Wednesday, 6 December 2017

My MARS Project - #3 Update.

Hi. Well I have been sculpting in 30mm and upon nearing the completion of the entire process I took a critical look at my efforts- with the result that I will scrap what I've so far done and begin again! I will now choose to work at a smaller scale of 20mm. I wasn't at all happy with my 30mm efforts for commercial production and now I do feel that if I work more accurately ( and slower) in 20mm - then the finished sculpted figures may be more acceptable.

I would have to say that the sculpting and figure production does appear that it will not be entirely finished until well into the New Year.

For now more anon.
Until next time.......
Cheers. KEV.

Saturday, 2 December 2017

My MARS Project - #2 Update.

Hi. Just a short note- I'm half way through producing my Master Figures for Commercial Production.
When I am finished this batch - there will be British Infantry, Royal Navy and Martians represented.
At this stage it may not be until well into the New Year that I can show you some photos of the painted finished figures for Mars.

I am very much looking forward to developing my Mars Project during 2018.

Well -that is about it -until next time.
Cheers. KEV.

Wednesday, 22 November 2017

My MARS Project - #1 Update.

Hi. Progress is steady - received my basic cast figures from my original sculptures of British and Martians...need to complete the masters ( possibly within the next two weeks)....wrote some basic rules for army battles on Mars- which needs a great deal more work- and possibly I will not finish the rules until the armies are painted up and thoroughly solo gamed several times....did write up an 'Introduction' to my book on my Mars Project- a book is an obvious extension to the rules writing and I'd like to do a book- but it isn't a priority. Had a pleasing evening designing some Airial Flying vessels for my British and Martian figures.
That is about it for now.
Until next time.
Cheers. KEV.

Saturday, 18 November 2017

MARS 1/800th AIRIALS & Other Considerations.

Hi. This evening I wrote a one page set of Rules for my Scratch Built 1/800th MARS Airials. Tonight I set up a little confrontation between one Martian vessel against one British on my work bench. I wasn't trying too hard and the British Airial won two consecutive 'Games' outright.

From my little experimental Games with the Airials it would seem that the Martian Squadron will have a devil of a time defeating the British....the Martains are at some disadvantage due to the Design of their vessels. The Martian vessel has only one heavy cannon which is mounted in the Stem and can only fire forward and swivel on an arc of 45 degrees each side of the Bow....whereas the British vessels have Heavy Cannons mounted in Turrets forward and aft which can cover all aspects.

It does get worse for the Martains in a Broadside positional situation where their vessels only have the use of three Light Cannons against the British Broadside of two Heavy cannons plus two Light cannons....clearly the Martians are out-gunned in Broadside by the British.

Possibly the worst feature of the Martain vessels is that there is no protection of the Aft part of their vessels....no gunnery covering the Stern....certainly this is a major disadvantage should the British cross the 'T' with a British broadside unopposed by the Martains....shock - horror!

Well- I did design these vessels and I might say that I do favor the British and did take some short cuts with the Martain vessel design and now I'm completely surprised by the British vessels being so superior....anyway, after I write up my Rules properly I will stage a larger game and we shall see if the Martains can in some ways out-smart the British.

OTHER Considerations.

For Figure 'Battles' I am currently in the process of making a set of figures which will be larger than 25mm - mainly I see these figures being useful for 'Skirmish' games....or small Company sized engaugements. ...nothing cast in concrete yet - though I am definitely interested in doing this aspect of my MARS Project.....for now more anon.

Well that is about it for this evening.
Until next time.
Cheers. KEV.

Wednesday, 15 November 2017

SCRATCH BUILT 1/800th Airials for MARS PROJECT.

Hi. I have designed a batch of British and Martian Airials to suit 2mm Scale (1/800th). I had a good assortment of raw materials at hand and only needed to buy some Screw Caps to be used as turrets for an outlay of $4.50 from our Local Hardware Shop.

The Martian and British Airials in a raw state.
I made use of Poker Chips and coat hanger wire for the stands.

A British Steam Airial - Starboard Side.
Have made use of Pinewood, Plastic Screw Caps, steel pins, Styrene sheet, rod and tube.

Martian Electric Airial.
I have made use of MDF wood, Pinewood, Plastic Screw caps, Pins, Map Pins and styrene sheet.

Three Martian Electric Airials in 1/800th -painted with Gold by 'White Knight'.

Three British Steam Airials in 1/800th - painted with 'Tamiya' Grey.
I made up the paper British Flags to 4mm tall and printed them using my Cannon Printer.

The finished Airial Fleets in 1/800th approaching each other at medium range.
Had decided very early with this Project to only make three Airials for each side- later I may decide to add some larger British and Martian versions as required.

Close up of the three British Steam Airials.

The Airial Fleets or Squadrons close in on each other at very short range.

REMARKS:

I had a lot of fun making these miniature ships- it took roughly an hour to make each vessel.
Very pleased with the look of the models and well pleased that I managed to create designs and finished models that are well within the scope of the materials and tools that I had available for the Project.

