Saturday, 17 March 2018


Received my copy of Gaslands today. So I had a brief read and I have to say it looks really good and I'm excited to play it. For those that don't know about Gaslands it's set on a post apocalyptic earth taken over by humans from Mars. Now the Gaslands is the favourite blood sport of all vehicle racing and battling with the a top prize of a life on Mars away from earth. 
You make your team of racers up from a selection of vehicles. The games templates are designed for Hot Wheels  scale type cars so lots of choice. In the book You can have buggies,  cars, sports cars, monster trucks  etc.  You arm them qoth weapons and upgrades and head out for the race and the battle of your life.
The rules are well paid out and seem simple enough. There are plenty of examples and illuatraions to help you out. They seem to have got the racing, sliding and crashing all into the game but obvously I won't know for real until I play.
The book it self is paperback quite tough covers standard Osprey quality really. Everything is laid out and clear. Can't wait to play this!!
Off to find me a hot wheels  collection instead of stealing my sons!

Dino Proof episode 1

"Welcome folks to tonight's broadcast I'm your host Jim Buford-Smith and here with me tonight is the legend 'Rusty' Razor McClure. A dino Hunter veteran and hall of famer. "
"Glad to be here JB and I cannot wait for tonight's match up. We have 4 rookies all ready to drop into the dino zone and show us if they have the bottle and intestinal fortitude to be a dino slayer "
"That's right Razor tonight 4 rookies will be trying to impress the good people watching and not become a dino buffet. Speaking of buffet this broad cast is sponsored by T-Rex Hot Sauce.  Nothing roars like a T-Rex! Available at all good food outlets. "
"That T-Rex sauce really does have a roar to it JB just like the real thing I love adding it to my meal after a slaying session."
"You'd be the man to know Razor who can forget that '94 match! What excellent use of ear plugs a fellow slayer and a desert eagle"
"Thank you JB you're too kind. Let's meet our rookie slayers"
"Ok first up hailing from the dino free zone in Tennessee it's Big Bram Browski or 'Triple B' as he likes to be called. He is taking a rifle and machete in this drop. That a good combination Razor?"
"Definatly JB for a rookie its a good mix. Ideally you'll use the rifle but you always need a back up just in case it gets  up close and personal. You can smash a dino with a rifle but it will hurt your rifle a lot more than it will the dino."
"Now Triple B has been raised as a hunter so should be handy with that rifle and he tells the cameras he has dino slayer pedigree in his blood. His grandaddy was a slayer of some reput. We did some research and his grandaddy was a slayer and a record holder. Sadly for quickest death in a broad cast. Blacked out during the parachute drop and landed in a raptor nest. Held that record for 10 years till the infamous Rufus 'ADHD' Dehavil."
"Oh yes so excited about making it onto prime time the poor boy had on his travel rucksack instead of his parachute JB ."
"Still it was good of the network to grant him that one kill for the dino he landed on. Right next up is Lofty Limb Slicer Thrashnut. Now Lofty is from London in the UK, raised on the hard streets there, at least we think so no one can actually understand him.  He has told several network people that they are 'brown bread' we are all confused but let's not let that bother us. What's he taking on this hunt Razor?"
"Well JB look like Lofty is going on with a pistol and sword. Once again a good combination keeping his options open on that all important offence. I've heard he favours the sword so expect some close up action."
"Sounds good Razor. Now Lofty is new to the dino hunting game but I've seen him wield that sword over the pond in a cheese rolling contest. I tell you Razor that cheese rolling has just got more and more extreme"
"Cheese rolling JB? ? Man those Limeys sure are a crazy bunch! Ok whose next?"
"Well Razor next up is Sienna Rickards a cool headed sniper from Alice Springs, Australia. She will have ample skills for this hunt but will she be able to put on a show? She is tacking in a seriously impressive sniper rifle. "
"That's right JB ruthless efficient kills will only the impress the viewers so much. Unless she racks up those kills! The viewers are a fickle bunch."
"Also coming from Australia I can't imagine dinosaurs being a problem for her that place is filled with deadly creatures and has been for years!"
"True JB I've seen those documentarys of those crazies driving cars around the desert causing mayhem"
"Razor erm they aren't documentaries....."
"What JB? "
"Never mind that Razor we have our last competitor to intrduce!! Rósín Nic Cheallach this two gun hotshot is from  Dublin, Ireland. I think she could be the wild card to this hunt  I've not seen many slayers bring the double pistol combination. I think she'll be fast and lethal"
"JB  2 pistols is an ambitious offensive strategy but she has the ability to put out a storm of bullets which the viewers at home will love! Ive seen her warming up and she is as quick and cunning as a Raptor so I'm expecting good things."
"Well said Razor! Well its time for the drop. Ladies and gentleman and children of all ages let's get DINO PROOF!!!!!"
"WOO!!!!!" *boom!!*
"Razor you told me that pistol wasn't loaded............."

