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Dampfpanzerwagon Guides 1, 2 and 3

Posted on February 24th, 2018 under , . Posted by

Regular readers and followers will of course know of my three self-published books Dampfpanzerwagon Guide No. 3 – Models For Wargamers, Dampfpanzerwagon Guide No. 2 – More Wargame Terrain and Dampfpanzerwagon Guide No. 1 – Building Wargame Terrain, how…

The Final Frontier

Posted on February 23rd, 2018 under , . Posted by

Almost a year ago (the first models appeared at Salute 2017) we started on the redesign and relaunch of our European Federation spaceship fleet. Today, that task is finally complete as we release the last of the new designs. First up are two rather unu…

Wargames Terrain and Buildings – The Napoleonic Wars – update

Posted on February 22nd, 2018 under , , . Posted by

A small update following this earlier post. Amazon have now confirmed a price – £17.77. For details see this link. Be aware that the book is due for release via Pen and Sword in September 2018.I was pleasantly surprised with the retail price …

Hereford away-day

Posted on February 20th, 2018 under . Posted by

Sue and I had our first away-day of 2018 – a visit to Hereford where I was allowed to browse the charity book shops before going for a Thai meal. I was disappointed not to find anything that I wanted to purchase and with my birthday coming up next mont…

Down on the Farm

Posted on February 16th, 2018 under , . Posted by

We have something else new in the Small Scale Scenery range today. This is a set of six Walled Farms, cast in metal as single pieces on a base. I did try casting them in resin, which worked OK initially, but the pieces were so small and brittle they ha…

An Industrial Narrow Gauge Adventure – the layout part twenty-two

Posted on February 16th, 2018 under , , . Posted by

I have added some scribbled graffiti and more weathering to the concrete slab wall and here you see it placed on the layout but not yet glued in place.Tony

Cavalier 2018

Posted on February 13th, 2018 under . Posted by

Following on from ROBIN in Nottingham this last weekend, our next show is less than two weeks away – Cavalier in the Angel Centre, Tonbridge, is on Sunday 25th of February. As always, we are taking pre-orders for any of our ranges – you can…

Wargames Terrain & Buildings – The Napoleonic Wars

Posted on February 13th, 2018 under , , . Posted by

Yesterday evening Sue found this on Amazon while searching for a birthday gift for our Grandson Finley. Wargames Terrain & Buildings – The Napoleonic Wars by Tony Harwood is due for sale/release in September 2018 but is, as you can see now a realit…

WMMS 2018 – just one month to go

Posted on February 11th, 2018 under . Posted by

Just one month to go until the Alumwell Wargames Show or WMMS.For full details see this link.I plan on being there to show some of my latest scratch built models and sell the last copies of the Dampfpanzerwagon Guides. See this link for detai…

An Industrial Narrow Gauge Adventure – the layout part twenty-one

Posted on February 9th, 2018 under , , . Posted by

The concrete slab fence has been modelled from 1mm thick plastic card (ex-advertising material). I have modelled it with one slab missing – a common sight with older fencing while the uprights have been made from the same 1mm thick plastic card. I scri…

Giant of the Tundra

Posted on February 9th, 2018 under , , . Posted by

Today sees the release of another new addition to the Neo-Soviet arsenal, the Mammont heavy tank. This is an unusually configured vehicle with two independent track units on each side and twin main guns in a huge main turret. A secondary turret is fitt…

Stats Update

Posted on February 6th, 2018 under , . Posted by

We’ve released a fair number of new spaceships and Aeronef in recent months, so last week I sat down and updated our gaming support pages with stats for Aeronef and Starmada X. This includes all the new Nef released since the Imperial Skies kicks…

An Industrial Narrow Gauge Adventure – the layout part twenty

Posted on February 3rd, 2018 under , , . Posted by

These first four images show a very well used pre-cast concrete slab fence found in a local park in Droitwich. I took these photos with my trusty Minolta Z1 and then some quick measurements before scaling up a simple sketch.Below are my site notes – wh…

The Grand Fleet Arrives

Posted on February 2nd, 2018 under , , . Posted by

Following on from the arrival of the new Victoria and Albert class battleships, the rest of the British capital ships get a similar makeover this week. The Agincourt and Benbow battleships plus the Audacious and Britannia battlecruisers have all been r…

An Industrial Narrow Gauge Adventure – the layout part nineteen

Posted on February 1st, 2018 under , , . Posted by

With the salt pan completed, I am moving on to a smaller project – a section of concrete slab walling as seen in this image and marked with an X.It is only a short section, but I have wanted to try and model this style of fencing for some time and I am…

ROBIN of Nottingham

Posted on January 31st, 2018 under . Posted by

Our first show of the year is coming up fast – ROBIN, held at the Nottingham Tennis Centre, is on Sunday 11th of February. Hopefully this year will be a little warmer, as the heating failed last time ! As always, we are taking pre-orders for any …

Building a Harbour

Posted on January 29th, 2018 under , . Posted by

Two new Small Scale Scenery items have arrived on the website allowing you to make a more extensive harbour layout. The first is a pack of four resin Jetties, two plain and two with buildings moulded on. The pieces are 5mm thick and have detailing all …

Models For Wargamers is still available

Posted on January 28th, 2018 under . Posted by

Another reminder…..Dampfpanzerwagon Guide No. 3 – Models For Wargamers is still available to purchase. For full details see this post.In addition there are limited numbers of Dampfpanzerwagon Gude No 2 – More Wargame Terrain and once again for m…

Winsor & Newton Series 7

Posted on January 26th, 2018 under , . Posted by

I have in the past written about my preferred paint brushes being the Rosemary & Co synthetic/sable mix and this still holds true, however I wanted to highlight this beautifully presented gift box set from Winsor & Newton that I received as a g…

Architectural Assortment

Posted on January 24th, 2018 under , . Posted by

We’re moving down the scales from 15mm to 6mm SF for this week’s new release. We have a real assortment of 6mm buildings, one in each of four of the different styles that we currently make. In the Desert Buildings range we have a medium-siz…

Getting Inked

Posted on January 23rd, 2018 under , . Posted by

When we recently released the new counter sets for Imperial Skies, I mentioned that I’d post about a simple method for colouring in the etched markings on those and the turn rulers. This technique was passed on to me by James at Beadspoke Designs…

An Industrial Narrow Gauge Adventure – the layout part eighteen

Posted on January 22nd, 2018 under , , . Posted by

The OSO salt pan and brick built base is now finished. The model is 175mm long x 145mm high x 100mm deep. It is built to the rather unusual scale of 1;27.7 or 11mm = 1 foot and was designed and built to run proprietary HO-OO mechanisms with custom buil…

Whisper it quietly…

Posted on January 19th, 2018 under . Posted by

Don’t say it too loudly or the website gods might hear us, but I think I’ve fixed the shopping cart bug (woo-hoo !). It helps to have been a programmer in a past life… So hopefully it’s all back to normal, please feel free to fl…

Book Treasures and where to find them – part one Cornell Books

Posted on January 19th, 2018 under . Posted by

Back in early 2017 I read a short magazine article called ‘Where Bookworms browse for buried treasure’ and ever since I have wanted to write a Blog entry detailing some of the second-hand book shops that I frequent. With nearly a year passed since I fi…

A Christmas Carol at the RSC Stratford

Posted on January 18th, 2018 under . Posted by

Last night, Sue and I went to see A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens and adapted by David Edgar as the RSC Stratford-upon-Avon.The play was staged on the main stage at the RSC, the first time I had been to this theatre and not seen a Shakespeare play…