Thursday, 21 March 2019

Empire At War 15mm Villa - update and a correction

Oops - missed the shutters on the smaller building :D
I have two of the three main buildings finished.

There's a bit of a tale here: I took them to club a couple of Mondays ago, since I didn't have a game and figured I could do a bit of work on then. Like an idiot, while loading up the car to come home, I dropped one of the buildings in the carpark,. where the not-as-stable-as-I-hoped glue joints gave and it scattered under my car in about half a dozen pieces.

To my considerable annoyance, when I got home I found out that I'd missed one or two bits in my fumble in the dark.

There's no problem with the roof - I just set it
down all skew-whiff :D
After working on a few other things (like going to C2C :D) I eventually got round to placing an order for a replacement with Empires at War. Very prompt delivery. Finally got around to working on it again yesterday, and the important thing I should note in light of a criticism in my earlier review is they have, sometime since I bought the first one, fixed the internal floors to fit. Very snugly,. but they do fit.

The process, then. Assemble except for the shutters. Use artists texture paste to plaster the walls. It's kind of like Polyfilla but a little smoother - I'll probably stuck with the latter for 28mm buildings but this is superb for 15mm as the texture is a bit finer. Then a layer of AP Skeleton Bone, or the equivalent shade in a tester pot of emulsion, then a fairly heavy dry brush in white. 

I'm becoming a fan of this.
I discovered by accident a handy trick for the latter - I squeezed some AP White out onto my palette (a spare Pringles lid) in a relatively thin layer, and got called away by my wife for about half an hour. When I got back it was still wet enough to pick up on the brush, but tacky enough to almost dry brush with without having to do the whole "pick up paint, wipe off" routine. 

That done, paint shutters, affix them, and then ink wash the pantiles. A little warning here - the plastic pantiles have two ways up. One is wrong. Ask me how I know. :D

Still have the middle building to rebuild (after its late night mishap) and the outer walls: I think I'll find some thin Plasticard or something to base it all on once done. 

Wednesday, 20 March 2019

Miller's Tale 6 take two (work in progress)...

After not very much listening, I junked Sunday's abortive attempt (because it was pants) and had another go, this time fortified by tea and cake and actually having made some more detailed notes first!

It's not done - I'm up to 40+ minutes plus after mailbag, hobby news and catching up. Even with editing, I'm debating which of about three candidate opinion pieces is going to fit in the space, and then sit down and write notes for it, which is the plan for the rest of the evening with another cuppa. I have a deal with myself not to run past the hour mark, so...

Also spent a bit of the day tarting up some MDF buildings, which you'll probably get to see when finished tomorrow.

Tuesday, 19 March 2019

More 15mm Italy

(apologies, no pictures but the phone's flat!)

Did some more work on the Empires at War Mediterranean Villa - one new and slightly annoying discovery is that the exterior wall caps are too long unless you fit them on the outside of the wall, which just seems wrong.

Otherwise, all going together pretty well. Debating how to texture the walls at the moment. 

Monday, 18 March 2019

Not really a Battle Report - March 18 2019 - IABSM "Kampfgruppe Stenmark"

Can't give away the details, as folks may well be playing this in a couple of weekends time. but suffice it to say I got the halftracks finished (without damaging that blasted bedstead aerial) as well as the Fiesler Storch objective marker and a British jeep.

Things you never think to ask when assembling a jeep - were WW2 British jeeps right-hand-drive? Turns out the answer is no, but I'd stupidly put a driver with a wheel in both front seats, so I had to over paint one with quite thick white so he looked like he was holding papers.

Anyway. Picture gallery without commentary for now. Other than to note that that's one of the best by-the-drill-manual uses of the British 2" mortar firing smoke I think I've seen on an IABSM table.

Sunday, 17 March 2019

Some half tracks - yes, I actually did some modelling today...

... in amid the domestic chaos that is usual on a Sunday.

Three PSC SdKfz 250/9's - that's the recce version with the 20mm cannon in a turret. Dead easy to put together - typical nice PSC kit, very hard to get wrong.

One Flames of War SdKfz 250/5 - that's the 'Rommel' command blister. Resin and metal, and absolutely bloody horrible to work on. The tracks didn't fit without some pretty ruthless application of a file, and the bedstead aerial requires you to be capable of microsurgery, as far as I can tell. As I grumbled on Twitter at the time:
   To add insult to injury I dropped two of the stanchions on the floor somewhere during the third and fourth attempts to get everything to stick, and completely lost them, so two of them are actually thin bits of MDF. For future reference, a cheap UHU clone and lots of patience actually works better then superglue + accelerator.

That said, they're all now undercoated with AP Desert Yellow (my goto Dunkelgelb/Mittelstien) ready for a quick camo job tomorrow lunchtime. I should also note that unlike, say, PSC and FoW Shermans, they are pretty much exactly the same length to the millimetre.

Saturday, 16 March 2019

Today I recorded...

...well, about half a podcast.

I'm not 100% sure if I'm happy with it, so I may toss it and have another go when I've listened to it tomorrow - mostly just being out of practice and working without notes, which for some reason didn't work out as well as it usually does.

Either that or I just need more tea and cake. The wife is baking as I type, so we'll see :D

Spent a chunk of the day watching rugby (ouch!) and continuing to compile a background bibliography for Dux Britanniarum, as well as reading The Great Pendragon Campaign which...

Wow. Talk about ambitious. It's an 80+ year, 400+ page campaign book that basically takes three generations of PCs from about the time of the birth of Arthur till the last battle with Mordred, at roughly a session per campaign year. Obviously it's based on the Geoffrey of Monmouth / Malory / Tennyson Arthurian myth, which makes it not much use as a reference for Dux, but it is just a stunning piece of work.

Which sets me to idly wondering... would the Dux setting work for an RPG? Or does the fact that everyone playing in that kind of setting probably wants and expects 'real' magic rather spoil it?

Friday, 15 March 2019

TGIF, web rabbit holes, and a request...

Definitely a pizza (Domino's new chicken/chorizo is well tasty) and TV night tonight. But I did get about an hour of Compendium work in, in dribs and drabs, over lunch and before Anne got home. 

Going to have to spend a little time over the weekend redoing the base table layout diagram for the new Raids, as weirdly it seems to render differently on my two Macs, both of which are running the same version of MacOS, the same version of Pages and have, as far as I can tell, the same fonts installed. 

Picked up a copy of the Pendragon RPG - yes, I am aware that it's very knight-in-armour Mallory/Tennyson Arthuriana, but friends of mine used to play it at Uni, and I'm interested in browsing it for the mythic elements - it's that 'what do people believe?' thing again. Fell into a bunch of Google rabbit holes while doing that, of which a couple were worth keeping: 
  • The Dark Ages Britannia site has a huge six miles to the hex map of 5th Century Britain in various formats, which you can even download an editable version of, if you have Hexographer;
  • Howard Wiseman's site has a historical look at Arthur and some comparative reviews of some Arthurian fiction. He's biased towards the more historical ones, too, which is good.
About then I figured that adding a bibliography to the Compendium was a good idea. So I made a start.

Which leads me to this, then: if you have suggestions about good books about the Dux Britanniarum setting, let me know. I probably have the obvious ones (and I won't be including John Morris' "Age of Arthur" (not the WAB supplement) :D).
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