Tuesday, September 02, 2014

A Town on the Rise

So,

As I mentioned a few posts ago, I fell in love with the 4Ground Old West buildings at Adepticon I knew I had to have a set. So after I sold my remaining Arnica Buildings at last months Gamers Garage Sale I purchased the first four Old West buildings from Architects of War online store.

And before I get to far, I want to say that the folks at Architects of War store are awesome! They are fast at replying to e-mails and quick on shipping. In fact I ordered these buildings on a Saturday night and I had them at my house the following Wednesday. I highly recommend ordering from them and I will be placing more orders with them in the near future.

So back to the 4Ground buildings, I decided that I would order 3 of the basic buildings and the Sheriffs office as well as the Hitching posts set.

First set of buildings

Building #1

Building #2


Building #3

Sheriff Building

Hitching Post set
So, each building took about 2 hours to construct, the first kit took a bit longer since it was the first 28mm building of theirs I put together. I used regular white Elmers white glue to assemble them with knowing that the glue would dry clear. I decided to base the buildings and texture them since it makes the kits a bit more rugged for storage. You will notice that the buildings do not have any signs on them, I have not decided to hand paint them or use the ones on the Great Escape  Games website (these buildings are for the Dead Mans Hand game). We will see but I am leaning towards painting my own signage.

I do have to say that these are the best old west buildings out there. They are nicely pre-painted kits and they have pre-painted interiors as well. Two hours of construction and you get an awesome looking building that requires very little paint. So here are a few pictures of the finished kits.

Artizan and Foundry Figures for scale.

Interior of the first building.

Building #2

Building #3

Here is the Sheriffs Building that I really wanted while at Adepticon. I still need to base this building.

Sheriffs Office

Front Porch with Notice Board

Jail Cells

Hmm how did we get in here?

Back side of building
Well there you go, the first four building built and ready for some old west action.

TK

Monday, August 11, 2014

Gardening in the Old West!

So,

Where have I been, what have I been doing, whats going on? All great questions, well I am still here, been working on models and planning for a large game. But first up is what I was doing over this past weekend.

Well this past Sunday the wife and I went for a little hike here in Phoenix, while out I started looking at Saguaro Cactus and realized that I wanted to do a few for my old west gaming. Also while out hiking, I noticed some Ocotillo cactus and realized I could also model those as well. So when I got home I started on this project. The Ocotillo were the easiest to build, the Saguaro on the other hand took some time. I will be doing a How to articles, but for now here are a few shots of the cactus garden.

Cactus garden

Another shot of Cactus

Pegasus Hobbies cactus kits

Another set of Pegasus Hobbies cactus

Scratch Built Ocotillo

Scratch Built Saguaro Cactus

A Gorgon Miniature for scale
So the cactus are for a large game of Legends of the Old West that I will be running here in a few months as well as with a friend while at Adepticon next year. In fact your going to see a lot of old west projects here in the very near future.

 


 You see, this past year at Adepticon I was suppose to participate the Guns of April game, well due to a schedule overlap i was not able to play. But one thing that did come from me missing the game, I volunteered to help my buddy Merle run a large participation game for the following year. So my part is to write up some scenarios as well as build a 28mm Gold Mine!

So I will do a test game here in Phoenix and that means I will be adding some terrain as well as painting a few more Old West figures. So stay tuned... 




Adios Amigos...

TK



Wednesday, July 09, 2014

4Ground Terrain

So,

In my last post I showed off some of the items from my CA trip, three items were 4Ground buildings. The past few nights I put together the three kits. So here is a brief review of the buildings.

These 3 4Ground kits are the first ones that I have purchased and looking at the package, they seem pretty easy, oh but looks can be deceiving! First thing you have to know, these are model kits, not something you can just slap together and throw onto the table.

Looks pretty easy right?

Once I opened the package, the truth was revealed to me, these 15mm kits were going to take some time. First thing I did was review the instruction sheet and familiar myself with all the parts. I highly recommend this since these kits do have a lot of parts. Don't rush and too help, I laid out the parts just like in the instructions, that was my anal side coming out, but it helped a lot.

Lots of parts!
 This particular kit has two floors plus a attic, the ground floor took me about 30 minutes to assemble. Once I had this section completed I started laying out the next section.

Ground Floor
 The next section took about 30 min as well to assemble. I made sure that the mounting points were clear so that the next section would fit without it being too snug.

Second Floor
Here is a completed picture after about an hours worth of work.

We have a building, almost.
 The last section was the roof/attic and this took about 15 minutes to complete.

Roof done.
 Here is the completed building with some added signage that came with the kit.

Completed!
 Total build time was 1 hour 30 minutes, which was not bad. The kit looks awesome and I am glad for picking up these kits.Each kit was about $20.00 each, which is not bad and I had a sense that I actually put something together. My buddy Drunkensamuari has just about all the Battlefront kits and even though they are $25.00 you just don't get the satisfaction of building them like these kits.

Here is another kit



Third kit
 
All three kits
All in all I really love these kits, at first I was not hip on the laser burn marks on the kits, but on the ruined kits they seem to work. I know I will be picking up a few more of these kits in the near future to add to my 15mm terrain collection. I highly recommend these kits, but be warned, they are model kits and will take some time building them, but the time spent is worth it.

TK

Monday, July 07, 2014

The Spoils of War, I Mean Vacation!

Well,

Another vacation is in the books and that means I spent a ton of money at California Hobby Shops. For the last three years now, my wife and I have vacationed with Robert and his family in Seal Beach CA. Each trip Robert and I get away from our lovely wives and families to do a little shopping of our own. Here is the haul from this year.

