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Gnome Farm Walls – part six

Posted on June 28th, 2016 under , . Posted by

At last the three Panzerfauste themed wall sections are finished. The originals were sculpted by me some time ago and feature small snail shells which in these images were painted using metallic paints to make them stand out from the grey walls.For ful…

Away-Day haul

Posted on June 26th, 2016 under . Posted by

Sue and I have had another weekend away, this time a trip around the Cotswolds. We started out from Droitwich yesterday morning, then down the M5 and across to Cirencester. From there we drove down to Swindon via Lechlade where we spent the night. On Sunday morning it was a quick trip across to Swindon Village and then back north again via Lechlade on to Burford and then to Stow before making our way back to Worcestershire.

We had a great couple of days away and I took lots of photos of both buildings and stonework. Here you can see my model making haul. Rust coloured dusting powders, a Roman thimble (I thought I could use it as a cauldron), some not-Snakebite Leather acrylic paint, olde dice, drill bits and a scribbler.

Total spend less than £16.00.

I’ll keep you informed of how I use them.


Reap what you sow

Posted on June 25th, 2016 under . Posted by

I’ll start by stating that this is not and never has been a politically motivated Blog, however it would be tough to ignore the recent Brexit result.I have always believed that the UK is better in the European Union, however comments and presentations …

Micro Colony

Posted on June 24th, 2016 under , . Posted by

Continuing our theme of scaling items in our 15mm range down to 6mm (and vice-versa), today we’re releasing two new 6mm buildings based on our 15mm Colony Base set. The first of these is Sigma Base, a moderately large octagonal layout consisting of six modules designed as a research station or living accommodation for a […]

Fathers Day 2016

Posted on June 22nd, 2016 under . Posted by

A little late but much appreciated.As well as chocolates, popcorn, sweets and a new poloshirt, I have received a W H Smiths voucher and this box of herbs.I like to plant fresh herbs in the back garden (usually in pots rather in the ground) here we have…

Gnome Farm Walls – part five

Posted on June 20th, 2016 under , . Posted by

The bases or groundwork has been painted in my usual mix of Snakebite Leather highlighted with a Snakebite and white mix. I have tried to paint the snail shells in a slightly different colour with metallic effects to get them to stand out from the grey…

The Art of Lone Wolf by Gary Chalk

Posted on June 18th, 2016 under . Posted by

Regular readers of this Blog will know that for many, many years I have been an admirer of the illustrator Gary Chalk. I have seen his artwork in Games Workshop publications, various games and the Redwall books. Sometime during 2015 I became aware of a new project; Lone Wolf – the board game, for details see this link. As part of the Kickstarter there were plans for an illustrated book of Gary Chalk artwork and I decided to support the project. Unfortunately there have been some issues with fulfilling all of the stretch goals and the book has not yet been produced (insider information suggests that it will now not be produced, which is a real pity).

Not to be put off I saw this separate book – The Art of Lone Wolf again by Gary and thought it was worth checking out. I got my book from the publisher.

The book is produced by Greywood Publishing and includes most if not all of the original artwork from the Lone Wolf series. The 203 pages are packed full of black and white illustration, some just simple footnotes or page fillers, others fully detailed battle scenes, all in all a great walk down memory lane for someone who collected and played these Fighting Fantasy gamebooks and the earlier Fantasy Warlords wargame rules.

There were many illustrations that were known to me, but also some that were new. I’ve enjoyed browsing the illustrations. There are even a few that have got my scratch-building juices flowing – you never know this maybe just the push I was looking for.

I would recommend the book as a great piece of reference work, thank you Greywood Publishing for taking the risk to produce such a niche book. However I would have liked a bit of history, some context, maybe even a comment by the great man himself.

The book is 234mm x 155mm wide, slightly larger than the original Lone Wolf books.

