Wednesday, December 21, 2011
It is cheaply designed, being molded in one piece, and having all the windows represented by stickers. But it could easily be fixed up with a good paint job. It has no designated scale, but measures approximately 9 inches long, and looks okay to me next to the Wargames Factory Zombies shown below.
Tuesday, December 6, 2011
I needed ten snowball throwers to make a GASLIGHT unit, and was lucky enough when fellow HAWK Don Hogge gave me four of his to complete my 10 man unit.
So, since the con I've been busy painting them and have just finished the set of six original snowball throwing kids.
Wednesday, November 30, 2011
I first clipped the hanging ring off of the top end. Then I cut the icicles in half into uneven lengths using a hack saw. I cut them at an angle so they would lean out in random directions when based. I then glued the cut halves onto rough circles I had cut from foamcore. Finally I textured the bases with Woodland Scenics snow.
I'm very pleased how they came out, and I think I will also try making a few and spray painting them and then painting them up like rocky spires for more conventional Sci-Fi and Fantasy games.
Wednesday, November 23, 2011
The models are mostly cast in resin, with the turrets being cast in metal. There was a bit of flash, especially on the frigates which needed to be cut away.
I began by spraying everything with a flat black primer and then drybrushing with GW Chainmail to bring out the details in the metal work. The details sculpted into these models are amazing, and really lend themselves to drybrushing. The decking was done with Americana Khaki Tan with a GW Devlan Mud Wash.
I am currently painting the Kingdom of Britannia Fleet, and will post pictures of it when I am done.
Monday, November 14, 2011
Last Saturday, November 12th, the HAWKs (Harford Area Weekly Kriegspielers)began work on their 2nd Annual Armies-For-Kids project. The purpose of the club's annual project is to give away free armies to kids, in an attempt to help grow the hobby. The initial project was launched last year, after the club received a sizable donation of unpainted 25mm American War of Independence figures from the Wally Simon estate, with the simple request that the club see the figures got into the hands of kids. The HAWKs then held several painting bees to paint the hundreds of donated figures. The results of last years project was the presentation of painted opposing armies, as well as a gift bag of terrain and playing aids, to 8 children who participated in specially designated kids games at Historicon '11.
This year, the club is working on a Seven Years War project based on the generous donation of 15mm figures from Robert Piepenbrink, as well as the donations of additional SYW figures from Erik Engling, and Ed Mohrmann. The club has been aided this year by some financial donations from folks who generously gave the club money at Historicon, and the painting support of John Spiess, who offered to paint two of the giveaway armies for us.
Last Saturday, eleven members of the HAWKs got together to begin work on painting the armies for this year's giveaway. These armies will be presented to kids at Historicon 2012.
For additional information contact me at CNJPalmer@aol.com
For details on last year's project see: http://bucksurdu.com/blog/?p=541
Monday, October 31, 2011
A couple hours after it started. Folks heading over to the dealers hall.
Early afternoon, and it's starting to cover everything.
Mid afternoon and it's really piling up.
The Parrotmen's pet dinosaur moves to cross the river.
A unit of Parrotmen and one of Lizardmen try to come to grips with the French invaders.
Another one of the Saturday morning games,Buck Surdu's 'Look, Sarge, The French are Counter-attacking', using the Look,Sarge, No Chart: WWII rules.
Another view of the table.
Also, running Saturday morning was Greg Priebe and Todd Harland-White's, 'Dr Who: Victoria Hawkes and the Steel Menace' game. This game turned out to be a real crowd pleaser, with lots of bad impressions and classic dialogue exchanged during the action.
After the game, I had lunch and then went shopping in the dealers hall and flea market and got lots of goodies. In the afternoon, I set up my evening LSNC:WWII game, 'Look, Sarge, the Germans are Rafting on our River", but was disappointed when only two gamers showed up to play. I was able to find them a spot in Eric Schlegel's LSNC: ACW game, 'Look, Sarge, It's the Hornet's Nest', at the next table over, and I too took a command as this game was short of players s well.
Friday evening's 'Look, Sarge, It's the Hornets Nest' game. Players got to take command at the battle of Shiloh using "A Union So Tested" (Look, Sarge, No Charts: ACW) rules.
A Union Division tries to form up as Confederates launch a surprise attack.
The battlelines drawn up around Shiloh Church.
Meanwhile, Buck Surdu had a full compliment of gamers for his 'Captain America by GASLIGHT' game. In this scenario, Captain America and a group of commandos need to blow up as many secret weapons as possible in a heavily defended Hydra military base.
Buck Surdu advises a player, during the Captain America game.
Germans and Americans skirmish around two of Hydra's flying wings.
Captain America surveys the situation as his commandos sneak up on some unsuspecting Germans .
Two of the players discuss tactics during the Captain America game.
Also running Friday night was Todd Harland-White's Halloween themed 'Panic at Space Station Accipitor: The Problem with Pumpkins' game. This game features homecast 1930's era Buck Rogers figures, and a beautifully scratchbuilt space station made by Duncan Adams.
Players try to figure out who's who, as all the figures were wearing paper costumes for the Halloween party on board the station.
A close up of the action.
Next up: Snow, Snow Snow!