Tuesday, January 28, 2014
Saturday, March 2, 2013
|Jasta 37's new machines just arrived at the front. These Albatri are destined for a repaint to make a complete unit.|
(herkybird) has made the game all the more seductive. The Richard's solo AI charts are available for free on the Tyneside Wargame Club site.
For me, the best part about jumping into a new gaming period is the reading and the free offerings on Google Books of out of print texts on WWI flying have been keeping me up nights into the wee hours.
Saturday, December 22, 2012
I have a box of old Britains that have been with me for the past 11 years. I got them from my former girlfriend's father for Christmas and they are still with me even though the girl is not (she ran off with an Italian chef....but I think I may have got the better deal ;)!). Her father was a collector of toy soldiers and some of his collection wound up in the huge collection of Malcom Forbes, so he was a pretty serious collector at that. I managed to get some single figures and a partial "Queens Coronation set" one Christmas from him that are really nice even if a little less than pristine collector quality. As a gamer, I always have a bit of a "beef" against the high prices that those figures are bringing these days.
As I currently struggle with my pencil, pad and calculator to figure out how to make two "Little Wars" armies of the new Spencer Smith Little Britons happen here at the Lead Gardens, I took a few of these old figures out of the box for a bit of inspiration.
|A Bengal lancer, ...one of my favorites!|
|If you look close you can see Her Majesty herself.|
|...after many years of service, this fellow is in need of some rest...perhaps||in a nice RTV rubber mold|
I always loved this figure because of the stalwart pose and simple lines of the sculpting. I think the figure was repainted by a prior owner. I was thinking about this guy and wondering if I might try to make a rubber mold and try to recast a unit of these. These may be a bit hard to cast at home without a spin casting set up so I'm going to have to do some research to see if is at all possible. I think the horsemen would be difficult as I think they would require a three part mold.
All the figures in pretty tattered shape but they have stayed with me because I don't have the heart to sell them on ebay (even though I would probably sell them if I ever got an offer...)
I'm hoping all of my readers have a peaceful and fun holiday season. I'm splitting time shopping with my wife/taking care of kids with some progress gaming and also making some organizational changes in my gaming space to make the gaming a little more pleasurable and less disrupting to the household.
It seems this time of year is really a time for reflection and remembering the good stuff.
Thursday, December 20, 2012
|finished unit with the miscast muskets ready for repair...|
|The toothpick fix...super glue works as both the adhesive and as a way to seal the wooden toothpicks.|
|All painted up, the toothpicks are pretty convincing!|
|And as a unit, the fix is almost undetectable!|
|Ready for the field!|
Tuesday, December 18, 2012
The result is kind of cool, but perhaps a bit "out there" if one wants ever to resell the game. And maybe just a bit too "fiddly"....I just drilled each hex vertices using a small bit (1/16") and sized to take the trunks of some nice little wire trees I got on sale at my local hobby shop. I forget the manufacturer of the trees but they are simple twisted wire trees with some clump foliage glued on. But when you stick them into the board surface it gives a fairly good alternative to the woods tiles. (I think this idea would work even better if you laid the gameboard on a piece of blue styrofoam insulation so the trees would hold better in the surface.
I'm still not completely sold on this idea. I just drilled a corner of one of the two Battle Cry boards I own just to experiment with it. I have to give it a few days to see if I really want to drill all of my boards this way. it just seemed to me that if I was painting the figures I should do a little more with the terrain. It kind of warps the boardgame idea...but the effect is pretty good.
I also want to do the full treatment of this idea for my 40mm homecast horse and musket stuff by doing up some layers of boards drilled to H.G. Wells specs. (...and not to mention the new Spencer Smith 42mm 'Little Britons" has got me on full alert... with calculator in hand trying to work out how to afford a classic set of "Little Wars" toys soldiers! (Many thanks to Ross for the link!)
Nothing like some experiments to get the gaming juices flowing!
Sunday, December 9, 2012
|The original 1/600 Airfix kit|
|This is the Heller 1/500 Le Superb unfortunately I think out of production, and I've got only four unbuilt kits left. The Victory is still available.|
|Some of the smaller ships were entirely scratchbuilt...and unfortunately are in need of some repair|
|A big French three decker...the 120 gun "Orient"|
|Some of the smaller ships are pretty damaged but I think in time I can bring them back to full glory! This is the British 44 gun frigate "Sprite"|
|The whole collection.|
Saturday, December 8, 2012
|Two new British cruisers (small) are added to my British fleet|
RDOXX Inc. They worked pretty well to make headlands at the mouth of an estuary that the British are attempting to leave while the Brandenburg lurks in the distance.
"Memoir of Battle at Sea" Rules made playing it solo easy even with my little ones clamoring for attention.
|The hex blocks are exactly scaled to M44-C&C game hexes and are very nicely made and well worth the reasonable price... my hexes are just a bit bigger, hence the gaps.|
|The Brandenburg barely skirts the headlands to make her escape|