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torsdag 4 september 2014

Secret Santa time!

It is time again to sign up for Secret Santa, presented by Ian at The Blog With No Name
I took part last year and got a lovely LRDG truck that, I am ashamed to say, is still not built or painted. Maybe I need to get my skates on and finish last years present before this years arrives.

Anyway, go to Ian's blog, read the rules and sign up. It really is great fun!


tisdag 26 augusti 2014

One small step for Africa, one slightly smaller step for Gondor

I finished two figures for the 28mm North Africa project, one LRDG guy and one DAK. Both are Perry, but the LRDG guy has a Warlord Celt head...or maybe a GB Dark Age one, I can't remember.



I also finished a squad of Gondor Militia for my Dux Gondorum project. More about them on that blog.


måndag 4 augusti 2014

Stonehaven Miniatures pop-up terrain

As you may remember, I took part in a kick-starter from Stonehaven Miniatures for a range of pop-up paper terrain. Last week they sent out test-versions of the various designs for us to play with and comment on. The hexes in the final versions will be a foot across, but the ones below are printed at A4 size so just about half that. I have printed and built the first two models, the gazebo and the fort.

Here is what they look like:

 Both hexes, folded in half

Both hexes, held together

 As above, but turned to the side
 Both hexes folded out
 From the side
 Close-up of the gazebo with roof closed

 Gazebo with roof open
Close-up of the fort
 The gazebo, being folded
The fort, being folded




The question follows, of course:if they are paper, will they support miniatures? Yes the will! These test examples are printed in my laser printer onto 170 gsm paper intended for photo albums. As I have no suitable metal figures available, I've used the card deck from Dux Britanniarum The Raiders to demonstrate. This is a standard card deck. Remember, the final product will be bigger and on stronger paper.
 Placed across, the roof does not even bulge
Placed the weak way, the roof bulges but holds


In summary, I am really excited about this. It has been a blast building these and I really look forward to the final, full colour version promised for November. It really will be a battlefield in a box!




torsdag 24 juli 2014

A resolution and the resulting agony of choices

I did not make a New Year resolution this year, since the one for last year was about as useful as a chocolate frying pan. Now, however, I will make a part-year resolution:I will buy no new minis in 2014!

The reason I am able to convince myself that I have any hope of actually sticking with this and going 5 months without a purchase is that I have so much already that I want to paint and more coming in. The stars seem to be aligning for the end of 2014 as Kickstarter Delivery Season. I have taken part in five Kickstarters so far:
1, Torn Armor. That ran into trouble with a dodgy partner, but seems to be on track now with the board game part at least arriving later this year.

2, Baker Company Winter War. This was delayed by a broken spin caster and a victim of it's own success. Gav must have been working round the clock since it funded. I already have the first wave of minis and a tank, and more vehicles and troops will arrive later this year.

3, Mars Attacks. Mantic hoped for August delivery and the components have indeed left China with August looking difficult but September hopeful.

4, Dust Babylon. Battlefront hoped for August delivery. Not looking very good as the pledge manager is not out yet, but I remain confident in delivery...later this year.

5, Stonehaven Miniatures Pop-Up Terrain. I opted for the colour PDF version and they are saying November for that.

This is three years of Christmas spending finally coming all at once. It will be a busy winter.


Quite apart from the stuff coming in, I have stuff waiting that I really want to get painted. I'll make a list and return to it after Christmas to see if I actually finished any of it. Note that this list is written from memory during coffee break at the office. Lots of stuff is waiting but not on the list.

1, a dozen Rangers for Dux Gondorum
2, six Veterans of Osgiliath for Dux Gondorum
3, six French Paras for French Indo-China
4, a Panzer IV for GuP
5, a Schwimmwagen for my Ostfront project
6, a Ford truck for LRDG
7, a Sherman for GuP
8, a whole bunch of 6mm ACW from Baccus for TCHAE and Longstreet
9, plastic Warriors from Gripping Beast for Dux Gondorum
10, Finnish and Soviet troops for Winter War
11, livestock for Dux Gondorum
12, three busted Panthers intended as terrain features
13, a Jeep for my Brit Paras, or possibly LRDG
14, a Flak 36 for Ostfront
15, a Sd. Kfz 251/10 for Ostfront

And finally there is the Secret Project! Lots of hobby bloggers I follow do Secret Projects from time to time. I have started one that is intended to be a pleasant surprise for my gaming group during a games day around Christmas.

That's it. If you read all the way here, you truly are a gaming nerd and I salute you!



fredag 27 juni 2014

More promo stuff:Pup-Up Terrain!

A Kickstarter that is in its final 48 hours right now so go check it out right away!
This is brilliant. Cardboard 3D terrain that folds up for storage has been done before, but I have never seen it done this well and with such clever mechanics. Just take a look at the video on the front page and you will see what I mean.


I have gone for the PDF version simply because shipping to Sweden will double the cost of buying the ready-printed stuff...and because with a PDF I can print a new piece every time I mess up during construction. Edward Scissorhands I am not.

So, go ahead, pledge $18 and join me in a festival of cardboard and glue sticks this coming Christmas!

torsdag 26 juni 2014

More Dust troops and a commercial

I just finished painting an SSU Command squad. Dust figures are a joy to paint and turn out nice even with a rather basic paint job, in this case inspired by the Soviets in the old classic Red Dawn.

Second point: TooFatLardies just released their Summer Special. £6 will get you 130 pages of stuff ranging from scenarios to an interview about writing wargaming rules. If you play any of the TFL games, it's a no-brainer. If you play other games, for example Bolt Action, it is a great source for scenarios and good ideas.

Get it now!

måndag 2 juni 2014

A bunch of Germans

These guys are from CP Models. I am not sure the M38/40 early type smocks most of them are wearing was ever made in Splittertarn, but by the time I remembered to check it was too late and they will have to do as they are.


The fellow at the back in Feldgrau and carrying a Panzerfaust is from Plastic Soldier Company .