The Art of Lone Wolf by Gary Chalk
Published by Greywood Publishing in 2015 and reprinted in 2016
203 pages of black and white illustrations
ISBN 978 1 326 43796 1
RRP £19.99 ($30.00)

Available via the internet, but prices do vary.



Posted on June 17th, 2016 under , . Posted by

Our focus has been largely on ground SF lately, with the 15mm and 6mm ranges getting a number of new releases. However, Aeronef still has a large and faithful following so we like to keep the range moving with the occasional new model or two. We have a small number of merchant Aeronef, mostly British […]

Gnome Farm Walls – part four

Posted on June 15th, 2016 under , . Posted by

The painting continues…..I have used metallic gold acrylic paint to highlight the snail shells. I think it works.The groundwork has been painted in my usual Snakebite Leather, highlighted with Snakebite and white with odd stones picked out in grey an…

Shapeways Sale

Posted on June 15th, 2016 under , , . Posted by

Shapeways are having a 20% off sale on all Strong and Flexible plastics, which many of the models in our Shapeways store are designed to be printed in. Just enter the code Enter code SFONSALE at the checkout to save 20% on our (or any other designer’s) products. The code is valid until Sunday 19th. […]

Gnome Farm Walls – part three

Posted on June 13th, 2016 under , . Posted by

The painting continues…..I’ve drybrushed some light grey and painted the snail shells brown. The painting shows up the sculpting, but there is still some work to do before I can think about painting the bases.Tony

Horizon Wars in Stock

Posted on June 13th, 2016 under , , . Posted by

The latest in a recent succession of big boxes o’ stuff to arrive at Brigade Towers contained a number of copies of Osprey’s new Horizon Wars rulebook. This is a fast-paced set of combined arms rules aimed at 6mm or 10mm models. The Mech is the king of the battlefield, although if big stompy walkers […]

One Month, Two Magazines and Two Articles written by me

Posted on June 12th, 2016 under . Posted by

Sue and I had the weekend away in Shrewsbury. I saw these two magazines sitting next to each other in W H Smiths. Two Magazines and Two Articles both written by me.Saxon Church in Wargames, Soldiers & Strategy and Eindecker in Miniature Wargames.No…

Broadside Update

Posted on June 11th, 2016 under , . Posted by

Ever get the feeling it’s not going to be your day? Around a mile or two from home this morning, the Brigade Battlebus suffered a driveshaft failure and had to be rescued by the AA. With Broadside looming in the morning, this isn’t great timing (to say the least). The Brigadieress has very kindly offered […]

Gnome Farm Walls – part two

Posted on June 10th, 2016 under , . Posted by

The three based and textured wall sections have been undercoated with black spray paint. I have touched up any bits I missed with some acrylic black.Tony

Research in Miniature

Posted on June 10th, 2016 under , . Posted by

The tale of the airbrush finally reached a conclusion earlier this week, although not before a further frustrating twist. Having decided that no amount of stripping and cleaning would persuade my existing one to function, I bought a replacement on next day delivery. It duly turned up the next day (on a Sunday, no less) […]

Peter Howson by Robert Heller

Posted on June 8th, 2016 under . Posted by

Later this week, Sue and I are planning another trip to Shrewsbury. We visited this historic market town earlier this year and had a great time sampling the food and drink in some of the local restaurants. One of my favourite purchases was this book – Peter Howson written by Robert Heller which I picked up in a charity book shop for just £2.50.

I was immediately struck by the stark images and limited pallete, which is very similar to my own limited paint pallete that I use to paint my own miniatures. This pallete has developed over the years to include earth brown, Snakebite Leather (from Games Workshop), pale flesh and blood red. I use very little blue or yellow – all painted over a black or dark brown base or undercoat. When I find other artists or art work using the same colours I always try to study them for further inspiration.

The works shown in this book are rather disturbing, but the style and colours used have some interest to me. Here are a few examples.

