Of Plastic, Dinosaurs & Toads

Not the post I intended, but I am once against thwarted by low light levels which has hindered the highlighting of several figures.

So I diverted my efforts (mostly) to sorting out a shoe box size pile of slotta bases, some of which I’d promised to Too who turned up to collect them this afternoon.

I now have some on Freecycle to try and give them to a good new home, as having sorted them I don’t need so many, and as black plastic they cannot be recycled. Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you should have heard that plastic is a major pollutant in the environment, so we should be doing as much as possible to stop this stuff going to landfill and or being washed in to the seas. I’ve shifted loads of stuff on Freecycle, so i recommend it as a way of getting rid of stuff you no longer want, but has no monetary value.

(NB: Plastic sprue can be recycled providing they’re not black ! So make sure you check your local council’s recycling details and put them in iff they can be recycled PRETTY PLEASE)

Talking of plastic:

Found these on Evil-bay,, and bought them so I could hack them up into scenery pieces for Back of Beyond and Ghost Archipelago pieces.

At only £7 they’re good value, even if they are not 100% anatomically correct.

On the subject of anatomy:

I was hassled at frostFayre, for not having Ice Toads in my expansive collection, so the following w/e I ordered some from CP Models.

Jon then sent a smug message saying he already had two of them.

Good job I’d ordered three.

To distinguish them on the field of battle I painted their tongues, red, white and blue !

Now hopefully tomorrow, I should have finished off some more Captains, treasure items, and continued with the small challenge I set myself !

FrostFayre 2017 & Aquarium Mats

Recovering from running FrostFayre 2017, seven of us played all day 10am-6pm.

Frantic last minute preparations in the village hall, as tables were set up, figures chosen and last minute changes to rosters were made.

Table 1-only a single car’s worth (and not even full) worth of scenery enabled me to set this one up.

And Table 2.

I was Umpire for the first set of games, and so today am rather tired as I was also the caterer, feeding the 5,000 with bread and fishes, ok, 6 of us with pizzas !

Now wading through the 70+ photos Louis took.

On my return last night, my parents provided a belated Xmas present that had been held up:-

Yup, some mates of aquarium plants. They come on plastic grids and can be popped off, or cut up in to useful “organic” shapes.

This one as you can see is about 25-35mm high, ideal for jungle terrain for Ghost Archipelago.

My parents had got me three of these mats as a bundle off of Amazon after all of us had scoured pet shops and garden centres only to be told that staff knew what we wanted but could not order them, nor could they say when they would be next in stock as it was up to suppliers.

Once again, the local shops lose out. 😦

Watch out for this stuff being carved up and added to bases shortly.

GA: The Cow Incident

In late November my mother announced that unlike the previous 5 years, we would be exchanging presents with my Aunt and Uncle. So I had to revisit my Xmas list and dream up some more low value items the family could buy.

So I hit e-bay for some cheap scenery for Ghost Archipelago.

Of course, the photos are quite small, so I failed to spot the white blob on this item that I received yesterday.

Yes, a cow and calf, on an aquarium ornament. (AKA wargaming scenery piece)

For more information on small cows:


Obviously meant as a corner ornament, the back side (!) had no static grass.


…the cow was sawn off with a small hacksaw I’d bought before Xmas, and replaced with a fern (GW Barbed bracken piece).

Some more static grass.

And some more static grass for the back side.

Renovations, again…more old Mordheim card stock scenery

Back in the good old days…

The original box set came with this card stock central pillar that could act as a focus point in a game.

As you can see it’s rather worse for wear after 18 years of use and abuse.

the base is only raised up by about 5mm, and the central pillar sits within it, but has inevitably sagged downwards.

So to make it more robust, I prepared a proper base, which would be flanked on all sides by about an inch with my regular paving slabs.

And then a pile of card offcuts to sit underneath and within the pillar’s base to support it so it doesn’t sag as much.

Ta – da !
I also added some skulls from the GW skeleton sprue to cover up some of the damage that had occurred over the years.

Now this can sit in the middle of a square for the FrostFayre 2017 game and I won’t have to worry about ti falling apart.

Some boards are more equal than other boards

Typically, I only have two 2×4′ boards with me, so now I have 7 players for the 29th FrostFayre gaming session, I had to get extra boards.

After the car was fixed from the garage, B&Q beckoned, and I got two more 2×4′ boards.

Given the sunny weather and no sign of rain, I painted them.

I have managed to keep my special paint pots out of storage, so the paint I use for my scenery pieces, is the same as the stuff I have to paint the boards, (LHS) which was intentional.

In the strong sunlight the emulsion paint dried quickly.

Just as well, because within an hour all three cats had used these exciting new especially installed cat ramps to come up from the lawn on to the patio. :-/

So once dry I hauled them inside to lean them up against my two existing boards…to find that:
(a) they were longer, and
(b) they were wider.

Seems like there has been a change in supplier of change in measurement units used (Imperial > SI) so they are ever so slightly different sizes. Must be my fault, I bought the original two at the back, sometime in 2000/2001…

I am NOT going to buy yet another two boards, when I have other boards the same size in storage !

Just goes to show how even mundane items change and you can’t rely on suppliers to be consistent.

Sinister Magic Fountains

With spare 10mm thick foam board to hand, Alternative Armies announced a re-issue of a resin scenery piece -the death’s head fountain. Too good to miss.

So I had an idea about a double sided wall with a fountain open both sides, both to acts as break to LOS on the board, and also suggest there might be something magical about them.

Despite my best efforts, carving up the foam board gave a lumpy top to it – a central 10mm piece, and two flanking 10mm pieces each, with a niche in the middle for the fountains.

So the top and ends got a dose of filler to even things out. The top also had a card walkway added just for good measure, and to enable derring do as models duel on top !

Here it is.

The depth of the fountain pool, and the fact that the wall itself is 30mm thick, mean it isn’t just another wall like I produced previously.

So for the FrostFayre game I’ll be thinking up some special rules for th4e fountains, maybe opposing schools of magic based on who gets there first ? Drinking from the fountain may give casting benefits etc….

More Walls

Ages ago I did up half a dozen walls for when wizards raise this magical barrier. As FrostFayre 2017 grew to seven players, I thought I might need half a dozen more, so I set about making some more.

This wasn’t so easy.

Of the three local art shops I contacted/visited, none had 10mm thick foam board, and two were not willing to order it. The third, in a different city, said they would have to order it from head office and it’d take a fortnight.

No thanks !

So I hit Amazon and had a box of A3 sheets delivered within 2 days. No contest, no wonder local shops are going out of business. 😦

So I knocked out half a dozen walls, with three designs to make them a bit different from each other.

And whilst I was at it, I knocked out 6 more for Alan and Jon (each)…so 18 walls in total.

(Ulterior Motive:- I don’t have to drag my scenery around with me when going to their gaffs.)

This still left me with more 10mm thick card left over, and then Alternative Armies re-released a resin scenery piece and another idea formed in my brain cell…