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Citadel Painting Handle... Can't believe I bought one...

Yeah, well... The Citadel painting handle is one of those hobby products I never really thought I would ever need. Since there have been some mishaps last month and my left hand was immobilized for some time, I had a sudden change of mind: Don't Stop Me NowI was indeed very pleased with the result and I'm actually thinking about getting some more... It has been a great help finishing the Priority Supplies for Star Wars Legion and some Micro Art Studio Laser Towers for my Legion board.A chest of Lando's favourite wine.Ready to see some action...

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Mixed bag of troops and terrain

No gaming this week, sadly. Staying in theme, I have a ghoulish collection of miscellaneous pieces painted up.First up are four old West End Games 25mm stormtroopers that I somehow missed in my massive rebasing efforts a year or so ago.I have picked up a few pieces from Red Claw from the WizKids pre-primed sets. This includes two doors and a bunch of treasure chests.I also bought some oxen and then struggled to paint them. Not happy with result but tired of looking at them so I finished the bases.The postman delivered some more ghoulish not-Lego figures. No idea where they are from or when I ordered them. I presume an impulse buy during a terrible faculty council meeting.Up next: Probably some more 54mm troops.

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MDF Building Marathon

Most of the MDF tower models I have built over the last few months have been for Jim to use on his Products For Wargamers stand at games shoes. I am now getting around to building some for myself. This time around, I thought I would paint components before I stick anything together. There is plenty to do, I plan to paint and then build three standard height Industrial Processing Towers (with Pringles tubes) and one double height tower. All the towers will link together with ground level sections all designed to make one large industrial setup for use in 40K, Rogue Stars and Kill Team. I just need to see how long it will all take.

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Diorama photography and scenic backdrops

I really like scenic pictures of miniatures and battle scenes. They capture the stories of the scenarios we play so well. One great example are the motives on the Calendar by Stronghold Terrain they released as part of the German translation of the rulebook. Other examples are the incredibly well done pictures by Jomada / […]

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Bob the Builder II

As usual having no patience I have bulldozed my way through my latest mini project (finalising my WWII buildings) and then some, I got the barns, Boulangerie and the new church which I have now completed, all are based and ready to be fought over. I am thinking of picking up a cheap toy at FIASCO in a few weeks and putting a wrecked vehicle in the grounds of the church, I think it needs something. I also think it looks a lot better now that it is painted, the OTT impression has been softened.I also decided to revisit some of my other buildings, put them on better bases and add some scatter terrain, one in particularly has always bothered me. I put it on an overly large base and placed the wall in a way that would get me shot by the owner or a real builder, there was no rhyme or reason to where the gates etc. were. That base is now in the bin and the building looks a lot better, I can also now add whatever surround I want be it hedge, fence or wall. So that is it for my Normandy terrain, apart from some fencin

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Story of a show game 4 - Forces : The Imperialists

This was a hoot! 1693 and riding roughshod over the French but it's 20 years on.. can the Turk be vanquished too?I very much enjoyed the German Grand National 1693 game which we ran at Tactica and elsewhere in the first half of 2018. The competition between four German ally states against a common enemy was colourful and fun and even spawned an X rated version which I think was called the W hores? Race which a friend of this blog rand successfully over the summer.Saxon, Prussian and Dane - all fighting for the Empire against the TurkWith limited time to paint large forces we decided to do three things. Try and finish some BLB style Ottoman units ourselves. Sub contract some painting of Ottoman units to our highly productive painting partner Rob. Muster some Donnybrook forces which would do the fighting.It is unlikely that Kurassier will be used for the extraction - it's an infantryman's job!The BLB style multi based units will form the 'lines' of the opposing armies but not move on the day. The single based m

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Through the round window

As part of my preparation for scratch building several houses for Burrows and Badgers, I have been looking for any sources of round window frames in MDF. Round windows seem quite appropriate for the Burrows and Badgers settings, but making them looks to be a bit of a pain – hence my searching for a source of these. The usual places, such as Warbases, produce doors and rectangular windows, but I wanted something a bit different. A brief search lead me to a company called Calico Craft Parts, who produce exactly what I was after – a set of MDF window frames – £2.99 for 20. You can find the frame here As well as windows, they also do doors, and even some MDF building blanks. The windows should go well with the door set that Sarissa recently released.  

