Sunday, 21 May 2017

My 3 PROJECTS for 2017 On wards.

Hi. Decided to limit myself to three Gaming Projects:
 (1).Colonial Fiction, (2). LASERBURN and (3). Doctor WHO.

Early Doctor WHO - Logo.

 As the bane with all Hobbies -there needs to be some limit to interests commensurate with the funds available. Yesterday and to-day I put serious thought into deciding what I would most like to do into the future regarding Gaming Projects....I have decided on just three Projects.

(1). Colonial Fiction 25mm.

Since around the mid 1980's I have dappled into my Colonial Fiction - now in 2017 I have re-built my  Wargames Foundry Collection of roughly 1860's era Royal Navy figures- along with Civilians and the enemy of 'Mutineers'. I have only painted the figures and have not  yet embarked upon building anything as yet. I'd like to build a Gunboat (HMS Thistle) along with Launches and a set of buildings that will be  in a fantasy style of architecture.

(2). LASERBURN 15mm.

In the early 1980's I did have a collection of Laserburn 'Table-Top' Sci-Fi figures which were given away/sold. Now in May 2017 -I await the arrival of a sizable order for the Laserburn 15mm figures to arrive. In the mean time I have started on scratch building some Sci- Fi buildings with more to go.
I will be painting up my Laserburn figures as 'Empire MARINES' vs 'The REDEMPTIONISTS'.

(3). Doctor WHO 25mm.

In the late 1980's I had a small collection of Doctor WHO - figures by 'Harlequin' miniatures...I had the 4th Doctor (Tom Baker) and the dreaded adversary the 'Master' along with some Cybermen and Daleks. I had scratch built a TARDIS for the 4th Doctor. Regretabley all of this small collection was sold in 1993.

This evening I have placed an order for the Doctor WHO 25mm figures to replace my loss.
I count myself very lucky and fortunate that these older figures are still available - I have ordered the 3rd Doctor ( Jon Pertwee) and companion 'Jo'....also the 7th Doctor ( Sylvester McCoy) along with his companion 'Ace'....I have ordered a band of ICE WARRIORS and also 'UNIT' Troops....all up I have ordered 46 Figures along with a TARDIS.

Not sure how long the Doctor WHO order will take to arrive from the UK - though very much looking forward to it.
The 7th Doctor.

'ACE'

REMARKS:

My three choices of PROJECTS are all Fictional and are suitable for Skirmish Games - which pleases me as I will be gaming Solo. There is a lot of scratch modelling to do which is also challenging.

Cheers.
KEV.

Thursday, 18 May 2017

LASERBURN - some DISCUSSION.

Hi. Laserburn holds a special fascination - way back in 1983 my first ever metal figures were those of LASERBURN 15mm -by  Table Top Miniatures. I brought the collection of 15mm figures home from Campsie NSW from a shop named 'Battlefields' ( now sadly long gone).

The first metal figures I ever painted were LASERBURN 15mm - and also the first game here at home with all metal figures was indeed LASERBURN 15mm.....I played out a Scenario here in my study on a 6ft x 4ft board- covered in a green blanket. The game was against my friend Steve (J). The Scenario was fairly simple- the bad guys had to sneak their way onto a Space Port and steel a secret Space Jet. For the game I had built a 'Hangar', 'Space Jet', 'Tarmac', 'Roads', 'Vehicles', 'Security Fencing' and 'Guard House'.

Somehow the first game was the only game - and some years later I either sold or gave away my 15mm Laserburn figures....in those years the gamers I associated with were not at all interested in Sci-Fi....seems that Napleonics, ACW, WW2 were then the go.

Now, it is May 2017 and I am re-building my Laserburn 15mm Collection- possibly to a height not before achieved....I know that I intend to build a lot more buildings and scenery than I ever had in the early 1980s....and true- the number of figures that I have ordered from the UK far surpass my original modest collection. I am a happy chappy. I am very Nostalgic about Laserburn 15mm.....It all refects a time when I was indeed very happy- painting Laserburn 15mm did make me feel very happy and contented indeed.

Rules:
I have a copy of the LASERBURN Rules and the 'Imperial Commander' rules are on their way from the UK. Today Stuart (S) of the UK sent to me three documents that will help - particularly with 'Imperial Commander'....thanks heaps Stuart- very good of you to e-mail me. However, I must say that when I'm presented with a fourty page book of rules I tend to think along the lines of reducing it all down to two or three pages....hence, for my future SOLO Games of Laserburn I will probably do my own condensed version of Sci-Fi rules. This will go a long way to preserve my sanity - and enjoyment of Solo gaming.

Cheers.
KEV.

Saturday, 13 May 2017

LASERBURN- Scratch BUILDINGS in 15mm.

Hi. Had a good afternoon making five Sci-Fi Buildings. I pre-planned the buildings and kept in mind the 15mm scale.
The large building is the 'Storehouse'. The four smaller buildings are 'Offices' or 'Apartments'.

               The Storehouse is made from MDF, Pine Wood, Cardboard and plastic bottle caps.


Top view of the Storehouse.

Front view of the Storehouse.

Detail of the Storehouse.

The Storehouse painted 'Grey' by White Knight.

Corner view of the Storehouse.

Eye level view of the doors of the Storehouse completed.
( I may later change the color of the doors.).

Early this morning I purchased some plastic containers from the dollar shop.


I used my Scroll Saw to cut away the lip of each container.

The four plastic containers converted to buildings.

Detail of the unpainted Sci-Fi buildings.

The four Buildings completed in 15mm.

Detail of one of the small buildings.
(The doors are meant to fold down to form a 'ramp' for access.).

View of small building with 15mm figure for scale.

The completed Buildings in 15mm.



