Tuesday, 14 November 2017

Polish Airborne - By The Shortest Way

As you know I have a rather large 1939 Polish Collection in 28mm.  Naturally I should progress to their Airborne.

Warlord Games recently released some British Airborne Plastics that can also be modelled as the Polish 1st Independent Parachute Brigade.

I will be modelling my box set on these brave chaps.  These guys jumped into Operation Market Garden and suffered heavy casualties.  As always they fought Bravely.

These Warlord Models are simply fantastic.  I am surprised at how well they painted up.  The Berets look great and I will definitely model a lot more with their unique beret.  I have some metal support options for these guys also from Warlord Games.

These models will be used for the upcoming Bolt Action Supplement for Market Garden and the recently released Battle Group Market Garden Book.  I do plan on making a British Airborne force in 20mm.

Rather than my usual paint a test figure and go from there, I jumped right in and painted 6!

"Najkrótszą drogą" (By The Shortest Way) - Motto of the Polish Airborne

28mm WW2 Polish Airborne Miniatures
28mm Polish Airborne By Warlord Games

Polish Airborne Beret
My favourite of the first 6 I painted.

Polish Airborne Bren Gun
Bren Gun

Polish Airborne Rifleman
Helmets optional

Polish Airborne Sub Machine Gun
With SMG

I finally have a force with Moustaches

Polish Airborne with berets
Polish Airborne Berets look awesome and are unique


A BIG Game of Bolt Action

A very talented terrain maker and member of Company of Dice, Paul, proposed a big game of Bolt Action, and a BIG Game we had!  Paul hosted this at Company of Dice West.

The scenario was June 1944 D-Day +.  It would be Germans vs Brits.  It would be played on Paul's magnificent Normandy themed Board.  The table size was a massive 12 x 4 feet!

We did not want to game all night so we came up with the following conditions

  • 750 Points Per Player
  • 6 Order Dice Cap
  • Key Positions D6 + 6 Objectives (a 6 was rolled!)
  • Objectives must be 12 inches apart and within 12 inches of the centreline
  • Officer's could snap to action allied units
  • 4 Order Dice would be pulled at a time
  • A limit of 2 free arty observers for the Brits (they brought one to their credit)
Paul and his son Angus were incharge of the preliminary dice rolls and then we simply drew dice and got on with it!

It was an epic game and everyone had fun.  The Germans trumped the Brits on the Day, 10 objectives to 2.  The Brits blame tiger fear however they were both Panthers so they couldn't complain too much as we paid the points for it.

The Teams:


Paul, Dave, Bryan (The General), John


Angus, Spyros (no free minis but plugged Uncle Les), Andrew, Ian

I very much look forward to another big Bolt Action Game!

Big Game of Bolt Action
A big Table for a big battle - Stunning Table

My Humble Kampfgruppe - Green Fallschirmjager

Brits Take a salvo from the Nebelwerfer

The Field of Shame.  Destroyed dice entered it... Full of Brits

A nebelwerfer salvo got rid of those Brits

My MVP for sure!

The end result.  The field of shame.  Brits top, German Dice Bottom

Tuesday, 7 November 2017

My First 8 Austrians

G'day mate, been working on those Austrians!  I must say I am a bit of a Perry Miniatures fan boy.  Their Austrian Line Infantry are just stunning and a pleasure to paint.

I have completed the first 8 figures.  They are based on 3D printed movement trays as per my previous articles.  I will be designing my own movement trays in due course to have magnets incorporated into them. 

8 Down... many many many more to go.  Ahhh Naps...

28mm Austrian Line Infantry
Perry Miniatures Austrian Line Infantry

Perry Miniatures Austrian
3D Printed and magnatised movement trays

Friday, 27 October 2017

Designing and 3D Printing 15mm Fantasy Bases and Movement Trays

I have been loving Tinkercad and I needed a solution for my 15mm Fantasy basing woes.  I have designed a prototype that I think I am going to stick with.  I haven't glued the figures to their bases yet but will most likely go ahead with this prototype and it will be the standard for my 15mm basing.

