Saturday, 28 January 2023

[Judge Dredd] Home in Time for Tea


Halo*Star was over for our second game of Judge Dredd. We decided to try and consolidate the game in our failing memories, but making use of the Big Meg and Armoury cards this time. The narrative for the scenario?  The gangers from David Dickinson Block had been out and about, but now it was time to get back to the block before Celebrity Bargain Hunt started on the Holo-units. Unfortunately for them their earlier activities had drawn the attention of The Judges, and they had plans to intercept.

Friday, 20 January 2023

Lindberg 1/72 OS2U Kingfisher


At the start of December, between work, Xmas and combined weariness my painting mojo level dropped right down. This time, as I have done in the past, I decided to try making a model from my stash. The kit I actually chose was an 1/72 Airfix Stuka that my son had gifted me last Christmas (which is build and primed now so hopefully will make an appearance here in the near future), but whilst getting the decorations down from the loft I noticed the box had broken for this Kingfisher so pulled it down as well.

Sunday, 8 January 2023

Refurbed: The Black Coach

With my first post on Sam’s blog, I’m going with the Black Coach from the Vampire Counts. I don’t have any “before” pictures as this blog post was an afterthought. Originally, I was just going to replace the base as it was mounted on sturdy artist’s canvas board and it did the job for 25 years. However, as I’m sprucing up my army to a slightly better standard, I wanted the Coach to have the same base and look as the other units. Then I went a bit further and thought I could improve it a bit with more highlights and a repaint of wheels etc. When I lifted it out of the box, it fell apart…. a sign that it must be redone!!!


Due to lack of space and mental prices, I’ve drawn a line under my purchasing and want to get what I have built and painted. This will be a race against failing eyesight and/or death to achieve this though. I’m still a fan of the older Warhammer stuff, especially when its sugar coated with nostalgia. Like a lot of people, I’ve dipped in and out of the hobby for over thirty years. In recent times, over seven or eight years I guess, I’ve added to my collection of Middlehammer armies. Currently standing at Vampire Counts/Undead, Dwarfs, Orc & Goblin, Empire, and Ogre Kingdoms. 


Oh, Space Marines, I forgot, I’ve got Space Marines too… who doesn’t.


A good chunk of it was bought at the time in the nineties and noughties. Unfortunately, I seem drawn to horde armies. Combine that with being a hellishly slow painter and a bit time poor and you can’t crank them out at a good pace. I’ve tried to redress this in the last two years and have decided to go back to my first love of the Undead and refurb what I did back then and get “new” stuff painted.

I’m pleased with how this has turned out, it’s had new curtain colours (originally green), highlights, and new, more detailed wheels. The original base has been replaced with a resin one that fitted the size of the mini just right. It’s still a tidy, tabletop standard of a paintjob but I have managed to improve it. A lick of varnish and its ready to go…. back into storage…. 


Next up on the bench is a pair of movement trays for my skirmishing ghouls that are in need of a bit of gardening to give them a bit of visual interest.

Wednesday, 23 November 2022

Cadet and Merc

A seemingly random pair painted up, but less so if given context. 

Halo*Star is due to make another visit soon for another game of Judge Dredd. There had been some interest mentioned at trying some sort of campaign, and having read through the rules it would seem most statisfying to have Judges who moved through the ranks. He'd also gifted my the Judge Cadet pack, so the standing figure obviously needed to be painted. I haven't done any Lawmaster builds yet from this pack (or Anderson or Joe himself) but they'll come at some point...

The Mercenary is from the latest Die Hard Miniatures Kickstarter from sculpting veteran Tim Prow. I had pledged for a group of 5 Bounty Hunter Robots and a Kev White Sculpted hover biker, but this figure was from the free add ons. She's a good bit bulkier than the 2 Stargrave figures in the previous post so I decided that some red skin to suggest a different race would fun. I'm about half-way through painting up the robots so they should be in a post soon enough.