The book was published in 2003 by Momentum
(Momentum, 82 Kingsland Road, London E2 8DP.
240 pages with hundreds of illustrations.
ISBN 1902945115


Broadside 2016

Posted on June 7th, 2016 under . Posted by

Our next show is just five days away – it’s our local show, Broadside in Sittingbourne. We will have a full range of stock with us, but as always we appreciate getting pre-orders in advance since it allows us to plan what to take and ensures we have enough stock of whatever you need. I’ll […]

Gnome Farm Walls from Hysterical Games

Posted on June 7th, 2016 under , , . Posted by

My latest On-Line Build is this set of three cast resin walls from Hysterical Games for the game Panzerfauste for full details of all the scenery items that were initially built by me and now cast in resin and available to buy – go to this&nb…

Back in Stock

Posted on June 6th, 2016 under , . Posted by

We have some very nice plastic bases made for us by Amera Plastic Mouldings, intended for our Land Ironclads range but since they’re on a 40mm frontage they’re useful for all sorts of games that use the same size. Stocks had got very low so we’d removed all of the from the website, but we’re […]

Games Expo 2016

Posted on June 5th, 2016 under . Posted by

I have just returned from this years UK Games Expo which was jointly held at the NEC and the Birmingham Hilton Hotel. This is the first time since 2013 that I have visited Games Expo as I wasn’t sure that this event was for me.

I’ll start with a complaint; The day entry cost to Games Expo at £12.00 is much more than other gaming shows I attend and because of this I was expecting more. The cost of carparking at the NEC is another £12.00 – so £24.00 plus the cost of travel to a Gaming Show!

I’m not sure that this is really value for money.

Once I had purchased my ticket (you are able to buy your ticket in advance and for one. two or three days) my first impression was WOW as the hall is huge and even at 10,00am, very well attended. I was later told that there had been 9000 visitors on Saturday. One other point that sets Games Expo apart from other gaming (or wargaming shows) is that there is a greater number of both women and youngsters attending the expo. I would estimate a 15% – 20% total of the fairer sex, many of them dressed in Cosplay fancy dress.

I started by walking in a clockwise direction around the whole hall and then back and forth across the central area. This really is a huge hall with hundreds of exhibitors. Mainly board games, but a fair amount of wargaming stands, book sellers and Cosplay stalls.

I have to admit to being pleasantly surprised at the amount of games and exhibitors that had something to interest me.

After having a snack lunch and another walk around the hall, I decided to walk across to the Hilton Hotel and see some of the other gaming halls. The image below shows the X Wing Tournament.

While these are taken in the main hall and show some of the displays that appealed to me.

I didn’t purchase that much but was surprised to see that I had still spent over £40.00 on bits and pieces.

I am not sure that I will be attending next year, maybe missing it for a year or two. I would still recommend it as a good if a little expensive day out.


Horizon Dice

Posted on June 3rd, 2016 under , . Posted by

Today we were meant to releasing some new 6mm buildings – but my airbrush has been playing up something rotten and I haven’t been able to paint the said items, and since we have a rule about not releasing anything new until they’re properly painted and photographed, they are going to have to wait*. Which […]

Record Number of Page Views in May

Posted on June 3rd, 2016 under . Posted by

The Blog numbers have reached record heights with Page Views for May 2016 being over 50% higher than normal. I usually see between 8000 – 10000 views per month, this has been steady for the last couple of years. In May these numbers jumped to over 1600…

Ma.K Hover Tank Ju87s – The Viper featured on ARC

Posted on June 1st, 2016 under , , . Posted by

The scratch-built Ma.K Hover Tank – The Viper has been featured on Aircraft Resource Centre (ARC), an on-line modelling magazine. For full details see this link and look for the daily update for May 31st 2016Full details of the build can…

Pax Bochemannica Boche – finished

Posted on May 30th, 2016 under , . Posted by

It should be obvious by now, but I really love these figures. They are brimmed-full of character, loads of fun to paint and beautifully sculpted – as a figure collector, what more could I ask for?After varnishing the miniatures with first gloss and the…