Thursday, 25 May 2017

The Traders Shack for the Apocalypse Miniatures Kickstarter

The Traders Shack is yet another scratch-built master for the Apocalypse Miniatures  OldHammer Kickstarter due to be released later this year. I will be keeping the Blog updates with details once I have more information.


Tuesday, 23 May 2017

Spring Clean part three

With all the work I have done on the exterior of the shed, I thought it was only fair to clean up the inside. Here you can see my North-facing workstation with my (antique) paints. I treated myself to a new A2 Cutting mat with the old one being cut up to act as lining for the shelf and use as a surface protector.

I really should be getting on with the last of the scratch-built models for The Pen and Sword terrain book, but with weather this good, I think I can allow myself a little me-time.


Sunday, 21 May 2017

Spring Clean part two

Following on from the earlier thread, see this post, I have spent most of the weekend painting the shed with wood preserver. Hopefully, I will get a couple more years out of this 17 year old shed.


Saturday, 20 May 2017

Charlie William Harwood

Yesterday at around 2.45 pm, Charlie William Harwood was born. Charlie is our second grandson and earlier this evening Sue, Flo and I got to see him for the first time.

Lots of love to Charlie, Beckie, Gary and Finley.


Tony (Bampi)

Friday, 19 May 2017

Models For Wargamers Book - the first 60 copies have been sold

Sales of Dampfpanzerwagon Guide No. 3 - Models For Wargamers continue with book no. 60 being ordered earlier this week. Remember the first 100 copies will be numbered and signed.

For details of how to order your own copy of this limited run, self-published book, please go to this link.

Thank you for all of the support.


Thursday, 18 May 2017

The Stone Bridge for the Apocalypse Miniatures Kickstarter

This is another image of the finished stone bridge that I built for the Apocalypse Miniatures Kickstarter Campaign. I am particularly proud of this model as it used a new DAS sculpting technique rather than a core structure covered in DAS. When the shape was fully defined and the DAS was set, I carved the stonework with scalpel, before refining the shape with a large needle. Additional texturing was done with sandpaper and a wire brush.

I have a resin cast (cast by Rob Alderman of Hysterical Games) and I will be painting it up very soon.

The Kickstarter is due to be launched later this year and I will add further details once I have more information.


Tuesday, 16 May 2017

Spring clean.....

Over the last two days, I have been Spring cleaning the shed-at-the-bottom-of-the-garden and doing some much needed repairs and updates to the shed walls. Last year I lined one of the back walls with roofing felt in the hope that this would protect the wood from the conifers that grow behind the shed, Yesterday, I clad the second back wall with 20mm thick wood (ex-pallet wood) that was given to me for free.

It took most of the day to break down the pallets, but now that it is all done it does look good - I just need to paint on some wood preserver.

The shed is now 17 years old and with these and the earlier updates I would hope that there is at least three to five more years left in her. (The shed).


Saturday, 13 May 2017

New Brushes.....

I've just treated myself to five new miniature painting brushes.

My preferred brush of choice is the No. 2 and No. 3 Rosemary & Co, 401 - sable/synthetic mix with the long handle. I find that the sable/synthetic mix works best for me as I like the 'spring' that the synthetic bristles give and I can abuse them more than a pure 100% sable. I also like the feel of the longer handle; although this is just personal choice as the heads are the same on the standard and long handled options.

Details of Rosemary & Co can be found here.


Thursday, 11 May 2017

Apocalypse Miniatures Stables

This is a pre-production image of the latest model made by me for the Apocalypse Miniatures Kickstarter - The Stables. Like the earlier models this 28mm/30mm scaled building should be released later this year as part of an OldeHammer Kickstarter featuring around a dozen buildings and terrain pieces.

You can see some more posts on the Lead Adventure Forum by clicking on this post.


Tuesday, 9 May 2017

Model Making Wood for FREE

I have in the past spoken about making use of scrap wood, the wood that you can pick up for free from greengrocers or from open-air markets. Earlier today Sue and I were in Stratford on Avon, dropping off some models for a commission and we decided rather than drive straight back we would visit Henley in Arden. As I walked around this quiet and quaint tourists destination, I saw a simple wooden packing crate being thrown out.

Back home and after five minutes work with a pair of pliers, I have enough scrap wood to last me for three or four timber framed buildings. In fact I have;
2 x 5mm thick strips (sides)
2 x 4mm thick strips (handles)
2 x 3.5mm thick strips (the ends)
3 x 1.5mm thick strips (base)

For free.


Monday, 8 May 2017

Apocalypse Miniatures Resin Farmhouse

This is an image of my very latest master for the Apocalypse Miniatures Kickstarter, which I have been working on. The model is of an Old Farmhouse and will be dropped off to Rob at Hysterical Games tomorrow. Details of the Kickstarter can be found either on my Blog using the Oldhammer label or on the Apocalypse Miniatures Web page. In addition, I am aware that Ryan is posting images and comments on this Lead Adventure thread.

The official launch is due later this year, with comments on all sites, mentioning a late Spring/early Summer launch. I will keep this Blog updated with any developments.


