Friday, 27 May 2011

Return of the drop ship

Remember this...

Well I've started to play around with the CAD model again with the idea of turning it into a laser cut kit rather than a resin one. I'm looking to make the central pod detachable so the engine pods and the cockpit will attach to a frame and the extruded oval shape will form the "pod". All held together by magnets. Laser cutting the pods means that the walls can be made quite thin which in turn allows for a detachable pod roof with a hollow interior you can actually fit figures and vehicles in. I'm imagining opening Pod doors, exit ramps, internal seating

The cockpit lends itself really well to the laser cutting technique as its slab sided and just a complex 'box'. The rest of the model is a bit curvy though. I think I could do the spine and frame but it might be easier in other materials. Likewise the engine nacelles might be better resin cast.

Comments welcomed.

Also, I've been asked about selling the old crow modular helipad that I had made.

For those of you too young to remember this project from the dawn of time, it is based on an Old Crow chassis (Scout Outrider) not provided.

If there is any demand I'll happily get kits made. What do you think?

Monday, 23 May 2011

Conical Roof Components

I'm now selling the components for you to make our own 75mm diameter Conical Roofs. These are the same roofs as are incorporated into the Pryn-Gul Tower and the Haft-Oob Stables kits, but without the cut outs.

The kit comprises two sheets of laser cut styrene in 1mm and 0.5mm thicknesses plus the necessary tubing to support the apex and create a flag pole.

Ideal for your own scratch build projects, the style matches the laser cut Rustic Shingles kits I already sell.

The kit is now available in my store and is shipping immediately at the price of £3.50

Dairy Lea?

A potential new model made from a heightened Dairy Lea Cheese box. I'm playing around with how to have an offset conical roof incorporating a balcony. This is as far as I got.

As always, this would be detailed with beam work, and entrance door, windows and a few other bits and pieces...

For those of you unaware of the chemical goodness that is cheese triangles here in the UK...
And it seems that LAughing Cow boxes are the same size...


Comments welcomed.

Sunday, 22 May 2011

Have I Overdone it?

As I have previously posted, I'm more of a figure buyer than a painter or gamer. I think I may just have proved it again.

Those of you with long memories may remember the start of my Hasslefree miniatures Grymn army, complete with Old Crow vehicles. I simply adore both ranges and think they go brilliantly together.

One problem I have though is I don't actually plan a force. I tend o buy some figures, then buy some vehicles to go in them, then realise I've over bought vehicles, so over buy figures to fill them... And so on.

I think I may have done it again. I have order arriving imminently from Old Crow which will bring my total vehicle list to:

1 Halberd Assault Gun - tracked
3 Gladius Medium Tank - tracked (2 tank turret, 1missile)

1 Claymore Heavy APC - wheeled (Support turret)
4 Glaive Medium APC - tracked (2 cannon, 1 missile, 1 command)

1 Slingshot multipurpose AFV - wheeled (tank turret)
3 Trojan Light APC - wheeled (2 cannon, 1 missile)

3 Gecko scouts (1 pickup)
1 Goanna scout (missile)

3 Provider transport truck - wheeled
3 Provider trailers - wheeled (mobile landing deck, lorry body or missile options) *these are outrider scout chassis with my own bodies attached

1 Raven gunship
1 Crow Infantry/Cargo lander

I do have around 100 Grymn but I just know that:
a) I'll buy more (especially if/when Hasslefree release more.
b) I'll probably need more to fill the vehicles

In addition I also have my eye on some more trucks and support vehicles, the SansomRecovery Vehicle, and surprisingly I don't have any of the outrider scout cars yet! Oh, and you can't have ONE lander can you? You need enough to get your whole force mobile, so you need enough gunships and fliers to protect them... Obvious really.

Am I locked in a never ending wallet busting cycle?

Friday, 20 May 2011

Old Crow Review

If you're thinking of buying old crow vehicles (and I would encourage you to do so) then go have a look at the review over on TableTopperHarley

A great detailed review of the products, and kindly uses one of my painted pictures from a couple of years ago. Apparently my painting is "awesome"-no I didn't pay him! {blushes}

I didn't dare tell him I might repaint them as I'm waiting on a new old crow order and I want a different camo colour to match my new gamin board.

You never know I might even paint some grymn too!

EDIT: you should also check out the review at

Thursday, 19 May 2011


I'm looking to add to the rage of building kits with a couple of simple house styles. The idea is to use one kit with a few options to create a lot of flexibility for the modeller.

These are based on a McDonalds McFlurry Ice cream cup (its the ONLY reason i went into McDonalds - shudder).  Three different roof designs and three different doors give a range of options.

I would include in the kit enough beam work and windows so that the models fit in with the same style as the others.

Also by applying pillars similar to those on the watchtower you can also do this:

Wednesday, 18 May 2011

A Wizard Did It!

During my hunt for inspiring pictures for fantasy terrain, I came across this picture. I says everything I dislike about the fantasy genre!

Even in fantasy, I like my worlds to have some internal consistency, application of physics and common sense.

Watchtower instructions

Apologies for the delay, but the overdue Benan Watchtower assembly instructions are now available online.

Sorry to all those who bought the kit at Salute 2011 for the delay.  Feedback is always welcome on the kits and instructions.

Sunday, 15 May 2011

More inspirational pictures

I always loved the modular Pardulon buildings and was sad to see them discontinued. However I notice they have started up again...

If you don't like these you have no soul!

Thursday, 12 May 2011

More inspirational pictures

I liked the look of these buildings n want to get a little of the feel into my next models.
Picture from

Tuesday, 10 May 2011


 I've been playing around with some possible basic shapes for a new model, or perhaps an addition to the Pryn-Gul tower. The future is hexagonal I tell ya! I've tired to provide some random element by offsetting the cylinder of the tower to the hexagon, so its off centre. My thoughts would be to have the kit so it could be assembled either with a pointy roof (pic1), OR with the tower continuing through the slope of the hexagonal roof (pic 3)

What do you think?

Thursday, 5 May 2011

Pryn-Gul Tower back in stock.

The original Pryn-Gul Tower kit is now back in stock and can be ordered from the store.