Last 15 posts from Dampf's modelling page

Fathers Day 2016

Posted on June 22nd, 2016 under . Posted by

A little late but much appreciated.As well as chocolates, popcorn, sweets and a new poloshirt, I have received a W H Smiths voucher and this box of herbs.I like to plant fresh herbs in the back garden (usually in pots rather in the ground) here we have…

Gnome Farm Walls – part five

Posted on June 20th, 2016 under , . Posted by

The bases or groundwork has been painted in my usual mix of Snakebite Leather highlighted with a Snakebite and white mix. I have tried to paint the snail shells in a slightly different colour with metallic effects to get them to stand out from the grey…

The Art of Lone Wolf by Gary Chalk

Posted on June 18th, 2016 under . Posted by

Regular readers of this Blog will know that for many, many years I have been an admirer of the illustrator Gary Chalk. I have seen his artwork in Games Workshop publications, various games and the Redwall books. Sometime during 2015 I became aware of a new project; Lone Wolf – the board game, for details see this link. As part of the Kickstarter there were plans for an illustrated book of Gary Chalk artwork and I decided to support the project. Unfortunately there have been some issues with fulfilling all of the stretch goals and the book has not yet been produced (insider information suggests that it will now not be produced, which is a real pity).

Not to be put off I saw this separate book – The Art of Lone Wolf again by Gary and thought it was worth checking out. I got my book from the publisher.

The book is produced by Greywood Publishing and includes most if not all of the original artwork from the Lone Wolf series. The 203 pages are packed full of black and white illustration, some just simple footnotes or page fillers, others fully detailed battle scenes, all in all a great walk down memory lane for someone who collected and played these Fighting Fantasy gamebooks and the earlier Fantasy Warlords wargame rules.

There were many illustrations that were known to me, but also some that were new. I’ve enjoyed browsing the illustrations. There are even a few that have got my scratch-building juices flowing – you never know this maybe just the push I was looking for.

I would recommend the book as a great piece of reference work, thank you Greywood Publishing for taking the risk to produce such a niche book. However I would have liked a bit of history, some context, maybe even a comment by the great man himself.

The book is 234mm x 155mm wide, slightly larger than the original Lone Wolf books.

The Art of Lone Wolf by Gary Chalk
Published by Greywood Publishing in 2015 and reprinted in 2016
203 pages of black and white illustrations
ISBN 978 1 326 43796 1
RRP £19.99 ($30.00)

Available via the internet, but prices do vary.


Gnome Farm Walls – part four

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

The painting continues…..I have used metallic gold acrylic paint to highlight the snail shells. I think it works.The groundwork has been painted in my usual Snakebite Leather, highlighted with Snakebite and white with odd stones picked out in grey an…

Gnome Farm Walls – part three

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

The painting continues…..I’ve drybrushed some light grey and painted the snail shells brown. The painting shows up the sculpting, but there is still some work to do before I can think about painting the bases.Tony

One Month, Two Magazines and Two Articles written by me

Posted on June 12th, 2016 under . Posted by

Sue and I had the weekend away in Shrewsbury. I saw these two magazines sitting next to each other in W H Smiths. Two Magazines and Two Articles both written by me.Saxon Church in Wargames, Soldiers & Strategy and Eindecker in Miniature Wargames.No…

Gnome Farm Walls – part two

Posted on June 10th, 2016 under , . Posted by

The three based and textured wall sections have been undercoated with black spray paint. I have touched up any bits I missed with some acrylic black.Tony

Peter Howson by Robert Heller

Posted on June 8th, 2016 under . Posted by

Later this week, Sue and I are planning another trip to Shrewsbury. We visited this historic market town earlier this year and had a great time sampling the food and drink in some of the local restaurants. One of my favourite purchases was this book – Peter Howson written by Robert Heller which I picked up in a charity book shop for just £2.50.