Tonights Dino Zone. The slayers have touched down!

"Ok the winds don't seem to bad today Razor. Lofty has landed and seems happy with his position. Rósín seems to have drifted a bit off course but she's ok . Sienna also caught a bit of wind but she's down safe and so is Triple B. Well that's the first part for the rookies done."
"Definatly JB it's always good to get a good landing first time round boosts your confidence no end."
"Looks like Lofty has his eyes on a dino already Razor"

Stalking the Parasaurolophus

"Oh JB but look Rósín has already attracted the attention of a Triceratops! Look at it charge! Woo-ey!!!"
"Razor! Watch where that pistol is waving!! Rósín has stood her ground with those pistols! "

Triceratops incoming!

"Sienna has got herself away from a couple of dinos. Should give her enough room to use that rifle Razor"
"Yes JB that's gotta be her plan of attack'

Sienna manoeuvres for a shot

"Boom JB!! Did you are that Sienna just took a chunk out of that Triceratops!! Always good to see your bullet strike home but the rookie surely knows Triceratops are tough and one bullet won't be enough but first blood to the Aussie!"
"Great shot Razor, Dino proofs 1st Blood award is brought to you by Raptor Whisky. Gets you right in the gut!"
"Wait JB!  wait JB !  Triple B is lining up a head shot.  ...  let's see if he is really a hunter..."
"Ok ok Razor let's see .......Oh head shot!  Triple B bags a Dilophsairus with one shot."
"First kill! JB yes! Whiskeys all round!"
"Razor this is not your local bar you can't just drink love in ai. ..........I guess you can. Ok folks first dino kill on the board.  Bobs Bets now putting 3 -1 odds on Triple B getting the next kill ."
"Good odds JB Triple B looks good I've stuck 50 bucks down on that bet."
"Ok Razor, let's find Lofty out in the zone. Ah there he is Razor, he's got that wicked sword out. That Parasaurolophus has no idea hes there. He really is sneaky. "
"Hang on JB,  yes cancel the last bet . What do you mean you cant.."
"Razor!  We're on air! Oh!!!! Lofty nearly decapitating that dino! Kill to Lofty.  Chalk it up"
"Damn it! That was 50 bu........Oh yeah great kill JB !"

Loftys first kill

"Rósín is still struggling with that Triceratops Razor"
"Damn straight she can't seem to get the pistols do the damage required, look Sienna is in a world of trouble!"

Sienna is mobbed

"Razor you're correct  she's got a triceratops, Raptor  and  a Pachycephalosaurus charging at her"
"She needs to get a handle on this JB , I remeber back in '97 I got swarmed by 4, 5 or 6 dinos. Now that was hairy! "
"How'd you get out of that one Razor?"
"Good ole Desert Eagle JB! ! Oh and that Brachiosaurus walking past that stomped a couple of the dinos for for me."
"Razor looks like the Raptor has caught a chunk of Sienna there! Slayer 1st blood is brought to you by Murphy's Bandages.  Because you know Murphy's law always strikes!"

Sienna retreats to the building

"JB Sienna has beat a wise retreat. This gives her the best attacking option I think."
"I think she'll get some good old fashioned vengence on those dinos . Hmm looks like Lofty is heading for that crate kindly supplied by our glorious government. They don't wanna leave you all alone out there"
"JB let's hope it's a brewski! "

Lofty loots a crate
A raptor tries to get some dinner

"Razor looks like Rósín is still struggling with the triceratops, she might be better getting out of melee and trying a new strategy"
"JB that's a great from up here but I bet her blood is up and she wants that dino dead"
"Woah I heard a shot Razor, Sienna has taken down a Pachycephalosaurus. Lovely shot"
"Sweet JB, check out the replay, cool calm and straight though the brain. While it grappled with a raptor  excellent work using a little dino help."
" Lofty has got that crate open but I don't think he has seen that Raptor stalking him."
" JB they are sneaky S O Bs. Down in Brazil they almost had me for dinner, could not get a bead on them in the dense terrain. Looks like Lofty has himself a new medical kit. That is worth a nice chunk of cash right there"

Raptor sneaking up on Lofty

"The Raptor strikes, it misses! Razor Lofty needs to get a good hit in"
"Oh JB he is an artist with that sword! ! Look at that Raptor head fly! Have that you bast.."
"Razor!..Ok folks Lofty has dispatched a raptor beautifully."

