Monday, 25 July 2016
As of today the Shed Wars blog achieved half a million hits !
Since its beginning four and a half years ago in December 2011 I have been proud to share my wargaming passion with the rest of the world. Its been great fun and never in my wildest dreams did I expect to achieve this magical number.
I can only thank each and everyone of my followers, visitors and above all those that have visited the 'Shed' for giving me the inspiration to continue. As always I'll publish the stats in my end of year report.
What I can say is that the content I have created across the last few years over a number of genres and projects continues to draw attention and in part it is this 'library' that is driving these numbers of over 15k hits per month.
If you have been following regularly you will know that I am currently reconfiguring my gaming space - the Shed - to create more space for games, terrain building and new projects. Here's hoping that as I move to the next milestone of 1 million you will all continue to join me on my adventures.
Eric the Shed
Its Monday morning and I am still exhausted. I spent all day yesterday on the shed extension - 14 hours straight but I think that porogress has been significant.
The inside is now all clad and insulated.
The walls and ceilings have all been painted
The lighting is up but not connected
......and most importantly the cut through has taken place...albeit not in the place I intended. More on this in a minute.
If you want to go back to the previous post on this build head here...
As you can see in the above picture the new cabin is looking clean and white. In both this and the photo below the flourescent tube lights have been installed with the cabling attached. This will be connected probably next weekend
In the photo above you can see where I was intending to cut through. The green painted area. The window will be reclaimed to go on the front of the new shed.This area would need to be supported with extra pillars but on this side of the wall we are ready to go.
However the either side had a very large shelving rack which needed to come down. Clearing this took over 30 minutes and the only place all this lot could be stored was on the table..
|How much stuff ???|
Once the shelving unit was down I ripped off the hardboard facing and was confronted by the issue that the central roof beam in the middle shed was supported by the two uprights in the middle of the wall. My plan had taken a change of direction.
You can see this dilemma in the picture below. You can also see that the entry between the two sheds now lies to the right rather than the centre. The window has been removed and this space will be filled.
Cutting through was relatively straight forward with a jig saw. There are still some bits needed to be done with framing but otherwise the jobs a good un...
Next up building a SHED WITHIN THE SHED..or where I lose some of this space to Mrs Shed...
part 10 can be found here
Friday, 22 July 2016
part 3 here
|100's of them....|
|Different Shield for each unit|
As you can see from the pictures below of the first unit I painted they are not brilliant but en masse they look fantastic. Each regiment (30 figures) has a different shield facing.
|Not the best paint job but they will do|
Over the next few days I'll finish painting up my ceremonial unit (the guys call have headresses) and paint up the Indunas (Leaders) which were sourced from Black Tree Designs and the freebies that came with the big Zulu War Army boxes. These will all be mounted on 80mm discs from Warbases.
As of today the 360 Zulus you can see has taken just under 4 weeks to complete - who says a horde can't be rapidly produced.
Pat 5 - The finished Zulu Army here
Monday, 18 July 2016
This weekend saw a little bit more progress on the shed extension. Its now time to insulate the building !
previous update here
A quick trip down to B&Q to purchase large sheets of polystyrene and 7 sheets of hardboard to clad the inside of the roof.
Not surprisingly 4ft x 8ft sheets of hardboad and polystyrene are not going to go into the back of my wifes XC90 so I took advantage of the cutting service in the store to get all the boards cut to the desired length. I kept all the off cuts as these will be useful for future terrain builds.
The polystyrene had to be broken up in to pieces just to fit them into the car.
The roof as you see in the picture above has had the poly stuff forced into the rafters. Its 4.5cm thick so should provide plenty of insulation in the winter.
Over the poly I added the hardboards. These were fixed with standard screws and I used some of my 25mm washers to give the fixings greater strength. Having put up two boards I realised that it would be more practical to paint the others outside before fixing. Hence why some are white and some are brown. Eventually all the roof and walls inside the shed will be white.
Some unpainted and painted boards....
AS you can see from the picture below the cabin is now full of white polystyrene beads.
By the end of this week I should have the ceiling completely finished. Ill then start on the walls.
part 9 can be found here
Friday, 15 July 2016
I am sure that I have mentioned this in previous posts that I have agreed not to use the stats for the Parliamentarian New Model Army until next year.
