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Creative use of junk... isn't that just the ticket for HotT?

So it's like this... we'd been given a couple of packets of sachets of dog food. We don't normally feed our girls with that stuff, it's mostly water and very little nutrition. But... there were these interesting looking plastic packaging retainers in which the sachets sat. I hate consigning interesting looking stuff to the landfills, so the question was what could I make of them.I put them face to face, and trimmed the edging off the top one. This looked a little like a bunker, or a magical tunnel , or ... well who knows. I had in mind something that might work for WWW1, or VSF, either as a piece of terrain, or a stronghold, for our HotT games. I just added a table tennis ball for a dome and a dish.So, here is the finished piece, in the first photo complete with British VSF troops.And here with WWW1 units.I added some details at each end to look like lights.And played with the idea of a magical dome.. it didn't quite work, but it'll do.

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Syrian White Helmet Rescue Workers

This was my closing post for the ninth annual Painting Challenge. I wanted to return to our overarching theme of 'Fellowship' and decided to do a small vignette honouring a group of people whose selfless efforts I've admired for several years now: the Syrian White Helmets.As many of you know the White Helmets are a group of Syrian volunteers whose mandate is to provide medical assistance, urban search and rescue, civilian evacuation, and essential service delivery to areas caught within their nation's civil war. It is reported that since they were formed more than 5 years ago the White Helmets have saved over 100,000 lives, while losing over 200 of their own people in the process. In 2016 the group was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize and have subsequently been awarded numerous international accolades for their humanitarian work.Sadly, in this politically charged region of the world, there is an active smear campaign levelled at the White Helmets, trying to besmirch and belittle what they have done fo

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Kit bash Airfix 1/76 RAF Recovery Set (03305): PART 1

Our kit in it's natural formWelcome gentle reader to another installment of "It's 500 Miles to the German Border". As our local Twilight:2000 campaign takes place in the US, I've been focusing my model making more to reflect that.This time around I'll be sharing my (mis)adventures in kit bashing/converting the Airfix 1/76 RAF Recovery Set (03305). This one from what I have read is a reproduction of the 1970s kit (of a WW2 subject).. Now currently, Airfix has let this kit go OOP. I was able to get it pretty cheap considering all of the goodies it came with: The kit has a few figures, as well as 2 motorcycles, 1 crane/truck and a tractor-trailer, plenty of Post-Apocalyptic conversion fodder goodness!Normally I wouldn't have bought this as its a WW2 kit. But as my son and others have pointed out that it will still run in a post-EMP world.  That's good enough for me! My apologies to the WW2 sticklers out there.The kit itself is worth the price I paid, as it was cheaper than I would have spent on a regular Tr

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1st battle of Tomaszów Lubelski, 18.09.1939. Pierwsza bitwa pod Tomaszowem Lubelskim, 18.09.1939.

Last Thursday we replayed the first battle of Tomaszów Lubelski. This battle was very interesting, because it was the largest battle of Polish Campaign with a use of tanks on both sides. For the game we used the Rapid Fire! rules.W ostatni czwartek na stół przenieśliśmy pierwszą bitwę pod Tomaszowem Lubelskim. Bitwa ta jest o tyle interesującą bitwą kampanii w Polsce, że jest ona największą w jakiej użyto czołgów po obu stronach. Do gry użyliśmy zasad Rapid Fire!SCENARIO/SCENARIUSZ: Bartek ŻyndaUMPIRING/PROWADZENIE GRY: Bartek ŻyndaSCENERY/SCENERIA: SESWC, Bartek ŻyndaFIGURES & MODELS/FIGURKI I MODELE: Bartek Żynda1. Introduction. Wprowadzenie.Polish forces, composed of Army Lublin and Army Kraków under general Tadeusz Piskor attempted to break through the German positions around Tomaszów Lubelski towards the Romanian Bridgehead area. Both armies joined forces on September 15, in the area southwest of Frampol. Their road towards south was blocked, by two German corps - 8th Army Corps (

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Turtenkop's nightmare: Orks and Chaos align

It was what the civilised peoples of the west had most feared. It was the thing that made King Tutenkap's blood run cold. He had successfully forced his way past the barbarian peoples of the steppes, and the Chief Dumnoriox had fled to the remotest corners of the steppe to lick his wounds.But this was something else. This was the sort of thing that left Tutenkap sweating despite the cold winds that came off the steppe. Before him were arrayed the clamouring hordes of the first of the Ork races that he had encountered. But allied with them were elements of the forces of Chaos. These heinous beings stood in silence, awaiting the commencement of battle. Their power could be felt resonating through the ground, and an eerie howl swept cross the intervening ground, drowning out even the mad clamour of the Ork fighters.The Ork right wing with trolls and mammoths arrayed as behemothsThe centre was held by Orc chariots, lead by the Ork CnC, supported by a mad Ork aerial hero, who had attracted the support of two Chaos

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Grzmiszczosławice, 1939.

