Picked up the board game on the cheap the other day and I have started

painting up the first of 74 miniatures(help lol). These guys are called

Pict Hunters and roughly resemble Indians. They come under the evil

side(the Overlord team) and are basically cannon fodder for Conan and

his axe.

You get some really nice models with the board game with a high

amount of detail so look out for the next batch coming soon.

Check out the game details at http://www.monolithedition.com/conan-en/

The canoe is a random extra.



In an attempt to get started on my Bolt Action terrain

boards I am getting stuck into the fine detail. I wanted

something extra and typical in a Normandy farm yard,

thus the cider press.

Normandy is covered in apple orchards and is famous

for its drinks made from apple juice. These include,

Cidre(Cider) apple wine fermented from apple juice,

Calvados(apple brandy) distilled dry fermented cider

which is then aged in oak barrels, Pommeau(aperitif)

unfermented apple juice and apple brandy aged in oak

barrels and finally Benedictine(herbal liquer) a mixture

of plants and spices distilled in oak barrels.

All these were made on an industrial scale and more

importantly a very local scale. If you had century old

apple or even pear orchards on your land then all

you had to do was build a rustic apple press from

spare timber and let the happy times begin.

My simple press is meant to look as rustic as

possible and simply works by dropping apples

into the wooden barrel usually within a muslin

or cloth wrap. The long pole will be attached to

the top and would have been turned forcing a simple

wooden block board down squashing the apples. The

pomace(juice) runs out via a funnel/pipe at the bottom.

Obviously at the moment its not complete and requires

some legs and painting. If your wondering what the silver

bands  are around  the barrel,they are artist foil.

I will post up the finished product soon perhaps with a

scratch built apple run as well.

Oh I have also been making some Cidre bill boards to

advertise on the road side.

Below is a typical Normandy cidre press found

on every farm.

I am in the process of building 3 armies for Bolt Action and

I `m slowly making head way. I am painting British ,American and


First up is a British Army Command Group.

Second, British Forward Observer Team.

Third US Army Command Group.

And finally US 50 Cal HMG Team.

I am working on a PAK40 and Nebelwerfer for the

Germans which are nearly finished.

Don’t hide your miniatures and models away in boxes ,showcase them.”

This was the quote on ebay that sold me. £11.99 and £2.82 postage gets you a

customisable display board for your miniatures. Its made of laser cut MDF and

comes with a display piece ,a rear piece and frame.It holds up to 18 figures for

25mm and 32mm bases depending on your choice.

All you have to is decorate it to your choice. I decided on a grassy background to

blend in with my British Bolt Action Troops ,but its totally up to you what

you cover it in.

Basically ideal for displaying figures ,transporting figures, photographing figures

and selling them(I saw two people at the Newbury Colours show using these bases

to display merchandise).

Had the pleasure of painting a single 28mm figure from

the Stoessi`s Heroes range the other day and I have to say

what a fantastic high quality figure you get for your money.

The character in the pictures is Canadian Highlander Sergeant

Harold, a scout and sniper.


If you want an extra special figure to add to your Bolt Action

army then this is the place to come.


What’s more there are some excellent step by step articles

on the web site showing how to paint your figures and a

brief background to each individual character which is

a really nice touch.

JTFM is a Canadian company specializing in 1/56 scale and

28mm vehicles that are ideal for Bolt Action wargaming. The

company trades under the name Die Waffenkammer and can

be found at the following link: JTFM

This particular vehicle is a Stug iii with the late 75mm gun. The kit

comes withy various options allowing 3 types of guns, Schurzen, different

Mg manlets and loads of stowage. You also get two crew figures.

The kit is resin and compared to the Bolt Action Tiger which I

assembled in a previous post its a much better fitting and offers

a lot more detail.

Overall it was a really easy kit to assemble and the most detailed

at this scale I have seen to date.

One minus point and its worth mentioning. I got hold of this kit

via a swap with a friend who basically wanted shot of it after

the trouble he experienced buying the model in the first place.

Apparently customer relations are not what they should be at JTFM

and it would of been quicker going to Canada and getting the item

himself via canoe than waiting for it to come by post. Perhaps

something to work on JTFM ?

Anyway leaving that aside an excellent model.

Enjoy the pictures of the Stug stalking the Normandy hedgerows:

My boys have suddenly got into Dungeons and Dragons

and I got the job of painting up the figures.

So far I have only completed two but it lots of fun

painting them up and getting a blast from the past

at the same time.

Redgar is a mighty Human Fighter and Jozan is a cleric.

I shall attempt Lidda and Mialee next.

28mm is not my usual figure painting size and I think it

still needs a bit of work ?

Scalextric fun

Posted: January 24, 2017 in Scalextric, Scratch Built
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My son got a Scalextric set for Christmas and its only

a matter of time before I build a permanent layout board

for him, so to keep me going in the mean time I have started

experimenting. The first problem area for any child using

Scalextric is mastering the corners and watching your Dad pick

up the cars. So I decided to limit my bending to the floor and

start improving the barriers.

The basic plastic Scalextric barrier was removed and three upright

steel looking posts(borrowed from a 00 train layout) were attached

to the outside of bend. I then used some 40k fencing and attached that

to the posts and painted to a metal, rusty finish. The aim of the fence

was to stop those high speed cars that become airborne. Oh I also added

to lengths of cable wire through the top parts of the posts.

I then added an after market tyre wall made from foam to absorb the

impact of the cars and gently bounce them back towards the track.

Finally I added a fine gravel bed of glued down sand which was then sealed

over. This has the effect of giving the cars more traction when they

start to slide away on the bend.


Anyway that’s one bend section done, now onto the other 15 !!!


This is one of the latest 15mm offerings from Zvezda and as you would expect ,

the kit is plastic and simple to assemble.

The Sturm Tiger was created as an infantry support vehicle, specifically to

destroy urban targets(buildings). The Germans had learnt to their bitter cost

that street fighting was not easy and they needed something to even the balance.

Thus they created the monster known as the Sturm Tiger. It consisted of a

380 mm Raketen-Werfer 61 L/5.4, a breech-loading rocket launcher which fired

1.5m long rounds(weighing 376kg) and delivered 125kg explosive charge. The round

could flatten a factory !

The vehicle used the Tiger tank chassis as its base.

Unfortunately for Germans they were not available until the end of the war and

only took part in action in the Warsaw Uprising, the battle of the Bulge and the final

battle for the Reichswald. Only 19 were built.

I have painted mine up in dot camouflage but its hard to see with all the weathering. I

wanted to give the vehicle a just driven through an destroyed building look in a very

grimy urban scene. Perhaps just about to fire a huge round on some unsuspecting defenders

in a house ?

Click on any picture to enlarge.






The Puma or Sdkfz 234 Sonderkraftfahrzeug was a fast, well armed German reconnaissance

car during WW2. They were produced from 1943-1944 with a well armed 5cm L/60 gun and a

Tatra V12 diesel engine which enabled the vehicle to have a top speed of about 55 mph.

The vehicle had 8 independent steerable wheels and a front and rear driving seat, enabling

a quick exit from danger when needed.

These 3 models are made by Skytrex(Command Decision) 234/2`s and are made of metal. Personally I think

plastic would have been a better idea as they weigh quiet a bit. I have painted all three in

Normandy campaign colours and left the exact division open to interpretation, thus the

minimal markings.

Hope you like them ?

Click on any picture to enlarge.