Wednesday, 29 March 2017

The Last of the Norsemen

A short post this, I have been away on holiday and not had a chance to paint much. That said, I finished off the Vikings that I bought at Vapnartak. You may remember they are the ones from Museum Miniatures and Peter Pig:

Alongside these figures, I also put the very last finishing touches to the Icelandic farm buildings, namely a small courtyard to join the structures together. This was simply a piece of plasticard, textured with sand and painted.

As I mentioned, I have been away on holiday. It was to the North Yorkshire coast for a few days, but whilst I was there we went to Scarborough, where I saw this preserved 13lber QF Vickers gun that had been rescued from the sea bed. Here's a few pictures of it:

And a commemoration plaque to the Christmas present the Germany Navy gave the people of Scarborough in 1914.

And the best ship-in-a-bottle I've ever seen at Whitby museum.

As I said, a short post, but thanks for reading!

Wednesday, 22 March 2017

Utility Buildings for Star Wars

Ninjasaurus Rex gave me a bag full of scratchbuilt terrain pieces that he had kicking around. They were prepped, but unpainted so my task was to finish them off for my 15mm Star Wars Miniatures Battles games.

He had already mounted some on bases and sprayed them with textured paint, so really they only needed finishing off. I am not sure what the first batch were originally, but they look like various light fittings, however, I added a circle of plasticard to each of their bases, painted the interior black, the outside grey, layered up some drybrushing, added some weathering and rust details and they now look like exhaust ports. Cos everything in the Star Wars universe has an exhaust port, amiright?

Next up were two mini-CD holders with some form of plastic frame added on top. These were mounted on normal sized CDs, so my job was reasonably easy, paint grey, drybrush in lighter grey, weathering, rust, flock the bases and hey presto:

The upper frames can be removed to make separate structures in their own right and leave the lower portion looking like fuel containers or similar. I am going to make some heavy blasters that can fit in the upper frames, that will also be removable, to make them into defence towers. But I just wanted to get the basics finished first.

And finally a circular tube with what looked like another light fitting in the centre. With a splash of paint and weathering this looks like some form of generator or another larger exhaust.

So, what was basically a bunch of DIY and office leftovers, between us we have made a selection of reasonable looking science-fiction utility buildings. To give you an idea of scale here they are with a 15mm AT-ST and some Stormtroopers.

They were all pretty easy to paint, just a basic grey with some weathering and drybrushing, nothing too fancy, really. I also have a larger building that will need quite a bit of work, especially the interior, so check back in the future for details on that!

Thanks for reading!

Saturday, 18 March 2017

Deliver Us, Oh Lord, From The Wrath of the Norsemen!

Another small project I have started recently, has been a Viking Age skirmish game, this is why I built the Icelandic farmstead and also why I bought myself some Viking figures from Vapnartak. I only wanted a handful as I want the game to be based around small bands of warriors competing for the best loot. 

So, I called at the Museum Miniatures stand and picked out about twenty figures and then took a walk over the Peter Pig and bought a set of Vikings carrying loot. These photos are of the first two batches of figures.

The Museum Miniatures figures are the ones carrying weapons and the Peter Pig figures are all the ones carrying loot.

The figures are all individually based as the game is a skirmish.

I have about another ten of these to paint over the next few days, so check back in the future to see them finished off as well!

Thanks for reading!

Monday, 13 March 2017

The Battle of Tummar West 8th December 1940 AAR

In our continuing Operation Compass campaign, hosted by Dean the third engagement was the Battle of Tummar West, when the 7th Royal Tank Regiment attacked the Italian defenders in a fort. The attack commenced after an hour long artillery bombardment and the defenders capitulated in just over two hours of fighting.

Wednesday, 8 March 2017

A Little Farm Of My Own

Although I'd completed the Icelandic Viking Age Turf House I decided not to rest on my laurels and expanded the farmstead. Two more structures would suffice for now, a piggery/outhouse and a cattle/sheep enclosure.

Sunday, 5 March 2017

Little House on the Grasslétta

First, I must apologise, this post was accidentally published too early! It was before I had written the accompanying text and posted up some more pictures, so this is take two. 

Having picked a few 15mm Vikings at Vapnartak, I decided on writing some home-brew rules for Viking skirmishes in the age of the Sagas. To go with this, I wanted to make an Icelandic turf house, typical of the age, to use as scenery or a scenario objective. This was an experiment on my part, to see if it was easy enough to do and if the results would be useful. I have seen lots of thatched wooden Viking style buildings, but in the Arctic north, turf houses were de rigueur, right up until the 1950s when they were outlawed on health and safety grounds.

Wednesday, 1 March 2017

German Heavy Metal

A couple of things I picked up at the ROBIN show was three Zvezda German tanks in 1/100th scale. The first two were Ferdinands, assault guns based on the prototype Tiger tank chassis that was ultimately rejected. I have been looking for an excuse to refight the Battle of Ponyri in 1943, during which Ferdinands took centre stage so this is perfect!

And the second purchase was a single Sturmtiger, the 380mm assault gun, again, based on a Tiger Tank chassis. This was a very late addition to the German arsenal (1944) and being based on attacking was pretty useless for the time it was used, being that Germany were on the defensive. Only about eighteen were produced, in Rapid Fire! terms that's almost four models... So this single model represents a quarter of the entire production run!

Totally useless, but a fun addition to my tiny tank collection!

Thanks for reading!