Sunday, 12 August 2018

Pyramid of Doom - It's never the Pyramid of Bunnies is it

I now have visions of a rabbit gymnastics team - sorry.
A rainy Sunday, England thrashing India at the cricket, obviously time for paining. I'd bought this pyramid from Amera Plastic Mouldings and it's suitably big

I can use it for loads of things and me and the rest of The Old Guard are running a participation game at Hammerhead next year. This could be the focus of our planned game.
I needed something to make it pop and thought about hieroglyphs, you can buy really cool hieroglyph printing blocks from USA, only £4 plus £12 p&p for a 3 week delivery time. So needed a new plan.
I use skull shaped beads as casualty markers and used one of these to make plaster skull faces which I used to line the walls of the pyramid

Like this

And this





except for the back which I covered in skulls like the other sides.

Annoyingly I only have very green flock so I used lots of tufts to make it look a little overgrown. I even stuck some growing out of the eyes of the skulls. I didn't coat it with sand, don't think it would have worked as well for this than for the houses, it's not an adobe pyramid
Overall I'm really pleased with this. I will look out an altar and a small building for the top. If different faces I could have used I think that would have helped with the overall effect

Saturday, 11 August 2018

Finished the Amera Buildings

Typing quickly as Amera Plastic Mouldings has given me a shout out on their Facebook page for the painting I did of their really cool Nissen (Quonset) hut. Their last shout out broke the record for hits on my modest blog, which was nice.Those who frequent this page, "we few, we happy few" that my painting is of a fun standard, I'm a professional geologist not a painter.
I've finished 4 of the 5 buildings I bought from them

3 North African houses. I used mount board on the bases to give a little more rigidity. I mixed fine sand with emulsion paint (Wilko tester pots are keeping terrain painting alive and affordable). I then painted 2 of them with more emulsion paint (retro ochre) and then dry brushed. The darker coloured  house on the left was coated in sand the same way and then sprayed with Montana Gold Sand coloured spray paint. Hobbycraft have a deal of 4 cans for £20 (50% off) actually then don't but they forgot to take the sign down so I got them anyway for £20

Overall I'm pleased with these, they feel the right size with walls the correct thickness.

Next up the building that started this whole thing off, the Nissen hut, I really like this building and it was the reason I went to the Amera site in the 1st place, that and they are local to me in Prudhoe. Good to support the local economy

This was spray painted olive green after sticking on a card base. Don't forget to scuff up the glued surface if using PVA. I then washed if with a thin brown wash (Wilko Java Bean - have I mentioned Wilko already)

Windows are just painted black and window frames added in my trademark wonky style

This will be great for VBCW action, my favourite 

Overall I'm really pleased with these and can't recommend Amera enough. Now what I really need from then are waterline versions of their boats

Wednesday, 8 August 2018

Buildings from Amera Plastics

I spied out some 28mm buildings from Amera Plastics on the web, as they are a local company to me and very cheap I ordered some over the weekend and they arrived today. Luckily, or unluckily, I off work due to a weird reaction to my new diabetes meds. I have to take 2 per day for the rest of my life, and they've only given me 7:) I feel very sketchy and keep going to sleep. Hopefully it will pass.
On with the buildings they are simple vac formed plastic but sturdy. They are one piece and require no assembly, well the ones I bought didn't

Large Mayan style pyramid, this is big and should have added a figure for scale. It will double as a pulp pyramid and some darkest Africa ruin. Needs an altar or small building for the top. i have Egyptian and Mayan tomb layouts

I got out the spray paint and it painted up really well. Some dry brushing and sand will make it look really cool

I also got 3 North African buildings, same spray and same dry brushing plus adding windows and doors

Finally a Nissan Hut

Different colour spray paint and add some detaining and we are good to go

Overall these are really good and i only paid £30 for the lot including delivery. They have a wide range of stuff and will return for more stuff

Sunday, 5 August 2018

Pontus 3 - maybe 4

The weather broke, still nice but less mad hot. So I managed to get some painting done. I'm back on the army of Mithridates and his quest to destroy the Roman Empire. He had a very diverse army, interesting to paint and gives me options for different army. The damn varnish went cloudy, on a bright and sunny day. I've spent 10 years varnishing with matt car lacquer and never had a problem. Move to proper modelling varnish and it's rubbish. Back to Halfords I think. I had to go back and touch up the black bits, hair mainly, post photos and they look OK.

