Colours 2016

Well I’m back from the Colours 2016 show in Newbury and it was one of the best shows I’ve attended in a long time. This year was the first time I’ve been to this show and I initially had a few issues with locating the car parking and then finding the building it was held in but apparently this was not due the organizers and is usually a lot better. The site at the Newbury race course is a nice modern building with the show occupying all three floors. Floors 1 and 2 were occupied by lots of retailers while the top floor was demo and participation games and the bring and buy.

Entry to the show was ÂŁ6 which is very good and the parking was free (bonus). I would suggest though that you don’t rely on the food there as it was limited but it does have a bar 🙂 . I also met an old gamer friend that I used to work with and had a great chance to catch up which made a great day even better.

One of the great things about shows like this one is that most of the larger retailers don’t attend (Warlord games were there but they seem to attend everything including weddings and christenings). This means that a lot of the smaller retailers are able to get plenty of space to show off what they have on offer and this can be an excellent opportunity to find that little thing you have been looking for for ages (I picked up a figure head for a sailing ship model which is something I have been after for ages but hadn’t found on the internet)

Photos from the show

I must admit to having been lax and not taking much notice of what these games were but I tried to get photos of everything I thought looked cool.

Wherever you go there is always somebody playing 30K.

Not idea what this game was but anything based around Minions sounds like fun, even though it looked dangerous.

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Frostgrave I presume

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Dinosaurs on the loose

Retail Therapy

No show would be complete without me spending some money (I did good on the Bring and Buy so I can justify it). As I’ve been playing Konflikt ’47 the last couple of weeks one of my first stops was Warlord games to see what was new. I must admit I was a little disappointing that Bolt Action 2 wasn’t available as I’m keen to see what they have done to fix some of the issues with the original (and consequently K47) rules but I’ll get to see this soon enough. They did have a number of new releases available but strangely they seemed to be mostly for the Germans (not an issue for me as I play German but seemed unbalanced).

First of my buys was the Shreckwulfen. The pack contains three multipart (why?) figures, each with a 40mm base. Overall the figures are very nice (although I’m not sure about the gas mask on one of them) and although not the greatest poses in the world of werewolf sculpting will look good in play. For some reason two of the figures have separate hands which seems a little strange as there is only really one sensible orientation to attach them in so give little option for making figures unique. A squad of Schrekwulfen can contain from 3-6 figures and having used 3 in a few games I can recommend adding at least a couple more to the mix. Unfortunately the chunkyness of these figures will make them difficult to repose so you will have to use differing paint schemes if you use two packs and want them to look varied. For my forces so far I’ve been using three Werewolves from the Secrets of the Third Reich range by West Wind. These look very similar and while slightly less chunky are a comparable size and the two should mix together very well once the new models are painted. (Warlord figure is the unpainted on one the right)

Next was the Nachtjager, the nearest thing in K47 to a Vampire (so far maybe?). These flying nightmares come in packs of two (a unit can contain 2-4 models) but I would suggest that you need to use four in a unit during a game. They come in two bodies and two different sets of wings (one holding a nice enemy head 🙂 ). Looking at these I would suggest they are definitely going to need some pinning and filler to get the wings in place and looking good but at least there possibility is there to vary the figures a little.

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Last of the standard K47 releases was a pack of the German Heavy Infantry with LMG’s. These are a nice addition to the standard German Heavy Infantry set and are basically the standard figures with an LMG weapon option and comes in a set of two figures. Having this as an extra pack means that I could add these to the basic set and allow me to make two squads of five figures.

My one question regarding these right now is why would you actually use them in a game? Let me explain that question a little. In a standard squad each figure is armed with an Assault Rifle (Shots 2, Range 24″, Assault). Adding an LMG (Shots 4, Range 30″) costs +10pts but requires an extra figure to be a loader like all other LMG’s. So for the extra 10pts you end up with two figures giving a combined firepower of Shots 4, Range 30″. Personally I’d rather keep the Assault Rifles right now but I’m expecting that when the new BA2 changes come into play there will actually be a good reason to use them as they look like a nice figure.

I’ve been after a commander figure to convert into the Red Skull for my K47 army (I already have the skull) and this model called Herr Klee from Warlords Savage Core range ticks all the boxes (they even put him with the K47 figures in the expectation of players wanting him for their commander).

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This German staff car is something I’ve been after for some time. I always seems to be that games are fought on clear roads and I wanted to be able to add a non combat vehicle parked up outside a cafe or chateau. This model is from a company called Urban Construct and will make a great addition to my table.

 

This V1 Rocket is modeled in transport mode and will make a great objective for my Bolt Action and K47 games. It’s once again from Urban Construct although I’ve been unable to find it on there web site but I suggest emailing them if your interested.

Here is another little gem of a find from Urban Construct. These tree stumps while too big for a lot of games will make excellent scenery for games of Frostgrave.

So that’s my roundup of the show. Based on this years enjoyment I’ll definitely be adding it to my annual show calendar.

 

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Cretacea

For those of you who like to support new games from small publishers here is one to look into. Cretacea is prehistoric gaming with Dinosaurs (sounds cool already) and is available now on Kickstarter at a very reasonable price. Fulfillment times are short so you could be playing this by Christmas.

