Tuesday, 26 August 2014

The Ranger and the Lady

Something not WW2.
The Ranger and the Lady:











The Ranger is a Games Workshop Lord of the Rings plastic 28mm figure, which I painted up for use in our "The One Ring" tabletop roleplaying game sessions. The Lady is a 28mm metal figure from an unknown manufacturer (I received it in a trade - Reaper mini perhaps?), it had a slotta base originally, which I cut off and replaced with some polished wooden boards (made out of plastic card). I painted this figure up as a gift for my wife.

Friday, 15 August 2014

LRDG/SAS Part Two - Vehicles....

This is Part Two of a 28mm Long Range Desert Group/SAS commission I have been working on for a fellow Tasmanian wargamer.
The first part can be viewed HERE.
This part consisted entirely of vehicles and their crews. It was a challenge and took me quite some time to complete. The vehicles and figures are mostly from Company B, and are part resin, part metal, kits. I have tried to make each one different in terms of crew positions, stowage and weapons.

I am just starting Part Three of this commission, which consists of 24 figures and two more jeeps with crews.
I hope you like the pictures.

First up, the "Blitz Buggy":




 
 
Next, Ford F30:








Two LRDG Chevys:









Lastly, another jeep:






Sunday, 10 August 2014

House(s) that Jack built....

In my last post I included as part of the background in some photos, a building that I had constructed. Actually it was a terrace of houses adapted from a Scalescenes kit - the original can be purchased here.
I had to adapt it considerably as it was designed to be a static model for model railway layouts, and I needed it to 1.) look more like something that could be found in Normandy, & 2.) have removable roof/floors to allow placement of figures. The fact that I used foam-core sheets for the main shell - which makes it lightweight and sturdy- kind of put things out of wack as far as some of the measurements. It took me quite a long time to build this, and not a little stress (my stress threshold was even lower at the time)- I think other people would find it easier, so don't be put off by my experience. I think the key for wargamers using the excellent Scalescenes buildings is to simplify.

The Normandy effect was achieved by using different windows, doors, and the addition of shutters, sign & posters. These were taken from texture files that can be found on the internet and re-sized appropriately for home printing.

In the end I got carried away and have a removable attic floor as well as first floor. Here's some pictures for you to peruse. I'm happy to answer any questions about it:














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