I predominantly want to do 15mm Fantasy for dungeon crawling however I do like the idea of using them in other systems and they look awesome in Rank and File.

3D Fantasy Movement Tray
The prototype in its full glory! Pretty stocked with this!

First off I designed a base in Tinkercad that would accommodate a Ral Partha figure and a 1mm magnet.  The Ral Partha troops are around 10mm in diameter with their included base.  The figure will "sink" into the base with room for a 1mm magnet underneath it. The dimensions of the base are 12mm x 12mm x 2mm.  The 10mm hole for the figure is 1mm deep and the hole for the 2mm x 1mm magnet is 1mm deep.

15mm fantasy base
Prototype base for Ral Partha 15mm Fantasy figures

I then printed it off and everything came out nicely.  My printer does need a little fine tuning.

I used a zombie to test it, worked out very nicely

I then needed to design a movement tray.  I am completely unfamiliar with massed battles and movement tray sizes for 15mm. I wanted to start off with a 4 x 2 tray and came up with the following.

The prototype movement tray

The dimensions for the tray are: 51.5mm x 25.9mm x 3mm.  This will allow the figure on its base to fit nice and flush and allow a 2mm x 1mm magnet to drop int.  The walls dividing the figures are 0.3mm in width!

I did a test print which came out well except I need to tune my printer slightly.  

3D printed fantasy movement tray
Needed a little clean up but design checks out!
I made the holes for the magnets slightly bigger than 2mm to allow a little extra room however I found I don't need it as I tweaked with my slicer settings.

The magnets were slightly loose but this will be an easy fix in Tinkercad.  They were glued in.

I was pretty impressed how this turned out.  I decided to put my skeletons into the bases and everything checked out!

They fit nicely and provide great stability for my 3D printed dungeon

Rank and file looks awesome

12mm x 12mm base size feels just about right

What's next?

Once I get some feedback from the internet I will adjust the design and go from there.  I am already thinking the 12mm base is almost perfect in size, as it provides great stability and isn't too big.  Any smaller probably wouldn't work.  I need to tighten up the holes for the magnets as my slicer and 3D printer are super accurate!  I am not limited to 4 x 2, any combination is possible.  I just need to improve my skills in Tinkercad to churn out the movement trays.

Once I am happy with everything these will be released on thingiverse.

Thursday, 26 October 2017

Taking a Dip Part 1 - Black Plague Zombies

The Army Painter has had their quick shade "dips" around for quite some time now.  As always I have been very late to the party.  I recently picked up some of this brilliant product at MOAB 2017 from War And Peace Games

The stuff provides a very hard glossy coat to your figures protecting them and the shading is exceptionally good.  The shine is easily reduced with some Matte Varnish.  I use AK Interactive Ultimate Matte Varnish do reduce the shine once cured.

A very quick tutorial/guide on how I painted them.  I mostly use a much simplified version of Sorastro's Guide.

I painted my figures with a very rough and rubbishy base coat.  I gave them an even more rubbish dry brush afterwards all over with the Army Painter Zombie Skin I focused on mostly the skin however dry brushed lightly the clothes etc

Once the paint was all cured they looked something like this... Rubbish I know.

10 Year old me would be proud of these

After this the fun part started.  Using a brush I applied the strong tone and they looked something like this...

Once the quick shade dries it is extremely glossy and looks something like this...

Shinier than an English Rugby Supporter's head

I sprayed a heavy coat of AK Interactive's Ultimate Matte Varnish and applied some pink eyes and some Blood from the Blood God from that company that rips you off.  It gives a result like this...

Zombicide Black Plague Zombies Painted
Zombicide Black Plague Zombies

Zombicide Black Plague Zombies

You can see how a rubbish paint job which was rough as guts all of the sudden looks very nice.  The figures are well protected and great for the rigors of an intense zombie slaying session.

All in all this is a very quick and easy way to paint zombies and other gaming pieces.  Certainly not my finest paint job but they will look great in game.