Saturday, March 30, 2013

Colonial War Games Page

Trevor’s Colonial War Games Page, although now defunct, offers a treasure trove of information to the colonial war gamer. The pages offer games, miniature galleries, scenarios, and rules. In addition, the links page offers links to other colonial war gaming sites, groups, colonial miniature manufactures and historical reference material.

I not sure when the page was last updated so I am sure that there might be broken links here and there.

A Collection of Unpainted HO Gauge Critters

When I purchase figures that are painted the figures typically need some touch-up. The colors chosen for these figures are not always true to life. In addition, the paint is often not applied with too much care. That is why I prefer to purchase my figures unpainted, but there are sometimes when a piece may not be available in any other way.

Friday, March 29, 2013

The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen

I received my copy of The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, Volume One in the mail today. I was a bit surprised by the medium in which it was published. I was expecting a normal comic book with thin pages and low resolution graphics, but the text is published on thick glossy pages and the graphics are colorful and vibrant.

I look forward to reading this volume. I am right in the middle of three other books at this time so I may not get to it for a little while. I will keep you updated.

Little People

The figure is in 1/87-HO scale. The workmen is carefully inspecting the fruit for any imperfections. You have to keep the populace occupied, somehow.

Thursday, March 28, 2013

FY! Tabletop Photography

Although it seems to had been short lived endeavor the FY! Tabletop Photography page is a Tumblr “dedicated to artistic photography of the tabletop gaming world”. Click on view archive for additional images. Interesting concept; it is too bad that this project did not continue.

The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen

In preparation of my receiving my first The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen comic book from Amazon, I have been doing some research into this topic and have come up with the following resources that might be of some benefit.

  • League of Extraordinary Gentlemen Wiki
  • Summarizes the plots of the different volumes and offers information about a few other fine resources.
  • Extraordinary Gentlemen’s Journal Blog
  • There is even an Extraordinary Gentlemen’s Journal Blog. This site offers so much in the way of information about Extraordinary Gentlemen miniatures and other topics, as well.
  • The Chaos Manifesto
  • The Chaos Manifesto offers up descriptions of the Extraordinary Gentlemen mentioned in the same. Click on the links to access peripheral information on other miniatures.

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Five HO Scale Horses Painted

I purchased these castings long ago so the manufacturer of these horses is a mystery to me. They are in 1/87-HO scale and cast in white metal. I was looking through an online catalog of Selley Finishing Touches’ detail parts the other day and noticed that they have a set of six horses available for sale. Three are grazing and three are standing. I have three grazing and two standing. Were my horse figures purchased from Selley? I did misplace one of the horses long ago? I suppose I will never really know where these figures originated, but they are now ready for that rural pasture scene.

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Two New Titles have been added to my Reading List

I just purchased two hard copied books from my local library. They had been out on the cart in the libraries lobby waiting to be purchased. I found a hard copy of Twain’s “Adventures of Tom Sawyer” and a soft copy of “That Darn Cat”, by the Gordans. I have read the former a few times already; it is one of those books I like to read from time to time. The other I haven’t read, but did see the movie as a child by the same name which was produced by Walt Disney Movies. The film was produced in 1965 and starred Hayley Mills and Dean Jones.The story is a light-hearted movie about a cat who becomes a secret agent and blows the cover on a couple of bank robbers who are holding a bank tellers hostage.

The two volumes will be added to spring 2013 reading list.

Disney Pixar "Up" N-Gauge Miniature Carl’s House

Disney Pixar’s animated movie "Up" was the inspiration behind this n-gauge miniature. Carl's House was created from paper and according to the author took a few weekends to complete. It does amaze me the things you can create with paper. It is a shame that the template for this particular model is no longer available; however, there is a version of the model that comes with the balloons that can be downloaded here.

See the same model, but in 1/48 scale.

Saturday, March 23, 2013

Ictíneo a Victorian Era Submarine

Ictíneo (derived from the Greek words for fish and for ship) was launched in 1859 in Barcelona harbor by Narcís Monturiol i Estarriol. The submarine, was made of olive wood supported with oak rings and was sheathed in two-millimeter thick copper. The submarine measured 23 feet (7 meters) in length, and had enough space for the captain and a four man crew. The sub was powered by cranking.

