Monday, May 12, 2014
outside and starting on some summer casting projects. Outdoor casting has the advantage of keeping the nasty metal fumes out of the house.
I purchased three of the new 40mm Prussian molds from Prince August. I found the new moulds to be a nice change from the sometimes awkward poses of PA figures. The apparently have listened to those of us who war-game with these big guys and need a versatile figure that will paint up to most 18th century types.
Here are the wargame friendly features of the new molds:
1. The mould will cast two figures at a time, effectively halving casting time---particularly if you go for big units (mine are established at 40 figures) I got this new unit done in about 5 hours in two sessions over a weekend.
3. The detail is more accurate for the Prussians.
4. The pose matches the older infantry advancing pose, though I hear they will be coming out with a march attack pose later.
5. The heads cast separately but are very easy to attach thanks to a nice sturdy peg cast on the head in conjunction with a plastic rod that is inserted into the mould before casting. This ensures that the hole for the peg in the body of the figure is perfectly sized.
I'll be posting progress on the painting of this unit soon.
Wednesday, April 16, 2014
|If there is an "old school" of board games PanzerBlitz must be it!
(with some upgraded rules and counters it's not bad at all)
Here the 11th Panzer squares off with a Russian Tank Brigade
Given that I had sold most of my boardgames many years ago, and the fact that I love playing with "daddy's little men" as my son calls them. I would never have thought that board gaming resurgence would have occurred here at the Lead Gardens.
But I am here to tell you that the improbable has happened. Given that I have been unable to get any gaming or painting done for almost a year not to mention blogging, it turns out that boardgames have been the gateway drug that has brought me back from non-gaming oblivion. Since there are some great new game designs out there and many are quick to set up and play, I have used them to get back on the horse ….and now after a crazy couple of months of buying and re-collecting some of the classic titles, and even attending a boardgames con in nearby Charlottesville VA, I have now started to eye my miniatures with renewed interest.
I'm about to order some of the new Prince August Seven Years War moulds now that summer is approaching and some outdoor casting sessions are becoming possible and hopefully soon some new units to paint.
Thanks to everyone who contacted me about my return to blogging and I'm really enjoying getting to look at all your great blogs again.
(The PB counters and Variant Rules can be found here and here)
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!