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Temporary Injunction

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

Ah, what a day I had yesterday … while manoeuvring some boxes in the workshop, I managed to knock over one of the drawer units that we use to carry stock to shows … 48 drawers full of 1200+ Celtos figures scattered all over the floor 🙁 It took over an hour and a half […]

RAF Cosford

Posted on August 25th, 2016 under . Posted by

Earlier this week Sue and I took our guests to RAF Cosford. It’s the second time this year that I have visited but it was so much more fun with young guests who were visiting for the first time.I took these images of ‘What-If’ Aircraft.On the day we we…

Show Time 2016

Posted on August 24th, 2016 under . Posted by

For us, the autumn show circuit starts soon. We have two shows coming up in the near future – Hereward Wargames Show in Peterborough on Sunday September 4th, and Colours at Newbury Racecourse on the following Saturday, the 10th. As usual, we’re inviting pre-orders. I’m doing both of these as one-man shows, which means we’re […]

Trolka Thug – part two

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

The converted model was undercoated with both black and dark brown spray paints and the flesh areas built up from Snakebite Leather with Snakebite/Skull White highlights. The nose was given a very ruddy glow!I choose a bottle green uniform with white f…

The Marshmallow Catapult – Evolution

Posted on August 23rd, 2016 under . Posted by

For the last three days Sue’s brother has been up visiting with his Grandchildren. I set up a Marshmallow Catapult Challenge that quickly developed into a major arms race. Here are just some of the models we built…..Details of how to build your own c…

The Slammer’s Regiment

Posted on August 19th, 2016 under , , . Posted by

Hammer’s Slammers:The Crucible is a set of rules that can be played in several scales; all of the photos in the book are of 25mm figures and vehicles, although judging from various blogs and posts on the net it seems to be more popular in 15mm. Ainsty Castings are the official licensed supplier of 15mm […]

Flintloque Trolka Thug

Posted on August 19th, 2016 under , . Posted by

Taking a break from producing magazine articles and working on various model making commissions, I thought I would start work on this Flintloque Trolka model that was originally sculpted by Rob Alderman.I believe it is a Trolka thug but am unable to fi…

Shapeways Free Shipping

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

Shapeways are offering free shipping on all orders over US$25 until the end of Sunday – so why not head over and take advantage ? Our Shapeways shop has all manner of interesting little bits and pieces…

Lone Star Airpower

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

My next detachment for The Crucible is one I’ve had to be a bit more inventive with. The Texian 101st Light Airborne is an infantry unit that is transported in VTOLs. My 10 TU detachment consists of four infantry elements each in an APC VTOL, plus two gunships. The 15mm version uses Old Crow models […]

The Tower House

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

The images featured here show the initial steps in the construction of a scratch-built model house. I have shown them to illustrate how I approach building a model, but also to show how the model takes on a life of it’s own and can grow or develop orga…

Tiny Stewarts

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

My next Crucible detachment is the third that replicates a 15mm force – this time the Stewart Regiment. These use a combination of our British Apollo tanks and Artemis APCs, along with some co-opted Soviet Kunitsa tracked APCs (one with a mortar). What makes them slightly unusual is the addition of two Tyche towed anti-tank […]

Birch Tree Seed Pods

Posted on August 16th, 2016 under . Posted by

It’s that time of year again…..Birch tree seed pods are now in season, so get out there and start collecting these miniature leaf shaped seeds. For full details see this earlier post.In addition, earlier this month, I picked up this Fiskars Leav…

Tiny Yeomanry

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

Following on from the TAS, my second 6mm Crucible Detachment is the West Riding Yeomanry. They match my equivalent 15mm force, with four Montsabert hover tanks and three Tassigny APCs (one an AA variant) each carrying an infantry element for a total of 10 TUs (although all of the Montsaberts are gun tanks since there’s […]

Micro Slammers – the TAS

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

If you’re an SF gamer, you’re probably aware that a number of our 15mm models have been adopted as various mercenary forces in the Hammer’s Slammers universe for The Crucible ruleset. Since many of our models are also available in 6mm, it follows that it’s possible to recreate many of the detachments in the smaller […]


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

I have been a member of Pinterest for almost a year and now find myself using it almost as much as Google Image Search. For those not familiar with this group, Pinterest is a site where regular contributors host image boards or ‘pin boards’ of associat…

Imperial Upgrade #3 – Russian Behemoths

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

I’ve been planning some new Russian Aeronef capital ships for a while – we rolled them into the Imperial Skies Kickstarter as a stretch goal, but the total didn’t quite get that far. However, since I had the idea for them in my head, I’ve gone ahead and made them anyway. There are three vessels […]

Milliput and Green Stuff

Posted on August 12th, 2016 under . Posted by

Over the past couple of months, I have found that I am now using a Milliput and Green Stuff mix, rather than one or the other. This was not a conscious decision, but rather a natural development as I am finding the subsequent mix much easier to sculpt …

Mortar Set – revisited

Posted on August 9th, 2016 under , . Posted by

Gavin at Alternative Armies (the home of Flintloque) has recently re-posted details of the AA Mortar Set and Gin that was featured on this Blog last month.I actually think he’s done a better job than my daily updates!For full details see this post…

Sheds and Widgets

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

We’re currently finishing off the last bits of casting for the Imperial Skies pledges this week, along with casting up the several hundreds of buildings required for our part in the Age of Tyrants Kickstarter project – and all this alongside our normal daily orders from the website. In between we’ve still managed a new […]

More Wargame Terrain Book

Posted on August 5th, 2016 under . Posted by

There are just four copies left.

If you are interested in buying a copy, the price is £15.00 plus Postage and Packaging. For full details see this post.


Imperial Upgrade #2 – A Masty Business

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

The Imperial Skies Kickstarter requires us to cast well over 1000 Aeronef. Almost all of these have our standard masts, which have been around since the very first Aeronef releases. The mast production mould is one of the oldest we have, and is showing some signs of age and wear – we generally only get […]

The Thief Taker

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

My latest e-bay purchase is this Commando Comic No. 3034 – The Thief Taker.Regular readers and followers will know that I am always on the look out for Napoleonic themes Commando Comics as I find them great inspiration for gaming scenarios or themed sh…

Gnome Snail Farm Barn

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

Here is one of the Panzerfauste resin buildings that I sculpted some time ago. It was originally called the Snail Breeding Barn, but is available to buy from Hysterical Games as the Gnome Snail Farm Barn, for full details of the range of figures and sc…

Mortar Set – part nine

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

I have varnished the model and base with Galleria Matt Varnish, then highlighted the metal parts with Klear floor varnish before adding my usual ground covering of dyed sawdust and the odd bit of static grass.The Mortar is fixed to a nearly round base …

Normality Has Returned

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

My insides are at last functioning relatively normally, and I’ve finally caught up with orders. Everything we received by close of business yesterday has been cast and packed, and the last ones will be going in the post this morning. To celebrate, I’ve put some new bits on the website (new release day is normally […]