Monday, 18 September 2017

For the Motherland!!!

A return to my favourite period...WW2 Eastern Front and in 20mm no less. I real return to my youth!

So first up a Tank Rider Platoon

The figures are AB Figures/Fighting 15's. To be more specific they are AB Figures now part of Eureka (from Down Under) and are available from Fighting 15's in the UK. Very nice little figures and fun to paint.

They are based on Warbases one penny trays. Original bought for another project I decided to make use of them here. These ones did not have the hole for a magnet, so a quick ten minutes with the Dremel and 3mmx2mm magnets could be inserted into the base. The figures are mounted on 1p coins (obviously :-)).
Based for use with Chain of Command by Toofatlardies. Each squad consists of an NCO, LMG team and SMG team.

My sudden exuberance for all things magnet, meant it was an easy choice to use the MDF bases both to speed up movement on the games table and for ease of storage ( see earlier posts).

So we have three squads plus an officer. Intend to add some support weapons plus a rifle platoon. I've decided to concentrate my forces initially for the Summer of 1943 and just after.
That's it for now more to follow soon... 


Sunday, 13 August 2017


Been a while since last post, partly because I have got side tracked off the Aliens project and partly because I have spent the last two weeks finishing off this....

Soviet BT-7 light tank. The model is from Warlord Games and is a nice little kit. Also it's not actually mine. I have done it for a good wargaming Buddy; who I must offer an apology too for taking so long to finish it off.

The kit was given to me pre-built and undercoated in black. So I touched up the undercoat and painted it with Vallejo Air Camouflage Light Green 71006. This is what she looked like after the initial colour and chipping (using the hairspray method).

I decided I wanted to make her look like a old Russian warhorse, tired and worn. Hence the light green colour to represent too much time spent in the sun!

Then it was on with the weathering using enamel filters, enamel washes, oil paint and pigments. Slowly building the colours up to represent wear and tear.

Now I have to get her to the rightful owner and hope he is happy with the finished product.

That's it for now more to follow....  


Wednesday, 14 June 2017

The Grimes Family

Rick, Lori and Carl grimes from Mantic Games The Walking Dead. 

Hard plastic figures which are great to paint and come with integral base. I've tried to stick to the colours from the comics except for Lori who should be wearing a check shirt. But since I really detest painting checks I bombed out and painted her in a dark blue overshirt/jacket.

Being a fan of the comic and TV series it was a no brainer that I was going to have to take a big bite out this franchise. (sorry... terrible puns).

Having visited the Games Expo at beginning of June, and chatted to the guys on the Mantic stand (who are always very pleasant), I have been informed that the licence has been renewed and new releases should be straight to retail, no more Kickstarters. So good news everyone....

Also had a gander at the 4Ground, Walking Dead demo game. Again very nice people and some great  modern American scenery. My long term goal is to build a couple of terrain boards. Nice looking buildings etc. can be had from 4ground, Sarissa and TTcombat. There may be others but those are the one's which have caught my eye so far.

That's it for now more to follow soon...


Friday, 9 June 2017

Shout Out for The BigRedBat...

Storage! What to put your hard painted figures in to keep them safe and then where to store the storage boxes. Woe to the pressures of wargaming, how do we cope!

Well sometimes lovely people like Simon Miller akaTheBigRedBat come to the rescue. It was apparent that storing the AvP miniatures was going to be problematic mainly due the long curly Xenomorph tails. I sort of experimented with foam trays but was not overly confident that was the best solution.

Then I recalled that in the bigredbatshop, Simon sold pre-cut steel sheet to fit in a Really Useful 4L Box. Now I had already bought some (for another project), but I thought this could be just the ticket!

So a quick test proved even the longest tailed Xenomorph will fit in the 4L box. Like so...

So I ordered some 3mmx1mm magnets from first4magnets. Then using a 3mm bit on the Dremel put two holes into each base and here you go....

I little bit of tape on the drill bit to mark the right depth meant I was not going to go straight through the base, and an already painted base at that. Not sure if they require two magnets and I did not want to use my larger hand drill on resin bases, hence a larger drill bit for a larger magnet. 3mm was the largest drill bit I could get to fit in the chuck on the Dremel.

I'm fairly confident the 4L box will not hold the Queen or Royal Guard models standing upright, but a 1.5L Really Useful box should suffice.

I little bit of un-scientific shaking proved they were not going to move around the box. The most important thing is that now I have secure storage place for them.

So ordered some more steel sheet, this may just become my favourite storage method...we shall see.