The total haul, about $400.00 worth of stuff
So the first store we hit was The War House, which has been around for ages. I first visited this store around 1988 or so and I think it is still owned by the same owner. This is a great little shop that seems to have a little bit of everything if your willing to sit and dig through items. There are old figures and merchandise covered in layers of dust and it feels like I am always on an archeologist dig while shopping there. Its funny, but I enjoy uncovering long lost items that I have not seen in years. Whats amazing is that most items are still priced like when they came out originally!The other great thing is that he still continues to bring in new items and I found this little set of books beneath a pile of old Flames of War boxes. So I got the D-Day slip covered books for $85.00. Unfortunately I did not find anything else on my shopping list, but I was happy with this find.
 
Score, two books I was looking for!
Our next stop was the World Famous Brookhurst Hobbies, a Orange County staple for many years. I cant remember the year I first visited Brookhurst, but they were on Brookhurst Way just before Garden Grove Blvd. The shop was tiny and was next to a hair salon shop. Well I always bring a ton of cash and a big list of wants when I visit Brookhurst, this time was no different.

First thing I picked up was two boxes of Perry Miniatures Afrikacorps. Now I resisted buying these since I have a ton a Artizan DAK figures and these guys are way too small. But since no one around here carries Artizan, I finally decided to build up some Parry DAK. Robert has two boxes of Desert Rats so I will have something to fight against that is the same scale.

More DAK!
Next up is a box of Plastic Soldier Company Panthers for my next FoW project. I was looking at buying at least 3 boxes of the new PSC Panzer III's but either they were sold out or did not have them yet, so I settled for Panthers.

Big Kittes!
Next were two Jagdpanthers for my Jagdpanther company I am working on. I wanted these two boxes because they come with a ruined building that I can use for terrain.

More Hunting Panthers!

Next is a box of Panzer IV/70's for my Panther project. Since I could not find a few other blisters I was looking for, I picked this box up to ease the pain of the blisters.

More Tank Hunter!




Next on the old shopping list was some 4Ground buildings. I was looking first for some 28mm old west buildings first, but they did not have the ones I wanted. So my second choice was 15mm buildings for FoW. I had picked out three nice buildings when Robert came up to me and said I should get the ruined buildings. Robert has a huge collection of Battlefront buildings, but what we were missing was some ruined buildings. So I picked up three ruined buildings in 15mm.

Building#1

Building #2

Building #3
Now besides hitting the hobby stores, the wife and I hit a Barnes & Noble since I forgot to bring a book to read while down at the beach. So I shot my brother a text and asked for a good book recommendation, he recommended The Accidental Time Machine by Joe Haldeman. It is about this guy who accidentally creates a time machine that can only go forward in time in increments of 12, first 12 seconds, than 12 min, 12hours, etc. A good read but the ending was a bit flat, but I would say it was a 7 out of 10. It was perfect reading for the beach and I finished in about 2 days.

Opps I created a Time Machine!
 The last item my son bought for me, knowing that I am a gamer, he found a large rock dice in one of the local stores on Main Street in Seal Beach. He told me if anyone gives me crap about my dice rolling, I should throw this dice at them or their models! LOL.

Big A$$ rock Dice!
So that was my haul from this trip to CA, I spent about $400.00 bucks on most items that I can not get here at home. Which leads me to a small rant about shops here in the valley.

It amazes me that I can always find what I am looking for in shops in CA as opposed to here in AZ. Most shops here in the valley have stopped carrying FoW since they can't keep up with all the items that Battlefront carries. I get it, what I would like to see is my local store actually order items in for me. I have tried many times to order from my local store but have had numerous special orders go missing. Heck I even order other items other than BF items to have them never come in. Whats the deal? Heck if the War House can get new Fow Items, why is my local store not getting them?

So in the end I will spend my money with folks that carry or can order the items that I am looking for. So if my money goes to CA so be it, I wish I could do that here at my local shop, but oh well I guess thats the way it is. Rant over.

TK

Monday, May 26, 2014

Been Busy, Really Busy!

So,

May is almost gone and I figure I better get in a blog post, so here you go folks! So what have I been doing, well for one thing playing games and to be more specific, Flames of War. A few of us have been talking about doing some late war games with the Operation Market Garden book. Unfortunately I did not have any late war models, so I had to get on the ball and figure something out.

Well after looking through the Bridge By Bridge book and saw the Jagdpanther list, so after a quick trip to my local store, I picked up these big cats. So here are three vehicles that I painted up over the last few weeks. I plan to pick up at least three more of these awesome tanks.

Three Jagdpanters!

Here Kitty Kitty!

The Platoon Leader

 So besides the kitties, I started working on a US Para force based off of the 82nd Airborne. The 82nd saw a lot of combat and is not as well known as the 101st airborne. Also I wanted to paint some airborne up a little differently than what I have done in the past. The 82nd jumped with the new green uniforms, so I thought this would be different than the standard khaki color. So here is what I got finished up this weekend for the army. 

The Commander and 2iC

Platoon 1, all plastic airborne BF models

Platoon #2, all metal BF models

Platoon #3, all metal BF models

MG Platoon, BF models

57mm Anti Tank guns, BF models

Armored Jeep, BF models

British Armour, BF models

The whole army so far!
So there you go, one new army ready to go for Operation Market Garden. Also stay tuned fans, I will have a new announcement very soon on another project that I am working on, many people are going to like this one, it will be HEROIC!

TK