Archive for April, 2013

Ever since 1996 I have had somewhere that has been part workshop and part hobby area, and now it is time for the MK 3 version.

First things first the name, Grails Lair came from one of my old gaming group as at the time I created my first email address as Grailknight79 and My gaming room (a large shed 9ft x15ft at the bottom of my mums garden) was where we also played Warhammer Quest late into the night………… so the name stuck Grails Lair.

The MK 2 was built when I moved some time in 2002 the size was nearly the same and was once again at the bottom of the garden and again games were played into the night………

Now its time for the MK 3, the flat that I am in has a rather overgrown garden after chopping down some trees that were growing along where the fence should be and clearing the ground of ivy (loads of ivy). I am going for a 10ft x 8ft size this time, I also need to put in 2 fence panels, and the rest of the fence will be made up of the back wall. All i need now is for the bank holiday weekends to roll on………..



Last week my parcel turned up from the states containing my Aliens and Marines from khurasan miniatures and i have to say they are brilliant models and I cannot wait to start work on them.

DSCN0049[1]Next up are a large selection of Judge Dredd models that i picked up on ebay, 3 gang boxes and 28 individual models from Brit-city judges to kleggs.


So saturday saw the largest wargaming event in the UK, Salute at the ExCel exhibition center in London. I have been going  to the show ever since it moved to ExCel in 2006 and have only missed one year (2012). Many wargames manufactures use Salute to launch new products like, 2 years ago Crooked Dice launched 7TV and a few years before West Wind Miniatures released Secrets Of The Third Reich.

In the run up to Salute the likes of TMP and Tabletop Gaming News are full of news of releases for the show and this year was no exception. In previous years I have headed to the show to pick up GW models but this year I have steered clear from them. I had my list of items that I wanted to buy and unlike other years I had more than enough money on me just incase i saw something else I wanted.

First up was Antenocitis Workshop, a few days before the show they announced that they would have their new 15mm Sci-Fi apcs for sale when i looked at them they are dead rings for the Aliens APC. These were a must for my colonial marines. Their are 3 different chassis first up is the smallest “recon” type, next up is the standard “APC”, and last is the “long wheelbase” version with 6 wheels.


I am also lead to believe that their will be a range of tanks released in the same style in the near future, lets hope it leads to a “cough cough” dropship as well.

Next on my travels was Ground Zero Games, who were releasing a range of  engineering and construction mecha.

DSCN0044[1] Hercules3











This model just screamed at me to be a power loader but it may be a little bit big, if anything it could be used as a 28mm scale version. But I will use it anyway,I may well pick up a few more of them.

They also had copies of Gruntz 15mm which they were selling as a bundle with a CD containing a PDF of the the rules (great for my nexus 7) and the Barracks unit card software all for £20

The last Company on my list was Mongoose Publishing, I had spoken to Mongoose Matt  (Matthew Sprange) to see if they would have any of the Judge Dredd Manta Prowl Tanks on the day. Well they did (infact they had 4 of them) and I bought the first one!












Up until a few weeks ago i had no intention of buying one but some spark in my mind made me decide to pick one up. I also pick up a box of Fatties and the rest of the Judge Dredd models i needed, Infact by looking at the painted picture above from the Mongoose site i missed out the space corps judge (shit) but did pick up Chief Judge Hershey who has not been released yet…………










All in all I got everything I wanted, I spent nearly 3 Hours walking round (2 of them with the manta). I also saw some items that I am  interested in, Like the buildings from mantics upcoming skirmish game Deadzone.

DSCN0053[1]Oh Well only another 12 months till salute 2014………………….


Posted: April 12, 2013 in SpineSpur

Some years ago I picked up a game called spinespur, now this was a horror game that was a set in a town where all the bad guys of the world live. I enjoyed the book and the models, but some nasty person at my old gaming group borrowed the book and it was never seen again……….

Then a few weeks ago i see a kickstarter has been started to reboot the game, I took the plunge and picked the Senators package which contains one of every model that has been made and will be made thanks to the kickstarter.

Now I just have to sit back and wait…………


Some of the stuff I have ordered for my Aliens games have started to turned up.

I ordered some  plastic embroidery canvas from ebay to use as texture for the floors. I got 12 sheets for £16.11, each sheet is 210mm x 279mm and comes with 14 holes per 25mm. I will use this and some plain and chequer plate textured plastic card to make the flooring.

Next up some 3mm and 1.5mm backing card, I had no luck trying to find any locally to me so I had to hit the internet I ordered 10 sheets of 3mm in A3 size, 10 sheets of 1.5mm in A4 size, and a roll of corrugated card. Which set me back £19.00 which included the postage.

All I need now is the models so i can work out sizes, At the moment I am going with 20mm washers for all the “man” sized models. Which means I am looking at 40mm wide x 30-40mm high corridor.

I am not going to make a dead match of Hadleys hope from the film and game but will use bits and pieces  to make my own shake and bake colony. Some parts will come from the film like C and C, Medlab, North lock and the Alien Hive.

Now lets see about doing some sketches…………..

Well it  looks like issue 400 of White Dwarf will be my last……….

It is sad to say that since the new format was introduced last year I have not been impressed, the range of articles has been poor at best and the fold out pages are a waste of time. And since the release of The Hobbit there has been very little to keep me interested in the magazine (there have been no Hobbit articles at all).

It is a shame that the magazine has gone downhill I still own the first issue i bought (issue 143) and i filled in the gap all the way back to issue 94. and have every issue up to the current issue 400.

So goodbye White Dwarf its been a fun ride but its time to get off after 306 issues………….