Sunday, 23 November 2014

A Display Base for my 40mm Flash Gordon Miniatures

In a bit of a change from the usual, here is a post detailing how I built this display base for use at Blast-Tastic in October 2014. For full details of the show go to this link. The stepped display was designed to show off some of my 40mm Flash Gordon miniatures, for details go to the Flash Gordon label on the right.

Image Two - The individual steps were cut from scrap 20mm MDF. I had my friendly carpenter cut the strips on his bench-saw.

Image Three - Each pair of blocks were glued together with No-More-Nails and sanded smooth.

Image Four - The blocks were then glued together to form the steps.

Image Five - A 20mm thick backing board was then glued to the back and the gaps filled with ready-mixed filler.

Image Six - I painted the whole base with three layers of watered-down Silver Mist paint that I had left over from an earlier project.

The whole project took less than two days from start to finish and I now have a professional looking display base that I can use for other shows and displays.

Each step is 50mm wide and 40mm tall.


Saturday, 22 November 2014

28mm Raised Market from Building Wargame Terrain

The final tutorial in Dampfpanzerwagon Guide No.1 - Building Wargame Terrain is this 28mm Raised Market Hall, while the images below show some of the work-in-progress.

Like the earlier Messy Little Pigsty, this was one of the more detailed or 'signature pieces' in the book and the largest models featured in Building Wargame Terrain.

The projects in Building Wargame Terrain start with simple wall structures, moving through wall and fence and perimeter wall models, the earlier articles should give you the confidence to progress to the more details constructions that appear later in the book (and in book two - More Wargame Terrain).

Should you be interested in purchasing Building Wargame Terrain or the later book - More Wargame Terrain, please follow the links in the top right hand corner of the main Blog page where you can also find some fan-based reviews.

Thank you.


Friday, 21 November 2014

Gnome Cannon for November - part five

The painting is now complete, just the varnishing and flocking to go and the small group of Gnome and Halflings will be ready for the gaming table.

I have purposely painted the three miniatures in a 'miss-match' of uniform colours to show that they are an irregular unit forced to make-do with whatever they can lay their hands on. This is true of the actual figures and cannons, A Games Workshop Dwarf Cannon left over from a box of second-hand miniatures I picked up in a charity shop; the Gnome from Obidiah's Gun half-box set (Alternative Armies 54501) and a couple of spare Halflings (Alternative Armies 57001) that I had left over from a previous project. Even the plastic disc base that the cannon is based on is a counter found in the bottom of my Spares Box.

I should have images of the finished models up on the Blog - very soon.


Thursday, 20 November 2014

A Messy Little Pigsty from Building Wargame Terrain

This is The 28mm Messy Little Pigsty from Dampfpanzerwagon Guide No.1 - Building Wargame Terrain. It is one of two super-detailed or 'signature' models featured in Building Wargame Terrain and as such is one of the most in-depth articles covering a full twelve pages of the book.

The main construction is scrap cardboard with DAS modelling clay surface detail and some textured plastic card. The techniques shown in the book give a step-by-step tutorial on how you can produce a similar piece of terrain.

The article also details how I painted the model. While the two images below show the work-in-progress.

Should you be interested in buying the book - Building Wargame Terrain or Dampfpanzerwagon Guide No.2 - More Wargame Terrain, please follow the links in the top right of the main Blog page.

There are now only 20 signed and numbered copied of More Wargame Terrain left, while copies of the re-printed Building Wargame Terrain are running out fast.

Thank you.


Wednesday, 19 November 2014

Ten things you never knew about Waterloo - the Mail of Sunday

This weekend The Mail of Sunday had this feature in their magazine - Event. Sacre Bleu! Ten things you never knew about Waterloo. For a full breakdown see this link. Please note that I am not sure how long this link will remain active.

I hope you enjoy it.


Tuesday, 18 November 2014

Gnome Cannon for November - part four

I have painted more of the scratch-built base for the cannon and started on the uniform colours. In fact the cannon is nearly finished.

The three miniatures who are manning the cannon are meant to represent a mixed-bag or make-do crew and so I have painted them in various uniform styles and colours.

Given that I had the Games Workshop cannon for free (I had a box of figures from a charity shop - which I subsequently sold on) I am really pleased with the painted and based gun and this rabble should make an interesting little group to add to my Flintloque collection.


Monday, 17 November 2014

15mm French Farm from Building Wargame Terrain

Both books, Damfpanzerwagon Guide No.1 Building Wargame Terrain and Guide No.2 More Wargame Terrain feature mainly 28mm scratch-built terrain pieces, however there is one tutorial in book one - The French Farm that is built to 15mm scale.

The building was inspired by a model in Fine Scale Modeler and built from scrap cardboard which was then clad with plastic card strips, watercolour paper and Milliput.

As you can see from these images, I mounted the building onto a scrap of thick plastic card and built up a diorama base with a cobbled street front and a muddy court yard to the rear.

The building has obvious Normandy architectural features, with the sloped corner beams and high pitched roof and would be ideal in a Flames of War 15mm game.

The final two images show the work-in-progress, actually a primed and 'washed' model waiting the first layers of paint.

I hope that you enjoy this 15mm detour from the mainly 28mm structures. The model was won by Big Lee (BigLee's Miniature Adventure) when I held a Prize Draw after the sale of the 100th book.

Should you be interested in buying either book, please follow the prompts featured in the top right of the main page.

Thank you.