The ultimate gamer project

It has been a while, however this time I have an excellent excuse….. I promise.

I bought a flat send had to pack all my gaming stuff into boxes, there were a lot of boxes.  I’m finally almost unpacked and settled.  The flat has a wargames room, well it will when I get it finished.  More details on my various projects that I’ve been working on since last I posted will follow shortly.

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Gone but not forgotten…..

Well it’s been a while since the last update but rest assured on still working on the Stalingrad table, currently in Berlin so the next update will be about a week away.  To kept you all entertained i present to you the  finished Tiger for my Ardennes list.


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This is the bosses city…

If you had a look at the previous post you would have seen the outline for my Stalingrad plan and I did promise to post pictures.  Here we go with the pictures of the work so far.

This is the basic mdf ruins I bought and there are a few of them, they need the gaps filled with some wood filler and then sanded.

Here we have 26 buildings with the filler completely smooth.

The buildings as they stand at the moment, skirting boards have been added to the ruins and they are waiting for the edging to be added to the corners. 

Keep watching folks more will follow.

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In the east something stirs: Eastern Front Wargames Terrain

If you have been reading this blog at all you will probably know that I have fallen head over heals in love with Warlord Games World War 2 wargame Bolt Action. I have posted many pictures of my United States Marine Corp force which continues to grow at an alarming rate.

I started Bolt Action off as an avid German Army player with a true love of the Tiger Tank as anyone that listens to Home Guard Radio will tell you. I decided to return to the German force with a Battle of the Bulge inspired list. This army is going to be made up of the new grenadier models from Warlord Games, they are how ever not out yet so I needed a project.

This brings you to my current plan while I wait patiently for the release of these I decided to start work on my new gaming board. What am I building, we’ll let me tell you I’m building Stalingrad…….. Obviously not all of it but a 6ft x 4ft version of it.

The table is going to be made up of 2 x 2 tiles of ruined apartments and a small train yard, I have almost all the materials collected and construction is due to begin in the next few weeks. I will be posting all about the build stage by stage during the construction and I will have a 4 x 4 section ready for the Scottish wargames show Claymore in early May, so I invite you to follow along as the madness and sliced thumbs begins:

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Level 7 [Omega Protocol]



Level 7 Omega Protocol Box_3DLevel 7 [Omega Protocol] picks up after the events of Level 7 [Escape] where the captive of Subterra Bravo managed to escape the underground holding facility past the various captives and the defenses of the base. [Omega Protocol] continues the story and the base has been overrun by the monstrous creations of the base. The government knows that if the truth of the base were to leak to the people it would be catastrophic. The shadowy agency in charge has dispatched special forces kill teams to retake the base and defeat the alien threat and keep the secret.

gameplayNow I love aliens, games, stories and the weird feeling that each night they might be outside the window…. Or maybe that’s just me. Years ago I played a lot of XCOM and even the recent release of that and XCOM Declassified my interest in the whole government alien conspiracy started again. The best description I can think of for Omega Protocol is that of a turn based shooter if we were talking about video games, at a squad based level. The game is designed for between 2 and 6 players and comes with 37 stunning Plastic Figures, which the war gamer inside me is demanding I paint.


The game itself is based upon a grid layout playing surface which adds to the feeling that you are stalking down the dark corridors in the facility stalking your alien prey. You have the ability to equip your troopers with various types of equipment and special kit to aid them in the fight. The modular style of the game tiles means a huge amount of flexibility in terms of the layout if the playing surface. Players can choose from five different classes of troopers including rifleman, recon and heavy assault, the team is made up of a combination of these troopers working together to complete there mission.   Speaking of missions the book itself is twenty seven pages long and packed full of missions and background for the set up of the game.


While the other players are playing as the Special Forces one of the group is playing as the evil alien overlord, this overlord player controls the whole facility and all that is going on inside. While the Special Forces troopers are heavily armed professionals armed to the teeth with the latest weapons they are heavily outnumbered and fighting in a world out with there control. The squad has to work its way down tight corridors where the enemy can be hiding round every corner and in all the air vents. The alien threat is all around the team and the random events can destroy the best made plans.  How long will you survive in the alien controlled facility?



The wonderful people at Games Quest Games have been gracious enough to arrange for a little competition to win a nice voucher for their web store.  Click this link to enter the raffle and have a chance at a £40 voucher to spend on games.




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Beards ‘n’ Buckshot Brigade Part 5

Yesterday I decided that I was going to pop down to the new 6s2hit shop and try and get a game of Bolt Action as there are normally a few of the guys kicking around there. When I go there no one was about so I decided to knock out some pictures of the terrain and the great gaming tables that the shop has. Plus I get to show off my armies at the same time.

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The game that followed was a lot of fun and I completely forgot to take any pictures of the game. 1000 points USMC vs Soviets, interesting soviet list from Tim with the mandatory flame tank and a couple of vet smg units. First off I would like to congratulate Sky Wizard (Air Observer) for not attacking my own models, because he died to the prep bombardment. The Hellcat and the T34 went toe to toe for 3 turns at 2” distance with us both fluffing dice rolls, The Hellcat eventually won out and was then wrecked by the At Rifle team. One point I tried again was Vet on Vet at a range of 5 inches. Do I shoot or charge, I tend to charge as if I shoot I have to roll to hit and then to wound where as a charge is only a wound roll, the risk is however that I lose a squad.


Overall I like the feel of having a tank in my army again and I think it will need to stay there…

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Beards ‘n’ Buckshot Brigade Part 4

It has been a while since I posted anything and there are a number of reasons for this, the first being the opening of the new 6s2hit bricks and mortar store here in Edinburgh. Secondly I have been moving house so everything I own is in boxes and getting to my panting stuff has been difficult.


The USMC are still continuing to grown at an alarming rate, I have decided that Im going to try and get the units I have fully painted before the next phase of the force expansion begins. Over the last few games my opponents seem to be bringing more armour to the table and my cute little 37mm Light Anti Tank Gun can no longer really deal with the T34 or Panthers that have begun to emerge. Having already bought a number of armoured vehicles for Tank Wars, it was a simple choice in that one of my Tanks would take the anti armour spot.

IMG_0576 IMG_0575 IMG_0574 IMG_0573 IMG_0572The M18 Hellcat, a favourite of mine in World of Tanks and an absolutely stunning model from Warlord Games. The kit was lovely to put together and was loaded with outstanding details and a choice of barrels. With the addition of some stowage from the tremendous Tamiya 1/48 Brick Walls and Sandbag set.

tamiya-32508-1-48-brick-wall-sand-bag-barricade-setAlong with some personal weapons for the crew and a few other bits of personal kit added to the stowage racks and to the upper surface of the turret. I then added some bandage to the barrel of the gun to represent the camouflage lagging that was occasionally wrapped round the barrels.

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Since I had ordered the excellent Company B ( ) USMC decal set with the tiny pin up girl decals which I have added to the side of the turret.


That guy from Home Guard Radio the excellent painter Ali suggested I pick up one of the weathering kits. I gave it a little go on the Hellcat and it seems to be pretty good although I may not have used enough on this first occasion.

Stay tuned as I continue to work on the USMC.

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