Sunday, 5 December 2021

RAMSHACKLE CELLS

 I’ve been a bit slack updating this blog lately, so I thought I had best pull my finger out and get posting πŸ˜‚

Well I decided that I needed some prison cells & being too tight to buy any I decided to make some from plastic sheet & bits of tin can. 


First of all I needed to make wrinkly tin roofing sheets. To do this I dug out a former that I’d made sometime ago from two blocks of wood with nails glued onto them & cut up some coke cans into little oblongs  

To use the former, I placed an oblong of the aluminium on one part and pushed the other one down on top to create the ridges 


After I’d done a load of wrinkly tin sheets, I grabbed some big sheets of plasticard (that I had bought for a long abandoned project) & cut them into the desired shapes.
I then scored the sheets to represent the timber board edges, after which I got a corse razor saw & scraped it down the card to simulate the woodgrain

 
 
 
I had found a offcut length of some large black mesh that I'm not sure what its used for, but looked Ideal for Iron bars (or even leaded windows)
 
 
I’d also attached the wrinkly tin sheeting to a thin peice of styrene sheet, 
I did this to create the roof section & enable it be removable.


 

The building was then undercoated black & painted with pale browns & light greys washed with black, brown & green.

The roof was painted dark grey &  highlighted with lighter grey with various red browns to simulate rust all washed as above.






Its come out ok, but why I just didn't build it out of balsa wood though 
& save a lot of work, I don't know πŸ˜‚


Tuesday, 31 August 2021

Some Random Scientists

 Here a few scientists from different companies that I had kicking about & thought it was about time I got them painted 



The first one is a Warlord Games miniature, from the Guarding The Chateau set. 
In the middle is from Crooked Dice Miniatures, with a head from their flamboyant agents head set. 
Finally is the Hasslefree Miniatures Prof. Beattie with the hand holding the pipe. 

 


Sunday, 22 August 2021

Intergalactic Busybody & Companion

 I have finally got up the courage to paint the 80’s Citadel Third Doctor miniature & Jo Grant companion. 

I had these figures for quite some time & have always been really worried about messing them up when I fling some paint at them, but I finally thought what the hell you’re not getting any better at painting so just go for it & I’m really pleased with how they’ve come out.


I have tried to paint Jo Grant in a representation of the costume she wore in Carnival of Monsters, which is what I think that the sculpted had in mind when he created her, as she is basically wearing most of that costume. The Third Doctor is I what I class as his classic costume, as it’s what I personally always think of him wearing. They are both on Black Cat Bases base inserts, & still need varnishing. 

If anyone is still out there I hope you like them too.

Cheers 


Sunday, 1 August 2021

1st Corps Mechanic

 Finally found time to paint the Mechanic from 1st Corps that comes with the Fuel Pump set.

He’s a cracking little figure with plenty of Character. 


I’ve based him on a metal base insert from Black Cat Miniatures on top of one of the newer lipped Warlord games plastic bases. 


Thursday, 13 May 2021

Free Fear of the Dark Demo Version

 David the creator of Fear of the Dark solo horror tabletop game has created a fee set of demo rules & a scenario so that people can get a taste of his game.

Below is the link to his blog where you can find the details or join the Fear of the Dark Facebook group & its in the files section. 

https://fearofthedarkskirmishwargame.blogspot.com/2021/05/fear-of-dark-free-demo-version.html?showComment=1620845730048#c1989675293429275948

Monday, 3 May 2021

Fear of the Dark, scenario 2, scene 1 - The lonely road



Fear of the Dark scenario 2, scene 1 the lonely road.

Our Heroes are traveling to a near by town & come across a crashed vehicle, with three hoodlums accosting a young lady.

One one the kidnappers, brandishing a knife charges at Sister Ursula tripping just as she reaches the Crimson Nun

Father Rathbone rushes to her aid spotting a iron bar in the hedge & grabs it on the way past lunging at the attacker & missing her with his first wild swing. Quickly he recovers & knocks her unconscious with a single blow to the head. The two monks move cautiously round the rear of the car.

 

The two antagonists still standing are a lot more cautious than their unconscious friend. 

As the Nun moves forward, picking up the fallen knife on the way, one of the Gangsters charges her & they both swing wildly, father Rathbone again rushes to her aid & swiftly dispatches him. 

 

As is well known, criminals are a cowardly lot and the remaining man doesn’t disappoint & runs off, leaving our heroes to rescue the girl.

 All in all another enjoyable little game. I'm rally liking painting all the figures that I've bought over the years for WWWII (why I have so many professor types though is anybodies guess!)

 

Sunday, 2 May 2021

1stCorps Petrol Pumps

 I ordered The 1stCorps Petrol Pumps & Attendant & have Painted up the the pumps &Motor oil cabinet

This is a fantastic little set which I will be using for Pulp & WW2 games. 

I printed out some garage signs from the ‘tinterweb and painted the edges before glueing to to cabinet. 

The base for the pumps is an oval of mdf with sand paper for the tarmac & cardboard for the kerb stones. I also cut off the ‘shell’ from the top of the squat electric (blue) pump & replaced it with a large round pin head to represent a glass globe.  