Well- that is it for now.
Until next time.
Cheers. KEV.

Monday, 13 November 2017

My MARS Project - two fold.

Hi. At present a set of my miniature Sculptured figures for MARS are at the molding and casting stage - after which there is more to be done to produce the final masters for production.

A 'Green' and watery MARS.

At this stage my MARS Project is two fold- there will be a set of figures for gaming on the table with figures larger than 25mm- this will be for Skirmish type games....in addition to these figures there will be a 2mm (1/800th)  Air Vessel in combat.

That is about it for this Update.
Until next time.
Cheers. KEV.


Friday, 3 November 2017

My MARS Colonial Fiction Project.

Hi. As it would happen I have lured myself into another Project- involving Figure Sculpting, Casting and Painting of Miniatures...
....since 1984 I have had a very enjoyable interest in
Frank Chadwick's 'SPACE 1889'. 

I had previously completed my 'MARS' Project in 40mm several year ago - dissatisfied with the amount of room required by 40mm Armies- I sold the entire collection. Now, I am interested in re-vamping this Project- though to a smaller scale.

As background reading to inspire my own Rules Writing for 'MARS' I chose to read through Frank Chadwick's excellent book -'SOLDIERS COMPANION'.

 I found the Miniatures Rules for SPACE 1889 to be rather lengthy at thirty pages covering the base rules - before moving onto other considerations....at times heavy reading with some difficult rules mechanisms to get my head around. However a good amount of the Base Rules  are most appealing and do somewhat influence my thinking to-wards developing my own simpler set of rules....I am the sort of enthusiast who likes 'One-Page Rules' and certainly balk at referring to reams of Rules - and I certainly do not like any Rules where you are obliged constantly to refer to indexed volumes of text and tables to work out relatively minor points of conjecture. For now more anon.

Above: Shown is my Collection of SPACE 1889 Books.

REMARKS:

I would certainly be interested in hearing from any of my Readers who may have played 
SPACE 1889 as a Wargame - with the Frank Chadwick miniatures rules.

To-morrow ( Saturday) I will commence some Miniatures Sculpting.
It is the sort of activity where you have to be in the right mood.

Until next time.
Cheers. KEV.

Saturday, 21 October 2017

My NEW Fictional COLONIAL Project.

Hi. I have decided to re-visit an old favorite fictional Project of mine:
 'The Invasion of the Colony of New South Wales by Russia in the 1880s'.

 Back in 1984 I devised a Campaign featuring the fictional Russian invasion of NSW - all done in 1/72nd with ESCI Zulu War British (and Conversions) along with Crimea Russians also by ESCI.
My friends and I held one demonstration game at the Spartan Association in Sydney where I employed my models and figures to fight the 'Battle of  Warrilla - Windang' ( on the South Coast of New South Wales). The game was most enjoyable involving the two towns, bridges, troops and a gunboat - however I was rather inexperienced at taking the concept further to evolve a full blown Campaign.
The NEW October 2017 Project:
MINIFIGS 15mm.
I have decided to re-build my New South Wales forces and Russian invaders using the excellent Minifigs 15mm from the Zulu War and Crimea ranges. I placed an order for the Minifigs with the UK yesterday and the figures should arrive by Airmail in another three weeks.

Expectations:
I intend to devise a series of fictional Battles- possibly 'Linked'- involving Infantry, Cavalry and Artillery of the Colony of New South Wales against the Russians. I have shrunk my Games Table to be now 4ft x 11ft which will allow ample room to deploy the 15mm Armies. At this stage the Fictional Campaign Games will be fought out between my friend -Greg Mc - and myself.

Well- that is about it for to-night.
Until next time.
Cheers. KEV.

Friday, 20 October 2017

GREG's SUDAN Introductory Game.

Hi. Have shared a pleasing morning with my friend Greg in his Games Room - playing out an Introductory Sudan Scenario with Greg's PERRY 28mm Armies.

The Sudan Scenario was used to Introduce 'Black Powder' rules to me and involved a British Infantry Square supported by British Cavalry trying to reach a small Oasis Town ( held by the Naval Brigade).
A great Game - Thanks Greg....the whole took around two hours with a short break for lunch.

 Above: The Naval Brigade behind light cover and palms near the Oasis Town - beautifully painted Sailors and Officers by Greg.

 I took command of the Mahadists - and managed to 'Win' the battle by preventing the British Column reaching the small town- losses to the British were such that the remnants were compelled to withdraw from whence they came having lost their Cavalry and Artillery to the frenzied natives.

Above: Greg - in Command of the British.
The terrain, buildings and troops presented by Greg is just superbly done- absolutely perfect!

KEV (me)- with the Dervish command.

Early photo showing the British Infantry and Cavalry advancing.

REMARKS:

Thoroughly enjoyed Greg's game - the Scenario went along well and the Black Powder rules were easily followed and did give decisive outcomes.

Full marks to Greg for his reaching this culmination of his Sudan Project - simply splendid. 
Well done Mate!


