Sunday, 15 May 2016


Here's my 3PARA Pl HQ, Empress miniatures, the leaders are based on larger bases, 2p pieces, for "Fighting Season" Dougie
 From left to right, Pl Commander, Pl Sgt, Pl Signaller and Pl Medic

Sunday, 1 May 2016

28mm Afghan Compound

Had a request for a 28mm Afghan Compound, I'd checked out the mdf ones available but wasn't happy with the wall thicknesses and general size, so decided to build from scratch. Dougie. As a basis for size, roof/floor height I used the Renedra Mud Brick House.
 The compound is constructed from 10mm craftfoam which is very easy to work with.
 A view of the basic form.
 The square edges and corners are sanded to give the Afghan look.
 Internal floors put in
 These are removable
 Corners distressed
 Murder hole added
 The compound with texture added using filler
 Doors constructed
 Painted and distressed
 Basic colour added and based
 Doors hung
 Job done with some bits and bobs added for character

Monday, 11 April 2016

Salute !

Folks me and my eldest son are making our annual pilgrimage to Salute and we'll be in the Fox pub from about 830 on Friday night if anyone fancies a pint and a natter. The pub is right next to excel heres the link Fox @ Excel

Friday, 8 April 2016

More Winter of '79 thoughts

In between my commission work I've been pondering 20mm Winter of '79 stuff, here's where we are, buildings wise I think I'll use Metcalfe, Scalescenes and Skaledale, these are either card or pre painted so don't need much tarting up. The photo below shows the Metcalfe corner shop in redbrick, the only thing you really need to do is paint the external folds a suitable colour or you can see the white card on the external folds. easy to do and just takes 10-15 mins per building.
Vehicles are the excellent Oxford diecast, a local model shop was closing so I got a load for 30% off, 70s-80s vehicles including a "Professionals" Capri, a Tonibell Ice Cream van/VBIED and a Green Goddess to put the fires out.

A few more armed civilians knocked up mainly some old Hotspur, assisted by Liberation.
I've got a reasonable selection now, have to think of a leader and standard perhaps ? Dougie

Sunday, 3 April 2016

28mm Cowboy Gang

Hi Folks, a recent commission, 28mm Cowboy gang for use with Dead Man's Hand. Off to a customer in Scotland. Dougie

Thursday, 31 March 2016

Winter of '79

I've been thinking about the "Winter of '79" genre for a while now, mainly thanks to the excellent blog of Mark Hannam and Matthew Sparkes, here's the link Winter of '79 . I'll not go into the premise just go to the linked blog or google it, suffice to say that it appeals for a number of reasons the main one being its a period that's still resonates with me due to my enlistment into the Army.
Rules wise any WW2 to Modern skirmish system will do and there is a recent set published, "Living on the Frontline" available from Caliver Books, that I've just picked up and on first look seen very interesting.
Scalewise its 20mm or 28mm, I think I'll probably opt for 20mm due to the massive availability of figures vehicles and scenery.
Initial thoughts are basing it on Tyneside so we have C company 4th (Volunteer) Battalion The Parachute Regiment locally based in Gateshead as well as the TA Hereford Hooligans in Prudhoe. Marxist elements, Loyalist Elements and South Shields Orange Order will also be making an appearance.
Some suitable 20mm figures below. Dougie
A very quick conversion of an RH Models Falklands SAS type in to an "Ally" member of C Coy 4PARA, beret pulled over eyes, capbadge over the left ear!
 The tom painted up, Denison smock and lightweights, to complete his ally look ;)
 A group of militia types, from the left, first 2 are Hotspur, last 3 RH Models