Saturday, 14 October 2017

Zombtober (3)

Yes just 1 more zed today. Or Walker if you prefer. It is 4am at the moment, (well a little after) so you will need to forgive the photography.

This is another Mantic Hard Plastic "Walking dead all out war" figure as I slowly get them all finished.

Not a huge amount more to say just 2 more weekends to go and I am still working on them. There will be another next week.

All the best Clint

20 more Burpas!

Yes as promised here are some more Burpas. There are 20 in all from a variety of manufacturers. Although most are either Ironclad or Foundry. If you cannot see any of them it is because they are behind others. But trust me there are 20 of them.

There is a little bit of overlap in the last 2 pics but I just could not get them all in one photo. As you can see I have tried in the top pic but so many are hidden I really needed the bottom 2 pics.

 They go back to Matt tomorrow and with luck any changes he wants will be very minor.... but you never can tell.

That's it for today.
A zombie tomorrow and then with luck a club game report on Monday. But as I am not in the mood for a club game I may give it a miss. You never know.

Thursday, 12 October 2017

And so the madness begins.

For those expecting "Burpas" this week, there has been a delay. They are being worked on so they will be along shortly.... maybe NEXT week. Until then I received these this morning. Purchased on eBay for less the £7 including postage. Ok so why get them?
 Well you may recall I did mention Dieselpunk! Well these are destined for that project. One has some slight damage so that will be the one I start on. While 4 can be used for VBCW, Gangsters, C'thulhu or anything else I can think of. As they are all 1/43rd scale and thus suitable (only slightly too big (and I do mean slightly) ) for 28mm figures. In fact once on bases 28mm figures will be about the right size.

The 2 trucks will e weathered and don't really need much beyond that. But you know me they will have a complete paint job. as a fuel truck is better than a condensed milk truck! At least in wargames terms if not real life.

So what needs to happen and by when? Well firstly there is NO rush and I would rather get it right than get it wrong. Not that they are at all expensive BUT that I am well shall we say "Frugal" that sounds better than miserly.  I shall start on the green car. As you can see the radiator grill is missing and the "Canvas" top is broken. So starting on a broken one seems to make the most sense.  As I do intend to base them all it will need a base. I am thinking hardboard. This will allow me to cut and "stretch" the vehicle. I know this will be a hard job so expect it done over the Christmas period. Although I do hope to start to "Chop" it next week. I might do a step by step walk through.

Knowing that someone... you know who you are! Will ask about both rules and Figures. I can confirm I already have the figures and will get more as soon as I can acquire them both at the right price and condition. But you will see below that I already have some.

 Rules wise I am looking at 3. Osprey "Gaslands" which MAY be either good or bad I have yet to see. "Gorka Morka" the old GW set but heavily modified, or "Mad dogs with guns!" which are a 1920-30's gangster set but just may be right.

That's it for today. And NOW I best get on with the Painting of Burpas and get my head out of the clouds.

All the Best Clint

Monday, 9 October 2017

Steam Tank (1)

Yes there will be more than 1 Steamtank however at present I only have 1 finished so I can only show 1. (That makes sense). Again a little dark for photography but never-the-less I have attempted it. Hence the blue hue.

The model is of course an Ironclad (LINK) Miniatures model. The Smoke stack was wonky when I got it from a friend, so rather than re glue it I accepted it as it was and am happy with it being a little off  true.

I see this as a rather small 2-3 man contraption driver and gunner and maybe a third stoking the boiler. The Vehicle commander will most likely double as the gunner and the driver as the engineer.  You may see it differently maybe in your version it carries a whole squad. That is your choice.

I did try 2 different camouflage schemes but eventually settled on plain blue. The camouflage schemes were not working for me, perhaps I was trying to be too clever. So by settling on plain blue it can serve as a double role. 1 it can be a police vehicle for sorting out the local criminal masterminds, or 2 it could be Royal Navy Issue. I am happy with both of these ideas an it will look jolly suitable for the Royal Naval landing PARTY.

Either way I am happy. It was a gift from a friend and as such is doubly Cherished. I need to take a photo next to some troops to give an indication of scale. Sorry I did not I promise to do so in the future, maybe when I get the next one finished (Which is a very different design) If you reall the pic from 1st October.

