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Oldehammer Building No.1 – part two

Posted on February 5th, 2016 under , , . Posted by

Part two – The Texturing.I mixed up some uPVA glue, ready-mixed filler and fine sand and applied it to the whole of the model with a large brush. The texturing coat acts as a sealing layer as well a adding interest to the simple structure.Once the init…

Suburban Bliss

Posted on February 5th, 2016 under . Posted by

Most of our Small Scale Scenery range is made up of 19th and very early 20th century buildings, due to its initial origins as an offshoot of our Aeronef and Land Ironclads ranges. Today we’re adding some more up-to-date buildings in the form of a 1960s housing estate. It’s made up of a mix of […]

The Master’s House, Ledbury

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

Earlier this week, Sue and I visited Ledbury, Worcestershire and spent time walking around and through the newly refurbished Master’s House which now acts as the local library. It has been some time since we last visited and the transformation is spect…

USS Lexington

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

The Lexington is one of the new models we pledged to produce as a result of the Imperial Skies Kickstarter campaign. It’s a battlecruiser class, and we decided to do something a bit different, going for a cross between a Civil War ironclad and a stealth submarine ! It has four very large main guns […]

Oldehammer Building No.1 – part one

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

As I have already stated in my earlier post, this is a project that I have wanted to work on for some time.Oldehammer Building number one – The Construction.Image Two – Shows the Games Workshop card building from Bloodbath at Orcs Drift – the insp…

Oldehammer – A New Project for 2016

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

Over the past twelve months I have been wanting to spend time on this new project – Oldehammer buildings or terrain. The idea was first mooted back at Alumwell last March and although I have been looking at suitable inspiration and even checking out so…

New Polish Half-Tracks

Posted on January 29th, 2016 under , . Posted by

Today’s new release is three new Suwalska half-track variants for our 15mm Polish force. Two are fire-support variants with a heavier gun in a fixed superstructure. The ‘Mlotek’ model has a short barrelled howitzer, mainly used in support of infantry and ideal for taking out entrenched enemy with its potent HE round. The ‘Lucznik’ model […]

Show Business 2016

Posted on January 26th, 2016 under , . Posted by

We’ve been compiling our show calendar for the coming year now that the Christmas holiday is out of the way. We’re planning to attend all of the shows we went to last year, and have a couple of additions to the list. We kick off with one of these – we’re returning to Cavalier in […]

Albion by Alan Moore

Posted on January 26th, 2016 under . Posted by

I am well aware that any work in the Shed-at-the-bottom-of-the-garden has been curtailed for most of this month, I had thought that I would be able to give it a good clean-out this week, but as anyone who follows the UK weather news will know – the ground is sodden and any attempts at working in the garden is just a no-no. We have the peculiar situation that the grass has grown very long (and actually needs cutting) – but the rain has made the ground so wet, that it is impossible to walk over it.

Yesterday, Sue and I thought it was about time we got back into walking – and we set off through the park and into the centre of Droitwich. It was great to get back into the habit as neither of us have been on a good walk since before Christmas. I found this graphic novel – Albion, a book I was aware of but had never read. I picked it up (the truth is that Sue picked it up) for £1.50 in a local charity shop.

Albion by Alan Moore, Leah Moore, John Reppion, Shane Oakley and George Freeman
Published by Titan Books
List price – £9.99
ISBN 1-84576-351-3

For anyone who wants to know more – here is a review from Good Reads.


Miniature Wargames – 394

Posted on January 25th, 2016 under , . Posted by

Issue 394 – February 2016 of Miniature Wargames with Battlegames has a very interesting terrain building article by Diane Sutherland based on a gateway/house in the French village of Honfleur. Some years ago, Sue and I visited Honfleur with the children and I spent some time sketching the architecture; so you never know this might be the basis of a future piece of scratch-built terrain.

The magazine also contains seven pages detailing the many local gaming clubs in the UK. There are quite a few. I have in the past been a member of a couple of Gaming Clubs, but through one reason or another these memberships have lapsed. This is a pity as I have nothing but fond memories of the evenings I spent playing wargames with like minded gamers.

Finally, I have been smitten by a single mounted figure of El Cid that features on the back page. The model is available from Gripping Beast (SAGA) for £7.00 and is sculpted by Angel Terol. It really is a beauty and a figure that could get me into yet another gaming period/genre.

Further details can be found here.


Acrylic Paint Agitators

Posted on January 22nd, 2016 under . Posted by

Just before Christmas I saw these stainless steel ball bearing for sale in The Cooks Shop, Worcester. They are use to clean decanters. You place the balls in the bottom of a decanter and swirl them around.

At the time they were being sold for £5.99 a pack, but this week the last pack was reduced and I thought they would be OK as agitators to add to my acrylic paint pots and bottles.

I have added two balls to each bottle and given them a shake. Initial results are promising, although there are times when the paint is just too thick (then you have to add some distilled water) or the balls get lodged in the bottle neck or dropper. Even so I think they will work.

The final image shows the full packaging. I would estimate the container holds about 100 ball bearings.

In the past I have tried using Meccano nuts and bolts – but these rusted and discoloured the paint. I also tried some Haematite beads, but these were too expensive and I only had a couple. My advice to all figure painters is to shake the bottle every time you use a paint. It helps to keep the paint from separating and keeps the consistency uniform.


