Preparing the units for Altar of Freedom

•February 26, 2015 • Leave a Comment

I weighed all of the little strips of models I had for my ACW armies. A fraction over 2Kg of 6mm scale metal that required very little cleanup.

The strips were sorted into which side and then into type. Each was given a light undercoat of white Primer spray.

After that I took a dozen brigades worth of Union infantry, and a few supporting units – enough for the First Bull run scenario in the ‘Altar of Freedom‘ supplement for the Eastern theatre - and then tacked them to lollipop sticks for painting.

The next job is painting (followed by the Confederate force!)


Update: Flames of War plastic tanks – undercoating

•February 26, 2015 • Leave a Comment

A basecoat was applied to all the tanks I had left to do. Vallejo Dead Flesh for the German tanks (dark grey for the older model one I had kicking around). Brit Stuart tanks should have been Vallejo Cayman green but that bottle was all but used up so  I settled for the same colour used on my old US tanks, Vallejo yellow olive (it’s a bit darker than it should be for me, but I will see what I can do with it). Not much progress but tanks come on quickly once the basecoat is done! I hope…. Edit: new bottle of Cayman  green paint found in spare tub – nice.



Model WW1 British Trench for School project.

•February 26, 2015 • Leave a Comment

My eldest son needed to make a World War Trench for a school History project. Needless to say I got roped in to help!

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Manchester Art Gallery – February 2015 – Link

I bought a piece of insulating foam from the local DIY store and used a sharp knife then some crack filler to cover it with. The trench was painted with a cheap dark emulsion paint.

I ordered some metal 28mm figures to add some detail (men in forward positions, injured, machine gun and gave them a fairly basic paint job.

My laddo cut out the corrugated card to add to the floor and walls and made a pile of sandbags from modelling clay. He glued on the bags and painted them and then added the detail to the little company HQ in one corner of the model.

The fake barbed wire was curled and added to the stakes he cut from BBQ skewers. The whole model was given a wash with dark brown ink and some finishing up was done.

The model soldiers were hot glued in place as the unit had to be carried about.

It looks fine for a display model for a school project and gets the point home about the layered trench system – front-line then support leading off to a reserve trench (not shown).

Here are some pictures for posterity…

The soldiers…



Update: Altar of Freedom Fatigue Markers – building

•February 26, 2015 • Leave a Comment

Here are my attempts at turning the little Baccus 6mm scale casualty markers into Fatigue tokens for the “Altar of Freedom” game using some 15mm mdf counters. Painting next!

It took about two hours to get these from the metal rectangles to being ready to paint. Each little marker needed about 6 goes of the tin snips to round off the edges before being able to super-glue it to the round base. Fine sand was PVA glued around the edge of the token to help disguise the metal base.

Sagatapestry unit painting competition for 2015

•February 25, 2015 • Leave a Comment

Here’s my latest post on the… LINK

Why not get a unit painted for Saga, post it on the WWPD Saga forum and try and win a prize from Gripping Beast?


Saga: an AAR and a Review of Gripping Beast Houses

•January 26, 2015 • 2 Comments

Here are two articles I recently posted on the website for the SAGA wargame. Enjoy.

AAR: SAGA – Irish v Vikings 6 points.

Review of GB Houses and Hovels.

Flames of War – an update

•January 26, 2015 • 1 Comment

I wanted to post an update on where I am at with Flames of War. Over the course of 2014 my interest in FoW has waned a bit, but I wasn’t sure why. I have now sold off my HG Germans and all but one unit of my US 3rd ID.

There is still my painted British tank based army (with decals!) I am keeping that one. I still have a reasonable amount of plastic (mainly from the Open Fire box set) and want to put together a German force. In fact I have two ideas… A StuG Batterie and a Grenadier list, based around some of the same platoons. I may even venture in Panzer IV’s !

With renewed energy, the new year will see these Axis forces come into being!

I have some more painting now to get these ready to meet the Brit tanks! The infantry can wait a bit longer.









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