Sunday 30 October 2011

Tomorrow's War meets Battletech: House Davion's "Shadow Hawk" painted

Another one of the famous N-scale "unseen" designs. This is an 1/144 scale plastic kit from the Dougram animated tv show.

I will change my plans. No more 15mm. I am going to use Mechwarrior Dark Age 10mm figures as they appear to be more in scale with the Mech's cockpit.

Martel Model 5 Medium laser (arm), Holly Long Range Missiles (shoulder) and Armstrong J11 Autocannon (other shoulder) in firing position

Armstrong J11 cannon in upright position and jump jets. Note the head-mounted Holly Short Range Missile pack.

Side view with more details of the armament. Warning labels included ;-)

Sunday 23 October 2011

HUMINT, October 2011, Vol. 1: new releases for gaming "moderns"

HUMINT = human intelligence. A new series of posts on my blog about news of various tabletop miniature producing companies concerning "moderns". The pictures were taken off the producers' catalogues with their prior permission. Cheers for that guys! Links to their webshops can be found within the right column of my blog (see sources for 20mm....).

Wartime Miniatures releases:

new range of Modern US Army. FireTeam 1 including 1 with Door knocking equipment
FireTeam 2 including 1 with SRAAW in pack and seperate Bipod for SAW Gunner

Platoon HQ (Pl Comd, Medic and RTO)

BushMaster GPMG Gunner and Digger

Generic Nato crew

SF troops

Afghan trader

Afghan Man

Females in Bhurka

Vickers MMG + Crew

Piat Team

Thursday 6 October 2011

100,000 views. I am speechless

Hi there,
well I just clicked my own blog today and there it is: 100,000 views as of this morning! I can barely describe how that feels. This is nothing but my private little non-profit portal showing around my hobby stuff and talk about releases of friends' little miniature companies. That I would reach more than 100,000 views within one year I wouldn't have thought possible.

Some of you that follow blogger on a regular basis might have noticed that it was a little quiet over the summer months. Obviously there are reasons. For one that I am going through some rough times with a family member being seriously ill and for second, because I have started a second blog (yeah, that's right - another one) that completely will cover my Warhammer 40,000 related hobby endeavours. You can find it at
Last but not least I am also still into developement and testing of Force On Force supplements and I have to take care of two forums of which I am a moderator, which means I have to read a lot and take care of "my" communities (of which most are grown up enough to basicly run on their own).

So what's going to happen here in the future? Well, we at Ambush Alley Games have another bunch of books coming up soon. Ambush Valley Vietnam will be released this month (October) as well as Tomorrow's War going to follow right away.

Work continues on another four main supplements for release next year and some additional projects that are supporting Force On Force but aren't exactly Osprey releases (which means they will probably be .pdf download only).

My moderns are on hold at this moment for I am painting 40k stuff en masse (watch the blog!). Nevertheless I have decided to finish off the mid-'90s Bundeswehr that I started years ago, I have artillery support for both, Marines and Army (US) on my painting table and the ever present Chinese PLA will get finished hopefully later this year.

I'd like to thank all of you who visit this blog and comment about my stuff. I also would like to say "thanks" to Brian, Rob, Shaun, Mathew and all other vendors who allow me to bring their latest stuff in my hobby news section. You are supporting our hobby by fulfilling our wishes!

Thanks to all of you, who also are members at the AAG forum, The Guild and the German GW-Fanworld ("moderns" part of the forum) for your support, your criticism and nice comments. You are a great community that I am glad to be member of.

Once again my personal gratitude to Piers (aka Big P from GMG) who brought me into this - its all your fault, mate! :-D

Tuesday 4 October 2011

Panzergrenadier platoon for my mid-'90s Bundeswehr

These are among my first ever painted "moderns" after years of GW related stuff. I used Revell kits and boxes of infantry for those mid-'90s Bundeswehr Panzergrenadiere (all plastics in 1/72). For some reason I have never shown my early works, but as I never tossed them away and recently stumbled over the box they were in, I thought I might as well share them with you. :-D

For the pic above I cheated - the Marder IFV isn't this command squads' vehicle. I have to admit the one for these guys up to day has not even been built, although I have it sitting in my shelf for years (maybe I should finally do that *doh!*)
The whole platoon - minus its command squad.

Six Grenadier dismounts and their dedicated transport: Marder 1A3 from Revell.

The dismounts, to include squad leader, 40mm grenader launcher, MG3 gunner, dismounted MILAN ATGM starter and assist. gunner.

Monday 3 October 2011

FlaRakPz Roland for my mid-'90s Bundeswehr

A pretty simple conversion. A Revell 1/72 Marder 1A3 was combined with the Roland missile turret of a Rocco Minitanks Roland.

Although the turret is 1/87 it doesn't look too small in my opinion.

A GW 25mm base does the trick: I used it to increase the height of the turret.

Looking at it from this angle shows that you can actually mix some different scales on some models. ;-)
I have a platoon of mid-'90s Panzergrenadiere that I never showed in my blog. I will take some pics the coming days and post them too.