Posts Tagged ‘Warbases’

Warbases Silo/Dice Tower

Posted on June 24th, 2017 under , , . Posted by

A recent episode of the Meeples and Miniatures podcast mentioned a new range of sci-fi buildings in 15mm from Warbases (http://war-bases.co.uk/). Of particular interest was a silo that doubles as a dice tower. I’d been thinking about terrain that could…

Warbases Silo/Dice Tower

Posted on June 24th, 2017 under , , . Posted by

A recent episode of the Meeples and Miniatures podcast mentioned a new range of sci-fi buildings in 15mm from Warbases (http://war-bases.co.uk/). Of particular interest was a silo that doubles as a dice tower. I’d been thinking about terrain that could…

Phalanx 2017

Posted on June 18th, 2017 under , , , , , , . Posted by

A little trip on Saturday, heading down to the place where Napoleon would have been exiled but for a typo, St Helens; and the Phalanx convention at the Sutton Leisure Centre. A number of the Furness Wargames, both past and present, made their way down as well.

Seemed a bit quieter in terms of footfall, despite car park being full as usual. A scorcher of a day so may be people decided to do other things. Thankfully the Hall was cool enough and with the fire exit doors open there was a nice breeze in places. Unfortunately there’s still the dreadful amber lighting in the Main hall itself.

There seemed to be a shortfall in traders this year, with the ones that were there a bit more spread out. Plus there didn’t seem to be much competition in wares; You could generally get what you want but only one trader would be stocking it.

A number of demo games going on as usual, Samurai seemed to be a popular theme with a couple of games under different rule-sets, historical and fantasy.

There was a big Seven Year War, and the bloke at the table admitted it was probably too big for the Ruleset ‘Honours of War’ by Osprey.

With an Egyptian themed Dragon Rampant game on show as well, Osprey was well covered. My wife did point out that the Egyptians wouldn’t use Scarab beetles for giant statues.

One of the most impressive was by a group who had come over from the Netherlands.

There didn’t seem to be many outright Sci-Fi games this year, there’s normally at least on large 40K game going on, and with the all the filmTV franchise games currently out I sort of expected a bit more.

Another thing my wife mentioned was how helpfulthoughtful people were to her being on crutches, opening doors and clearing the way for her. This is a far cry from the classic cliche backpack swinging convention goer crowding people out.

My Purchases…

On the advice of Matt, who mention they were on sale, I bought a Dystopian Wars box, the East India Merchant Company naval battle group. It was going to be either those or one of the Italian States sets.

Also came across some Heroes of Normandie stuff at Magister Militum. Got myself a platoon board for the Allies ( Royal Winnipeg Rifles ), and the both the River and Battleground Terrain Packs. If I want to I can do a really big game now. Had been looking for some extra conventional foot-sloggers to run a D-Day game and these should fit the bill.

Went on the hunt for paints, one in particular – a paint that matches (or is near enough) to the old Games Workshop ‘Desert Yellow’ – the replacement ‘Tallarn Sand’ (with ™ Trademark) is darker and lacks the slight orange tone of the original.

Since I’ve already used the colour for basing I was quite keen to get a match for the remaining troops and for the movement trays I purchased of Warbases at the show. These are intended for use with my Lion Rampant Crusader force, made from the plastics I purchased from the show last year.

Looks like Army Painter has come to the rescue, as their version of ‘Desert Yellow’ is a lot closer in tone to the original. I bought a couple of cheap droppers (knocked down in price as they have settled a bit) and a can of primer.

My only major non-purchase was of Gripping Beast Dark Age Archers – was looking for the 12 ‘Saga’ figure pack rather than the 30 figure box (which was far too many for my intentions.) but none to be found anywhere.

Phalanx 2017

Posted on June 18th, 2017 under , , , , , , . Posted by

A little trip on Saturday, heading down to the place where Napoleon would have been exiled but for a typo, St Helens; and the Phalanx convention at the Sutton Leisure Centre. A number of the Furness Wargames, both past and present, made their way down as well.

