Friday, 31 May 2013

A hobby day, on a Friday, unheard of!

I have had a few days off this week pottering about preparing figures for next weekends Operation Market Larden event at our club, Wyvern Wargamers.

I have been working on the Perry French line infantry and a mixture of Foundry, Steve Barber and Brigade Games sailors and marines. These have now had a brushed on coat of Army Painter Strong Tone, tomorrow they will need a spray varnish to dull the shine.

Today I have been assembling some 15mm 4ground stuff I picked up yesterday, the fences and ruined hamlet. I have also made up some more shock markers, these are just minibits dice frames stuck on a coin. These can have there uses beyond games from Toofatlardies.

I did enjoy assembling these two ruins, they are very fiddly and need patience and concentration. I did find some errors in the labelling of the parts and on the instruction sheet. Bit of a shame they haven't fixed this, or perhaps they have now, as it would just be amending the CAD files used on the laser burner. 

I did manage to get a couple of things wrong, luckily I was able to disassemble in time and swap the parts over but a clearer instruction sheet would have helped. I shall certainly be picking up more of these and probably some of the 28mm ones too.

Saturday, 25 May 2013

Lets get the flock out of here!

I have just put the finishing touches to the last (for now) of the 15mm Germans for I Ain't Been Shot Mum. The figures are from the Skytrex Command Decision range which I think scale in nicely with the Germans from Plastic Soldier Company.

From the back I have three PAK 40 anti tank guns, the three stumps and small piece of walling are from Peter Pig as is the dead cattle at the front. Next up are three bases to use as Forward Observers, often the only trace on table of artillery or mortars in the game.

Finally on 1p and 2p sized bases are the important Big Men. Single based figures will represent either levels one or two whilst double based figures represent levels three and four.

To the back of the photo are some dead horses, hopefully generic enough to serve Napoleonics, ACW and colonial games while the infantry top right and some Foundry Marines awaiting the final shading.

Monday, 20 May 2013

Getting my lard on!

Wow, its been a month since my last month, I must pull my finger out. Since the last post I have played a bunch of games and painted a bunch of figures.

First up I have finished all the Plastic Soldier Company German sets I bought, just left are the metal figures I bought as 'Big Men', FOOs and gun crews. These haven't seen the table yet but I have played through the armour rules and we are looking forward to another game at the weekend.

Back at the club, Stuart pulled out his tudor figures and buildings for another run through his Armada era zombie game, I played the undead and managed to drive back the living.

We are less than three weeks off our latest club all dayer 'Market Lardon', I will be putting on a couple of introductory Sharp Practice games before hopefully getting a game of 'Chain of Command'. I am finishing off the Perry late french box set and hope to add the dragoons to the painted box before too long.

Last Sunday I had a visit from he specialises in 2nd hand GW and new Infinity models, basically I traded all my GW figures, both Warhammer and 40K excluding my painted Warriors of Chaos and Space Hulk for some cash and a nice pile of Infinity figures as well as the Human Sphere book, that cash would soon find a home.

Saturday saw us take a car up the M1 to Sheffield for a visit to Triples, for some essential wargame related shopping as well as catching up with old friends. Just as we were leaving we remembered we hadn't paid enough time looking at the Empire of the Dead demo table. The game was being run by the rules authors and we got to see what they had done with their Warbases and Sarissa MDF buildings. I have a bunch of these to make so took lots of photos as inspiration.

Here's the pile of goodies brought back from Triples, we have a new German platoon for Coc, some Battleground Priests, odd Skytrex packs, German decals, MDF bases, more tufts, superglue activator, a couple of the new PSC sprays and a case for skirmish games which takes a single KR foam tray.Quite a haul but I'm not looking to go to another show until September or October.