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I Might Be Back, Maybe

Some days I really miss writing for this blog. I spent a year trying to get a Twitch stream up and running with no success. I’m not sure why I have a compulsion to scream into the void but it seems I do. Although I’m trying to just spread my passion and knowledge to the world it seems like I’m just talking to myself. I can’t make a blog post without an image. Here is Spiderman from Atomic Mass Games’ Marvel Crisis Protocol I probably should find a larger blog to contribute to instead. I should be a team player for someone else. I have this intense desire to do things my own way and be the leader of my team, even if my team is just me and even if I’m playing in the most minor of minor leagues. I’m not 100% convinced I want to give up streaming. It seems like it’s a wonderful medium and has the advantage that it has the highest ratio of time spent to content creation. All things require some social media promotion so let’s ignore the time spent the

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More tiny tanks...

With too many photos to post in one go, here are the rest of the 1/300th scale moderns - none of which still thankfully smell of Dettol either!This lot is mostly Arab armies - a mix of T72, T64 and T55s The tanks are mostly on 40x20 bases, with other AFVs on 30x20 and 20x20 for the small ones I'm not sure if this Desert MERDC scheme was actually used, but it does look cool! I seem to have a full set of M60s, AAV7's, M1's, Bradleys and other toys - probably far too many to actually use in CWC!The M60's have had the most work done in terms of removing the old paint and metal rotThere were also some random French and other vehicles, apparently from a French Recce force that there is no real list for in CWC at the moment as it may be a bit too modern,The T55's are I think rather ropey Skytrex models. For all of the tanks they are Army Painter desert sand spray, with Army Painter diluted soft tone wash on the upper surfaces and Dark Tone on the wheels and tracks.  My attempts to paint the

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15mm WW2 Germans softskins for sale

For a change of pace, I painted up sixteen 15mm German soft skins. These are resin Battlefront models I got in a job lot. I have added them to my 15mm WW2 for sale page.Nice enough models, suitable for France, Russia or the desert. A bit of grass could be added to the bases but don't want to make the too specific until sold.Up next: Gaming at the club, a building, some 28mm adventurers, and maybe some more 15mm WW2 (German reduce units).

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The AHPC10 Map is unveiled

Curt revealed all the locations and the requirements for the map of the AHPC10 today, and it looks like this:So that`s a nice and varied set of options, and now I`ll have to ponder which route to take.While I do have some ideas already, I am going to be using the Balloon quite a lot I think, to hop around the place and try to tangle with some varied themes.But I`ll also be needing to paint up a "prize" figure to join this challenge, and that is something I am going to do as soon as the contest starts, to become my first entry.At first look, I think I am going to go the "Path of the New Shiney" in all probability, though "The Path of History" is also a strong contender...Time to do some research (and mail orders!) for the challenge, and get those brushes fired up, though the map won`t be distracting me to much (I hope) from the projects I want to do this challenge.Time to go on an adventure!

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Refurbished 1/300th scale tanks

A couple of months ago I was gifted a huge collection of 1/300th scale tanks by brother, most of which I'd actually painted and some of which I'd owned way back when we were both still at school.Other than the sheer amazement as to just how dammned many of the blighters there actually were (and being mind-boggled that we managed to even play a single turn either of the old WRG modern rules, or the even more complex and marker-tastic Battlegroup moderns with quite so many AFVs on table..), it was also a challenge to see how easily it would be to upgrade some of them to a full set of CWC Middle Eastern forces.None of them were based, and more concerningly a significant proportion of them were suffering from some sort of evil metal rot/fungal plague as well.  The internet provided some help, and I ended up buying a large amount of Dettol to act as a paint stripper - and smelling out the house in the process with a rather different, more medicinal small than I usually do (with paint...)!The end result is fou

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Plodding through Plaid.....painting miniatures thoughts

