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US Prices In Sterling

Posted on August 18th, 2017 under , . Posted by

Many years ago, when Sterling was strong against the US Dollar, I remember being able to buy Games Workshop stuff in America at a cheaper converted price than in the UK. So while I was here in the US, I visited a nice big independant games store to have a look around. However, as of … Continue reading US Prices In Sterling


Posted on August 11th, 2017 under , . Posted by

While over here in the USA, we went to see Valerian. The Fifth Element is a great Luc Besson film and I hoped that he would bring the same fun and vision to Valerian. Unfortunately that was not the case, it started quite well with a potted history of the how the space station came … Continue reading Valerian

Holiday Time

Posted on August 6th, 2017 under , . Posted by

I am currently in the good old USA having a bit of a break. Spending some time in Idaho and then heading off to California. Not a paint brush in sight and no purchases planned!

And There Was Light

Posted on July 28th, 2017 under , , , , , . Posted by

I am done with the lights, they took much longer than I thought to complete.

In the engine area, I have built the first of the control panels with a switch to operate the lights.

And it all works!

Let There Be Light

Posted on July 28th, 2017 under , , , , , . Posted by

I may have gone over the top now as I have added even more LEDs. I decided that some more internal lighting was required, just a few here and there. It is now a bit of a wiring nightmare, I had to drill loads more holes in the hull to allow the wires to run … Continue reading Let There Be Light

More Power Captain!

Posted on July 27th, 2017 under , , , , , . Posted by

I decided to add some lights to the transporter. I had to drill loads of holes to pass the wiring through, I also found the limitations of using pre-fused LEDs which was a bit annoying as I had to created several separate parallel circuits. The lights are mostly on the outside as running wires into … Continue reading More Power Captain!

Landed Transporter

Posted on July 26th, 2017 under , , , , , . Posted by

Some magnets have been added to the underneath of the hull and now the landing gear will stay in place.

This gives me the height I need to construct a decent boarding ramp that will run between the rear struts and into to middle of the hull.

Transporter Interior

Posted on July 25th, 2017 under , , , , , . Posted by

Almost ready to start on the interior of the transporter conversion.

I have not stuck anything down yet as there is still some preparation to complete and holes to drill and decisions to make before the deck goes down.


Posted on July 24th, 2017 under , . Posted by

I don’t recall seeing any opening credits, it just starts at full throttle and does not slow down. From the beaches to the skies to the sea, several story lines progress to meet at the end. The  story moves at three different speeds, similar to how Inception played out, not surprising really as Christopher Nolan … Continue reading Dunkirk

War For The Planet Of The Apes

Posted on July 23rd, 2017 under , . Posted by

In a busy week for the movies, I went to see War For The Planet Of The Apes. Hmmmm, not bad, just a few too many dumb decisions by all sorts of people…and primates. This spoilt the movie for me as it started off very promising. What is amazing is the quality of the CGI … Continue reading War For The Planet Of The Apes

Landing Gear Completed

Posted on July 22nd, 2017 under , , , , . Posted by

All four landing struts are finished, complete with magnets to hold them on to the hull and magnets to maybe use for perspex rods to have it “fly”. I just made up the construction as I went along, I had an idea of what I wanted, but just let the shape and design take care … Continue reading Landing Gear Completed

Landing Gear

Posted on July 20th, 2017 under , , , . Posted by

I have started work on the landing gear for the transport ship, I have a pile of bits and I am seeing what takes shape. It needs to be quite strong, not to support the weight, but so bits will not drop off after the first game. I also want to make it removable so … Continue reading Landing Gear

Sci-Fi Transporter Ship

Posted on July 18th, 2017 under , , , , . Posted by

A long time ago is a town far far away (Margate I think), I was driving along minding my own business and saw some Star Wars models in the front window of what was basically a junk shop. I stopped and bought them for a few quid each thinking about conversion possibilities. So, twenty plus … Continue reading Sci-Fi Transporter Ship

Spider-Man Homecoming

Posted on July 16th, 2017 under , , . Posted by

Seems to be quite a few movies out at the moment that I want to see on the big screen. After Wonder Woman a couple of weeks ago, Spider-Man Homecoming was next on the agenda. A very young Tom Holland is now the third actor to play webhead since 2002 and the modern Marvel cinematic … Continue reading Spider-Man Homecoming

Shadow of Gork

Posted on July 12th, 2017 under , , , , , . Posted by

This monstrous Gargant was built by Ceri Spratt and posted on Fakebook, inspiring stuff!
It is worth a look at the other images as there is loads of brilliant Orky detail all over the place.

Dwarf Chariot

Posted on July 11th, 2017 under , , , , , , , . Posted by

My Tir-na-bor Dwarf army now has some mobile artillery!

I was not that keen on the red colour scheme, but the ink wash has darkened it down quite a bit.

The next one will be mostly bronze and gun metal.

Whats On The Table?

Posted on July 9th, 2017 under , , , , , , , . Posted by

Recently the weather has been to nice to paint models and the nine to five job has been rather hectic. Consequently, not much has been worked on. On one of the very nice hot days, I did sit in the garden with my Dystopian Legions Ke-Ho resin tank and clean up the mold lines. I … Continue reading Whats On The Table?

The Mad Professor

Posted on July 2nd, 2017 under , , , , . Posted by

I am not planning to have many living models in the Steam Wars Mechanica army, just a few unscruplous types who ultimately control the automotans for their own nefarious objectives. One of the models I really like was a professor type model from the Dystopian Legons range along with his Igor style man-servant carrying a … Continue reading The Mad Professor

Cheeky Maid

Posted on July 1st, 2017 under , , , . Posted by

Well what can I say? It is July and the warm weather is getting to me… Although with all the buildings and massive ships I am am making, someone will have to keep them nice and clean. I am tempted to turn her into a really powerful magic user.

AP Cannon Bots

Posted on June 28th, 2017 under , , , , , , . Posted by

One has to like multi use models. These Aberrant Games robots can be used in Rogue Stars and double up for Medium AP armed bots in my Mechanica force for Steam Wars. These have been modified a bit by removing one forearm and mounting the heavy weapon at the elbow. These were provided courtesy of … Continue reading AP Cannon Bots

Rossi Wins In Assen

Posted on June 25th, 2017 under . Posted by

In another day of brilliant racing in all three classes, Valentino Rossi wins his tenth race in Assen, 115th overall. The MotoGP Championship is now getting very tight with the top four riders separated by 11 points. Sachsenring next week, can’t wait!

Sniper Bot

Posted on June 24th, 2017 under , , , , , , , . Posted by

This old Games Workshop model is going to be used as a Sniper Bot for my Mechanica force. By adding a Spotter Drone, it will make a sniper team for use in Steam Wars.

The Iron Man

Posted on June 21st, 2017 under , , , , , , . Posted by

Being a Marvel fan, I thought I would borrow The Winter Child model from Dust range and paint him up in Iron Man colours for my Mechanica force. I removed the star from his chest and some other unnecessary Soviet iconography. He also has several choices of base, two flying bases and a nearly finished … Continue reading The Iron Man

Steam Wars Game

Posted on June 19th, 2017 under , , , , , . Posted by

We had a game with what should be the final final version of the Steam Wars rules. It has only taken eighteen months to get to this stage, which is not bad for a part time project I guess. I got to use my new TT Combat crane and a new warehouse in a factory … Continue reading Steam Wars Game

Repair Drones

Posted on June 17th, 2017 under , , , , , , . Posted by

I picked up these Crooked Dice drones at Salute a few months ago, which should be good as Repair Drones.

Literally painted silver with grey claws and a red dot, then inked.