Monday, 17 November 2014

My Anaconda don't want...

First post if 2015, now I am back and enthusiastic about the hobby, I am setting myself a goal of one post a month minimum. 
Onwards and upwards. 

Any way the last few weeks have seen me make some progress with the Salamanders 30k army. I'm sure I could make good progress if i didn't jump from prodject to prodject all the time. 
But here is the latest editions, to a very long prodject.

Salamanders close support Contemptor dreadknought, equipped with multi melta, close combat weapon. And of course a heavy Flamer, because well... Because! 

Next addition....

The Man Himself, Vulkan Primarch of the XVIII Legion the Salamanders. 
Born of the Emperor of mankinds gene seed. Scattered to a plant called Nocturn, he grew in to the leader of a world. Later to stand at the helm of his legion when his father arrive as to find him. 

I still have a lot to add to this army, money is my major draw back atm, but I am happy with the being a long prodject. 
Next to come are pyroclasts. 

Thanks for looking

It all come full circle

So I have been on and off the hobby for the last couple of months. A lot of golf, and other activities have been stealing my attention. 

But I have got a few things finished. I find I have a very low attention span in this hobby. If the prodject dosnt need to be finished for any particular reason, I will wonder in to somthing else. 
I am not a big tournament player, but I try to get a tournament or a game day lined up. As a goal to keep focused on a certain prodject. 

All prodject scone full circule for me, it only takes a game with with army/era in question, or a movie or book to get my juices flowing for the system/army again. 

Anyway on to the things I have finished of late. I started back to work on my Desert Rats. As I have been using them more recently, and talk of a big North Africa game sparked my enthusiasm again. 
I have had a picture of a Daimler Armourd car as my background on my phones for a few months, so I though it's time to get that little job done. 

Here it is one of the crew, from the Perry's crew set. Highly recommend their crew set. Lovely models. 
This is a Warlord Games Daimler, lovely kit. 

I have also don't some work in the Desert Rat infantry. I will update the post later in the week. 

As always thank you for looking. 

A long awaited update.

So I've been away from the blog for awhile so I thought I would come back with an update on my Soviet army. 
So I won't waste no time,

My tank riders/SMG troops

My free inexperienced troops

Sorry for the poor picture quality, I am still trying to work out the lighting. 

Thanks for looking as usual. 

Sunday, 24 August 2014

A blast from the past... Or is it the future?... The passed future?

Warhammer 30k also known as The Horus  Heresy. 
Has been played in out club now for a few years on and off. But reciently with Forge worlds throwing some coal on the fire, and releasing books and miniture in huge waves. It has really taken off. 

And I must admit, although not being Games Workshops co. most devote fan, I do love the "fluff" behind The Horus Heresy, (I mean any future space race that takes on a millennia old military formations (roman legions), just makes me moist!). And I find it so much more inviting than 40k ever did. 

Now if you have looked at my blog before you will know I mainly play historical games. But I am a sucker for a good ride on a band wagon! 
I play Wargames because I like to out mini men and big tanks on the table, make silly noises and have a laugh. Laughing is one thing I have lost from historical gaming recently. And noticing some of my club member playing a campign every week, with some sweet looking minis and all having an amazing time. I simply couldn't resist any longer! 

I'm doing it small atm... Well when I say small, in doing it as large as the grumpy bank man will let me. Sooo in small chunks to be precise. 

So welcome to my one of many band wagons, is not the first and deffinatly won't be the last! 

So I'm starting with the  XVIII Leigion the Salamanders. Originally it was going to be the Iron Warriors, but wow those guys are boaring! 
As soon as I seen the sneek preview of Vulkans model, I went all week at the knees. And new they were the Legion for me. Although they acording to the fluff the stuggled to take part in the Horus Hersy after Istivan, I am lucky that my friend who runs the campaigns in the club has agreed to bend the future historical facts a little. 

So with out further delay. Here is what I'm working on: 

Firstly the tank! A Pre Heresy Predator
A very cool kits, a lot of fun to assemble (a few fiddley parts, but over all good).

And a WIP legionary. 

I will do a post seperatly for everything I'm painting up. 

Hope you all enjoy


Friday, 8 August 2014

It's got to look good, to play good

I am a bit of a sucker for good terrain. If a table I'm playing on looks crap, my experience will be crap. 
As one of the tournament organisers of the Bolt Action Welsh Open. 
One of the things at the top of my agenda eah year, is making sure the players have good terrain on which to rage war. 

So here is some of the pieces I am working on/ have made in the past. 

An orchard. 

Some fields. I am not a fan of just plonking down a bit of core Matt and calling it a wheat feild. So I base them on 1ft x 1ft boards. It also allows you to donaome funky stuff with them. 

An allotment, with a very fruitful apple tree. (See what I did there) 

And this is 4ft of a 6ft landing strip, that will be on a pacific themed board. 

As always, hope you like.
Please feel free to comment. 


Monday, 7 July 2014

It lives.... It lives... Muwhahahaha!!!