I posted the picture below tonight on a number of Facebook forums and had probably the best reaction to a photo for some time. Painting plaid is a daunting task and I have tried over the years to perfect it. The secret is paint flow, and shading highlights. I basically paint and wash like I do for all my models, then highlight, then add the lines, then highlight the squares inbetween. For the fine lines I have tried wet palettes, water, drying retarder and mediums etc, I finally settled on a idea I read on planet models forum using a single drop Vallejo varnish as the medium.  I find it works the best on a wet palette, dragging both together into a mix, too a milk consistency,  add a good brush, preferably sable, I used a 5/0 kolinsky on this piece, but a good 000 will give a satisfactory result as long as it has a good point. Brush washing also helps, as I paint almost every day I wear our brushes quite fast, so I like to wash them weekly so I can get a long service from a expensive sable? As for t

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Zeds, Naps and gangsters

A bit of a job lot of figures today. First up are the last of the zombies for awhile, I hope. There were some of the larger guys. Judging by the neck lanyards, I would say civil servants who just got layoff notices?There were also three regular toxic zeds plus an old heroclix guy who has been lingering on my paint table for awhile.I also finished of the gangsters from pulp alley. Some very well armed fellows!Bruce had me over last week to try out some changes to his yet-unnamed Napoleonic game. I got crushed but, in losing so badly, we discovered a few issues to clean up.Up next: we have the club this week with lunar wars and some WW2 crossfire on offer. I hope to move some more figures, including a building to completion.

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BLB Head to Head #1: Gardes Francaises v Garden til Fods

The epitome of a XVII Guard unit for Beneath the Lily BannersI thought it might be an idea to explain some of the BLB mechanisms by directly comparing opposing troops types in a gaming context both from a shooting and close combat perspective and adding a little detail on the units involved for those interested in collecting or building a particular formation.Where better to start than with two iconic formations from the Nine Years War:Gardes Francaises and Gardes Suisses in action in a large Malplaquet 1709 scenarioKing Louis XIV's Maison du Roi, in the form of The legendary French Guard or Gardes Francaises and, King Christian V's Danish Household Guard infantry the Garden til Fods.Garden til Fods performing a rearguard action at Neerhespen 1693The French Household troops (Maison du Roi) were a significant body numbering in excess of 6,000 infantry and 2,500 Horse. The regiments were the most prestigious in the army and attracted the Great , the Good as well as the rich as officers.Maison du Roi flagsheet F

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On the Painting Desk 120

Or better, At the Assembly Line...As my painting spot isn't set up yet and it is still a bit of helping out where possible, I have been glueing together models at full speed instead.That way, the glueing (and undercoating) will be ready by the time the AHPC starts at the 21st of december, and so will I in a bid to score no less then 1.000 points this year.And that will include a heap of 6mm, as both my Belgians and my Neo-Soviets for respectively Blitzkrieg and Future War Commander are build up.Until next week!

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What I painted in November 2019

We've moved!And that also means this is a bit of an iconic month, as it features the very last figures finished in the old appartment.Unfortunatly, the mancave isn't just set up, BUT I have been painting in the new place!  And the glorious first models completed in the Hobbit Hole (a picture and video report on the place will follow once it is all done and ready) arrrrrrrre:6mm Haystacks from Perfect Six Miniatures, 9 of them to be precise.Yup, nothing big or spectacular, as it is mostly journeying between hobby room in progress and the dining able for the moment. Not ideal for serious paint projects as my paint lamp isn't installed yet, but good enough for all sorts of small scatter terrain and the likes.But before everything was packed up on the paint desk and moved to this new place, some figures had also been completed, most notably at last the batch of 18 Morannon Orcs.  These guys have officially become the last miniatures painted on the trusty paint desk...As well as this minor level hero, a

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Sorry, still more Zeds.

So, still more Zeds from the Toxic Mall box. I know you are likely bored looking at them. Rest assured, I'm tired of painting them. But we're nearly done.I knocked of a mixed lots of regulars zombies (including some bigger ones) as well as a bunch of toxic zombies.The toxic Zeds are more interesting to look at. But I'll be happy to see the shambling-ass end of this project.I also finished a few more gangsters from Pulp Figures. Four gangsters plus a lovely fire hydrant and a police box. I think I have three more that just need the base painted.Up next: Honestly, I'm not sure. I have a building underway. And I need to think through a holiday-themed game. I'm thinking some kind of Franklin Expedition tie-in. The lesson from my last few pulp games is less complexity and smaller tables. So it might be a straight up fight for control of the Terror? Maybe with the ice breaking up? I dunno. Need to layout what I have.

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