Heya,Recent month was like a nightmare for me. Sadly for non-hobby related reasons.But life goes on and no matter what shitstorm rages outside the window there's no reason to stop painting stuff. Actually sometimes I think the hobby is one of very few things which keeps me anchored to the reality.I should probably start getting worried...So what's today?Most of my stuff (both related and non-related to hobby) has already been packed and prepared for moving so I don't even want to start a serious project. Instead I've managed to paint some random bits still staggering on the hobby desk.First one is "recycling" job - it's actually terrain piece for Bolt Action game: dug-in Sherman IC Firefly. This one is or course based on dug-in Panther from Road to Berlin expansion. While packing bits box I've found spare Sherman hull and turret, which were just enough to assemble half on the tank.The piece was made to practice using oils (lesson learnt: BIGGER CONTRAST!!!) and will be used as terrain piece, mission objective
I've completed a MAJOR overhaul and revision of the Bolt Action Star Wars rules (and army list - scroll down for the army list info/download). The includes all new rules and a dedicated section on Force Powers and Users. You can download the Star Wars Bolt Action playsheet here.NOTE: A special thanks to Dan Kerrick for setting our group down the path of playing Star Wars and for his initial revision of the rules. These rules have been posted for the enjoyment of the wargaming community. I use these rules primarily for the group I play with and to run my Star Wars games at conventions. While I'm happy to hear feedback and I do update the rules periodically, I have no specific commitment to supporting the rules beyond "as time permits." Additionally, I have no affiliation or connection to Warlord Games.I've completed the army lists for this as well. This primary is focused on the models available from the Star Wars Legion line along with specific additional models
I’ve had a bit of a hiatus with this blog, but am now getting back on track. After reading the new Panzers in Berlin book, I was inspired to create a Panther F. Originally with only speculation on their operational use the book confirms with several photographs. On to the build.... I had a old JTFM Panther in the spares box which was ideal, sort of. The JTFM Panther seems to be modelled on the Panther II prototype hull, which makes it awkward to use normally. The difference (in 1/56) between the II and F hulls is minor, primarily some redefining of hull plates ( hence the green stuff lines) so it’s a good donor. The supplied steel wheel set was replaced with a spare track set from a Warlord Panther G which worked fine with some filler pieces. Other alterations were substitutions with rubicon panther spares to upgrade the resin versions Still some work to do on this one, but it needs to sit a while whilst I get some other Panthers moving.Troop of Shewe The Showcase Quality Histor
PacifiCon has come and gone. Some big changes at the convention this year - and it was all for the better in my opinion. This convention is hosted at the Santa Clara Marriott. Last year the hotel was in the middle of some major renovations and it detracted significantly from the convention IMO. The good news is that the renovations are complete with the exception of some of the rooms. The new look, feel and layout is all very nice.While I believe miniatures in general was down a bit from last year, the turnout felt fairly consistent throughout the weekend with a steady flow of miniatures games being run. There were some really cool ones that I only could see from across the room since I was busy running games.Roy Scaife, Dan Kerrick, John Lantz, Matt Hilzendarger, Steve and myself all made our way out to a fun weekend of gaming. The past few months, and August in particular have been absolutely the busiest and most stressful time in my life. All that came to a c
I'll be doing a small separate post for the general report about PacifiCon this year but I wanted to peel off the Hoth stuff separately. I'll be posting more about the scenario, army lists, etc. in a follow up scenario post and update to the Star Wars Bolt Action rules.I've been messing around with different settings on my phone camera to get better pictures - so you'll see some different results in the pictures below ... by the end I think I found the settings I like the most and will use that moving forward. Unfortunately I damaged the remote shutter release on my SLR (again!) and couldn't do close up exposures which I really wanted to do ...Anyways, for this post it is just pictures from the two games I ran (Friday morning play test game and the main event on Saturday morning).Lot's more to come on this ... just eye candy for today ...Game 1 pictures below ...Game 2 pictures below ...Han Solo and Chewbacca with a Commando squadwas a special deployment option for the RebelsMessing around ... stu
Hello everybody and welcome! After Dennis had a look at the frames of the G.I.s from Warlord Games in his review, I'll say a few words about painting these guys today. However, before we get started, I would like to mention something: I made my first real experiences with real war at the age of […]
With almost all of my buildings on largish scenic bases I find it a challenge to make up some of the maps associated with Chain of Command campaigns, my recent experience of Operation Martlet led me to ordering up two 'stand alone' buildings with small bases to add to my Normandy collection. I chose Charlie Foxtrot models as I know Colin and have gotten 97% of my stuff from him so far, the kits are easy to build and lend themselves to upgrading and personal touches.I have watched Lardy TV and Richard Clarke building and converting a Dark Ops blacksmiths, beautiful but too much effort for me, however I decided to try my had at plastering. Normally I simply paint and brush in some fine sand which works very well. So off I trotted to B&Q or some such hell hole (for me) for a couple of tester paints, a small trowel and a tube of filler. Imagine how perplexed I was when I saw many testers not in pots but in a sealed unit with a sponge on the end, duh. I did manage thankfully to find some tins, so I was set up.