The frankanstine of my Wargaming collection, has been revived moments before being turned into a wrecked objective marker. 

A few months ago I purchased a stunning Die Waffenkammer IS-2 from Stuart at Great Escape games. 
I had waited a couple of weeks, but finally it arrived all excited. I took strait home gave it a loving bath, in some warm soapy water, and left it to dry thoughruly. 

The next day I approved the amazing creature and did some tinkering, and some gluing. And set about with a can of Army Painter primer green. The glee on my face as it looked perfect was somthing to behold. So I patiently left it to dry over night. 

The next day after a hard day at work I approved the model with anticipation of the paint work to come when..... I found it in a heap of flackie mess. My first time learning of the problems that so may before me hav found. With a sad face and a flash of anger, I decided I would strip it an start again. 

I placed it my strip pot with my usual paint and varnish remover, that has worked so well on other models. I left it to work it's magic. 
But somthing tells me 3 weeks is far too much magic, forgotten about under the sink, the tanks was attacked by the harsh substance. As I remembered it I rushed to the cupboard to find an IS-2 unlike any other. It had a barrel that dropped like a sad puppy's ears, and details that pressed like sponge. 

I though all was lost, but I was the model off, and left it dry in view for a few weeks, wondering if I could revive it in anyway. Thoughts of plasticard and green stuff raced through my thoughts at each glance. But on Friday, I had the air brush out, and I decided to give it one last chance, I had nothing to lose.

As I had not striped the tracks they were fine and painted up lovely. 
I replaced the barrel with a bit of plastic rod, I am not 100% happy with, but is far greater than the droppy puppy look. 

A few hours later this is my result.... 

A lot of battle damage but that what I like from an IS-2. 

Hope you like it.

I am 90% happy with the final resalult. 


Somewhere in Northern France...

Yesterday 5th July, saw is play a huge battle, whilst we continue to play test the rules from the salute game. It's a very fun game, and easy to pick up. And lends it's  self to big multiplayer armoured battles amazingly. 

Amongst the boccage and farm land that stretch between villages of northan France. A great battle raged. A meeting engagement of key objective, to be taken at all costs. 

Elements of the britsh brake out force from D-Day started pushing on let objectives to gain a foot hold in Europe. 

In the North west, a German infantry brigade supported by Pak 40s and a Marder set themselves up to ambush a unknown collumb of Alies advancing toward the town. 

A Pak 40 conceals it's self in a shed. Knocking out the Churchill below. 

The brigade was left to defend the german armies forward operation base, a hotel secured in the fall of France. 

As the attack came, british mechanised convoys start led poring towards all of the strategic possistion on the map. Securing the village with ease, infantry units a Firefly and Cromwell hunkered down, with orders to hold the village at all coat. 

Realising what was happening the German FOB sprang into action, calling up renfocments as quickly as possible. 

The right wing of the German reineforcements push into the town, to try and dislodge it's new inhabitants, which would prove to be a much harder task than the first thought. 

As the left wing of German reinforcements rushed to help defend the FOB, their heavy tanks got bogged down by the rough farm ground. 

The Defenders at the fob were atleast overwhelmed by British armored vehicles well supported by infantry. Then the message came over the radio for the FOB to evacuate. The Reinforcement push hard to stop the Alied advance before it gains anymore ground. 

As the Alies come into site, a barrage of AT shots rains down on them, from a group of panzers hull down along the easterly road. 

Dissolution strikes the Alied forces hard as the Stark reality hits home that this is tiger country and they are finding their mark. 

Back at the village the infantry take a firmer grip over it, with Panzer and Firefly trading blow for blow in the streets around them. 

A courageous Cromwell tank, sneeks around the flank of an approaching Tiger tank. 

As the Tiger support is brought up to the town, more british vehicle are being lost. The infantry try their best to disrupt the vicious tanks with piat and grenades. 

As the Alies tighten their grip on the key objectives, all seemed lost, apart from a vital cross roads to the East where a squad of infantry and recconacence Puma, hold on and follow orders to the bitter end. 

In the end, it was a major Alied victory. The Panzer and Infantry elements in the area forces to retreat and regroup.

A final tally of the outcome: British armour suffered terrible losses, losing a Churchill, 2 Fireflies and 4 Cromwells, but the infantry suffered light casualties in securing the eastern outskirts, hotel, crossroads and part of Cuverville. 

The Germans lost 3 Pumas, a Marder, 3 Panzer IV's and their infantry company was effectively destroyed. They controlled the farmhouse and the west of Cuverville but were forced to retreat from the village before their remaining armour was mopped up by the British infantry which totally controlled the east end and were awaiting the arrival of the remaining British armour.

Overall a very good fun game, with the advantage swinging from side to side. 
I expect a lot from this rules system, for many things. Simplicity, fun and the chance to get all my toys on the table. 
I will be play testing this agin on Thursday night, seeing how it plays on a 6x4table 1vs1. I will write a small report after that.