That's if for now more to follow soon......
P.S. Simon also sells 3mmx2mm magnets if you want to take up the challenge and drill deeper into your resin bases.    

Wednesday, 31 May 2017

Habitat One Part5....and finished

Finally completed the first building for LV-537

Well it's almost finished. The base needs a little bit of work just to dirty it more. I decided that I did not like the internal wiring and pipes going nowhere so I added some 'junction boxes' to the outside. These were made from some off cuts of 2mm and 0.5 mm plasticard.

The living quarters. The bunk beds are from Ainsty Castings. The table, chairs and VDU are from Ainsty and EMA Model Supplies. The architectural furniture is 1/50th scale. All furniture has been glued in for ease of play and transport. The nice thing about this meant I did not have to paint the back of  items. Like so....

At the moment the back story for LV-537 is that it is a working colony. Perhaps mining or similar heavy industry. This means I can produce a dirty, grungy complex. So I''m taking inspiration from 'Hadleys Hope', the prison on Fury 361 and 'C' deck of the 'Nostromo'.

As you can see I have gone for a lived in look! It may be gathered from the 'posters' on the walls that I'm inferring this is male occupied habitat. Don't worry I will be adding in some female and family friendly accommodation. The lockers are also from Ainsty.

The other aspect I want to portray is the claustrophobic nature from the films. Particularly from the original 'Alien'. Don't want to many open fields of fire!

Next up will be a corridor section, which hopefully be slightly less work.

That's it for now more to follow soon.....


Wednesday, 10 May 2017


Xenomorph XX121

The first of the Xenomorph's are completed. I have so far two Infant Warriors, five Warriors and one Stalker. These are the terms used to identify them in the AvP board game.

Infant Warriors

These are essentially the Alien from 'Alien'. With the smooth domed head.


The Alien from 'Aliens'. With the ridged dome head.


The Alien from 'Alien3'

Hopefully you get a size comparison from the last photo. Depending on which source you read the Infants and Warriors can be referred to as Drones and the stalker as a Lurker. Personally I prefer Warrior for all of them. I do not like the suggestion that the XX121 is an insect like Drone. Even though terms like Hive/Drone/Queen are used I prefer to take the view that each creature has it's own intelligence and individuality. Makes it seem more lethal.

I'm also painting all my Xenomorph's black. The Alien from the third movie is described as having a reddish-brown colour but I like black. Makes them look more menacing. As they should!

These are all Prodos Games models and are full of detail. The bases are from Fenris Games from the aptly named 'Sulaco' range.

Have not got round to fully reading the rules yet for AvP but I'm also thinking of using the Ganesha Games 'Mutants and Death Ray Guns' rules with maybe some of the 'Flying Lead' rules throw in. Check out Fantorical blog for the M&DRG games and my buddies The Secret Wargamer blog for our on going Zombie campaign set in peaceful rural Midshire, using the Flying Lead rules. Which is run by our other gaming buddy affectionately known as Mr. Grumpy.

Last couple of photos to give an idea of the size of the Xenomorph to the USCM or a human!

That's it for now more too follow soon.....

Monday, 24 April 2017

"We Endanger Species"

First USCM Squad completed. These are beautiful figures by Prodos Games. Apologies that my heavy handed painting style and poor photography do not do them justice.

Five figures in an add on box or five with the 1st edition boxed game. So you get three marines with pulse rifle, one using a scanner, one with flamethrower also holding a medic bag and one smart gunner. All of these come in three parts, body and two arms. Technically the smart gun is in two parts since both arms are 'fixed' to the gun. Needed to do a bit of filling on the joints once arms were in position but nothing to tedious.

I have gone for a WW2/Vietnam faded OD utilities look. Leaning more towards WW2. Inspiration mainly coming of the USMC colour film of the landings on Tarawa, Iwo Jima and everywhere else. Plus the paintings by Tom Lea who landed on Peleliu.

The WW2 look was further influenced by the fact that the USCM are wearing modified MI helmets,  the M41A Pulse Rifle is based around the Thompson Submachine Gun and the Smart Gun around the MG42.

The bases are from Fenris Games. I did initially want to give them a grey colour reminiscent of the grey used on US warships. But I was not happy with result so used Tamiya light blue over medium blue. With chipping and weathering I think it looks effective.

'Wot no camo?' No, nor will there be. I am well aware that the scheme is not 'accurate' to the film but 'In Space no need for will not help any'.

Will be adding at least one more squad, at least. So in the words of Pfc Vasquez 'LETS ROCK'

That's it for now more to follow soon....