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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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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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Painting Contest Developments!

Hey all, I got prizes in from Ehliem Figures and Michael Moore (Thank You very much, guys!), as well as a couple packs of the old Grenadier Twilight: 2000 line up for grabs for this thing. And, they're the Post Apoc "Gaslands" inspired line for Ehliem, which I reviewed in an earlier blogpost, Well, having seen some of the stuff in person? I am impressed. I am still trying to lock down the Game Craft Miniatures gift certificate, but if any other manufacturers see this and want to contribute to the prize pool, it's not too late!Remember These Beauties?So, get your entries in, you only have until this coming Sunday, and then, voting begins on the Facebook page, so don't forget to like the page, so you can vote for your faves! (I will be also posting pics here, and Grimace of the Good Luck, You're on Your Own newsletter will also be posting your entries.)So I forgot to mention what needs to be included with your entries:1. Good pictures. Sadly, we cannot judge your stuff in person, so good pics are going to

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Germans 1939. Niemcy 1939.

Another few models for my collection of Germans in 1939 in 20mm. Kolejne kilka modeli do mojej kolekcji Niemców na 1939 rok w skali 20mm.PzKpfw 35(t), Panzerbefehlswagen 35(t) - FtF:SdKfz 251/4 Ausf. A., SdKfz 251/6 Ausf. A, SdKfz 251/1 Ausf. A - FtF:PzKpfw 38(t) - PSC:PzKpfw I Ausf. A, PzKpfw I Ausf. B - S-Model:7,5cm le.IG 18, SdKfz 223, SdKfz 247 - FtF:Mercedes L3000, Opel Blitz - PCS:SdKfz 11 - FtF:SdKfz 221 - FtF:SdKfz 222 - FtF:SdKfz 231 8-Rad - PSC:Krupp Protze Kfz. 69, Krupp Protze Kfz. 70 - FtF:Gunners - FtF, Esci, Hasegawa:Tankers - FtF, Esci:Next in pale should be the Poles for 1939, however I also got some Napoleonic Poles to paint. I cannot decide, what to do next...Następni w kolejce powinni być Polacy na 1939, jednak mam również trochę napoleonki, też Polaków i nie mogę się zdecydować co pomalować...

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Weird World War 1 behemoth

It has been a while since I've paid any attention to the Weird World War 1 British army. However, finally another leap forward, with the MkIV behemoth completed. The kit was an Emhar Mk IV female tank. The pose is necessary to try to keep the model within the parameters of the behemoth base size.Here are some of the stands completed so far: the behemoth flanked by a pair of shooters, the magician, and hero to the front, the God to the left, and a re-animated 1914 horde unit to the right, with the Sopwith Camel aerial hero to the right rear.So the army now stands at 50 points completed.. this is going to be a 72 point army ready for Big Battle HotT. There is a BE2c airboat to be built, and then, well we'll see.

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Season's Greetings From 500 Miles! And, a CONTEST!!!

From our friends at Podcast at Ground Zero!Well, a chill is in the air, and Cyber Monday is upon us.  Why, even the rad count is down to "acceptable levels", and the chem sniffer has taken a break from sounding an alarm. And all our happy members are wishing for gaming goodies, full stills, and of course, more ammo. But hey, on a more page related note, I challenge my readers to post here or at the FB page some of their milleu related winter stuff..in fact, let's make this a contest!1st Annual "500 Miles Holiday Painting Contest"Rules: Paint a miniature or group of miniatures (this includes terrain) in either 15, 20 or 28mm scale (sorry 6mm folks, perhaps next time) in a winter setting suitable for Twilight: 2000. Entries can be sent to 500milest2k@gmail.com and will be judged by the members of the 500 Miles Facebook Page. They can be infantry, vehicles, or even a diorama!It must be an original work, and not have submitted for anywhere else, online or offline.Prize: I will put forward two

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SCW Republicans, part 7

It has been a long time - over two years - since infantry from my Spanish Civil War project graced the pages of this blog: This is an infantry section for the Republican army, circa 1937, as outlined in the marvelous España supplement for Chain of Command, along with a figure that will be used to represent a Medical Orderly (above and right of the center of the pic).  15 soldiers - 3 squads

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Battlegroup Twilight: 2000, Comments and Ideas

Hi Guys, Another short post this time around. I wanted to ask everyone out there a small favor. I have the BG Cold War American list for Twilight: 2000., and I wanted comments on it. It's not ready for play just yet IMO, heck, I don't even have some Soviets to pit against it! But, it's 90-95% done IMO, and I need some supplemental rules to go with it. That said, I'd also like comments on that, as I do believe one will need chits for Twilight: 2000, to get the special milleu down. Heck, I think "Endkampf" from Fall of the Reich would work very well here.Just so we're all on the same page!  So, I wanted to ask the following questions?Does this fit the milleu?Is this doable in Battleground?What other changes to Battleground do you think need to be made?I look forward to hearing from you all. Here is the link to the draft list. Please make all comments care of the website email at: 500milest2k@gmail.com. Thanks in advance.