Lofty kills a raptor!
Triple B stalks a Brachiosaurus

"Folks looks like Triple B is after the Brachiosaurus!"
"JB he could be there a while those creatures take a few bullets to down. I've only ever got one Bracio kill, took me 60 rounds and  a scaffold pole!"
"I remeber that Razor . Brutal but effective, though the scaffolders were not happy with the collapse"

Raptor charge does not go well

"Another Raptor Razor! Sienna has it on her sights,  she's cold as ice Sienna is not moving. Raptor Down  what a kill!"
"JB looks like some carnivores have set upon the Brachiosaurus. A slayer could use this to help weaken the bracio! "
"That's a cunning plan. Oh nice Sienna just took out a triceratops!"

Threshold down!
Brachisaurus is set upon

" That Brachiosaurus is realky weak now. Triple B lining up a shot."
" Sweet JB, he did it , he brought down a brachiosaurus!!

Brachio down

"Rósín is still fighting that the Triceratops , I can't believe it! The rest are stalking dinos for the hunt
But wait!! ~alarm~ That is it time ladies and gentleman!, the slayers are heading for
their pick up and hopefully not turn into a buffet on the way out!"
"That's right JB the next phase is.always awkward as you are avoiding being some dinos lunch while.finding the helicopter."
"Walls thanks and good bye from me and from my colleague..."
"Good night folks Razor out!

Sunday, 4 March 2018

Bolt Action Force Historic ties (loosely)

After listening to several bolt action podcasts (Down Order, Call to Battle, Cast Dice and the War room. Check out your podcast app for them! ) I found a lot of them mentioning that they had picked a division, operation or particular unit to base their force on (Royal Marines, American Rangers at Point de Hoche etc). I have regular troops, airbourne and sas.  I aimed to pair up my regulars with the SAS.  After a quick Google search I located am operation into Germany called Operation Clipper.  Here is a  link  to the Wikipedia page.  The operation was ained at reducing the Geilenkirchen salient on the Siegfried line.  Part of this operation was the battle for Tripsrath. My Google had led me to a picture of an SAS jeep captioned SAS  assisting the 1st Battalion Worcestershire regiment in anti sniper duties.

The picture of the SAS jeep where the caption mentions the Worcester regiment.

I also purchased a book about the operation.

A nice little read covering the whole operation (involved American units also). This book does not mention the SAS involvement and after speaking to more knowledgeable people than me, it seems potentially the caption might be incorrect.
Fear not I said loosely based and that photo puts SAS in that area so that will do for me. Regular forces attacking the front SAS outflanking at the sides!!!
Now in my mind I want another bolt action army at some point. At the moment I'm  researching my grandfather's service in WW2. One was captured in Singapore and was a Japanese POW for the war. My other grandfather fought with the BEF in France in the KSLI (Kings Shropshire Light Infantry) accepted to be the last unit to leave Dunkirk (I believe, I'm in no way am expert). After this he ended up in Durham Light Infantry and in Africa and Italy (what he got upto there though we have no idea)
So this makes me want a small BEF force to represent my grandads unit. 

Friday, 2 March 2018


Sorry I've been so quiet, I have  been writing writing blog post for a game's night which was cancelled but other things have been happening. My friend had acquired the osprey book Chosen Men. Which gives me a great excuse to scratch my Napolenic war itch!
He helped me plan out a little force. From what I gather chosen men is on the smaller scale of battle not full lines of soldiers firing volleys at each other but smaller sections.  As I'm a massive Sharpe fan I predictably went for British.  I had some riflemen (95th obviously!) from Warlord games as a Valentine's present from the the wife. This box contains 16 metal miniatures and a metal dog as well to follow the riflemen.  Also managed to pick up a box of  British Line Infantry as well. This box contains 20 plastic regular infantry and 4 metal command models, though I had six in the box which was nice (Captain, 2 standard bearers, drummer, sergeant and a dude with an axe not sure on his role). The standard bearers really tested me as I had to drill through their hands to slide the standard pole through but in the box are cardboard flags so I haven't got to faff with making a flags. My chosen man force requires only 10 models from this box set so plenty of potential. The last unit is some light dragoons so I need to buy them at some point.

95th rifles from Warlord games
These are really nice sculpts
British Line Infantry

I also picked up a box of bolt action regular late war British troops. Looking at my army lists and the vague historic background I had chosen (I best write a blog up about that! But basically I've chosen Operation Clipper. An allied attack into Germany, part of that attack were the Worcestershire regiment possibly supported by the SAS on anti sniper duties though this may not be true.) , looking at my forces I only have 2 regular squads of infantry so about 20 regular Tommies. Currently I have 2 squads of airbourne as well so am capable of putting out a force already but I've been listening to a lot of bolt action podcasts recently where lots of people have been getting a historic slant on their forces so I decided I needed more regular Tommies. The box contains enough miniatures to make a small first platoon (great purchase for some one starting out. I got an officer, light mortar team, PIAT team and 2 8 man squads from my first box.) But I wanted just soldiers to add no officers or special teams. I made up 2 bren gunners with their loaders, a couple of Sten carrying soldiers and the rest were riflemen.