                                                      Note:   IN The NEXT INSTALLMENT.

My next Posting should deal with my NEW Colonial Project in 15mm ...please stay tuned.
Until then-
Cheers. KEV.

Thursday, 14 September 2017

'SCOTTY' from ST-TMP.

Hi. I thought to show you my favorite Playmates Figure - a 'Conversion' of SCOTTY the Chief Engineers for STAR TREK-The Motion Picture. (TMP).

I really am fond of the Montgomery Scott figure - as Chief Engineer of the ENTERPRISE he is the one in charge of keeping the engines and power mechanics of the star ship in peek operational performance.

 I do like my 'Conversion' figure of Scotty - certainly admire this Playmates character.


Well- that is about it for the moment.
Until next time.
Cheers.
KEV.

Wednesday, 13 September 2017

STAR TREK - The Motion Picture PLAYMATES Figures.

Hi. Thought to show you my collection of Star Trek- The Motion Picture (TMP) - (1979) .
These 5" Figures are by Playmates- being produced in the early 1990s. My collection was made up in 2014.

 Above: Shown is the full array of my 13 figures for Star Trek -The Motion Picture.

From L to R. 
Ensign Chekov, Mr Spock, Captain Kirk, Dr McCoy.

From L to R.
Mr Scott (Engineer), Nurse Christine Chapel, William Deker, Chekov.

From L to R.
Dr McCoy, Lt Uhura, Ilia Probe, Mr Sulu.

From L to R.
Mr Sulu, Yoeman Janice Rand, Bashir, Dax.
( I included the Bashir and Dax figures as 'Extras').

Above: These are my seven Conversion Figures.

Conversions: Mr Scott, Nurse Chapel and W. Deker.

Conversions: Chekov, Yoeman Rand, Bashir and Dax.

It cost a fair bit to do my seven converted figures as I needed two different figures for each final converted figure. Yoeman Janice Rand was the most difficult to do as I had to re-model the figures hair from the 'Beehive' of TOS to a more 1970s style for Janice.
( You may note the 'hands' on the female figure conversions are not exactly the right color - I have now a bottle of Vallejo acrylic paint which will be better and I will do re-painting tomorrow).
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UPDATE: 14th Sept 2017.

L to R: Deker, Rand, Dax, Chapel.
Have re-painted the hands and necks of these figures.
The Vallejo acrylic 'Flat Flesh' works well.

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The figures shown above are the complete range from Playmates for The Motion Picture (1979) Series. I think Playmates missed a golden opportunity by electing not produce a complete range of figures. However, I am very pleased with my 'Conversions' and am certainly glad to now have a complete range of characters.

Well - that is about it for now.
Until next time.
Cheers.
KEV.

Friday, 8 September 2017

COLLECTING PLAYMATES 5" Figures and Ships.

Hi. Welcome to part of my Site concerning my Star Trek Toy Collection which I'd like to show you.

Back in mid- 1993 I purchased my first Playmates 5" Figures.
I bought a pair - being Captain Jean Luc Picard and Counselor Deanna Troi.

 I can still remember the day I brought home these two Star Trek - Next Generation figures from our Local Toy Shop and remember well the absolute thrill of opening the packages and setting down the two figures on the surface of my study bench. I studied these figures with absolute wonder- they are fantastic! Absolutely great likeness and extremely well made.  I was indeed very pleased- and off-course later I set about obtaining all the figures from the Playmates series for ST-TNG.


Some years ago I built a special Cabinet with lighting to display my Playmates 5" figures and Star Trek ships.
 I collected from 1993 right up to about 2014. When I began the Playmates collection I was paying about $8 to $10 per figure- I remember well finishing up purchasing most of my Collection from the United States from places like California, Hollywood, Los Vegas and Florida....my Playmates figure of Commander William Riker for my 'Nemisis' Collection ended up costing $75 from New York ( at the time the figure was the only one I could find - in the World! )....I do not worry about the cost, nor the value of my Collection - I just love it and admire what I have and am not concerned about it all being an investment and what it is worth and so forth....I'm just very pleased in being able to have such a great Star Trek Collection.

 Above is shown my Star Trek - The Next Generation (TNG) Collection showing the first figures purchased.

Above: Much later in  Collecting I was very pleased when Playmates announced that they had made and released the figures from STAR TREK The Original Series (TOS). Yes- The 'CLASSIC' Set...my set of Classic figures were sent to me by a very good American friend - Sharon Atwood from 'Little Rock' (USA).
I added to the basic ' Classic Set' to build up a complete Collection.....I marvel at the Classic Set - as certainly as a youngster in the 1960s I yearned for such figures - marvelous Toys!

REMARKS:

Well- I am very pleased to bring to you some photos of my Collection. In future posts I would like to show the Collection to you in some detail- this may be of interest to you- so please stay tuned.

Well that is about it for to-night.
I'm tired - having thought about re-vamping my post.
Until next time.
Cheers.
KEV.