Thursday, August 21, 2014

All quiet along the Potomac tonight.

A Federal officer gives a rousing speech about protecting the Union to a group of tired pickets by the Potomac river, winter 1863.

This is an experiment with a new technique. This is a tiny image coloured with pencils and photographed with my i phone. The picture is then sent to my hotmail and down loaded, saved onto my computer, then up loaded to my Blog.

The colours aren't as sharp as they would be If I were to scan it in to Photoshop, but It does allow me to draw, colour and post cartoons quicker and easier. Over the last year or two I have struggled to find time to add any new drawing to my Blog due to not having much spare time, I'm hoping this quick technique will allow me to post more pictures in the future.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Another Great Landwehr Weekend

 I have just got back from another great weekend campaigning in the 18th Century. Lots of fun and just a little bit scary...

Pictures by Jo Isaacs

The Blue and the Grey

In order to find more sack coated Union Infantry I have been forced to crack open the Confederate box and start to repaint old sack coated figures. This of course didn't go down well with the poor individuals involved but this is war and sacrifices have to be made.

Monday, August 18, 2014

Painting the masses of figures needed for RFAF

This week I have been gearing up to paint another horde of Union troops for Regimental Fire and Fury. Just checking through the rules and what I would need to play the scenarios, I was amazed to see just how many figures one would need for a game. Games featuring 175 stands for example, now considering there are three figures per stand, that's a lot of painting to be done.
I have seen on other Blogs that some 28mm gamers use bases with only two figures on and this certainly helps in raising forces quickly, but I like the packed, crowded battle lines so will stick with three per base. It says early on in the rules that they were designed for 15mm which does kind of explains a few things.

The one thing I do love about the game is that It tells you to paint up generic armies of Union and Confederate, so they can be used for any unit. I like this as It gives me an excuse to go crazy and paint buckets of lead not worrying about what Corps they belong to or special regiment. Just loads of dark blue and sky blue is needed to start the mass production. Saying that I have just received my favourite regiment the 14th Brooklyn from Forgotten and Glorious. This and of course the Iron Brigade will be the only units in the army that are based on renown regiments. I'm looking forward to it and It will come as a nice break from painting dirty Orcs.

I plan to paint on a big scale due the the mass of figures I will need for a big game, so will aim to paint in batches of 60 figures. I will keep everything simple with just a few colour changes to trousers etc and not go too crazy. Hopefully that way I can churn out the numbers quickly. Oh well It's a thought anyway...

I'm still going to stick with my new rule of only painting figures with Sack coats and Frock coats for Union troops. This may mean I will go back and try to tweak some of my earlier painting this year.

Thursday, August 07, 2014

This week I have been mostly thinking about the iron Brigade...

As the months roll by my mind has started to think about all things Civil war again. I have been painting up rail fences and planning new regiments for an paint up grade. The famous Iron Brigade is one.

 I have always loved this Brigade with their frock coats, black hats and white gaiters. Still have a few Orcs to finish off before I can allow myself to start anything new.

I do love painting ACW though , It has the best of both worlds as far as painting is concerned. On one hand you have the simple two coloured Union troops with their dark blue sack coats and sky blue trousers. The shear numbers that can be painted in one go is a joy to me. I still get a thrill of owning big armies even though I hardly ever use them, must be the child in me.
 Then on the other hand you have the multicoloured Rebs with their greys and browns, everyone's a different character in his own right. Pure joy!

I've just worked out after painting the ACW for many years that sack coats belong mainly to Union troops and frock and shell jackets to Confederate. I will try to paint up units in the future that incorporate this rule of thumb.  I know there were many exceptions to the rule but this is an idea I will try and stick too.

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Adventure awaits.

Even an weary adventure party finds time to take in their newly flocked surrounding.

