Thursday, 30 August 2012

Free buildings 2

I went over to the GHQ models web site recently to have a nose around in their free stuff  section, I have blogged about this in the past, in August 2010 in fact. I down loaded quite a few of the pdf's then , and over the past 2 years GHQ have uploaded lots of new buildings as 1/300 scale pdf's. So of I went and down loaded and printed out lots of new buildings and scaled them to fit with my 10mm scale areas of interest. WW1 and Franco Prussian war.

The top picture shows a selection of the new buildings that I have constructed, second one down shows a selection of posters and sign that I have down loaded from the Rapid Fire site, and the printed out at a size to fit with 10mm scale buildings. Next picture shows one of the smaller building with a damaged version of its self in front showing the roof blown of with tiles missing.

Next is a picture of one of the big new building, a warehouse from Nijmegan. Last of all to give you a feeling for the size of the buildings a picture with 2 of my Russian 10mm scale tanks, a KV2 and a BT7. My idea is to construct some multi building bases with some of the terraced houses with added out buildings and gardens/yards and then individual buildings, with destroyed or badly damaged versions of some of them.

All of the above picture show the buildings in the early stages of construction, so no extra detailing or painting has been do yet, thats to come next. TTFN.


Wednesday, 22 August 2012

20 questions

Following Ray & Frans lead, here are my 20 answers to their 20 questions. Also helps me get my pathetic post count up. I'm trying for the same count as last year. So that means 4 posts per month for the rest of the year, which is pushing it some for me this year.

1. Favourite Wargaming period and why?
It has to be WW2 for me, all those black and white films as a kid and the Victor comic.

2. Next period, money no object?
Marlbourghs wars in 28mm.

3. Favourite 5 films?
Blade Runner, The Battle of Britain, The Third Man, The last picture show, Alien.

4. Favourite 5 TV series?
World at war, Band of Brothers, Black adder, Big bang theory, Twin Peaks

5. Favourite book and author?
Ace, Spencer Dunmore. German fighter pilot from the Battle of Britain to the end in the west via the Eastern front. I have over 500 air based paper back books, this is the best, closely followed by anything Derek Robinson has written.

6.Greatest General? Can’t count yourself!!
Alexander the great.

7. Favourite Wargames rules?
DBA and all of its derivatives, has had the most impact over the last 20 years.

8. Favourite Sport and team?
Rugby union, England

9. If you had a only use once time machine, when and where would you go?
The cockpit of a spitfire over the south of England, summer 1940.

10. Last meal on Death Row?
Very big cake with file enclosed, never give up!

11. Fantasy relationship and why?
Sherilyn Fenn, what she did to the cherry stem.

12. If your life were a movie, who would play you?
Has to be Steve McQueen or Terry Thomas.

13. Favourite Comic  Superhero?
Rouge Trooper, death to the Norts.

14. Favourite Military quote?
"Hard pressed on my right; center is yielding; impossible to maneuver. Situation excellent, I shall attack!" General Foch 1914 The Marne.

15. Historical destination to visit?
So many, but will plump for Rome.

16. Biggest Wargaming regret?
Not having time to do as much as I would like

17. Favourite Fantasy job?
Artist, with people to buy my pictures, not really a job

18. Favourite Song Top 5?
"Wonderful life" - Hurts
"I Love The World" - New model army
"All Cats Are Grey" - The Cure
"One Day Like This" - Elbow
"God Put a Smile upon Your Face" - Coldplay

19. Favourite Wargaming Moment?
A desperate battle in the early 1970's, using Heroics & Ross 1/300 scale troops, terrain was my bedroom carpet, cardboard buildings. Israeli paras desperately holding on to a bridge against overwhelming Arab forces. unbelievable string of D6 throws.

20. The miserable Git question, what upsets you?
Not a lot, your only here once, make the most of it, but celebrity culture is a bit much at times.

More posts to follow shortly, TTFN.


Sunday, 19 August 2012

No smoke without fire

Some smoke markers I've been working on for my 15mm forces, mainly for Vietnam and modern SF operations. Based on some seen on the Guild I think,  WIP pictures show the construction, the wire was hot glued to the coin and then ground work built up with filler. The top picture has some Peter Pig Australian SAS for scale. The bottom picture highlights the smoke canister made from a cut down cocktail stick, vastly over scale for 15mm I know, but works for me.

Next up the fire, 15mm scale German paratrooper flame thrower from Peter Pig with Flame!
I made the flame free standing so when on in action it can be removed. Built in the same way as the smoke markers with a paper clip wire as the former and then with clump foliage to make the flame.

I use UHU glue to stick the clump foliage as I find the tacky quality of the glue is good at grabbing the foliage, once left to dry I then go over it all with supper glue to make it more robust.

Found the last picture on the web, that is the type of look I'm going for in the flame. Looking at doing some suppression markers for cross fire at the moment based on the above construction method but trying to create the classic Victor comic type line of gunfire hitting the ground and throwing up a line of dust impacts. 

Lastly big up to Miss Airhead who has got in to her first choice university with some stonking A'level results. So of to IKEA for me for the rest of Sunday. God have mercy on me and my wallet. 



Wednesday, 8 August 2012

Air burst round 3

Some picture of the Air burst explosion markers in there near final stage, just a few final touches needed. Top picture shows all six markers, the second two pictures show two of the markers with one of my 28mm Russian Cross Fire stands, giving an idea of the size of the markers. I'll be using them with my 28mm / 15mm / 10mm forces.

Having done these markers, it has lead me into thinking about other  opportunity to produce similar items. I'm currently producing a 15mm German para flame thrower, I'm also working on some smoke markers for my 15mm Vietnam forces and more ground explosions.

TTFN Airhead