Friday, March 22, 2013

Creative Pirates Cove Paper Project

I was going through my collection of Bookmarks the other day and came across a couple of links to the Pirates Cove(scroll down towards the bottom of the page) project. Everything you see here, in this fantastic miniature layout, with the exception of the track and wheels, is made of paper and Strathmore board.

Gnatterbox, a forum of Gn15 modelers, sponsored a competition for small layouts built primarily from paper. This layout, built by Chris Walas, won the competition. You can see the wealth of detail for yourself and we can assume that a lot of creative and skillful effort went into this project.
The diorama has so much detail, like a couple of huts, a train that is used to deliver supplies to the Nautilus, a trolley to bring people to the sub, an aeroplane, with what looks a like a bomb, several figures in various poses, and various other bits of scenery.

I have spent some time studying the images of this layout and still find something new each time that I study it. This layout is awe inspiring and makes me want to start my own paper project. I won’t be so foolish to assume that I have the necessary skills to complete something with the magnitude, but perhaps something less daunting like a small structure. I could bring all my knowledge that I have gained from my readings of the techniques that others have used. If the project doesn't go as planned I will have learned something and gained a bit of experience in the process.

Click here for other views of the layout and here to view some additional images of the project as it was being built, along with some commentary by the author.

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Will Pegasus Models be Reissuing their Nautilus Submarine?

There still is no word about when Pegasus Hobbies is planning on re-releasing their Nautilus Submarine. The Nautilus Submarine was featured on page 3 of their 2011-12 catalog. The model is listed as being in 1/144 scale.

This particular model seems to be modeled after the Disney World’s Nautilus Submarine. I have long wanted to obtain a kit of Jules Verne’s “Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea” Nautilus.

As a boy I remember having read Verne’s novel and not too long afterward having the opportunity to ride in the Nautilus Submarine while visiting my father in Florida. I don’t know what I was expecting, but having read the book, I remember the attraction being a letdown.

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Robot Skull Model

This paper model of a Robot Skull might a great accessory piece for a 15-28mm miniature SCI FI war game. Just download, print out on a color printer, cut-out, and assemble. There is a lot of detail printed on the model and the jaws actually move. It looks like the project could be completed in an hour or two.

Do you know of other paper models that might be used in miniature war-gaming? We would love here of them.

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Blinded by Science Fictional Reality

“The early days of science fiction, much like all its later days, found its exponents bickering about what the genre was, what it should be, and what its relationship was-if indeed it had one-with the more established human pursuit of known as Science”. The article “Blinded by Science Fictional Reality” looks at three science fiction authors, their work, and their views on science as they saw it.

Monday, March 18, 2013

My First Set of Blasted Planets Miniatures

I have just completed my first set of HistroFigs miniatures. The three 25mm miniatures required very little attention. The castings were crisp and without any noticeable flash or parting lines. The three I chose to complete were from HistroFigs SCIFI Blasted Planet line: Agent Annya Nova, BP-001, and two Chickasaurus, BP-1700. The Chickasaurus are some sort of extraterrestrial creatures.

Since anything goes when dealing with SCIFI figures I had fun painting these miniatures, in that I didn’t have to worry too much about what a “real “ Chickasaurus looked like I could choose my colors according to my taste and whim.

My idea for a scene, using the three miniatures was having Annya facing off the Chickasaurus with her blow gun (blaster). You can get the basic idea from the image; however, I would like to add proper base materials and background image to complete the scene.

Saturday, March 16, 2013

A Steampunk Submarine that is Created out of Paper

While browsing the Paper Model Forum I came across some images of a Steampunk submarine. The images are primarily of the submarine; however there is one image at the end of post of the model during the construction of a diorama that it was part of. The model that resembles the Nautilus is made from scrap cardboard and some #110 card.

The Nautilus, of course, was submarine written about in Jules Verne’s Twenty Thousand Leagues under the Sea, and again, briefly in his Mysterious Island.

