Monday 22 April 2024

Flintloque Spanish - one mini at a time

Over the last couple of months I have not been painting miniatures - I'd lost my Mojo.....

But following some positive comments on this Blog, I have set myself the challenge of painting a group of eight Flintloque Spanish figures for my Silver Bayonet/Flintloque crossover project. The eight based and undercoated minis have sat very patiently on my To-Do shelf for nearly a year. I thought it was time I got around to painting them and using the tried and tested technique of painting just one mini at a time here are the first four painted and finished Spanish.

I'm not expecting any awards for the 'down and dirty' techniques I have used, but they have got me back to the painting bench and I have to admit that I've enjoyed the experience. While painting these I read in the magazine Airfix Model World that the editor had experienced a similar feeling of lost Mojo and it was reassuring to read that I was not alone in this affliction.

Thank you for all the positive comments.


Sunday 21 April 2024

Car Boot Sale Bargains

Earlier today Sue and I visited our first car boot sale of the year. The weather was great and I picked up some bits and pieces but the best bargain of the day was this Burgess Powerline Electric Engraver Model 72 complete in its box with all of the paperwork and attachments. I was a little reticent at first, but can confirm that it is in perfect working order. 

It cost me just £1.00.

My second bargain was this Toe Nail Clipper set, two very high quality clippers plus various tools. Perfect for model making and particularly trimming items from the sprue. 

Another bargain at just £4.00.

I really should get around to visiting more car boot sales....


Friday 19 April 2024

The Rock Kings Throne Room featured at Salute 51

Last night I was browsing some of the YouTube reports from Salute 51 (April, 2024) and came across a number of images of a terrain board that I had built back in 2008 and subsequently sold to Crooked Dice/7TV. The image you see above was taken from the Crooked Dice report on Salute 51 and shows The Rock Kings Throne Room gaming board in use. For more details, see this link. Note; Image is used without permission and will be removed if objected to.

The image below is from an earlier post on this Blog, showing the finished board with 40mm Flash Gordon miniatures from my own collection - you can find more information by following this link.

A further search shows a number of YouTube and Blog sites that have featured this board on a number of different show reports - for example Best of Salute - link timeline 10.53.

It was something of a surprise, a pleasant surprise to once again see the gaming board in use. I was not able to attend Salute this year, but it is great to see that something I once built was on display.


Thursday 18 April 2024

Miniature Wargames issue 493 - A Silver Bayonet Solo Adventure

I have previously posted about this issue of Miniature Wargames (see this link), but also think it is worthwhile to include a second post detailing one of the published articles.

A Clamour of Confused Wrong is a solo historical scenario for The Silver Bayonet written by Conrad Kinch. On first reading I found it a little confusing but persevered with it and now think that the playing card mechanics could work well in other SB solo games. I would not hesitate to to recommend the mechanics to anyone looking to play a solo game of SB or Flintloque.

Well done to Mr, Kinch for a very well thought out scenario and gaming mechanic. The magazine is currently available in WHSmiths for £5.99.


Saturday 13 April 2024

Help - I've lost my figure painting Mojo!

There is no doubt in my mind - I've lost my Mojo! I haven't painted a figure in months, possibly over a year and I have no excuse. I have loads of unpainted lead and shelves full of paint, not to mention boxes of paintbrushes and even a wet palette but I just don't have the drive to sit and paint.

What should I do?



Friday 12 April 2024

A Messy Little Pig Sty - Miniature Wargames issue 493

The latest issue of Miniature Wargames - issue 493 (May 2024) features this scratch build pig sty built and painted by me some time ago. It was originally features in my self published book Dampfpanzerwagon Guide No. 1 Building Wargame Terrain (now out of stock) but has been included here in a much condensed form (the original article ran to twelve pages). I have included some additional images of the model on my display board with a Flintloque figure alongside for scale.

You can find the magazine in most WHSmiths stores or see this link for more details of how to order a copy and see the full contents.

This is one of my favourite models from the Dampfpanzerwagon Guides and one that I doubt I will ever get rid of.


Thursday 11 April 2024

Charity Shop Finds

These two books were picked up for just £1.00 each - at these prices they were just too good to pass up.


Sunday 31 March 2024

Renegade Nell from Disney

The new fantasy adventure from Disney landed this week and after all of the hype I was looking forward to seeing how the story and characters panned out. Episode one was a character introduction story but I found it a little underwhelming - I'm not saying that I will not be watching the rest of the series (which I hope will get better) but I think I was expecting more.

I have included this link for anyone not familiar with the story, but there are many other clips and reviews available on the internet should you want more information.

Overall I would recommend it but think it could have been better. Hopefully the next episode will be better and live up to my expectations.


Friday 29 March 2024

1935 Morgan Super Sports from Academy/Minicraft

Earlier this month I was given this secondhand 1/16th scale model kit of a 1935 Morgan Super Sports three wheeler as a birthday present. The second hand kit is complete with just the rubber tyres attached to the spoked wheels and minus the decals. Quite a feat for a kit from the 1990's.

I was given the Morgan three wheeler book some time ago so I can't complain that I don't have enough information to build a true replica. But will it be a pristine example or slightly used one? And what colour?

Thanks to Gary and Beckie (and the boys) for my birthday present.


Monday 18 March 2024

West Midlands Military Show 2024

The West Midlands Military Show was held yesterday and I spent most of the morning and lunchtime browsing the exhibits and trade stands. Here are some of the photographs I took.

I didn't buy that much, just some modelling supplies, but I am grateful to the organisers for the Bring & Buy stand where I sold off a number of pieces of scratch built terrain which should give me some much needed room in the garage. I hope that anyone who bought the pieces has some use and fun from these models.

Once again I thought the show was very well organised and I enjoyed meeting up with modelling friends and discussing new projects.


Tuesday 12 March 2024

West Midlands Military Show 2024

Just over a week to go to the Alumwell Wargames West Midlands Military Show. I intend visiting but will not be exhibiting as I have other commitments. For more information, see this link.

I look forward to the first show of the year (well for me anyway).


Friday 8 March 2024

Easy Build Terrain featured in Miniature Wargames issue 492

The latest issue of Miniature Wargames features a novel piece of terrain that I built from an under-sink bottle trap and then painted and based for use in various Sci-Fi games.

In the image above. I have used some 40mm Flash Gordon figures from Graven Images while in the one below, I have included a group of early Games Workshop Eldar.

For more information about the contents of this months magazine (which also includes a free show guide for Salute 51), see this link.


Monday 4 March 2024

A French Dovecot - the full article

Earlier this week I came across an article I had written for the magazine Miniature Wargames (June 2020) that has been reproduced as a free on-line tutorial with full text and all of the illustrations. If you are interested in how I build my scratch built terrain the article can be found on the Tabletop Gaming Features site - here.

More details can be found on this Blog - here.

I checked the rest of the Features but this appears to be the only one written by me - however there is a huge amount of free content on the site for you to read.



Thursday 29 February 2024

Dampf's Modelling Page celebrates 16th anniversary

Earlier this week my Dampfpanzerwagon Blog celebrated the sixteenth anniversary. It doesn't seem that long ago that I thought I would record my modelling experiences in a Blog but here I am and still blogging! I'm well aware that posts are not as frequent as past years, but I am still posting and very grateful for all the followers, readers and comments.

Thank you.