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Safe Harbour

Posted on March 6th, 2015 under , . Posted by

We have more new items in our Small Scale Scenery range today. The first is another in our growing collection of coastal fortifications, Fort St Mawes. This small cloverleaf castle is a Device Fort, built by Henry VIII to protect the Carrick Roads near Falmouth, Cornwall, from the French (most fortifications along the English south-coast […]

Aeronef Stat Update

Posted on March 4th, 2015 under , . Posted by

I’ve just updated the Aeronef Profiles Page on the website with stats for all our our recent Aeronef releases, including the von Perseval and Brazilian models released last week. While I was there I made a few fixes and updates to the profile generator software – all of the stats cards are generated automagically by […]

Barking Irons for FREE

Posted on March 4th, 2015 under , . Posted by

Issue One of the short-lived paper based magazine Barking Irons is available for FREE – Go to The Notables Yahoo Group and you can download the 32 page magazine for free.To access the group go to this link.This Spanish Windmill Model that was buil…

The Hartlepool Monkey by Sean Longley

Posted on March 3rd, 2015 under , . Posted by

I picked up this hard-back book while visiting Coventry earlier this month. Actually Sue saw it in a charity book store and pointed it out to me. I have in the past written a Foul Mouth Freddy short story based on the same tale – for details see this link.

While an internet search brought up this delightful graphic novel.

Details of the original tale can be read on this Historic UK site, here while this postcard (found by doing a Google Search) gives another image.

The book only cost me £2.50 and given that I’m sure it had never been read, this is a bargain book I look forward to reading and reviewing at a later date.

Monkey Hangers! Fact is sometimes weirder than fiction.

A review of the story can be found here.

The Hartlepool Monkey by Sean Longley
Published by Doubleday in 2008
ISBN 9780385612531
List Price – £14.99


Wargames Soldiers & Strategy – issue 77

Posted on March 2nd, 2015 under , , . Posted by

The latest issue of Wargames Soldiers & Strategy has just arrived. The main theme in this issue is WW1 or Great War French and I have a four page article detailing how I ‘scratch-built’ a Chatillon-Panhard Balloon Lorry. The model was inspired by a…

The Lady Canrig Bwt – A St David’s Day short story

Posted on March 1st, 2015 under . Posted by

Image taken from the Orcs in the Webbe siteThe Lady Canrig Bwt – A Short Story by Tony HarwoodJust over a week ago, Craig Andrews from Orcs in the Webbe e-mailed me to ask if I would write a short story for St David’s Day 2015. Craig’s plan w…

The Cider Press – a Special Anniversary Post

Posted on February 28th, 2015 under , , , , . Posted by

Dampf’s Modelling Page is seven years old today and to mark the occasion I have uploaded part one of this scratch-built Cider Press. The model was built some time ago and was initially intended as a tutorial in the planned Dampfpanzerwagon Guide No 3 -…

Working with Foam – an inspirational thread

Posted on February 27th, 2015 under , , . Posted by

I recently came across this thread and thought it was well worth re-posting as the techniques used are quite amazing. This is the work of a truly great model diorama master.Image used without permission to illustrate the postSeriously, if you have time…

Terror from the Skies

Posted on February 27th, 2015 under , . Posted by

Today sees the release of some more models in the ever popular Aeronef range. This is a game that has been around for over a decade and a half but still has very strong sales every year. The largest model in this release is the Austro-Hungarian von Parseval dig battleship (for those not familiar with […]

Yanks and their Tanks

Posted on February 25th, 2015 under , , . Posted by

Do you remember the postie turning up last week with, amongst other things, some new 15mm American Republic SF vehicles ? We haven’t wasted any time with these and they’ve already been cleaned up and moulded. Since the plastic masters are very difficult to photograph and the details hard to see, here’s a second look […]

Slamming Maidstone

Posted on February 23rd, 2015 under , . Posted by

A couple of weeks ago Maidstone Wargames Society had the privilege of hosting a 15mm Hammer’s Slammers game run by John Treadaway, co-author of the rules. The game pitted my recently painted Sulewesi National Army who were fighting alongside two detachments of Terran Authority Starmarines (fielding their Komodo heavy tanks for the first time), against […]

Build Something 2015 – the painting

Posted on February 23rd, 2015 under . Posted by

“Finley’s Forge” – I have started painting The Horseshoe Forge but due to the contest rules these images must be restricted to show early work and not completed painting.In these two images you can see how the dark brown undercoat has had a first drybr…

Our first Grandchild

Posted on February 21st, 2015 under . Posted by

Susan and I are very please to announce the arrival of our first Grand Child.Finley Adam Harwood was born at 3.15pm yesterday afternoon. I can report that mother and baby are doing well.Congratulations to Gareth and Beckie.Tony(Bampi Tony)

