Thursday, 19 July 2018

2 steps back wards

Well that is what it feels like. It really does.

That aside. I have been working on my 6mm (1/300th scale) Cold war stuff. I know It does not amount to much, but here they are.

They are Heroics and Ros (LINK) miniatures of BTR 60's . While not a front line cutting edge APC in 1985 they were still used and I for one have always liked them. This is enough for a company of Infantry transport. Perfect for a Nava regiment or for very front line troops of a satellite country. So Perfect for me should I do an invasion of Turkey! (Which I have mentioned before).

You have 3 platoons each of 3 vehicles and a HQ Platoon of 2 vehicles. (One command vehicle and 1 security vehicle from memory).

Easy to paint and get finished which is why I am showing them today.

As I wait for the post to deliver at least 2 parcels I have started a terrain project. I hope to have more to show on Saturday. If the parcels arrive and if I get more done I will show then. But for now just realise that not everything is new, sometimes I take old projects and revamp them and this is a case in point! Do not guess what it will be as I assure you all shall be clear in days yet to come and I zoom out and don't crop the photograph.

Until such times keep plugging away and get what wargames stuff done as you can. And rest assured that I am as well, but not always in the foreground!

All the best Clint

Tuesday, 17 July 2018

Real life get in the way!

Yes that nasty real life has gotten in the way for a while! Still that said it all happened AFTER I finished the Burpa Cavalry so you can see them as I start the massive tidy up as a shelf system collapsed and I have games and about 3 yards of books to find new homes for.

As you can see they are all foundry 28mm with a variety of weapons and posses! In the top 3 pictures the central character is some kind of leader or noble or some such. Just going by his armour an equipment.  He actually has quite a lot of gold paint on him and it took 4 coats in all to get him that colour. And that is  just one reason why I hate painting gold!

The other two characters are sword and spear armed and far more modest in their armour! However they were the last 3 to do so the whole batch is now finished! On Sunday Matt will no doubt (I hope so) give me some more to paint of something but as yet I know not what!

I shall I hope be in a far more positive mood, and with less to clear up on Thursday, With luck a parcel may have arrived. More of that if it does arrive.

The last two photos are of the whole batch together. 10 in all and they should make a complete unit or maybe they will all get split into several units I know not!

I was hoping to start the Jungle adventures today, as 2 players have already got back to me but the shelf collapse has delayed that.  But they shall start soon. Feel free to treat that as a warning!

So until next time. Take care, have fun and paint if you  get the chance!

 All the best Clint

Sunday, 15 July 2018


Yes 2 Burpa cavalry with guns!

Not a HUGE amount that has not already been said this week about Burpas! these two are Wargames Foundry and 28mm is size. The fit with the others that have been done this week already and help to bolster matts growing HORDE!

Yes I shall do a group pic of all the figures I have in this batch as soon as I can. only 1 more to do and they will all be done. 2 more are already finished but they are drying! And I am sure you do not want me to rush them.

The only thing that marks these as being different is that the both have muskets.  Oh and I have used gold paint as well. (I hate acrylic gold it never comes out right).

That's it for today, a few things going on behind the scenes! One eBay purchase has arrived about 4 more to come! And when they all do I shall be able to get on with the boards!

Have a good weekend and paint or play if you can all the best Clint

Thursday, 12 July 2018

3 more

Yes still on Burpa cavalry, and here are 3 more! I know and yet more to come. 5 more started and one shall be  finished by the time you read this.

I don't usually paint white (Greys)  horses, mostly sticking to various brown so this was a nice change for me. However I do not think I will paint any more for at least 3 months!

For the troops I have tried to stick to realistic colours for the clothing, mostly creams and beige. But with brighter turbans and waist sashes. This gives them more interest and to be honest stops me getting bored! Likewise with the shields. I did have problems with gold Acrylic paint, I always seem to. Therefore on these three figures there is a lack of Gold But I shall try to make it up on the next few, although now I have said that I regret saying it!

The final picture of the three shows all the group so far together. There will be more to coma and I hop to get them done soon, Weather permitting, but we have a 30 degree plus weekend forecast. Therefore I shall try to get most painting done long before the sun pours into this room!

