Growing up, as I did, at the tail end of the Cold War one of RPGs that really drew me in was Twilight 2000; a game that I’m sure most of you are familiar with too. I never played many games of it: the combination of modern weaponary and 19th century medical care meant that and wounded characters didn’t last that long… I keep thinking of returning to it but as a battling warlord skirmish campaign type thing rather than a straight RPG. Nonetheless in the meantime I keep collecting bits for it as and when, in fact my earliest modern figures started of being collected for Twilight 2000.
Elhiem Figures have released a very nice set of mounted (ex)soldiers suitable for the game. Even better, due to the modular design of the figures you can have the same figure mounted and dismounted.
To give them a ragtag look I mixed in bits on non- camouflaged clothing. They have a nice mix of weaponary too. I think it would be worth making them up as a special group of NPCs for the player characters to encounter if you were running a campaign.
First up with have a guy in a black T-shirt carrying a shotgun.
Next we have a guy in the earlier M1 helmet talking on the radio.
Man waving pistol about- there is a slung rifle on his horse.
One man carrying M16 and binoculars- probably my favourite one.
Bareheaded with an M16.M203 combination.
Floppy bush hat with an M249 Minimi Squad Automatic Weapon.
The horses have the legs of the riders suclpted on them- the torso fits in with a plug, a sperate set of legs are available for the dismounted figures so you can mix and match until you are happy with poses. It is nice to have this much flexibility when putting together the minis. If some more were to be released but with Soviet/ Russian weaponary I’d be very happy as they’d complement this set immensely.
On a whim I bought some railway modellers’ pre painted OO scale civilians from ebay; they were very cheap and I’d seen someone use the O scale ones well on Lead Adventure forum. When I got them they were worse than I expected if I’m being trueful but decided to base up a few any way and see how they looked.
Firstly I textured some ply hex bases with homemade textured paint. I glued the figures on, gave them a heavy all over wash of Army Painter, drybrushed the base and then hit them with some matt varnish.
If you look at an individual stand you can tell how awful they are.
That said I think the mass effect works and they should be useful for some modern city based games. When the rest of the packet of a hundred are done it should make quite a crows.. The same ebay seller has civilians in arab dress so I may pick up a packet of those too.
(With apologies to KRS-One)
Elhiem Figures has recently released two version of the (in)famous East German Trabant car: one civilian, one police. These are 3D prints and are rather nice, much better than the Shapeways ones I bought several years back.
The pair of little Trabants.
Believe it or not over 3 million of them were made.
This Police one should really have lettering on it but I didn’t fancy trying out my freehand on it so left it off.
Both were painted in acyrlics before being weathered with oil paints. The blue police lights were done with Games Workshops range of gem paints; they look OK but I don’t think they were really worth the extra effort. Still given how little paint I used they should last for years.
They make a nice little pair and should be some nice set dressing if I ever set a Cold War game in East as opposed to West Germany.
I’ve recently bought this useful bridge from Anyscale models (they have a great range and are very reasonably priced, check them out here ) it is listed in their 28mm section but I’m planning to use it for my 20mm toys as well.
It’s not the most interesting piece of terrain but it really will be useful.
It is a nice size to fit over my resin stream sections.
One of the Airfix trucks from my previous post negoiates the roadway.
One nice touch is that the kit comes with enough parts to do a ruined version… in case there is a well placed artillery/ bomb strike or someone tries to drive too heavy a tank across it.
Given the quality job Pix Art Printing clicky did with the game maps for my recent Case Blue megagame I decide that I put some more business their way. Several years ago I bought a few game maps from Wargames Vault clicky with the intention of printing them out onto paper and assembling them as a jigsaw. This didn’t work so well for various reason… but now there is Pix Art I decided to send them there to be printed. Using MS Publisher I added all the images together into one massive file and then waited for a special offer to be on to maximise my savings.
In the End I got a 130cm by 350cm vinyl at printed for £30 including delivery from Italy.
I got a 120cm square wasteland mat that will be ideal for any game set in the Middle East/ North Africa, as a point of comparison the going rate for a comparable sized mat by itself seems to be about £25.
This 120cm by 60cm costal strip will be great for ampibious landing be it in WW2 or the Dark Ages, the textures should work for both 20 and 28mm sized figures.
I added a few maps from my Print and Play board game collection- here we have maps for the Russo- Japanese War, WW1, fictional WW3 and right up to date with the War in Donbass.
A slightly smaller urban mat- should be useful for some of the 40K figures I’ve painting recently.
Finally I printed the map for use in Brian Train’s free urban COIN game: Maracas clicky
All in all I’m really pleased with this. They should last for ages and as they are easy to roll storage isn’t a problem either.
The old and new bit referring to the age of the models not their places in history….
First up with have the venerable Matchbox Sherman Firefly (although this is a more recent Revell reissue. The commander is from Battlefield/ Blitz and stowage from various sources.
Next we have some recent (i.e. last decade) Airfix trucks made with modern CAD.
I had a few technical problems painting these: the oil wash that I put over a gloss varnish to define the recessed details took and age to dry and even then remained tacky until I hit it with a matt spray. For future models I’m going to remix all my washes with higher quality turps and use a better gloos spray and hopefully that should solve the problem.
I ordered the 20mm Gangsters from CP Models clicky to use ostensibly as IRA men for the Troubles in Ireland as the clothes a re from the right era and the IRA did take delivery of a few Thompson SMGs (although they were mainly used in the subsequent Irish civil war). I figured if I was buying the Gangsters it would be silly not to get a few packs of the police too; if only for a few knock about ‘pulp’ scenarios when we don’t want a ‘serious’ war game (I know their crime activities are no fun for those unfortunate ones who are caught up in them but it is at a different level to indutrialised total war).
I recently got some paint of them so here they are:
It is slightly annoying that the camera shows up errors like mould lines you’ve neglected to clean up isn’t it…? Too late now though… I can live with it.