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Ironclad Miniatures – a review

Posted on July 16th, 2018 under , , , . Posted by

I know I have been doing a lot of reviews lately, but hey, it’s what I have time for what with 20mm WWII dominating my time lately. I am not a prolific painter by any stretch, in fact, the prep for this game was something of me on a mission, so I will …

Book Reviews: Painting Wargaming Figures and The Wargaming Compendium

Posted on June 20th, 2018 under , , , , , , . Posted by

Hi all, Not much on the modelling and painting front. RL has been busy and I have been doing a lot more writing of late, not to mention, the motivation to pick up the brush hasn’t bit me like is usually does this time every year. I am sure it’s a …

A Rundown of Aftermarket Vehicle Improvements for 20mm Vehicles

Posted on May 30th, 2018 under , , , , . Posted by

Hi all, I know it’s been a while since you heard from me, but I was busy with some other writing projects I was working on. Needless to say, those are being put to bed, after a fashion and I wanted to add another post to “500 Miles..” before May e…

Book Review: The Iran-Iraq War, Volumes 1 and 2

Posted on April 23rd, 2018 under , , . Posted by

Pictures taken from Hellion Publishing WebsiteThe Iran – Iraq War, Volumes 1 and 2, The first volume covers the period of September 1980 to May 1982 and the second covers June 1982 – December 1986. (There is a Volume 3 and 4).Author: Tom Cooper, E. R. …

New Show in the DC Metro Area

Posted on April 18th, 2018 under , , , . Posted by

I wanted to keep people apprised of a new one day wargaming show attached to the National Capital Model Soldier Society’s annual show in the DC area. I happen to know the organizer and he’s determined to make this first show a success. Therefore, I am …

The Writing Team is Growing!

Posted on April 15th, 2018 under , , , , , , , . Posted by

Well everyone, we have a new Associate Writer here at “500 Miles…” Evil Von Scary is a long time fan of the blog, and his modeling efforts on the Twilight 2000 fp and workshop page on Facebook are both prolific, and a sight for the eyes.Those are the…

Game Tavern, Chronicle of a Visit…and it’s POST # 75!!!

Posted on March 27th, 2018 under , , , , . Posted by

Hello all, welcome to another thrilling installment of “500 Miles..” I wanted to get into letting you all know that I recently visited a new game store in the Washington DC area, a store I’ve mentioned previously in this blog. We here at “500 Miles…”…

Module Suitability Review: Korean Sourcebook

Posted on March 12th, 2018 under , , , , , , , , . Posted by

Taken from DriveThru RPGHey all, been a long time since we did one of these, eh?Well, this has been long threatened for Twilight: 2000, long demanded, cajoled, and pleaded for, and now, it’s finally here. A canon sourcebook for the Land of the Midnight…

Book Review: Setting the Scene – Winter Wargaming, A Guide for Creating A Winter Layout for the Games Table.

Posted on March 9th, 2018 under , , , , . Posted by

Taken from the Wargames and Terrain WebpageSetting the Scene – Winter Wargaming, A Guide for Creating a Winter Layout for the Games Table.Author: Pat SmithPublisher: Self-Published, 2018Dimensions: 8.5 x 11″Cover: Soft CoverPages: 103pp  Setting t…

More News Coming About!

Posted on March 6th, 2018 under , , , , , , . Posted by

A New Game Store in Chantilly, VA!Well, it seems the crew that gave us Covert Intervention Games has done it again! They’ve opened a game store. And yes, Virginia, color me excited. Chantilly isn’t TOO far from me, right down 66, and I am excited to kn…

More news of interest to the Twilight: 2000 miniature wargamer!

Posted on February 23rd, 2018 under , , , . Posted by

Well, it’s been a bit of a mixed news bag for the Twilight: 2000 gamer of late. First, for those of you that backed the PSC 20mm T-55 project, good news. The kits have shipped. When they arrive depends on where you are in the world, but knowing PSC, it…

Guild Wargames Forum Down for Good?!