That's it for today now I really must get on with the Burpas I have started. But first I need to go to town and buy some superglue to attach them to bases.

All the best Clint

Sunday, 8 October 2017

Zombtober (2)

No I am not late this time. But the photos were very dark. None the less here is another Zombie!

I will take more photos at the end of Zombtober. this is just so I do not miss the DEADline again. (Pun well and truly intended)

It is another of the plastic Mantic Zombies from "All out war" the walking dead games. Much more closely based on the comics that the TV series.

That's it very short today as I have some paid painting to do.  And I have put it off far to long already.

yes some more Burpas coming this week.

All the best Clint.

 Have a good weekend.

Friday, 6 October 2017

2 more jungle huts

Yes two more. This should be enough now. As the jungle is not the heaviest populated area on the planet tis should be MORE than enough buildings.

The models are 1 piece resin castings by Frontline Wargaming ( and as Tim is part of the wargaming club I do get a very small discount... big enough to stop me looking elsewhere.

I have painted these up to represent an old hut and a newly built hut. I will let you decide which is which although it should be very obvious.

Painting was very quick, about 30min if we include drying time. just a simple 1 colour and a heavy brown wash and then when dry a black to paint in the door. Ok I did leave them overnight and varnish them in the morning but still very swiftly painted with no fuss no muss and I think, to a good result.

Elsewhere on the painting table I have started a VSF Tank. It is currently on the third paint job as I was ever happy with the result. This time it is SO much simpler and just needs 1 bore base coat to get rig of any blotches or patchiness. So you may expect that pretty soon as well.

 Thanks for looking today and now to start the next Zombtober figure....

All the best Clint

Wednesday, 4 October 2017

Carry on follow that March or ten tall legionares (?)

Right this gets me back for now to posting on my normal ever other day. Bet that does not last long. Unfortunately I will not be able to do a detailed AAR from Sundays Club game. But I will talk though it as best I am able.

All figures are IT miniatures 20mm ( All the terrain is scratch built by me and the rules were an adapted "Songs of Blades and heroes!"

We played "Songs of Blades and heroes" BUT not a fantasy version a Riff war version. Firstly I did muck up the rules a little but not enough to ruin the game and the next time they will be better. That is a promise.

A total of three games were played. (I was only in the last game as I took over from Richard (aka Dick)).

All the photos are from Battle 2.

Battle 1>

Game one was that there had been a sandstorm and the baggage mules had run off. Both sides wanted them. The FFL to resupply the fort and the Riff to have some loot and also to deny the fort any supplies. I was ref. Bob and Peter played the Riffs and Dick and Tim the French Foreign Legion (FFL). The games started slowly with all players taking single activations and getting used to the rules which no one had played before.

 However things soon changed. Each board had 2 pack mules so a draw was possible. Peter quickly nabbed on of the mules and took it off table thus denying the possibility of a FFL victory at his side of the board. But 3 mules in total remained so still everything to play for. Tim (FFL) tried to circle around Peter (riff). But realistically too little and far to late. His troops  just took too long to circle around a building complex.

At the other end of the table Bob (riff) again slow to get going but using the long move of his camel mounted troops and managed to steal both of the pack mules. Dick (ffl) did his best and killed enough Riffs to get morale checks working. (WHICH I mucked up by having instant removal rather than retreats) However with all 4 baggage mules in Riff hands the fort was going to have a tough time in the next few weeks being both short of food and ammo!

Battle 2>

The guys decided on one big battle rather than squabbling over mules and supplies. Both Riff players decided to concentrate on Tim (FFL) and leave Dick (FFL) mostly alone. Yes I know Peter did send a small force to hold the FFL under Dick up.

