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Posted on June 23rd, 2017 under , . Posted by

It’s Friday, so it’s new release time again. One of today’s items should have been in our Salute list, but didn’t quite make the cut in time. Martin Baker has scaled down our 15mm Yenpalo Lizard riders to 6mm and given our aliens a unit capable of scouting in rough terrain or providing a shock […]

10 Board Games that Need iOS Tablet Conversions

Posted on June 21st, 2017 under , , , . Posted by

iOS Board Game WishlistThanks to a rather large push from Asmodee Digital, many board games have been making the jump to our tablets lately. Potion Explosion, Jaipur, Race for the Galaxy, and Terra Mystica are just a few poplar tabletop games to get iOS conversions this year. So that got me thinking, what’s on my wish list for […]

Runemarks by Joanne M Harris

Posted on June 21st, 2017 under . Posted by

Runemarks by Joanne M Harris is a book that was given to me as a Fathers Day gift from Holly.For details see this link.Thank you Holly.DadXXX

Foam Walls and 40mm Saxons – part ten

Posted on June 20th, 2017 under , , . Posted by

The painting is now done and I have varnished the whole model and base with Galleria matt varnish. The metallic areas have been gloss varnished and it is just a matter of adding some static grass and ground foam decoration to the base and the diorama w…

Maidstone Wargames Society Open Day

Posted on June 19th, 2017 under , . Posted by

Phil and I have belonged to Maidstone Wargames Society since … well, the dawn of time it seems ! We are respectively the third and second longest-serving members, behind the the club’s esteemed secretary. Every year the society holds an Open Day as a showcase to promote what we do and hopefully attract a new […]

Foam Walls and 40mm Saxons – part nine

Posted on June 17th, 2017 under , , . Posted by

I have mounted the two 40mm Jim Bowen miniatures onto the small diorama base, actually into the base or groundwork.I used a Dremel Grout Clearing drill bit to make two oval holes in the groundwork and glued the figures in place with superglue. I used s…

Dock of the Bay

Posted on June 16th, 2017 under , . Posted by

We’ve been quite on the blog for a week or so – I’ve been busy with orders (including another large restock for one of our retailers) and other stuff, and also had a couple of days off with the long-suffering Brigadieress. I’ve also been painting these next items – it’s taken a while (I’ve been […]

Foam Walls and 40mm Saxons – part eight

Posted on June 15th, 2017 under , , . Posted by

I have tried to keep the colours slightly subdued, but couldn’t resist painting the second miniature with striped leggings.With most of the painting done. I will be now be thinking of adding these to the diorama base.Tony

Foam Walls and 40mm Saxons – part seven

Posted on June 13th, 2017 under , , . Posted by

Both Jim Bowen miniatures were painted over a dark brown basecoat/undercoat with the main colours built-up from a dark base colour to mid colour and then highlights. The metal areas on the figure on the left were painted with a bronze/gold palette and …

Oldhammer Kickstarter – the well

Posted on June 11th, 2017 under , . Posted by

This is a cropped image of The Well, a multi-part model for the Oldhammer Kickstarter which is due for launch very soon.The model was built by me and comes with alternative bases, a flagstone base and this rough ground base.For full details of the kick…

Foam Walls and 40mm Saxons – part six

Posted on June 9th, 2017 under , , . Posted by

I have superglued the two Jim Bowen 40mm Saxons onto a couple of pieces of cork ready to start painting.Tony

Foam Walls and 40mm Saxons – part five

Posted on June 7th, 2017 under , , . Posted by

I thought the walls looked a little too light and so washed the stone work with some black and earth coloured washes. I then gave the upper stones another drybrush..Tony

Fire Broadside!