Last night I ordered a copy of IMPERIAL COMMANDER by Richard Halliwell & Bryan Ansell.
I already have the LASERBURN rules booklet by Bryan Ansell.
I hope that I can follow these rules- if they prove to hard for me- I can write my own version being  of  a suitably simplified form.

REMARKS:

Well - it has been a productive day with five buildings completed. Tomorrow I hope to build another largish building for my LASERBURN collection.
To-days buildings were really to test out the tools and materials - to see what will/ or wont work.
Pleased with progress.

Cheers.
KEV.


Wednesday, 10 May 2017

LASERBURN- Space Ship for REDEMPTIONISTS in 15mm.

Hi. Have built a REDEMPTIONIST Star Ship in 15mm from MDF, Cardboard and Plastic items.

Basic hull pieces for the Redemptionist Space Ship.

The raw Redemptionist Space Ship.

Apart from MDF and cardboard I have used a miniature plastic frizzbie, a top of a sugar dispenser and some steel washers.

Rear of the Redemptionist Ship.

Painted Redemptionist Ship with a 15mm figure for scale.

Front view of the Redemptionist Ship.

Rear view of the Redemptionist Ship.

A re-painted HASBRO - Star Wars 'Millenium Falcon'.

I purchased the Toy for $12 ( reduced from $30) - with the view to employ the ship for my LASERBURN 15mm Space Marines.

Front view of the space ship that will be used for my Empire Space Marines.

Picture of how the Scratch Built Redemptionist and Toy 'Millenium Falcon' ships size up.

I think that the Star Wars 'Millenium Falcon' will do nicely for my Empire Space Marines.

REMARKS:

To-day I purchased another Star Wars 'Millenium Falcon' -again for $12.

At present awaiting the delivery of my LASERBURN 15mm Figure Order from the UK.
In the mean time I will be attempting to make some Buildings for my Sci-Fi LASERBURN Scenarios.

Cheers.
KEV.

Monday, 8 May 2017

LASERBURN - Ordered 15mm Figures.

Hi. This morning I ordered my Laserburn Figures from the UK. I hope the Posting time is kind to me.

 For the Good Guys there will be the 'Lawmen' which I will paint up as SPACE MARINES.

For the Bad Guys I will be painting up the REDEMPTIONISTS.

I am thinking it will take awhile for the 15mm figures to arrive- in the mean time I can design and scratch build all that is needed for Table Top Scenarios.

Cheers. KEV.

Sunday, 7 May 2017

LASERBURN - my NEW Project in 15mm.

Hi. I have decided that my future Project shall be the Sci-Fi game  'Laserburn' in 15mm.

The Bryan Ansell  LASERBURN Rules.

A 15mm Law Officer.

LASERBURN takes me back to the early 1980's when I would visit a backyard Wargame 'Garage' - named  'Battlefields' at Campsie (NSW Sydney)- where the Owner had oodles of  cast metal figures in 6mm, 15mm and 25mm for sale. I would come home with Laserburn 15mm figures.

I managed one game of Laserburn way back round 1983 in 15mm.
The Scenario was that the bad guys would make their way to a Space Port and attempt to steal a secret Space-Jet....I had scratch built all that was needed for the game. 
The Game was played on a 6' x 4' table and was indeed fun.

Interestingly I painted up the Laserburn 'Law Officers' as SPACE MARINES - all done in blue.
The bad guys were Laserburn 'Imperials'.

I hope to now re-gain my collection of Laserburn 15mm.
However, it all depends upon raising the necessary funds.

I have high hopes for the Project and believe it will suit me well with the smallish numbers of figures requires, a lot of scratch building to be done - and it will suit my pocket too.

Cheers. KEV.

Saturday, 15 April 2017

FOUNDRY 25mm CIVILIANS.

Hi. Completed my Colonial Civilians this afternoon by lacquering with 'Satin' spray.

The 28 Civilian figures by Wargames Foundry.

The Farmer and his Wife.

REMARKS:

Well pleased with the miniatures - not sure if I will make use of all the figures in the forthcoming games- though it is good to have plenty of figures to choose from.

Tomorrow I shall be able to make a start on planning the Gunboat HMS Thistle.

Cheers.
KEV.

Friday, 7 April 2017

FOUNDRY 25mm MUTINEERS.

Hi. I have had a good day painting up my Wargames Foundry Mutineers.

Photo of the 30 Mutineers.

Close up of Command Figures.

Mutineers.


Command Mutineers - also showing a Female Character.

Mutineers On the Work Bench.

REMARKS:

Well pleased with the figures. I have enough figures for a Skirmish Game and may in future add to the numbers.
At this stage for my Colonial/Victorian Skirmish I will refer to the figures as 'Mutineers' - later I may refer to them collectively as 'Dorovians'.

Cheers.
KEV.


Sunday, 2 April 2017

ROYAL NAVY Sailors Finished To-day.

Hi. Had a good weekend painting up my Wargames Foundry 25mm Royal Navy figures.

The 31 figures of my Royal Navy- Captain, Officers and Crew from HMS Thistle.

Scenic setting of the completed Ships' Compliment.

6lb Cannon and Crew with Captain and Ensign.

6lb Naval Cannon with Officer and crew.

Captain and Ensign.

Officer ( white helmet) and Bossun (black hat).

1st Officer (walking stick)  with Ratings.


Back line are the Ship's crew members in various poses.

A nice photo of the Ship's Crew of HMS Thistle.

REMARKS:

Had a great time painting the RN figures - I used Vallejo and Tamiya Paints.
I paint in 'Block' fashion without shading- preferring this method.

Looking forward to making a start on the Mutineer Natives to-morrow, followed by the English Civilians.
By the end of the month I should be able to progress onto the designing and building of my long awaited Gunboat - the HMS Thistle. Very much looking forward to the Gunboat.

Cheers.
KEV.