I’ve photographed them with an mdf shed (can’t remember who makes it) & some oil drums that I picked up of eBay, I think πŸ€” 




I don’t know what has happened with the last 2 posts getting swapped round πŸ₯΄


Sunday, 11 April 2021

1stCorps War Wagon

 


I recently painted one of the fantastic War Wagons from 1stCorps for my saga Rus Princes Warband. 
It has a resin main body & metal wheels etc. 
There was a couple of miscasts on the resin armour planking side, so I tried to make it look like battle damage. 
It doesn’t come with any crew & I had a couple of figures with open hands that a friend gave me (thanks Jim 😁) spare so I cut the swords down to resemble knives & put stones in their hand for the improvised weapons. I also added some chains to the ramp, a plastic helmet from the Fireforge Russian sprues, a spear & a hung pheasant from the old GW Bretonian Men at Arms sprues. 










Thursday, 8 April 2021

PULP INVESTIGATION TEAM FOR FEAR OF THE DARK

 Well I seem to be neglecting my Blog recently, every time I’ve tried to post something it’s failed, so 🀞this gets out 😁


I’ve finally found a use for all the Pulp/Weird War miniatures that I’ve kept buying! 

I saw the Fear of the Dark rules mentioned over on LAF, so followed the links to the creators blog https://fearofthedarkskirmishwargame.blogspot.com/ & liked the look of them & went over to Wargames Vault & bought them. 

It’s a game with very few miniatures. You have a group of Investigators with 3 to 4 figures looking for clues, fighting Gangsters, thugs, Cultists & Monsters. 

Anyway here’s my team: A priest from Artizan Miniatures, An armed Nun, that I think is a homage to The Crimson Nun (this is a fan made miniature from LAF) & 2 Jolly Monks from Wargames Foundry. 


The pages of the book still need to be finished, but I will do this after they have some varnish on (it will be easier to remove a mistake)


Tuesday, 29 September 2020

Saga Age of Magic Undead Warband

 


I thought that I would take a look at my Undead Warband for Age of Magic, just to see what I've actually got done & what they look like altogether as all I've done so far is paint them & shove them in a case!! 


I have really enjoyed painting these, especially as Forlorn Hope Games/Moonraker Miniatures (or whatever they are called) has got a lot of the old Bob Naismith Grenadier UK figures recast, & back in the last century, I had a Warhammer Army mainly using these figures & of course I sold it a long time ago & have had to rebuy them! 


There are still a couple more units of warriors to paint up, 3 foot necromancers & , 1 mounted one (I think I may have too many!) 6 Cavalry & 2 units of Hearthguard! As well as the rest of The Gripping Beast Mindless!

                                        

Monday, 7 September 2020

Diehard Miniatures Bounty Hunter



When I saw this Brando the Bounty Hunter miniature from Diehard Miniatures I knew that I needed it, what exactly for, I wasn’t sure, but I needed it πŸ˜‚ 

So I bought 3 of them! One for me & the others for my kids (we are al big fans of The Mandalorian tv series) 

We had a painting session when we all painted our figures (haven’t got round to photographing theirs yet) I really enjoyed painting this Figure & tried to paint it as near to the character that he is based on & I think it came out ok 😁

For the base I mixed some white glue, powdered filler & a bit of water & luckily it came out a little bit cracked, like a dried out desert, so I gave it a sepia wash & a light drybrush of cream   



Thursday, 20 August 2020

MORE UNDEAD

 Finished up some more Undead miniatures for Saga & Rangers of Shadow Deep


First  up is the Undead Minotaur



And with the Undead Ogre

Next is a miscast of a Zombie alongside the proper cast f the same figure

A Group shot f the Bears Head Undead Humans

Finally is some old Grenadier Undead  now produced by Forlorn Hope Games. I used to have these miniatures for a Warhammer Army back in the Late 80's early 90's when they were originally released, but sadly I sold that Army off at Fiasco many many years ago.


Sunday, 21 June 2020

Bears Head Miniatures Undead Ogre




Just finished painting the Bears Head Miniatures Undead Ogre for use in Saga Age of Magic or RoSD. 
I absolutely loved painting this figure & tried to get a mottled effect on the skin πŸ€” not sure how successful that was really, but I’m happy with it. 






Monday, 15 June 2020

Undead Sacred Ground for Saga Age of Magic




I’ve been working on a piece of special terrain for Saga Age of Magic. 
This is a free upgrade for your Warband that allows you to raise more troops whilst using the Necromancy spells. Every Warband has access to a peice of sacred ground terrain, each being catered to the Warband being used.


I picked up a selection of  gravestones through swaps on LAF & bought the crypt off eBay. 
For the base I used an off cut of plastic fascia, as it is thick enough to dig out in front of some of the graves to represent where the Undead have risen from their graves.


I cut up some flat plastic bases to make some extra flagstones & made a base texture paste from white glue, one strike wall filler & various grades of sand.
Then chucked some paint at it. 
Problem I’m now facing is I couldn’t be bothered to sort out the joins in the crypt! 😞
Now they’re bothering me πŸ˜‚