Sunday, 7 May 2017

Models For Wargamers Book - update

I can now report that the first 50 copies of Dampfpanzerwagon Guide No.3 - Models For Wargamers have now been ordered, paid for and posted. The first 100 limited edition copies will be numbered and signed.

For details of how to get your copy please go to this link.


Friday, 5 May 2017

Hundreds of Role Playing Guides and Books for sale

Earlier today, Sue and I decided to visit Harborne, Birmingham. We needed to do some general shopping and drop off a bag of donations to the local charity shop.

When in Harborne, I like to visit the Oxfam Charity Bookshop on the High Street, but on this occasion left without buying anything (which is unusual for me). As I stood outside, Sue pointed out this notice which was displayed in the shop window. As you can imagine, I promptly went back in and asked to see the manager.....

I was told that there had been a huge donation of Role Playing books and guides donated to the shop by two women and that the number of books meant that they could not be displayed in the store. I wasn't expecting what happened next but the manager asked if I would like to see them. I think you know the answer to that question.....

Upstairs I was shown literally hundreds of Role Playing and gaming books from the usual Dungeons and Dragons and GURPs to many titles I was not familiar with. The books range in price from £10.00 to £40.00 and I can confirm that they are indeed in perfect condition, if you are in the area the store is well worth a visit.

The sheer number of books means that it is unlikely they will be catalogued or listed one-by-one, however the store is worth contacting if you are interested in rare or obscure gaming books.

Details of the store are;
  Oxfam Book Shop
  171 High Street,
  B17 9QE

Or use this link

You can contact the manager, Julian on 0121 4274784. I have told Julian that I will be posting details and he is very happy for me to do so.

Good luck.


Thursday, 4 May 2017

New Resin for Pax Bochemannica

Images borrowed from Hysterical Games WEB site

I picked up two new packs of miniatures for Pax Bochemannica when I visited Hysterical Games last week, The Auxillary Arches (x 4) and the Noman Auxillary Ogre (x 1). I now just need some spare time to mount and paint them.....

Other projects are taking up most of my spare time - projects that require me to work to a deadline.

The resin figures are available from Hysterical Games at a cost of £8.00 a pack.


Monday, 1 May 2017

More resin from Hysterical Games

Another post and another look at some of the new resin casts that Rob Alderman of Hysterical Games has produced for me from my originals. These particular resin pieces were original intended as 'clutter' items for the bases of my scratch built terrain models, but I'm sure you can twist Rob's arm should you want a set (or two).

The first image shows some barrels, all of which were sculpted or modified by me from some earlier sculpted models I had made. The image below shows a book case, lots of small bottles, pots and pans which were once again modelled by me and intended as clutter. Should these and the earlier mushrooms prove popular, I can see me producing more.

Happy Bank Holiday.


Sunday, 30 April 2017

Mushrooms from Hysterical Games

Following hot on the heels of yesterdays post, here are some resin mushrooms that I picked up from Rob at Hysterical Games earlier this week. The mushrooms were sculpted by me for use as decoration on the bases of Hysterical Games Panzerfauste miniatures and the Olde Hammer Apocalypse Miniatures Terrain Kickstarter.

Uses for resin mushrooms;
1 - Toadstool Decoration for wargame terrain - adding the small mushrooms to the bases of fantasy terrain or large individual miniatures and painting them as traditional red with white spots mushrooms would add colour to most fantasy terrain.

2 - Mushroom Mines - small batches of three or five mushrooms on a small plastic base could be used as minefields in Panzerfauste. Any model that was within 10 cms of the mushrooms when the mines go off could be effected by the explosion. Death, sleep of or vomiting could be the effect/effects.

3 - Fungi as Food - Use the resin mushrooms as objective markers in fantasy games, Goblins and Orcs would collect tokens which could be objectives in the game.

I cannot find the mushrooms on the Hysterical Games web site, so contacting Rob Alderman at Hysterical Games would be the best way forward should you want a set or two.....


Saturday, 29 April 2017

Pig Sty for Apocalypse Miniatures Kickstarter

Sue and I were babysitting in Leamington Spa yesterday afternoon, looking after our grandson Finley. On the way over I stopped off at Hysterical Games to drop off the latest masters to Rob Alderman for the Olde Hammer - Apocalypse Miniatures Kickstarter and picked up this example of the Pig Sty casting that I sculpted some time ago - this is the very first resin cast of this model which will feature as part of the Kickstarter campaign due to be launched later this year.

I didn't stay long as Rob and Hannah were busy re-arranging some storage shelving for the tons of newly cast resin, hopefully I can visit later in the year and spend more time discussing the different projects Rob is working on.


Update 1

Here are some more details of the Kickstarter, posted on Lead Adventures Forum this week by Ryan and showing more painted examples.

Friday, 28 April 2017

Models For Wargamers Reviewed in W, S & S issue 90

Issue 90 of Wargames, Soldiers & Strategy has a short review of Dampfpanzerwagon Guide No. 3 - Models For Wargamers, written by the magazine editor Guy Bowers and featured on page 80. Thank you Guy, I pleased that you liked the book.

Copies of Models For Wargamers can be purchased from me for £18.00 plus postage, for further details please see this link.

