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Dido, Queen of Carthage at The Swan

Posted on October 18th, 2017 under . Posted by

Last night Sue and I went with Holly to The Swan, Stratford-upon-Avon to see Dido, Queen of Carthage by Christopher Marlow.This was the first time I had seen this play, in fact I knew nothing about it until I started reading the synopsis prior to visit…

5 Innovative Board Games in 2017

Posted on October 18th, 2017 under . Posted by

Innovative Board GamesEvery year, hundreds, in not thousands of new tabletop games hit the market. Unfortunately, many of these titles will only register as a tiny blip on the radar of our hobby. Those that do enough to take notice, will usually fade to the background as the “cult of the new” moves on to the newest […]

Do You Want Fries with That?

Posted on October 17th, 2017 under , . Posted by

Last weekend I finally managed to try out Rogue Stars, Osprey Publishing’s SF skirmish ruleset (well, they’re a sort of RPG-lite with squads of five characters who can progress between missions). I played a couple of games with fellow members of Maidstone Wargames Society using various 15mm figures (the rules are intended for 28mm but […]

An Industrial Narrow Gauge Adventure – the layout part four

Posted on October 16th, 2017 under , , . Posted by

I have started to wire the layout and added a RELCO unit which I had spare from an earlier project. The RELCO is fitted with a cut-off switch which will be accessible from the rear of the layout.In addition, I have added a strip of wood and some more 3…

City Expansion

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

Today we’re adding two new packs to our range of Small Scale Scenery European City Buildings. The first set is two straight blocks with features at one end that allow them to be used as the ends of terraces. The buildings in the basic straight block pack have blank end walls, but these have doors […]

IPMS Scale Model World, Telford – just one month to go

Posted on October 13th, 2017 under . Posted by

There is less than a month to go to the IPMS Scale Model World – the world’s greatest scale model show. For full details of this huge model show, see this link.The show takes place at the International Centre, Telford on Saturday 11th and Sunday 1…

A Settlers of Catan Movie is In The Works

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

The Settlers of CatanNo, you don’t need to reread that headline. Yes, it’s true. According to Variety, Sony Pictures is in negotiations to acquire the rights to adapt the popular eurogame Settlers of Catan (now just known as Catan) to be made into a film. In fact, they are hoping to make more than one film out of […]

1:27.7 Resin Casts for 18 inch gauge Industrial Narrow Gauge Railway

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

I have now picked up the first batch or resin casts from Rob Alderman of Hysterical Games. The miniatures are sculpted to the scale of 1:27.7 or 11mm = 1 foot and are intended for an industrial narrow gauge railway running on 18 inch gauge track (16.5mm 0-16,5 Peco Crazy Track). They could also be used for 3 foot gauge running on 32mm track.

Image Two – Tom, Dick and Harry

Image Three – Charlie, Finley and Fred

Image Four – The Clutter Items, a medium wooden barrel, an oil drum, a large wooden barrel, a crockery bottle (as used by ICI) and a demijohn.

Each pack is now available to buy at £10.00 per pack (free postage to the UK. Overseas postage to be confirmed). Please contact me at [email protected] to order or for more information.

Thank you.

Tony

An Industrial Narrow Gauge Adventure – the layout part three

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

The canal walls have been clad with some resin slabs that I had spare from building masters for Grand Manner. The slabs were cut into sections and glued in place with two-part epoxy. The kerb stone topping or edging stones were constructed from 5m…

Imperial Skies Gameplay Video

Posted on October 10th, 2017 under . Posted by

Robin, author of Imperial Skies, has put together a gameplay video going into the rules at some length. Well worth watching if you’re either after some more information on the rules, or need some hints and tips about the way the rules work.

