Greetings everyone! It is March 5 and the weather outside has been either cold or wet or icy or snowy or all of the above. Seems like good time to spend working on the game stuff. I have been squeezing time in to actually get some stuff done, so here goes…
First up is the ongoing project to de-base and re-base a bunch of old Mechwarrior: Dark Age and Age of Destruction battle armor minis. The tools of the trade for that are shown. The process involves bringing some of my tools and a cutting board into the kitchen, putting the minis in the freezer and then removing one mini at a time from the freezer and cutting it off the clicky base and off any “decorative” base it is attached to. These “Ravager Battle Armor” figs are pretty easy. They have no “decorative” base.
Note that I intend to use all these for 15mm scale gaming. Some late pictures will show how the sizes compare.
The “Kanazuchi Battle Armor” figures are harder to de-base since they are glued to a decorative plastic base which is then glued to the “clicky” base. It takes a combination of knife and clippers to get them where I want.
A bunch of “Kanazuchi Battle Armor” figs are shown here. You can see there is a casualty in the group, where one fig’s leg broke off in the removal process. It is easy to fix with super glue (cyanoacrylate glue) right before re-basing on a washer.
This batch of “Salamander Battle Armor” figures shows that leg breakage is a common occurance in de-basing them. They were all easily re-glued with super glue. Please note that the plastic these MWDA and AoD minis are made from does not glue well with any other glue except super glue. I think that maybe they are made from polyethylene plastic, which would explain that.
Further note: During the de-basing process plastic bits flew all over my kitchen. The plastic breaks off easily with the clippers and flies far. I recommend safety glasses, an open area and a broom.
Next up – FINALLY I have gotten around to working on my Hammer’s Slammers tanks and combat cars from Old Crow Models. http://www.oldcrowmodels.co.uk/
I want to take a second and talk about the REALLY AMAZINGLY GOOD customer service I received from Old Crow Models. I ordered a tank platoon and a combat car platoon from them in late November of 2010. By late January they had not arrived and I contacted them. They checked things out and immediately sent me out a new order. I got it 3 days later, from Britain to the USA. It seems that a bunch of their customer orders went missing with the awful weather experienced in Britain and the USA in that time period. I was quite pleased with the response and service.
The picture shows a couple of the “Hammer’s Slammers” Blower hovertanks I am working on. The washers glued to the bottom help protect the plastic during gaming and allow for magnetic-based storage (more on that later). The washer under the turret allows me to magnetize the turrets to hold them in place and allow them to rotate.
I cut out circular pieces of plastic card (mine came from a plastic “For Sale” sign) and glued them into the hole in the tank body. The card sits just below the washer glued to the underside of the turret. On the underside of the plastic circle I glued a pair of small rare-earth magnets. These are strong enough to hold the turret in place.
Even upside down the turret stays in place. I am very happy with how that turned out. It took almost no time to do as well. I finished the four tanks in about one hour.
All four tanks are shown here, almost done with assembly. I then mounted the small metal secondary guns called “Tribarrels” because they have three rotary barrels. The location for the tribarrel is a spot just in front of the turret hatch. I used a pin vise to drill those spots a little deeper and glued the metal-molded tribarrels in place with “Green Stuff” and super glue.
Next up I moved to the “Hammer’s Slammers” Combat Cars by Old Crow Models. These are open topped hover vehicles with moderate armor. They mount three “Tribarrels”, giving them a decent combined firepower. If you think of the “Blower” tanks as heavy cavalry then the “Combat Cars” are light cavalry.
The picture shows one combat car that I have mostly assembled and the unassembled parts of another one. The etched brass top cover is really neat and produces a great effect in the model. The vehicle includes the “stowage” – the bedrolls, personal equipment, footlockers and such that the crew would travel with. This is a neat addition and helps to enhance the “gritty” look of the assembled model.
A closer view of the partially assembled combat car. The top and the stowage are not secured yet.
These are the pieces of the combat car that will get painted separately. I want to be able to access the inside for detail painting before permanently mounting the upper section.
This picture shows the relative sizes of the “Hammer’s Slammers” Blower Tank and Combat Car minis from Old Crow Models. They look great together and I look forward to painting them up!
The reason I was waiting to work on my “Hammer’s Slammers” vehicles was because I had to finish basing and painting my “Khurasan Miniatures” Sci Fi Infantry figs.
Great minis and the price is excellent too. I am going to buy more and recommend them highly. The picture shows a couple of the 15mm Sci Fi infantry figures in comparison with the “Slammers” vehicles. They fit right in there!
Remember I said earlier that the “Mechwarrior” miniatures were intended for 15mm gaming. Here are some of the “re-based” battle armor figs in comparison with the Khurasan 15mm Sci-Fi Infantry fig. Good fit, I think. Oops, the “Kanazuchi Battle Armor” fig is facing away from the camera. He must be admiring the hovertank…
I mentioned “magnetic storage”. Jim Roots of “Beast’s Wargaming Log – http://beastgaming.wordpress.com/
showed me how he stores all his minis. I was very impressed and had to start doing it for myself. The picture shows some of my 15mm scale infantry secure to a magnetic sheet while being held at a 90 degree angle to gravity. No mess!
This is the material I ordered from McMaster-Carr, an online industrial supply company.
The roll is flexible magnetic strip with adhesive back, 2 inches wide and 1/16 inch thick. I ordered a 20 foot long strip.
McMaster Carr item number: 5759K82 Price: $1.51 per foot
The sheet is a flexible magnetic sheet with adhesive back, 7 inches wide by 10 inches long by .020 inches thick.
McMaster Carr item number: 5775K6 Price: $2.41 each
The magnetic strips are strong enough to hold my hovertanks and combat cars (that have washers superglued to their undersides). The sheet does well in holding my infantry figs, though I might go with a thicker, stronger sheet next time. Any plastic storage cases should do fine.
I also lined up my next “work in progress” for when I finish the hovertanks and combat cars. I purchased some model railroad HO scale unpainted human figures. About $9 for 72 figs. They will become civilians, “special” personnel and of course some 15mm scale zombies. The picture shows them with one of the “Khurasan 15mm Sci Fi Infantry” figures.
Well, I need to get back to my assembling and painting. One final picture though, showing one of my family hard at work on her “work-in-progress”:
Yup, Maggie the basset hound hard at work on a nap.