The Start of the War

Posted on January 22nd, 2016 under . Posted by

The first shots of the American Civil War were fired by Confederate artillery at Fort Sumter in South Carolina in 1861. The fort sits in Charleston harbour and is a five-sided brick structure, similar in layout to our Fort Pulaski model, although with higher walls. Two battles were fought over it, imaginatively named the First […]

"It’s Cold Outside"

Posted on January 21st, 2016 under . Posted by

Not much to report. The freezing weather has meant that I have not ventured out to The-Shed-at-the-Bottom-of-the-Garden in over a week. I’m getting withdrawal symptoms…..Hopefully things will change soon.Tony

Ice Station Brigade

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

Now we’re back to normality, we can show you some new items that are due for release in the near future. Today we have some new 15mm buildings which make up a scientific research station. I can imagine them being used in a bleak, snowy environment, painted orange to stand out against the background. They’re […]

Star wars The Force Awakens

Posted on January 18th, 2016 under , . Posted by

No Spoilers!Earlier today, Sue and I went to the VUE Cinema in Redditch and we saw the new Star Wars film – The Force Awakens. This was the first time in over ten years (and maybe even longer ) that Sue and I had visited a cinema! We felt that Star War…

Out of Africa

Posted on January 18th, 2016 under . Posted by

As a bit of Monday morning eye-candy, here are some photos of an Aeronef game run at the Houston Beer and Pretzels club recently. The game, as the name suggests, was a Mediterranean encounter featuring some splendidly painted Ottomans, Austro-Hungarians and British. We’ve put a few photos below, but you can go the the HBP […]

The Shepherd’s Crown by Terry Pratchett

Posted on January 16th, 2016 under , . Posted by

No spoilers…..The Shepherd’s Crown is Terry Pratchett’s latest and according to all reports last novel, although I do so hope that there are enough of his notes and scribbling to add to the Discworld pantheon. I read the book from cover-to-cover in l…

The End of the Tunnel

Posted on January 15th, 2016 under . Posted by

Finally, we’re there – after a fortnight of hard slog, late evenings and lots and lots of casting, we’ve finally cleared the order backlog (and just in time too, as the weather has turned rather chilly). Apart from a couple of orders that need special cast-to-order resin items, and two orders that arrived this afternoon […]

Wargame Terrain as stand-alone diorama pieces – part two

Posted on January 12th, 2016 under , , . Posted by

I will start this post by confessing that I am yet to start any new terrain piece to illustrate this concept or project as I am attempting to finish off a test piece (or as I like to think of it – a proof-of-concept piece) that has been sitting on my w…

More Wargame Terrain Book – supplies are running low

Posted on January 11th, 2016 under . Posted by

Reduced to £15.00 (plus postage)

I have less than a dozen copies of the Dampfpanzer Guide No.2 – More Wargame Terrain left and will be offering them for sale at the reduced price of just £15.00 (plus postage) until they are sold out.

If you are interested in purchasing this book please follow the link to the right or click on this link.

Dampfpanzerwagon Guide No.1 – Building Wargame Terrain is unfortunately SOLD OUT.

Thank you.


Military Modelling – January 2016

Posted on January 9th, 2016 under . Posted by

I picked up the latest issue of Military Modelling while out shopping yesterday. I browsed through the contents while in W H Smiths – Worcester before purchasing and was impressed by three articles;

Boudicca’s Daughter – a bust painted by Adrian Hopwood (see cover illustration). What impressed me about this 1/9th scale painted bust and in particular the techniques used is the use of Games Workshop paints and Talarn Flesh as the basecoat. I thought that the in-depth article was worth the cover price.

Hilzingen 1525 – a beautiful 1/45th scale diorama showing the forcible removal of the church bell. I would have liked more in-progress shots but again a great article. I’m tempted to model one of the smaller buildings for my own terrain collection.

Hetzer Hardware – there are a three armour modelling articles in this magazine, but I thought the 1/35th scale Hetzer conversion was the best and most interesting of the three.

I have commented before on the high cover price of these magazines, believing that there might only be one (at best two) articles of interest to me. The January 2016 edition had three plus another two that I have really enjoyed reading.

Military Modelling – January 2016
Vol 46, No.1 2016
Published by mytimemedia

Highly recommended.


Wargame Terrain as stand-alone diorama pieces?

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

Earlier this week I picked up the Military Modelling Guide to Military Dioramas by Graham Dixey (see this post for details). It should come as no surprise that I have already read it from cover-to-cover.It got me thinking…..As you can …

Tiny Soldiers

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

I know I’m supposed to be slaving away at the workshop again today, and I will be soon, after I’ve dropped off the latest batch of orders at the post office. But I had to share these photos first, which arrived yesterday. These are 6mm versions of some of our 15mm figures, created by Martin […]

Christmas continues…..

Posted on January 4th, 2016 under . Posted by

With both work commitments and visitors taking up much of our free time Sue and I have not been able to have a day out since before Christmas. Today we had a day in Cheltenham.

I was able to pick up a new pair of jeans from M&S, using some of my Christmas gift vouchers, but it was the Oxfam Book Shop where I picked up these three books. And the real treat was that they were all half price. Oxfam Cheltenham have a New Years sale and ALL books are half price.

Book one – The Military Modelling Guide to Dioramas by Graham Dixey – £1.50.

Book two – A Game Of Battleships by Toby Frost – £1.50. I look forward to reading this.

Book Three – Shakespeare His Work and His World by Micheal Rosen and Robert Ingpen – £1.25

Here are some of the many illustrations in the Shakespeare book…..


A Belated Happy New Year

Posted on January 3rd, 2016 under . Posted by

Happy New Year from us at Brigade Towers – better late then never! Unfortunately, it’s still a quarantine zone here, with Phil joining me on the sick list this week. Our plan had been to post some previews of new models over this past week, but that’s something that fell by the wayside in favour […]