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A model Dutch windmill and my great-granddad

If you’re going to recreate a Dutch village in miniature, what do you just have to have to make it feel really Dutch? A windmill, of course! This weekend I added a windmill to the village I showed in my last posting. This time, instead of the cardboard buildings that I’ve use so far, I built a MDF kit by 4Ground. What a joy this kit was to put together. The design is very cleverly designed to form the rather complex shape of the windmill. But, as with other 4Ground kits I’ve built, it all fitted perfectly.  I personalised the model slightly, adding brick paper to the ground floor, and painting some parts of the sails and the turning beams. I also painted a small heraldic device where the vanes meet in the centre, as I’ve seen on real windmills in the Netherlands. I was worried the model might end up too big for my buildings, but I was happy with the end effect. After all, windmills are big in real life! Interestingly, having a windmill in my model village is a poignant reminder of m

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BMG: 4Ground "Shipping Container (A)" Terrain

I had almost forgotten that I had another Shipping Container (A) from 4Ground. sitting on my shelf waiting to be built until I noticed it the other night.  When my son and I were at Spring Fling last month for Guild Ball, I had made a purchase at the host store and it was this container.  Seeing how this month has been the month of Batman Miniature Game terrain building, I thought I'd squeeze in one more for the month.Size comparison: Bottom = 4Ground, Top = Muse on MinisPainting Points: 10** assembly time

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"Your Graveyard is in the Post"

Way back in April I headed off to Salute 2019 with a very long shopping list. One of the items I wanted was a set of 15mm gravestones to accompany a church I have for my Normandy setup. I wanted to get the MDF 4Ground ones but by the time I got to their stand they had sold out. Thankfully though they offered to order them for me and send post free, so I paid for them and tucked the receipt into my wallet... and then promptly forgot all about it. Then last week I received an email from an unknown email address with the above-mentioned subject line and for a moment several thoughts passed through my head, including "This is a rather unusual spam email...", "The local undertakers have taken marketing to a new level...", "My wife has bought me a plot and not told me about it!!",  and finally (as the penny dropped) "Hang on a minute, didn't I buy something at Salute...".A few days later a little package arrived in the post and settled the question, it was my order from 4Ground, a little later than expect

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Desperado - Purchases and Charts

Pictures from 4Ground websiteBased on the crackin' good time with yesterday's game, I decided that our western town, which isheavily Mexican in look, needed a touch of Anglo, so I have ordered the marshal's office and matching base from 4Ground, via Brigade Games,  4Ground has a large prepainted range for the Old West, and since I o not really have a ton of time for painting, this range will come in handy if I decide to expand with a few more buildings.  Our terrain is okay, the highlight being my buddy's scratch-built buildings, but we need to dress up town a bit more, so a few accessories will be ordered in the future.Also, in running the rules, nut having the two of the critical charts as part of the reference sheet became a tedious exercise flipping through the rules repeatedly.  Today I was on the Monday Knight website, and they do have a Yahoo group, which I joined, and found an Excel file with all the charts!  One quick download later an now I will be able to provide the players wit

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BMG: 4Ground North Point Tenement 2 Terrain

With my son being back in Arizona for the week, it has given me more time this weekend to hobby/model instead of playing.  I still had one building sitting on the shelf not built for the Batman Miniature Game, and this weekend was the perfect time to work on it.The last building I had (all purchased at last years GenCon) was the North Point Tenement 2 from 4Ground which is part of their Gothic City line.I started on the building last night after dinner and I was just able to finish it now.The next time I get a chance to play BMG on our home table, I will have to evaluate the gaming mat and see how many more buildings we can fit in. One of our Huskies "Loki" seeing what's going on.Painting Points: 10** assembly time

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BMG: 4Ground North Point Tenement 1 Terrain

It has only been 7 months since I last worked on a 4Ground building for the Batman Miniature Game, but last night I got around to working on the North Point Tenement 1 building.I had purchased these buildings back in August while visiting GenCon 2018, and I still have one more to complete which will be North Point Tenement 2 (not sure when that one will be done, maybe this week), I just wanted to get a few more items done for our table for a re-intro game tomorrow of BMG.Painting Points: 10** assembly time

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Weekly Chronicle #33 2018

Wow, it was actually a pretty decent week for me last week in regards to my hobby.  I was able to get in a few games, built some terrain, and painted some models.Gaming: I was able to get in a game of Warmachine/Hordes on Thursday night against my friend TJ, which was not a very good outcome for my Khador army.  Then on Saturday morning my son and I got in another game of Arena Rex, which again was not a good outcome for my myself.Terrain: I built a 4Ground South Point Tenement 1 for Batman Miniature Game, and I was able to complete some Spikes for Arena Rex.  I have more terrain for Arena Rex on the bench and those will be posted soon.Painting: I was able to start and finish my Ludus Magnus Starter Set for Arena Rex.  ‘Micon’, Marcus Furius’ and ‘Infelix’ all were completed.  Up next for Arena Rex will be the Starter Set for Legio XIII.So, all in all, it was a very good week for me and this week should also be very good.  Next week (the we

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