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A Month Of Posts

I managed a whole month of posts in January, all down to the fact that I had a very busy Christmas and New Year period building loads of models that had been in my backlog.

I do not intend to that again!

The trick now is to stick to the undercoating and painting priorities and make some progress in the coming weeks to finish some new stuff.

Over the next few weeks, the immediate plan is to paint a unit of Lannisters followed by something else until all the Lannisters are done. Then I can replan again…

Toons Tank

This seemed like a good idea when I bought this online, I thought the Toons style design was quite fun and might work as a steampunk tank, but now I am not so sure. This Meng Toons King Tiger is more likely to work as a Weird War II tank.

The model itself took a few minutes to build, really not very many parts.

The tracks are soft rubber so they can actualy work, but I do not want that, so I have glued the wheels in place.

When it came to painting, I originally did a green and brown cammo pattern with my airbrush but I did not like it. So I went back and did a dark gray that I will highlight a bit.

Return Of The Tyranids

After many years in The Loft Full Of Lead, the Tyranids returned to the table for a game of 8th Edition.

As this is an army of mostly models from the last century (!), it was mostly Troop choices with only a few HQ and one Screamer-Killer.
There were plenty of Genestealers, mostly the original plastic Space Hulk models, but a few lead ones thrown in for good measure.

Thirty Termagants were the speed bump and rather amazingly, lots survived until the end of the game.

Tyranids sure are fast, it did not take long to get into melee and start to do some damage.

The game took a while to play as there were 80+ Tyranid models and they take a while to move each turn. It did not help that I had to keep reading the rules in a vain attempt to remember all of their special abilities and buffs.

It was good fun to bring out some old models again, I am glad I did not get rid of them years ago.

Last Days

Osprey’s Last Days is a great Zombie game, a few bands of survivors battling against each other and any random undead attracted by the noise.

Mad Lemmey’s ruined Petrol Station from TT Combat is a great centre piece to set up a board around.

In this game we had several gangs coming from different edges to grab some swag and make off back to their bases.
I really need to get some proper survivor models rather than the random assortment of figures I am using, Hasslefree do a great range, Mad Lemmey has a nice selection including (below) a kid with dustbin lid and club, a Kev with an axe and PC Dibble.

And don’t get me started on his Young Ones models, a set of which he very kindly painted and presented to me some time ago!

Ultrasonic Baby!

One of the many dangers of watching YouTube is that you think something someone else has done is a good idea and you decide to give it a go. I was looking for alternative ways of getting the paint off models and there were several references to ultrasonic cleaners.

These things are cheaper than you would think at £20 on eBay. Methylated spirits seems to be the stuff of choice to remove paint and so far the results have been pretty good. So I bought one…

The first model zapped was a really old beakie Imperial Space Marine from the multi part box set from way back in 1988 I think…

It took a bit of extra scubbing with a tooth brush in a bowl of warm water, but it has come out rather well.

The next batch going in are some old Space Wolf Terminators and a number of 1980’s lead Space Marines with various weapons and wargear.

Prussian Exo-Armour

In preparation for a large Steam Wars game, I had to finish off my latest Bob Olley Exo-Armour Scrunts from his recent Kickstarter.

I painted these up in the same dark blue to match the rest of the infantry, but these had loads more gun metal on the extensive armour!

With a total of ten models from the Kickstarter, I was able to organise three units of three models for Steam Wars and have one spare to be used as a Hero.

For a little more variety, I changed two close combat weapons, one on the Hero and one regular trooper.

I hope that these are the last models I will be adding to the Prussian Scrunts as there really are quite a lot of them now.

Trench System

trench1I hate to admit it, but several years ago I bought a brilliant trench system from Kalistra…and then did nothing with it.

This is a modular system that will easily stretch the width of a four foot table. I want to add some more balsa planking to the duckboards and make it a bit more messy.

So having finally bought a compressor for my airbrush, I feel that I can have a go at painting it up so we can try some plan some storm the trenches games for Bolt Action, Konflikt 47, Dust and Steam Wars.