Not so quick win

This item has been on my table for over two months and I have been dragging my feet about finishing it.

GW’s Ophidian Archway.

A solid piece of scenery that in should be a nice piece to paint – simple thin linear structure, with an upper storey and a large archway.

BUT, it suffers from a huge exuberance of detail that is just OTT.

The detail of a dragon/wyrm coiling round the piece is great and on its own wouldn’t be too bad. But it is the back ground detail that merges with it that makes it way more fussy then most people will want to have on a piece of scenery.

Having broken that painting block, I cracked this out in just 2 days.

Again LOTR scenery, plain and simple and ideal for Saturday’s jaunt.

A second quick win

The second major component of the GW LOTR ruins kit.

There’s a third small part to be done, and I’ve also completed a very annoying piece of scenery that has been on the table for two months of more.

Another quick win – LOTR ruins

Sitting on the table have been some GW LOTR ruins, another quick win.

JP and I have been asked to do a demo game at the Hereford Boardgames club later this month, so doing up some new scenery seemed a good idea.

Simple and easily put together the kit is of thick plastic and doesn’t have the warping effect of some of the other GW kits.

I’ve got a set previously and done it up for WHFB/AVBCW.

Isotype – AVBCW 4th November

From OMD’s latest epic CD, The Punishment of Luxury.

Are blogs and other digital publications replacing our tactile communications ?

Well all well and good that Clive and Roo have been busy organising the next AVBCW Big Game and they’ve confirmed the 4th November is the day.

So haul ass, and get here to Hereford.

And you’ll get to see us all for real.

Log defences

I’m sure there is a proper name, but here are some log barriers that act as barriers. I had one set painted up years ago, and bought some only for them to be lost…

I’d undercoated them and then packed them away in a box of stuff I’ve now sold.

They’re by Ainsty.

Simple, log barricades kept in places by staves at either end. I’ve added flock on the outer side.


These should be good for AVBCW, BoB, and WHFB games as well as my long planned AWI project.

In a wild moment of madness I painted the staves on this set a different colour.

The usual paint mix is:
– Foundry Bay Brown (Shade)
– Foundry Granite
– GW Agrax Earthshade wash
– Foundry Boneyard (shade), for the logs’ split ends and staves

The alternate set had the staves painted in Granite (light).

Wild I know.

Some more figures have been found in advanced states of painting…

AVBCW TNG – Autumn 2017 BIG GAME

Well it came to pass that JP & I passed on the baton to The Next Generation, and they produced a game in Spring days after I’d moved house and damaged my leg so I didn’t attend, but now they’re back for another stab at it.

If anyone is in the Hereford/Worcs/Glocs/Salop area (or even further afield) then they’re lining up a game in late October November.

get in contact with them.

Their blog is here.

Or drop me a line by posting here and I’ll make sure you’re in contact with them and can take part in an excellent day’s gaming over large tables with suitable inanities, tongue in cheek humour and some serious wargaming.

This isn’t working

For the first time I’m having to give up on a scenery project, because it just isn’t worth the effort.

Another long OOP customised kit – I’ll spare their blushes.

More than 50 pieces to make a ruin that could fit on one of my CD bases.

This was the second attempt.

The pillars aren’t true, the basing blocks aren’t true, the arches don’t fit, and the whole edifice is about to fall apart and won’t stand storage nor transport.

And that’s before I put the dome sections on top, which will make it top heavy.

This is for the bin.

Sometimes its better to stop and just junk it as I have wasted to much time and effort on this item that is simply holding me back from finishing other projects.

I wonder how many other model makers have had top do the same thing ?