Sunday, 27 July 2014

My Fink Regiment - part four

Progress on this group of eight Finklestein Dwarves moved along quite quickly - updates have been slow due to the Pre-Launch of More Wargame Terrain, for details go to this link.

The image above shows most of the painting finished, while the one below was taken just prior to varnishing.

I varnished the whole group with Ronseal Tough Coat and then Galleria Matt Varnish.

Then flocked the bases with some static grass.

All finished?

Not quite.

I was intrigued to see some finished models over on The Notables Yahoo Group, in which there was a pet pug.

Never one to ignore a good idea, I ordered a small Dragon off e-Bay (a Wizard's Familiar). This diminutive miniature was mounted on to a 1p coin and the base built up with Green Stuff.

The base was further textured with some sand and then painted Chaos Black.

The skin colour was built up from Blood Red and Bad Moon Yellow. Sorry about the poor quality of the images - this is a tiny figure and does not photograph well.

Painting progressed.

Then varnishing.

And finally flocking.

Here you can see the 'pet' Dragon, the regimental mascot alongside two of the Finklestein Regiment.

Finally, yes, really finally, here is the full group of 8 Dwarves and one pet dragon based on my olde school uniform, our breast badge was a dragon.

I hope you have enjoyed this On-Line Build. I have.


Friday, 25 July 2014

Building Wargame Terrain/More Wargame Terrain

Image taken from Orcs in the Webbe

Craig Andrews over on Orcs in the Webbe has recently updated his site with a short excerpt from my first book Building Wargame Terrain. For full details of the post go to this link.

During the writing, production and selling of Book One, I have tried to keep the articles off the Web, so that owners of Book One would know that what they have purchased is not a re-hash of available Web articles. However, I have also been asked to give a sample or 'taster' of what to expect with both Book One (and the newly released Book Two - More Wargame Terrain). I have therefore agreed for this excerpt from one of the articles included in Book One to be reproduced here. Thank you Craig.

The model is a Small Stone Warehouse built with a 'brick-on-brick' technique. The full article in Book One is 14 pages long with 48 full colour images.

For details of how to order Book One - Building Wargame Terrain by Tony Harwood go to this link, while details of how to order Book Two - More Wargame Terrain can be found here.

I hope you enjoy this short 'taster' article.


Sunday, 20 July 2014

More Wargame Terrain Book by Tony Harwood Now Available to Order

Book Two More Wargame Terrain is now at the printers being printed. I would expect to have the first physical copies by 1st August, maybe slightly sooner. Like Book One, the first 100 books will be numbered and signed and again like Book One, once these have been sold I will hold a prize draw. The draw prize will be one of the 'scratch-built' models featured in the book.


The book will be;
A4 Size
Perfect Bound
Premium paper (170gms and 300gsm for the cover)
116 pages (plus full colour front and back covers)
8 full build articles from conception to finished model
over 385 full colour images
20992 words 

"Book one was (rightly so) targeted at the beginner or novice terrain builder, with tutorials ranging from the simple, through intermediate to a couple of detailed or ‘signature pieces’. In Book Two, More Wargame Terrain, Dampfpanzerwagon Guide No.2, I intend to develop this theme while sticking to a familiar format that I think works. Most of the structures or buildings chosen for Book Two are meant to be generic, that is to say not rooted in any one genre or period and suitable for a wide range of gaming themes or wargames. They are however all inspired by some actual building, model or illustration that I have seen and admired. In Book Two I have attempted to vary the styles and techniques used, but this is difficult and I would hope that readers will allow or accept a little repetition of techniques used."
Taken from the introduction - More Wargame Terrain


The books will be sold for £18.00 each. Payment via (old fashioned) cheque or Paypal. 

Should anyone wish to order a copy of the book, could you please e-mail me at;  dampfpanzerwagon(at) With your full name and address and your Paypal account details (so I can send you an invoice).

Please include the title More Wargame Terrain in the e-mail.

If you want to order both books or just Book One; please make sure you include these details in the e-mail.

Please Note; Due to UK postage size and weight restrictions. I will send two parcels if you order Book One and Book Two. There will be NO Discount on postage if you buy either both editions or two of the same books.


