Monday, April 18, 2022

Quick, to the lab

With the completion (for the time being) of my IHMN town project, I've had a look at what was sitting on the workbench. Looking at the bits I decided to make a start on my Victorian Sci-Fi laboratory (I'd say steampunk, but I'm not sure if theres going to be gears involved yet...). I dug out the 2 Deuterium lamp thingys that I had perloined/liberated from my real life lab (well, intercepted before ladfill so I'm doing something good for the environment). I also had some metal half bell shapped items from some of the DIY house renovations (but no idea precisely what). The issue was that the hole in the top was not big enough to fit the bulb housings in. 30 minutes and 3 fret saw blades later I had enlarged the holes.

So, a couple of nicely sized electric something-or-others for the terrain stash.

Wednesday, April 13, 2022

A bit of history: Junta

 A comment on Junta the Pendraken forums a couple of days ago sent me on a hunt in "Der Room" (I really need to clean up in there)

A well used game. I'm storing it poorly for Luke
Those readers of a certain age will remember the board game Junta with varying levels of fondness depending on how their games went. The broad description is that each player plays a faction in a banana republic and the aim of the game is to have the most Pesos in your Swiss bank account when the country colapses. Along the way there's elections, vote buying, assasinations and coups (starting with the ceremonial shelling of the presidential palace by the navy). Every group has storys to tell of particularly spectacularly events that etched themselves in memory. But this post is not about those. Well, not yet...

Back in the day when I was money poor and time rich (as you tend to be when you are young, and I do wonder if I would prefer to go back to this) I decided that the gamebaord was too small and fiddly and came up with a "slightly" bonkers plan to build a bigger version on a 3' square mat. The card counters had to go and so were replaced with something a bit more visually suitable. I decided to move the period back from the present day to the late 1930's. A purchase was made from the Peter Pig 15mm Spanish civil war ranges and a start was made.

There are 3 army brigades in the game, each of 6 units. I decided to do 3 stands with moels and then 3 blanks to stack. So from left to right we have a Cv33 tanket (nothing else quite says 2nd rate nation like this, cheap, cheerful and useless), Infantry and the General and the classic French 75mm. 

The airforce only gets airstrikes and a lone unit of paratroops. I-16's seemed to fit the bill.

The palace guard also only get 2 stands but nice white uniforms.

Likewise the Navy gets a gunboat and some Marines. I knocked up a cartoon-like baby protected cruiser from the 19th century out of balsa and plasticard.

The police stands are a bit smaller (I can't remember why) and are just guys in berets.

I then started adapting some of the units to fit into my theme. One of the cards gives the coup faction a helicopter gunship. I decided to swap this out for an armoured car. Depending on which side you are looking at the allegiance is flexible.

"Viva El Presidente!"

"Viva La Revolution!"

I also brought a start of peasants for the various protesters/rabble stands but never got round to painting them up. I even got some drunkards to represent the international press.

I also have a crack at a couple of buildings.

Again I never really got the rest done. all from card.

Ok, so far all this is pretty standard and not really much of a stretch modeling wise. However you will all remember that each position had a card to remind you who you were that particular turn, and all these cards had a cartoon charcter drawn on them. Back in the days before 3D printes and STL files we just had to use our hands and our wits (well I had one of the 2). Out with the Fimo themoset clay....

El Presidente

The Generals

Secret Police, Air force and Navy

The full set
From the internet came an 8th faction to play for more players, The Minister of War.
No idea where I got the inspiration for him from

The Minister of war also gets to control the International intervention forces. In this case the Germans/nationalists.

Stukas, Panzer I's and another armoured car (they came in packs of 2 and I wasn't wasting it).

So there you have it. A slightly mad project from a man with too much time on his hands. I do sometimes miss those days......

Sunday, April 10, 2022

Finishing touches

 Another couple of evenings at the work bench and the 4 houses are finally finished, only 21 months after they arrived in my mailbox. Adding the foliage is the last step. To tie the 4 buildings together as a group I've used white for the edging stonework, and terracotta for the rooves and plant pots. The plant colours should probably be varied but again sticking with one ties everything together. I contemplated replacing the flat roof with a corregated tile one but in the end decided that it was more practical to just leave then as is.

Possibly a bit twee but I'm not overly worried.

So, I'm now trying hard not to buy another set of these buildings as I'm making a solid attempt to clear out the modeling pile (oh and theres the whole trying not to spend more money thing. This is balanced by ttCombat putting these in the "last chance to buy" list)

Wednesday, April 6, 2022

Revolving benches

 Another month, another project across the painting bench. After a while painting 6 and 10mm figures lost its lustre and the siren song of 28mm VSF again lured me to my doom. It was back to the ttCombat Streets of Venice models that I purchased 2 years ago. Again these are really nice models and quite cheap for what they are. 


As usual I've tried to tart them up a bit. I've always liked old style oil paintings of building covered in plants, and it gives me a chance to use colours I wouldn't normally touch