A Collection of Unpainted Figures

Here is a part of my collection of unpainted HO figures. As you can see there are a few that got a start.

To populate the whole layout properly, I will need so many more than I have here. However, by changing my focus a bit and working more wilderness scenes into my layout,I will not need quite as many human figures. I will need to add a few more animals though.

I will be posting a list of sources for these wildlife figures very soon.

Friday, March 15, 2013

My spring 2013 Reading List

Here is a list of epubs that I have downloaded and intend to read in the spring of 2013:

  • Tender is the Night, 1934, F. Scott Fitzgerald
  • Anthem, 1937, Ayn Rand
  • Barnaby Rudge, 1841, Charles Dickens
  • The Pathfinder, 1840, James Fenimore Cooper
  • Utopia, 1516, Thomas More (audio book)
  • Around the World in Eighty Days, 1873, Jules Verne
  • The Count of Monte Christo, 1844, Alexander Dumas
  • The Most Dangerous Game, 1924, Richard Cornell

“So many books, so little time”, Frank Zappa

Hinterland Miniatures

I received my order of five bulky pulp figures from Hinterland Miniatures the other day. The figures stand about 30mm from the soles of their feet to the top of their heads. They are very finely detailed and will require very little clean up. I haven’t had time to take my own pictures yet, so I have included a link to the picture of the five online. The five figures will be added to my growing collection of pulp figures.

Thursday, March 14, 2013

U-Boat Type VIIC

The model a U-Boat Type VIIC, in 1/32 scale, depicts a U-boat from the 9th U-flotilla Brest in the year of 1942. The model is modeled by Marcello d'Andrea. The site features a small gallery of images of this highly detailed submarine and some of its crew.

The model and diorama depicts only part of the submarine. The real submarine would have been somewhere around two hundred feet long. The Type VII was not the best in its class, but did form the backbone of Germany’s WWII, U-boat force.

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Thrilling Tales of the Downright Unusual

Thrilling Tales of the Downright Unusual is a site that offers a pulp like story. Pulp fiction, were stories that were often situated in exotic locations and often included fantastic, and larger than life characters. Pulp fiction had its heyday during the years of from 1896 through the 1950s. These works of fiction were referred to as pulp for the type of paper they were published and not their content.

Thrilling Tales of the Downright Unusual offers a story-line and interactive elements, like “see what you are carrying”, and graphic elements that can be zoomed in on. The graphic elements and art work are pretty good. The story-line is interesting, is set in the future, and makes use of an Art-Deco theme. I haven’t had time to get too far in the story, so I will not elaborate on the plot of the story.

What do think about the site, its story-line, or its artwork? Leave your comments below.

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

The Adventures of Captain Nemo: Doom Island Comics

The Nemo Nautilus page offers several scanned editions of the “The Adventures of Captain Nemo: Doom Island” comic book. To read, click on the individual pages to zoom in on the page.

Doom Island seems to me to be referring to Jules Verne’s “Facing the Flag”. Facing the Flag mentions an island that is eventually blown to bits by Thomas Roch, the inventor of a new type of super explosive.

Monday, March 11, 2013

Starwars C-3P0

I found this Star Wars C-3P0 figure while digging a new garden plot. I have found many dirt entrusted toys while gardening. It seems that there were a much of boys living here at one time, at least that what I have surmised by the type of toys I have dug out of the ground.

Saturday, March 9, 2013

German WWII 1/200 Scale U-Boot "Seehund” Model

I recently came across an old review of CMK’s 1/200 scale German WWII “Seehund” model. The “Seehund” was a two person midget submarine pushed into service toward the end of the war by Germany. The specifications for the WWII sub were as follows:


14.9 tons


38.9ft (11.85m)
5.6ft (1.7m)
4.2ft (1.28)

Top speed

7.7 knots

Maximum range

300nm at 7 knots

Motor output


Diving depth

98ft (30m)


Two 21 inch



Number built


The model was manufactured by Planet Models and was made in the Czech Republic. The model consists of nine resin parts and a photo-etched fret that folds up into a stand with an integrated name plate. The model caught my eye for its size, it measure about two inches long, and simplicity. According to the review all the parts were cleanly cast and detail is quite crisp for this scale and size.