The FFL did considerably better this time. Only Tim took any casualties and the FFL inflicted almost total wipe out on the riffs. Bob and peter did put Tim on a morale check at the same period BOTH of them were also taking morale (Which I am doing right at last). As Tim had about  2 times as many attacking him he was faced with few options .  He defended well with even the Arab guide fending of a savage Riff not once but twice. If he had not defended so well it could easily have been very different..But the writing was in the sand and the Riff lost decisively

Battle 3>

I played the Riffs against Peter (now FFL) and we went for speed back to the baggage column and pack mules. Knowing now how the rules work. I charged a single riff up the road and grabbed a mule and mad it of the table by turn 2. Before Peter got most of his troops on the table. peter tried the same thing and sprinted legionaries after the remaining mule on his table. They made it forcing me to send my leader (hero) straight into a melee with them.

A rugby scrum of a melee resulted with each side sending in more and more troops. Until neither of us had any left to commit and all the troops were in one big brawl.

At the other side of the table Bob (Now FFL) grabbed a mule and shot Tim to pieces. Tim was now lacking sufficient troop strength and despite some heroic last actions te FFL managed to not only secure a second mule but with a mixture of sword and gun fire manage to whittle the FFL down to a few men.

While we did not finish I did offer Peter a draw. Being a gentleman Peter did admit he was not in a position to win and that eventually I would win. (I had not lost a man and Peter had lost 3 at this stage This gave me weight of numbers and I was almost able to have 2 men attacking each one of his).

So the Results were

Bob 2 wins     1 loss
Clint 1 Win. (Only played 1 game)
Richard  1 Win     1 loss
Tim 1 win and 2 losses.
Peter 1 win and 2 losses.

Riffs 3 wins FFL 3 wins.

That being the case it was an even day with the winners being the ones who had the most fun.
Just as it should be!

I feel we will play again and that Tim will make a few more FFL figures He has admitted to having started a Hotchkiss and crew (Machine gun), Like wise I have enquired about FFL in shirt sleeves and FFL with Lewis guns. I doubt anything will come of the later 2 ideas (yeah my ideas) but the Hotchkiss is a possibility.

Maybe I will even make a FFL fort. (No not the airfix "Fort Sarhara" as that would not be large enough). Only time will tell. Whatever it was a fun day and I really did like how the rules worked and also how the terrain looked.

My position in the final battle
at the end of play
although I did not win and it could have turned around
Peter refused a draw and clained I had won

To me the the last battle was undecided.
Thanks for reading and more again soon. maybe even a steam tank. 1 Have now been started.

Sunday, 1 October 2017

Zombtober 1

My first ever Zombtober and guess what? I was without internet connection all day Sunday. The issue is solved for now so here is my first ever entry.

With luck the organisers will forgive my tardiness. If they don't there is nothing I can do or indeed could have done so oh well!

Only 1 zombie from Mantics "All out war" the walking dead game. cast in hard plastic this single 28mm figure was about as easy to paint as I could hope for. But given the fact I was at the club yesterday and had been up and sorting thimngs out (as a care giver) since 3 am again I hope I will be forgiven.

So that is my start to Zombtober. Good luck to all involved and while I am not intending a massive out- put it does get the ball rolling for me. And I have published as swiftly as I am able given internet connectivity.

Changing the Subject!

I had a few extra gifts while at the club yesterday. See the very bottom photo. 2 Ironclad miniatures (Part painted (But you all know I will have to start again. ) Victorian Science fiction steam tanks.
( While they may not have been the ones I would choose for myself they are very welcome additions. Cheers Bob. (I will admit I have considered buying the green one in the past but always had other things to spend the money on).

Additionally: 2 extra Pack mules for WW1/ late colonial form IT miniatures. Thanks Tim.

Also from Tim 2 additional 15mm jungle buildings. I now have enough to start playing WW2 pacific  games of PBI. Which is not saying I have enough troops (I do but If I say that I may have to stop buying and not continue to round out the collection) but at least I have enough Jungle buildings. So expect them to be painted very swiftly. I may even start today.

And A big thanks to mat for printing off some Aeronef cards for me and some ship name tags. We can probably get a first game in reasonably swiftly now. Cheers Mate.

It was (In my opinion) a good day at the club and I will do a report in the next day or two.

