Tuesday, 17 October 2017

A little something from the weekend

I was fortunate enough to have an entire weekend of gaming from the 13th to the 15th at a little event called BLAM (British Lead Adventures Meeting). It's a small, invite only doo held in a pub in southwest London and has been going for ten years.

The basic idea is that around 20-30 people turn up and play games all weekend. The games are usually of a high standard and the members who participate spend a lot of time and effort in the figures, scenery and rules and a bloody good time is had all round.

I only hosted a Star Wars game this year as work got in the way for the weeks leading up to it and I didn't have time to finish anything off for it (this will be different next year).

Below are a selection of the games that were played. Not all of them, just the ones I remembered to take pictures of.

Malamute's Apache raid

Malamute's Apache raid

Rameirez No Names cowboy shoot out

My Star Wars

My Star Wars

My Star Wars

Malamute's Apache raid

Malamute's Apache raid

Joint effort of Lord of the Rings

Joint effort of Lord of the Rings

Hu Ru's Ice Station Zebra

Hu Ru's Ice Station Zebra

Hu Ru's Ice Station Zebra

Captain Blood's WWII desert game

Captain Blood's WWII desert game

Joint effort of Lord of the Rings

Captain Blood's WWII desert game

Joint effort of Muskets and Tomahawks


Joint effort of Muskets and Tomahawks
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Sunday, 8 October 2017

AWI house

Just a quick one tonight as I've been really busy at my normal work and will be so for about another week.

This one is based on a previous house I made for myself a few years back but the client just wanted the house,so here we are :-)

Quite a few others to do for this commission so updates as and when they get built. It'll be a church, large house and barn and several smaller footprint buildings to allow for several villages on a large board (10x6 I think).

Forgive the Victorian officer on a Martian base but I can't find my AWI figures lol







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Friday, 29 September 2017

Aspern-Essling commission. Building base 2 part 2

Just a quick update on this one. The stone work for the smaller rear building is done and I think I'll carry on with the rest of the stone work on the other buildings first before starting the timbering.


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Tuesday, 26 September 2017

A Scottish castle - part three

Now to the final part of the Scottish castle commission, a small stables block that can be attached to the main keep.

The idea was to have a couple of stable blocks on a separate base but with some loose walls (with magnets) that can be put between the two bases but also there's a small wicker fence that can be placed between the two stable blocks so it can be a separate base all on it's own.

All the walls for this were from Wills sheets and the quoins are styrene strip. The thatch is the dreaded teddybear fur that had a bit of work with glue and a comb and hasn't turned out too bad (I am still looking for the perfect thatch but it's been a long slog and I ain't there yet).

The doors are normal balsa wood given a bit of distress which helps with the drybrushing. Ground work was per the castle itself. The walls and thatch were sprayed but finished off in a more traditional manner (wash and drybrush).

Of course, for me,  the enjoyable part is the growies. Same as before but with a few more heather bushes and some longer bits of grass.










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Sunday, 24 September 2017

A bit of SP 2

Well, had our first game of SP 2 (Sharp Practice 2) the other day and although we had a good day, that was down to the company rather than the rules.

I'm not going to be too harsh, as it's a first outing, but there seemed an awful lot of 'stuff' to remember as the game went on. Apparently it's called 'friction' and that to me does not a smooth game make. I think the biggest thing in my mind was the fact the rules didn't know whether they wanted to be skirmish or larger scale, or cinematic or historical.

When I play skirmish games of this nature then it's pretty much a 1:1 figure scale but there were certain elements in the rules that seemed to suggest that a 1:20 game (or thereabouts) was being played.

Deployment points were interesting but a lot of faf for such little gain. The command cards were a good addition, specially when the tiffin card comes up and there were a lot of similarities between this version and the previous.

I also don't like 'lists' for games but that's just a personal preference, not specifically aimed at this particular rules set. I would like to play it without a list and just have some stats and see what happens.

As mentioned, this was a first outing and I' sure that when we play it again it'll run more smoothly  :-)

Here are a couple of pictures of the game, as we were playtesting for our group there's only a few but I'm sure that as we progress I'll get some decent battle reports.

Terrain was a mix of my own and another lads, figures from all our collections (albeit very small for me lol) and were primarily a mix of Front Rank, Warlord and Brigade Games.







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Thursday, 21 September 2017

Nappies

Real quick one tonight. Got a Napoleonic game tomorrow and I've been persuaded to get involved with a Portuguese force.

They are the Warlord plastics and unfortunately are a bit soft in the detail. They could probably do with more elements to reduce the softness but they'll do at a pinch. I've got some Brigade Games Cacadores winging their way from the states so should have some more painted at some point.

There's also a Cacadore officer I did a while ago.



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Sunday, 17 September 2017

10mm Aspern Essling build

After seeing the larger 28mm version of building base 1, one of my regular clients has asked for me to replicate it in 10mm to match the existing ones I've already done for him (see the 10mm Napoleonic labels).

Quite the challenge as 10mm is a lot smaller than 28mm so some of the details will have to be reduced somewhat and I've had to do the timbering in a different way. Basically lasered 0.5mm acrylic following the same sort of arrangement as the last one.

Just the rear building for now but the others are drawn up and will be cut out, hopefully this coming week.

The glazing is back sprayed acrylic with the transoms/mullions scored on (with the laser) then filled with acrylic paint which is scrapped off leaving paint in the score lines.

The basic layout is shown in the first picture and for those that don't know, the coin (20p) is just over 21mm from base to tip.






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