All the figs, on 40x40 bases with a couple of generals on circular bases. These can used for Impetus  (don't like impetus), KoW (keep losing at this), Too the Strongest (yet to play and looks a bit linear) and Hail Caesar (never played). 

Sarmatian Horse Archers - enough for an army on their own

Black Sea Infantry - general has the casualty

Couple of bases of Generals and a base of Cataphracts

All are Forged in Battle with the exception of a couple of horses from Col Bills. Really loving this and have plans to buy some more 15mm at the Other Partizan too give me a couple of armies to fight each other or a really massive army.

Monday, 16 July 2018

The Battle of Postling - Operation Sealion, or the one with only 5 sided dice

I went over to the dungeon this weekend to play an operation Sealion battle with Matt. The Germans are approaching Folkstone on day 1 and it's Matt's 14 battle so far, and my 3rd I think. The Germans (Matt) were racing to encircle Folkstone and had to pass the village of Postling. The Brits (your plucky hero Me) raced into the village to stop the Germans. What followed next was a debacle on an epic scale.

A Spitfire and a Stuka engage above the battle field

I instantly smoke the Stuka and have total aerial domination

The Brits pour into the village. A rag tag bag of whatever can be mustered on short notice

The Germans race down the road across the sheep fields from Postling

Vickers MkIV and and A9 lead the defense - that's about as good as they get

The Germans debus and turn across the field. They have Stug, a PzIV, Jadgpanzer, PzII and a Pz38 plus armoured car and Hannomags. The plan is to slaughter my tanks and then use the infantry to clear out the village. Easy

Even easier as my Spit gets taken out by mg fire from the ground

I flood the streets of Postling with my "armour" and my A9 immediately gets immobilised

Lots of strength in depth but none of it very strong

My bus is full of sailors rounded up from the bars and brothels of Canterbury and  they rush to occupy the house on the outskirts of town supported by a Vickers mg

He come the Germans

They are everwhere


Luckily there are more Germans - Paratroopers (can't spell fellshumjaeger - told you). Matt however is having a total shocker and can't kill anything. All my armour is still swinging and mowing down the German infantry 

Under cover of smoke a unit of Germans makes it to the hedge line supported by the Stug. A chance event forces them to attack the house where they take the ground floor from the Vickers and trap a heavily pinned unit of sailors upstairs

4 hours in and this is all I've lost

The Germans keep the pressure on but my 2lb AT guns are now at the front line and I take out the PzIV - well immobilise it twice

I have a Vicker MkIV with autocannon and it dashes forward and take the Pz38 in the flank

The German Paras have made it to the village but are going no further.

That was the high water mark for the Germans and it's a significant victory to the Brits. Postling is saved and maybe Folkstone. As always it's a great day at Matt's but this one was frustrating and the armour was impossible to kill. We both cheered every destroyed tank and bren carrier Bad day at the office.

Sunday, 8 July 2018

Painting is hard in summer

I have done some painting for the first time in a bout a month. The weather is lovely and the world cup is on, we are quite good this time, 1st time in 28 years we've not been a bunch of overpaid lawn fairies. It's been an awesome world cup
I've not done much, the 15mm Pontic army is progressing and needs a break in the weather and a holiday but I've not been painting them
I bought some figures from Hasslefree - my favourite figures and i may be running out of figures to buy from them. I plan to play Necromunder, I might even buy the rules. I've got a weird gang of armed animals, you know the thing; Dogs, Pandas and a Duck Billed Platypus. I needed to law enforcers / evil forces of the political industrial complex.

As usual photography is poor as lighting is rubbish. 5 power armed troopers with assault rifles and a heavy weapons specialist taking time out from Aliens. All in black

The big thing recently are the massive ACW games me and Matt have been playing. I was short of brigade commanders so a little order to Perry and I have 3 Union and 3 Rebel generals

Black heavy painting week.