Friday, April 16, 2021

Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring

 In 2001 Games Workshop began releasing miniatures based on the characters from Peter Jackson's first film based on Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring.

One of the boxes of figures was the Fellowship of the Ring. The figures, cast in white metal were accurate representations of the actors as they appeared in the film.

These were the first figures I had painted on a black undercoat.

They have spent nearly twenty years in my display cabinet, and I only just realised that I had not photographed them (I would not have a digital camera for nearly another four years).

Frodo Baggins with the magical weapon Sting. Evidently there are goblins nearby.


Frodo's hobbit companions

Samwise Gamgee
Pippin
Merry
Gandalf the Grey lights the way.

Boromir of Gondor

Strider, Ranger.

Gimli


Legolas


The Fellowship of the Ring



Thursday, April 8, 2021

North Vietnamese decals - I-94

 Decals for 28mm vehicles are a bit scarce. I have used a lot of Warlord or Rubicon 1/56 scale decals on 1/48-50 scale vehicles.

For North Vietnam vehicles, the I-94 set MI-106 might come in handy.






Saturday, March 27, 2021

Minions

Boris was in full flow about his last venture into The Zone...

So we were investigating activity around  Staryy Zavodskoy Rayon. There had been reports of mysterious trucks moving around and lights in the abandoned factories.

It was nearly dusk as we hid from a convoy of heavy 4x4 trucks, and as it got dark we saw lights in one of the factories.

Not torches, but big industrial lights that lit the surroundings. There was lots of noise within the buildings.

We could not get close as there were loads of guards around the factory.

We pulled back, but in the morning it was quiet. We ventured into the factory and it was empty.

No idea who they were, or what they were doing

As discoveries are made in The Zone, corporations, criminal enterprises and states are sending in forces to retrieve artefacts, test equipment and manufacture items under exotic conditions.

They have to be protected, and cheap, expendable minions are considered an economic way to provide that protection.

Generally armed with sub machine guns and battle rifles, they discourage interest, bot human and non-human from paying too much attention. Where the threat is considered higher, they may be issued with heavier weapons.

A guard patrolling the perimeter, armed with a simple SMG.

Crooked Dice Minion with SMG and the SAS Gasmask head.

Another Crooked Dice Minion with SMG and the SAS Gasmask head.




Tuesday, March 23, 2021

More Points of Interest

 This is one of my original Points of Interest marker.

A Renefra 40mm diameter base with a Crooked Dice Crate and Barrel.



There are another three to finish.

Saturday, March 20, 2021

Sarissa 40mm Western Store - work in progress

Sarissa Wild West 40mm store . 




Points Of Interest markers

 As mentioned previously, I am using the Points Of Interest concept from the Zona Alfa expansion for solo gaming in Vietnam. The Points of Interest need markers on the board, and I thought that single fuel drums would be suitably subtle.

The drums are a mix of Debris of War (as used previously here), Crooked Dice and Tamiya 1/48 scale (you might be able to identify the Tamiya one from the the lettering on the lid).

To make them stand out a bit, they have numbers though in general use the numbers are not significant (POI events are generally drawn randomly from a card stack). Warlord German White turret numbers were of a suitable size.
This US Marine will have an eventful life being within three inches of a number of POIs (POIs should be at least six inches apart).
The Sniper! event card was drawn.