Friday, 31 October 2014
I've finished the mid-war E boat flotilla now with two more Skytrex S26 class and four early war Skytrex S9 class boats assembled and undercoated. I've run out of Humbrol Matt Sea Grey so the whole lot has been oversprayed in bog standard Humbrol matt white, which is fine as they'll be painted up in off-white anyway. I may even get round to painting them up this weekend?
I spent some time over the holiday thinking about the general direction I'm going in and so, when I got back yesterday, I decided to re-organise and clear out a whole load of stuff that's been hanging around on the garage shelving for far too long.
All of my boxes of plastic figures and most of the 28mm metal figures that I've stockpiled have now been packed up and relegated to the loft. I've kept some of the 28mm stuff but the shelves are now clear for smaller scale projects that actually stand a chance of getting underway.
I'm not abandoning 28mm completely and will be finishing the Chain of Command Japanese in the run up to Xmas, for example, but I have decided to switch my focus to smaller scales, with a particular emphasis on both naval and aerial gaming. This will be funded by selling off some of the more unlikely 28mm projects including the plastic Napoleonics and Ancients box sets.
As a result, the rest of the year will be spent finishing the Japanese and the coastal warfare project, clearing the decks for some more naval projects in 2015. In fact, this will now be the theme for the next twelve months or so, with an occasional dip into 15mm skirmishy type things like WotR using Lion Rampant.
I'm feeling pretty good about this re-focus and have now got a lot more shelf space to boot!
Thursday, 30 October 2014
We've just got back from Denmark after a very enjoyable trip. If we could have stayed a bit longer I think we would have done but duty calls, so it's time to get back to work. I'll be sifting through the photos for a bit of a retrospective tomorrow but, in the meantime, here's one to get you scratching your head. I'm sure it made sense to someone at some point but I'm not sure it would actually be a top idea?
Wednesday, 29 October 2014
The Danish Arsenal Museum turned out to be a fantastic visit this afternoon, in a very understated Danish way. I really like the Danes, with their civilised approach to life and their total absence of inefficiency and inadequacy, at least as far as I can detect from a very brief second visit.
Without being too politically incorrect, there are no obese people, the streets are totally spotless (we played spot the dog @$& today, with nil points all round), there's an absolutely superb public transport system, fantastic food and a very friendly attitude from everyone you meet. Not to mention everyone speaking faultless English!
I've also located no less than three games shops within walking distance of the city centre and an equal number of fantastic bookshops, all of which have shelves stacked with titles in English. Anyway, before I apply for Danish citizenship, I better get back to the subject in hand, with a useful link for enthusiasts of obscure mid nineteenth century wars.
I bought a copy of this introductory guide to the war of 1864 today, only to find that it's available as a download from the authors website:
It's a quick read but explains everything in a very straightforward way, with some excellent period illustrations and an interesting historical perspective. I may look into this as a potential naval wargaming project, as I already have the ships for Rugen / Jasmund, but there's also some scope in 10mm for some land based games.
Tuesday, 28 October 2014
We're only here for another day and a bit, so we're off to the Danish National Museum and Arsenal Museum tomorrow, having visited Malmo in Sweden today via the spectacular bridge. If we had any more time I'd love to take a closer look at the fortifications of Copenhagen, having picked up a really informative leaflet about the extensive system of redoubts, forts and defensive ramparts at the tourist office today. This really is a great place to visit if you are interested in military history:
Monday, 27 October 2014
We're in Copenhagen for a few days and it's a really good place to visit. In keeping with the location, I've set out to research the rather obscure but very interesting war of 1864 between Denmark and Prussia, fought over the Schleswig Holstein question. This is a topical subject here at the moment, believe it or not?
I've got a vague memory of this from my A level History course at school but do know that it involved some exciting naval skirmishes and some pretty big battles on land, leading to the crushing defeat of the Danes. A former gaming friend of Danish ancestry was also very enthusiastic about the whole thing, so there's got to be something in it!
Saturday, 25 October 2014
The base has now been drybrushed in three stages of Foundry Canvas, washed in GW Agthrax Earthshade, then flocked with static grass. I've also adding some aquarium plant bits to create a bit of jungle vegetation. It's not quite finished but there's only a touch of detailing to be done for it to be ready for the game. I'm off for a few days now, so I'll wrap it up when I get back.
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
I was looking for something completely different the other day and was fortunate to bump into this:
...some wonderful photography!
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.