Postage & Packaging will be;
UK - £4.50
Europe - £8.50
Rest of the World - £12.50
(Anyone who wants the book/package to be signed for - then please contact me at the time of ordering and I will amend the P&P costs).

Details of Book One - Building Wargame Terrain, including a number of reviews can be found here.


Here is a photo of both books - The new Book Two (purple cover) and the original  Book One (orange cover) can you spot the mistake?

Yes, we missed the fact that book two had the wrong title - this will be changed on the main production run to More Wargame Terrain. Apparently, copy and paste was not working properly!


Friday, 18 July 2014

A Raised Grain Store for Pax Bochemannica

Craig Andrews of Orcs in the Webbe has posted another one of my 'scratch-built' models produced for the Fantasy-Romano game S.P.Q.Orc - Pax Bochemannica. For details of the full article/tutorial go to this link.

The simple structure took less than a day to build and would be an ideal model for the beginner to tackle. Similar 'starter' models are featured in my book Building Wargame Terrain - for details go to this link, while more detailed tutorials (more advanced) will be included in my second book More Wargame Terrain - details of which can be found here.

Book two is due to be launched in the next couple of days. I have arranged for a short re-print of book one. Details should be posted very soon.


Tuesday, 15 July 2014

An Upturned Boat

Earlier this month, I 'blogged' that it was my intention to post details of some new terrain pieces I had finished during the Football World Cup. My intention was to post one new piece every month on the 1st of each month until I ran out. For full details go to this link.

The truth is that I have been a very 'busy boy' and as well as finishing a couple of articles for Craig Andrews over on Orcs in the Webbe, I have added to my terrain collection with even more models.

Here is one that was completed earlier this month. An upturned boat on wooden supports.

The boat model was from one of those part works (where you buy a magazine each month and build the model with pieces that are included - I think this one was HMS Victory). The boat is a metal casting that I have had in my Spares Box for ages.

I built the wooden supports from toffee apple sticks and mounted the model on to an oval of 3mm thick plastic card. The basket with old rags, is a 1/43rd metal casting intended for O Gauge model railway layouts. This work-in-progress shots shows the model finished and undercoated.

As stated earlier, I have used my spare time (down the shed and listening to Five Live - the BBC's sports radio station) to finish a whole batch of wargame terrain. This is just one of many.

I hope that you like it. More to come.


Monday, 14 July 2014

The Chains of Albion by Edwin Thomas

Here is a short review of the second book by Edwin Thomas in the three book Martin Jerrold series. The Chains of Albion.

Details of book one - The Blighted Cliffs can be found here and here.

Book two - The Chains of Albion sees Captain Jerrold in command of a prison hulk filled with French prisoners of war. When on of those prisoners goes missing Jerrold's life is turned upside-down and the search for the prisoner takes him across most of southern England in a twisted web of intrigue.

The Chains of Albion was the first book in this short series that I bought, actually picked up in a local charity shop, however I bought book one from e-bay and read that first (see earlier post).

I have enjoyed reading both, with The Chains of Albion, being a sort of 'Who Dunnit', Boys Own Adventure and Period Romp all mixed into one. I would recommend both as a jolly good read.

The Chains of Albion by Edwin Thomas
Published in 2004 by Bantam Press
ISBN: 0-593-05065-7
Recommended selling price (hardback) £12.99 - I picked up my copy for just 50p


Friday, 11 July 2014

My (Revamped) Workstation

Yesterday I picked up a huge sheet of 6mm thick white plastic card. I usually use this card for making the bases of my terrain or models, but this piece was ideal to revamp my existing home-made painting station. The design of which was based on the Games Workshop model. A couple of hours later and here is the result.

The white plastic card had some purple sticky-back plastic on one side (maybe a Cadbury's chocolate advertising card) and this I have kept on the main base. The rest had the sticky-back plastic removed  before marking-out and cutting.

The new paint station uses the same white backed Contiboard base (chipboard) as the original with the purple sticky-back plastic extended over the front (to tidy up the front edge), while construction is No More Nails, some small tacks and superglue.

The new work station is 620mm wide x 465mm deep. The back panel is 180mm high and the shelf 120mm wide. The paint station shelf holds 66 paint pots.

Finally, here is an image of the original which had given me over ten years of service.

I have now ordered an A2 cutting board to cover the base. The image above shows an A4 cutting board.