Union Battle Line

Spare plastic hats from the Perrys Civil War box sets are great for adding character. So make sure you save the ones you don't use, as they make great extras for bases.
 As my board is out at the moment and covered in freshly flocked scenery, I couldn't resist the odd shot. A struggling Union battle line finally reaches the cover of a rail fence...I hope it helps.
The figures are a mixture of Dixon, Perrys metals, Foundry, Redoubt and Renegade. The more different makes and poses the better I think for battle lines. I don't worry too much about some figures being taller than others...It just makes them look more realistic.


 I really enjoyed this project, creating something from a load of rubbish from the bin is very satisfying. I did try to find some designs on Cyberships but not a lot of stuff came up.

I'm pleased with my drop ship as it looks a little home made and so ties in very nicely to the old 80's Dr Who look. I kept it quite stark and simple and didn't try to cover it with markings and decals. The Cyber-race I thought wouldn't worry about such things.

There is a nice Cyberman logo from the very early years I could have put onto the doors but chose not to in the end, choosing the simple look. I just let the silver colour say it all.

 Two Cybermen guard the outer doors to the ship, while a three man squad goes off to investigate a disturbance.

 A Heavily armoured bridge protects the crew inside.
 Cybertechnology is silver, so the craft had to be a silver/metal colour. To give it a little more character I added lots of grime and dirt. It's a dirty job time travel. Although I imagine this vessel just as a drop ship, a larger parent ship would be the one that jumps through time. This drop ship is then dispatched to bring a landing party to the surface.
Time to move off.

The Cyberinvasion

 The Cybership flys low scanning the terrain for a suitable landing area.
 The Cyberforce disembark.
 "EXCELLENT!" The Cybercontroller makes his plans for world domination.
 No one can stop a Cyberinvasion once in full swing...Only the Doctor and he is light years away in another time...I think.
Cyberscouts (black) leave to patrol the surrounding countryside. A huge Cybercannon is readied in case of heavy resistance.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Fighting for Boney

 BANG! One less rifleman to worry about.

Last week I got the chance to cobble together some French gear and fight for Napoleon. It was great fun too. Although my group is not a 'French' one, with a few greatcoats and the odd shako we became a fighting French Line regiment.
 Of course over here in England, everybody wants to be a redcoat or a member of the 95th Rifles, so the poor old French regiments need all the help they can get. I love playing French because you get to wear a shako!

 French firing line.
The guy playing Napoleon was very good, the best I have ever seen, including those in  films. It was like looking at the real thing. Here we are about to march onto the field.

 The pictures were all take by Ian Timothy and Sarah Ford.

Saturday, July 12, 2014


 I have been using BUF troops as a size guide, more on those later on.

 The landing craft in dry dock.

 I couldn't resist an invasion photo...
 Sprayed silver to make look more Cybertech, the craft is almost finished.

The Cyberforce doesn't look too good at the moment, time to redraw.

Cyberman Dropship (Cyberdropship)

 I've had my eye on several Shampoo bottles in the bath for quite a while and have always thought with a little work you could make a great spacecraft out of those...

 Now, last week on a trip down town, I ended up buying a DR Who Cyberman magazine. It celebrated Cybermen though out Doctor Who over the years. Now I love Cybermen, well the crap 80's ones anyway, so enjoyed flicking through it and seeing how things have developed over the years.

Well, it inspired me to get back on my Cyberman war game project and I wasted no time in chopping up more plastic Cybermen to make into casualties for the game.

However, I also started to think about some kind of landing craft for them. I did loads of research on line about Cyberships and it didn't turn up a lot of detail. Well, I thought I had better grab some of those Shampoo bottles and make one. So I did and very enjoyable it was too.

 I opened my bits box and searched around for pieces to stick on the bottles. Starting at the front I worked towards the back. It all kind of fell into place. A heavily armoured bridge sloped back onto listening sensors. Two large ports for unloading troops fast came next. These two ports were supported by a heavy gun turret on top of the landing craft. The back of the craft was heavily armoured with huge metal plates to protect the Cyberforce inside. It all worked itself out as I went along.

 It took on a StarWars feel with a Corellion Corvette look to it with it's hammer head bridge.

welcome in my world of Flock!

Studies in miniature