"I love the smell of Laser Burnt MDF in the morning, it smells of gaming". Ok that's a pretty muddled paraphrasing of Col Kilgore but it is an accurate description of the scent in the Lair as I've been assembling a lot of Sarissa Precsision 28mm rail road kits.Sarissa has a large selection of rolling stock and the models are very fun to put together.*. The first picture shows the assembled Pannier Engine and freight cars set. The set is a great deal and I highly recommend it. I tossed in a 28mm Perry DAK officer figure for scale. If there are trains, then there must be some track, so I picked up a few track packs from Sarissa also. They are very simply to put together but one tip is to paint the rails and ties BEFORE assembling the tracks.The completed train - sorry the picture is a little dark A dark grey, rust streaked engine and flat car.The rest of the rolling stock. Why am I building a 28mm railroad? Well you may see it in an upcoming LWTV episode....* Usually Sari
My Dutch village is now complete. I’ll pack it away soon, to wait till I’ve painted up an enemy force from May ’40 Miniature’s forthcoming Fallschirmjäger (German paratroops) Kickstarter for my 1940 Dutch to fight. The final addition was to make the canal. I simply sprayed some textured sandpaper dark green, then edged the banks with sand and flock. Simple and effective, especially with the addition of some random bits of fencing and a couple of boats. The back gardens on the left are a Sarissa Precision product, which just happened to match the dimensions of two of my cardboard row houses. The only thing I had to adapt was to draw a little more crazy-paving to align the garden paths with the the back-doors of each house. By the way, some people have asked why I use 1/72 scale buildings with 28mm figures. The answer is that I prefer my houses to have a small footprint, as they then don’t dominate the table as much. In any case, wargamers usually play with underscaled trees, ri
I’m getting my Dutch village ready for May ’40 Miniatures’ forthcoming Kickstarter for a new range of early WW2 fallschirmjäger (German paratroops). May ’40 Miniatures Fallschirmjäger Kickstarter My 1940 Dutch army is badly in need of an opponent, so I am eagerly awaiting the Kickstarter that May ’40 Miniatures are about to launch for a range of German early war fallschirmjäger. These figures will be accurately modelled to represent the paratroops who took part in the 1940 invasion of the Netherlands. Once they’re here, these fallschirmjäger will of course have to jump (ha ha!) to the top of my existing lead pile! Sarissa Precision’s canal bridge In readiness for wargaming the 1940 invasion of the Netherlands, I have added a typical opening bridge to my Dutch village. Although Sarissa’s MDF canal bridge kitset is based on the bridge at Bruegel from the later Operation Market Garden in 1944, it will work perfectly for wargames set during the German invas
On a rather delightfully warm Saturday morning, I found myself once again trekking to the hallowed tabletop show that is Salute. Once again the tabletop masses descended unto the London Excel for Salute 2019. Grab [...] The post Salute 2019 – Another Year, Another Wonderful Show appeared first on Tabletop Games UK.
Continuing the real estate-theme of this portion of the Challenge - I now present 8 28mm Western themed buildings. All of these kits are from Sarissa Precision and are very nice. There are six Mexican themed buildings (I got the Mexican village pack) and two more general purpose - a large barn and a foundry.A close up of four of the Mexican themed buildings 2 houses in the back, a small jail (front left) and a catina (front, right).The jail even has 3 cells! It's just screaming for a jail break gameThe village has a rather large bank. - too be honest it's a lot larger than the other buildings so will look a little out of place but it's still a nice kit.A small adobe churchThe two more generic buildings are the large barn and a foundry. I still need to do some detailing on these buildings but I suspect you'll see them at Cold Wars in a American Civil War setting.There are a "few" more real estate projects for this years Challenge
Another 15mm painting updateFrench Generals - the figures are from Old Glory's Blue Moon line and were a lot of fun to paint up. The larger the base, the higher the command level. These 9 command stands join another 4 that I purchased pre-painted from GAJO.Spanish artillery - AB figures and Old Glory guns.AB figures are simply superb.6 French Limbers for Old Glory. Wonderful figures and very cost effective but I really don't like painting limbers. Got some Austrian Limbers to also paint up.One of two 15mm scale Sarissa European Buildings. I highly recommend the kits.I "need" to get some more!
As I slowly move through my lead pile of things Home Guard related, the realization set in that I would need terrain and a fair bit of it if I wanted to replicate Dad's Army, Went the Day Well or The Eagle Has Landed. I toyed with making up buildings out of foam core and other materials but practically, that wasn't a realistic option. With some Christmas money in hand, I went shopping. There are many good manufacturers out there with some very nice products in 28mm / 1/56. Some of the resin offerings were beautiful but expensive, and for many companies, their UK styled offerings were focused on terraced housing.I decided to go with Sarissa primarily because of their very generous shipping terms and because they ship Royal Mail. (As mentioned in a previous post, courier companies like to gouge Canadians for customs fees). The order was placed and a few weeks later, my order arrived in my mailbox. It came in two separate packages, both properly marked as to contents and value and with no import fees payabl