I also have copies of Dampfpanzerwagon Guide No. 2 - More Wargame Terrain. These last few books are available for just £15.00 plus postage and details can be found here.

Thank you.


Thursday, 27 April 2017

April Update

I am very conscious that updated to the Blog in April have been very scarce. The Apocalypse Miniatures Kickstarter is still planned for launch later this year. I have just finished another two models which are going off to be cast early next week. for full details of this exciting Olde Skool, Old Hammer project go to this link. At this moment there are about a dozen separate models in the range.

Here is an image of the Stone Bridge.....

and this is the Apothecaries Shop.....

My main project for this year is producing models and text for the planned Pen & Sword terrain building book which I have been commissioned to write, The new book will have nine articles covering various scales and featuring buildings and structures from all across Europe. I will try to keep the Blog updated with details of both this book and the Kickstarter and promote their launches once I have further details.

Sales of Models for Wargamers is still going well and should you wish to order a copy please go to this link.


Friday, 21 April 2017

The Cottages of Lilliput Lane

Another charity shop find - The Cottages of Lilliput Lane published by Portfolio Press in 1991 bought for just £2.00.

I have in previous posts commented on how I look to Lilliput Lane and David Winter Cottages for inspiration when building my own wargame terrain. This hard-back book lists and details each of the Lilliput Lane sculpts as well as giving details of how they are modelled and cast.

I can see me using these illustrations as more inspiration when modelling further buildings.


The Cottages of Lilliput Lane
Published by Portfolio Press, New York
Photographs by Walter Pfeiffer - Text by Deborah Scott
266 pages full colour
ISBN - 0 942620 14 3

Tuesday, 18 April 2017

Armour Modelling by John Prigent

Sue and I had a day in Cheltenham and I picked up this second-hand copy of Armour Modelling by John Prigent, part of the Osprey Masterclass series for just £5.00. The book was in one of the many charity stores in Cheltenham and I thought it too good to miss out on.

It is a card covered ring bound reference book of 192 pages, full-colour illustrations with lots of step-by-step projects, just the sort of book I like.....

I look forward to reading it.


Armour Modelling by John Prigent
Published by Osprey Publishing in 2008
Cover price - £19.99
ISBN - 978 1 84176 974 5

Sunday, 16 April 2017

Happy Easter

Happy Easter.


Tuesday, 11 April 2017

Some charity shop finds

These three books were picked up from the Oxfam Book Store in Cirencester yesterday. The Look and Learn book is full of beautiful illustrations, many by one of my favourite artists; Angus McBride, while the two Roman booklets are illustrated by Ronald Embleton. All three were on the reduced tale and cost just 99p each.


Friday, 7 April 2017

Models For Wargamers - the first review

Earlier today I was directed to this post over on Wargames and Railroads, a Blog written by Kris Marquardt a long-time supported of my 'how-to' articles and guides. The Blog post is a review (the first review as far as I am aware) of Dampfpanzerwagon Guide No. 3 - Models For Wargamers.

Should you like what you see - there are still copies of Dampfpanzerwagon Guide No. 2 - More Wargame Terrain and obviously copies of the latest publication Models For Wargamers available, for details of how to order your own copies, please go to this link.

It is fair to say that Kris's previous comments about Guide No. 1 and Guide No. 2 have helped to improve the presentation and content of Guide No. 3 as well as magazine articles that I have had published.

Thank you Kris. I am glad that you enjoyed the most recent book.


Thursday, 30 March 2017

Models For Wargamers Book - available to order

Copies of Dampfpanzerwagon Guide No. 3 - Models For Wargamers are now available to purchase. for full details please see this post.

As with the earlier two guides, the first 100 copies will be numbered and signed.

Thank you.


Monday, 27 March 2017

Gloucester away-day

Part two of our weekend away saw us visiting Gloucester and taking time out to have a picnic at the Jet Age Museum which is on the Staverton airfield. The weather was fine, if a little windy and we sat at the picnic tables at the side of the airstrip. My highlight was seeing (and hearing) a Havard take off - boy is it loud.

This particular Meteor has a non-standard canopy, it looks like a T33 canopy to me.


Sunday, 26 March 2017

Shrewsbury away-day

Another away-day, this time to Shrewsbury, where I took these images.

The image below was a modern reproduction of a timber framed building which I thought caught the traditional construction style very well.


Thursday, 23 March 2017

Happy Birthday to me - some of the presents

In addition to a new sketch book and some gift vouchers for W H Smiths (newsagents/book seller in the UK), I received this near pristine second-hand copy of the Andreas Miniatures Catalogue from Sue and a copy of Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman from Holly and John.

Tomorrow Sue and I are having a weekend away while Holly looks after Flo and we will be celebrating Mothers Day with a picnic in Gloucester.


Sunday, 19 March 2017

West Midlands Military Show - Alumwell 2017

Here are some images taken by me at the West Midlands Military Show, Alumwell last Sunday.

The show was the venue for the official launch of the latest Dampfpanzerwagon Guide - Models For Wargamers. Should you wish to learn more, please use this link or follow the tab to the right.