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Sci Fi Scenario Generator

Posted on June 23rd, 2017 under . Posted by

I thought this might be useful when planning ahead for 15mm sci-fi platoon level gaming and, as usual with Nordic Weasel material, it delivers exactly what it says on the cover. There is a scenario and campaign generating system in No Stars in Sight al…

Massive Atomic Corporation

Posted on June 21st, 2017 under . Posted by

For want of a better idea, I’ve decided that my 15mm hard suit mechanised platoon will be a unit of a corporate army, tasked with asset protection, counter-insurgency and resource acquisition on the fringes of the Gruntz heliosphere. I really like the …

15mm Sci Fi Hardsuit AT Squad

Posted on June 20th, 2017 under . Posted by

I’ve been a bit busy over the last couple of days, mainly with the sprog’s cricket fixtures. so this is all I’ve managed to add to the 15mm Sci-Fi mechanised platoon. This is the eight man AT squad including two attached AT launchers, five riflemen and…

15mm Sci-Fi Hard Suit Infantry

Posted on June 18th, 2017 under . Posted by

I started cleaning up and basing the GZG Cyclops hard suit figures into squads for my mechanised platoon this afternoon. This was quite enjoyable despite the heat and I whistled through two rifle squads and have started on the AT squad. I have now run …

15mm Sci-Fi Armour

Posted on June 17th, 2017 under . Posted by

I finished assembling the last of the heavy hover tanks and APC’s for the mid-tech sci-fi mechanised platoon this afternoon, with only one more GZG Gauntlet APC to put together when it arrives in the post next week. I originally undercoated some of the…

15mm Sci Fi Mechanised Platoon ToE

Posted on June 17th, 2017 under . Posted by

I’ve worked out the ToE for my 15mm sci-fi platoon, which I think will be a corporate army of some sort to fit with the background in Gruntz, for want of a better idea. There are several corporate factions in the Gruntz ‘heliosphere’ campaign setting i…

South of the Border

Posted on June 15th, 2017 under , . Posted by

I spotted a bargain on Northstar’s webpage this afternoon, as they are selling off the last of their 28mm Brigade Games figures for half price. These consisted of two packs of US infantry for the Mexican Revolution, one pack of five riflemen firin…

Heavy Hover Tank Two

Posted on June 14th, 2017 under . Posted by

I grabbed an hour or so this evening to assemble the second Brigade Models Sohei heavy hover tank for my 15mm sci-fi project. This is a multi-part resin and metal kit, so there was quite a lot of preparation to do including sanding, drilling and pinnin…

15mm Sci-Fi Basing

Posted on June 13th, 2017 under . Posted by

Brigade’s really nifty fireteam basesI’ve decided to use one euro cent coins for the figure basing with one and two pence coins for commanders, specialists and weapons teams. This is instead of using one and two pence coins for everything as I original…

Sci-Fi Tanks

Posted on June 12th, 2017 under . Posted by

I’m a big fan of ‘realistic’ sci-fi stuff, less super advanced grav technology and more tracked, hover and wheeled vehicles. Why would anyone invent anything more complicated that the wheel? Anyway, the sci-fi mechanised platoon that I’m curr…

Sohei Hover Tanks

Posted on June 11th, 2017 under . Posted by

For various reasons, including having to fit a new lock assembly on the bathroom door after the sprog locked himself then broke off the latch resulting in me having to break in using a sledgehammer then remove the broken lock using a hacksaw, hammer&nb…

Sci Fi Rummage

Posted on June 10th, 2017 under . Posted by

I dug out the big storage box of 15mm sci-fi figures that I’ve had stored on the shelves for quite a while, waiting for the elusive ‘right moment’ to get started. I have gradually added more and more goodies to the box over the last couple of years, us…

Sci Fi Summer

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

It’s been a bit quiet around here this week, due to the return to work and being generally busy, but I have had some time to think about my project for the summer. This has arrived although you’d be pushed to realize that it is now here, given the stor…

The Lost City of Z

Posted on June 5th, 2017 under , , . Posted by

This was on offer for 99p for the Kindle so, having seen a trailer for the eponymous feature film recently, I thought I’d read the book upon which it was based. It’s cracking along at a good pace thus far and is very readable, with lots of contemp…

