Saturday, 25 March 2017

The Messy Desk!

Hi Chaps,

Well today was amazing! I got 2 hours of painting in with t

he door open, sunshine flooding into the room and Mozart on low in the back ground. Also tea....a steady flow of tea. Perfection.

Perfection that is until I came back to my desk and saw the abysmal mess I had made! I like order and my desk was utter chaos!


This really is my nightmare...what if the RSM floated by? Nope painting over and quickly start putting what went wrong right again.

Anyway a start was made on the Dragoth thing and at last a unit of flagellants and shooty types for the Empire are 99% done. Age of Sigmar is a great game and I fully intend to play more games of it this year, I may even try a local club.

The African moderns are out of the cabinet to make room and may go on ebay to fund my lust for more fantasy figures. Games Workshop have done everything right for me in the last 12 months so my next purchase will be the Generals Handbook just to read at work.

Keep blogging Chaps you keep me going now from 9 till 5.




Work in progress Empire troops above....now thankfully completed and awaiting a their standard bearer and officer....they better be good in Sigmar games as these have been ongoing for ages.

Wednesday, 15 March 2017

Building a Plastic and Lead Mountain named 2017.

Hi Chaps,

Well what a year so far! There has been some great releases from Warlord and I have had the opportunity to purchase figures from a couple of my favourite manufacturers and it is still only early March.

This year will finally see me pull the trigger on Age of Sigmar (along with the Generals handbook) and maybe some more moderns. In fact I have a long list of figures that I will actually purchase for that "rainy day". One small problem is that as I get more money to buy figures I get less time to paint....first world of work problems but I am certainly not complaining. (I wish I could do a graph to show this).

I will post pics soon Chaps

I read your mini adventures still-just at work!

Keep Blogging.

Friday, 3 March 2017

TAG African Militia Unit

Hi Chaps,

Well I have managed to kill another camera! No idea what happened but it is no longer of any use so I borrowed the wife's camera for these shots.

The first African militia unit from The Assault Group is finally complete (except for the RPG which I will have to check the colour scheme of). This group was painted in little sessions as I had not planned to do them...I just fitted them in as life allowed. In retrospect I had no need to buy two units and two technicals because the chances of having them all on the table at one time are very slim indeed.



The Assault Group figures are easy to paint even for my old eyes and they should match well with the Copplestone figures that I intend to order when the defence budget is not under intense scrutiny (ie when the wife is not paying attention).

The Arab type "sleazy Abdul" figure and his body guards are also TAG figures and were easy to paint, these figures will find plenty of use if I ever get around to obtaining a board 3 feet or so square.


I do have a pool of modern types that could be described as private military contractors from a number of manufacturers but the chunkiness of TAG are my favourites. Placed next to Empress they look odd but together they have an almost comic book style.



Despite being busy I have used whatever free time I have to quickly paint up some zeds and assemble the motorcycles from "Project Z" from Warlord games. I am so impressed with this game that I will be buying the new Samurai game from Warlord "Test of Honour" which looks very interesting. Initially I was put off by the non traditional use of dice in the Warlord games set but now I am actually enjoying the system and the Samurai system looks very clever indeed.

I am sure that you will have seen it but here is the link anyway. By structuring the game and providing everything needed to start Warlord are helping someone like myself who has no discipline to actually get a game ready to play before being distracted!

https://store.warlordgames.com/collections/test-of-honour/



Lastly I found the Czar and his family! Not yet finished but these will be completed and will most probably just sit on my shelves-does anyone else buy figures that they have no actual use for?


Thanks for popping by Chaps, keep blogging.

Saturday, 25 February 2017

Paper and Foam building 28mm

Hi Chaps,

Well this week saw an epic battle where my immune system kicked the ass of the common cold! Not all plain sailing as my reaction was to cease all activities for a day or two to help the old white blood cells out.

Still I managed to almost complete this small block of maisonette style housing. This was constructed out of foam board and a printed paper brick pattern. The internet has various patterns out there and my library charges 25p for a colour print out so this was an affordable construction. The "final fix" of doors has yet to go on but I have for now run out of steam (or is that patience?) with it.





