Rivet Wars Wave Two

After many months of waiting, wave two of Rivet Wars is finally shipping to european backers from Germany. About time to.


Even More Dust

Just when I thought I had enough Allies for my games of Dust, I go and buy some more. A unit of Death Dealers with their two bazookas and another plane, like i need another Pelican. I have also picked up the new Dust Tactics and Battlefield rule book and cards.
No more allies, please!

Still Building A Zeppelin

Into the home stretch now, at least for the sticking together of bits. The massive Ancient Zeppelin is just about finished. However, the four engines when in position will have one of the rotars touching the hull, is it meant to be like that?
The three Ancestral Zeppelins are just about ready as well, just need to glue the engine and pilot in place.
Then will come the filler. There will be a lot of filler…

Building A Zeppelin

The construction of the Titan Forge Zeppelins continues. Not the easiest models to build. I had to resort to a jug of boiling water to bend some parts into submission.

The Ancient Zeppelin is a large model and should measure about eight inches long when completed. I had to straighten out the tail fins a bit and they will need some filler.

I have the two halves together, one of which seems to look like a demented Dalek…or a giant salt pot.

As I want these models flying high over the gaming table, I am making some much higher flying stands. The Ancestral Zeppelin hull below had a 6mm hole drilled through it to take a more rigid clear perspex flight stand.

Below shows the 6mm tube in place.
I have an idea for a large flight stand, but that will involve some laser cut perspex, in the meantime, I have a temporary solution that I will share in a few days.

Too Many Kickstarters

As usual, there are plenty of board game and wargaming Kickstarters around at the moment, no idea how many, but there are lots competing for our hobby cash.
I have been trying to resist but failing miserably with recent Kickstarters. The only good news is that I have completely missed several altogether because I did not even know about them. If I had known about them, I probably would have jumped in.


Basius 2 ended in October 2014, well funded with just over 800 backers. This is basically a molding board to make your own textured bases out of green stuff for models. There were lots of base options covering plenty of themes. Which one would I have gone for? Probably the steampunk variety.


World Of Smog is a steampunk boardgame that looks like fun. I have enjoyed Rivet Wars hugely and am interested in trying some other boardgames as a change from my usual wargames.

This is a CMON Kickstarter and with their recent history of delivery issues and lack of communication I thought I would give it a miss. Had Acardia Quest and the second wave of Rivet Wars turned up by now, I would have added by pennies to the pot.


Oathsworn Miniatures have some really nice looking Sci-Fi Robots funding, but as I jumped in to the Ramshackle Land Train Kickstarter, I decided to pass on this one. I really was not sure what I would use them for, they just look nice…which is a problem in the wargaming hobby, so many nice looking models end up on my painting table but then don’t necessarily get used in a game.


Anvil Industry is another UK based small company producing some great stuff. Their Afterlife Kickstarter ended in October 2014 with nearly 400 backers. This was for a new game, rules, several factions, (unnecessary) dice, counters, the whole lot.

Much as though the figures are very nice, I really don’t need a whole new game system. But by Salute next year, I could be tempted to pick up some individual models like those above…


The Green Alliance from Maxmini also funded in October 2014. This was for a great looking range of WWII American style Orks.

If I was going to resurrect my Cash-hammer 40,000$ Ork army, I could have been tempted, but no.


GTC Studios, the creators of Bushido funded their Rise Of The Kage boardgame on October 2014. I was very tempted by this one as Bushido is a current favourite game.

Luckily for me a friend has pledged into this one so I will get to have a few goes when it delivers.


Andy Foster is one of my favourite sculptors and his Return Of The Monsters Kickstarters funded in September 2014 with over 400 backers.

I have always fancied getting my hands on the massive winged Netherlord, but really, what would I use it for? I resisted.


Wolsung is another of the steampunk games that caught my eye, some great looking miniatures and excellent building options. This funded in July 2014 with nearly 500 backers. I do feel this was quite an expensive project to back so I resisted.

Another friend has pitched into this one, so I will get a go at the game at some time. I will see what I can proxy in for this game.


Regular readers will know that I really like Dust Warfare and so may be surprised to learn that I did not back the Dust Kickstarter.

As I already have a large Allied force and pretty much most of the Axis that I could use, there was no need for me to want to get any more or either force. Could have been tempted with the SSU, but as my Axis army is unpainted, I really didn’t need another unpainted army lying around.

I have manager to pick up a few cheap walkers from eBay and will have to make my own version of the Mickey ARV (above) and the Recon Mickey.


Quite a few of those listed above ended in October and November 2014 and would have put quite a dent in my credit card. I still managed to back several in that period anyway but it could have been so much worse.

What’s On The Table?

Over the last few days, I have been working on the Titan Forge Zeppelins for the steampunk Prussian army that is taking shape very nicely.

These things do need quite a bit of work to get the two halves of the balloon section to go together, in fact the easiest way seems to be to totaly remove what is meant to be the locating ring as it is just in the way – I have marked it in red on one of the sections in the picture below.
The other bits are okay, the engine mechanism and the pilot go together well enough, but I am considering leaving off the pilot and replacing him with something else.
The flying bases that these models come with are also only a couple of inches high, I want these models up much higher so I am making a prototype flying base with 6mm clear plastic/perspex rod. This will mean drilling a 6mm hole in the zeppelins so I had better get it right first time…

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