Saturday, 28 May 2011

Sea of Metal!

Got my work cut out for me I reckon...

My Black Tree jeep and casualties came, in not bad time for BTD. The miniature isn't too bad, but I have to say the amount of flash is quite disappointing. Might be time for these guys to look at making some new moulds... But anyway here's a couple of piccies:

MG not yet attached. I'm aiming to pin but not glue it so's it can come out again :)

Warlord Games pathfinders and NCO's which I'll make all pathfinders. How radical do these guys look, in their mohawks and general badassery?! Cannae wait to get them painted up!

In Sci Fi news- I've been adding to my Void 1.1 ranks. Mostly Syntha although I did buy a blister pack of VASA Black Legionnaires. If you have any, or know of anyone who has, these guys with the original jump packs and not the silly wings could you let me know? :)

A sadly now discontinued Syntha Artemis alpha for Urban War- was on special. Somehow the shopping cart messed up and I ended up buying two. Oh dear... :P 

Radical tactical Syntha. Good old school dudes!

 Me fave :)

They will look like this once painted :

Killer robo grasshopperz!

Led by...

This lovely gal. 

 Boom! Headshot!

Not sure about the lipstick... should i lose it, or is it fine as is? Comments welcomed. She's still a WIP mind :)

Finally on the gaming front;

I've been trying to recreate a certain classic album cover in figure form for my Syntha. Using an Achiles alpha as the base (and coincidentally for the stats!) I've tried to recreate Iron Maiden's famous mascot Eddie fro mthe cover of Somewhere In Time... However I'm snot sure about it thus far. Obviously it's far from done, but any feedback on how I can get the skin to look better? Again comments most welcome!

In other news... on Friday on a survey, after checking them out last week, I finally managed to get photos of my favourite wee wader! The Ringed Plover; possibly the cutest little wader ever :)

Next time I aim to get a decent photo :P

Wednesday, 18 May 2011

Oh dear....

Yep, that's right... the ol' butterfly syndrome has kicked in once again. What now?

VOID now! :D Played Urban War "2" on Saturday as my good friend Kenzie managed to drop by with his demo kit.

Very good game, and very quick to play. Also quite brutal at times! So I started thinking about how I'd always wanted a Sci-Fi game that wasn't all pseudo-gothic and silly, but shiny and somewhat reminiscent of Philip K Dick, or even Frank Herbert, or akin to Alan Dean Foster's "Humanx Commonwealth" stuffs (more of a sort of Hi-scifi). Home I went and hte next day dug out my old Void stuff, books and all (that sadly never saw the table), and set about thinking about great wee forces skirmishing across tables chock full of oddly-coloured trees with shiny, shiny buildings or on the quintisential Desert planet... Oh the mind fired up big time!!!

I've bought a box of Syntha Tactical Androsynths, but need to pick up the new style lipped bases to make them extra snazzy! Don't you know? Standard slotta-bases are... like... SOOOOOOO last millenium!

In other news, due to a mixup by Warlord Games (and their excellent, superfast customer service) I ended up with two extra NCO paras, with my (frankly excellent) mowkawked pathfinders dropping in a little later :)

Still waiting for my jeep and casualties from Black Tree... Mind you going by their shipping times at least they should arrive in time for the nights to get darker and colder...

Quite fancy trying to game Rush's 2112 though! 

Saturday, 14 May 2011

Halt! Hammerzeit

What better way to introduce the first lot of my assembled plastic Germans?

Please bear with me, as I post this with a headache and listening to Rush ( \m/, by the way! Wish I were seeing them this evening :( )

Command squad L-R: runner 1, medic, horse master, officer, wagon driver, runner 2

Squad 1: note the kneeling MG-er on the L and the pointing MG-er behind. Sniper front R :D Had to be done!!
And of course, the guys who will be shooting at them, probably?

My 101st Airbornes! Instead of faffing about with rank insignia, I've colour-coded the rims of the bases: blue=command, white=medic, red=supt weapons and brown=privates

For some reason this guy looks absolutely terrifying!

I think I need to repaint the faces, at least give them eyes... they give me nightmares and haunt my soul just now...

Last Night: Disposable Heroes, Kirrie Club.

My paras dropped in... on turn 3 so pretty near the end of the game then...

Paras eventually arrived. I managed to get these guys up on the crast of the hill, set up the MG and fire at a mortar, scoring one kill, before end of game...