So there it is...room entry for zombie games is now an option though I may buy some mdf buildings to fill out a table. I am hoping that some TV dishes, wires and trash will help to give it a lived in look....now I just have to source some ping pong balls to cut the satellite dishes out of!

The figures are the only two I have had the strength to paint, they are both Warlord plastics and the detail was sharp....they were also easy to put together which is always a bonus.

Thanks for popping by. Keep blogging.

Saturday, 18 February 2017

The Assault Group Security Team 1

Hi Chaps,

This has been a busy week with lots of gluing and cutting but not a lot of finished goods. A row of British/US type flats are almost complete and a dozen or so plastic zombies are undercoated but not yet started. I suppose this hobby just has periods where things are just a work in progress.

Anyway a team of Security men did get completed and I think they will be useful in many different scenarios. The Assault Group are an excellent company and these are amongst their best sculpts, please forgive my lack of photography skills....once the lottery has been won a camera with white balance will be one my first purchases.



Warlord Games sent me a new set of cards in English which is remarkably fast....they must have been posted first class the day after I emailed them....so well done Warlord and thank you for the Survival guide that you included with the cards.

Hopefully my next post will have the new building and some new figures in it. I don't know why but this building seems to have taken forever but at least I can practice my miniature FIBUA skills in miniature. FIBUA stands for "Fighting in built up area's" but is probably called something less threatening now like clean and sweep.....

Keep blogging Chaps your ideas are gold to me.

Thursday, 16 February 2017

The Assault Group and Project Z arrive.

Hi Chaps,

Today was a good day. My family are thriving, no bad news and my postie arrived carrying lots of goodies.

The Assault Group order arrived and contained a lot of well packed minis as well as a bonus mini which will find lots of use as an officer of some sort in a militia or poorly trained army unit. As always the quality of The Assault Group is just outstanding-Brian Ansell (?) I think was the sculptor of these and they remind me of Mark Copplestone who is also amazing...I am really pleased with this order and they will be the first to be painted.



As you can see the figures were quickly spruced up and based ready for a black undercoat. The close protection team look really nice with very dynamic poses as do the militia with pistols, excellent figures.

The next parcel contained Warlord Games "Project Z" which I admit I bought because it was cheap, indeed this is a massive bargain as you get the game and a box of figures of your choice for £30...free delivery!


My extra box had to be zombies but I do expect that I will take advantage of Warlords 3 for 2 offer on their boxes and invest in female survivors, modern infantry and yet more zombies. A small problem has occurred with this order as there were no rules (I downloaded these) and the cards were in French! The Game Sequence sheet was in English....anyway as I have no wish to employ my poor schoolboy French into my hobby time I have informed Warlord Games-I will update you as too what happens.

Surprisingly the rules for this game are very clever. I prefer traditional dice but having read through my downloaded, printed out set I think these are well worth a try and are an option to the Total AR:SE set that I have had for some time. I do hope that Warlord continue to support this game as the quality of the figures and rules are better than anything I have seen in this hobby before.


As is probably the case with most war gamers I can see my own interpretation of the rules being used already, as yet I have not watched the vids on youtube but for the cost of this game you cannot go wrong (unless you get French cards LOL).

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eUkPcam9aks

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WOVpBbZTCjc

Well keep gaming and blogging Chaps, great times for men and women who like playing games with soldiers.

Tuesday, 14 February 2017

Workstation.

Hi Chaps,

Just a quick update because as yet no figures have arrived-infact no postman at all yesterday! Regularly now we miss a day of post due to a shortage of staff/bad management/alignment of the planets-universal service has already gone it seems!

Well rant about the postal service over I decided to fiddle about with my work station (that should really be playstation) to create more room and just make my life easier. The models on the shelves just happen to be the latest ones that need a little more attention in the form of air con units and satellite dishes then they will disappear into the cupboard.


Books everywhere! I like to read but then cannot part with a decent book but a cull will have to take place which will be a dramatic experience, I am sure that you Chaps face a similar dilemma? Indeed today some of my earlier buildings will be broken up to create some space...for more buildings. Also a 3 foot square board should make an appearance for a lick of paint, it is surprising what jobs one can find when one's figures are in transit.

Keep blogging Chaps I am going stir crazy and need to see what you have been painting.