Much Ado About Nothing at the Globe Theatre in London

Posted on October 9th, 2017 under . Posted by

On Sunday 8th of October, Holly met up with Sue and I to see a performance of Much Ado About Nothing at the Globe Theatre in London. This was the first time that Sue and I had visited the Globe Theatre and were we in for a treat.I am not ashamed to say…

An Industrial Narrow Gauge Adventure – the layout part two

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

I have extended the length of both the base and the back scene board to 920mm or 3 feet by adding half a black kitchen door to each. The canal part (to the front) has been raised by adding layers of corrugated cardboard and the track base area ext…

An Industrial Narrow Gauge Adventure – additional image two

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

Another short update showing the 1:27.7 scale Feldbahn narrow gauge engine, driver and scratch-built skip on Peco ‘crazy track’. Details of each can be found by following the Narrow Gauge label to the right.Tony

Fattening Up

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

The latest Aeronef model to receive a makeover is the French Les Arcs carrier. We’ve kept the basic configuration (dig hull with forward deck) but that’s about it. The new version is much, much bigger, with lots of space inside the resin hull and plenty of metal fittings. It comes with four triple AA turrets […]

Soon It’s SELWG

Posted on October 3rd, 2017 under . Posted by

Next on the show calendar, and our penultimate show of the year, is SELWG at Crystal Palace sports centre in South London. As always, we are taking pre-orders for any of our ranges – you can either place an order and pay in advance using the collect in person option on the website, or just […]

An Industrial Narrow Gauge Adventure – additional image

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

Today’s post is more of a quick update. I have placed a section of Peco O-16.5 ‘crazy track’ with the finished Feldbahn engine on to the cardboard base to give an idea of the scale/size of the planned layout.Hopefully. I can get more work done this wee…

An Industrial Narrow Gauge Adventure – the layout part one

Posted on October 2nd, 2017 under , . Posted by

The two kitchen cabinet doors have been glued and screwed together. A corrugated cardboard sub base has been glued in place with my hot glue gun. This area will form the main operating part of the layout with the forward area being a section of canal a…

An Industrial Narrow Gauge Adventure – my first thoughts about the planned layout

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

As the Industrial Narrow Gauge Adventure progresses, I have started to think about the type of layout I would like to build. In an ideal world, it would be huge, stretching from one end of the double garage to the order with run round loops and rolling…

Von Mohnblume Line – part eleven

Posted on September 29th, 2017 under , . Posted by

The Von Mohnblume Line (Flintloque code 56595) Skirmish pack see this link are now finished. After varnishing, I applied some static grass and the odd static grass tuft to the bases.Image Two – Shows the four man (Pug) command pack. As you can see…

The Listening Wind

Posted on September 29th, 2017 under , , . Posted by

The very first models released in our Small Scale Scenery range (way back in 2011) were two types of acoustic mirror; a pair of round ‘listening ears’ and a larger sound wall. Both are Great War era structures designed to detect approaching enemy aircraft by the sound of their engines. They also work in Victorian […]

Von Mohnblume Line – part ten

Posted on September 28th, 2017 under , . Posted by

The ten little Pug’s have been varnished, first with Ronseal Toughcoat Gloss varnish and then with Galleria water based Matt varnish. The metal areas were then re-varnished with gloss varnish.I think I can safely say that I’m on the homeward track to g…

Von Mohnblume Line – part ten

Posted on September 28th, 2017 under , . Posted by

The ten little Pug’s have been varnished, first with Ronseal Toughcoat Gloss varnish and then with Galleria water based Matt varnish. The metal areas were then re-varnished with gloss varnish.I think I can safely say that I’m on the homeward track to g…

Upgrading the Les Arcs

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

The French battleship fleet has recently had an upgrade with the arrival of the new Massena and Loire to go along with the Gloire and Charlemagne. This just left the carrier Les Arcs to be brought up to the new design standards. And here she is – I am particularly pleased with the way this […]

Von Mohnblume Line – part nine

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

The bases were painted in a custom mix of Barbarian Leather, Charred Brown and Cadmium Yellow as my supplies of Snakebite Leather from GW have now all gone…..I like to paint my groundwork in a particular way – with darker tones around the feet and li…

Von Mohnblume Line – part nine

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

The bases were painted in a custom mix of Barbarian Leather, Charred Brown and Cadmium Yellow as my supplies of Snakebite Leather from GW have now all gone…..I like to paint my groundwork in a particular way – with darker tones around the feet and li…