling again, this is model kit I was bought for a birthday a while back, a Fujima JU87D Stuka 'White Milk'. It's 1/72nd scale and I thought the paint scheme was interesting. I like the Stuka, I like the ugly shape of the thing. It makes it look menacing and reminds me of the Hawker Typhoon.

Anyway, here are the pictures:

This is the model pre-weathered:

And when I had finished weathering it:

Thanks for stopping by!!

Friday, 5 April 2013

My To-Do Pile

Here is my current to-do pile, it is the smallest it has been for a long time, but consists of

Elf blood bowl team
Halfling Blood Bowl Team
1/48th scale P-51

1/48th scale Roland CII
1/48th scale Pfalz DIII
1/35th Scale Panzer II and Soldiers
15mm Japanese Battalion and tanks
15mm German Paratroopers repaint and rebase
15mm Waffen SS repaint and rebase
15mm American WW2 repaint and rebase
15mm Russian WW2 various
15mm German WW2 various
1/144th Stuka and Sturmovik

15mm BA-10
Six buildings
Half a shoe box of German, Romanian, Italian, Hungarian and Russian tank/artillery crew and various other bits
Ruined walls for Square Bashing Scenery

I tried not to buy anything to add to it, but couldn't help myself and six StuG B by Zvezda are on their way to me...

Monday, 1 April 2013

Zvezda 1/144th Stuka and Sturmovik

I should be writing an essay on British Generals in the First World War, but I'm procrastinating and instead have literally just finished these two planes; a 1/144th Stuka and Sturmovik by Zvezda. I did have three of each of these originally but then realised I would probably never use that many in a game so I sold the surplus and painted the remainder!

Also on Sunday I called over to Batman's house with some friends and saw that during the 'last lot' the 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment were stationed there, here are their memorials:

OK, that's enough procrastinating, back to the reading...