Posted on February 1st, 2018 under , , . Posted by

Sad news from the 20mm Wargaming World. It seems that the Guild, a stalwart of the 20mm Wargaming community, and a site that I was an august member of, has seemingly gone under:According to freewargamesrules on TMP on a thread asking about this:Last I …

Finding Terrain for the Post Apocalypse — Commercial Terrain in 15 and 20mm

Posted on January 23rd, 2018 under , , , . Posted by

One of the things you will find as a Cold War-era gamer (and Twilight: 2000 is firmly a Cold War-era game) is that terrain is tough to come by, and what terrain you can find is difficult to make look “right”. You’re often reduced to just putting lots o…

It has been a busy newsday! PSC is taking over the ArmiesArmy Cold War Range

Posted on January 18th, 2018 under , , . Posted by

Just wanted to make this short announcement: Plastic Soldier Company is taking over the ArmiesArmy Cold War 15mm range. I am happy to say that Keith Armstrong, Owner/Proprietor of AA is a friend of mine and of this blog, and I am happy for him that he …

Tiny Metal Chariots of the Twilight: 6mm possibilities for Twilight: 2000

Posted on January 18th, 2018 under , , , , , , , , . Posted by

I promised I would discuss this as well, there’s a lot of 6mm fans who read this blog, and Fistful of TOWs is a popular rules set around here. Surprisingly, while there isn’t a lot to be found on some of the more unique Twilight: 2000 designs, what you…

Hell By Daylight is Back, and tons of movement on the "Cold War Battlegroup" front.

Posted on January 17th, 2018 under , , , , , , . Posted by

  Remember when I mentioned a little rules set called Hell By Daylight? I also mentioned that a copy of them was extremely difficult to get one’s hands on. Well, god bless Jim Webster. He’s reprinting it in a 4 part series in Miniature Wargam…

First of the New Year!!

Posted on January 10th, 2018 under , , . Posted by

Sorry about the long absence everyone. This is going to be a short post, as it is something of a thought experiment. One thing about Twilight: 2000 is that it is in many ways, the future of the nightmares of the 80s, ala Threads, or The Day After….

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year (Yes, and Happy Chanukah, I know it’s Late)

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

Santa Delivers Everywhere, and Has a Minigun to Deal With Those on the “Really Naughty List”Happy Holidays all. I know it’s been a long and fun year here at “500 Miles..” and this will be my last post of the year. I like everyone, intend to spend time …

Short Post: PSC Updates for the 15mm Crowd

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

Well, it seems PSC has been very prolific on the 15mm front. We’re seeing new releases here that will fit quite nicely for your Twilight: 2000 needs. First, the 15mm Plastic Soviet Motor Riflemen are coming out soon, and they’re doing a prize draw and …

Short Post: ArmiesArmy and PSC Updates for the 15mm Crowd

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

Well, it seems PSC has been very prolific on the 15mm front. We’re seeing new releases here that will fit quite nicely for your Twilight: 2000 needs. First, the 15mm Plastic Soviet Motor Riflemen are coming out soon, and they’re doing a prize draw and …

Wear Value-5 or “Gee that Tank is Dirty and Overloaded!"

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

The world of Twilight: 2000 is a pretty devastated one. It’s grungy, dirty, full of ruins and half the pre-war population of the planet is dead. The Third World War has raged for almost 5 years in some places (the Sino-Soviet front comes to mind), and everything has been used it seems, from nukes to spears, and everything in between.


Vehicles have been a big casualty of the war. Many of them have been destroyed on the battlefield or abandoned for a lack of fuel or parts. Many other vehicles (tanks especially) simply won’t run for very long on the new alcohol fuels. Thus, the vehicles that still run are valuable indeed. They’re like horses in the Old West, to lose one is to probably doom yourself to a slow death in a man-made desert.

So, how do vehicles look in Twilight: 2000? In two words, very raggedy. Many vehicles on both sides have adopted what is called the “gypsy caravan” look. They’re simply overloaded with belongings and other gear, not to mention other than the most important of preventative maintenance, many of these vehicles haven’t received a lot of TLC since 1997. When clean water is in short supply, you can’t justify a car wash, thus many vehicles have a layer of dust, the paint is chipped and faded, and there’s even some signs of rust.

