Category Archives: Historical

WW2 US Paratroopers? What’s going on here then?

Quick post (for a change). Aside from Medieval, Dark Age and a smattering of Piratical or Sharpe-like Napoleonic Skirmishing, I’m not really a ‘historical’ wargamer/collector. I did however pick up a squad/platoon? of US Paras off eBay recently – 25 of them for the princely sum of £7.50.

And they were painted to what I would class an above average tabletop standard to boot. I rebased them and went to work on touching them up (stop it!). Some washes, highlight detailing and adding some insignia etc.

Here are a few of them.

15mm Flames of War American Paratroopers WW2 Continue reading WW2 US Paratroopers? What’s going on here then?

All the King’s Horses: 15mm Cavalry, Fantasy and Semi-Historical

Enough of terrain and back to good old miniature painting! As I mentioned in an earlier post these Dark Elf Cavalry (Dar’Kalon Heavy Cavalry)  were taking me an age to finish off. But I did and here they are.

15mm Demonworld Dark Elf Cavalry Dar’Kalon Heavy Cavalry Continue reading All the King’s Horses: 15mm Cavalry, Fantasy and Semi-Historical

City Town Terrain for Mordheim or Frostgrave fantasy games

I’m not a terribly focussed terrain builder/maker as is probably evident from the end results of my tables. They tend to evolve and acquire increasing amounts of clutter over time without a great deal of consideration for consistency – I’ll mix resin, plastic, card, paper and foam core with 2d and 3d to suit.

The base for this table are 10″ square wooden panels. They were cut down from ‘left-over’ slotted panels used on wooden wine cases that I use as shelving for paints and miniature storage. They have a magnetic sheet covering and on top of that I printed out a portion of Pwork Darkburg paper terrain battlemap. Very Mordheim in flavour.

Some of the buildings and features appeared on another recent ‘Fantasy Venice’ attempt which follows a similar theme to this setup.

City Town Terrain for Mordheim or Frostgrave fantasy games
Some German Infantry (plastic HO/20mm scale) test out some Dave Graffam paper ruin terrain that has been based and bulked up with foam core. In the foreground a lone Splintered Light hero awaits a Blue Moon werewolf’s advances.

Continue reading City Town Terrain for Mordheim or Frostgrave fantasy games

Out with the Bikini: Splintered Light 15mm Viking Shield Maidens

I’m no prude and will not come down on you like a tonne of bricks if you choose to field regiments of scantily clad Amazonian warriors or seductive demonettes.

However, I do admire those that ‘resist’ the fantastical and impractical when the temptation (and sales?) could sway them otherwise. Such is the case with Splintered Light Miniatures 15mm Viking Shield Maidens. No doubt inspired by a popular TV show of a Viking persuasion I think these ladies would do very well in any Dark Age or Fantasy setting. Kudos to David at SLM. Oh, and nice miniatures to boot. Continue reading Out with the Bikini: Splintered Light 15mm Viking Shield Maidens

Stealthy little suckers: Rebel Minis 15mm Ninja

I’d been on a spree painting some of the ‘Oriental’ inspired Sci Fi stuff featured previously so it made sense to spill over in to these pretty cool Ninja from Rebel Minis.

What you see below is half the pack (one of each of the poses). Whilst not Sci Fi they are suitably generic for many genres requiring silent killers. Continue reading Stealthy little suckers: Rebel Minis 15mm Ninja

6mm, 10mm, 15mm, 25mm, 28mm? Torn. And the Collector Syndrome

I’ve dabbled with all popular scales. 6mm, 10mm, 15mm, 25mm, 28mm, 32mm. They all have there strengths and weaknesses of which I will not bother to go in to here – there’s plenty of debate on the forums to that effect.

When I threw myself into 15mm as my ‘scale of choice’ I sincerely felt if offered the best of all worlds. I was looking for a ‘single scale’ to do everything from mass battles to skirmishing. And it does – for a through and through gamer. But I’m coming to realise that’s not what I really am. I’m a dabbler. Something of a magpie without any clear plan or agenda. I approach a project with a gamer’s perspective but never really ever fulfil the end ‘gaming’ goal. It merely acts as a motivator rather than a target. Continue reading 6mm, 10mm, 15mm, 25mm, 28mm? Torn. And the Collector Syndrome