Year 2019


The Berlin Project - Land Rovers

It's been a while since I've shown anything for my Berlin Project - not because I've forgotten about it, it's just Project 57 of the 345 projects I seem to currently be doing...Anyway, I've time for a quick update, showing off a couple of Oxford Diecast Land Rovers I've picked up recently, both in the British Berlin Brigade urban camo pattern.  First up is a Lander Rover 101 FC.I've now got two of these and I'll be using them to transport a Milan team and a Medium Mortar team.Next up a 1/2 ton Land RoverI'm thinking I'll use this to transport my Mortar Fire Controller.I've actually no idea if the Berlin Brigade painted these vehicles in this fashion as I've only seen pics of more "standard" Land Rovers in the Berlin urban cam scheme.  I'm not even sure if the Brigade used the 1/2 ton Land Rover at all.  But hey, they look pretty good to me and I'm just happy I have another couple of vehicle I don't have to paint in that scheme!Catch ya soonRichard

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Mokra paleta - FAQ (Polish Version)

Mokra paleta jest (a przynajmniej powinna być) podstawowym gadżetem każdego kto zajmuje się malowaniem figurek.  Nadal jednak, ten temat generuje wiele wątpliwości i pytań na forach i grupach modelarskich. W poniższym poradniku wyjaśnię czym jest mokra paleta, jak ją zrobić, jak jej używać oraz odpowiem na najczęściej pojawiające się pytania. Ten materiał to głównie moje opinie na temat, wynikające z wieloletniego doświadczenia.READ MORE »

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Endgame - End Of The Line - No Spoilers

My world is full of disappointment. Many of my long loved IPs have turned on me and left me feeling kind of blue. I'm looking at you Star Wars and Fallout. I guess everything has its time and will eventually fall away and loose it's impact. A few others crap out fairly quickly and some take a decade or more.I have been following the Marvel Cinematic Universe since Iron Man came out. Although I have not loved every single film they have all been good in their own way. Entropy has been a terrible thing and I was expected it to fail and die eventually.Last night I went to see Avengers: Endgame. The last Avengers film had set up a high level of expectation for me. I was concerned that the season had peaked too early. Endgame had a lot to live up to and there was obviously going to be a lot to fit in in a short time. Well I say a short time, it was three hours long. With many of the characters dead it was time to see what Disney were going to do. I mean how badly could they screw it up (yes I have seen The Last Je

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Back to the Brushes 223

The notion that a clean desk means a productive worker is an artifact of the mid-20th century. ... Mark Twain, for example, chose to leave his desk cluttered whenever he was photographed: Albert Einstein famously pointed out that "If a cluttered desk is a sign of a cluttered mind, of what, then, is an empty desk a sign?"Eeny, meeny, miny, moe? Which way I willI go?Perhaps only the fates will know?Or is all of this just for show?Drawn in too many directions on the painting table; time for a more focussed approach.Cheers for now.

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Royal Navy Black Battlefleet Big Guns

I've decided to dive in the deep end with the Tumbling Dice 1/2400th scale Royal Navy ironclads, so have selected the big hitters for painting first, leaving the smaller ironclads, rams and turret ships to follow. The line up includes HMS Warrior and HMS Black Prince, HMS Achilles, the enormous HMS Northumberland and HMS Agincourt, the ill-fated HMS Captain and her rival HMS Monarch, together with a single 26 gun screw frigate HMS Aurora, just to add some variety. I'll start blocking these in over the week, if I can find the time, with the aim being to complete them by this time next week. Crumbs!

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The scythes of the emperor - Space Hulk Terminator force

Just so that I'm honest with you, I've only come late to Space Hulk. My real first was actually when I played at my friend Sho3box's.Now the game really pressed my buttons and I really liked the self contained nature of the project. Of course, like most sane people, I've wanted to have a 3D space hulk but I guess that could be arranged pretty easily with modern kits now. I've also realised many of my friends were into it so making my own force to have the opportunity to play it every now and then could be fun !So just put this album, the intro is probably the most accurate rendition of how a Space Hulk sounds like and just dive with me !Read Moar Skullz »

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Battle of Budweis - Moravia 1809