More 10mm Buildings

Posted on February 20th, 2015 under , . Posted by

This week’s release isn’t what we expected it to be. Up until Wednesday it was something else altogether, but then I started painting some samples of the planned new releases and was rather struck that they were, how can we put it .. ? Not Very Good. The designs are fine, but the final prints […]

Build Something 2015 – part nineteen

Posted on February 20th, 2015 under . Posted by

The Horseshoe Barn is now nearing completion and according to the rules of the Build Something Contest of LAF – I will soon have to stop the daily updates. It is a Build Something contest, not a Paint Something contest.Today’s update shows how I have a…

Build Something 2015 – more detailing

Posted on February 19th, 2015 under . Posted by

The Horseshoe Forge is now nearing completion, well the construction anyway. In today’s post you can see how I have added the chimney, filled any gaps and made sure that the groundwork is finished.

During the tiling of the roof, I produced more tiles than I needed, so I have added a stack of new roof tiles to the back of the forge. These have been glued in place with uPVA glue.

The chimney pot is a section of coloured plastic straw, cut to size and superglued in place while the mortaring was done with more DAS modelling clay.

I have used a metal casting of a wagon wheel – cutting off a small portion of the base and then building up the groundwork with more DAS. The wheels were bought from Alternative Armies who offer a Battlefield Wheels Pack for just £5.00. See this link for full details.


Show Business

Posted on February 18th, 2015 under . Posted by

We’ve just received an email confirming our booking at Colours 2015, which returns as a one-day show after a break last year. The show will be held at Newbury Racecourse in Berkshire, the other side of London from us, on September 12th. A full list of shows can be found on the website – after […]

Build Something 2015 – part seventeen

Posted on February 18th, 2015 under . Posted by

I wanted to add a layer of larger stones to the foundation of The Horseshoe Forge and did this by applying a strip of DAS modelling clay.The DAS is added over a layer of dilute uPVA glue as I find this helps to secure the DAS and avoid shrinkage.As is …

Build Something 2015 – the glowing forge

Posted on February 17th, 2015 under . Posted by

With the first bit of paint applied to interior of The Horseshoe Forge, I am getting close to the time when work-in-progress updates will stop. See contest rules at The Lead Adventure Forum – Build Something page here.

Image Two – The tea light flame has been wrapped in masking tape while the forge and hood have been painted with a variety of different acrylic paints.

Image Three – The interior of the forge was painted and drybrushed. In truth, there is very little seen once the forge is in place.

Image Four – In this image I have turned the model up-side-down so that the tea light base and switch can be seen.

Image Five – I picked up these coloured beads for £1.00 at the local RANGE store.

Image Six – And used the black, red and orange beads to build up the glowing coals in the forge. The beads were glued in place with superglue.

Although there is still lots to do, I suspect the daily updates will soon be finishing.


Build Something 2015 – the bellows

Posted on February 16th, 2015 under . Posted by

In this daily update, I have given details of the set of bellows I have modelled for The Horseshoe Forge.The main structure was modelled from 5mm thick plastic card (advertising material card) which was cut into 5mm x 5mm lengths and glued together wit…

Mail Call – again !

Posted on February 16th, 2015 under , , , . Posted by

The postie came Friday (several posties and couriers in fact, it was a busy day for deliveries !). The most exciting of these, notwithstanding the shiny new plastic storage boxes, was a small package from the 3D printers. Now you know I get all excited by new models and like to show them off as […]

Build something 2015 – the detail

Posted on February 15th, 2015 under . Posted by

Today’s daily update concentrates on one of my favourite parts of terrain building, the detailing or the adding of all those little details that make the model unique. In this post you can see how The Horseshoe Forge has had surface detail added.The wo…

Build Something – part thirteen

Posted on February 14th, 2015 under . Posted by

Continuing The Horseshoe Forge build, I have finished off the ridge tiles and filled in the joins at the Hipped end of the roof. I will detail these in the next modelling session.Once again I have tried to show the hills and valleys that are such a pro…

Build Something 2015 – the start of the roofing

Posted on February 13th, 2015 under , . Posted by

In this post I will show how I build roofs, in particular, how I built the tiled roof for The Horseshoe Forge.Image One – I have already posted details of how I use scrap paper strips to build up the ‘hills and valleys’ of a traditionally built wooden …

Blower Killer

Posted on February 13th, 2015 under , , . Posted by

Today’s new releases are additions to the popular 15mm PacFed range. The Angelshark was shown off late last year (we even sold a few pre-production models at Crisis and SELWG) but has been waiting for a suitable release window. The arrival of the Komodo heavy tank is a perfect opportunity to pair up the two […]