How Nottingham became the centre of miniature wargaming industry

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As the company behind the iconic Warhammer table-top game, Lenton-based Games Workshop has become a global name.

But it has also spawned a series of thriving spin-out businesses in miniature wargaming that have secured Nottingham’s reputation as the so-called “Lead Belt”, as Dan Robinson reports. Read the complete article here

some livestock

I painted up some livestock . Sheep with the shepherd and his dog.

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The minis are from Gripping beast when I remember correctly . I had them so many years before actually painting them . You know what it is like living with a lead mountain 😉

Here are some pictures of the shepherd and his Dog:

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And some more pictures of all the minis:

There will be more animals an civilians in the future for doing looting scenarios with my Game of Thrones figures.

The long range halfman scout

Now that I dropped out of the build something contest over on LAF, I can show you here what I did in Jan/Feb. I build the “long range halfman scout ” using the plans of  a flyer similar to Otto Lilienthals flying machine launched from a catapult. Here are the pictures of the build:

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I got som plans of the Lilienthals Flugapparat on the web . But I used only the plans of the wings the fuselage was my own concoction.

These are the plans of the wings and my sketch of the machine. I started by building the wings first . I copied them onto very thin extruded polystyrene (2mm) induct them out the supporting wooden frame was build with toothpicks.

on the last picture you can see how thin the wing is . It is very translucent indeed. Next are the tail wings.

When these were all finished I started on the fuselage.

The pilot is a figure by Westfalia miniatures. One of their Halfmen figures. Of course he needed a paper pilots helmet and some goggles .

Then the wings and the fuselage were joined:

Here are pictures of the “one halfman “power supply for the prop

Next step was painting the machine and the pilot:

Here is the picture I used for the build something contest:

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And Finale some pictures of the scout in action:

I hope you like what you see. In the future the next vehicle I want to scratch build in a Viking Knarr ship in 28mm. So watch this space.

 

My sons Ork Blood bowl team

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This is my sons Ork blood bowl team which I painted for him. It was a daunting task as I painted them all at the same time. Normally I only work on one figure at a time to keep up my painting mojo, because you see more quickly that you get something finished that way. This time it was doing the skin on twelve models, doing the armor, doing the clothes always in batches of 12. I am happy that I can turn back to the single miniature approach now. I told him to do his human team by himself. I mean he is quite a painter himself!

So here are many more pictures of each Ork player for you to enjoy!

Hope you like what you see !! If so feel free to leave a like or a comment!

The last of Dietrichs warriors for now

Here is the last of Dietrichs warriors for now.

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Next Project will be building a Viking Knarr ship. Oposed to the famous longships these were shorter and wider ships used for trade and exploration . This ship type was probably used by the Vikings who settled on Iceland and went to the americas.

Dietrich von Schalke

Here is the army general of my halfmen army . I called him Dietrich von Schalke. As I have already said the complete halfmen army is painted in the colors of my favorite soccer club FC Schalke 04 . Blue and white. Some of the units are painted in the colors of different parts of the city of Gelsenkirchen , were Schalke is located, to give a bit of variety . So here is Dietrich on his trusty war goat . At his feet lies a defeated cobolt in yellow and black ( the colors of the BvB , main rival of Schalke) .

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The kobold is also from Westfalia miniatures. I got 3 of them pre production to paint them up . This one was done by pressing a original figure into a heat sensible casting plastic ( you put the plastic piece into hot water , it gets soft then so you can press the object you want to duplicate into it. When cold again it gets rigid and you can pull out the object and put green stuff into it to get another cast).