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Another Short News Piece

Well, I wanted to put this short news piece out there to get the word out that the blog has a Facebook page! Yep, that's right. We're going to social media. I wanted the page to get the word out and have a one stop shopping place on FB to release future news about when there's a blog release, like...now.I have not done much Twilight: 2000 miniatures related, but I am gearing up to finish a boatload of Soviet armor, including some items from Butler's Printed Models that I really have been meaning to finish painting. They're almost done, so I am pretty confident, gimme a day or two to paint em, and I will be displaying them here for all to see, along with a review.As for other matters, I gave some Lifecolor MERDC colors a try painting some Battletech 'Mechs, and I liked the results, very much. I can definitely recommend Lifecolor, but it doesn't wear as well as oh, say, Vallejo or AK/MiG, but I was very happy with the end results, and they responded to the Magic Mudd Wash very well indeed. (I cannot say en

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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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More Spearhead, notionally in France 1940

Our experiments in playing Spearhead with 20mm figures and models continues. In Spearhead everything should be based on bases 1.25" square. This creates more accurate combat frontages, and troop densities.  The issue is the size of vehicles. Vehicles in 1/72 obviously don't fit on bases 1.25" square. This means that individual models, representing troops of 3-5, vehicles occupy a disproportionately large area on the table surface.In our last game we played with a scale multiplier of 1.5X. This meant that vehicles were closer to the right densities, although correspondingly infantry on the standard 1.25" bases occupied too small an area. Even though we played on a larger table area, it wasn't 1.5x the standard 6'x4' area that we usually use. Therefore troops moved further, action was joined much sooner, weapon ranges were longer and so more of the table area could be dominated by fire, and the opportunity to develop the game more fully with manoeuvre disappeared as you were on your enemy far too soon

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Vehicle Schemes of the Third World War, Part 2 (The Soviet Union, Poland, and Czechoslovakia)

The Soviet Union and PolandThe Soviets had a multitude of camo patterns and paints during the war, but the most common base pattern was a color that compared very closely to FS (Federal Standard) 34077, a dark green known as Zashchitnuy Zelno that the Soviets had been painting their equipment in since 1956. Thousands of Soviet vehicles saw action wearing this color, and it was still the most common paint scheme in Soviet service, especially in Category III and Mobilization Only divisions, but this scheme was not limited to those units by any means.Soviet T-72B from unidentified division from 38th Army in Zashchitnuy Zelno scheme, Manchuria, 1996Soviet T-64 from postwar modeling magazine, taken from a photo from an actual example in Poland, ca. 1999 (Taken from Cybermodeler)Zashchitnuy Zelno SchemeThe Soviets had had field regulations regarding disruptive camouflage since the 1960s, but the colors were those used often for other purposes, such as primer coats for equipment or interior colors, and the applica

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Another new models. Kolejne nowe modele.

Today some new reinforcements to my collections. After Normans I wanted something small and unified, before next hard project. With hundreds unpainted figures and models the choice was quite hard, but finally I found something which fit into my needs. Dzisiaj kilka uzupełnień do moich kolekcji. Po Normanach chciałem pomalować coś małego i zunifikowanego, przed następnym trudnym projektem. Z setkami niepomalowanych figurek i modeli, wybór był naprawdę trudny, jednak w końcu znalazłem coś co wpasowało się w moje potrzeby. First were some support weapons for my Polish 1st Armoured Division. Two 2' mortars together with MMG. All models are from Crusader Miniatures.Na początek kilka broni wsparcia dla mojej 1. Dywizji Pancernej. Dwa dwucalowe moździerze oraz ckm. Wszystkie modele pochodzą od Crusader Miniatures.Second is HMG for my Poles for 1920. Models are from Scheltrum Miniatures.Drugi jest ckm dla moich Polaków na 1920 rok. Modele sa od Scheltrum Miniatures.The last is the plane for G

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