Positives and negatives

While I am quite pleased to find that I have almost enough buildings to cover three quarters of my table with ruins and intact buildings representing Arnhem after two days of conflict, at the same time I am disappointed that some of my more appropriate models still languish in the “to paint” box.

Final details like walls, gardens, trees, telegraph poles, etc. are to be added tomorrow before I attempt to introduce some local kids to the joys of “real” wargaming, rather than just pushing 1:35 tanks around the grass verges on the estate.

Apologies for the photo’ quality. Taken using an i-pad, floodlit by 3 multiple-LED work lights just after dusk.

Middle Eastern buildings for 6mm

I cannot remember if it was Bob Cordery or Chris Kemp who recently alerted me via their blog to the board game Santorini.  Anyway, I ordered a copy forthwith.

Forget the game.  In the box there are component to make buildings:

  • 22 ground floor/level 1 square pieces;
  • 18 first floor/level 2 square pieces, which can also be stacked together to make higher structures or sit on the ground as houses in their own right;
  • 14 second floor/level 3 octagonal colonnades with a square base;
  • 18 hemispherical cupolas.

That’s enough for a decent sized town, and for less than 25 quid!

All the sections are hollow and the first two will take a 2cm x 2cm base of 6mm figures inside or on the roof.

In the photo’ below are the four components and one full building.  A 6mm Irregular Miniatures unpainted insurgent is added for scale.  Incidentally, each face of the first two levels is different, to add some variety to the street.

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A lick of paint and these will do nicely, thank you.

A comparison of scale

While painting buildings for a 1944 Dutch town setting I am amazed at the different interpretations of scale by different manufacturers for 6mm battles.

This photo’ shows a couple of Total Battle Miniatures three storey houses against a Timecast version of the same.  TBM claim that their buildings are exagerrated in the vertical scale.

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I think that Timecast is far closer to 1/200 than 1/300, even if the average 6mm (1/300 or 1/285)  model soldier could enter their doorways without stooping.

Some new houses for my toys

Just before Christmas I spotted in Marks & Spencers store some white porcelain houses containing an electric LED “tealight”, intended as a Christmas decoration.  “Hello” says I, “These look like they will work with my imagination of Belgica.”  They are in fact a bit on the large size with dimensions 65mm x 65mm (ground area) x 105mm (to the roof ridge).  The front door is 26mm tall to the apex of the triangular lintel.  My 18th century Belgican troops are “Risk” playing pieces about 20mm tall including the base.

The price when I saw them was GBP10 each, on a 3 for 2 offer.  I decided to wait for the post-Christmas sales to see if the price would come down.  Being a sad wargamy person, I checked the prices on 24th, 25th, 26th and 27th December on line. (M&S stores would not re-open until 27th December).

24th December GBP10.00 Buy 3, pay for 2.  3 houses = GBP20
25th December GBP10.00 No offer. 3 houses = GBP30
26th December GBP10.00 at 07:00, GBP3.75 at 10:00, no stock!
27th December GBP3.75 no online stock.

We were out shopping on 27th so I made a detour to M&S (Bad move – wife bought shoes after about an hour looking) but I got 8 model houses for GBP30.

Next step (I would include step-by-step  photographs but my PC says the memory card is empty!!!!!) Can I remove the battery container and lights?  Unscrewing and probing with a knife says “no”.  I tried the cave-man approach and hit one of the plastic battery cases with a small hammer.  Perfect!  It fell into the structure leaving a jagged edge which was quickly tidied up with a file.  This worked well for the next two, but the fourth attempt resulted in shattered porcelain all over the workbench.  I decided that 3 houses of 7 remaining that could be occupied was enough and gave up with the hammer.

And so on to painting.  More photographs not apparently saved…

I hope to get a photo of the finished products that I can actually transfer to the PC