Tuesday, 29 November 2011

Feast of cylinders...

Picture curtesy of Taelen from the Twilight Forums

Featuring a pair of furbarnii desperately emptying cylindrical snack containers to allow them to build wargaming terrain! :)

Thank you Taelen!

Thursday, 24 November 2011

Start shopping for Xmas

Look what's hit the shops in the UK for Christmas. Buy now, keep the tubs...!

Sunday, 20 November 2011

Now that's a paint job!

Soon to be released Grymn (space dwarf) Admiral from Hasslefree Miniatures, painted by the obscenely talented Iacton over on the Forum of Doom Here.

I notice from my followers list that there are a number of people joined now that are NOT war-gamers or role-players or even painters of toy soldiers, and you may be a little non-plussed by what you are doing here, tempted as you were by pictures of fairy castles and wizard towers made out of Pringles tubes... So, just to get this in context the figure beneath measures just 22mm from sole of foot to top of head.

I'm just off now to snap my brushes...

Friday, 18 November 2011

Oddly tempting illogical walker thingie...

Despite my entirely logical, well reasoned, dislike of anthropomorphised robots, I feel strangely drawn to this walker made by hassle free miniatures...

And the dismounted Grymn (space dwarf) pilot...

Sunday, 13 November 2011


I went to the International Plastic Modellers Society (IPMS) show at Telford yesterday and had a good couple of hours wandering around the models. I'm not really interested in the WW2 and modern aircraft and armour, but there were a few sic-fi models on display.

Bargain of the day was picking up an AMT model of NC1701E for just £14.99 rather than the £35 retail price tag.

Never made a Star Trek kit before, but I now find myself wanting all of them!

Another highlight was my son buying his first model kits. An Airfix Tornado GR1 (because Daddy used to work on it) and a Alligator Russian helicopter kit (because it looked cool). work on the tornado began this afternoon around the kitchen table, pictures later.

Finally I also discovered the Berna Multiclamps. These are by far the most useful "extra pair of hands" I've ever owned, simple precise and incredible versatile. Thoroughly recommended!

They are available under the Model Craft Brand (PCL8710/2). I bought two pairs (large and small), but they're so good that I want more!

Sunday, 6 November 2011

Just saw these

... and thought they might make good Grymn drones/remotes. They're actually from infinity.

Bargain Bucket

It's been a while since I did any work on my laser cut styrene building models, mostly due to work life being astronomically busy.

However, inspiration (and indigestion) struck yesterday, in the form of this...

By heck it's big though!

What do you think...
Town hall?
Warehouse/grain store?
Engineers guild building?
Manor house?

Views and comments welcome.

Saturday, 5 November 2011

I never thought I'd say this...

Those of you who bother to read my infrequent and rambling rants will know I have a logical detest of walking robots in sic-fi, or any other genre for that matter.

I won't go into the very rational mechanical and economilitaristic arguments here, suffice to say I'm right and the rest of you are wrong.

However I've always admitted that SOME walker robots look cool, but I've never found one I would actually buy.

Until now.

This is a wip of a Grymn walker from hassle free miniatures.... And it's calling me. I might actually buy one... Or two.

Saturday, 22 October 2011

Patience is a virtue I can't afford

In the depths of my seemingly bottomless obsession with the scifi dwarfs (Grymn) from Hasslefree miniatures, I sometimes find myself lost in thought of "what might be". This kind of reverie is nourishing for the soul, however of much greater disturbance are those "things that almost are". Figures that we know, and have known for some time, are already in design.

I refer you to these...

And, whilst it feels a little churlish to mention it yet again but after a five year wait I don't think it's too unfair... This...

Another inspirational picture

Yes, I know I've not posted for months. Work has been a little crazy.

But I saw this and despite it's cartoonishness liked the terrain idea.

Sunday, 28 August 2011

New logo for World of Twilight

Yes, I know it's been a while since I posted, but I have been very busy at work.

Meanwhile my good friend Mike Thorpe has been busy creating some new graphics for his World of Twilight game.

Tuesday, 21 June 2011

Yet More Inspirational Buildings

Sadly these are 15mm not 28 mm but the style is artful, cartoonish and a little spooky

Not in production yet, these are from blue moon manufacturing

Sunday, 12 June 2011

Not on my battlefield - II

Ok, so 14 figures on a CD base was wildly optimistic, considering I can only just get the tank chassis on here ... What was I thinking. So I'll have to come up with an alternate base idea.

Anyway I started kit bashing the Macross Attack Tomahawk. I wanted to remove the long arms and make the torso squatter, and I decided to double up the guns. These are held on with plasticine right now, but a little placard and they will be moveable and posable.

Can you tell what I'm doing yet?

Saturday, 11 June 2011

Wow, just WOW!

New greens, grymn officers from Hasslefree Miniatures. I like these a lot!

More than a lot.

I now NEED them for my diorama!

Wednesday, 8 June 2011

"Not on MY battlefield!" - I

This is a diorama that I had the idea for when I did the "Do you think he'll notice?" diorama wayyyyy back in 2009 for the Diorama of Doom IV competition over on the Forum Of Doom.

Anyway the working title for this Diorama is ...

Not on MY battlefield!"

Starting with this from old crow.

From Heresy Miniatures, Bob and Dave - the line markers from my last diorama will be making a reappearance as scrap metal merchants having been sacked for gross incompetence.

Bob and Dave will be joined by

And from Hasslefree miniatures:

The following Grymn will also be in appearance:

And finally from Antenociti's workshop

Hmmm thats 15 figures - Might be a little too much, but i like to make the scenes quite compact. the whole lot is going on a CD sized base and will have quite a lot of height.

Plus resin pieces from Fenris games the bits box and a load of Evergreen plastic and this:

Lastly I had to overcome a certain amount of revulsion and prejudice to buy these two kits. As those of you who know my feelings on anthropomorphised automata you'll understand the effort this took

Yes, thats right I have bought Giant walking robot kits... Shudder!

Progress will be slow...Wish me luck.