I am currently preparing the Cruel Seas review, along with the Flotillas and larger ships. I mentioned the resin ships in my last short update, Civilans, Romans and Boats, and I find it very appealing to build something completely different to the very dominant 28mm kits that I usually cover. Assembly goes fast, as does […]
This kit has been around for a while, but I think it makes sense to team it up with the Campaign supplement for Operation Overlord. Warlord Games gave the US Infantry, one of the oldest kits for Bolt Action along with the Brits, an overhaul. And that box is todays topic, the new US Infantry, […]
Now then,I have recently finished off my Valentine tank for the western desert.Add captionI have continued with the Caunter scheme as I really like how it looks.For markings I have taken a bit of artistic license once again, but after spending a few hours online and looking through my books, it seems almost haphazard how tanks were marked up in the desert.So I went with what looked cool.This is a resin model from blitzkrieg miniatures, but purchased from the Perry miniatures website.A solid chunk of resin, and minimal clean up meant that this tank was completed in a single evening.Highly recommended!Cheers for now,Stig.
Now then,Continuing with my ongoing western desert force, I've now painted up my Marmon Herrington armoured car.I've always liked this vehicle, very old fashioned looking, but looks quite sturdy at the same time.Apparently it was very well liked by the crews, as it was reliable and easy to maintain.This is an excellent model from Perry miniatures.Again I have painted it up in the earlier caunter scheme, and taken a bit of artistic license with the markings.So there we go, another step closer to finishing my 8th army project for bolt action.Thanks for stopping by,Stig.
Heya,Looks like my US force is now getting one more anti-tank piece, after M1 57 mm medium anti-tank gun and M2A1 105 mm medium howitzer.Not that we play games big enough to require 2 platoons or I am some sort of cannon models maniac - I just got nice, second hand support weapon bundle recently.Once again models arrived painted, but luckly neither undercoated or varnished, so washing them wasn't challenging.After dealing with howitzer (which actually hasn't seen the battlefield yet...) I was hoping to paint something quite diffrent but I spotted painting contest running on Polish forum Strategie, so looks like there was a chance for frendly competition but even more important - getting one more model crossed off the list.The contest rules say you have to show an least one photo from the beginning or works, at least two from the progress and the final ones. The idea is to make people show miniatures painted especially for the contest, and not toys already stuffed in the display cases.Quite a good idea ac
Now then,We recently played our first game of Bolt Action V2 at the Old Guard wargames club. We played a test game at around 600 points per side.Set in North Africa in 1942, the British forces of the 8th army took on Rommels Afrika korps. I wont go into too much detail here as I have forgotten what happened when etc, but.....The not great....The only problem we really encountered was the difficulty in taking on vehicles. It seemed that you really had to be very lucky to damage one, and we beside trying to take one out in close combat. I managed to destroy the SDKFZ251c in the end but it was a lucky shot and only after trying for turn after turn. My Bren carrier was a terror on the battlefield zipping about and machine gunning anyone foolish enough to be caught in its line of sight..... very frustrating for my opponent....The good stuff.Overall we really enjoyed the game, the dice activation meant that both players are constantly active and engaged in the game. The rules are simple enough to pick up fairly qui
Here's a recently completed WW2 French army for Bolt Action. Well, part of the army. It is enough for the customer to get started with some games while I finish off the rest.It contains the core of the infantry with enough support options and HQ to at least hit 1000 points.More will follow, in addition to more WW2 French armies. Seems they are popular at the moment.
In the year of the 75th anniversary of the D-Day it makes more than sense, to (re-)visit one of the most infamous operations of the second world war - Operation Overlord. Warlord covered the battles in North-Western Europe with the very first campaign supplement, Battleground Europe, and now comes with a strong focus on Campaign […]