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The Battle of Latakia

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

The weekend just past saw another gathering of the Stoke Rochford gamers. These take place (as the name suggests) at Stoke Rochford Hall in Lincolnshire, a hotel set in a Victorian mansion just south of Grantham. Saturday’s gaming saw a large Imperial Skies action organised by the author, Robin Fitton. Three allied forces (Italian, British […]

IPMS Scale Model World 2016

Posted on October 24th, 2016 under . Posted by

The IPMS Scale Model World model show is now less than three weeks away. For anyone not familiar with this show, It is recognised as the largest model making exhibition in the world and takes place at the International Centre, Telford.I try to attend e…

Miniature Holders Kickstarter and Homemade Holder

Posted on October 22nd, 2016 under , . Posted by

I’m not sure if I have posted about this Kickstarter before.

The wooden holder has a split cork pressed into the opening which then grips the figure or figure base. The metal bar is used to steady the hand while sculpting or painting. For full details see this link. I supported this project at the Euro 28 level with extra or spare corks, but while I was waiting for delivery, I thought –

“I could make one”, in fact two of these!

I used some china cocktail stick or tooth pick holders which were picked up in a charity shop for just £1.00 (for both) and some wine making 35mm cork bungs which I slit with a snap-off bladded knife.

I can report that they work fine, and being china I have even used them in the oven – something that I would not want to do with the wooden ones.

The Kickstarter has been very successful raising over Euro 227,000 of a Euro 5,000 goal. I think it’s a great idea, but will hold off on a full review until after they have arrived and I have had chance to use them.


N-n-n-n-n-nineteen !

Posted on October 21st, 2016 under , . Posted by

I’m sure everyone remembers the Paul Hardcastle song from the 80s (youtube link below), but 19 also happens to be the number of houses in our new 2mm scale Vietnamese Village pack. The houses are all on stilts and raised platforms, and the set also includes a village longhouse and, just for good measure, a […]

St Fagans part two

Posted on October 21st, 2016 under . Posted by

October has turned into one of my busiest months, normal work, commissions and family life have meant that there is little time for model making or painting. Normal service will be resumed as soon as possible.I have added some additional images from my…

Back Again

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

Back from my break, today’s first task is to tackle the order backlog which has built up while I’ve been away. Hopefully this should be cleared within a week or so. I’ve been in Menorca, which has a much richer military history than I realised. Of special interest are the network of defensive towers, very […]

Ruined Dwarf Pillars for Panzerfauste

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

Earlier this week Rob Alderman of Hysterical Games gave me these pre-production resin castings of Dwarven Pillars, ruined Dwarven Pillars for the game Panzerfauste.The original masters were produced by me earlier in the year. I used Plaster of Paris to…

Panzerfauste Unarmoured

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

Earlier this week I dropped off some new terrain pieces for Rob Alderman to mould and cast in resin – the plan is that a new Oldehammer Kickstarter will be launched very soon and these new terrain models will be available to buy. I also picked up a cou…

Broken Legions from Osprey Wargames

Posted on October 14th, 2016 under , . Posted by

I recently treated my self to a copy of Broken Legions written by Mark Latham and published by Osprey Wargames. My particular copy was bought from e-bay, but I am aware that copies can be bought from a wide variety of different sources.

I was intrigued to see if the Fantasy/Roman setting would offer anything new to one of my favourite games Pax Bochemannica or Noman Orcs vs. Halfling Boche.

The 64 page, card bound book follows the same format of many of the Osprey Wargames publications with clear text interspersed with colour images of wargame dioramas and newly commissioned artwork.

I found the rules to be easy to follow (however I will add that at this time I am still to play a game) and the sections laid out in a logical manner. To this end I find this and similar Osprey Wargames publications to be great introductions or as our American friends might say – Primers to a new genre or period.

There was much to commend the book, but there was also one chapter that I found a little light and disappointing – Scenarios. I had hoped that there would be more, and in particular more to use with the Pax Bochemannica background, but I found all five published scenarios to be too simplistic. particularly when this new period/genre offers so much more.  I do accept that this is a personal view and others may be happy with the Scenario and Campaign sections. I am also aware that there is a regular feed of fan-written scenarios and articles published in the wargame press, so just maybe I’ll see something soon. There is after all a wealth of comic book content with the Celtic hero Slaine from 2000 AD to use as inspiration.

Overall a great introduction to a new gaming project and one that I feel was worth every penny. 9 out of 10.

