Sunday, 19 May 2013

Wrecked car (FoF)

Here's a wrecked Mercedes (from Peter Pig's 'AK47 Republic' range) that I painted a while back.  It's a single resin piece.  I'm pleased with how the windows came out as it was the first time I've attempted painting a glass/canopy effect at 15mm scale.  A small but neat bit of scenery for Middle East Force on Force games.

Thursday, 16 May 2013

Middle East warehouse (FoF)

This week I finished a large warehouse for 15mm Force on Force.  I've kept it fairly simple, but the addition of N Scale corrugated sheet for the roller doors at the front adds a nice bit of detail I think.  I was considering looking-up Arabic text for "warehouse" or "garage", to paint a sign above the main door, but decided to leave it generic for now.  Below are a few photos of the warehouse with a Delta Force fireteam securing the structure:

Tuesday, 14 May 2013

Middle East / Somali graffiti (FoF)

During my recent more-productive-than-usual phase I've been adding a few graffiti slogans to my Force on Force buildings.  As I'm trying to focus on Mogadishu scenery for Day of the Rangers at the moment, I copied or adapted most of these from DVD extras stills of the sets from Black Hawk Down.  The amateurish depictions of guns & hurried scrawly style hopefully will lend a bit more character to my terrain.  I think they have a generic enough feel for use in wider Middle East settings too.  In the future I will have to print-off some tiny posters to plaster about on the walls too.  Here's a selection of the graffiti - the total amount of blank wallspace in my scenery compared to these is high, so the street daubings won't dominate:

Sunday, 12 May 2013

Middle East houses (FoF)

Today I finished painting & detailing a pair of small buildings for Force on Force.  Looking at the scenario maps in several of my FoF sourcebooks a while back, I noticed that sometimes large numbers of small structures were specified, rather than the mostly medium to large size buildings that I had already put together.  So I am concentrating on bulking-out my collection with basic small buildings for now.  I will be constructing more interesting pieces like over-street walkways, shops, arched structures, & a mosque.  Having purchased some N Scale corrugated sheets,  I have also begun work on shanty dwellings, which should provide a nice contrast with all the adobe buildings.

Saturday, 11 May 2013

Middle East barricades (FoF)

This week I put the finishing touches to my barricades for use in Middle East & Somalia games of Force on Force.  I purchased these from Peter Pig, & they have a bit of a WWII look, but I think they work well for a modern setting.  I added metal poles (cocktail stick segments) & broken wooden posts (matches), plus some N Scale corrugated sheet to make the pieces look a little more ramshackle & each one a bit different.  As there was a coffin on each piece the corrugated sheet hides & cuts down on these too (I thought an occupied coffin in all 4 barricades was a little much).

I lavished a lot of painting time on these, but I wanted to get them right as they are characterful pieces, & very useful for Day of the Rangers games where Somali mobs can construct such barricades to hamper the US & other international forces.  I need to look out the spare tyres I have leftover from some 15mm scale technicals, & add those, as historically the Somali barricades included plenty of burning tyres.  If I can stretch my skills to painted wire-wool I may actually include the fire & plumes of black smoke.


Friday, 10 May 2013

End of Games Workshop Specialist Games

I've read on several wargaming blogs (including here) today about the apparent end of Games Workshop's Specialist Games.  Forge World will also be ending their support of additional models for these ranges.  For me this news is sad.  IMO Battlefleet Gothic, Epic 40,000, Necromunda & Gorkamorka were always better games in rules & enjoyment terms than GW's mainstay brand Warhammer 40,000.

As skirmish games with plenty of suitable figures available, Necromunda & Gorkamorka wouldn't be too hard to put together should I & my gaming comrades want to delve back into them.  The main effect of this news for me is that my long-term plans to gradually add (fantastically sculpted) Battlefleet Gothic models to my existing fleets is now in jeopardy, because once the Specialist Games stock is exhausted, it'll be for good.  I guess there's always a chance of salvaging stuff second-hand from eBay though.

There are many (mainly Imperial & Chaos) ships that I would like to get, but as with all GW stuff these days, the prices are restrictively high.  I can remember when a pair of plastic Imperial or Chaos cruisers were £8.  Now they are £15. I think a metal light cruiser used to be £6ish.  Now they are £10.25-£12.30.  It's now £8.50 for 3 tiny Cobra destroyers, & £20.50 for a battleship.  My favourite was when the Kroot warsphere was still available - granted it was a bulky metal model for BFG... but £45?!  I know it's been said many times by lots of people, but who are GW aiming their products at?

Luckily I have a couple friends who between them have sizable Imperial Navy & Chaos fleets, whilst I have moderate-size Tau Empire, Ork, & (scratchbuilt) Tyranid fleets, so we should still be able to dip into BFG from time to time.