Friday, 19 September 2014

Collection Complete!

Like many greying wargamers my entry into the hobby was largely through the classic wargaming books at my local library, with volumes by Featherstone, Grant, Wise and Quarrie being regularly borrowed. One series of books much loved was the PSL Tank Battles in Miniatures series with titles by Featherstone and Quarrie covering North West Europe, the Western Desert, the Mediterranean, the Arab-Israeli Wars and the Eastern Front. The last one was the only one my local library didn't have and with my interest really focused on the other theatres it is one I had never read.

Over the last few years I have been scouring eBay and wargames shows for some of the old school books of my youth including the Tank Battles series (I know John Curry has reprinted them but part of the nostalgia was the old covers!). I've had four of the five Tank Battles books for a while now, but the Eastern Front volume has already remained elusive (or expensive - check on the one listed on eBay today for £182.98!).

Fortunately I managed to win a copy last week for under £15, which I am very happy with and it arrived today. I have only managed to give it a quick flick through but there does seem to be a lot of really interesting stuff in it including illustrations of German and Soviet unit formation, Soviet tank battalion defence formations,  a zones of terrain map showing extents average snowfall. Great book.

Thursday, 18 September 2014

Panzerfäuste: Highland Orc Infantry IV

I've managed to finish one more miniature from the Highland Orc infantry command pack, this Orc with anti-tank rifle.  More tomorrow hopefully, when I have had some time to recover from dragging French trade unionists around Bristol yesterday and today!

Painting Target: 502/1000

Wednesday, 17 September 2014

Panzerfäuste: Highland Orc Infantry III

A bit more progress on the Panzerfäuste Highland Orcs, the last of the four riflemen from the infantry pack and the piper from the command pack. Hopefully I'll get some time tomorrow to finish the final three from the command pack, but I am entertaining some French trade unionists so probably not! :-)

Painting Target: 501/1000

Tuesday, 16 September 2014

Panzerfäuste: Highland Orc Infantry II

I managed to finish a couple more of the Panzerfäuste Highland Orc infantry today. I had hoped to do more but we've had a painter and decorator in trying to make good what he failed miserably to do last week to repair the damage from the burst pipe! Long day...

Painting Target: 499/1000

Monday, 15 September 2014

Panzerfäuste: Highland Orc Infantry I

I don't know where all the time is going at the moment but I was determined to finish at least one miniature today and here it is - the first Highland Orc infantryman for Panzerfäuste. The rest will follow very soon...

Painting Target: 497/1000

Sunday, 14 September 2014

Mars Attacks: How To Paint Martians

After "Dreadballgate", when Mantic supplied retailers with the Dreadball before Kickstarter funders, I swore I was never going to back another Mantic Kickstarter. Then they ran the Mars Attacks one and I fell hook, line and sinker!

It looks like it might ship to funders in the next couple of weeks in preparation I came across this interesting painting guide from Army Painter, using their Strong Tone ink (not dip) on them (the same stuff I have been using on my 6mm armour).

I thought it was a useful to share it as the technique is quite simple and could be used on other miniatures.

I have tried it on my Orc Highlanders and it looks quite good. Progress on them has been a bit slow today as it has been kilt painting time and that is a lengthy process to say the least...

Saturday, 13 September 2014

Greatest Tank Battles - Korea

After seeing Saul off to his new life as a music student in Cheltenham, I decided to have a bit of "me time" with a beer and the TV remote! Over the last week I have been recording the Greatest Tank Battles series on H2. The computer generated graphics are pretty lame, but the first hand accounts really interesting and the episode I watched on the tank battles of the early stages of the Korean War, really inspiring.

I have mentioned a desire to do some Korean War Wargaming before as it is a subject that has  fascinated me since learning about it at school in O level history. Previously I had thought about 28mm or 20mm platoon infantry actions, but there is a window for some great 6mm company level a armour battles.

The North Korean forces can be drawn from my planned 1944/45 Soviet forces, indeed the paint schemes are identical so they can do double duty. Infantry are more of a problem but IIRC Heroics make some insurgents in peaked caps that may be useful. The US forces are largely late WW2 and once I have progressed the late war Gerrmans and Soviets the intention always was to return to my first proper wargames army, the Americans, so this may well kill two birds with one stone.

Of course I have other projects on the go at the moment, but I will keep the back burner lit as I have enjoyed painting the 6mm armour this year and want to do some more...

Friday, 12 September 2014

Logistical Operations at Bleaseworld!

Today has been about logistics as we pack Saul's stuff up to go off to university tomorrow. He seems to be taking a lot bearing in mind he is only going to be 46.8 miles up the motorway! We might need a bigger car...

Thursday, 11 September 2014

Dracula Year One

Despite SWMBO kindly picking up the much needed black paint yesterday lunchtime, today has been a bust hobby wise, though I did manage to go to the cinema with Saul to see Lucy which was pretty good. On the subject of the cinema I came across a trailer the other day for Dracula Untold which looks like it could be a bit of entertaining nonsense...