PBB update

I now have the 4 players I wanted all signed up. I did invite 5 as a maximum but 1 declined as the game did not appeal to them. For those 4 I INTEND to send out the rules on Sunday. What is more I do intend to run it one blog post at a time. Which will mean that the game shall be slow but I will only be dealing with one person each post! This should mean much less work and hassle for me! (Fingers crossed!)

Football update:

We still Believe!

Faith has returned at least for now!

Until next time (Sunday I hope) take care have fun and dream big after all it does not cost you any more!

Wednesday, 11 July 2018

Burpa Cavalry!

Yes that's me back on the painting of Burpas. Thanks to Matt who has found out I enjoy painting these I managed (despite the heat) to finish 2 cavalry. I hope to finish 3 more tonight BEFORE the football.

I suspect they are both Wargames Foundry but do not know for sure. But if I was looking for them that is where I would start as they have that kind of feel to them. Both are 28mm in size and mounted on 25x50mm slotta bases.

There was no cleaning up. Matt does all that before I  get them and for that I am very grateful. Not that foundry usually have much in the way of flash These will help Matts forces grow a little larger. And while only 2 figures shall all help as I have mentioned 3 more are started and 5 more are based and ready for undercoating hopefully tonight!

PLAY BY BLOG (Invite only)

Meanwhile Back at the Ranch! I will admit I have been getting inspired and restless at the same thing. 5 Invites have been sent and so far 2 yes we want to play and 2 no we don't want to play. DAVE STONE if you are reading this check your emails!

I have ran play by blog games in the past with mixed results. This time I am starting very small. INVITE only and so far they have been sent. I may open it up to a few more people ONCE established.

I shall be using the Jimland rules to recreate expeditions in Victorian Africa. Combat will be abstracted as such you will only as a player be told of the results and not the details. For example: the vicious local tribesmen managed to surprise you and killed a porter (carrying food) before they were driven of with significant loss of their own life! You count 3 of the tribesmen slain and know at least as many are wounded.

Like I said keeping it as abstract as possible to make it as easy for me as possible..

I hope to detail the results here and maybe ( no guarantees) they shall do so on their own blogs! Maps will be given to players but until they return to Jim's Landing they will all be open to change. But once they have been back to Jim's Landing then the maps and discoveries can be published and a real map can be issued.

More details of this when it happens.

Monday, 9 July 2018

Sorry no painting!

Well you Know it has been hot! For me far to hot. I sit in the same place to paint and I drip! OK I have started some figures for Matt. So expect some Burpas by the end of the week.

Change of Subject 1

Yesterday at the club we gave "What a tanker" another game. They decided I was not to have a tank destroyer this time. (thanks Richard). They also for a change decided Russian front.  I started in a German Tank lasted a turn and a half and was shot and no save and as we had unequal numbers I was then started in a T26. The lowest level Russian tank possible. I think they may have regretted it 3 kills later.

Here are my Tank Crews

British A13                                 1 Kill
            A13 (Second vehicle)     1 Kill    

Russian T26 B                            3 Kills         

German Panzer 2 A-C                Dead
              Panzer 35t                     Dead
              Panzerjager 1                4 Kills

So I can always have at least 1 tank with at least 1 kill in future games OF THE SAME TIME PERIOD. Not boasting but few other players at the club have gotten more than a single kill in a game. So at present I have a target painted on me and ALL players are trying to get me to some extent.  I bet they get me soon and with much celebration.

Change of Subject 2

Due to ease of building I will be going for option B, the Hidden Valley for the "Pulp Alley" game board. But I also plan to float an airship over the board to emphasis the height! At this stage DINOSAURS will be at a minimum. (Sorry Michael) but this will allow me anything from Victorian explorers all the way back to Cro-Magnum man and everything in between. SoTim shall be allowed Aztecs and Matt shall be allowed British Royal Navy! And Kev can (if he chooses) have Undead Egyptians!

Who knows what everyone will pick!

That's it for now too hot to sit in the sun typing!

