30 June 2005

Indochine 1946 wargame photos

Pictures from two separate games played within a week of each other. French patrols with a specific mission and with orders to bring back prisoners for interrogation.

The WW2 battle-hardened French Legionnaires had a great deal of success on the first occasion, but the second game was a definite win for the Viet Mihn.

El Brazo de Nelson
Wargames Tenerife
Wargames Tenerife

Players : Alberto, Carlos, John, Melo, Rob
Rules : Hit The Dirt (see www.freewargamesrules.co.uk)
Scale : 1:76, 1:72
Scenery : Alberto, Carlos, Iván, John
Heavily modified Viet Minh figures and French Indochina troops by Alberto.

26 May 2005

Copper Wire Armature Trees

Copper Wire Armature Trees

The technique of using twisted copper wire to make tree armatures is quite well known to railway enthusiasts, diorama builders and wargamers.

The twisted copper wire armatures have been covered with various layers of white glue and black paint and the foliage has been made from steel wool (like Brillo but without the soap) covered by dried herbs and scatter material.

You can also use lichen, as can be seen on one of the trees in the photographs.

23 April 2005

Salute Wargame Show / Exhibition in London - 23rd April 2005

Salute - 23rd April 2005

A wargamer's paradise  four floors, plenty of demonstration and participation games of all types, scales and periods, plus a large selection of vendors. Credit where credit is due, the organizers deserve a good pat on the back.

Overall I really enjoyed the games, all the people hosting the demonstration games were happy to explain and very friendly to anyone who asked questions (such as people like me).

The only thing I didn't find particularly good was the bring and buy section. It turned out to be a mad free-for-all and you couldn't get near the table without pushing. Elbowing around in a scrum to buy old models isn't what I was after, so I just gave the bring-and-buy table a miss. The quaint old British "habit" of automatically forming an orderly queue when in the presence of 3 or more people has gone out of fashion.

My main interest was the smallscale 1/72-76 games  and there were plenty of those to keep me happy and below are some 50 assorted images . I would have taken more pictures, but my memory card was full.

This stand really caught my eye. There were two Italian guys who put on and Italeri Operation Overlord demonstration game and some of their conversion jobs on the Italeri figures were astonishing !

I would have liked to speak to them to see who did the conversions and paint jobs, just to at least say "well done amico ", but every time I went back to see them, they were being "interrogated" by other people so I never got the chance to speak to them.