Few weeks ago, Andrew, the members of the Wargaming in Scotland group on Facebook, asked if someone would be able to show him Battlegroup rules. I answered him as the first and last Thursday we had our game. I was thinking which book to use, Kursk, Fall of the Reich or Blitzkrieg. I decided to use the last one, which would be the great possibility to use some of my new models. Therefore we had Polish campaign of 1939 and fight for fictitious village with hard to pronounce name of Grzmiszczosławice.Kilka tygodni temu, Andrew, członek facebookowej grupy Wargaming in Scotland, zapytał się czy ktoś nie pokazałby mu zasad Battlegroup. Odpowiedziałem jako pierwszy i w ten sposób w zeszły czwartek odbyła się nasza gra. Zastanawiałem się jakiej książki użyć, Kurska, Fall of the Reich czy Blitzkrieg. Zdecydowałem się na tą ostatnią, była to więc możliwość użycia kilku z moich nowych modeli. Dlatego też mieliśmy grę z okresu Kampanii w Polsce w 1939 roku i walkę o fikcyjną wioskę o bardzo trudnej do wymówienia nazwie G

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I love a challenge

Hmm, so .. Okay.. here's a wee challenge.These figures are some of the remnants of my very first ancients army, those Airfix Romans. They are pretty much painted up, have nice shields that need re-attachment, and include some Roman light cavalry that were converted from Airfix ACW cavalry, with Roman head swaps. There are even some ACW conversions that were meant to be Gothic cavalry.They need no longer do service in the historical/DBA scene, so what can I make of them in HotT?Initial thinking and discussion suggests maybe Roman gladiators/Blade, with wolf God, and circus animals as beasts .. Lions and all that.It seems such a waste to do nothing with them. Other suggestions are welcome.

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Dumnorix sallies south

Pushing past the Turkish forces had been easy. Evading rather than confronting the Turkish (and British) forces had been easier than he'd believed, and so here he was entering the land of the Egyptian, a land of great necromancers, a land purportedly raised up by mysterious visitors from the skies. Here was a chance to create legends, a chance to carve eternity into the legends of the peoples of the north.And so Dumnorix surveyed the scene as his forces arrayed against the armed might of the mystical Egyptians.Andy and I managed a Big Battle HotT army ...  it must be summer holidays.Initial deployment, Semi historical Egyptian forces  on the left face up to the intruders, the Barbarian hordes from the north.Egyptian blade backed up by their knight generalEgyptian archers, with their alien commander in mysterious flying saucer, supported by smaller flyersHuge feline behemoth supports the Egyptian bladeDumnorix' warband warriors supported by Mammoth behemoth, and riders from the eastThe stomp of giant

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Last game, figures and models of 2018. Ostatnia gra, figurki i modele roku 2018.

Today we have last day of 2018. For the year review I will write separate post soon, but now last wargaming events of passing year.Dziś mamy ostatni dzień roku 2018. POdsumowanie roku znajdzie się w osobnym poście, który opublikuje już wkrótce, a teraz ostatnie wargamingowe wydarzenia mijającego roku.1. Last Game: Galleys, Guns and Glory. Ostatnia gra: Galleys, Guns and Glory.SCENARIO/SCENARIUSZ: Jack GlanvilleUMPIRING/PROWADZENIE GRY: Jack GlanvilleSCENERY/SCENERIA: SESWCFIGURES & MODELS/FIGURKI I MODELE: Jack Glanville, Angus Konstam1.1. Forces. Siły.HOLY LEAGUE/ŚWIĘTA LIGA(Alasdair, Angus, Campbell)1 x Galeassa3 x Lanternas5 x Galleys6 x GalliotsOTTOMAN EMPIRE/IMPERIUM OSMANÓW(Jack, Peter, Bartek)3 x Lanternas7 x Galleys6 x Galliots1.2. The game. Gra.As usual the time between Christmas and Hogmanay is not very busy at our club, so the game planned for 8 players had them only 6. Anyway it was still quite amusing. Both fleets moved against each other (even Venetians). Jack reach

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Weird World War 1 .. all very weird indeed..

