Saturday, 21 April 2018

Salute 2018

I was so upset that I was unable to make Salute 2018 this year, especially after spending the last six months preparing for it only to find work commitments at the last moment and no swap got in the way. But the show carries on without me as they say and the Leicester Phat Cats put on a wonderful display of Blood and Plunder, a late 17th century pirate game set at the dawn of the golden age of piracy.

So can you imagine my surprise that I saw an interview with one of the Leicester Phat Cats chaps, Lee on Beasts of War and photos of all my painted figures and terrain and just how chuffed I was.

Not only that we won the Runners Up Award for Best Participation Game which is amazing and I am really chuffed.

Well I dont know what to say as I can now retire happy.

So have a nice day


Wednesday, 4 April 2018

Building Rome for Gangs of Rome

I’ve completed my second of the buildings that are being built buildings for Gangs of Rome and I’m rather enjoying them as the formula I got for painting them works rather nicely. 

As I’m getting close to finishing off my building for Gangs of Rome, just one to go before I get more, I need more buildings, I’m addicted, I thought I show you how I do my buildings. Firstly I spray the whole thing with red car primer and then once dried, after about an hour I apply masking tape to the lower half of the building to get that Roman look.

Then I gently spray white car primer over the building but do not aim to get a clean white surface but rather an uneven surface with the base red paint showing through. I achieve this but spray from arms length going slowly down the length of the building. Then peel off the masking tape once the white paint as dried.

Next I paint any brickwork the same or nearest colour to the red primer, I use Vallejo’s Model Colour Saddle Brown for this and then drybrush a lighter tone, I use Vallejo’s Game Colour Tan, for highlights to the brickwork.

I then base colour all the woodwork black using a spray for ease, then paint the wood with a dark brown, I’m using household paint, the little tester pots, like a drybrush but with more paint on it. Next dry brush a little brown over it to then a very light brown, I use Vallejo’s Model Colour Dark Flesh, for the final highlights.

The next stage I use a very watered down wash of Black Glaze, so it looks like dirty water, and wash it over the whole building with a large flat brush, as this creates the run marks natural and you can turn the brush to narrow the effect and create darker running.

The paint spills on the wooden boards are created by using a toothbrush and dabbing and dragging the paint and to get the thin paint look simply add a little water to the paint and paint it on and wipe the excess out.

I hope you like them.

Have a nice day.


Monday, 2 April 2018

Chillcon, Blood and Plunder, Phat Cats and a Award

Well on Saturday 31st March I travelled up to Chillcon, a new show in its second year, in Sheffield to put on a demo of Blood and Plunder. It was is a school hall and there was a fair number of traders and re-sellers there and over 600 people attended the show, which isn't too bad considering it is away from the city centre but actually it is better for it. I liked the show, it was friendly, pleasant and people showed interest and liked to chap and play games.

I was down there with my local club, The Leicester Phat Cats, and besides putting on the Blood and Plunder game we also put on a 30K Heresy game to with all manner of GW things shooting at all manager of GW things, yes I still have not got the bug for it and hoping I never will, but the models look good.

All in all it was a very good day especially as we won the Most Fun to Play Award for Blood and Plunder, which I am well chuffed about.

See if you can spot our table, lol

Next will also Chiilcon will be doing a second show this year in Derby on 22nd September, more details to come soon.

Have a nice day.

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