So, how does one make all this happen? Well, follow along, and we’ll discuss vehicle weathering techniques, and where to get cool stuff to put onto your vehicles.

1. Weathering:
There’s an awesome section on weathering vehicles in the back of the US Army Vehicle Guide (as well as some slick conversion ideas involving Roco minitanks). While many of the techniques are a bit dated (the modeler/wargamer has a lot more tools available today then he had thirty years ago), but, the basics of the techniques are still quite valid, and for a beginner, are pretty good places to start. A note: ALWAYS weather a vehicle AFTER you apply decals, otherwise, it’s just not going to look very natural.


A great modelling section in this book, Pic taken from Twilight:2000 wiki, IP is GDW/FFE

a. Black Wash: A black wash is the basis of any good weathering technique, it’s also great for dulling down a paint scheme, as well as unifying any scheme you put together. There are some commercial blackwashes out there, Citadel makes one, as well as Secret Weapon, but you can make it yourself with a little patience. The main thing is to get a good mixture of black paint to water together, say about 5 or 6 parts water to one part paint. 

Once you have a paint mixture ready, don’t be shy about applying it. The wash will seek its own level, so apply it and forget it, it will dry nicely and fill in the crevices and other places where natural light would be shadowed. It also dulls the paint down and does a nice job of representing all the mix of grime, dirt, and POL residue that accumulates on vehicles in the field. 
b. Dirt and Mud: Dirt and mud can be represented in quite a few different ways, amongst them is either pigment (which can be tricky but once you master it, it looks great) or a brown wash of a red-brown color (done just like the black wash, but wait till the black wash dries, otherwise, it’s just like the black wash), and follow that up with a drybrush of light brown on the leading and trailing edges of the vehicle, as well as the lower sides, anywhere where dust might accumulate. 
How do to a drybrush? Simple, get a napkin and a brush with a flathead (say a size 3 or 4 minimum, Size 6 works best for this sort of thing), take a dab of light brown paint, and then dab it vigorously against the ridges and raised surfaces of the napkin till no visible paint comes off onto the napkin, then apply to those surfaces I mentioned earlier. This part represents the dust, wet mud, and dried mud that builds up. Pigment works much the same way, but you can layer it to make it look like caked on mud if you really get good with it…I am not as good with it as I should be. You also must use pigment fixer with it (and if you aren’t careful, you can eat decals with it).
c. Faded and Chipped Paint: You’re going to see a lot of this in Twilight: 2000. Paint schemes are just not going to last forever, and 4 years of war and the breakdown of logistical networks are not going to do anyone’s paint jobs any good. A simple way to fade a paint job that looks quite natural is to simply add a bit of white to the original paintwork on the model. The more faded you want, the more white paint you add. It’s all about the mixture. Paint chipping is easy as well, get a toothpick, dab it into a bit of dark brown paint (should be almost black in color) and dab it onto the leading edges of the vehicle (fenders, weld seams, lower hulls, etc.) Do not do it too much, or it looks awful. You can also do this with rust, just use an orange brown.
2. Stowage and additional gear: All soldiers collect gear. It’s a given as you never know when it might prove useful. 3 years after the logistical chain collapses in the wake of a all-out conventional conflict? That’s only going to exacerbate matters. The fact it, by the time Twilight: 2000 rolls around, you’re going to see all kinds of contraptions and gear on a vehicle. If there’s a place to tie it down, or shove it, a soldier will toss it on. Extra rations, sandbags, extra ammo, gas cans, personal belongings, you name it, and it’s on a vehicle somewhere. But where do you find stuff suitable to toss on your vehicles?
a. Premade resin gear: There are some pretty good specialty resin stowage producers out there, such as Legend Productions and Black Dog Models. They are a more than a bit pricy, but they are awesome stuff and they paint up great. Some of them are even premade for certain kits and will fit those kits like a glove.
b. Metal accessories: S & S has a line of metal tracks and accessories in addition to the resin gear they make, and it’s rather well done, if not always perfect.
c. Model railroad gear: HO scale model railroad gear has some promising stuff, such as truck loads, or other items one can find, and make use of.
d. Spare stuff from model kits: This why you save sprues from kits, guys.
e. Home made from Greenstuff: You can make all sorts of items here, such as bedrolls, tarps, air recognition flags, sandbags, rolled up camo nets, your imagination is your only limit.
f. Scrap materials: Swizzle sticks from Starbucks, packing materials, items from toys, or some oregano and gauze, your imagination is limitless.
One technique I love to do with the Greenstuff especially is to take the greenstuff, blob it along a fender or another part of the vehicle, and then poke holes into it and make it look like a rolled up net, then paint it a dark olive drab. Voila, instant camo netting.
Or, if you want to deploy said net, drape some gauze over a part of the vehicle (make sure you don’t cover windows, muzzles, periscopes, vision blocks and the likes), then cover the gauze in white glue, and scatter oregano onto it, allow it all to dry, then shake off the excess, and paint it with a dark olive drab color. 
In short, you can get imaginative with stowage and put as little or a lot as you want onto a given vehicle, just make sure to plan it out first, before you start gluing things down.
This is an older ESCI M1 kit built and painted by Chris Steadman, it took a bit of a beating in a move and I lost a few treadlinks, so I mounted it on a plasticard base, and made it look like mud so as to hide the plasticard replacements for the tread links. I also then added a block of gear from Legend Productions over the blast doors on the rear of the turret, and made some camo netting out of oregano and gauze on the front turret facing and the main gun.

