John's Toy Soldiers (rule writer John Lambshead)

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Welcome to my strange alternative world of wargaming with toy soldiers: a game for boys from twelve years of age to one hundred and fifty and for that more intelligent sort of girl who likes boys' games and books (HG Wells, Little wars)John Lambshead
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Otto Rahn, Ahnenerbe SS

February 19, 2018 - 14:01
Otto Rahn hunting for the Holy Grail under a Cathar Fortress in Languedoc: note the miniaturised zero-point 'bell'.
Otto Rahn was an 'awakened' (i.e. rune-magician) archaeologist/historian who was a member of the Ahnenerbe SS and an expert on the Holy Grail.
Officially he died of an accident in 1939, but research by Kenneth Hite, published by Osprey, suggests he was active until '45.
Otto Rahn

He is believed to be part of the inspiration behind the Indiana Jones movie.

Otto Rahn

This model by Lucid Eye is perfect to represent this fascinating and complex character.

The End of Rahn?

After '44, the trail goes cold but Hite speculates that he may have raised something he couldn't put down.

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New Space Marines by Belisarius Cawl

February 10, 2018 - 10:17
Belsarius Cawl

"Everyone's a bloody critic." said Belsarius Cawl, in binary. "You spend ten thousand years giving them new Space Marines with two wounds and do they appreciate it? No, they whine"

He gurgled down his breathing tube in indignation and switched to speech.

"They're too big. They won't fit in a Rhino. They get stuck in the hatches of space hulks........."

Later that evening, he was baiting a trap with cheese when an idea occurred. Maybe space marine DNA was more malleable than he had assumed.

I give you, Belsarius Cawl's deadly Space Meece.

"I hate Meeces to Pieces," Abbadon the Despoiler.

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Scratch Built Imperial Navy Fury Interceptor P5

February 8, 2018 - 12:29
Vostock Pattern Imperial Navy Fury Void Fighter

   This is the smallest pattern of void fighter used by the Imperial Navy. It is intended for point defence around capital ships, space stations and planetary bases. As such it can transit through atmosphere so is moderately aerodynamic. It can mount ground strafing runs in atmosphere using its lascannon - the point defence projectile weapons are useless in atmosphere due to wind sheer as the fighter is very fast - but it has a turning circle measured in kilometres so is of limited effectiveness in ground support and next to useless as a atmospheric fighter. Needless to say such missions are not much to the liking of the crew.

Climbing Hard Out Of Atmosphere

   It can be assisted out of a deep gravity well by a supplementary booster, piloted by a servitor, attached to the ventral surface as a fuel saving measure and time-intercept facilitator.

   The gunner sits in the front turret from where he controls all weapons and can alter the fighter attitude to bring the main laser armament to bear. In the rotatable nose turret is a twin autocannon for close in defence connected to a targeting auger (above).

   In front of the pilot's cockpit is the bow projector for the ion shield.

   Targeting augurs for the primary armament are located on the roof of the cockpit.


   Showing the main thruster bank and four vectored thrusters used to assist the centrufugal attitude controllers when under full thrust.

    On the rear top deck are located twin-linked heavy bolters for rear point defence along with their targeting auger.

Front Dorsal

   Above the pilot's cockpit are, from left to right:
(i) the main armament targeting augers
(ii) pilot's entry hatch.
(iii) alongside entry hatch are external power packs used to invoke the Fury's machine spirit when the main engines are offline
(iv) rotating void vox for communication between fighters and with their base controller when without an astropath
(v) emergency plasma vent

Mid Dorsal

   Rotating turret with long range primary search augurs. Note that when travelling in the void the twin fins are lowered flush with the hull where they won't impede the augurs. They are only raised to assist in flight trimming when transiting through atmosphere.

Lateral View

   The main armament consists of a lascannon on the thin front wing, two turbolasers on the thicker rear wing, missile battery above the main wing, and a seeker missile launcher below the wing (out of shot).

   On the hull lower left is a refuelling port, between the wings an inspection panel and anterior to the front wing the crew entry hatch. The fighter carries a minimum of two crew, pilot and gunner, but there are two more seats behind the gun turret for an astropath and enginseer.
   Above the crew hatch is found the lateral ion shield projector.

Lateral Rear

   Another view of the thrusters and stern point defence system. Note the rear ion shield projector on the rear side hull.

In Atmosperic Transit

   Note the bulges under the front wings holding additional fuel. This view shows the laser armament and the seeker missile launcher under the rear wing.

Mission Over

   The Fury is just about finished. When it reaches its Wing, it will join Yellow Flight and have a number allocated (I have the template on order).

   Modelwise I will probably build a trolley to display it on as it is intended for wargaming terrain, rather than a playing piece.

