Monday, 21 May 2018

New grass mat

I was at Lidl a few weeks ago and they had these 1 metre x 2 metre fake grass mats. On the underside there are rubber lumps for grip. I guess they are designed for gardens and such, but being a modelmaker and wargamer I immediately bought two of them. They look much, much better than green felt. The size is a little awkward, it is long and thinish, but it will do. All in all, very pleased with the purchase and how they look. It will make my wargaming event at school easier to handle. I only wish I had bought more.

Sunday, 13 May 2018

Terrain progress

I found time to dry brush some colours onto a few of my bits today. I will see how they turn out. Again all I am going for is passable for the time being. I still want some kind of wash though. 

Friday, 11 May 2018

Cheap and dirty terrain

With Activities Week coming up I have been realizing that I need more terrain. It doesn't even need to be good terrain. I just need enough stuff to clutter up 5 tables. As such, I brought out my grey spray can and attacked a bunch of yogurt pots, lids and a sausage packet. This terrain will be simple, but enough to lay out enough cover to fight over.

Saturday, 14 April 2018

Ancient Ruins

Arthur C. Clarke — 'Two possibilities exist: either we are alone in the Universe or we are not. Both are equally terrifying.'

As humanity expands its reach this question becomes ever more apparent. Are we alone? Will something be found? Will contact be made?

Tuesday, 10 April 2018

Activities Week - A Horizon Wars Event

At school we run an activities week towards the end of the summer term. If you do not run an activity or organize a trip then you get assigned to support other activities either at random, or you try and get your colleagues to pick you to help with whatever they are running. Last year I didn't run anything and got lucky with the trips I helped with. I also managed to get a day where I didn't support anyone and got loads of work done.

This year, knowing I am not that lucky, I decided to run a wargaming activity. I thought, on three days I can run the same activity for different year groups. I said I can run for 12 kids each time. I thought if I have two games going on at once, three factions on each game, 2 kids per faction making decisions together. However, apparently it is much more popular than I thought and I have 20 kids on one of the days. I just spent the evenings of my holiday in away planning out battles, factions, teams and hoping that I would have enough miniatures to support three or four games simultaneously.

Here is my planning so far:

I am pretty much forced to use Horizon Wars. I had thought about other rules, but have in the end opted for Horizon Wars because I can run smaller armies. Also because it is a brilliant game.

I can have the following factions:

2x UCS armies (3 at a push), infantry, tanks, mecha.
2x Collective of Systems armies (3 at a push), infantry, mecha, maybe some normal vehicles.
1x UCS marines, possibly entirely infantry, but maybe with some tanks support. Perhaps even a couple of mecha if I can paint any.
1x New Charon Militia. Infantry with a few light P1 mecha.
1x Neo Christian Union. Infantry, cavalry and a couple of mecha.
1x New Vesta militia. Possibly they will have some tanks. I might give them a couple of mercenary mecha.
1x Quansec. Infantry, cavalry, artillery, possible mecha.
1x HySys. Infantry, cavalry, possible artillery, and some mecha.

This puts me at 10-12 armies. I have enough terrain mats to run 2 large games (big felt mats, probably like 6x6 or so), 2 medium games (fake grass from Lidl, 1m x 2m each, could be joined if needed), and finally one small game (the original grass roll that is probably about 3x4).

I have terrain, but not loads. These past weeks I have been collecting vacuum packaging to spray and varnish as the most basic of terrain. I am tempted to draw doors and windows on them with sharpies. Yesterday I made some more modular, grassy hills. I am looking to create roads also and have found what looks like a good way of doing it.

I will update with pictures as the event nears. But I just wanted to get some ideas out on the web. Does anyone have ideas?

Saturday, 24 March 2018

Normandy Farms.

Buildings by Hacme, available over on Rapier Miniatures. They come with those card roofs which make life easier. I really don't like my paint scheme though. I need to paint them differently.

Hedges are scourer pads. I need to paint them too. I am just happy to have some 6mm buildings for my WW2 project.

Saturday, 17 March 2018

6mm German Infantry with nice Static Grass.

I won a £20 voucher for  a couple of months back. Having looked at the range, I decided that as awesome as their 15mm space dwarves are, I don't really have a place for them in my 6mm universe. So I spent it all on their range of static grasses. It arrived, sat in a box for weeks until last night where I was able to flock my Germans. It turns out I really like the flock, and am now considering re-flocking all of my other 6mm WW2 miniatures.

Here are just a few examples.