That was the year that was…

Well I tried hard to set myself a target to paint 365 28mm miniatures this year, and at one point thought I was well on target and going to get it done.  I managed 97 in the end, not even a third of my initial target I could blame all sorts of things, but the house move threw me entirely.  In the old house I had my own space and could leave my paints and  figure out to pick up the next moment of spare time, now I have to get my paint table out of the cupboard and set up on the dining room table.

On the upside I did manage to get 97 figures painted which was much more than I had managed in 2014.  I also took the opportunity to get to grips with laser cutting, I must thank the guys at work (not that they’ll read this) for letting me play.  I cut a lot of things, some you’ve seen, some that is still to be photographs.  I also purchased an Airbrush in exchange for all my Comics, most of my DVDs and a lot of my RPG books.

During the year I did manage to get in a number of games, less than I’d like.  A lot of Bolt Action was played in 2015, the Summer Campaign was fun.

Still it is now 2016 and so far I’ve managed to finish one book (okay I started it before Christmas and was given it in September!), and put together some of my most recent laser cutting pieces.  So what do I intend doing this year:

  1. Paint 150 figures of any scale.
  2. Paint a lot of the laser cut stuff.
  3. Assemble everything that I get this year (kickstarters inbound!).

Nothing major really!


Building stuff

Well the end of term has come and for some reason this released me to build some stuff that has been sitting around in some cases for quite some time.

First off I completed the build of a Universal Carrer kit that I picked up on the bring ‘n’ buy at SELWEG.  This is a plastic Warlord Games kit.  The kit went together well, although I did manage to put the wrong Bren gun into the passengers area and so I couldn’t add the pintel mounted gun.

I then started work on a 1:72 Warrior MCV or IFV (Infantry Fighting Vehicle).  This is a kit that I’ve had for quite a while and was always intended to supplement the Warriors I’d bought when Battlefield Evolution came out (and subsequently disappeared).  The kit was a proper model kit and not a wargamers kit and so was a little more complex.

Returning to World War 2 and Warlord Games I decided to build my AEC Armoured Car Mark II, that I purchased recently, this was a resin and metal kit.  It went together easily and looks rather a beast.

Finally I assembled the Warlord Games Ruined Farmhouse, I kind of wish they’d created some better joints, or at least put beveled corners on the walls to increase the contact area.

Finally I based some 1:72 British Infantry on washers, although I think they may be too large I need them for tomorrow nights game.

Romans countrymen lend me your magnets

I’ve been experimenting with magnetic paint on the movement tray to enable me to put my Romans on for Hail Ceasar.  So last night I took along the movement tray I’d painted and my To-Tanem (they happened to be already magnetised).  It seemed to have worked so whilst watching the All Blacks beat Australia I magnetised about 40 Romans (not that they are all painted), so here they are.

Roman Legionaires
Roman Legionaires
Roman Auxilliaries
Roman Auxilliaries


Sunday 11th October 2015 was my first visit to the SELWEG Wargames Show at Crystal Palace (my first visit there since I used to go to the International Canoe Exhibition).  We put on two games:

Saga Vikings vs Undead game with some amazing scenario which all looked purchased, but certainly wasn’t.


Malifaux demo game with a lovely sewer piece that was handcrafted, a number people came by for a demo.

Malifaux Demo
John running one of several demo games of Malifaux.

I managed to get round and purchase a few pieces, a gaming mat and a couple of hills.  I also purchased a church, windmill and farmhouse from Timeline Miniatures.  If you haven’t taken a look and what they are doing then please do took a moment to pop over.  The lasercut MDF terrain looks good and is reasonably priced.

I did manage to take some photos of various games being run so I’ll post those below, click on a photo to see it larger.

Laser Cutting Part 6

No new laser cutting since the start of the summer holidays (but it is nearly term time again so there maybe some more in the next month).  Dan has finished painting one of the Rorke’s Drift buildings, the hospital in this case and I though it would be good to share his photo here for completeness.

The completed hospital building.
The completed hospital building.

Bolt Action Summer Campaign Week 5

Well I missed weeks 3 & 4 due to holidays, so I returned to action during Week 5, where I took on Darryl in the Brits vs Yanks comabt.  Darryl reported the battle and I include his report below:

In late May 1944 a war game was fought on the beaches of South West England. A British landing force of two DD Sherman tanks and two landing craft with elements of two infantry platoons was opposed by a platoon of the elite 1st US Infantry Division. Entrenched in bunkers overlooking the beach the US platoon called in both air support and an artillery barrage as the British landing craft drove for the beach. Before the morning was over the referees ruled that the defences had held, and aside from an embarrassing friendly fire incident with their own air force, the US platoon was adjudged to have held the British advance on the beaches. Lessons were hopefully learned that might have saved real lives on D-Day itself.