My SMG man charging into melee spade swinging

I tried my best to vary the poses of the soldiers. I think I did ok glued my fingers together several times though! My favourite is the man swinging his spade in melee.  I hope the pose works
So thats what I've been upto now after snowmeggedon has gone away I'll get undercoating and painting. H
Stay safe!

Wednesday, 31 January 2018

Objective Markers

While having a sort out of my terrain bits box I found some 60mm round mdf bases that I had no use for and also some resin crates.  Coincidently the day before I had been reading the Dinoproof rule book as we have decided to play it at our next games night.  In the game you get crates scattered around the board. Now instead of tokens I decided to make some objective markers using the round bases and resin crates.  Hopefully they will be suitable for multiple game systems.  After checking how many crates against how many mdf bases I had  I ground I had a few bases left over so I raided my bits box for any other ideas that I could use as objective marker. I found another crate and some machinery bits I thought would make some kind of crashed vehicle with secret tech that both sides want. I also found some weapons that I could add.

Photo not the best.

The above photo is the first market I attempted I added the rifles to make it look a bit like an weapons stash (with my day fingers getting them like that was a nightmare ).

In the above photo is the next marker.  I found a cool little looking tech unit in my bits and had the idea that this could be some kind of secret power core data bank etc which I would surround with broken bits of machinery so it looked like it came from a destroyed mech or vehicle.

Here are the first 2 markers

Now you can see I've added some machinery bits to the marker and a PIAT and ammo to the other marker plus both based.

Last 2 markers

These markers are more simple and are mainly just crates. I did add some rockets to create another ammo stash feel to the one marker.  Again all based as well.

The above photos are the finished article.  I quite like them!  Have a good one people!

Sunday, 14 January 2018

More painting.

Another set of models painted! This time round it was my  SAS squad and anti tank team.  First up the I decided to attempt decals on the Bren Carrier I had previous painted. I'm very nervous with water slide decals as I have fat uncoordinated fingers but since I've been listening to a Bolt Action podcast I've wanted to add a more real unit feel to my army. I did a bit of searching where the SAS worked with regular army units and came up with Operation Clipper. The Worcester regiment had SAS  support clearing snipers in area it seems (There is not a lot of info on SAS but that gives me a touch of creative license). After asking for advice on the Bolt Action Facebook group (a brilliant group!) I located the correct decals needed. I didn't have enough to to both Bren Carriers all around so applied all the decals i had to both fronts.

They were quite fiddly but withbthe aid of my craft night and some tweezers I did it.  Now they need weathering to make them look not so new.
Onto the infantry. The SAS  squad picture on the internet had a camo pattern on which i didn't think i could replicate so I went for a plain green jacket with airbourne trousers  (well as close as I can make it).

Lastly was the Anti Tank rifle team. These guys were in standard British uniform with gas masks. The loader didn't cone with anything for his arms so I bodged him carrying an ammo box.

I think the layers makes the jumper look more realistic

I'm quite happy with the jackets. I applied more layers than I normally do and they seem to have a good effect? I could be wrong though.

These don't look to bad and hopefully will go Nazi horror and mech hunting soon!
Have a great day folks

Saturday, 6 January 2018

Been Painting!

Managed to get a few free evenings so got on with some painting. I had Konflict 47 British Armoured infantry, Automatons, Bren Carrier and my new Lieutenant.
British Armoured Infantry first.  These are nice solid models and I like them a lot.

Went with the standard allied green. Each one of these guys is packing an LMG so a squad can throw out a lot of shots. Next up were the British Automatons. These models were horrible to put together but look really good now.  The joins are really small to try and glue so it took me a while ( I need to practice pinning ).
The automatons are the Brits answer to manpower in the on going conflict.  Using rift technology Alan Turing has created a basic AI which enables this robots to provide fire support for troops. Each one carries an MMG so plenty of fire support  available

Next up was the Lieutenant. Technically it's Major Turntadust from Warlord games but I'm gonna use him as my Konflict 47 HQ option 

Last of all was the Bren Carrier. Not quite finished this, I have to add some decals and a wash over those.

I love the bren carrier model (plus it's easy to build), now i have 2 they will be zipping up and Down the table causing mischief ☺

Got the SAS and anti tank rifle team all primed so will start on those soon. Have a good one guys!