Wednesday, 14 December 2011

A typical Wednesday night.........

After a hurried dinner, tossing the kids to their beds, near missing the wife with a farewell kiss, driving like a maniac trough the streets, finally entering Joops home for a night of wargaming......

After paying the exuberant entree fee.....(free) and paying a huge amount for a glass of soda......(free),
chatting to Joops wife in the hopes of appeasing her so we could all covertly go the hobby room, we finally sat down and "prrrrft......" Joops first gas attack of the night had as all out of the hobby room, we just covertly entered, in under 15 seconds, a new record!

So more chatting to the wife.... sneaking into the game room, we once again sat down but.... yes Joops second gas attack had me and Ardi out of the room in under 10 seconds, a new record!

No wife this time so no sneaking.
After explaining to Joop that we are playing SAGA and not a WW1 game we finally sat down.

Tonight's game was SAGA. Ardi's Byzantines versus Kees's Welsh. Kees began reading the rules and Ardi pondered which figure represented which soldier......

"Ring, ring, ring" The misses saying our daughter just starred in the Exorcist 666 and threw up in her bedroom. So "naturally" I went home, helped and ended up on the couch watching a sitcom....

Have fun all!


Wednesday, 30 November 2011

Tree Kit

Some time back I bought a few "do it yourself" tree kits.
I visited the excellent Antenocitisworkshop which is truly heaven for the "do it yourself" scenery builders amongst us!

I bought a few of the tree kits from 'Woodland scenics'. They have complete sets which include a tree base, trunk with branches and foliage.

Antenocitisworkshop recommends using TAC-E glue. I tried it and really read the manual and online fora very carefully, but I didnt like the results. So I started gleuing clumps of foliage, using super glue, to the trunk. Big advantage is that you make your tree as "green"as you want to.

The following summary is the way I created the tree in the pictures:

1. Remove trees and bases from the bag and cut of any excess plastic.

2. Wash the tree trunks and bases using hand warm water and some soap.

3. Undercoat the parts. (I used white)

4. Glue the tree bases onto a bigger base for stability and add texture to the base. (I used sand)

5. Glue the tree trunk to the base.

6. Paint the trunk, branches and base. (After undercoating the kit white, I only used a wash of Games Workshops Devlun Mud!)

7. Add highlght if you want.

8. Shape the branches. (the kit is made out of flexible plastic and easy to work with).

9. Start glueing clumps of foliage to the branches and model you tree. (glue foliage not fingers!)

10. Finished. It might look like mine?

11+. Repeat the process until tired and feeling like taking a chainsaw into the garden and........ trim some trees :)

More pictures.



Saturday, 15 October 2011

Warlord vehicles review,

Alright today I'll review the first three vehicles out of the Warlord, Bolt Action range.
The three being the Puma, STUG III type G and the Panzer IV type H.
I'm a lousy photographer so excuse the quality of the photographs please :)

First of the Puma:

Very clean cast! Almost no flash. The resin is of a greyish type with no air bubbles or holes in it.
The kit is made out of 15 metal parts and 2 resin.
The metal parts consists of 8 tyres, a gun barrel, copula hatch, 2 headlights, 2 smoke launchers and a bumper.
The resin parts are the main body and the turret.
This is a low level entry kit. Very intuitive and easy to build. Only fidgety parts are the two headlights.

The whole kit was cleaned and build under 45 minutes.

Second kit is the STUG III type G:

Again a very clean cast! Minor flash. Same greyish type of resin and no air bubbles or holes in the castings.
The kit consists out of three resin parts and 16 metal ones.
The resin parts comprise the main body and the two sides/track pieces. The metal parts are 2 gun barrels, 1 copula hatch, 1 observer hatch, 4 brackets for the 'Schurzen', 1 set of goggles, 1 track piece, 6 track girders.
The STUG is sold in two variants but I had both barrels in the kit. (the standard barrel and the late war 'Saukopf') I opted for the 'Saukopf' variant cause my project is for the 1944/45 period. (and looks better!)
Kit is easy enough to assemble. Some dry-fitting prior to glue-ing is recommended.

Kit was cleaned and build within an hour.

Last kit is the Panzer IV:

First thing I noticed where the huge resin clumps attached to the underside of the tracks.
I was very careful with removing these due to the tracks themselves being somewhat fragile.
There was quit a lot of flash but seeing that there are a lot of  sharp corners in this kit. ('Shurzen') it's enivitable I guess. Same greyish resin. Again no air bubbles and or holes! The mould makers and casters at Warlord are doing a superb job!
The kit consists of 9 resin parts and 4 metal ones. The  2 side 'Schurzen', turret, mainbody, 2 sides/tracks, copula hatch and 2 tank hatches are made of resin. The gun barrel, machinegun barrel and 2 pieces of tracks are made of metal.

Cleaning and building the kit took an hour.

Hope you liked this short review. Next up are the Panther type A, Tiger type I, Jagdpanther and Hetzer.