Saka Light Cavalry

Saka Light Cavalry

Wednesday, 3 February 2016

Via Ludibunda Fantasy and Medieval 28mm 3D Printed Scenery

I received a email from Drunken Dwarf Design asking me if I would take a look at their Kickstarter and post something about it if I liked it. I do get the odd one of these and often take a look but if it's not something I would like or feel looks a bit off kilter then I simply leave it be. I don't like to go out of my way to be negative most of the time.

So obviously this kickstarter has to have something going for it, first up it's not quite the usual one in that you are not buying a finished product.

What is on offer is STL format files that you can then get printed on a 3D printer. The backers are basicly giving the designers the cash to be able to extend their designs and build up a greater library of designs. These being skins of buildings and the extra detail that makes them individual. The image above is showing how you can build the building so that it can be opened up for moving miniatures about. It's more aimed at the fantasy gamer than the historical though I think the latter can find quite a bit of use for these. Interior detail is included, again ticking the roleplayers boxes the most. Will we see them branching out to other periods such as Wild West? I think its quite possible if this proves to be a success.

The parts as you can see can be to some extent swapped about for more versatility and keep the town you build from looking like a series of clones. The files are even open for you to modify in a CAD program.
Whilst aimed at the 28/32 gamer you can re-size the files so that you can produce 15mm or even 6mm sized buildings. The cost of the files remain the same but your further outlay on getting them printed would obviously be lower as it would use less material.

Talking cost I have lifted the statement directly from the blurb, how much it would cost to get the building printed from a commercial 3D printer I have no idea but given the 30-60g I guess you could get a few quotes before pledging.

Our models are inexpensive to make, each part of a building will use between 30 and 60g of PLA or ABS, at the current prices that's between 0,70€ and 2€ (£0.5 to £1.50/US$0.75 to US$2.20), and you can print them as much as you like, so if you need 10 houses then you just have to print one 10 times and it will cost you the price of 1 pre-made plastic or resin house !

Some of the buildings are open plan, this allows for market traders and such like, how about a scenario based around a market? That never gets old, well for us gamemasters.

As you can see you get a lot of detail. The fact you can use sections again and again as once you own the file you can get it printed as often as you wish.

For 60 Euro's you will get the whole set of files from basic buildings through to all the castle parts and all unlocked stretch goals. Other optional add on buildings like the graveyard can be bought on top of the 60 Euro. For 15 Euro you would get at least three building designs so the initial outlay is quite low.

They are expecting to have it ready to ship (files) by April 2016 so if this is a realistic date then I would say the kickstarter is more a way of marketing come gaining sales rather than needing the cash to make the project. Obviously backing gets you the stretch goals so good incentives to get in on the kickstarter.

They are also offering the opportunity to buy produce to sell licencees for anyone wanting to trade in these buildings. My only concern with this is how they control the private licence peeps selling via e-bay etc.

So if it interests you, pop over via the link at the top or click here

Monday, 1 February 2016

15mm Ancients Turn

I mentioned I would be painting up a more varied range of figures through the painting challenge, well in keeping with this I again swap scales though I seem a little stuck in Ancient times.

Two units of Persian medium cavalry for my rather old Persian army. I have a lot of these guys in my army, though these are a tad different to the majority as they have bow cases on their backs.

These are actually old Chariot Miniatures castings bought via Facebook on a trading page. A great sense of Nostalgia seeing the old yellow packing slips from days gone by. Magister Militum now provide the figures and I will be calling on them at Triples to pick up one more pack so I can paint up another unit as I have eight of the twelve figures I need.

Whilst I used lots of different colours I was still able to do some batch painting with twenty four figures in play. The same goes for the horse colours.

I have yet to use these guys but they will see some service next week as I face Matt's Han Chinese for the second time (write up of game one to follow).

The bow cases received some rudimentary art work, nothing to write home about but again adds another splash of colour. When I first painted up units for this army they were all uniform colours. On rebasing I took the opportunity to split up the blocks of colour which I think works better with the Persians.