And the games were more Beau Geste/Legionaire/ten tall Men/march or die. Than the were "Sons of the Desert" or Carry on Follow that camel (I think I have mentioned enough films). Despite Peter calling out "Mustava leak!" frequently. (I promise to have the correct name spelling for the game report)

All the best Clint out

Thursday, 28 September 2017

March or dice!

yep although I am sure it will be more "Carry on Follow that camel!" I am using the working title of "March or Dice!" (Maybe with the "C" in brackets, maybe not.

I am of course thinking of the French Foreign legion game that I have been planning.

For those not following this project it is an early 20th century "Beau Getste" skirmish game of the Arabs (Riff) versus the French Foreign Legion (And the Spanish, don't forget they were involved!)

I already have enough mounted Riffs (about 45 on camels) so here are 10 on foot. % armed tith swords and 5 with rifles. All the figures are by IT Miniatures (Here is a LINK) they are all metal WW1 20mm castings. The 3 Mules (or Donkeys) are also WW1 IT miniatures but in the British lists and not the Arab lists..

I will be looking at the "Songs of blades and heroes" engine but using the very nearly identical "Fist full of Kung Fu" Osprey rules. There will of course be a few amendments to represent the setting, but these should be very minor.

With luck I will have enough done for a club game on Sunday.

Cheers Clint

Tuesday, 26 September 2017

Sci Fi trees?

Ok lets us start by saying NO ONE KNOWS what trees will be like on another planet. I really do not, not got the foggiest idea. NOT A CLUE. I don't even know if we will recognise them as being plant life> I have no idea.

However wargamers being human will always tend towards what they know and as we know what a tree is like on this planet, and as all wargames rules want some soft cover/concealment, these will do for now!

Now many of you might remember Joe (AKA Zabadak (Link to blog) purchased a plastic "flower" ball from the 99p store. I followed suit. I will turn it into Jungle in short order.

Now as you can see in the top picture there are a few purple "Fronds". I had initially no use for the purple "fronds" but waste no want not. I have turned them into sci fi trees.

Taking it apart (there were only 3 purple, the rest are green). So using a glue gun, I stuck them to 2mm MDF bases.

An easy job, and done quite quickly. You could stick them to plastic counters as well, but you would need to "Key" the surface or the glue will have almost nothing to cling on to.  I would choose not to use the glue gun on coins as they really do need to key to the surface. But you are welcome to try it if you like, BUT I would not recommend it.

The Glue guns are quite safe as long as you don't try anything silly, like squirting hot glue in you eyes or onto your tongue. And if you get any on you quicker to wipe it of than run to the sink and pour cold water on it. Look it is common sense.

Also cover everything with news paper as it makes tiding up easier and you will get nagged less.

Once dry. Trust me it is quick. I waited 30 mins (go and make a cuppa for the better half). It was simply a matter of painting with dark brown on the base and sprinkling sand in place. No need to be precious, every thing is already covered and no one really cares about the bushes. So be quite liberal in the sprinkling.

Once sprinkled I repainted again with dark brown and then hi-lighted in a desert sand/yellow.  That way job's a good un and only the tidy up to be done. leave over night to dry and in the morning put them away, or don't put them away and get nagged at, the choic e is yours>

Quick and easy sci fi terrain. I just wish I had a few more to bulk out the terrain.

Being Sci Fi they can of course be any scale and being purple they have an otherworldly look to them.

Sunday, 24 September 2017

2 things

My Sister on Khan (the horse)
at Hickstead this year.
Firstly a big congrats to my sister. She came 9th out of a field of 29 at Hicktead Horse Trials. She was competing in Dressage.  While 9th is not Olympic standard it is still pretty good. (FAR better than I could have even attempted to do!)

I do not mention my sister often as she has NO interest in my hobby.

And the Rosette for coming 9th
Can I ride a horse?.... I have learnt to cling on but I am in no way proficient.

Ok back to wargaming...... here is the start of Matt's Aeronef British fleet!

At this stage he has Far to many small aeronef and they have been a right paint to paint. But they are done now so I can put them out of my mind and get something else done.

below are a series of close ups of various class vessels. With the brown ones at the end being airships. I had to paint 3 times before I was happy with them.

That's it for today. Take care have fun and paint if the mood takes you.

best wishes Clint