My mortar team landed off table :( so this is all I had. Basically I dropped, and immediately came under fire from Dale's 81mm mortar, pinning my rifle fireteam, meanign they couldn't move, so really the only activation I got was to move my MG onto the hill to drop-down and set up. Dale was kind enough however to let me take a shot anyway.

Don't think I'll be getting Disposable Heroes anytime soon :P Too complicated and the layout is atrocious. If anyone can suggest good (preferably cheap) WWII skirmish rules? I know Gordon reccommended Force on Force, anyone know how detailed that is for WWII?

Wednesday, 11 May 2011

An Actual Metal Post!

Just discovered a great speed metal band called Powerglove. Anyone who remembers either the old 8-bit or 16-bit consoles of the 80s and 90s, and has fond memories of watching 90s Saturday Morning cartoons at some stupid early hour will feel a surge of nostalgia!

X Men Theme

Gotta Catch 'Em All ;)


Check 'em out :)

This is actually what started it off...

err.... Bad Romance?

Sunday, 8 May 2011

Attention all Planets of the Solar Federation, we have assumed control !

Well, Carronade was a good lark yesterday. In fact I thoroughly enjoyed it even though I'm still suffering from sensory overload...

So what shiny did I secure at the sacrifice of Robert the Bruce and his co-horts?

Mutineer Miniatures had a rather snazzy sale corner going on, and if it wasn't for Gordon i would not have noticed. So thanks mate! :D

So that was 25 Warlord (Bolt Action) Germans for a sweet, sweet tenner. I nearly bought 2 but that's greedy! Besides, Neil got too, so plenty enemies for my 101st :D More on Jerry later. £10

A couple old Intelligence books for FOW: Afrika and Festung Europa so my dream of fielding Polish and 82nd at the slopes of Monte Cassino is getting closer :D 2 beans and 4 beans respectively from various flea-marketers. £6

A couple of Highlander vehicles and infantry for my Mechwarrior force... which reminds me Neil still has these! £5

A couple of classic plastic Tyranids to boss my Rogue Trader zoats around :) £3

A metal and plastic pull-back panzer from Gateshead. Needs a bit of work but it's useable! £8

FOW Polish Dice for general rollage :D £7.something

A very cute Gamera "gashapon" Japanese blind-boxed figure for my Kaiju gaming. A wee bit big but should fit in, plus he's awesome! £10

A pie and apple: £2

Total: £51.something (unless my maths are worse than I thought!)

So onto Jerry...

As far as I understand, the standard Jerry infantry platoon (Grenadier?) consisted of:

NCO or officer with MP40 and pistol
2 runners with Kar98 K rifles
a stretcher-bearer (is this a medic???) with pistol
Horse master with rifle
Wagon driver with rifle

3 rifle sections-
1 NCO with MP
5 squaddies with Kar98ks
1 squaddie with MP
1 MG-er with either MG34 or 42
assistant gunner with rifle and all the ammo for MG-er?

Does this sound correct? because if so then for a tenner (usually a still-reasonable £15-18) I've gotten 2/3 of a late War platoon in plastic?

I'm going by this anyway. It sounds fairly reasonable. ToE from

Pics will follow soon.

Monday, 2 May 2011

Long time no see!

Well it's been a wee while since my last entry... What's been happening?

Well, I folded and bought the Flames of War: Open Fire set, with 3 nice M4A1 Shermans and 2 StugG assault guns, all resin. And a FOW US para platoon. Looking to build up a company.

In 28mm I've also picked up some reinforcements for my 101st Airborne, taking full advantage of sales and free postage, mwahahahaha! So From black Tree a nice, manned Willys jeep and some Airborne casualties will be arriving soon (sadly Hitler was sold out... so no "what if" raids by the Screaming Eagles to assassinate herr fuhrer at this time), and from Warlord, a couple of pathfinders to get the boys down on the ground safely, and a prone MG team, oh and something else a little special which will be revealed in time!

With the onset of work once again, projects have ground to a standstill, and even during the long weekend as I was working Saturday. But I've brought my painting gear down to Fife so hopefully I'll get something done this week! Sadly no buildings though.

Last week I also made some foxholes from polystyrene, useful for Bastogne, or really any theatre/er so hopefully will get onto these too.

Since this post is a bit text-heavy and pic lite, here's a couple of fairly unrelated piccies. And perhaps some related ones...

oohh.. it looks al old! My fave pic from the last lot :)

And from the Bishop Hill on Friday 29th, because I did something more constructive than watching toffs get married...

Aye that's a grouse!

Interesting larch. Ideas for terrain?