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1812 rebasing

No gaming for me this week but I did manage to finish a tonne of rebasing. These are older 1/72-scale War of 1812 guys guy I had on multi-figure bases.I wanted to move them to individual bases so I could play some new Osprey rules that are out for North America. First up at 80 or so US foot soldiers.I have a bunch of mounted left to do. I also have some cannons that are half done (ran out of washers!).I also rebased a bunch of militia. These are a grab-bag of mostly older figures, including a bunch of Airfix confederates. These seem have taken more damage to their paint jobs over time.There are several units of this guy (doing the "juke box hero" pose).There are some of there figures mixed in. I think these guys with the top has were from a US-Mexico War set (Alamo?).Then there are some Italeri, including this guy from an AWI set. He's wisely hiding behind a fur tree.I pulled the British and Canadian troops off the shelf to start debasing them in anticipation of a run to the washer store this week.

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Model railway swap meet

I haven't had a lot of chance to game these past few weeks with competing demands and a nasty cold. Jess and I did get in a game of Memoir 44. It was an Operation Cobra scenario and she pulled out a win in a tight game.This morning was the bi-annual model railway swap meet. I picked up a few terrain items for cheap. First up was a $5 HO-scale factory. This needs a coat of spray primer and then some painting.I also got a meat shop. Nothing special about it except my Gotham lacks buildings that suggest people live there so a food shop was a good deal. Needs dusting, a wash, and some sealing. This was $5?I got a pair of HO-scale street cars. They need painting but offer an alternative to cars and buses for eco-conscious super villains. They were $5.This factory was $15. It was a bit pricy but still a deal. Needs a wash and seal. maybe some detailing on the fire escape on the back side. Irritatingly, it was not constructed square (left section needed filing that was not done).Finally, I got these bits and pieces

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Some HO-scale vehicles

I ordered some additional cars with which to clog the streets of Gotham. There were from China and at least one is 3-D printed.The most interesting aspect of these is how the lines from the 3-D printing are so much more visible in a picture than in real life.The blue beetle (bah-dum-bum) is the best example. You can only see the printing layers if you look for them. But they jump off the screen as soon as you put a camera on them. Obviously, a wash was not the correct technique!Up next: Maybe some gaming with Bruce and the end of the Imperial Assault figures. Then on to rebasing some 1812 1/72-figures.

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Jetpack troopers and a fountain

Some more Tatooine figures from Imperial Assault this. These are four jetpack troopers.Nice models. What they need are flames come out of the jet pack (rather than just nozzles).I also finished up an HO-scale fountain I bought on eBay to add a water feature to my Gotham layout.This was 3-D printed and seemed fine to me. It has a clear insert for the water that was awful so I replaced it with some white glue (to fill space) with some green washes and then a thick top coat of future floor wax (for shine and depth).Some 25mm figure for scale. I also have some printed HO-scale cars that I'm working on along side more Star Wars figures.

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Shapeshifters, Cloud City Guards and pulp vehicles

A job lot of stuff rolled off the production line this week. First up are some more Imperial Assault expansion pack figures for this commission.These four figures are shape-shifters from the Clone Wars movie. I don't really recall this film, but what I do remember (from playing Lego Wii Star Wars with the kid) is these shapeshifters have something to do with how Kenobi gets to the Boba Fett factory with the weird long-necked ladies.Beyond the skin colour (green-yellow), there is no canonical look for these figures, so I went with bright and varied clothes and on two different bases. Apparently they can shape-shift their clothes as well so who knows what they might actually wear when going out to the bar or getting groceries.I'm pretty happy with the faces (above)--this seems to match the images I could find. Then onto the Cloud City pack with some of the guards.I'm pretty happy with these guys. Simple uniform, simple bases, nicely brought out with some washes.I have more of these guys plus some ugnaughts and

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Dumpsters and a library table

I made a rare trip to a model train store before Xmas and was unable to locate any of the buildings on my to-get list (including a stone church, a city hall or court house, and a bank). I did find some HO-scale dumpsters, though!These were three for $12 and about the only accessory that didn't cause my jaw to drop ($40 for a tow truck? really?). So I bought these along with some two-part modelling putty. They painted up okay and will add some nice LOS blocks.Back in early December I also picked up another WizKids' terrain pack from Red Claw. This included a library table and four stools. The table has a tiny bit of warping (no luck using hot water to bend it flat). That said, I'm reasonably happy with the results.I'm not sure what will get painted next--I hav some 25mm Cthulhu figures I got from Chen that have been eyeing me from the painting table (and they have lots of eyes).