So give Cretacea a look and help support a new game

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Back from the wilderness

Well it’s been a strange few weeks, a mixture of work and home life has made it almost impossible to blog, despite having tried on numerous occasions, but things are back on track now. That’s not to say I haven’t been able to do some gaming and scenery building, it’s just been a lot less and more fragmentary than usual.
So this post is really just a catch up on what’s been going on.

Bushido

This is still one of my favourite games right now. As fun, fast and strategic games go it’s hard to beat. Due to lack of time to paint models, especially detailed ones, I’ve been concentrating on building scenery These are a few of the finished and not so finished items that are now gracing my tabletop.

The MDF scenery is a mixture of Lost Village Terrain and TTCombat, while the resin shrine is from GCT. The various Buddhas are courtesy of my 3D printer, a real blessing when you want things at a mix of sizes.

Konflikt ’47

For those of you who like a bit of weird WWII or want to take your Bolt Action games in a new direction then this one of for you. Konflikt ’47 uses the Bolt Action rules (well most of them with a few twists and additions)  and slaps it into a new setting. The year is 1947 and the second world war hasn’t ended. Nuclear tests have opened up conduits to aliens who are feeding technology to the different forces (I’m not describing this very well). The result is a game of familiar WWII armies with walkers, combat armour and even a few undead thrown into the  mix (at least if you play the Germans).

This game is a heap of fun to play and surprisingly doesn’t feel just like a Bolt Action rehash. If you already have a Bolt Action force and just want to ad to it over time then just pick up the hardback rulebook, otherwise the starter sets are excellent value for money.

Here we seem a German Spinne walker (mine is modded to a closed turret version) and a Panzer IV X with a nice gravity gun. In front are some Shreckwulfen (these are West Wind as the official ones aren’t available as I write this) and some Totenkorps (some metal from the starter set and some plastic from Studio Miniatures).

Far Shores

I’ve also been busy making some changes to my own games system to incorporate some feedback from playtesters and add a few tweaks here and there. This all takes time but I want to get this right. Figure sculpting has unfortunately been put on hold right now due to my recent illness meaning that I didn’t have time to dedicate to working with a sculptor but hopefully this should get going again real soon.

Colours 2016

Next weekend (Saturday 10th September) I’m off to a show. Colours 2016 is taking place at Newbury Racecourse and should be a lot of fun. I’ve never been to the show before but it’s probably going to be my last show of the year so I’m going to make the most of it. I’ll make sure to get plenty of pictures and will be beaming them to you via the blog for my next post.

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Japanese Shrine

ShrineJust a quick post to show off this excellent Japanese shrine by Lost Village Terrain. This excellent piece of scenery will look great on any Bushido table.

My only warning is that it requires a fair bit of pre-painting and is not one for the first time MDF modeller. But it’s definitely well worth the price so do yourself a favour and hop over to the web site and check out the store. I’m certainly going to be adding more of their scenery to my table soon.

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Bamboo Bases

As I’ve had a number of Bushido figures covering my desk over the last few weeks I thought I’d add a few minutes to each build to add some nice bases to the figures (the usual grass and rocks just didn’t feel right for my Silvermoon Syndicate). Luckily I have some experience in making Bamboo bases from previous figures so I thought I’d get some more into production. The nice thing about this is that it can be a very quick technique (unless you add extra details) and doesn’t cost anything to do.

Materials

The first thing you will need is some masking tape, a few strands of cheap spaghetti and cheap Superglue (the watery stuff from the Pound store is ideal for this). You will also need some sandpaper or an old nail file, a piece of scrap paper is also handy and of course a base to fit it in.

Making a Bamboo Mat

First thing is to make a Bamboo mat big enough to cover the base area (smaller if you only want to partially cover your base).

To do this lay strips of the Spaghetti (you are using uncooked I hope?) onto a strip of the masking tape. These need to be big enough to cover the width of your chosen base.

Once these are done coat the Spaghetti with your cheap Superglue and stick a piece of paper on top (this helps to hold it together during cutting and sanding). Then leave it somewhere well ventilated to dry.

Once dry peel off the masking tape leaving you with a section of Bamboo Matting.

Cutting to Fit

Next mark up your Bamboo Mat to show you where you need to cut it. I’m making an insert for a 30mm base so a ÂŁ1 coin just happens to be the correct size (a 30mm base is almost the correct size for a 40mm base insert).

Next you need to cut off the majority of the unwanted Spaghetti. I find the best way to do this is with a jeweler’s saw as a knife can tend to make the Spaghetti shatter. Start by cutting off the larger sections and then work down until it is more of less the right size and shape (I could have cut this one down further).

The final stage is to sand off the rough edges and get the Mat down to the right size to fit into your base. For this I use an old nail file but you can use whatever sandpaper or abrasive you have to hand (try to avoid anything too rough as it can chip the Spaghetti). This will probably take you a few minutes but take it slow and keep checking the Bamboo Mat for size and fit as it’s easy to sand off too much.

Final Effect

So here is the final base with Bamboo topper.

If you want you can really go to town by adding other features to the base. Here I’ve added some stone paving and rope binding between the Bamboo sections. The rope binding is made by drilling a small hole between each piece of Spaghetti and then sewing fine wire (strands from an old electrical cable) between the pieces.

 

 

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