Once again we used the card deck to determine the composition of the sides. Each side drew 21 units and could use a general and a upto four officers.
The Royalists under the command of Hopton fielded
1 Commanded Shotte
4 Regular Cavalry
4 Artillery Pieces
Facing them were the Parliamentarians commanded by Waller who had at his disposal
1 Commanded Shotte
2 Regular Cavalry
4 Artillery Pieces
|Densham Common - the village is top right, farm to left centre|
|Parliament Centre with Cavalry Screen|
|Not a lot happened in the centre|
|Rebel forces await the horses....|
|The brave rebel gun in the lane|
|The shattered Royalist cavalry|
|Royalist forces attack the rebels|
|The Parliament Pikes advance|
|Parliamentarian Cavalry swing across the right wing|
A great game and the tide is turning for Parliament...
Until next time
Wednesday, 13 July 2016
Just a simple post this time and a quick update on the progress I have been making with my colonial wars project.
Part 2 can be found here
|270 Zulus in various stages of painting|
In time I'll select some of the plastic ones and purchase a few metals to create the Indunas (Bosses). These will be mounted in much the same way that I did my ECW commanders on round bases.
|Finished Zulus - all the bases will be done at the same time along with the movement trays - apologies not the best picture|
As a footnote I realised that I needed a storage solution for these guys - a quick hunt on ebay revealed these plastic trays 10 for £27.00
These are perfect for 28mm figures - the depth is around 5cm and each tray is robust enough with its lid on to support a stack of trays. The trays themselves can hold 66 figures on movement trays.
|A4 Box with lid|
On a final footnote whilst clearing away the sprues from the constructed Zulus it stuck me that the volume of wasted plastic was criminal. In a world where resources are becoming scarcer by the day I really do feel that the games companies should consider this waste. Either by reducing the spruie count and adding more bodies to the sprues or alternatively promoting ways that these sprues can be used in an alternative manner. For example it would be great if the sprues themselves could be embossed with a brick pattern so walls could be constructed from the waste.
More to come very soon
Part 4 here
Tuesday, 12 July 2016
Just a small update with regards to the progress on the new shed extension. This weekend was focussed on getting the building weatherproofed and included...
1. completing the felt roofing - done (and no I did not fall off the roof)
2. Filling in the space where the two sheds meet - done
3. Building the door and hanging this - done
and whilst the paint pot was out I decided to paint the old shed so in what in keeping with the new
The 'new' extended shed now runs a total of 39 feet in length.
Up next will be to insulate the building and sort out the electrics
part 8 here
More to come soon...
Sunday, 3 July 2016
Exciting news today. The erection of the shed has taken place !
Previous part here...
This has been a very busy weekend which started on Friday evening. It was imperative to get the floorboards down on friday so once my trusty wargaming chums came round we could get the walls and roof up.
So in between rain squalls (a sad feature of saturday as well) the tongue and groove deck went down,. It looked great and was very solid.
Saturday arrived - too many jobs to do...
1. Take daughter to Heathrow so she can go gallivanting round the Bahamas for two weeks
2. Do the weekend shopping anfd food for saturday night (Mrs Shed wont go into supermarkets)
3. Mow the lawn
4. Clear the rest of the garden (it is still suffering from the 60 vodka swilling adolescents at my sons 16th birthday party)
5 buy final shed supplies from B&Q
2pm - my band of happy helpers arrived - A big thank you to Charley, Rolf, John and Mark.Without there help I would not have been able to get this thing up.
The following photos are some of the build shots and construction details
By the end of Saturday the walls were up and the roof was part finished. At 6pm we knocked it on the head for the beers and bbq.....
Sunday morning - nursing a small hangover but the new shed calls
Priority was to strengthen the roof and get the felt down. This time I was working alone (Shedson was around to hold the ladder) and progress was slow. Around 3pm I not only smashed up my finger but almost fell off the roof. I decided I was too tired to carry on and cleared up.
Fingers crossed the weather will be kind to me over the next couple of evenings and i'll get the building weatherproofed.
The shed is bigger than imagined - a great deal taller than the old one and appears to be very strong.
Once its all weatherproofed up I'll cut through into the old building....
Part 7 can be found here