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Dampf’s modelling page 2014-04-17 12:53:00

Posted on April 17th, 2014 under , . Posted by

Tony

I came across this book earlier this year and bought a second-hand copy from a local charity shop for just 95p. It has taken me some time to get around to reading it, but on Monday evening, I finished it.Written by Philip Reeve, this re-telling of the …

Blast-tastic !

Posted on April 17th, 2014 under , , , , , . Posted by

Tony

Blast-tastic! is a new show organised by our chum Michael at Angel Barracks. It’s aimed squarely at SF gaming and will take place on October 4th on Filton, Bristol. We will be there along with a number of other SF traders, and there are several g…

Ludwig Von Barkhoven – part two

Posted on April 16th, 2014 under , . Posted by

Tony

I decided that Ludwig would be a hound dog and painted him with a Brown and White sectioned face. The Brown was basecoated Charred Brown from Vallejo and highlighted up to 100% Snakebite Leather.The White started as Stonewall Grey and was highlighted u…

Carrier Strike

Posted on April 16th, 2014 under , . Posted by

Tony

Some of the more popular models released on Saturday were the British fighter carrier and fighters in our spaceship range (we sold out of carrier packs completely and the interceptor was probably the best selling single model from any range on the day)…

An Away-Day in Evesham, Worcestershire

Posted on April 15th, 2014 under . Posted by

Tony

Sue and I visited Evesham and I took this miss-mash of images. My main reason for taking them, was to record different timber-framed buildings, but as you can see the ‘brief’ got a little bit blurred.Image One is of the beautiful Bell Tower that overlo…

Back to Normal

Posted on April 15th, 2014 under , , . Posted by

Tony

So, Salute is over for another year. The show was incredibly busy this time, it felt like there were people than last year and everyone seemed very upbeat. I’ve seen another trader saying that they had their second-best Salute ever, which we can …

The Great 1980′s Dungeons & Dragons Panic

Posted on April 11th, 2014 under . Posted by

Tony

I recently came across this news report from the BBC and thought it was well worth passing on. For details see this link.Thirty years on, I have nothing but fond memories of playing D&D and now wonder what all the negative fuss was about.Tony

The Last Post

Posted on April 10th, 2014 under , , , , , , . Posted by

Tony

This is our final update of our Salute release list – some new moulds have become available in the nick of time which has allowed us to release some stuff that, to be frank, we were sweating on a bit … All of these models will be available …

Ludwig Von Barkhoven – for Flintloque

Posted on April 9th, 2014 under , . Posted by

Tony

The latest Limited Edition miniature from Alternative Armies is this metal dog, Ludwig Von Barkhoven (code 56131). For details see this link The miniature is being given away free with all orders for Salute 2014. I received mine when I ordere…

Taking Command

Posted on April 9th, 2014 under , , . Posted by

Tony

The latest addition to our line of defensive fortifications is the Command Bunker, a concrete octagonal structure complete with radar. Available at Salute. Somewhere for the General Melchett‘s of this world to hide, perhaps ? A safe, cosy hideawa…

Sci-fi Garage

Posted on April 8th, 2014 under , , . Posted by

Tony

This model is another that will be simultaneously released in two scales at once, with both 6mm and 15mm versions due out at Salute. Today we’re looking at the larger piece, and it is quite a big bit of SF architecture – certainly the large…

If only the Brigade workshop looked like this …

Posted on April 8th, 2014 under , , . Posted by

Tony

I’ve just pulled two more new castings to show you. These are the 15mm versions of the 6mm advanced building workshops we previewed a few days back. Sadly, they are not modelled on the Brigade Workshop, which, salubrious as it is, was not built i…

Hightower

Posted on April 7th, 2014 under , , . Posted by

Tony

Here’s yet another pre-Salute preview. This model is one that was originally designed as part of the original range of 6mm Desert Buildings when they first appeared two and a half years ago, but has only just made it into production (it’s b…

No, really, this is your final, final chance …

Posted on April 6th, 2014 under , , , , , , . Posted by

Tony

After doing a few other jobs, I leave tomorrow morning for the workshop at around 10am. In my hands I would like to be clutching any last minute pre-orders for Salute. If you’ve already placed your order, then it’s already waiting in the wo…

Another fine display

Posted on April 6th, 2014 under , , . Posted by

Tony

If you remember, last year we went through a process of migrating all of our Celtos miniatures into new display cases (a process that took the best part of a week of evenings and occupied the dining room table for that period). This year we’re do…

Salute 2014

Posted on April 5th, 2014 under . Posted by

Tony

Just one week to go to the premier UK Wargame Show at ExCel, London. I did not visit Salute last year, and once again I’ll be staying away. I know it’s a great show and there is loads to see (and buy) but the day is far too long for a ‘Grey Beard’ like…

Boxes, boxes …

Posted on April 5th, 2014 under , , , . Posted by

Tony

One thing obvious on most military vehicles is a huge amount of clutter and stowage. Another new item in our 15mm range is a set of stowage items – fuel cans, ammo boxes, weapons cases and other paraphernalia. You get six different sprues, three …

Timber Framed Buildings in Solihull

Posted on April 4th, 2014 under , . Posted by

Tony

Just back from a day trip to Solihull. These images were shot while walking along the high street. The Manor House 1495 has some fantastic detail.While this store EAST has some great looking features. The plaque on the wall states three dates 1571, 184…

The Goddess of the Hunt and Last Chances

Posted on April 4th, 2014 under , , . Posted by

Tony

This post title sounds like it should be a Celtos one, but in fact it refers to Artemis, the Greek deity, and also the name of the British MICV in our SF vehicle ranges. As part of the ongoing revamp of our 15mm range this is another one to have been r…

Blast-tastic an update

Posted on April 3rd, 2014 under , , . Posted by

Tony

There has been a recent update featuring on The Miniatures Page (TMP), see this link for more details.I’ll be there, in fact I’ve been planning it for some time, see this earlier post for info. of my plans to have an exhibition of m…

Raeside Utility Truck

Posted on April 3rd, 2014 under , , . Posted by

Tony

A slightly later post this morning, I was waiting for these to come out of the mould! Another addition to our Salute line-up is the PacFed Raeside utility vehicle family. This small but nippy little grav vehicle comes in several types, included a picku…

Military Modelling – the latest Collectors’ Edition

Posted on April 2nd, 2014 under . Posted by

Tony

The first post of April 2014 is just a ‘quicky’ to highlight the latest Collectors’ Edition from Military Modelling, this time a Military Vehicle Special.I have most of the Collectors’ Editions and find them both good value and great reads. This one is…

Salute Release List

Posted on April 2nd, 2014 under , , , , , . Posted by

Tony

As mentioned last week, here is a first-pass release list for Salute 2014. These are releases that we are certain to have with us – the moulds are done and we’re already casting stock. We are still working on bringing a lot more new items w…

T2 Hangar

Posted on April 1st, 2014 under , , . Posted by

Tony

We recently released the RAF Fighter Base in our 2mm scenery range. Now you can upgrade the base with the addition of one or more T2 Hangars to supplement the smaller blister hangars in the set. With a width of almost 120′ this can accommodate mu…

Of Gods and Mortals from Osprey

Posted on March 31st, 2014 under , , . Posted by

Tony

I have recently bought Of Gods and Mortals- Mythological Wargame Rules from Osprey, written by Andrea Sfilgoi.My first impressions are that it is a very well put together package, with high production values and great illustrations, the rules seem simp…