Thursday, 17 April 2014

Salute 2014

         had my yearly pilgrimage from the north down to Excel and what a show it was! The show for me was really about meeting Colin Phillips and Craig Watterson from Radio Dishdash Publishing, the folks behind the "Skirmish Sangin" system. As the majority of you know I get very excited about this game and its been my main wargame focus for a while, when it came out I already had my large 20mm setup so I was off to a good start.
        The lads had set up a very cool table and played numerous games throughout the day, the feedback I got was extremely complimentary and a credit to Colin and Craig. Anyone who is in the slightest bit interested in this period, or indeed post WW2 conflict, the core rules are a dream to use, should pick a copy up!
Its very well supported on their blog and yours truly has a "How to" on painting 28mm Empress Brits, the link for the blog is below,
         At the risk of setting some heads spinning I've been looking to start off a very complete Skirmish Sangin Afghan set up in 28mm, I'm still keeping my 20mm stuff, a number of folks have already been tempting me with cash for my collection! Based around Empress and Eureka figs the show purchases centred around this.
  I'd preordered some of the superb Eureka Taliban as well as their packs of Afghan National Police, these are awesome figures and will be featuring on the blog soon. Because you need so little figure wise to set up a visit to Empress got me some USMC for Afghan as well as the superb M-ATV. I was fully expecting to be scratching my buildings however while passing Renedra I picked up one of their new Mud-Brick houses so we'll see what that's like.
         In the Fox@Excel the night before Salute the conversation with Colin and Craig covered all aspects of modern gaming, my main wargaming interest, and the old eighties film "The Beast" about the Soviets in Afghanistan, was discussed and its suitability as a scenario.
"The Beast"
 The clever folks at Eureka have just released an excellent pack of Soviet Motor Rifles, as well as a pack of dismounted tank crew based on the characters in the film. More money spent!
         All this stuff will feature in the blog so keep dropping in.

Tuesday, 8 April 2014

Sunday, 30 March 2014

20mm Top Malo House Part 2

Well just about cracked it, some original windows and a door have been sealed, and the structure has been clad in wills finecast corrugated glazing SS MP 223, this is much thinner that their iron pack and its got the profile all the way through, easier to work with to! Building corners are finished with plastruct L profile and the windows are Wills as well. The door is simply balsa with the panel lines engraved with a pencil.
The roof is made the same way with some balsa endboards and plasticard ridgetiles, the chimney is once again Wills .
All that's left to do is attach the chimney and it'll be getting primed for painting, oh I've cut the base from 2mm MDF. Later, Dougie

Sunday, 23 March 2014

Wednesday, 19 March 2014

20mm Top Malo House

I've had this on the go for about 2 years! So I'm making an effort to get it completed. The photos show where we're at now. Basic construction from 3mm foamboard and cardboard. Next step will be cladding it in plastic "Wriggly Tin". Dougie

Monday, 24 February 2014

28mm Empress Taliban

Guys, my first 28mm Taliban group for Skirmish Sangin. Dougie
From left to right, the leader with his cell phone, and Talibs with AK, RPK and RPG, some closer photos below.
The Leader
AK Guy
RPK Guy. I've left the bipod off, a common practise in theatre.