Wednesday, 10 September 2014

Strange Aeons: Cultist Suicide Bomber

SWMBO promised to pick up some black paint at lunchtime so hopefully tomorrow I can crack on with my Orc Highlanders, however I felt like painting something today so I decided to paint up this Strange Aeons Cultist Suicide Bomber which has been based and undercoated for yonks and I keep knocking off the workbench onto the floor, so it deserved a little love...

I went with an overall red look, not sure why, probably something to do with the old Laserburn Red Redemptionists, who knows? Not quite sure what I'll use him for but he was a straightforward paintjob and is done now.

Painting Target: 496/1000

Tuesday, 9 September 2014

Fury of the Tiger!

Unfortunately SWMBO forgot the black paint, but I have been to busy to paint today so I bravely let her off! ;-) I did however come across a trailer for Brad Pitt's forthcoming WW2 movie Fury, about a Sherman tank crew at the end of WW2 - trailer looks promising and yep, that's a real Tiger! Roll on October...

Monday, 8 September 2014


I managed to get a fair bit of work done on my Orc Highlanders today, making a lot more progress than anticipated until my usual lack of foresight and planning struck - of all things I've run out of black paint which I need for the tartan on the kilts! Sigh. Hopefully SWMBO will pick me some up in town tomorrow...

Sunday, 7 September 2014

Panzerfäuste: Orc Warlord Chûrg-ill

Hurrah, some painting!

I've managed to grab a few moments over the weekend to base and undercoat some miniatures including this model of the famous Orc Warlord Chûrg-ill for Panzerfäuste which I subsequently finished painting this afternoon.

Any similarity between him and a famous cigar-chomping British wartime Prime Minister is purely coincidental but he is prepared to take out any Dwarf Fallschirmjäger on behind the lines missions!

On the Panzerfäuste front I've also started painting the Orc Highlanders which are proving a bit of fun (researching orc tartan is not as straightforward as one might think!)

I've also dug out the Loud Ninja Games Space Raptors for the start of a new sub-project which I'll come back to later this week.

Painting Target: 495/1000

Saturday, 6 September 2014

Axis Of War - A Sino-Japanese War Trilogy

I came across a trilogy of interesting looking films on Amazon the other day set in China from 1927 to 1945. The Axis of War series comprises of; The First of August, The Long March and The Night Raid.

The trailers on You Tube look pretty good and the prices on Amazon are not too bad...

Friday, 5 September 2014

Where Is My Mind?

I've not managed to do much hobby wise this week as much of my free time has been taken up with a crash course in music CD production! Saul wants to release an album before he goes to uni with ten songs he's written and recorded over the last year and has delegated me to deal with all the non-artistic parts! So this week I've learnt all about glass mastering and CD pressing as well as the needs and differences between AP2 and Limited Manufacture Licences as Saul wants to include his cover of The Pixies Where Is My Mind? on the CD. All interesting but quite confusing stuff...

Anyway, that's why there have been no painted minis this week. I leave you the video of Saul's latest song, which does feature footage of tanks and other bits of military hardware! :-)

Thursday, 4 September 2014

A Bit of a Hullabaloo...

I came across an interesting article in The Independent today about an Indiegogo fundraiser by some Disney veterans to make a short traditional animated (2D hand drawn) steampunk film called Hullabaloo. They have already achieved funding but the more money they get, the better the end product can be. For someone brought up on Disney animated classics, this is a very worthwhile cause - and on top of that it's steampunk!

Wednesday, 3 September 2014

Bolt Action: From Budapest With Love...

Earlier in the year I bought and painted up a 28mm 3D printed Laffly S20TL from Bob Emerson, great model, I've been meaning to buy some more from Bob, but he's beaten me to the punch by launching his own Kickstarter - for WW2 Hungarian tanks...

In a hobby dominated with Tigers, Panthers and the occasional Sherman, this is a great venture to produce AFV's for one of the forgotten armies of WW2 with the Toldi, Nimrod, Zrinyi and Turan all to be produced with a number of variants. Great stuff Bob!

Tuesday, 2 September 2014

Osprey Announce 2015 Wargames Titles

Osprey have annouced their 2015 wargames titles on their blog.

The Bolt Action supplements look interesting although I am not convinced about the logic in cramming whoe theatres into one book, when they could have taken a leaf out of Battlefront's book and produced more detailed campaign specific works. Still Bolt Action 11: Empire in Flames: The Pacific and the Far East (June 2015) and Bolt Action 12: Germany Strikes!: Early War in Europe (October 2015) look interesting even if the first is casting too wide a net in my humble opinion. Bolt Action: World War I (September 2015) should also be interesting as I liked the old GW Great War rules.

