Monday, 20 October 2014

Rocky Escarpments part 4

Hi Folks

Thanks for following this post. Its been a week now since BLAM finished and what with work, a new regime of fitness training the posts have been a bit thin on the ground.

On the good side..well we did  manage one game last week (Warmaster) and I am running another tonight. Its been great fun playing the old games and if I remember ill take some pictures tonight.

My build on the escarpments has taken a bit of a hit this month so only a small amount of progress to report.

With lots of small bits of cork left over from the big builds I decided that I could use these to build some small outcrops. These are all based on 25cm square boards so will fit with overall base effect I am looking for.

As you can see from the above picture they are all based on a pink foam or polystyrene core with the cork pieces stuck around the edge.

 These are just higher than a 28mm mini.

These small units will allow me to create wadi's and small rises in the ground

 I used these two products in this build. Once the cork pieces were dry I packed the infills with small bits of foam then fille3d and covered using this filler. I allowed three days of drying before liberally covering the units with pva and sand.

I was still dithering on the base colour for all these when I read somewhere about the paint matching service at B&Q. Happy with the way I based my Afrika Korps I decided to see if they could match up the brown GW drab. £49 later a large tin of paint appeared.

So on when the paint - firstly on the flat desert boards

These will all of course get drybrushed and washed down to create the arid landscape I am looking for.

I then started on the cliffs and small outcrops. With these all painted I broke out my new toy - an airbrush and compressor. I used this to give the cliffs there first coat of black primer.

The cliffs on the left have been primed whereas the ones on the right have been untouched. Both boards have had the emulsion base coat.

Here are a few more shots of the small rocks with base paint and cliff primer

I love the way the air brush has tied to together the cliff faces in a uniform way. This will become the favoured implement for painting the cliff faces. Ill work up the face in brown and sand tones and then finish with a quick drybrush.

With over 6 metres of cliff faces to paint this is going to take time so bear with me.

I have also decided that the pyramid and temple will also get the same base treatment so there is still a  long way to go...

until next time

Tuesday, 14 October 2014

BLAM 2014 - The Photo Album (100+ Pictures)


For the past nine months I have had the pleasure of organising BLAM…British Lead Adventurer Meet. Each year a group of like-minded wargamers who frequent the Lead Adventure Forum descend on a particular location for three days of games, topical discussion and of course… beer.

For the past two years the event had been run very successfully by Matakishi but he decided that he wanted to pass on the baton.

Although not an exclusive event we do restrict attendance to those who post regularly on the forums, share advice and tips and of course share a passion in the hobby. The simple caveat for the games on show has to be that they look great (no plain green cloths), the minis are all painted and that the rules are playable, fast moving and above all fun.

Fun is the name of the game and this year was no exception. Plenty of beers were sunk, great tales regaled and imaginative ideas shared.

Knowing that the combination of good transport links, a nearby Travelodge and a function room in a hostelry were all priorities I volunteered my local boozer the Berrylands Pub. With this came the responsibility of coordinating the event. My proposal was readily accepted by the BLAM committee.

Coordinating the venue, transport and accommodation proved very straightforward  and on Friday 10th October the attendees began to appear. Cars and rucksacks all laden with wargaming madness. Many of the projects we had all been watching develop on the forums steadily took shape on the tables in the pub’s backroom.

Guests travelled from afar and included travellers from Eire, Scotland, Denmark, Germany and Sweden. Once issued with their exclusive BLAM T shirt – complete with named back, we were ready to rock and dice roll.

Over three days the event spawned games from the Past to the Future on beautiful and stunning scenic displays. The following montage of photos do not do justice to the quality of games and the dedication put in by the game hosts. Each set of photos has been prefixed with the day of play, their title and of course the games host and designer.

It would appear from the feedback received that this has proved a most popular venue and such the location will most likely be used again next year subject to the room being available. So before I leave you with over 100 pictures of eye candy…roll on 2015 !

The Games Room
Friday Game - Tex Mex versus Royal Navy by Captain Blood & Mamalute

Friday Game - Arabian Adventure by Dewbabuk


Friday Game - Pirates by Hu Rhu

Friday Game - The Angels have Landed (VBCW) - Eric the Shed



Friday Game - Rebel Run/Star Wars by Damas

Sorry Damas only one picture...

Saturday Game - Anarchy Offline by Matakishi 

More of this taken sunday...

Saturday Game - The British are coming - by the Mac Brothers 


Saturday - Pulp Victorian Style by Elk 101

Saturday Game - Upsheet Creek by Mason


Sunday Game - Predators by Eric the Shed

Sunday Game - Anarchy Offline by Matakishi


Sunday Game - Dorset Smugglers by jimbibbly, Dr D'eath & Malamute

Sunday Game - Winter Wreaks Wild  - by Silent Invader

Congratulations and thank you to all those that made this a great weekend

Until next year....