This is a cheapo MARS kit from China, and I had to make up a mounting for the .50 and the loader’s MG. I then added a bunch of stowage from Legend Productions (I am very proud of the “For Beer” cooler). I also added a rolled up camo net made of gauze and then faded the 3-color CARC paint heavily, hit it with a blackwash, and drybrushed the edges with a heavy coating of light brown paint for dust.
This is an ACE BMP-2 kit, I had to use green stuff to fill in the gaps on the tread links, as there was not enough of them included with the kit..go figure. The kit was blackwashed and heavily dusted with pigment, after having Polish decals applied (the vehicle was stolen from a Soviet unit), and a pair of Soviet tankers half figures were added from RH Models. 

A pair of LAV-25s and a pre-painted Hobby Master M113. The first LAV on the left is a repainted toy, I replaced the toy 25mm barrel with one from a rolled steel barrel from RB Models, then painted it in Taimya colors for 3-color CARC, then blackwashed and dusted the vehicle, and added some stowage from Legend Productions. The LAV in the middle is a Trumpeter kit with a rolled steel barrel from RB Models, I added more stowage from Legend Productions, then drilled and added an aerial made of airplane locking wire, and added a Confederate flag gotten from Warflag.com. The M113 was heavily weathered, with more Legend Productions stowage added, and an MK-19 AGL added from a Twilight: 2000 figure pack. 

Wear Value-5 or “Gee that Tank is Dirty and Overloaded!"

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

The world of Twilight: 2000 is a pretty devastated one. It’s grungy, dirty, full of ruins and half the pre-war population of the planet is dead. The Third World War has raged for almost 5 years in some places (the Sino-Soviet front comes to mind), and …

Where Do We Go From Here?

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

A familiar photo to all Twilight: 2000 lovers (Image is IP FFE/GDW)Ok, gang, I have some ideas on what I want to talk about, but of course, I’d love input from you, the reader. This page is about you guys, and what you want to see, or not want to see. …

Where Do We Go From Here?

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

A familiar photo to all Twilight: 2000 lovers (Image is IP FFE/GDW)Ok, gang, I have some ideas on what I want to talk about, but of course, I’d love input from you, the reader. This page is about you guys, and what you want to see, or not want to see. …

Module Suitability Review – Rook’s Gambit

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

Cover image is taken from Drivethru RPG, IP is GDW/FFEWell, here we are. The last of the v1 adventures, Rook’s Gambit. This adventure, by Alf Bergstrom, aka Raelleus on the Twilight: 2000 forums, is a pretty straightforward adventure, and one that tell…