Posted on June 6th, 2017 under . Posted by

It’s showtime again – after a brief hiatus since Salute, we’re back on the road again this weekend at Broadside 2017. Well, when we say ‘on the road’, that might be a slight exaggeration since it’s very, very local to us – Phil lives about eight miles away, Tony a 10-minute walk ! The show […]

Foam Walls and 40mm Saxons – part four

Posted on June 5th, 2017 under , , . Posted by

The walls and diorama base were painted using a palette of subdued greys and pale browns with a light drybrush of pale grey. The upper wall has had a number if individual stones/tile added to it. These were cut from thin slivers of green foam and glued…

UK Games Expo, Birmingham

Posted on June 4th, 2017 under . Posted by

I have just returned for Games Expo 2017, held at the NEC, Birmingham. I missed last year as I feel that this show is one that I can attend every-other-year rather than as an annual pilgrimage. For anyone who has not attended this extravaganza, I can r…

Foam Walls and 40mm Saxons – part three

Posted on June 3rd, 2017 under , , . Posted by

The stonework was inspired by these images of a ruined abbey that I found in a book on Saxon England.I should have some painted images soon.Tony

Viva España !

Posted on June 2nd, 2017 under , . Posted by

So, as we mentioned last week, the Salute releases are all up on the website and it’s now time for something completely new. Today we have a collection of new releases with a Spanish flavour, partially taken from my Menorquin holiday last summer. Menorca is an island with a damn sight more military history than […]

Foam Walls and 40mm Saxons – part two

Posted on June 2nd, 2017 under , , . Posted by

I have built up the groundwork with DAS modelling clay which has been applied over dilute uPVA glue. The walls have been further detailed by brushing with a wire brush.There is still some work to be done on the base and wall but I am now looking forwar…

Foam Walls and 40mm Saxons

Posted on June 1st, 2017 under , , . Posted by

It’s been a while since I modelled or painted something just for myself, rather than book and magazine articles or producing Masters for someone else…..My On-Line Build for May 2017. Foam Walls and 40mm Saxons.This is a project that I have wanted to …

The Hay-on-Wye Festival 2017

Posted on May 31st, 2017 under . Posted by

Holly, Sue and I visited Hay-on-Wye yesterday mainly for a walk around the Festival, which this year is celebrating its 30th anniversary, but also to mooch the secondhand book shops. The weather was OK with some cloud but mainly sunny and the festival …

Models For Wargamers Book – a further update

Posted on May 30th, 2017 under , . Posted by

60 books have now been sold. The first 100 copies of Models For Wargamers are going to be numbered and signed. Should you wish to purchase a copy of this or Dampfpanzerwagon Guide No. 2 – More Wargame Terrain Please follow this link.Once agai…

Oldhammer Kickstarter – update

Posted on May 28th, 2017 under , , . Posted by

Here is an example of the painted Apothecaries Rest. The image was taken from the latest update on The Lead Adventure Forum, for details see this post.The masters for most of the buildings were sculpted by me and cast in resin by Rob Alderman of H…

Paintbrushes for Christmas

Posted on May 27th, 2017 under , . Posted by

This week, I received a late Christmas present of five paintbrushes. The brushes are sable or sable mix and range from No. 2 down through 0, 3/0, 5/0 to 10/0. The smaller sizes are a little unusual for me, but will be useful when painting eyes and supe…

2017 Spiel des Jahres Nominees Announced – The German “Board Game of the Year”

Posted on May 26th, 2017 under , , . Posted by

Spiel des Jahres NomieesWhen it comes to board gaming awards, none are more coveted than the annual Spiel des Jahres. This is Germany’s annual “Game of the Year” and it’s one every designer would love to have displayed on their shelf. While the Spiel des Jahres is actually reserved for lighter, family style games, that doesn’t stop it […]

And that’s it for Salute !

Posted on May 26th, 2017 under , . Posted by

So this is it, at last – the final pair of our Salute 2017 models have crept onto the website. As of next week, we’re going to have to find something new to dazzle you with… These last two are both cylindrical towers for our 10mm SF Buildings range, scaled up from their 6mm cousins […]