Wednesday, 13 December 2017

Cardboard buildings from Metcalfe

The Metcalfe Factory situated in Oosterbeek just before a lot of paras appear.
My pals Koen, Thomas and Daniel staged a participation game of Chain of Command at Smashcon the other week. I was fully occupied with gaming with my son David during that day (and with daughter Johanna the next) so the only thing I did for that game was to bring some houses, among them a cardboard factory I made several years ago.
Another view of Oosterbeek
That got me thinking of those unbuilt kits from Metcalfe that were hidden in the bottom of my mini-mountain of terrain-pieces.
The rest of the Factory
I got the remaining building from the 00/H0 Small Factory box and also 00 Water Tower and Sand House. They are really excellent stuff, easy and fast to build.

Sand House
I will probably use pigments to dirty them up a bit, but I prefer to do that outside as it is rather messy and we’ve just got a lot of snow here so that will have to wait.
Water Tower

Saturday, 9 December 2017

Dig Hill 80: Excavating an Endangered WW1 Battlefield

My pal Thomas pointed me to a project that is dear to my heart, namely an archaeological dig of a German WWI strongpoint
They, a very professional team, have reached out on Kickstarter to get funds for a dig before the plot of land is used for housing or whatnot.
If you’re in any way interested in Military History then this is an excellent way to contribute.

Do check it out, and, if you have the funds, consider backing this really important project.

All photos © Simon Verdegem and used with permission.

Friday, 8 December 2017

Crowdfunding Watch – 3D-printing – Fantasy, SF, a tavern and bases

A large crop of diverse kickstarters for fans of 3D-printing this week

A surprising amount of adventures seem to start in a tavern, and here is a chance to get one.
£15 gives you the modular tavern and higher pledge levels fill it with furniture and more.
Give your adventurers the start they deserve with this building.
This KS ends on January 13 2018

Hayland Terrain is back with another kickstarter; this time fantasy-themed.
You’ll get files for a mine, temple, tombs, walls and stretch-goals comprising tents, a lumber mill and more.
Many scenery-pieces can be used in other settings, Wild West springs to mind.
Well worth a look.
This KS ends on December 19 2017.

Off into space and maybe to a mining station on a far-away planet.
Pipes, vats, walls, landing pads and more is to be found in this kickstarter.
A good starting point for your off-Earth adventures.
This KS ends on January 18 2017

ESLO is back on the 3D-printing scene, and this time with a bunch of scenic bases.
Pick one or several themes and print away.
A cheap and easy way of getting all the bases you would ever need.
This KS ends on January 7 2018

That's it for this week. Happy printing!

All photos and illustrations © Hobgoblin 3D, Hayland Terrain, Andrew Askedall and ESLO respectively and used with permission.

Wednesday, 6 December 2017

More scenery from Zealot

I haven't had much time to paint during the last week or so, due to a gaming con during the weekend, a new job and life getting in the way.
Unholy Portal with a transparent red portal insert in the middle.
Anyway, here are a couple of scenery-pieces from Zealot that I finished a couple of days ago.
I'll hopefully get an hour or so at the painting table this evenening. There are a lot of stuff needing paint.

Friday, 1 December 2017

Crowdfunding Watch – 3D-printing – an arena game and minis

First off this week is Teledrome, an arena game that is fully printable.
You print the minis and arena on your 3D-printer and all rules, character cards and what-not on an ordinary, old-school, 2D-printer. Only add dice.
It’s all yours for $20 (or 25 if you want the stretch goals). Well worth a look.
This KS ends on December 27 2017.

It is what it says on the can.
Really nice minis, I especially like the banshee and sheet ghost.
£5 gets you the stl-files for one minis, and £30 gets you the whole bunch, including a big demon.
If you think this 3D-print business is too much work then there is an option to buy the already printed minis in a special pledge.
These are mainly for resin-printers but it would be interesting to see how well they print on a good filament-printer.
This KS ends on December 30.


All photos and illustrations © Ill Gotten Games and Medusa Miniatures respectively and used with permission.

Thursday, 30 November 2017

Sadie and Kat from Hasslefree

 Two modern females from Hasslefree, one of my favourite companies.
Kat
They’ve been assembled but unpainted for far too long (probably bought Kat about 10 years ago by now) and it was about time they got some time on the painting table, together with two Hasslefree-males that I still work on.

Sadie
Really nice minis, as always when Kev White sculpts them. 

Tuesday, 28 November 2017

Conan: Thalis and Skuthus

The final two characters from the Conan core box are finally done.
Skuthus is necromancer and the name is from one of Howards’ drafts and not official, IIRC.
Thalis is actually another baddie, but in the stories she was killed by a demon, so Conan didn’t have to do the dirty work himself.
In-game they will, off course, both die horribly by the hand of Conan. Goes without saying, really.

Now I only have some 20 minis left to paint in the core-box, and then it will head for the club. 
Did I say "only"...