From the Shed: Hedges

I’ve just finished some quick hedges for my 20mm scenery collection. They were very quick to do, a mixture of metal fence sections of unknown provenenance as well as some K&M Trees hedge sections and plenty of sponge clumps. They were mounted on toungue depressors/ craft sticks.

I couldn’t help but add a surprise in one section though: a flame fougasse. Basically it is an oil drum filled with fuel which is blasted across the road as a huge one shot flame thrower. Britain ‘seeded’ many roads with them in the summer of 1940 in anticipation of a German invasion. More details can be found here. For reference the oil drum was an Under Fire Minatures casting.

Watch for its apperance in and up coming scenario ;).

Cheers,

Pete.

From the Shed: 28mm Ultra Modern terrorists/ Covert types

These are the first figures I’ve got from Spectre Miniatures, I’d seen some of Joe’s at the last game of Zona Alfa I had with him so thought I’d try some out. They are great imo. Fine castings with only a bit of flash to clean up. Very nice real scale detail. I went for an assortment of terrorist/ Covert types to use as bandits in Zone Alfa. However, I was so taken with them I started thinking of using them for 28mm modern counter terrorism games played on floor plans so I ordered some more metal figures and got some of their 3d printed files through Patreon too so they will be painted up soon.

These are the 3d printed figures that I had done by Joe’s friend for me.

Cheers,

Pete.

From the Shed: Cross of Iron figures

One of my favourite war films is the 1970s classic, if rather violent and cynical, Cross of Iron. Directed by Sam Peckinpah and based on an earlier novel it features the escapades of the vertran Stiener and his platoon. Worth watching if you haven’t seen it.

Figures Armour and Artillery offer a pack of five figures in 20mm size based on characters from the platoon and I’m pleased I’m finally able to add them to my collection.

Just need to write up some skirmish scenarios for them now. Films have often inspired my skirmish games, as I’m sure it has for many of you. What has been the favourite you’ve done?

Cheers,

Pete.

A Friday’s gaming: 18th Century and Vietnam CSAR.

I’m please to say that the occasional gaming meet ups on a Friday have become a regular occurance. I thought I’d share with you some recent pictures. We have a regular venue which has the added bonus of serving excellent food. For someone who always thinks with his belly this is very important.

Firstly we trialed a set of 18th century rules that Tim has been writing. Great 54mm fun in the best traditions. Rifle fire was pretty nasty at short range and melee, especially involving cavalry, very deadly. Party poppers made a welcome return to represent grapeshot too.

After lunch and after that game had been finished and packed away we set up for a quick Vietnam themed Combat Search and Rescue scenario. 1/72nd aircraft were used with 54mm infantry. The pilot was randomly located in a grid (we used the symbols on the carpet) and a Forward Air Controller had to coordinate the search and rescue as well as directing aircraft to try and stop the NVA overruning the downed pilot. A great little game that we got through twice.

Cheers,

Pete.

11 years ago today… blogaversary.

I was at the Fiasco wargames show today when my phone beeped with a notification from WordPress that it was eleven years since I started my blog… I just thought I’d say thank you to all my readers and all the friends I’ve made whilst writing this. I know I’m not the most regular poster of content but it is always a pleasure to engage with you all in the comments section and on your blogs too. Blogging still remains my favourite social media activity by far.

All the best.

Cheers,

Pete.

From the Shed: Great War era King’s African Rifles.

My good friend Bill, boss of Under Fire Miniatures, asked me to do some painting for him, specificially his latest release. I tried my best at them, blending and everything. I’m quite pleased at how they turned out so I’m going to show them off here before the pictures get uploaded to the Under Fire Website.

These KAR men are ideal for any Great War games set in East Africa– the campaign there is rather interesting. A small German force moved around the area for four years evading all British attempts to catch then and eneded the war unbeaten. Well worth looking up. The figures are multipart so you get a choice of weapons and I believe they’ll be sold with different heads so you can make up figures representing the different Imperial regiments from that era.

I used Vallejo paints for these- Khaki for the uniform and Canvas for the webbing, Pale Sand was added to highlight the previous steps. A wash of Army Painter strong tome helped too. Many thanks to Bill for letting me use his pictures too.

Cheers,

Pete.

Powder Monkey Gaming.

My home town of Huddersfield has a fairly big gaming scene. It recently got bigger with the arrival of Powder Monkey Gaming located just outside the town centre it is within a short walk of mine. There are loads of great tables set up for Sci Fi, fantasy, and historical gaming as well as a growing selection of games, figures and paint.

I’ve been for a few games there already, it is a pleasure to play on their terrain.

A quick game of Kill Team.
Nicola and I tried out the Ravenfeast Viking Skirmish rules. I lost.

We also had a WW3 game of Fistful of Lead… which I also lost.

It is great to see a game shop so close and with the increasingly popular tornaments and events there I only hope that they grow from strength to strength.

Cheers,

Pete.

3rd Quarter 2022- progress report.

In this past quarter I have painted a hundred and one 20mm figures and a single 28mm figure. I finished off five 1/72nd kits, two 1/200th and twenty seven 1/300th vehicles. I also read sixteen books.

Not a bad three months- reading has been showing signs of improvement and I got back into paint 20mm figures again after not doing any for a while.

I hope you’ve all been having a productive time.

Cheers,

Pete.

Balagan Campaign system.

I’ve been following Steven’s Balagan blog for a long while now and I always recommend it. Great game writing and analysis. Especially on Crossfire, one of my favourite games- even if I don’t play it too often.

His latest post here is a great little campaign system for guerrilla warfare. I’ve highlighting it as it ticks loads of my boxes for a fast campaign system. Also, the political game adds context to what would otherwise be a series of light infantry clashes. I’ll make a couple of copies of the game board- I’m thinking of magnetising one so it can be left out without the counters moving over a long period of time.

If anyone else uses the system I’d be interested to see how they get on.

Cheers,

Pete.

From the Shed: another batch of 6mm Russians.

I’ve been painting up some more 6mm bits. I’ve been enjoying them recently as they are quick to paint. I find myself worrying less about individual vehicles and more on the mass effect of a unit.

6 bases of T55s- good for the whole Cold War really. From the early 50s right up to the armies of the Warsaw Pact allies of the 1980s.

A base of TMM bridgelayers. The models came with deployed bridges so I did a little base to show the bridge deployed. I’m thinking that a river crossing scenario is on the cards here.

A BTR 152 and a BMP1- I had these models spare so decided to give them a quick paint job them mount them on single bases.

Moving forward into the 1990s here are some BTR80a APCs and dismounted infantry. These should be good to go up against my friend’s later Warriors and Challengers.

To give them some support I did some 2S23 Nona SVKs (120mm breech loading mortars on the same BTR chassis).

As usual I’ve used two vehicles (and some infantry if appropriate) on a 50mm square base to represent a company and single vehicles on a 30mm base for a platoon sized attachment. This is how I’ve been organising my forces for Nordic Weasel’s 5core: Brigade Commander, my go to set of rules for 6mm Cold War games.

Cheers,

Pete.