Crossword Puzzle

Here’s a cryptic crossword puzzle I wrote a few years ago. It’s got nothing to do with miniatures, but it’s my blog (well, half of it is anyway) and I can post off-topic things if I like! It’s not in an editable-online form, so I suggest printing it if you want to do it. I’d love to hear back from anyone who does!

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Replacement Parts from Dream Pod 9

A while ago I realised that two of the Heavy Gear products I’d bought were missing parts: the legs from a Sapeur and some of the heads and rocket packs from a squad of Espions. Missing legs is obviously pretty important, and the rocket packs for the Espions are very distinctive and unlike anything any other model has.

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Entering the Napoleonic Wars: 33rd (West Riding) Regiment

For a while I’ve been working on some Napoleonic minis in between other projects, and I’ve just finished my first unit! Since British infantry regiments were named after counties, I decided it would be nice to do one for each of the four historic English counties I’ve lived in. This week I’m visiting my parents in the (historical) West Riding of Yorkshire, so it seemed appropriate to finish off my 33rd (West Riding) regiment:

The whole battalion advancing in line formation

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Heavy Gear Chargeur Engineering Gear

Here’s my most recent completed model, the Chargeur Engineering Gear for NuCoal. I really like all the engineering models in the game, and I’m planning to eventually build a squad with one of each type for my NuCoal force. I’m fairly pleased with the base, which has the gear either clearing debris, building an impromptu roadblock, or shifting supplies around or the edge of a road through the badlands. I’m also very happy with the canopy, which was my first attempt at painting this kind of effect.

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NuCoal infantry squad and Chasseur paratrooper for scale.

Epic Space Marine Vehicle Conversions

Hello! Since Bacon’s been posting some 6mm Epic stuff I thought I’d join in and show off some of the conversion work I’ve done. There are tons of old plastic Rhinos available cheaply on eBay, but some of the other Space Marine vehicles are harder to find – particularly the Vindicator, which I don’t think ever had a plastic model. Since most of them are heavily based on the Rhino chassis I thought that would be a nice conversion project. By filing off the doors on the front and top I made space for the various types of turret/gun, which I either build from plasticard or modelled using a mould from one of the official models.

Here’s a sample of the results:

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From left to right: converted Whirlwind missile launcher; converted Vindicator siege tank; converted Predator Annihilator tank; and good ol’ plastic Rhino APC on which the other three are all based.

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Heavy Gear Battle Report: CEF vs Peace River

Today Bacon and I played our first game of Heavy Gear in a while. We were both a little out of practice so it was good to get back in the saddle. It was a 75 TV game of my CEF with Caprice allies against his Peace River Defence Force.

CEF:

Combat Group 1:
CO: LHT-71 (No pack)
LHT-67 (AA Pack)
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NuCoal Mountaineering Gears

Here’s my squad of NuCoal Lancier mountaineering gears. Because one of their attractions as a unit is the ability to climb over terrain, I wanted to base them in a way that emphasises that (rather than the badlands bases the rest of my NuCoal force uses). I decided to make some mountainous outcrops using pieces of slate. I got some big lumps of slate and bashed them with a hammer to break them up, then chose bits of a suitable size and shape. They’re just stuck straight onto the base and then drybrushed with white paint to pick out the edges.

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