Two further games of HotT for the evening, this time Weird World War 1, and both 24 points,, Andy's host hasn't quite reached 48 points yet.For the first game I field an aerial hero general, and a magician, two riders, and a mix of shooters and blade. Andy fielded shooters, hordes, blade and a hero general (the captured Mk IV)Deployment, from behind the British linesGhostly German hordes, shooters and the hero generalThe British aerial hero buzzing around behind the British linesRiders take the British left wingAdvance ...The British magician (artillery observer/counter battery team) ensorcels the British hero on one of those 1vs6 die rollsThe British stronghold.. a mystical deathly chateauBut Andy manages a 6, and brings the ensorcelled hero back to attack the British strongholdBritish bayonets (blade) advance against the GermansAction....The hero is repulsed but goes in againAnd destroys the British stronghold... So, time for another game, for which we each change the composition of our forces, just be

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That magician Napoleon... mon dieu!!

Finally some post Christmas HotT, and what better to start with than 48 points of napoleonic Hordes of the Things.My French are currently a pretty ordinary bunch, some French columns as behemoths, a hero (one of those flashy hussar types) and a magician general to represent Napoleon himself.Andy's British were again pretty standard, but featuring the amazing riders that Andy has crafted.. very fantasy-like. We played across a 4'x3' playing area.Deployment view from behind the French line, the battlefield shortened with the inclusion of a river deployed by Andy as the defender.The British left - shooters backed up with more shooters, a hero, and those brilliant ridersThe British right anchored on the river - that's a hero general with the flag. Eddie Izzard's voice rang out with the cry 'Have you got a flag?'The French right, behemoths supported by shooters, Napoleon himself with a couple of bases of knights (Grenadier a cheval of the Guard)The man himself - napoleon, a man some saw as having magical powersThe

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WWW1 Rider creations.... some free form creative kit bashing

While I have several projects 'snapping at my heels', so to speak, I am trying to make progress on the 72 point HotT Weird World War 1 army. The army needed some riders, but I didn't want to go for traditional horsed cavalry, even though my original creative vision had been for horses wearing gas masks, in the same way that many of the non re-animated infantry are.The concept of 'riders' seemed to speak to me of interesting. weird, oddball vehicle creations, not all human crewed. I spent a lot of time rifling through the traditional spares box (the modeller's 'pandora's box)  looking for bits, but more importantly looking for inspiration. I had a mental picture of what I wanted, but individually none of the eventual creations look much like that at all. However collectively I like the look of the 'unit'. In the best gestalt psychology tradition, the whole is more than the sum of the parts.I had some spare 'Airfix Tiger 1' road wheels, and kept coming back to these, along with a series of crew from the Ai

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Man, Have I Been Prolific This Month! And, Some News of Interest.

I seem to keep writing a lot for the blog these days, and the painting contest is currently being judged. I encourage all of my readers to sign in and make their vote known. I'd like to see more responses as we had five entries, and all of them look like the contestants did their very best.Also, I found out a couple of months late, but Wargames Illustrated did an article about using Twilight: 2000 as a miniature wargames background! Yep, that's right. In WI 373. there's a lavishly illustrated article that includes rules reviews, figure reviews (including a few I was kinda "meh" on, but YMMV), and a good summary of the Vistula Trilogy.Cover of WI 373, image taken from WI website.In short, if you don't have a copy, go out and get one. It's a good read for those just getting into this as a milleu.Come the new year, I plan on getting some forward momentum on my own Twilight: 2000 miniatures and to figure out how I am going to work things out vis a vis doing Iran during the Twilight War in 20mm. I have a fan proje

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Submissions are Closed, and the Voting is Upon US!

Well, everyone! Our call for submissions has ended, and we have five submissions for people to judge and vote on. Please come on down to the Facebook page, and vote. You have until midnight on December 30th to cast your vote.Just to give you all an idea of what we got for submissions this year, I have decided to post one picture from each entry.So come on down and vote, our submitting artists would appreciate it after the hard work they have put in.

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