Additions to the Club’s WWII arsenal, Allies

Some additions to the Club’s WWII vehicle selection. British, desert camo: 3x Matilda II Grant Lee Crusader M4 Sherman 4x Universal Carrier Daimler Mk II Armoured Scout Car LRDG Chevrolet Truck LRDG Willy’s Jeep   British, green camo Bishop (25-pdr on Carrier Valentine) Leyland Retriever Truck   French Somua... read more

Additions to the Club’s WWII arsenal, Axis

Some additions to the Club’s WWII Axis vehicle selection. German, winter camo SdKfz 265 panzerbefehlswagen (command Pz I) SdKfz 250 Pak 36 Pak 42 Motorcycle with sidecar   German Jagdtiger Panzerjäger I SdKfz 265 panzerbefehlswagen (command Pz I) Pz I Pz II SdKfz 251 Kübelwagen Motorcycle with sidecar   Japan Type 1 Ho-Ni I tank destroyer... read more

6mm trees work in progress

I recently ordered a bunch of 30 mm high trees from a Chinese seller on eBay. 100 trees for 8 quid, delivered post-free in a week and a half. I have to say I am pleased with the product, the price-quality ratio can not be beaten easily (although I am a bit worried about the kind of work-life balance the people who make this product have). The trees are twisted and painted wire, with flock-clumps to represent the foliage. Not the sturdiest construction I’ve seen, but they seem to be good enough to sustain the rigours of gaming. Everestmodel is the seller, and here is a link to the trees on eBay. Anyway, the picture shows a quick test how these trees work with 1/300 scale figures, in this case a Cold War Commander tank. Seems just perfect to me. I’ve been planning to base the trees 3-5 to a base, and multiple bases to cover a wooded... read more

Times they are a changing…

Since our sponsor, Fantasiapelit, moved to a new location last month we lost our club space. Luckily we were able to band up with another band of like minded gentlemen gamers, Stadin Strategit and with the increased membership, together we were able to rent a twice as big club room than what they had previously. Certainly a change of pace for us since half of the walls are now covered with windows and you can see the fabled outside through them -quite a change of pace for the Gemigabok orcs who were used to staying underground. Unfortunately as there isn’t as much space available as previously, and we have have to take other players into consideration as well we had to dump plenty of material reserved for future projects away. Then again, if you haven’t used the several cubic meters of styrofoam to make those buildings you planned a decade go, it is a safe bet you won’t be doing so in near future either… We also had to let go of the five large 9 by 5 foot purpose built 1808 Russo -Swedish War terrains. Luckily we were able to hand them over to Ropecon who were also sponsors of the whole project so in the end it was very appropriate that they were the recipients of the terrain. They’ll most likely put them in good use in future Ropecons as terrain for miniature gaming tournaments and such. This was a huge relief since it would’ve  been heartbreaking to throw them to garbage. These babieseach  took around 110 to 140 hours to make and it would’ve felt like abandoning your children!   Here are even crappier pics than usually of each of the terrain taken with my crappy cellphone.   Lapua (Lappo in swedish) Oravainen (Oravais in swedish) Ruona Salmi Koljonvirta (Virta bro in swedish)... read more

18th & 19th Century Finnish Buildings – Part VII: Church of Oravainen

The church of Oravainen was build in 1795-1797. It is a wooden cross-church with an octagon center tower ending on a cupola. The main entrance has Doric (Greek) style columns. The column effect has been modelled in the upper part of the tower with wood paneling. Simpler paneling has been used for decoration on the walls and corners. There is also a separate bell-tower next to the church (not visible in these pictures), but it was not build in this project. The text over the main entrance dedicates the church to the then king of Sweden, Gustaf IV Adolph in the year MDCCXCVI (1796). This diagonal photo gives a good impression of the complex nature of the roof. The backside of the church. As an interesting point of design is the lack of any windows on the main altar wall. The altar wing has side windows though, so the altar doesn’t dwell in darkness completely. Construction An octagonal cross church floor out of a 3mm card and then walls from balsa. The brown card on the  picture was only for sizing purposes and isn’t part of the actual model. In a way the model has three layers: wall, roof and tower layers. The roof layer is build around an octagonal frame, on to which the central roof panels lean on. The tower layer is yet another octagonal frame with the cupola on top of it. The roof was constructed from 1 mm card. Cutting and fitting an octagonal roof with decorative insets is quite laborious. It is better to build one wing at a time from custom cut pieces as there are so many angles and planes that any mass produced pieces are not going to fit together. The cupola was sculpted from modelling clay. The wood paneling in the corners was done with paper strips. The natural texture of balsa is sufficient enough to give the wood effect on the walls. Notice that no windows were added at this point. The church after painting. Smaller wood panel decorations were implemented by painting, e.g. in the tower. Windows are copied and printed pictures of the actual windows that have been glued to the model. Looks way better than any modelled & painted windows would. An angled picture from the... read more

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