Saturday, 29 December 2012

The Snowball Effect!!!

Ahhhhhhhhhhhh, you folks will recognise this I'm sure.

Its another frosty Christmas Day Morning, Mr H is opening his enormous stack of pressies, and finds that his wonderful wife has purchased him what is known as, " A Nigel Looking Book"

Of course, its very much my sort of thing, I've read most of Mr Cornwell's books, and enjoy them a lot. They have proved to be the catalyst for many a gaming project ( most of which lie hiding in various boxes in the Loft of Shame).
So, this gets the old brain cell working, and a quick perusal of my extensive library, unearths a collection from days gone by.

and in the dark recesses of the Loft of Shame, some boxes are retrieved.

and the brain cell goes into overdrive, figures are counted. lists are made
and bases worked out

A bit more rummaging, and the desk now looks like this

Welcome to the new, old, resurrected Teutonic Order Basic Impetus army circa 1410.

See game fans I have not let you down..........................Oooooooooooooohhhhh shiny strikes again!!!

Two 2013 projects on the list, Spanish Civil War and Teutonic Order. Place your bets folks, how soon before he's off on one again?

Sunday, 23 December 2012

XVth Brigadas Internacional

Always nice to get some figures finished off. Back to the International Brigades for the time being, as I need to add some support weapons to my force. Here is a Maxim team moving into position, couple of conversions by my good self ( just head swaps and gun additions). Painted in the usual motley collection of uniform items

"….a comrade looked at us casually, and handed us a neatly tied up bundle of clothes. This bundle contained a heavy undershirt and drawers, a pair of socks, a knitted sleeveless sweater, a pair of pants (breeches or long baggy trousers tied at the ankle), a heavy tunic, a wooly cap that could be pulled down around the ears, an overcoat or a woolen poncho……The caps, coats, jackets, overcoats and ponchos were grey, green, olive-drab, khaki, of all manner of styles; no two looked alike. They were apparently the hand-me-downs of a dozen different foreign armies "

I'm really enjoying working on these figures,its easy to forgot just how good these sculpts are, and how a careful paintjob can reap rewards. Don't care what other folks think, but I reckon Paul Hicks is easily the equal of the Perry twins, and in some cases he is actually better.

Could be stuck painting the Spanish Civil War for a while, so apologies if you are getting bored with it. I will have a flight of fancy at some stage, I usually do!!!

Saturday, 22 December 2012

A Cast of Thousands!!!

Getting all the stuff together, for my 2013 project!!!

I have decided that my Spanish Civil War collection needs a lot of additions, especially in the motorised transport side of things. Now having a good old look about, I have noticed that the light trucks all look very similar.

This got the old cogs grinding, and `i came up with the rather mad idea, that I could make a generic chassis, front section, and flatbed, and then make a silicone mould to cast these up. Once cast I could then add various bits n bobs, like cab roofs, radiator grills, Wheels etc, to make a few variations!!

This will go a long way to explain my latest purchase

Oooooooooooooohhhhh, a rather dangerous looking collection of chemical type thingies!!

First of all, we have Addition Cure Silicone Rubber, decided that the two part equal mix was an easier route to take, rather than the more complicated try to add a bit of catalyst, and make sure you have worked out the exact fraction to add, that I have used in the past! Only a small supply to start with, just to see how well the moulds turn out. Looks pretty bloody simple to use, mix equal bits of blue and white, pour it into your mould box, and wait, ohhh say 24 hours to be on the safe side ( TOMPS say you could cast after a few hours, but I would prefer to wait, and make sure the whole lot has cured properly)

Then we have a two part resin, went for an equal mix again, and a slower curing option to give me a bit more pot life, as I am not the fastest person in the world!! Reviews of this one look quite good, its a very thin mix, so pouring should be a lot easier, and hopefully its thin viscosity, will enable it to get into all the little nooks and crannies in the mould. I don't have a nice Pressure/Vac chamber, so bubbles may be a problem.

If this first experiment works OK, I will go on, and make up some more moulds for Truck/Bus passengers,Motorbikes and other assorted paraphenalia to add to my collection

I would like to wish all my blog watchers a very MERRY CHRISTMAS, AND A HAPPY NEW YEAR . I hope you and yours have a fantastic festive season


Saturday, 8 December 2012

Whats on the Desk Nige?

I could ramble on, about a fantastic new period I have got into, off on another mad tangent, but no, hold on there folks, I have stuck with something I was already working on!!

The desk has undergone a Spanish Civil War invasion, as I battle on with the huge lead mountain left over from my sale of Anglian!!  ( of course I've added stuff to the pile, be criminal not to you know)
Starting on the right hand side, we have two converted Perry Miniatures priests, to inspire the Army of the Righteous, in the shape of my Carlist forces, moving along, additions to the International Brigades, a few light support weapons to help the cause. Lurking around in the background, we have some Moroccan Regulares, sneaky little beggars that they are.
Over on the left, the FAI still get a few additions, as does the Foreign Legion. I'm still battling on with the Anarchist vehicle convoy, and have added to the stash, with a few select diecast purchases.

and finally, right at the front, a group nearing completion, International Brigade moving Maxim team, and a couple of riflemen.
I would like to say I shall be sticking with these for a while, but you all know by now, that is not something that I tend to do.......................................oohhhhhh look new shiny things!!

Saturday, 1 December 2012

Bolt Action WW2 Rules

The problem with going to wargames clubs, is that they encourage you to go out and buy things, that normally you would not bother with. We had a visit from Lee Lowe, who games at the Aftermath club in Norwich, he brought along the Bolt action rulebook for us to peruse. I guess you can see where this is heading already!!
Yep, I went and ordered a copy, just for research purposes you understand!!
I am a tight fisted old git, so my copy was purloined via Amazon, for £15 all in.
So what do you get? Well its a nice hardback book, the same size your standard Osprey book, albeit a lot thicker, 216 pages in total. It appears that Warlord are in collaboration with Osprey for this ruleset, as the book contains a fair few colour plates from various Osprey WW2 books.
All very useful reference sources for painting your collection of WW2 figures. talking of painted figures, the book also contains a number of pictures of quite well painted Bolt Action figures. a veritable feast of wargamers porn in fact.
Everything you need to play is included in the ruleset, there are a set of basic lists for the major players included, you will however, need to make some suitable status markers, mostly for pinned units, and the way the turn sequence is worked, will also required some suitable coloured dice, or chits. The rules are carefully geared towards encouraging gamers to invest in additional bits and bobs, like special order  dice, and pinned markers. There is also going to be a series of supporting army books, for the major forces. My biggest fear is that the army books will go along the route that the old GW40K lists did, with more ridiculous things added, for players to form their own super beardy armies. 
Anyway time will tell on that one, and as I have no intention of collecting a WW2 force any day soon, its not really going to bother me. My short arms, and deep pockets will stop me investing in any special bits and bobs, I prefer to spend my hard earned pennies on more figures etc. You pays yer money, and makes yer choice.
So will they work for the Spanish Civil War? well a bit of work is required constructed the various army lists for both Nationalists and Republicans, but then thats half the fun of it!!
From a quick flick through, and reading various AARs on t'internet, the rules look easy to master, and hopefully should provide a good game for Friday club nights. Whether they can replace our "Disposable Heroes" rules, time will tell, but we'll give em a shot, and report back.