Sunday, July 31, 2016

3d plaster hex scenery

I've started making 3D plaster hex scenery to go on printed maps. Blogging progress on my miniatures scenery blog.

Should work well with Battletech, Star Wars, Doctor Who, Fantasy, or whatever!

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Off Topic: Transforming Toys painting and gaming blog

So, everyone knows by now that I like blogging. Lots of different blogs, for different topics, and different games, so here's yet another one!

I've reliving 80's fun watching Transformer's Cartoons, and I've been reading Marvel and IDW comics, and playing Transformers computer games, and I thought, why isn't there a collect and paint and play miniatures game about transforming toys like Transformers and Gobots.

So I've decided to collect cheap transforming toys, and to paint them up as if they were miniatures game pieces, and to make miniatures rules for them.

I'm blogging the collecting, painting, and rule making, at this new blog:

Here's a glimpse of what to expect:

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Red vs Blue : Getting back into painting again

So I haven't played or painted mechs up in a long time, and I thought, time to get back into it!

For encouragement, I decided to take group shots of what I've got so far, so here's Blue (player) Team Forces and Red (Enemy) Team Forces so far:

and the rabble that still needs doing:

As always, click on photo for larger view.

Thursday, May 2, 2013

satellite style zoomed out battle map sheet

Each figure represents either an entire lance, or just a single mech spread out across the battlefield. 1 hex is short, 2 is medium, 4 is long.

Basically, took a screen grab of a satellite image from a random location in Africa, then played with the colours, painted on forests and coloured in lakes and dams, and painted on gray roads. The rest is fields / scrublands etc.

Then put a thin yellow grid over the top.

I'll have to play a few games on it and try out how well it works, but I love how it looks :)

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Turret Control Tower

Got another package in the mail :) A Turret Control Tower by XMarx. This was really awesome, because I was asking around if someone made, or could make, a Turret Control Tower (how can you play mechcommander scenarios without cool stuff like that?) and XMarx (who make some of my scenery and turrets) liked the idea, and sculpted one! They'll be available to buy sometime soon from XMarx, but because I suggested the idea, he's given me a freebie. How cool is that!

Anyway, I shaded this one up in reds and greys, and tried to do a sort of reflective image on the windows (treeline with sky above it), to go with my red and grey team. I'll be painting turrets up to match the tower too.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012


Ages ago, I got the plastic citytech Catapult. It was big, and round, and bulky, and didn't look quite like the catapult did in the computer games. More recently, I got the Introductory Box Set plastic Catapult. It was small. Very small. And thin, and didn't even have missile holes of anything on its launchers. It looked nothing like a computer game Catapult.

Both disappointed me, because though I found the board game before the computer games, it was Mechwarrior 2 Mercenaries, and MechCommander Gold, that gave me a love for the Battletech universe. And in later years, the rest of the Mechwarrior series.

And which mech did I love to pilot in these games? The Catapult. I'd hand off Atlases and Mad Cats and so forth to my lance mates, but the Catapult was mine! And neither plastic mini matched it in size and shape very well.

Finally, recently, I've started being able to collect metal Battletech miniatures, instead of relying on the cheap plastic box sets, and I realized I hadn't even looked up the Catapult on the IronWind Metals site. So, I did a browse, and boy was I surprised. They had a couple Catapult variations in metals, and they were great! I grabbed one that is closest in appearance to my preferred loadout - big missile launchers and lasers under the cockpit, and with a shape that looks just how I picture a Catapult to be :)