Saturday, 26 September 2020

Celtic Chariots D E F

 The next three Chariots starting with the Druid. I am not sure if he is meant to represent a leader or if he acts as some kind of spiritual adviser to Boudica? He will just join with the other Chariots in my Army. I failed to mention last post that I found some of the tufts really dark and shiny. I resolved that by dry-brushing them with twice with Russian Uniform and then Middlestone both from Vallejo. Did I mention that I have another six Chariots on the way from Victrix? I was originally going to get some from Warlord but luckily in time my brother observed how large my Chariots are in comparison with his Warlord and Foundry versions.

Chariot D

Chariot E

Chariot F

This one that I am waiting for the shield transfer before I can assemble it.

Monday, 21 September 2020

Celtic Chariots A B C

I have finished the first batch of 12 Celtic Chariots, well 99% done. I just have to add the front pieces of the reins on the Victrix versions. The weather was so good on Sunday that I felt it was the best time to photograph them all finished or not. I will post them three at a time as otherwise it would be a huge post. I labelled them from A to L so I could keep track of the various parts before final assembly. The transfers were a real pain to start with but once I did a few I really got the hang of cutting them out and the result was worthwhile. I had two attempts to add flock to the bases as I felt that the land was not Green and Pleasant enough (my little joke). Chariot B, Boudica will be one of the Generals. These are all completely Victrix plastic parts.

Chariot A

Chariot B

Chariot C

Monday, 31 August 2020

So whats on the Work Bench?

 Its been awhile since I have posted anything Wargames related on the Blog, this is a bit of a catch up.

Blogger has changed since I last posted some photos and I'd like to say that the new interface sucks. It could also be due a compatability issue with my old iMac which is starting to show its age?

First up some sandbag emplacements which are a mix of bought and scratch built items. I made these especially to fit in front of AT guns so had to lower a couple of them. They are on my Wargames table at the moment but I have not had a chance to use them in a game.

Next up are the twelve Ancient British Chariots that I am working on. Six are from Victrix and the other six are from Renegade. The Renegade horses were like Cart horses which seemed completely out of place so I used them for my Robin Hood project. I replaced them with three sets of horses from Foundry and three from Wargames Factory. Maybe I should have used the LoTR Horses I have as they would have matched the Victrix horses better? They have been stuck to their bases an hour ago so too late now.

The Victrix Chariots are at the back with the Renegade at the front.

I had a conversation with a friend about doing Crete as I have some of the old Foundry German Paras. I also wanted some Gebergjagers. I found some from Black Tree but knew they would be larger than my Paras so decided to use some Perry Afrika Korp instead. These are really slim but quite nice and lend themselves well to conversions. The metal figure is an old West Wind figure.

Also on the work bench are my Future War Police figures. I have had little time to work on them but have managed a single coat of Dark Blue.  I think I have a colour scheme worked out which is partly inspired by Judge Dredd and some Cyber Punk schemes I found on the Internet.

Saturday, 15 August 2020

John Shaw

 John Shaw is a Spammer.

He keeps attempting to post links on my page and I keep marking them as Spam. I hope that he finds a useful hobby soon as he is wasting his time.

I do wonder as to his mental ability as he does not seem to get the message.

I do wonder if John Shaw is his actual name? It is most likely an assumed name and he works out of some Third World Spam Factory conning little old ladies out of their life savings.

John Shaw will most likely try and Spam this post as well just out of ignorance.

Really the world does not need people like John Shaw around.

Sorry if you came here expecting an interesting post rather than me musing about John Shaw. I do have a post that I have been thinking about doing but have been tied up with trying to paint twelve Ancient British Chariots and it is taking a rather long time as I want to do an outstanding job of them as they will be the centre piece of the Army I am assembling.

Now if John Shaw wants to write and tell me that I have written the above paragraph wrong, then that might be a useful contribution that he could make for the first time in his life.

Good wishes to everyone in this difficult time (except for John Shaw of course).

Monday, 22 June 2020

German WW2 Engineers and Pak40

A couple of items from the Lead Pile and a new acquisition.
I have had the Crusader Engineers for many years as well as the Blacktree Radio set. As I have been using Chain of Command I felt the need to add some Engineers to clear a couple of Mine Fields. Ok these don't have the right tools but they are Engineers so they ill do for now.

 I bought the radio set which also came with a walking set which I have been using for years. I was not sure what to do with these figures until I needed a 3rd Jump Off Point for Big CoC. Having run through a game of Big CoC I am feeling unsatisfied as I never seem to have enough Dice to do more than do the basics. I feel the need to invent something a bit larger and treat the two Platoons a side like individual organisations. I will write more once I test out some ideas.

The Artizan  Pak40 I bought with the American Gun Crews earlier this year. I also bought a second set of figures to fill out the Crew. The Officer got a head and pistol case from a Warlord Plastic set and one of the standing figures got his cut off head. The gun does not really capture the look of the Pak40 that well in my opinion. I thought I had got a Pak38 by mistake when I first opened the packet. I added a gunners arm shield, I suppose you'd call it that. I also added a shovel to the lower shield and widened it as it looked too narrow. I also reshaped the piece under the gun barrel which was flat with some pointed plastic card. I think it turned out well.

Saturday, 30 May 2020

Ancient British Slingers and some Naked Punks.

Just some Black Tree Design Celt Slingers that have been photographed before I mat sprayed them. I still have not ordered ant bases for this Army yet as I am still uncertain about the postage situation.

 After I finished the previous Fanatics and made a joke about the Sex Pistols I thought that I should have made a joke element. I have the maximum allowed Fanatics so I will only use this stand occasionally.

Sunday, 17 May 2020

Dads Army final items finished

For now, he says.

I've had the Wargames Foundry figures painted for well over a decade now as they were used for a Demo Game in about 2004, give or take a year. I bought some other items from Warlord Games whenever I've been ordering something else. The figures from Warlord are a little taller than the older figures but they seem to work together ok.

This Model A van I had originally painted up to use as a GAZ Radio Van for my Russian forces. As I had only painted two Infantry Sections and two Scout sections before I abandoned that project, I will have to go back and finish it sometime. During the Lockdown I was watching the Dads Army marathon on TV and remembered this Van. A quick Google for the signs and a repaint of the windows and it was done.

Before the Lockdown I had bought and opened some Araldite and Super Glue and thought I had better use them before they dried out, so dived into the Lead Pile to find some things that needed assembling. These Dads Army items were the result of that search along with the PAK40 I will be painting soon, (Also the 76m AT Guns just finished)

This Smith Gun was a tricky little item to assemble. I also added a plastic Brit crewman fitted with a lead head and helmet that was left over from the kit.

This Armadillo turned out nicely. It is based as most of my Early Vehicles are as I started with some Tony Ashcroft 1/56th 38T's which have an integral base. The figures are quite a tight fit and needed some slimming down.

A Bofors 40mm AA Gun. I added an extra crewman and a dice to the base for casualty removal. The plastic figure has a metal Helmet and took some slimming down to get him close to the others. I still think he looks odd.