Sunday, 27 September 2009

This weekends painting

I seem to have done plenty this weekend but not actually finished anything.

I have assembled and based the final figure from the Foundry Civilians pack, just some more stuff needs to go on the base, it's all a bit bare.

2 Timecast houses, from the Eastern European range but probably equally at home in the American Civil War. I am from time to time going in to the selection of unpainted Timecast bits I have collected over the last few years, I shall base them all together. Behind the houses are 2 bases of trees I made which need a little work on their bases.



I have done some more on my Battletech lance, also behind them are some Soviet flats again, Timecast, and to the right two bases made with the cheap Chinese trees. I have ordered another box again £7 inc postage for 100 but this time in a darker colour.



This is a older shot showing the painting 'helper'.

Wednesday, 23 September 2009

Farewell Indian Mutiny

I had a impromptu day off today and amongst cleaning one car, managed to list some stuff on ebay. This has resulted in my selling my Indian Mutiny collection. These are about 20 years old now and they hadn't seen the light off day for a couple of years. Hopefully they are off to someone who will give them a game.

For prosperity, here they are - please remember it's 20 year old paint job.













Well I have now been able to order the book on Gettysburg that I have been coveting ever since I saw it on Amazon and I also have the funds for the first part of next years project, ACW in 6mm.

I also managed to assemble my last tricky mech, so that will be seeing paint very soon and my lance is complete.

Sunday, 20 September 2009

Painting Update

I have been catching up on my painting since I played last, some of these pieces had been painted already, some years earlier but the forthcoming game gave me the impetus to get them finished.

First up are some Brits I have painted but not based as I wanted to include some scenic items on their bases, a quick order to Angel Barracks got me a few bits and pieces.



The gates and fences are Irregular and the walls and hay stack are from Angel Barracks, who also have an excellent 6mm based forum.

A now for a heretical Battletech moment, these are a Work in Progress, althought the bases are largely done.



I was annoyed that you don't get the hex bases in the blister packed miniatures, which I have always thought were too small - making the mechs unstable. So as I have no intention of using the hex maps I got some laser cut hexes off ebay.

The Wargames Foundry "Dads Army" figures were released years ago, back when Foundry were value for money, some were started and the rest squabbled in a box with the German Paratroops.



Here are the main characters ready to repel the Hun!



The figure on the end is from Battle Honours and never appeared in any of the packs for sale, representing Bill Millin of Lord Lovat's Commandos.







Now the civilians, always useful to have. But is that a Nun or a German paratrooper in disguise. One figure is missing from the pack, as I need to sort out the bicycle.



Downed Luftwaffe Aircraft, from a bomber presumably because of their numbers and the Machine Gun.

I'm off for a game later, so a game report will appear soon.

Sunday, 13 September 2009

Trees from China / Painting Update

I needed some variety in my 6mm trees so I decided to buy some more, avoiding the typical k&m trees. I had seen cheap chinese trees on ebay before. So feeling brave I put in a massive 99p bid and won. Ok the postage was £6 but for 100 trees that's only 7p each.

Well the box is smaller than expected!



They do look rather green!



Example next to a Time Cast house. Well if the rest are similar to this one then I am happy that I have excellent value for money, I may keep them a quick pass with a green spray to tone down the brightness but other than that just need to find some time to make some tree bases.

They also do palm trees and other stuff too. Here is the seller.



Spend an hour tidying the office today, here's a blurry shot of painting corner.



Another WIP shot of the Foundry WW2 British, with boots, flesh and webbing painted.



I need to find a technique for painting spectacles on miniatures as there's a bunch in this lot. Right, time for a movie.

Tuesday, 8 September 2009

Dont Panic!!!

In preparation for the next club game, I have decided to finish my Wargames Foundry Home Guard, I am missing a couple of packs from the range and I might pick them up one day.



Here's the finished models, with an odd touch up needed here and there, and below are the ones I have started tonight, just a coat of Vallejo English Uniform. I'll do more tomorrow.



Also whilst out today I picked up a copy of Battletech: Total Warfare and a couple of Mechs from Waylands Forge - a cracking games shop in Birmingham City Center. Good stock of Board Games, RPGs, Figures, Magic etc.

Monday, 7 September 2009

The defence of Hong Kong

At long last my 6mm BAOR collection finally got to see action. Stu and I played our first game of Cold War Commander with 2500 points each. As it was our first game we looked on it as a chance to explore the rules and see what we thought.

Here's a nice opening shot of the table before we started. Buildings are from Timecast and Irregular. Miniatures from GHQ and Navwar.



Well below is what you get for 2500 points, playing British.



But play Chinese and you get this many!



Luckily for me I had an edge over quality with the Chieftains against the T-62, the did have numbers. Stu is posted a battle report so I won't spoil it and pre-empt his work.

Here they come, who's idea was it to play across the table?



And from the other flank too!



Luckily the Sabot rounds didn't let me down.



In the end we had a great game, made loads of mistakes with the rules but I think we are happy with the result. I shall be rebasing all my WW2 Soviets soon for Blitzkrieg Commander, in the meantime the Home Guard painting is coming along nicely for next weekend.

Saturday, 5 September 2009

Air Support now available

I have finished the last few elements for my BAOR force. I now have more than enough artillery and air defence units.

Also the Gazelle and Harriers are pretty much complete although I may tinker with them a little, I feel the helicopters should say Army down the tail but I don't feel I have the patience to try that tonight. Here is a quick shot taken on my phone.



Tomorrow evening is the first game of Cold War Commander, need to read the rules and draw up an army list - the problem is what to leave out. Still fancy some more 'fast air', perhaps a Buccaneer.