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Bob the Builder

I put the finishing touches to the Boulangerie last night on my return from an exciting afternoons shopping in Manchester, of course it is not a Boulangerie now but a Bargain Booze or the 1940's French equivalent.I wasn't sure about adding the backyard, but decided to in the end, the top of the walls are plain so I added some slates from a piece of card I had lying around, a simple but effective trick. Friend Matt over at The Wargames Table sent me a couple of A4 sheets with all sorts of relevant signs for Normandy in 1944 so I used some of these to dress up the shop de vin. When Matt was last up I was quite taken by his little road signs and these were on the sheets so I cut a few of them out and based them up for 'atmosphere', I think they look good. I don't normally dress up the insides of my buildings but in hindsight I think I should at least spray them grey or some such, I still need the sheet 'glass' for the building but it is good to go, I am going to revisit some of my other buildings and give them a

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54mm AWI and 28mm terrain

Offspring activities meant I could not get out to the club this week, so no game reports. I did manage to get some painting done.The arrival of more sprues of HaT 54mm Prussian SYW troops meant I could do some cutting to make light troops for the French (above) and Hessians (below). Cutting was mostly removing bayonets from muskets. In retrospect, maybe cutting down the hats would have also been an idea (such fiddly work, though).Overall, the effect is good enough. Below there are two of the new plastic troops flanking one of the older metals I have from All The Kings' Men. Pretty decent match, especially since I had to guess at the paint mix for the jackets.I also knocked off some of the terrain I bought at Red Claw the last time I was there. This is a set of bookshelves and cabinets. You can customize the inserts as you like to vary them (if you buy multiple sets). They look good enough for Buffy and Giles.Up next: Well. some more zombie stuff and also some more 54mm AWI troops. I need to paint up some Fren

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Victory and Humbled all in one go

Yes the nights are fair drawing in and they take an effort to march out in, nonetheless having heard nothing from Rob (he is alive and well) Simon and I went for War and Conquest, a small 2,000 point game.Simon likes Romans so I took the Seleucids, I managed a fair little army although I was missing flank supports but I made up for this with light troops, I had an idea Simon would go for a core of heavy infantry. He did indeed go for heavy infantry, three cohorts backed up by cataphracts, artillery and horse archers. I had two pikes and one mercenary hoplite supported by my cataphracts, an elephant and skirmishers.As usual I kept Nelly out of the way for the first few moves while shooting up the horse archers and advancing my pikes. I very quickly overwhelmed the Roman left and then did the same to the right, this left two cohorts on their own and Simon handed over his sword. Simon doesn't play WAC very often and Ancient armies take time to learn unlike the Dark Age rabble, the Romans were a bit top heavy and

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Tim Eagling – Builder of Worlds

As you may be aware, we launched ‘The Meeples Challenge’ on episode 251 on the podcast, and I chose Burrows and Badgers, but not only painting models but building a terrain table. I mentioned at the time that I had been inspired in this endeavour by Tim Eagling, and the models he had posted on the Burrows and Badgers Facebook Group. Tim has very kindly given me permission to display some of his pictures – here are a few examples of the sort of work that Tim has been producing… If you want to see more of Tim’s work, which includes other buildings for Fantasy, Wild West and Victorian eras in various scales, then have a look at the Magrathea Builder of Worlds Facebook page.

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Story of a show game 2 - The scenario

The Panzer Division will watch from the sidelines whilst the infantry slug it outThe scenario for CRISIS 2018 is called Brahms & Liszt. It is set in 1713 on the south-eastern frontier or, north-western if you are Turkish! This is twenty years after our previous show effort of 2018 at TACTICA which also involved Imperial forces racing to over run the French in the German Grand National 1693.Prussians, Saxons etc in action on the Rhine 20 years before (Tactica 2018)Unlike the previous effort which used The War of Three Kings and was a participation game, Brahms & Liszt is a Donnybrook tale in which a little vignette is played out in front of the main forces. Lined up against each other are a large Imperial cavalry force which is on the offensive and an Ottoman infantry force protecting prepared positions.Jolly Friars and their religious and kunst treasures - regrettably acquired by the enemy.The Ottomans have once again been acquiring plunder and this time it happens to be in the shape of treasures

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Story of a show-game 1 - the trade off

LoA North American Chapter - Clarence did ALL the work for this one at Historicon 2016Being a Team of two, you have to make decisions which are inevitably a compromise. I have captained some productive groups since starting on the Event Trail around 1992. Sometimes we were two, occasionally three, many times and for several years, I flew solo.Don't be 'leg-ist' please!I don't envy larger groups but they do offer a division (rarely equal) of labour and the opportunity to game-explain-shop-rest-travel in a proportion, permitting all the bases to be covered and preventing burn out.Epics of this nature are hard yards for a two man team. Great to see but very challenging from a logistics perspective.This is often forgotten when comments such as 'well nothing seems to move on that table', 'it's just a static display', 'why didn't they engage with the public?' etc are bandied. Not a complaint I hasten to add and of no matter to the punter, but significant as an influencing factor nonetheless. You can't do it all esp

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