Seemed a bit quieter in terms of footfall, despite car park being full as usual. A scorcher of a day so may be people decided to do other things. Thankfully the Hall was cool enough and with the fire exit doors open there was a nice breeze in places. Unfortunately there’s still the dreadful amber lighting in the Main hall itself.

There seemed to be a shortfall in traders this year, with the ones that were there a bit more spread out. Plus there didn’t seem to be much competition in wares; You could generally get what you want but only one trader would be stocking it.

A number of demo games going on as usual, Samurai seemed to be a popular theme with a couple of games under different rule-sets, historical and fantasy.

There was a big Seven Year War, and the bloke at the table admitted it was probably too big for the Ruleset ‘Honours of War’ by Osprey.

With an Egyptian themed Dragon Rampant game on show as well, Osprey was well covered. My wife did point out that the Egyptians wouldn’t use Scarab beetles for giant statues.

One of the most impressive was by a group who had come over from the Netherlands.

There didn’t seem to be many outright Sci-Fi games this year, there’s normally at least on large 40K game going on, and with the all the filmTV franchise games currently out I sort of expected a bit more.

Another thing my wife mentioned was how helpfulthoughtful people were to her being on crutches, opening doors and clearing the way for her. This is a far cry from the classic cliche backpack swinging convention goer crowding people out.

My Purchases…

On the advice of Matt, who mention they were on sale, I bought a Dystopian Wars box, the East India Merchant Company naval battle group. It was going to be either those or one of the Italian States sets.

Also came across some Heroes of Normandie stuff at Magister Militum. Got myself a platoon board for the Allies ( Royal Winnipeg Rifles ), and the both the River and Battleground Terrain Packs. If I want to I can do a really big game now. Had been looking for some extra conventional foot-sloggers to run a D-Day game and these should fit the bill.

Went on the hunt for paints, one in particular – a paint that matches (or is near enough) to the old Games Workshop ‘Desert Yellow’ – the replacement ‘Tallarn Sand’ (with ™ Trademark) is darker and lacks the slight orange tone of the original.

Since I’ve already used the colour for basing I was quite keen to get a match for the remaining troops and for the movement trays I purchased of Warbases at the show. These are intended for use with my Lion Rampant Crusader force, made from the plastics I purchased from the show last year.

Looks like Army Painter has come to the rescue, as their version of ‘Desert Yellow’ is a lot closer in tone to the original. I bought a couple of cheap droppers (knocked down in price as they have settled a bit) and a can of primer.

My only major non-purchase was of Gripping Beast Dark Age Archers – was looking for the 12 ‘Saga’ figure pack rather than the 30 figure box (which was far too many for my intentions.) but none to be found anywhere.

Warbases Church, Part Two

Posted on June 8th, 2017 under , , , , , , , , . Posted by

More progress on detailing the lasercut MDF church from Warbases that I started previously. Stonework & Doors Buttresses and a double row of foundation stonework have been added with pink styrofoam insulation cut with a new Xacto knife. I used scrap card to create a small jig to keep the angle of the front of … Continue reading Warbases Church, Part Two

Review: Warbases MDF Vehicles

Posted on May 31st, 2017 under , , , , , , , , , , , , . Posted by

Warbases started doing vehicles in lasercut MDF and cardboard (greyboard) a few years ago and I was intruiged right away; a lot of 28mm vehicles are fairly expensive or (especially for World War One, Russian Civil War, or other early 20th C gaming) simply don’t exist. It took me a while to get around to … Continue reading Review: Warbases MDF Vehicles

