Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Fame at last!

So a while back (May) I posted some photographs of my late 'eighties model of a tank from Twilight 2000.



This was in response to a thread on the Lead Adventures forum about a Twilight 2000 blog.

The guy responsible for the blog has posted photographs of my model on his blog:
Now I need to find some more of the rules (version 1 and 2) and build some 28mm models for it.

Monday, August 7, 2017

Ainsty Small Box Van

So there was interest in post apocalyptic vehicles, and I remembered the Ainsty Small Box Van I bought a while ago.

So I dug it out, and assembled it.
Compared to the Empress Technical it is rather large.

But compared to the Mantic Games scenery items, it is the right sort of size.

Compared to the Mantic saloon car:
 And the Mantic pickup.

Front and rear views.


Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Automated Infantry - weapon system.

Way back when I bought a pair of British Automated Infantry from the Clockwork Goblin sub stand at Salute.

For various reasons I have not got round to build them.

A thread on the Lead Adventures forum was discussing weapon choices for the Automated Infantry.

Here are some comparisons:

First, here are the components (the components of the current Warlord Games version may differ).
The weapons (Vickers' medium machine gun and a US M2 HMG.
Now, to me they look rather large, so the following is a comparison between the Automated Infantry weapons and other versions of the same weapon from a different manufacturer, in this case an HMG and a MMG from Empress Miniatures.
So at the top, you can see the HMG from an Empress M113 model., at the bottom is a Carton Loyd MMG carrier.

In the depths of my spare sprue drawer I found an Italeri 1/35 modern weapon sprue with an M2 HMG.
It is clear the Automated Infantry weapon is slightly smaller.

Now, a quick measure shows the M2 is about 35mm long, which at 1/56 is 1960mm

Now Wikipedia says the length is 1654mm, which gives a calculated scale ~1/47, so it is probably 1/48.

The Vickers is about 25mm, Wikipedia gives a length of 1120mm, which makes it about 1/45.

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Dale's RV - The Walking Dead: Days Gone By

Mantic sell an MDF and cardboard model of Dale's RV that is designed to fit the same space as the 2D representation supplied in the Days Gone Bye supplement. It is supplied by Sarissa Precision.

The instructions are comprehensive, though I would assemble the base plate, axles and vertical  central piece together, as shown below,
The wheels are assembled later in the instructions, but I assembled them on the axles but did not glue them to the axles. The axle provides the required centring of the two main parts of tyres and the hub cap.
I marked the parts Left, Left Inside, Right, Right Inside to ensure I got the bits in the right place.

The MDF shell is covered with a card wrapper with laser etched details including doors and grills.

The card surface is not as smooth as the MDF, and this texture is exacerbated by the application of masking tape when spraying the interior black, and during the construction process.

The back of the RV only has two bends, the lines laser marked in the card were deepened using the back of a scalpel blade and a steel rule.
The front has four bends, the ones at the top are very tight. The thin windscreen pillars are very thin and are vulnerable to inadvertent bends, which can actually lead to them breaking. Which is of course what happened while assembling the front. PVA glue was applied both to the body and the wrapper. The wrapper was pressed down to the body and the bottom part held in place with masking tape. Two pieces of masking tape taped down the top part vertically down the front.
The ventilators and aircon unit were removed from the card sheet and assembled on the body. The luggage rack was also removed from the sheet and glued in place. The bumper was filled smooth and glued to the front.
The canopy was assembled according to the instructions.

Now it is ready for undercoating.

Friday, July 28, 2017

Empress 28mm BTR-80 APC WIP

An Empress BTR-80 APC in its basic colour (PSC British Tank Green).
It will need some additional stowage and final painting before it is weathered.
Used by a number of Warsaw Pact forces for motorised infantry.
Armed with a 14.5mm HMG and a coax machine gun.

Empress T72M - work in progress

An Empress 28mm scale T72M tank, with William Killian for scale.
The paint scheme is based on a late East German camouflage scheme


Compare the Zombie dot com

Size comparison between the Mantic Games The Walking Dead figures and other manufacturers.

TWD, Studio Miniatures, Crooked Dice, Warlord/Wargames Factory, TWD and TWD.

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Lead Wombles - part 2

So, my first Lead Legion marine is now painted.

Though he is wearing his grade one armour maintenance rosette, he has been fighting hard and has not had enough time to perform the rituals of maintenance.

He has stocked up on frag grenades

Not sure how to paint the chapter icon.

 Supporting a Cadian squad,

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

May Killian, Zombie Slayer

Following on from William Killian, I had to paint up a figure of his wife as well.

The only modification to the stock figure was the removal of the scabbard and the shortening of the stick to function as a scabbard.
Mr and Mrs Killian, you know you wields the pointy stick in that relationship.


 William thinks that May's Kendo course was money well spent.
The Walking Dead: Prelude to Woodbury walkers plus the freebie from Salute and the one from the Andrea booster.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

The Walking Dead - Andrea Booster: Andrea

So the last figure from the Andrea Booster is Andrea herself.

A slightly different character to the one from the television series with a different character arc.

The base has the "Andrea Booster" cardboard box.   I might need to wash a couple of places that I missed.

Andrea and Amy


The full booster set.
Wow a second Walking Dead box fully painted.

William Killian - survivor

In the "Days Gone Bye" expansion for "The Walking Dead: All Out War" there is a a character creation system.

So I thought I would paint up a Crooked Dice William Killian figure as a survivor.
 Body warmer and jeans are a mix of Vallejo Black and Black Grey. The shirt is Vallejo Field Blue and Blue Grey. Shoes are Citadel Mournfang Brown. Skin is Citadel Bugman Glow base with Citadel Kislev Flesh layer followed by Citadel Reikland Fleshshade. Hair is Citadel Mournfang Brown with a Citadel Nuln Oil wash.

William and Andrea, as you can see the official figures are a bit taller and bulkier than William, but not so much that they would distract too much.

Lorries

A couple of photographs of the Warlord Games GMC CCKW and the Rubicon Studebaker.



William Killian for scale.

Once I get some Soviet tank spray paint, I will finish the Studebaker.

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Shield Maiden by Shield Wolf

Well, the Shield Maiden figure shown back in April has finally reached the undercoat stage.

As she is likely to be exploring Frostgrave with her sisters, I added some furry sleeves to her shoulders.

Lead Wombles - part 1

The Lead Adventures Forum have started a Lead Legion thread and a number of people are building and painting figures for it.

This is my first figure for it.
It has just been undercoated, painting to follow.

"This side towards insurance claimant".

In the dark days of the invasion scare of 1940 and 1941, British ingenuity was released to provide weapons to halt any invasion. Britain had amassed massive stores of petrol, in expectation of having to supply the BEF in France. These stores were made available to the Petroleum Warfare Department to develop uses of petrol as a weapon.

One of the weapons was the Flame Fougasse.

The name comes from the late medieval weapon using a barrel of gunpowder to make a one shot giant shotgun.

These are to be markers for Operation Seal Lion games (so are not accurate representations).

A Rubicon Allied Fuel drum was assembled and then cut in half. Each half was then glued to a Render 30mm base. After undercoating with Citadel Chaos Black spray the drums were painted with Citadel Castellan Green and dry brushed with Citadel Death World Forest. A set of numbers from the Warlord Games British vehicle numbers sheet was applied to the "top" of the drum and an identifying number taken from the Warlord M4 transfer sheet was applied to the middle.