Over the weekend Stuart ran a Napoleonic game for the Rejects, of which Myself, Ray and Surjit were able to take part. As usual, we picked sides randomly out of a figurative hat and I was the odd one out ('odd' being the operative word). I would be playing the Austrians facing off against a combined Saxxon/Bavarian force.SetupThe game Postie set up was a meeting engagement as lead elements of both sides encounter each other between a pair of vital river crossings in Moravia. The Saxonn/Bavarian forces outnumber the Austrians but the latter army has some better quality troops and generally better cavalry (and more of it). My Austrians are arrayed along a small ridgeline, approximately diagonal across the table.  Order of BattleSaxonn /Bavarian Army - IX Corps C/O Marshal Bernadotte1st (Saxonn) Division  c/o GL von ZezSchwitz (Ray)  1st Brigade c/o Gm Von Hartitzsch    Liebgrenadier Garde (1) (Guard)    Combined Grenadiers Radeloff (1) (Elite)     Combined

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Roll Call lists on the ADLG Wiki

The lists from the top four placed players in the 2019 15mm Roll Call period have now been added to the ADLG Wiki, along with my 25mm Medieval list and the lists of my 5 opponents over the weekend.15mm Lists:Mike Bennett Sui & Tang ChineseHubert Bretagne Mérovingian FranksPaul Johnston Christian NubianPeter Webb Christian Nubian25mm lists My WOTR Lancastrians (1st)Jurchen Chin Swiss (4th)Burgundian OrdonnanceItalian Condotta (2nd)Samurai (5th)

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Guild Ball: Unboxing 'The Cook's Guild: Hell's Kitchen'

Well finally while I was out of town this past weekend for "Spring Fling", my Cook's Guild arrived.  I really could have used 'Cinnamon' this past weekend when playing Captain 'Veteran Boar'.I have another tournament this upcoming Sunday, I may just have to play her unpainted and then hopefully get her completed in time for the following weekend in Chicago or the end of the month for "MuseOn Con".Along with the box set "Hell's Kitchen", it also included the Limited Edition 'Wellington', and then I also had to purchase the Cook' Guild dice.

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Ironclad Magnet Basing

I have magnet based all of my French ironclads using self adhesive magnetised strip bought from Poundland, for a pound a roll surprisingly enough, which is a bargain by any standards. There's enough on a single roll to base a whole fleet of ships and it's a convenient 19mm in width, so a perfect fit for my 20mm wide laser cut mdf bases. Here's how I do it and it's very, very quick:1. Cut a length slightly longer than required with a sharp blade and ruler, using a spare base as a template.2. Unpeel the backing paper and stick the magnet strip to the base, leaving a bit of an overhang at both ends.3. Invert the model and slice off the excess at either end with a sharp craft knife, using the edge of the base as a line on which to cut.The tape itself isn't that strong but it's more than enough to take the weight of a 1/2400th scale model ship. You can stick them to the side of your fridge and they don't fall off, which means that a metal sheet lined RUB box or metal tin is an ideal storage option. Not bad fo

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Genestealer Cult - Jackal Alphus

I've loved the idea of mounted hybrids for ages. Ever since I read the story about the raiders unwittingly attacking a caravan packed with cultists. Worst raid ever.Oh FFS, the raiders wailed.With the advent of the new cult bikers, an opportunity presented itself. Added to that I needed a 40k racer mini for an upcoming BoYL game, and lo, it was time. Kol Renko, jackal alphus of the Wyrm Forged cult was born.Now, my cult is placed in a corrupted adeptus mechanicus temple, so yeah, biked would make more sense. But to that I say FMEH. Instead of rationalising this I'll just put up another picture of Kol here.I used one the the excellent mutie horses from Gorkamorka for the genesteed. It's perfect. For the rider I used admech, scion and cult parts, as well as a couple of fan-made bits. I used an acolyte body for Kol as I wanted him to be three-armed, and hence a 2nd generation hybrid. I did consider adding reins, but then came to my senses as rider and mount were painted separately, so it would have been crazy ha

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General D'Armee at the Club

Last night Tom and I ran our first game of General D'Armee at the club.  Thanks very much to Ed and Simon for being willing test subjects and for being such good sports as I constantly looked up rules.The game was a fictional meeting engagement.  pitting a British / Spanish force against the French.  The sides were even with 3 brigades of infantry (each 4 battalions) and one brigade of Calvary (3 units).  2 of each armies infantry brigades had an attached artillery battery.  The only thing lacking is that I only had enough skirmish stands completed to allow skirmishers for only 1 brigade per side.  It did show that skirmishers are really important in these rules.For simplicity sake, all units were rated "line".  I am sure that I got a lot of nuances wrong - like fighting in built up areas (BUA's).  One thing that is clear to me is that I need to make village plots that outline the shape of the BAU and govern if a unit is in or out.  Using just buildings was very co

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