my other hobby but between work and family, I've finally been able to finish something. More cannon fodder for my AWI Black Powder, 20mm collection, the French Bourbonnais regiment.
Wednesday, 9 June 2021
Wednesday, 14 October 2020
With future playtesting on my mind, I came across some Daemonscape (GZG) resin vehicles and after 5 years since purchasing, thought I'd actually paint them.
15mm and 25mm Heavy LiftersBIG RIG As 15mm
I also did a mix and match with both kits' hatches for BigBertha - so she is not 'as sold'.
All in all, these are good kits and have come out well, and really happy with them as an addition to game exposition or as part of an army.
25mm Hover VansCasevac VTOL.
Monday, 24 August 2020
It all started by me saying that 'Spiney' the Spinosaurus, pictured above, was about the right size for 25mm figures. Turns out he's about the right size for 15mm figures 😱. In any case, Monty, our 7 year old asked "can we make stats for your game, then you can game with him!".
I answered, yes, but reminded him that blokes with shooty weapons would likely shoot Spiney and he may not win. I was trying to avoid the tears of disappointment when Mr 'Favourite Dinosaur at the Moment' was taken off the board; but it seems I jinxed my janx.
The first challenge was to make an element for him for the new game. He needed to be tough but not so tough he couldn't go down. That required a new special rule called 'Large Beast' with basically up to five small arms penetrations causing 'one' penetration.
I used the 'small' Spinosaurus stats for 25mm and the large stats for 15mm. First up, a couple of Federal Stats Europa (FSE) squads of GZG 25mm 'volunteered' for the test.
Sunday, 23 August 2020
I couldn't find any on the site and emailed to see if they were still available. Unfortunately my set is pretty old and not really 'supported' in current range. But I have to say Wayne from Battle Systems was awesome.
At 15mm, with the external walls in, the Battle Systems stuff looks like awesome hangers.
For 25mm, more of the Battle Systems interior goodies can be used.
And a heavy hover tank to boot, inside the vehicle bay, awaiting a final spraying of paint.
Mostly happy with how the walls came out, some of the gates didn't quite fit together as expected, but should make for a lot more interesting gaming.
Friday, 21 August 2020
Having wrangled and re-wrangled the rules into some frame of playability, I realised it was time to move into some more serious testing.
Wanting to make things fun for those players who would give up their time to help nail down the finer details by playing, I decided to rummage through the Sci Fi boxes and finish some terrain.
So first came out the plethora, yes plethora, of tropical fish tank plants and they got a good basing and bit of paint. Then I started on some bunkers.
Pretty sure these were purchased from Dameonscape or GZG, not sure now as I can't find them on the Internet. But they all got a serious drybrushing and some signs, printed at the local printer.
There's three all up with a connector-thingy for two of them.
They're a modular build so you can extend and join as you like, but after photoing them, I'm pretty sure they gonna get glued as the parts keep on moving when in use.
They came with resin roofs but they were a bit too busy for my liking so I made roofs from card, printed at the local printer.
They're originally made for 25/28mm and as I have no 15mm terrain at present, I built some add-on parts to scale the bunkers down.... using card, printed at the local printer.
As 25mm buildings
As 15mm buildings
Then I got the madness and built some crates and displays for internal details, also from card, printed at the local printer.
I made interior floors using the same technique which finishes the bunkers nicely.
The boxes/crates came together pretty quickly and the commons on the internet made for some interesting finds for private use.
The local printer was good value as my home printer doesn't print card and the colour from their printers is so much brighter and more solid.
Watch out behind you...!
Then the perimeter wall got some brief attention with some grey paint, think these came from a bloke in Australia
Along with these awesome landing pads, which got some landing details and ramps for smaller scales, made from card, printed at... you know where
The fish tank plants take some 'suspension of belief' but really make for an excellent jungle planet.