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TCOW Gaslands Campaign Completed

Posted on June 19th, 2018 under . Posted by

Last week saw me speed painting a Monster Truck for my Warden team, because it was the final race of the first Gaslands Circuit Out West at my local gaming club. We had eight players set up on two tables and it was absolute mayhem. One of the club founders Greg put a nice write […]

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  1. Gaslands Deathrace Gate
  2. Gaslands Vehicle Template
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Gaslands Vehicle Template

Posted on June 7th, 2018 under . Posted by

The three race Gaslands circuit I’m running at my local gaming club had another round last weekend, and I tried out these new vehicle template I designed and printed beforehand. They were inspired by other Gaslands dice templates available on Thingiverse, but I wanted a much more compact design that I could combine with the […]

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  1. Gaslands Deathrace Gate
  2. Gaslands Warden Prison Cars Team

Gaslands Deathrace Gate

Posted on May 24th, 2018 under . Posted by

All I’ve been doing since my last post is furiously mangling Hot Wheels cars, and designing and printing terrain for Gaslands. I’m enjoying the game so much I’ve also kicked off a three race ‘circuit’ at TCOW, my regular war gaming club. We had six players in the first race last meeting, and I know […]

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  1. Gaslands Warden Prison Cars Team

Nuka Cola Chemical Factory

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

I’ve finally got this Chemical Plant off my paint station and into my terrain collection for This is Not a Test. The paint job isn’t quite a good as I’d like, but I’m honestly just happy it’s finished. It is a reasonably large terrain piece and covers a good amount of the table, as well […]

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Gaslands Warden Prison Cars Team

Posted on March 24th, 2018 under . Posted by

Late last year Osprey published Gaslands, which is another independent set of rules in their Wargames series. Gaslands is a game of vehicular combat, designed primarily to be used with Hot Wheel or Matchbox cars from Mattel. I plan to review Gaslands once I have a few more games under my belt – but for […]

Publishing Thingiverse Models

Posted on February 24th, 2018 under , , . Posted by

Now that I’ve designed a few bits and pieces in Fusion 360, I’ve decided to publish them all under my Thingiverse account. I’ve benefited hugely from the free war game terrain folks have published on Thingiverse, so felt like I should try and give something back to the community there. Under that account you’ll find […]

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  1. Printed Platforms and Ladders
  2. Barriers from 3D Printed Parts
  3. Container Office and More Barriers

Printed Platforms and Ladders

Posted on January 21st, 2018 under , , . Posted by

I’m continuing work on my post apocalyptic table for This is Not a Test. I’m trying to improve the vertical possibilities of the table by adding some height and climbing surfaces to game over. TnT’s rules are fairly brutal, requiring a lot of game time to make unaided climbs – so I’m also printing and […]

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  1. Barriers from 3D Printed Parts
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  3. Container Office and More Barriers

Painted 28mm Arcade Machines

Posted on January 5th, 2018 under , . Posted by

I designed and printed a handful of these 28mm scale Arcade Machines late 2017. During the Xmas break, I’ve cleared five of these fun little terrain pieces off my paint station. I considered finding official cabinet art and trying to scale it down, but I suspect the cabinet sides are too small, and the wrong […]

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  1. This is Not a Test: 28mm Modern Furniture
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Container Office and More Barriers

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

I’m still assembling and painting post-apocalyptic terrain for This is Not a Test. I’m hoping to get a TnT campaign started at TCOW, my local gaming club in 2018. For that I’ll need enough portable terrain to cover a 4′ x 4′ table, and now my 3D printer is fully operational again I’ve started cranking […]

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  1. Barriers from 3D Printed Parts
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Barriers from 3D Printed Parts

Posted on November 13th, 2017 under , , . Posted by

It’s been a month since I last posted, and in that month I have been continuously 3D printing all sorts of terrain pieces on my Anet A8. I’ve had some technical issues with the printer too – the extruder heating element failed ($2 to replace) and my control board appears to have suffered some damage […]

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  1. Painted 3D Printed 28mm Shipping Containers

Painted 3D Printed 28mm Shipping Containers

Posted on October 10th, 2017 under , . Posted by

Goodness, 3D printing is fun. I’ve been spending so much time printing parts, teaching myself Autodesk Fusion 360 and tinkering around with my Anet A8 printer that I have struggled to paint anything recently. However I have managed to finish the first batch of my 3D printed 28mm shipping containers. Here’s a bunch of them […]

