Archive for September, 2012

Well my last (for now) GW model has turned up this morning and I have to say….……. It’s one of the better castings I have had, if anything it’s up their with the 25th anniversary model that was released earlier in the year. Their are two places on the model that are dodgy. First is the blood drop on his chest, it’s nothing major just needs filing. And second is the bottom of the bolt pistol holder has a slight dimple, again nothing major. So out of ten I will give this one a 10/10. It seems to amaze me that GW can get limited edition models right but cannot get normal “shop” stock right.

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I spent yesterday working on my Iraqi Republic Guard models and have only got the boots, rifles and bases left to do. Then last night in a fit of madness i started to make some 20mm scale buildings.

Now its been some years since I have made any terrain from scratch. In fact its coming up to 3 years, and that was for my (then) local games store. Now I know what I want, And I will have to confess I have never made any desert terrain before. Not that their is much difference, but I did make a jungle set many years ago and then their is my urban set (that I still have).

So I have take then bull by the horns and dived in head first. A quick check on the internet found me some useful tips.

This is a list of what I hopefully will build/buy.

Buildings: Made from 3mm foam core covered with filler.

Hills: Bought from Games Workshop.

Palm Trees: Made from wire and card/masking tape.

Rivers/Wadis: 3mm MDF and blue polystyrene.

Roads: 3mm MDF and sand paper.

Rocks/Boulders: Blue polystyrene.

Now lets have ago at some palm trees…………………………………..

Basing Models…………..

Posted: September 25, 2012 in Force On Force, Modeling, terrain
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Over the years I have based many hundreds of models. From my very first model, a very old citadel treeman model. Right up to my own home cast resin  urban bases for my Blood angels terminators. Over the years I have amassed a large amount of basing materials, from different colours of static grass, to different grades of sand and gravel.

The list of materials goes on and on.

But with my shift to 20mm models I have a new set of challenges to over come.

Most 28mm models have a “tab” between their feet to allow a plastic base to be attached.  20mm models tend to have a “cast” base, most of these tend to be higher one side than the other. And so they will need to be either filled down or fixed on to another base. I have chosen to base my models on 20mm metal washers, Larger ones for weapons teams (I could have used pennies or MDF bases).

I start by cleaning up my model, cleaning off all the “flash” lines and filing the bottom of the models base with a course file.

Next I take the washer and run the file across it.

Now I take the model and using super glue I stick the model to the washer (by filing the washer and the base of the model the glue makes better contact.)

I work through them in batches until I am done.

When all the models are based I move on to the next stage.

Using ready mixed filler and an artist palette knife, I spread filler around the base to hide the cast base of the model. I have used milliput and green stuff if I have had some left over.

Their are many different types of ready mixed filler and I have found that cheap quick drying one are fine. You can use the powdered type but I recommend adding some PVA glue to the mix, and making the mix drier and stiffer.

Next up comes the boring part let the filler dry, most quick drying fillers take between 30 and 45 minutes to dry but I like to give them that little bit extra time to dry. While waiting sit back and have a cuppa or make some terrain.

once the filler has dried cover the base with PVA glue and dip into some sand or gravel. Once this has been done set the model to one side and allow it to dry, I normally leave them over night.

Next up brake out some paint I undercoat my bases and models at the same time, some people undercoat their models and then do the basing when they have finished painting the model. When I have painted the model I start working on the bases. Using the same colours that I use for my terrain, I paint the base the same way with a base coat and then dry-brush through the colours.

Lastly I add any details like small rocks, and static grass. For the 20mm models I have bought some static grass tufts which i have never used before…………….

I’ve been sitting here working on my 20mm Iraqi republic guard models from Elhiem Figures which turned up at the weekend. And I started thinking back to my childhood which was many moons ago.

When I was a younger I had a collection of 1/72 scale WW2 infantry and tanks that were my brothers, and I used to spend hours setting them up an play games with them. As with most things with my childhood they are now long gone. Fast forward to the early 90`s and i begin collecting Warhammer models.

Now fast forward to now and I have started collecting 20mm modern armies, which are funny enough 1/72 scale models. At the moment I have got 26 republic guard cleaned up and based ready to be under coated. Which brakes down into the following.

1 x NCO.

1 x RTO.

18 x Guard with AK47’s.

3 x Guard with RPG’s.

3 x Guard with LMG’s

I also have a Revell T-72 plastic tank that I am working on.

The main stumbling block I have come across is finding any decent information about the Iraqi army in the run up to 2003. The Force on Force book The Road To Baghdad lists a squad as 8 models, but at the back it mentions 5 models. And as for tanks and AFV’s their is little or no information.

Hopefully I will be able to get some pictures  up later.

Well it’s Games day here in the UK, and I have to make a confession. In all the years I have been collecting GW models I have never been to Games day. And with all the limited edition models that have been released this years is one close to my heart. The model is based on the blood angels captain from the artwork from the 2nd edition boxed set. Now as much as I would have liked to go to GD I could not justify a trip to the NEC in Birmingham, I worked how much it would cost me for 2 tickets, petrol and a hotel and it was not cost effective. After all, all I really wanted was the model. So this morning I hit e bay and found loads of the models on e bay. So I bought one, is this the last model I buy………

The Road To War………….

Posted: September 18, 2012 in Force On Force

Well I’ve bitten the bullet and ordered up some more 20mm modern US and Iraqi models from Elhiem miniatures. And some 1/72 scale plastic model kits from eBay.
Both of which when combined will give me two decent forces for FoF. Now all I have to do is sit back and wait for them to turn up……….…

Well its been nearly one month since my last post on my blog, and this is due to “real” life work. In the past 14 days I have past through 4 countries in Europe, The rest of the time I have been working in a dark and dusty museum.

But with all the time away i have had plenty of time to do some reading and have managed to read through Force On Force and the two supplements that I bought a few years ago. Now I’ve read a few reviews about FoF that don’t rate the rules that highly, well I must admit that I am impressed with the rules and after re-reading a few pieces i seem to have grasped the basics of the game.

The hardest thing to get to grips with is their is no stat line for the models. All troops are rated by D6,D8,D10, and D12 and a basic die roll of 4+

Their are also no proper force lists (a points based list is being worked on). So most of the battles revolve around the scenarios published in the various supplements. But once you have played a few games, working out your own forces will not be a problem.

The other thing that grabs my attention is the fact that you do not need a large gaming table. In fact the smallest  size is 2FT x 2FT.

Force wise I have the 20mm US models that I bought last year and have been looking at some 20mm Iraqi models from the same company Elhiem Miniatures, as well as some 1/72 scale plastic tanks and AFVs.

Now all I need to do is get some time in to get some forces painted up…………..