Thanks for reading


Saturday, 5 July 2014

A little bit of C-Bax persuasion **updated** **Again**

So as a Bolt Action player and Tournament Organiser I follow with anticipation all of the big BA forums podcasts ect, you know the ones I'm taking about. is a regular visit for me, and as I have a bit of a soviota groove on atm C-Bax stuff have really inspired me. 

Some tanks riders, for a list I'm planning on using this month. Along with the OT-34/85 they are riding on. 
More on these to come... 

And here is the more I promised... 
Squad 2

As always hope you like.


Monday, 30 June 2014

Woof, woof boom! **Updated**

So on my little Soviet Union blots atm, I have been doing some cutting and shutting ect.... 

So for the game on the 19th of July, I'm looking at running these in a list with a lot of tanks, all in the name of fun :-) 

'In 1924, the Revolutionary militay Council of the Soviet Union approved the use of dogs for military purposes, which included a wide range of tasks such as rescue, delivery of first aid, communication, tracking mines and people, assisting in combat, transporting food, medicine and injured soldiers on sledges, and detonation of enemy targets. For these purposes, a specialized dog training school was founded in the Moscow Oblast. Twelve regional schools were opened soon after, three of which trained anti-tank dogs.

The Soviet Army had no dedicated dog trainers, therefore they recruited hunters and circus and police dog trainers. Several leading animal scientists were also involved, in order to help organize a wide-scale training program. German Shepard dogs were favored for the program for their physical abilities and ease of training, but other breeds were used as well. The idea of using dogs as mobile mines was developed in the 1930s, together with the dog-fitting mine design. In 1935, anti-tank dog units were officially included in the Soviet Army.'

As promised **update** with painted pictures. Hope you all like. 

Thanks as always

Fox trot down, fox trot is down

Put this airfix plane together when warlord first brought out the warplane rules but soon lost interest in it. 

The other day, I was tiding up the man cave the other day, and accidentally stepped on it. And then the thought came to me. Objective Marker! 

And in scraped this together... 

With a few added touches... 

Not sure about putting decals on it yet.  I may just leave it plain though. 

Thanks for looking

Sunday, 29 June 2014

Winter is coming.... **Updated**

The last few days I've been working on commotion jobs for a few friends, and I hit a wall of sorts, painters block so to speak. It's always the same with me, when there is somthing I have to do, I lose interest quick. 

So I decided to move on to somthing different to keep my interest thrifting. 
On the 19th of July, we are playing a small friendly Bolt Action tournament, at Fire storm games. We have two team of six, and it'll be mixed team between us and the lovly South Hampton chaps. 

I've decided I want to play my Russians, and of course non of them are painted. I have bought a bottle of Vallejo Karki for the airbrush, atleast they'll have some collour. ๐Ÿ˜•

I though I would start with the bigger and easier models in the army. 

Starting with my.... Ahem....OT-34/85 ๐Ÿ˜

My armies is based on a mid - late war infantry platoon, with armoured support. All the infantry will be on rubble base, with the early falls of snow. 
Wanted a wintery looking city fight look for the army. 

Next up a bit of recconacence.. BA-10

Posted else where, but I'll add them to the collection here. 
The for formidable IS-2.

New to the collection, and two the very small painted "pile".
ISU - 152 close support tanks. 

And magnetised barrel, to make the
ISU - 122

Now to paint some infantry ๐Ÿ˜‘


Monday, 16 June 2014

On Holiday with WIFI...

..... Can only mean one thing, buying. If I can do any hobby I sure as hell will buy some hobby. 
I have found sunbathing, whilst searching the inter webs very dangerouse... To my bank account that is! 

I have purchased some interesting things. I picked up some of scibor minitures stunning elven ruined bases, these will act as unit fillers for my High Elves. 

I have also purchased some armatures from E-Bob, to start down the path of sculpting my own minitures. I have also picked up some cool tools for this. Popped to the local Merca Chine (I am in Spain), I picked up some sewing needless, a vuriaty of sizes, and some things my Fiancรฉ insists are for your nails. And also this tool,
I gather it's for some sort of sewing, but it looked handy, especially after I read an artical the other night about collecting different tools, to make you sculpting life easier. 
Of course I have the standard shelf bought tools.

More purchasing, Iv grabbed a bargain of a lovely guy on, some sword masters and a griffin, some chap I bought my chariots off. 
Also picked up some bolt throwers. Of another guy on the forum. 

All this abord buying means one thing, tactics when I open the front door, A) not to step on any of my goodys that have been posted over the last 10 days. B) to quickly scramble them up to the man cave before the boss sees them. After a long days traveling the last thing I want is.... Well you know.

More sunbathing.... 

I have been mulling over all my on going projects/commissions, and been trying to decide what needs to be done first. 
When I get home on the 20th, my to do list is:
Finish painting a Viking Warband (commission) 
Sculpt some nurgle plague drones (commission) 
... This is where I tail off to things I want to do over what I need to do. 
I have High Elves to paint, lots of high elves.
I have Bolt Action Russians ready for paint, want to use these in July.. 
And now I have a new SAGA Irish warband to contend with. 

The list is endless... 

Anyway sorry for my rabbleing,