Sunday, 26 February 2017

Models For Wargamers is now available to order

Dampfpanzerwagon Guide No. 3 - Models for Wargamers has been ordered and is now at the printers. I would expect the official launch date to be Sunday 12th March and copies will be available to purchase at The West Midlands Military Show (WMMS, Alumwell) see this post for details.

The new book will be;
   A4 Portrait size
   Perfect Bound
   Premium paper - 300gsm gloss cover and 170gsm gloss pages
   112 pages (plus cover)
   8 articles and 10 step-by-step tutorials
   Over 330 full colour images
   Over 20,000 words


I am pleased to confirm that the books will be sold for just £18.00 each. Payment via (old fashioned) cheque or Paypal. 

Should anyone wish to order a copy of the book, could you please e-mail me at; With your full name and address and your Paypal account details (so I can send you an invoice).

Please include the title Models for Wargamers in the e-mail.


Each copy will be wrapped in clingfilm, enclosed in a custom card wrap and posted via Royal Mail.

Postage & Packaging will be;
  UK - £5.00
  Europe - £9.50
  Rest of the World - £13.50

(Subject to change)

(Anyone who wants the book/package to be signed for - please contact me at the time of ordering and I will amend the P&P cost).

Pre-launch orders will be processed as soon as the books are available - please keep checking Blog for details.

Thank you.


Friday, 24 February 2017

A couple of books from the library

Sue and I visited The Hive, the main library in Worcester and I picked up these two books on loan. The first is Recreating The Past by Vistor Ambrus and Mick Aston, the on-site artist and presenter of Time Team, a TV archaeology programme. And The Pen and Ink Book by Jos. A. Smith which is a hard-backed book describing materials and techniques for artist's. 

Both have proven to be great reads, the first giving lots of inspiration and the second helping me to improve my drawing skills.


Tuesday, 21 February 2017

Three recent purchases

Here are three recent book purchases. The first was bought for me by Sue and is an illustrated book of paintings and watercolours showing the Victorian ideal of a country cottage. Victorian Cottages (part of the Country Series) by Andrew Clayton Payne. The book is full of inspiration for future models.

Secondly a real find - again a gift from Sue who has a way of finding these fantastic little gems. The Hutchinson Dictionary of Ancient and Medieval Warfare. It was picked up for just 50p.

Finally a book found by me in a charity book shop, Traditional Houses of Rural France by Bill Laws. The book is jam-packed with colour illustrations of beautifully photographed rural houses. Just my type of book. This one cost just £1.00.


Sunday, 19 February 2017

BS2017 - Hammerhead Shark - part eighteen

The Build Something Contest on Lead Adventure update.

The entries are in and we are just awaiting details of the contest rules and how the entries are going to be judged. Good luck to everyone who entered and commiserations to those brave soles who's entries were not able to be completed in time.

Here is just one more image of the Hammerhead. Showing the painting started.

I will post details once the contest is live.


Thursday, 16 February 2017

WMMS Alumwell 2017

The West Midlands Military Show - Alumwell is less than a month away. Regular followers will know that it is my intention to be an exhibitor at the show and if all goes to plan, use the show to launch my new Dampfpanzerwagon Guide No. 3 - Models for Wargamers.

At this moment the book is still being formatted and it will be a close run thing to get the production, printing and packaging all ready in time for Sunday 12th March 2017.

I happen to think that Alumwell is one of the friendliest shows on the circuit, but this might be because it is my local wargame show and I tend to meet up with old friends. Either way, I would hope that if you are attending you will stop by and say hello.


Wednesday, 15 February 2017

Troglodyte Terrain pieces for Panzerfauste

These are some painted examples of the Troglodyte Pillar terrain pieces for Panzerfauste. The originals were sculpted by me some time ago and then cast in resin by Hysterical Games.

The models were expertly painted by Hannah of Hysterical Games and although I would not have thought about using a purple wash, I think they looks fantastic and very atmospheric.

At this moment the models are not available to purchase via the Hysterical Games webstore, however if you were to contact Rob (or Hannah) of Hysterical Games I am sure they would supply more details.

The images were used with permission.

Although the models were designed for Panzerfauste, I am confident that they could be used in many different game settings and genres.


Monday, 13 February 2017

Orcs in the Webbe

Image borrowed from Orcs in the Webbe

Earlier this week, I was checking back on some articles that I had written for Craig Andrews of Orcs in the Webb and while looking for the particular story, I realised just how much information I have on OITW. For details of the three pages of stories, articles and step-by-step builds, go to this link.