Thursday, May 4, 2017

Painted and Based

At a snails pace I am progressing through these plastic figures and I have enough now for some skirmish games.



The above are a mix of Romans, Britons, Knights, Huns and Saracens and once I finish some more I shall have some little games to keep my self entertained.



Apart from that I am getting rid of a lot of stuff  (6mm, 15mm) as sanity has prevailed !


Monday, April 17, 2017

1/72 progresses


As my foray into the Roman world continues I decided a trip to the Fortress of Knowledge was in order. While the box art on the Romans is good, I have no idea what other troop types should look like so I managed to find this, which is very good for a beginner such as myself.


As per usual, I also left with several science pieces and astrophysics for a little light reading.

The next question will be rules, as these figures are all for skirmish type games finding a good set (out of the sets I have) is the next task.

Thursday, April 6, 2017

1/72 Ancients and new books

Motivation has been low recently, and I have even contemplated getting rid of most of the things I have apart from a few genres (I have started this process already)

I was in Sydney and managed to visit Hobbyrama where I found some kits that I picked up.

There are are few boxes of Emhar Viking Warriors


A box of Zvedza Turkish Cavalry




And I also took advantage of the Acorn model sales to pick up 4 boxes of:



These will be part of my 1/72 Skirmish\battle system based on some beer and pretzel type rules.  The Imperial Romans don't fit in that well period wise but Ive always wanted a 1/72 Roman army.

Archduke Piccillo kindly gave me some Mongols which are fitting in quite nicely.

As it was my birthday last week (Which I spent ill in bed) my present from the family was a copy of Tony Bath's "Ancient War-gaming" which is a good book but also includes "Setting Up a Wargames Campaigns" which I already have

And Lionel Tarrs Modern (1939-1945) Wargaming Rules


Thursday, February 16, 2017

Colorado and purchases



Here I am at the foot of the Rockies for work. I've been in the USA almost a week now and have my final few days in Grand Junction. Its a great town with stunning scenery all around it, nice crisp winter days and successful work days with excellent clients.

It also has a wonderful second hand bookshop, where I picked up the following bargains. A West Point collection of WW2 European battle maps and an excellent ACW piece on several campaigns. I could have easily purchased several more but the suitcase is starting to feel the weight of things.


LAX in a days time and then one final shopping spree at a nice little store I have found.



Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Painting Space Marines for Fun and Practice.


Over the last 20 years I have picked up a few Spare marine figures as I simply liked them and wanted to paint them. I recall I have about 20 of these so I decided recently to paint one figure each for the Chapters (Regiments I guess) I liked to look of. This was also a practice session on getting back into painting larger figures as recently I have only been painted small or slender figures but trying some of these GW you-tube tutorials at the same time to see techniques I could try on historic figures as well as try some better Red, yellow, blue and gold layers.

So I pulled a few out and decided to paint a Dark Angel (green), Space Wolf (Blue grey) an Ultramarine (Blue), A Crimson Fist (Yellow), A Salamander (Light green), a Blood Angel (Red) and finally a Space Wolf terminator. (The big thing). They are not finished but as its been hot and I have not been painting I played with the camera anyway.


The Space Wolf marine with hand painted shoulder pads. Looks like straight lines are not my forte !
 Though on the other shoulder pad I did hand paint a wolfs head which is practice for a greater project of hand painting my own Historical Standards instead of printing them off from Warflag.(I am slowly getting better at yellow shades though on close up I am not so sure.). When I was a teen everything was manually done so I want to head back in that direction.

The Blood Angel where I used several types of Red paints  and some gold layers.

The UltraMarine - trying out some new blues and different Gold techniques.

 Another hand painted shoulder pad insignia.
 The Terminator so far.
 I was in the mood to do these as they have been around far too long, but it was good fun getting the lighter colours out and trying some different things.

I am off to the States in two days for a week. It shall be interesting to be in winter again !

Sunday, January 22, 2017

US Armour - 4th Infantry Division


I spent a week in Auckland and took a box of Confederates with me to finish, however the hotel had very bad lighting so painting was pretty much a non event. Not sure why they thought any type of lamp or light near a desk could be of use.

So on my return I have completed a German Infantry Battalion of 1057th Infantry Regiment, 91st Infantry Division for Utah Beach. I have the second battalion to base and finish, then I can move onto the next regiment and the support troops (Once they are done I can take some pictures).

In the meantime I have been preparing the US Armour for the small attachments of 70th Tank Battalion and 899th Tank Destroyer. M10s and M3 Shermans are Armoufast, the right two are Italeri M4A3 Quick builds -  They have all been undercoated and now need finishing and I have some baggage to also load. The M10 crew will simply be scalped from unwanted infantry unless I can find some American crew to use.



Saturday, January 14, 2017

Command Decision WW2 - US Infantry and German Parachite Infantry.


So in a short break between restoring\painting ACW armies I spent a few days kick starting my ww2 command decision armies. I am planning to have forces for Utah Beach\Cherbourg area as there is a good mix of units on both sides and as the German Divisions in that region were badly equipped, I can use a lot of different vehicles. I have kept these guys pretty simple - paint and a wash really, with a very simple flock base. Thought it better to get the units done than mess around on too much detail.


6th Parachute Regiment.

I had painted some German's a while back. Here are a few of the Para's that I based along with the Americans.





  1st Battalion, 8th Infantry Regiment, 4th Infantry Division, US Army
Old Esci US Infantry with two old trucks a brand new Italeri Quick build Jeep and  Grubby Tank 57mm gun. The gun and jeep need finishing off and I should really repaint the trucks but I will finish the new stuff first.( I glued the prone figures tot he bases before flocking - what a mistake )



My plan is to complete one battalion at a time per nation so I can use them in smaller games solo at home.

I'm off to Auckland for work for a week so in that lovely spare time in the evenings (no dishes, no bedtime stories, no garden watering) I plan to finish another 4 Confederate Regiments.