However the one that has really grabbed my attention is Frostgrave: Fantasy Wargames in the Frozen City (March 2015) "an exciting new set of fantasy skirmish rules that sees rival wizards and their henchmen fighting over long-lost magical secrets and artefacts in the frozen ruins of a once-great city". I found a couple of blogs with more details, the author's blog The Renaissance Troll telling us more about the game and background and Cor Blog Me! having some interesting playtest reports. With sides of 5 to 12 figures, this looks like it could be an interesting side project next year.

Monday, 1 September 2014

Down The (Lasercut MDF) Dungeon!

Mantic's Dungeon Saga finished last night with pledges over $1,000,000, roll on next year when the goodies start to arrive. I did come across another related Kickstarter that is really interesting from Direbadger. They are looking to produce lasercut MDF dungeon and fantasy role-play terrain that all clicks together on MDF boards. Clever stuff, if I wasn't on board with the Battle Systems dungeon terrain I may have pledged on this.

Sunday, 31 August 2014

Soviet Storm: WWII in the East

I caught the second half of the second part of Soviet Storm: WWII in the East on H2 channel yesterday lunchtime. About the 1942 Siege of Sebastapol, it was more interesting than most documentaries of its type in that it was Russian produced and had a lot more information about the Soviet side than normal.

H2 have episodes 7 to 10 on this week, but is seems that they are missing out a number of them as there are 18 in the series. Fortunately You Tube is our friend as it looks like they have all been posted there, here is episode 1:

Saturday, 30 August 2014

The Yan'drassi Invasion

After their successful Chuhuac (15mm Space Raptors) Kickstarter, Loud Ninja Games are back with a new 15mm SF one in the form of The Yan'drassi Invasion!

Whilst I was happy with the Chuhuac miniatures I was less happy with the import duty and Post Office fees I ended up paying as well, which added almost 50% to the bill. Consequently I wasn't going to back the latest venture, much as I like what Eli at Loud Ninja does and the concepts he comes up with.

However they have addressed this and all EU backers will have their Yan'drassi pledges shipped from Scotland avoiding any import costs, so I have decided to support the venture as I like the idea of a multi-race alien army. I'm not quite sure what I'll do with them (I have plans for the Chuhuac) but I do have a filing drawer of old Laserburn and Traveller figures sat around and Gruntz looks fun...

Friday, 29 August 2014

October War: Jordanian M52 Self-Propelled Howitzer Battery

A new addition to the October War project is this battery of Jordanian M52 self-propelled howitzers. The M52 was an American design that entered service after the Korean War but was replaced by the M109 prior to Vietnam. The only other users I am aware of are Turkey and Jordan, with the Jordanian vehicles seeing action in the Six Day War and presumably with the 3rd Armoured Division in the Jordanians limited participation in the October War.

Surprisingly given the plethora of manufacturers producing no end of obscure AFV's, many of which have never seen action, I have only found one manufacturer that produces the M52 in 6mm and that was Irregular Miniatures. Quality wise it is not up to the standard of GHQ which I am using for the bulk of the project, but it's the only horse in town so I purchased six to form a battery.

Painting Target: 494/1000

Thursday, 28 August 2014

Maximillian Affair: Mexican Republican Infantry

It's been a little while since I painted anything for the Maximillian Affair project, but when ordering the 2mm SF from Irregular Miniatures, I noted that they had just released a 28mm Maximillian range. There were no photos at the time (there are now) so I ordered three Jurista infantry to see what they were like.

Ok, they are not as good as the Foundry models I have, but I was not expecting that. However, for 90p a figure, they are more than acceptable, being at a level with much of the Old Glory range. They will provide a cheap option for bulking out Republican units, especially as Irregular offer discounted unit packs.

As you can see from this photo, size wise, they are fractionally taller than the Foundry figures I painted last year, but not to the point that they cannot be mixed.

Painting Target: 488/1000

Wednesday, 27 August 2014

Dungeon Delving...

The Mantic Dungeon Saga Kickstarter is coming to an end this weekend and is looking really good with a ton of useful stuff at what is a very reasonable price (especially as the pound is doing quite well against the dollar which for some reason Mantic have chosen to run the KS in).

Along with the basic game they have now funded two interesting looking expansion sets which at $25 each are really good value, I especially like the look of the Infernal Crypts expansion with its denizens from hell!

Also on Kickstarter at the moment is Battle Systems Fantasy Dungeon Terrain, the perfect accompanying item for Dungeon Saga or any fantasy skirmish underground. Their SF terrain is wonderful so I made sure my finger was poised to grab an Early Bird on the fantasy project when it went live last Friday! I'm not 100% sure about the new Mines of Minerva add-on, it doesn't have a lot of track for one, but the basic Dungeon pledge looks great. Let this video whet your appetite!

Tuesday, 26 August 2014

Land Ironclads: Aurorean Martian Land Transports

The last of the 2mm Irregular SF models are these IKSF10 Alien Transports.

Initially I planned to use them as an older type of land ironclads, with hull mounted werpons firing out of the sides, but I don't think they look quite right for that, they are a bit too civilian... I haven't decided quite what to use them for, maybe they can be supply trains?

Painting Target: 485/1000