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  1. Anet A8 3D Printer and Creating Terrain
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Anet A8 3D Printer and Creating Terrain

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

Kim from Kreative Scenery recently picked up an Anet A8 3D printer from GearBest.com and was getting very good results from it while printing 15mm terrain. At around $200 NZD the Anet A8 is a steal, so I ordered one as well. That’s my Anet A8 in the photo, assembled a couple of weeks ago, […]

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  1. Painted 3D Printed 28mm Shipping Containers
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Test of Honour: North Star Painted Ronin

Posted on August 1st, 2017 under . Posted by

I’ve been playing a bit of Warlord’s Test of Honour recently at TCOW. It’s a fun little Japanese skirmish game that comes with a bunch of plastic figures in the box. The box set is a great deal, but to be honest the plastic figures are all pretty similar. They’re fine for rank and file […]

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Test of Honour: Painted Scratch Build Village

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

I’ve painted the start of my scratch built Japanese village for Warlord’s Test of Honour. After some experimenting, the paint scheme I went with was a mix of cheap ‘dark umber’ student paint lightened with gesso, watered down and applied with hog bristle brushes. The stiffer brushes cover quickly and help work the paint into […]

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Test of Honour: Scratch Built Village

Posted on June 7th, 2017 under , . Posted by

I recently played in a demo game of Warlord’s new Test of Honour Samurai game at TCOW (my local wargaming club). I enjoyed it enough to pick up the reasonably priced starter box from Mighty Ape. Warlord have a YouTube video un-boxing the starter set, which shows you everything you get in the full box. […]

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This is Not a Test: Chemical Factory

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

I’ve been slowly adding terrain to my collection for This is Not a Test since I was introduced to it a few years ago. On a recent trip through the dustier parts of my gaming cupboards, I found several boxes of “Urban War” terrain from “Urban Mammoth” – both a game system, and a company […]

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Bolt Action: British Infantry Squad #1

Posted on May 2nd, 2017 under . Posted by

As we head into late autumn in New Zealand, I’m continuing to paint my Bolt Action British 1250 point army. Having painted most of the fun stuff first (possibly a bad idea), I’ve cracked down and finished the first basic 10 man infantry squad. This is a Bren LMG, 7 riflemen, an SMG and an […]

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Bolt Action: Cromwell with Light Burlap Camo

Posted on April 16th, 2017 under . Posted by

I’m still working on the Bolt Action British Army Starter box I purchased a couple of years ago. Latest off the paint table is the British Cromwell, which is the last vehicle I have to paint for the force. The Cromwell is a simple tank to put together and isn’t that detailed out of the […]

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Bolt Action: Universal Carrier Recce + Radio

Posted on March 29th, 2017 under . Posted by

I’m still slowly plugging away at my Bolt Action British force, and recently finished painting my second Universal Carrier. Unlike my earlier Universal, this one appears in the force list as a Recce vehicle. So I wanted a way to set the two models apart. A bit of quick Google image searching and I came […]

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Westfalia Halfmen Kickstarter Painted

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

Westfalia Miniatures had a Kickstarter for a lovely looking set of 28mm ‘Halfmen’ that closed back in March 2016. I backed it for a bunch of figures which arrived late 2016 after a few production hiccups along the way with the casting process that was used. The final figures are lovely little resin casts that […]

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TCOW: Bludgefest IV!

Posted on February 12th, 2017 under . Posted by

The TCOW wargaming club held another Bludgefest this weekend at club meet. This is a semi-regular bring and buy, where club members and various hangers on bring their unloved toy soldiers and try and convert them into cash, or more likely trade them for different toy soldiers. Everybody seems to walk away happy and there […]

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This is Not a Test: Sculpting Pig Iron Productions

Posted on February 8th, 2017 under , . Posted by

For many years now I’ve wanted to sculpt 28mm figures in green stuff. This year I’ve resolved to make an effort to improve my sculpting skills. However rather than attempting to sculpt a full figure from scratch, I was looking for a smaller piece of work to get started. That’s when I realised I need […]

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DanCon 2017

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

Dan, also know as El Presidente of TCOW, runs an annual Flames of War event called “DanCon”. It’s basically a bunch of the TCOW club members and a few other folks playing several rounds of Flames of War over a long weekend with some crazy tournament rules. Update: The official TCOW blog post is online. […]

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