All the best Clnt


Saturday, 7 July 2018

Another JS2 (AK47 )Tank

If you are having de-ju-view all over again I might be to blame.  This week I went to Rochester gams and models and one of the impulse buys was ANOTHER Zvezda Js2 Tank. I now have 2 and this one is painted in the same colours as the last to help to fill out my AK 47 force.  I promise it is not the same tank Photographed again!

Other than a BTR I am done with this project..... that is until something else catches my eye.  It could (and is most likely) to happen. But as I type this and in my head I am done! I know they are famous last words but I kind of mean it!

So that's it for today. A quick post and finished in plenty of time to watch the football! So  get any painting done this morning and if you hate football get the shopping in in empty stores this afternoon.

Take care have fun and enjoy what ever you decide to do. All the best Clint

Thursday, 5 July 2018

Lanchester 6x4 armoured car

I have been slow off of the mark.  I blame the football! However I have managed to finish (just) a 20mm Lanchester armoured car (6x4). I accept that many will not have heard of the Lanchester armoured car (LINK) as I had hardly heard OF IT Either. So if you know nothing about it you are completely forgiven and if you know too much about it seriously "get a grip". For those who don't know(Raises own hand) it was built in 1927-28 and served the British empire as a "Colonial" armoured car until the outbreak of WW2. So totally suitable for my Back of Beyond (BOB) games.

As you can see from the photo of a Real one, it is not made up even if I have not seen one in real life. While not that effective in a BOB setting it should I hope do very well. I believe this one is at the Bovington Tank Museum. You can use it in WW2 as well as 2 were given to the Belgium army while the majority served in Malay ad I think Singapore! Elsewhere they were part of the home guard and used to protect cabinet officials on journeys. So unless you are going to make scenarios up they will never get a huge amount of use.

This one is 20mm (1/72nd Scale) by Front Line Wargames (LINK) and I purchased it from Tim as a "Mist cast" for the princely sum of £1 (Bargain) while at the Broadside show.  .In all honesty I do not think it will get a massive amount of use despite in my head (and so far only in my head) a game where British armoured cars have to stop a train! All in my head may come to fruition and may not, so do not hold your breath! The Mis  cast now painted does not show, in fact if I had not mentioned it I doubt anyone would point it out!

This one based and painted for Back of Beyond I have painted sand. but in all fairness I have no idea if any actually were they may all be green. Photos are mostly black and white and of training so I may have taken some liberties with the colours but as it will only be seen by club member (at this stage) who am I to worry!

If Tim Miscasts some more I shall snaffle them up all to bring the Train chase that stage closer. But until then this will just be an armoured car perhaps even captured and used by a different side.

That's It for today. Have fun, Paint if you can or at least plot and devise some fun games.

All te best Clint

Monday, 2 July 2018

6mm Logistics (part 1)

Yes there will be more than 1 part. However here are my first transport vehicles. I did want it so that some would be civilian ad others would have been pressed into service. So there really is a variety of colours . Here they are all together. 12 so far all 6mm transport vehicles by Brigade Models  (LINK) They all look like a bunch od sweeties due to my selection of bright colours.
I see the yellow sand ones as being civilian vehicles that have been pressed into service  while the others are through and through civilian vehicles.
 As you can see there are 5 variations. ^ if you include the AA truck shown recently. From left to right.  Pick up, Box van, Tanker lorry, command lorry and Flat bed lorry.

In Commercial service I wanted to keep them as bright as possible., That way they can only be so much of a distraction. I may well change the colours on the next lot to be more muted only time shall tell. For now though it is always good to have a few civilian vehicles on the board even as just acting as some form as cover for troops to hide behind.

 I do have a load more vehicles to do but I feel as if I need a short break from these for a few days or a week, maybe longer we will have to wait and see.

But at least I am plugging away through the heat even if I had to do this at 5am to keep myself cool.

Quick Board update: Having laid the boards out full size they are a little small. Not giving up of course but perhaps trying to be a touch more real with the size I have. Stay tuned for the next update.

Sunday, 1 July 2018

An easy paint

More talking than anything else today. I admit it I got side-tracked into real life. Maybe for a good thing maybe for a bad one! Who knows at this stage!