Broken Legions
Fantasy Skirmish Wargmames in the Roman Empire
Written by Mark Latham and published by Osprey Wargames
For more details see this link
ISBN 978 1 4728 1513 2
List price £11.99


Slammers’ Support

Posted on October 14th, 2016 under , , . Posted by

Following on from our initial release of 6mm Hammer’s Slammers’ vehicles, we have some additional support vehicles released today. The one that gets nearest to the frontline is the mortar version of the A21 jeep, diminutive but with plenty of indirect firepower. Further behind the lines you’ll find the cargo and ambulance variants of the […]

Greased Lightning

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

The Lightning Division are a mechanized unit of brigade strength. They are veteran troops originally from Mittel Europa on Old Earth and – in the late 330s TW – they decided to upgrade the motive power sources and transmission systems of their vehicles. The M2A7 Blower employed by the Lightning Division from 349TW onwards is […]

St Fagans National History Museum

Posted on October 10th, 2016 under . Posted by

I had booked the car into Cheltenham Fiat for the replacement of some front suspension mounts and had arranged to have a loan car for the day. At the very last minute Sue was not able to come and so I decided that I would be selfish and have the day at…

Last Minute

Posted on October 10th, 2016 under . Posted by

The Brigadieress and I are off for a short break for a few days starting today (in fact we’ll be in mid-air when this is posted). It’s a bit of a last minute decision, but it’s the only time that we can squeeze in a break between shows. I’ve literally chucked everything out of the […]

Midi Domes

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

We already have some of our resin Desert Buildings available in 6mm, 10mm and 15mm scales; today we’re releasing the first of our Desert Domes range in the in-between scale. We have four buildings in this initial offering, enough to make a small settlement. And we already have several more masters lined up for release […]

Campaign Desk

Posted on October 6th, 2016 under . Posted by

Earlier today when browsing some antique shops in Moreton in the Marsh, I saw this military campaign desk. It was a real beauty, but at over £500.00 a little to rich for my pocket. Never-the-less I thought it was worth sharing.

The desk was dated 1905 and had a scissor action that closed the desk top and brought the legs together into a carrying handle. It included a pocket for a watch, an ink bottle and various small and custom pockets and pouches all crafted in dark burgundy leather. The upper work surface had a marvellous hidden hinge system which allowed the upper desk portion to become an easel, under the easel was space for more pens (about 20) so I think this might have been a cartographers desk. This hidden area was lined with in purple velvet.

I couldn’t help thinking it would make a great travelling painting station!


Scales Comparison

Posted on October 3rd, 2016 under . Posted by

I recently came across this Scales Comparison published in Military Modelling from December 1996. I thought it was worth posting.Tony

Snapdragon Studio

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

For some time I have tried to feature one of my own scratch-built terrain models as the first post of each month (I have enough of them!) For October I thought I would make a change and have featured resin models from the now closed company Snapdragon …

A Change of Pace

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

Lately we’ve very much been on a VSF theme, with the completion of the Imperial Skies Kickstarter, the release of the rules and the new models. And before that it was lots of 6mm SF, with new figures, buildings and vehicles which culminated with the release of the official Hammer’s Slammers models (of which there […]

Ogre Bruiser – finished

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

As you can see, the Ogre Bruiser is finally finished, gloss varnished, matt varnished and static grass glued to the base. For full details of this conversion and how I painted him – see the earlier posts.I’m pleased with how this conversion turned out,…

Blast-tastic! 2016

Posted on September 29th, 2016 under . Posted by

It’s rather short notice, but on Saturday our autumn round of shows resumes with our third visit to Bristol for Blast-tastic!, organised by Michael at Angel Barracks. This is a sci-fi themed show, so we will be carrying the 6mm and 15mm ranges, spaceships, Squadron Commander, Aeronef models and of course we’ll have Imperial Skies […]

What paint brushes do you use?

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

I was recently asked “What paint brushes do you use?”Although I have a number of different makes of paint brushes in my tool box, my preferred is the 401 sable/synthetic mix with long handle numbers 2 or 3 from Rosemary & Co full details …

The Russians are Coming !

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

The four new models we created for the Imperial Skies Kickstarter were all the result of stretch goals that we hit in the campaign. There were several other goals that we didn’t quite get to, including a new Russian battleship. But in this case I decided to go ahead and make one anyway – and […]

The Gaulois

Posted on September 27th, 2016 under , , . Posted by

The huge Gaulois class Dreadnought is a departure for the French aerial fleet, being slower and heavier than existing French vessels. The tumblehome-hulled ship has four heavy turrets arranged in a diamond layout with two centreline twins and two outboard singles. There is also a secondary battery of eight lighter turrets. The main hull is […]

Ogre Bruiser -part six

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

Part six and the Ogre Bruiser is nearing completion. I have to admit that I am more pleased with this model/conversion than the Trolka Thug from last month. I just need to varnish him and finish off the base with some static grass and he can go and joi…

SMS Kaiser

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

One of the largest aerial vessels in service anywhere in the world is the German Kaiser class. The Kaiser has six heavy new-design turrets, two twin and four single, along with an array of secondary turrets and sponson guns. The model has a resin hull with a number of metal parts to make up this […]