As I can't resist a bit of fun in my games I added a little bird on one of the bow cases. Is it historical? of course not but that's not the point ;-) 

Next up is a unit of Agema for my other Ancient armies. I am a little on the short side on Macedonian and Successor cavalry so wanted to increase my options. I still need more of the basic companion types which will be further addressed at Triples.

Unlike the Persians these guys are all painted the same. I have had to play around with one of the figures as his Kontos had broken off so a cutting off of the pole under the arm and repositioning of the arm and he becomes the commander.

I now have two rather large armies that won't need much more in the way of troops, though the Macedonian/Successor/Seleucid army will have a few more options I can paint up and play about with. Once this is done I really don't see me doing another 15mm Ancients army as I really don't feel the need to dive into another as things stand. That of course till I see the next must have.

Thursday, 28 January 2016

The Lady And The Wolf

Last of the figures I painted up before the painting challenge began is this two figure piece that Cath bought from Spirit Games about fifteen years ago! I had started it about a year ago and it became lost at the back of the table. I would look at it occasionally but never picked it up. With the challenge about to start I did not want to get into anything too big so this and a few other bits that were part done got a go and finally got finished.

I went for a very plain look, the idea is the women lives in a very rural location, think Dancers with Wolves vibe. I wanted her to also be quite old so went with lots of grey in her hair. It's also nice to get a female figure that keeps the boobs under cover, quite a rarity I am afraid.

It's not easy to see from the pics but the wolf pelt is actually somewhat different in colour to the live wolf's. It was not an over long paint which just makes the time it took for me to get round to it even worse.

So I can finally give the figure to Cath, no plans for this so it's just for fun really. 


Wednesday, 27 January 2016

Winners Announcement

Thanks again to all who entered the giveaway and congrats to the winners. So who won what? I am glad you asked

The two boxes of Tufts go to Michael Awdry, can you go on the Tajima1 website and pick the boxes you want and send me an email with the codes and I will get them ordered for you.

The two Leven Miniatures 30 tree packages go to Thomas Nissvik and Adam Carriere, please email me via the contact details on the top left of the blog with your address and I will get them on the way.

The two The Manors, go to Lee Hadley and again that lucky man Adam Carriere, if you wish to pick a different Manor than the latest that's fine, just take a look and let me know which you want.

Service back to normal I guess.

Tuesday, 26 January 2016

Italian and British Cavalry Baccus 6mm

I continue to flesh out my Italian Napoleonic's and also add to my sons slowly growing British Peninsular collection.

Not the best shots as the weathers not allowed any outdoors shooting when I have been home. Tow regiments of Heavy Dragoons in Bicorn. As other recent finishes I have added the dice cells.

These are really nice sculpts with plenty of detail. I think they are as good as the new French cavalry figures. Baccus are for the most part my go to for 6mm the mix of detail and functionality is hard to beat.

The Italian Guard Dragoons actually could pass for standard French Dragoons at a push, I have plenty so that is not that likely. 

These are old Baccus French figures so the horses are a little on the small size. When the new ranges came out I still had (have) a fairly large number of the old castings so I decided I would paint them up as some of the allied nations that dressed in the French pattern. 

I actually have one more guard cavalry regiment to paint up for the 1812 Russia campaign but I can do that with some other cavalry at a later date. At the moment I am working on the guard infantry to go along with these.

Sunday, 24 January 2016

Last few days till Giveaway closes

Just a quick post to remind everyone that I will be doing the draws for my Giveaway in just a few days. Go here if you want in.

Tuesday, 19 January 2016

Pre-Challenge Painting - The Cleric

I also did this quick paint before the challenge started, this is the second character for my wife in the family D&D sessions. As it's number two I did not go to town on him and as such it's a bit basic but will serve.

I think the figures from Reaper, this ones a metal figure and rather is a bit on the heavy side. You can't see the high and low shades on the white very well as the camera did not pick the detail up. It's quite subtle anyway as I don't like the in your face style of shading on white.

I like the shoulder armour, it's a couple of faces so I used brass and then washed in ink to bring the details out a bit.

Lots of detail on the back and I have to say that I really like the adventurers that come with backpacks or other bits and bobs, makes them look more realistic. The crossbow comes as a seporate piece to be glued in place, made life a bit easier.