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Terrain and trucks

I finished off some 28mm pieces I picked up at Red Claw a few weeks ago. These add a bit of mad-scientist/evil vampire terrain to my collection. First up is a cage and torture rack plus two piles of chain. The cage come apart and you can get a figure inside it.I also picked up a mirror, some end tables, a desk and a crow on a bird stand.The detail on these is pretty amazing. The mirror even knows to not reflect the vampire!I took trip to a local flea market. I didn't see much there but I did pick up two old tractor-trailer units. These should add some additional LOS blocks to the warehouse district of Gotham. They were pretty new and shiny looking so I made them a touch grittier.They are too small for 28mm figures (more 1/87 than 1/64) but they fit in reasonably well with the HO-scale terrain I have been using.These HO-scale cars are a pretty decent match. Sorry my camera hates the colour red so much--the cab is not this eye-searing in person.Up next: Working on some 54mm cavalry still.

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Commercial block

As part of a job lot, I picked up this merchants block from Walther. It was in bad shape. It was missing both roof pieces, the short wall on the roof, and, most concerningly, an angled piece of brick on the front corner was missing. I didn't snap a picture of the building I got but I think it was supposed to look like the one above. The cupola and door were missing. To fix this, I had to remove parts of two walls to allow the front corner to mate. I also had to make roof and wall pieces.I then did not minimal painting. The result is passable. It looks way worse in this photo than in real life. I will go back and touch up the brick work on the from corner.For $2 and a bit of plastic card, I'm happy enough.Up next: Some 54mm AWI highlands that have been staring mournfully from the paint table for almost a year.

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Factory

Still more buildings this week. This is an HO-scale factory I got for $2 at the railway swap meet.This is a nice model. I spent some time dry brushing, washing and sealing. The photos don't really show the improvement this made but it is now a nice looking piece.It has lots of levels for characters to move on and fight from behind. This as a fairly easy reclamation project. I still need to print off a sign for the one on the roof.Next week I'll have a more difficult project finished.

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Factory and out building

I'm continuing to work through the HO-scale buildings I picked up at the model railway swap meet.This is (I think) a colliery and possibly in N-scale (doors are small for HO but it is hard to tell). It came as part of a job lot so cost about $2. It is missing a couple of pieces (smoke stack and part of roof).I popped the buildings off the base and then set to painting them using the usual dry brush, wash and seal approach,I fixed a missing part with a bit of plastic card that looks like corrugated metal and am reasonably happy. It will be a useful out building.The main building got the same treatment. I still have not sourced a smoke stack (I will look for some one-inch pipe at the DIY store). I might also cover it with plastic card. It could also be a winery.Some of the details came up very nicely once I applied from paint. Shame it was so poorly treated by a past owner.Up next: More buildings and some 54mm AWI highlanders.

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HO-scale buildings

I finished off a few more HO-scale buildings I picked up at the model always swap meet. The first was this commercial corner.I needed some glue on the seams to firm it up. I also removed some window treatments on the inside and blacked out the windows. Then a dry brush, a wash, and a flat seal coat. Then I sanded the roof. I think I paid about $2 for the building so this was a deal!I also got a $2 water tower. It was painted grey and black so I dry-brushed, washed and sealed. Not a bad LOS obstruction in an industrial yard for $2!Up next: I have some 54mm AWI French marines drying. I also have more buildings but these will take some additional restoration work.

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Latest Ready Made Diecast 1/72 Models

The wealth of ready made diecast style models now is simply amazing. Especially in the 1/72 scale range (and I’m including 1/76 and 1/87 in that statement). I’ve not paid much attention to the scene in recent years, but just…Read more ›

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Some HO-scale buildings

No gaming time this week so some more painting. I finished off some of my last HO-scale train buildings that Got in a job lot from Terry quit a long time ago. I tried to mix-up the paint schemes a bit (to add some diversity to my town).I used some decals to add some more residential-style buildings (a cafe and grocery store above) and a cafe and rooming house below.I tried to make the backs of the buildings a bit more interesting with some painted over graffiti as well as some graffiti.I also added a few decals (one way signs). Overall, happy with the resulting effects.Next up is a bunch of zombies for Zombtober and then more 54mm French and Hessian AWI troops.

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A week's work

I have been on a weeks holiday in part because family have been visiting. That doesn't mean I haven't found some time for a little painting and gluing down in the games room.First up is some base work on my 20mm WWII plastics. Not much to see really, b...

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