I was immediately struck by the stark images and limited pallete, which is very similar to my own limited paint pallete that I use to paint my own miniatures. This pallete has developed over the years to include earth brown, Snakebite Leather (from Games Workshop), pale flesh and blood red. I use very little blue or yellow – all painted over a black or dark brown base or undercoat. When I find other artists or art work using the same colours I always try to study them for further inspiration.

The works shown in this book are rather disturbing, but the style and colours used have some interest to me. Here are a few examples.

The book was published in 2003 by Momentum
(Momentum, 82 Kingsland Road, London E2 8DP.
240 pages with hundreds of illustrations.
ISBN 1902945115


Gnome Farm Walls from Hysterical Games

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

My latest On-Line Build is this set of three cast resin walls from Hysterical Games for the game Panzerfauste for full details of all the scenery items that were initially built by me and now cast in resin and available to buy – go to this&nb…

Games Expo 2016

Posted on June 5th, 2016 under . Posted by

I have just returned from this years UK Games Expo which was jointly held at the NEC and the Birmingham Hilton Hotel. This is the first time since 2013 that I have visited Games Expo as I wasn’t sure that this event was for me.

I’ll start with a complaint; The day entry cost to Games Expo at £12.00 is much more than other gaming shows I attend and because of this I was expecting more. The cost of carparking at the NEC is another £12.00 – so £24.00 plus the cost of travel to a Gaming Show!

I’m not sure that this is really value for money.

Once I had purchased my ticket (you are able to buy your ticket in advance and for one. two or three days) my first impression was WOW as the hall is huge and even at 10,00am, very well attended. I was later told that there had been 9000 visitors on Saturday. One other point that sets Games Expo apart from other gaming (or wargaming shows) is that there is a greater number of both women and youngsters attending the expo. I would estimate a 15% – 20% total of the fairer sex, many of them dressed in Cosplay fancy dress.

I started by walking in a clockwise direction around the whole hall and then back and forth across the central area. This really is a huge hall with hundreds of exhibitors. Mainly board games, but a fair amount of wargaming stands, book sellers and Cosplay stalls.

I have to admit to being pleasantly surprised at the amount of games and exhibitors that had something to interest me.

After having a snack lunch and another walk around the hall, I decided to walk across to the Hilton Hotel and see some of the other gaming halls. The image below shows the X Wing Tournament.

While these are taken in the main hall and show some of the displays that appealed to me.

I didn’t purchase that much but was surprised to see that I had still spent over £40.00 on bits and pieces.

I am not sure that I will be attending next year, maybe missing it for a year or two. I would still recommend it as a good if a little expensive day out.


Record Number of Page Views in May

Posted on June 3rd, 2016 under . Posted by

The Blog numbers have reached record heights with Page Views for May 2016 being over 50% higher than normal. I usually see between 8000 – 10000 views per month, this has been steady for the last couple of years. In May these numbers jumped to over 1600…

Ma.K Hover Tank Ju87s – The Viper featured on ARC

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

The scratch-built Ma.K Hover Tank – The Viper has been featured on Aircraft Resource Centre (ARC), an on-line modelling magazine. For full details see this link and look for the daily update for May 31st 2016Full details of the build can…

Pax Bochemannica Boche – finished

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

It should be obvious by now, but I really love these figures. They are brimmed-full of character, loads of fun to paint and beautifully sculpted – as a figure collector, what more could I ask for?After varnishing the miniatures with first gloss and the…

UK Games Expo – just one week to go

Posted on May 29th, 2016 under . Posted by

UK Games Expo is nearly upon us – the No.1 UK Games Convention will be running next weekend from Friday 3rd – Sunday 5th. For full details please see this link.My plans are to be there on Sunday.Tony

Pax Bochemannia Boche – part seven

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

My latest update shows all of the painting finished. I just need to varnish and add some decoration to the bases.Image Two – Tvacii and Mandii – they could almost be sisters!Image Three – Issvace with Patch.Image Four – Cheesy with his sock standard.Tony