When it comes to wargaming, every little thing you can do to make it look that bit more ‘real’ makes the whole game that bit better, both to play and to look at.
So, when it comes to ‘marking’ those ‘dead’ tanks and vehicles, what better than an ‘explosion’ marker. It looks so much better that taking the turret off, or playing the unit on it’s side.
You can of course use some cotton wool, or something similar, but what if you want to use something that looks a bit more realstic (without setting the games table on fire of course)?
Well you can but some really good looking explosion markers and they are not too dear at about £2.50 each, but what if you could make something that looked pretty good for as little as 50p?
Well you can, at least for as long as HobbyCraft keep selling their candle tea lights for £1 for 4. Then, all you need is a bit of white and some brown or black toy stuffing / hair, and with a lick of grey paint and some glue you have your very own ‘explosion’ markers.
The ones I have made are far from perfect and others will do a LOT better with the same materials, but they are still good enough for my oppenent to comment “it was almost worth losing my tank to get that on the board”, which was a really nice thing to say.
Check out the pictures and if you feel like making some, head over to HobbyCraft (or their website) and get some tealights (you even get the batteries for the £1).
Wednesday. The previous weekend is two days behind us. The next weekend is two days ahead of us. We are perched atop a precipice. Which isn’t to say “it’s all downhill from here,” but I guess you could consider it as such. At the very least, I hope the first half of the week went smoothly and that the rest of the week follows suit.
In the meantime, we’ve got our collection of bite-sized stories we want to present to you now.
In this batch we have: Adarga Castings releases new 28mm Korean War Communist Forces, Heroic Maps Releases Wardenhale: Docks, The Gentleman’s Query, A Refined Coin Series – Coin #1 on Kickstarter, Voodooworx Miniatures Launch New Website, Warfighter/Skirmish Sangin “Hearts and Minds” Free Scenario Releases, 15mm Orc Buildings pre-order offer at 15mm.co.uk, Punkapocalyptic Previews Stretch Goals on Indiegogo, Monster Dice by Trilania up on Kickstarter, Brigade Models – new 2mm English Forts, Red Duke Games Announces Upcoming Kickstarter for Numinous card game, Dungeon Revolutions by Brickerium coming soon to Kickstarter, and Free Robot Stretch Goal Added to Ramshackle Robots Kickstarter.
One of the great things about the Wargaming hobby is that it has so many facets. For some the most important part of the hobby is the actual playing of the battles, the fun for them being in the pitting of their wits against an opponent whilst also battling ‘Lady Luck’ who so often seems to be on holiday when you need her most…
For others it is ensuring accuracy in the battles that they play, some wanting to re-enact the battle so that it comes out as in history, whilst others want to try out some ‘What If’ scenarios or to see if they could have done better than the general of the day.
Then there is the creation of the scenery, this being a really important issue if you want to have a realistic looking battlefield. This area is of course closely related to the issue of building and painting the models we play with. By the way, there are many people who build tanks or soldiers and that never intend to ‘play’ with them, their hobby being to re-create a model or a scene that all will marvel at and love to look at.
Competitions like the one detailed here are for those hobbiests that want to create stunning looking models (something that is way beyond me by the way). so if you feel like having a go, read on!!
CMON Expo is 2 months away. Each week it gets a little closer. And each week we give you another look at all the awesome things that’ll be happening. This week’s update lets you in on the Painting Contest, as well as a bio of special guest Bobby Jackson, plus we’ve filled out the Special Guest page to show all the great people we’ll have at the show.
From the announcement:
Welcome to another CMON Expo Update! It’s hard to believe that Expo is still 2 months away! Or, conversely, Expo is only 2 months away! As is our custom, we’ve got another announcement about the great events and guests we’ve got coming to the show.
This week, we’ve got the announcement about and rules for our Painting Competition, a profile feature on another special guest, and a list of all the guests we’ll be having at the show!
2014 winning entry from Rhonda Bender, ‘Maybe I Should Have Bought Some Armor’
Our Expo’s painting competition is a Road to Crystal Brush contest. Bring out your best work for the public, and our panel of judges, to see. The top overall winner will receive his or her choice of $100 in CMoN gift credit, or round-trip airfare to compete at the Crystal Brush Awards 2016, during AdeptiCon, in Chicago!
Submission deadline is 3 p.m. on Saturday, June 20. Complete category descriptions, entry procedure, and rules are available here.
The ceremony for painting competition and FrankenFest awards will be held at 3 p.m. on Sunday, June 21. Contest is open to people age 14 and up.
I reckon that wargaming is as much an addiction as a hobby (not that I am complaining) and with this in mind I must report that the latest model that ‘I just had to buy’ was the Revell LSV. It’s 144th scale, (which I reckon is about equiv to being 12mm) so it won’t look out of place (well not too much) with my 10mm models (some of which it could be augued be 9mm, and 12mm…).
Landing Ships of the LSM-Class (Landing Ship Medium) were used from the middle of 1944 by the U.S. Navy in the fight against Japan in the Pacific. Totalling more than 550 ships they were the main component of the amphibious forces for landing troops and vehicles on enemy beaches. The loading capacity of a LSM roughly corresponded to a mechanized platoon. The steel hull had nine watertight bulkheads. With an anchor located at the stern, the ships could withdraw from the beach without assistance. Armour plating protected the superstructures against small arms fire. The early LSM were mostly equipped with six 20-mm Oerlikon guns for self defence. The open-top cargo area encompassed almost the entire length of the ship and was at maximum 7.9 m (26 ft) wide. By the end of the war, nine ships were lost mainly due to kamikaze attacks. After the end of World War 2 some ships went into service with allies armed forces. In 1958 NATO partners Germany received three LSM and two LSM(R).
I used to be a board gamer, but then I discovered, with the help of the WyreForestGamesClub, the joy of playing with models. I have played ‘Ancients’, as well as Napolenonics, but by my real favourite is WW2, and my favourite side the Germans.
I suppose this site gives you a good idea why I like playing the Germans, and that is that their list of types of armour is about the best there is on any side in WW2.
This blog is all about the wargames I have played, plus the shops and models that I have used, seen or am just plain impressed with.