Friday, June 3, 2011

Small progress update.

Hi guys,

My 20 mm Elhiem Figures arrived and I started to clean them and base them.

I am happy to say very little cleanup is required if any and the detail is as good as shown on their webpage.

To be honest I am kicking myself for not trying these out sooner.

A few quick WIP photos to prove I am doing something even if there is not much to see yet.

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After cleaning up the models I use superglue to attach the miniature to some flat washers.

I placed masking tape underneath the washers to prevent the washer and miniature from being superglued to the cutting board or table.

I do plan to glue magnetic sheeting to the underside of these washers to aid storage and transportation (more on that later). The washers were very cheap for around $4-5 for 100 washers.

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Here is the total of tonights work. Not much but it has been a very long week and it was great to show some progress. I will keep chipping away at these.

The first models I have been basing are Iraqi models from Elhiem Figures Afghanistan and Iraq range. Before anyone goes all "Peace, Love and Mung Beans" on me (Damn Hippies!), I do not plan to use them as Iraqi soldiers.

I am toying with painting them up as Modern Day Soviet Cold War models, UN Peace Keepers from African Countries or as a Private Army for some evil Warlord/Druglord/Cultist.

As you can see I have narrowed the choices down biggrin.gif

Lastly I picked up some cork tiles to make buildings for Force on Force.

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Ultimately I want to do this well to bring in more customers to our Local Gaming Store and have a laugh at the same time.  It's the weekend here in Australia so let's see if I can keep this going over the next few weeks.

Happy Gaming,


Thursday, June 2, 2011

Force on Force

Hi Guys,

As mentioned in previous posts, this diary will focus on Modern Day Skirmish and Battle games.


Current ruleset  I have, is  Force on Force now produced by Osprey Publishing.

I was very impressed with the quality of the book and the rules inside.  I will try to write a basic review once I have a game or two under my belt.

In the meantime I have included a few reviews to help people not familiar with Force on Force.


Land War in Asia blogspot

Meeples and Miniatures Podcast Episode 73

Rules Forums:

Official Ambush Alley Forums

The guys here seem very helpful and the Authors and Play Testers post regularly and all the guys have been very helpful to any questions I have relating to rules or hobby.

Useful Links:


Afghan Compound Buildings by Matakishi's Tea House


Small Scale Operations Blogspot - 20mm wargaming by Chris aka Sgt Scream

Ambushed in the Alley  15mm scale

Land War in Asia

Sample Battle Reports:

Persons of Interest

Salute 2011 Demo Game


20 mm scale: - This seems to offer the most options for vehicle and miniatures at present.  It also strikes a nice balance between storage and table space with as little as 2' x 2' needed.

28mm: - being the miniature hussy that I am I am sure I will get some figures in this scale as well.


To collect and paint enough Miniatures and Terrain to cover skirmish games with a view to running games at my Local Gaming Store Battle Station in Toowoomba and possibly run participation games at events like AUSCON.


Will most likely be a fictional Country to prevent clashes with some of the conflicts ongoing today.  I am Ex-Army and do not celebrate or glorify war in any way shape or form.

I do enjoy fictional settings like Tom Clancy's book Red Storm Rising and movies like Battlefield LA however and to play something similar on the tabletop is my goal.

Hope you enjoy the journey as much as I do!

Now off to an appointment and I hope to have my first miniatures arrive in the mail today.

Happy Gaming,