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Wednesday, 22 July 2015

All things must pass...

As George Harrison once sang... All things must pass...

It is with a measure of sadness that I announce my retirement from war gaming. Over the years I have made some great friends and enjoyed their company (if not their dice rolling!). Hopefully I will still be welcome to make the occasional guest appearance a Wyvern Wargamers Club.

I have found less and less time for hobbies over the last 18 months, so something had to give.

I will be selling off my collection over the next few months on Ebay, however if there is anything I have posted on here that you are interested in, drop me a line.

All the best, and don't forget ... anything but a one.

Mark

Tuesday, 12 August 2014

28mm scratch built Mosque for World War Two North Africa

The latest addition to my World War 2North African/ Tunisian village, is a small mosque. When designing the building I decided not to include a minaret tower, reasoning that a mosque in a small village wouldn't have one.


The frame of the building was made using foam board attached to an MDF base using grab adhesive. This was then covered with sharp sand and painted with B&Q Soft Almond interior paint.



The door was made from a scrap piece of MDF and the windows were made with plastic 'granny grid'. Both of these were painted and highlighted in blue.


The dome was made from a Polystyrene ball from Hobby Craft. It was cut in half, glued to an MDF roof. I then covered the dome in fine surface filler that was sanded down to a smooth finish once dry. I decided not to paint the dome gold, but in the same blue as the doors of all the building in the village to match.
The base was then completed by gluing sharp sand that was painted, washed and highlighted in Citadel paints. To finish it off I added foliage scatter for weeds and self adhesive grass tufts.

Next on the table is another house, this time made from cork tiles!

Sunday, 10 August 2014

More 28mm scratch built North African (Tunisian) buildings for WW2

 Following my last post, here are the latest scratch built additions to my World War Two North African village.

First up is a well - very easy to make, a donut of Miliput attached to a piece of MDF , followed by three sharpened pieces of wooden cooking skewer glued together and o the base using a impact adhesive. This was all covered in sharp sand and painted as per my last blog entry.

The LRDG officer standing by the well comes from Artizan Miniatures.
Next up is another single story dwelling, made exactly the same as those featured in my last entry. The only difference being the sheltered porch. This was simply made using pieces of wooden cooking skewers. The material used to make the covering came from an old pair of my wife's tights, which I painted with Citadel Tallarn Sand.
This picture shows the other addition, shutters for the window, which I made from thin MDF. This was scored and painted in my usual style.

The Afrika Korp soldiers patrolling by are also from Artizan.

Next on the paint table, a small mosque.

Friday, 25 July 2014

28mm sctratch built Tunisian or North African buildings for WW2

 That's right folks, the summer holidays are here, so I reappear on the painting scene.

I have been working on a 28mm World War Two North Africa project on and off for a while now. The pictures below are of five scratch built buildings.

The buildings are made from foam board and MDF. The buildings were clad in a mixture of PVA glue and sharp sand (remember basetex?) which I applied using a plastic spatula. The base itself was covered in watered down PVA and scattered with sharp sand.

The roofs and doors were all made from thin MDF which I then scored with a pointed file to create individual planks.

The paint scheme is based upon the Tunisian village of Sidi Bou, where every building is painted white and all the doors and shutters painted blue. I used a combination of Citadel, Vallejo and B&Q tester paints.

To complete the models I added clump foliage to represent a kitchen garden on two models and weeds. I also used dry grass spots to represent weeds.

Next on the table are a few more buildings and a well.


Monday, 26 May 2014

U.S Special Forces Zombie Hunters

I know, I know it's been an age since I last updated my blog... sadly work and the recent loss of my father has seriously curtailed my painting!

Well come half term, come the painting frenzy!

Those of you who are familiar with the book World War Z, will appreciate the inspiration for my latest offering. In the book the U.S start dropping 4 man spec ops teams into the grey zones to search for survivors and organise resistance.



I opted for four figures from Hasslefree Miniatures. Their figures aren't cheap, but they are beautifully sculpted and paint up a treat. As ever I used a mix of Vallejo and Citadel paints and washes.


 

 
 The uniforms are based on the current US military digital camouflage, which I created using a half dry brushing, half dabbing method that I think has worked.




Next on the paint table - North Africa adobe buildings.

Tuesday, 18 February 2014

More 28mm infected/ zombies - Dara O'Briain in drag zombie!

Below are pictures of the last three Pig iron miniatures off the paint tray. As per my last post, the figures are based on Micro Art Studio bases and have been painted with a mix of Vallejo and Citadel paints and washes.

Now, I can't be the only gamer who's mind starts to wander when he's painting... but is it me, or does the female zombie in the yellow blouse look like comedian Daro O'Briain in drag?
 
Next on the paint table are four US Special forces troops and an attempt at digital camouflage!

Monday, 17 February 2014

28mm infected/ Zombies

 The problem with following blogs is that you always see more goodies that you must have!  Pig Iron Miniatures new 'infected' were a must have. When I saw the pictures on their blog they reminded me straight away of the infected dark seekers from the movie 'I am legend'.

When the figures arrived I was delighted with the quality of casting and the details on the figures. I was however surprised to find that they had 'posts' on the end of their feet, meaning I would have to use resin bases.

A quick ebay search led me to Micro Art Studios. They provide a super range of detailed resin bases and gaming accessories. I bought 2 packs of their 25mm urban bases, they ship 5 bases selected from the 12 below.

To attach the figures I used a Dremel to drill two holes. I then used superglue to fix them in place.

As for painting, I used a selection of Citadel and Vallejo paints and washes. I used Citadel rotting flesh from their old range for the flesh (I suppose they have an equivalent now).

The pictures below show the completed figures.




OK this picture is the same as the first, but I left the flash on and it created a nice sinister effect... I'll give you three to start running!

Next on the paint table, three more infected and four special forces figures from Hasslefree miniatures.