Salute Loot 2017

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

Finally got around to posting my Salute Loot!!
I didn’t do half bad, my first purchase were 3 packs of torches from Midlam miniatures. One day they will be added to some figures, ready to set a village alight!!
I had a chat with Martin at Warbases, who showed me his new Roman range, some of the new buildings are quite something, check them out if you’ve any 28mm Romans. I bought 3 packs of animals to go with the ones I bought a few years ago, and 3 of the new Roman wagons, these will be added to my Donnybrook collection.
I collected a pack of Redoubt Woodland Indians from Col Bill and Belt Fed girl that I’d pre-ordered.
After having a chat with Barry & Toggy on the Warfare Minis stand I bought some mounted French Dragoons, now I already own some Dragoons from different manufacturers, but liked the models so thought why the heck not!
On impulse I also splashed the cash at Sally 4th’s stand, buying “The Ancient Souk” market place, once again with Donnybrook in mind, Tangiers here I come again, or it would do just as well in England or Flanders. I also bought 2 packs of tents from Sally 4th….you guessed it, Donnybrook again.
Now my actual plan for te show was to buy some more woodland Indians and have a search for some early Settlers/Militia types for Bacon’s Rebellion, So I picked up a pack of figures from Reiver Castings, they may be a tad late but I think they’ll do. which brings me on to my last 2 purchases.
Painted figures!!
I can’t remember the last time I bought painted figures??

Grubby Tanks were flogging Injuns for £3.50 a pop, so I helped myself to the above, 3 Musket Indians and 3 Commanders. 

Hmm? 12 Handweapon chaps!

 and 12 more bowmen!!

And…….I ummed and erdd about these chaps, once again they’re Redoubt figures, which I was 
looking at not 5 minutes before I bought these painted chaps. There were more but these 12 ECW musketeers and 1 leader will be the start of my American/Settler types!
Hoorah!

Salute Loot 2017

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

Finally got around to posting my Salute Loot!!
I didn’t do half bad, my first purchase were 3 packs of torches from Midlam miniatures. One day they will be added to some figures, ready to set a village alight!!
I had a chat with Martin at Warbases, who showed me his new Roman range, some of the new buildings are quite something, check them out if you’ve any 28mm Romans. I bought 3 packs of animals to go with the ones I bought a few years ago, and 3 of the new Roman wagons, these will be added to my Donnybrook collection.
I collected a pack of Redoubt Woodland Indians from Col Bill and Belt Fed girl that I’d pre-ordered.
After having a chat with Barry & Toggy on the Warfare Minis stand I bought some mounted French Dragoons, now I already own some Dragoons from different manufacturers, but liked the models so thought why the heck not!
On impulse I also splashed the cash at Sally 4th’s stand, buying “The Ancient Souk” market place, once again with Donnybrook in mind, Tangiers here I come again, or it would do just as well in England or Flanders. I also bought 2 packs of tents from Sally 4th….you guessed it, Donnybrook again.
Now my actual plan for te show was to buy some more woodland Indians and have a search for some early Settlers/Militia types for Bacon’s Rebellion, So I picked up a pack of figures from Reiver Castings, they may be a tad late but I think they’ll do. which brings me on to my last 2 purchases.
Painted figures!!
I can’t remember the last time I bought painted figures??

Grubby Tanks were flogging Injuns for £3.50 a pop, so I helped myself to the above, 3 Musket Indians and 3 Commanders. 

Hmm? 12 Handweapon chaps!

 and 12 more bowmen!!

And…….I ummed and erdd about these chaps, once again they’re Redoubt figures, which I was 
looking at not 5 minutes before I bought these painted chaps. There were more but these 12 ECW musketeers and 1 leader will be the start of my American/Settler types!
Hoorah!

Analogue Painting Challenge VII

Posted on April 6th, 2017 under , , , , , , , , . Posted by

I for one am gutted the Challenge is over for another year.  Infact, I’m already looking forward to AHPC 8!! I’m so glad Curt came up with the idea, the Challenge forces me out of my painting doldrums and gets my butt into painting gear! What help…

Warbases, Garden set 1

Posted on February 18th, 2017 under , , . Posted by

With plans to run a couple of Dad’s Army games soon we decided that there was a need for more bits and bobs around the buildings. With that in mind Geoff bought the two garden sets made by Warbases. As this was my game, I felt that I should help out a …