15mm GZG Cyclops Hard Suit Infantry

Posted on June 3rd, 2017 under . Posted by

I got paid yesterday so I decided to add a few more figures to the 15mm sci-fi lead pile, after having them on my wish list since Warfare back in November. These are Brazilian infantry from the somewhat over-looked Tomorrrow’s War range, alth…

Atlantic Wall Treguennec Part Two

Posted on June 3rd, 2017 under , . Posted by

We went back to Treguennec yesterday and visited the industrial complex where sand and gravel were processed for use in construction of the Atlantic Wall. It’s an impressive site if only for the graffiti. I also checked out a couple of bunkers to the S…

Search/Destroy: A Strontium Dog Fan Film

Posted on June 2nd, 2017 under . Posted by

I’m a big fan of Johnny Alpha. Here’s the finished fan film that I posted about way back when it was still in production. I think they’ve done a cracking job and have really captured the spaghetti western vibe of the original cartoon strip. Anyway, you…

Royal Navy China Station White

Posted on June 1st, 2017 under . Posted by

I’ve been doing some research on the paint schemes used on Royal Navy warships stationed in the Far East, specifically on the China Station c1900-1905. In the Mediterranean, Atlantic, Channel and Home Fleets the standard scheme for ships of t…

Flashpoint Baltic Update

Posted on May 31st, 2017 under , . Posted by

An interesting report over on The Aviationist website of recent activity over the Baltic States, with Russian spy planes clearly testing NATO response times and systems:

”On May 25 NATO fighters intercepted one an Il-20 Coot spy plane flying from mainland Russia to Kaliningrad in international airspace over the Baltic Sea. The Il-20 intelligence gathering aircraft did not have a filed FPL, did not maintain radio contact and did not use the onboard transponder, a kind of behaviour that has raised some concern in the past, when Russians spy planes flying in the vicinity of busy airways have almost collided with civilian traffic in the region as happened for instance on Mar. 3, 2014, when SAS flight SK 681, a Boeing 737 with 132 people on board from Copenhagen to Rome almost collided with an Il-20 Coot, about 50 miles to the southwest of Malmö, Sweden.”

This would be a very good basis for a potential flash point and a realistic scenario for a campaign start point, with NATO or Swedish interceptors forced to shoot down a Russian Il-20 Coot in response to a near mid-air collision, or NATO interceptors accused of shooting down a Russian spy plane after a collision has taken place. At the very least, there’s a decent scenario for Target Locked On! or similar? I really should get those 1/600 aircraft painted up!

Deepcut Studios ‘Waterworld’ Sea Cloth?

Posted on May 30th, 2017 under , , , , . Posted by

I’ve been hunting around for an affordable sea terrain cloth for use with naval games for ages but, thus far, have found them to be far too expensive or only available from the USA, with all the import duty extra cost that that entails. I’ve been stung…

Vae Victis

Posted on May 30th, 2017 under , . Posted by

We’re on holiday in Brittany for a change, so I have bought a copy of Vae Victis as usual, this time including the game rather than just the magazine. The feature game is of the German assault on Dixmunde in 1914, which is quite apt as, famously, …

Rise of the Battleships v2

Posted on May 27th, 2017 under . Posted by

I finally got round to printing out the revised and reformatted second edition of Rory Crabb’s pre-dreadnought rules, Rise of the Battleships, today. This updated edition of the rules was automatically added to my Wargame Vault library so I didn’t…

Naval Thunder: Rise of the Battleship

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

It’s Friday. It’s the holidays. I had a pay rise. It’s time to download some new rules! I splashed out on an extravagant but well-priced bundle of the pre-dreadnought Naval Thunder rules, to add to the rules that I already have for my planned China Sea…

Cheap Precision Drills Bits

Posted on May 26th, 2017 under Posted by

I was in Homebase the other day and saw this drum pack of precision drill bits discounted to only six quid. The drill bits vary in size from 1mm all the way up to 3mm, so perfect for use in  a pin vice or with a hand held electric power drill…

East Riding Miniatures River Wedges Review

Posted on May 25th, 2017 under . Posted by

The river template pie wedges arrived from Tony at East Riding Miniatures today and I’ve been playing around with them on the workbench just to see how many wiggly shapes I can make. It’s great fun! (I clearly don’t get out very much). The wedges are t…