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DIY Gaming Mats revisited – tiles and all.

(Picture heavy post). A good while ago I posted about a fairly successful jaunt into the DIY game mat arena. I was well please with the results. More recently I posted about a similar experiment, also using Pixartprinting when they ran a juicy special offer, but this time on Flag material.

The results on that occasion were less “Wow” and more “Nae Bad” (Scot dialect for okay). Subsequently Vinyl printing at Pixartprinting came around again so I thought I’d have another run at it.

Aside from a couple of standard “roll ’em out and use ’em” mats (images below) I thought I’d try something a bit more ‘flexible’ as well this time. Gaming tiles.

Not a new idea by any means – I’ve made many homespun ones before as will many of you. They work well but the print quality is always going to be restricted by the quality of your printer. Likewise durability by the stock you can print on to. I used to have a great colour laser which was great for this type of printing but it died a few years ago. The inkjet that replaced it, while a good machine, wasn’t so suitable for this purpose. Add to that, some stock that I used wasn’t totally ‘official’ and colour fade to a pinkish hue  not long after printing (and all the work involved with trimming and mounting on to foamcore). Imagine how annoying the same result had on carefully built card building models! Grrr.

On the left, a double tile using the vinyl printing, on the right, one I made earlier using my own printer. In this case it is clear that this is one of the printed stock that suffered from the discolouration I mention above.

So, a few of the images below will at first appearance look odd. Big vinyl sheets with randomly dotted terrain on it (see the coastal set). These were laid out in Photoshop before going off to print to minimise the amount of cutting required and to get as much bang for your buck (i.e. you don’t send off thirty 12″x12″ bits of art to print but one big sheet).

For example. here’s a screenshot of the artwork that went off to print for the City tiles. One big file. One big sheet.

With the coastal one I was looking to get from the big sheet a 3’x3′ plain ‘water’ mat (hence the appearance of pirate and viking ships!). The actual coastal areas and land areas were to be sliced into individual tiles to be used either in conjunction with the ‘water’ or in their own right.

Worked out well.

The City banner, whilst it ‘looks’ like a laid out ready-to-use mat, was always intended for slicing. Which you can see in the later pics. The reason for that was – if the slicing proved problematic then I’d at least be left with a City mat that could be used. The cutting and subsequent mounting was not a problem though.

Print ‘n Play Mats: Red Desert/Planet

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Mini Update: Ygs & Yangs – More CMG characters for 15mm skirmishing

Rushing this post a little so that these fellas are an option for selection as the basis of a Rogue Stars team for next weeks club meeting where the plan is to get several games of RS going all in 15mm! Currently at 3 pairs I think.

Call me unoriginal, but I liked the colour scheme used on the CMG website to showcase these guys that I pretty much copied it.

They are called Ygs Fighters. No idea who Ygs are nor do they strike me as ‘fighters’ per sae. More like a Science Away Team with a couple of body guards. Whatever the backstory, they are really nice models and full of character. They’d be well at home as a team in Rogue Stars for example.

You can find them here under “Mercenaries” on the Critical Mass Games website.

Now, who can I use as counterpart Yangs?

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Mini Update: Overdue Prang Raiders from the Ion Age

[EDIT: Previous post title assigned the Prang’s availability to 15mm.co.uk which has recently been reabsorbed into Alternative Armies. That aside, The Prang were moved from 15mm.co.uk to the Ion Age site some time ago anyway, so I got it wrong on 2 counts 😉 – and the Overdue reference is to my painting promise, not the availability of the miniatures.]

Excuses aside, this year so far has not been so great for the blog but the painting and hobby continues in the background. I promised these pics to GBS sometime ago and they did make a guest appearance in an earlier post but I’ve only now got around to posting their own, more focussed entry.

The Prang themselves, sculpted by Eli Arndt of Loud Ninja Games, are full of character. They make an excellent basis for a skirmish-level game, bug hunt or larger scale battle.

Available here on Alternative Armies Ion Age site, the Raiders being part of a growing range of Prang.

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Ugly, Nasty, Vermin from Splintered Light

Anyone that knows this blog (or me) will know I am a big fan of Splintered Light Miniatures and have painted, more recently, quite a few human dark age and fantasy offerings from them. A long while ago I picked up some packs of their brilliant Woodland Warriors range (technically 20mm but lets not get too picky).

I painted them up years ago – all ‘goodies’. They have been without proper opposition for quite some time. I’ve dipped in and out of the Woodland Warriors and painted the odd one or two here and there but only recently (on the back of a ‘completist’ order made with SLM – thanks David) I painted the bossman for this swarm.

So it was about time a decent force for the ‘baddies’ was completed. A good mix of weapon types, magic user, assassin, hulk, heroes and a swarm (latter not SLM but I think GW) – should do for any decent skirmish warband or the hub for a larger force to grow out from.

(See previous posts about 20mm Woodland Warriors for comments on the adaptability of these guys for use in 15mm or 28mm settings.)

Only 100 or so other Woodland Creatures to paint up…

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15mm Star Trek Away Team: Happy 50th Anniversary!

Last September (2016) was the 50th anniversary of Star Trek.  I did paint these at that time in ‘tribute’ to the show and universe. I would add though, I’m not a Trekkie by any stretch of the imagination – I like it, but we never really gelled, unlike that other famous sci-fi franchise 😉

That aside, these “Space Explorers” were available from a small US business called AstroMiniatures which I believe have since stopped trading (boo!). No doubt some cease and desist order played a part in that. I’ve a few Klingon-types and Romulan-types still to paint and these are about half of the Federation-types I bought as I traded a handful with a fellow gamer sometime back.

I’m glad I did paint them up as they look better painted than in lead and I may never have bothered to put a brush on them had it not been for the anniversary.

At the same time I painted up the little u-haul six wheeler and trailer from GZG. Nice. Also pictures is a grav sled-thing from 15mm.co.uk that was kicking around and seemed to fit for photo purposes.

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Mini Update: Massive Chopper for Demonworld Dwarfs

Okay, so not the most challenging of models to paint but no doubt a great boost to any dwarf force – this mechanical war machine from Demonworld (Ral Partha Europe) is still a very nice model – and pretty large to boot.

I went a tad further and magnetised the arms so that they can be animated, removed or swapped out for other arms/weapons (there is a version with hammers…).

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