   Hope you like it, making a Fury has been a blast.

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Scratch Built Imperial Navy Fury Interceptor P4

February 7, 2018 - 11:21
All the various bits of odds and sods added to the basic hull to add verisimilitude to the design.

The bow.

The ventral.

The stern.

 At this stage a scratch build looks terrible, like a load of old bits glued together - which is exactly what it is. But remember the old modeller's maxim: A lick o'paint covers a multitude of sins.

The model is sealed in with a generous coat of Army Painter white undercoat, a 'thick' paint that blends everything in and gives a continuous texture to the differently sourced components.

Then I airbrushed on Vallejo Air Cold Grey.

Incidentally, for this I used one of Rochester Models £25 double-action airbrushes. These are highly durable, Robust, and completely adequate for this purpose, saving wear and tear on my Iwata.

A dorsal view.

From the side.

Bow on.

The rear.

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Scratch Built Imperial Navy Fury Interceptor P3

February 3, 2018 - 18:25
The next step was to fit the bow baffles to box in the turret attachment, add the dorsal superstructure and fit a pilot cockpit.

I filled in the large gaps around the turret baffles by coating then over with paper stiffened by polystyrene cement. Smaller gaps remaining along the joins were sealed with Humbrol plastic filler.Again I left it to dry overnight before sanding everything more or less flush.

At this stage I also added the point-defence twin-autocannon.

Next up the wings.

The front wings are a single sheet of polystyrene while the rear are triple-layered, the centre layer being slightly smaller to give a GW-style notched effect.

The wings are cemented on with polystyrene cement but a layer from a glue gun on the under-join held the wings in position while the cement dried.

I also added a top turret hatch for the pilot.

The rear thruster pack and vectored attitude-thrusters are made from cut up plastic straws attached by a glue gun.

It is starting to look like a void fighter rather than a plastic box.

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Scratch Built Imperial Navy Fury Interceptor P2

January 30, 2018 - 12:32
Basic hull, dorsal side up

   Some years ago I scratch built an Imperial Guard troop lander. Then I used balsa wood to make the main hull chassis, and hung thin plasticard on it as a skin finish. This time I bought some heavy plasticard and used it to make a monocoque hull with no chassis. This was an error. Despite my best efforts thee plasticard warped slightly under the impact of the cement. It wasn't bad enough to abandon but a slight warp brings back issues as detail is added.

Front hull

   A chocolate mousse container had just the right rounded rectangular cross section and deliniation for the nose cone turret.

Rear, ventral side up

   I added a heat-shield around where the rear where the thrusters tubes would be fixed, partly to look good and partly to hide the attachment point.

   At this point, I left the whole thing overnight to dry then sanded down the edges.

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Scratch Built Imperial Navy Fury Interceptor P1

January 29, 2018 - 14:10
I have this yen, to build a Fury Interceptor as a terrain piece for combat within space ship landing bays.

The first thing I need to know is what a Fury looks like. Well it is big, up to 100m long and comes in various marks of different size. But the only GW pic I could find its not terribly useful.

I found these two pieces of superb artwork all over the net. Unfortunately ,I don't know who the artist is. They show a turret at the front and lascannon hanging off the wings.  Wings on a Void Fighter are a bit strange. I suppose this thing could enter atmospheres but it's unlikely to be much use and certainly can't fly .

Actually few of the Imperial Navy's aerospace fighters can fly either. They have impossibly awful drag coefficients and some have wings that generate negative lift.

Putting lascannon on the wings makes no sense. It will generate the maximum turning force on the vehicle and cause the wings to flutter. If one is shooting at a tiny object a kilometre away the smallest wing vibration will wreck accuracy.

Incidentally, photons are only massless at rest , which is a theoretical concept. Moving photons have momentum and a fighter is subject to Newton's laws. So any laser weapon pumping out enough photons at short enough wave lengths to damage a target will cause a kick back.

The long thin shape does make sense . Assuming the nose is pointed at the enemy to bring weapons to bear (irrespective of what direction the fighter is actually moving)  gives the smallest possible cross section to return fire .

The best way to think of one of these is not as a fighter plane, but as a motor gun boat.

So off to my work table.

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Alpha Legion Sorcerer

January 24, 2018 - 11:35
This is an independent sculpt from a small company that I can't now find. I bought it on eBay and thought it a great model for my small Alpha Legion Army of infiltrators.

This army consists of a few Legion elite marines, some operatives,and cultists/gangers.

The original came with a staff in his left hand but I swapped this for a plasma pistol.

I painted the model's armour with Mr Colour metallics: a base of metallic blue-green, highlighted with metallic blue.

Great model

Recommended, if you can find one.

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