No Fubars this week, on to Week 6 next Friday and a conflict on the Islands of the Pacific with Aussies vs Japs.

Bolt Action Summer Campaign Week 2

Time for the second week of the Bolt Action Summer Campaign and this week my Brits took on Paul’s Poles.

British and Polish forces engaged in a wargame on British soil. One section of British Infantry supported by a 25pdr gun set up to defend a forward observation point. Superior numbers of Polish force including lancers moved rapidly against the British Section which quickly came under heavy fire. The arrival of British reinforcements looked to be about to turn the battle with the A9 Cruiser moving up one flank and engaged the encroaching Polish forces on the British left. Unfortunately the British Artillery miss placed their shot (as judged by the French observers) onto the central British forces causing them all to dive for cover. With the British forces hunkering down the Poles took the advantage and pushed the British out of the observation point securing it and the battle for themselves.

Another Fubar this week, with the Bren Carrier firing on the troops infront of it, and the artillery missing and landing in the middle of the British forces (both Brens, the Medic, the Forward Artillery Observer, the Mortar and the Officer got hit).  The Artillery miss turned the battle so there is the second loss in the Summer Campaign for the Brits.

That’s it for two weeks now, I might find some time to paint before I game next.

Bolt Action Summer Campaign Week 1

Last night was my first battle as part of Warlord games Summer Campaign for Bolt Action.

The first week of the campaign covered the period of 1939/40 and so the rules favoured the Germans giving them an extra 20% of points and removing some of the British special rules.

We decided on a 1000 point battle (1000 points of British vs 1200 points of Germans) and picked Scenario 4: The Black Brigade from the new Germany Strikes! book.  This placed the Germans as the attackers on a bridge objective in the middle of the table and the British as the defenders.  Below is my brief battle report:

The German invasion of France exploded into the British lines as they valiantly tried to hold a bridge over a local river. The German Infantry advanced quickly across the ground only pausing then the British Artillery erupted in the middle of them. One of the British A10 Cruisers arrived on the scene fired quickly in an advancing unit and then took a return shot from the German Anti-tank rifle. The tank promptly failed to distinguish between the Germans and a nearby unit of British Infantry killing two Brits. Sadly struken with grief the tank then turned tail and ran. The British infantry bravely tried to hold the overwhelming numbers of Germans off but were overrun.

Wargaming again

Well I’ve been away from gaming for a few weeks, so now things have settled down I’ve got back into it.  Two weeks ago I had a game of Jugula, last week I played Star Wars X-Wing and tonight was the turn of 40K.

Jugula was an interesting little boardgame, I can see how it would expand nicely into a campaign series of games and at least it doesn’t require you to purchase many figures.  However it wasn’t really my cup of tea, too much to learn at the beginning.

Star Wars X-Wing is a great game, you don’t have to paint anything (although part of me wants to paint an X-Wing for Corran Horn).  Having never built a squadron myself I opted for a random squadron from an online generator, what it gave me ended up being quite fun to play.

40K, no matter how much we all moan about GW I do enjoy the fluff and the game.  My Dark Angels ran up against a bunch of Khorne Space Marines and we had a great game, now I just want to put more paint on my Dark Angels.

Laser Cutting Part 5

It’s been a long time since I posted last but a lot has happened, we finally moved house and then I’ve been busy working for the exam board.  All that is finished so it is finally time for an update on hobby stuff.  Nothing to report in the painting challenge, I’ve not put a drop of paint on a figure for far too long.  On the laser cutting front however I have been busier, the end of term and loss of access to the laser cutter for the summer holidays made me put some time aside from unpacking to do some CAD work.  I managed to cut three things and I’ll do a post on each one over the next few days.

First up I finished the second building for Rorke’s Drift and handed them both over to Dan.  The pictures of the first building are in the last post, and the pictures of the second building are from Dan as he has rushed into assembling and detailing – hopefully I’ll be able to post some completed pictures of both buildings when he has finished:

Assembly completed.
Assembly completed.

Rorke's Drift 5Dan has been working on the detailing and had to build the stairs to the roof space himself as I couldn’t find the time to fiddle with them on the CAD software:

Assmebled and ready for painting.
Assmebled and ready for painting.