Sunday, 30 May 2021
Rules Lawyers: A force for Good?
Friday, 28 May 2021
How to make Cheap Wargame Hills
A few weeks ago I made some prototype hills just to work out how I wanted to do them. The intention all along was to make a large batch of foam hills to fulfil my gaming needs for many years to come. With the arrival of a new batch of XPS Foam, I set about the task of cutting, sanding, painting, and then applying the static grass. The whole project took just a couple of days, most of that being drying time.
|Enough hills to give me plenty of terrain choices|
The build was so simple, and low cost, that I decided to make a very short tutorial video on my work process. If you have wavered over making your own hills for the games table then this short film will show you just how easy they were to make
For those that are interested, here is a list of the raw materials I used and a cost for the whole project.
500ml Bottle PVA Glue £2.00
2x200ml Tubes Burnt Umber Artists Acrylic £4.00
Tuesday, 25 May 2021
New Projects and the future
I have recently been quite busy making terrain for my Normandy games (although much of it is generic and could be used for other periods/settings). Over the next few weeks, I'll be sharing some videos showing off some of this work, but right now I am working on a new project. I'm still sticking with Normandy 1944 and Chain of Command, but I'm starting work on some late war British Infantry that I recently bought from Skytrex. If you watch the 'unboxing' video in the link you'll see how nice these 15mm metal figures are, and now that I have started work on them I like them even more.
My eventual aim is to have a couple of different platoons for both sides that can fight alongside each other in a big multiplayer game down the shed-o-war with the Rejects. This is a long way off and I need to prepare well for such a complex undertaking. Not least because I'll need all my umpiring skills to manage four newbie players simultaneously. The hope is that eventually, I will be able to run this game on a much larger table, in effect playing out two games simultaneously side by side but with linked objectives and of course an overall outcome. Maybe I'm slightly crazy, but the idea has got me excited and I have no doubt I'll live to regret it!!
On a side note, I'm quite enjoying making the YouTube videos for my channel Miniature Adventures so expect to see more of these in the future. I realise that most of my posts here have been links to these films and judging from the amount of visitor traffic they have generated the combination seems to be popular. Certainly, I feel the two platforms complement each other and my only regret is that I didn't do this years ago.... mind you, it's only the availability of my still relatively new Operations Room that has given me space to make videos and play solo games so maybe now is my time, stop regretting what wasn't possible, and focus on the future.
Sunday, 23 May 2021
Wargaming on a Budget: Homemade Terrain
Friday, 21 May 2021
Unboxing - Rattle-Can Spray Shelter
Tuesday, 18 May 2021
Unboxing: 15mm Late War British Infantry
Sunday, 16 May 2021
Making Cheap Smoke Markers
Friday, 14 May 2021
Unboxing - Old D Day Maps
Wednesday, 12 May 2021
CLE Containers for British Airborne
This week I have completed a set of Drop Cannisters for my 15mm British Airborne troops. I'll use these either as scatter terrain, objective markers or jump-off points for my Chain of Command games. They are from Peter Pig and contain spare packs, Piat anti-tank guns and rifles.
The CLE Container (Container Light Equipment) was a standardized cylindrical container used by the British during World War 2 to airdrop supplies to troops on the ground. They could be dropped from the bomb racks of aircraft and deployed a parachute pulled by a static line. Fully loaded they could hold between 200-250lb of equipment and were used to support parachute troops on the ground and for drops to resistance fighters. During Operation Market Garden they used different coloured chutes to indicate the nature of the contents; red for ammunition, green for rations, white for medical supplies, blue for fuel and yellow for communication equipment.
Monday, 10 May 2021
Tank Duel at Breville
Sunday, 9 May 2021
Is Wargaming Expensive?
Friday, 7 May 2021
The Road to Breville: A 30 Minute Battle Report
Wednesday, 5 May 2021
Bombed out Buildings for WWII
Last week I posted a video of two resin terrain pieces from Ironclad Miniatures and I said I thought they were really nice looking models. I've now painted them up and I'm even more pleased with them. There is so much detail in these resin casts and that made painting them very easy.