Here  are probably the easiest things I have ever painted. 2 Elephant tusks, or Mammoth tusks or if you choose really large alien teeth!

They are by Wargames Terrain Workshop WTW (Link) Thanks Dave. I really do like them simple and effective and can be used for almost all 28mm wargames. Maybe they were just loot or maybe they are objective markers of in my Back of Beyond just really large Mammoth tusks. Who knows at this stage.

I am continuing to paint 6mm sci fi vehicles but the seem to be going very slow at the moment, perhaps due to lack of sleep in the heat. But at least they are coming along and I shall have some to show next week. Until then a sneak peek into my mind...... AHHHHHH! Yeah I thought that would be both scary and unpleasant.

Subject changed:

Next year, I know it sneaks up fast! Anyway next year at some local shows I plan to run some "PULP ALLEY" games. At this stage I have 2 plans and here they are!
Option 1;
A Victorian Science fiction game set in a Victorian steam-punk dockyard.  Above is a Picture of Chatham Dockyard so you get an idea of what kind of feel I would be looking for,

here are my initial thumbnail sketches.

 At this stage all is likely to change IF I go down this route. So only take the layout as a rough guide and do not try to find the exact option.

All buildings would and should be enterable and as such all should have fully functioning interiors Which means in warehouses piles of crates,sacks and the like for loads of cover.

You will no doubt note,  as one of my players did the airship and the submarine. These ideas were seized upon and to those members of tHe club became for a very short while the most important parts. Where as I looked upon them as being added extras, there to be finished last so if they were not finished they would not matter.

I already have the figures and am happy to get a few more. So figure choice would not be an big issue.

Option 2:

The idea of a secret valley. Harder I found to sketch! I am deliberately not saying if \I would choose to make an Ice age  Crevice, an African rift or a South American canyon. If this is selected I hope to make that decision with the aid of club members. I do like the idea of an airship somehow being involved for 19th and 20th Century Pulp adventures, as well as a possible Tarzan type character.

As such I have all the figures OR am willing to buy a few more.  Again no reason why in a pulp setting German or Royal Navy could not be involved. Just think of "Doug Mc Clure" films and I am sure you will get the idea. Although at this stage I shall not be going full "Valley of Gwangi!" Unless players really want me to.  I am sure we all remember the T-Rex in Tomb rader though! Still brings a smile to my face

if  you have a strong preference let me know. I shall of course pay a lot more attention to my club members as they will have to play it.  Maybe try a few other clubs as well before a show. All depends on how soon I pull my finger out and get on with it!

If neither of those ideas appeal I am happy to listen (BUT it shall be "PULP ALLEY" ) to alternatives. I have learnt in the past though that the more options given the less decisions are made and the more debate is had usually by the people willing to do the least work and try to claim the most credit! So please stick to the above ideas unless you  have a really smashing, bursting to get out never been seen at a show before idea!

Friday, 29 June 2018

Scout Platoon (6mm sci fi)

Well as te club have not been back in touch. Well let's be honest 2 members have! And for that they have my gratitude. I am at present unable to share any plans about a show game planned for next year. So instead here is a Scout vehicle Platoon that I finished last night. I do not know who makes them having purchased them at a bring and buy a few years ago. Do not bother telling me what they are or if I have the turrets the wrong way around. While I always appreciate such comments at this stage I an not very concerned. Opps just noticed I need to paint the tyres..... that will be finished before crack of lunch! (Edit: done it now before 8:30 am)

These will go with my CSDU forces. They are not Brigade games models as the rest are but they shall do well enough. Overall nice additions to the force.

Also (and this time by Brigade Models (LINK) an Anti Aircraft Vehicle.  To be honest this came in a pack and I was not totally aware it was even in there until I opened the pack.  This is not a complaint just informing you that I purchased an assortment of Transports (some will be painted as Civilian) a while ago and have just repainted this one. I have one morethast will be painted to fiit in with my other force. (just to provide some balance).

As you can see I have not done a massive amount of painting and am just about to visis a DIY store to get some vital model making supplies. More of that another time.

So enjoy the day and I will try to get more painted as soon as I am able. but for now real life calls.