Friday, October 28, 2016

New links added to Miniatures and Resources lists



I've added a few new links to the Miniatures list and the Resources list -

Miniatures list additions:

6mm scale -

Angel Barracks

Sayiner Microtoys

Vanguard Miniatures

15mm scale -

Micropanzer Wargame Studios


Resources list additions:

Tactical Command

The Wargames Website




The full Miniatures link list is located at the bottom of this blog, and the full Resources link list is in the Sidebar.

I add new links as I go, so check back regularly.

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

GZG - No Tricks, Just Free Treats Sale

I just saw this on the GZG website-

UPDATE - SATURDAY 22nd OCTOBER 2016:
SPECIAL OFFER for the end of October -
Starting NOW (Saturday 22nd) and running through until Midnight (UK time) on Halloween, Monday 31st…… NO TRICKS, JUST FREE TREATS…..
"BUY FOUR, GET AN EXTRA ONE FREE" on all 15mm INFANTRY PACKS - offer applies to anything with an SG15, TW15 and the new MOONGRUNT MG15 codes (figure packs only, not the vehicles); for every FOUR packs that you buy, you can choose an EXTRA pack FREE - so buy EIGHT packs and you get TWO extra free packs, buy TWELVE and you get THREE more free, and so on.
No minimum order value (well, apart from buying at least four packs, obviously!) and no maximum - for EVERY four you buy you can claim an extra free one.
This offer mostly applies to the standard infantry packs at £3.00 (£2.50 ex VAT) each, but if you buy any of the £3.60, £4.50 or £6.00 packs as part of your order then they will each count as ONE pack - unless you buy at least FOUR of any of those larger pack values then one of your free packs can be of a similar value (eg: if you buy four Power Armour packs at £4.50 (£3.75 ex VAT), you can claim a free pack of the same price code!).
Simply place your order for the packs that you want to buy, in the normal way, then tell me what free pack(s) you want in the "Delivery Notes and Additional Comments" box at the checkout stage. If you can't decide, and would like a surprise instead, then just put "SURPRISE ME" in the notes and I will send you something that I think will interest you (you MIGHT even get something new and unreleased)....
Any questions about the offer, feel free to email me (Jon) and ask.
Happy Halloween to all for next weekend!
Jon (GZG), Saturday 22nd Oct 2016.


Well, as much as I tried to resist, I gave in to temptation and ordered some of the new OutRim Coalition (ORC) troops in hardsuits and some Security/Combat Robots -

















If you'd like to place an order for your own 15mm infantry packs, here is the LINK

Thursday, October 20, 2016

BLACKSTAR

Here's the new figure representing my Star, this one is a superhero -


and every superhero needs his own theme music-




Why a superhero figure? Because something's in the works at THW and I'm getting ready...

Friday, October 14, 2016

Cheap and easy terrain

One thing I always need but never seem to have, is terrain for my games. One reason I don't have a lot of terrain is the cost. I don't have a large budget for wargaming to begin with, and some terrain pieces are just crazy price-wise, so if I want to be able to afford miniature figures and vehicles, I have to neglect the terrain.

 I decided to try my hand at making my own terrain, mainly foliage and hills. I tried to make some hills out of Paperclay, and had a little success, but Paperclay is expensive ($12 a pound) and only yields a few terrain pieces per pack. Foliage was another problem altogether - model railroad foliage is ridiculously priced for what you get. I won't even go into the prices for that stuff. I looked around and found some cost effective solutions for both the terrain types I need - Craft foam and plastic aquarium plants.



 Now, I mainly play wargames that are in a Science Fiction setting, and don't require anything that is fancy or "museum quality", just quick and easy items that one can figure out what it's supposed to represent at a glance, so craft foam is the perfect material for the hills I want to create. The craft foam I bought is the "Silly Winks" brand that Hobby Lobby sells. Each sheet is 5mm in thickness, and sells for $1.29 per 12" x 18" sheet. I cut the foam in layers, like you'd find on a topographical map, and I used a hot-glue gun to join the layers.







  For the foliage, I got several packs of aquarium plant pods at my local Wally-world, they cost $2.68 a pack and each package contains 6 pods, containing either 1 or 2 plants each. I removed each plant from its pod base and trimmed it to make it easier to hot glue to the craft foam bases I cut out.



 This worked out surprisingly well, the thick foam bases are stable and support the plants nicely. I've got about 3 more packs of aquarium pods left to make foliage bases with.

For under $15 I have been able to make more than enough terrain for my gaming table.


Saturday, October 1, 2016

Finished painting commission - Acheson Creations Dungeon World tiles

Here are some photos of the painting commission I did for Ed - Acheson Creations Dungeon World dungeon tiles:

Each photo is of a grouping of several tiles together-























These tiles are high quality and detailed. They were very enjoyable to paint and I highly recommend them. If you'd like to get some of your own, you can find them HERE