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Saturday, 25 October 2014

Lost World Tribal Temple [3]


I finished the basing late last night and gave the whole lot a spray undercoat in Halfords matt brown camouflage, so that I could start on the painting this morning. It's about half way there now, with a three stage drybrush of Foundry Buff Leather, followed by a touch of white and then a weathering wash in 50:50 GW Agrax Earthshade and Thraka Green ink. I think it needs some more weathering and a drybrush here and there to lift it a bit but, otherwise, it's not looking too bad.

Friday, 24 October 2014

Cold Response



I was looking for something completely different the other day and was fortunate to bump into this:

http://mil.no/excercises/coldresponse/Pages/the-best-pictures-from-cold-response-2014.aspx

...some wonderful photography!

:O)

Lost World Tribal Temple [2]




Here's the initial glue together and clean up of the temple feature for the club participation game at Warfare 2014. I've tidied up the stonecast Aztec temple, added the icon with an mdf plinth carved into paving slabs, then hot glue gunned the whole thing to the ERM mdf terrain base. A quick blast of Halfords matt camouflage brown, so that I can see what's what and it's ready for the base texturing, which I should get done tomorrow.

Thursday, 23 October 2014

Lost World Tribal Temple [1]



I've been asked to make a tribal temple type thingy for the club participation game, which will be appearing at Warfare 2014 in a few weeks time. So, I had a rummage in the terrain box and found a very old and slightly battered stonecast Aztec pyramid, which I originally bought for Saurian Safari games anyway. 

This will be topped off by an mdf plinth and part of a Reaper Miniatures tribal african king's throne, which I think looks perfect as some sort of dinosaur workshipping icon. I'll stick the whole shebang to an ERM mdf base and add some paving from left over mdf offcuts, before adding some base texturing, stones and rubble.

After that I'll do a good undercoat of brown spray paint then start the laborious process of wetbrushing, drybrushing, washing and weathering, before I add some suitable jungly vegetation. It's supposed to be the  centrepiece of the game, so I'll have to make it look the business.

Not sure when I'll get this done but the clock is definately ticking!

Wednesday, 22 October 2014

Narrow Seas [31]


I'm sinking in a **** load of work at the moment, so wargaming has been a very low priority over the last week or so, with little sign of an end to the crap that anyone in secondary education has to deal with on a day to day never ending basis. I have, however, assembled and primed a Skytrex M35 class minesweeper and have another ready to go in the box, but that's about it for the week thus far. If only I could have a free afternoon or two to get on with some painting?  :O(

Monday, 20 October 2014

Forgotten Sacrifice



I'm reading this now and it's pretty good so far, with a concise narrative yet plenty of factual detail to back it up. I'm not sure how you'd cover the Arctic convoys as a low level tactical game but it would be very effective on a grand tactical or even strategic level. I took a part in a couple of late war convoy multiplayer game at the club a few years ago but they were very challenging for the U Boats to say the least!

Sunday, 19 October 2014

Coastal Patrol Cheatsheet



I've decided to go for Coastal Patrol as the initial rules of choice for my Narrow Seas project, so have been thumbing through the rules to work out what I need in terms of blinds, markers, torpedo counters and so on. I realised that there were no ship stats or a cheatsheet included in the original article, so located the relevant files in the Too Fat Lardies yahoo group.

You can save and print this!
These are both in EXCEL format, so I duly printed them out, finding that the QRS was split over two pages rather the one. To fix this I printed out, then cut and pasted the different sections together, adding the rules logo to the sheet for a bit of impact. This was then scanned in and converted to a JPEG image, which I've posted here to save you the bother.

Saturday, 18 October 2014

Narrow Seas [30]




Another pre-occupied day spent painting the local scout hut but it's all in a good cause, so I don't mind. Here's the result of today's limited time on the coastal forces project, in the shape of two de-militarised F-Lighters from the ex-Skytrex now Heroics and Ros range, all tastefully undercoated in the dodgy primer from Poundland.

They're actually MAL's which were mainly used in the Baltic and Black Sea, so pretty useless in their intended role as far as I'm concerned. As a result, I've turned them into generic coastal lighters or barges, which can happily chug around the Channel Islands delivering ersatz wurst to the local garrisons, with the addition of some 15mm stowage loaded onto the decks.

I've also saved all the gun mountings for use on a couple of PT Dockyard AFP - C Flaklighters that I have in the box, so it's a winner all round as far as kitting out the opposition is concerned. I'm sure the purists will be up in arms but I've made good use of some spare models that would otherwise be gathering dust.

Friday, 17 October 2014

Narrow Seas [29]




After all that AK47 nonsense, it's back to the far more sensible coastal forces project, with a couple of PT Dockyard MFP - C 'Flak Lighters'.These are resin kits and require quite a bit of care and attention to detail, so I screwed them up as you might expect. 

The resin gun mountings were unbelievably fiddly and ended up on the other side of the garage in a fit of despond, so they were substituted for a combination of Tumbling Dice AA guns, together with some spare Skytrex 88mm's and Oerlikens from the bits box. 

The hulls also needed a bit of filling, where the air bubbles have eaten the details but, other than that, I think they look pretty cool. I've run out of Humbrol Sea Grey spray so had to fall back on some dodgy Poundland grey primer but it seems to have worked OK too, much to my surprise.

I'm hoping to start painting them up this weekend...

NEWSFLASH - Banga Boum denounces DuDu (Reuters)


From our diplomatic correspondent in Mpongoville

In a shock announcement today, following inter-governmental emergency talks in the Mbote capital, the President of Mbote, Colonel Banga Boum, denounced the government of Zubuto and accused President Elect DuDu of serious 'strategic miscalculations and military incompetence'. 

The thrust of President Banga Boum's address was a withering condemnation of the Zubuto Army of the People (ZAP), which he claimed was both unprofessional and cowardly in its recent cross border military operations with the Mbote Defence Force (MDF). Whilst praising the 'exemplary performance' of MDF troops, Banga Boum placed blame for the failure of the operation on the ZAP.


In a broadside against the ZAP high command, Banga Boum went on to condemn the 'adventurism and recklessness' which led to a recent crushing defeat for a combined MDF and ZAP column, which had attempted to locate and return a downed short range WaPongo missile. The missile has now been seized by units of the Army of Bana Soto (ABS).


The missile itself had been test fired by ZAP forces during joint military exercises. but had suffered a serious guidance malfunction, resulting in it's crash landing in the border zone. The 'inadequacies' of the WaPongo missile, designed and manufactured by DuDu Defence Industries PLC, were also the subject of President Banga Boum's indignant delivery to the assembled press.

In his closing speech, President Banga Boum announced the immediate dissolution of the Mbote-Zabuto military alliance, which has only recently been established following prolonged inter-governmental negotiations in Bgombo. In a presidential decree, he has ordered all Zubuto diplomatic personnel including the ambassador and his consular staff, to leave the country in the next twenty four hours.


As yet, there has been no response from the government of Zubuto or President Elect DuDu, although his motorcade has now left the Presidential palace in Mpongoville and was last seen heading for the Mbote-Zubuto border on Route 2. This breakdown in relations between the two neighbouring states could have serious consequences for the stabilty of the region.