Does anyone know where I can find one of these for sale?

A Small Collection of Old Pictures from my Collection of HO Gauge Vehicles

I was rooting through my folders of old images that I had taken and found these images from my collection of HO gauge vehicles. These were assembled and cast in appropriate colors. The models will need a little weathering and they will be ready for a nineteen fifty’s era layout.

Anyone interesting in a trade? Contact me with an offer. I am looking for 25, 28, 30, or 40mm miniatures. I am open to any sort of miniature.




Friday, March 8, 2013

Pod Castle-The Fantasy Fiction Podcast

I have always loved to read. I suppose my love of reading came from my parents. My mother was always reading some type of novel and my father a magazine article. There were other influences in my life that fostered reading, there were my uncles and aunts that shared their love reading with me, they used to bring me bags of books that they had just finished reading and there was my sixth grade teacher and the reading contest that took place over the school year. You had to read and give a summary of at least fifty books during the school year.

I wish I still had every book that I ever read; my collection would be enormous by this time in my life. Lately I have been consuming a lot of digital media in the form of e-pubs, and audio books. There are so many sources and publications to download and read or listen to and you really cannot beat the price.

Recently I came across Pod Castle. PodCastle is a fantasy audio magazine. Each week PodCastle features new short stories that span the spectrum of fantasy fiction. Download the latest podcast upload it to you MP3 player and go out for a stroll.

If you prefer science fiction try Pod Castles, sister site “EscapePod”. It all adds up to some very fine and entertaining listening.

Thursday, March 7, 2013

The Impetus for Spacemen Figures

If you were wondering where manufactures get there impetus for their space figures the Origins of Tri-ang SPACEX Figures article will explain where manufactures of plastic figures get their ideas for their figures. A spoiler-many copied the designs from other manufactures and some from characters from popular culture.

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Armies in Plastics New 1-32 Military Figures

Armies on Plastic is offering a few new sets of historically-accurate 1/32 scale figures. The new sets include:

  • Spanish American War, #5611, 1898 – Cuban Insurrectos
  • Spanish American War, #5612, 1898 – Spanish Regular Infantry
  • Russo-Japanese War, # 5613, 1904-1905 Japanese Army, Summer Dress
  • Boxer Rebellion, #5614, China – 1900 – Japanese Army Winter Dress
  • World War I, #5615, Japanese Army Khaki Dress
  • American War of 1812, #5616, American Army
  • American War of 1812, #5617, British Army Waterloo 1815
  • American War of 1812, #5618, Battle of Chippawa American Army

Saturday, March 2, 2013

Tags of my Current Collection of Miniatures

These are some of the tags that I have used on my current collection of miniatures

  • 15, 25, 28, 30, 40, 54mm
  • 1/32
  • 1/43
  • WWI
  • Wild West
  • Fantasy
  • French and Indian War
  • Nautical Familiars
  • Pulp
  • Treasure
  • Period

Do them in Sets

Up to this point I have been painting my miniatures one or two at a time and in no certain order. That has left me with an erratic collection of this and that’s. I have decided to paint sets of miniatures for now on. This, I feel, will add more to my collection overall and give me a chance to prefect my painting skills on a specific style or type of miniatures.

What method do you prefer when painting your miniatures?

Friday, March 1, 2013

The History of War Gaming

Not that I have used my miniatures in a war game, I haven’t got to that yet, but I may someday. The “A Timeline of the Historical Miniatures War Gaming Hobby" is an interesting timeline of war gaming. It seems that the first mention of war gaming, as a hobby, was in 1890, however this activity has been being playing out from the dawn of civilization, If you want to call killing, raping, and maiming combatant and non-combatants a like being civilized. The 1890 mention has to do with the gentleman’s war games, those using miniature soldiers, canons, and other toy weapons of carnage being playing out on the floor of someone’s parlor.